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Short items of interest from around the community ‘Real Talk: Youth Violence A Candid Conversation’

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, along with the Memphis Youth Violence Prevention Policy Council, need input from the public to develop a plan to combat youth violence.

The city of Memphis is one of six cities selected by the United States Department of Justice to participate in a National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Each city must form a comprehensive community-based plan to prevent youth and gang violence in their communities.

Led by both mayors, the Memphis Youth Violence Prevention Policy Council has been created to develop the plan. The Council consists of representatives from more than 20 public and private agencies.  Four community workgroups have been tasked with assessing youth-related prevention, intervention, re-entry, and enforcement efforts as part of the plan.

“Real Talk: Youth Violence,” a community forum, which had been scheduled for an earlier date, is re-scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue. Citizens will be briefed on the state of juvenile violence in our community and then break into work groups to brainstorm ideas and solutions.

In April, the Council will present the developed plan to the Department of Justice at the Youth Violence Summit in Washington, D.C. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, at the request of mayors Wharton and Mayor Luttrell, and will ultimately become part of the continuing Operation: Safe Community action plan. To RSVP, call 901-507-4198 or send an email to reception ­@memphiscrime.org by February.

Beale Street Merchants ‘Beale Street Blues Kings Competition’

On Friday (Feb. 5), the Beale Street Merchants Association will host the 5th Annual “Beale Street Blues Kings” competition at the New Daisy Theater.  

During the competition, each Beale Street club chooses a band from those not chosen for the final competition of the International blues Challenge (IBC) at the Orpheum, and those bands are invited back on Saturday afternoon to compete at the New Daisy Theater, 303 Beale.

A dozen bands will be given the opportunity to play on Saturday afternoon, culminating in the final playoffs Saturday evening.  The final four bands will receive a cash prize. The best of the four wins the coveted leather jackets and the title of “Beale Street Blues Kings.”

The “Beale Street Blues Kings” contest has become one of the most prestigious events of the IBC, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

Doors open at noon on Saturday for the ‘Beale Street Blues Kings Competition’, with the Cigar Box Showcase by Johnny Lowebow and Very Special Friends. There will also be a jam session after the competition.

There is a $5 cover or free entry with IBC credentials. Sponsors this year include:  Coors Light, Redbull, Barefoot Wines and Coca-Cola.

Get the 2-1-1 at resource fair

The LINC 2-1-1 Community Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Feb. 11.

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and representatives from other community agencies will be available to field questions on civic involvement, employment, housing, health, and more. The fair will bring together 75-plus organizations that work with area residents on fulfilling basic needs and building a better Memphis.

Call 211 or 901-415.2790 for more information.

‘Scouting for Food’ 2011

The Chickasaw Council of Boys Scouts of America will collect non-perishable food items for Mid-South Food Bank on Saturday, Feb. 12, during their annual Scouting for Food drive.  

During the week leading up to outing, Scouts will deliver flyers to households throughout the Mid-South to remind them to have food ready.  Non-perishable food items should be left in a bag for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to pick up on the 12th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Food donations may also be dropped off from now through the 12th at Schnucks stores on Farmington Blvd., Truse Parkway and Kirby Whitten Rd. and at MHC Ford on Transport Rd. in the parts department or the offices of Two Men and a Truck on Shelby Oaks Dr.

Food collected will help to feed hungry and needy people through Mid-South Food Bank’s 325 charitable feeding programs in 31 counties.

Scouting for Food is part of the Boy Scouts’ Good Turn for America, a national call to service to address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poor health in our nation.

Schnucks, Two Men and a Truck and MHC Ford are the sponsors of Scouting for Food 2011.  For more information, contact Stewart Williams, Chickasaw Council, at 901)-327-4193 or log on to www.midsouthfoodbank.org or www.chickasaw.org.

Super Bowl Party with Fairley’s Bulldogs

Attention Fairley Bulldogs! The Fairley High “All Alumni” 1968-2010 Super Bowl Party is Sunday (Feb. 6) from 4 p.m to 10 p.m. at Bank’s Restaurant & Lounge at 5218 Millbranch at Holmes Rd.

Free admission and guests are welcome. Complimentary refreshments with potluck welcome, cash bar / BYOB. For more information, call/text Delissa “Dee” McCray at 901-493-9486.

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