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BRIEFS & THINGS: Empowerment for area women is a conference away

VeMaShe' Enterprises and Ordinary People Magazine will host the 2012 Women's Empowerment Conference... Empowering Lives! Empowering Dreams! Empowering Good Health!

The two-day conference is set for Aug. 24-25 at Holy Nation Church of Memphis, 3333 Old Brownsville Rd. in Bartlett. A meet-greet session will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24, with the conference from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25.

Designed to empower women in all aspects of their lives, the topics and speakers include:

Thinking Out of the Box – Peggie Russell; From the Trunk to Entrepreneurship – Nicole Gates; Professional Office Etiquette – Bernita Killebrew; Health and Wellness – Sheila Easterling-Smith; Home Ownership – Laura Edmonson; Social Media-Pros and Cons –Yolonda Spinks; and Conquering Your Fears – Lamantra Cox.

Registration is $25 and includes a box lunch. Register online at: http://opmwomenempowermentconference. eventbrite.com/

Workshop set on Social Security disability process

A free workshop titled "Social Security Disability: The Application and Appeals Process" will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

The speaker will be C. Greg Cates, Ed.D, chief operating officer of Advanced Case Development (ACD). ACD helps individuals with disabilities navigate through the Social Security disability process. Cates' experience includes providing evaluations and testimony for the Social Security Administration for more than 25 years.

Reserve up to four free seats to attend the event on Eventbrite at http://dimansinc-eac2.eventbrite.com/. For more information, call DI'MANS, Inc. at 901-396-6300.

Educators' Night Out

A select group of educators and one educational program will be spotlighted during Educators Night Out at the Memphis Sounds lounge, 22 N. Third St., on Tuesday (Aug. 21) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The education salute is sponsored by Businesses United to Recognize Educators and is held every third Tuesday of each month

The August honors go to Denise Kelly, Sharpe Elementary School; Stan Bell, Wooddale High; Meryl Isabel, auxiliary staff; Margaret McKissick, Avon Lenox High; the STEM program and John P. Freeman Optional School; and William H. Sweet.

Admission is free, with $2 parking available.

BRIEFLY: The UniverSoul Circus 2012 production entitled "US" – featuring Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China, bone-breaking contortionists with hop-hop flair from Guinea, and hilarious acrobatic comedy from South Africa – will perform from Aug. 28 thru Sept. 3 at Hickory Ridge Mall. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

BRIEFLY: The College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will welcome students, family and friends at its annual White Coat Ceremony, symbolizing the students' entrance into clinical practice. The ceremony is FROM 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (Aug. 17) at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 North Bellevue.

BRIEFLY: Students, parents and community members are invited to join the Chimneyrock Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for its Community Interest Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chimneyrock Elementary School, 8601 Chimneyrock Blvd. in Cordova. The event is an opportunity to connect parents with various organizations in the Chimneyrock community. For more information, contact Jess Wellington, Chimneyrock PTA President, at 901-405-1301.

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