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Thursday October 27

Talk presented by the Memphis Herb Society

Memphis Botanic Garden, 7 p.m.

One of the perks of being a member of the Memphis Herb Society, now in its 15th year, is having your pick from the group's patch at the Memphis Botanic Garden -- rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, at least three types of basil, and more. All you have to do is help with the upkeep of the garden.

The group meets the last Thursday of every month at the Botanic Garden and draws about 40 attendees. Tonight, society member Ray Bennett will discuss preparing herb gardens for winter. The talk is free and open to the public.

Friday October 28

ArtsPower's Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Elder Performing Arts Center, 1381 W. Massey Rd., 7:30 p.m., $10

Tonight's performance of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is a musical based on the Judy Blume book about a 10-year-old girl who faces all sorts of fears. Brought to you by the family-friendly troupe, ArtsPower, this show is appropriate for children in grades 1 through 6.

Italian cooking class taught by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Viking Culinary Art Center, 6 p.m., $75-$100

Lynne Rossetto Kasper is the host of Public Radio's The Splendid Table.

Saturday October 29

Halloween events

Halloween's on a Monday this year, so Saturday will be the day to get your ghoul on. You can start early at 9 a.m. at Overton Park with the Liv'r of the Pack Howl-o-ween Walk. For $20, you and your dog (costume for both optional) can participate. At the Children's Museum of Memphis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there's the Pumpkin Patch. At 8 p.m., the Historical Organization for Preservation and Education is holding a Haunted House Party at the Nineteenth Century Club. Graffiti Playground is holding A Dark Night in the Cathedral, an evening of dance and poetry at the Galloway United Methodist Church.

Sunday October 30

Halloween Hollow

Heartsong Church, 800 Houston Levee, 3-6 p.m.

Heartsong Church hosts an evening of trick-or-treating, hay rides, face-painting, apple-bobbing, and more for parents and kids.

Monday October 31

Booksigning by Dick Morris

Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 6 p.m.

Is there nothing more appropriately chilling for this Halloween than spending the evening with a political operative? Dick Morris, former adviser to President Bill Clinton, signs his book Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race, in which he envisions Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New York senator Hillary Clinton going toe-to-toe for the presidency in 2008.

Tuesday November 1

Great Neighborhoods Under Great Neighborhoods

Central Library, 7 p.m., $15

Presented by Memphis Heritage. Guy Weaver, president of the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology, gives a talk about what was found during excavations for The Pyramid, the FedExForum, and other sites. Tickets must be purchased prior to the talk. Call 529-9828 for more information.

Performance by the guitar

students of Lily Afshar

Mo's Memphis Original's, 3521 Walker, 4 p.m.

wednesday November 2

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: The Play

The Orpheum, 8 p.m., $38

Playwright Tyler Perry's wildly popular heroine, Mabel "Punch You in the Face" Simmons, gets pinched by the "po-po." First night in an eight-show run that continues through Sunday.

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