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We are solidly in the midst of summertime and all the fun and rhythm it brings. As a child, it seemed my summers moved at a much slower pace than the summers my kids now enjoy. I remember eating frosted flakes for breakfast and roller skating all day long up and down the sidewalk in front of my house. The one organized activity was a 1-2 week stint of swimming lessons that my parents placed my siblings and me in every summer until we were adept in keeping ourselves afloat in the water. I think it was also a secret way for my mom to get us out of the house and her hair for an hour. Well, now I’m carrying on that same tradition as my daughter, Bliss, starts her second summer of swim lessons at the Y. She learned how to swim last summer, but she has a way to go until she is proficient and learns all the various strokes like her big brothers. But in addition to swimming, my three younger kids have already participated in ballet camp, basketball camp, summer baseball league, and a summer scholars program at the University of Memphis, and my oldest just returned from his freshman year in college after a 3-week singing tour in South Africa with the Yale Glee Club. Whew! I don’t know about you, but after a couple of weeks of doing nothing, I was excited for trips to the library as a kid. But the busy lifestyles of today oftentimes demand placing our kids in more organized activities. That’s why I love this month’s cover story, Walking in Memphis (page 16). It gives you permission to slow down and go for a walk and explore some history of our city. We had a lot of fun on this photo shoot. I want to give a shout-out to our Memphis Parent art director, Bryan Rollins, who captured images from every angle, in the heat, to help tell the story (see behind-the-scenes photo). And now I’m going to try to take some of my own advice and do less the rest of the summer with my children. Happy Parenting!

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A HEART FOR ART Explore arts education and experiences around town EDITED BY LYNN BOLTON VISUAL ARTS CLASSES Creative Minds Art Studios 449 Highway 72, Suite 113, Collierville • 316-7330 Full- and half-day programs spark creativity in young artists. Camps for ages 4-12 expose campers to a mix of ageappropriate topics and techniques. Nineweek sessions. Costs vary. Summer Art Show & Reception: August 13, 2-5 p.m. Garden Path Studio 597 Madison • 603-2520 Memphis mosaic artist Kristi Duckworth opens her studio Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for explorations in pottery, paint, and mosaics. $20 for tools and expertise; supplies are extra. Memphis College of Art Community Education Overton Park, 1930 Poplar • 272-5142 Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp (offered in June & July) has oneweek sessions with full- and half-day options for ages 5 to 18. Price varies. Paint-a-Piece 9289 Poplar, Suite 103, Germantown • 7540884 Summer workshops for ages 5-15 in pottery, painting, and crafts. One Saturday each month introduces kids to canvas painting. Host your birthday party, shower, or company gathering here. Pinot’s Palette 5040 Sanderlin, #111 • 761-0012 This painting studio combines fun and skill development in drawing using acrylics. Ask about birthday parties. Seize the Clay 3084 Poplar, Chickasaw Oaks Village • 323-9991 Seize the Clay is a paint-your-ownpottery studio. Also available: glass-fusing, mosaics, and throwing on a pottery wheel. Summer Camp for ages 8+, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers do handmade clay work and use the wheel. Sign up online. Sew Memphis 2075 Madison • 244-6224 Help your child learn to sew. Sew Memphis projects include making tote bags, pajama pants, and peasant tops. Machines on-site or bring your own. Check their Facebook page for details. THEATER CAMPS AND CLASSES Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center - Summer Drama Camp 3663 Appling, Bartlett • 385-6440 Theatre camps in June and July for ages 8-16. TheatreKids stage three shows for 2017-18 season. See website for details. July camps still available. 6 6


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DeSoto Family Theatre Landers Center, 4560 Ventura, Southaven, MS • (662) 280-6546 DFT offers several summer theatre camps for kids ages 5-16 (June). Campers learn how to develop characters and work in an ensemble. Offers show opportunities year-round. Germantown Community Theatre 3037 Forest Hill-Irene • 453-7447 or 9373023 Kids learn theatre arts, singing, and dancing at Summer Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for children ages 6 and up. Two week-long sessions still available. Productions include Fiddler on the Roof (July 10-14) and South Pacific (July 17-21. Cost: $210. During the school year, Saturday drama classes keep kids busy. Register online. Harrell Performing Arts Theatre 440 West Powell, Collierville • 457-2780 Collierville Children’s Chorus seeks new members. Ages K-5th grade. The children’s community chorus has performed to crowds in many venues at the Harrell Theatre and throughout the area. Visit website for details. Hattiloo Theatre 37 S. Cooper • 525-0009 Hattiloo welcomes families to their stateof-the-art facility in Overton Square. The troupe offers Camp Awareness, a monthlong, intensive theatre camp for ages 9-14 during June. Hattiloo also offers a six-month Youth Musical Theatre Initiative during the school year. Find details at the website. New Day Children’s Theatre Carriage Crossing, 4630 Merchant’s Park Circle, #737, Collierville • 853-9669 The theatre offers main stage productions, summer camps, and an opportunity to produce and make their own movies. All experience levels welcome for kids ages 5-18. June and July. Check early, camps sell out fast. Memphis Black Arts Alliance/FireHouse Community Arts Center 985 S. Bellevue/Elvis Presley Blvd. • 9489522 At Arts-A-F!RE Summer Camp, kids learn and have fun with American-African history and geography, acting, jazz/ hip-hop and African dance. Also musical theatre, drawing, photography, and more leading up to the showcase finale. Memphis Youth Musical Theater Memphis Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin • 9210388 Memphis Youth Musical Theater and Children’s Ballet Theater specialize in dance musical theater. Ages PK-4th grade.

July productions include Moana, Annie, Beauty & the Beast. Also available: Fairy Ballet camp and Choreography camp. Classes are also open to the public yearround. The Orpheum 203 S. Main • 525-7800. Tickets: 525-3000. The Orpheum Theatre brings Broadway to Memphis every year, with a slate of Tonyaward-winning shows. There are many opportunities to join in on the fun. The 2017 movie series offers several kid-friendly movies, including Grease and Coming to America. Performing Arts and Education offers summer camps for kids in grades 4-12 Playhouse on the Square’s Theatre Education 66 S. Cooper • 728-5631 POTS’ Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory offers one-, two-, and three-week programs for kids ages 5-17. Summer camp covers everything from auditioning and acting to improv and dance. Tots serves ages 5-6, Junior Conservatory ages 7-11, and Senior Conservatory ages 12-17. Q&A explores being gay in Memphis, ages 14+. Tennessee Shakespeare Company P.O. Box 382143, Germantown • 759-0604 This professional theater and education organization offers summer camps for ages 4-18 exploring Shakespeare’s plays. June and July. Remaining July 31-Aug 4 camps for JK-6th grade. Details and registration online or call 759-0620. Theatre Memphis 630 Perkins Ext. • 682-8323 This year Theatre Memphis offers a performance workshop to be a part of a full-scale production. The 2017 summer camp culminates with a performance of Dandelion Wishes: A Cinderella Story. July 13, 14, and 15 at 2 p.m. Details online. MUSIC LESSONS Bartlett Music Academy 7505 Highway 64, Suite 107 • 213-4262 The academy offers classes for piano, keyboard, voice, violin, guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, sax, and brass. Instruments available for sale or rent. Lane Music 9309 Poplar, Germantown • 755-5025 Lane Music provides lessons for piano, guitar, drum, bass, violin, and band instruments. Group piano lessons start in the fall. Instruments available for sale or rent. Circle Music Center 5124 Poplar • 9378484 Circle Music Center offers lessons on band and orchestra instruments, guitar, and piano. Instruments available for sale or rent. Facility includes 100-seat recital hall. Music for Aardvarks • 871-0227 Music for Aardvarks is an interactive music enrichment program for children

8 months to 5 years and their parents. Classes incorporate singing, dancing, instrument play, and musical storytelling, as well as live guitar accompaniment. Semester-long sessions available in East Memphis and Midtown. Ask about birthday parties. University of Memphis Community Music School Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music • 678-4244 The Community Music School offers programs for every age and ability in piano, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and voice. Private and group lessons available. DANCE LESSONS Ballet Memphis School 7950 Trinity • 7377322 Ballet Memphis offers dance classes for ages 3 to adult. Classes begin in August and January. New students to the school must schedule a placement evaluation before registering for class. School students can audition for the Nutcracker ballet. Ballet On Wheels Dance School and Company 1015 S. Cooper • 870-4348 Ballet On Wheels offers dance classes in ballet, pointe, modern dance, and creative movement. Junior Ballet Intensive Summer dance camp for girls ages 10-18 runs July 3-14. Cost: $275. Boys Hip Hop. Ages 5-10. Summer Dance Saturdays. Cost: $60 Details and registration online. Children’s Ballet Theatre Memphis Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin • 921-0388 Directed by Mary Van Dyke, Roudnev, the classical ballet program, Children’s Ballet Theatre for preschoolers to adults, aims at building confidence, grace, and focus. Classes include pre-ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, and character dance. Adult ballet and ballet-based conditioning offered. Satellite locations offered, too. Dance Scholars, Inc. Trinity’s Educational Center, 1738 Galloway • 301-3262 Dance Scholars offers scholarships and instruction in ballet, creative, jazz, hiphop, modern, composition, variations, art, and music. Students audition in July. The 30th Annual Chance to Dance, a four-week intensive summer program for ages 7-19, runs June and July. Showcase performance July 13 at 3:30 p.m. Dance Academy of Bartlett 6240 Stage Plaza East, Bartlett • 385-2228 This studio provides a variety of dance lessons for ages 3-18, including ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, and hip-hop. High Expectations 144 Cumberland St. • 567-0937 This is an introductory aerial arts class for novice flyers. Class will meet once weekly and will cover basic stretching, conditioning, and aerial fitness. July 2-30. 5-6:15 pm. Classes also offered yearround.

New Ballet Ensemble & School 2157 York • 726-9225 This nationally-acknowledged company brings together kids from diverse backgrounds providing ballet, flamenco, hip-hop, contemporary dance, and Pilates training, regardless of ability to pay. Summer camps offered July 10-14 and July 17-21. Fee: $160 Roudnev Youth Ballet 60 Perkins Extd. • 268-9775 The dance training of this classical school follows the tradition of the Russian ballet syllabus for students ages 3 and up. July 24-28. Roudnev Youth Ballet Summer 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 11-18. Intermediate/ advance dance workshop. Cost: $285 Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy 55 S. Main • 409-9892 Watoto Memphis specializes in dance and visual arts instruction with an Afro-centric focus. The company offers a year-round performing arts program that serves kids 5-17. Performances take place in December, May, and August. MUNICIPAL ARTS PROGRAMS Many area Parks and Recreation departments offer affordable arts programs during the summer and yearround. Check your town’s website for more details. Bartlett Parks and Recreation Singleton Community Center 7266 Third, Bartlett • 385-5593 Singleton Community Center hosts preschool programs, home-school classes, arts & crafts, dance, hobbies, martial arts, and music lessons. Camps for ages 5-12 from June-August. Cost: $125/residents, $150/nonresidents. Collierville Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department 440 West Powell, Collierville • 457-2770 Art, music, and performing arts classes held year-round. Instructional courses cover everything from computers and babysitting to junior scientist. Camps in June and July. Germantown Parks and Recreation 2276 West, Germantown • 757-7375 or 757737 Germantown provides a variety of drama, art, and recreation programs for children year-round and special recreation activities for kids with intellectual/physical challenges. Full-day summer camp runs May 30-August 4. Cost: $140 per week/ residents, $155/nonresidents. City of Memphis Community Centers 636-4203 Each community center offers programs and events in health, fitness, and wellness; cultural arts and expressions; and educational and character development. The Salvation Army Kroc Center 800 E. Parkway • 729-8007 The Kroc Center offers arts, education, and recreation programs. Household

memberships start at $54/month, plus $50 one-time registration fee. Summer day camps run June 1-July 30. ARTS DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILIES Escape into another world without leaving the greater Memphis area. ART MUSEUMS Art Museum of the University of Memphis 142 CFA Building, University of Memphis • 678-2224 Explore the newly renovated AMUM. The university’s permanent collections include Egyptian art and relics plus masks and textiles from sub-Saharan Africa. Free.


The Dixon Gallery and Gardens 4339 Park • 761-5250 The Dixon, formerly a private residence, is a fine arts museum focusing on Impressionistic work. Admission: $7/adults, $3/ages 7-17, under 6/free. Food Truck Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. Rust Gallery at Memphis College of Art Overton Park, 1930 Poplar • 272-5100 mca. edu Memphis College of Art hosts free art and student exhibitions annually, in addition to visiting artist lectures. Summer camps in June, final showcase July 22-30. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 1934 Poplar • 544-6200 Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Brooks has been refurbished. Newly opened is Inside Art, a family gallery aimed at teaching art appreciation. Free family- friendly activities include Wacky Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon with films and art activities and Family Days, held in celebration of new exhibits. Admission: $7/ adults, $3/ages 7-18, free/ages 6 and under. Free for active duty military. The Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Drive • 774-6380 Discover the creativity and versatility of metalwork. Best here: observing blacksmiths at work and picnicking in the sculpture garden with its beautiful views of the Mississippi. On Saturdays and Sundays, forging demonstrations at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. • Admission: $6/adults, $5/seniors, $4/ages 5-18; children under 5 are free.

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Stax Museum of American Soul Music 926 East McLemore • 946-2535 staxmuseum. com The Stax Museum of American Soul Music pays tribute to the soul and rhythm and blues artists who recorded at this studio in the 1960s and ’70s. Enjoy interactive exhibits, videos, artifacts, and memorabilia. Get out on the disco-style dance floor or watch as Isaac Hayes 1972 gold-plated Cadillac spins. Admission: $13/ adults; $12/seniors & students; $10/ages 9-12; free/under 8. COMMUNITY THEATERS AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS DeSoto Family Theatre 4560 Venture (I-55/Church), Southaven, MS • (662) 280-6546 The DeSoto Family Theatre offers musical theater with a variety of family shows. The 2017-2018 season includes Willy Wonka, Jr.

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ARTS and Camelot. Germantown Community Theatre 3037 Forest Hill-Irene, Germantown • 7542680 or 937-3023 Germantown Community Theatre offers staged productions and drama classes for kids throughout the year. Productions for 2017-2018 include The Sound of Music (July28-August 6) and The Tempest (March 23-April 8, 2018). Harrell Performing Arts Theatre 440 West Powell, Collierville • 457-2780 The Harrell Theatre performs familyoriented musicals throughout the year. Kids are encouraged to audition. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum runs July 14-23. The 30th anniversary season kicks off with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (September 15-24). Hattiloo Theatre 37 S. Cooper • 525-0009 See live theatre at Hattiloo’s new performance center in the heart of Overton Square. They stage musicals, dramas, and family-friendly productions with pay- what-you-can dates, plus youth programming. Productions for 2017-2018 include Take the Soul Train to Christmas and Selma: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Orpheum 203 S. Main • Info: 525-7800, tickets: 5253000 Memphis’ historic downtown theater presents Broadway musicals, comedy acts, and concerts. Don’t miss their Summer Movie series on the big screen and the Family Arts Series during the fall and winter. Student theatre arts education takes place at the Halloran Center. Playhouse on the Square/The Circuit Playhouse 66 S. Cooper • 726-4656 Playhouse on the Square and The Circuit Playhouse are Memphis’ only professional resident theaters. Summer productions include Victory Blues (July 7-July 30) and 9 to 5, The Musical (August 11-September 3). Theatre Memphis 630 Perkins Ext. • 682-8323 One of the oldest and largest community theaters in the country, Theatre Memphis stages a new show almost every month, and ShoWagon exposes kids to the magical world of theatre. Summer camps available, too. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center 3663 Appling, Bartlett • 385-6440 Summer Drama Camp for ages 8-13 runs Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 2017-2018 Family Arts Series includes Pinkalicious and Lambchop.

The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s School is dedicated to excellence in the arts and arts education. Magic Carpet Ride on Saturdays is an arts appreciation program for young children. Germantown Performing Arts Centre 1801 Exeter, Germantown • 751-7500 GPAC presents world-class artists and a variety of performances to delight audiences of all ages. July summer camps, and in the fall, PB&J, a fun music appreciation program for preschoolers. Levitt Shell Overton Park • 272-2722 This nonprofit arts venue stages free, open-air concerts from mid-May to September. Bring your family for a picnic and enjoy great music. MUSIC PERFORMANCE GROUPS The IRIS Chamber Orchestra at GPAC 1801 Exeter • 751-766 The IRIS Orchestra features the nation’s finest young musicians under the artistic direction of conductor Michael Stern. Family Concerts include an instrument petting zoo and kid-friendly interpretations of music.

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Germantown Chorus St. George’s Episcopal Church and other locations • 214-5057 This all-volunteer ensemble presents a diverse assortment of choral works, from show tunes to world music. An annual Youth Concert Series in the spring features a performing arts group from an area school. Memphis Boychoir and Girlchoir St. John’s Episcopal Church • 323-8597 Under the direction of organist and choirmaster Geoffrey Harris Ward, these choirs help children learn spiritual music while gaining lessons in teamwork and confidence. Several concerts each season. Check website for audition info. Memphis Symphony Orchestra 585 S. Mendenhall • 537-2500 MSO musicians perform, teach, mentor, and entertain students. Family Tunes and Tales are free concerts held at Memphis public libraries. Concerts held at the Cannon Performing Arts Center and GPAC. Opera Memphis Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Pkwy. • 257-3100 Opera Memphis celebrates classic and innovative new works, making opera accessible to the public. Special events include 30 Days of Opera and Family Days, which bring opera and kids together.

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A handbook of health options serving Mid-South families Edited by KRISTI COOK EMERGENCY SUPPORT AND DISASTER RELIEF FOR FAMILIES Use area code 901 for all numbers unless otherwise noted. For emergencies only Dial 911

affected by another’s drinking; meetings held citywide Aging Commission of the Mid-South • 222-4100 Assistance for seniors ages 65+ Better Business Bureau • 759-1300

2-1-1 for Help Line • Dial 211 A partnership between the Memphis Public Library and United Way of the Mid-South providing a local source for community resources. Hearingimpaired call TTY 415-2701.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Info • (800) 232-4636 HIV Testing, vaccines, international travelers health, workplace safety, toxic environmental exposure

American Red Cross, Mid-South chapter • 726-1690

Center for Independent Living • 726-6404 Assistance for the disabled

Child Abuse Hotline • (877) 237-0004 For reporting suspected child abuse or neglect

Commission on Missing & Exploited Children • 405-8441

Crimes Victims Center • 222-3950 HELP FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME Emergency Mental Health Services 577-9400 (mobile unit) Mental health assessment and counseling services

Common Table Health Alliance 748-1122 Information for improving your health Deaf Connect of the Mid-South • 278-9307, or video phone, 620-6062 Department of Children’s Services • 578-4001

Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby Co. • 222-4400 Helping families deal with domestic violence

Memphis Fit Kids A free web-based program providing child health assessments and healthy lifestyle resources for families

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Memphis Public Library • 415-2700

Poplar Group Home Safe Place • 276-SAFE (7233) Group home for runaway and homeless teens

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Salvation Army – Memphis • 543-858 Housing and assistance for homeless or addicted women and their children Shelby County Rape Crisis Center • 222-4350 Teen Crisis Hotline • 276-SAFE (7233) TN Domestic Violence Hotline • (800) 356-6767 TN Poison Center • (800) 222-1222 YWCA Abused Women Crisis Line • 725-4277 HELP AGENCIES Alcoholics Anonymous • 454-1414 Support for women and men addicted to alcohol; meetings held citywide Al-Anon Family Groups • 323-0321 For family members and friends 0 11 0


Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline (855) 4BF-Moms Help is available 24/7. Call to speak with lactation consultants, nurses, and counselors. FAMILY PLANNING Birthright of Memphis, Inc. • 327-8109 or (800) 550-4900 Free pregnancy testing, professional counseling, referral services, and free baby and maternity clothes. Alternatives to abortion and help with unplanned pregnancies. Confidentiality, regardless of age. Campaign for Healthy Babies - Happy Birthday Baby Book Pregnancy information and merchandise coupons for expectant moms. Visit the website to receive the book.

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Life Choices • 388-6262 Offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, abortion education Planned Parenthood – Greater Memphis region • 7251717 or (866) 711-1717 Family planning, sexual/reproductive health services, pregnancy testing, contraceptives, free HIV testing, STD testing/treatment, and abortions (with parental consent). CHILDBIRTH CLASSES Baptist Hospital for Women & Baptist Memorial Hospital • 226-5764 Four-week Childbirth Preparation/$55. Six-week Natural Childbirth & Lamaze, Monday, 7-9 p.m./$75. One-day childbirth class, Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m./$75. Expectant Parent class (infant care, CPR, safety tips)/$30. Grandparent class/$30. Call to register. Methodist Healthcare • 516-6645 Seven-week Prepared Childbirth, $125 couple. One-day Pregnancy to Parenthood class/$90. Infant Safety & CPR/$30. Mind Over Body, breathing & relaxation for labor/$30. Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett & Memphis • (866) 378-4673 Four-week Gift of Motherhood Childbirth; Dynamic Dads boot camp for new dads. Call to register. Regional One Health • 5458449 The Sunrise Program and Prepared Childbirth Classes is a community outreach service for expectant teens ages 13-18. Childbirth and parenting classes are also available for women 19+ in either a six-week series or single day weekend classes. All classes are free. MIDWIFERY SERVICES, DOULAS, AND CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS BirthMemphis - Childbirth Education Services • 603-1627 Comprehensive childbirth classes and parenting education. Contact Mary Beth Best at Doulas of Memphis • 308-4888 Birth and postpartum doula agency, plus breastfeeding support Full Circle Midwifery • 275-2907 Martina Benson, RN, CPM-TN; Missy Padgett, CPM. Full Circle Midwifery offers primary care providers for healthy pregnant women who choose to give birth at home. Comprehensive prenatal, intrapartum, postnatal, and well-woman care. Free consultations. Memphis Birth Collective Independent birth professionals passionate about supporting women and families from pregnancy to postpartum care.

Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition Lists comprehensive breastfeeding resources, places to get breast pumps, support services Trillium WomanCare • 292-5354 A homebirth midwifery practice serving women in Memphis and North Mississippi. Prenatal care, planned home birth, water birth, postpartum care, and lactation support. Contact: Amy Stewart-Banbury and Brook Prudhome. SIBLING CLASSES Sibling Class at Baptist Women’s Hospital • 226-5764 New sibling class/$20 (one child), $25 (two). For ages 3 and up. Visit website to register. Sibling Class at Methodist Healthcare • 516-6645 Classes for 2- to 12-year-olds offered throughout the year with video, handson games, and maternity ward tour/$30. Register on the website. BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT Beautiful Bundles: New Mom’s Support Group • 227-9873 Free weekly support group for new moms and babies meets weekly at Baptist Women’s on Thursdays 12:302:30 p.m. Breastfeeding Class at Baptist Women’s • 226-5764 Covers the basics of getting started, pumping, and nursing while returning to work. Class taught at Baptist Women’s by certified lactation educators/$30. Call to register. Breastfeeding Class at Methodist Healthcare • 516-6645 Classes held year-round; register online. Outpatient lactation consultations and return-to-work breastfeeding sessions/$60. Breast pump rentals available in the gift shop. Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition Resources for women seeking breastfeeding support. Organization protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding in Memphis and Shelby County. Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline (855) 4BF-Moms Breastfeeding support available 24/7; calls are answered by lactation consultants, nurses, and counselors. Help is available, whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned pro. PARENTING CENTERS Universal Parenting Place • 227-9558 The center offers free family counseling, support, and referrals for parents. Locations: Baptist Women’s Hospital, 6225 Humphries Blvd., 5th floor; Knowledge Quest, 990 College Park Dr., Suite 104, 207-3694. PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS Alternamamas of Memphis



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HEALTH alternamamasofmemphis An online support group for alternativeminded breastfeeding, baby-wearing, co-sleeping, natural/home birthing parents. 1600+ members.

spouses. See memphis-tn-parenting-classes for additional locations. Exchange Club Family Center • 276-2200

provided by graduate students in the University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders under the direction of certified clinical faculty. Sound Beginnings • 758-2228 Program by Memphis Oral School for the Deaf for newly diagnosed hearing- impaired children ages birth to 3. Children receive appropriate amplification and parents receive training in how to communicate orally with their child.

Memphis Area Moms of Multiples Support group serving mothers of twins and triplets and expectant mothers of multiples. A calendar of meetings and events listed on the website.

Jewish Family Service • 767-8511

The Source for Single Moms • 347-2000 Bellevue Baptist Church offers classes, fellowship and outreach to single moms. Find them on Facebook.

GRIEF GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS CrossHeart Ministries • 604-0647 Through their Facebook page, the group will send a care package to women who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss.

SRVS Kids and Families • 312-9915 Family-centered programs and services address unique abilities and challenges of young children with special needs to help maximize potential.

Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief Camp Good Grief/Teen Camp Good Grief • 861-5656 Center provides free grief support for children, teens, and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. Social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers staff the center.

Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) • 937-6738 or (800) 852-7157 TEIS is an educational program for families with children from birth to age 2 who have disabilities or developmental delays.

EARLY INTERVENTION & DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities • 448-6511 Serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Offers comprehensive outpatient diagnostic evaluations by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

THERAPY SERVICES Brightsong Pediatric Therapy & Education Services • 309-3077 Provides speech-language, physical, and occupational therapy plus education and services to children from birth to 18.

INFANT & CHILD SAFETY/CPR CLASSES American Red Cross, Mid-South Chapter • 726-1690 Adult, infant, and child CPR classes; year-round schedule Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women • 226-5764 Expectant Parents Class This class covers information on the “baby basics” including taking your newborn home, what to expect, home and car seat safety, and infant CPR. Methodist Healthcare • 516-6645 Infant Safety & CPR class offered, $30 per couple. Register online. BABYSITTING CLASSES American Red Cross, Mid-South Chapter • 726-1690 Classes offered year-round Methodist Healthcare • 516-6645 Summer classes, $65 YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South • 766-7677 Classes offered year-round CHILD-CARE ASSISTANCE Shelby County Child Care Resource and Referral Center • 287-4730 Referral services for families looking for quality daycare in their neighborhood. Also provides training for child care workers. ADOPTION SERVICES AGAPE Child and Family Services • 323-3600 Services include prenatal counseling for unplanned pregnancies, care for homeless and pregnant women, adoption services, foster care, and family counseling. AGAPE also provides housing for homeless pregnant women. Bethany Christian Services • 818-9996 Pregnancy counseling and domestic/ international adoption services PARENTING CLASSES These organizations are certified by the state to offer four-hour parenting classes required by law for divorcing 2 11 2


Southwest Tennessee Community College • 333-4594

Brightsong Pediatric Therapy & Education Services • 309-3077 Provides speech, physical, occupational therapy, and education services to children from birth to 18 in home, school, or clinic. Also includes a resource list of local and national organizations. Harwood Center • 448-6580 Harwood provides support and education for young children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. Children are eligible for services if they meet Tennessee’s Early Intervention System eligibility guidelines. Le Bonheur Early Intervention and Development - LEAD • 287-4900 As part of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital division of Community Health and Well-Being, LEAD promotes the optimal development of children from birth to 3 who have or are at risk for developmental delays. Memphis Speech and Hearing Center • 678-5858 or 6785800 Memphis Speech and Hearing Center provides diagnostic and therapy services. for speech, language, and hearing disorders for all ages. Services

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Germantown Speech Language and Learning Clinic • 756-4499 Offering speech and language screening, auditory processing evaluations, and therapies Janna Hacker and Associates • 8644030 Offering speech, physical, and occupational therapy plus sensory integration Shady Creek Farm • 262-1173 Equine-assisted psychotherapy programs offer social skills, therapeutic riding, and hippotherapy for children with autism, anxiety, and mood disorders Southern Reins for Equine Therapy • 290-1011 Offers therapeutic riding and horsemanship/bar lessons in Nesbit, MS, for children with disabilities Transformations Autism Treatment Center • 379-8827 Provides development and speech therapy, ABA therapy, and behavior services assessment for children on the autism spectrum SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTING CLASSES & PRESCHOOLS Early On Program • 484-5115 SRVS support program for parents with special needs children up to 24 months.

Parents help each other and talk with pediatric therapy professionals. Meets Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Independent Presbyterian. Free. Harwood Center • 448-6580 Harwood provides support and education for young children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. Memphis Oral School for the Deaf • 758-2228 Preschool that teaches hearingimpaired and deaf children withering aids or cochlear implants Play Do Learn Preschool • 288-8819 This inclusive preschool (located at Independent Presbyterian Church) brings together special needs and typical children ages 18 months to 5 years in an enriched educational setting. Regional Intervention Program (RIP) • 678-5258 A free, activity-based program for families with children ages 3 to 6 who exhibit behavior problems at home or school. ADVOCACY GROUPS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired • (800) AFB-LINE OR (800) 232-5463 Services, assessments, community education, and support group meetings for all ages of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Arc Midsouth • 327-2473 Family support services, advocacy, employment training, referrals, career development, and job placement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Day care, respite services, and weekend retreats for children. Autism Resources of the Mid-South • 5093027 Accurate information, treatments, and resources for families who live with autism. Events include monthly family support nights for adults and children. Best Buddies • 937-0005 This national program pairs special needs students with regular teens to foster one- on-one interactions and friendships. Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee • 458-6013 Advocates for civil rights of Tennesseans with mental and physical disabilities to ensure they have equal opportunities to be productive citizens. Center also offers information and referral services, education and mediation, public speakers, and legal representation. Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South • 547-7588





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Supporting and empowering people with Down syndrome and their families Mid-South Access Center for Technology • 678-1489 As assistive technology resource center providing services for people with disabilities Open Arms Care Corporation • 371-9774 On-site living center for people with developmental disabilities. Offers a variety of therapies, vocational training, life skills development, medical care, and recreational opportunities for residents in a home-like setting. Transformations Autism Treatment Center • 379-8827 Nonprofit works to meet the physical and emotional needs of individuals with autism and their families. Educational assessments, behavioral therapy, work on social skills, and more. FAMILY HEALTH AND SAFETY American Red Cross, Mid-South Chapter • 726-1690 Year-round schedule of safety classes Church Health Center • 259-4673 Affordable health care for working, uninsured people & their families Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth (FAAM) • 614-2907 Provides support, education and advocacy for families managing food allergies. FAAM members share info and hear from medical professionals. Memphis Area Food Allergy Moms memphisareafoodallergymoms An online support group for moms who have food allergies and/or kids with food allergies to provide support and guidance to each other SAFE KIDS Mid-South • 287-6730 Safe Kids Mid-South (Le Bonheur) is dedicated to the prevention of accidental injury to children ages 14 and under. Work to raise awareness about injury prevention by providing info and skills to make home environments safe. Programs include child passenger safety, home and crib safety, fire and burn safety, and bicycle/pedestrian safety. FAMILY VIOLENCE Commission on Missing and Exploited Children • 405-8441 The commission promotes the safety and protection of all children and speaks about child safety to groups. Exchange Club Family Center • 276-2200 Programs help with prevention, intervention, support, and education for families experiencing child abuse and domestic violence. Workshops for kids on how to cope with anger and loss. 4 11 4


Family Safety Center of Memphis & Shelby County • 222-4400 The Family Safety Center works with families victimized by domestic violence. Services include help with emergency needs, legal support, police interdiction, counseling, healthcare, and more. Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents • 287-4700 Prevention early intervention services for children. Programs include Healthy Families, Parent Outreach, and NurseFamily Partnership. The center also supports early childhood education through the Shelby County Child Care Resource and Referral Center. Memphis Child Advocacy Center • 525-2377 A one-stop agency for families of children who have been sexually or physically abused. Offers intervention, education, and prevention. FAMILY SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY Books From Birth • 820-4501 Enroll a child from birth to age 5 and receive one book a month for free. Register online or at your local library. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee • 722-4700 Provides assistance to the homeless and families in crisis with a food pantry, clothes closet, and van that offers health care. Operates St. Sebastian Veterans program for homeless vets, and provides immigrant counseling services. MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-faith Association) • 527-0208 Social service nonprofit with programs for seniors, families in crisis, and teens. Services include rent/utility/mortgage assistance for the working poor, Meals on Wheels; and college prep for high school students. Porter-Leath • 577-2500 A social service agency focusing on early childhood education and intervention; foster care, plus residential and adoption services and volunteer grandparent program.

Endometriosis – Diagnosis and Treatment A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about painful periods and their causes. In that article, I mentioned that endometriosis is a very common cause of pain that can have consequences besides just painful periods, and that women with endometriosis need to have it removed surgically by a surgeon who specializes in complete removal using laser, not just burning with heat or electricity. Today I wanted to speak a little more about endometriosis, how it causes infertility, and how we treat it using both surgical and medical techniques that preserve fertility and prevent recurrence.

What Causes the Pain?

Endometriosis is caused by cells of the uterine lining growing in other parts of the body. Most of the time it is close to the uterus, but can be present almost anywhere in rare cases. These cells that normally grow and shed with your monthly cycle often cause pain and bleeding/bruising when they are present in other places. If endometriosis is located near sensitive places like pelvic nerves, the pain is often severe – even if the amount of endometriosis is small. Conversely, a woman with severe endometriosis can have almost no pain if the lesions are in less sensitive areas. Because of this discrepancy between severity of endometriosis and level of pain, many women with endometriosis remain undiagnosed until another problem – such as infertility or miscarriage – presents itself.

What Are the Treatments?

When endometriosis is suspected, women should be offered surgical removal. Although all OBGYNs have been trained on removal of endometriosis in their residency, most have not been extensively trained to recognize all of the ways endometriosis can appear during surgery. Complete removal is essential for reducing the risk of recurrence, and proper technique in repairing the surfaces that endometriosis is removed from is necessary to prevent scar tissue formation. This is why so many women and their physicians are hesitant to do surgery for endometriosis – because if not done well, the surgery may not help and in some cases make things worse. As with all surgery, the better trained your surgeon is, the more likely you are to have a successful outcome. Treatment after surgery is also important. Endometriosis is often associated with hormone imbalance, chronic inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and pelvic floor muscle spasms. All of these issues need to be addressed before, during and after surgery to ensure that the pain, inflammation and other problems associated with endometriosis go away and stay gone. Endometriosis, like most other diseases related to women’s health, can be treated in ways that are both natural and healthy without artificial hormones and the side-effects they cause.

Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home • 386-3961 • 8720839 or (800) 624-8591 Children referred to the group for family problems, abuse, domestic issues, discipline problems, and truancy. Tennessee Voices for Children • 758-2522 or (800) 6709882 Active advocacy group for families of children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues Youth Villages • 252-7600 Referrals for children ages 1 to age 22 for emotional and behavioral disorders, physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts or attempts.

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Dr. Michael Podraza is originally from South Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in Chemistry. He attended Medical School at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Podraza went on to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Buffalo, NY. He received training in NaPro Technology at the Pope Paul IV Institute; after which he moved to Memphis with his wife and children to become Medical Director of Saint Francis Women’s Health & Fertility. Dr. Podraza is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Memphis Parent takes a tour of downtown


Ogle shares with the group of youngsters, as they embark on an hour-long journey, how Court Square is the only remaining park in its original form laid out by the city’s founders in 1819. The land was set aside to build a courthouse, but no courthouse was ever built on Court Square. However, the location was the site of Memphis' first schoolhouse. And it’s home to the majestic fountain erected in 1876.



As Ogle points in a different direction, he glimpses a street sign to bring to the kids’ attention. “Do you see that? That’s November 6th Street. It’s the only street in the United States named for a month, day, and year. The year won’t fit on the sign but it marks the date in 1934 when Memphis became the first city to join the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority). Now a street that looks more like an alley has taken on an entirely new significance to the kids. 6 11 6


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The group meanders along Main street hearing tidbits about “this and that” and makes its way up Madison to the steps of the University of Memphis Law School. Despite the imposing building, and its history of formerly being the main U.S. post office, it’s an unassuming stone block perched right in front on the sidewalk that’s captivating. The stone, erected by the Engineers Club in 1923, marks the zero point in Memphis. For example, if you put in your Google maps to provide the distance from Memphis to St. Louis. This is the point that it’s being measured from. Interesting!

On a steamy summer afternoon, Jimmy Ogle stands in the shade under the canopy of trees in Court Square between Main and Second streets in downtown Memphis as he readies to take our cover kid, Myles, and a few friends on a magical tour. Ogle is the official historian for Shelby County, but long before he received that title in 2014, he has fascinated tourists and locals alike with stories of the little known mysteries of Memphis. “Not many people know that the famous inventor Thomas Edison lived here, running a telegraph after the civil war. He worked across from Court Square,” he tells the kids as the tour kicks off. Ogle weaves facts and information on a regular basis during his Jimmy Ogle Tours, which he has offered for free for more than 10 years. This has been a busy summer as he takes campers on tours. “I’ve lived here all my life and have worked 40 years in parks and recreation. I love talking about how important our history is to this country,” he says. “Apparently, I do a pretty good job of storytelling.” By MICHELLE MCKISSACK • Photography by BRYAN ROLLINS MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Another stop on our Memphis Parent tour is taking in the gorgeous vista of the mighty Mississippi River. We reached this lookout by crossing over the footbridge behind the law school linking the Front Street Park to the bluff. It’s known as the Chickasaw Bluff or Fourth Bluff. The bluffs were numbered by men working the river years ago — from one to four, starting from “up north” along the Mississippi. Jimmy details how riverboating and steamboating have long been in the historical DNA of Memphis. The city was founded on the river and built on cotton, with the historic cobblestones alongside the river’s edge being laid with slave labor. Cotton along with hardwood in the 19th century made Memphis a hub for industry. Hundreds of years ago, animals and Native Americans determined the pathways (that later became roadways) to this highest piece of ground on the Mississippi River between Cairo, Illinois, and Natchez, Mississippi.


One of the last stops on our tour involves snacking! You haven’t been to downtown Memphis if you haven’t visited the Peanut Shoppe. The Peanut Shoppe is the only nut shop of its kind in Memphis. The downtown favorite has been open on Main Street since 1949. It’s a narrow little shop that looks like a throwback to another era. But the sweet aroma as you open the door and the shop’s array of nuts and candies make you realize that kids of all ages from yesteryear to today would enjoy this treat on a warm summer day.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH When Jimmy Ogle is not giving historic talks and tours, he puts on another hat that also brings his wealth of knowledge about Memphis and the region into play. Last year he was named the Duckmaster at the Peabody Hotel. He now oversees the world-famous mallard ducks and their daily march from their penthouse atop the historic hotel to the lobby fountain. “People all over the world love Memphis and like to come and visit,” Ogle says. “I am really living the dream. I get to live and breathe it every day and share it with others. It’s wonderful!”


Jimmy Ogle Tours • • 901-604-5002 Jimmy Ogle offers various types of tours from the meaning behind historic manhole covers to courthouses, where he takes his tours inside when it gets really hot and sticky outside.


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GETTING SCHOOLED Searching for the right education environment for your child Edited by MICHELLE McKISSACK

The search for the right school for your child is a monumental task, whether you’re just getting started with preschool or transitioning from elementary to middle and high school. Fortunately, there are a lot of options in the greater Memphis area. Memphis Parent has outlined a list of schools and background information on types of school environments to jumpstart your effort — because knowledge is power! To get started, read about those options in this article, then go online to the Memphis School Guide

(, an independent nonprofit website developed to help parents more closely examine the education landscape. On the site, you’ll find a link under each section with additional school profiles and data provided by Ginger Spickler with Memphis School Guide.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Private schools are not funded by the state and must fund operations by charging tuition, though many private schools offer some form of financial aid. Schools are typically run by an independent body (a school board, the Catholic Diocese, etc.), and as they are exempt from state oversight and mandated testing, faculty have the freedom to choose their own standards and educational approach. While the majority of private schools in Memphis have a religious affiliation, there are also a number of non-religious schools focusing on a wide variety of methodologies and approaches. The Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis represent a large number of private schools in Memphis. Various tuition and fees. Check school websites for details. MUNICIPALITY SCHOOL SYSTEMS A number of communities in Shelby County manage their own school systems. Residents who live in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, or Millington, can opt to attend one of these schools. Go to the town websites or for further information. SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS • 416-5300 Shelby County Schools (SCS) is the largest public school system in Tennessee and among the 25 largest systems in the nation. SCS operates 218 schools in the city of Memphis and in unincorporated and reserve areas of Shelby County. The district includes Traditional, Optional, iZone, and Charter schools under their umbrella. Traditional are the zoned schools any student can attend according to home residence. Optional are similar to magnet schools in other cities and have varying academic achievement requirements. iZone are schools on the state’s priority list working to improve test scores. Charter schools are tuitionfree and operate independently from the SCS district. All of these schools are listed at the SCS website. You can start your research in this article, and you can also visit independent website to learn more detailed information about each school. SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS OPTIONAL PROGRAMS 160 S. Hollywood, Room C106, 38112 • 416-5338 • 8 11 8


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Optional schools offer a world of choices to students. SCS has two Optional programs: 33 schools use the school-within-a-school approach (Optional program and traditional classes), 15 schools are Optional only (meaning all students participate in the program). In the following profiles, Optional programs are described, and Optional only schools are designated with an asterisk (*). *Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School 5905 Grosvenor Avenue, 38119 • 416-2128 • Grades: 1-5 • • International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Primary Years Programme. Balmoral Ridgeway teaches students to be critical thinkers with a worldwide perspective. Bellevue Middle School 575 S. Bellevue Boulevard, 38104 • 416-4488 • Grades: 6-8 • • The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program emphasizes the liberal arts with a focus on honors language arts/English, mathematics, and sciences. Arts and music electives offered. Bolton High School 7323 Brunswick Road, 38002 • 416-1435 • Grades: 9-12 • or / boltonhighib • The International Baccalauareate Diploma Programme provides an academically rigorous curriculum that emphasizes international awareness and interdisciplinary learning. Dr. William Herbert Brewster Elementary 2605 Sam Cooper Boulevard, 38112 • 416-7150 • Grades 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics/M.A.S.T. program emphasizes accelerated learning in math, art, science, and technology. State-of-the-art technology, a visual arts room, and interactive science lab. Brownsville Road Elementary School 5292 Banbury, 38135 • 416-4300 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Enriched Academics/International Studies program provides students with advanced multicultural educational opportunities. *Carnes Elementary School 943 J.W. Williams Lane, 38105 • 416-3206 • Grades: 1-5 • •

The Environmental Science program encourages students to become environmental explorers by integrating science into the core curriculum. Outdoor classroom, lab experiences, and field trips. Central High School 306 S. Bellevue Boulevard, 38104 • 416-4500 • Grades: 9-12 • • The College Preparatory program offers academics for college-bound students and includes honorslevel and AP courses in all subjects. Central also offers an outstanding arts program. Colonial Middle School 1370 Colonial Road, 38117 • 416-8980 • Grades: 6-8 • • Arts and Academics. The Creative and Performing Arts program focuses on art, music, band, drama, creative writing, and dance. The Enriched Academics provides challenging courses in language arts, math, science, and social studies. *Cordova Elementary School 750 Sanga Road, Cordova, 38018 • 416-1700 • Grades: 1-5 • • Enriched Academics accelerates the learning environment through hands-on teaching and learning strategies, the use of supplemental books, visiting artists, and technology programs like Edmodo, a monitored social network for students, parents, and teachers. *Cordova Middle School 900 Sanga Road, Cordova, 38018 • 416-2189 • Grades: 6-8 • • Computer and Environmental Sciences provides students with a range of educational opportunities to solve real-world problems through inquiry-based, hands-on learning. Students are well-prepared for any college prep high school program. Craigmont High School 3333 Covington Pike, 38128 • 416-4312 • Grades: 9-12 • • The College Preparatory for International Studies program focuses on social studies, language arts, and world languages. Students examine issues of international scope, and collaborations with civic organizations like Memphis in May expose teens to the international scene. Craigmont Middle School 3455 Covington Pike, 38128 • 416-7780 • Grades: 6-8 • craigmontmiddle • The Enriched Academics/International Studies prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global society. Builds an understanding of world cultures via a concentration on languages and social studies, international activities, and literacy. *Cummings School 1037 Cummings, 38106 • 416-7810 • Grades: 1-8 • • Developing Masterful Mathematical Minds (DM3) offers students a world-class education with an emphasis on mathematics, woven across the curriculum. Cummings is a laboratory school for LeMoyne-Owen College’s Department of Education. *Delano Elementary 1716 Delano, 38127 • 416-3932 • Grades: 1-5 • • The Computer/Technology program aids students in developing critical thinking, reading, writing, and math skills. Students also use computer technology, digital cameras, and closed-circuit TV.

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EDUCATION *Double Tree Elementary School 4560 Double Tree, 38109 • 4168144 • Grades: K-5 • doubletreemontessorischool • As a modified Montessori/Technology school, Double Tree offers learning via hands-on, self-correcting materials in individualized work in grades K-3. Fourth and fifth grade students use computer labs and mobile laptops.

Germantown Hih School 7653 Old Poplar Pike, 38138 • 416-0955 • Grades: 9-12 • germantownhighIB or / germantownhighcapa • Germantown’s International Baccalaureate and College Preparatory/Creative and Performing Arts programs garner national recognition for achievements in academics and the arts.

Douglass High School 3200 Mt. Olive Road, 38108 • 4160990 • Grades: 9-12 • douglasshighschool • The Public Service and Communication Arts program prepares students to become global leaders and communicators who support community grassroots efforts.

Germantown Middle School 7925 C. D. Smith Road, 38138 • 416-0950 • Grades: 6-8 • germantownmiddle • The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program provides every student a wide range of challenging, educational opportunities.

*Douglass Elementary School 1650 Ash Street, 38108 • 416-5946 • Grades: *K-5, 6-8 • douglassschool • The Chess and Public Service programs offer students enrichment opportunities that are interwoven into the curriculum. Downtown Elementary School 10 North Fourth Street, 38103 • 4168400 • Grades: 1-5 • downtownelementary • The Enriched Academics/Social Studies program takes advantage of its unique urban location by using Downtown Memphis as a “living laboratory.” Students take frequent field trips to historical, educational, and cultural sites. East High School 3206 Poplar Avenue, 38111 • 416-6160 • Grades: 9-12 • • East High is transitioning to a new T-STEM Optional Program. With Memphis being a global hub of the transportation industry, the program will be a pipeline to highdemand degrees and career fields in transportation, distribution and logistics. *John P. Freeman Optional School 5250 Tulane Road, 38109 • 416-3156 • Grades: 1-8 • • The Enriched Academics/College Preparatory program is designed to stimulate creativity and develop critical thinking skills. Germantown Elementary School 2730 Cross Country Drive, 38138 • 416-0945 • Grades: 1-5 • germtownelementary • The Enriched Academics/ International Studies program provides problem- and project-based learning and multicultural/crosscurricular activities. Students develop the intellectual, emotional, and social abilities necessary to become creative problem solvers. 20 0 2


Grahamwood Elementary School 3950 Summer Avenue, 38122 • 4165952 • Grades: 1-5 • grahamwoodelementary • The Enriched Academics program recognizes each child as an individual possessing a unique combination of talents and skills. Havenview Middle School 1481 Hester Lane, 38116 • 416-3092 • Grades: 6-8 • havenviewmiddle • The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) program offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. *Idlewild Elementary School 1950 Linden Avenue, 38104 • 416-4566 • Grades: K-5 • idlewildelementary • Idlewild’s well-rounded curriculum combines Enriched Science, Technology, art, and music with academic excellence. Keystone Elementary School 4301 Old Allen Road, 38128 • 416-3924 • Grades: 1-5 • keystonelementary • ECO: Educating Children Through the Outdoors is the focus at Keystone, where enriched academics includes outdoor classroom (gardens, pond, “grow rooms,” and amphitheatre); science and computer labs. Kingsbury High School 1270 N. Graham, 38122 • 416-6060 • Grades: 9-12 • kingsburyhigh • With its Global Health Studies: Applied Health Science and Health Science Policy program, graduates are well prepared for college or careers in the health care professions. *Oak Forest Elementary School 7440 Nonconnah View Cove, 38119 • 416-2257 • Grades: 1-5 • oakforestelementary • With its International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Oak

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Forest provides students with a worldclass education with a global emphasis. Overton High School 1770 Lanier Lane, 38117 • 416-2136 • Grades 9-12 • overtonhigh • The Creative and Performing Arts program helps students develop their talents through an intense study in vocal and instrumental music, jazz, orchestra, dance, drama, visual arts, broadcasting, and creative writing. Peabody Elementary School 2086 Young Avenue, 38104 • 416-4606 • Grades: 1-5 • peabodyelementary • Enriched Academics/International Studies. Peabody is a multicultural mecca, incorporating international studies as a distinguishing feature. Ridgeway High School 2009 Ridgeway Road, 38119 • 4161802 • Grades: 9-12 • ridgewayhigh International • Baccalaureate World School (IB). Ridgeway offers a program of study recognized worldwide for its academic rigor and excellence.

*Maxine Smith STEAM Academy 750 E. Parkway South, 38104 • 4164536 • Grades: 6-8 • maxinesmithsteamacademy • The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) program provides challenging and inquiry-based educational experiences. Snowden School 1870 N. Parkway, 38112 • 416-4621 • Grades: 1-8 • snowdenschool • Snowden’s Enriched Academics/ College Preparatory program offers a challenging curriculum that stresses academics, creativity, and social development. *Springdale-Memphis Magnet Elementary School 880 N. Hollywood Street, 38108 • 416-4883 • Grades: 1-5 • scsk12. org/springdalememphismagnet • Exploratory Learning provides an innovative environment that encourages real-world learning and science exploration.

Ridgeway Middle School 6333 Quince, 38119 • 416-1588 • Grades: 6-8 • ridgewaymiddle • The International Baccalaureate World School Middle Years Programme focuses on developing well-rounded, internationally-minded students who are principled thinkers and risk-takers.

Treadwell Elementary School 3538 Given, 38122 • 416-6130 • Grades: K-5 • treadwellelementary • The Dual Language Immersion program is a bilingual education in a culturally diverse environment. Groups of English-speaking students are paired with groups of native speakers of another language to provide a unique foreign language immersion experience.

Riverwood Elementary School 1330 Stern Lane, Cordova, 38016 • 416-2310 • Grades: 1-5 • riverwoodelementary • The Environmental Science and Community Service program emphasizes building excellence through community consciousness.

*Vollentine Elementary School 1682 Vollintine, 38107 • 4164632 • Grades: K-5 • vollentineelementary • Science Exploration: Scholars Tackling Academic Rigor Scientifically (STARS) integrates differentiated instruction with science discovery.

*Rozelle Elementary School 993 Roland 38114 • 416-4612 • Grades: K-5 • rozelleelementary • Creative and Performing Arts. Instructors at Rozelle use the arts to teach academic subjects and develop individual skills. Sherwood Elementary School 1156 Robin Hood, 38111 • 416- 4864 • Grades: 1-5 • sherwoodelementary • The Academic Enrichment Through the Arts program requires students to read children’s classic literature, current books, and periodicals to develop problem-solving, listening, and writing skills. Involvement by Arts Memphis, Brooks Museum of Art, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens enriches the program.

Whitehaven Elementary School 4783 Elvis Presley Boulevard, 38116 • 416-7431 • Grades: 1-5 • whitehavenelementary • The Enriched Academics program features a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Whitehaven High School 4851 Elvis Presley Boulevard, 38116 • 416-3000 • Grades: 9-12 • whitehavenhigh • The College Preparatory/Business and Finance programs provide a broad scope of student opportunities ranging from a business/finance program emphasizing career preparation to Advanced Placement classes designed to prepare students for college work. White Station High School 514 S. Perkins, 38117 • 416-8880

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EDUCATION • Grades: 9-12 • whitestationhigh • College Preparatory. Ranked on Newsweek’s list of top high schools in America, this optional program is designed to provide broad liberal arts foundation for college- bound students in science, mathematics, medicine, law, education, business, computer science, and public/social service. White Station Middle School 5465 Mason, 38120 • 416-2184 • Grades: 6-8 • whitestationmiddle • The College Preparatory program provides academically enriched instruction in English, math, science, social studies, fine arts, and world languages in a state-of-the-art facility. Willow Oaks Elementary School 4417 Willow, 38117 • 4162196 • Grades: 1-5 • willowoakselementary • The Enriched Academics Through the Arts and Technology program offers a curriculum that exceeds state performance standards in reading, math, science, social studies, computer technology, and the arts.

7978 • • Grades: K-5 City University School - Boys Preparatory and Girls Preparatory 1475 East Shelby Drive, 38116 • 7552219 • • Grades: 6-8 for boys & girls City University School of Liberal Arts 1550 Dunn Avenue, 38106 • 775-2219 • Grades: 9-12 City University School of Independence 1475 East Shelby Drive, 38116 • Grades: 9 Cornerstone Prep-Lester Campus 320 Carpenter Street, 38112 • 4163640 • • Grades: K-6/Capstone Education Group, Achievement School District Cornerstone Prep-Denver Elementary 1940 Frayser, 38127 • 416-3640 • Grades: PK-5

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School 3608 Hawkins Mill Road, 38108 • 213-4123 • Grades: 6-8 Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering 1254 Jefferson Avenue, 38104 • 333-1580 • • Grades: 6-12 Memphis Business Academy Elementary School 2450 Frayser Boulevard, 38127 • 353-1475 • • Grades: K-5 Memphis Business Academy Middle & High School 3306 Overton Crossing, 38127 • 357-2708 (m), 357-8680 (h) • Grades: 6-12 Memphis College Prep Elementary School 278 Greenlaw Avenue, 38105 • 620-6475 • • Grades: K-4 Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory 168 Jefferson Street, 38103 • 474-0955 • • Grades: 6-8

DuBois Consortium of Charter Schools 4443 Germantown Road, 38125 • 509-6190 • Grades: K-12

Memphis RISE Academy 5050 Poplar Avenue, Suite 1714, 38157 • 303-9590 • • Grades: 6-12

Wooddale High School 5151 Scottsdale, 38118 • 416-2440 • Grades: 9-12 • wooddalehigh • College Preparatory and Aviation/Travel and Tourism programs. The Aviation/ Travel and Tourism program is an integrated curriculum that prepares students for post-secondary education or training in these fields.

Fairley High 4950 Fairley Road, 38109 • 730-8160 • • Achievement School District • Grades: 9-12

Memphis School of Excellence 4450 South Mendenhall, Suite #1, 38141 • 367-7814 • • Grades: 6-12

Freedom Preparatory Academy Elementary & Middle Westwood, 778 Parkrose Road, 38109 • 881-1149 • • Achievement School District • Grades: PK-5 & 6-8

Pathways in Education 3156 N. Thomas Street, 38127 • 353-4999 • • Grades: 7-12

CHARTER SCHOOLS IN MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY Charter schools are public schools that operate independently from their school districts. Each school follows its own mission while adhering to state-required education standards. Charters serve as an alternative to families seeking a public school education but in a smaller, academically enriched environment.

Freedom Preparatory Academy High 5132 Jonetta Street, 38109 • 2595959 • • Grades: 9-12

Arrow Academy of Excellence 645 Semmes Street, 38111 • 207-1891 • • Grades: K-3 Aspire Public Schools Memphis 3210 Raleigh-Millington Road, 38128 • 646-6516 • • Grades: PK-8 Aurora Collegiate Academy 3804 Given Avenue, 38122 • 249-4615 • • Grades: K-5 Bluff City High School 4950 Fairley Road, 38109 • 730-8169 • tn.greendot. org/bchs • Grade: 9 Opening 2017 Circle of Success Learning Academy 867 South Parkway E., 38106 • 32222 2 2


Gestalt Community Schools 3175 Lenox Park Boulevard #410, 38115 • 213-5161 • • Grades: K-12 Kaleidoscope School of Memphis 110 N. Court Avenue, 38103 • 623-1888 • • Grade 6 Opening 2017 KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Schools • 8 Schools Grades: K-12 Leadership Preparatory Charter School 4190 Elliston Road, 38111 • 5124495 • • Grades: K-3 Legacy Leadership Academy 3333 Old Brownsville Rd, 38134 • 9491040 • • Grades 6-12 • Opening 2017 grades 6-8 Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School 3925 Chelsea Avenue Ext., 38108 • 382-1441• • Grades: 9-12

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Promise Academy 1346 Bryan Street, 38108 • 324-4456 • hollywood. • Grades: K-5 Southern Avenue Charter Elementary School 2221 Democrat Road, 38132 • 743-7335 • • Grades: K-5 Soulsville Charter School 1115 College Street, 38106 • 261-6366 • • Grades: 6-12 STAR Academy 3260 James Road, 38128 • 387-5050 • • Grades: K-5

Veritas College Preparatory Charter School 690 Mississippi Boulevard, 38126 • 526-1900 • • Grades: 5-8 PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN MEMPHIS AND THE REGION Edited by Brenda Ford Independent schools provide families with a wide range of educational choices. Special needs schools are here, too. (Note: Tuition and fees may adjust from time of printing)

Bornblum Jewish Community School 6641 Humphreys Boulevard, 38120 • 747-2665 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K-8 • Tuition: $6,500-$9,500 • Enrollment: 102 • Religious affiliation: Jewish Briarcrest Christian Schools *76 S. Houston Levee, Eads, 38028 • 7654600 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2 yrs.-12 • Tuition: $5,795-$14,695 • Enrollment: 1,654 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian *Additional locations: 6000 Briarcrest Avenue • 765-4600 • Grades: 2 yrs.-grade 5 Christ Methodist Day School 411 S. Grove Park, 38117 • 683-6873 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2K-6 • Tuition: $2,250$12,250 • Enrollment: 425 • Religious affiliation: Christian Christ the King Lutheran School 5296 Park Avenue, 38119 • 682-8405 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $6,500$8,200 • Enrollment: 265 • Religious affiliation: Lutheran • Special Ed classes: Plus, Discoveries Christian Brothers High School 5900 Walnut Grove, 38120 • 261-4900 • • Student body: male • Grades: 9-12 • Tuition: $12,000 • Enrollment: 880 • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic Collegiate School of Memphis 3353 Faxon Avenue, 38122 • 591-8200 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 6-12 • Tuition: $10,000 • Enrollment: 290 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Evangelical Christian School Main Campus *7600 Macon Road, 38018 • 754-7217 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 6-12 • Tuition: $6,635-$16,150 • Enrollment: 700-800 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian *Additional Location: 1920 Forest HillIrene • 754-4420 • Grades: JK-5 Fayette Academy 15090 Hwy 64, Somerville, 38068 • 465-3241 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $6,500 • Enrollment: 600 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian First Assembly Christian School 8650 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, 38018 • 458-5543 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: JK-12 •Tuition: $4,718-$9,646 (resource extra) • Enrollment: 790 • Religious affiliation: interdenominational Christian Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School 246 S. Belvedere, 38104 • 278-0200 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2 yrs.-8 • Tuition: $2,800$15,200 • Enrollment: 550 • Religious affiliation: Episcopal

Harding Academy East Memphis Upper School 1100 Cherry Road, 38117 • 7674494 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-12 • Tuition: $4,895-$12,395 • Enrollment: 945 • Religious affiliation: Christian *Additional Locations: Harding Academy – Cordova Lower School, 8350 & 8360 Macon Road, 38018 • 767-4494 • Grades: 18 mos.-6 Harding Academy – East Memphis Lower School, 1106 Colonial, 38117 • 767-2093 • Grades: 18 mos.-6 Hutchison School 1740 Ridgeway, 38119 • 761-2220 • • Student body: female • Grades: Age 2-12th grade • Tuition: $6,188-$20,108 • Enrollment: 872 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Immanuel Lutheran School 6319 Raleigh LaGrange, 38134 • 388-0205 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-8 • Tuition: $6,490-$6,710 • Enrollment: 225 • Religious affiliation: Lutheran Lamplighter Montessori School 8563 Fay Road, 38018 • 751-2000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $9,525-$13,950 • Enrollment: 120 • Religious affiliation: nonsectarian Lausanne Collegiate School 1381 W. Massey, 38120 • 474-1000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $13,060-$20,790• Enrollment: 883 • Religious affiliation: nonsectarian Macon Road Baptist School *11015 Highway 64, Arlington, 38002 • 290-5555 • Grades: K4-12 • •; Tuition: $5,350-$6,500 • Enrollment: 675 for all locations • Religious affiliation: Baptist *Additional Locations: 9182 Highway 64, Lakeland, 38002 • 937-0766 • Grades: K3, K4, K5 3540 Tomlin Road, Oakland, 38060 • 465-3329 • Grades: K3-2 Margolin Hebrew Academy-Feinstone Yeshiva of the South 390 S. White Station Road, 38117 • 682-2400 • • Grades: PK-12/co-ed (PK3-8), female (grade 9-12), male (grade 9-12) • Tuition: $7,231-$19,170 • Enrollment: 180 • Religious affiliation: Jewish Maria Montessori School 740 Harbor Bend Road, 38103 • 527-3444 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 18 mos.-8 • Tuition: $8,000-$10,000 • Enrollment: 121 • Religious affiliation: none Marshall Academy 100 Academy Drive, Holly Springs, MS, 38635 • (662) 252-3449 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K3-12 + Pre-school Daycare • Tuition: $6,152$6,660 • Enrollment: 230 • Religious

affiliation: nondenominational Christian Memphis Junior Academy 50 N. Mendenhall, 38117 • 683-1061 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-12 • Tuition: $3,790-$8,780 • Enrollment: 65 • Religious affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist





Together as part of one family girls and boys benefit from a single gender classroom, yet at times also benefit from collaboration. At St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School we combine the best of both for an academic experience like no other in Memphis. We are family! Email to schedule a tour today!

Memphis University School 6191 Park, 38119 • 260-1300 • • Student body: male • Grades: 7-12 • Tuition: $19,950 • Enrollment: 640 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian New Hope Christian Academy 3000 University Street, 38127 • 358-3183 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 3 years-6 • Tuition: sliding scale based on income • Enrollment: 411 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Northpoint Christian School 7400 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS, 38672 • (662) 349-3096 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-12 • Tuition: $4,695-$9,675 • Enrollment: 1,078 • Religious affiliation: Christian Presbyterian Day School 4025 Poplar Avenue, 38111 • 842-4600 • • Student body: male • Grades: 2 years-6 • Tuition: $8,450$18,860 • Enrollment: 615 • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian

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Rossville Christian Academy 280 High Street, Rossville, 38066 • 853-0200 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K4-12 • Tuition: $5,980$6,150 • Enrollment: 320 • Religious affiliation: Interdenominational Christian St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School 4830 Walnut Grove Road, 38117 • 767-1356 • Student body: St. Agnes, female; St. Dominic, male • Grades: 2K12 (girls), 2K-8 (boys) • Tuition: $7,345$16,700 • Enrollment: 880 (combined) • Religious affiliation: Catholic St. George’s Independent School Collierville Campus, 1880 Wolf River Boulevard, Collierville 38017 • 4572000 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-5 Germantown & Memphis locations • Grades: 6-12 at Collierville • Tuition: $8,270-$19,500• Enrollment: 1,150 (all locations) • Religious affiliation: Judeo-Christian *Additional Locations: Germantown Campus, 8250 Poplar, 38138 • 2612300 • Grades: PK-5; Memphis Campus, 3749 Kimball Avenue, 38111 • 261-3920 • Grades: PK-5 St. Mary’s Episcopal School 60 Perkins Extended, 38117 • 537-1405 • • Student body: female • Grades: 2 yrs.-12 • Tuition: $2,550-$19,850 • Enrollment: 860 • Religious affiliation: Episcopal Tipton-Rosemark Academy 8696 Rosemark, Millington, 38053 • 8296536 • tiptonrosemarkacademy.


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net • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K3-1 • Tuition: $4,808-$8,485 • Enrollment: 650 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian Westminster Academy 2500 Ridgeway Road, 38119 • 380-9192 • wamemphis. com • Student body: co-ed • Grades: JK-12 • Tuition: $7,165-$12,900 • Enrollment: 295 • Religious affiliation: reformed Christian West Memphis Christian School *1600 N. Missouri Street, West Memphis, AR, 72301 Elementary Campus • (870) 7350642 • • Student body: coed • Grades: PK-3rd • Tuition: $4,900$6,900 • Enrollment: 200 • Religious affiliation: Christian *Additional Location: Middle School and High School, 1101 N. Missouri Street • (870) 400-4000 • Grades: 4-12 Woodland Presbyterian School 5217 Park, 38119 • 685-0976 • • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 2 years-grade 8 • Tuition: $8,161-$13,370 • Enrollment: 350 • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian SCHOOLS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Schools for children with a variety of learning challenges Bodine School 2432 Yester Oaks Drive, Germantown, 38139 • 754-1800 • • Serves students with dyslexia and dyslexia-related reading differences. • Grades: 1-6 • Tuition: $21,300, financial aid available • Enrollment: 95 • Religious affiliation: none Harwood Center *711 Jefferson Avenue, 38105 • 448-8369 • harwoodcenter. org • Provides support and education for young children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. Provides ABA Services. *Additional Location: 8500 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38018 Madonna Learning Center 7007 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, 38138 • 752-5767 • • Individualized educational services for special needs children and

adults. Students represent all disabilities, including Down syndrome, developmental and learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and other learning challenges. Ages: 5-30 • Grades: flexible levels, ungraded classrooms • Tuition: $12,700, financial aid available • Enrollment: 65-70 • Religious affiliation: none

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf 7901 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, 38138 • 758-2228 • • At Memphis Oral School, deaf children are listening and talking. Small class sizes, daily speech therapy, and on-site cochlear implant mapping and therapy work toward this early intervention 24 4 2


program’s goal of mainstreaming children into regular education programs. Through “Sound Beginnings,” parents with children under 2 learn from audiologists how to assist their child at home. Ages: 6 weeks-6 years Phoenix School for Creative Learning 2404 Arthur Road, Germantown, 38138 • 757-4360 • • Phoenix offers individualized, arts-based learning for students with average or above-average I.Q. who have ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, or other learning disabilities. Social skills therapy is part of the program. • Grades: 1-12 • Tuition: $10,000 • Financial aid: limited • Enrollment: 28 • Religious affiliation: none Shady Oaks School 2000 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, 38016 • 737-3355 • • Shady Oaks offers special, individualized instruction for students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. Classes are held in a positive environment with individualized reading, math, and phonics designed to build self-confidence and prepare students for traditional classroom learning. Well-rounded curriculum including Spanish, music & karate. • Grades: 2-8 (ungraded classrooms) • Tuition: $8,500 • Financial aid: limited • Enrollment: 20 • Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OF MEMPHIS

Catholic Diocese of Memphis 373-1219 • The Catholic Diocese of Memphis, through its department of education, administers 24 schools in the Memphis area, serving approximately 7,549 students in pre-K through 12th grade. Jubilee Schools provide an educational option for families in economically challenged neighborhoods. Those schools have Jubilee next to their name. To learn more about each school, go to to link to the school website. Tuition Rates: please contact the individual schools. Christian Brothers High School 5900 Walnut Grove Road, 38120 • 261-4900 • Student body: male • Grades: 9-12 • Enrollment: 901 De La Salle Elementary at Blessed Sacrament • Jubilee School • 2540 Hale Avenue, 38112 • 866-9084 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K-8 • Enrollment: 166 Holy Rosary School 4841 Park Avenue, 38117 • 685-1231 • Student

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body: co-ed • Grades: K3-8 • Enrollment: 449 Immaculate Conception Cathedral School PK-12; lower school, 1669 Central Avenue, 38104 • 725-2710; upper school, 1725 Central Avenue • 725-2705 • Student body: lower, co-ed; upper, female

St. Michael Parish School 3880 Forrest Avenue, 38122 • 323-2162 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-8 • Enrollment: 165 St. Patrick School • Jubilee School • 277 S. Fourth Street, 38126 • 521-3252 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-6 • Enrollment: 124

Incarnation School 360 Bray Station Road, Collierville, 38017 • 853-7804 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-8 • Enrollment: 175

St. Paul School 1425 E. Shelby Drive, 38116 • 346-0862 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-6 • Enrollment: 198

Memphis Catholic Middle & High School • Jubilee School • 61 N. McLean Boulevard, 38104 • 276-1221 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 7-12 • Enrollment: 277

St. Therese Little Flower Primary • Jubilee School • 1666 Jackson Avenue, 38107 • 725-9900 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK–2 • Enrollment: 87

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, 38138 • 753-1181 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK–8 • Enrollment: 195 Our Lady of Sorrows School • Jubilee School • 3690 Thomas Street, 38127 • 358-7431 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK–8 • Enrollment: 189 Resurrection School • Jubilee School • 3572 Emerald, 38115 • 546-9926 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-6 • Enrollment: 226 St. Agnes Academy for Girls/ St. Dominic School for Boys 4830 Walnut Grove Road, 38117 • 7671377 • Student body: elementary, co-ed; high school, female • Grades: PK-12 • Enrollment: 847 combined St. Ann School - Bartlett, 6529 Stage Road, 38134 • 386-3328 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK-8 • Enrollment: 276 St. Augustine School • Jubilee School 1169 Kerr Avenue, 38106 • 942-8002 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK 3-6 • Enrollment: 120 St. Benedict at Auburndale High School 8250 Varnavas at Germantown Parkway, Cordova, 38016 • 260-2840 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: 9-12 • Enrollment: 835 St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School 2100 Germantown Parkway, Cordova, 38016 • 388-7321 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: K4-8 • Enrollment: 622 St. John School • Jubilee School • 2718 Lamar Avenue, 38114 • 743-6700 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK–6 • Enrollment: 198 St. Joseph School • Jubilee School • 3851 Neely Road, 38109 • 3440021 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK–6 • Enrollment: 181 St. Louis School 5192 Shady Grove Road, 38117 • 682-9692 • Student body: co-ed • Grades: PK3-8 • Enrollment: 526


GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME Recreational and competitive youth sports programs in the Memphis Area Compiled by SAMUEL X. CICCI MUNICIPAL PARK AND RECREATION PROGRAMS

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GPRD offers leagues for boys ages 6-17 and for girls ages 7-14. Register September-October. Season runs November-March. Fee: $117/resident, $163/non-resident.

Collierville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department (CPRCA) • Germantown Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD) • germantown-tn. gov Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods ( MDPN) Youth Athletics • government/parksneighborhoods/ youthathletics.aspx BASEBALL MDPN offers summer baseball league for boys 5-18 and under. Register March-April. Season runs May-July. Entry fee: $200/independent team, $100/community center team. BPRD offers leagues for boys age 5-17. Register early February. Season begins in March. Entry fees: T-Ball/ Coach Pitch League: $300 per team and $15 for each non-resident; Recreational League: $450 per team and $15 for each non-resident. Competitive League: $450 per team and $15 for each non-resident; 17 & under League: $500 per team. For individuals, $75/resident, $90/nonresident. CPRCA offers fall leagues for kids age 7-14. Register May-July. Season runs August-November. Entry Fee: $95/Collierville resident, $145/nonresident. Gameday Baseball offers boys middle school league for grades 6 and 7. Registration in February. Season runs March-May. $1,000 per team. Germantown Baseball League offers baseball and softball leagues for ages 5-18. Register November- February. Season runs March-May. $150-$195/ resident and $175-$220/non-resident. BASKETBALL MDPN offers spring and fall leagues for boys and girls age 5-18. Register March-April or SeptemberOctober. Seasons run April-June and November-March. Entry fee: $200 per team, $100 community center team in the fall. CPRCA offers recreational leagues for boys and girls grades 1st-12th. Register in mid-September. Season runs December-March. Entry Fee: $95/ resident for the first child, $75 each additional child; $145/non-resident

GPRD also offers Challenger Basketball leagues for children with special needs. Registration: December-January, league runs weekly January-February. Ages: 6 to 16. Fee: $35. For information, call 757-7375. CHEERLEADING Germantown Football League offers cheerleading for ages 5-10. Register May-July. Season begins in August. Regular entry fee: $145/resident, $185/non-resident. Wings Gymnastics Memphis offers cheer squads for girls grades 1-6. Register year-round. Season runs September-April. One-week summer cheer camps. Power Tumbling grades 1-8 (boys & girls) and gymnastics (boys & girls) for ages 3-14. Entry fee: $35 for one child, $ 50 for two or more. FLAG FOOTBALL CPRCA offers recreational leagues for 1st to 8th graders. Register May-July. Season begins in August. Registration fee: $115/resident, $165/non-resident. MDPN offers flag recreational leagues for boys. Register August-September. Season runs September-October. Entry fee: $100/independent team, $50/Community Center team. FOOTBALL Germantown Football League offers team play for ages 5-12. Register MayJuly. Season begins in August. Regular entry fee: $200/resident, $280/nonresident. GOLF The First Tee of Memphis brings golf and life-skills coaching to kids ages 5-18. Introduce your child to the game of golf. Program taught on public courses across the city. Seven-week sessions offered fall, spring, and summer. $55. or Memphis’ Public Links program includes complimentary green fees for golfers under age 17 years. Each course provides loaner clubs and lessons from golf professionals. All City of Memphis courses (except Galloway) are available MondayFriday and after noon on weekends and holidays. Government/ParksNeighborhoods/ GolfCourses.aspx

LACROSSE Memphis Lacrosse Youth League offers team play for grades K-8 for the spring season (February-May). Registration is in January. Fees vary. No-Excuse Lacrosse offers summer and fall Select Travel Teams for grades 3-12. Registration and tryouts in September. Fees vary. The Houston Lacrosse Club provides lacrosse for boys and girls, grades 3-12, at all skill levels. Registration in January. Season runs February-April. Fees vary. houstonmustangslacrosseclub. SOCCER MDPN offers four league divisions for boys and girls 5-18. Register early February or mid-July. Seasons begin in March and September. Entry fee: $100/independent team, $50/ community center team. Mid-South Futbol Club offers recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 4-12 and competitive leagues for boys and girls ages 8-19. Registration in July. Seasons run August-December and January-June. Fees vary. Legends Germantown Soccer Club/ HappyFeet Memphis offers mobile soccer clinics (ages 2-5) and spring and fall recreational and competitive leagues for boys and girls ages 2-19. Registration in December for spring and June for fall season. Seasons begin in February and August. Fees vary. BPRD offers fall and spring leagues for ages 4-18. Register in February and May. Seasons run March-May and June-August. Fees vary by age group. Collierville Soccer Association offers recreational leagues for ages 4-18 and competitive leagues for ages 7-18. Register in May-June and JanuaryFebruary. Seasons run AugustNovember and February-May. Fees vary. Memphis Liberty Soccer offers competitive leagues and clinics for kids of all ages. Tryouts and registration in May-June. Season runs August-November. Fees vary. Weekly training sessions open to the public. 572-1813 SOFTBALL MDPN offers leagues in four divisions for girls age 5-18. Register in midMarch. Season runs May-July. Entry fee: $200/independent team, $150 community center team. BPRD offers leagues for girls age 5-17. Registration early February. Entry fee: $75/resident, $90/non-resident.

Germantown Baseball League offers girl’s softball leagues for age 6-14. Register November-February. Season runs March-May. Prices vary. SWIMMING Bartlett Xtreme Swim Team offers swim groups for all levels. Contact Coach Mike Brown at mikebrown@ or 385-6470 to try out. MDPN offers swim teams for boys and girls ages 5-18 at designated community centers. Contact Aquatics Department, 547-8018. Germantown Swim Team offers teams for ages 6 and up. Registration fee for new swimmers: $215, plus additional quarterly fees. or email Memphis Tiger Swimming offers a year-round competitive team with professional coaching and instruction for beginners to Olympic level, ages 5-18. Registration fee: $127 per child. Monthly dues vary. TENNIS Memphis Public Tennis Centers are owned by the city of Memphis and managed by Tennis Memphis. Leftwich, Wolbrecht, and Eldon Roark public centers are open seven days a week and offer open court time, adult walkin clinics, junior programming, league play, tournaments, and private lessons. CPRCA offers Youth Tennis Clinics and Camps, Jr. Team Tennis Development Program (lessons/match play) during the fall, spring, and summer. or register at Junior Tennis in Memphis promotes opportunities for ages 5-18 through Memphis Tennis Association, including year-round USTA Junior Team Tennis, tournaments, camps, and NJTL programming. Fees vary. Contact Laura Huss at memphisjrtennis@ or VOLLEYBALL MDPN offers co-ed leagues for youth 18 and under. Register FebruaryMarch. Season runs March-May. $200/ independent team, $100/community center team. BPRD offers play for girls, ages 11-15. Register January-February. Entry fee: $50/resident, $65/non-resident. CPRCA offers leagues for girls, grades 3-12. Register by August 13. Season runs September-November. Entry Fee: $95/resident, $75 per additional child; $145/non-resident, $125 per additional non-resident child.

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FAMILY SURVIVAL GUIDE 2017 • ANNUAL EVENTS Join for this 18th annual nature festival held at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Highlights include banding and releasing of ruby-throated hummingbirds, wagon rides, live animal shows, kids activity zone, guest speakers, nature-themed arts and crafts vendors and native plant sale. Admission. 46TH ANNUAL GERMANTOWN FESTIVAL September 9 & 10 • • 757-9212 Held at the Germantown Civic Club Complex, this two-day festival features nearly 400 arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits, community displays, the Running of the Weenies Dachshund Race, and food. Free. Shuttles available. 30TH ANNUAL COOPER-YOUNG FESTIVAL September 16 • • 276-7222 This outdoor festival held in Memphis’s largest historic district celebrates the arts, culture, and Memphis heritage. Features more than 435 art vendors, three music stages, and a children’s area. Rain Date: September 17. No pets. Free. REPAIR DAYS FAMILY FUN DAY September 23 • • 774-6380 Get your family heirlooms fixed at the Metal Museum’s Repair Days. Family fun activities include blacksmithing demos, scavenger hunt & I Spy, pewter casting, scratch blocks & doodle bowls, jewelry & button making. Free. Fees for hands-on activities.


Mark your calendar! Here is your go-to list for planning great family outings throughout the year. We have scoured through town to bring you an assortment of happenings ranging from fairs and festivals to concerts and parades. Edited by MEENA VISWANATHAN




September 1-10 • • 867-7007 Head over to have some family fun at this annual fair that takes place at the Agricenter. Features July 1-16 & September 7-October 22 • national music acts, craft demos, midway rides, a • 272-2722 Delta Livestock Show, 4-H and FFA Children’s Enjoy more than 50 free concerts at the open- Barnyard, petting zoo, contests, and yummy fair air amphitheater, located in the heart of Overton favorites. Admission. Park. Just grab a chair or blanket and join on the lawn. Coolers and picnics are welcome. Thursday 2017 MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE through Sunday, music starts at 7:30 p.m. Free. FESTIVAL September 2 & 3 • • 525-3655 JULY 4TH FIREWORKS The Center for Southern Folklore presents this Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, and Bartlett signature event in downtown Memphis during host patriotic celebrations on Independence Labor Day weekend. Festival celebrates the Day. Call your city hall for dates and times. music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the Memphis/ Delta region. Six stages feature more than 100 performers, dancers, craftspeople, and cooks. Free. Donations accepted.

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2017 BARTLETT FALL FESTIVAL, MBN PATIO BBQ CONTEST & CAR SHOW September 29 & 30 • • 385-5589 W.J. Freeman Park hosts this two-day family event. Friday evening activities include a midway carnival, live music, hot air balloons, and vendors. Saturday highlights include the Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5K Run, local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, awards for BBQ contest, and concessions. Free. Parking and shuttles available.


October 13-15 • • 636-2362 The Friends of the Pink Palace Museum host this 45th annual fundraiser at Audubon Park. It’s an opportunity for families to watch historic craft demos, enjoy live performances, take part in hands-on learning, tour museum exhibits, play in children’s area, and shop from vendors. Admission. 20TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME WALK October 15 • • 547-7588 Step up to be part of the largest disability awareness event in the Mid-South taking place at Christian Brothers University. Features a onemile fun walk, family picnic, children’s activities, live music, dance, and prizes. Admission. Benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South. FREEDOM AWARD STUDENT FORUM October 19 • • 521-9699 The Freedom Award celebration takes place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The

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FAMILY SURVIVAL GUIDE 2017 • ANNUAL EVENTS forum offers youth an opportunity to interact ENCHANTED FOREST FESTIVAL OF TREES REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE FESTIVAL with the Freedom Award honorees and celebrate November 18-December 31• February 2-4 • • (731) 253-2007 peers who have contributed toward community • 636-2362 service. Highlight is the Keeper of the Dream Designer-decorated Christmas trees take center Go spot our national bird in its natural habitat Award bestowed upon three 6th-12th grade stage at the Pink Palace Museum. Stroll through during this annual festival taking place at students who live in Shelby County and have the Enchanted Forest to be charmed by the Reelfoot Lake State Park in Tiptonville, Tennessee. demonstrated compassion, leader ship, animated characters in a snowy setting, Penguin Activities include live birds of prey program, commitment, and service. Free for schools in Pals in the Penguin Pond, and miniature trains sunrise photography walk, guided eagle and Shelby County School; group registration chugging through the Gingerbread Village. Also waterfowl tours, children’s activities, a scavenger through educators only for up to 25 attendees take pictures with Santa. Admission. Benefits Le hunt, Bob Tarter & his amazing animals program, art and photography contests, and vendors. including chaperones. Limited seats, no general Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Admission for boat tours. public tickets. STARRY NIGHTS ZOO BOO November 24-December 29 + Starry 4K on POLAR BEAR PLUNGE & CHILI COOK-OFF October 20-22 & 27-31 • • December 30 • February 3 • This one-of-a-kind event takes place at Mud 333-6500 • 222-PARK Wear a costume and join in the Zoo’s Halloween Run, walk, bike, or drive through Shelby Farms Island River Park. Activities include polar bear event featuring live entertainment, trick or treat Park to be dazzled by the holiday light show. plunge, chili cook-off, donut eating contest, stations, and rides. Admission. Then head over to Mistletoe Village for cozy costume contest, awards ceremony, and food. campfires, visits with Santa, and family activities. Admission. Benefits The Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BOBBY Admission. Benefits the Park and Greenline. LANIER FARM PARK SOUP SUNDAY October 22 • HOLIDAY WONDERS AT THE GARDEN recreation/the-farm-park • 757-7378 Select nights (TBD) November 24 through January Date TBA • • 251-5000 This family-friendly fundraiser held at the FedEx Celebrate fall on the farm with live music, 1 • • 636-4100 pumpkin patch, farm animals, hayrides, Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard is expanding Forum brings together more than 70 area scarecrow contest, a hay maze, a kiddie pedal this year to make room for Sculpture Lights and restaurants offering soups, breads, appetizers, tractor pull competition, and cooking demos. Trees Alight. Get ready to explore the new and desserts for sampling. Kids activities include the Oreo-stacking contest, inflatables, games, Free. Holiday Wonders at the Garden. Admission. and live entertainment. Admission. Benefits Youth Villages. RIVERARTSFEST October 27-29 • • 261-5534 MARCH 2018 Art it up on South Main! This 11th annual festival Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday is a street celebration of fine arts and Memphis (March 2nd) music. Be sure to check out the Artists at Work CHRISTMAS PARADES area and take part in free hands-on art for kids. Memphis, Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, and Events all month • or nea. Free on Friday night; enjoy the Rockin’ Art Show Germantown host Christmas parades, complete org/readacross • 415-2700 (Main Library) with high school bands, floats, and the Celebrate reading with your child this month; Concert. Admission Saturday and Sunday. appearance of Santa. Call your city hall for dates look for events at branch libraries and selected venues. and times. FESTIVAL OF FUN AND FRIGHT October 27 • • 757-7375 CHALKFEST This annual Halloween experience for children MEMPHIS ISRAEL FESTIVAL March 10 • • 544-6200 takes place at the Bob Hailey Athletic Complex December 3 • in Germantown. Germantown Community Memphis Friends of Israel hosts this cultural Watch local artists transform the Brooks Plaza Theatre’s All Children’s Theatre presents the festival at the Agricenter. Discover Jewish/Israeli into a colorful canvas. Families are invited to join Fairy Tale Trail for young children, while Houston food, music, arts & crafts, children’s play area, for a day of art-making, live entertainment, High hosts the Trail of Terror for older kids. Put petting zoo, camel rides, rock climbing wall, and games, and gallery tours. Free. on your costume and enjoy carnival games, moon vendors. Admission. MEMPHIS AREA MASTER GARDENERS bounces, and concessions. Admission. SPRING FLING GARDEN SHOW AND PLANT SALE HALLOWEEN ON THE ISLAND March 23 & 24 • October 31 • • 752-1207 Mud Island River Park hosts this Halloween fun The Red Barn at the Agricenter hosts this twofor families. Features a haunted river walk, day family-friendly event. Features guest costume contests, games, rides, and trick-orspeakers, workshops, children’s arts & crafts, treating. Admission. food trucks, and vendors. Free. KING DAY 2018 January 15 • • 521-9699 Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at INDIAFEST 2017 the National Civil Rights Museum. Activities November 4 • include children’s arts & crafts, performances on FAMILY EGG HUNT Explore the theme of Unity in Diversity at this the main stage, health and wellness pavilion, April 1 • • 636-4100 year’s India Fest held at the Agricenter. community resources, museum tours, and food Hop over to the Memphis Botanic Garden to Celebrations include dance and music trucks. Admission. take part in their annual family egg hunt. Features per formances, cooking demos, cultural live music, magic shows, kids’ crafts, lawn games, presentations, ethnic food, Kid’s Corner, and a a Bunny Hop area, age-appropriate egg hunts, marketplace. Admission. and activities throughout the morning. Admission. 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FAMILY SURVIVAL GUIDE 2017 • ANNUAL EVENTS discussions, youth symposium, special commemoration from the balcony of Room 306 and an Evening of Storytelling featuring civil rights icons and new movement makers. For updates, check the website. DOWN TO EARTH FESTIVAL April 7, Earth Day 5K April 15, Earth Day Family Campout in April (TBA) • earth-day-celebrations • 222-PARK Join in the Earth Day celebration at Shelby Farms Park and enjoy live music, high-adventure play, eco-friendly vendors, and local/sustainable food options. Admission for cars. BOOKSTOCK 2018 April 28 • • 415-2700 Memphis Public Library’s largest author festival provides carnival-style fun for families. Activities include CLOUD901 Adventures, arts & crafts, face painting, story times, live music, cooking demos, a scavenger hunt around the library, author talks and book signings, door prizes, and food trucks. Free.


FESTIVAL Events all month • • 525-4611 Each May, Memphis salutes global partnerships by honoring one nation. This month-long event includes art displays from the recognized nation, along with signature events, including the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, 901Fest, and the Great American River Run. Tom Lee Park, rain or shine. Admission. RUBY BRIDGES READING FESTIVAL Saturday in May (TBD) • • 521-9699 The National Civil Rights Museum hosts this festival to celebrate Ruby Bridges-Hall’s legacy. Festivities include storytelling, face painting, balloon animals, puppeteers, dance and musical performances, information booths, and food trucks. Children ages pre-k to elementary receive free books. Free. 60TH ANNUAL MEMPHIS GREEK FESTIVAL May 11 & 12 • • 327-8177 Experience Greek life at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Festivities include music by Kostas Kostanis Band, dance by The Athenian Dance Troupe, bounce houses and games for children, marketplace, sanctuary tours, and food at dining hall, tented marketplace, or grab to-go Greek Cuisine. Admission. LATINO MEMPHIS FESTIVAL May 12 • Come for a fiesta and immerse yourself in a Latino cultural paradise. Festivities include a s a ls a - m a k i n g c h a m p i o n s h i p, 5K , l i ve performances, children’s activities, arts & crafts, bounce houses, soccer demos, local vendors, and food. For updates on location and price, check the website. DOG-A-ROO FESTIVAL May 12 • • 222-PARK This pawsome event takes place at the Outback 30 0 3


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Off-Leash Dog Park at Shelby Farms Park. Activities include a talent and costume contest, rescue parades, the Four-Legged 4K Fun Run, gourmet pet treats, and pet specialists information sessions. Dogs must be leashed for this event. Free. Parking fees. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

Park in East Memphis. Festivities include cooking demos, Luigi’s Café, spaghetti gravy contest, grape stomping contest, corn hole, bocce, Luigi’s 5K, live entertainment, Luigi’s Market, and games. Admission. Benefits the children of Holy Rosary Parish School.


MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH May 13 • • 636-4131 Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Japanese Garden THE ORPHEUM SUMMER MOVIE SERIES by treating mom to a gourmet buffet. Listen to June-August • • 525-3000 live music and take part in children’s crafts. Watch your favorite films on the Orpheum’s big screen. Arrive early to enjoy trivia, a photo booth, Admission. and a performance by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Thursday and Friday nights with one F.I.R.E FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday matinee screening. Admission. May 19 • • 774-6380 Join Metal Museum for the 4th Annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) Family A DAY OF MERRYMAKING Fun Day. Features blacksmithing demos, June 2 • • 214-5450 competitions, hands-on activities, pewter Overton Park Conservancy’s family festival casting, iSpy, yard games, and a food truck. Free. returns for a day of live music, water activities, food trucks, local vendors, arts and crafts, all on Fee for hands-on activities. the park’s Greensward. Hollywood Feed will be on hand to entertain your dogs at Overton Bark. MEMPHIS CHILDREN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL Free. Donations benefit Over ton Park May 25 & 26 • • 726-0800 McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College Campus is the Conservancy. venue for this 13th annual children’s theatre festival hosted by Voices of the South. Spend MALCO KIDS SUMMER FILM FEST your Memorial Day weekend watching strolling Tuesdays & Wednesdays in June & July • performers, engaging in outdoor art activities, • 761-3480 Summer is the time to catch some of your and attending workshops. Pay what you can. favorite kid movies at select Malco Theatres. Admission. Benefits children’s hospitals in the INTERNATIONAL BLACKSMITHING DAY Mid-South. 2018 May 26 • • 774-6380 Head over to the Metal Museum to celebrate the SUNSET ON THE SQUARE SUMMER creation of metal work with blacksmithing demos CONCERT SERIES and competitions throughout the day. Free. Fee Thursday nights in June and July • • 853-1666 for hands-on activities. Grab your blankets or chairs and head over to the Historic Collierville Town Square to listen to MEMPHIS ITALIAN FESTIVAL live music. Free. May 31-June 2 • Get a little taste of Italy right here at Marquette

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This month: Our annual Family Survival guide! Also: exploring Memphis with Jimmy Ogle, and a great calendar of annual events!

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