Dna 2011 Formed in 1981 by a small group of Downtown pioneers, the Downtown Neighborhood Association was created to define and address issues that concerned a reviving Downtown population. As the organization celebrates its 30th year, a new board with original ideas stands ready to be active participants in the key issues that affect all Downtowners in all diverse areas. “We plan to celebrate this milestone by getting back to the roots of the organization,” says Ken Hudson, the incoming 2011 DNA president. “There is a lot of enthusiasm, and we intend to use this dynamic to spur action in the community. Our goals include increasing membership and engaging the membership in critical discussions about where Downtown — and Memphis as a whole — is headed. We want to see Downtown thrive, but we also want to protect the history and framework of its districts.” Hudson, an architect for Architecture Incorporated, plans to expand informational and educational opportunities by implementing innovative approaches to the meeting topics and speaker lineup. “Citizens need to be provided with every possible opportunity to engage the issues and formulate their own educated opinions,” he says. “DNA will unveil a new website soon that will also help us communicate better with our membership and encourage members to interact with their elected leadership.” DNA continues to work closely with government and other Downtown-related organizations to make Downtown neighborhoods clean, safe, and attractive. “At DNA, we want all residents, businesses, and visitors to always enjoy their Downtown experience,” says Hudson. “We encourage everyone involved in Downtown to join us this year as we continue to grow.” Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo is featured on the cover of the new AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory. The four-acre Teton Trek encompasses the look and feel of Yellowstone National Park and is home to grizzly bears, gray wolves, elk, trumpeter swans, and sandhill cranes: 276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. Ned Canty joins Opera Memphis as its new general director following the retirement of Michael Ching. Canty, from Newportville, PA, is a stage director with substantial credits and a broad range of experience in the opera and theater world: 257-3100, operamemphis.org. Hitting the Streets ... Mr. Hill’s Southern Revue serves up Southern standards with a Creole kick, surrounded by down-home decor and hospitality: 149 Madison, 922-5559. The Old Daisy Theater moves and grooves as Purple Haze, a retro dance club open for family-friendly night owls Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.–5 a.m.: 329 Beale, 525-8981. City Market, a boutique grocery and deli at the corner of Union and South Main, opens with a carefully tailored product mix that includes both national and local brands, organic selections, and international cuisine displayed in a bright, neighborhood atmosphere: 66 S. Main, citymarketmemphis.com. Bar None, a chef’s pub with a stylish lounge environment and the best food in a pub, opens in the former Circa Restaurant space: 119 S. Main, 522-1488, barnonememphis.com. The new WatotoMemphis Theater of the Performing Arts raises the curtain on its new location at 55 S. Main. Over the course of 20 years, the WatotoMemphis Performing Arts Academy has affected more than 3,000 Memphis-area youths through performing arts education and stage performance: 409-9892, watotomemphis.com. On The Move ... The Children’s Museum of Memphis extends its operating hours to seven days a week, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.: 2525 Central, 458-2678, cmom.com. The Walking Tall Trail, the fifth of 16 self-guided driving trails in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program, features 196 tourism sites and 360 miles of historic locations, preserved homes, eateries, and museums in Memphis, Shelby County, and seven surrounding counties: tntrailsandbyways.com. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery moooves its award-winning ice cream and sweet innovations (try the ice cream cupcakes or ice cream pizza!) Into an 800-square-foot confection lover’s dream: 522-1912, 125 S. Main, In Memoriam ... Virginia Marie Sandberg Deyo, mother of Dean Deyo, president of The Memphis Music Foundation. Memorials may be directed to The Memphis Music Foundation, 527-1029, memphismeansmusic.com, or Hospitality Hub, 528-1808, hospitalityhub.org. Salute to a King The National Civil Rights Museum jumpstarts the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend with the Jan. 3 opening of Portrait of a Movement: 20th Anniversary Reflections. The exhibit will be revealed in three parts, and the first installation is Fine Art: From the Collection, which highlights work by artists Denny Dent, Hale Woodruff, Vitus Shell, Oscar Thomas, and photographer Kamau Amen-Ra. The exhibit’s first part is on view through March 6; Portrait of a Movement’s second and third parts are scheduled for June and September, respectively. The King Holiday weekend begins Jan. 15 with Youth Day. “Breakfast Fit for a King” is designed for children ages 5–10 and includes breakfast, a dramatic portrayal of King, arts and crafts, youth sing-a-long, and performances by Watoto de Afrika Memphis dance troupe. The breakfast event, 9:30 a.m.– noon, requires reservations: 521- 9699, ext. 239. Throughout the weekend of Jan. 15–17, a food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank takes place during museum hours in the courtyard. On the King Holiday, Jan. 17, museum admission is reduced, and activities include arts and crafts for children, film and documentary viewings, choir and vocal performances, and special guests. For more information, contact 521-9699 or civilrightsmuseum.org Making a Splash What should you do when you see someone blocking a storm drain with leaves, pouring used motor oil or chemicals into the storm drain system, or doing any other activity that could pollute our area rivers, lakes, and streams? Report it to the 24-hour City of Memphis Storm Water Hotline at 576-6721. It is illegal to discharge pollutants such as used (or unused!) Motor oil, pesticides, insecticides, paints, and household chemicals into storm drains. Raking or blowing leaves, grass, or other debris into the streets is also prohibited. It is important to note that storm water is not treated before it enters local rivers, lakes, and streams. When you observe illegal discharges, note the date, time, location, and person’s identity (if known). If a vehicle is involved, note the license plate number and any company name that may be on the vehicle. With this information, the city will contact the alleged offender, explain their violations, and require them to cease the activity and correct the problem as applicable. For serious or repeat violations, the Storm Water Program will conduct an investigation and, if warranted, take enforcement action.
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