Resource list for the homeless and more Friday news

This week St. Peter Catholic Church hired me to compile a list of resources. They have homeless people come by now and then asking for help, and they are looking to expand their outreach program. I spent two days doing research and built them a comprehensive document of all the kinds of resources available. They have given me permission to post it on my blog. Here it is:

St Peter listing of downtown resources for those in need

A 3-alarm fire happened in the South of Forum neighborhood this morning, but fortunately no one was hurt. A fire broke out in the Forum Flats apartment construction project at Danny Thomas and Pontotoc about 5:45.

I’m hearing that the nightclub formerly known as Purple Haze will reopen mid-May as an LGBTQ-friendly club. It will be open until 3 Tuesday-Thursday and 5 Friday-Sunday.

Memphis 901 FC hosts Birmingham Legion FC at AutoZone Park at 3 PM tomorrow, Saturday, May 4. Prior to the game, Tim Howard and the Bluff City Mafia will march to the park from the Brass Door, and Tim Howard will perform the ceremonial guitar smash.

I got to try Sage for the first time yesterday. I had lunch with my friend Staci there.

This was the lunch special yesterday, a chicken curry dish. Great combination of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Staci gave me one of her Soul Rolls, which are a thing I have been wanting to try since Sage opened. This is an egg roll filled with fried chicken, greens, and mac & cheese. Yummmm! I enjoyed lunch at Sage and will return for a second visit soon.

Staci hooked our BBQ team the Moody Ques up with a liquor sponsor, Great Wagon Road distillery. She showed me a photo of whiskey bottled just for us:

I’m told this is a single-malt whiskey that has won awards. It’s said to be similar to Jameson, but smoother. Only the best for the Moody Ques!

Ghost River has a new beer on tap that sounds delicious: Lost Hive Honey Wheat Ale. You can get it at their taproom and it’s also in stores.

The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island is now open for the season. Come tour a full-sized riverboat replica, listen to music inspired by the river, and explore 10,000 years of river history. The museum is open 10 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Sunday.

The Mesmerist by Jeffrey Day will happen in the ballroom of the Woodruff-Fontaine House Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. This will be a 19th-century style magic show, featuring tricks from the Golden Age of Magic rarely seen by audiences or even magicians today. $45 admission and this is an age 16 and up event.

The Commercial Appeal has a photo gallery of one of Downtown’s most hidden gems, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. The house on N. Second Street was a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1850s.

TBS is showing the first six episodes in the Star Wars series beginning at 5:40 tomorrow. I hope to catch the only one of the movies I have never seen, the third episode where Anakin turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader. YODA!

April 30 was Court House Deli’s last day. Thanks to Brad for running a great place to get a quick and good lunch for 17 years. Best wishes for the future and I know you will land on your feet.

The Cossitt Library now has an Eventbrite listing for the final lunch and learn tour of the building on Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00 to 12:45. Learn about the history of the building and the big plans they have for the space when it re-opens in 2020 – and share your vision for the library. You’re welcome to bring a lunch, and if you don’t they will have snacks and refreshments for you. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Bardog Tavern is giving away a bike this month:

Enter to win the bike each time you purchase a Yuengling beer. The drawing will be held May 31.

Memphis Tigers men’s basketball will host SEC power Georgia this coming season at FedExForum. The game will feature the #1 and #2 recruits in the country, James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards.

There’s a new I Love Memphis banner by artist Allie Mounce at 209 Beale:

It’s official: Sports betting is coming to Tennessee. Let’s get it on Beale Street ASAP!

Edible Memphis has an Instagram post about the Goat Grit & Grind ball at Rizzo’s. This is a grit ball stuffed with goat cheese, topped with Creole tomato sauce and then deep fried.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Back tomorrow with more news.