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CONTENTS April 2014

Volume 8


No. 4

DEPartmentS 13 | INTERVIEW Onward and Upward Ryan Seidl’s Rebel Pedal pedicab company tackles the rolling hills of Oxford, MS.


18 | FOOD Coming Home Again Water Valley’s B.T.C. Grocery provides characteristically Southern comfort and quality.

22 | MUSIC Bluff City Darlings The talented trio of The Memphis Dawls are poised for exposure.

26 | ARTS + CULTURE Greatness in Graphite Artist J. Rodney Leath on sketching famous faces and the healing power of the pencil.

32 | DRINKS Margarita Days A fruit-blasted Cinco de Mayo pick-me-up for any margarita lover.

30 | BOOKS Mother’s Day Gift Picks Check out our picks for the best new books to give.

35 | STYLE Mommy & Me Celebrate Mother’s Day in style.

101 | ENTERTAINING Nacho Average Party Get the fiesta started with ice-cold sangria and crowd-pleasing Mexican food.

108 | ON THE MONEY RISKY BUSINESS Don’t let these five risks derail your progress.

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contributors May 2014

Charles Gray

Tess Catlett

Tonya Thompson

Charles Gray is a internet-based writer, sound producer, and digital curator. He has covered music in the MidSouth for more two years and is actively involved in the Memphis experimental music scene through being a member of the Spoiler Alert art collective. Gray currently runs Lavender Town Press—a firm for avant-garde electronic music. When he’s not writing press releases or music articles he can be found researching and discussing internet culture, modern music production and digital art. Read his story “Bluff City Darlings” on page 22 of this month’s issue.

A Southaven native who attends school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern and frequent contributing writer for Click magazine. This month, she reviews the many nonprofits across the MidSouth. Read her feature story on page 79 “Guide to Giving Back”. In addition to writing on a variety of topics (she particularly enjoys civil rights issues), she also has a passion for local coffee shops and music venues..

A Southern-born writer, Thompson has spent most of her life between Nashville and the Mississippi Delta. Now, a contributing editor for Click magazine, Thompson writes frequently on matters related to life in North Mississippi and the greater Memphis area. Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Thompson is also the owner of The Tenth Muse—a local professional writing and editing service. When Thompson isn’t writing, she is usually traveling, spending time with her husband and children, or riding vintage motorcycles. Read her feature story “Adventures in the MidSouth” on page 91 of this issue

Terry Sweeney

M.B. Sellers

Lisa Chapman

Photographs from the story “Coming Home Again” (p. 18) of this month’s issue were taken by long time contributing photographer Terry Sweeney. With a career that spans more than 20 years in the MidSouth, Sweeney’s areas of expertise include work for nearly all regional publications, as well as commercial, advertising and architectural photography. Sweeney graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in Journalism. He is the owner of Sweeney South Commercial Photography, a fullservice photography studio in Olive Branch, Mississippi, which provides creative photographic concepts and solutions to local, regional and national clients.

Contributing writer Mary B. Sellers visits Water Valley, Mississippi this month for a look inside Oxford’s old-fashioned grocery. Read “Coming Home Again” (p. 18) in this month’s issue. A recent graduate of the Ole Miss Honors College, Sellers currently works for the Oxford-based label, Fat Possum Records, and plans to continue her studies with an MFA program for fiction writing in Fall 2014.  Her interests include a love for Sonic breakfast toasters, Wes Anderson, reading, writing and listening to sappy audio books on long car drives. Sellers is also the author of a collection of short stories called The Beautiful Little Fools: A Collection of Fables about Females.

The photographs you see on page 35 “Mommy & Me” were taken by Lisa Chapman. A frequent contributor to Click magazine, Chapman specializes in photographing family and children’s portraits, as well as weddings and other special events. While her time is largely spent behind the camera, the photographer’s real passion is being a wife and a mother to two kids.

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Onward and Upward Ryan Seidl’s Rebel Pedal pedicab company tackles the rolling hills of Oxford, MS Interview and photography by CASEY HILDER

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t just 20 years old, Ole Miss sophomore Ryan Seidl is probably Oxford’s

youngest business owner. However, a few years as a business management major and a notion to cut down on motor vehicle traffic prove that there’s nothing green about Seidl except his goals. This past March, the Illinois native started Rebel Pedal, a full-service pedicab company and the first of its kind in the city.

Click Magazine: Where did this idea

CM: How do the rolling hills of Oxford

CM: Is Rebel Pedal a taxi service or pri-

come from?

treat your drivers?

marily a sightseeing vehicle?

Ryan Seidl: I came up with the idea

RS: There’s ways around it for nearly ev-

RS: Right now, it’s mainly for sightsee-

freshman year. My brother goes to the

ery route in Oxford if you know the lay

ing, a tourist-type thing. There are a few

Citadel, a military college in South Car-

of the land like we do. Of course, we like

eco-friendly electric motor options that

olina. It’s a very big and lively city and

to give our customers a choice between

I’m looking into to improve the bikes

they all use this awesome pedicab sys-

the long route, short route or whatever.

and make it a little easier on riders go-

tem to get around. It’s like the biggest

Sometimes the shortest route isn’t the

ing up hills. That will allow it to be more

niche in the city, and I always rode them

easiest and vice-versa.

of a taxi service. But the most important

with my family. I always thought they were the most fun things ever and wondered “Why doesn’t Oxford have these?” And after thinking for a while, I figured

CM: What was it like getting established once you had an idea? RS: I talked about the idea with friends

part is providing an eco-friendly option because that’s the whole point of the pedicab system.

for about three months. I took out mon-

CM: What’s the typical route look like?

ey from my savings to order the bikes,

RS: We definitely pass by all the main

and I hired a lawyer, Jonathan Masters.

spots in Oxord. Right now, we’re work-

here. Ten bucks a head? That’s crazy.

We worked alongside the city to present

ing on a few different routes for historic

the first ordinance to allow this system

and touring purposes. Eventually, our

CM: What brought you to Oxford?

and ended up presenting to the mayor

bikers will really know the history and

RS: I was originally into wrestling in

and the city council three separate

be able to offer a little bit of tour guid-

high school and had a scholarship in


ance to customers who have never been

it’s probably because of the hills. I figured it would be a good idea anyways because it still beats the taxis around

line up north. Unfortunately, I dislocated my knee, and it just wasn’t safe to keep going. So I changed my goals up, applied to 15 different schools and was accepted to 14. I visited 10 of them, and I fell in love with Ole Miss as soon as my feet hit the ground.

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CM: Have you encountered any resis-

here before.

tance from the city?

CM: What about the length and cost of

RS: At first they seemed a little scared of

a typical tour?

the idea, but we were eventually able to

RS: They both vary. We have long

bring them onboard.

routes and short routes. It’s really discretionary toward the bikers. We set

our own prices for distance traveled, but it usually ends up around $3 or $4 bucks per ride. CM: Is Rebel Pedal affiliated with Ole Miss? RS: Right now, it’s not. I’m a member of the University’s careers club, but we have no formal affiliation. CM: How many drivers do you have on the current staff? RS: I have about nine guys constantly moving around the Square, seven days a week. I’d like to have around 15-20, so my guys can choose when they’d like to go out. Most of them are students and the ones that aren’t usually cover nights.

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CM: What have been some of the biggest challenges of the past few months? RS: I definitely underestimated the hills and how much manpower that would take. The hardest one is definitely Martin Luther King Drive to the Square, but it’s a breeze once you make it up that one. The other tough part is finding drivers who can work the schedule.

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CM: What would you say is the best part of working for Rebel Pedal? RS: You don’t have to get out there and bug people to gain customers. Basically, our drivers can just park somewhere and hang back. The customers will come. CM: Do you have any plans to expand upon current operations? RS: We plan on increasing by two bikes a semester, but we’ll probably level out at around 14 before it becomes too much. We’ve got a guy who is

pitched it,

also working to install speakers on

and they pretty much asked “Are you

each cab, too, which should be fun for

crazy?” So I called again, they sent me


to at least three different people and

CM: Any new developments? RS: We recently gained a Bud Light

one guy down the line eventually said “I love it!”

sponsorship. It took a little consistency.

CM: Where do you see Rebel Pedal in a

I called their distribution company,

few years?

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RS: After graduation in 2016, the plan is to have college students each year take over operations after I’m gone. I love this place and would definitely like to keep things going down here, it would be a nice thing to constantly have.

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.T.C. Grocery, located in Water Valley, Miss., is a spacious, brightly lit venue in the hearts of both downtown and the town’s inhabitants. Brick-walled

and flanked by enormous black chalkboards heralding the daily specials, there’s a cluster of red and blue booths in the back for customers eager for breakfast and lunch. A powder blue sign reading “The Red Apron Café” in a vintage-looking font hangs above their heads. The store’s famous produce is located in the front of the building, neatly labeled and abundant. Above one stand, there’s another eye-catching sign announcing “Cora’s Mississippi Mudd Bakery.” The decoration is intentional and kinetic—with the use of chromatic and custom fonts, the shabby-chic feel seems adjusted rightly so to the overall mood of the venue. It’s open and welcoming, but highly stylized with a deft, subtle hand that seems to know the importance of proper presentation. This is no regular grocery, folks.

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A trio of ladies in the back, who have been enjoying coffee and small talk, embody the type of customers who come through B.T.C. Grocery. Reminiscent of Utopian small towns in fiction, all three have kind, relaxed smiles as they take a moment to browse the produce before exiting the store. There’s another lingerer—a man working on his laptop and sipping coffee, relaxed and focused, as anyone should be at B.T.C. The “B.T.C.” in the grocery store’s name stands for “Be the Change,” a reference to Gandhi who said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Alexe van Buren, owner and head grocer at B.T.C., embodies that quote like no other. She relocated from Washington, D.C., in 2007 with her husband, and, after purchasing the building, the business was up and running by 2010. “We’d been living here for a few years, and had gotten this building to run without any idea of what to do with it. And my husband was working full-time then renovating it on nights and weekends. I was really in love with this town, but the only thing that I found myself leaving

The “B.T.C.” in the grocery store’s name stands for “Be the Change,” a reference to Gandhi who said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” for on a regular basis was food that Piggly Wiggly didn’t carry, and I thought there might be other people like me. We had this building and we decided to go ahead and open a little grocery store,” she explains. Van Buren hails from Virginia, where she grew up on a working farm in Blue Ridge. “My mom had a big garden and she was—and is—very health conscious. She has some sheep, we have horses, that kind of thing. When I was sort of thinking about starting a grocery store, but hadn’t actually made a decision, my mother, who had no idea I was thinking about anything like that, found this list I’d made when I was six or seven. And it said ‘when I grow up I want to be: 1. an actress, 2. a writer, 3. a merchant who shall be fair and kind and just to all, and not take any expensive vacations or anything. And I have no memory of making that list.” She has a team of highly capable staff, including Dixie Grimes as chef. “She’s basically my partner at this point,” van Buren said. Van Buren and Grimes put out a cookbook together in March of

this year. “The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook,” which includes 120 of the store’s most-loved recipes, is currently sold in a variety of places including Square Books in Oxford, Miss. The cookbook includes 120 of the store’s most-loved recipes. Besides Grimes, the staff includes Lori Ward as sous chef, Cora Ray as baker and four or five rotating, part-time teenagers who work at the grocery after school and on weekends. “I had been running the farmer’s market in Water Valley for a couple of years, so I pretty much knew anyone who was growing anything. And our basic policy, especially on produce, is that if it’s growing around here and the store doesn’t currently have any, we will buy it. We ask farmers if they spray. We try to pay a little bit more for things that haven’t been treated. So it’s been a lot of fun—we’ve got everything from watermelons to shiitake mushrooms to those hydroponic tomatoes.” B.T.C. is unique for many reasons, one being their faithfulness to buying local. Generally, they buy everything from a

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20-mile radius. Also, they include the grower’s name on their products to even more community connection since most of their customers live in town and know the growers personally. “I’m definitely more about buying local than I am about buying organic. Buying local, to me, is this beautiful circle of life. Like, if you want to live in this vibrant, small town, then you should spend your money in your small town. And we try to do that here,” van Buren explains. “We just don’t leave Water Valley for anything. Sometimes, people are surprised that my children are going to this school here and I’m like—‘this is where we live.’ And you can really get pretty much everything you need. I don’t know—when we lived in D.C., we went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and that kind of thing. But here, and not just in terms of groceries—I really like small stores. I like having that connection with people.” It’s in no way surprising that van Buren and her family feel content to stay within the confines of this small but charming town. Water Valley is reminiscent of one of those picturesque towns straight out of the 1950s. It’s compact but there’s a general bustling quality to it that’s surprisingly electrifying. The downtown is tidy, attractive and humming with the day-to-day lives of its citizens. And with stores like B.T.C., who needs anything else?

“Buying local, to me, is this beautiful circle of life. Like, if you want to live in this vibrant, small town, then you should spend your money in your small town.”

“Everything’s so much easier—I feel bad for these people who’ll drive miles and miles and miles and stand in lines and lines and lines to save a few dollars. It just does not seem like a great trade-off to me,” van Buren continues. She makes an aside, saying that she absolutely hates standing in lines, and that she never has to do it anymore. She subscribes to the theory of quality over quantity and the enjoyment of the smaller and quieter things that make life its most pleasurable. “I’m a big proponent of shopping where you live if you like your town and want it to succeed. Now, if it’s not available locally, I don’t feel bad about buying it from somewhere else. I don’t think you have to limit yourself, I just think you have to deliberate a little bit.” The down-home quality and the comfort that only the locally grown and lovingly prepared food gives you is often overlooked. The venue is far more than a store or watering hole for its customers—it’s a place built on community, for the community and the celebration of the bounty that the land can provide.

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rista Wroten, Holly Cole and Jana Misener have been toying with the juxtaposition of beauty and realism for quite some time, from their vintage

flapper-gone-Soulsville looks to the sprawling, yet composed, country tunes belted out by the trio. And with an album on deck accompanied by a big touring bill, The Memphis Dawls’ sound is sure to pull even more loyal fans this summer. The talented trio has been developing their signature sound over the past four years ona solid foundation of retrospective styles amplified by gorgeous vocal harmonies and left-ofcenter composition. Their elegant musical identity references anything from the Southern charm of Dolly Parton to the dry, deadly delivery of Emmylou Harris.


Though Wroten and Misener played together in high school, the Dawls didn’t see a serious iteration until 2010. Cole was

Bluff City Darlings

working under the moniker “Holly and the Heathens,” backed

The talented trio of The Memphis Dawls are poised for exposure

hoursof practice have melded their styles together to create

by a band of Greg Fasion (Jump back Jake, Tiger High), Brandon Robertson (Snowglobe) and Jake Vest (Third Man, Tiger High, Bullet Proof Vests) and had just released an album. Misener was a member of both low-key indie act The Sultana and folksy throwback Giant Bear. Wroten had played for many prominent local acts, including the national breakout Amy LaVere, later joining the Heathens for the record and shows. In the time since, the heat of gigging, touring and countless

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a blend of nostalgic romanticism backed with adrive for unique self expression. “We take a lot of traditional aspects and styles of music and interpret them in a new way,” Wroten says. “Whether it’s Americana or doo-whop, every song has the element of the

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old style, but we’ve made it own.” With this style in mind, the Dawls are set up to play their first major festival this month atBeale Street Music Festival, followed by a record in the fall. The festival will take place May 2-4 with the Dawls playing on Saturday, May 3. The three-day riverside event will host 69 acts headlined, including Bluff City natives Juicy J, Project Pat, North Mississippi All-Stars and Free World. But the Dawls are active in more than just their vintage ensemble of postcountry tunes and muted flair. In early 2013, they began working with the local eclectic outfit The Dead Soldiers. Wroten added her string talents and ear to the group two years ago when they were looking for some female vocalists to back a few tracks, and the Dawls proved a perfect fit. Though their collaboration started as a simple feature backing the chorus of “One More Last Goodbye,” it quickly morphed into a beast all its own—The Dead Dawls. “The idea came up to collaborate. At first, it was like one band covering the other,” says Dead Soldiers guitarist and vocalist Michael Jasud. “But we decided that if we were going through the trouble to do a 7-inch [vinyl] and do a show, then let’s get more ambitious and just combine the two groups into one.” After two weeks of rehearsal, the Dead Dawls emerged with two new songs. “Suburban Woman” is a bouncy country throwback with a vocal baton passed between the Dawls and the Soldiers. “Slow Motion” is an emotionally dense crooner that rides on string textures and a steady backbeat. They then took the 8-piece band (11 piece extended) to High/Low studio in Memphis and recorded with engineer Toby Vest. The tracks were cut and recorded in two days, perfectly capturing the raw and active energy contained by the core members.


The 7-inch vinyl, titled 7”, was selfreleased March 28, followed by a tour in April highlighted by an Illinois Daytrotter session, a performance-

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Jana Misener

Krista Wroten

Holly Cole

centric podcast highlighting up and

the earworm chord progressions and

at Memphis’s most famous recording

coming indie acts that has been referred

melodies.Aiding the overall product

center—Sun Studio.

to as the American version of BBC’s Peel

is the presence of an extended list of


notable natives who added old spices

After playing the Beale Street Music Fest, the Dawls will begin exercising promotions for their upcoming fulllength. The album will be released on vinyl through Madjack Records in the fall. The collection of music will mark their first full-length album and first major studio time since their 2010 debut EP and 2013 7-inch follow-up. Though both

to the youthful energy. Featured on the record are Teenie and Charles Hodges (Al Green Band) on guitar and organ, Mark Stuart on bass, Victor Sawyer and Nashon Benford on horns, Richard Ford on pedal steel, Anthony Gilbert on both viola and violin and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer adding his subtle rhythmic pace that becomes bold in only the perfect moments.

from previous recordings in its cohesive and collaborative nature. “Everything on the album we wrote and arranged completely together,” Misener says. “Someone will come up with an idea, and then we all work on and arrange it.” The





their warm aesthetic—a nostalgic feel that sits somewhere between

tape machine,” Powell says. “The room also has no isolation booths. I wanted to capture that room on the tape machine and it really comes out.” The tracks contained are a loose collection of brooding guitar and defiantlyricism



present and one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Painted on top are elaborate string arrangement that dictates a dense and elaborate atmosphere.

time and maturity set this recording apart, it most notably divorces itself

“‘Anna’ and ‘Shoot ‘emDown’ were recorded at Sun on an 8-track, 1-inch

“Everything on the album we wrote and arranged completely together. Someone will come up with an idea, and then we all work on and arrange it.”

But the record isn’t all sad songs and scary sentiments—it’s a collection of music that exposes an equal balance of realization, both confronting the bad and appreciating what’s good. “We’ve gotten to an age where we’re accepting who we are and learning how to deal with our faults and how to move forward,” says Wroten. That acceptance bleeds through in the form of a sort of subtle melancholy padded by realism and appreciation.

emoting country and a dry, yet ornate,

The tracks contained are just as likely

composition. To match this rich sound, they sought to track by only using

The album was recorded in 10 days at

to appeal to a left-of-center high school

analog gear and recording everything

two locations. The majority was tracked

student as a middle-aged romantic with

to tape. Their sound, bathed in musical

in Studio A at Ardent, where ZZ Top and

an interest in earnest songwriting.

references to the past, catered to

Big Star both recorded. Producer Jeff

a retroactive style of production.

Powell, who had been familiar with the

Present are Cole’s brooding guitar lines

room in the time of Dylan and the Afgan

and dry lyricism but so too Misener’s

Whigs, was able to capture the space

and Wroten’s educated ear toward

and use its equipment and soundboard.

string arrangements, providing lush

Not being limited to the Ardent’s

and verbose soundscapes surrounding

Studio A, the trio then had a session

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“The past few months have been really awesome and the opportunities couldn’t have come at a better time,” Cole says. “A year ago, we might not have been ready but we’ve come together and are now.”

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Greatness In Graphite Hernando artist J. Rodney Leath on sketching famous faces and the healing power of the pencil Story and photography by Casey Hilder


or J. Rodney Leath, the



sanctuary. The




pencil artist and painter can often be found in a dimly lit corner in his spacious Hernando home amid scattered bits of eraser and stacks of high-gloss photos adorned with Post-it notes. And after a few hundred increasingly meticulous pencil strokes, the result is a painstakingly recreated original work that captures a different side of his subjects. A realistic, rustic image produced through the unique filter of this Rembrandt-meets-rock star artist. In his second-floor studio, he’s able to unwind and be at ease in both appearance and mannerisms. “I’ve had ‘em since I was like 12, always wear ‘em when I have some messy studio work to do” Leath says of his paint-encrusted pants dashed with lingering remnants of his past works. Leath can rarely be found without a pencil on hand and a few behind his ears. During the day, he works as a marketing director for Stylecraft Home Collection, a company that mass produces high-quality framed works of art for purchase at department stores like Target. While he enjoys his work and even earned the right to be featured in a few of the company’s works, the casual accommodations afforded by his “second job” as a self-fashioned portrait artist make for quite a dream job.

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“I get to see the entire process of production all the way through, from the artists’ process to getting the prints on Target shelves”

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on Target shelves.” Always one to find inspiration in unlikely places, Leath’s current career didn’t begin to take shape until he reached his lowest point. “I spent four months in treatment about ten years back. It took a lot out of me and I almost had nothing by the time I was through,”


he says. “Hospitalized rehab for drug addiction. Outside of the normal classes and little inpatient things you have to do, I really came back to drawing during that time.” Now, with his feet firmly planted in a pleasant part of a picturesque community, Leath no longer has to scavenge. While he’s still not exactly a connoisseur of the finer things in life, Leath’s definitely taken a liking to the acid-free paper he now uses that is specially formulated to preserve each delicate stroke. The subjects of Leath’s work run the

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gamut from universally renowned to particular and precious. Famous faces like Mila Kunis and Bear Bryant have sprung forth from his tip of his pencil, as well as intimate and emotional portraits

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like that of MidSouth firefighter Eric

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old framed commercial works, doors

Beasley and Delta BBQ maven Melissa

popularity and eventually shifted to a

and scrap wood that the frugal aspect


more subdued style.

has been surmounted by just another step in the creation process.

And Leath never skips on the little

“My drawing interest kind of picked

things. The most miniscule details of

up when I was 7 years old. As a matter

“I donate a lot of artwork to friends

the photorealistic faces featured in

of fact, I just finished a commission for

and non-profits,” he says. In 2003,

his work present themselves in the

one of my old kindergarten teachers,” he

Leath donated work to WKNO for a

form of the mole on Marilyn Monroe’s

says, stifling a humble grin. “I just never

live televised auction to benefit quality

lip, the wrinkles of an elderly church

really put it down. At the end of the day,

and educational television in West

volunteer and the boyish coifs of a pair

I still feel like a kid.”

Tennessee. “I’m really fortunate to pick

of young twins. He dissects photos not based around the human figure, but the expression and emotions that bring the form alive. His creative conscious was awakened at started doodling the überexpressive Bart Simpson in the early 28 may 2014 | Click magazine

Before he became a sponsored artist, Leath sought artistic expression by any means through found works and makeshift canvases. Even today, he’s grown so used to priming and recoating

and choose what I’m interested in these days,” Leath says. “I don’t want to feel like I have to sit down and work at it like a second job. Some days my 9-5 just takes it out of me.”

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Mother’s Day Gift Picks With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there is no better gift than a great read to put a smile on every mother’s face this year. Check out our picks for the best new books to give. Story by Shana Raley-Lusk


here is no more perfect present than a great new book. It allows us to give the gifts of escape, relaxation and art in one small neat package. In a sense, it gives us the ability to gift a mental vacation. This is especially true for Mother’s Day, when we all set out to show our mothers a bit of extra attention and TLC. As we all know, if anyone deserves a relaxation session, it is most certainly our mothers. Choosing a book for someone else requires quite a bit of thought and effort. This is great in terms of the gift itself, but can be demanding for those last minute shoppers. 30 may 2014 | Click magazine

Fortunately, we have taken the guesswork out of book shopping for Mother’s Day by rounding up some of the best new titles out there. Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross: The most recent installment in Ann B. Ross’s New York Times bestselling series, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover is a fast-paced and light-hearted novel sure to provide a perfect escape, as well as a healthy dose of carefree entertainment. Though Miss Julia is looking forward to an easy restful summer in Abbotsville without a care in the world, her plans soon change when she learns via letter that a relative is sending

her impolite granddaughter, Trixie, for an impromptu visit. While it is the last endeavor that Miss Julia wishes for to dash her summer dreaming, it is happening. And, furthermore, it is happening that very day! Young Trixie is already on the bus and headed to Abbotsville, where her sassy ways are sure to make her the talk of the town. This one is a perfect, cheerful pick-meup and is sure to give the reader a case of the giggles. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison: For those looking for something more serious, The Silent Wife is the way to go. A gripping thriller that will not allow you to put it down, this book transports readers into a marriage in the throes of dissolution. Jodi and Todd, the book’s main characters, are at the center of the action. Living the comfortable familiar life with Todd that she has come to love so dearly is Jodi’s top priority in life. In fact, she would do just about anything to keep it that way, despite Todd’s lapses in judgment from time to time. Keeping silent and turning a blind eye are Jodi’s specialties when it comes to her marriage. Exhilarating and emotionally charged, The Silent Wife is the debut novel of A.S.A. Harrison. The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson: Perhaps I have saved the best for last with The Secret of Magic, a stirring and nuanced tale of the South, its people, and its past. It is a story of the post-World War II era in which Lt. Joe Howard Wilson is returning from the war and longing for his home. But, like many others, Joe faces huge obstacles by returning to the South. Soon, he meets Regina, a young African American lawyer who is willing to take on his case and find justice for Joe. The book’s characters are authentic and unforgettable. Mesmerizing and complex, the book takes a hard look at the South, both past and present, while also weaving provocative, intimate drama. Fans of The Help and The Secret Life of Bees will find this book to be in the same tradition. The Secret of Magic is definitely a must-read novel of 2014 for all the Southern literature enthusiasts out there.

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Margarita Days A fruit-blasted Cinco de Mayo pick-me-up for any margarita lover By M.B. Sellers | Photography by Casey hilder

Volta servers Stephen Downing and Kala Waltman prepare one of many margaritas in the aftermath of Oxford's Red-Blue Weekend.


e all must agree that a margarita shared over happy hour or dinner is a perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Spanish for “the fifth of May,” the holiday is celebrated primarily in America and certain portions of Mexico, with origins heralding back to the American Civil War. This day was originally a way to celebrate freedom and democracy in the early years of the war. Nowadays, it serves primarily as a holiday to commemorate Mexican heritage, as well as the everpopular margarita consumption. With a side of salsa, please. Volta Taverna, known simply as “Volta” by the locals, is located in Oxford, Miss., just north of the Square. Boasting an extensive Mediterranean-style menu— 32 may 2014 | Click magazine

with the likes of souvlaki, hummus dip, various gyros, pita melts and more Southern-Oriented food such as their “Hotty Toddy Balls”—it’s both a destination restaurant and bar. They also do a good deal of catering, and include two separate menus for regular catering requests and Grove requests. For those in Oxford, it’s a destination spot for margaritas, partly due to their special weekly deals: half-priced margaritas Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They also offer several flavors that pander to the varying taste buds of customers. Due to its easy location and laid-back vibe, it’s a hot spot for students and Oxford youth. When asked about Volta’s most popular margarita, owner Brooke Krizbai said,

“Our Staff Favorite is everybody’s favorite who works here. It’s orange juice and strawberry, and it’s really, really good.” That’s not surprising due to their unique and fresh flavor combinations. The liquor includes tequila and Triplesec, with splashes of their homemade lemonade, fresh-squeezed orange juice and Strawberry Pucker. They recommend the frozen version of the drink. It’s clearly fresh, with the perfect balance of flavor and alcohol. The lemonade acts as a buffer between the two competing fruit flavors, while signaling a nice blend with a bit of a bite to it. The preparation is a breeze, as well “We put it in the machine—the lemonade and the tequila—and when it comes out, we add in the flavors,” explains Krizba

On the restaurant’s history, Krizbai explains, “Well, it was originally opened by Randy Yates, who owns Ajax, and I was the general manager for him. Then, I bought it from him after two years. That was in July of 2005.” With its hip atmosphere and centralized location, Volta will be my one-stop location come Cinco de Mayo celebration time. With its hip atmosphere and centralized location, Volta will be my one-stop location come Cinco de Mayo celebration time.

❈ Margarita a la Volta Ingredients: Tequila Triple-sec Homemade lemonade Fresh orange juice Strawberry pucker

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all things social Elizabeth Coleman, Camille Casey, Katherine Flinn

Phoenix Club Mardi Gras Party


he Phoenix Club of Memphis hosted its 17th annual Mardi Gras and Casino Party at The Cadre on March 8. Around 800 people turned out for the gala, which raised $30,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Scott Grimes kicked off the evening’s entertainment with an acoustic set, followed by the LA-based

band Mansions on the Moon. Local rap artist Al Kapone finished off the night. Dealers from Harrah’s Casino manned

the blackjack, roulette and craps tables, and more than $10,000 worth of prizes were up for grabs. Photos by Harrison Lingo

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Volunteer Odyssey’s Mix-Odyssey


olunteer Odyssey hosted Mix-Odyssey, the organization’s first fundraiser, at the Jack Robinson Gallery in downtown Memphis on February 9. The sold-out mixology event attracted more than 150 people to the gallery and raised $4,500 for Volunteer Odyssey. Seven unique drink stations, each with its own bartender, served a signature drink that was subject to a vote. Both the guests and panel of judges named “The Fifth Leaf,” mixed by Dan Price, as the best cocktail. Memphis Grizzlies DJ Justin Baker provided music throughout the evening and WMC-TV’s Lauren Squires served as emcee. Photos by CASEY HILDER

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o re than 200 people attended an art exhibit hosted by the DeSoto Arts Council at the Banks House on March 29. The event showcased a variety of mixed media art created by participants during the Winter Art for Autism camp. Stern Cardiovascular sponsored the exhibit, which helped kick off the Hernando High School Interact Club’s Light It Up Blue event on the historic Hernando Square. Photos by KANDI TIPPIT

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Think Pink Luncheon, Auction & Fashion Show


hree hundred people attended the sixth annual Think Pink Luncheon,

Auction and Fashion Show at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on February 22. This year’s honoree was Pink Heals Memphis, a group of

firefighters who raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. Pam

McKelvy of Action News 5 also spoke at the luncheon and shared her own story of survival. The Shops of Saddle Creek outfitted the annual fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors and their families, and there was a live auction, which included trips to New York and Cancun. The luncheon raised $27,000 for the Zeta Tau Alpha foundation, which will support both national and local efforts such as os Mark Sikes, Donna Sikes & Karen Gayd

the Baptist Women’s Hospital mobile mammography and the Church Health Center. Photos by Kristena Saxton

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28. Attendees were treated to dinner and a show at this sold-out event

recognizing achievement on and off the stage in community and high school theater. The Landers Center served a tasty three-course meal with items such as

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roasted chicken, steamed vegetables and au gratin potatoes. Ten different musical numbers were performed, including “Marry the Man Today” from Guys & Dolls Jr., “On My Own” from Les Misérables, and “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Photos by KRISTENA SAXTON

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ore than 20,000 people attended the 41st annual Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street on March 15. Rockey the Rockin’ Redbird, the official

Memphis Redbirds mascot, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County and Pink Heals Memphis were among those to walk in

the parade. There was also live music and dance numbers by groups such as the Memphis Star Steppers Marching Majorettes and Drummers Pop Squad. Photos by Harrison Lingo

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ore than 60 people attended Sock it to Scoliosis, the first annual scoliosis awareness fundraiser and sock auction organized by TPD Unlimited, at Spitfire Acres in

Southaven on March 15. Guests were invited to take part in a silent auction of socks and other items, such as a signed photograph of retired NFL football player Jerry Rice. A live band, a spoken word performer, a saxophonist and a DJ also provided entertainment. All

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proceeds from the black-tie event will go toward organizing a second awareness event that will include free youth scoliosis screenings at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in late June. Photos by Kandi Tippit

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Southern Soirée Benefiting Palmer Home for Children


he second annual Southern Soirée benefitting Palmer Home for Children was held at The Stables in Starkville on March 1. Around 200

people turned out for an evening under the stars, which raised $20,000 for Palmer Home. Six-piece band Tux Shop Hero out of Birmingham, Ala., provided live music throughout the night, and Mississippi State University Catering provided a selection of savory southern foods.

The silent auction raised almost half of the evening’s earnings and included hand-painted pottery done by the children, as well as original and acquired artwork. Photos by Judy F. Jones

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Josh Whelan, David Richardson & Carol Wright

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Cocktails & Conversation


ach month, the Southaven Chamber of Commerce facilitates Cocktails and Conversation, a networking event for ambassadors and members of the chamber designed

to bring businesses together. Community Bank in Southaven

volunteered to host the March event, and around 50 different business representatives attended. Photos by Kandi Tippit n Horner

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Wild Game Dinner Clark Opera Memphis Center


round 300 people attended the

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annual Wild Game dinner at Clark Opera Memphis Center

on March 1. Themed “50 Shades of Game,” the event raised about $40,000 for Opera Memphis. Some of the city’s top restaurants and caterers came together to prepare guests a gourmet dinner featuring a unique selection of wild game. Chef Debbie Turner of Club Windward won the Golden Duck Award for Wild Game with her dish of “dynamo

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duck poppers.” Guests could also take advantage of a silent auction, which included a trip to Sonoma wine country. Photos by Harrison Lingo

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DeSoto's Best of 2013 Reception

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early 600 people flocked to the BankPlus Training Center in Southaven to celebrate the best of the best in DeSoto County in more than 200 categories. Guests were invited to enjoy

food provided by multiple winning restaurants in the food and drink category while listening to musical entertainment from DeSoto County DJs. A raffle was also held, with proceeds going to Palmer Homes for Children. A portion of the proceeds from this event were donated to DeSoto Animal Rescue Society. Photos by KRISTENA SAXTON

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Que on the Yazoo

Downtown Greenwood, MS Fri. starts 5:30 p.m., Sat. starts 10:45 a.m. The annual BBQ competition is held along the banks of the Yazoo River in the heart of the Delta. Live music and other activities will take place all weekend. Call 662.453.7625 or visit queontheyazoo.

THIRD 3 14th Annual Promise Ball: Cirque du Cure

Hilton Memphis, 6 p.m. Step into a vibrant world of mystery, adventure and wonder at this year’s Promise Ball in Memphis while raising funds for Type 1 diabetes research. Tickets $200. Call 901.861.6550 or visit westtn.jdrf. org.

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Get Down & Derby Gala

Memphis Botanic Garden, 4–9 p.m. Celebrate the running of the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby with a Derby-inspired dinner buffet, live entertainment, a wine pull and more in Memphis while benefitting the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the MidSouth. Tickets $65. Call 901.547.7588 or visit

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Beale St. Music Festival

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35th Annual Blues Music Awards

Cook Convention Center, 7 p.m. Each year, the Blues Foundation brings industry representatives, blues performers and fans from all over the world together in Memphis to celebrate the best in blues. Tickets $125. Call 901.527.2583 or visit


9-10 Five Star City Fest

Downtown Senatobia, MS Fri. 5:30 p.m.–Midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The fest kicks off Friday night with music by Mark “Muleman” Massey, Burning Magnolias and Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, as well as a 5K run. Saturday is fun for the whole family with children’s activities, a car show and more. Tickets $5-25. Visit


15th Mayfest Festival and 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk

Old Towne Olive Branch, MS 5K 8 a.m., Festival 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Vendors line the streets of Old Towne in Olive Branch at this family-friendly event, featuring live music, food and games. Call 662.398.0888 or visit

Grand Auction

Brooks Museum, 6:30–10:30 p.m. Bidders vie for exotic trips, rare wines, artworks and more during a live auction on the museum’s plaza in downtown Memphis. Tickets $150. Call 901.544.6209 or visit


Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Tom Lee Park, Thurs. and Fri. 11 a.m.– Midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Hundreds of BBQ teams compete for more than $110,00 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Call 901.525.4611 or visit


2nd Annual Heads-N-Tails Beer & Crawfish Festival Snowden House, 2–6 p.m. Sample more than 100 craft beers, fill up on crawfish and enjoy live music in Southaven. Tickets $40–45. Call 662.892.2660 or visit

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40th Annual A’Fair in Hernando

Hernando Courthouse Square, 5K run/ walk 7:30 a.m., Festival 9 a.m.–5 p.m. More than 200 arts, crafts and food vendors will be on the historic Hernando Square, in addition to live music and children’s activities. The festival kicks off with a 5K run/ walk. Call 662.280.8875 or visit


11th Annual Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour

The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood Explore the rich literary, culinary and musical heritage of the Delta, starting in Greenwood and stopping in towns such as Greenville, Clarksdale and Indianola. Tickets $600. Call 662.915.3374 or visit


Memphis In May AutoZone Sunset Symphony

Tom Lee Park, 2 p.m. Experience an entire evening of family entertainment, including a fireworks show orchestrated in part with the Symphony performance, in downtown Memphis. Tickets $8-$9. Call 901.525.4611 or visit

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Vine to Wine at the Garden: All Things Southern Memphis Botanic Garden, 6-8 p.m. Sample a selection of eight wines or cocktails and enjoy a taste of the South in downtown Memphis while benefitting the Garden’s education and horticulture programs. Tickets $25-$35. Call 901.636.4131 or visit


2nd Annual Crawfish Music Festival

Olive Branch Old Towne, 3 p.m.-Midnight Fill up on boiled crawfish and tasty gumbo in Old Towne Olive Branch before dancing the night away to the sounds of Brian Randle, Bryan Hayes and Trent Lejeune. Tickets $10. Visit


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3rd Annual Style Show and Silent Auction

Hernando First Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. All proceeds from the annual fashion show in Hernando will benefit Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy, which provides services regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Tickets $15. Call 901.568.2240 or visit throughtheroofpt. com.

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9 through July 13

Memphis Italian Festival

Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design

Park Avenue & Mt. Moriah, Memphis 901.685.1378,

9-11 CLARKSDALE: Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest

Dixon Gallery and Gardens 10a.m.-5 p.m., Admission $5-$7                901.761.5250,

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art    Wed. & Fri.- Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. until 8 p.m.; Admission $7 901.544.6200,                       

Natchez Festival of Music   

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Memphis Farmers Market Central Station Pavilion, Front St. at G.E. Patterson Saturdays, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.           

Festivals 9-10 Memphis Greek Food Festival 573 N. Highland St., Memphis 901.327.8177, 62 may 2014 | Click magazine

May 23-25 DEIRKS BENTLEY The Delta Country Jam

Memphis College of Art Spring MFA Thesis Exhibition Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate School Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m. 901.272.5100,

17 Bikesploitation 4 Memphis Metal Museum        12 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Free 901.774.6380,

through may 17 Things To Come Bozarts Gallery, Water Valley, Ms Thurs.-Fri. noon-5 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 662.473.2484,

25 Oxford Arts Crawl 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Free 662.236.6429,

through May 25 Alison Ouellette-Kirby and Noah Kirby: Un Chien Regarde Bien un Evêque Memphis Metal Museum        10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., Admission $6 901.774.6380,

through May 31 Visions of a Spring Night Memphis Pink Palace Museum        Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Admission $5 901.636.2362,

through June 23 The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States Memphis Brooks Museum of Art    Wed. & Fri.- Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. until 8 p.m.; Admission $7 901.544.6200,   

through june 28 Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time Art Museum at the University of Memphis 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Free 901.678.3747,

through July 6 Memphis, Illustrated Dixon Gallery and Gardens 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Admission $5-$7 901.761.5250,

through August 2 H. C. Porter’s Blues @ Home University Museum, Intersection of South 5th & University Ave. Oxford , MS Tues.–Sat.10 a.m.–6 p.m., Admission $5 662.915.7073,

through August 9 The Figure: Portrait and Symbol Paintings and Bronze Works by Tom Corbin The University of Mississippi Museum Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Admission: Free, 662.915.7073

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calendar Music 3-4 Beethoven’s Pastorale featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Tickets $15 901.537.2525,

14 Iron & Wine Minglewood Hall 7 p.m., $25 901.) 312.6058,

23 Big Star Levitt Shell 7:30 p.m., Free 901.272.2722,


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Summer Concert Series: The Hillbenders Levitt Shell 7:30 p.m., Free 901.272.2722,


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17 Memphis Symphony Orchestra: A Symphony for the Devil Cannon Center for the Performing Arts 7:30 p.m., Tickets $15 901.537.2525,

23-25 Delta Country Jam 2014 Big River Park, Tunica Resorts Tickets $55-$250

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The Orpheum Memphis 8 p.m., Tickets $38-$72 901.525.3000,

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May 23-25 Keith Urban—The Delta Country Jam


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May 31 The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute Bluesville at Horseshoe Tunica 8 p.m., $16-$100 800.745.3000,

Panola Playhouse 662.487.3975,

Voices of the South | It’s Greek to Me! TheatreSouth Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.,Sun. 2 p.m. 901.726.0800

4 Tennessee Shakespeare Company Presents Hamlet Wed & Thur. 7 p.m,, Sun, 3 p.m. Dixon Gallery & Gardens 901.759.0604,

11 Mamma Mia! Ford Center for the Performing Arts 3 p.m., Tickets $55-$67 662.915.2787,

through May 4 Grace The Circuit Playhouse 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets $10-$35 901.726.4656,

May 9–June 1 gypsy—Playhouse On The Square

9-June 1 Gypsy Playhouse on the Square 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ,Tickets $15-$40 901.726.4656,

through 11 Harvey Presented by Theatre Memphis Thurs. 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm Theatre Memphis, Main Stage 901.682.8323,

14 50 Shades! The Musical— The Original Parody The Orpheum Theatre Memphis 7:30 p.m., Tickets $29 - $55 901.525.3000,

through June 22 Lyons The Circuit Playhouse 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets $10-$35 901.726.4656,

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Southern Samaritans The Faces of Volunteering in the MidSouth Story by Casey Hilder | Photography by Rupert Yen


olunteering is one of the most immediate ways to make an impact on a community and experience the pressing issues that affect the nation from the ground level. In 2003, President George W. Bush challenged the citizens of the United States to devote two years (4,000 hours) of their lifetime to volunteer service. A lofty goal for sure, but Southerners are never ones to shirk civic duty,

from the historically hospitable dogooders of Tennessee to nonprofits that operate out of Mississippi, the poorest state in the union with one of the highest rates of charitable giving in the country. From feeding the hungry to educating the poor and caring for those with special needs, these volunteers recognize the power of giving through time and service to the volunteer organizations that put the MidSouth on the map.

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Kevin Dean— Literacy Mid-South


or the past few years, the position of

A stint at Americorp brought Dean to the doors

executive director at Literacy Mid-South

of Volunteer Memphis, a nonprofit organization

has hung over applicants like the proverbial

devoted to finding the right fit for volunteers in the

sword of Damocles. That is, until Kevin Dean came

Bluff City. He was eventually led to a position as

along. Dean’s appointment in 2011 came during a

director of development at Hope House, a nonprofit

tumultuous time for the organization, which had

organization that cares for children infected with

gone through four executive directors in just as

HIV. However, after a few years watching the trials

many years.

and tribulations of one of the only adult literacy

“It was definitely a time of transition for the organization,” he says. “The Literacy Council of The Mid-South and Mid-South Reads had just merged

initiatives in the region, Dean decided to throw his hat into the ring. “I think I wasn’t quite sure of everything I was

and they were really having trouble getting things

getting myself into,” he says. “I had kind of an

right. They hired and I saw that every program

initial outline of what I wanted to accomplish and

needed to be completely overhauled and

that’s what they were looking for —a vision. I took


the job simply because there was so much

Dean, a 35-year-old University of Memphis graduate and former communications major, is

opportunity." Dean was able to supercharge the fundraising ef-

credited with pulling the group out of its slump

forts of Literacy Mid-South with a little

and amassing tens of thousands of dollars in

organizational knowledge and prior experience.

grants to assist the operation. With more than 40

“I had a history of fundraising through my previ-

years in operation, Literacy Mid-South’s mission is

ous job, so I knew who to talk to and who to call,”

to grant the gift of knowledge to those who need

he says. And with an increasing number of annual

it desperately through a regional literacy program

events like the Literatini fundraiser at The Book-

that covers the entire area, from Shelby County

sellers at Laurelwood and the Botanic Gardens’

to Tate County and everything in between. “We’ve

Mid-South Book Festival, Dean’s revitalized group

come a long way, for sure,” Dean says. “Now, with

shows no signs of slowing down.

where we’re at right now, I feel like it’s our time to really shine.”

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Wanda Newman— The Baddour Center


olunteering at the Baddour Center in

ing with center maintenance. “They’re all incredible,

Senatobia added a splash of variety to

brilliant people, each one of them,” Newman says

Wanda Newman’s life. Since June 25, 2013,

with her signature lilting Louisiana accent. “They’re

this spicy New Orleans native has reveled in the

all so unique and whatever capabilities they don’t

tranquil diversity provided by the facility.

have are made up for how well they do in other

“One day I could be in the flowerbeds picking weeds with residents, painting signage the next day and participating in one-on-one time the day after. No two days are ever the same,” she says. Since arriving in Southaven in 2007, Newman sought a change in her day-to-day career of 28 years as a bank teller. “Two and a half years after Katrina, I thought ‘That’s enough’ and I decided to take a leap of faith,” she says. “I took another banking job in Mississippi and had some extra time on my hands. I’ve always wanted to work with people with special needs and a former customer told me the Baddour Center would be a great place to start.” Newman had never volunteered until moving to the area and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, she was greeted with open arms as an active participant in the Baddour community by both staff and residents, with a weekly curriculum that would make most school teachers jealous. “I work currently work in almost every areas at the center, from creative arts to Wednesday one-on-ones and

areas. They’re all very special in their own way and each have a unique quality about them that makes them different” The Baddour Center hosts an annual youth fishing rodeo, golf tournament and fashion show for residents to participate in, all of which Newman has had a hand in as of late. And with the center being a short 25-mile drive from her house in Southaven, making a difference has never been easier for Newman. “I originally wanted to try and make a small difference in other people’s lives and it backfired – I’ve made a huge difference in my own life.” After a few years watching the trials and tribulations of one of the only adult literacy initiatives in the region, Dean decided to throw his hat into the ring. “I think I wasn’t quite sure of everything I was getting myself into,” he says. “I had kind of an initial outline of what I wanted to accomplish and that’s what they were looking for – a vision. I took the job simply because there was so much opportunity. Dean was able to supercharge the fundraising

organizing various special events. I love it there. I try

efforts of Literacy Mid-South with a little

to make everything, every event, every meeting,

organizational knowledge and prior experience. “I

every fundraiser I can.” she says. “I say I volunteer

had a history of fundraising through my previous job,

two days a week, but you can usually find me up

so I knew who to talk to and who to call,” he says.

there more than that.”

And with an increasing number of annual events like

While Newman’s resume as a banker includes a ton of people managing, her time at Baddour allows her to work alongside people with special needs, not for them. She can often be found alongside Baddour Center denizens working on art projects or assist-

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the Literatini fundraiser at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and the Botanic Gardens’ Mid-South Book Festival, Dean’s revitalized group shows no signs of slowing down.


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Elizabeth Bardos— Mid-So uth Food Bank


ffering a helping hand has become second

In addition to digitizing the records at the Mid-South

nature to the soft-spoken and shy Elizabeth

Food Bank, Bardos’ service to the community continues

Bardos, who began volunteering for the

throughout the week via her day job as volunteer

Mid-South Food Bank in 2013 and is currently on track

coordinator at Birthright of Memphis, Inc., an

to bring the organization’s record system into the 21st

organization that provides expectant mothers with

century. While her work began as handling the immediate

maternity wear, diapers and pregnancy counseling free

needs of different facilities through stocking shelves, the

of charge. “We have so many people who volunteer down

doors eventually opened to a more specialized role that

here but Elizabeth really stands out,” says Paula Rushing,

required a bit of extra knowhow.

volunteer coordinator of the Mid-South Food Bank. “She

“My duties have changed a little since I started there,” she says. “I started out helping stock canned goods on shelves for various organizations, but as of late I’ve shifted to clerical work.” Like many volunteers, Bardos

comes in every week and sits in her little corner to get work done and she’s so quiet that the office doesn’t know just how much she does.” While her position at the Mid-South Food Bank keeps at

began her tenure at the Mid-South Food Bank by

a distance from the needy families who receive the food,

offering what she could, when she could. Bardos

much of her work revolves around the actual agencies

originally handled a bevy of small things needed around

that distribute the food to needy citizens as

the offices in Downtown Memphis on a weekly basis.

representatives of the organization.“No one gets food

Many of these actions, like copying records and minor

directly from the food bank, it all has to be on file and

clerical work, are small but crucial to the operations of

distributed through agencies,” Bardos says. “Their

the Mid-South Food Bank, whose 5,200 volunteers cover

permits, their directors, all that stuff needs to be put on

31 counties in the region. Her most recent and perhaps

file. It’s not a difficult project, just a little bit of knowing

most important project involves digitizing thousands of

which is which”

Mid-South Food Bank records, a daunting task similar to that faced by many modern librarians and record keepers. “I’ve been happy to fill in and help with whatever I can,” she says. “They do a great job of letting me know what’s needed.”

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guide to

i v g g n i back

A spotlight on philanthropic nonprofits and charities in the area. by Tess Catlett


t doesn’t matter how old you are or how much time you have to spare—there’s a volunteer program for you. In this month’s issue, Click Magazine shines a light on charitable organizations and foundations in the area that, with the help of a host of volunteers, continue to have a positive impact on the MidSouth

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volunteer guide VOLUNTEER COORDINATING ORGANIZATIONS The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi (CFNM) has grown to serve 10 counties, managing 135 donor-established funds and distributing $2.2 million to support more than 200 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by CFNM. The foundation, whose mission is to connect people with causes that matter, believes that donating to education, health and children will make the greatest impact on the community. CFNM is funded primarily by the administrative fees on endowments it oversees and by the annual Crystal Ball, which raised $218,000 this year. More than 70 volunteers helped make this year’s gala a success, and hundreds more serve local nonprofits through the foundation’s volunteer center, Volunteer Northwest Mississippi. Those interested in volunteering can contact Stacye Rawlings at 662.449.5002 or get more information at

Interact Club

Volunteer MidSouth

Angela Gregg and Holly Neel co-sponsor the Hernando High School Interact Club, whose mission is to connect students to issues in the community and carry out hands-on service projects. Approximately 150 students are actively involved in the club, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hernando. The club is funded primarily by students’ membership fees and through the generosity of local donors. In the 2013-2014 school year, the club raised around $14,000 for local charities, including $2,200 for Habitat for Humanity and $5,200 for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. In addition to helping out with Special Olympics year round, the club also hosted the 3rd annual Light It Up Blue and Bolt for Blue autism awareness events in late March, which raised $6,000 for The Arc of Northwest Mississippi. Any Hernando High

Volunteer MidSouth works with more than 350 nonprofit organizations to provide service opportunities to individuals, no matter what their age or schedule. Thanks to the FLEX program, volunteers can take advantage of opportunities to serve in flexible volunteer-led projects that improve the quality of life for others in the region. Volunteer MidSouth holds more than a dozen monthly projects at various nonprofit agencies such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Lichterman Nature Center and Playhouse on the Square. Local corporations and businesses largely fund the organization through partnerships and programming, but VMS does hold at least one fundraising event annually. In 2013, Volunteer MidSouth hosted a Pickleball Tournament that raised $7,000, as well as “Summer in The City,” which featured live music and a silent auction. Interested volunteers are welcome to browse service opportunities on the organization’s website or sign up to become one of more than 8,000 people to receive a monthly newsletter highlighting ways to volunteer. For more information about Volunteer MidSouth and upcoming events, call 901.523.2425 or visit

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Volunteer Northwest Mississippi A program of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Volunteer Northwest Mississippi (VNM) is the first volunteer center of its kind in the region. The center is committed to placing the right volunteer with the right organization. Through Volunteer Solutions, an online volunteer management system, the center is able to match participants with opportunities based on their interests at more than 200 nonprofits. Individuals, groups, businesses and churches can sign on as volunteers, and non-profits can sign on and list their volunteer opportunities. Last year, 8,812 volunteers committed 82,577 hours of service, contributing $1,828,250 to the state of Mississippi. VNM is funded primarily through Volunteer Mississippi by a grant from the Corporation of National and Community service. VNM also receives financial support from the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, the City of Southaven, FedEx, First Tennessee and Entergy. You can contact Anna Dickerson at 662.449.5002 for more information or visit for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

ANIMALS DeSoto Animal Rescue Society DeSoto Animal Rescue Society (DARS) strives to give companion animals a better quality of life through the care of homeless and abused animals, and the facilitation of medical care, heartworm testing and vaccinations. Serving both DeSoto County and the Memphis area, DARS organized the adoption of 130 animals in 2013.With their primary focus being finding a home for displaced animals, the organization holds regular adoption events at PetSmart Memphis and Petco Stores in Olive Branch, Germantown and Bartlett. There are many ways to get involved with DARS, and around 25 volunteers and fosters are on hand at any given time. Volunteers can walk dogs, work adoption events or help with planning special fundraisers. Although primarily funded through community donations and the occasional grant fund, DARS holds several fundraising events, including “A Furry Affair” each spring. Last year, the event raised more than $5,700. For more information or to become a foster parent, call 662.342.9448 or visit

Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County With a slogan of “Be Human. Be Humane,” the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County (HSMSC) provides shelter, food and medical care for thousands of displaced animals. With help from donors and volunteers, HSMSC is able to treat injured, neglected and abused animals, as well as promote humane education and responsible pet ownership. In 2013, HSMSC took in a record number of more than 1,500 animals and adopted out more than 1,100. The organization relies entirely on donations from the community and hosts several fundraising events each year. HSMSC raised $100,000 last year through events such as the Bark After Dark Bike Ride & Glow Bash, the Fast & The Furriest 5K and the Paw Prints Party. There are currently 245 active volunteers and 72 fosters, but there are always opportunities for involvement such as working adoption events, walking dogs and hosting bake sales. Call 901.937.3900 or visit to find out more about getting involved.

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volunteer guide CHILDREN

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (BGCM) seek to create opportunities for children in Shelby County through afterschool education. Nearly 4,000 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 participated in a variety of academic and recreational programs last year. BGCM is primarily funded through individual donations, foundation grants and fundraisers such as the annual Steak n’ Burger dinner. The event raised more than $200,000 out of the more than $500,000 raised last year. Around 100 volunteers assist with special events like Steak n’ Burger, and handle things such as set up, decorations, registration, check in and more. To learn more about the program or ways to volunteer, email Claudine Nayan at, call 901.278.2947 or visit

Ronald McDonald House of Memphis Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis provides supportive services and a “home away from home” for families who are in Memphis while their children receive treatment for cancer and other illnesses at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The charity served 804 families in 2013, with an average family stay of about two weeks. More than 1,000 volunteers provide services and support for families like these through cooking meals, staffing the front desk and assisting with special events. Volunteers completed more than 7,000 hours of service in 2013, saving the organization $160,000 in costs. Individual donations and contributions made at special events make up 90 percent of the organization’s funding. Last year, the charity’s annual radiothon on 98.1 “The Max” and “News Talk” 98.9 raised

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more than $290,000. Those interested in volunteering or learning more about the organization can contact Deenean WilsonHenderson at 901.312.7478 or visit

Palmer Home for Children Palmer Home for Children is a privately funded organization with a Christ-centered mission to provide stable, long-term care for children who lack adequate family structure. Between the organization’s two campuses in Columbus and Hernando, Mississippi, nearly 100 boys and girls live in Palmer Home’s residential campuses year-round until three months after they reach their highest level of education. Both campuses have qualified professionals on staff to assist with counseling, foster care and other related services, which are extended also to the child’s family of origin. Palmer Home hosts 500 to 600 volunteers throughout the year at its two campuses and thrift stores. Between the Southern Soirée events in Jackson, and the Golden Triangle and Mudbug Bash in Hernando, Palmer Home raised $100,000 in the current fiscal year. Those interested in volunteering can log onto for more information or call 662.328.5704.

Porter-Leath With a mission to empower at-risk children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle, PorterLeath served more than 8,000 children and more than 7,000 families in the last year. As an important historical aspect of this organization, Porter-Leath’s Residential and Foster Care provides homes to hundreds of youth in Shelby County every year. Through Porter-Leath’s six programs — Preschool, Connections, Cornerstone, CareerPlace,

Generations and Spoonfuls — participants form solid foundations essential to becoming strong, well-rounded individuals. Volunteer groups help maintain PorterLeath’s historic campus through small maintenance projects and landscaping. Porter-Leath is funded primarily by federal grants and raises more than $1 million annually through fundraisers such as the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival each April and the Toy Truck drive each December. For more information about Porter-Leath and its volunteer opportunities, visit or call 901.577.2500.

Impact Missions Operating within a Christ-centered vision, Impact Missions provides a faith-based home for abused and neglected children in eight counties across Northwest Mississippi. Impact Missions consists of a counseling center, a thrift store and a group home for at-risk girls ages 10-18. Impact Missions houses six to 12 girls each year. More than 200 volunteers donate their time each year to assist Impact Missions with providing children’s individual and group therapy, anger and behavior management, life skills training, self-esteem training and more. Volunteers also help by sorting donations, pricing, restocking inventory, cleaning and providing donation pickup at the organization's thrift store. Primarily funded through individual and church donations, as well as private and public grants, Impact Missions raises additional funds through their annual Hearts Cry event held each April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Last year, Hearts Cry raised $25,000. For more information, visit or call 662.253.0232. You can also email Whitney Fowler at

volunteer guide HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS


Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity’s central goal is to build safe and affordable shelter for those in need, making it possible for families to buy homes for the first time. Last year, more than 3,000 volunteers gave their time to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis through programming and special events, at the Memphis ReStore and on construction sites. The affiliate also celebrated its 30th anniversary last November with around 300 volunteers, homeowner families, house-building partners and staff at a gala at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is funded primarily through grants, house-building partnerships and individual donations, in addition to fundraising efforts such as special events and the Habitat ReStore. The 12th annual Tool Box Bash raised nearly $45,000 and the 2014 Home Team Huddle raised $13,000. The Hernando-Desoto Habitat for Humanity chapter is also active with an estimated 1,200 volunteers overall, including an all-volunteer board. To date, Hernando-DeSoto Habitat for Humanity has built 22 homes in the Desoto County area and approximately 250 volunteers have worked on each house. The chapter is funded primarily through individual, church and corporate sponsorships and it hosts annual fundraisers including the Home Run 5K Walk/Run. The event raised $30,000 last year and that amount was matched by a generous donation from Zaxby’s, bringing the total to $60,000. The chapter also receives funds from the United Way. While only adults, ages 16 and older may participate in the construction of homes, there are various opportunities for younger volunteers to get involved through the Habitat ReSotre and other activities. For more information or to download an application, please visit or

MidSouth Food Bank The MidSouth Food Bank seeks to establish a region free of hunger through the collection and distribution of food, in addition to education and advocacy. The organization works by distributing healthy food to 200 charitable funding programs throughout 31 counties in the MidSouth area. Last year, MidSouth Food Bank distributed more than 14.6 million pounds of food and groceries with the help of around 6,000 volunteers who logged more than 35,000 hours of work. Each year, volunteers help by sorting and stocking received goods; assisting with clerical activities; participating in the Mobile Pantry; and packing lunches for the Food for Kids BackPack Program, which feeds more than 1,500 children every weekend. The food bank is funded primarily through individual contributions and hosts several fundraising events such as Operation Feed, which generated $210,900 and 58,000 pounds of food last year. To learn more about the MidSouth Food Bank and how to become a volunteer, call 901.527.0841 or visit

Church Health Center Church Health Center’s mission is to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for the human body and spirit. The center, whose core values are based on trust, compassion, commitment and quality, provides affordable healthcare for uninsured working people. An individual must reside in Shelby County to be an established patient, but the center’s walk-in clinic is open to anyone who is uninsured. The center served more than 17,000 unique patients last year and is the healthcare home for 61,000 people in Shelby County. All patients are charged on a sliding scale based on income. The center is funded primarily through donations from individuals, as well as the support of congregations and other organizations. The center also hosts fundraisers such as Rock for Love and Walking as One, which collectively raised more than $100,000 in 2013. More than 1,300 volunteers logged a total of 18,377 hours last year, and helped with everything from mailings to programs and special events. For more information, call 901.701.2108 or visit

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volunteer guide SPECIAL NEEDS The Baddour Center The Baddour Center provides a caring environment where persons with intellectual disabilities achieve goals, develop lifelong friendships and reach their fullest potential. The 120-acre campus is home to roughly 150 residents. A vocational services program serves residents and day clients and is designed to build self-esteem and independence through earning and learning. Working for the Garden Center and Baddour Custom Packaging are just two employment opportunities available. Baddour received assistance from 100-200 volunteers who worked more than 1,000 hours in 2013, contributing to the success of special events throughout the year and helping maintain the beautiful campus. In addition to tuition income, Baddour is funded primarily through private contributions and fundraisers like its annual fashion show, which raised more than $63,000; and the annual Miracle Drive Golf Tournament, which raised more than $57,000. Other volunteer opportunities may include spending one-on-one time with residents, helping with arts and crafts or working in the garden. To learn more, call Sue Davis at 662.366.6947 or visit

Special Olympics With chapters in Memphis and Mississippi run almost entirely by volunteers, Special Olympics is an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participants can try their hand at aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, bowling, canoeing, distance running, golf, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and volleyball. With more then 2,000 Special Olympic athletes from the Greater Memphis Area registered in the Memphis chapter, it proves that no one, regardless of his or her economic situation, is turned away from participating. The Memphis chapter held its first ever summer camp at Rhodes College last year, and raised more than $120,000 through fundraisers such as the Polar Bear Plunge Chili Cook-Off and Wine and Dine. To learn more about the Special Olympics or to volunteer, visit

SRVS SRVS (pronounced serves) provides exceptional care for persons with disabilities and in doing so, allows family caregivers the flexibility to work and the time to balance other responsibilities. The organization served more than 860 people in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties last year. Of that number, 167 were employed through SRVS Community Employment Services and SRVS Industries Inc. Other services include a residential living program, clinical services and a family support program. SRVS is funded primarily by the United Way of the MidSouth, public support and government grants. SRVS also hosts annual fundraisers, including the Spirit of SRVS auction and wine tasting, which raised $111,000 of the more than $135,000 raised last year. More than 100 volunteers helped to plan, decorate and work this event in 2013. Other ways to get involved include joining around 100 other volunteers who organize art days at the learning center or landscaping projects at one of SRVS’ 80 homes in the community. To learn more, call 901-869-7787 or visit

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Methodist Senior Services With 12 locations across the state, including one in Hernando and one in Tupelo, Methodist Senior Services (MSS) is on a mission to make Mississippi the best place in the country to grow old. The organization offers many options for senior living, including independent living in either cottages or apartments, and assisted living services with 24-hour nursing care. Inhouse pharmacy and therapy services were added recently to better address residents’ needs. More than 1,300 residents were served last year, as well as 358 individuals through outreach programs. MSS is funded primarily through rent and service charges, in addition to fundraising efforts. The organization raised more than $1.2 million last year including more than $900,000 in individual contributions, $171,000 from the Sunday Fund collections and $23,000 from the annual golf tournament hosted by Wesley Meadows. More than 2,700 volunteers donated their time last year and assisted with special events, weekly worship services, visits with seniors and much more. For more information, call 662.844.8977 or visit

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LITERACY AND EDUCATION DeSoto Arts Council The DeSoto Arts Council (DAC) serves as the countywide home for the arts with space for exhibitions, classes, meetings, special events and a gift shop featuring local artisans’ work. Between community events, school programs, area artisans and tourists, the organization served more than 60,000 people last year. Though primarily funded by the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, business sponsorships and memberships, DAC regularly hosts fundraisers. DAC programs rely heavily on the service of members of the DeSoto County community. To find out more about the DeSoto Arts Council, its programs and volunteer opportunities, call 662.404.3361, email dac. or visit

The DeSoto County Literacy Council The DeSoto County Literacy Council (DCLC) aims to increase adult literacy levels in Mississippi and is doing so by providing GED prep courses and tutoring for adults who want to increase their basic reading skills. The council is primarily funded by Northwest Mississippi Community College, the Mississippi Community College Board, United Way of the MidSouth and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, enabling these classes to be offered free of charge. Approximately 60 students are enrolled at any given time, with 15 to 25 students coming in to class each day. Since July of 2013, these adult literacy classes and GED prep courses have produced at least 26 GED graduates. The DCLC office includes 10 committed volunteers who work several hours a week. For more information about the council or ways to get involved, visit or call 662.429.2354.

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Literacy MidSouth (LMS), whose mission is to create a community actively engaged in continuous learning, is dedicated to increasing the literacy levels of adult learners in DeSoto, Shelby, Panola, Tunica and Tate counties. The Adult Learning Program is one of several programs offered and teaches basic reading and math skills, in addition to helping participants develop necessary life skills such as getting a driver’s license. Between the citywide reading campaign, the Smart Memphis Coalition, the Read Memphis Project and the Adult Learning Program, LMS served 25,000 people last year. The organization is funded through a mix of private donations, foundations and grants. Around 250 volunteers come together each year to assist with events like or serve as tutors through the Adult Learning Program. For more information, call Stacy Early at 901.201.6157 or visit

OTHER House of Grace The House of Grace is committed to providing a safe place for battered individuals and their dependents, if applicable, to reside. In addition to referrals and helping with education, the House of Grace also provides free, confidential support services and counseling. The organization’s services are available to referrals and residents of DeSoto County, as well as eight other Northwest Mississippi counties. Last year, the organization provided 5,530 meals to battered women and children, as well as 1,580 bed nights at their emergency shelter or in hotel rooms. The House of Grace is funded primarily through community support, donations, government grants and proceeds from the House of Grace Thrift Store. More than 100 volunteers logged almost 2,000 hours of service last year. Volunteers are needed regularly for a variety of tasks, including working at the shelter or with clients, assisting with store merchandise and office administration. To find out more about the organization or ways to get involved, call 662.253.0252 or visit

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Adventures in the MidSouth

The Area’s Top Summer Camps for 2014 By Tonya Thompson


hether it’s academics, sports, performing arts or learning about nature, summer camps in the MidSouth provide everything kids need to have a fun-filled and adventurous summer

break. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top summer camps in the area

to help you choose the best fit for your child’s summertime enrichment.

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ARTS Bellevue Baptist Church Music and Art Camp

Kudzu Playhouse Summer Camps

Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts offers this weeklong Music

Kudzu Playhouse’s Theatre is Fun! Camp is for children ages 6-9.

and Arts camp for students of all ages. Campers receive profes-

While learning to perform Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids, children

sional instruction in their choice of several elective courses and

will learn blocking, choreography and music. For older campers

one ensemble course, and join other students in their age group

(ages 9 and up), the Arts Enrichment! Camp is a 2-week adven-

for small group performance sessions. Available electives include

ture that will focus on the best-loved musical, Annie. In addition

Vocals, Art, Bass Guitar, Dance, Drama, Photography, Sign Lan-

to learning blocking, choreography and music, participants will

guage, Song Writing, Tech/Video/Lighting, Drums, Garage Band,

learn set building, costume design and props—everything that is

Guitar, Keyboard, Bassoon, and more. For more information, call

needed to bring a show to life! For more information, visit kud-

901.347.5711or visit

June 16–June 20, 8:30am–3:15pm | $195 (early bird registration) and $225 (registration after May 4)

Theatre is Fun! Camp | June 9–13, 9am–12pm | $125 first child, with sibling discounts available Arts Enrichment! Camp | June 9–13, 1pm–5pm and June 16–20, 12pm– 5pm | $250, with sibling discounts available

DeSoto Family Theatre's Summer Camps DeSoto Family Theatre offers three different day camps for children and youth who enjoy the excitement, color, music and movement of live theatre. Younger children will be introduced to the full range of an actor’s tools, including body, voice and imagination. Campers will learn how to develop characters and work with others in an ensemble, while building confidence and selfesteem. All camps will be held at the Southaven Performing Arts Center at 2101 Colonial Hills Dr. in Southaven, Mississippi. For questions, email, visit or call 901.238.8098. Storybook Tales | June 23–27, 9am–11am or July 21–25, 2pm–4pm | $125 Disney's Jungle Book Kids | June 16–20, 9am–12pm or July 28August 1, 2pm–5pm | $125 Disney's Beauty and The Beast Jr. | June 16–27, 2pm–6pm or July 21–August 1, 8am–12pm | $250

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Memphis College of Art Summer Art Camp Let your children explore, discover, create and have fun in Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to intensive investigation of design principles, and are taught with the intent of nurturing children’s love for creating art, whatever their age, interest or skill level might be. Weeklong sessions feature a choice of morning and afternoon classes, in which half-day campers select one class and full-day campers select two classes. For more information, email, call 901.272.5142, or visit Week 1, June 9–13 | Week 2, June 16–20 | Week 3, June 23–27 Week 4, July 7–11 Full-day | 9am–4pm | $310 per week Half-day | morning session, 9am–12pm or afternoon session, 1pm–4pm | $155 per week

Olive Branch Summer Fun Art Camp and Fine Art Camp

summer camps

Olive Branch Arts Council, in partnership with the Painted Pigeon Art Gallery, is sponsoring two Summer Fun Art Camps for children and youth, ages 6-13. The Council is also sponsoring a Fine Art Camp for more advanced artists, ages 10-15. All camps will be led by camp artist Vicky Neyman and include a Thursday evening Reception for campers and their families. Sessions will be held at The Painted Pigeon Gallery & Gifts, 9144 Pigeon Roost Road, Olive Branch, Mississippi. For more information, call 901.619.0261 or email Summer Fun Art Camps | June 16–19, 9am–12pm or July 16–19, 9am–12pm | $120 + $40 non-refundable registration fee Fine Art Camp | July 28–31, 9am–12pm| $120 + $40 non-refundable registration fee

Stars in Motion Performing Arts School Summer Camps The Stars in Motion Performing Arts School offers a variety of summer camps to fit every level of skill in competition and dance. Competition Technique Camps are open to experienced dancers entering K5 or older. Junior Camps are open to boys and girls entering K5 or older. Both camps include instruction in Broadway dance, Hollywood-style choreography, and the dancing profession. Mini Camps are also available and open to boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 2 and older. For additional information, call 662.349.6422, email or visit Comp Tech Camp | June 9–12, June 23–26, July 21–24 | 9am–4pm | $120 per week Junior Camp | June 9–12, June 23–26, July 21-24 | 10am–2pm | $95 per week Mini Camp | June 9–12, June 23–26, July 21-24 | 4pm–4:30pm or 5:30pm-6pm | $65 per week

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Adventures Camp Lake Stephens Resting on more than 400 acres of softlyrolling hills, Camp Lake Stephens offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rappelling, and high and low ropes courses. Camp Rainbow is for mentally challenged campers, age 18 or older. Adventure Camps offer a rustic camp experience with exciting adventure, like canoeing on the Eleven Point River, spelunking at Raccoon Mountain or whitewater rafting the Ocoee River. Most Adventure Camps are open to Jr. High campers (finished grades 6-8) only. The Elementary Tree-House Camp is for elementary campers (finished grades 2-5). Camp Rainbow | June 30–July4 | $340 Adventure Camps | weekly, June 9–August 2 | $340-$450 Elementary Tree-House Camp | weekly, June 2–August 2 | $340–$400

Camp of the Rising Son

Summer Camp (ages 7-12) | June 8-July 12 | $489 per week Day Camp (ages 6–12) | June 29–July 12 | $389 per week

crafts, games, Ultimate Frisbee, nature

DeSoto County YMCA Summer Day Camp

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enriching activities for children ages 5–12. The camp focuses on teaching teamwork skills, leadership skills and how to build friendships



honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Field trips are offered once a week, as well as activities such as swimming, team sports, organized games, and arts. Camp locations include Hernando Elementary School, Olive Branch Elementary School and Southaven Intermediate School. For more information, visit ymcamemphis. org, call 662.280.6370, or email Mandy Smith at or

Camp of the Rising Son offers a great

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opportunity for campers to learn and grow

May 27–August 15, 6:30am–6:00pm | $109 weekly plus $75 registration fee per family

while experiencing the great outdoors. Campers can select their favorites from riding, sailing and archery. Teens can

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also choose from Rafting Adventures, a

This year-round ministry of the Presbytery

Horse Camp, and Camp Intern Adventure.

of St. Andrew, PC (USA) is an ACA and

Located in French Camp, Mississippi, on

PCCCA accredited facility located in Holly

350 wooded acres and beautiful Lake Ann,

Springs National Forest, about 5 miles east

Camp of the Rising Son also features a new

of Oxford, Mississippi. A wide variety of

waterfront area for summer 2014. For more

summer camp opportunities are available

information, contact Carrie Browning at

for children and youth ages 6-16, and

662.547.6169 or visit

include canoeing, swimming, arts and

over 20 fun activities, including horseback

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training and worship. Camps are also available for children and youth with email

DeSoto County’s YMCA Day Camp provides


study, hiking, Bible study, leadership,

visit, or call 662.234.2254. Diabetes Wee Bit (6–9 yrs.) | June 29–July 1 | $225–325, with subsidized pricing available Type 1 Diabetes (10–15 yrs.) | July 6–12 | $400–600, with subsidized pricing available Type 1 Diabetes LeadershiP (16 yrs. old) | July 6–12 | $400–600, with subsidized pricing available

Maple Grove Farm Summer Farm Camp The






4961 Windsong Park Drive, Collierville, Tennessee, offers a unique summer farm camp for kids ages 4-9. Campers are divided into age groups and participate in daily events throughout the beautiful and natural setting of the seventeen-acre farm. Activities include wall climbing, line dancing, group games, swimming, slip-n-slides, crafts, fishing, pony rides, ziplines




lessons and horseback riding lessons are provided at an additional charge. For more information, contact Tim or Nicole McDaniel at 901.861.7422 or by email at June 2–July 25, 8:30am–3pm | $180 per week Before & after carE | $40 per week Swimming Lessons | $40 per week Semi-Private Riding Lessons | $35 per hour or $30 per lesson for 5 or more (booked in advance)

Victory Ranch Summer Camp Victory Ranch is a non-denominational Christian summer camp dedicated to making a difference in the lives of campers. The Victory Ranch experience creates independence and self-confidence, with activities that are designed to provide campers with adventure, challenge, and Christian fellowship. Everything is planned to positively affect four key areas of a camper’s life: the spiritual, the physical, the mental and the social. For more information, call 731.659.2880 or visit Session 1 | Coed, JK-1 (Beginner) | May 27th–31st | $800.00 Session 2 | Coed | June 1st–7th | $1,100.00 Session 3 | Coed | June 8th–14th | $1,100.00 Session 4 | Boys | June 15th–21st | $1,100.00 Session 5 | Coed (Middle School) | June 22nd–28th | $1,100.00 Session 6 | Coed | June 29th–July 5th | $1,100.00 Session 7 | Girls | July 6th–12th | $1,100.00 Session 8 | Coed | July 13th–19th | $1,100.00

Woodland Discovery Summer Camps at Shelby Farms Park Shelby Farms Park Conservancy seeks to encourage kids to connect with nature through exploration, inspiration, discovery and fun through several different summer camps. The Woodland Discovery Nature Camp is for ages 6-8 and the Woodland Discovery Adventure Camp is for ages 9-11. The Park also offers the Woodland Discovery Equestrian Camp for ages 8-13 to encourage confident young equestrians by introducing them to the art of horseback riding at the Shelby Farms Park Stables. For questions about SFPC’s summer camps, contact Jasmin Mayen at jmayen@shelbyfarmspark. org or by calling 901.767.PARK x 315. Woodland Discovery Nature Camp Session I, May 26–30, 8am–3pm; Session II, June 9–13, 8am–3pm | $250 per session Woodland Discovery Adventure Camp | Session I, June 2–6, 8am–3pm; Session II, June 16–20, 8am–3pm | $250 per session Woodland Discovery Equestrian Camp | Session I, May 26–30; Session II, June 2–6; Session III, June 9–13; Session IV, June 16–20 | Monday— Thursday, 8am–2pm and Friday, 8am–3pm | $350 per session

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Educational Girls of Grit

Immaculate Conception Summer Camp

Girls of Grit is a camp designed to build leadership skills and

ICCS's Camp Wildcat Global Adventures is more than a camp—

self-confidence in teenage girls. The camp focuses on service in

it’s a true learning experience for children in Pre-K through

the community, teamwork and exposure to traditionally male-

8th grade. The camp includes weekly field trips to Mud Island,

dominated careers. This year’s inaugural camp includes activities

Children's Museum of Memphis, and Memphis Zoo, as well as

such as: working with flight engineering; working with an

on-site activities such as Build-A-Bear, a petting zoo, a magician

attorney; understanding farm-to-table concepts in restaurants;

show, art and music classes, and more. For more information,

a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum; an introduction to

contact Maggie O'Neill at 901.725.2710 or visit

scuba diving; and developing a fundraiser for a local charity,

June 4–August 1, 7:30am–5:30pm (No camp on July 4) | $125 per week plus $200 one-time activity fee

which will be determined by the campers. For more information, contact Lori at 662.253.8081 or by email at June 16–20, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. | $99 and includes fees for all activities, transportation, and daily lunches.

Memphis Botanic Garden Summer Camps The Memphis Botanic Gardens offers a selection of themed camps for a little natural fun for kids ages 4 to 12. Younger children are

Humane Society Pet Cadets Summer Camp

invited to participate in the Caterpillar Club, which features

The Humane Society of Memphis’ Pet Cadets Summer Camp

hands-on learning activities and crafts with daily or weekly

provides the opportunity for campers aged 7-12 to have hands-

enrollment options. Nature Scene gives kids the opportunity to

on time with the animals, learn from animal trainers, and make

explore the world around them, while Eco-Adventure features

enrichment toys and games for animals.

Campers will also

bona fide eco-experts and garden staff leading kids to discovery

get a behind-the-scenes look at life at the Humane Society. For

as they trek and splash through various ecosystems. Interested

more information, contact Debbie Newsom at 901.937.3917 or

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Caterpillar Club (4—5 yrs.) | June 2–6, 16–20, July 7–11, 28–August 1 | $125 (members), $150 (nonmembers) Nature Scene Investigator Camps (6–9 yrs.) | June 9–13, July 14–18 | $150 (members), $175 (nonmembers Eco-Adventure Camps (9–12 yrs.) | July 21–25 | $150 (members), $175 (nonmembers)

Session 1 | June 2–6, 8am–12pm | $200 Session 2 | June 16–20, 8am–12pm | $200 Session 3 | July 7–11, 8am–12pm | $200 Session 4 | July 14–18, 8am–12pm | $200

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Memphis Zoo Camp Lions, tigers and bears are just a few of the creatures that will greet youngsters at the gate of the Memphis Zoo’s Zoo Camp. Campers will be treated to exclusive chats with keepers, guided tours and a bevy of arts and crafts courtesy of the Bluff City’s wildest animal house. Different packages are available for preschool through eighth grade, with an aftercare program available for those who’d like to stick around. For specific dates, topics, and how to register, visit  or call  901.333.6765. Zoo Camp | June 3–August 2 | $165 members, $195 nonmembers

Hutchison Center for Excellence and SPARK Day Camps Hutchinson School offers a wide variety of individual sessions and day camps for children and youth of all ages, ranging

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osting a party this summer? A Mexican fiesta is a great entertaining theme whether

you’re planning for an intimate get-together with friends or an entire clan. The holiday of

Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Many Mexican Americans celebrate in a big way - even though it’s not a federal holiday. What better excuse to throw a party with some spice!? With Cinco De Mayo approaching, here are some fun party tips and recipes to throw the perfect Fiesta!

Décor Piñatas, sombreros, maracas, paper flags and streamers are all you need to get the party started. Festive décor is readily available and can be found at your local party or craft store, rental companies and even super stores like Target and Walmart. If you have time, you can order value-priced party supplies, décor, party favors and novelties in bulk online from

Table centerpieces These can be as simple as large bottles of tequila (empty or full) with a sombrero as a topper. Dried black beans make for great vase fillers for colorful flowers such a daisies- and both can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Make your own Papel picado Considered a Mexican folk art, Papel picado is a decorative craft made out of paper and cut into elaborate designs. For directions, go online at and search papel picado.

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entertaining Food Keep it simple: Create a taco or nacho bar for guests to build their own entree with a variety of toppings and meat. Purchase chips and salsa from your favorite local restaurant and you have a stress-free fiesta meal. Keep it healthy: Taco salads or fish tacos are great choices to keep the calories down and appeal to all those health nuts attending the party. Serve salad buffet style with grilled chicken or shrimp for added protein. Fish tacos are delicious and easy to make. Grilled shrimp (which literally take only minutes to prepare on the grill) served on corn tortillas with slaw and avocado slices is another tasty alternative. Guacamole makes for a healthy appetizer and looks great on a table when served with organic blue corn chips to for festive color.

Recipes Guacamole Serves- 4-6

Ingredients: • 4-5 Avocados • About 1/4 t salt per avocado • 1 large Tomato or 3 Roma Tomatoes, diced up • About 1/2 t lemon or lime juice per avocado or substitute an orange • Optional: Chopped cilantro, chopped onion, minced garlic Preparation: 1) Cut the avocados in half, squeeze out the pit (just gently squeeze till it pops out) and scoop the fruit into a bowl. 2) Add the salt, juice, and tomatoes. Mash it together with a fork (I like to leave some chunks). 3) Taste. If you can’t taste the avocado much, add a bit of salt. If it’s a little flat, dribble a little juice in. Try garlic or onions to see how that changes it. Play with it and you will find your “ideal guac balance point”. This is the secret to excellent guacamole! Substituting the orange for the Lemon or lime adds a unique and refreshing flavor to traditional guacamole.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Lime Crema Ingredients: Crema: 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise 3 tablespoons fat -free sour cream 1 teaspoon grated lime rind 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 garlic clove, minced Tacos: 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 1/2 pounds mahi mahi Cooking spray 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas 2 cups shredded cabbage

3) To prepare tacos, combine cumin and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of fish. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. 4) Place fish in a bowl; break into pieces with a fork. Heat tortillas according to package directions. 5) Divide fish evenly among tortillas; top each with 1/4 cup cabbage and 1 tablespoon crema.

Preparation: 1) Preheat oven to 425°. 2) To prepare crema, combine ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

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entertaining DRINKS

Every fiesta needs margaritas. Here are some recipes for a variety of fun, easy cocktails.

CLASSIC MARGARITA Ingredients: • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional) • Ice • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave) • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)

Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. 2. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled salt-rimmed glass. Recipe courtesy of


Original recipe makes 6 cups

Ingredients: 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate 1/3 cup orange juice 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine 1/2 cup triple sec 1 lemon, sliced into rounds 1 orange, sliced into rounds 1 lime, sliced into rounds 1/4 cup white sugar (optional) 2 1/2 cups ginger ale Preparation: 1) In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. 2) Float slices of lemon, orange and lime in the mixture. 3) Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. 4) For a fizzy sangria, add ginger ale just before serving.

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FIVE THINGS TO PUT IN AN ADULT PIÑATA A piñata is the most traditional form of entertainment at fiestas- so why not create one for adults only and fill it with plastic liquor bottles and other fun treats? Even if your party is adults only, that’s no reason not to blindfold people and watch them whack things with a bat. Here are five things to fill up an adult piñata with to be sure you throw the best party ever! Toys/Snacks: Never underestimate the power of a candy necklace, ring pop or a glow bracelet.

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3. Investing too aggressively

s a participant in your

spouse may be entitled, and others. By

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examining a person’s individual situa-

On the other hand, retirement investors

ings plan, you've made an im-

tion, both now and in the future, it is

striving for the highest possible returns

portant commitment to yourself and

possible to determine how much that

might select investments that are too

your family: to prepare for the future.

person may need to accumulate to

risky for their overall situation. Al-

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though it's a generally accepted principle

ment is an important first step in the


to invest at least some money in more

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aggressive investments to pursue an in-

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vestor’s goals and help protect against

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alone. Any employer-sponsored plan

inflation, the amount invested should

derail your progress along the way.

likely offers tools to help employees set

be based on a number of factors.

a savings goal. In addition, a financial

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professional can help employees fur-

savings mix are those that take into

ther refine their target, breaking it down

consideration the investor’s total sav-

to answer the all-important question,

ings goal, time horizon (or how much

"How much should I contribute each

time that person has until retirement),

pay period?"

and ability to withstand changes in the

1. Beginning with no end in mind Setting out on a new journey without knowing the destination can be a welcome adventure, but when planning for retirement, it's generally best to know where you're going. According to the

account's value. A financial professional

Employee Benefit Research Institute

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an individual may need to save on a

savings goal tend to be more confident

regular basis is targeting an appropriate

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in their retirement prospects than those

rate of return, or how much an employ-

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plan participants to borrow from their

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the most conservative investments,

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