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VOL. 131 | NO. 182 | Monday, September 12, 2016

The Week Ahead: September 12-18

Daily News staff

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Happy Monday, Memphis! There’s plenty of celebrating going on in the Bluff City this week, from COGIC’s annual Founder’s Celebration to the Cooper-Young Festival and The Peabody’s birthday bash. Check out details on those and other happenings to keep on your radar this week…

A very happy birthday is in order for The Peabody Memphis, which is celebrating its 147th birthday with a bash this week that includes inducting Richard Shadyac Jr. into the Duck Walk Hall of Fame.
Shadyac is the CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization affiliated with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The party on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (which kicks off at 4:30 p.m.), will include a duck march and the induction, along with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, cake, and music provided by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

On Tuesday, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will consider an $11 million tax-exempt bond proposal to fund construction of a new, 450-seat performing arts theater at the Crosstown Concourse. 
The CCRFC agenda also includes payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) lease agreement requests for three properties on South Front Street (345, 347 and 436 S. Front St.) and a refinancing request for property at 508 S. Main St. 

This weekend will see the return of the Cooper-Young Festival.
Hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association, the event which is now in its 29th year is expected to draw some 130,000 attendees to enjoy a mix of art, music and crafts presented by more than 435 artisans from around the country.
The festival is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Church of God in Christ will honor its founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, on Monday and Tuesday with a slate of free activities open to the community.
On Monday, Methodist Healthcare will be at the COGIC World Headquarters, 930 Mason St., performing mammograms for women 40 and older who haven’t had a mammogram in the past year. Other activities, including a job fair featuring more than 40 employers looking to hire, will take place Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at COGIC’s headquarters.

After winning new head coach Mike Norvell’s debut on Sept. 3, the University of Memphis football team is back in action on Saturday with an 11 a.m. kickoff against the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks are members of the Big 12, the league that recently snubbed Memphis as it continues to explore expansion. So here’s a chance for some payback.
For ticket information, visit gotigersgo.com. If you can’t make it to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Memphis is waiting on a $10 million announcement this week from XQ, an education reform group backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. On Wednesday, the group will announce which five groups will each receive $10 million to go toward forming a new type of high school.
The still-forming Crosstown High School, located in Crosstown Concourse, is among the finalists for a grant. XQ will make the reveal in a live Facebook event, Facebook.com/XQAmerica.
Last week, organizers of Crosstown High said the school would open in August 2018, a year later than what was first announced, saying the extra year would give them time to recruit school leaders and teachers, establish partnerships with businesses and nonprofits, and solicit more community input.

Journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem is in town this week for Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region’s 75th anniversary. Steinem will be giving the keynote address at PPGMR’s James Award Celebration, where the organization will honor its key volunteers and advocates. The event kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Tickets are available at jamesawards.org.

The Bridge, a newspaper written and distributed by the local homeless community, will see its third-annual fundraiser this weekend. A group of students at Rhodes College founded the newspaper in 2013 and its day-to-day operations are still housed at the local private college.
The fundraiser will take place at the Fisher Gardens at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway. Planned for the night’s festivities are performances by Rhodes acapella groups Lipstick on Your Collar and Woolsocks, food, games, and a silent auction sponsored by local restaurants and boutiques.
The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Take advantage of some of the best weather of the year by enjoying activities at the Memphis Botanic Garden this week. Among this week’s offerings: oil painting on Tuesday, Farmer’s Market at the Garden and a Food Truck Garden Party on Wednesday, Pruning Club on Thursday and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” Family Movie Night on Friday. For a full list of activities and details on each, memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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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