The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “I’m a Memphian” author Dan Conaway for a discussion and book signing Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. “I’m a Memphian” is a collection of Conaway’s “Memphasis” columns from The Daily News. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
Shelby Farms Park will host Spooky Nights on Fridays and Saturdays in October, as well as Halloween night, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shelby Farms. Events will include a haunted trail, nocturnal nature hikes, hayrides and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for a list of activities and prices.
Delta Country Jam Music Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation in Tunica. Single-day tickets start at $80; two-day tickets start at $125. Visit deltacountryjam.com for a list of performers.
The Greater Memphis Chamber will present “A Conversation With … David Porter” on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in The Peabody hotel ballroom, 149 Union Ave. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer and recording artist is founder of Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town). Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about the book “Reverse Innovation” by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble Friday, Oct. 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing will hold information sessions Friday, Oct. 4, at the college, 920 Madison Ave. The bachelor’s program session will be 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., master’s program from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and doctorate program from 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Visit uthsc.edu/nursing or call 448-6125.
The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee will hold its second annual chili cook-off fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the foundation’s office, 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd. The event will include chili tastings, live music and children’s activities. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. Visit efwtn.org.
The Levitt Shell will present Paul Thorn as part of its 2013 free concert series on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park. Visit levittshell.org.
WKNO will present “Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass” Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The host of “This American Life” will share stories and a segment of the series’ funniest moments. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.
The Levitt Shell will present Vaneese Thomas as part of its 2013 free concert series on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park. Visit levittshell.org.
The Whitehaven Kiwanis Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Methodist South Hospital, 1300 Wesley Drive. Carolyn Whitney, a breast cancer survivor and founder and president of the Memphis chapter of Sisters Network Inc., will speak. Email email@example.com.
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Bankruptcy attorney Bruce Ralston will present “How Someone Else’s Bankruptcy Could Affect Your Business.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.
Rhodes College will host a Memphis Centered lecture about the Civil War and historian Shelby Foote, presented by Rhodes professor Timothy Huebner, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.
The Memphis chapter of the American Payroll Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Emily Gregg of the Tennessee Department of Human Resources will present “Tennessee Child Support Program and Employers Working Together.” Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Visit memphisapa.org.
The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis will host a lecture titled “Digitize and Democratize: Libraries, Books and the Digital Future,” presented by Robert Darnton of Harvard University, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center theater, 499 University St. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu/moch for details.
ANF Architects will host an opening reception for the RiverArtsFest invitational exhibit Friday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its offices, 1500 Union Ave. The show runs through Oct. 21. Visit riverartsmemphis.org.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Wine Down at the Dixon on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. The event will include wine, food, live music and open galleries. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit dixon.org.
Rhodes College, The University of Memphis and Ballet Memphis will host the Music of the River concert, featuring music inspired by the Mississippi River, Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.
The Metal Museum will host its 2013 Repair Days family fun day, featuring metalsmithing demonstrations and hands-on activities, Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The annual Repair Days silent auction begins at 2 p.m., and the live art auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit metalmuseum.org.
Playhouse on the Square will present “Clybourne Park” through Oct. 13 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.
Eclectic Eye presents new works by Memphis artist Lee Holliday in its Midtown showroom, 242 S. Cooper St. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 13. Visit eclectic-eye.com.
Germantown Performing Arts Center presents “The Rothko Project,” a visual arts exhibition in collaboration with IRIS Orchestra in the GPAC lobby, 1801 Exeter Road. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 26. Cost is free. Visit gpacweb.com.