VOL. 131 | NO. 236 | Monday, November 28, 2016
The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4
Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…
This Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, a global day-long event focused on philanthropy and spreading generosity around the world. Among the local institutions participating, the UT/West Institute for Cancer Research is inviting people to join the movement. The institute is encouraging people to get involved by visiting its website, making a donation, and posting an #UNselfie, a photo of yourself giving back or creating a short video about why you give.
(P.S. Find out more about Giving Tuesday on the initiative’s website, where you can also search for local organizations to support.)
Lace up your shoes – or just watch the fun – Saturday morning at the St. Jude Marathon & 5K. This is a sanctioned Boston Marathon-qualifying race. The race finishes at AutoZone Park and is followed by a fun-filled weekend to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Go to stjudemarathon.org to get full details.
The gourmet meals service Le Jardin is holding a grand opening celebration in Chickasaw Crossing on Poplar Avenue this Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The business, at 2877 Poplar Ave., provides gourmet meals for people on the go. Head chef Karen Roth, who was a partner in Alchemy, will be preparing all of the meals, and the menu will include items such as crab cakes, braised beef short ribs and other dishes that will be packaged and ready to cook or throw in the freezer.
The third biannual Greenprint Summit is being held Wednesday. This is your chance to hear about projects related to the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan and how federal grants are being used strategically to provide multiple benefits for communities, with a specific focus on climate and disaster resilience.
The event, which is hosted by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle and the Hyde Family Foundation, is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center, 415 Great View Drive E. It’s free and open to the public, but you need to RSVP online.
City Hall starts its public outreach in formulating its Memphis 3.0 plan – that’s a two-decade look ahead to the kind of development we want to see in different parts of the city. And the first of 14 public meetings to hear from the public is Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. in Frayser, followed by a Tuesday session at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. – same start time. The meetings continue through Dec. 10 – here’s a schedule.
You can make comments or ask questions or do both. We’ll get the most obvious question out of the way now. Why is it called Memphis 3.0? That is a reference to the year 2019 being the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Memphis. Thus the city begins its third century of existence at the May 2019 debut of this plan.
There will be plenty of these kind of meetings to go to during the week. A U.S. Justice Department panel that is reviewing the way the Memphis Police Department does its job will kick off the review with a pair of town hall meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday session starts at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The Wednesday session at Hickory Hill Community Center begins at 5 p.m.
Monday is also the day the Shelby County Election Commission meets to certify the results of the Nov. 8 elections within our county. At the 4 p.m. session, there will also probably be some discussion about the election night problems that made for a long count that actually took a pause around 3 a.m. of the next morning.
Bottom line: Clinton carried the county as Trump took the state and its 11 electoral votes. The Electoral College delegation for Tennessee will meet next month in Nashville.
The Memphis Grizzlies play three home games this week, starting with a 7 p.m. contest Monday vs. the Charlotte Hornets. The Orlando Magic visit FedExForum Thursday night, and the surprising Los Angeles Lakers, off to a better-than-expected start under first-year coach Luke Walton, are in town Saturday night. Those games also start at 7 p.m.
University of Memphis basketball plays Jackson State Wednesday at 8 p.m. at FedExForum and then travels to Oxford on Saturday for a noon game against Ole Miss. The Memphis women’s team is in action at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elma Roane Fieldhouse vs. Northwestern State and on Sunday at 2 p.m. vs. Little Rock.
The Metal Museum Holiday Open House takes place Sunday, featuring a variety of things to do from noon to 5 p.m. Take an ornament-making class, view an exhibition of holiday ornaments, and shop the museum store for unique, handmade gifts. For details, visit metalmuseum.org.
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