Memphis Downtowner June/July 2014 : Page 7

City of Good Abode … n The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s Meals on Wheels service delivers its 20 millionth meal. The program is one of five designed to promote health and companionship while keeping people independent and living in their homes. Hundreds of MIFA volunteers help deliver nutrition and fellowship each week to many who are homebound and live socially isolated lives: 901-527-0208, mifa.org. n The Bridge, a monthly newspaper that provides people experiencing homelessness with a voice and a job, celebrates its 1-year anniversary. Full-time Rhodes College students work part time to produce the paper, which is sold by trained, certified vendors who use the experience and income to find permanent shelter and jobs: thememphisbridge.com. Special Deliveries ... n Charlotte Memphis — an exclusive jewelry gallery with interchangeable creations by fourth-generation master goldsmith Wolf-Peter Schwarz — launches a new website that includes a flash event online shop: 526 S. Main, 901-522-0100, charlotte-memphis.com. CITY BLOCKS courtesy American Cancer Society n Downtown-area drivers are needed to transport cancer patients to and from medical treatments. A single patient requiring radiation therapy can need to make 20 to 30 trips in six weeks. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides volunteer drivers to transport patients to the treatment they need: 800-227-2345, cancer.org. City Cheers ... n Shelby County Commissioners appoint Jimmy Ogle, Memphis history and tour-guide extraordinaire, to a six-year term as chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, serving as the county historian: 901-604-5002, jimmyogle.com. n The South Main Historic District ranks No. 4 in Paste magazine’s “10 Undercover Stylish Neighborhoods in the U.S.” The listing ends with, “The style is laid back, but you’ll want to bring all your swag to impress the artists and musicians that the rest of the country will hear about in 10 years.” Yep: pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/04/10-undercover-stylish-neighborhoods.html n Memphis Light, Gas and Water, the city’s utility company, celebrates 75 years. The nation’s largest three-service municipal utility began in 1939 as a dream of prominent Memphians to have all city utilities owned and operated by city government, free of outside interference: 245 S. Main, 901-544-6549, mlgw.com. n For the second consecutive year, Indie Memphis Film Festival makes MovieMaker’s list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” The magazine looked at more than 5,000 film festivals around the world, analyzing each festival’s history, prizes, judging panel, audience, alumni success, and submission fees. This year’s Indie Memphis festival is scheduled Oct. 30–Nov. 2: 901-888-4128, indiememphis.com. n The Silvershotz contemporary journal of photography will feature 11 members of Women in Photography International for its last print edition before moving to an online-only presence. Memphis-based photographer Amie Vanderford is one of the selected WIPI photographers, for her black-and-white documentary work “From Separation to Solidarity: Single Mothers in Memphis”: amie.org, womeninphotography.org, silvershotz.com. n New Ballet Ensemble & School was chosen as one of only three dance companies nationwide to perform this past May at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. The dance companies were selected based on innovative ideas and “new” moves: 901-726-9225, newballet.org. n He’s baaack! After 20 years and three Teacher of the Year awards, Dr. Gerald Eisenstatt, aka “Dr. E,” retires from teaching at the Southern College of Optometry and returns full time to his private practice, Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street: 103 S. Main, 901-495-9900, memphisfamilyvision.com. In Memoriam ... Music Mojo ... n Visible Music College heads underground with a basement makeover that will result in Music Industry Underground: three fully loaded recording studios and a mixing and mastering suite inside the old C&I Bank vault: 200 Madison, 901-381-3939, visible.edu. n Martha Ellen Maxwell former executive director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, was a tireless promoter and leader of the arts scene in Memphis for more than half a century. She was the founding executive director of the Memphis in May International Festival and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Memorials may be sent to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, New Ballet Ensemble and School, or the arts organization of your choice. JUNE/JULY 2014 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE courtesy Signal Flow PR MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.com 7

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