VOL. 133 | NO. 149 | Monday, July 30, 2018
The Week Ahead: July 30-August 5
Good morning, Memphis! The break from summer humidity has been nice, but it means school is just around the corner. Fortunately, there are plenty of events for you to enjoy as the home stretch of summer appears.
ServiceMaster Global Holdings reports its second quarter earnings Tuesday and the quarterly conference calls are always a good way to keep up with what is happening with the Memphis-based business of residential and commercial services. The company is in the process of spinning off its American Home Shield division. Let’s all stand and recite the safe harbor statement to prepare for the Tuesday call. “This presentation contains forward looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Future results may vary from any expectations or goals expressed in, or implied by the forward-looking statements included in this presentation, possibly to a material degree.”
Election day is Thursday, with polls in Shelby County open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the ballot is the county general election led by the race for Shelby County mayor. Also on the ballot are state and federal primaries for governor, one of our two U.S. Senate seats, the two congressional seats that cover Shelby County, all 14 state House seats in Shelby County and three of our five state Senate seats. The winners in these primaries advance to the Nov. 6 general elections. There’s also a special election for Memphis City Council and a referendum question that would amend the county charter to let the Tennessee Legislature set the pay of the county mayor and sheriff.
If you voted early this time, do not vote on election day. If you didn’t vote early but usually do, remember that you probably don’t go to where you usually vote early. You go instead to the polling place in your precinct. The Shelby County Election Commission has a precinct locator on its website, www.shelbyvote.com, that shows you where your election day polling place is and what district you live in.
After the polls close at 7 p.m. join us @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols for election results as they come in and until the unofficial results are complete. Your vote matters, and after a summer of campaign coverage, the numbers are what we focus on – how you voted. The day after we start the focus on the new mayor and new majority on the County Commission as well as the winners in state and federal primaries who advance to the general election in November. DEMOCRACY.
High Ground News is hosting “Up to Us: Storytelling from Uptown and The Pinch” Thursday to cap off the weekly digital magazine’s four-month On The Ground coverage, where small business owners, longtime residents and local youth will share stories about the personal experiences and events that shaped their relationships with Uptown and The Pinch. The free event will be held in the Explore Bike Share offices on the second floor of 61 Keel Ave. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is available on Eventbrite.
With the grand opening of its East Memphis location coming up Aug. 24-26, outdoor apparel and gear retailer REI Co-op wants to get to know the Memphis community with a weekend of free outdoor activities. This Friday through Sunday, REI Co-op is hosting a variety of free activities including bike-shares around town and boat and board rentals at Shelby Farms Park. Wiseacre Brewing will host a kick-off happy hour Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Loflin Yard will close the weekend with a Field Day Party on Sunday at the same time. On Saturday, REI is planning a concert at the Levitt Shell.
Screenings for the second annual Memphis Film Prize take place at Malco’s Studio on the Square Friday through Sunday. One of the top 10 films, which range from five to 15 minutes long, will take the $10,000 grand prize. All were filmed in Shelby County. Festival passes are $20, plus fees.
Breakout social media comedian Eddie B is bringing his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” to The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts Saturday at 8 p.m. An educator by trade, B created a series of viral videos titled “What Teachers Really Say,” in which he comically portrays teachers’ worst frustrations. He is now taking those stories to the stage in a standup routine. Tickets are $25-$65 and available through Ticketmaster.
The Memphis Redbirds start a seven-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday vs. Sacramento at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds will face Sacramento at 7:05 on Thursday and Friday night as well. The team then start a four-game series with Fresno at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks follow Saturday’s game. The series continues with a Sunday game at 2:05 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday.
The AutoZone Park box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday on non-game days and opens at 10 a.m. on game days. You can also call for tickets at 901-721-6000 or go to www.memphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.
Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. this summer have fun with Memphis Music Trivia and Crosstown Brewing. Hosted by 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. Learn more at memphisrocknsoul.org.
It’s a free Food Truck Friday at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (901) 761-5250 or visit dixon.org.
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