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VOL. 133 | NO. 119 | Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Withers Gallery to Host Creatives Festival

The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, 333 Beale St., will host the Withers Creatives Festival June 28-30.

The three-day festival showcases the work of local creatives. It also will honor Blues City Cultural Center for the center’s influence on the African-American arts community in Memphis over several decades. The festival includes panel discussions on photography, film and music, which are also the three categories of featured arts.

Those wanting to be part of the showcase should submit samples of their work by Friday, June 15. Submissions are $10 each.

Visit witherscreativesfestival.com for details.

– Bill Dries

RiverPlay Opens Friday At Tom Lee Park

The Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis River Parks Partnership are collaborating to launch the temporary public recreation space RiverPlay at Tom Lee Park, with a grand opening celebration set for Friday, June 15, at 2 p.m. This event is open to the general public.

The RiverPlay installation follows a successful pilot last summer that attracted hundreds of families to an installation on the Fourth Bluff. This year’s pop-up will be hosted on the parking lot at Beale Street Landing in Tom Lee Park.

The free outdoor shared space will offer a variety of activities, such as half-court basketball, equipment rentals at the GrizzFit Gear Shack, lawn games and playing fields for soccer and football. In addition, RiverPlay will feature three special “Sunset Skate” nights on June 29, July 20 and Aug. 3.

All activities are designed to produce positive shared experiences within the community and along the Downtown riverfront.

The GrizzFit Gear Shack at RiverPlay will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 5. Park visitors can rent athletic gear such as jump ropes, basketballs, footballs and more, all for free. Hours will extend to 9 p.m. on Sunset Skate Fridays.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to check out equipment.

Visitors also are encouraged to use the new Explore Bike Share system to attend RiverPlay and can use the promo code RiverPlay18 to unlock a free hour ride that can be used Friday, June 15, or Saturday, June 16.

– Don Wade

Hamilton Eye Institute Hosting ‘Cataract-A-Thon’

The Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting the second annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon Friday and Saturday, June 15-16.

More than 50 patients from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and surrounding areas who are uninsured or otherwise unable to access proper ophthalmic care will receive cataract surgery at no cost during the two-day community service outreach. Patients were identified through the HEI clinics, the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, and Church Health. The value of the services is more than $150,000.

The surgeries will take place at the HEI Surgery Center, 930 Madison Ave.

The event is the vision of Dr. Brian Fowler, ophthalmic surgeon and vice chair of clinical operations at Hamilton Eye Institute.

Fowler recruited Dr. Emily Taylor Graves, an ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon from Duncan Eye PLLC, to co-direct the event and serve as lead cataract surgeon.

Their goal is to improve eye care for those in need in Memphis and the surrounding communities.

“Ophthalmic care is needed worldwide, so it’s easy to go overseas to provide services,” Fowler said in a statement. “But the fact is, it is also needed in the local community, just as much, if not more.”

Patients will receive screening, comprehensive eye exams, surgeries and follow-up care, with nursing and anesthesiology support.

The cataract-a-thon honors famed ophthalmologist and innovator of cataract surgery Dr. Ivan Marais, who died last year.

Originally from South Africa, Marais moved to Memphis in his later years to be closer to family. He was then recruited to be an ophthalmology instructor at UTHSC and HEI, where he trained many residents in cataract surgery, including Fowler.

Thirty patients were served during last year’s event.

– Daily News staff

Jewelry Supply Store Moves To Mendenhall Commons

Adeli Designs has signed a lease for 1,125 square feet of retail space at Mendenhall Commons, at South Mendenhall Road and Sanderlin Avenue in East Memphis.

Weingarten Realty announced the lease this week.

Adeli sells jewelry supplies and does repairs and well as custom designing jewelry. The store will also offer jewelry classes.

– Bill Dries

Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $30K in Scholarships

Comcast NBCUniversal has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 25 Memphis-area students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

Comcast, joined by state Rep. Karen Camper, recognized the students at an event held Tuesday, June 12. One student, Raven Richmond, a student at Immaculate Conception High School, was selected to receive a $5,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corp.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The program also aims to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Since 2001, more than $28 million has been awarded to nearly 27,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the program.

– Don Wade

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