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BRIEFS & THINGS: Special community meeting with MATA

A special community meeting with MATA will be held on June 18 at the Mitchell Community Center, 602 West Mitchell Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the near future, MATA will be proposing changes/cuts in a number of bus routes to the MATA Board of Commissioners. If the proposed changes/cuts in various routes are approved by the MATA Board on June 25, they would go into effect on Aug. 2. The 12 Florida Weaver and the 39 South Third are included in the proposals.

For information on the meeting, contact Johnnie Mosley, chairman, Citizens For Better Service, at 789-6463.

For more information on the proposed changes/cuts in routes, contact MATA at 274-6282, or visit www.matatransit.com.

Boys Scouts and partner target need for doghouses

Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services (MSNS) has partnered with the Memphis-area Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America to provide doghouses to those in need.

Some of the available doghouses have already been distributed to worthy candidates through an additional partnership with the Memphis and Shelby County Environmental Court and Judge Larry Potter and animal advocate Cindy Sanders. The remaining doghouses will be available to seniors and those showing proof of government assistance on Saturday (June 16) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a first-come/first-serve basis at the MSNS clinic, 854 Goodman Street.

Boy Scouts from the Chickasaw Council took charge on making this Eagle Scout project a major success. They raised all the money for needed supplies and constructed nearly 50 doghouses among all the troops. Father-and-son teams worked together on the project, which helped raise family awareness of responsible pet ownership. Some doghouses are primed, painted and shingled, and all are in need of a good home. There will be 30 available on Saturday.

MSNS Board President, Patrick Wyatt said of the partnership with the Boy Scouts, "This is a great way to build awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership and spay and neuter to a younger audience. We are proud to be able to build a link between animal advocacy and helping those in need."

The event coincides with MSNS In-Kind Donation Day and Volunteer Orientation. Visit spaymemphis.org for details.

Relay option added to St. Jude Marathon

The St. Jude Memphis marathon and half marathon sold out in record time, but there still is an opportunity for runners to take part. For the first time in the race's history, runners can sign up for the St. Jude Marathon Relay, which allows participants to put together five-member teams to complete 26.2 miles on Dec. 1.

The marathon relay follows the same course as the popular marathon. Each leg of the course showcases the soul of Memphis, including historic Beale Street, legendary Sun Studio and the highlight for every runner – the run through the campus of St. Jude.

There are 100 team entries available for the St. Jude Marathon Relay and teams can register online at www.stjudemarathon.org. The combined entry fee is $200 and covers all five team members.

Spots are also still available for individuals and teams who sign up to be a St. Jude Hero when they register for any of the races in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend except the half marathon, which is completely sold out. St. Jude Heroes commit to raise a minimum of $500 for the kids of St. Jude.

BRIEFLY: Donor Fest 2012, Lifeblood's weeklong event to increase donations this summer, will culminate in a celebration in Audubon Park on Saturday (June 16) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lifeblood's six donor centers will remain open for extended hours during the week.

BRIEFLY: Memphis City Schools will host the Hearing-Impaired Program Class Reunion on Saturday (June 16) from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at White Station High School. 514 S. Perkins. The inaugural class reunion will host former students from the MCS' Hearing-Impaired Program. Launched in the 1940's, the program provides students with vocational training and job placement. Scheduled activities include a school tour, group photos and a performance from the White Station High School Deaf Drama Club. For more information, email Rita Grivch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFLY: The International Free and Accepted Modern Masons and Order of Eastern Star announce the Moses Grand Lodge and Rebecca Grand Chapter State of Tennessee Annual Convention will be held June 22-24 at the Clarion Hotel Airport, 1471 East Brook Rd. For more information, call 901-332-3500, or call Lois Carter at 901-789-0876.

BRIEFLY: Methodist South Hospital is helping patients manage their Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) through a new support program offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1300 Wesley Drive, Professional Office Building, suite 209. For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Linda Kelly at 516-3212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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