Ave Maria Gala Dinner: 6 p.m. Sunday at Heffernan Hall, Christian Brothers High School. Honoring John Barzizza, John Zoccola, Wanda Duke. Seats $100/person or $800/table of eight. For information and registration, call Lisa Bell at 901-405-3791 or register online at avemariahome.org. Proceeds benefit Ave Maria residents.
Book Discussion and Reception: Noted historian and author Pete Daniel discusses his newest publication, “Dispossession: Discrimination against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights.” 6 p.m. Thursday at The Cotton Museum, 65 Union Ave. Free and open to the public and features a complimentary museum tour and reception.
Cooper-Young Festival: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Free, family-friendly street festival hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association. cooperyoungfestival.com.
Diamonds and Denim: Memphis Botanic Garden’s 60th anniversary celebration with live music from 240 Loop, refreshments, diamond giveaway. 7:30 p.m. Friday ($60). Memphis Botanic Garden. 901-636-4102. memphisbotanicgarden.com/diamondsanddenim.
“Edwardian Elegance”: The opulent fashion of the early 1900s set forth by King Edward VII, Queen Victoria’s fashionable successor. Exhibit runs through Oct. 27 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call 901-636-2362. memphismuseums.org.
Family Festival & Car Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads UMC, 9315 E. Shelby Drive (between Houston Levee and Forest Hill-Irene), Collierville. Free admission. Classic cars, food, vendors, games. Bring your classic cars and lawn chairs for a day of family fun. Call 901-737-3776.
“40 Years of Crafts Fair Exhibit”: Juried exhibit showcases work of some of the most talented and skilled craftsmen ever to participate in the Pink Palace Crafts Fair; 28 works of art from 24 artists and craftsmen on display through Sept. 29 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Call 901-636-2362. memphismuseums.org.
“Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body”: Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk; based on the best-selling book, “Grossology.” Saturday through Jan. 5. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central. Call 901-458-2678. cmom.com
The second annual Hair of the Dog Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Celtic Crossing Irish Pub, 903 S. Cooper. Brunch features a special canine-themed menu. Bob and Susie Salley perform Irish ballads starting at 11:30 a.m. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. Call 901-937-3900.
Kevin James Live: Stand-up comic. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 203 S. Main. $39.50 and $55. Call 901-525-3000. Ticketmaster outlet stores.
Munch-and-Learn Lecture: “From Canvas to Song — Compositions with Nancy Apple.” Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. $7 regular Dixon admission, $5 students with ID, senior citizens 65-older; members free. 901-761-5250. dixon.org
Painting Party with Joy Phillips Routt: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Memphis Botanic Garden (prepayment due by Monday). $55 ($45 for MBG members). All supplies provided. Call 901-636-4128 to register.
Scarecrow Displays: Through Nov. 22 at Lichterman Nature Center, 5992 Quince. $6/adults, $5.50/senior citizens, $4.50/ages 3-12, free/2-younger. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 901-767-7322 ext. 100. memphismuseums.org
Sharks of Memphis Imax Theater Lobby exhibit: Through Sept. 21 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. Imax movie-related exhibit features the museum’s specimens (in vitrines and exhibit cases) and casts (for touching) of Megalodons, the world’s largest prehistoric sharks. Call 901-636-2362. memphismuseums.org
Stomp in the Swamp: 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Lichterman Nature Center, 5992 Quince Road. Tickets: $15/adults (2 for $25 in advance), $7/ages 6-12, free/ages 5 and under. Aron Shires entertains. Call 901-767-7322 ext. 100.
Tom’s Cruise: Classic cars, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 29 at Country Crossing Shopping Center, 2393 N. Germantown Pkwy. Family-friendly atmosphere, deejay spinning favorite oldies. Bring classic car and lawn chairs.
Tuesday Tours: Discover the history, art and architecture of Memphis with historian Jimmy Ogle as your guide. 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Cotton Museum for the Union Ave. manhole cover and history tour. jimmyogle.com.
USA Dance Charity Ball VII: 7-10 p.m. Saturday ($25) at Covenant United Methodist Church, 8350 Walnut Grove. Live music by The Edd Jones Orchestra, showcase performances. Black tie (optional). 901-853-1413 or 662-349-3720. usadancememphis.com. Proceeds benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
The Wiseguys: Improv comedy. 8 p.m. Saturday at Café Eclectic, 603 N. McLean. Admission is “pay what you can” for all ages. wiseguysimprov.com