Mothers in Crisis The prospect of motherhood is not a happy one for many women. Birthright of Memphis, a nonprofit organization designed to assist women in need, is opening its arms in the Downtown community by expanding its physical outreach into St. Patrick’s Church, 297 S. Fourth. As Birthright’s newest host, St. Pat’s now offers walk-in services the first and fourth Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.–noon. In the fall, PLANT (Parents Learning and Networking Together) will offer eight incentive-based classes designed to help reduce Memphis’s high infant mortality rate. Birthright’s parenting program provides an important network of support and education while giving pregnant mothers and expecting fathers help in coping with the changes in their lives — both now and after the baby is born. Topics include nutrition, parenting, breastfeeding, and time management skills. Birthright of Memphis supports all women regardless of age, race, creed, marital, or economic status who feel distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Services include one-on-one dialogue, confidential counseling, referral services, free 24-hour hotline (800- 550-4900), educational programs and information, free pregnancy testing, and more. For more information on classes, donating, or volunteering, call 327-8109 or visit birthrightofmemphis.org Inside Elvis’s Closet Ever wondered what you might find if you could open the door to Elvis Presley’s personal closet at Graceland? Well, take a look beginning March 18 when a new Graceland exhibit rummages around in Elvis Presley: Fashion King, which explores the fashion trends set by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Visitors will see the evolution of Elvis’s outfits, from an artist’s sketch to the final product, as well as how these custom creations were made. Also showcased is everything from Elvis’s handmade shirts and suits to his iconic stage costumes and flashy jewelry. The exhibit is on view at Graceland Crossing through March 2012. Admission is $8. For more information, call 332-3322 or visit elvis.com. City Cheers … South of Beale at 361 S. Main becomes the latest restaurant to receive its “green” certification from Project Green Fork: southofbeale.com, projectgreenfork.org. An enterprising round of applause for the 2010 Society of Entrepreneurs inductees: Denise Burnett: OR Nurses, ornurses.com; Billy Orgel: Tower Ventures LLC, towerventures. Com; Patrick Neely: Neely’s Bar- B-Que, neelysbbq.com; Winston Wolfe: Olympic Optical, later bought by Jackson Safety: jacksonsafety.com. Call 682-9920, societyofentrepreneurs.com. The People’s Choice Award winners from Rivertown Gallery for the 7th Annual Downtowner Magazine Art Contest at Downtown Elementary School are: first place to Jessica Pender, 2nd grade; second place to Angel DeLaRosa, 1st grade; and third place to Zechariah Mitchell, 6th grade. Congratulations! On the Move … Memphis College of Art’s graduate school is moving Downtown into the old Lewis Supply Co. Building at 477 S. Main, across from the National Civil Rights Museum. Renovations will clear the way for classrooms, studios, galleries, and retail space, with a projected move-in date of fall 2010: 272-5100, mca.edu. Hitting the Streets … Courtyard by Marriott at 75 Jefferson becomes the newest hotel to hit Downtown Memphis, the first in the area to feature Marriott’s “refreshing business” makeover with a completely redefined hotel lobby experience. Also check out The Bistro: 522-2200, gocourtyard.com, courtyard.com. A shout-out to Loudspeak Media LLC, which provides custom solutions for a variety of needs, from business cards to websites to advertising campaigns: 502 S. Main, Ste. 103, 313-4773, loudspeak.com. Downtown Departures … After 33 years, the Pier Restaurant at 100 Wagner Place sets sail. Special Deliveries … Spindini lights another flame with a new Sunday brunch, Italian style, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. at 383 S. Main: 578-2767, spindinimemphis. Com. Get convenient, anytime access to Memphis travel information with the latest from Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Type memphistravel.com into your phone or PDA web browser to optimize the site for use on web-enabled mobile devices: 543-5300, mcvb.org. Carnival Memphis, a Midsouth tradition for 79 years, launches its first e-newsletter, with updates and news from the world of Carnival: 458-2500, carnivalmemphis.org. Delphinium Boutique blooms with a new addition to its trendsetting jewelry, soaps, cosmetics, and accessories lines — fresh-cut, affordable, long-lasting flowers! Sold simply by the stem, no delivery: 107 G.E. Patterson, 522-8600, delphiniumboutique. Com. The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial website takes aim at the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a five-year commemoration of the state’s history and its pivotal role in the war: tncivilwar150.com. City of Good Abode … March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is one of only two cancers (cervical is the other) that can be prevented through screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone 50 and older get tested for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in Tennessee: 800-227-2345, cancer.org. Memphis Music Mojo … The Blues Foundation’s 26th International Blues Challenge awards top honors to Canadian Matt Andersen in the solo/duo category and to the Mississippi Delta band Grady Champion in the band category: 527-2583, blues.org. Michael Maness, who colors his world in blues, wins The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in the category of art and photography, and Memphian Tom Graves wins a KBA Award in literature for Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson: artbympm.com, tom-graves.com, and blues.org.
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