I Love Memphis mural on Cooper Street
By Barb Elder
If you have recently traveled south on Cooper Street and glanced at the parking lot across from Bluff City Sports under the Trestle Art, you’ve probably noticed a bright splash of orange and huge black and white lettering covering the retaining wall that use to be riddled with graffiti. Inspired by ilovememphisblog.com, a series of 10 murals are being painted throughout Memphis this summer to stir up pride in our beloved city. According to the Memphis Business Journal, these murals are being funded by the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Memphis, and the UrbanArt Commission. With artists donating their talents and the use of a simple color scheme, the price of each mural is kept to a minimum. Thanks to local artist Brandon Marshall and everyone involved with the project for gifting CY with this new public art!
Support the homeless at Memphis City Council
By Jacob Flowers
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center invites you to the Memphis City Council Chambers (125 N. Main St) on Tuesday, June 7 from 3:30-6:30pm to join us as we call out to our elected officials to support and fully fund the Mayor’s Plan to End Homelessness, federally and locally. In the coming weeks, both Mayors will go before the City Council and County Commission to present their funding requests for the plan, and the needs of our brothers and sisters are great. We need your help to remind our leaders of just how important funding of this plan truly is.
We will also be calling on the Council for a percentage of jobs to be set aside for the homeless and graduates of the Shelby County Drug Court to do blight demolition, board ups, and yard work that the city needs done. We can provide jobs for those who have little chance of getting them and curb blight at the same time.
Au Fond and El Diablo close their doors
By Barb Elder
Change is one of the only things you can count on, and recently in Cooper-Young we have seen change come once again to the businesses on one of our main thoroughfares. Ben Vaughn, owner of Au Fond Farmtable and El Diablo taqueria on Cooper St., closed both restaurants this May. We wish Ben well, and we will miss his contribution to the CY community.
Free Men’s Health Summit coming June 11
By Jeff Hulett
The Church Health Center’s 4th annual Men’s Health Summit will be held from 8:30am to 2pm on Saturday, June 11 at the UT Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. This free event will show men how to live a healthier life through prevention and awareness and will focus on hypertension, diabetes, and patient empowerment. You can register by calling 901-830-9886, but limited space is available. For more information, call 901-261-8833.
For a full listing of Church Health Center events, classes, and activities, many of which are free to the public, visit churchhealthcenter.org.
Ways to participate in Japan relief efforts
By Barb Elder
In the May issue of the LampLighter, one of our articles featured the story of a Japanese Cooper-Young resident, Asuka Taga Yow, and all that she is doing to mobilize our community in support of those in need in her home country. Although we may not hear much about Japan on the news these days, nearly three months after the earthquake and tsunami the needs in this part of the world are still overwhelming. For anyone interested in learning more or getting involved, don’t forget that Asuka will be hosting a table at the CY Community Farmers Market (1000 S. Cooper) the first Saturday of every month from 8am-1pm to raise awareness, take donations, and sell origami creations and T-shirts. Thanks to your help, Asuka has already raised $675 through her Farmers Market table and yard sale in May. All money that she raises will go entirely for Japan relief. While we kick back and enjoy the Memphis summer, lets not forget those hurting and in need in Japan.
Wacky Wednesdays at the Brooks provides free summer activities for kids
By Barb Elder
According to a recent newsletter, each week in June and July, the Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park will be showing a children’s film and hosting an open studio from 10am-noon. Children of all ages and their adult friends can drop by the Open Artworks Studio and create a variety of artwork using many different materials. They can also watch a multitude of films made just for kids. Museum admission and all activities are free.
Otherlands to host benefit for Shelby Farms and the Greenline
By Karen Lebovitz
Otherlands is soliciting 8×10 framed photos of the Greenline and Shelby Farms Park from the community. You can bring these photos to us with all of your contact info on the back so that we can return them to you at the end of the show. We want to plaster the walls of Otherlands in June with great images of this fantastic asset we all love to love.
Then, on Saturday, June 18, starting at 8pm we will be hosting a benefit for Shelby Farms and the Greenline featuring the Dan Montgomery Band and The Magic Kids. Tickets are $10 or $5 for current park members. If you don’t have a membership, you can join at the door and get in at the member’s price. For more info check the events on the Shelby Farms Park Facebook page and respond that you are attending.
Habitat for Humanity opens ReStore
By Lauren Hannaford
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is holding their grand opening of the ReStore, located at 7130 Winchester Road, on Thursday, June 9. The ReStore offers new and gently used household items and building supplies for sale, and accepts donations of items such as furniture, appliances, books, cabinetry, windows, hardware, lumber, tools, flooring, lighting, and toys. The ReStore does not accept clothing, mattresses, or used carpet. All donations are tax-deductible.
Joe Davidson, manager of the Memphis ReStore, says, “The ReStore is not only a green alternative to disposing of unwanted items, but it’s also a great way to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.” For more information about the ReStore, call Joe Davidson at
901-737-8673 or visit memphisrestore.com.
Local artist Nick Canterucci opens The New Frontier at Odessa
By Barb Elder
In a recent press release, local artist Nick Canterucci announced that there will be a public artist reception to celebrate his show, The New Frontier, at Odessa (2613 Broad Ave) on June 17, from 6-9pm. Canterucci is a self-taught artist who has collaborated with many artists within the Ann Arbor and Memphis art scene. He’s been a fixture at many CY artist invitationals and did a successful show with Karen “Bottle” Capps in early 2006. In late 2010, he released his first solo show in 30 years at Odessa. On June 17, Canterucci will return to Odessa to showcase his new body of American Folk outsider art.