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Farmers market returns

The Avondale Estates Farmers Market returns April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of My Parents’ Basement. The market will be open every Sunday until October and will feature local produce and goods. My Parents’ Basement is located at 22 North Avondale Road. For more information, visit

Drug take back scheduled

Avondale Estates Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 29 at city hall. The purpose of this event is to safely dispose of unused, outdated and unwanted medications and related paraphernalia. Those who can’t make the event but would like to drop off unwanted medications, can do so at city hall year-round during regular office hours. City hall is located at 21 North Avondale Plaza. For more information, call (404) 294-5400.


Public invited to paint mural

Local artist Shannon Willow is inviting the public to help her paint a mural at Refuge Coffee Company on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Titled “Human Family Forest,” the mural—is to be located at 4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.—Willow hopes public participation will build bridges between cultures, bring people together and ultimately express shared values.
Willow has completed the primer as well as the overall background. Details will be provided by the community at large. Willow has completed three similar, murals in Clarkston with public participation and others in the metro Atlanta. She has been endorsed by Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry as well as East Atlanta business owners.  For more information, visit


City hosts first Rail Trail Makers Festival

The city of Chamblee will host the first Rail Trail Makers Festival on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at the intersection of Keswick Park and the Chamblee Rail Trail along Peachtree Boulevard.
Festival officials state the purpose of the festival is to bring together the Chamblee community in a free, fun, family-oriented environment.
“A ‘makers’ festival celebrates arts, crafts, engineering [and] science projects and the do-it-yourself mindset,” officials said. “The Chamblee Rail Trail Makers Festival will highlight makers and artisans who use old and new technologies to craft useful creations.”
Festivities will include chalk art, mural painting, live music, drone racing, food trucks, craft beer and theatrical performances. A separate “arts alley” will also line the Rail Trail for local artists to sell their wares.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the creation of a new city mural in Chamblee.
For more information, contact Brian Crowe at IDEA Chamblee at (404) 227-0231.


Ethics board meeting scheduled

The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct a regular board meeting April 20 at 4 p.m., at Emory Center for Ethics, Room 162, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta.
The ethics board will report on complaints filed against former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, Kelvin Walton, Nina Hall, developer Vaughn Irons and former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson.
There will also be time for public comment during the meeting.


Under the Bridge Art Party

The Decatur Arts Alliance will host an under the bridge art party April 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The art party will be held at West Trinity Place at Atlanta Avenue. The party will feature art activities with Milagros artists, ice cream, cookies, lemonade, a bounce house, music and music.
The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artist and business owners that support art in the city of Decatur.

Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann will host his third annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet April 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the DeKalb County Jail on Memorial Drive in Decatur. 
The event honors the individuals and organizations that provide voluntary services to the sheriff’s headquarters and the DeKalb County Jail each year.  Among the honorees are members of the Chaplaincy, the Sheriff’s Office Reserves Unit, and professionals representing agencies conducting recreational, educational and rehabilitative programs for inmates at the DeKalb County Jail.


Miller Grove to host Family Empowerment Day

Miller Grove High School—located at 2645 Dekalb Medical Pkwy.—will host a Region IV Family Empowerment Day on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to event officials, the goal of the event is to connect families with educational opportunities, job placement, legal guidance and community resources. The primary focuses will be academic and educational support; job readiness; health and wellness; social and emotional support; community and career enhancement resources; as well as summer enrichment.
Though DeKalb County School District’s Region IV includes Arabia Mountain, Lithonia, MLK Jr., Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb high schools, the general public is invited to attend.
Community agencies such as Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the DeKalb Department of Human Services, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, DeKalb Workforce Development, Labor Read, YMCA, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Upward Bound, DeKalb Parks and Recreation and the DeKalb County Public Library will be in attendance.
For more information, contact Region IV Family Engagement Facilitator Tamesha Favors at (678) 676-1200.

City to host gospel event

Lithonia will host Praise in the Park April 29 at the Lithonia Amphitheater from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy music and community spirit. The amphitheater is located at 2515 Parkway Drive. For more information, call (770) 482-8136.

Stone Mountain

Georgia Military College to host Spring Fling event

Georgia Military College’s Stone Mountain campus—located at 5325 Manor Drive—will host its annual Spring Fling event on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to officials, the event allows students to invite friends to the college. Friends who apply for admission to the college have all application fees waived. Food and games will also be provided for attendees.
In addition to Stone Mountain, Georgia Military College has campuses in Milledgeville, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Madison, Sandersville, Valdosta and Warner Robins.
For more information, contact the college’s public affairs coordinator, Shannon Alisha Wiggins, at

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