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VOL. 132 | NO. 249 | Monday, December 18, 2017

The Week Ahead: December 18-24

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! Winter officially begins this week, and Santa’s making one last pass on his naughty-or-nice list (though we know you’ve all been good this year). Check out a couple of ways you can give back – plus more fun happenings you need to know about – in The Week Ahead...

Winter break for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban school districts starts Thursday, which also happens to be the winter solstice. The winter season continues through March 20, but SCS students head back to class Monday, Jan. 8. The suburban districts start a few days earlier, on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The original “Miracle on 34th Street” is screening Wednesday at the Orpheum, just about a block away from Memphis’ original Christmas hub, Main Street – where you could visit the Enchanted Forest at the old Goldsmith’s and have your own conversation with Santa.
This screening serves a double duty, because it also benefits the Mid-South Bank as part of the Midsouth Arts Against Hunger Food Drive. Get a free ticket by dropping off a non-perishable food item at the Orpheum box office – open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the night of the screening – or buy a ticket for $5 cash only.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is hosting “12 Days at Ghost River” through Dec. 24, during which the company will discount a different beer each day. The effort kicked off Dec. 9, and Ghost River is using it to gather items for three local nonprofits. To get 50 percent off the beer of the day, you can bring items for Memphis Union Mission, Mid-South Food Bank and Memphis Pets Alive.

Funk masters James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays take part in the MMT Speaker Series Thursday at 6 p.m. in Church Health’s community room at Crosstown Concourse. The conversation – hosted by The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) and Talent Development Complex – will be moderated by MMT’s founding president and Hall of Fame songwriter David Porter.
The event comes 50 years after the plane crash that killed Otis Redding and most of The Bar-Kays’ original lineup. Alexander had taken a different flight, and trumpeter Ben Cauley was in the crash but survived. Dodson joined the group when it re-formed later.

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team will have two home games this week. The Tigers play Siena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at FedExForum and then Loyola (MD) at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Memphis Grizzlies play a home game on Saturday at 7 p.m. vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies’ G League team, the Memphis Hustle, will play at 7 p.m. Friday vs. Austin Spurs.  Former University of Memphis players Trahson Burrell and Austin Nichols are among the notables on the Hustle’s roster. For tickets, go to the Landers Center box office or call 901-888-HOOP.

Looking for a sports outing, but want a break from basketball? The Mississippi RiverKings play Pensacola at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Landers Center. Plus, you can turn your holiday break into a tropical vacation “Holiday Luau” theme tickets that include either a youth jersey and admission to the first postgame Kids Club party or a Hawaiian-shirt bobble-belly RiverThing.

Santa Clara, California-based chemical company Agilent Technologies will seek a 10-year Fast Track PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) incentive from the Economic Development Growth Engine board Wednesday to expand its 5050 Holmes Road facility, creating 117 new jobs in the process.
In addition to the new jobs, Agilent will spend $340,000 to purchase computer equipment and copiers and $360,000 to renovate 220,635 square feet of the facility. EDGE staff projects the PILOT will generate a little more than $5 million in local and have a $1.6 million benefit to the applicant.

South Main Market

Memphis’ young professional community will be gathering Monday from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. at South Main Market, the new food hall and event space at 409 S. Main St, for the Undercurrent organization’s latest meet-up. As always, these are unstructured gatherings where there’s no set agenda – just show up to meet and mingle with peers. There’s no cost and no cover, but Undercurrent is partnering with the Mid-South Food Bank to help them collect what they need for the holiday season.
The first 50 people who bring a food item on the list here get a free drink on the house. That link also takes you to where you can RSVP. 

The Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council hold their last meetings of the year this week – Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Far from coasting to the holidays, both bodies have some work to do before they break for holiday cheer. The commission takes up a pay raise for the sheriff and has a slate of a dozen grants on its agenda in the way of what you might call stocking stuffers for local nonprofits and charities.

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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