Thursday update

The Orion 5k, formerly known as the Gibson 5K, is this Saturday. Race starts off from St. Patrick’s Church at Fourth Street and MLK Ave. Registration/packet pick-up 4:00-6:30, race begins at 7, with one of the best race after-parties in the city following the race headlined by Marcella and Her Lovers. $10 cover charge for the after-party for those who did not participate in the race.

Six days after that, on Friday, June 15, another of the city’s best races, Crop Hop 5K, takes place at the Memphis Farmers Market pavilion. Registration begins at 5:30 and the race begins at 6:30, with a great after-party to follow. There is an option to attend the after-party without running the race. This event is a fundraiser for the Memphis Farmers Market.

Party Planet, a seven-piece band including a saxophonist and four-piece rhythm section, plays contemporary hits at tonight’s Peabody rooftop party. $10 cover, $20 if you want to go VIP, with ladies and hotel guests free before 7. Admission includes a buffet of popcorn shrimp with cocktail sauce and hushpuppies. If you’re in VIP you get a second buffet of tempura shrimp with sweet chili sauce, bacon wrapped scallops, and crab dip with pita bread.

Happy Thursday, YOGA! There’s lots of opportunities to do yoga in interesting places today. There’s a free all-levels class in Health Sciences Park this morning at 11:45. Then tonight there will be a yoga class in South Main Market (409 S. Main) from 6:30 to 7:30, with your $10 class fee including a token to spend with the market’s vendors afterward.

It’s Thirsty Thursday Night at AutoZone Park with $2 select drafts. The Redbirds will don their throwback Memphis Chicks uniforms, and college students can get a bluff ticket for only $5. There’s an all-you-can-eat specialty ticket that gets you access to a two-hour buffet of beef sliders, fixins, potato chips, and hot dogs.

KIX on Beale, the free country concert series sponsored by KIX 106, returns to Handy Park starting June 14. These shows start at 7:30 on Thursdays and are all ages and free. You can listen to KIX 106 for chances to win VIP seating. Here’s this summer’s schedule.

My troll turns one and a half years old today. The Terrible Twos are right around the corner.

Memphis is getting its first cidery.

Yesterday I returned to Amerigo for lunch, where I had their Wednesday special: Donnell Farms meatloaf topped with flash-fried onion strings and with sides of Asiago cheese leek potatoes and braised greens.

This was a fantastic lunch. Keep it in mind for Wednesdays if you work in the East Memphis area.

That’s it for now. Big day ahead. Back tomorrow with more news.