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Atlanta VA Medical Center to host town hall meeting with veterans

The Atlanta VA Medical Center will host its monthly town hall meeting to address the concerns of local veterans on Saturday, July 25, in the Pete Wheeler Auditorium from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Veterans interested in attending the town hall meeting must RSVP to Gregory Kendall at or at (404) 321-6111, extensions 5385/4068/6968.
The event is limited to the first 100 individuals. If capacity is reached, veterans will have the option to sign up for the August meeting. Lunch and tours of the facility will follow the presentation and question-and-answer session.
The medical center is located at 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta.


Book drive, fish fry announced

The Atlanta Metro chapter of the National Hook-up of Black Women and the Ladies’ Circle of Gresham Park Christian Church holding a book drive and fish fry Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gresham Park Christian Church, 2819 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur.
Community members are urged to donate books, especially those with inspirational themes that are suitable for children and teens. Bibles, cookbooks and educational materials are needed as well as family and educational magazines. The event also is a scholarship fundraiser.
The church phone number is (404) 241-4511.

Black women’s group to hold open house

Decatur-DeKalb chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is looking for women with a passion for community service, leadership and public advocacy.
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, this chapter has hosted activities focused on leadership development, political, health and economic awareness, with a specific emphasis on enhancing the quality of life and lifestyles of Black women.
An open house for membership will be held Thursday, July 23, 6-8 p.m., at the Omega World Center, 3951 Snapfinger Parkway, Decatur.
To attend, RSVP at
For more information, contact Donna Payne, vice president of membership, at (706) 250-0353.

Let’s Move! DeKalb back-to-school event returns

DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, Center Helping Childhood Obesity In Children End Successfully Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) and Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority are joining forces for the Let’s Move! DeKalb back-to-school event. This annual event will take place Saturday, July 25, at Exchange Intergenerational Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Participants should be ready to exercise while learning about nutrition in healthy, engaging ways. Last year’s event drew crowds of more than 1,400.
Children will receive back-to-school supplies when they participate in fitness activities and nutrition education games. There will also be onstage talent performances for all ages. The goal of this event is simple: teach families back to school routines that are healthier and affordable enough for them to sustain all year round.
Exchange Intergenerational Recreation Center is located at 2771 Columbia Dr., Decatur.


Dunwoody police gain state certification

On Tuesday, July 13, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police recognized the Dunwoody Police Department with the department’s initial state certification for meeting more than 100 professional police standards. The award was presented to the police department during a Dunwoody City Council meeting.
“The certification process opened our department up to intense scrutiny by an outside organization to determine if the department’s policies and procedures are patterned after nationally accepted best practices,” said Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. “After a thorough review, the Dunwoody Police Department was awarded state certification through the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. This certification is validation that the high standards we hold our staff to is aligned with national best practices. Members of the Dunwoody Police Department have faithfully served Dunwoody for over six years and I hope this achievement will instill even greater public confidence in our agency and staff
The Dunwoody Police Department met 129 standards set forth by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. 


DeKalb NAACP and fraternity to hold back-to-school boot camp

DeKalb NAACP and the DeKalb chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will their third annual back-to-school boot camp and parent rally Aug. 1.
“The purpose of the organizers is to empower parents to take control of their children’s education and give students information that will help them have a successful school year,” states an announcement about the event.
The event will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lithonia High School, 2440 Phillips Road, Lithonia. The parent rally will be from 9 to 10 a.m.
Parents who register and attend workshops are eligible for free school supplies as supplies last. To register, visit
For more information, contact Lance Hammonds, DeKalb County NAACP, at (404) 241-8006 or

DeKalb group to host back-to-school drive

DeKalb For Seniors will hold host its 2nd annual Back-to-School celebration July 31 at the Lou Walker Senior Center. The 12:30 p.m. event will include food and entertainment. DeKalb For Seniors is collecting school supplies until the day of the event. The supplies will benefit Stoneview Elementary in Lithonia. The Lou Walker Senior Center is located at 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia. For more information, contact Donna Dees at (678) 982-9805 or, or Kandra Dallas at (770) 322-2932 or


DeKalb commissioner to hold District 1 conversations
DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester will hold a series of one-on-one conversation meetings throughout her district.  
The events are free and open to the public. Local business leaders will provide space for the meetings.
“While there is no obligation to purchase anything we encourage you to enjoy some of their fine food and drinks,” an announcement from Jester’s office stated.
The conversations will be held:
• Thursday, July 30, 7-8 p.m., The Old Tucker Fountain – 2329 Main St., Tucker
• Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Vintage Pizzeria, 5434 Peachtree Road, Chamblee 
• Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cafe Intermezzo, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
• Thursday, Aug. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 3967 Lavista Road, Northlake
• Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sugar Shack, 4058 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven  
• Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Cafe Intermezzo, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
• Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Han IL Kwan, 5458 Buford Highway NE, Doraville
• Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Panera Bread, 2100 Henderson Mill Road NE, LaVista Hills.

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