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I was often told throughout middle and high school that I was a good writer. There were a few times when I turned in assignments, papers, or essays and later cringed as a teacher read my work aloud to a class of unexpecting teenagers. After all, writing the perfect essay didn’t exactly win me any cool points or make me any more interesting to the cute boy I had a crush on. Still, even with awkward impromptu readings, those constant affirmations brought me into a position of belief. After hearing this repeatedly, I believed it, and my passion became validated with affirmation. Then all I had to do was step into what I believed, and those words laid the foundation for me to step on. Affirmation comes in two different ways. It comes through what other people tell us about ourselves, and it comes through what we personally say to ourselves about who we are. Although I experienced positive affirmation from an outside source, it wouldn’t have done any good if I disagreed with it inwardly and told myself that I wasn’t good enough. At one time, my little girl was being teased at school. When she told me this,

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We can help the kids in our lives to plant their inner gardens by giving them words of affirmation, always being encouraging, and letting them know that they are special and loved. They are listening and digesting it, even if they don’t appear to be. Being that sound support of voiced love, we give them their own language to speak to themselves. Guide your child in the mornings, before school, with what to say. She can repeat after you. Before you know it, she’ll have her affirmations memorized, and it’ll just be a way of life and an optimistic routine that lays the foundation for her to stand on. I started with some pretty simple ones for my little lady after her situation with school teasing.  I am loved.  I am valuable.  I am kind.  I am strong.  I am loving.  I work hard, and I can do hard things.  I am joyful.  I am beautiful inside and out.  There is no one quite like me.

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Have fun with it and be creative. Switch it up when needed. Write the affirmations down on cute sticky notes. Keep the call-and-response theme, if that works better. It’s all up to you. Doing this really helped my daughter to be more positive and self-reflecting and to make decisions for herself. I hope that your girls, and all the children in the world, will find their power and their joy inside of themselves and see themselves in the positive light that they speak.

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or any other eating disorder using the 12-step traditions of Overeaters Anonymous,” says Puddephatt. Early detection can lead to the best prognosis, adds Tsuru: “Some people might be hesitant to seek help because they fear stigmatization, believe their problem is not that bad, or think they can recover on their own.” Treatment is Tips for identifying and treating them. individualized and tailored to the person. by JAMIE LOBER “The most effective and long-lasting treatment for an eating disorder is some form of psychotherapy or psychological counseling, coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs,” she says. Sometimes antidepressants or antianxiety drugs are used, as many people with eating disorders have co-occurring rest. The National Alliance on Mental illnesses like anxiety or depression. Illness (NAMI) says that people with The severity of the disorder as well as anorexia will deny themselves food to the the person’s problems, needs, and point of self-starvation as they obsess strengths are considered when about weight loss, and they may be determining an approach. irritable, withdraw socially, lack emotion, Research is opening pathways to new fear eating in public, or be obsessed with solutions. “Findings from a recent study food and exercise. by Dr. Cynthia Bulik and the Anorexia According to NAMI, people with Nervosa Genetics Initiative report that bulimia nervosa will feel out of control anorexia is not only a psychiatric illness when binging on large amounts of food but may also be caused by metabolic during short periods of time and then conditions,” says Tsuru. “Eating disorders do not discriminate,” desperately try to rid themselves of the If you are concerned about your child, says Kylee Tsuru of the National Eating calories through forced vomiting, abusing friend, or loved one, have the Disorders Association – Memphis. “And laxatives, or excessive exercise. Those conversation. “You can express your you cannot tell if a person has one based with bulimia may have low self-esteem, concerns with honesty and respect in a on their age, race, gender, feel guilty or shameful about eating, and loving and supportive manner,” Tsuru says. socioeconomic status, or even weight.” withdraw from friends and family. “Be sure to address your concerns in a There are just as many causes for eating NAMI also identified a binge-eating calm, caring, and non-confrontational disorders as types. “Eating disorders are disorder where a person eats a large way and address specific behaviors using complex illnesses that stem from a amount of food in a short time even ‘I’ statements — for example, ‘I am variety of biological, psychological, and when not hungry, which causes them to concerned about you because you refuse social factors,” Tsuru says. feel embarrassed, disgusted, depressed, to eat breakfast or lunch’ — and try to One theory is that people with eating or guilty about their behavior. A person avoid accusatory ‘you’ statements — for disorders use food to deal with with this condition can be normal weight, example, ‘You have to eat something.’” overwhelming or painful emotions. There overweight, or obese. Family-based treatments can be the is a genetic link, though emotional health, Eating disorders are not about diet or most beneficial, as parents should get such as perfectionism and impulsive a lifestyle choice. “Eating disorders involved to ensure healthy eating behavior, and difficult relationships can involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and patterns and to increase awareness and contribute to lowering a person’s selfbehaviors surrounding weight and food support. A good first step may be visiting esteem and making them vulnerable to issues,” says Tsuru. But help is available. nationaleatingdisorders.org and taking developing an eating disorder. “We have a group that meets Sunday the quick assessment to see if Each eating disorder has its own evenings at Hope Church for recovery professional help is necessary. There is no symptoms that differentiate it from the from compulsive overeating, binge eating, reason for anyone to suffer in silence.

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I was often told throughout middle and high school that I was a good writer. There were a few times when I turned in assignments, papers, or essays and later cringed as a teacher read my work aloud to a class of unexpecting teenagers. After all, writing the perfect essay didn’t exactly win me any cool points or make me any more interesting to the cute boy I had a crush on. Still, even with awkward impromptu readings, those constant affirmations brought me into a position of belief. After hearing this repeatedly, I believed it, and my passion became validated with affirmation. Then all I had to do was step into what I believed, and those words laid the foundation for me to step on. Affirmation comes in two different ways. It comes through what other people tell us about ourselves, and it comes through what we personally say to ourselves about who we are. Although I experienced positive affirmation from an outside source, it wouldn’t have done any good if I disagreed with it inwardly and told myself that I wasn’t good enough. At one time, my little girl was being teased at school. When she told me this,

it brought me back to the awkward grade-school phase that I went through. Those were days when my classmates and peers would make it painfully obvious that they could see I was extra-skinny and that my face had its own map of bumpy roads. I searched my brain trying to think of what I needed at that age to make me a little more confident and a little stronger. It came to me that all I really needed was to believe otherwise. I needed to understand not to hang my value on other people’s opinions. I needed to affirm myself in a way that made me feel valuable. I needed to tell myself a different story. It seems like a lot to put on little ones, but this skill, if learned early, will save them a lot of unlearning and undoing in the future. We are in an age of comparison, where even adults find it hard to catch our footing. We need quiet spaces and places to get grounded without the infiltration of societal pressures. That place is inside of ourselves. We decorate that place by planting seeds of positive words and letting them grow to be big, strong trees with deep and sturdy roots.

We can help the kids in our lives to plant their inner gardens by giving them words of affirmation, always being encouraging, and letting them know that they are special and loved. They are listening and digesting it, even if they don’t appear to be. Being that sound support of voiced love, we give them their own language to speak to themselves. Guide your child in the mornings, before school, with what to say. She can repeat after you. Before you know it, she’ll have her affirmations memorized, and it’ll just be a way of life and an optimistic routine that lays the foundation for her to stand on. I started with some pretty simple ones for my little lady after her situation with school teasing.  I am loved.  I am valuable.  I am kind.  I am strong.  I am loving.  I work hard, and I can do hard things.  I am joyful.  I am beautiful inside and out.  There is no one quite like me. Have fun with it and be creative. Switch it up when needed. Write the affirmations down on cute sticky notes. Keep the call-and-response theme, if that works better. It’s all up to you. Doing this really helped my daughter to be more positive and self-reflecting and to make decisions for herself. I hope that your girls, and all the children in the world, will find their power and their joy inside of themselves and see themselves in the positive light that they speak.

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Josie Todd, a 13-year-old rising star back, and I got the part.” also premiered at Goodspeed Opera from Memphis, recently wrapped up her Toward the end of May, Josie and the House before making its way to time performing the lead role as Opal in rest of the cast spent a week in New Broadway in the 1970s. a pre-Broadway production of Because York City learning music and conducting Josie got her start on the stage at of Winn Dixie at Goodspeed Opera read-throughs of the play. While there, age 3 in a Memphis-based production of House in East Haddam, Connecticut. she celebrated her 13th birthday and Annie directed by her aunt. “I come Before landing her role with received a special birthday surprise. from a family of entertainers,” she says. Goodspeed, the up-and-coming actress’ “Kate Rockwell of Mean Girls on “My father and aunt have always been in credits included playing Molly in Annie, Broadway surprised Josie during theater, and I’ve got a cousin and a Monica in Freaky Friday the Musical rehearsals with a cupcake, (ECS), Gracie Shinn in The Music Man, happy birthday wishes, and and Chip in Beauty and the Beast an invitation to come (Theatre Memphis), and as an extra in backstage to Mean Girls,” the nationally recognized drama says her mother Melissa. series Nashville. Josie says, “Mean Girls is Although she’s excited to be my favorite Broadway show performing for the pre-Broadway of all time, so it was really production, which could potentially be cool to get to meet Kate selected to move to Broadway, Josie Rockwell and the rest of says she was initially unsure of leaving the cast.” her hometown. After the week of rehearsals in New York, Josie went back to Connecticut for nearly two months of sister who sing. So I’ve kind of just fine-tuning her performance in the grown up in it.” production, singing lyrics written by Through the years, Josie has learned Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean to be fearless on the stage. “My favorite Girls), which were backed by music thing about performing is being on written by Duncan Sheik (Spring stage and the light shining on my face Awakening). because you can’t see anybody else, so While there, she also became it feels like you’re standing alone on “My agent told me she found a play acquainted with Bowdie, a rescue stage,” she says. “I also love the bond for me to audition for, but at first I was poodle mix, who played alongside her as that you make with your castmates.” going to say no because I have school Winn Dixie. “She’s the sweetest dog Because of Winn Dixie premiered at and didn’t think I’d have a lot of time,” ever,” says Josie. “I couldn’t ask for a Goodspeed Opera House this summer she says. “But for some reason, I was better dog to work with.” and ran through September 1st. After just like, you know what, I’ll do it, Bowdie received training from the an exciting summer, Josie’s headed back because I just love the show and I had same trainer who worked with the to class for her 8th grade studies at read the book. So then I got some calls canine star of Annie (the musical), which Evangelical Christian School (ECS). Julia Baker, a second-generation journalist, is a staff writer for Memphis Parent magazine and a University of Memphis junior.

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At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, Jeremiah Bland, currently in his fifth year as a physical education teacher for Oakhaven Elementary School, saw that his school offered no extracurricular activities to students whatsoever, and he sought to change that. As his luck would have it, that same year, he attended a Shelby County School District Learning Day where a colleague of his, Rachel Harbin, spoke about her involvement with a program called Marathon Kids. During this session, Bland learned that Marathon Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging children to be more physically active through involvement in running clubs that

can be placed in schools, camps, and communities. The program sets running goals of 104.8 miles, or a total of four marathons, for runners throughout the season and logs their progress along the way. Inspired to get Marathon Kids into his school, Bland did some research and found a grant that would fund his school’s reception of this program. His grant application was accepted by Nike, one of Marathon Kids’ partners, and in October 2016, he was able to get his school’s new running club, the High Flying Hawks, off the ground. The team, made up of 50 3rd-5th graders, prepares for marathons through a variety of exercises. “My kids love the Superhero exercises, which encompass a variety of workouts with names like Fantastic 4, Wonder Woman, Superman, Thanos, Ant-Man, and more,” says Bland. Other workouts and activities in which Bland and his students partake include track, cross-country, doing steps inside the school, parachutes, strength training, circuit training, yoga, pilates, and bowling. He also incorporates field day activities including tug-of-war, sack races, cup stacking relays, and track relay races. “To make practices fun, I have the team vote on a teacher at the school they would like to work out with,” says Bland. “Sometimes, I’ll bring in a guest, such as a community leader in the area.” Through the grant provided by Nike, children are able to participate in Youth Villages 5K and Nike Classic 3K at no cost. Other marathons his team has participated in include St. Jude, Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run, Memphis Grizzlies GrizzFit, and Shelby County Education Foundation Race for Education. “Through my personal involvement with the Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I am always engaging my teams in community events and networking,” he says. At the end of each season, Bland hosts a special awards banquet at Incredible Pizza for his runners. “It is really amazing. It should be recorded and broadcast on TV,” he jokes. At the banquet, all children receive mileage log certificates and achievement trophies, and exemplary runners are awarded with special trophies in various categories including Team Spirit, Rookie of the Year, Best Team


5 INDIVIDUAL SPORTS FOR KIDS By SARAH LYONS Parents want their kids to have an active and healthy lifestyle, and many sign them up for team sports hoping to help them develop healthy lifelong habits and a love for physical activity. While there are many benefits to team sports, they aren’t always the best fit. Individual sports can be a great alternative to playing on a team, especially for kids who have ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or struggle with socialization disorders. Individual sports help kids stay active while building self esteem and focus. They also learn to set personal goals and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the coach. Here are some great individual sports to try and the benefits your child can gain by participating in each of them.

Leader, Most Improved, Fastest 5K Runner, and Hardest Worker. To further commemorate the occasion, Bland sets out display boards with photos looking back on the team’s participation in and attendance of races, practices, black history and honor awards programs, and community parades. Bland has seen students excel physically, emotionally, and academically. “On top of showing improved 5K times and eating healthier, my students are more confident, making better grades, developing great friendships, showing great teamwork, and displaying good public speaking skills,” he says. Bland gets fulfillment from the program, as well. “The program has allowed me to take on more of a leadership role and offer some professional accountability and the best practices to utilize with my run team,” he says. “It has placed me in the role of being a scout, evaluator, trainer, coach, mentor, motivational speaker, and inspirational leader to the school staff and community.” Any Shelby County Schools faculty interested in implementing Marathon Kids into their school’s curriculum may attend District Learning Day sessions led by Bland and his colleague Andrew Martin of Grahamwood Elementary. Other school systems, summer camps, communities, and even families can become involved in this program, too. Visit marathonkids.org for more information. Julia Baker, a second-generation journalist, is a staff writer for Memphis Parent magazine and a University of Memphis junior.

The incorporation of hand-eye coordination, speed, agility, gross and fine motor skills, and strong cardiovascular exercise make tennis a great option for kids who like to keep moving, are quick on their feet, and want the individual attention that comes from one-onone coaching.

Martial arts Kids who want to learn discipline, respect for others and themselves, balance and coordination, selfcontrol, and better listening and focusing skills should consider trying martial arts. This can also become a family sport, as all ages are welcome in this activity.

Gymnastics Gymnasts are known for their strength, coordination, flexibility, and discipline. Your child may never become an Olympic gymnast, but the confidence and agility they will learn from participating in gymnastics will stick with them.

Swimming Swimming is a great source of cardiovascular exercise. It also promotes strength, stamina, balance, and better posture, and

teaches water safety. Swimming, like martial arts, is a sport for all ages. A love of a sport like swimming can turn into a lifetime source of exercise and enjoyment.

Running While running sports typically start in late elementary school or middle school, it is never too early or late to enjoy. Besides a great cardio workout, running helps with physical, mental, and personal development as kids overcome challenges and set new goals in distance or time. If none of the above sports are of interest, you may also want to research fencing, wrestling, cycling, dance, diving, or golf. Many of these sports allow kids to compete on an individual basis while contributing overall to a team. For example, kids competing in gymnastics will receive an individual score but the points go toward an overall team total. This gives kids the support from teammates without the pressure of having to play on a team. Kids will learn to set and exceed their personal goals and also have the camaraderie that goes along with a team sport. If you notice your child is feeling pressure or frustration from participating in team sports, give an individual sport a try.

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BRETT GOOCH By JULIA BAKER

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Brett Gooch, a fifth grade teacher at Macon Hall Elementary School, discovered his love for teaching by happenstance. Gooch earned a degree in his final year. “This led to me getting “We have gotten our middle communications from Memphis a permanent job with Shelby County school-bound kids to love taking State University (now the University Schools,” he says. notes, and one of the best inventions of Memphis), going on to work in After working at Crump Elementary to encourage that has been gel pens,” human resources for a local real estate for four years, Gooch got a job with he says. “We also like to teach our development company for eight years. Macon Hall Elementary School, where students chants and songs, and we have But he wasn’t sure about the path he he continues to teach today. our kids work with and teach each other had chosen. “The thing I love about my school often.” His guiding light materialized when is that we are very consistent with Reading and history are Gooch’s his supervisors approached him and high-level instruction and high-level favorite subjects. “I’d say the thing I’ve told him that they were downsizing. leadership,” he says. Gooch expresses enjoyed the most is turning my kids on “They came to me and said that I should admiration for the school’s former to books and reading. My students are probably start looking for another job, principal, Maryanne Spencer, who required to read a book a week, and my and immediately, I knew what I wanted retired last year. “Behind every kids have learned to love it,” he says. to pursue,” he says. “My mom taught great school is a great principal. And “I also love teaching our kids about for Shelby County Schools for 28 years, wherever there’s a great principal, you history and about the importance of and I had basically grown up in a youth have great teachers. And that’s Macon becoming involved citizens.” group at church. Then, as a young adult Hall.” Throughout his teaching career, right out of college, I worked a lot with Gooch also credits his teaching Gooch has grown as a person through a youth group, as well. Education was partner Beth McFarlin for holding him learning to be patient and by forming something that I always thought I would up to high standards. “She has made me strong bonds with his students and be very good at and enjoy.” become a better teacher because she’s peers. From there, he ventured on to a better teacher than I am,” he says. “I’ve learned to be a much more pursue a master’s degree in elementary “We’re also both competitive, so it leads patient person. You don’t see how education from the University of me to want to be as good as her.” much you impact some children until Memphis. He started out studentGooch and McFarlin understand they come back and visit,” he says. “I’ll teaching kindergarten classes at Crump that kids learn best when they’re having see how successful they’ve become, Elementary School, and he was liked fun, and they use this knowledge in and I learn that not only do I impact well enough that he was asked to their classroom, which they’ve aptly them for the year I taught them, but for substitute-teach for the remainder of dubbed McGooch University. the future, too.” We want to shine a light on your child’s teacher, or even a teacher who made a difference in your life. Submit your nomination today by emailing teacher@memphisparent.com. 18


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IF AGE IS JUST A NUMBER Why do I feel so old? BY JEFF HULETT

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Age has never really been a thing with me. That is to say, it has never really affected my mood or disposition. I’ve always had selfconfidence and never struggled with the idea of getting older. That is, until I turned 40 in March. I thought I was prepared, but apparently not — my birthday came and knocked me down a peg. Maybe it was the uptick in aches and pains or the slower recovery after a night out, or perhaps it was my thinning hair. Whatever the case, 40 did a number on me. As I said, I knew it was coming, and I thought I was ready for my fourth decade, but I was still struck with insecurity and low self-esteem related to this big milestone. Thankfully, 40 is the new 30 — or at least that’s what I keep telling myself — and there are things I can do to be healthier and feel better about my overall well-being. Recently, I met with my primary care physician for a physical and found out that, for the most part, everything appeared normal. Sometimes I get obsessed with normal. In fact, after both of my girls were born, I asked that very question. “Does everything look normal?” My blood pressure and heart rate were good, and, after a comfortable and reassuring dialogue with my doctor, I left feeling better about 40 and my

health in general. It was also a Friday, so that could have had something to do with my upbeat demeanor. A few years back when I worked at Church Health, I was constantly being reminded of healthy tips and life hacks I could do to increase steps, drink more water, reduce stress, and more. Now that I work for myself and I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I’m harkening back to some of those reminders and tips I learned long ago. Church Health uses the Model for Healthy Living, a guide for all people to reach their highest level of wellness. The model includes seven pie wedges — faith, movement, work, emotions, nutrition, medical, and friends & family — and its main goal is to encourage people to live a balanced, healthy life by taking into consideration these seven areas of focus. For me, it was nice to have a guide to follow and refer back to when one area seemed out of whack. For example, if my nutrition was lacking, I could turn to my exercise and movement for encouragement. On any given month, my typical

model with internal goals could look something like this: Faith Life – Going to church, but could pray more. Movement – Playing soccer, but could walk the dog more. Medical – Need to schedule that dentist appointment. Work – Stop working once you get home from work. This is family time! Emotional – It’s OK to share honest feelings with your closest friends and family. Nutrition – Drink more water and reduce sodium and fat intake. Hot wings just once a month. Friends & Family – Boundaries are important. Set them and follow them. These days while time is tighter and busier than ever before, I find myself starting to refer back to these areas of health to see where I can make improvements. It’s likely more important now than ever. For more information about Church Health’s Model for Healthy Living, visit churchhealth.org.

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SEPTEMBER Delta Fair & Music Festival Festivities kicked off on August 30th, but there’s still time to join in the fun. In addition to the amusement rides, there’s a petting zoo, pig races, magic shows, comedy, live music, and more! Agricenter International, through September 8th, deltafest.com 30 Days of Opera Month-long opera celebration with free events, including performances during the Central Gardens Home Tour (September 8th) and Cooper-Young Festival. Various locations, September 1st-30th, operamemphis.org Germantown Festival So you thought all the fun fairs were Downtown or in Midtown? Not so! With the 48th annual edition of this festival, Germantown gets in on the action. The festival boasts arts and crafts, a kids corner, an auto show, and probably the only weenie dog race in Memphis. Germantown Civic Center Complex, September 7th-8th, germantownfest.com

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Southern Heritage Classic This weekend-long celebration is ostensibly about the football rivalry between Jackson State University and Tennessee State, but there’s so much more going on. The Southern Heritage Classic is a cultural celebration, a tailgating extravaganza, and it’s jam-packed with food, live music, and more. And this year marks the fest’s 30th anniversary. Liberty Bowl, September 11th-14th, southernheritageclassic.com Cooper-Young Festival I live in the nearby Rozelle neighborhood, so Cooper-Young Fest is pretty much my home turf. And I love C-Y Fest for the food, the friends I unexpectedly bump into, and the live music. To me, this neighborhood festival always marks the change from summer to autumn. It’s usually a sunny affair, the summer’s last hurrah. Cooper-Young District, September 14th, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., cooperyoungfestival.com Latin Fest In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group hosts 22

Fall festival season is in full swing — here are local happenings.

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Summer’s in the rearview, and there’s plenty to look forward to this fall. The next few months are chock-full of fun! Check out our round-up and mark your calendars. this free, family-friendly festival that features live Latin music, Latin food and drinks, crafts for kids, vendors, and more. Overton Square, September 21st, 3-9 p.m. Mid-South Fair Okay, so it’s not exactly cool in Memphis in late September, but the cool weather is on the way, and there’s just something right about the lights and smells and sounds of a fair on an early autumn night. With live music, fair food, and rides and lights to spare, the Mid-South Fair is just the kind of fair I’m dreaming of. Landers Center, September 19th-29th, midsouthfair.com

Memphis Japan Festival The cherry trees lining the streets make the Botanic Garden an ideal spot for the Memphis Japan Festival, a celebration of Japanese culture. The festival presents Memphians with a family-friendly, hands-on way to experience Japanese culture, with food, music, entertainment, martial arts, and more. Memphis Botanic Garden, September 29th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., memphisjapanfestival.org Sunflower Festival Southaven Arts Council hosts this event featuring live music, great food, and a celebration of the arts. Watch craftsmen


RiverArtsFest RiverArtsFest is an art walk, a street festival, and an educational opportunity all rolled up in one. The festival’s website claims it’s the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street fair in the Mid-South, and with more than 180 contributing artists, live music, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, that’s a fair claim to make. Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Beale, October 26th-27th, riverartsmemphis.org

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Memphis Parent School Expo This free-to-attend school expo is presented by Memphis Parent. Meet faceto-face with school staff, see informational videos, and pick up take-home materials for planning your child’s education. Memphis Botanic Garden, October 26, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., memphisparentschoolexpo.com

NOVEMBER Memphis Flyer Crafts & Drafts This 5th annual (free!) event hosted by the Memphis Flyer is a great place to get your early holiday shopping done, featuring tons of local makers offering up their wares. Oh, and craft beer! Crosstown Concourse Patio, November 9th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., memphiscraftsanddrafts.com

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demonstrations and let your little one stop by the Young Artists Tent where there will be free activities for kids. 2126 Stateline Road, Southaven, MS, September 21st, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

OCTOBER Pink Palace Crafts Fair With great food, handcrafted goods, craft demonstrations, and a petting zoo and train for the kids, the annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair makes for an ideal daytime date, just in time for autumn weather. Audubon Park, October 11th-13th, memphismuseums.org

Agricenter Harvest Festival The 16th annual Harvest Festival is the quintessential fall festival, with pumpkinpainting, hayrides, arts and crafts, and a bluegrass band. Agricenter International, October 19th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., agricenter.org Memphis Comic Expo If your kid’s into comics, they’ll love this convention featuring panels with celebrity creators, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, vendors, and more. Agricenter International, October 19th-20th, memphiscomicexpo.com

Time Warp Drive-In There’s something so magical about the drive-in. And Time Warp takes us back in time with classic movies. Saturday, October 19th, brings Shocktober 6, featuring showings of Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, The Monster Squad, and Clue. Malco Summer Drive-In, monthly, malco.com.

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Levitt Shell Live Music Series The Shell’s free concert series is a seasonal staple. The amphitheater’s shape, serious sound upgrades in recent years, and all those soundwave-absorbing park trees make for a concert series that can achieve acoustic bliss. Each season’s programming spans genres, bringing a diverse array of artists to the Bluff City — total music nerd nirvana. The fall series runs (Thursdays through Sundays) September 6th through October 14th. Overton Park, see website for lineup, levittshell.org

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SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

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30 Days of Opera VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS MEMPHIS AND THE MID-SOUTH SEPTEMBER 1-30 Opera Memphis will be performing at the Germantown Festival, Cooper-Young Festival, the Memphis Farmers Market, the Levitt Shell (September 13), and more. FREE. 257-3100.

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Delta Fair & Music Festival. The Agricenter. Through September 8. Features carnival rides, live music, attractions, livestock shows, crafts, petting zoo, and fair food. $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Free for children 4 and under. For details, visit deltafest.com or call 867-7007. 30 Days of Opera. Various locations across Memphis and the Mid-South. Through September 30. Opera Memphis will be performing at the Germantown Festival, Cooper-Young Festival, the Memphis Farmers Market, the Levitt Shell (September 13), and more. Free. 257-3100.

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Farmer’s Market at The Agricenter. The Agricenter. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. For details, visit agricenter.org/farmersmarket. 

2 ∙ MONDAY

17th Annual Chick-fil-A 5K. AutoZone Park. Registration at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. Kids Dash around 9:15 a.m. Features a post-race party, 4th annual Kids Dash, activities for kids, prizes, commemorative race T-shirts, goody bags with special Chick-fil-A treats, and free Chickfil-A sandwiches at the finish line. The first 1,500 registrants who cross the finish line receive a commemorative achiever medal. All Kids Dash participants receive a special participation medal. $25. Kids Dash, $10. Benefits Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South. To register online, visit chickfila5k.com.

3 ∙ TUESDAY

Scarecrow Contest and Display. Lichterman Nature Center. Scarecrows must be in place, now through September 11, to be eligible for judging for contests. Groups are invited to create something frightening, friendly, silly, or serious for the scarecrow contest. Prizes will be awarded for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrows. Framework for the scarecrow provided. Call 636-2221 for details.  Caterpillar Club. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). On select Tuesdays & Wednesdays (September 3 & 4 and 17 & 18), 10-11 a.m. Ages 2-5 years. Six-class semester fee: $75. Call 636-4122 to register. Community Cooking Class. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Six-week fall series offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. Go to churchhealth.org to register. 

4 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Toddler Time. Universal Parenting Place (UPP) @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Wednesdays, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Geared for parents and children ages 1-3 years. Free. 227-9558. Music for Aardvarks. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Wednesdays (September 4 & 18), from noon until 1 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Peace & Love Tour. The Orpheum. Show kicks off at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and patrons

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are encouraged to attend pre-show festivities with photo booth, merchandise, history of the Woodstock era and more. Celebrate the 50th anniversary and relive the music of the Woodstock era as performed live by multiple performers including national touring act Paisley Craze. $20$39. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

6 ∙ FRIDAY

20th Annual Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi. September 6-8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Highlights include close-up views of ruby-throated hummingbirds being banded and released, guided nature walks, wagon rides, live animal shows, kids activity zone, guest speakers, nature-themed arts and crafts vendors, and native plant sale. Canon Bird Walks for additional cost of $10. Registration and pre-payment required for this special guided photography bird walk. Festival admission: $16/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Visit strawberry.audubon.org or call (662)-252-1155 for details. Stroller Strides. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each 45-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio, and core restoration, all while entertaining the little ones with songs, activities, and fun! Free. 227-9558.

7 ∙ SATURDAY

Memphis Farmers Market (MFM) 2019 Season. MFM @ Central Train Station Pavilion. Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Free. Go to memphisfarmersmarket.org 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. 7: Mystery Box/Beading. Sept. 14: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. Sept. 21: Stone Tools/Talking Sticks. Sept. 28: Trash Talks/Snake Painting. $6/ adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250. Doggie Dip. YMCA at Schilling Farms. 12:30-1:45 p.m. for small dogs (25 lbs. or smaller) and 2-3:30 p.m. for dogs of all sizes. Bring your dogs to swim, run, and play in the fully fenced outdoor pool at the Y. No more than two dogs per handler. $20/dog. Benefits the Collierville Animal Shelter. 850-9622.

9 ∙ MONDAY

Tea & Toddlers. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Mondays from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

11 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Food Truck Garden Party: Pokémon. MBG. 5-8 p.m. Features live music by Movie Night, Play Zone, Pokémon tournament and Pikachu appearance, and food from the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance. $10/adult. $5/child. 636-4100.

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Eye Opener 5K PJ Run. Houston Levee Park. Day of race registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. Event raises awareness of the dangers of driving sleep-impaired. Pre-race warm-up, postrace massage, DJ, door prizes, finisher medals, and awards for walkers. Fun Run (The Race against The Turtles) is free. One participant will take home a queen-size mattress, and another lucky participant will take home a piece of jewelry from Platinum Jewelers. Must be present to win. Use code EO20 to save 20 percent off registration. Go to eo5kpjrun.racesonline.com to register online.  Cooper-Young Festival. Cooper-Young Historic District. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The 32nd annual festival features more than 400 artist booths, 17 bands on three stages, children’s area, food, and vendors. Free. 276-7222. Superpower Dogs 3D Movie Opening Day. CTI Giant Screen Theater. First show of Superpower Dogs at 9:45 a.m. Activities take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennessee Task Force One, a worldrenowned canine rescuers team in Memphis, will have a Task Force One Dog and handler on hand to meet and greet guests. Canine heroes from the Memphis Police Department K-9 force, Bartlett Police Department, and Fire Departments will give demonstrations. Memphis Animal Services will

offer adoptable dogs. Activities are free with admission. 636-2362. Magic Carpet Ride with Weightless Aerial Arts. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s. 10 a.m. Children ages 2 and up are invited to grab their magic carpet for a high-flying adventure with Memphis’ own Weightless Aerial. $5/child. Free to adults. 537-1483. Saturday Sketch. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10-11 a.m. Children ages 15 and up will meet a guest artist in the Catmur Foyer and sharpen their drawing skills. Free. 761-5250. Kids in the Garden. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The workshop takes place from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Ages 7-10. Free. Reservations required. 761-5250. Opening Night at the Scheidt. Harris Concert Hall. 7:30 p.m. The students and faculty of the School of Music present a preview of the Memphis concert season. Free. Reservations required. 678-2541. Pirates Raid Hooks Library! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At this 3rd annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the library hosts a pirate escape room along with dancing performances, interactive stations, live exotic birds, mermaid story time, pirate games and crafts, and more. Free. 415-2700.

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Movies at the Orpheum: Dreamgirls (PG-13). The Orpheum. 7 p.m. $8/adult. $6/child ages 12 and under. Group discounts available. 525-3000.

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Harvest Fest. Memphis Zoo. Also on Sunday, September 22, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season with folk music, local artisans, crafts, and more. Free with admission. 333-6500. Kattam and his Tam Tams. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. 10 a.m. Percussionist Kattam opens the season’s Saturday Series. Accompanied by his monkey Takoum, Kattam offers a multicultural adventure incorporating everything from African rap and desert dance to trance Sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance. $15/person. 525-3000. Backyard Bash Daytime Birthday Party. MBG. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of My Big Backyard with nature crafts, activities, and treats. Free with admission. 636-4100. Community Day: Meet the Museum. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (MBMA). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Festivities honor Brooks’ permanent collection of artwork, featuring masterpieces from around the world that “live” in Memphis. Schedule includes showing of 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival shorts winners, live model sketching with Shamek Weddle, creating art to take home, special art activity led by Seize the Clay (first come, first served), music by DJ Siphne Aaye, and food vendors. Free. 544-6200.

Latin Fest. The Tower Courtyard at Overton Square. 3-9 p.m. Cazateatro Bilingual Theater Group invites you to their first Latin Fest. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, food, crafts, and vendors. Free. 662-469-6095.

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Bartlett Fall Festival, MBN Patio BBQ Contest & Car Show. W.J. Freeman Park. 6-9:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Judge Freeman Marr 5K starts at 9 a.m. Friday evening kicks off with a midway carnival, live music, and vendors. Saturday highlights include the Panther Pride 5K Run, local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, awards for cooking contest, and concessions. Free. 385-5589.

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Family Art Day with Qwynto. Germantown Performing Arts Center. 10-11:30 a.m. Families will explore a free hands-on art activity, in partnership with the City of Germantown’s Big Read program, led by illustrator and mural artist Qwynto. Free. Reservations required. 751-7500. Our Stories Matter Laps for Literacy Walk-A-Thon & Children’s BookFest. Hickory Hill Community Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gather your family at the Hickory Hill Park Fitness Trail for this fundraiser followed by a free Children’s BookFest. A celebration of children’s literature by black authors engages the community in reading, writing, and other literacy activities. For details, visit bcbooksandauthors.com.  Bowling for Babies: Strike Out Diaper Need. Cordova Bowling Center. 2-4 p.m. Bowling, food, and family-friendly fun to help raise money for babies in Memphis and Shelby County. $250 cash prize for first-place team. $20-$125. Visit bowlingforbabiesmemphis.eventbrite.com for more information. 

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Memphis Japan Festival. MBG. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festivities include traditional and contemporary Japanese music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, cultural lectures, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s activities, sumosuit wrestling, a roving Japanese candyman, and Japanese cuisine. $5/adult. $2.50/ child ages 2-12. Includes garden admission. Visit memphisjapanfestival.org for details.  Catapult Shadow Dance Theater. Buckman Arts Center @ St.Mary’s. 7 p.m. Families will enjoy this balletic combination of dance, storytelling, and sculpture that first attracted national attention as a finalist on American’s Got Talent. $30/adult. $25/ child. 537-1483.

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48th Annual Germantown Festival. Germantown Civic Club Complex. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Also on Sunday, September 8, from noon until 6 p.m. Features arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities, rides and games, stage entertainment, community attractions, the annual Running of the Weenies Dachshund Race on Saturday morning, car exhibit on Sunday, and food. Free. 757-9212.

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The Pink Palace Museum. City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign poster exhibition. September 14 through June 21. The Poor People’s Campaign — a grassroots, multiracial movement that drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C. for 43 days between May and June 1968 to demand social reforms while living side-by-side on the National Mall in a tent city known as Resurrection City. The poster exhibition explores the history and legacy of this important moment in U.S. history. Sun, Earth, Universe. In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) presents this interactive exhibit about Earth and space. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging activities for families with children ages 6-12. Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community. Through October 20. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D. Now showing. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. Now showing. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Back to the Moon: For Good. Now showing. Seasonal Stargazing. Now showing. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.

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Twilight Thursdays. MBG. Thursdays, through September. Enjoy extended hours at the garden learning about everything from plants to pets. Free with admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details. Guided Tour with Kathryn Manzo: Bouguereau & America. MBMA. Sunday, September 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Artist and educator Kathryn Manzo leads a guided tour of Bouguereau & America and discusses painting techniques utilized by Bouguereau and many of his contemporaries trained in the French-academic tradition. Free with admission. 544-6200.

First Responder - A Parent & Community Awareness Seminar. Bornblum Jewish Community School. now in12, Midtown, Thursday,Classes September 6:30-8East p.m.Memphis, Collierville, and Cordova Visit us on the web at www.memphisaardvarks.com Bornblum Jewish Community School or contact us at 871-0227 or info@memphisaardvarks.com and The Sidney Kay Foundation present this First Responder Coaching with Grace McLaren. The seminar equips parents with skills to recognize and help emotionally fragile children. Free. RSVP suggested. Child care available. RSVP required. 747-2665. ‘‘Leading

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Artist Talk: Derek Fordjour. MBMA. Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Collector Elliot Perry leads the conversation with Memphisborn/New York-based Derek Fordjour, an interdisciplinary artist who works in video/film, sculpture, and painting. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. 544-6200. Second Annual Positively Creative Summit. Memphis College of Art. Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. A one-day business conference for creative entrepreneurs. Hear from local industry leaders, sharing stories of community over competition, and learn collaboratively through topic-specific breakout sessions and roundtables. $35. For more info, visit arrowcreative.org.  3rd Annual Total Women Summit: SOAR 2019. The Great Hall & Conference Center. Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A curated experience where women are empowered through education, connection, and community. This year’s focus is to fight against domestic violence with support from community partners: United Way of the Mid-South, Women United, and CityCurrent. Visit shericahymes.com for details.

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Young Coppersmiths: Forged Wire Bracelets. Metal Museum. Saturday, September 14, 2:30-4 p.m. Children ages 11-13 create copper cuff-style bracelets using a hammer and steel surface. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. Family Snack Attack: Cheesy Zucchini Chips. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Monday, September 16, 5:30 p.m. You and your children are invited for this hands-on cooking class at Church Health. $3/person. At least one parent or guardian must accompany children. Space limited and pre-registration required. Go to churchhealth.org for details.

Mental Health First Aid Training. Central Church in Collierville. Thursday, September 19, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Church Health Behavioral Health presents a free eight-hour Mental Health First Aid USA training. Free. For more information, contact MHFA@ churchhealth.org. Make Your Own: Copper Leaf Wind Chime. Metal Museum. Saturday, September 28. Two sessions offered from 10 a.m. until noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Families learn how to use fold forming to make copper leaves to create a simple wind chime. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380.

HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Homeschool Day: Beginning, Middle, End. MBMA. Thursday, September 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Students discover how stories can be told visually and how different artistic elements work together to create a beginning, middle, and end. Homeschool families also participate in scavenger hunts, selfguided tours, a drop-in art-making activity, and docent-led tours. Free. 544-6200.

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The Art of Dinner: Middle Eastern Dinner Party. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Friday, September 6, 6 p.m. In this interactive cooking class, Chef Joshua House guides through a three-course menu. $65. Benefits the nutrition programming at the Church Health Nutrition Hub. Go to churchhealth.org for tickets. Zoo Rendezvous. Memphis Zoo. Saturday, September 7, 7-10:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes for this year’s Zoodio 54 and enjoy food from more than 70 Mid-South restaurants and entertainment on four stages. $200. Call 333-6757 for details. West FIGHT ON. Shelby Farms Park. Saturday, September 14, 6:45 a.m. until noon. West FIGHT ON is multi-sport celebration of the cancer-fighting spirit of our community to raise funds for The West Institute. The 5K takes more than 1,000 runners on a scenic loop around Patriot Lake. One-mile walk option for families. The post-race party in Celebration Village features brunch, live entertainment, local vendor, awards ceremonies, kids’ activities, and a touching memorial honoring cancer patients. For more information, visit westfighton.org.  Backyard Bash. MBG. Saturday, September 21, 7-10 p.m. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of My Big Backyard with live music, local food, live football streaming, backyard games, and a silent


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Team Soul to Sole and Komen Memphis Race for the Cure® Present the Movie Five and a Meet and Greet with Actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Malco Paradiso. Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Join for a meet and greet with acclaimed actress and Memphis native Ginnifer Goodwin from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a private showing of the film Five at 7 p.m. Five is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on various lives. The movie will be followed by a Q & A with Goodwin. $75/person: meet and greet cocktail party with Ginnifer Goodwin and admission to film. $10/person: movie screening only followed by Q & A. Benefits 2019 Komen Memphis Race for the Cure. Seating is limited. Go to komenmemphisms.org to make reservations.

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Memphis Made - Center Stage presents Filling the Air with Annie Freres and Weightless Aerial. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s. Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. Callie Compton’s Weightless Aerial and Hoop Rebel join Annie on the Buckman stage for a night of acrobatics, dance, and cabaret. $20/ adult. $10/child. 537-1483. Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series. MBG. Saturday, September 14, 6 p.m. Live at the Garden presents country music’s best new male vocalist winner Brett Young. For details, visit liveatthegarden.com. Iris DeMent. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s. Sunday, September 15, 7 p.m. Americana-folk performer Arkansas’ Iris DeMent presents gospel and traditional country music at the Buckman. $40/adult. $35/child. 537-1483.

Magical Life: An Evening with Larry Hass. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. Award-winning magician Harry Lass showcases his artistic magic performing everything from storytelling, mindreading, and

Barnes & Noble Booksellers 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468  Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 2-8. September 7 & 10: Dr. Seuss’ Horse Museum. September 14 & 17: Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party. September 21 & 24: Batman 5-Minute Stories. September 28: How I Met My Mother. Free. Baby & Me Story Time. On select Sundays, 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 3 and under. September 15: Moo, Baa, La La. September 22: Silly Lullaby. September 29: Dinosaur Dance. Free. Batman Day Event. Saturday, September 21, 2-2:30 p.m. Ages 6-12. This young reader event features a memory card game, activity sheets, and more. Free. Costume Character Story Time: Clifford. Sunday, September 22, 3-3:30 p.m. Ages 10 and under. Join for a special story time, craft, and photo op with Clifford. Free. Demigod Day Event. Saturday, September 28, 2-2:30 p.m. Ages 6-12. Take part in a scavenger hunt and other activities at this young reader event featuring the Rick Riordan series. Free. Novel. 387 Perkins Ext., 922-5526 Story Time with Marjorie. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Ages 3 and under.

“The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth….” — William Ellery Channing Unitarian Universalist

If you’re looking for a loving community to help your kids grow up to be open-minded, kind and respectful, and to stand up for what’s right, we invite you to join us.

Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650 Story Time. Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free.

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10th Memphis Oral School for the Deaf MOSD) Golf Tournament. Cherokee Valley Golf Club. Thursday, September 26. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Features helicopter ball drop by Hospital Wing followed by lunch and beverages, golfing, and awards dinner. $175/player or $700/team. 758-2228.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6.

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