Memphis City Council Committees

When: Various times, Tuesday

Where: 125 N. Main St. or live streamed or on YouTube  

Why: There are some important items on committee agendas worthy of your attention. If you are concerned about the recent bus route changes, at 9:45 a.m., the Transportation Committee will have an MATA update; at 10:15 a.m., from the Memphis, Light, Gas and Water Committee, there will be an update on the TVA coal ash situation, in which it seems toxic ash will be transported for years through Black communities; at 1 p.m., tune in for a presentation by the Housing and Community Development Committee about Peppertree Apartments Relocation Assistance as well as another update about the planned temporary relocation  of College Park development residents by the Memphis Housing Authority; at 1:45 p.m., Planning & Zoning will discuss renaming Fourth Street between Beale Street and E.H. Crump Boulevard for journalist/activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. 

OSHA 10-Hour Workforce Safety Training (in Spanish only)

When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Entrepreneurs Network Center, Universal Life Building, 480 Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.; call to register: Sharon Hyde at 901-287-4944 or email her at

Why: This is free workplace safety training for entry-level workers in construction, demolition and other fields in the construction industry. It will teach you how to identify hazardous situations and how to avoid and prevent them. Attend all 10 hours and you’ll leave with a certificate. Many jobs require this training.

Holiday Book Giveaway

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St.

Why: Studies show that children who can’t read well by the third grade are almost certain to not finish high school and be stuck in poverty. So this is an opportunity to help ensure a child’s brighter future. There will also be hot food plates and a Black Santa to pose with. 

Mindfully Aware Parenting Study

When: noon to 1:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 9, 2022 to Feb. 27, 2022 and  May 1, 2022; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 3, 2022 to Apr. 21, 2022 and June 23, 2022

Where: Virtual

Why: This study is aimed at parents of children ages 5 to 18 who are on the autism spectrum. The goal is to understand how a mindfulness parent training course affects parent and child. It is an ongoing study that is enrolling for the next group of parents. For various reasons, children on the spectrum can struggle with finding peace; this training may give you tools to help your child and yourself with this behavior. 

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