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SANTA LANDING & ENCHANTED FOREST FESTIVAL OF TREES

Santa is flown in by helicopter and lands at the Pink Palace on Saturday, November 17th, to kick off the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, which features animated characters, model trains, and dozens of decorated gingerbread houses and trees. Santa’s landing is free. Festival of Trees exhibit runs through December 31st and admission is $6/adult and $5/ child ages 3-12. Benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Visit lebonheur.org/enchantedforest for details.

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STARRY NIGHTS

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FOR THE HOLIDAYS Keep your child reading all winter long by JENNIFER BOREN

Every December, parents find themselves exclaiming, “Not one more toy!” Garbage cans overflow with cardboard and plastic and batteries from toys children may play with once or twice before they are relegated to the bottom of the toy box.

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The joy and novelty of the newest gizmo is fleeting at best. Books however, are gifts that will leave an imprint on the heart of your child for years to come. John Schumacher, also known as Mr. Schu, the National Ambassador for School Libraries for Scholastic, recently visited Memphis, giving away hundreds of books to eager readers. He lectures at Rutgers University and served on the 2014 Newbery Committee, the highest honor given in children’s literature. Mr. Schu knows books and he loves books. His dream job takes him across the country sharing his “forever” books — stories that are forever tattooed on his heart. Mr. Schu sprinkled book-joy across Shelby County, reinforcing the belief that stories connect us. Instead of buying your child the latest gadget this holiday season, consider one of these titles your child won’t soon forget unwrapping.

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Long Way Down

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by Kelly Yang

Saving Winslow

As adults, we can all remember a time when we walked into a room and felt like we did not belong. Children experience alienation and loneliness, too. Maybe their hair is too long or too short. Maybe their lunch smells weird. Maybe they don’t wear trendy clothes. Jacqueline Woodson, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has woven a hopeful story that all kids can relate to. Give this to any child who finds themselves on the outside, looking in. Recommended for grades K-5.

We all know the saying, “You never know what people are going through.” How often do you take time out of your busy schedule to talk to a stranger? Someone who looks or talks or dresses differently than you? Through this fictional account based on her own experiences growing up in the 1980s, Kelly Yang offers a unique glimpse into the hardships facing new immigrants to the United States. While she tackles a heavy subject, the pacing is so fast your child will be sure to finish this book before the first snowfall of winter. Recommended for grades 3-8.

The holidays often magnify feelings of loss and grief. When the absence of loved ones casts a gloom over holiday celebrations, books can offer a cathartic way for kids to handle those emotions. Louie, a young boy inept at keeping things alive, takes in an ailing miniature donkey he names Winslow. Soon, Louie is so busy attending to his new friend, he forgets how much he misses his brother Gus who is serving in the army. This book provides a timely message of hope for any child missing someone special during the holidays. Recommended for grades 2-5.

How do you tell the story of your brother’s murder in less than 60 seconds? Jason Reynolds delivers a powerful tale about the cycle of violence in 304 pages, but this novel in verse will be a breeze for even the most reluctant readers. As the elevator drops to each floor below, we learn about the haunting reality facing kids every day across our country. Universal Studios has optioned the rights to the film adaptation, with Michael De Luca and John Legend producing. If your teen has read or seen The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, fill their stocking with this book.

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“I want to show other kids in Memphis that if they have a talent to go for it and never give up,” says Wright. In addition to hosting quarterly Tamika Heard of the Makeda’s Cookies family encourages kids to have an marketplaces, Heard hosts monthly game entrepreneurial spirit nights and annual dinners for the kids. “We don’t bring any phones or electronics to the By JULIA BAKER game nights — just straight board games — Tamika Heard, manager of locally owned and family-operated so we have to interact with and speak to one Makeda’s Cookies, comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her another. It teaches communication, which is parents, Maurice and Pamela Hill, opened Makeda’s in 1999, and, a big part of entrepreneurship,” she says. “And the dinners are our way of thanking the not much later in 2003, Heard joined the team. However, she kids for participating. It’s also almost a wanted to embark on an entrepreneurial venture of her own. strategic planning business dinner, where we talk about the upcoming year.” Heard plans to begin organizing workshops for the networks,” she says. children in the near future. 901 Kidpreneurs has an official Facebook Heard hopes to expand the 901 page, which serves as a year-round platform Kidpreneurs marketplace to other venues for young entrepreneurs to communicate such as the Hickory Ridge Mall, and she has with each other and to promote and sell been working on a possible collaboration their products. The page has more than with the Shelby County Schools system. “I’m 1,000 members and is steadily growing. working with a young lady who works with Eleven-year-old Kalen Johnson (pictured the youth department with the government,” at bottom right) is one of 901 Kidpreneurs’ she says. “They’re trying to get some things newest Facebook members. This year, together to bring an entrepreneur program Johnson’s wire and beaded jewelry company, to Shelby County Schools.” Kalen’s Exquisite Pieces, set up shop for the Until then, Heard is happy hosting 901 Thus, she dreamt up 901 Kidpreneurs, a first time at Cooper-Young Festival and Kidpreneurs events at Makeda’s Cookies. program that would give children in the city another children’s entrepreneurial “It’s a quid pro quo deal. When people come an opportunity to create and sell their own marketplace, and he looks forward to in and shop with the kids, they smell the products while learning business, participating in his first 901 Kidpreneurs butter cookies, and they’re definitely going communication, marketing, and customer marketplace this fall. “I started making a to come over to the cookie case,” she says. service skills. name for myself around May [of this year], “And then when people come in and shop Heard had been a youth minister for and I’m really excited for this opportunity,” with Makeda’s, they’ll be like, ‘What’s going seven years and a substitute teacher for two Johnson says. on here?’ And they’ll go around and talk to years, and she wanted to get into full-time Another jewelry maker, 10-year-old the kids. It’s really a good relationship for teaching, but her path took a different turn. Marlon Yates of the vintage beaded jewelry the 901 Kidpreneurs and Makeda’s Cookies “I still wanted to do something with the kids,” company Racin’ Designs, has participated in family.” she says. “I wanted to be an inspiration, and I 901 Kidpreneurs marketplaces since the fall Any children wishing to participate in or wanted to empower them in some way.” of 2016. “Two years ago, I qualified for the attend future marketplaces can follow 901 Heard kicked off the program in 2016 Junior Olympics [for track and field], and my Kidpreneurs on Facebook. The next with a summer marketplace at Makeda’s mom asked me to brainstorm 10 ideas to marketplace will take place at Makeda’s Cookies on South 2nd Street, where, under make money to fund it. One of the things I Cookies, located at 488 South 2nd Street, her guidance, kids sold an array of products chose was to make jewelry,” says Yates. “I on December 22nd. including jewelry, energy drinks, and body ended up being able to go to the Junior sprays and lotions. Since then, Heard has Olympics last year and this year.” continued to host seasonal marketplaces in 901 Kidpreneurs also sponsors and helps the spring, summer, fall, and winter. support kids with other talents like singing, Kinyah Bean, a successful 9-year-old dancing, and magic. One such member, kidpreneur from Memphis, has been selling 13-year-old model, actor, and singer Kristian her lemonade, B Chill Lemonade, at Wright (pictured top left with Heard), has marketplaces throughout the country, seen plentiful successes that include including 901 Kidpreneurs. “I believe appearing in local plays, fashion shows, and [programs like 901 Kidpreneurs] help films like Last Stop (2016) and Indivisible (in kids by giving exposure and creating theaters now).


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Coaching girls’ soccer is all about teamwork, fun, and patience By JEFF HULETT

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I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5 years old. I played rec ball, traveled on a club team, and even played a bit in high school. To the detriment of my knees, I still play twice a week. So, as a dad of two girls it was only a matter of time for me to take up the whistle, run some drills, and coach the beautiful game. I tried to fight it for a few years, but I knew deep down I was destined to be Coach Jeff. I coach the Red Lightning, my daughter Ella’s under 8 soccer team through Idlewild Presbyterian Church. While it’s an absolute blast and the girls and I have already learned so much from each other, practicing every week and playing a game every Saturday is hard and demanding work. Especially amid busy work schedules and other extracurricular activities. Thankfully, the heat appears to have finally broken and fall is finally here, making it a bit easier to get these girls to listen up. The girls are great and they push every button in the book, but they are teaching me the importance of just being a part of something and having fun. At this age, you don’t have to be good or driven, you just have to be a kid. While I type this in early October, the Red Lightning are 0-3 with a couple of tough matches on the upcoming schedule, but who cares? As long as we have good snacks, cheer each other on, and try hard, we will go undefeated this year no matter what the score. To be honest, my girls are probably more excited about the end-of-year party replete with medals, burgers, and ice cream! Full disclosure, I’m also excited about this end-ofyear tradition. All in all, the girls are slowly but surely grasping the rules and improving each week. It’s the little things that I see. Like when Ella goes to the ball rather than waiting for it to come to her. Or when Alma stays on her feet when giving the ball a good whack. We’ve even put together a few passes and scored a few goals. I’m witnessing the

things that brought me close and connected me to this game. Not to mention I get to spend quality time with my daughter every week, just me and her. Although, I should probably stop getting roped into going out for treats every week after practice. Mom definitely disapproves of this trend. Some of my fondest memories of playing soccer as a kid were the trips my dad and I would take with my traveling team. One weekend we’d be in Jackson, Mississippi, vying for the Magnolia Cup, while the next weekend we’d be in Nashville getting ousted by much better competition. One tournament I broke my collarbone before a match, but I mostly remember the team dinners and goofy hijinks with my teammates. It was fun, and winning wasn’t everything. If you ask my wife or fellow soccer friends, they will tell you that I’m one of the most competitive players out there when I hit the pitch. I yell, I gripe, I fight to win every game. I can be a real pain in the you-know-what, but I’m also a good teammate. Aside from the fundamentals of passing, shooting, moving to space, and not using your hands, this is what I’m most trying to convey to my team this year. Alongside Coach Dan and Coach Zack, a rousing cheering section of parents, siblings, and extended families, the Red Lighting have gotten better, and no matter what our record says, we’ve already won in my book.

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FUN GOODIES AND GADGETS FOR KIDS’ GIFT LISTS! Compiled by MEMPHIS PARENT STAFF • Photography by BRYAN ROLLINS Have you made your list? Checked it twice? The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve had our eyes out, looking for cool kids’ gifts and gadgets to jumpstart your search — or help you find those last few items. With input from Memphis-based store Knowledge Tree, we present options for boys and girls of all ages. These toys will help your kids get creative, improve STEM skills, or just have some old-fashioned fun. Happy shopping!

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Products marked with an asterisk* can be found at Knowledge Tree, whom we thank for their assistance in gathering the latest in kids’ toys and gifts.

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*EXAMINE AND TREAT PET VET Does your animal-loving child want to be a veterinarian when they grow up? This 24-piece play set helps children use their imaginations while teaching them about veterinary work. Comes with two plush pets. $29.99. Ages 3+

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*SQUIGZ These building toys use suction to connect. Connect them to each other or defy gravity by sticking them to bathtubs, windows, tabletops, and more. $17.99 to $44.99 per set. Ages 3+

POCKET OPERATORS Teens can create their own studioquality music — drum machine, bass, lead, sampling, and more— with these handheld synthesizers. $49 and up.

*CRAZY AARON’S PUTTY With different varieties — including hypercolor (heat sensitive, color changing), glow-in-the-dark, magnetic, and ultraviolet — the fun is limitless. $14.99. Ages 8+

MAGSTIX Stack and build and develop fine motor skills with this 41-piece magnetic set from BizyBeez. $69.99. Ages 3+

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*RAINBOW PIANO Inspire young musicians! Piano comes with a sheet music booklet and helps improve fine motor skills and stimulate mental development. $59.99. Ages 6+

*OFFBITS ROBOTS These build-ityourself kits encourage creativity. With this one, build your own robot using upcycled materials! $11.99 to $24.99. Ages 6+

*BOTLEY THE CODING ROBOT It’s never too early to learn about coding! This STEM toy can be programmed by children as young as 5, and it advances as they do. Includes coding cards,

detachable arms, interactive obstacles, coding games, and more. $59.99. Ages 5+

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Products marked with an asterisk* can be found at Knowledge Tree, whom we thank for their assistance in gathering the latest in kids’ toys and gifts.

*CODENAMES PICTURES Your are a secret agent. Your leader can only give oneword clues for your team to figure out which picture is safe for you. Be careful not to uncover the assassin! $19.95. Ages 14+

*JUMBO PLUSH GIRAFFE This 4-foot tall giraffe is perfect for animal lovers — a great companion for your child’s safari or zoo! $79.99. Ages 3+

*PICTOPIA: DISNEY EDITION Family game night: Team up and test your Disney trivia knowledge — and even how well you know each other! $23.99. Ages 7+

*HOGWARTS LEGO SET Your little witch or wizard can create their favorite School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with this Harry Potter Great Hall set. Building LEGO structures assists in learning engineering and physics. $99.99. Ages 9-14

*STEAM POWERED GIRLS: CRYSTAL GARDEN Your budding scientist can learn about chemistry with this crystal-growing experiment, which combines scientific and technical principles to inspire fun and creativity. $18.99. Ages 10+

*SENSORY ROLLERS Stimulate your young child’s senses. The grooves, dips, and curves provide a touchable surface while the chimes inside are calming and pleasing to sensitive ears. $15.99. Ages 6 months+

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*REMOTE CONTROL MACHINES KIT For children who like to take things apart and put them back together. Includes an illustrated instruction manual to guide through building eight models of construction vehicles controlled by a remote. $99.99. Ages 8+

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FAMILY FINANCE

I JUST NEED ONE DOLLAR

Teaching children how to make, use, give, and save money

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“I just need one dollar.” This statement is probably number-one in most households where the thumb-texting, phone-obsessed, typical teenager abides, or even the bubbly little explorer who wants to build himself a souped-up bike for all those bike trails he will discover. When a child says they need a dollar, one question comes to mind: “Do you understand the difference between a need and desire?” In the New York Times bestselling book Poor Dad, Rich Dad, the author contrasts the difference between his two dads. He compares the responses from both dads when the question arises about being able to pay for a desire. The poor dad habitually responds with a statement, “I can’t afford it,” while the rich dad asks the question, “How can I afford it?” One dad seems to close the mind to thinking about ways to accomplish the goal while the other opens the mind to possibilities of how one might go about having enough money to make the desire become a reality.

The mindset of how allows children to think about ways to come up with the money for a desire instead of looking to the parent to supply it for them. Encouraging children to think for themselves, especially in such real-life situations, will cause them to carry problem-solving behavior into adulthood. Three specific questions can help get to the bottom of what the child is asking.

DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NEED AND A DESIRE? Many children truly believe they need a phone, but they can actually live without

them. Here’s some homework for the parent: Take the child’s phone away for three days and see if he is still breathing. Ten times out of ten, he will be breathing. My children understand that needs are for survival purposes while desires are for pleasure purposes. Water, food, clothing, shelter, and knowing they are loved and safe are needs all human beings have. Anything outside of these are pure desires. Sure, shoes are a need, but $150 Nikes are a desire. It is up to us to teach our children the difference.

HAVE YOU BEEN A GOOD STEWARD OVER THE DOLLARS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THUS FAR? Understanding what it means to be a good steward over money may look a little different in each household. In my household, it means budgeting money they have earned. Each child receives money for various reasons, such as chores, consistently taking the initiative to help out when they CONTINUED ON 22

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR THE NEED OR DESIRE? Determining the purpose of the need or desire is easy: Just ask. If it has been determined that the child has not been a good steward over their funds, speak with them one-on-one about what could be done differently to make sure his purpose is accomplished. If it is a matter of a child wanting a toy or a teenager wanting the latest fashion, encourage him to think about how he can accomplish his goal. Motivate goal-setting and speak with him about following through on those goals. Teach him to make it a practice and stick to it. This means he may not go out to eat with friends as often. It is also a good idea to teach them how to budget so they don’t overspend the money they have. This will alleviate the eye-rolling that goes along with saying “no” to a child who consistently asks for money.

“Teaching children to think and care for others above themselves demonstrates how to love their neighbor.” On the other hand, giving is an important part of my faith. Teaching children to think and care for others above themselves demonstrates how to love their neighbor. Again, speaking with each child individually and as a unit to discuss what the child would like to give to others helps foster a rich and genuine concern for someone in need, and children can plainly see that sometimes others have true needs far greater than their own. When my children decide to turn their desire into doing something that is a need for the benefit of another, my thoughts about my decision to give to them changes also. Once we’ve asked these three questions and are consistent about how we deliver the message, children will be more than willing to show us how they have saved for their need or desire. Developing solid habits of being a good steward, determining a need versus a desire, and choosing to care for others are not only good habits for today, but habits that will last a lifetime. Parents can eventually breathe sighs of relief knowing their children are putting lessons in place to reward them today, tomorrow, and for many years to come. Kim Clark is raising a spunky young son and two teenage daughters. She began a homeschool co-op this year, H.I.S. (Help Is Serving) Life School.

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The SNK Press Corps, established in people to become more involved 2000, is dedicated to publishing with the city. “It would be really nice “news for kids, by kids.” Each year the if I could let them in on all of the selected Kid Reporters are knowledge and events that are encouraged to report on topics and happening here,” she says. Kabra is events that interest them at the local, not only looking forward to national, or international level. These educating people on what she loves stories are then published on the SNK about Memphis, but also the Press Corps website and featured in opportunities she will have to meet select issues of Scholastic Classroom with “more people through Magazines, reaching more than 25 interviews.” million students and teachers As a member of the Kid Reporter nationwide. This year’s program program, Kabra can connect with consists of students originating from individuals who have different 10 different countries including the experiences and cultures within United States, Australia, Canada, Memphis and beyond. Kabra has yet China, Czech Republic, India, to meet any of her fellow reporters. Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, and “They are all kind of scattered,” she Thailand. says, “but if I had the opportunity, I The SNK Reporter program came would love to meet some of them.” to the attention of Kabra and her Kabra’s interest in writing stems family through a teacher from her passion for reading, and like recommendation. Knowing that she most members of her generation, wanted to find “exciting news that she found that love in the pages of kids [her] age would like to read,” the Harry Potter series. She first Kabra was immediately interested in encountered the series in 4th grade, applying for a reporter position. The and ever since then, she thought, application process included “Ok, I want to be a writer.” submitting three story ideas, writing The impact of the books around an article about a current event in the world showed her the power of your hometown, and writing a letter reading and writing. “This one series of interest for the job. can cause a whole revolution,” she As a Kid Reporter, Kabra wants to says. Since its final book release in focus her articles on all that Memphis 2007, the Harry Potter series has has to offer for people her age. Over continued to grow in readership and the course of her time with the SNK has led to the creation of numerous Press Corps, she wants to encourage charity/activist organizations based

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“I really love to write; it's a hobby that keeps me happy all the time,” says Aanya Kabra, a 7th-grader at White Station Middle School. Kabra is one of 45 Kid Reporters (aged 10-14) selected this year for the Scholastic News Kids (SNK) Press Corps.

“Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just read and write and create a whole different world?” on the messages of the books. Kabra asks, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just read and write and create a whole different world?” In school, Kabra’s favorite subjects are math and science. While she is passionate about journalism, she does not see it as something she wants to pursue as a career. So, what does she want to be when she grows up? “I want to keep journalism as a frequent hobby,” she says, “but, at the same time, I want to be a cardiologist.” As for cardiology, her interest in the field comes from growing up in and around her father’s office. “My dad is a cardiologist, and I always thought it was really fascinating,” she says. “I want to become like him.” Her other interests include playing the piano and participating in the Girl Scouts. Look for Kabra’s work on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website at kpcnotebook.scholastic.com.


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HEALTH MATTERS

AUTISM MYTHS Sifting fact from opinion with a local researcher By TONYA THOMPSON

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated a rising prevalence of autism in the United States, with 1 in 59 children (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls) identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In Memphis, Dr. Lawrence Reiter’s work in the Department of Neurology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center involves using Drosophila (fruit fly) and human biospecimens (dental pulp stem cells) to understand the molecular mechanisms, such as gene expression and protein changes, associated with ASD. According to Reiter, although we are still far from understanding all of the causes of ASD, recent studies have thoroughly debunked some of the most common myths related to the condition. He encourages parents and caregivers of children with ASD to consider these scientifically rigorous studies while they do their own research online.

Myth 1: Autism is caused by thimerosal-containing vaccines

The CDC has funded or conducted a total of nine studies since 2003 concerning a potential link between vaccines and ASD in children, including thimerosal-containing vaccines, as well as the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. All nine studies found no link. “Without a doubt, the number-one most damaging myth about autism is that it is caused by something in the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine,” says Reiter. “Part of the reason for this is that the onset of symptoms for autism is only obvious in children after about age 3. That is exactly when these kids also start getting vaccinated so they can eventually attend kindergarten.” Reiter says that in addition to the multiple studies disproving this link, thimerosal is no longer used in vaccines, yet the incidence of ASD continues CONTINUED ON 30

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to rise. “Unlike emotional arguments,” he says, “there is no pro and con to this. There is only data proving thimerosal is not associated with ASD, and that not vaccinating your child will harm other children by exposing your child and others to dangerous viruses like polio, measles, and other diseases, which have been decreasing in prevalence for the past 50 years but are now on the rise again due to misinformation to parents.”

Myth 2: ASD is a single type of behavior

“Perhaps the number-one problem with the ASD label is that it is thought to be a single type of behavior,” says Reiter. “In fact, the name itself implies a spectrum of behavior.” He notes that no two children with ASD will be exactly alike, even if they are identical twins. The commonality shared by children with ASD is often repetitive actions and social communication issues, such as not being able to read a person's mood or know when you are bothering someone. Reiter also points out that some individuals with ASD can communicate quite well but are rigid in their insistence on sameness. On the

other hand, some children don't speak at all, while still others find it difficult to empathize. The scope of personality differences ranges, just as it does with children without ASD.

Myth 3: ASD is mental retardation or intellectual disability

“It is important to realize that ASD is not mental retardation or intellectual disability,” says Reiter. As mentioned earlier, some individuals with ASD can be very intelligent but feel trapped by their repetitive behaviors. Changing the stigma associated with the abilities or limitations of those with ASD is an important step in reversing this myth. The good news is — this is happening. “Recently I saw an episode of 60 Minutes about companies who are adjusting their hiring practices, and even their interview process, to attract more autistic individuals,” Reiter says. “They feel that [people with ASD] often contribute to problem-solving in ways that their other employees do not.” •

“Changing the stigma associated with the abilities or limitations of those with ASD is an important step in reversing this myth.”

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PEDIATRIC SURGERY

Andrew M. Davidoff, MD St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Department of Surgery Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 133 Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-4060 Neuroblastoma, Cancer Surgery James W. Eubanks III, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists 51 N. Dunlap St., Suite 235 Memphis, TN 38105 901-287-6031 Minimally Invasive Surgery, Chest Wall Deformities, Pediatric Cancers, Trauma Max R. Langham Jr., MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists 49 N. Dunlap St., Floor 2 Memphis, TN 38105 901-287-6031 Transplant-Liver, Congenital Anomalies, Liver Cancer, Wilms’ Tumor

PEDIATRIC UROLOGY

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists 511 N. Dunlap St., Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38120 901-287-7337 Neurogenic Bladder, Wilms’ Tumor Gerald R. Jerkins, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists 1920 Kirby Parkway, Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38138 901-287-7337 Urinary Reconstruction, Neurogenic Bladder

PEDIATRICS

Stephen T. Bauch, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Memphis Children’s Clinic 3155 Kirby Whitten Rd. Bartlett, TN 38134 901-379-0092 Janet D. Geiger, MD Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital River City Pediatrics 6401 Poplar Ave., Suite 610 Memphis, TN 38119 901-761-1280 Timothy G. Gillespie, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women Memphis Children’s Clinic 1129 Hale Rd. Memphis, TN 38116 901-396-0390

Charles C. Hanson, MD Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women Laurelwood Pediatrics 5050 Sanderlin Ave. Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-9371 Scott M. Kloek, MD Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Memphis Children’s Clinic 7705 Poplar Ave., Suite 230 Germantown, TN 36138 901-755-2400 Chris L. Mathis, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Pediatric Consultants 6215 Humphreys Blvd., Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38120 901-821-9990 Deborah D. Nelson, MD Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists 51 N Dunlap St., Suite 100 Memphis, TN 38105 901-287-7337 Ellen J. Stecker, MD Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital River City Pediatrics 6401 Poplar Ave., Suite 610 Memphis, TN 38119 901-761-1280


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Hours Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Noon - 5 p.m. Cost

$6 Adults $5 Seniors $5 Children

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NOVEMBER CALENDAR

By MEENA VISWANATHAN

5 ∙ MONDAY

VIDA Y ARTE FAMILY DAY DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17.

Inspired by the exhibit Taller de Grafica Popular: Vida y Arte, families learn about Mexican works of art, take part in handson activities, and enjoy live music.

Free. 761-5250.

1 ∙ THURSDAY

Sprouts. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Interactive program for toddlers encourages creative play. $8. Reservations required. 761-5250. Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210.

2 ∙ FRIDAY

First Friday Fun. Westminster Academy. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 years. This Mommy and Me series featuring stories, songs, and crafts. Free and open to the public. 380-9192.

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Mom and Baby Yoga. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. On select Fridays (Nov. 2, 16, & 30), 10-11 a.m. Geared for children ages one and under. Free. 227-9558. Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace. The Pipkin Building. Through November 4. Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday is Girls Night Out (GNO) featuring live music, jewelry pull, photo booth, and more. Sweet Saturday is for shopping for this season’s gifts. Santa Sunday is for pictures with Santa. GNO admission, $35. Advance discounts available. Saturday & Sunday: $10. Call 452-2151 for tickets.

3 ∙ SATURDAY

Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250.

India Fest 2018: “Ancient History & Culture.” The Agricenter. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Engage in Indian culture and heritage through interactive demos and games, shop for jewelry, apparel and accessories, and savor authentic food from all parts of India. $5/adult. $1/ child (ages 5-12). Free for children under 5. Kids are 32

encouraged to bring two or more food cans for a free entry. Benefits Mid-South Food Bank. Go to indiafestmemphis.org for details. Chucalissa Family Days. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. On select Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Programs and craft activities change weekly. Nov. 3 - Native American/Coloring Books. Nov. 10 - Mystery Box/Beading. Nov. 17 - Prehistoric Sports & Hunting/ Pottery. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 785-3160. Magic Carpet Explores Ukrainian Lullabies and Lore with Kurbasy. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. 10 a.m. Ages 2-8. This Eastern European vocal ensemble shares folk harmonies and lullabies from the Slavic region. $5/child. Free to adults. 537-1483. Folding Fun Saturdays. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Folding Fun table and learn a new origami fold, explore plants that make paper, try your hand at a paper airplane, and tour Origami in the Garden exhibit. Free with admission. 636-4100. Magevney House Tour. Magevney House. 1-4 p.m. Visit the oldest home in the city constructed circa 1837 and considered the “cradle of Catholicism” in Memphis. Free. 523-1484. Pinocchio. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC). 2:30 p.m. Panto Company USA brings to life the classic story of a wooden boy carved by his “mother” Dame Gina Geppetto. $15/adult. $10/ child. Reservations required. 385-6440.

4 ∙ SUNDAY

Family Tinsmithing: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. Metal Museum. 2-3 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. Celebrate the Day of the Dead creating your very own tin Nicho. $30 per family (up to 5). Reservations required. 774-6380.

Tea & Toddlers. Universal Parenting Place (UPP) @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Mondays (Nov. 5 & 26), from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

6 ∙ TUESDAY

Caterpillar Club: Shapes in the Garden. MBG. On select Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Nov. 6 & 7, 20 & 21), 10-11 a.m. Choose Tuesday or Wednesday session. 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 preregister and pre-pay by noon the day before class.

7 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Meets Wednesdays (except Nov. 21) from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Free. 227-9558.

10 ∙ SATURDAY

Art on the Move. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families will hop on the Double Decker Bus and visit art galleries at the Morton Museum, Collierville Town Hall, and Collierville Burch Library. Enjoy craft activities and artist demos at the museum. Free. 457-2650.

Drop-in Program: Music + Activism = Craftivism with Memphis College of Art. Crosstown Arts. Noon until 2 p.m. Drop-in program recognizes the power we have in our hands. Craft items provided. Free. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

14 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Music for Aardvarks. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Wednesdays (Nov. 14 & 28), from noon until 1 p.m. Early Childhood Music Class. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Mini Metalsmiths: Chasing and Repousse. Metal Museum. 3:45-4:45 p.m. Children ages 3-6 learn how to create surface texture in foil using their hands. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380.

16 ∙ FRIDAY

Zoo Lights. Memphis Zoo. Through December 30. Select nights, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Features snow in the courtyard, 90-foot LED Ferris Wheel, and Memphis’ only outdoor ice skating rink. $9/person. Ice skating is $6/person, open daily and nightly. Ferris Wheel is $5/ride. 333-6500.

Wild Things Campfire Party. MBG. 6-8 p.m. Go on a nocturnal hike and make a take-home craft. Enjoy Where the Wild Things Are theater performance by Hutchison School. $15. Hot dogs, s’mores, and cider provided. Reservations required. 636-4100.

17 ∙ SATURDAY

Santa Landing. Memphis Pink Palace Museum.


Santa is flown in by Pedi-flite helicopter and lands on the front lawn of Pink Palace Museum to kick off the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. Free and open to the public. Exhibit admission is $6/adult and $5/child. Visit lebonheur.org/enchantedforest for details. Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees Exhibit. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Through December 31. Memphis holiday tradition features animated characters, model trains, and dozens of decorated gingerbread houses and trees. $6/adult. $5/child ages 3-12. Benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Go to lebonheur.org/enchantedforest for details.

Infinitus. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. 10 a.m. Pre-show activities begin at 9 a.m. Part of Saturday Series, this beatboxing string trio performance features classical music, original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions. $15/person. 5253000. Vida y Arte Family Day. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Inspired by the exhibit Taller de Grafica Popular: Vida y Arte, families learn about Mexican works of art, take part in hands-on activities, and enjoy live music. Free. 761-5250.

22 ∙ THURSDAY

Starry Nights. Shelby Farms Park. Through December 28. Sunday through Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Drive or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through twinkling lights and holiday displays. Visit with Santa at Mistletoe Village, create a custom plush friend in a special Build-A-Bear Workshop, and shop for holiday gifts. $20/car. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. 222-7275.

Wrapped with Love, for the Kids at St. Jude. Malco Theatres. Through December 25. Purchase a handmade film bow to raise funds for the children at St. Jude. $1/bow. Go to malco.com.for details.

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Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Saturday, November 17. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-8 tap and clap to the beat of The Hot Foot Honeys. $8/child. Includes up to two adults. Reservations recommended. 751-7500.

27 ∙ TUESDAY

23 ∙ FRIDAY

Holiday Wonders at the Garden. MBG. Through December 30. Select nights, 5:30-8:30 p.m. This year’s holiday celebration features three attractions for families to enjoy. Go to memphisbotanicgarden. com/wonders for details.

LES MISERABLES

The Orpheum. November 27 through December 2. Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cameron Mackintosh brings this new production featuring songs including “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and more. $25-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

30 ∙ FRIDAY

A Christmas Carol. Theatre Memphis. Through December 23. 7 p.m. Matinees at 3 p.m. Don’t miss the 41st annual production of A Christmas Carol, presented by ShoWagon. $35/adult. $15/child. Reservations required. 682-8323.

It’s a Wonderful Life. Germantown Community Theatre. Through December 9, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with this classic performed by an all student cast! $20/adult. $15/ child. Reservations recommended. 453-7447.

DECEMBER CALENDAR NUTCRACKER GPAC.

December 15, 6 p.m., December 16, 2:30 p.m. Features children and Tennessee Ballet Theater professionals, handmade costumes, and beautiful scenery.

$31. 751-7500. 1 ∙ SATURDAY

Breakfast with Santa. Shelby Farms Park. 9-11 a.m. Features holiday arts and crafts, a special holiday story, breakfast, and a picture with Santa. $35/adultchild pair. $60/Family Four Pack. $18 per additional

person. Reservations required. 222-7266. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250.

Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Select Saturdays, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Programs and craft activities change weekly. Dec. 1 - Stone Tools & Weapons/Talking Sticks. Dec. 8 - Trash Talks/Snake Painting. Dec. 15 - Native American Music/Coloring Books. Dec. 22 - Mystery Box/Beading. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210. Magevney House Tour. Magevney House. 1-4 p.m. Free. 523-1484. Roudnev Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. 6 p.m. Also on Sunday, December 2, 2 p.m. Roudnev Youth Ballet presents a traditional interpretation of this timeless tale. Tickets start at $25. 537-1483. Season of Wonder. GPAC. 7:30-9:30 p.m. IRIS Orchestra presents this celebration of the holiday

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Christmas Spotlight Saturday. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a holidaythemed movie with snacks and crafts at the PJ party. Free. 457-2650.

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season with University of Memphis Chorus. $40-$65. Reservations recommended. 751-7669.

2 ∙ SUNDAY

Holiday Open House. Metal Museum. Noon until 4 p.m. Design your own cookie cutter, make an ornament from cast pewter, enjoy holiday-themed treats, and browse through the handcrafted gifts in the Museum Store. Hot chocolate, spiced cider, and s’mores by the fire pit! Free. 774-6380. Family Metalsmithing: Festive Cookie Cutters. Metal Museum. Noon until 4 p.m. p.m. Families create their own cookie cutter using pliers and cutters to bend strips of aluminum into festive shapes. $30 per family (up to 5). Reservations required. 774-6380.

3 ∙ MONDAY

Tea & Toddlers. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Select Mondays (Dec. 3, 10, & 17), from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@ christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

4 ∙ TUESDAY

Mini Masters. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Parent-toddler workshop. $8/child. Call 761-5250 to pre-register and pre-pay by noon the day before class.

5 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Sselect Wednesdays (Dec. 5, 12, & 19), from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Free. 227-9558.

Music for Aardvarks. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Select Wednesdays (December 5 & 19), from noon until 1 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany. hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

Germantown Community Chorus, Memphis ChoralArts, and Houston and Germantown High School Choruses. Call 751-7500 for tickets.

9 ∙ SUNDAY

A Service of Lessons and Carols. St. John’s Episcopal Church. 4-5:15 p.m. Organ and Brass Prelude at 3:40 p.m. The Memphis BoyChoir and Memphis GirlChoir share the story of Christ’s arrival in festive music and scripture. Free. Nursery available. 323-8597.

11 ∙ TUESDAY

The Madonna Learning Center - Sharing the Light. GPAC. Also on Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m. Everyone has a special gift to give during the holiday season, and the students of Madonna Learning Center are using this performance as their gift to the community. 751-7500.

12 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Mini Founders: Cast Relief Tiles. Metal Museum. 3:45-4:45 p.m. Children ages 3-6 create wet sand relief molds and then cast the designs in plaster. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380.

14 ∙ FRIDAY

Mom and Baby Yoga. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. 10-11 a.m. For children ages 1 and under. Free. 227-9558.

A Victorian Holiday with Opera Memphis. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Also on Saturday, December 15, 7-10 p.m. A Victorian Holiday features carols by Opera Memphis, parlor games, dancing, and festive drinks. $25. Reservations required. 202-4533.

School of Music Holiday Concert. Harris Concert Hall @ University of Memphis. 12:30 p.m. Performances feature old favorites and some new, original works by student ensembles. Free. 678-2541.

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The Orpheum. December 15. Three shows: 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. A beloved TV classic is coming to the stage. $25-$55. Call 525-3000 for tickets. Children’s Ballet Theater presents Nutcracker. GPAC. 6 p.m. Also on Sunday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. Features children and Tennessee Ballet Theater professionals, handmade costumes, and beautiful scenery. $31. 751-7500.

16 ∙ SUNDAY

A Service of Lessons and Carols. Emmanuel Center of Memphis. 3-4:15 p.m. The Memphis BoyChoir and Memphis GirlChoir share the story of Christ’s arrival in festive music and scripture. Free. 323-8597.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. The Orpheum. 6:30 p.m. Celebrates the group’s 30th anniversary since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the Fresh Aire album and includes multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. $44-$94. Call 525-3000 for tickets.  

21 ∙ FRIDAY

6 ∙ THURSDAY

Sprouts. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. $8. Reservations required. 761-5250.

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7 ∙ FRIDAY

First Friday Fun. Westminster Academy. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 years. Mommy and Me series featuring stories, songs, and crafts. Free and open to the public. 380-9192.

PB & Jammies. GPAC. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jump into your jammies and join for holiday classics with Farmer Jason. Arrive early for winter-themed crafts and stay after for a sweet bedtime treat. $8/child. Includes up to two adults. 751-7500. Ballet Memphis presents Nutcracker. The Orpheum. Through December 9. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. This holiday classic features more than 100 dancers and beautiful sets. $10-$78. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

8 ∙ SATURDAY

Germantown Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Holiday Concert. GPAC. 7 p.m. The GSO performs holiday favorites with combined choruses including the

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The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. December 14 through December 16. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. This 16th annual production of New Ballet Ensemble features live flamenco, hip-hop, classical ballet, African drumming, and even some Booker T & The M.G.’s inspiring the dancers on stage. $20-$45. Call 576-1200 for tickets.

15 ∙ SATURDAY

Christmas in Soulsville. Stax Museum. 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate the holidays by making ornaments and gifts for your family, then dance to the instrumentals of Booker T & the M.G.s in Studio A. Free. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

D R E W & E L L I E H O LCO M B ’ S N E I G H B O R LY C H R I S TM A S

The Orpheum. December 21. 8 p.m. Includes original holiday tunes and Holcomb’s favorite numbers like “Fire & Dynamite,” “Live Forever,” and “Fight for Love.” $34.50-$74.50. 525-3000.


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NOVEMBER & DECEMBER EVENTS ONGOING EVENTS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

Memphis Botanic Garden. Origami at the Garden. Through March 24. 6364100. The Pink Palace Museum. The Pink Palace Mansion reopens December 8. The renovated mansion exhibits will include Piggly Wiggly Store model, Old Country Store, Clyde Park Miniature Circus, and the Polar Bear. Remembering the Dream, Connections Exhibit 2018. Through January 27. 6362362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. America’s Musical Journey 3D. Through November 16. Journey to the South Pacific 3D. Through November 16. Dream Big 3D. Through November 16. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Seasonal Stargazing. Ongoing. Perfect Little Planet. Until further notice. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362. Lichterman Nature Center. Annual Scarecrow Display. Through November 16. 636-2211.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Nov. 1 & Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register.

Mid-Day Mindfulness in Motion Yoga. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Select Fridays (Nov. 2 & 16 and Dec. 7 & 14), noon-1 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Nov. 3 & 7 and Dec. 1 & 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Call 2265764 to register. African Family Drum Circle. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. Select Tuesdays (Nov. 6 & 20 and Dec. 4 & 18), 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871. Kaleidoscope Club. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-9. $8. Snack provided. Call 761-5250 to register.

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Theatre Memphis. November 30 through December 23. 7 p.m. Matinees at 3 p.m. Don’t miss the 41st annual production of A Christmas Carol, presented by ShoWagon. $35/adult. $15/child. Reservations required. 682-8323.

Mid-South Autism Conference. University of Memphis Holiday Inn. November 8 & 9, 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Join for speakers, connecting with others in the autism community, and visiting exhibitors from around the country. Transformations Autism Treatment Center hosts a dinner and silent auction on Thursday night featuring stand-up comedy by Michael McCreary. Go to midsouthautismconference.com to register or call 379-8827.

Dynamic Dads Workshop. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, November 10, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Registration required. 227-9873. Jewish Cooking Series. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Thursday, November 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Church Health and Temple Israel co-host this program to foster community, understanding, and intergenerational connections among young adults. $15. Reservations required.

Expectant Parents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Nov. 10 and Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-noon. $30. Call 226-5764 to register.

Kids in the Garden: Walking in a Woodland Wonderland. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 7-10 explore the wonders of the forest. $15. Snacks and tools included. Reservations: 761-5250.

Cast Pewter Ornament Workshop. Metal Museum. Sunday, December 2, 1-4 p.m. Create your own ornaments using pewter casting. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. Performing Arts Workshop: Acting the Monologue. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. December 20 & 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Grades 7-12 improve acting skills in voice, auditioning, character, and script analysis by working on a monologue. $25. Email eduaction@ orpheum-memphis.com for details. 

Saturday Sketch. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Nov. 10 & Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m. Ages 15 and up. Free with admission. 761-5250. Youth Makers Guild Workshops. Metal Museum. Thursday, November 10 – Junior Sculptors (ages 7-10): Harris Sorrelle Figure Sculptures, 10 a.m. until noon. Young Founders (ages 10-14): Cast Pewter Belt Buckles, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $15/project. Saturday, December 8 – Junior Toymakers: Textured Climbing Toys, 10 a.m. until noon. $10/ project. Young Toymakers: Kinetic Copper Cars, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $15/ project. Reservations required. 7746380.

Broadway 101: Les Miserables. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Thursday, November 29, 4:30 p.m. Grades 7-12 learn music or choreography from cast members performing in the touring Broadway shows. $70. Registration closes at noon on Thursday, Dec. 15. 529-4242.

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Metal Museum. Saturday, November 24 – Art Tile, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make your own custom art tile outdoors, while supplies last. Mold sales stop at 1:15 p.m. $20/project. Saturday, December 29 – Multiple Link Jewelry. Two sessions offered, 10 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m. $10/project. Reservations required. 774-6380.

Home School Days. MBG. November 7: Power of Paper. December 5: Ecoornaments. Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up join for a handson learning experience. $5. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4100 to register and pre-pay. Home School Day. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in art studio, guided tours, and gallery activities. Free. 544-6200.


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Music of the Knights. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. Spot-On Entertainment presents this musical celebration of three of Britain’s legendary songwriters – Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney. $45. 525-3000. Harry Connick Jr. - A New Orleans Tricentennial. The Orpheum. Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. Join Harry and his band as they toast to New Orleans’300th birthday and perform a selection of holiday favorites. $49.50-$175. 525-3000.

A I N ’ T M I S B E H AV I N ’

Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, November 17, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Tony award-winning musical takes you on a journey through the Fats Waller songbook and Harlem in its heyday. $35. 525-3000.

FUND-RAISERS

Holiday Heroes. Memphis and surrounding areas. November 1 through December 14. Youth Villages is looking for Holiday Heroes for more than 1,400 children who are receiving care in Tennessee. A $100 donation covers a child’s complete holiday wish list. Any donation amount is welcome. Visit youthvillages.org/ holidayheroes for details.

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2nd Annual Party on the Plaza. Crosstown Concourse. Friday, November 2, 7-10 p.m. The Black Jacket Symphony headlines, recreating hits from The Rolling Stones. Enjoy dishes from area restaurants, local libations, and a wine pull. Benefits Church Health. Contact Katie Bailey at 701-2150 for tickets.

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Agape HeartLight: Love Mercy featuring Dr. Tony Evans. Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event explores what it means to “Love Mercy” and support families in need in Memphis’ most under-resourced neighborhoods. $25/person. 323-3600. Holiday Market. Madonna Learning Center. Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mid-South vendors will join the Adult Program Trainees as they sell handmade items. 752-5767. The Art of Dinner: “Italian Thanksgiving.” Church Health Nutrition Hub. Friday, November 16, 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.

Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K Run/ Walk. Shelby Farms Park. Thursday, November 22, 9-10:20 a.m. Every participant receives a medal and a cinnamon roll at the finish line! Go to tennesseeruns.com/ memphishungryturkey5k for details. Give a Damn: It’s #Giving Tuesday. Stax Museum. Tuesday, November 27, 1-5 p.m. Chat with Stax Music Academy alumni and learn about the impact Stax has had in their lives. Bring two canned goods to secure a seat to annual holiday concert and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Stax holiday gift basket. Free. Visit staxmuseum.com/category/ events/community/ for details.  Holiday Artists Market. Crosstown Concourse. November 23-December 23. The 25th annual Holiday Artists Market hosted by Memphis Arts Collective. Church Health holds a silent auction on opening Black Friday night. Free. Portion of proceeds benefit Church Health. Visit memphisartscollective.com for details.  Buffaglo Run 5K. Shelby Farms Park. Saturday, December 29, 6-8 p.m. Ready, Set, Glow! Experience the park after dark in this new race through the lights of Starry Nights. $25. All runners receive a long-sleeved, glow-in-thedark shirt. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Reservations required. Go to buffaglo5k.racesonline.com to register. 

AUDITIONS

“Dream To Dance” Scholarship Auditions. Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company. Saturday,

November 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up. Auditioning students participate in various dance technique classes as a part of the overall process. Full and partial scholarships awarded on the spot. Free. Go to showclix.com/event/ dreamtodance18 to register.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES

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 2-8. Nov. 3 & 6: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Nov. 10 & 13: Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Nov. 17 & 20: Bear Says Thanks. Nov. 24 & 27: Mickey Mouse Goes Christmas Shopping. Dec. 1 & 4: How to Catch a Snowman. . Polar Express Story Time. Friday, December 7, 7-7:30 p.m. (check website to confirm time). Read the classic Christmas story followed by activity. Free.

UKRAINE’S KURBASY

Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Saturday, November 3, 8 p.m. This Eastern European vocal ensemble explores Ukraine’s rich trove of song cycles, lullabies, and legends. $28/adult. $25/child. 537-1483.

An Evening with Post Modern Jukebox. The Orpheum. Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. The band is on the road again this fall with their Back in Black & White Tour. $39.50-$69.50. 525-3000. Ain’t Misbehavin.’ Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, November 17, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Tony award-winning musical takes you on a journey through the Fats Waller songbook and Harlem in its heyday. $35. 525-3000.

Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650 Select Fridays (Nov. 9 & 16 and Dec. 7, 14, 21, & 28), 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free. Story Time with Santa. Friday, November 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 5 and under enjoy story time and pictures with Santa. Free. Candy Canes and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus. Thursday, December 20, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and under join Mrs. Claus for a special story time. Free.


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