Wed update: Prohibition repal party, pizza with Santa, old-fashioned soda fountain, and more marathon and cold-weather news

Since it’s a speakeasy, it’s only appropriate that the Blind Bear would throw a party to celebrate the anniversary of the end of Prohibition. It will be Thursday night starting at 8 with $3 moonshine and whiskey all night. Charles will host “Waste Your Brain” trivia at 8, and then at 10 Jen & Levin take the stage.

Pizza with Santa is back next Saturday, December 14, at Aldo’s Pizza Pies from 1 to 4 PM. A $5 donation to the Mid-South Food Bank or a toy for Toys for Tots will get you a photo with Santa and more.

A. Schwab on Beale has a new retro soda fountain up and running. Flavors include Cherry Phosphate, Raspberry, Four Root. They serve sandwiches at the counter, and have Sweet Magnolia ice cream, Dinstuhl’s candies, gelatos, and sorbets. If you have kids or grandkids, this sounds like a great place to take them.

For the third day in a row, I’m mentioning the weather and its effect on Saturday’s St.Jude marathon. Organizers have posted tips to stay warm and comfortable as you run the race in the bitter cold. has an updated blog on the ice storm expected on Friday. We’re already under a Winter Storm Watch, which they expect to be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning or Ice Storm Warning no later than tonight. A new index being tested by the National Weather Service locally for the first time this year, the Ice Storm Index, places Memphis and northern DeSoto County as likely to have a Level 3 Ice Storm Friday, based on accumulations and wind speed. This level of storm can produce utility interruptions of up to 5 days.

The blog also mentions that it was 70 one day before the ice storm of 1994. Those of you thinking, “The ice will melt on the roads because it’s been so warm recently” need to think again.

Home from work and headed to the Silly Goose to celebrate a friend’s birthday and the last day I will be able to wear shorts out for a while.