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‘Hurt people, help people’

‘Hurt people, help people’

If it is our desire to change the mindset of people, then I believe that we should start by at least throwing out or rephrasing some of our most potent adages. In particular, let's tackle a phrase so

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City’s outdoor pools set to open June 8th

City’s outdoor pools set to open June 8th

The City of Memphis will open its outdoor pools for the summer swimming season this Saturday, June 8th.

The pools will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, July 27th.

Toni Holmon-Turner, public affairs manager for the Division of Parks and Neighborhoods, says taking a dip in a City of Memphis pool has gotten easier this year. City Access Cards, which can be obtained at any public library, are now being used in lieu of Pool Cards.

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Memphian wins $1 million in casinos’ Millionaire Maker drawing

Memphian wins $1 million in casinos’ Millionaire Maker drawing

"I still cannot believe I won. I am just shocked."

Those where the words of Memphian Karen Christian, who won $1 million in the Tunica Millionaire Maker – One Winner – One Million Dollars – Every Week giveaway. One name is drawn from entries at Harrah's, Horseshoe and Tunica Roadhouse casinos in Tunica, Miss. to win $1 million.

On Saturday, June 1, Christian became the ninth person to win.

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Creative Aging Senior Variety Show is a real ‘howling’ success

Creative Aging Senior Variety Show is a real ‘howling’ success

In preparation for Creative Aging's 4th Annual Senior Variety Show, I had the pleasure of judging a talent contest at the Josephine K. Lewis Senior Center on May 22. There were 11 acts and 65 seniors in the audience. It was a wonderful morning showcasing talented, vibrant seniors.

The show opened with Stan McCarver singing "Crazy for You," in a beautifully mellow voice. He was quite confident, and his performance was a joy to hear. Bob Koonce tap-danced to "Rocky Top" with great energy and vitality. Evelyn Taylor Stamps, the winner of the talent showcase, performed a reading of the poem "Little Orphan Annie."

Among several other singers, Eddie Murphy sang "By Your Love" in a magnificent baritone voice that was reminiscent of the late James Hyter. Elnora Buchanan entertained with a lovely piano solo.

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City crafts F.U.N. program to fill summer-hunger gap

For many children who receive free and reduced meals at school, summer – which can be an exciting time – can also mean hunger.

To address this need and support wellness among city youth, the City of Memphis created the program F.U.N. (Fitness, Unity, Nutrition) as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The initiative is locally supported by over $125,000 in funding from Cigna and Cigna Foundation.

"Hunger does not take a break, and just as learning does not end with the dismissal of school, neither does a child's need for nutrition," said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. "With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping Memphis children eating healthy during these months."

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Limitless Malik: First grader counts to 10,000,000,000

Limitless Malik: First grader counts to 10,000,000,000

Malik Givens is a first grade student at White's Chapel Elementary School. He is the son of Erika Brown and the student of Valerie Smith. Malik is a very inquisitive and happy child. His younger twin siblings are in pre-K at White's Chapel also, and he loves being a big brother.

In room 1-02, (The Smithsmiles Classroom) there is a banner that asks the question, "Have you used your brain today?" Malik thinks it is fun to use your brain, and when he does, it makes him feel good all day.

A very creative artist, Malik also enjoys reading and writing large numbers. One day in December 2012, he completed a 100 grid as part of his morning work, and then asked Ms. Smith, if he could count to a billion. The question was surprising to her, coming from a six-year-old first grader.

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Nutritional recipes for post-holiday reset

Nutritional recipes for post-holiday reset

On Memorial Day, the nation honored its war dead and those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country safe and secure. For some people, it was a celebration; for others, a remembrance.

Now that the celebration is over and you're no longer feasting on that slab of pork ribs and other meats, I'd be remiss if I didn't try to refocus your attention on maintaining a healthy diet. Below are some basic, delicious and healthy recipes that you can make without difficulty. They're simple and fun. So let's move forward to better nutritional choices.

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New birth date requirement for kindergarten and Pre-K signup

New birth date requirement for kindergarten and Pre-K signup

OK parents, take note. Tennessee has a new birth date requirement for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year, and subsequent years.

Check out the new guidelines.

Public kindergarten programs:

Children entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year. For the years that follow, children must be age five on or before August 15.

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