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VOL. 131 | NO. 162 | Monday, August 15, 2016

The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21

Daily News staff

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Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

Whole Foods Market is giving customers at its Memphis and Germantown locations a chance to support local cancer research while shopping Tuesday. Five percent of sales at both locations will benefit West Cancer Center’s fundraising arm, the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, in the areas of discovery, innovation and advancement in the field of adult cancer research and patient education, care and support.
West Cancer Center ambassadors will be on site during the fundraiser to bag groceries for customers and provide registration information for their Sept. 17 fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk.
Whole Foods Memphis, 5014 Poplar Ave., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., while Whole Foods Market, 7825 U.S. 72, is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The annual Elvis Week candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death is Monday evening on Elvis Presley Boulevard in front of rock ‘n’ roll’s house on the hill. But, as in recent years, Elvis Week is very much about plans for Graceland’s future, nearly 40 years after Presley’s passing.
And on the way to candlelight vigil, you will see a new $90 million resort hotel just north of the mansion that opens in October. If you go to the back of the plaza, across the boulevard from the mansion, you will see the site prep for the new plaza to replace the one built around the bones of the retail strip that was there during Elvis’ lifetime.
EPE leaders announce more specific plans for the $45 million plaza Monday as well.

Midtown bar Murphy’s will host a benefit show for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s Know Your Rights Theatre project on Thursday. The project, organized by grassroots group Memphis United, instructs students in how to interact with police.
The lineup includes Johnny Lowebow, James and the Ultrasounds, Toy Trucks, Billie Dove and Ross Johnson with Alex Greene.
Proceeds from the $5 cover will go to MSPJC. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at 1589 Madison Ave.

A couple Downtown Memphis Commission affiliate boards meet this week to discuss Downtown development. At its Wednesday meeting, the Center City Development Corp. will consider a storefront improvement grant request from Malco Theatres to build a boutique movie theater as part of the renovation of Central Station. The CCDC also will review policy changes to its existing development loan program and storefront improvement grant program.
On Tuesday, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will formally sign a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for three Downtown multifamily properties, the Annex Lofts, Printers Alley and 346 S. Front St. The board will also consider extending the deadline to close the previously approved PILOT for the One Beale project.

You know the presidential election is Nov. 8. But do you know there are plenty of other local, state and federal races on the ballot as well?
And the ballot is not ready just yet.
There is the matter of a few city and county referendums that we’ve been watching.
And there are municipal elections in several suburbs – Germantown, Bartlett, Millington and Collierville. The deadline for candidates to file in the races for aldermen, school board seats and two races for mayor – in Collierville and Millington – is noon Thursday. Then those who make that deadline have another week to think about this and withdraw if they want.
Once that is done and the referendum ordinances making their way through the city council and the county commission are settled one way or another – all before an Aug. 25 cutoff date to get items on the ballot – then the November ballot is complete.

On Saturday, Memphians will have multiple chances to be part of fun events for worthy causes. The Most Amazing Race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Three-person teams journey through Downtown Memphis, competing and completing a variety of physical, mental and social challenges.
After all challenges are met, it's off to the finish line and the after-party at Beale Street Landing. Benefits the Salvation Army. For details, call 901-260-9120 or visit salvationarmymemphis.org.

Another option is “Taking It to the Streets.” Join MIFA volunteers in assisting the Memphis Department of Public Works in the city's anti-blight campaign by cleaning trash from the surrounding streets. All supplies are provided. 910 Vance, 901-529-4521, mifa.org.

And then there is Sparkling Nights. Live and silent auctions, savory appetizers, samplings of vintage wines and a uniquely painted commemorative piece of artwork by FM 100's Morning Show host Ron Olson, benefitting SRVS' programs and support services. From 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Buy tickets at srvs.org or call 901-312-6802 for more info..

The Memphis Redbirds have 6:35 p.m. games at AutoZone Park Monday through Wednesday, and play at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. This is the team’s next-to-last homestand of the season. The AutoZone Park box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on nongame days and opens at 10 a.m. on game days. You can also call for tickets at 901-721-6000 or go to memphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.

The Shelby County Commission meets Monday at 3 p.m. Downtown. Several items on the agenda reflect the body’s continuing discussions about changing the relationship between the commission and the mayor.
That includes second reading on an ordinance that would add a referendum to the November ballot changing the mayor’s power to hire and fire the county attorney. The change would require commission approval unless the firing is for cause.

On Friday, all you fans of summer and greasers and catchy songs might want to know that The Orpheum is showing “Grease.” Doors open at 6 p.m. at 203 S. Main St.
There will be some pre-show fun, including the Memphis Grizzlies mascot and the Grizz Girls on hand. They’ll be around for photos, and attendees can also pick up some Grizz swag and enjoy the drink special.

Speaking of drinks, also happening Friday at the same time over in East Memphis, the Memphis Botanic Garden, at 750 Cherry Road, is hosting an Arts and Craft Beers event presented by Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines.
Running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., event attendees will be able to create DIY art projects in addition to sampling local brews, among other things. The William Charles Collective will be on hand to provide live music.
Garden members pay $15 to get in, and it’s $18 for nonmembers. A cash bar and food trucks also will be available.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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