By Kim Halyak
Whether you’re a longtime resident of Cooper-Young or new to the neighborhood, there are many groups and organizations that welcome your membership, ideas, and participation. Resolve to get more involved in your community while actively pursuing your passions.
Key: (FB=Facebook page; ND= Nextdoor event; MU=Meet-up Memphis, join through http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/tn/memphis/. (Call ahead to confirm meeting).
Cooper-Young Beautification Committee: Open to anyone wishing to beautify CY. Meets first Tuesday of the month 6-7 p.m. at Cooper-Young Community Association office, 2298 Young. Contact Mike Larrivee, 901-383-3549.
Cooper Young Community Association: Open to all residents and others interested in making CY a safer, more desirable place to live, worship, work, and play. Monthly speakers, volunteer projects, and social gatherings. CYCA office, 2298 Young Ave. General meetings second Tuesday of the month 6-7:30 p.m. Contact Kristen, 901-272-2922
Cooper-Young Garden Club (FB, ND): Open to anyone that enjoys plants and nature. We are a diverse group, novices to seasoned gardeners, who love to talk plants, swap plants, and find ways to beautify our neighborhood. We meet at members’ homes, with a potluck, and then discuss gardening or hear a speaker. Meets third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Contact Judi, 901-278-2226.
Cooper-Young Retirees Breakfast Group (ND): Once a month breakfast group for retirees. Meet to chat, laugh, discuss community topics, and share retirement ideas. Meets second Wednesday of the month 9 a.m. at Stone Soup Cafe. Contact Judi, 901-278-2226
Cooper-Young Tailgater’s Group (FB, ND): Love the Memphis Tigers? Meet at TigerLane on game days to tailgate with other Cooper-Young fans. We start tailgating at 12:30 p.m. till game time at 6 p.m. Look for Cooper-Young Tailgaters’ Flag. There will be a grill with brats and snacks. BYOB and bring a chair.
Cooper-Young Urban Forestry Advisor’s Group (ND): Open to anyone interested in helping Cooper-Young create a neighborhood arboretum. Contact Kim, 901-299-5887 to be notified of future meetings.
Memphis Women’s Writers Meetup Group (MU): A supportive, creative writing group for any woman who wants to hone her craft. All genres welcome. Meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for critiques, prompts, or writing marathons. CoWork, 902 S. Cooper. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org for membership approval and invitation.
Bryn Mawr Club of Memphis: Open to alumni of Bryn Mawr. Meets occasionally.Contact Sylvia Crum at email@example.com
Friends of Peabody Elementary (FB): Support group for students, teachers, and administration of our neighborhood school in as many ways as possible. Contact 901-416-4606 or visit friendsofpeabody.org.
WordPress Meetup Group (FB, MU): Want to learn how to blog using WordPress? This informal group is open to all experience levels. Hands on discussion of specific aspects of WordPress and lightning talks of interest. Meets first Thursday of the month 6 p.m. at CoWork, 902 S. Cooper. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for membership approval and invitation.
Revolutions Bike Co-op (FB): The mission of this group is to save the world, one bicycle at a time, by providing affordable,reliable bicycles to all Memphians. Member learn how to build, repair, and ride bicycles. Classes on bike maintenance and fixing flats. You can rent bikes, trikes, and cargo bikes. Frequent community group rides, bike to brunch rides, trike rides geared to seniors, and rides for families. First Congo,1000 S. Cooper (through bike arch). Check website for upcoming events, revolutionsmemphis.wordpress.com.
Women’s Bike Chat (FB): Women bike riders of all skill levels meet to discuss bike topics geared to women’s needs and often take bike rides together after meeting. Meets third Sundays of the month 2 p.m. at Revolutions Bike Co-op, First Congo, 1000 S. Coooper. Contact Sylvia Crum at email@example.com.
Wee Ride Memphis: Slow, easy ride with other families as you introduce your children to safe bike riding practices. Check for upcoming rides. Revolutions, First Congo, 1000 S Cooper, Contact Sylvia Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memphis Men of Harmony: A chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, comprised of male singers ages 10 and older who sing in four-part barbershop style chorus and quartets. Annual events include Spring Show, Christmas Show, Singing Valentines, and singing at sporting events. Interested male singers are invited to join. Visitors welcome. Meets every Tuesday 7:30-10 p.m. at First Congo, 1000 S. Cooper St. Look for the yellow door back in the back.
GenQ Group: The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s social group for 18-25 year olds. Looking for something to do on Friday nights that isn’t a bar or club? Come hang out, bring your friends (and your appetite), and meet new people in your community. Free food and adventure! Fridays 7-9 p.m. at the MGLCC, 892 Cooper.
Meristem Women’s Book Club: Membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors. Meets second Wednesdays of the month 7-9 p.m. at the MGLCC, 892 Cooper.
Men’s Potluck: A monthly potluck for all men in the community, Come out and share a meal, a story, or a laugh. Make a dish or grab something from the store! Casual, social, fun! Meets first Wednesdays of the month 6:30pm at MGLCC, 892 Cooper,
Women’s Potluck: A monthly potluck for all women in community. Come out and share a meal, a story or a laugh. Make a dish or grab something from the store! Casual, social, fun! Meets third Wednesdays of the month 6:30 pm at MGLCC, 892 Cooper,
Perpetual Transition: A safe, confidential transgender support and social group for people in the Memphis metropolitan area. Meets Mondays 7-9 pm at MGLCC, 892 Cooper,
Midtown Chicken People (FB): A Facebook group for Midtown and surrounding-area residents who keep chickens (or dream about keeping chickens). Organized for the purpose of sharing information, facilitating the exchange of chicken care when we’re on vacation, and to advancing the husbandry of of chickens in our community.
Cooper-Young Compost Group: For compost lovers who want to give their kitchen waste to gardeners who want to compost it. Contact Sanne, 901-383-3549.
What groups are missing? Wouldn’t it be great if Cooper Young had a walkers’ or runners’ group or a knitting/crochet or craft group? New parents might like a stay-at-home moms or babysitting co-op. Food lovers might enjoy a vegetarian, paleo, or potluck group. What about a quilting club, film club, beekeeping, or backyard rabbit group?
The possibilities are endless. If any of these groups exist in Cooper-Young, please let me know at email@example.com so they can be added to our list. If not, why not consider starting a group and inviting interested members to join by posting on Nextdoor.