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There’s something special about September. The air starts to change and even the crickets’ songs seems to grow louder as the days grow shorter. The month of September also is mentioned in many popular tunes like “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and Neil Diamond’s “September Morn” — two of my favorite songs. But it’s the September sun that captivates me most. Memphis Parent readers, Nicole and Boris Mamlyuk, sent me the beautiful photo above of them with their 1-year-old daughter Améline Faye enjoying a sunset stroll along the Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park. It embodies what September looks and feels like to me, a golden hue that envelops you with warmth and love. It takes me back to my own childhood when my dad and mom would bundle my sister, three brothers, and me in our station wagon and take us to the annual family outing — the Mid-South Fair. September makes me think of the sweet smell of caramel apples, funnel cake, and all the delicious food you find walking through the midway and at all the festivals that abound during this month. Look for a full roundup in our special festival edition of 901 Fun (page 22). September is also a time where sniffles start to take hold of little ones (and sometimes the grown-ups looking after them). Get a jump on your family’s wellness by helping to boost immune systems. Find some great tips in “Prepare for Sniffle Season” (page 21). Finally, a fantastical exhibit is coming to the Memphis Botanic Garden this month that will surely delight the imagination of children of all ages. Explore the Big Bugs coming to the MBG Backyard (page 11). Get out in the September sun and enjoy all the fun this month has to offer! Happy Parenting!

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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? Crosstown High School in Memphis just reached a major milestone. The much-anticipated school, set to open in August 2018 in the newly developed Crosstown Concourse in Midtown, recently announced it would receive a $2.5 million award over the next five years. The grant comes from the XQ Super School Project, which is helping to fund innovative schools across the country to “rethink and redesign high school.” “The excitement is palpable to see a high school taking form that was only a dream two years ago,” says Dr. John Smarelli, CXH board chairman and president of Christian Brothers University. “And now seeing our executive director and principal here to move the vision forward is incredible.”. Crosstown High’s curriculum will use personalized learning plans, which allows every student to have a customized education with project-based learning. “We’re inspired by Crosstown High with it being a learning lab in Memphis to share with schools across the city,” says Monica Martinez with the XQ institute. Crosstown High is a public charter school that will open with approximately 125 9th graders and ultimately serve 500 students in grades 9-12. Parents who worked on the Memphis XQ application are eagerly anticipating what Crosstown could bring to the city and happy that it was selected for the award. “I think it’s well deserved,” says Mandy Grisham, a Memphis parent. “The XQ team here worked very hard and has not lost focus on the vision. It feels great that XQ wants to bless our efforts to continue to build upon our dreams.” Tune in Friday, September 8, at 7 p.m. for XQ Super School Live, a nationally televised program that will put the spotlight on Crosstown High and other schools that won awards in the XQ Super School Project competition. The live broadcast will feature entertainers, students, parents, and educators. It will air on all major networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC — all at the same time. Visit for more information about Crosstown High. 6 6


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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.

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Many parents of infants cared for by daycare agencies are often told that their breastfed babies are acting hungrier — or that their baby is not taking the same amount of milk — as formula fed babies. Upon hearing this, many parents’ first assumption is to ask themselves if their babies are not getting enough to eat, which can cause much anxiety and have them questioning their care for their baby.

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT INFANT FEEDINGS. Many experts suggest feeding about 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period for breastfed babies, in the early weeks. After the first month, babies fed on-demand usually nurse a wide range since breast milk is more easily digested, so breastfed babies normally feed every 2-3 hours or 8 to 12 times in 24 hours. But what does that the feeding amount mean? And, how much do you offer them if you are breastfeeding and offering breast milk in a bottle? There is a wide range in milk intake among healthy infants who are breastfed exclusively. Research shows that milk intake of breastfed babies doesn’t increase from one month to six months, because their growth rate slows. Weight normally doubles during this period and then slows down. As growth slows, breastfed babies continue to grow and gain weight using about the same daily breast milk intake. The average for one to six months is about 25 ounces (750 to 800 g/ day) per 24 hours. At about six months of age, the range per day may be about 26 ounces (769 grams), at nine months about 21 ounces (637 grams), at 12 months about 15 ounces (445 grams). This may vary depending on when babies start solid foods, which is suggested to begin at six months, according to the CDC. However, many parents and healthcare providers start anywhere from four to six months, which can affect the milk volume.


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If you receive feedback from your daycare provider stating that the baby seems hungry after feeding from a bottle, there are a few things to keep in mind: ★ Many babies grow at their own rate. Research has stated that genetics play a role in weight and height. Watch your baby! ★ Many babies are teething, usually occurring after 2-3 months, even if their teeth aren’t coming through until months later. ★ Breastfed babies prefer the breast, so sometimes they don’t drink much from a bottle and will wait until they see their mama. ★ Usually around growth spurt times, normally breastfed babies will increase feedings or amount, usually up to 6 months or so. ★ After 7-8 months, babies may not finish a bottle — they may need less milk (depending on the baby), which will continue as they approach a year, and thereafter. ★ Keep in mind that a baby who goes from breast to bottle may prefer the bottle as the milk flows out of the bottle faster. Continue doing compressions while nursing using a slow-flow nipple. ★ Consult your pediatrician to answer any questions you may have about whether your child is eating enough.


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As the temperature drops outside, the mind and soul turns to comfort food. A tried and true family meal is old-fashioned chicken soup. Another added boost is that chicken soup is also known to help boost the immune system and help fight off a cold. Here’s an easy recipe that takes only about 10 minutes to prepare and you can throw it in a slow cooker or crock pot and forget about until dinner time.

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Whimsical bugs make a big splash at Memphis Botanic Garden by JANE SCHNEIDER

If your kid is fascinated by bugs, be sure to see David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit, opening this month at the Memphis Botanic Garden. These super-sized sculptures capture bugs in all their fantastical glory. The show kicks off with the Big Bugs Family Picnic on opening day, September 17th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just how big are these creatures? Come see for yourself! AN ARTIST FINDS HIS PASSION Sculptor David Rogers first discovered a love of botanic materials in the mid-1980s, when a friend taught him how to make rustic furniture from branches and saplings. He had always built stuff — sailboats, sculptures, cabinets — but this allowed his imagination to run wild, he says, “transforming my perception of what could be conceived and created with natural materials.” Dinosaurs came first but soon morphed into whimsical interpretations of giant grasshoppers, praying mantises, spiders, and ants. Since he worked on such a grand scale, botanic gardens proved the perfect venue for viewing. But on the opening day of his first show back in 1994, Rogers nervously wondered what the public would think. “The ants had been installed [at the Dallas Arboretum] and people were coming over the hill to look at them. At first they looked, but soon they were picnicking under my sculptures!” he says. “As crude as I thought they were, people were blown away.” The show was a great success and several more followed. The game changer, however, was Disney World. Katy Moss, the director of Disney World’s Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives, incorporated Rogers’ bug art into Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival and their five-year collaboration helped diversify and refine his work. Today, David Rogers has two sets of giant bugs (40 in all) that show at arboretums around the country. His installations help educate the public about conservation and the important role insects play in the natural world.


CRAFTING GIANTS Of course, such creative inspiration doesn’t happen overnight. For example, the ants (10 feet tall and 25 feet in length) are crafted from willow saplings that Rogers travels to Virginia to collect. He harvests the willow from ditches and cures the branches before bending them over wooden frames to create the ant’s head and body. He also uses black locust, red cedar, and black walnut, hardwoods he finds near his home on Long Island. Once completed, each bug is varnished, suggesting its natural colors. Rogers installs each show himself and will be on-hand at MBG for the opening where he looks forward to thanking members and donors for their support. “I never imagined I’d spend 25 years doing this,” says Rogers. “It’s been an amazing experience.”


Memphis Botanic Garden’s education programs will also center on bugs this fall, teaching children and adults fascinating facts about the insect world. For those who might view bugs as icky or scary, director of education Gina Harris says they look forward to sharing “the amazing role insects play and how important and fascinating they are. It will be neat to see kids’ views change.” ME EM MP PH H II S SP EN M PA AR RE NT T .. C CO OM M

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HOMEWORK BATTLES CAN BE AVOIDED WHAT ARE SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HANDLE HOMEWORK? If there are any homework battles in your home, or you want to avoid having any, we suggest that families use a homework contract. These contracts lay out such things as when homework will be done and what the responsibilities are for both children and their parents. We have a free homework contract on our Dear Teacher website ( You’ll find it in Skill Builders under Study Skills. You can tailor the contract to meet your family’s needs. Setting the homework stage properly is important. Whether you like it or not, parents have to play a role in helping their children handle homework. Initially, their role is fairly large. However, the sooner you put them on the path to handling homework by themselves, the happier you both will be. By the time children are in middle school, they should have almost complete responsibility for doing their homework with the exception of some help on special projects. Check now to see if you are doing what is necessary to make your children responsible for their homework: ★ Teach your young children how to organize and tackle their homework. ★ Show your children how to handle difficult assignments. ★ Provide help only when it is requested and they have really tried to do work. ★ Help them become responsible for starting homework without any reminders. ★ Make sure your children have a place and supplies to do their homework. ★ Find a homework plan that works for your family. ★ Talk with someone at school if your children are struggling every day to complete their work.


MY SON IS JUST STARTING FIRST GRADE. HE IS NOT YET WHAT I CALL A READER. IS THIS OK? WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME TO HELP HIM MOVE ALONG FASTER? It is not unusual for children to enter first grade and not yet be readers. In the past, this was definitely the norm. Nevertheless, in this time of pushing the first grade curriculum down into kindergarten, many children will be taught to read in kindergarten. Find out now from his first grade teacher exactly what reading skills your child is expected to have. You could be surprised to discover that most of his classmates are not readers yet. If your child does not at present have the reading skills that he needs, find out how the teacher will help him and others like him acquire these skills. Ask if there are special programs at the school to bring him up to grade level in reading. Ask the teacher also what you can do at home to accelerate his learning to read. Of course, reading to him nightly and talking about what is read will always be something that you should do. One approach, a popular and proven one, is to help children learn to read through word family stories. Word families are basically rhyming words that are easier for children to handle than trying to sound out each letter. For example, our “an” word family story will tell about Nan who ran to a van. Go to our Dear Teacher website (, and you will find 42 print word family stories with audio and worksheets, or you can download our Skinny Books - Word Family Readers app that has the same stories, plus games. Hopefully, these stories will give your child confidence in his ability to learn to read as well as easily teach him to read more than 200 words along with the basic sight words that he needs to know. Parents should send questions and comments to or ask them on the columnists’ website at ©Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2017. Distributed by King Features Syndicate. 2 11 2


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JUMP–START TEEN FITNESS Lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle By CHER MURPHY

There are a lot of good reasons for youth and teens to engage in exercising regularly and staying fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, that higher physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance, and that those who participate in physical activities have fewer disciplinary problems. Add to that the fact that they will be laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and creating great habits, and it’s a great deal all around. Yet many teens and their parents have questions about fitness that may be holding them back. “The benefits of being a fit teen are plentiful, but it’s important to also know how to help reduce injury risks and stay motivated over the long haul,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “Being fit and healthy is more than just exercising, so it’s a good idea to learn more about what you need to do to be healthy all around.” Here are five fitness tips every teen (and parent) should know:

more athletic, faster, and generally more useful in life, which means working to get your entire body stronger. You can work with a personal trainer to put together a routine that meets these needs and goals that are tailored specifically for you.

APPRECIATE THAT NOTHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT. When embarking on a fitness routine, it helps to celebrate the small victories that come with the little daily improvements. Yes, you may want to get a big bench press or increase your vertical jump by several inches — both are worthy pursuits, but both also take EAT BRAIN FOOD. This is the good stuff: unprocessed, whole foods, which time and dedication. Learn to love the small changes include things like salads, poultry, lean meats, eggs, and watch how they lead to meeting big goals. healthy fats, etc. Unprocessed foods are packed with vitamins and nutrients that will keep you mentally BEWARE OF THE CHANGES. Fitness has changed a lot in 20 years, so be careful sharp and physically fit, too. whose advice you take. There are plenty of wellintended coaches and parents who dole out advice GO INTO “DO NOT DISTURB” MODE. A big part of mental fitness is the ability to step away that is at best antiquated and at worst downright from the phone calls, texts, and Instagram feeds. Your dangerous. Listen to your body, ask questions, and mind will keep you feeling better when you walk away seek out expert advice when you need it! from those things more often. Take some time to go for a walk or spend time playing with your dog, as these “The teen years are a great time to work on fitness and kinds of things are good for your body and your mind. for laying the foundation for a healthy body and future,” adds Coach Walls. “The more you know about what it takes, the less you are looking for an overnight TRAIN TO BE MORE USEFUL. Going to the gym to work on your “abs” and “beach fix. Getting fit, whether you are a teen or a senior muscles” usually consists of endless sit-ups and bicep citizen, takes time, patience, and dedication. But it’s curls, but you can get the same effect by training to be worth it!”


Personal trainers are not just for adults or limited to a teen or youth who are engaged in school sports. More fitness facilities are reaching out to teach wellness for the entire family. Here are some you can find around Memphis.

YMCA Youth Wellness Orientation. Youth ages 10-15 may exercise in the YMCA Wellness Center after completion of an orientation of workout equipment. The course is designed to teach youth and teens how to safely and correctly exercise on the wellness floor. Stop by the welcome center to sign up for the next class. Class varies by location but is currently offered at the Ric Nuber YMCA and the YMCA at Schilling Farms. Free to members. Visit for details. Kroc Center Memphis. The Kroc fitness center is a welcoming place for people of all ages and fitness levels. The Kroc offers its Kroc Start Program so new members can familiarize themselves with equipment, classes, and activities at the facility. Visit for more information. Memphis Jewish Community Center. The MJCC offers the FitRanX program. It helps kids in grades 2-6 learn to enjoy fitness. Through specific research-based curriculum, Challengers will engage in new exercises each session and they’ll also learn proper form and technique to ensure good exercise habits even after they’ve completed the FitRanX program. Programs are also available for teens. Visit for more information. M M EE M M PP H H II SS PPAA RR EE N N TT..C CO OM M 1151


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From the chessboard to the classroom, the game can foster life skills in children by VISWANATHAN By MEENA Meena Viswanathan


competitive or group activity. As a “mind sport” activity, chess can be enjoyed as an academic pursuit, as a puzzle to solve, or simply for its aesthetics.

Sound like good advice? It is. At the recently held Super AFTER-SCHOOL CHESS CLUBS Nationals VI chess competition in Nashville, National Chess Education Consultant Jerry Nash conducted a seminar on the “Benefits of Chess as an Educational Tool,” touching on these life lessons learned from being a chess player. Arlene Kleiman agrees. As the director of Mid-South Chess, she has witnessed these attributes raising her son, Jake Kleiman, who is now an International Chess Master. Jake Kleiman co-founded Mid-South Chess along with his mentor and International Grandmaster Alex Stripunsky. The organization has been instrumental in training high school and college students to teach younger students. They have a stronghold in Memphis with 16 year’s experience organizing elementary and middle school programs, camps, tournaments, seminars, and simultaneous chess exhibitions. This summer, Mid-South Chess presented an Introduction to Chess program at the Collierville Burch Library. During the program, they sustained children’s interest for a solid fourhour period, thanks to their coaches making the session lively and entertaining. WHY PLAY CHESS? “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind,” stated the famed French mathematician Blaise Pascal nearly 400 years ago. Chess introduces fundamental skills in literacy and math. It develops a culture of critical and creative thinking. “The focus should be on fun, improvement, and enjoyment of the game as against winning trophies,” mentions Nash. Early exposure to the game, along with consistent practice can help with higher-order thinking, focus, and perseverance. “The versatility of the game is probably its greatest strength: Players can be as young as a kindergartner or as old as the elderly, and players can still participate with physical limitations,” observes Korey Kormick, lead coach with Mid-South Chess. Chess requires few basics, minimal equipment (just a chessboard and pieces), and can be played both alone and as a 8 11 8


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“Funding, volunteers, and competition are three key factors for running a successful chess program,” points out Peter Pritchett, chess teacher and coach at Douglas Optional School — Memphis’ only Chess Optional School. Now is the time of the year when chess clubs are forming in schools. Arlene Kleiman insists on instructors showcasing not only chess ability and active play, but also communicative childfriendly skills and enthusiasm for the game. “The purpose of the group is paramount in determining how a chess club should be structured, taught, and regulated,” notes Kormick. Mid-South Chess coaches Laura Marie and Matthew Horton taught the beginner and intermediate level chess programs at the Collierville Burch Library. Laura made the entire process kid-friendly and interactive. When explaining basic chess rules, she talked about how the pieces cannot share squares because they didn’t go to kindergarten. She used Dave Schloss Chess 101 Series Flash Colorable Cards to reiterate the rules, and the kids had a blast learning them in a creative way. Horton showed how strategies work in a fun way, sprinkling in a little bit of history and technical jargon like fork, skewer, and chess opening names.

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CHESS AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL Ben Franklin is thought to have been the first to advocate for the study of chess; he said, “The lessons learned from playing chess, of foresight, circumspection, and caution, could be applied to the conduct of life as well.” Life certainly imitates chess, and children develop critical skills in the process. Nash reports that, among other things, chess helps children respond versus react in conflict resolution, build positive self-esteem, and improve social interaction. He goes on to say how it impacts the special needs community. It offers opportunity for immediate engagement and peer mentoring, and almost all learning modalities are accommodated. “The benefits are primarily threefold: It is an accessible way to provide an introduction to other topics, it is conceptually a math class on a board if you treat it as such, and it is an extremely effective tool to improve abstract thinking skills: logic, causal relationships, problem solving,” shares Kormick with the Mid-South Chess group. SHELBY COUNTY CHESS Pritchett notices A nonprofit group runs the Friday Knights Chess Club at 6466 Poplar Avenue as well as children believing in Club 1313 for teens and scholastic players with themselves, paying a rating of 1300 or higher. It organizes a series more attention in class, of individual and team tournaments each and improving academic year. Go to problem-solving skills. for details. The ability to analyze and critique their own MID-SOUTH CHESS games gets them ready A teaching consortium organizes many for competition.


PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT Parents play a pivotal role in this pursuit. Nash suggests they serve as chess coaches, tournament directors, program volunteers, and program advocates in the school and community. Parents are often the primary drivers for the development of scholastic chess because they see firsthand how their children benefit from playing the game. Pritchett mentions that while it is the coach’s responsibility to set the environment so that the kids feel safe and learns from criticism, the parent’s role is to be encouraging and help them be disciplined to work hard at chess.

scholastic programs in the greater Memphis area. The annual capstone event is the MidSouth Chess Camp in June, which brings to Memphis several internationally titled instructors to teach players who come from all around the country. Visit for more information.


The library is a hub for a significant collection of chess books, the monthly Chess Life magazine, chess classes, chess tournaments, and events. Recently they have worked to acquire chess sets to check out for use in the building.


Check out the book Chess! I Love It, I Love It, I Love It! by Jamie Gilson or watch Disney’s Queen of Katwe movie. Also contact your local schools to find out about joining afterschool chess clubs.

LIFELONG INTEREST “Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are then refined and improved by experience,” said World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who was the first one to duel with supercomputer Deep Blue. So how do we instill a lifelong passion for chess? Kormick mentions that it can only come about by information and cultural presence. There are few fields which have been transformed in the technological revolution for a broader appeal as much as the Game of Kings. Nash stresses that the support system available to the student is crucial for improvement of chess skills. Pritchett believes that he would be able to sustain a lifelong interest if he teaches children how to train properly. The techniques and procedures that they learn will stay with them long after they leave school.



Nine natural ways to boost your child’s immune system by CHRISTA MELNYK HINES

With flu and cold season right around the corner, try simple, natural strategies to help keep your child healthy and strong. These tips can also help the body fight illness more efficiently. EAT FROM THE RAINBOW. During cold and flu season, it’s especially important to avoid nonnourishing foods which can aggravate symptoms and make it harder for the immune system to respond to illness. “Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system and it can offer seasonal protection from illnesses, as well as other health problems like allergies,” says registered dietitian Joan Sechrist, Ph.D. VACCINATE. Stay current on your child’s immunizations. “Immunizations in younger years can help prevent disease as kids grow into adults,” Sechrist says. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine, which is one of the best ways to protect your child from influenza. According to the CDC, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized each year due to complications from the flu.

TRY TO INTEGRATE THESE VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS INTO YOUR FAMILY’S DIET ★ Protein boosts the body’s defense system and can be found in lean meats, beans, nuts, eggs, soy products, and seeds. ★ Vitamin A helps keep the skin, respiratory system, and tissues in your mouth, stomach, and intestines healthy. For more vitamin A, add sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, and apricots to your diet. ★ Vitamin C stimulates the formation of antibodies that fight infection. Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, red bell pepper, papaya, and tomato juice. ★ Vitamin E is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body. Good sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, sunflower/safflower oils, and spinach. ★ Zinc is a nutrient that helps wounds heal and keeps the immune system working properly. Lean meats, poultry, seafood, milk, whole grain products, beans, and nuts can provide zinc.

themselves for gut integrity,” says naturopathic physician Shelly Clevidence. “For increasing the immune system, they don’t have to be live.” Look for probiotics in pill form or in foods. If your child is sick, avoid dair y produc t s , which contribute to inflammation and mucus build-up. TRY CASTOR OIL. Extruded from the castor bean plant, castor oil can be rubbed on your child’s belly at night when the immune system is most active, says Leah Hollon, a naturopathic physician. Castor oil, she says, is both anti-cancer and an anti-inflammatory. “Castor oil is pretty amazing. We find it helps bring more white blood cells into the bloodstream to help fight infection,” Hollon says. “It also helps get that histamine response down for some kids that have allergies, and it helps them have a g o o d b o w e l m o v e m e n t .” Constipation issues can be worse during flu and cold season.

CONSIDER ELDERBERRY SYRUP. Both Clevidence and Hollon say GET ADEQUATE SLEEP. elderberry syrup (also available in a Kids need between eight to 12 hours tincture) can help kids fight a cold or of sleep a night to help keep their flu. “Elderberry syrup is one of my bodies strong. Stick to a regular, favorites,” Hollon says. “My kids love calming evening routine. Also, power the taste of it. Probiotic, elderberry down distracting electronic devices syrup is antibacterial and antiviral, a that can interrupt sleep. general broad spectrum support.” Elderberry has been used for EXERCISE REGULARLY. centuries to treat wounds and Active kids are healthier kids. Experts respiratory illnesses and is thought to recommend that kids get 60 minutes of physical activity every reduce swelling in the mucous membranes and sinuses. day. Take family walks or bike rides, shoot hoops, swim at your *Consult with your pediatrician before treating your youngster local community center, go roller or ice skating, play hopscotch with elderberry. or toss a ball in the backyard. POWER UP WITH OMEGA-3S. TEACH PROPER HAND-WASHING. A recent study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology Basic hand-washing with soap and water prevents the spread suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and plant of disease. Have your child lather for 20 seconds or say the sources, like flax seeds, chia seeds, Brussels sprouts and ABCs twice. Avoid overuse of sanitizers, which destroys both cauliflower, could also help boost immune function. good and bad bacteria on the hands. Most of all, be a good role model for healthy living, and your TAKE PROBIOTICS. “Probiotics are fabulous in and of child is likely to follow suit – naturally. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two active school-aged boys. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World. 8










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September 25

Head over to the Agricenter to have some family fun at this annual event. Features national music acts, craft demos, midway rides, a Delta Livestock Show, 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard, petting zoo, contests, and yummy fair favorites. $10/adult. $5/ child ages 5-12. Free for children 4 and under. Wristband: $25/person.

This fall festival held at the zoo celebrates the harvest season. Join for a down-home good time learning from local craftsmen, listening to folk music, churning your own butter, and even stamping your own leather at the Once Upon A Farm exhibit. Free with admission.


September 21-October 1

The 2017 Memphis Japan Festival celebrates the history, culture, and people of Japan with a full day of music, dance, martial arts, a roving Japanese Candyman, and Taiko. Admission includes the Memphis Japan Festival and Memphis Botanic Garden and tours of the Japanese Garden throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special admission is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children 2 to 12 years old. Admission is free for Garden members and for children under 2 years.

The Center for Southern Folklore presents this signature event in downtown Memphis during Labor Day weekend. Festival celebrates the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the Memphis/Delta region. Six stages feature more than 100 performers, dancers, craftspeople, and cooks. Free. Donations accepted.

Since 1856, the Mid-South Fair has entertained families with rides and agriculture. It’s back and bigger than ever this year at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Admission to the Mid-South Fair is $10 for adults ages 13 to 59 and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Parking is free every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. A $5 parking charge applies from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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W.J. Freeman Park hosts this two-day family event. Friday evening activities include a midway carnival, live music, hot air balloon rides, 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.

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.


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This outdoor festival held in Memphis’s largest historic district celebrates 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.

A nurturing educational environment that encourages discovery and play for children 12 months through Senior Kindergarten. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SEPTEMBER OPEN HOUSE DATES, PLEASE CONTACT BILL WALKER AT BWALKER@EMMANUELMEMPHIS.ORG OR BY CALLING 901-754-3607 (901) 754-3607 | 2404 Kirby Road | Memphis, TN 38119




CooperYoung Festival. Cooper-Young District.

9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Street art and music festival features more than 435 artists, 17 local bands, and a children’s area with handson art fun with Memphis College of Art.

Free. 276-7222.


Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesday through Saturday at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210.

the 15th year of Chick-fil-A 5K with an after party and a Kids Dash. Adult registration includes a VIP Achiever race medal, 15th Anniversary trucker hat, and a limited edition signature 15th Anniversary T-shirt. Kids’ registration includes a race bib, T-shirt, and medal. Go to for registration. Benefits Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Shrek The Musical. Lohrey Stage @ Theatre Memphis. Through September 10. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $30/adult. $15/child. Reservations required. 5 • TUESDAY 682-8323. Caterpillar Club. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG).


Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) 2017 Season. MFM @ Central Train Station Pavilion. Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Go to for details.

Chucalissa Family Days. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. Sept. 2: Music/Coloring Books. Sept. 9: Sports & Hunting/ Pottery. Sept. 16: Trash Talks/Snake Painting. Sept. 23: Stone Tools & Weapons/Talking Sticks. Sept. 30: Mystery Box/Beading. $6/adult. $4/child ages 4-11. Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250. Get Outside! Kids Yoga. Shelby Farms Park. Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until noon. Free. 222-7275.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. September 5 or 6: Ants Marching. September 19 or 20: Dragonflies Darting. Semester theme: My “Bug” Backyard. Sixclass semester fee: $75. Call 636-4122 to register. Mini Masters. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $8/child. Call 761-5250 to pre-register and pre-pay by noon the day before class.


Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Geared for parents and children ages 1-3 years. Free. 2279558. Memphis Farmers Market Squared (MFM2). Court Square Park in Downtown Memphis. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. Through September 27. Go to for details.


Mommy’s Secret Consignment Tri-Season & Vendor Free Family Art Workshop: Collage. Memphis College Market Place Sale. The Landers Center. September of Art. 2-4 p.m. Open to all ages and experience levels. 7-9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Half-price sale on Saturday, Workshops include drawing, painting, and sculpture. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a Dollar Da$h 5-7 p.m. Free, donations go toward youth scholarship fund Free admission & free parking. Visit mommyssecret. (recommended donation is $10 per family). Walk-ins com or call 606-8434 for details. are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to to register. Whet Thursday. Metal Museum. 5-8 p.m. Tour the museum and grounds, enjoy live music, sample food Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2D truck favorites, watch metalsmithing demos, listen to Repertory Film). CTI Giant Theater in the Pink Palace gallery talks, or simply take in the sunset from along Museum. September 2-4, 4 p.m. The film shares the the Mississippi River. Free. 774-6380. experiences of magizoologist Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches & wizards 70 years Family & Children Cooking Series. Church Health before Harry Potter’s adventures. $10/adult. $8/child. FedEx Nutrition Hub. September 7 through October 636-2362. 12. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families are invited to learn how to cook healthy foods inexpensively. Free. 4 • MONDAY Registration required. Families asked to commit for 2017 Chick-fil-A 5K. AutoZone Park. 8 a.m. Celebrate 24 4 2


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at least four of the six classes. Visit events for enrollment. Levitt Shell 2017 Orion Free Music Concert Series. Levitt Shell. Through October 28. Thursday through Sunday, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Go to for details. 9 • SATURDAY Children’s Theatre Festival. Music Park in Harbor Town (near Maria Montessori School). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Festivities include performances, face painting, balloon animals, children’s activities, crafts, and food. Free. 826-6649. Down Syndrome Awareness Picnic/Kickoff for Step UP. Goodman Oaks Church of Christ. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Speaker at 12:30 p.m. Join the annual picnic in Southaven, and help kick off the upcoming 20th Annual Step UP walk! Free. Visit for details. Doggie Dip. YMCA at Schilling Farms. 1-2 p.m. for small dogs (25 lbs. or smaller) and 2-3:30 p.m. for dogs of all sizes. Bring your dogs to the YMCA and let them splash, run, and play in the outdoor pool. $15/dog. Benefits the Collierville Animal Shelter. 850-9622. Harry Potter Movies are Back. CTI 3D Giant Theater in the Pink Palace Museum. Weekends in September at 4 p.m. September 9 & 10: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. September 16 & 17: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. September 23 & 24: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. September 30 & October 1: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. $10/adult. $8/child. 6362362.


Family Fun Hike. Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center. 2-4 p.m. Families are invited to explore the park with this guided hike. No pets. Free. 222-7275.


Music for Aardvarks. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. 10-Week Series runs September 11 through November 13. Mondays, 10-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. Ages 6 months to 5 years old. Free. Call 227-9558 to register.


Food Truck Garden Party: Astronomy Night. MBG.

A Kids’ Music Class that Really Rocks

CALENDAR 5-8 p.m. Features live music, movie night, Play Zone, and food from the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance. $10/ adult. $5/child. 636-4100.


Fall Tram Tours. MBG. Fridays, from 10 a.m. until noon. Docent-guided tram tours around the garden featuring David Rogers’ Big Bug exhibit. Free with admission. 636-4100.


Cooper-Young Festival. Cooper-Young District. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Street art and music festival features more than 435 artists, 17 local bands, and a children’s area with hands-on art fun with Memphis College of Art. Free. 276-7222.

Big Bugs Picnic at the Garden. MBG. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Welcome David Rogers’ Big Bugs to the Garden with a picnic on the lawn. Free with admission. Food and concessions available for purchase. 636-4131. Kids in the Garden. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 are invited to learn the basics about planting and garden design. $15. Snack and tools included. Call 761-5250 to register.

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An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers

Now Registering for Summer Classes • Straight New City September 23:from Bugs 101York - Ants. • Great30: music September Bug Bites/Insect Mouths • Live guitar andwith storytelling, singing and dancing - Grasshopper. Free admission. • Fun for parents too! 636-4126.

Magic Carpet presents Lily Afshar Plays Guitar. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School. 10 a.m. Children ages 2 to 8 are invited to grab their magic carpet for a musical adventure across the globe with classical guitarist Lily Afshar. $5/child. Free to adults. 5371483.

Big Bug Creature Features. MBG. Through November 11. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about a different featured creature each week at the Bug Bytes information station at the Visitor’s Center, and then head out to see the specimen in grand proportion.


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Repair Days 2017 Family Fun Day. Metal Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Families are invited to take a look at how volunteers repair, try their hand at metalworking, watch foundry crew pour molten iron, and enjoy free museum admission. Free. 774-6380. Classes now in Midtown, East Memphis, Collierville, and Cordova

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Fall Registration Now Open! • Great Music • Live guitar and storytelling, singing and dancing • Fun for parents too!

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or Hooks contact us at 871-0227 or Pirates Raid @ Library. Benjamin • Great for special events, & school programs L. Hooks Central Library. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Newcomers welcome to drop in for one FREE class Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with Nutcracker 2-3pm (ages 10-16) & Modern 3-4pm (ages 12-high school) CLASSES IN MIDTOWN AND EAST MEMPHIS a carnival-style event taking place in Visit us at Reservation required prior to audition date. the library lobby, children’s area, and or call 871-0227 for more info courtyard. Features treasure hunts, 1738 Galloway Ave. 38112 • Call: 301-3626(danc) pirate games, musical performances, activity stations, live exotic birds, a mermaid “shellfie” station, and food trucks. Free. 415-2700.


2017 Memphis Japan Festival. MBG. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festivities include live entertainment, tours of the Japanese Garden, martial arts demo, Taiko, a roving Japanese Candyman, cultural exhibits, anime merchandise, children’s activities, Japanese food, and food trucks. Also check out David Rogers’ ! Big Bugs at the GardenRegistration exhibit. Fall$5/ Dancers Inc st adult. 31$2.50/child Annual ages 3-12 years. Includes garden admission. Go to Program for details.

Memphis Comic Expo. The Agricenter International. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memphis Comic Expo, an annual comic convention held in Memphis, TN, is the largest creator- 301-3262 (danc) 28 • THURSDAY nd 1-3pm oriented show in the Mid South. Kids’ Sat. Hansel Gretel. The Orpheum. 6:30 Sept. 2and Costume Contest Sunday, Sept. 17 at p.m. The Grimm Brothers’ story is Drop In or Make Appt. 2 p.m. 5 and under FREE. Adults $20. brought to stage with a rock-and-roll 6-13 $5. Two-day passes available. Visit! score amid an animated wonderland for tickets. inspired by :the whimsy of3981 Lemony Registration St. Stephen’s UMC Macon Rd 38122 and Dahl. $15. $20. Center Snicket Back parking lot - Roald Door entrance. (LOTS OFVIP: PARKING) Call 525-3000 for tickets. 17 • SUNDAY Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps Walk Memphis. MBG. 1:30-4 30 • SATURDAY p.m. You’re invited to a family-friendly PB&J: Grizzline in the Grove. day filled with celebration, recognition, Germantown Performing Arts Center games for the whole family and food. (GPAC). 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join for Go to for this high-energy show presented by details.  the official drumline of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team, Grizzline. Stomp in the Swamp. Lichterman $8/child. Free for up to two adults. 751Nature Center. 5-8 p.m. Features live 7500. entertainment, children’s activities, International Spotlight. Morton scarecrows on display and voting for Museum of Collierville History. 11 a.m.most popular scarecrow, and a silent 3 p.m. Celebrate different cultures auction featuring crafts fair items, gift through music, performances, crafts, certificates to local restaurants, food, and food at this internationally themed and beverages. $15/adult. $7/child ages event. Free. 457-2650. 5-10. Free for children under 5. 6362362.



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MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS Memphis Botanic Garden. David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden. September 16 through January 1. The Garden is crawling with big bugs and you won’t need a magnifying glass to spot these gargantuan creatures. Explore this new exhibit with a self-guided walking map, tram tours every Friday, and special Big Bug events. 636-4100. The Pink Palace Museum. Jurassic Journeys on Land, Sea, & Air. Through September 10. LeMoyne-Owen College: A Beacon of Hope. Through February 24. 636-2362.

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CALENDAR CTI 3D Giant Theater. Aircraft Carrier 3D. Through November 17. Extreme Weather 3D. Through November 17. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. We Are Aliens. September 9 through November 30. Actor Rupert Grint from Harry Potter narrates this show, taking you on a hunt for the evidence of alien life on planet Earth. Sunstruck. Through December 31. Summer Seasonal Stargazing. Through September 22. Autumn Seasonal Stargazing. September 23 through December 21. Lichterman Nature Center. Scarecrows on Display. September 14 through November 17. Check out the most frightening, friendly, silly, and serious scarecrows decorating the lawn. 636-2210.

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OTHER PROGRAMS Parent Informational Session. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Tuesdays, 9-9:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 9-9:30 a.m. At the Universal Parenting Place (UPP), parents share their own parenting joys and challenges while finding much-needed support. Free. Reservations required. 227-9558. Mallory-Neely House Tour. MalloryNeely House, 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7/adult. $5/child (ages 3 and up). Reservations required. 5231484. SneakFest Sneaker Expo. The Agricenter. Saturday, September 16, 1-6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own footwear, apparel, and accessories to buy, sell, or trade with others. Tickets: $20 at the door. Advance discounts available. Higher priced tickets include giveaways. Go to for details. Maternity Fair. Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features Breastfeeding 101 Boot Camp, car seat checks, prenatal information, meeting with maternity team, tour of the hospital, bounce house, sno cones, games for kids, and door prizes. Enter for a chance to win a car seat and stroller. Call 516-6764 for details.

up are invited to rehearse for the “Fractured” Fairy Tale Trail, scheduled for performance on Friday, October 27. (Rain date: October 28). This one-of-a-kind show that takes place along a trail in Cameron Brown Park and features familiar characters from folklore including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. Parent and child must be present for the first mandatory meeting on Tuesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. Participation fee: $15. Call 453-7449 for details. Everyday Ways to Practice Integrative Medicine. Trezevant Terrace. Tuesday, September 5. Potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Presentation at 6 p.m. Speaker Joanna Lyman, palliative care coordinator with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, talks about how an integrative approach can care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children. Free. Call 6264233 for details. Kaleidoscope Club. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-9. Children participate in projects that spark interest in horticulture, art, or literature. $8. Snack provided. Call 761-5250 to register. Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Saturday Sketch. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, September 9, 1011 a.m. Children ages 15 and up are invited to sketch with a special guest instructor. Free with admission. 7615250. Sibling Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. $20. Call 226-5764 to register. Saturday Class – Radio Mystery Theatre. GCT. September 9-30. Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children ages 6 and up learn how to present dialogue, music, and sound effects to help listeners imagine the characters and their stories. $85. Call 453-7449 to register. Parent/Child Swim Lessons. YMCA at Schilling Farms. Meets September 9-30, on Tuesdays or Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Ages 6 months to 3 years. Learn water safety and water adaptation through songs and games. $50. One parent per child. Call 850-9622 to register.

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CALENDAR 20. Wednesdays & Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Children in grades 4-8 learn basic painting techniques and paint the set for annual Fairy Tale Trail. $85. Call 453-7449 to register. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Call 226-5764 to register. Expectant Parents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Printmaking Workshop. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, September 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 10-13. Inspired by the Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Vanessa Gonzalez: Location, Location, Location exhibit, this workshop introduces children to the basics of monotype printing. Create prints celebrating Memphis. $15. Supplies included. Call 761-5250 to register. Dynamic Dads Workshop. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, September 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m. For dads only. Free. Call 227-9873 to register. Grandparents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, September 23, 1-3 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Make Your Own: Wire Wrapping Stone Pendants. Metal Museum. Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. Ages 7 and up. $10/ project. Call 774-6380 to register. Home School Classes Home School Days – Incredible Insects. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Wednesday, September 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to join for hands-on learning. $5/child. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4130 to prepay and register. Home School Day. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Thursday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homeschool families are welcome to choose from a variety of activities that includes scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, gallery activities, a drop-in art making studio, and a docent-led tour. Free. 544-6200. Home School Drop-in Day. The Pink Palace Museum. Thursday, September 14, 1-2 p.m. Children in grades kindergarten through 8 and their families are invited to explore the topic of paleontology. $6/ person (including chaperones who are required to attend). Call 6362389 to register. Homeschool Academy Fall 2017. Memphis Zoo. September 18-22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Program for children K-8th grade. This weeklong educational program will provide exciting and interactive ways for students to learn about science. !

Each class includes animal visits, tours of exhibits, chats with keepers, and more. $120/members; $135/nonmembers. For more information and to register visit memphiszoo. org/homeschoolprograms or call 333-6576.

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Discovery Days: Memorable Memphians. The Pink Palace Museum. September 28 & 29, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children in grades kindergarten through 8 and their families are invited to check out three teacher activity carts in permanent exhibits exploring the lives and accomplishments of famous Memphians. Free with admission. Standard fees for school and general admission. Call 6362437 for details.

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FUND-RAISERS Art of Caring. FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms. Thursday, September 14, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of lakeside mingling and bid on your favorite piece of art. Exhibit available for online viewing. Tickets: $40/person. Benefits patient assistance at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House and free bereavement services for the entire community at the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. Visit to purchase tickets and bid on auction items.

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Farm Fest at Loflin Yard. Loflin Yard. Sunday, September 24, 5-8 p.m. Memphis Farmers Market’s annual fundraiser features music by Star and Micey, jewelry pull by Kendra Scott Jewelry, food, and drinks. $35. Go to for tickets. An Evening of Change. FedEx Event Center @ Shelby Farms. Thursday, September 28, 7-9:30 p.m. Emerald City themed event features live entertainment, dancing, food, and drinks. $100. Benefits support programs and services of RISE. Call Candace Taylor at 507-6638 to purchase tickets. AUDITIONS The Memphis BoyChoir Inc. Recruitment. Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Monday, September 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Memphis BoyChoir invites children in grades 2-5 to audition for singing. Call 323-8597 for details. THEATRE PERFORMANCES Classical Concert starring Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills. The Orpheum. Thursday, September 7, at 8 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills take the Orpheum stage as part of the 28th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration. $58-$98. Call 5253000 for tickets.


Du Bois Arts & Technology Middle/High School (6-12) Mr. Michael Greene, Principal 817 Brownlee Road Memphis, TN 38116 Office: 901-801-6171

Du Bois Elementary School of Entrepreneurship (K-5) Ms. Audrey Hudson, Principal 8800 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38125 Office: 901-751-7122

Du Bois Leadership & Public Policy Middle/High School (6-12) Mrs. Angela Rowe Jackson, Principal 8146 East Shelby Drive Memphis, TN 38125 Office: 901-334-1252

Du Bois Arts & Technology Elementary School (K-5) Mrs. Angela Holloway, Principal 817 Brownlee Road Memphis, TN 38116 Office: 901-801-6164

A Tribute to the Women of Soul. Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. Features Vaneese Thomas with special guest Carla Thomas performing songs of Aretha Franklin

Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools Dr. Willie W. Herenton, CEO 1980 Nonconnah Blvd, Suite 400 Memphis, TN 38132 Office: 901-505-6833 !


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CALENDAR and Tina Turner among others. $30. Call 525-3000 for tickets. Opening Night at the Scheidt. Harris Concert Hall. Friday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Rudi. E. Scheidt School of Music presents a preview of the Memphis concert season. Free. Visit for details. The Secret Sisters. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School. Sunday, September 17, at 7 p.m. Watch the Secret Sisters band perform at Buckman. $30/adult. $27/child. 537-1483. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. The Orpheum. September 19-24. Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. The musical features songs including “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “Shall We Dance.” $25-$135. Call 525-3000 for tickets. Photo By: Peggy Sirota


Memphis Made – Center Stage presents An Evening with Lily Afshar. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School. Friday. September 22, at 8 p.m. Buckman welcomes classical guitarist Lily Afshar to entertain audiences. $20/adult. $15/child. 537-1483. Death by Aria. Harris Concert Hall. Sunday, September 24, at 2:30 p.m. Opera students showcase the work of American composer Jake Heggie. Free. Go to for details. STORY TIME AT AREA BOOKSTORES AND MUSEUMS Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6. Barnes & Noble Booksellers  2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468  Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages PreK-6. The Alphabet Book With No Pictures. Saturday, September 30, 11-11:30 a.m. B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures showed kids how much fun words can be. This follow-up gives kids more word power and just as much silliness. Free. T:12”

Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 8 and under. Join for a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free. 457-2650. Germantown Community Library 1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323 Whole Foods Story Time @ Whole Foods of Germantown. Fridays at 10 a.m. Children ages 5 and under are invited to listen to stories, participate in interactive songs, and have playtime with toys. Free. Wild Wednesday. On select Wednesdays (September 6 & 20) at 4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-10 are welcome to enjoy hands-on activities covering a variety of topics. Free. MEMPHIS LIBRARY EVENTS Theres a lot going on at Memphis libraries. Stop by your local branch or go to for a complete listing of library events at all branch locations. Due to a high volume of listings this month, MP only has space to list the events at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

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CENTRAL LIBRARY 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 CLOUD901 Classes & Events: CLOUD901 is the library’s state-of-the-art Teen Learning Lab that includes a music studio, a video production lab, an art studio, Makerspace, gaming zone, and a performance stage. Open to teens ages 13-18 with a Memphis library card. Go to cloud901 for a class list. • Gadget Lab for Kids. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Learn about cool apps and games for kids available on the library’s Kindle Fires. • Long Live the King! Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Meet in L-56 where local chess instructors offer free chess lessons for teens and adult beginners. • Cesar Chavez – A Legacy of the Farmworker Movement Photo Exhibit. Friday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Jose Galvez’s photo exhibit in the Goodwyn Gallery. • Read with Me, Sign with Me. Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a family story time program incorporating American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts. • Talk Like a Pirate Day. Tuesday, September 19, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” with the staff of the library.

CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd. 754-8443 • Wednesdays at Your Library. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Children in grades 1-5 are invited to join for Legos, Knex, Karaoke, and games. • Tween and Teen Zones. Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Features board games, coloring pages, templates for creating comics, ukuleles for strumming, and iPads for exploring photography. • Family Fun Saturday – Grandparents Day! Saturday, September 9, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate Grandparents Day with stories, snacks , crafts, and games. • Musical Story Time. On select Mondays (September 11, 18, & 25), 4-4:45 p.m. The presenter plays the guitar and ukulele in this interactive story time full of music, stories, and dance. • Literary Birthday Party – H. A. Rey. Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate the birthday of Curious George and his creator H. A. Rey with stories, crafts, and cake. • Family Fun Saturday – Johnny Appleseed Day. Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with stories, snacks, and apple prints. • Family Fun Saturday – Make It Music. Saturday, September 30, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy an interactive music program with librarians Louise and Sue. EAST SHELBY 7200 East Shelby Dr. 751-7360 • FALL STORY TIME. September 2 through November 18. Saturdays, from 11 a.m. until noon. Children ages 3-6 enjoy a theme-based story time featuring games, music, and crafts. Sensory Story Time. Thursday, September 28, 3-4 p.m. An inclusive story time for children ages 3-8 with special needs and sensory issues and their families. Join for interactive storytelling, games, music and movement, early literacy development, and sensory play. FRAYSER 3712 Argonne St. 357-4115 • Citizenship. On select Thursdays (September 7 & 14), 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in two sessions on citizenship. • Music Keyboarding. Saturday, September 9, from noon until 2 p.m. Teens are welcome to play basic tunes with keyboard. • Hispanic Heritage Display. Thursday, September 21, 2-4 p.m. Teens display books, artifacts, and learn about various cultures. • Frayser Branch Teens Maker Fair. Friday, September 22, from noon until 2 p.m. Teens display their projects, sculptures, and artifacts created by hand, digital, or 3D printer. Basic equipment provided for DIYers. POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 poplar Ave. 682-1616 • Making Ice Cream with Ben & Jerry’s . Thursday, September 14, 4-5 p.m. East Memphis Ben & Jerry’s Chief Scooper Mark Tate helps make ice cream testing your mathematical and science knowledge. Also learn about fair trade and different dietary observances. • Blackout Poetry. Tuesday, September 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens use pages from discarded books and blackout words to come up with something creative. RALEIGH 3157 Powers 386-5333 • Facts for Future Voters. Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Teens learn about voting mechanics and civic duty by watching a voting machine demo and holding a mock election. WHITEHAVEN 4120 N. Mill Branch Rd. 396-9700 • Tween & Children Program. Tuesdays for tween and Wednesdays for children, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Themed activities change every week. September 5 & 6: Art. September 12 & 13: Science. September 19 & 20: Math. September 26 & 27: Engineering. • Anime Tasting. Saturday, September 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Introduces teens to new anime and their corresponding manga. • Techy Thursdays. Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Children and tweens interact with different types of technology. • Homework Help. On select Mondays (September 11, 18, & 25), 4:15-5:15 p.m. Staff assist with homework. • Minute-to-Win-It Games. Thursday, September 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Team building games for teens to participate. • Defeat the Maze. Thursday, September 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens test their memory and cognitive abilities by escaping a maze. • HTML – Build Your Own Webpage. Thursday, September 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Introduces teens to basic HTML coding.

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