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City to conduct road demonstration

Avondale Estates will conduct a demonstration project on U.S. Route 278 on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The city received a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to further study the redesign of U.S. Route 278 (East College Avenue, North Avondale Road, North Avondale Plaza, Covington Road) from Ashton Place to Sams Crossing.
As part of the grant, the proposed roadway changes–including a road diet and intersection improvements–will be set up on the street Dec. 6 so drives and residents can visualize the impact. The demonstration will be temporary using cones, flags and chalk, among other materials.
For more information, visit www.avondaleestates.org/downtownmaster.html.



Porter Sanford Center to host 2014 tree lighting

The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center will host its annual Holiday Village on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m., at 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.
The annual event brings together DeKalb County residents, community organizations and businesses to kick off the holiday season.
The Holiday Village will be held in conjunction with Commissioner Larry Johnson’s seventh annual community tree lighting, which will take place at 7:15 p.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Musical guest performances, artist appearances and activities during the event and tree lighting include: Lou Walker Senior Center Choir, Atlanta Young Singers, A Soulful Christmas Chocolettes, Love Divine Music Conservatory, Dwayne Boyd Photography, Mike Bend the ELF, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Explorers Holiday Mocktails, Hank Stewart’s Hot Chocolate Affair, and a sneak preview performance by McClendon Performing Arts Institute.
For more information on the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/PorterSanford.


Community to discuss water main replacement and repaving project

Upcoming water main replacement and repaving will be the topic of a meeting Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur.
The DeKalb County of Watershed Management’s Capital Improvement Projects Division will host the meeting to update residents on construction activities in the Fair Oaks community. 
Residents are encouraged to attend to find out how these improvements will affect the community.
Light refreshments will be served.


New Year’s Eve dance event announced

Ring in the New Year and dance the night away! Come out and dance with the DeKalb History Center as a professional DJ plays hits from the 1970s to the present. Reservations are available at the History Center office or online through PayPal.
Admission fee includes appetizers, festive party favors and two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets available at the event. Festive dress is encouraged. Dress to represent a favorite musical style or decade or just show up prepared to dance!
Admission is $25 for History Center members, $35 for non-members and $15 for guests under 21. The event will be Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at DeKalb History Center, Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur.
Catering for the event is courtesy of by Badda Bing and event design provided by Soiree South & Co.
The History Center has a block of rooms available at the Courtyard Marriott – less than a block away. Reservations must be made by December 12. Check the events page at www.dekalbhistory.com for detailed information.



Georgetown Gateway Project Information Open House set

The city of Dunwoody is hosting a public information open house for the Georgetown Gateway Project on Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at 5 Dunwoody Park South. 
The intent of this project is to upgrade Chamblee Dunwoody Road from I-285 to North Shallowford Road to improve the visual appeal, safety, walkability and traffic flow of the corridor. 


Plumbers’ group to benefit open house

The Plumbing and Mechanical Association (PMA) of Georgia is hosting a community Open House Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Food and Funds, and United Craftsmen Children’s Shoe Drive.
The open house will be Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m. at the Georgia Power Customer Resource Center, 4404 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody.
The event features special guest appearance by Santa Claus.
“Spend time visiting with Santa Claus, enjoy games and activities all while assisting families in the community,” states an announcement about the event.
The suggested donation per family is one unwrapped toy, one can food item and $10.
To volunteer for the event, which is event is open to the public, contact the PMA office at (678) 947-3473.



Church to host Christmas Cantata

Saint Paul A.M.E. Worship Center will present its second annual Christmas Cantata Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The event will include the Lou Walker Senior Center Performance Arts Group.
Admission is $15 and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Saint Paul A.M.E. Worship Center is located at 1704 Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia.



Board of Health receives safe communities grant

The DeKalb County Board of Health has received a $72,400 Safe Communities grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. It will allow Safe Communities DeKalb to make roads safer for children, teens and pedestrians of all ages.
The program will install and check child safety seats, hold child passenger safety classes and provide low cost or free safety and booster seats to eligible families. The funds will also help to promote walking to school, including checking the walkability of school areas.
Safe Communities DeKalb plans to offer the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error program to teen drivers and their parents. It will also partner with Students Against Destructive Decisions groups to educate teens on the responsibilities of driving. In addition, the program will engage stakeholders along Buford Highway in promoting pedestrian safety education and traffic calming measures.
In DeKalb County, between 2006 and 2010, motor vehicle crashes were responsible for 30,214 emergency room visits, 2,317 hospitalizations and 369 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
For more information about Safe Communities DeKalb, call (404) 508-7847.


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