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Your guide to music, theater, kid stuff and lots more. A fond farewell from this month’s issue of the magazine.

On the Cover The Pinnes — Alissa, Emerson and Chad — are a happy group. But it took them several years and lots of heartache to become the family they are.

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G’town Festival Promises Loads of Fun Annual showcase set, as always, for the weekend after Labor Day. by Frank P. Lamana Sr.

Arts Center at 1801 Exeter Road. Aside from the numerous vendors and community attractions, the annual “Running of the Weenies” dachshund race on ermantown Festival CommitSaturday, Sept. 7, is a must-see. tee members invite everyone out This year’s race is getting the added for the 42nd annual Germantown bonus of an honorary weenie dog master Festival from Sept. 7-8. similar to the duck masters at The Peabody Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on SaturHotel. day and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Eli Cato, who has attended for years Germantown Civic Club Complex, 7745 and helped out on many occasions, will Poplar Pike. serve as an emcee while the pooches’ More than 400 local and national arts owners and trainers urge them in their and crafts vendors will be on hand, along Visitors check out vintage cars at a previous stubby-legged dash to the finish line at the with food, games, kiddie rides, live enterfestival. Photo courtesy of Frank P. Lamana Sr. Germantown Show Horse Arena. (Read tainers, car exhibitors and other attractions. more about the weenie race below.) The festival will take place rain or shine. Fristick urges citizens to get involved, and the sooner the “It’s not just a kiddie event and it’s not just a mom shopping better, as time is running out. event — it’s more like a country fair that’s kind of grown up,” “Germantown Festival is always looking for new vendors says event coordinator Melba Fristick. and entries in the Weenie Race, so alert all your arts-and-crafty Each year more than 50,000 people attend the event presentfriends and start training those racing dachshunds now,” she ed by the nonprofit Germantown Festival Association, ranking says. it among the largest festivals in the Mid-South. It’s also one of All proceeds from the annual festival are used to fund the longest-running. college scholarships and for grants to other community Admission and shuttle services are free and parking is availorganizations. For more information, call Fristick at 901-757able in Union University’s regional education center parking 9212 or visit germantownfest.com. lot at 2745 Hacks Cross Road and the Germantown Performing Community contributor

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IN Brief Hot Diggity! See Spot Run During Annual Weenie Dog Race.

One of the Germantown Festival’s most well-known attractions is “The Running of the Weenies Dachshund Race and Costume Contest” on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m at the Germantown Civic Club Complex off Poplar Pike. The event is limited to 100 weiner dogs that are divided into groups of 10 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena on the complex grounds. The winner of each doggie dash is placed in a runoff championship at the end. Cash prizes benefit the Germantown Animal Shelter or the charity of the winners’ choice. —Lindsay Jones Photo courtesy of Frank P. Lamana Sr.

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A recent graduate of Mississippi State University, Alina Lesniak is the new animal services manager at the Germantown Animal Shelter. She began the position on June 3. “I came from a private boarding facility in Alina Lesniak has a bachelor’s degree in Northeast Mississippi, animal and dairy science. so I have quite a bit of Photo courtesy of Alina Lesniak experience with things like that,” she says. Although her duties vary from bottle feeding kittens to fundraising and going out on animal control calls, Lesniak’s biggest priority right now is creating awareness for the shelter off Southern Avenue and getting animals adopted. Last year, the shelter impounded 360 animals, the majority of which were dogs.

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Tiny Girl Lights Up Parents’ Lives After struggling with infertility, mom and dad finally conceive ‘miracle’ baby. by Alissa Pinne Community contributor

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hen my husband, Chad, and I first moved to Germantown six years ago, we couldn’t wait to start a family. I had just signed on to teach third grade at Collierville Elementary School, and Chad had transferred to Memphis with ServiceMaster when the company’s headquarters moved from Chicago. We were beginning a new, exciting life together in the MidSouth, we had known each other since high school, and we were ready to have a baby. In 2008, when I was 29 years old, we started trying to conceive. For me, getting pregnant wasn’t the problem — but staying pregnant became a huge issue. We would conceive and even hear the baby’s heartbeat, but around nine or 10 weeks during the pregnancy we would lose the baby. Then I would go through a painful surgical procedure called a D&C (dilation and curettage), where the doctor basically opened up my cervix and removed the failed pregnancy. Then we’d start all over trying to conceive again. It was heartbreaking. After my second miscarriage, I felt devastated and wanted answers. Blood work done through my OB/GYN’s office showed that I had two blood-clotting disorders, plus another disorder that didn’t allow my body to metabolize folic acid properly. I took medications to treat these problems but then suffered a third miscarriage. After that, I was referred to Dr. William Kutteh at Fertility Associates of Memphis. We met with him, discussed my issues, and completed a comprehensive fertility evaluation. In addition to my other disorders, he discovered through an ultrasound that I had something called a septate uterus, a malformation that kept causing my miscarriages. To my surprise, Dr. Kutteh could easily remove my uterine septum with a relatively simple outpatient procedure. In early 2010, Dr. Kutteh performed this surgery, establishing a blood-rich uterine surface for my future baby to implant on as an embryo. By November, I was pregnant for the fourth

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This is Emerson Pinne in August 2011 when she was just 2 weeks old. Photo courtesy of the Pinne family

time. Dr. Kutteh continued to check my blood levels and blood thinners throughout my pregnancy, along with care I received from my regular OB/GYN.

For me, getting pregnant wasn’t the problem, but staying pregnant became a huge issue. This time my baby went to term and I delivered a beautiful, healthy girl. Our daughter, Emerson, was born in August 2011, and this month she turns 2 years old. To have my sweet miracle baby is a dream come true. She has been such a blessing and has added so much joy to our lives. Since I still teach at Collierville Elementary, I have the entire summer off to spend full time with Emerson, watch her learn new things, and even hear her begin to talk in sentences.


world, in God’s time; Oh, but no one knows, Not you or me, It might be tomorrow or it might never be; Oh, but don’t lose faith, Put it in His hands, ’Cause it might be that He might have a bigger plan, Than you had in mind; Miracles happen, in God’s time.” The truth is that, like me, many have to travel the difficult journey of infertility, and there’s not much you can do to prepare yourself for it. It’s like a roller coaster ride that can create emotions ranging from sadness to anger to frustration to feeling overwhelmed to a sense of helplessness.

Going through infertility and suffering numerous miscarriages was one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. In the United States, 15 percent of all couples will face fertility issues, and many will be diagnosed with a reproductive disorder (infertility is normally diagnosed when a couple can’t get pregnant after one year of trying). Thankfully, the vast majority of couples struggling with infertility or recurrent pregnancy losses are ultimately able to have children; it just may take specialized treatments to make this happen.

Hidden no more I’ll always cherish this time I have with her.

The emotional side of infertility Going through infertility and suffering numerous miscarriages was one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. I remember people trying to comfort me, saying how “things happen for a reason” or “miscarriages are so common” or “just relax, and you’ll get pregnant!” Folks mean well when they say those sorts of things, but when you are grieving and experiencing the loss of a baby, even well-meaning words can sting. You want to believe and hang on to hope, praying that things will turn around someday, but it’s a frustrating road full of disappointment, sadness and doubt. You start wondering if you’ll ever have a family. At the time, I was grasping for anything to bring me comfort and make sense. I remember country music singer Randy Houser released a song titled “In God’s Time” in April 2011 while I was pregnant with Emerson. There’s a verse and chorus toward the end of the song that spoke to me, and I listened to that song over and over. I still reflect on it today as a reminder that things have a way of working out in their own time. It goes: “And in God’s time, You’ll finally get the chance to hold your baby girl, And all the sudden everything’ll make sense in this crazy

In the past, it seemed as if people didn’t talk openly about fertility-related issues. Infertility is a very personal matter, so some may hesitate to share their emotional experiences. But when no one talks about something that you’re struggling with, it can feel like you’re the only one. I believe this is starting to change for the better. From my friends and family to the mainstream media and even celebrities (think Kim Kardashian, Celine Dion, Nicole Kidman and the list goes on), couples feel much more comfortable discussing their infertility more publicly today. Plus, reaching out for support can help get you through difficult moments. I now understand just how important it is to open up and share these infertility stories. Chad and I found the most comfort in talking with others who had gone through similar experiences and understood our frustrations. Infertility can lead you on a sad, lonely journey, but we made the decision to shed more light on infertility and help others, letting them know that their feelings are normal. Plus, we believe it’s important to help boost public understanding. After all, with infertility affecting one in eight couples, chances are you already know many people who have struggled.

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This group of pictures shows the Pinne family’s journey from pregnancy in 2011 to now. They tried unsuccessfully to have a child for years and finally found their answer in fertility treatments. Photos courtesy of Alissa Pinne

Continued from previous page I knew I was in good hands and being given the best care possible. The other doctors at the practice, Dr. Raymond Ke and Dr. Paul Brezina, are impressive, too, and bring their own areas of infertility expertise to the practice.

To have my sweet miracle baby is a dream come true. She has been such a blessing and has added so much joy to our lives. Many consider Dr. Kutteh an international expert in recurrent pregnancy loss, and he has done mountains of research on the topic. He and Dr. Brezina, the practice’s new associate who was recruited from Johns Hopkins last year, were invited to speak in May at the general OB/GYN national meeting in New Orleans, where they taught physicians across the country cutting edge treatments for recurrent pregnancy loss. How amazing is it that we have that level of expertise in our own backyard, here in Memphis? The practice recently marked its 5,000th baby born, a remarkable milestone. Earlier this spring, on May 18, my family and I attended the practice’s highly anticipated Miracle Baby Party, a special celebration held every other year around Mother’s Day for all families that have been helped by the doctors and staff at Fertility Associates of Memphis. It took my breath away to see so many children and parents enjoying a sunny afternoon together, celebrating their families together. My husband and I haven’t ruled out trying to have another baby in the near future, but for now we’re relishing each moment and enjoying life with our toddler. We finally have the baby we wanted so badly, and we’re thankful every day. Miracles do happen. To see some photos from the Miracle Baby event, please turn to Page 25. Tell us what you

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Jo Gilbert is executive director of the Madonna Learning Center, a private, independent school for children and adults with disabilities. Here, the former special ed teacher talks about her hopes for the facility along Poplar Avenue. Photo courtesy of the Madonna Center

Madonna Center Then and Now by Lindsay Jones Editor

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I understand that you’ve been involved with the Madonna Learning Center for many years. How did that come about? My brother, Jack, was in the first class that graduated from Madonna. The center was started in 1969 by three [Catholic] sisters and a core group of families who wanted to find a Catholic education for their children. So they went to the bishop and the bishop put out a call and three sisters from St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Ind., came here and started up the school. The actual school started at the location of St. Peter’s Home for Children [in Midtown Memphis] and then they moved over to St. James Catholic Church on Leroy Avenue. And then in 1996 they moved here and purchased this property. They changed the name from Madonna Day School to Madonna Learning Center because a lot of people thought it was a daycare.


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What is your brother doing now? He is working at Kroger as a sacker. He used to work for Seessel’s before it was sold to [Schnucks and then] Kroger. He drives a car and is working as independently as possible.

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What is his condition? Down syndrome. He has the mild case, which is mosaic.

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What are your plans for the school? Our hopes and dreams for the future are to add a preschool classroom, a gym and a larger facility to increase the capacity for our adult program, which serves students 18 years and older. These trainees work on vocational education and independent living skills. We would love to renovate the existing building.

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I noticed in your literature that you’re looking to create an endowment for students who can’t afford the regular tuition. Please talk about that. We have a Sister Mary Mark Endowment Fund and we hope to built it to help with scholarships. We have to come up with the other half of [each student’s] tuition through donations and fundraising efforts throughout the year. (Note: Tuition per student is almost $12,000 a year at Madonna.)

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So tuition is already discounted. Why is it so expensive? We have a really low teacher-pupil ratio. It is important for us to have that small ratio for success. Programming and staff salaries make up the highest costs in providing necessary services to our students. However, our staff receives a lower salary than the unified county school system and most other private schools. [At the same time], our teacher turnover rate is low. The teachers love what they do and are rewarded by working with the children. The students receive services such as speech and occupational therapy necessary for growth. These services add to the costs.

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How do you prepare students for the real world? We are out in the community often. We have a lot of field trips and welcome other schools to participate in activities on our campus. The adult program is in the community shopping and working every week. They participate in onsite and off-site job training. The trainees plan, shop and prepare their lunches daily. ... We are expanding our vocational piece for the fall to include job coaching from the business community.

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Do you have previous students come in and help the current students? Our plan for next year is to have former students return to help our trainees in job preparation and

Amy Burgus tackles her schoolwork. Photo courtesy of the Madonna Center

A speech therapist helps a student with language skills. Photo courtesy of the Madonna Center

sustainability through shared communication about their experiences in the workplace. We have previous graduates employed at the school as well. ... Madonna Learning Center strives to educate each student to their highest potential.

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It’s Virtually Healing Ever thought of online therapy? It can work just as well as face to face. by Lyndia Madison Community contributor

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nline cognitive behavioral therapy — otherwise known as e-therapy, e-counseling, teletherapy or cyber-counseling — is an important tool that helps patients overcome negative thoughts and behaviors. It does not deal with digging into your past to determine the cause of your fear or anxiety, but helps you with what’s going on in your life right now.

This is a new trend in mental health, in which you are provided advice and support via the Internet, either in real time (chat, Skype, Internet phone) or time delay (email and daily feedback on client worksheets). Like more traditional kinds of therapy, CBT online helps equip you with the tools you need to change the way you

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think. But unlike with face-to-face meetings, the cost of online therapy is generally significantly less. However, for some patients, CBT online is not the right option because there is no personal interaction to help move them along in their program. But for more self-directed patients, online therapy has been shown to work just as well. This is how it’s done: CBT online is a self-explanatory, stepby-step process that usually consists of one session per week over eight weeks, depending a person’s needs or challenges. Clients get worksheets for each session, and their personal therapist monitors all parts of their online therapy program. The sessions give patients the information they need to help identify, challenge and overcome problems such as addiction, depression, social anxiety and other mental health issues. At the beginning of the online therapy program, patients complete a simple test that allows them to address and evaluate what’s bothering them or holding them back. The sessions are based on sound cognitive bevahorial therapy techniques, just as most traditional, in-person therapy sessions are. Patients can even keep up with their therapy using tablets and mobile devices.

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Psych 101 Phone therapy works, too. Patients with major depression who received phoneadministered cognitive behavioral therapy discontinued treatment less than those who sought face-to-face treatment, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, conducted between 2007 and 2010, also found that phone-administered treatment was no less effective than that received in person. However, after a six-month followup, researchers determined that people who received treatment in person reported being less depressed than those who received counseling by phone. —Lindsay Jones

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rom Aug. 30 to Sept. 8, the annual Delta Fair & Music Festival will be packed with fun and action for all ages at the Agricenter International complex on Walnut Grove Road. In addition to live entertainment from Colt Ford, Joe Diffie, Lou Gramm and others, kids and adults may enjoy mechanical bull rides, an educational expo, the Children’s Barnyard, mixed martial arts fights, barrel racing, ostrich races, a beauty pageant, pig wrastlin’, crafts, culinary demonstrations, a demolition derby and a Banana Derby in which monkeys will ride on the backs of dogs. But that’s not all. A puppet rock band is scheduled to perform, and what would a fair be without clowns and a freak show? This is not to be missed. —Lindsay Jones

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Learn How to Paint Portraits From Photographs

Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a dish from Fratelli’s Cafe as you work with acrylic paints to create a portrait from a photo at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The class, led by artist Chantel Lynn Barber, is appropriate for beginners and advanced students alike and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. To view Barber’s works, visit chantelsoriginals.com. memphisbotanicgarden.com 901-636-4131

General admission is $10 at the gate or $5 for youths (ages 5-12). Senior citizens 60 and older pay $5 at the gate and children 4 and younger get in free. For more information, visit deltafest.com or call 901-213-7469.

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Find Some Friends for Bingo, Potluck Lunch at Senior Center

The Pickering Center at 7771 Poplar Pike welcomes senior citizens and their friends and family members for regular potluck and bingo events. This one begins at noon and ends at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to bring a gift worth $1 and a main dish or dessert to share with the other guests. For more information, contact Regina Allen at regina@ germantown-tn.gov. germantown-tn.gov 901-751-5656

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Annual Elvis Week Promises Great Fun for All Ages

Celebrate the life and legend of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a tour of Graceland or a candlelight vigil outside the mansion’s gates. Up for some tunes? Check out the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest or take in performances by Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, Brad Birkendahl and The Burnin’ Love Band and many others. You also can brush shoulders with members of the King’s fan club. elvis.com 901-332-3322 August 2013 23


Health

Are You at Risk for Diabetes? If so, you might qualify for a free prevention program. by Mary Alice Taylor Community contributor

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ethodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is recruiting participants for a free diabetes prevention program. Participants will meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make changes to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, such as losing weight, being more physically active and better managing stress. One group will meet at Methodist Germantown Hospital and the other at Methodist University Hospital in Midtown Memphis. Groups will celebrate successes together and figure out ways to overcome

obstacles. Participants meet once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for six months. Methodist Healthcare was one of six organizations in the United States to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program this year. Led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the curriculum is based on research that found people can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5-7 percent of their body weight (about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds) by improving food choices and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. To find out if you qualify, call Kristy Merritt at 901-516-6616.

Type 2 diabetes requires regular blood sugar checks. Photo courtesy of hibu

If It Can Be Done, Breastfeeding Is Best by Suzanne Thompson Community contributor Almost nothing is more natural than breastfeeding. Videos taken of newborns and their mothers show that when the two are left alone, the baby will actually crawl toward the breast without assistance. “We know from research that breastfeeding is going to give the baby the very best start,” says Cathy Akin, head of the Lactation Departpment at Methodist Germantown Hospital. “Not only is it free, but we also know that it makes healthier babies.” Getting the babies skin-to-skin, with the mother cradling the newborn against her, is extremely important and should take place shortly after the baby is delivered. “If we can get them skin-to-skin witin the first two hours of birth, we’ve seen the success of breast feeding rates go up.” Breastfed babies have fewer allergies than bottle-fed babies, in part because antibodies are passed from mother to child through colostrum, which the World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7. mother’s breasts produce for the first five days after birth. Photo courtesy of hibu “I tell moms who don’t want to breastfeed, if they can do it just for the first few days so the babies can get that colostrum, it’s going to be so important for them,” Akin says. It is sweeter than regular breast milk and lactation experts call it “liquid gold.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively at least for the first six months, and if mothers can go to 12 months, the benefits are even greater. Breastfed babies don’t visit the pediatrician as often and have fewer ear infections. Plus that, breast milk is more easily digestible, so baby diapers have a less unpleasant smell. “Research has shown [breast milk] protects against certain illnesses; we’ve seen higher IQs. Breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight or obese, and we’ve seen lower instances of heart diseases when breastfed babies are grown,” Akin says. 24 August 2013


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Miracle Babies Mix It Up at Annual Event

More than 500 proud parents and their children gathered at the Miracle Baby Party hosted by Fertility Associates of Memphis on Saturday, May 18. Held every other year at Baptist Memorial Hospital in East Memphis, the event celebrates all patients who have been helped by the practice over the years. The Miracle Baby Party included a cookout, special activities for children, a visit from Rockey Redbird, the official team mascot of the Memphis Redbirds, and more. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Brezina

One in six couples of reproductive age are affected by infertility in the U.S., according to fertility experts. That equates to 6.1 million couples a year. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Brezina

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UPCOMING events

Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information.

Let us know about any coming events. Email us at Germantown@hibu.com. July Monday 29 Anime Club 7 p.m. WHAT: Sing karaoke and favorite anime songs along with an international snack taste-off for ages 12 to 18. Pre-registration is required. WHERE: Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road, Germantown INFO: Call 901-757-7323 or visit germantown-gov.

FAMILY Tuesday 30 Mad Science 7 p.m. WHAT: Enjoy a “Fire and Ice” presentation organizers describe as jaw-dropping. Pre-registration is not required. WHERE: Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road, Germantown INFO: Call 901-757-7323 or visit germantown-gov.

FAMILY August Thursday 1 Young Farmers/Salsa Gardening 10 - 11:30 a.m. WHAT: Farm Girl Mary Phillips leads young farmers ages 6-12 to dig in the dirt, make compost, plant seeds, harvest crops and more. Gloves and closed-toe shoes are required. WHERE: Bobby Lanier Farm Park, 2740 Cross Country Road, Germantown

INFO: Cost is $10. To register online, visit germantown-tn.gov/ registration. For more information, call 901-757-7200.

FAMILY Thursday 1 Senior Potluck and Bingo Noon - 2 p.m. WHAT: Bring a gift worth $1 along with a main dish or dessert. INFO: For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-7515656 or regina@germantown-tn. gov.

Thursday 1 Economic Development Commission 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Economic & Community Development building, 1920 S. Germantown Road, Germantown. INFO: For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7200.

Thursday 1 Environmental Commission 6 - 7 p.m. WHERE: Public Services Complex, 7700 Southern Ave., Germantown INFO: For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7200.

Friday 2 Discovery Fridays/Salsa Gardening 10 - 11:30 a.m. WHAT: Farm Girl Mary Phillips leads actitivites suitable for pre-school children and families. Come dressed for chores and exploration.

WHERE: Bobby Lanier Farm Park, 2740 Cross Country Road, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. To register online, visit germantown-tn.gov/ registration. For more information, call 901-757-7200.

information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

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WHAT: This new class helps improve coordination, memory and energy with a variety of country/ Western, soul and Latino dances. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Friday 2 - Saturday 3 Mothers of Multiples Children’s Consignment Sale Times vary WHERE: Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis INFO: For more information, visit memphismomsofmultiples.org. FAMILY • FREE

Monday 5 Mixed Media Artists 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Monday 5 Social Bridge 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more

Monday 5 Line Dance USA 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Tuesday 6 Planning Commission 6 p.m. WHERE: Municipal Center, Council Chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7200.

Tuesday 6 Germantown Athletic Club Advisory Commission 6 -7 p.m. WHERE: Germantown Athletic Club, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7370.

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UPCOMING events

Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information.

Let us know about any coming events. Email us at Germantown@hibu.com Wednesday 7 ACBL Sanctioned Bridge Club 10 a.m.

Friday 23 • 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.

Pool Party and Dance

WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $5. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Thursday 8 Neighborhood Preservation Commission 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Economic & Community Development building, Blue Room, 1920 Germantown Road South, Germantown INFO: For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7200.

Friday 9 Discovery Fridays/Salsa Gardening 10 - 11:30 a.m. WHAT: Farm Girl Mary Phillips leads actitivites suitable for pre-school children and families. Come dressed for chores and exploration. WHERE: Bobby Lanier Farm Park, 2740 Cross Country Road, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. To register online, visit germantown-tn.gov/ registration. For more information, call 901-757-7200.

FAMILY Saturday 10 Saturday 17 Elvis Week Times vary WHAT: A weeklong celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

WHAT: For special recreation participants, their friends and families. WHERE: Germantown Athletic Club, 1801 Exeter Road Photo courtesy of hibu

WHERE: Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis INFO: For more information, call 901-332-3322 or visit elvis.com.

FAMILY Monday 12 Mixed Media Artists 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. Enjoy non-instructional stamping and art. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Monday 12 Social Bridge 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. Bring lunch. A partner is not necessary. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

INFO: For more information, contact Michelle McDonnell at 901-757-7382 or mmcdonnell@germantown-tn.gov. Monday 12 Line Dance USA 1:30 - 3 p.m.

901-757-7200 or visit germantowntn.gov.

WHAT: This new class helps improve coordination, memory and energy with a variety of country/Western, soul and Latino dances. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Wednesday 14 ACBL Sanctioned Bridge Club 10 a.m.

Monday 12 Board of Mayor and Aldermen 6 p.m.

Wednesday 14 Telecommunications Commission 6 p.m.

WHERE: Municipal Center, Council Chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: Executive session is at 5:30. For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901-7577200.

WHERE: Municipal Center, Administration Conference Room, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, call 901-757-7200 or visit germantowntn.gov.

Tuesday 13 Board of Zoning Appeals 6 p.m.

Thursday 15 Design Review Commission Subcommittee 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Municipal Center, Council Chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, call

WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $5. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

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Friday 16 Evening Line Dances 7 - 10 p.m. WHAT: Music provided by Larry Logan. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $4. For more information, call Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-tn.gov.

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Wednesday 21 ACBL Sanctioned Bridge Club 10 a.m.

WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. Bring lunch. A partner is not necessary. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $5. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Wednesday 19 Mixed Media Artists 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Planning Commission 5:30 p.m.

WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

WHERE: Economic & Community Development building, Blue Room, 1920 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, call 901-757-7200 or visit germantowntn.gov.

Thursday 22 Games Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday 19 Social Bridge 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Wednesday 19 Line Dance USA 1:30 - 3 p.m. WHAT: This new class helps improve coordination, memory and energy with a variety of country/ Western, soul and Latino dances. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771

WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: For more information, call Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@germantown-tn.gov.

Monday 26 Mixed Media Artists 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. WHAT: Punch card includes five classes. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina

Monday 26 Social Bridge 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday 26 Line Dance USA 1:30 - 3 p.m. WHAT: This new class helps improve coordination, memory and energy with a variety of country/ Western, soul and Latino dances. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $10. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Monday 26 Board of Mayor and Aldermen 6 p.m. WHERE: Municipal Center, Council Chambers, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: Executive session is at 5:30. For more information, visit germantown-tn.gov or call 901757-7200.

Tuesday 27 Design Review Commission Subcommittee 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Municipal Center, Administration Conference Room, 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown INFO: For more information, call 901-757-7200 or visit germantowntn.gov.

Wednesday 28 ACBL Sanctioned Bridge Club 10 a.m. WHERE: The Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown INFO: Cost is $5. For more information, contact Regina Allen at 901-751-5656 or regina@ germantown-gov.

Saturday 31 Small Fry Triathalon Registration Deadline Business hours WHAT: For pre-schoolers to run, bike and swim at Farmington Park on Saturday, Sept. 14. WHERE: Germantown Parks and Recreation Office, 2276 West St., Germantown INFO: You also may register at germantown-tn.gov. For more information, contact Michelle McDonnell at 901-757-7382 or mmcdonnell@germantown-tn.gov.

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Photos courtesy of Eric Glemser/photo splicing courtesy of Andrew Bartolotta

Adoptable Pets of the Month: Jackson and Dotty Jackson and Dotty are 1-year-old terrier mix pups at the Germantown Animal Shelter. Jackson is quite a charmer with that typical, scrappy terrier personality and a dapper white coat with black patches. This pup is the happy-go-lucky type that makes you smile every time you’re near him. Meanwhile, Dotty will be a small dog, perfect for people with a smaller space or those 30 August 2013

who just know good things come in small packages. She is a tri-colored girl with a black-and-white coat spotted with bits of brown around her face. People say this gives her a very sweet and playful look ... hence, the name Dotty! We at the shelter would love to waive one adoption fee if Jackson and Dotty are adopted together. They get along well.—Alina Leskniak


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