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Avondale Estates

Dance theater to hold concert

Avondale Estates based City Gate Dance Theater announced its season repertory concert “Black and White,” Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Balzer Theater located at 84 Luckie Street Northeast in Atlanta. The concert will be a recognition of world events, stories of love and signs of peace. Tickets can be purchased at


Public meetings scheduled for Murphey Candler Lake study

As part of Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Lake watershed study, representatives from Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering will host the first round of public meetings on Sept. 2 and 9. Both meetings will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lynwood Park Community Center. There will be a presentation followed by an open house to answer questions. The focus of the meetings is to collect concerns from the community for the Nancy Creek watershed and Murphey Candler Lake. Lynwood Park is located at 3360 Osborne Road.


Food truck rally continues in Doraville

It’s not a bad idea to spend a summer day enjoying music with family and friends and binging on food truck treats.
On Sept. 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the city of Doraville will present its Doraville Food Truck Rally on Park Avenue.
The event will be held in partnership with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of each month.
The event will give residents the chance to meet elected officials and enjoy food, fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.


Clerk of Superior Court to host free notary training

DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority are hosting two free notary training sessions on Friday, Sept. 25. The first session is 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the second session is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This training workshop is open to the public and recommended to anyone who is a notary public Georgia or would like to become one.
“It is important to remember that a notary public should perform their duties to the utmost extent of the law, failure to do so could result in costly lawsuits and penalties as a notary is liable for his or her actions,” states an announcement about the sessions.
To reserve a seat to attend either session, contact Twinette Jones at (404) 371-2250 or
The sessions will be at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

Atlanta Audubon Society backyard sanctuary tour set for Sept. 19

Atlanta Audubon Society (AAS) will host its annual Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will feature four properties along a 7-mile route through Decatur, on the east side of Atlanta, with an optional fifth stop at the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS) Fall Plant sale at Stone Mountain Park.
Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (678) 973-2437.  Tickets are $15 for AAS and GNPS members and $20 for nonmembers.  All proceeds will support the education and conservation efforts of Atlanta Audubon Society.
The tour sites include Woodlands Garden, as well as the homes of Deb and Douglas Wilson, Carolyn and Max Brown, and Mary Kimberly and Gavin MacDonald, all of Decatur.
Each property has been certified by Atlanta Audubon Society as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary because it provides five essential criteria for attracting wildlife and birds: food sources, nesting sites, bird feeders, shelter and water sources. Visitors will have the opportunity see various native plants and trees in different settings that attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  AAS staff and volunteers will be available at each site to guide visitors through the habitats.
The mission of Atlanta Audubon Society is to protect Georgia’s birds and their habitats through education, conservation and advocacy.  For more information on the tour, visit the AAS website at   


Dunwoody Sunday cycle

On the first Sunday of each month bicyclists from Dunwoody and surrounding neighborhoods gather at Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Parkway at 2:30 p.m. to prepare for a 4.5-mile loop ride around the city.
The event is a monthly community activity sponsored by Bike Walk Dunwoody March through November.
There is a short pre-ride safety review and the group sets off at 3 p.m. Helmets are required and a bicycle with gears is recommended to handle the hills.  
The route is a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody with mostly right turns. The group will not ride in inclement weather or hazardous road conditions. Everyone is welcome.  


Stonecrest Library to hold book sale

The Friends of Stonecrest Library will be having a book sale.
Various genres of books, including fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, encyclopedias, children’s and romance series, will be available for sale. 
The sale will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828.

Fundraiser to benefit young science lovers

A local nonprofit is raising funds to help youth attend the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Science Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 24-26.
The public is invited to a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 29 where a painting by Guyanese artist Harold Boscom will be raffled.
The group also will sell $10 barbecue plates including fish, jerk or barbecue chicken, and vegetable plates.
​Donations also can be made at, or by mailing contributions to Celebrate Our Children Foundation/Kim Hodge, 5357 Beechwood Forest Dr., Lithonia, Ga. 30038.

Stone Mountain

Historical society to host event

The Stone Mountain Historical Society will hold its monthly event Sept. 17. This month’s event is “One Place Study of Stone Mountain Village.” Attendees can research and learn about the village’s families, historic buildings and the community. The event will be held at Wells Brown House located at 1036 Ridge Avenue. For more information, email

County commissioner to take monthly community breakfast to Stephenson High School

Commissioner Stan Watson is taking his monthly community cabinet breakfast on the road.
He is partnering with Stephenson High School PTSA which will facilitate the free community breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Representatives for the East Police Precinct and DeKalb Emergency Management Agency will be provide tips, information and resources to promote safety.
The address is for Stephenson High School is 701 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain.

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