Fore Green! A new public golf course on the former site of Big Creek Golf Course in Millington became the first course in the country to receive official Audubon Classic Sanctuary certification by Audubon International. Mirimichi — a Native American word that means “place of happy retreat” — is a totally renovated, eco-friendly course that blends a world-class golf experience with a protected, enhanced encounter with nature. Mirimichi, owned by entertainer Justin Timberlake and his family, added and integrated wildlife conservation, restored and enhanced natural habitats, established water conservation and water quality initiatives, and thoroughly trained employees in environmental stewardship. Some of the direct initiatives include irrigation and drainage systems that re-use rainwater; enhanced native grass areas, waste bunkers, and water features; a re-circulating stream system that supports wildlife; and a new Natural Resource Management Center. Opened July 25, the par-72 Mirimichi stretches more than 7,400 yards, with five different tee boxes, four waterfalls, six lakes, and two meandering, rolling streams. It also offers an expansive practice area that includes a driving range, 18-hole putting course, short-game area, and practice putting green. Best of all, it is affordable for all players — a “Thank you, Memphis” from the Timberlakes. For more information, call 259-3800 or visit mirimichi.com. Taylor Made With a click of a button, Rev. Lonzie Odie Taylor captured history from the 1920s through the 1960s. Camera in hand, he gave a face to the African-American community of Memphis by documenting the everyday life of the South in the pre–Civil Rights era. His pictures, films, and music illuminated seemingly mundane events like graduations, business openings, and church conventions. To celebrate the life and passion of Taylor, the Center for Southern Folklore launched an online exhibit titled Taylor Made: The Life and Work of the Rev. L.O. Taylor. The exhibit offers an insightful look into not only the life and art of Taylor, but also the community surrounding him. The exhibit consists of an overview of the collection, a biography of Taylor, three online galleries of photographs and films, audio recordings of music and speeches, and objects created by Taylor. In preparation for this exhibit, the center preserved and digitized thousands of negatives, more than 20 hours of 16-mm film, and 90 audio lacquer disc recordings produced by Taylor. For more information, call 525-3655 or visit southernfolklore.com. City Cheers … The Downtowner magazine’s “So It Goes” contributor, Ray Atkins, wins the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year award for his first novel, The Front Porch Prophet: raymondlatkins. Com. Hitting the Streets … Bangkok Alley, a local Thai restaurant chain, adds its fourth location, in the former Sawaddii Thai Cuisine space at 121 Union, expanding the bar area and offering sushi in addition to Thai food: 522-2010, bangkokalley.com. The Envision Experience, a new, 9,000-square-foot, full-service fitness club with state-of-the-art equipment, certified trainers/instructors, free wi-fi, and more, jumps into action on the top floor of the Cadre Building: 149 Monroe, 521-8117, envisionmemphis.com. Longtime Downtown Realtors Annette Sharp and Karen and Tim Soro create “The Sharp-Soro Team” at Henry Turley Realtors, 60 Harbor Town Square: 521-1593, henryturleyrealtors. Com. The UT Health Science Center’s new Regional Biocontainment Laboratory becomes the first medical research facility in the $450 million UT-Baptist Research Park: 448-4957, utmem.edu/research/rbl. Lulalyn Downtown, an art gallery for regional and emerging artists, sets up its easel in the lobby of Brinkley Plaza at 80 Monroe: 489-3963, lulalyn. Com. Catering for U, a delicious, fullservice mix of owner Jay Uiberall’s varied culinary experiences, serves up an unlimited selection sprinkled liberally with creative inspiration: 528-174U, cateringforu.com. Bravo! Calling all art buffs! On Aug. 27, Bravo Memphis hosts a Kick-Off Block Party for ArtsMemphis’s 2009–2010 season. This membership drive and benefit for the arts fundraising organization offers arts lovers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Memphis scene and each other. The free block party takes the stage on Huling between Front and the Paperworks building’s parking lot, 6:30–9:00pm. Also taking the stage is live music, performers of all stripes, food, gallery tours, and plenty of merriment. Bravo Memphis, an organization of 21- to 45-year-old professionals who love, promote, and support the arts, will offer discounted memberships and an August–April season lineup that includes Frost/Nixon at the new Playhouse on the Square, a free outdoor concert at the Levitt Shell, and The Wizard of Oz performed by Ballet Memphis. For more information, call 578-2787 or visit artsmemphis.org. A 16' x 3' x 12' display that illustrates the vision of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital makes a permanent landing in the Memphis International Airport’s Danny Thomas Terminal: 595-3306, stjude.org. A new family library/reading area called the Bookatarium opens its covers in the Children’s Museum of Memphis: 458-2678, cmom.com. City of Good Abode … The artists on Huling Row have a healthy, new neighbor: a vegetable garden that lines the street just north of the former Jay Etkin Gallery — and eliminates an eyesore patch of dirt that was used as a receptacle for organic matter left by irresponsible pet owners. Memphis Heritage is selling three cleverly worded, conservation-focused bumper stickers for $3 each as a fundraiser: 272-2727, memphisheritage.org. AFRICAN AMERICANS IN MEMPHIS What is a picture but a story without words? What is history but a story worth telling? In her most recent book, Images of America: African Americans In Memphis, local author Earnestine Lovelle Jenkins uses more than 200 vintage photographs to depict not only the oppression placed upon the black community and its struggle for freedom and equality, but also the deep and profound impact African Americans have made on the city of Memphis. Chronicling from the 19th century to the 1950s, Jenkins seeks to preserve the African American experience in Memphis by sharing a visual history of how the black community lived through emancipation, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. Showcased are historic photographs of segregated private schools and hospitals that no longer exist, entertainment on Beale Street, businesses, the everyday fabric and people of the periods, and civic leaders such as W.C. Handy, Julia Hooks, and Robert R. Church. Native Memphian Jenkins holds a degree in African history and is currently an associate professor of art history at the University of Memphis. The book is available at area bookstores, online bookstores, and from Arcadia Publishing. For more information, call 888-313- 2665 or visit arcadiapublishing.com.
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