July News Briefs
Peabody registration dates
By Ginger Spickler
If your child will be attending Peabody this fall, mark your calendar for registration – Tuesday, August 2 from 8am-3pm and 6-8pm. PTA representatives will also be on hand to get you plugged in to volunteer opportunities.
Stone Soup coming soon
By Barb Elder
The Memphis Business Journal recently reported the upcoming opening of a new breakfast/lunch restaurant in CY called Stone Soup. The dynamic duo behind this venture is Sharron Johnson, former Chef and partner at Buns on the Run, and Emily Bishop, CYCA board member and former President. Stone Soup will be moving into the building at 993 S. Cooper at the corner of Felix and Cooper (across from First Congo) once renovations are complete. The tentative opening is set for early August, so keep on the lookout and get ready for some tasty, eclectic blue plate fare.
Theatre for Hope
By Mesha Crump
Hope House is set to host its third annual Theatre for Hope, presented by Hilton Worldwide, on Saturday, July 16 from 6-11pm at Playhouse on the Square located at 51 S. Cooper St. in Midtown. Theatre for Hope will be emceed by WMC-TV 5’s Anna Marie Hartman and will feature a silent auction showcasing work by local artists and a special performance of Playhouse on the Square’s production of the musical Footloose. During the event, guests also will enjoy an appetizer and dessert bar, as well as a wine tasting. Funds raised from the event will go toward Hope House, which helps HIV/AIDS-impacted children and families living in Memphis and Shelby County.
Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased online at hopehousememphis.org or by calling 901-272-2702, ext. 206. Early purchases are highly suggested as only 300 tickets are available for the event.
Children’s Museum July events
By Barb Elder
According to recent press releases, The Children’s Museum of Memphis has two offerings to hit the spot this July. On Saturday, July 16 the whole family can cool off at the CMOM outdoor water park from 10am-1pm. There will be a waterslide, a water tunnel, a 3-in-1 bounce/water combo, and a watery obstacle course. For the more daring, there will be a rock climbing wall, bungee swings, and trampolines. After partaking in the outdoor fun, you are free to dry off, go inside, and enjoy the museum. Water park admission is free for museum members, $10 for adults and $15 for children – museum admission is included.
The Children’s Museum is also offering a summer camp session July 11-15, 8:30am-1pm for children ages six and up. The session costs $130 and includes snacks. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information, call 901-458-2678 or visit CMOM.COM.
Golf Scramble to benefit University of Memphis men’s tennis
By Lorraine Griffin
The University of Memphis men’s tennis team will host its third annual Memphis Tennis Golf Scramble at Glen Eagle Golf Club in Millington on Saturday, August 27 beginning at noon. The scramble is open to the public for a cost of $300 per team or $75 per individual. Cost includes free range balls for warm-up, 18 holes on Glen Eagle, unlimited use of the course’s practice range, entry into skills competitions including longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest, as well as University of Memphis “swag bags” and complimentary beer while supply lasts. Mulligans will be available for a donation of $5 each or $10 for three.
The golf scramble is also open to individual and corporate sponsors; sponsorships must be received by August 13 for recognition at the tournament. To register for the tournament or inquire about sponsorships, contact Coach Paul Goebel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anime Blues Con
By Launa Morris
Anime Blues Con is a non-profit organization designed to promote Asian cultural awareness in the Mid-South through Asian style animation known as Anime. Memphis has a diverse and growing Asian population and this first-ever anime convention will highlight many aspects of Asian popular culture and add a new dimension to Memphis’ varied landscape.
Anime Blues Con will be held at the Hilton East July 8-10 and features 5 distinct programs: art, culture, gaming, adult, and Otaku. As an added bonus, we will have a Chibi program for children ages 6-12, so there is fun for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $40 for the weekend. Check out animeblues.com for more details.
By Andy Ashby
Join us at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market on Saturday, July 9 to learn about homebrewing. Drew Barton, a Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest committee member and former headbrewer at Asheville, NC’s French Broad Brewing Co., will be demonstrating how to make good beer in the comfort of your own home. Drew will be doing a homebrewing demonstration from 9:30-10am and 10:30-11am. He will also answer any questions you may have on homebrewing, commercial brewing, or beer in general. Mid-South Malts, a homebrew supply store at 741 North White Station Road, 901-682-1293, will have homebrew starter kits available for purchase.
Local author releases Too Fat For Europe
By Barb Elder
Enraged Fez Publications has released Memphis attorney and stand-up comic Joe Leibovich’s debut book, Too Fat For Europe. The book follows Joe and his wife, Christiana, as they take a whirlwind tour of London, Paris, and Rome all in about a week. The book is funny, insightful, and, at times, moving. Too Fat For Europe features color photographs and hilarious stories about travel, art, and food.
Joe grew up in Cooper-Young with mother, Lizi Beard Ward. Too Fat For Europe is available at Burke’s Book Store, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle form, and Barnesandnoble.com in Nook format.
Eleemosynary showing at TheatreWorks
By Lisa Lynch
This touching, sensitive story examines the lives of three generations of extraordinary women. As precocious Echo single-handedly dominates a national spelling contest, her estranged mother Artie and eccentric grandmother Dorothea must join with her in coming to terms with their mutual need and somehow summon the courage to build a life together. St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch call Eleemosynary “…a funny, perceptive, and eloquently written play…”
Eleemosynary is directed by Anne Marie Caskey (Artistic Director, Hutchison School Theatre) and features local actor Karen Mason Riss, Leah Bray Nichols (August: Osage County), and Olivia Wingate (August: Osage County). The show runs at TheatreWorks July 15 – July 31, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can performance is Thursday, July 21. TheatreWorks is located at 2085 Monroe in Midtown. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656.
Music Mondays at the gazebo
By Barb Elder
You still have several opportunities to enjoy live music this month with Visible Live Music Mondays. Every Monday in July from 6-8pm at the gazebo there will be free music provided by the students, alumni, friends, and teachers of Visible Music College. These events allow local musicians to hone their technical and artistic skills while we enjoy their talents. Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts!
Volunteer Mid-South fiesta fundraiser
By Sandra Palazolo
On August 9, Volunteer Mid-South is holding a fundraiser at the Chickasaw Oaks Mall from 7-10pm. This event, called Summer In The City – Fiesta, will include wine, beer and “Stinky Gringo” margaritas. A silent auction will be held, and acoustical guitarist Andy Tanas will entertain the crowds. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at volunteermidsouth.org or by calling 901-523-2425, ext 212.
Humane Society summer camp program
By Katie Pemberton
The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has three more half-day camp sessions planned for this summer. The camp sessions, each lasting four days, will feature fun activities and education about pet ownership and animal advocacy for children. The camps will take place at the Humane Society facility located at 935 Farm Road in Shelby Farms from 9am-noon on July 11-14, July 18-21, and July 25-28.
The camp is open to all children ages 7 to 12. The cost to participate is $125 per session or $35 per day. Children will engage in unique games, craft service projects, and hands-on animal activities. They also will have the opportunity to interact with kittens and puppies. Parents who wish to register their children for the camp or who would like more information may visit memphishumane.org or call 901-937-3900.
Curb improvements in CY
By Barb Elder
If you have driven down Barksdale in the past few months, you may have noticed new wheelchair accessible curbs at a few of our intersections. As a mom who sometimes pushes a stroller around our neighborhood, I have wondered how on earth anyone in a wheelchair could navigate our sidewalks. Luckily others have taken notice and action. According to Lurene Kelley, editor of local news hub MicroMemphis.com, these improvements are part of a $4-million Federal stimulus project that will be used to fund the building of 2,500 new handicap accessible curbs throughout Memphis.
Self defense classes available at Midtown Martial Arts
By Patty Lovett
Midtown Martial Arts ATA located at 2166 Central has started a new self defense specialty class once a month that is open to the public. The class will be held the last Thursday of every month at 7pm (come early) and is open to adults and teens. However, any teen attending that is not a member of the Midtown ATA school must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must sign in before they can enter the class. The cost is $10 per class or free for members. Call 901-725-7725 for more information.