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VOL. 131 | NO. 241 | Monday, December 5, 2016

The Week Ahead: December 5-11

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

A TV talk show host a few of you out there may have heard of will be in Memphis Wednesday to speak at a Memphis Jewish Federation event.
Jerry Springer – the son of Holocaust survivors, a Broadway actor, former Cincinnati mayor, former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant, and yes, THAT Jerry Springer, the host of that famed daytime talk show – is the guest of honor for “An Evening with Jerry Springer,” the Federation’s Annual Community Campaign Donor event.
Attendance – at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – requires a minimum gift of $118 to the 2017 annual campaign. For donors giving more than $1,250, there will be a VIP reception before the main event.

Principals behind Lakeland’s mixed-use Lake District development are holding preview meetings for possible tenants all day Tuesday and Wednesday at The Capital Grille at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road.
The 160-acre, $375 million Lake District is being built on the site of the former Belz Factory Outlet Mall just off Interstate 40 at Canada Road in Lakeland.

’Tis the season of the annual meeting of a lot of groups, which is another way of saying the Christmas party they throw for clients and friends.
One of the more elaborate of the annual meetings is the one by the Greater Memphis Chamber, which includes some stellar live music, award-winning multimedia presentations, lots of political mingling and networking and a general Memphis pep rally with all of the trappings of Christmas. There are also usually some surprises in the way of announcements – business and civic. So watch this site Wednesday for that.

As that is happening, Ikea will be giving media tours of the Cordova store now that it is stocked. Again look here for a look at the store’s progress one week from its Dec. 14 grand opening – is there any other kind of opening? (By the way, if you want to be one of the first in the door, you can start camping out there Monday.)

Also Wednesday, Muddy’s Bake Shop is hosting its regular book club gathering.
This time around, the book club – which is held at the shop’s East Memphis location, at 5101 Sanderlin – is discussing “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. The book, according to a description from Muddy’s, “takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”
The book club will be held from 6 pm. to 7 p.m. and is open to everyone.

The halls are decked in four homes in the historic Collierville Town Square district, filled with holiday decor, indoors and out. The Holiday Gift Gazebo is stocked with baked goods and gifts, as well as entertainment and refreshments. All proceeds benefit Collierville nonprofit organizations.
This fundraising event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. on the Square. Go to ccc1936.org for more.

Young Democrats of America is holding its winter meeting in Memphis Friday through Sunday, and among the national political figures is U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is a contender to become the new leader of the Democratic National Committee in the wake of disastrous federal elections this year for Democrats.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration has a busy week away from City Hall as it wraps up the series of 14 public forums on the forming of Memphis 3.0, a long-range citywide development plan.
There’s a meeting every day of the week, starting Monday at Raleigh Community Center at 5:30 p.m. And there are two on Saturday – Cossitt Library in the morning Downtown and McWherter Senior Center in the afternoon in East Memphis. For the schedule of the meetings go to memphis3point0.com.

The Holiday Farmer’s Market is Saturday so … Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Shop local for the holidays and find fresh produce, arts and crafts, music, and garden-fresh festivities, jingling all the way. Runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Station Pavilion at South Front Street and G.E. Patterson. Go to memphisfarmersmarket.org for more information.

Winter commencement for the University of Memphis is Sunday at FedExForum in two ceremonies – one at 11 a.m. and the other at 3:30 p.m. The city’s largest higher education institution will be awarding 1,693 degrees, including 55 doctorates.
Attorney Donald E. Godwin of the Dallas law firm Godwin Bowman and Martinez is the featured speaker. Godwin earned his master’s in accounting from the University of Memphis.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will meet Wednesday to discuss some potential changes to the Downtown Memphis skyline. Both Old Dominick Distillery and ServiceMaster have applied for multi-sign packages that will require the DRB to make exceptions to the Central Business Improvement District sign code.

The Memphis Metro CCIM and SIOR chapters will hold their annual joint meeting at the Domino’s Event Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s topics will include ALSAC’s expansion plan for St. Jude in the Pinch District.

It’s a full week at home for the Memphis Grizzlies with three games at FedExForum, starting with Tuesday’s 7 p.m. contest vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. The Portland Trail Blazers come to town Thursday at 7 p.m., and then on Saturday at 7 p.m. it’s Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors.

Other tidbits:

• The Shelby County Commission meets Monday with third and final reading of the pot ordinance on the agenda.
• At City Hall, Tuesday is City Council day, the next to last council session of the year.
University of Memphis basketball plays just once this week, as Tubby Smith, Dedric Lawson and the Tigers welcome UAB into FedExForum for a noon tip on Saturday.
• And the Professional Network on Aging rings in the holidays with its annual holiday soiree from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Agricenter International, Banquet Room Entrance C, 901-505-0946, pnamidsouth.org.

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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