City Cheers ... Radio Ink magazine, a leading radioindustry trade publication, names Howard Robertson one of the 20 most influential African-Americans in radio. Robertson is CEO of Spotset Radio Network, a Memphis- based, second-generation, unwired radio network at 44 N. Second: 521-0238, spotsetnetwork.com. The multi-award-winning Rendezvous restaurant at 52 S. Second, world-famous for its charcoal ribs since 1948 and recently hailed as one of “50 restaurant icons in America” by National Restaurant News, becomes Project Green Fork–certified as environmentally sustainable after making significant changes in its operations to become more “green”: 292-1700, projectgreenfork. Org, hogsfly.com. Delphinium Boutique, with its historic space filled with trendsetting jewelry and accessories, celebrates five years in the South Main arts district: 107 G.E. Patterson, 522-8600, delphiniumboutique.com. MovieMaker, the nation’s leading magazine on the art and business of making movies, includes the Indie Memphis Film Festival on its annual list of “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” This list is used by filmmakers to identify those festivals most worth their time and attention: 214- 5171, indiememphis.com. The Governor’s Arts Awards, Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, is presented to two Memphis treasures. The Arts Leadership Award goes to Orpheum Theatre president Pat Halloran for the key role he played in preserving and growing the landmark venue. The Folklife Heritage Award, which honors long-term achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional culture of Tennessee, is given to The Blues Foundation: blues.org, orpheum-theatre.com, arts.state.tn.us. South Main Precinct police officer Brian Falatko is named 2010 MPD Officer of the Year: 545 S. Main, 636-4099, memphispolice. Org. Hitting the Streets ... The Farmers Market at Church Health Center Wellness plants its first crop of nutrition and education for the public. Area vendors sell produce and local goods every Tuesday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., through Sep. 6. A free community cooking class at 9 a. m. prepares dishes from produce being sold at the market that day: 1115 Union, 259-4673, churchhealthcenter.org. ServiceMaster by Stratos, a contract janitorial company that provides innovative cleaning solutions, sweeps into its new headquarters inside the historic Lowenstein Building known for its iconic, cast-iron columns and large arched windows: 66 N. Main, 866-735-9111, smbystratos. Com. On the Move ... Premier Cafeteria, serving Southernstyle lunches from a large buffet, adds breakfast to its menu, opening Mon.–Fri. at 7 a.m. to serve up the day’s first hot meal and closing at 2 p.m. after the lunch crowd departs: 109 N. Main, 590-1822. Special Deliveries ... Shop like a chef on The Food Channel’s new online store that offers those hard-to-find specialty food products. Clothing, accessories, books, magazines, wine, kitchen gadgets, equipment, gourmet foods, and more: foodchannel.com/ shop. Special Deliveries cont’d ... Visitors with walking difficulties who visit the 330,000-square-foot Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library can now “scoot through the stacks,” thanks to new Amigo Scooters purchased through a H.W. Durham Foundation grant. Library employee Verna Yates demonstrates the simplicity of using the new power-operated scooters, which can be checked out at the circulation desk: 3030 Poplar, 415-2700, memphislibrary.org. Memphis Music Mojo ... Memphis-based Visible School, the 10-year-old, one-of-a-kind music and worship arts college, changes its name to the more straightforward and descriptive Visible Music College. The college offers an accredited three-year bachelor’s degree and one-year certificate programs in music, music business, worship leadership, and music production: 200 Madison (new location opening in Aug.), 381-3939, visible.edu. City of Good abode ... A new county government hotline makes it easier for citizens to report waste, fraud, and abuse by county employees, vendors, and contractors. An anonymous online form is available at shelbycountytn.gov, “Report a Concern” or report by phone at 395-3819. A community hotline is also available 24/7 to anonymously report suspicions of child abuse or neglect in Memphis: Call4Kids, 274-7477. In Memoriam ... Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen and widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists ever, was presented with the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Blues Foundation named a Blues Music Award after him: Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Memorials may be made to The Pinetop Perkins Foundation, pinetopperkinsfoundation.Org. Skyliners Play Ball! The last three sections of AutoZone Park’s right-field stadium seating were the first to go, replaced by a three-tier picnic terrace that includes a drink rail and brandnew picnic tables. Next came the left-field stairs, built to give access from the main concourse to the Boardwalk and left-field picnic area. All wall pads lining the outfield were replaced, giving the field a brand-new look. Fans can now use credit cards at all concession stands, and a new Click Effects video board was installed, improving the picture quality and introducing graphics integration. The best minor league ballpark in the country just got better! To see and enjoy the improvements, catch a Memphis Redbirds baseball game! The regular season is under way and lasts through Sep. 5. Call 721-6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com. LINC/2-1-1 It’s the fastest way to access community information, it’s free, and it can be reached by pressing three buttons. LINC/2-1-1 has the most comprehensive database of human service resources in the area, continuously updated by the information professionals and librarians at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center. The concept of dialing 2-1-1 for help is a growing national service. Just as 9-1-1 is an abbreviated, dedicated dialing code nationwide for emergencies, 2-1-1 is the dedicated dialing code for free access to health and human services information. Dialing 2-1-1 anywhere in Tennessee will direct you to the nearest call center for help from a live call specialist. Examples of the assistance 2-1-1 can provide include: what to do about the utility shutoff notice in the mail; where an exhausted caregiver can find assistance; what type of counseling is available for troubled children; where to find affordable, reliable childcare; food stamp eligibility requirements, transportation for the disabled, how to get a passport, the nearest clothes and food pantries, and more than 10,000 other listings for health and human service resources throughout the state. The searchable database is also available online at tn211.org or memphislibrary.org. Fit to Open Center City Commission President Paul Morris cuts the ceremonial grand-opening ribbon alongside Klein Fitness Owner Corey Klein, who recently moved his personal and group training business into the South Main Historic District at 338 S. Main: 573-823-8754, kleinfitness.blogspot.com. Farm Play The Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park was designed by the experts: children. To create the next 21st-century play landscape, national play expert Susan Solomon presided over an all-day play workshop. Local children created models from found objects, went on scavenger hunts, and painted their ideas to show the designers how they like to play. Design firm James Corner Field Operations incorporated the experts’ recommendations into the playscape’s design, which features a planted willow arbor winding through the site as the central design element. The arbor, which hugs round “nests” programmed for different levels of play and ability, will evolve with time as newly planted vegetation grows. The innovative, unusual new play landscape is located in the Plough Park area of Shelby Farms Park. For more information, call 767-PARK or visit shelbyfarmspark.org. Y Not? For the first time in 43 years, YMCA of the USA unveiled a new brand strategy to increase understanding of the impact that YMCAs make in communities across the country. The Y, established in Memphis in 1855, has a new, more forward-looking logo with five color schemes that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the organization. And the nonprofit will now be called “the Y” to align with how people most commonly refer to the organization. But it’s more than just a logo and name change. The new brand strategy framework focuses resources on three core areas: 1. Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen 2. Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being 3. Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to neighbors “We want people to know that we’re more than a fitness facility,” says Keith Johnson, CEO, YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South. “We are a not-for-profit organization with programs that strengthen our community in spirit, mind, and body.” For more information, call 527-9622 or visit ymcamemphis.org. And guitar your car! For less than the cost of a tank of gas, you can support music education and initiatives across Tennessee by purchasing a license plate that properly brands us as “The State of American Music.” No U.S. state comes close to Tennessee’s musical significance and global influence. Blues, rock, country, soul, rockabilly, bluegrass, R&B, gospel, and endless combinations and offshoots of these genres — all have changed the cultural complexion of the entire planet. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Gibson Foundation are pleased to offer a colorful, mission-appropriate way to spotlight the state and its important music legacy, while benefiting music students throughout Tennessee, the most musical state in the nation. Plates are $35. Production begins once 1,000 plates are pre-ordered. To order your plate or for more information, call 205-2533 or visit tnmusicplate.com and memphisrocknsoul.org.
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