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CYCA members represent our most dedicated neighbors, volunteers, and learders. Join us today and become a part of everything we do!



From our annual Festival Friday 4 Miler and Cooper-Young Beerfest to our fantastic holiday events, we love hanging out in the neighborhood.



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Cooper-Young Community Association

The Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) was created in March of 1977 and is a fully registered and recognized nonprofit 501(c)3. With an initial goal of mobilizing residents to stem the tide of decay that so many urban areas experienced, this organization has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer effort. The CYCA has assisted with a number of projects including an early neighborhood watch, the installation and maintenance of the nationally-recognized Cooper Street Trestle Bridge, and the redevelopment of the communities’ eponymous corner at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. It also began publishing its monthly community newspaper, The Lamplighter, in the early 1990s; this publication continues today and is hand-delivered to each residence within the neighborhood. This organization currently maintains community office space within a redeveloping commercial area in the southeast quadrant of the neighborhood. It is financially supported through events including its annual Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler and Beerfest as well as membership dues and donations. While it continues to be a predominantly volunteer organization, it does employ a full-time executive director as well as a small part-time staff for The Lamplighter.

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We can always use another hand. Click the button below to see volunteer opportunitites. You may just be exactly the person we need.


Cooper-Young Yard Sale
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Midtown Clothing Swap
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Readers Book Club
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There There by Tommy Orange

4th Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk @ Cooper-Young
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Join outdoor lovers for the largest garden walk in the Mid-South, this spring! Tour over 50 urban, eclectic gardens, watch and learn with live demonstrations or stop by educational booths, operated by local garden experts! Set for May 18 – May 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ticket holders are encouraged to stop into Cooper-Young’s neighborhood shops and restaurants for food/beverage specials.
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Cooper-Young Beerfest
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lamplighter News

Your Spring Cleaning Guide From the Experts

By Sheree Stubblefield Spring cleaning season is upon us! To help Cooper-Young prepare, the Lamplighter interviewed Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins, owners of Aunt Keys Apothecary, a Midtown-based natural cleaning company. Aunt Keys officially began in 2013, although...

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Cooper-Young Recycle Bins to Find a New Home

By Sheree Stubblefield Approximately twenty years ago, the word “recycling” was added to the lexicon of the average American home. It was becoming “normal” rather than an extreme practice of the new-age,  “granola” community. Nowadays, some people are hyper-recylists...

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5 Reasons to Join Cooper-Young’s Hottest Book Club

By Mackenzie Campbell and Tiffany Calhoun Have you ever read a book so good that you can’t stop talking about it, but no one gets it because they haven’t read the book? What if there was a group out there to help with this very issue? Well, contain your excitement...

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4 Things to Know About the Memphis Aquifer

By Sarah Houston CAESER, University of Memphis Memphis sits atop a special underground water source – the world-famous Memphis aquifer.  Sometimes it’s called the Memphis Sand Aquifer, but “Memphis Sand” is the name of the geologic formation... “Memphis aquifer” is...

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Top 10 Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning Tips

By Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Breaking it down into smaller portions will take the anxiety and chaos out of each chore. 1. Start from the top! Dust needs time to settle before you can sweep or vacuum it up....

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Green Ways to Cut the Clutter

By Stephanie Gonzalez You’re sniffling, it’s raining nonstop, the dogs are constantly tracking mud in from the backyard. It can mean only one thing: Spring is here! The season of renewal is a great time to pare down some of the clutter that’s gathered in your home...

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10 Reasons to Create an Urban Garden

By Kim Halyak Spring is around the corner which makes us think of flowers and sunshine. It's the perfect time to plant your garden and watch the flowers grow but living in the city with a smaller garden does not mean you are left out! For all the city dwellers out...

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Clothing swap returns

The Cooper-Young clothing swap returns as part of the CY Community Yard Sale April 27. After an extremely successful first run in October, the Cooper-Young Community Association’s community clothing swap is back. It will take place the day of the Cooper-Young Yard...

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Book club turns to Native American experience

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange, the April selection in the Dear Readers Book Club meeting, April 30. Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, will have their monthly gathering Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at Cooper-Young Gallery and Gifts,...

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Two new businesses set up shop in Cooper-Young

By Sheree Stubblefield Two new business have moved into the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Here we meet our new neighbors: Kate Ashby of Knifebird, a new wine bar expected to open in Cooper-Young in May. Knifebird: If there is anything that can get Cooper-Young excited,...

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