CY Jabberwocky

By Kara Chamberlain

Cooper-Young is making news. The newly coined CY Jabberwocky is a list of events in or about CY that other media found interesting and buzzed about.

House of Mews stays

John Giannini, founder and CEO of Memphis-based information and technology firm Service Assurance, made a long-term financial agreement with the House of Mews. The nonprofit cat adoption agency has struggled financially, but thanks to Giannini and Kelli Mitchell the House of Mews is here to stay.

Zoning meeting fills school

Residents of Midtown show up in force to back new planning district. 100 Midtowners filled the Peabody Elementary Cafeteria on June 17th to discuss the changes involved in the new zoning districts. The Q&A session explained some of the changes that will make commercial districts more appealing to pedestrians and bikers. Two more meetings will be held before July 8th.

Art at LeBonheur

The new LeBonheur Hospital features artwork by CY artists Jeanne Seagall and Yvonne Bobo. LeBonheur held an opening celebration on June 15th. LeBonheur’s new location is at 50 N. Dunlap.

Pie for sale

Cooper-Young’s Pie Factory condos hit the auction block in July. J.P. King Auction Co. Inc. is auctioning off the property’s 18 remaining lofts on July 24th at 11 am. The condos are located at the former Keathley Pie Factory on Young and are currently listed from $110,000 to $135,000.

Bike path signage survey

Pat Faundree is recruiting volunteers to help assist in the bike tours. One of the main problems that the City Council faces with the routes is missing signs. Pat also encourages residents to keep pressure on city council to make sure that bike facilities are included in the next round of repaving. Contact Pat Faundree if you are interested in volunteering at

CYCA booth at July 10th market

Stop by the community association’s booth at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market on July 10th. The CYC Farmers Market is 8 am to1 pm on Saturdays. We will have information about the Smallest User Competition and items for purchase such as “Life is good in CY” koozies and other CY gear.

Summit at First Congo

The Neighborhood Community Action Summit is meeting at First Congregational Church (1000 South Cooper St.) on Wednesday, July 14th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will focus on the Issues First Campaign, which covers awareness and promotes advocacy over issues pertaining to health, poverty, jobs, crime, and violence in Memphis. For more information contact Ivy Thompson of the Mid South Peace & Justice Center at 901-725-4990.

Calling all couch potatoes

Training for the Cooper-Young Fesitival Friday 4-Miler is just around the corner. Star Runners will lead a group called Couch to 4-Milers which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm, and Saturdays at 8 am. The group begins at Inbalance on weekdays and Saturday runs change locations each week. For more information call 901-461-2049 or send an email to

Otherlands July music line-up

Saturday, July 10th: Holly & the Memphis Dawls. Americana vocal trio featuring Holly Cole on guitar, Jana Misener (Giant Bear) on cello, and Krista Wroten (Yazoo Shakes) on violin and accordion.

Tuesday, July 13th: Will Kimbrough, with Blair Combest. Will is a popular singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who made his national debut with Will & The Bushmen.

Saturday, July 17th: Black Max, a whimsical cabaret folk and vaudeville act, featuring a rotating cast of stellar Memphis musicians.

Sunday, July 18th: Star & Micey, a swirling mix of acoustic folk and blue eyed soul.

Saturday, July 24th: Cotton and Coal, fronted by Southern Illinois transplant (via Los Angeles), songwriter and crooner Caleb Sweazy, the band features members of the Memphis Hepcats and Groundspeak.

Otherlands has live music every Friday and Saturday in a smoke free, all ages environment. See their complete events calendar and food menu at or friend them at


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