Meet new Grizzlies coach and GM and learn about mentoring at the TEAM UP lunch next Tuesday

The Memphis Grizzlies are hosting a TEAM UP lunch next Tuesday at the FedExForum, where you can learn about mentoring opportunities within the community, and have the chance to meet new head coach Marc Iavaroni and new GM Chris Wallace. Details below.

On Tuesday, August 7, the Grizzlies Foundation is hosting the TEAM UP Mentoring Lunch, an open-house style fair/ expo where we’ll serve lunch, introduce our new Head Coach and General Manager and most importantly, connect interested adults with various youth mentoring opportunities in our community.

Eleven different youth mentoring programs will have staff, current mentors and kids on hand to discuss their respective mentoring opportunities and enlist new volunteers. This is a critical time for mentoring organizations to recruit, because many begin their next “season” with the onset of the new school year.

Opportunities to help kids abound in Memphis, and mentoring is one of the most effective ways to make a lasting difference. The Grizzlies Foundation is dedicated to increasing the number of caring adults serving as mentors to youth, and the TEAM UP Lunch aims to do this as well as spotlight the high-quality mentoring programs in our community.

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Team Up Mentoring Lunch
Tuesday, August 7
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Make plans to attend a special free lunch at FedExForum while the Grizzlies Foundation and partners answer your questions about how mentoring can fit any schedule.

Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet new Grizzlies personnel like GM & Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace and Head Coach Marc Iavaroni. You may enter to win great Grizzlies prizes including an autographed Mike Conley, Jr. authentic jersey.

RSVP is required for this event. RSVP via e-mail or call 901.888.HOOP.

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New coffee & hookah bar open at Main and Adams… and other notes

This morning I took a walk up the Main Street Mall, and saw the business pictured below in the old Daily Grind space at Main and Adams, in the ground floor of the Claridge House:

The name of the business is the Sidi Bou Cafe and Hookah Lounge. Looks like you can grab some good coffee there, or smoke flavored tobacco from one of their hookahs, or eat a “Steak-Eze” or gyro sandwich, or grab breakfast. Not sure of their hours or if they have Wi-Fi; I’ll check.

Other Wednesday notes:

– WOOHOO!!!! The project I’ve been working on just got put on hold. That means I have the day free to work on my own websites. Got a good one that a friend and I plan on rolling out soon… if you plan on buying a TV, might want to wait until we get this site online, you’ll learn a lot from it.

– The Rapscallions took another third place in trivia last night, brining our gift certificate total to $45. What happened to the good old days, when we won every week? Last night was The Adventures of the Nuh-Uh Family. The Nuh-Uh Dad came through with a couple of educated guesses that turned out to be correct. The Nuh-Uh Girl put ketchup on her salad and ate it like dressing, making me re-think her position as our group’s culinary expert. The Nuh-Uh Sister was a Trivia Traitor this week, playing with her Teaching Fellows team instead of us, and they took first place. Later in the evening the Nuh-Uh Sister and her adopted team performed “Ice Ice Baby.” Well, it was amateur night. I looked around the room for a gong to hit but couldn’t find one.

– One more reason why I hate Peyton Manning: He made a high-profile donation to Fred Thompson’s campaign this week.

– Congrats to my favorite blogger/MILF on her new Downtown job that starts Monday. Not only is this good news for her, but also good news for Downtown Huey’s which will likely see a huge increase in liquor sales in the lunch and early evening hours. If any of the Downtown Huey’s bartenders read my blog: Better brush up on the recipe for “grape koolaid”

– In the news: Jerry “The King” Lawler was just found not guilty of assaulting another wrestler during a match in Tunica. The other wrestler, Sal Corrente, claimed that Lawler hit him with a non-scipted punch. This has to be one of the stupidest court cases ever.

– Coming soon: Info on a party Downtown a week from Sunday (August 12) that looks like it could be really good – good enough that you might want to take the 13th as a vacation day.

Outta here for now.

Sauces website

I ran into the owner of Sauces Monday night at Downtown Night at the Westin and he gave me one of his cards… just looked at it and noticed that Sauces now has a website:

Check out their menu, and their mojitos. I regret that I haven’t paid more attention to Sauces since it opened; I have heard very good things about it from my friends. Items in particular I want to try: The “Your Canvas” menu, the Fried Mozarella Caprese, the Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps, the Roasted Garlic & Onion burger, the Lobster Ravioli, the Medallions Chesapeake. If you’ve eaten there and have other recommendations, let me know.

Hey… I just started looking through their site and saw “WIFI available”… two of my favorite words. Now I’ll definitely be spending more time there.

Not today though – in the middle of a big programming project. I’ve learned that programming projects tend to break themselves down into two parts: Grunt work, and heavy thinking. Grunt work (example: building a form with 160 fields and getting it to save to the database) can be done from bars with Wi-Fi. Heavy thinking (example: intense SQL queries to generate reports) cannot be done at bars. Today’s a “heavy thinking” day, so I’ll probably spend most of it at Otherlands with my iPod headphones on.

When I take a break from thinking, I’ll post to my blog again. I still have several items “on deck” to write about.