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Immaculate Heart of Mary School to host fair trade sale

The public is invited to shop for fairly traded tea, coffee, chocolate, jewelry, scarves and other hand-crafted items from farmers and artisans living in developing regions by attending a Work of Human Hands sale on Tuesday, April 29, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Library, 2855 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta.

The sale is part of the Work of Human Hands program, a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and SERRV, nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting poverty. Every purchase made at the Work of Human Hands sale enables an artisan or farmer to better provide for the basic necessities of life, to educate her or his children, and to work in a safe environment.

For more information contact Carmen Graciaa at or (404) 636-4488.



Avondale Estates

Dog adoption day scheduled

On May 10 Second Life consignment store will host dog adoptions with BullsEye Rescue, a nonprofit, organization whose goal is to assist in the rescue and re-homing process of strays, surrendered and sheltered dogs.

Second Life hosts adoptions every second Saturday of the month.

Organizers ask people to support their rescue efforts with donations too. The event will be held on the parking lot located on 89 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call (678) 974-5671.




City to host 5K race

The 2014 Brookhaven Bolt 5K will take place May 17. All proceeds will be donated to Ashford Park Elementary School. Race packets can be picked up May 16 from 4-8 p.m. at Big Peach Running Company at Town Brookhaven, 705 Town Blvd, Ste. 340. The race starts at 8 a.m. for runners and 8:05 a.m. for stroller and walkers. For more information, visit




Yoga for beginners offered at library

The mind-body practice of yoga is frequently touted for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers wide-ranging physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise.

The classes will be taught by yoga instructor Bonnie G. Gibert and is open to the first eight participants. Loose fitting clothing is recommended also bring a yoga mat, a pillow and bath towel.

Classes begin April 26 at the Chamblee library 4115 Clairmont Road from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

To register, visit the branch or call (770) 936-1380.




 Group offering heating assistance

The Partnership for Community Action Inc. has available funds from the Georgia Department of Human Services to provide assistance with heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The funds are available for eligible clients in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties. Those who are eligible can apply for this one-time heating assistance payment of either $310 or $350. Eligible clients may only receive a one-time payment per program year.

To be eligible, clients must heat their homes with natural gas, electricity, propane, wood, kerosene or coal and meet the income guidelines of 60 percent of the median household income for Georgia. Clients must be able to provide proof of income for all household members 18 years of age and older for the previous 30 days, or 90 days if income is irregular. Those with no income must complete a Zero Income Form.

Clients must also present their most recent home heating bill, verification of social security cards for all household members; and proof of U.S. citizenship.

The program is currently open and will continue until these heating funds are exhausted.

Clients may call (404) 537-4300 to schedule an intake appointment. Eligible clients also have the option of stopping by their local energy assistance office to schedule their appointment.

The Partnership for Community Action Inc. is located at 815 Park North Boulevard, Clarkston, and 3597 Covington Highway, Decatur.




 Pools opening for Memorial Day

Pools in the city of Decatur will be open Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, through August 1.

Starting August 1, McKoy Pool, located at 534 McKoy St. in Oakhurst, will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekdays.

Glenlake Pool, located at 1121 Church St. in Decatur, will be open from 4-8 p.m. on weekdays. Both Glenlake and McKoy pools will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekends through Labor Day.

For more information call (404) 377-7231 or follow @decaturpools on Twitter for updates.



Steinbeck’s Ale House hosts barbecue benefit

Join Steinbeck’s Ale House May 18 at noon for a “BBQ Showdown” between chefs from Decatur’s Farm Burger, Avondale Estates butcher shop Pine Street Market, and restaurants Stem and Seed, Staplehouse and Leon’s Full Service.

The event will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a local organization that provides crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardships.

For more information visit or call Steinbeck’s at (404) 373-1116.


Children’s craft event scheduled

The children’s bookstore The Little Shop of Stories will host an art and crafts event based on the book ProjectKid by Anna Kingloff.

The author will guide children and adults through projects to transform everyday objects and materials in unexpected ways; from a juice-box owl to a pirate ship to a curio cabinet plus games, jewelry and more.

Supplies and instructions will be provided by the Little Shop of Stories.

The event will be held on April 25 at 4:30 p.m. at 133A East Court Square in Decatur.

For more information call (404) 373-6300.


Oakhurst preschool to host 5K

The Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool is holding its 7th Annual Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K May 3, beginning at the preschool at 8 a.m.

The race will be included in Decatur Active Living’s Grand Slam Fitness Challenge and is family-friendly, with several options including a 5K race with a jogging stroller division, a one-mile race and a “tot trot” for the youngest kids.

All pre-registered runners will receive a race T-shirt and “tot-trot” runners each receive a Pete the Cat medal. Registration closes April 30, at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Kimberly Head Amos at




 Holocaust remembrance in Dunwoody

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will hold a Holocaust remembrance on April 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.

The program is free of charge, and will take place at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. Some of the highlights of the program are the lighting of the Six Torches in memory of the six million people who perished in the Holocaust and remarks from Jim Barfield, author of the historical novel, Boxcars. His presentation will also include an original musical composition written especially for this occasion.

For information, visit or call (678) 812-4161.



Stone Mountain

 Volunteers needed for spring cleanup

Volunteers are encouraged to join the newly formed Rockbridge Coalition for a community cleanup, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

The cleanup will focus on Rockbridge Road between Hairston and Hambrick roads. Volunteers will meet in the Pine Lake Village parking lot.

To volunteer or for more information, email


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