Memphis Downtowner April/May 2014 : Page 7

CITY BLOCKS City of Good Abode … n Memphis City Gardens plants its 2014 season with open-air, for-rent community beds at G.E. Patterson and South Front: memphiscitygardens@gmail. com, memphiscitygardens.org. n If you have unwanted, unused, or partially used gift cards lying about, Playhouse on the Square wants them. No unused balance is too small — and you don’t even have to know how much is left on the card. Provide your name and address to Playhouse, and they will send you a postage-paid envelope to return your gift cards. Once the collective gift-card balances are determined, you’ll receive a donation acknowledgement: 901-937-6464, playhouseonthesquare.org/ how-to-support-us. n Sign up for The Vine Line, a periodic email correspondence from the Memphis Botanic Garden that focuses on horticulture, the environment, and relevant news. Story lines include information about plants; insights on how to improve your lawn, garden, and plant selections; and other seasonal topics: 901-576-4100, memphisbotanicgarden.com. n The largest community cleanup effort in Memphis history takes place April 25–27 and involves teams of volunteers working to fight blight and beautify the city. Teams can choose projects from the list of options or develop their own. Register your team and pick a project: faithinactionmemphis.com. Special Deliveries ... n Backbeat Tours launches “Memphis Loves Memphis,” a tour series designed for locals. Each month throughout the year, a unique tour — at a reduced rate — showcases the city to those who call it home (and those who want to). April 5 is the African-American Heroes tour, and May 10 is a “Downtown Kid Venture”: 901-527-9415, facebook.com (MLM tour info), backbeattours.com. n “60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll” features a timeline showcasing many of the greatest moments through six decades of rock and includes music memorabilia never displayed in Memphis. The exhibit, which runs through January, begins with Elvis Presley’s first commercial release, in 1954, of “That’s All Right,” considered the first rock ‘n’ roll single: Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, 901-205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. On the Move ... n After 30 years of being known as The MED, the Regional Medical Center — a comprehensive health care delivery system anchored by highly respected centers of excellence — is rebranded into Regional One Health to unify the system’s acute care hospital, stand-alone specialty centers, and primary care clinics under one name: 901-545-7117, the-med.org. City Cheers ... n Dr. William Novick , founder and medical director of the International Children’s Heart Foundation, receives the Moscow-based Silver Archer award for “personal and professional achievements and contributions toward the development of better communication between the USA and Russia”: 901-869-4243, babyheart. org, luchnik.ru. n Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC celebrates the firm’s centennial anniversary and principal Max Shelton’s 50th year practicing law. The firm, a broad, business-based practice, also launches a new brand and website: One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main, 901-525-1455, harrisshelton.com. n The Soulsville Charter School has its third graduating class this year, and for the third year in a row, every senior has been accepted to college. And for the second year in a row, every senior has been accepted to four-year colleges: 1115 College, 901-261-6366, soulsvillecharterschool.org. n The Children’s Museum of Memphis achieves accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. AAM accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence: 2525 Central, 901-458-2678, cmom.com. Hitting the Streets … n Bring It Food Hub , a nonprofit, local-foods distributor, sells and delivers fruits, vegetables, and value-added products via a multi-farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) program that begins May 2014: 694 Madison, 901-494-1826, bringitfoodhub.com. Music Mojo ... n Piano and guitar scholarships are available to youth 12–21 for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s annual summer workshops, held June 18–20. The annual workshops also include harmonica and target intermediate and advanced adults and youth. Music masters and legends are lined up to lead the workshop experience, which takes place on the grounds of the historic Hopson Plantation and Shack-Up Inn in Clarksdale, MS: 510-290-7664, pinetopperkinsfoundation.org. n For 50 years , The Bar-Kays — the legendary band that originated at Stax — MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.com have been a powerhouse of the fusion of funk and R&B. Celebrating its half-century milestone, the world-famous band returns to the city where it all began, staging a golden-anniversary concert April 4 at Minglewood Hall: 901-312-6058, minglewoodhall.com. n Memphis Trolley Unplugged returns to the tracks April 18–19, when Memphis musicians travel and perform aboard the Main Street Trolley, 6–8 p.m. Developed by the Memphis Music Commission, Memphis Trolley Unplugged takes place every Fri.–Sat. through the end of August: 901-576-6850, memphismusic.org. 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