Jul 31–Aug 2: Memphis Riverfront Int’l Championship Regatta. Watch the world’s best tunnel boats test, qualify, and compete as part of the national Powerboat Superleague tour, including jet ski acrobatics, family amusement park, live music, food and beverage vendors, and kayak races. Free, Tom Lee Park, 312-9190, memphisregatta.com. Aug 1: Garage Band Reunion. A reunion of musicians who started in bands that practiced in garages in the 1960s and 1970s reignites the magic begun decades ago at this fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Day Services. 7pm, $50. New Daisy on Beale, 372-4585, alzheimersdayservices.org. Aug 1: My Big Backyard: Grand Opening Ceremony. $5.8-million, 2.5-acre children’s garden with 16 unique educational and imagination-inspiring areas for children and adults to explore, learn, play, and dream. 11am, free. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4116, memphisbotanicgarden. Com. Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Memphis Farmers Market Downtown. Along the trolley tracks, the not-for-profit outdoor market offers local, seasonal produce, kidsfriendly events, live music, market cafe, health events, and more. Saturdays through Oct 31, 7am–1pm, free entry & parking. Central Station Pavilion, G.E. Patterson and Front, 575-0580, memphisfarmersmarket.org. Aug 3: Kiddie Disco Ball. Saturday afternoon dance fever for kids and adults includes DJ disco tunes, prizes for best dance moves, awards for gnarliest digs, snacks, silent auction, and drinks to benefit COMEC. 11am–1pm, $5. Cumberland Church, 2385 Riverdale, 405-8441, comec.org. Aug 4: A Christmas Carol Train Tour. All aboard the winter wonderland Amtrak train, a behind-the-scenes look at making Disney’s perennial Christmas favorite. 3-D Theater, Charles Dickens Museum artifacts, carolers — even snow! 9am–7pm, free. Central Station, christmascaroltraintour. Com. Aug 6: Cooper Young Night Out. In Midtown’s historically hip entertainment district, restaurants and retailers stay open late in a festive atmosphere of live music, discount specials, and assorted cuisines. First Thursdays, 5–9pm, free. Cooper and Young intersection, 276-7222, cooperyoungnightout. Com. Aug 6, 13, 20, 27: Sunset Atop the Madison. The rooftop shakes with live entertainment, cash bar, special tapas menu, and one of the best riverview sunsets in the city. Thursdays thru Sep 24, 5:30–11pm, $7. 79 Madison, 333- 1200, madisonhotelmemphis.com. Aug 7: Give the Gifts Dinner and Auction. Live and silent auction, steak and shrimp dinner, cocktails, and VIP reception to benefit the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service. 5pm, $60+. Marriott East, 543-5466, midsouthlions.org. Aug 7–9: TN Sales Tax Holiday. From 12:01am Friday till 11:59pm Sunday, many items are exempt from state sales tax. Check out the eligibility list before you grab a shopping bag. Tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday. Aug 8: Mavis Stanley Memorial Dance. Ballroom dancing, The Jim Mahannah Band, and an elegant evening to benefit The Shrine Children’s Charities. 7–10:30pm, $25. Al Chymia Shrine Temple, 853-1413, dancememphis.com. Aug 8: Summer in the City Fiesta! Music, silent auction, wine, beer, Stinky Gringo Margaritas, and more at this sizzling hot event to benefit Volunteer Mid-South. 7–10pm, $35. Chickasaw Oaks Mall, 523-2425, volunteermidsouth. Org. Aug 8–16: Elvis Week 2009. A complete list of Elvis Week activities is listed on page 20. 901-332-3322, 800-238-2000, elvisweek.com. Aug 9: Memphis Farmers Market Dinner Tour. “Best New Chef of 2009” Kelly English spotlights the harvest of local producers in a multi-course dinner inspired by seasonal produce to benefit the nonprofit Downtown market. Restaurant Iris, 2146 Monroe, RSVP 590-2828, memphisfarmersmarket. Org. Aug 13: Film + Food: Fresh. Celebrate farmers, thinkers, and business people across the nation who are reinventing our food system. Film, locally-sourced dinner, and discussion on resources. 6:30pm, $50. Brooks Museum, 544-6208, brooksmuseum.org. Aug 14: Sleep Out on the Mississippi. Just bring a sleeping bag and your sense of adventure for this unique camping experience that includes dinner, entertainment, campfire, breakfast, and a tent. Every 2nd Fri through Oct 9. Pre-registration: 576-7241, mudisland.com. Aug 14: We’re Off to See the Wizard Party. Skip down the yellow-brick road before Dorothy starts her adventure on the big movie screen. Costume contest, complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers, door prizes, and children’s games to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. 5–7pm, movie begins 7:15pm, $20, youth $10. Orpheum Theatre, 888-4341, memphiscac.org. Aug 18: A Taste of Cooper-Young. A progressive dinner gone awry invites guests to stroll to participating restaurants, sample food, bid in a silent auction, enjoy music, and sip on the signature cocktail Literatini at this fundraiser for the Memphis Literacy Council. 6pm & 7:30pm, $50. 902 S. Cooper, 327-6000, memphisliteracycouncil. Org. Aug 21, 22: BRIDGES Kickoff Classic. Two nights, four football games, family activities, food, and fun at this fundraiser for BRIDGES. 5pm, $10. Memphis University School, 6191 Park, 260-3779, bridgesusa.org. Aug 21, 22: Rock For Love. Two-night extravaganza includes a beer garden with drink specials, silent auction, and bands, bands, bands — all to benefit the Church Health Center. 8pm, $10. Hi-Tone, 1913 Poplar, 272-0010, churchhealthcenter.org. Aug 22: Adapt-A-Door Silent Auction. Design competition and fundraiser for Memphis Heritage and AIA includes nearly 100 artistically individualized doors in a silent auction, pub grub, and libations. 7:30pm, $15. 2282 Madison at Edgewood, 272-2727, memphisheritage.org. Aug 22: Avant-Garde Party. The Beautiful and the Damned enjoy an array of sultry, jazzy activities that include fortune telling, back-room gaming, black magic, live entertainment, and more. 7pm, $150. Brooks Museum, 544-6208, brooksmuseum.org. Aug 22: Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Lunar Festival. Leisure bike ride through Midtown and East Memphis at night with police escort and fun for all ages to benefit Meritan. 10pm–3am, $35, youth $20. Chickasaw Oaks Village, 766-0658, meritan.org. Aug 22: Pawprint Gala. Black tie affair raises the woof at this Humane Society of Memphis fundraiser, with music, refreshments, Buddy Dog auction, and silent auction. 6:30–11pm, $125. Temple Israel, 937-3911, memphishumane. Org. Aug 22: Spirit of SRVS. Premier auction affair and fundraiser for SRVS day center for people with disabilities includes unique auction items, wine sampling from around the world, live entertainment, and fine food. 6–10pm, $65. Hilton Memphis, 312-6802, srvs.org. Aug 25: Tuesdays on the Terrace. Celebrate Graceland’s 70th anniversary with a selection of wines fit for a King! Original paintings of Graceland, River City Artists, and light appetizers. 6–8pm, $35, RSVP. Memphis Botanic Garden, 636-4131, memphisbotanicgarden.com. Aug 27: Bravo Memphis Kick-Off Block Party. The premier arts sampler for 20- to 40-somethings kicks off its season with cold drinks, tasty eats, and sizzling hot performances. 6:30–9pm, free. Huling Row between Front and Paperworks parking lot, 578-2787, artsmemphis. Org. Aug 28: South Main Art Trolley Tour. Beat the heat! Hop a trolley or stroll through the historic arts district as shops, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors, displaying unique art, merchandise, and cuisine. Every last Friday, 6–9pm, free. South Main between Vance and St. Paul, 578-7262, southmainmemphis.org. Aug 29: Sports Ball Gala. Grownup games mean a bright future for kids at this interactive sports extravaganza that pairs tennis shoes and formal attire to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. 7pm–midnight, $100. Minglewood Hall, 323-5440, bbbsmem.org.
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