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Bike rides to take over Atlanta

Saturday, June 11, may appear more like a bicycle holiday in the metro area as six separate rides are scheduled.
As early as 8:30 a.m., riders can begin enjoying the first day of the 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival through the first-ever Phoenix Tour. The guided tour will bring riders through southwest, northwest and southeast Atlanta, complete with historical, cultural and potential contexts.
The 17-mile ride will include several hills, humps and intermediate aspects. Event organizers state the ride is “not a beginner ride,” and “no easy journey.” The ride, which begins at Adair Park, will include mini-sandwiches at Elliott Street Pub halfway through the ride as well as suja juice and paqui at the ride’s conclusion.
At 9 a.m., the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club will host a casual ride around the streets of Atlanta. Since the club will be riding on city streets, participation requires some riding experience. Requirements also include helmets, hydration, snacks and bike repair kits.
According to event organizers, the average pace will be 15 miles per hour with short (18 miles) and long (28 miles) options. The ride will begin at 300 Peters Street SW.
At 1:30 p.m., a group of bike-friendly parents will offer kids’ training at Coan Park in Kirkwood. The event is aimed toward kids new to riding and in need of encouragement. Riders are required to bring their own bicycles as a short bike ride will follow.
At 2 p.m., The Intercontinental Cocktail Ride will take place. This self-described “fancy ride” encourages riders to dress formally for specialty cocktails, light eats and pedaling throughout eastern Atlanta. The ride will roll through The Lawrence, Kimball House and Octane in Grant Park. It begins at The Spindle, located at 480 Jogn Wesley Dobbs Ave NE.
An informative ride hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission as well as Alta Planning and Design will begin at 3 p.m. along the Freedom Park Trail. The ride will feature information on how the city could potentially transform into an interconnected network of trails along the BeltLine and expand to udner-served areas in the city.
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Avondale Estates
City to host farmers market

Avondale Estates will host its farmers market June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of My Parents’ Basement. The market will have local produce and goods. My Parents’ Basement is located at 22 North Avondale Road. For more information, visit

City to host drive-in movie night

Brookhaven will host a drive-in movie night June 17 at Murphey Candler Pool at 8 p.m. The pool is located at 1551 West Nancy Creek Drive NE. For more information, visit

Registration open for Taste of Chamblee 2016

Registration is now open for the Taste of Chamblee, which invites local chefs, vendors and craftsmen to line the streets of downtown Chamblee for a day filled with music, fun and community involvement. The event will be held Oct. 1 from 3 – 9 p.m.
“The Taste is a one-day community festival that celebrates Chamblee’s unique history and diversity with local vendors offering food, art, and entertainment,” reads the event’s official description. Past events have also included an area for kids as well as an antique car show.
The festival is held to benefit the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, which provides hearing and vision services to underserved Georgia residents. Fifty percent of profits from food vendors go toward the foundation.
In addition to food vendor registration, options also include sponsorship, art vendor, non-profit and community partnership options. A 10-foot-by-10-foot tent space is $100 for sellers and free for registered non-profits that provide their own tents. Sponsorship options range from $250 to $10,000 and include a wide variety of benefits.

VBS to feature deep sea theme

Deep Sea Discovery will be the theme for vacation Bible school at Gresham Park Christian Church, Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. each day. There will be music, crafts, refreshments and Bible-based classes for all ages, including adults.
The church is located at 2819 Flat Shoals Road in Decatur. The pastor is Lamar “Bud” Cochran. For more information, call (404) 241-4511.

Local talent showcased at nature center

Visitors can take in the sights and sounds of nature as well as musical talent at the Dunwoody Nature Center.
Since mid-May, the nature center has held a summer concert series showcasing local singers, songwriters and bands every other Saturday. Talent has include modern country, Americana, blues, rock and soul.
The series, set to run until July 23, begins each event day at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and picnic dinner. Local brewers Moondog Growlers offers concert goers a rotating selection of craft beers during the evening entertainment.
On, June 11, rock band Stonerider is set to take the stage.
On June 25, blues band Heather Luttrell and the Possumden will present a blend of rock, country, soul and “tinge of Gospel.”
On July 9, Americana band Rust will play old school “roots-rock,” and modern country singer Thomas Fountain will conclude the Dunwoody event on July 23.
Event officials state seating is first come, first served. The concerts are free to Dunwoody Nature Center members, $5 for non-members, $3 for students and free for children younger than 3 years old.

Stone Mountian
City to host music event

Andrew Black will perform June 17 at Stone Mountain’s Tunes By The Tracks event in the Municipal Parking Lot, next to the Gazebo. Attendees can bring their lawn chairs. The two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. Tunes By The Tracks will be held every Friday until June 24. For more information, visit

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