Slow ride… Take it easy… (Thursday update)

The public is invited to a series of slow rides (bike rides, that is) through the Medical Center District five Wednesdays during the fall. The rides will originate at 6 PM next to the High Cotton brewery on Monroe and will last for one hour. The rides will not be strenuous exercise and are intended to build community and awareness of the neighborhood. Don’t have a bike? They have loaners. The dates are September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, and November 2.

Hit the Sauce with Us is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market Saturday. Hmmm… I will probably extend that theme after visiting the Market and hit the sauce lots of places… Earnestine & Hazel’s, Bardog, Blind Bear, Max’s. But anyway, they’re talking about a different type of sauce, sauces sold at the Market that can transform your food from boring to amazing. Insider tip from the current Foursquare “mayor” of the Market – check out the Crazy Good sauce booth for lots of offerings that can take your food to new levels. It’s usually toward the back, right before you get to the food trucks.

YOGA! Downtown Yoga will be back at the Farmers Market this week, offering a free 1-hour class from 10 to 11 AM. Bring a yoga mat and water. The Master Gardeners are back from 10 to noon, ready to answer your gardening questions here as summer is coming to an end and fall is approaching. Blueberry smoothies will be the food prep demo this week by the UT Extension Institute of Agriculture. Demos will be held at 10, 10:30, and 11. This is a demo when I might have to take a page out of the Nuh-Uh Girl’s book and show up right when the smoothies are ready for sampling. Live music this week by Shufflegrit 8:30-10, Tony Manard 10-11, and Karen Waldrup 11-12:30. The Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Congratulations to AutoZone Park, which will welcome its 10 millionth visitor this Redbirds homestand. If you are the lucky 10 millionth fan, expect to be showered with gifts and prizes. As of Wednesday afternoon they were a little under 12,000 fans away. AutoZone Park has been open since 2000 and since then has been consistently rated as one of the crown-jewel parks of minor league baseball.

Are you the type who is always playing the victim to gain attention and sympathy? The Memphis Airport needs your skills Monday, September 19 (26th rain date) for its triennial emergency exercise. Volunteers get fed breakfast and lunch.

Downtown Animal Hospital is moving from its current location in the Pinch to 660 Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village. Last night at the Silly Goose people were speculating whether that was the old Neely’s location – that is showing up as 670 Jefferson when I search.

The Daily News has an article on what this week’s Habitat for Humanity construction means to Uptown and newly-built subdivision Bearwater Park.

I know it’s only August, but beer: Beer Advent calendar lets you drink your way toward Christmas

The U.S. Fleet Forces Navy Band plays the Center for Southern Folklore this afternoon at 5.

Nik West plays the Halloran Centre tonight. Tickets $45.50-$55.50.

That’s it for now. Out at the Silly Goose after work. Glad this week is mostly over. Glad August is mostly over. Glad the summer is mostly over.