MIFA COOL Summer Camp

GRADES 9 & 10

JUNE 1-12

GRADES 11 & 12

JUNE 15 -26

Camp Site: MIFA – 910 Vance Avenue Memphis, TN 38126

This is a FREE five-day non-residential camp that will give teens a head start on the college access process!

Youth will participate in enriching activities that include college access support, career exploration and volunteer service opportunities.

Lunch will be provided.

Parents or legal guardians must attend a mandatory orientation at MIFA, Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m.

910 Vance Avenue

For more information or to register, contact Andrea Hill at (901) 529-4556 or


Don’t forget to sign up the kids for our Summer Camps!  Click here for more information.


May 10Mother’s Day Brunch at the Garden – Presented by 4Memphis Magazine and Eden Spa & Laser. Treat Mom to an unforgettable experience in the Japanese Garden, featuring a gourmet buffet, live music, children’s crafts, and outdoor family fun. Carriage rides and adult beverages available at additional cost. MKX Photography will be on-hand for family portrait sittings at a nominal fee. 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. MBG members $45/non-members $55/Children 2-12 years: $10/Under 2: FREE. All tickets $55 at the door day of event, based on availability. Tickets available online here or call 636-4131 to confirm by phone.


May 2-28All Things Great and Small Show Number Two by Students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier – Exhibit is open to the public and free to view in Fratelli’s Cafe Gallery MondaySaturday 11  a.m.- 2 p.m. only. All exhibited work for sale. Call 636-4100 for information.

May 6-30 – Heartbeat by Marilyn Trainor Storey and Chris Morrow – An interior designer and an art teacher inspired by Poland exhibiting in the Visitors Center Gallery. On May 6, there will be an Opening Reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All works for sale. Free public viewing during regular garden hours. Call 636-4100.

May 26, 28, and 30 – Intermediate Photography with Mark Kalagias: 3-Part Series – This course requires students to come equipped with a DSLR camera, tripod, and a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed. Instructor will have a limited number of tripods to loan to students in need. Laptop needed for session three only. All 3 sessions: MBG members $195/non-members $225. Sessions 1 (Session 1: Escaping Auto.March 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m) and 2 (Session 2:  Shooting Raw. March 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m) only: MBG members$130/non-members $150. Session 3 (Session 3: Post-Production Editing. March 28, 2 – 4 p.m.) only: MBG members $65/non-members $75. Call 901-636-4128 for information.

May 30 – Photography Basics: Composition – Join photographer Mark Kalagias of MKX Photography for a class on photo composition that will help you take more pictures you love with fewer clicks of the shutter. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. MBG members $25/non-members $30. Call 901-636-4128.

May 30 –  Jewelry Class: Sawing Sheet Metal – In this workshop, students will learn all the ins and outs of one of the most basic and useful of jeweler’s tools. Students will learn about proper blade loading, which saw blades to use, how different materials respond, how to mark material for sawing, inside cuts and more.  Projects for the class will be mostly about learning how to use the saw and will be technique based, however, there will be a small pendant project that students may complete in class or at home, depending on the speed at which they work, and practice pieces can be turned into charms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MBG Members $70/non-members $85. Call 901-636-4128.


May 12 – Food Truck Garden Party – Presented by Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines. Come join us for dinner al fresco, featuring live music by Joshua Cosby and Jeremy Stanfill, cash bar, and local food trucks. Kids will love the new Memphis Parent Play Zone; Co-Motion Hoopers will be there. 5 -8 p.m.MBG members $5/non-members $10, includes one drink. Tickets available at the gate.

May 27Home School Days-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –  Ages 5 and up. Join us monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! Learn all about our natural resources, and make a handmade paper creation.2 – 3:30 p.m. MBG members $4/non-members $5 per child, does not include Garden admission. Call 636-4100.

May 29Fairies, Gnomes, and Hobbit Homes – Presented by First Tennessee Foundation. Put on your wings and pointed ears and join us for a magical evening with family in My Big Backyard! 6- 8 p.m. MBG members $10/non-members $15. Click here for tickets.

Farmers’ Market at the Garden–  Wednesdays through October 29. Shop from a variety of goods that are locally grown and produced. 2-6 p.m.Open to the public.


May 1 and 8Garden Tram Tours – Join docents from the Memphis Botanic Garden for a tram tour of the beautiful grounds. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free to members or with paid Garden admission.

May 9Mid-South Hosta Society Annual Hosta Sale and Hosta Garden Tour – There will also be tours of  the Hosta Display Garden Trail. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Free admission to the sale.

May 11 Build It and They Will Come-Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitat  Mike Berkeley of GroWild, Inc., a native plant nursery in Fairview, TN, will launch our summer lecture series with a program on the use of native plants in the home landscape.6:30 – 8 p.m. WRC & MBG members FREE/non-members $4. Call 452-6500 or 636-4116 for more information.

May 15-17 – Memphis Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale – Friday (Sales only) 12.-5 p.m./ Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Exhibit & Sales)/Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Exhibit & Sales). Free admission. For information, or call 901-428-2890.

May 16 – Phillip Watson Lecture: Garden Magic – Join the Memphis Area Master Gardeners and Memphis Botanic Garden for this lecture, virtual garden tour and book signing by Phillip Watson, author, internationally known garden designer, and host of QVC’s Cottage Farms. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. MBG members $20/non-members $25. Reservations required. Click here for tickets. Call 636-4131.

May 17 – Signs of Spring Walk – Participants will meet in the visitor’s Center and then walk the beautiful grounds of the Botanic Garden with Master Gardener, Judith Hammond. 1 p.m. Free with Garden admission.


May 4Memphis Knights Big Band at the Garden – Tap your toes or jitterbug across the floor to the sounds of the Memphis Knights! Doc Popcorn concessions will be available. 7 -9 p.m.Admission $5 at the door.

May 26 – Vine to Wine at the Garden: Ooh, la, la! – Presented by IBERIABANK. Indulge in a collection of French wines accompanied by delectable hors d’oeuvres by Eclectic Catering.  6-8 p.m. Members $25/non-members $35. Tickets online here or call 901-636-4131.

Summer is around the corner and this year’s summer camp will be better than ever! The Davis YMCA will offer a summer day camp for kids ages 5-12 from May 26thJuly 31st.  Join us for 10 weeks of fun, sun, and excitement! Feel free to contact the Davis YMCA Welcome Center at 901-398-2366 with any questions regarding summer camp!

Kimberly Morgan-West, Youth Development Director

THOMAS B. DAVIS YMCA | 4727 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 38116

(P) 901 398-2366 (D) 901 505-0967 (F) 901 346-3348 | (E) (W)


On Saturday May 2nd, the City of Memphis is hosting a summer camp kick off for youth ages 5-9. The youth will compete in fun Olympic style games. The event will be held at E H Crump Stadium. Now recruiting youth and volunteers for this event. The event is free and youth can sign up by calling Davis Community Center at 323-8015!

At the event, parents/ guardians will meet camp staff and get a glimpse of our summer camp activities.

Contact information: 901-275.0652 or

FYI on Flyer for City Summer Camps … first registration is this Saturday at all centers…9 amNoon.

There are 1500 ‘free’ prepaid registrations for families on public assistance, spread across all 25 community centers…on a first-come/first-serve basis. There will also be other sponsors. Camp capacity will be at 2450 – 2500 campers.


Joseph Lee, III

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Teen Tech Camp 2015 is here!

For agencies and organizations serving youth ages 12-17 – don’t miss out!  Please share with your youth and families!  Spaces in this free tech camp are limited!  Applications due May 29.

Attached is the application for this year’s camp.  We have two offerings.

ð Ages 12 – 14 only, Central Library, July 20 – 25, 2015

ð Ages 15 – 17 only, Whitehaven Branch Library, July 13 – 18, 2015

Applicants may access the application on the Library’s website at under the “Hot Links” section on the left banner.  The application may be returned via email to, by mail to me, or by hand to Whitehaven Branch Library or the 3rd Floor Reference Desk at Central Library. Deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.

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City of Memphis Division of Parks  & Neighborhoods free Spring Break Wellness Mini-Camp for youth at the City’s 25 community centers

MEMPHIS, TN (March 12, 2015) – Memphis community centers are offering Memphis youth a free Spring Break Wellness Mini-Camp experience during spring break week. We encourage parents and guardians to allow their children to attend and participate at one of the city’s 25 community center locations.

Spring Break Youth Wellness Mini-Camps will be open to all Memphis youth at no charge. Meals will be provided daily through the Shelby County Schools—Division of Nutritional Services. Youth will partake in various activities within our three core service areas of: Health, Fitness & Wellness; Educational and Character Development; and Cultural Arts and Expressions.

Activities may vary across centers, but will generally include sports, games, playground games, general fitness exercises, cultural arts, musical/dance expression, health and fitness awareness programs, mentoring and character building exposures, computer, reading and learning experiences, and an array of other engaging exposures for the youth.

 Dates: March 16—March 20, 2015

 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Monday – Friday

 Costs — No Fees (Free)

 City of Memphis Youth; ages 5 – 17

 All City of Memphis Community Centers and the Raymond Skinner Developmental Center

 NO Formal Registration — participants are required to sign-in


City of Memphis SPRING BREAK YOUTH WELLNESS MINI-CAMPS March 16—20, 2015 Monday—Friday 8:30 am—6:00 pm COMMUNITY CENTERS Community Centers

Bert Ferguson 8505 Trinity Rd, 38018 901-309-1761

Bickford 233 Henry, 38108 901-527-8752

Charles Powell – Westwood 810 Western Park, 38109 901-785-5975

Cunningham 3773 Old Allen, 38128 901-377-3037

Dave Wells 915 Chelsea, 38107 901-526-7193

Davis 3371 Spottswood, 38111 901-323-8015

Douglass 1616 Ash, 38108 901-327-6131

Ed Rice 2907 N. Watkins, 38127 901-357-6919

Gaisman 4221 Macon, 38122 901-682-6161

Gaston 1048 S. Third, 38106 901-774-4156

Glenview 1141 S. Barksdale, 38114 901-576-7080

Hickory Hill 3910 Ridgeway Rd, 38115 901-566-9685

Hollywood 1560 N. Hollywood, 38108 901-458-4084

Katie H. Sexton 1235 Brown, 38107 901-576-7070

Lester 317 Tillman, 38112 901-324-2639

Marion Hale 4791 Willow, 38117 901-685-8120

McFarland 4955 Cottonwood, 38118 901-362-8350

Mitchell 602 West Mitchell, 38109 901-789-2927

North Frayser 2555 St. Elmo, 38127 901-353-9419

Orange Mound 2572 Park, 38111 901-576-6878

Pine Hill 973 Alice, 38106 901-774-7950

Raleigh 3678 Powers, 38128 901-372-2085

*Raymond Skinner Center 712 Tanglewood, 38104 901-272-2528

Riverview 1891 Kansas, 38109 901-774-3041

Whitehaven 4318 Graceland, 38116 901-332-0783

For more information contact the nearest Community Center in your area. *The Raymond Skinner Center is designated, and provides services, for participants with special needs.


Dance Camp for Girls

“Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Memphis Heritage Christian Schools is offering dance camp for girls.  The cost is $7.00 per week with a $25.00 registration fee.  The days are Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am – 11 am (before and after care offered at reduced rate).  (The registration fee covers the cost of activity book materials).  Call 901.335.7423 or email

They are located at 3802 Gragg Avenue, Memphis, 38108.