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Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis get its woman

Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis get its woman
Look no further than LaRita Shelby if you’re in need of a voice to express the understanding that theater is a vehicle for telling stories and that “our stories give us the power to transform ourselves and others.”
Shelby, former Memphian, actress, singer, writer, broadcaster and media professional, has been named honorary chairperson of the second biennial Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM) August 7-9.
 
“I got my start in the theatre in Memphis and received exemplary training,” said Shelby, who has appeared on the air, on stages and on screens around the globe. “I accept this honor with a charge to build domestic and global cohesiveness within the creative community, and to forge new alliances among those in the creative and performing arts.”

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‘Called: How One Couple Served A City’

‘Called: How One Couple Served A City’
A unique story that details how a woman and her husband created a ministry that began with fostering 75 children in their Memphis home without any financial support from the state or federal government is outlined in a new book entitled “Called: How One Couple Served A City.” 
 
JoeAnn Ballard, the book’s author, explains how she and her late husband, Monroe Ballard, transformed a labor of love into an endeavor that eventually led to the founding of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. in 1978. 
 
“Called: How One Couple Served A City,” by Southern biographer Sheridan Hill and published by Real Life Stories, LLC, describes how Ballard’s childhood set the stage for a lifetime of compassionate service. 

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A push to address economic business disparities in Memphis and Shelby County

A push to address economic business disparities in Memphis and Shelby County
If a group of business leaders succeed with the initiative they announced Tuesday morning, increased minority business participation within the public and private sectors of Memphis and Shelby County will become a front-burner issue.
 
Determined to affect what they called “the disproportionate number of contracts awarded to minority and women businesses over the last twenty years,” the group sounded an alarm at a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum.”

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LEGACY: E. Laura Owens

 LEGACY: E. Laura Owens
 Mrs. E. Laura Owens, owner of N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home and widow of the late Noble H. Owens Jr., died Sunday at Methodist University Hospital.
 
A retired 30-year schoolteacher from Memphis City Schools, Mrs. Owens passed away with daughters Cheryl and DeNobra “Dena” Owens by her side.
 
Mrs. Owens was born in Georgia. For 60 years, she was an active member of St. John Baptist Church on Vance Avenue and Memphis’ Phi Delta Kappa Sorority for teachers for which she was a founding member.

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Memphis Links, Inc. and Girls Inc. partner to ‘Get Out the Vote’

Memphis Links, Inc. and Girls Inc. partner to ‘Get Out the Vote’
The Memphis chapter of the Links, Inc. and Girls, Inc. of Memphis will host a “Get Out the Vote” campaign to help Memphis and Shelby County citizens register on Saturday (June 7th).
 
The voter registration drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the main entrance of the Southland Mall. Participants can bring any form of government identification. Assistance with filling out the voter registration card will be provided, if necessary.
 
The outreach effort is being extended through the Links’ “It’s a Girl’s Life” (IAGL) program in conjunction with Girls, Inc. of Memphis’ Eureka Program.

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City of Memphis outdoor pools to open Saturday

City of Memphis outdoor pools to open Saturday
For those eagerly awaiting the City of Memphis summer swim season, it’s time to jump in – with caution, of course.
 
Outdoor pools open Saturday (June 7th), with the season extending through July 26th. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Toni Holmon-Turner, public affairs manager for Parks and Neighborhoods, says taking a dip in a City of Memphis pool has gotten easier this year. 
 

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Special Engagement with SINBAD
7:30pm and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House
 
* The Moonshine Jungle Tour – Bruno Mars and Aloe Blacc
8pm | FedEx Forum
 
* Marvin Gaye Tribute
8pm | Suga Shack

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