2nd Annual Joan P. Garner Walk & Health Fair - Sat Oct 6, 9-noon

This is a free family event with health screenings, fitness and cooking demonstrations, activities for children, music, a community art project, prizes, and much more. The main event will include a 2-mile fitness walk on the Westside Beltline Trail in honor of the late District 4 Commissioner Joan P. Garner’s commitment to a vision that “All People are Healthy” in Fulton County.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Washington Park & Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail
1125 Lena St N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-joan-p-garner-walk-and-health-fair-tickets-49606247622

2018 APS State of the District - Oct 5, 11am-1pm

From the Atlanta Public Schools:

Join us for APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen's public report on the "essentials playlist" of the district to achieve our mission to ensure all students graduate ready for college and career.
More information and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-atlanta-public-schools-state-of-the-district-tickets-48735371809

Oakland City Neighborhood Yard Sale - Sep 29, 8am-noon

Oakland City residents are holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale!

Come on out and find your next treasure!

Free Notary Training, Sep 26

Cathelene "Tina" Robinson, the Fulton County Clerk of the Superior and Magistrate Courts, in partnership with the Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority, presents a FREE training for current and future Fulton County notaries public.

Residents interested in more information about the training for current or future Fulton County Notary Publics can call 404-613-5314.

Oakland City Yard Sale! Sept 29, 8-12

From OCCO:

Hello neighbors!

We will be hosting a neighborhood yard sale Saturday, September 29 from 8-12pm.

There are 3 things you can do to help make this a success!

1. Host a yard sale at your home
2. Go to a neighbor's yard sale, possibly purchase an item, and make a friend!
3. Invite everyone you know! Make sure to spread the word to your neighbors who may not be on social media or email. We'll post the event on all the websites.

We will be creating a map that lists all homes hosting a yard sale. Email Catherine at catherine.slocum@gmail.com and you will be added to the list.

National Voter Registration Day "Pep Rally", Friday Sep. 21

All residents are invited to a pep rally in recognition of National Voter Registration Day 2018. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections is hosting the pep rally to promote voter registration and the importance of knowing the registration process.The Registration Team will also provide brief presentations covering topics such as the absentee ballot and voter registration process, felon resource information, and insight on the front counter experience. They will also have voter education materials available, voter registration forms and light refreshments.

Fulton County Government Center
Assembly Hall
141 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Friday, September 21, 2018
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

BeltLine Meeting - Southside - September 24, 6-8pm

Join us and provide input for the Subarea 2 Master Plan update!
In this meeting we are seeking community input to update the Subarea 2 Master Plan, which was adopted in 2009. We will be evaluating the original plan recommendations, examining existing conditions with regards to land use, zoning, mobility, greenspaces, etc. and highlighting what has occurred in the community since the Master Plan was adopted.

Monday, September 24, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm
The Villages at Carver Family YMCA
1600 Pryor Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 for November General Election

The deadline to register to vote in the November General Special Election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Online voter registration is available, which allows applicants with a valid Georgia Driver’s License or a Georgia Identification Card to complete the entire process online.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote:

  • Online at mvp.sos.ga.gov 
  • at their city hall
  • at a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office
  • at any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch
  • by mail
Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of the following offices:

1) Fulton County Government Center - 130 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 2186 Atlanta, GA 30303
2) Fulton County North Service Center - 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
3) Fulton County South Service Center - 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349

Registered voters are urged to verify that their address information on file with the department is up-to-date, especially if they have recently had an address or name change.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with groups and organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-3816, by fax 404-612-3697 or via email at Elections.VoterRegistration@fultoncountyga.gov

For more information on voter registration and the upcoming November General Election, log on to www.fultonelections.com or call 404-730-7072alt.

Two-Day Event: Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Spelman College, Public Square, Mass Story Lab, Gideon's Promise, Common Good Atlanta, and Women on the Rise, will host will host a two-day event focused on the impact of incarceration in the Black community, the State of Georgia, and the United States. This program is free and open to the public.

Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration will use the City of Atlanta and its communities as the lens through which we explore, discuss, and bring into focus issues related to incarceration in Atlanta and in the country.

Both parts will be held at
Spelman College
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Auditorium
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA, 30314

Part I
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This two-part event kicks off with an evening screening of RIKERS: An American Jail and post-screening panel discussion with Cadeem Gibbs, who is featured in the RIKERS film, as well as Serena Nunn, former Atlanta Fulton County Public Defender Office and Tiffany Roberts, Staff Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights. Ilham Askia, Executive Director, Gideon's Promise will moderate the panel. Learn more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/unshackled-narratives-the-impact-of-incarceration-part-i/.

Part II
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Mass Story Lab will lead the second part of Unshackled Narratives, designed to bring community stakeholders together to develop strategies for criminal justice reform in Atlanta. This morning activity will feature personal stories presented by formerly incarcerated men and women who live in the Atlanta area. They will describe the direct impact mass incarceration has had on them, their families and their communities. This powerful testimony will lead into break-out sessions facilitated by Mass Story Lab, and a community dialogue focusing on the issues related to closing Atlanta Jail. Learn more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/unshackled-narratives-the-impact-of-incarceration-part-ii/.

NPU-S Meeting This Thursday, September 20

This Thursday, the 20th, will be the NPU-S General Meeting for September 2018.

We have five voting items on the agenda -

  • a request for a letter of support,
  • a special event application,
  • a zoning variance, 
  • and three pieces of legislation. 

Furthermore, we have three items for review and the Atlanta/Fulton Public Library as our Featured Department.  And, of course, reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

It's a very full agenda so we're going to be firm on starting on time and enforcing to our time limits, to ensure that everyone gets heard.

Hope you can make it!

When: September 20, 7pm-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Ave SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaSep2018

Film Standards Discussion - Tuesday Sep 18

This Tuesday, at 7pm, NPU-S will hold a working session addressing community standards for film crews operating within our community. We invite community members concerned about the impact of filming to join us in this conversation!

This will be held at NPU-S Chair Nick Hess' house. The address is:

1610 Avon Ave SW
Atlanta, GA, 30311

Fulton County Arts & Culture Announces 2019 Funding Deadline

From Fulton County:

Each year, Fulton County invests in non-profit organizations to ensure that County residents enjoy a wide array of rich arts experiences. The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces funding ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for Fulton County based arts, cultural and community based non-profit organizations and artist collectives for the 2019 funding cycle.

Eligible groups are encouraged to apply for these service contracts which are designed to support activities taking place between January 1 through December 31, 2019 that addresses the Fulton County Arts & Culture program mission to provide access, participation and appreciation of the arts for all Fulton County residents.

The 2019 applications close on October 29, 2018. The FCAC Contracts for Services (CFS) team will conduct application process workshops which are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. First time applicants are required to attend one workshop or consult with the FCAC staff prior to submitting an application.

Free Film Screening: "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart"

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a film screening about the life and work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. This program is free and open to the public.

When Lorraine Hansberry’s now classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so), actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about her. The film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial injustice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage. Read more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart/.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30303

Public Art Call for Artists – Atlanta Central Library

Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC) Public Art Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artwork artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Central Library. Artists and artist teams with at least 5 years professional public art experience and residing in the continental United States are eligible to apply. Students, Fulton County employees and FCAC contractors are ineligible to apply. With a total budget of $246,000, FCAC will commission two pieces valued between $100,000 and $150,000.

Deadline is 11:59pm, September 20. For more information, go to https://www.publicartist.org/call.cfm?id=1990 

MARTA Public Hearings - Sept 17, 18, 19

From Jeffrey A. Parker, General Manager/CEO, MARTA:

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority will hold public hearings for the purpose of considering the
Proposed bus service modifications for December 8, 2018 for the following routes:

  • Route 79: Sylvan Hills;
  • Route 82: Camp Creek / South Fulton Parkway;
  • Route 89: Old National Highway / Union City;
  • Route 95: Metropolitan Parkway;
  • Route 143: Windward Park & Ride;
  • Route 172: [Replaced by Rt. 872] Sylvan Road / Virginia Avenue;
  • Route 178: Empire Boulevard / Southside Industrial Park;

All route information, a video with hearing information and
comment forms are available at www.itsmarta.com

Mon., Sept. 17 DeKalb

Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
HEARING: 7 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Blue Line to Decatur Station, walk one block west.

Tues., Sept. 18 Fulton County
Government Center
141 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
HEARING: 7 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus Rts. 21, 42, and 55.

Wed., Sept. 19 Clayton County
Water Authority
Community Room
1600 Battle Creek Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m.
HEARING: 7 p.m.
Riding MARTA: Bus Rt. 193.

Copies of the proposed bus service modifications will also be available for public viewing at
MARTA’s Headquarters Department of Planning, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia
30324 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency
regulations contact, (404) 848-4037.

For those patrons requiring further accommodations, information can be obtained by calling the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (404) 848- 5665. In addition, a sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings.


(1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299; (2) write to MARTA’s Department of Planning, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324-3330; (3) complete an online comment card at www.itsmarta.com; (4) or fax your comments no later than September 24, 2018 to (404) 848-4179.

All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose
interests are affected by the subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and
invited to appear at said times and places and present such evidence, comment or objection as
their interests require.

Fulton Co. Animal Services - Free Adoptions for Hundreds of Selected Animals

Fulton County Animal Services will have free adoptions during September for hundreds of selected dogs and cats through Lifeline Animal Project's “Treat Yourself” adoption campaign. The pets are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to leave the shelter which is located at 860 Marietta Boulevard in northwest Atlanta.

"Code + Pops" Coding Class - Learn or Teach!

FRIDAY, September 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
SATURDAY, September 19th from 10:00am - 12:00pm

CODE & POPS is a series of free collaborative, education-based events between Mocha Pops and professional code developers/designers. Through this collaboration, we seek to create opportunities for individuals who desire to either LEARN or TEACH coding skills to interact.

Join us at the Atlanta City Studio on either FRIDAY, September 28th or SATURDAY, September 29th for a fun and interactive approach to learning how to code!

This is a family friendly event and ALL skill levels are welcome to participate.

For additional information, email contact@mochpops.com

Space is LIMITED, please RSVP at mochapops.com/code-pops

Useful tips from GA Power - emergency preparedness

As Florence batters our neighbors to the north, it seems like a good time to pass along this information sent to us from Georgia Power on making emergency kits and signing up for power outage alerts:

How to build an emergency kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP1VYSj58oM
Signing up for outage alerts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9EqI1yojog