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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!

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Events

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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Calendar

Feb
26
Tue
Dear Readers Book Club @ Cooper-Young Gallery
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Book: Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 26 at 7 PM

Location: Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop, 889 S. Cooper St

The library has many copies, but most are on hold. Burke’s loves us & has ordered 10 copies, they will arrive Friday. This is also available as an audiobook. Listen during your commute! Then join the hottest book club in Memphis! As always, wine & fizzy water will be provided. See you then!

Feb
28
Thu
Thirsty Thursday: Mardi Gras @ Cooper-Young Gallery
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This edition of Thirsty Thursday is dedicated to Mardi Gras! So wear your festive attire and bring a cocktail to share while we dance the night away! Come meet the CYCA Board and sign up for a membership so you can get all the perks. Did someone say Jambalaya?
Thirty Thursday: Mardi Gras Edition
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This edition of Thirsty Thursday is dedicated to Mardi Gras! So wear your festive attire and bring a cocktail to share while we dance the night away! Come meet the CYCA Board and sign up for a membership so you can get all the perks. Did someone say Jambalaya?

Mar
2
Sat
Half Pints for Half Pints @ Memphis Made Brewery
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Drink Memphis Made beer. Eat Midtown food. Bid on cool stuff from local restaurants. And the best part? It all benefits Cooper-Young’s Peabody Elementary PTA!

It’s happening inside one of Cooper-Young’s favorite spots — Memphis Made Brewing Company’s Tap Room!

Your ticket will get you Memphis Made brews and food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Aldo’s, Mulan and Celtic Crossing. Music by DJ Zac Ives of Goner Records. Silent auction items from local businesses. Check out the discussion section of this invite for newly updated silent auction items.

And big thanks to our other sponsors: Cooper-Young Business Association, Cooper-Young Community Association, Christian Brothers University, Good Golly Photography, InCity Realty and Ray Rico Freelance.

Mar
12
Tue
CYCA General Meeting @ Epicenter
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our March 12 general meeting will be triple the fun!

Come hear from your CYCA Vice President and Secretary candidates for our April election. Then we will hear about the Cooper Young Garden Walk 2019 and Recycle Memphis will discuss “Know Where to Throw: Recycling Right at Home.” This comes just in time for our CYCA Zero Waste Initiative. Make sure to bring your questions for our guests.

We will be hosting this event at Epicenter Memphis! So if you have ever wanted to visit the coworking space, now is your chance.

As always, food and refreshments will be available. See you there!

Mar
20
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Apr
17
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Apr
27
Sat
Cooper-Young Yard Sale
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
May
15
Wed
Garden Club meeting
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Jun
19
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Lamplighter News

November meeting spotlighted landmarks, code

The CYCA November general meeting featured visits from both Brian Bacchus, principal planner for Memphis Landmarks, and Cori Hill from Shelby County Code Enforcement, to discuss the intricacies of Cooper-Young’s new landmarks status. They were invited to talk with...

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Small Business Saturday a success

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping period of the year. Starting with Black Friday and ending with Giving Tuesday, billions of holiday dollars are spent. One of the newer shopping days is Small Business Saturday. Cooper-Young is known for its small...

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Spring green planning takes root at January meeting

The new year is a great time to start planning for spring, so for our January meeting the Cooper-Young Community Association will be talking arboretum, plants, and trees with CYCA member Judi Shellabarger and CYCA board member and sustainability committee chair Mike...

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Dec. 11 party fetes volunteers, neighbors

As another year ends and we celebrate with family and friends, the Cooper-Young Community Association would like to celebrate the people who make everything we do possible. The CYCA would not be what it is without its volunteers, who make Cooper-Young the hip, funky...

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CYCA scholarship to foster community engagement

Parents know that college is more expensive than ever and that every little bit can help when it comes to paying for a child’s higher education. Suzanne Abedi, the Cooper-Young Community Association board’s youth and family committee chair, knows this well and has...

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