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City’s outdoor pools set to open June 8th

pool-400The 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

million-600"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

senior-1-600In 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-a-600Malik 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

Chef Timothy Moore-160On 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

UnifiedSchools2Logos-400OK 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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Hands held high reflect a teacher to count on

raised hands-600Chauncey Lane – seventh grade math teacher at Hickory Hill Middle School – stands before a class of eager students with their hands raised skyward. He has a big question about fraction multiplication and the hands are linked to minds eager to answer.

The classroom walls are stripped bare to lower distractions during end-of-year standardized testing. The exception is Lane's TCAP Hall of Fame. It's his way of recognizing students who have excelled in the mathematics portion of the state's comprehensive test, while motivating others.

This week (May 18-25) Lane is being recognized by the district and the Memphis community for his achievement in the classroom. He is part of the I Teach. I Am...an Irreplaceable exhibit. Six hundred teachers in Memphis City Schools will be honored daily through the multi-media exhibit at 75 S. Main from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Manassas on a roll with 100 percent graduation

manassas-600Manassas High School principal James Griffin, who was challenged as a youth by the same type of economic trials his students now face, developed an idea to help dreams come true, not for some, but all of his graduating class.

On Saturday, May 25, at 5 p.m., 100 percent of Manassas' 12th graders and eligible 11th graders will graduate at the Cannon Center – not a small triumph since the principal inherited a 55 percent graduation rate in 2010 prior to his arrival.

Not only will his 119 graduates receive diplomas, each has already received at least two acceptance letters from post-secondary educational institutions that will lead to a career path.

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Kroger keeps its word with $5 million Whitehaven upgrade

Kroger-600A $5 million remodeling of Kroger's Whitehaven store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive already was being greeted as a welcome addition a full 24 hours before the official announcement on Thursday (May 23).

The store will remain open during the six-month renovation, which started this week.

"It's perfect timing. It needs modernizing, and they need to be aware of the younger people in the area," said Sabrina Simmons, who was getting gas at the recently opened Fuel Center on the Kroger lot Wednesday morning.

"For instance, you have Whitehaven High School less than five minutes away. They need to come up with displays, specials and products that they would like. Less of the sugars, candies and sweets; more healthier foods."

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Video: ‘Memphis – It’s the Place to Be’

21videomemphis-500"Memphis It's The Place To Be" won first place in the Individual Category of the International Film and Music Festival: On Location.

Check it out!

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Weekend circus turns Landers Center into a land of adventure

Circus-1-600I've been a photographer for many, many years and nothing brings me greater reward than capturing the encounters between children and the world around them.

Last Friday (May 17), I got yet another chance to record the wonderment that takes place when young people encounter the new and unknown in a safe and secure environment.

The venue was the Landers Center in Southaven and the setting was the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran May 17-19. The circus' theme was "Fully Charged," which easily could have described the children's reaction before, during and after.

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Teach for America Week in Memphis

Teacher-Lady-400Elected officials, local celebrities, and business executives from across the city returned to the classroom April 29–May 3 to celebrate Teach For America Week. Each year, Teach For America Week invites community leaders to serve as guest teachers in public school classrooms, engaging and inspiring students. Athena Turner - Executive Director of Teach for America - Memphis spoke with TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith, II, regarding Teach for America and its purpose.

BES: So tell me about Teach For America (TFA), for somebody not familiar with it. What is TFA? What are your goals, and what are you trying to accomplish?

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