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Audubon Society to host Urban Ecologist program

The Atlanta Audubon Society will host a series of classes focusing on urban ecology every second Saturday until mid-May for students in grades 7-12.
“The Atlanta Urban Ecologists program will guide students in the discovery of the fascinating, rich ecology of metropolitan Atlanta, providing opportunities for hands-on field experiences, conservation and citizen science,” states a release.
The next class will take place on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will last until May 13. Registration is $250 and events will take place at various locations in metro Atlanta. For more information, visit

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Avondale Estates Men’s Club to hold meetings

The Avondale Estates Men’s Club will hold its monthly meeting Jan. 25 at noon. The meeting will be held at American Legion Post 66, located at 30 Covington Highway. The meetings are informal and require no dues. Lunch is available for $12 (cash) prepared by the chef at the American Legion. The speakers for January and February will be talking about their travels.
At this month’s meeting Mary Hamilton, a retired school teacher, will make a return visit to talk about her recent trip to Cuba. For more information, email Bob Boyd at



Expanded hours for Brookhaven Library

The Brookhaven Library, located at 1242 N. Druid Hills Road, has expanded its hours. The library will now open at 10 a.m. instead of 11, and will no longer be closed on Friday and Saturday. The new hours will be: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (404) 848-7140.


Agnes Scott College to host MLK Convocation

Agnes Scott College—located at 141 E. College Avenue in Decatur—will host a convocation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at its on-campus chapel on Jan. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Agnes Scott College hosts a series of convocations, or formal gatherings, throughout the year and the student body is expected to attend, according to the college’s handbook. Past speakers at the MLK Convocation have included the school’s first Black graduate.
For more information, visit Calvin Stevens, (404) 288-3604.

Retirement seminar to be held

On Jan. 17, Robert Cox, “the retirement educator,” will present a free seminar, Understanding and Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits, at the Decatur Recreation Center.
The seminar is geared toward helping those who plans to retire in the next 15 years.
The seminar is free to the community. For more information contact or call (678)-553-6559.

DeKalb History Center to discuss polio

The next DeKalb History Center bi-monthly Lunch and Learn will be presented by Shelia Wilkins Harkleroad, a DeKalb History Center Board of Directors member and Olen M. Kew, a retired senior science advisor of CDC’s Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch.
Kew will share information on the history of polio and eradication efforts and Harkleroad will share her life journey growing up with polio in Decatur and DeKalb County during the second half of the 20th century.
The event is scheduled for Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. and is free to the public. It will be held in the second floor superior courtroom of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse.

Schedule announced for DeKalb Community Service Board

The Jan. 26 board meeting of the DeKalb Community Service Board is open to the public for those who are interested in services for mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at 445 Winn Way, Room 421, Decatur.
The Community Engagement Committee meeting will be held in the same room at 3:30 p.m. and is also open to the public.
The Audit, Finance and Compliance meeting will be held in the same room on, Jan. 24 at noon and is also open to the public.
Those with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations to participate in the meeting should notify Community Relations at (404) 508-7875.


Marcus Jewish Community Center to host cooking classes

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)—located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody—will host public cooking classes on Jan. 19 and 23.
On Jan. 19, MJCCA will host “Cooking to Prevent Heart Disease,” which will teach attendees food preparation to prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. The class, which costs $45 for members and $60 for non-members, will be instructed by Victoria Barayev.
On Jan. 23, MJCCA will host “Chocolate Decadence,” a cooking class focused solely on chocolate. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn recipes for a wide variety of desserts using chocolate. The class will cost $30 for members and non-members and will be taught by Nancy Gerson.
Both classes are for ages 21 and older and require advanced registration. For more information, contact Howard Schreiber at


City to host business walking tour

Tucker will hold a walking tour of its downtown and the Northlake areas Jan. 21. The tour is part of the city’s comprehensive plan, which provides the opportunity to define the desired future for the city. City leaders and residents will tour the business centers of the city and residents can provide input regarding future growth and development of these areas. The downtown Tucker tour will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the Northlake tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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