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Short news items from around the community Methodist South to host Whitehaven Farmer’s Market ‘spectacular’

Methodist South Hospital will host a summer spectacular at the Whitehaven Farmer’s Market on Monday (July 25) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Medical Office Complex, 1251 Wesley Drive. In addition to fresh produce and vegetables being sold by local farmers, there will be blood pressure checks, health information and family fun activities.

Tomatoes, eggplant and a variety of other vegetables will be available from the Richardson Vegetable Farm; squash, okra, and canned jellies from The Wallace Farms; candied apples from Miss Birdsong’s Sweet Tooth; green beans, cherry tomatoes, peaches, and peppers from Vang Produce; vinegars, spices and oils from OCVegan Foods; and shea butter and essential oils from Touch of Essence.

The Farmer’s Market is open every Monday (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) until October 10 (except holidays).

For more information, call 516-3580.

Back2School Celebration and Health Fair on tap

The 3rd Annual Citywide Back2School Celebration and Health Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Community Center at 1560 North Hollywood on July 30.

The event is the product of KEDS, Inc. and Issa Ministries, in conjunction with several sponsors. This year’s theme is “Educate, Graduate and Liberate.”

On tap are: free school supplies, free hair cuts for boys, free health screenings provided by Methodist Hospital North, United Health Care, Volunteer State Health Plan, Firestone Dental, Getwell Clinic, along with student volunteers from Southwest Tennessee Community College and Christian Brothers University.

Special guests include: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell; Congressman Steve Cohen; State Rep. Antonio “2Shay” Parkinson and other elected officials and political candidates; Kobie Randolph, author of “The Champagne Life”; recording artist Praise Report; Jeff Lee of WDIA Radio; LaDell Beamon and Heal the Hood; and representatives of the Memphis Police Department and the Memphis Fire Department.

For more information, contact the Rev. I. W. Booker at 901-797-8575 or Hollywood Community Center at 901-458-4084.

LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Negro College Fund  Celebrate the Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend and the 41st UNCF Black Tie Gala

 LOC, UNCF roll out plans for annual fundraiser

The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will host the Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend and the 41st UNCF Black Tie Gala Reception beginning Aug. 15 and continuing through Aug. 20. The events will benefit LOC and the 38 other member institutions of the (UNCF).

“We are once again planning for a successful golf tournament, 5K Run, Celebrity Sports Breakfast and gala,” said Roger Brown, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at LeMoyne-Owen College. “The Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend is present through the tremendous support that we receive from community and corporate leaders.”  

The weekend features: Aug. 15, Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Spring Creek Ranch at 149 Chinquapin Drive in Collierville; Aug. 19, News Channel 3 Sunset 5K Run/Walk (beginning at the LeMoyne-Owen College campus and winding through South Memphis Soulsville community), and a concert on the Brownlee; Aug. 20, the Celebrity Sports Breakfast hosted by former NBA Player, Elliot Perry; Aug. 20, The 41st Annual UNCF Black Tie Gala Reception/Silent Auction (minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Avenue), featuring The Manhattans and presentation of the LeMoyne-Owen College Beacon of Hope Award.

The Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend (HACSW) is named for baseball great Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron.

BRIEFLY: The Kwanzaa in July Cultural Conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on July 30 at the Alma C. Hanson Student Center on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College. Theme: Embracing the Principles of the Nguzo Saba; Sponsor: Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc., Ayana Ruby Payne, president. Contact: Frances Barnes – 901-606-9214, 901-454-0068; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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