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VOL. 131 | NO. 47 | Monday, March 7, 2016

The Week Ahead: March 7-13

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How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

The inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week kicks off Monday. For the next five days, local black-owned eateries will be serving up special menu items and $15 two-course lunches and $25 three-course dinners.
The initiative is meant to kickstart economic development in the local business community and attract more customers to neighborhood restaurants. Participants include Dejavu, The HM Dessert Lounge, Mot & Ed's, The Bistro Memphis, Scoops Parlor, The Office at Uptown, Onix and Evergreen Grill. 

• The first mediation session in the Overton Park Greensward controversy is scheduled for Tuesday between the Overton Park Conservancy and the Memphis Zoo.
The opening session of the process set up in February could determine whether the Chancery Court lawsuit filed last month by the zoo remains in play. The zoo has said it will drop its legal claim against the city and the conservancy if and when the conservancy drops its counterclaim against the zoo. The conservancy says it wants to see how the first session goes. 

• Dean Jernigan’s Memphis-based company Jernigan Capital – which acts as a source of capital for self-storage entrepreneurs – reports earnings on Monday.
Jernigan’s company is a still relatively new corporate addition to Memphis, although its namesake CEO is not. Among other things, Jernigan is a founder of the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and AutoZone Park with his wife, Kristi.
Jernigan Capital offers financing solutions for the ground-up construction of self-storage facilities or major self-storage redevelopment opportunities, as well as for the acquisition of self-storage facilities, among other things.

• The American Queen is docking Monday at Beale Street Landing. The largest steamboat in the world will be docked at its homeport from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The passenger cruise vessel leaves Monday evening for a trip south to New Orleans. And it will be back March 21.  

• The Shelby County Commission meets Monday. At the first session since the first election of 2016, the commission is set to vote on an ordinance that would do away with the term limits on county offices, including the commission itself as well as the Shelby County mayor’s office.

• John Kilzer has been a part of the Calvary and the Arts series at Calvary Episcopal Church during the fall. And the singer-songwriter is doing some of his best work musically these days, including a just-released video of “Until We’re All Free,” a collaboration with Kirk Whalum.
But when he is at Calvary Tuesday it will be as Rev. Dr. John Kilzer of St. John’s United Methodist Church and Memphis Theological Seminary. Kilzer will be part of Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series. While you’re there, grab a bite at a Memphis institution – the Calvary Waffle Shop, located in the church basement.

• In light of sobering figures on the amount of business going to minority- and women-owned businesses, an upcoming lecture will put changemaking Memphians in the spotlight.
“Advocating for the Marginalized: A Panel of Memphis Leaders Who Stand Up for the Vulnerable,” will take place Tuesday at Living Hope Church, 815 N. McLean Blvd.
Speakers include Bridgette Bowman, officer of disproportionate minority contacts for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County; Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City; Steve Moses, office director of World Relief Memphis; Tim Jewett, executive director of Su Casa Family Ministries; and Rachel Haaga, executive director of Restore Corps.
The lecture runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is hosted by Serve901.

• The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority meets Thursday afternoon to take up the question of a day-to-day management firm for the entertainment district.
Four firms have applied for the job, and it’s hard to tell how close the group is to hiring one. You could see the development authority narrow that list down or move straight to picking one and proceeding to negotiate a contract with that firm.

• The Women of Achievement Awards will be held on Sunday, honoring eight women of accomplishment in the categories of steadfastness, initiative, vision, heroism, heritage, courage, and determination. The 32nd annual reception begins at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Call 901-378-3866 or visit memphiswomen.org for details.

• Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a walking tour on Saturday that visits the Scots-Irish who rest at Elmwood Cemetery. Meet a former mayor, a founder of Memphis, and a scalawag or two. Starts at 10:30 a.m. at Elmwood, 824 S. Dudley St. Visit elmwoodcemetery.org.

• The 430 Gallery at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St., hosts Young Collectors Memphis on Friday and Saturday. That’s an art fair and exhibition of prominent emerging artists and was launched as a way to connect emerging talent with beginning collectors, according to a description of the event. For more, check out the event’s Facebook page.

• The Southern Women’s Show will offer up fashion, fun, health, beauty, demos, shopping, decorating, food, contests and prizes Friday through Sunday. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Call 800-849-0248 or visit southernshows.com/wme for more information.

• The Memphis Grizzlies return to action at FedExForum with a 7 p.m. game on Friday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.

• And as we mentioned at the outset, get ready to set your watch forward for Daylight Saving Time, which officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Also take a moment to test and replace your smoke detector battery – or, as fire safety experts put it, “change your clock, change your battery” – so you’re on time AND safe.

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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