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VOL. 132 | NO. 76 | Monday, April 17, 2017

The Week Ahead: April 17-23

Daily News staff

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Happy Monday, Memphis! You’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate this week: The Grizzlies are in the NBA Playoffs, the Africa in April festival is back, and the area is getting greener with both a park and a greenway opening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

The Memphis Grizzlies are in the NBA Playoffs for the seventh straight season and will play two games at FedExForum this week against the San Antonio Spurs. Game 3 of the series – Home Game 1 – will tip Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Game 4 of the series – Home Game 2 – will start Saturday night at 7. Fans can get their tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-4-NBA-TIX, visiting the FedExForum Box Office, or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is in the city Tuesday as the keynote speaker at the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards sponsored by The Daily News and The Rotary Club of Memphis East. Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Library & Information Center director Keenon McCloy are the recipients of the annual awards named in honor of the late Probate Court clerk. The award goes to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official.
The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis-Ridgeway Center. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of 10. Call 901-754-1615 or email lmhughes@costconsulting.net.
McCloy and Joyner also will speak at a symposium before the luncheon at 9:30 a.m. at the CBU Montesi Executive Center. The symposium is free and open to the public. RSVP to career@cbu.edu.

Crosstown Concourse restaurant Mama Gaia is supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by donating 25 percent of all its sales Monday. The fundraiser is scheduled to coincide with Meat Free Monday, a national initiative that encourages people to skip eating meat for one day a week. They’re open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1350 Concourse Ave., suite 137.


The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will showcase the Republic of Togo at its 31st annual event, taking place Friday through Sunday in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The celebration features fun, festivities, food and a diverse cultural marketplace – plus a different theme each day: Friday is Children and Seniors Day; Saturday is Family Health, Wellness & Community Day; and Sunday is International Music Day.
Related events include the International Business & Entrepreneurs Luncheon on Wednesday and the African-American Business Leaders Breakfast on Friday. Check out the entire schedule here.

The Craigmont High School planetarium needs some work before it can shine again, so the school's alumni are gathering Thursday for a fundraiser at the Rendezvous. The planetarium was an original part of the Raleigh high school when it opened in the mid-1970s, but it’s been out of action since 2010. The preliminary cost estimates to modernize and restore it range from $31,000 to $190,000.
With the revival of the planetarium, the Craigmont group hopes to also support STEM efforts at the high school – a curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math. The “Cheers for Craigmont” group is already making plans for a weeklong event in May on campus.

The British cultural icon who’s seen all of time and space … everything that ever happened, or ever will … is back. Memphis audiences will get to take part in a special premiere of Doctor Who’s 10th season, with two special screenings of the first episode of Peter Capaldi’s final season as the 12th iteration of the Doctor at Malco’s Paradiso Cinema Grill. The showings are Monday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m., and tickets are $16.

Hoedown for Hope is Friday 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – grab your cowboy hat and spurs and two-step down to Propceller for music, food, beer, dancing, a mechanical bull (really!), silent auction and vintage treasures to benefit Hope House.

For years the vacant Burger King restaurant across the street from the Brass Door pub on Madison Avenue between Second Street and B.B. King Boulevard was the bane of Seamus Loftus’ existence. The owner/operator of Brass Door dreamed of getting to strike the first blow that would bring down the eyesore. It didn’t quite work out that way, but on Friday, the Madison Avenue pocket park that replaced the Burger King will have its formal opening.

Also Friday, the formal opening of the Fletcher Creek Greenway in Bartlett, a mile along the creek between U.S. 64 and Brother Boulevard. The finishing touches were being done on the greenway section as the week began and as is the case with greenways and trails in Shelby County, there is already heavy use with the arrival of spring. A second phase of the Bartlett project to Byrd Park is about to start planning.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday as the group of 13 works its way toward the budget season a bit later in the month. This is the time of year when commissioners start to wonder if some spending can be delayed until the new fiscal year to make way for a few changes at the end of the current year. And there are lots of questions about how much money is in a line item for the current fiscal year.

Monday is also the day the ballot should be set for the May 25 special election for Lakeland commissioner. Monday at noon is the deadline for any candidates who had filed by last Thursday to withdraw if they wish.

Meanwhile, Saturday is the final day of the early voting period in the special primary elections in state House District 95.

Feel like easing into the work week? The Memphis Redbirds wrap up their first homestand of the season with an 11:05 a.m. game Monday at AutoZone Park vs. the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Tickets available at the box office, or call 901-721-6000.

The University of Memphis baseball team will take on USF in an American Athletic Conference series at FedExPark at South Campus. Game times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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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