Wednesday update

I had to run by First Horizon this week to get a new debit card because my old one was cracked. The new cards are all white except for the numbers and the First Horizon logo. That’s a horrible color scheme for a debit card. Why? Because it too much resembles a receipt. I just know at some point I won’t notice my card sitting in the plastic tray with the receipt after the card has been run, and I will walk out without it.

Worth a Lyft or Uber: The Soulful Food Truck Festival returns to Tiger Lane this Sunday. 24 food trucks will be on hand along with 8 other food vendors. There will be live music and DJs all afternoon. Options will be available for vegetarians and vegans. Insider tip: Go visit my friends at the Robinson Smokehouse food truck. Great local people cooking up some delicious food.

The World’s Largest Outdoor Escape Game comes to Downtown Memphis Saturday, October 23. There are 21 clues your team of 2-6 must solve to grab your share of the pirates’ loot. $50 + $2.50 ticket fee per team.

Memphis 901 FC hosts Indy Eleven tonight and the Memphis club is looking to make a playoff push. Indy Eleven is one point ahead in the standings, making this a very important match for Memphis to win at home. Kickoff is 7 PM.

The Memphis Hustle, G-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, are hosting two free “Back to Basketball” clinics Sunday, September 26 at the Landers Center.

  • Ages 6-10: 12:00-12:45 PM
  • Ages 11-16: 1:15=2:00 PM

Learn more about the clinics here.

For the final 10 games of the season, Minor League Baseball will participate in a “Homers that Help” campaign. For each home run hit during those games, the team will donate $50 to charity. The team hitting the most home runs will receive an additional $5000 donation. For the Memphis Redbirds, Memphis Little League is the chosen charity. The team has been on a roll lately, hitting 7 homers in 5 games.

Cordelia’s Market hosts Thirsty Thursdays this fall. Every Thursday from 5 to 8, beginning tomorrow, the market will have Oktoberfest beer specials along with special events like trivia, crafts, and movie nights.

Westy’s has brought back their Blue Plate Special: From 11 AM to 2: 15 PM weekdays you can get meat-and-two, meat-and-three, or four-veggie plates.

The Paint Memphis Paint Festival will be held Saturday, October 9 at 660 S. B.B. King Blvd. from 12 to 5 PM. The festival will feature 150 artists plus live painting, food trucks, vendors, and a kids’ area. The festival after-party will be at Carolina Watershed 7 to 11 that night, featuring Al Kapone, Grrl Power Hour, Outer Ring, and Jombi.

COVID Act Now has Shelby County down to an average of 49.0 cases per 100K residents. That’s a significant drop because the CDC recommends everyone mask, including those fully vaccinated, when there are more than 50 cases per 100K in a community. If the numbers continue to trend in the right direction, will the Health Department consider dropping the county-wide mask mandate?

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has brewed a light, refreshing beer called Gonerbrau just in time for Gonerfest, the celebration of local music that runs tomorrow through Sunday.

In other beer news, Sam Adams is releasing a beer so strong that it will be illegal in 15 states, including Arkansas and Mississippi but not Tennessee. At 28% ABV, the beer is five-and-a-half times stronger than typical domestic beers. Even though it can be legally sold here, it won’t be cheap: The price will be $250 for a 25-ounce bottle.

From WREG: Police investigating two armed carjackings on Mud Island

The Orpheum asks your patience if you experience longer wait times than usual this fall. Like many other businesses, they are struggling to fully staff up.

It’s National White Chocolate Day and National Ice Cream Cone Day.

Only 50% of city employees are vaccinated and the City Council is considering mandating it. That figure lags Shelby County overall, which COVID Act Now shows as 51.8% vaccinated. I must say I am disappointed that the Memphis Police Department (47%) and Fire Department (48%) aren’t showing a better example to the public.

The Broom Closet is offering an Equinox Sound Energy Meditation by certified sound healer Matt Petty. Singing bowls, gongs, and instruments will produce sounds that will help participants raise their vibrational frequency. Cost is $10. Bring a yoga mat or blanked. Space is limited so you will want to make a reservation.

That’s it for today. I said I might not do a post today and I ended up doing a long one. Back tomorrow or Friday.