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BRIEFS & THINGS: BRIDGES welcomes Mayor Cory Booker

BRIDGES' 90th anniversary celebration will include a visit by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., who will speak during a lunch event on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

As leader of New Jersey's largest city since 2006, Booker and his administration have worked to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling the city's resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment deemed nurturing and empowering for all individuals and families.

Under Booker's leadership, the Newark Police Department has undergone radical transformation, and reduced crime by more than 40 percent. The city recently committed to a $40 million transformation of city parks and playgrounds through a public/private partnership.

The theme of Booker's address will be "Leadership in Action." Tickets are $75 each and space is limited. Reserve your table or seat today! For more information, call 901-452-5600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Midnight Classic Bike Tour set for Aug. 25

Meritan's 13th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour, a 17-mile non-competitive bike ride through the streets of Memphis, will be held Saturday (Aug. 25) at Poplar Plaza Shopping Center, Poplar and Highland.

The event begins with a Lunar Festival at 10 p.m. with music and bike vendors who will help registered bike riders on their way. Police and volunteers will man the route.

The bike ride is open to all ages. Following the tour, concessions from Central Bar B Q, Gibson's Donuts and Fat Tire Beer will be served to registered cyclists.

Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children, students and military personnel with current identification. For more information, visit www.midnightclassicbiketour.org or contact Elise Bone at Meritan at 901-766-0613.

BRIEFLY: HealthSpring, a leading Medicare Advantage plan, will hold auditions Aug. 25-26 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Loose Goose, 8014 Club Centre Drive in Cordova, for the fifth annual Silver Stars talent competition. Musicians, singers and dancers age 60 and up are invited to compete for a chance to win the top prize of $5,000 and perform onstage at the Ryman Auditorium during the Silver Stars finals in Nashville this October. For more information or to register to audition, visit www.hssilverstars.com or call Billy Block at 615-665-8772.

BRIEFLY: Ballet On Wheels Dance School and Company is hosting their annual Dance Open House on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm at Hutchison School. For more information, call 901-870-4348 or visit www.balletonwheels.org

BRIEFLY: The Whitehaven Class of 1992 will hold its 20th year reunion Sept. 27-30. For more information, call Lisa Johnson at 312-608-9910 or Robin Mathews at 901-949-2891. Information also available via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.facebook.com/groups/WHSCO92.

BRIEFLY: The Bridges Into Health Workshop: Strategies to Reduce Inequities and Improve Health Outcomes will be held Sept 21 to examine the link between poverty, poor health and rising health care costs. And what can be done about it. The workshop ($50) will take place in the Saint Francis Hospital Longinotti Auditorium, located at 5959 Park Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will run from 9 a.m. –to 3 p.m. The sponsors are Healthy Memphis Common Table and the Assisi Foundation. For more information, contact Healthy Memphis Common Table Project Manager Connie Binkowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901-800-5108. Visit www.healthymemphis.org.

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