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VOL. 131 | NO. 172 | Monday, August 29, 2016

The Week Ahead: August 29-September 4

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Are you ready for some football, Memphis? The Tiger Blue faithful will welcome new coach Mike Norvell and new starting quarterback Riley Ferguson Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Several other late-summer events precede the big gridiron season opener, including a concert fundraiser that starts Friday and a big 5K race on Labor Day. OK, that’s next Monday – so it’s a long week – better get those seersucker suits ready.      

The University of Memphis football team kicks off the season on Saturday, at 6 p.m., at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium against Southeast Missouri State. This will be head coach Mike Norvell’s first game at the helm of the Tigers. The school has several options for purchase, including season tickets, Pick 3 packages, and single-game tickets. For more information visit www.gotigersgo.com or call 901-678-2331.

And it’s not too early to register for the Labor Day Chick-fil-A 5K on Monday, Sept. 5. Hit the Downtown streets to benefit Junior Achievement of the Mid-South. Run the final steps in the outfield of AutoZone Park, then enjoy eats, treats and music. It all starts at 8 a.m. at AutoZone Park, 901-274-2202, cfa5k.racesonline.com/register.

Rock for Love returns Friday through Sunday. Enjoy a weekend of music that will include Memphians showcasing their talents – garage rockers, roots/soul, folk, and acoustic at a variety of venues to benefit Church Health Center. Get details at 901-272-7170 or rockforlove.org.

The annual Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon has grown in a very short time to be the place where local Latino issues meet the national Latino perspective.
The luncheon Tuesday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis caps three days of events at Christian Brothers University and the Fogelman Executive Center at the University of Memphis known as Congreso 2016. They include workshops and breakout sessions as well as motivational speakers and rallies.

Attorneys in Memphis observe many solemn and high occasions during the course of the year. The practice of law in our city is serious business, with the legal principles of American society being tested every day in consultations and courtroom settings, even the walk to and from court.
It is in that tradition that the Memphis Bar Association assembles attorneys Wednesday at noon in the lobby of The Peabody hotel for the sixth annual Seersucker Flashmob.
The flashmob is a last chance for attorneys to wear their seersucker before the change from August to September makes it inadvisable, much like wearing open-toed shoes and sleeveless  tops in some courtrooms.
The flashmob is a fundraiser for Memphis Area Legal Services and A Step Ahead Foundation.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday at 3 p.m. in what has been a busy month for the group of 13. This is the commission’s third voting meeting of the month, if you are keeping count.

The Shelby County Schools board has its monthly meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The 10th annual Delta Fair & Music Festival opens Friday at Agricenter International with a mix of events that include livestock and agriculture exhibitions as well as “redneck yacht races” and a demolition derby. On tap is the very first Delta Dash and Cotton Candy Fun Run as well.
The live entertainment at Delta Fair this year includes The Four Tops, Black Oak Arkansas, John Michael Montgomery, Daya, and Rachel Potter and The Steel Union Band.

The day before on the other side of Walnut Grove Road, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy does formal ribbon-cutting honors on the park’s massive “Heart of the Park” improvements, including a much larger Patriot Lake, a new visitors center and an events center with a new restaurant. 

Local organizers behind the Fight For 15 push to raise the minimum wage to $15 will host a community meeting on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., will set the stage for a conversation on wages, poverty and the community’s needs. At the end of the event, organizers will detail the next action plan that brings together every major Tennessee city. 

Why is this Thursday unlike all other Thursdays? It’s September 1st, or 901 Day. In a celebration of all things local, the New Memphis Institute will host an Exposure Festival at AutoZone Park. More than 150 local businesses will come together alongside live performances, local music, fireworks and a local celebrity kickball game. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

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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