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VOL. 131 | NO. 212 | Monday, October 24, 2016

The Week Ahead: October 24-30

By Kate Simone

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The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

It’s been about 18 years since the public has been able to look inside Clayborn Temple, a more than century-old church in the shadow of FedExForum that is historic on several levels over several eras in our city’s history.
The group that currently owns the church has put a lot of work into the sanctuary, not to restore it just yet but to make it suitable for a different type of pre-vitalization that kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. with “blessing ceremony.” The public is invited to that and a call to artists that follows. The idea is for those looking over the church to come up with ideas, from arts events to rentals for weddings and other events.
Even with the basic work done of replacing a rotting floor and pumping out a basement full of water, the church is still very much a work in progress. But it’s now safe enough for the public to have a look around.

Lakeland is holding its free Halloween Festival this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 4527 Canada Road.
Vendors including food trucks will be on hand giving out treats and goodies. There will be a Great Pumpkin Patch with about 200 pumpkins for the picking, and activities will include giant obstacle inflatables, trick-or-treating, face painting, photos with costumed characters and more. There will also be a costume contest, pumpkin pie-eating contest and a pumpkin pre-carved contest, in addition to a variety of prize giveaways.

Vine to Wine: Spooky Spirits! It’s a ghoulishly great time at Memphis Botanic Garden on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that includes adult "spirits" and frighteningly delicious hors d'oeuvres. Come in costume, if you dare. Prizes await … call 901- 636-4131 or visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for more information.

The state, TVA and the Wolf River Conservancy formally open a boat ramp and access point on the Wolf River at Piperton on Wednesday. Thursday, those and some federal officials move to Kennedy Park on the Wolf River Greenway itself to mark a $60 million grant that will help the conservancy’s efforts to restore wetlands. The grant will also help with repairs and upgrades to Kennedy Park. The park will have its own boat ramp and access point to what is the northernmost point of the Wolf River in Shelby County. 

Undercurrent is heading to the Bikesmith this month.
Undercurrent 33 – the networking event launched in 2013 by a handful of creatives where the purpose is to just hang out and meet new people – will gather at the bike shop at 509 N. Hollywood Ave., for its Oct. 24 event that kicks off at 8 p.m. Hot Mess Burritos will be on site, as well as The TapBox beer truck.

The Memphis Grizzlies begin their quest for a seventh straight postseason appearance with the season-opening game at 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum. Come welcome back Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and all the rest and see the debut of head coach David Fizdale. The Grizzlies return to the home court on Sunday for a 7 p.m. game against the Washington Wizards.

Memphis will welcome the Tennessee Public Transportation Association annual conference this week at the Cook Convention Center. Hosted by the Memphis Area Transit Authority, it is expected to attract more than 200 public transportation professionals. The event enables transit professionals to share best practices and lessons, promote the value of public transportation and learn about new trends and partnerships to increase ridership. More than 75 exhibitors will be set up on Wednesday in the Southwest Hall of the convention center. On Thursday, the famous State and Van Roadeo Competition takes place in the south parking lot of the Mid-South Coliseum. Bus operators will engage in numerous competitions to showcase their skills in safe driving and try to win top honors. 

The Power of the Purse Auction is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday... Purchase your passport to fun, food, and fashion with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. The fundraiser, which will help to reduce poverty in one of the poorest areas of Memphis, will be held at University Club of Memphis. Call 901-578-9346 or go to wfgm.org for more information.

And the University of Memphis football team continues its pursuit of an American Athletic Conference championship with a 7 p.m. game Saturday vs. Tulsa. So far, the Tigers are 4-0 at home this season. Visit gotigersgo.com for ticket and parking information.  

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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