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Short news items from around the community Gallery Three Five O sets benefit art show, sale

Gallery Three Five O will host its third First Sunday art show and sale on Sunday (Nov. 6) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1894 Edward Avenue. Hosted by Sandra Burke and Friends of the Arts, the event will offer exclusive artwork, artifacts, handcrafted jewelry as well as unique leather apparel and home accessories.  

Refreshment will be provided by Bridges and More. Partial proceeds will be donated to the American Prostate Cancer Research Fund, Inc. and Women of Style, Spirit and Success, Inc.

A pioneer gallery owner in the South Main Art District, Burke said the First Sunday concept is to revitalize or bring back Gallery Three Five O.  The gallery was formerly located at 350 South Main.

“The idea is to develop a new clientele and interest and to let people know I am back in the business and supporting community initiatives,” she said. “Our focus is on the arts, food, friends and conversation.”

A blue jean drive will also be underway during the event. Anyone who brings a clean, used pair of jeans for donation to the organizers’ Blue Jean Project will receive a coupon for $2 coupon that can be used toward purchase from select artists.

The First Sunday event is open to the public and anyone interested in being an exhibit should contact Burke. For more information, call 901-274-2614.

Grizzlies and Southwest to present annual Poetry Slam

Young poets from 27 area high schools will combine creativity with composition as they compete in the Second Annual Memphis Grizzlies Poetry Slam, presented by Southwest Tennessee Community College.  Associate presenting sponsors are Wing Stop and the National Basketball Academy.

Over the next two months, participants at each of these individual schools will vie for a spot in the Grizzlies Poetry Slam Finale that will see the winner walk away with a two-year, full tuition scholarship to Southwest Tennessee Community College, a $100 per semester book stipend and an all-expense paid trip to New York.  At the Dec. 3 finale, set to take place at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, each competitor will have two minutes to recite verses of original poetry under the theme of “Believe in Myself.”

In addition to selecting the winner, the judges, including representatives from the Grizzlies, Southwest and Wing Stop, will also select a runner-up, who will win a laptop, and a third place finisher, who will receive an iPod Touch.

Schools that are interested in participating in the Grizzlies Poetry Slam can still sign up by going to Grizzlies.com or calling 901-205-1252.

Memphis HBCU hoops classic set for Hamilton

Building Blocks Mentoring Program has assembled four high caliber college basketball teams for the first annual Memphis HBCU Basketball Classic designed to provide a platform for the students to showcase their athletic talents in front of a Memphis audience and bring awareness about the history and legacy of HBCUs.

The event will run Dec. 2-3 at Hamilton High School. The classic will begin Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. with an HBCU and Greek Mixer at the Westin Hotel downtown. On Dec. 3 at 9 a.m., Hamilton High School will host a college prep workshop, a college fair at 11 a.m., and at 1:30 p.m. the featured schools will play some exciting HBCU basketball. The day will end with a high stepping Greek Step Show in the Hamilton High School auditorium at 7 p.m.

Taking the court in the classic are Wiley College, Rust College, Fisk University and Knoxville College.

For more information about the Memphis HBCU Classic, including sponsors, visit www.memphishbcuhoopclassic.com or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFLY: Network Meeting (Empowering Visionaries) will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at International Paper Headquarters, Tower 3, at 6410 Poplar Ave. Carlee McCullough, Esq., Officer of Contract Compliance, City of Memphis, will be the featured speaker..

BRIEFLY: The People First-Binghampton Neighborhood BBQ and cookout will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 5) at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard. People First is a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center supported partnership with residents and activists working in the Binghampton community to raise voter turn out during elections and assist in long term resident-driven grassroots community organizing after the elections end.

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