VOL. 131 | NO. 132 | Monday, July 4, 2016
The Week Ahead: July 4-10
Daily News staff
Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…
• Downtown’s July Fourth fireworks display lights up Mud Island and the riverfront tonight, with fireworks starting around 9:15 p.m. Mud Island opens its gates at 3 p.m., and live music and children’s activities start at 6 p.m.
• Bartlett’s 2016 Fireworks Extravaganza kicks off at the Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (U.S. 70 and Appling Road), at 6 p.m. with live music, a car show and children’s activities, followed by fireworks at 9:10 p.m.
• Collierville’s 31st annual Fourth of July celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight with live music, concessions and a veterans hospitality tent, followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
• Germantown’s Fireworks Extravaganza starts at 5 p.m. with music, train rides, moon bounces and more in Municipal Park, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Fireworks start at 9:10 p.m.
By the way, fireworks (including sparklers) are dangerous, and they’re illegal in most places around here. So leave the fireworks to the pros.
Want to scope out your other July Fourth options? Holly Whitfield of the I Love Memphis Blog has posted a pretty comprehensive list of parades and other events.
There will be Memphis Redbirds baseball at AutoZone Park all week, starting with a 6:35 p.m. game Monday that will feature Fourth of July fireworks. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday’s game will start at 1:35 p.m.
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.
This could be the week that Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland gets a list of four to six finalists for the job of Memphis police director.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is conducting the job search for the city and took applications for the position.
Strickland intends to nominate a police director in August and take the nomination to the Memphis City Council for approval.
But before any of that happens, the city will be in Chancery Court Friday morning along with attorneys for The Commercial Appeal. The newspaper has filed suit seeking to make public the list of all who applied for the job with the IACP by the June deadline.
Prince fans gathered for a screening of "Purple Rain" at The Orpheum shortly after the singer's death.
Dearly beloved, we’re gathering here at the Cadre Building to celebrate this thing called life – and the Purple One.
The Downtown Cadre Building at 149 Monroe Ave. is playing host to a celebration and tribute to Prince on Friday. The bash will be a multimedia experience with talent that ranges from Grammy award winner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell to the Sensation Band featuring Jerry Braxton, Tim Terry, Tonya Dyson and more.
The party gets started at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.
Prince died in April, and multiple tribute events have already been held in Memphis in honor of him, including a free showing of the movie “Purple Rain” at The Orpheum.
Local Democratic leaders get together Thursday to ponder the state of the Shelby County Democratic Party.
The executive committee meeting Thursday afternoon is the latest chapter in a turbulent summer in which a party chair and vice chair have resigned. The new chairman, Michael Pope, was ordered last week to settle the party’s financial differences with Bryan Carson, yet another local party chairman who resigned in 2015 over some financial irregularities.
The rub is the local executive committee that elected Pope then decided to file a criminal complaint with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office against Carson over the money dispute.
And some on the committee plan to fight any attempt to drop the complaint at Thursday’s meeting.
Still other Democrats are talking about asking state party leaders to abolish the local party and start all over.
If you want to vote in the Aug. 4 elections or the early voting period that begins July 15 and you aren’t registered to vote in Shelby County, you have through Tuesday to get signed up.
Voter registration applications have to be postmarked no later than July 5, and if you aren’t using the mail, you have until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to get your registration form to the Election Commission either at 150 Washington Ave. or the operations center at 980 Nixon Drive in Shelby Farms Park.
There is also online voter registration at sos.tn.gov/elections or a link through shelbyvote.com.
If you register online to vote – no absentee ballot for you. You have to vote in person the first time.
ServiceMaster will seek approval for its redesign of the Peabody Place mall on Wednesday. The Design Review Board, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, will review ServiceMaster and landlord Belz Enterprises’ design.
The plan calls for removing the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Second Street and adding more than 50 new windows to the second and third level surfaces on the Second Street side of the mall. Wednesday’s meeting starts at 4 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Garden’s Cleanup Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to spruce up the Nature Photography Garden at MBG, 750 Cherry Road.
Participants/volunteers should bring whatever you’d like to have if you were gardening at home, such as bypass pruners, loppers and handsaws. Gloves, water and a hat are recommended. Volunteers are asked to arrive early enough to sign in at the horticulture building before heading out to the garden.
Contact Chris O’Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-636-4134 for information or to join.
Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd will host a town hall meeting Thursday in Frayser regarding Memphis Wrecking Co.’s proposed expansion of its existing landfill next to Whitney Elementary School. The expansion will extend the construction debris landfill to the south side of Whitney Road.
The meeting will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St.
Happy birthday to Signal Flow PR, which has turned the ripe old age of five.
The boutique PR firm, launched by Memphis music maven Elizabeth Cawein, is holding its birthday celebration Thursday at the New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale St. It will feature music by Faith Evans Ruch, Bryan Hayes Music, Myla Smith, Chris Milam and Motel Mirrors.
Doors open at 6 p.m., the music starts at 7 p.m., and there’s no cover.
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