Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland calendar for May

Editor’s note: More events from the greater Memphis area are included in the larger online calendar of events at

Concert-goers to enjoy Pickin’ Picnic May 1

The public can attend a free outdoor concert from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Bartlett on May 1.

That’s when the annual Pickin’ Picnic will showcase acoustic music under the stars on the grounds next to the Bartlett Performing Arts and Convention Center (BPACC) on Appling Lake.

Golf tourney will benefit BACC

relax-golfGolfers are invited to sign up for the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Economic Development Golf Tournament on May 1. The event will be at the Quail Ridge Golf Course at 4055 Alturia Road, Bartlett.

Registration will be at 7 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Fees are $150 for individuals or $600 for a four-player team. The event benefits the chamber’s Medical Device Initiative.

See the event’s webpage at

For more information, call Lisa Johnson at (901) 372-9457 or email

‘Crimes of the Heart’ opens in Bartlett May 7

The Bartlett Repertory Company, a professional theatre troupe, will present Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Crimes of the Heart,” on May 7-10 at the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center.

The play is a touching and funny creation about three eccentric sisters who reunite at Old Grand-daddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Miss., in 1978 as the town is rocked by scandal after Babe shoots her abusive husband.

The sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments, and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Humor and pathos abound as the sisters unite with an intense young lawyer to save Babe from the murder charge and overcome their family’s painful past.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at or by calling the box office at (901) 385-6440.

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ slated for May 8

Bartlett’s popular series of family-friendly movies offered for free continues on May 8 with a showing of “How to Train Your Dragon” offered at W. J. Freeman Park, 2629 Barlett Boulevard.

This movie is about a young Viking who befriends a young dragon.

The Bartlett Station Movies in the Park is presented by Platinum sponsor Leaders Credit Union.

Check for updates and rainy-day cancellations on the event’s Facebook page at

Youth walk to aid in preventing suicides

stomp-out-suicide-walkThe Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is sponsoring a special event on May 9 to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Stomp Out Suicide Community Walk will be 5-9:15 p.m. May 9 at Shelby Farms Park, and it is open to everyone.

In addition to the walk, the event includes music from local bands, refreshments and a luminary ceremony. Register online at or at the event.

Organizers say the event is also designed as a remembrance of those who have been lost and as an opportunity to create awareness and unite the community.

The event’s schedule includes:

  • On-site registration and packet pickups, 5-6 p.m.
  • The walk, 6-8 p.m.
  • Music and fellowship, 7-8:45 p.m.
  • Closing ceremony, 8:45-9:15 p.m.

For details, see the event’s web page at or email Dolly Staten at

Historical society to meet for Cedar Hall talk May 11

Jay Rainey will be the speaker at the Bartlett Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. May 11. Rainey, who owned Cedar Hall for almost 40 years, will speak about the history of the home. Cedar Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest homes in Bartlett.

The Bartlett Historical Society is in the Bartlett Museum/Gotten House at 2969 Court St., Bartlett.

Admission is free with donations accepted. See more information about the society online. See more information about Cedar Hall online as well.

Free showing of ‘The Goonies’ slated for May 24

Bartlett’s popular series of family-friendly movies offered for free continues on May 24 with a showing of “The Goonies” at W. J. Freeman Park, 2629 Barlett Boulevard. This 1985 classic is about a group of misfits who seek out a pirate’s ancient treasure in an attempt to save their home from foreclosure.

The Bartlett Station Movies in the Park is presented by Platinum sponsor Leaders Credit Union.

Check for updates and rainy-day cancellations on the event’s Facebook page at ParkMovies.

Chamber golf tourney set for Lakeland May 29

golf-ball-in-grassOrganizers are urging golfers to register a foursome for the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic on May 29. It will be at the Stonebridge Golf Club at 3049 Davies Plantation Road in Lakeland.

The event has a 12:30 p.m. check-in and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Registration is $75 per player, including greens fee, golf cart, lunch and eligibility for cash prizes. Register online at

Lakeland takes on big cleaning project May 30

Lakeland’s city leaders are encouraging residents to take advantage of Lakeland’s Community Clean Up Day, set for 8 a.m.-noon May 30 at Winward Slopes Park. It is an opportunity to dispose of hard-to-get-rid-of items.

Only Lakeland residents may participate, and an ID (such as driver’s license or current MLGW bill) will be required with each vehicle. The park is at 9822 Beverle Rivera Drive.

Items that will be accepted include bulky trush, e-waste (monitors, computers, printers, cell phones, cell batteries and car batteries), white goods (washers, dryers and small household appliances), tires (limit four, no rims), scrap metals, residential construction debris (bend nails down), small appliances and yard waste. Items must be able to be unloaded by no more than two people.

Republic Services and Cyber Yard will provide dumpsters and receptacles for items to be recycled and properly disposed.

Items that will not be accepted include oils, paint, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, railroad ties, fluorescent bulbs, light bulbs, alkaline batteries and refrigerants (for air conditioners or refrigerator). These items can be taken to the Memphis and Shelby County Hazardous Waste Facility at Shelby Farms; for more information, call (901) 576-6851. The city reserves the right to refuse any item or items.

Before disposing any items in the trash, residents are advised to consider donating useable items to charitable organizations.

For more information, call City Hall at (901) 867-2717, Ext. 409.