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VOL. 132 | NO. 190 | Monday, September 25, 2017

The Week Ahead: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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Are you ready to ride into the coming week, Memphis? There are some big two-wheel events and races to take in along with performances, fine dining, even a vintage antique market at Agricenter International. Check out more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

The local festival season takes a turn on two wheels Saturday with a couple of bicycling events. Shelby Farms Park hosts a cyclocross event that is part of USA Cycling’s national cyclocross racing series, drawing competitive cyclists from across the country and other countries. The race will be along a multidimensional course built specifically for the event. The course begins at the Beaver Lake Pavilion and the emphasis is on the physical demands of the course, not necessarily the scenery. This is a two-day cycling event Saturday and Sunday.


Also on Saturday, the fourth annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bike ride gets underway in West Memphis. The metric century bike ride includes the Delta Regional River Park Gravel Grinder Ride. Both start at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead of the Big River Trail in West Memphis with a party featuring food, drinks and music on the other side of Broadway in the parking lot of the Pancho’s restaurant. The Flatlander is a 62-mile, or 100 kilometer, ride – thus the century reference – that takes in Horseshoe Lake. The Gravel Grinder is 21 miles and includes the levee trails – thus the gravel reference. There is walk-up registration for the event starting at 7 a.m.

The Move It Memphis 4-Miler starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This is your chance to run at the river at sunset, and enjoy an after-party that includes cold beverages, a unique Memphis mix of arts, awards ceremony, and premium swag bags to benefit the Greater Memphis Chamber. The race starts and ends at Loflin Yard.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Among the agenda items are some organizational changes with the start of the yearlong term of new commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer.
Shafer’s committee assignments include commissioner Eddie Jones as the new chairman of the budget committee – arguably the most critical committee assignment for any legislative body. Jones assumes the post from Steve Basar.


Rhiannon Giddens plays the Germantown Performing Arts Center Friday at 8 p.m. The co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops has, in recent years, pursued a solo career that spans American musical genres from folk to jazz to opera and all the way to bluegrass. Giddens is also an authoritative voice for the history and culture behind all of those types of music and the cultural spaces where they meet. Earlier this year she performed at both the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival – only the fourth performer with that distinction.

The Mud Island River Walk is the venue for Wine on the River, a benefit for Youth Villages taking place Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take the world tour and taste cultural regions spanning the globe, with wine and food, souvenir glass, live music and entertainment.

The National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK Soul Concert Series wraps up Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard. Bring a blanket or chair for this free concert event with featured artist Karen Brown, spoken-word artists, MLK speeches, food trucks and a Sip & Shop at the Main Street Museum Store. RSVP requested.


The Southern Junkers Fall Vintage Market comes to Agricenter International on Friday and Saturday. See the best in vintage, antiques, farmhouse and cool junk… plus food trucks, paint demos and more.

A Memphis-made film about the effort to breathe new life in the the local Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board – or CLERB – will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University of Memphis. The film and panel discussion that follows at the Art and Communication Building, 3575 Central Ave., is free and open to the public. The panel discussion will feature attorney Bruce Kramer, who is on CLERB, and Paul Garner, an activist who led the Memphis United organization that was among those that pushed for the return of the board, which was dormant for years.


To celebrate its new location near Wolfchase Galleria, PizzaRev Taproom is hosting a “pay-what-you-want” fundraiser Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. Guests are invited to pay what they want for their first custom-built, personal-sized pizza, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the organization. The new PizzaRev taproom is located at 2825 N. Germantown Parkway.

An Evening of Change, the RISE Foundation’s annual celebration and fundraising gala, kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. in Shelby Farms’ FedEx Event Center. The Emerald City-themed event benefits RISE’s programs and services to break the cycle of financial poverty.


Wine & Dine at the Tower Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday to benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. Master chefs will serve food samples paired with fine wines, plus a silent auction includes vacation packages and cooking classes. Tower Center, 5100 Poplar, 33rd Floor, 901-683-1271,

The Shelby County Board of Adjustment will hear 10 cases at its monthly meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Memphis City Council Chambers. Most notably on the agenda are Pinnacle Bank’s application to build new a branch at 1651 Union Ave. and Valicor’s request to open an industrial wastewater reclamation and recycling facility at 415 E. Brooks Road. Pinnacle’s request in particular has drawn vocal concerns from nearby residents.

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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