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BRIEFS THINGS: Pancreatic cancer awareness month

    When Republican Gov. Bill Haslam officially declares November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month next week, he will have no stronger bi-partisan supporter than State Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis.

    DeBerry, Speaker Pro Tempore Emeritus, is a pancreatic cancer survivor. Last month, doctors delivered good news – no traces of the disease were detectable of the disease that she had been battling for almost three years.

    "It's the best Christmas present I could get," DeBerry recently told The Associated Press.

    The first female speaker pro tempore in the House is asking other cancer survivors and supporters to join her at the Tennessee Capitol at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19 to help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and to encourage support for research and treatment.

    Buses headed to Nashville will depart at 6 a.m. on Nov. 19 from Case Management, Inc. located at 4041 Knight Arnold (Getwell and Knight Arnold). The round trip fee is $35.

    For more information, contact Hazell Jones at 901-327-4008 or by email via hazelljones@ ­

    Arts education and outreach gets ArtsMemphis boost

    ArtsMemphis has awarded $283,150 to 27 different arts education and outreach projects – a funding effort partially to help local arts organizations bring arts projects to underserved neighborhoods and to use the arts as an agent for social change.

    The grants are part of the $3.3 million ArtsMemphis plans to distribute to arts and cultural organizations during 2012-13. ArtsMemphis launched the grant program with a three-year, $750,000 lead grant from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.

    The program emphasizes collaboration among groups while focusing on bringing a wide array of arts to underserved neighborhoods, including Binghamton, Frayser, Hickory Hill, Orange Mound, Soulsville and Whitehaven.

    The following arts organizations are recipients of the arts and education grants:

    Audio Theater for the Visually Impaired™, Ballet Memphis, Blues City Cultural Center, Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center, Circuit Playhouse Inc, Collage dance Collective, Cotton Museum and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Creative Aging, Levitt Shell, Hattiloo Theatre, Memphis Acoustic Music Association, Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center, New Ballet Ensemble and School, Playback Memphis, Project: Motion, RiverArtsFest, STAX Museum of American Soul Music/STAX Music Academy, Temple Israel Museum, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Metal Museum, The Orpheum Theatre, Theatre Memphis and Visible Music College.

    BRIEFLY: Mid-South Kwanzaa and RBG productions will present the 2nd Annual Kwanzaa pageant and is looking for talented youth to participate as contestants, performers, and hosts.Contestants will be divided into three age categories: 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Performers should be age 14-18. Hosts must be between the ages of 15-18. For more information, contact Pam Brown via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or telephone (901-236-2021). The deadline is Nov. 17.

    BRIEFLY: The Shelby County Health Department in partnership with other community organizations will host a free community health fair on Friday (Nov. 16) at Southland Mall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit and follow the Shelby County Health Department on Twitter,

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