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BRIEFS & THINGS: ‘411 on Sex’ teen Conference is set

For the second year, the medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing students at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center have joined with the Shelby County Health Department and other local organizations to host the "411 on Sex" Teen Conference. The community-based event is set for Saturday (Sept. 22) at the University of Tennessee Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave., starting with registration at 8:30 a.m., and ending at 2:30 p.m. It is designed to make parents and high school students more aware of critical issues related to "sexting," human trafficking, pregnancy prevention, and teen dating violence.

Pam Houston, special events coordinator for the UT Health Sciences Center, launched the initiative last year in response to graphic phone images, the large number of pregnant teenagers in Shelby County, and the need for parents to better understand what their children were being exposed to, via the Internet.

The conference is supported by Cumulus Media and public affairs director Tony Nichelson. It's free, with lunch provided by U.T. Parental Permission is required. Advocates working with high school students, male or female, are encouraged to call Houston at 901-448-6707 to confirm interest in attending. Counselors, pastors, agency leaders and children's advocates may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

'To Restore' legal workshop on Sept. 22

A legal workshop dubbed "To Restore" will be held Saturday (Sept. 22) at First Baptist Church Broad (2835 Broad Ave.) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Hosted and presented by attorney, the free workshop will feature these topics and presenters: Tennessee's New Expungement Law – dist. Atty. Amy Weirich, state Rep. Karen Camper and state Sen. Reginald Tate; Driving Privileges – attorney Cathy Hailey-Kent; Voting Rights – attorney Phyllis Aluko; and Home Ownership (Foreclosures) – attorney Webb A. Brewer.

For more information, contact Burrow at 901-590-2730 or Earnest Townes of Shifting Gears Community Outreach at 901-644-9215.

Aspire to begin 'Listening Tour'

Aspire Public Schools-Memphis Region (APS), which the Achievement School District has selected to transform 10 schools over the next five years, will kick-off a series of Listening Tours to engage parents, guardians and community leadership in September and October.

Listening tour stops:

Thursday (Sept.) at The MAM Grizzlies Center, 2107 Ball Rd., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sept. 27 at the Whitehaven Library, 4120 Millbranch Rd., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 11, Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 North Watkins St., 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

'Stuff a Bus' Mata Food Drive is a team effort

September is Hunger Action Month and MATA is teaming up with the Mid-South Food Bank for the second annual "Stuff a MATA Bus" Food Drive on Sept. 26 at the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The goal is to collect enough food to fill a 40-foot city bus to help feed thousands of families in the Mid-South. Staff members from both agencies and volunteers will be on site (the Highland side of the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center) to collect food and money donations from the public. Donations will also be collected within the week leading up to the event.

The donations collected directly benefit the Mid-South Food Bank's "Food for Kids Backpack Program" and other hunger programs with member agencies. Most needed items include: canned meats (tuna, stews, chili, Spam); canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned (100 percent) fruit juice, peanut butter and any non-perishable item (pasta, cereal, rice, dried fruits). As for money donations, $1 dollar is worth $4 worth of food.

For more information about volunteering at the "Stuff a MATA Bus" food drive or how to donate, contact Mid-South Food Bank at 901-527-0841 or MATA at 901-722-7136.

BRIEFLY: Join SRVS, Country Ford and 95.3 FM The Rebel for a day of fun at Country Ford, 95 Goodman Road E. in Southaven (Miss.) on Saturday (Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a raffle for a 50" flat screen TV and two $100 gift cards and refreshments. Handcrafted products made by individuals with disabilities at SRVS Learning Center will be available for purchase. All purchases benefit SRVS.

BRIEFLY: The Mid-South Fair is partnering with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to help them restock the center's teddy bear wall. On opening day Friday (Sept. 21), fair patrons are asked to bring a brand new, medium-sized teddy bear to the Mid-South Fair. Make sure the bear still has its tags or store packaging. Donors will net $3 off a single adult admission. On Saturday (Sept. 22), fair patrons will receive $1 off the regular adult admission price in exchange for canned meats, canned fish and peanut butter. Donations will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank.

BRIEFLY: The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will hold its annual open house on Sept. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in its administrative offices in 204 Scates Hall. The free event will feature highlights from the April red carpet premiere of "Duty of the Hour," a documentary on the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, and information on upcoming calls for Hooks Institute funded research and other Hooks Institute programs. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

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