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Improv summer camp begins in June

The Brink Improv will host a week-long improvisational comedy camp June 1-5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeKalb School of the Art. The camp is for children ages 8-12 and teenagers ages 13-17. The week will consist of improvisational exercises and games crafted to focus on confidence, listening, acceptance, communication and finding the fun. For more information, visit


Residents can take part in budget project

The city of Clarkston has budgeted $10,000 to be used for community budgeting initiatives. On May 18 and June 15, residents have been invited to share how they want their tax dollars spent, and assist and vote on proposals. The participatory budget project begins at 9 p.m. and will take place at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave.
Mayor Ted Terry said he is hopeful for residents to join in “this exciting exercise in citizen democracy.”


Center for Pan Asian Community Service receives grant

Komen Atlanta recently announced that it will grant approximately $1.5 million to 16 local healthcare organizations to provide breast health services to Metro Atlantans who otherwise might not have been able to afford them. Komen Atlanta’s fundraising efforts through Race for the Cure and other initiatives support the women and men in our community and Komen Atlanta’s mission, enabling thousands of Metro Atlantans to detect and survive breast cancer. 
Komen Atlanta’s 2015 grant scope includes programs that address critical needs in our community, funding innovative breast health and/or breast cancer services.  The grant of approximately $135,000 awarded to the Center for Pan Asian Community Service Inc. will support the CPACS Asian Breast Care (ABC) Program. 
This program is a linguistically and culturally competent screening and diagnostic program geared toward educating Asian women about the importance of mammograms and clinical breast exams (CBE), providing low/no cost clinical breast exam and mammography services, and linking women to linguistically and culturally competent providers if follow-up treatment is required.


Mental Health and Wellness Fair scheduled
 DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry invites the community to a “day of changing the way we look at mental healthcare in DeKalb” on Sat., May 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The event will be held in the Manuel Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Presentations will be made by behavioral health care providers, information sessions, access to new and innovative therapy methods, numerous resources and representatives from DeKalb CSB, Behavioral Health Link, NAMI DeKalb, DeKalb County Jail, Veterans Affairs and local community behavioral health agencies and providers.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dana Patterson in the Clerk of Superior Court’s office, at (404) 687-4076.

DeKalb recruiting for poll officials

DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections invite residents of DeKalb County to take part in its meet-and-greet to learn more about what it takes to become a poll official and additional ways to service the community.
Two meet-and-greets will be held for the recruiting initiative: June 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, and July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The events will take place at the voter registration and elections office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300.
To confirm your attendance call (404) 298-4045 or email:


Commission candidates to appear in forum

Restore DeKalb is sponsoring a question-and-answer forum on May 26 for the candidates for the vacant District 5 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.
The forum will be held at the Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, at 6:30 p.m.

Stone Mountain

Library to hold book sale

The Friends of the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Public Library will host its annual book sale June 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All hard covers will be $1and paperbacks will be $.50, unless otherwise marked. All proceeds go to fund programs and materials at the Stone Mountain- Sue Kellogg Library. The library is located at 952 Leon Street in Stone Mountain. For more information, call (770) 413-2020.


County recreation centers to hold summer day camp parent orientation

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will be hosting Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at all recreation centers.
The orientation informs parents on the activities and programs to be provided during the Summer Day Camp programs for youth, ages 5 through 15. Parents will have an opportunity to meet staff and are welcomed to tour the facility.

DeKalb county swim season begins May 23

The 2015 swim season is scheduled to run Saturday, May 23, through Friday, July 31. Select pools will remain open on weekends until Labor Day weekend, Sept. 7.
Pool patrons have the opportunity to participate in water aerobics, swim lessons and swim leagues throughout the summer. A grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at the new Exchange Spray Ground.
Pool hours of operation are:
• Browns Mill Aquatic Facility, 4929 Browns Mill Rd., Lithonia—Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m.
• Gresham, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta–Mondays, closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
• Kittredge – 2535 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta–Mondays, closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.
• Lithonia – 2501 Park Drive, Lithonia– Mondays, closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.
• Tobie Grant – 644 Parkdale Road, Scottdale–Mondays, closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
• Kelly Cofer, 4259 N. Park Dr. Tucker—Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, closed.
• Midway, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, closed.
• Medlock, 874 Gaylemont Circle, Decatur, Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, closed.

The N.H. Scott pool will be closed for the season. For more information, contact Al Sheppard, athletics and aquatics recreation program manager, at (404) 371-6270.


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