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VOL. 133 | NO. 140 | Monday, July 16, 2018

The Week Ahead: July 16-22

Daily News staff

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Good morning, Memphis! The popular Roundhouse Revival at the Mid-South Coliseum returns this weekend, along with a retro skate night against the scenic backdrop of the Mississippi River at sunset. Check out those events and more happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

Date night is the normal designation for Friday nights for some of you. How about Sunset Skate Night? Only at Tom Lee Park this Friday. As part of the Riverplay series of events through the summer, Memphis River Parks Partnership is offering free skate rentals from the GrizzFit Gear Shack on the Beale Street Landing parking lot. There is a course set up through the park for skaters as well as music, food and demonstrations.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 election day continues across Shelby County with all 27 of the sites open as of Tuesday. Lots of litigation and drafting and redrafting of orders over this, so the hours and days for these 27 locations are more varied than usual. With that in mind, here is the early voting list from the Shelby County Election Commission. We will also be posting early voter turnout figures as they come in @tdnpols. That sometimes makes people nervous. But fear not. We know everything about early voting as its underway except the most important information -- how you voted. We don’t get that until election night after the polls close. DEMOCRACY.

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot – Democrat Lee Harris and Republican David Lenoir – meet in their latest debate Tuesday at the Memphis Rotary Club luncheon at noon at Clayborn Temple. The Rotary Club as well as the Memphis Kiwanis Club host these debates on a regular basis for the city and county mayoral races. This campaign season has seen Lenoir and Harris make a number of joint appearances to help voters figure out who will succeed Mark Luttrell as the county’s chief executive.

Roundhouse Revival 3, taking place Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., is the third all-purpose rally by the Coliseum Coalition in behalf of a renovated, reused and reopened Mid-South Coliseum at the Fairgrounds. The first two weren’t in the Coliseum itself but just outside the hallowed doors of the 54-year-old arena where the Beatles and Elvis played, Jerry Lawler threw fire and Larry Finch made basketball the city’s dominant sport. This third revival features music, wrestling and basketball, along with food trucks, community groups, water slides, voter registration and ROBOTS.

On Wednesday, the Center City Development Corp. will vote on a trio of items, including choosing a consultant to create a Downtown Memphis master plan; a new type of a grant design to spur growth in the South Main neighborhood; and an exterior improvement grant for Karen Adams, a local designer looking to move her stationery manufacturing operations to the Medical District.

The Memphis Redbirds start a seven-game homestand Monday at 7:05 p.m. at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds will play a four-game series with the Iowa Cubs, with 7:05 games following Tuesday through Thursday. They played the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 6:35 p.m., and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Fireworks follow Saturday night’s game.  The AutoZone Park box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday on nongame days and opens at 10 a.m. on game days. You can also call for tickets at 901-721-6000 or go to memphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.

The former director of Governors Island, the New York city former military base turned public parkland that is accessible only by boat, will be in the city Tuesday to talk with the MRPP and others about the future of another island – Mud Island – specifically the southern half of the island that is the city-owned river park. Leslie Koch will talk about her experience at Governors Island and lead a discussion with the public Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Beale Street Landing as part of the MRPP’s Urban M series.

Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. this summer have fun with Memphis Music Trivia at Crosstown Brewing. Hosted by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Prizes include $50 for first place, $20 for second, and $10 for third, plus a secret surprise for the team that has the best name.

Kenny Chesney brings his Trip Around the Sun Tour to Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove in Southaven at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday. Special guest is Old Dominion. No lawn chairs allowed at the venue.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis hosts a forum to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum. A panel of community development and housing policy experts will discuss this groundbreaking legislation, what progress has happened in that time, the challenges, and the work that still lies ahead.

 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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