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Short news items of interest from around the community Girls Inc. Summer Camp offers fun, innovative learning

Girls Incorporated of Memphis will soon begin registration for its annual summer camp that will be held May 31 through July 22, 2011. The camp will offer age appropriate learning in a safe and educational environment. Programs will focus on various subjects including media, body basics, arts and crafts, safety, aviation, community action and team building.

“The camp is a great opportunity for parents to keep the learning process going for students and allow them to have fun while growing and connecting with other girls,” said Deborah Hester-Harrison, President of Girls Inc. of Memphis.  “Each center has a limited number of girls it can serve.  We anticipate that the centers will reach full capacity very quickly so we encourage parents to register during early registration to ensure that a space is available.”

Early registration for the camps will run from March 21-25. Regular registration runs from March 28- May 13.The camp will be held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  For an additional five dollars per week, an early bird hour of 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. is available.

To register, parents are encouraged to stop by the center nearest them between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Here’s a list of the Girls Inc. Summer Camp Centers are:

South Park Center, 1568 Robinhood Lane, 901-743-8062; Lucille DeVore Tucker Center, 686 N. Seventh Street, 901-527-4475; Riverview Kansas Center, 90 West Olive Street, 901-573-2315; Whitehaven Center (Lanier Middle School), 817 Brownlee, 901-523-0217; Whitehaven Center, 4523 Elvis Presley Blvd, 901-359-8397; Sacred Heart Center, 69 North Cleveland Street, 901-326-2198.

For more information, call 901-523-0217 or visit www.girlsinc memphis.org.

Memphis Prom Closet makes prom a reality

For high school teens, senior prom is one of the most memorable experiences of their high school life. The reality is that not every young girl can afford to attend.

You can help change that and offer financially limited girls of Memphis the chance to experience one of the most unforgettable moments of high school. Memphis Prom Closet is collecting prom dresses for the first annual Dress Giveaway Party, to provide dresses to girls in need, now through March 18, 2011.

When the women of Girl Talk Memphis and Smitten Events realized there was a need to make prom a reality for financially limited teenage girls, they teamed up to create Memphis Prom Closet, an organization that provides prom dresses free of charge, to girls who would have not otherwise had the opportunity to participate in their prom activities.

This year, Memphis Prom Closet has chosen to donate proceeds to Northside High School and hopes to provide more than 125 dresses to junior and senior young women.

The Memphis Prom Closet will host a finale’ event on Saturday, March 26th at Northside High School, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. called the “Dress Giveaway Party.” The event will reflect a store setting, with a wide variety of dress choices for the girls, organized on racks by size, with dressing rooms and volunteers readily available to help with style decisions when needed.

Along with dress shopping is a series of workshops that all students will participate in that range from discussions about prom safety to etiquette, and hair and makeup tips from professional stylists.

For more information on how to volunteer or donate, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901.213.SMIT (7648).

D.A. names Higgins communications director

Shelby County District Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich has named Vince Higgins Communications Director for the District Attorney’s Office.

“Vince brings a unique combination of skills to our office as a former police officer with the Memphis Police Department and as (outgoing Police) Director (Larry) Godwin’s first Public Information Officer,” said Weirich.  “He has been an outstanding public servant for over twenty years and we are fortunate that he is continuing to serve the community in this capacity.”

Higgins started his career with the Memphis Police Department in 1990, and served as Godwin’s Public Information Officer from 2004 through 2008. Most recently, he was the City Permits Administrator, and Executive Secretary of the Memphis Alcohol Commission.    

“I am honored to have been selected for the position,” said Higgins.  “Being here with the District Attorney General’s Office will allow me to continue my career in a culture of service.”

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