APRIL 2016
Letter from the President
Downtown News
Upcoming DNA & downtown events
Security numbers to know
How to get involved
Exclusive DNA offer
Fellow Downtowners, 

Spring is officially here and we can all look forward to beautiful weather in our city! It's a great time for downtown as business increases for our restaurants and more people enjoy our beautiful parks.

This is also the time of year when traffic significantly increases downtown. During our last DNA meeting Colonel Gloria Bullock, Commander at the North Main Station, gave us all some helpful tips to use as visitation picks up. 

Be aware of the popular days for Tom Lee Park and use alternate routes when possible.  Keep your car doors locked when parked on the street at night. Colonel Bullock mentioned a lot of calls they receive surrounding car break-ins could have been prevented if the car owner had simply locked their doors.

These are just two of her simple tips, but we all need to do our part to keep downtown safe and enjoyable. Please continue to look out for your neighbors and be great ambassadors for downtown! I look forward to seeing you all soon and make sure you save the date for our next DNA meeting on 4/26.
Take Care,
Mickell Lowery
Medical District Collaborative speaks to DNA

T he DNA recently had the opportunity to hear from Tommy Pacello, President of the Medical District Collaborative (MDC), about the good work happening in the medical district. Learn how eight major medical institutions are coming together around a common vision for a vibrant neighborhood.

11 year Blue Suede Brigadier retires 

For more than a decade Sally Hayes has walked the streets of downtown as a volunteer with the Blue Suede Brigade, the hospitality arm of the DMC. She recently retired, but leaves a lasting legacy for Downtown.  Read more»

DNA speaks with Quench owner Hamida Mandani

If you've driven down 2nd street in the last 8 months, you probably noticed a new neighbor - Quench Wine and Spirits. The Memphis DNA had a chance to speak with owner Hamida Mandani and get the scoop on our new local wine shop.   Read more»

We get a history lesson on Memphis' riverfront

Did you know that until 1960, the river that flowed past Downtown was actually the Wolf River? It was diverted then by engineers because of its foul odor. Check out Bill Denton's history of the Riverfront in this article pulled from the 2001 archives of "Up on Downtown." Read more»
Upcoming DNA Events

April Member Meeting - Pat Halloran
Tuesday, April 26, 6PM \  Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education, 203 S Main St
Our guest speaker is Pat Halloran, retired President and CEO of The Orpheum and owner of Pat Halloran's ART Attack, the recently opened South Main art gallery.  Snacks and beverages will be available.  Attendance is Free for Members - $10 for Guests 
Join our facebook event  to let us know you're coming

April Happy Hour
Thursday, April 28, 6PM \  Twilight Sky Terrace (Madison rooftop) 
RSVP through our  facebook event to get updates

Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis are celebrating Earth Day 30 Days Straight

While Earth Day is nationally celebrated on one day (April 22nd), Memphis is celebrating all month with clean-ups throughout the city! Businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits, and community centers are all pitching in to host clean-ups. 22 large-scale cleanup projects are scheduled so far with more being added each week. Additionally, there will be four environmental education fairs, service learning projects for local schools, park projects, garden plantings and more. Last year this effort removed over 100 tons of litter from Memphis streets!

Volunteers can sign up for any of the Clean-Ups posted on CleanMemphis.org.
If any individuals or businesses want to get more involved in the Memphis Clean by 2019 efforts, please contact Janet Boscarino with Clean Memphis at  janet@cleanmemphis.org .

Other Downtown Events this month

Downtown Security & Safety Numbers to know

North Main Police Station: 901-636-4099

DMC Downtown Security (including panhandling): 901-281-9146

Memphis Police Non-emergency: 901-454-COPS

Want to get more involved? Join a committee!

The Communications Committee makes sure DNA members are kept aware of upcoming events and important downtown issues. Have a story idea or want to join the team?

Email Lauren Walker
The Events Committee plans monthly membership meetings and social events. Know a great happy hour spot or event speaker? Want to be part of the planning team?

Email Felicia Miller
The Membership Committee manages and grows our DNA member base. Have ideas for getting more people involved in DNA?

Email Terre Gorham or Peggy Williams

Know someone else who should be "Up on Downtown"? 

Exclusive offer for DNA members. Visit Quench on 2nd St. to redeem