Running Tours Who hasn't experienced the exhausted feeling of riding in a car, plane, or bus all day to get to a destination, only to face more riding on tour buses, taxis, and shuttles? Well, why ride when you can run? Whether you’re vacationing in Memphis, here for business, or just a loyal local who loves the city, Rockin’ Running Tours is the most active way to see the sights. Husband and wife duo John and Crissy Lintner combined their passion for running and love for Memphis into an energizing and healthy way to see Memphis’s rich history. The Rockin’ Downtown Loop includes Beale Street, The Orpheum Theatre, FedExForum, Cotton Row, Sun Studio, and the mighty Mississippi River. Or there's the Midtown Hipster Run that takes runners through the historic heart of the city with its beautiful homes and hidden music and art hotspots. Or have your run customized! Part of a global network of running tour companies, Rockin’ Running Tours offers three- to six-mile sightseeing runs (or longer!), where individuals set the pace and the guide leads the way. It’s the perfect way to stay active and tour Memphis at the same time. For more information, call 461-8735 or visit rockinrunningtours.com. Get Rid of It! Pack some unwanted things and cruise over to donate.goodwill.org. Take a good look at the impact you're about to make in a person's life — not to mention the community and planet — when you pass along your used clothing, household goods, and electronics. It's a sure bet that for every item in your home or closet that you don't want, there are many people who do. Launching its new "Donate Movement" initiative, Goodwill Industries rolled out a new website that includes the Donation Impact Calculator. As you select the various goods in your giveaway bag, the site calculates the hours of donation-powered services that the sale of those items will generate. One coat or jacket, for example, pays for 15 minutes of resume preparation. There's also a cool, real-time calculator that marks the number of pounds of usable goods that Goodwill has diverted from landfills year-todate. This past year, 67 million donors gave items to Goodwill, helping its agencies provide 2 million people with critical services that include job training programs, employment placement services, and other community-based services for the underserved. Don't need it? Don't want it? Get rid of it! For more information, call 323-6221 or visit goodwillmemphis.Org and donate.goodwill.org. Fit for a King The store with its beginnings on Beale Street chronicles 65 years of history through the voices of three generations of owners in Lansky Brothers: Clothier to the King. The 144-page hardcover book begins with Lansky Brothers' humble beginning when brothers Bernard and Guy purchased a second-hand store on the corner of Beale and Second streets. The shop’s evolution is shown in detail as photographs and stories span decades, taking the reader through quite a few fashion cycles along the way. Included, of course, is the Lansky family's indepth story about how they became "Clothier to the King," with details about their most famous customer, Elvis Presley. The book features neverbefore- seen photographs of Elvis in the Lansky store. The Lansky presence currently resides in the famous Peabody Hotel lobby, with four different concept shops. Books cost $35 and are available at the Lansky stores, 529-9070, or online at lanskybros.com. Home, Sweet Home When one door closes — as the saying goes — another opens. Welcoming First Works with open doors, Highland Heights UMC at Summer and Highland provides its new household member with a secure, fenced-in playground, plentiful safe parking, designated classrooms, computer room, library, and a large dining hall and kitchen. First Works, a nonprofit mission organization that includes a children's program, food pantry, and other services for disadvantaged Downtown citizens, was forced to find a new home after its homebase of two years, United Methodist Church at Union and Cooper, was sold. You're invited to an Open House Aug. 5, 6–8 p.m., to tour the new digs, enjoy music from the First Works Band, and meet the staff and volunteers of this important community partner. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 274-8412 or visit firstworks.org.
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