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DeKalb animal services offer free pet adoptions

During September, LifeLine Animal Project will offer a free pet adoption promotion called “Fall in Love.” LifeLine invites the public to celebrate the onset of fall by adopting any dog, puppy, cat or kitten for free at the DeKalb County Animal Services.
Adoption counselors will be on hand to ensure the animals are being placed in good homes. Adopters will receive a dog or cat that has been spayed or neutered, has had all vaccines and is microchipped — a $200 value — for free.
To view animals available for adoption, or for the shelter’s address and phone number, visit

DeKalb delegation to host series of town hall meetings

The DeKalb County House Delegation will host a series of town hall meetings on the following dates:
• Monday, Oct. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road
• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive
• Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 – 9 p.m. at Porter Sanford Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive
These meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick’s Capitol office at (404) 656-0109.



Fall dramatic arts classes for youth scheduled

Kids from age 3 to those in the 8th grade will have the opportunity to study theater arts at the Keswick Community Center. Through Forefront Arts, a regional children’s theater company, kids will explore age-appropriate plays and acting techniques.
Classes will meet every Tuesday starting Sept. 2 through Nov. 25. From 3:45-4:30 p.m., kids age 3-5 will learn the basics of acting and explore the golden age of Broadway through songs, crafts and games. From 4:30-5:30 p.m., children in elementary school (K-five) will learn about the Golden Age of Broadway and experience acting, vocal and dance training. Older students in grades two through eight will work on stage presence, character development and enunciation while performing scenes from American classics.
For more information, go to


Sports academy offers free food

Sportz Center Academy located at 5330 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur, is now participating in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Each Monday through Friday, Sportz Center Academy serves free snacks and dinner to all registered participants.
For more information about this USDA program, call (770) 593-3149.


Activist group to hold public forums

Restore DeKalb presents People’s Forum I & II.
“Learn what the politicians don’t want you to know” during events to be held at the Sanford Realty Company Conference Center, 4183 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur.
Restore DeKalb is a consortium of parents, organizations, and homeowners with a mission to unite and protect the children of DeKalb. 
Forum I is set for Sept. 13, while Forum II will be held Oct. 11. Both start at 9:30 a. m.
 “Help restore $100 million to DeKalb County School District (DCSD),” states the event’s announcement. “Help stop the removal of over $100 million dollars from DCSD since 2006 to tax poor/receiver counties such as Gwinnett.”
For more information, visit



City adopts new architectural standards

On Aug. 25, the city of Doraville adopted new architectural standards to promote a new visual identity for the community.
“Now we have a comprehensive ‘rule book’ for business owners to follow,” said Doraville City Manager Shawn Gillen in a statement. “We’ve gotten many comments from citizens asking to make commercial areas such as Buford Highway more appealing and that is our goal: to alter the look of the area.”
The guidelines were modeled after Orange County, Florida’s guidelines. Any business in Doraville’s commercial areas or in the Livable Community Code zones will be required to adhere to the guidelines if renovations or expansions surpass 40 percent of the existing building area. The new standards will be distributed to business owners in the near future.



School band to host jazz event

The Martin Luther King Jr. High School band program will host “Jazz on the Green” Sept. 13 at the M.L. King courtyard at 7:30 p.m. The event will introduce the “Back To Basics” band featuring Travis Kimber, director of bands at M.L. King.
The concession will offer fried fish and hot-dogs for starters. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Admission to the event is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. M.L. King Jr. High School is located at 3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia. For more information, email Rico Sanford at


Organizations to host candidate forum

Tucker Civic Association, Main Street Tucker Alliance and Smoke Rise Community Association will host a candidate forum in the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4882 Lavista Road, Sept. 18. A “Meet and Greet” will be held at 6:30 p.m. for candidates running in contested as well as uncontested races. At 7 p.m., candidates in contested races for federal, state and local offices representing Tucker and Smoke Rise will be participating in the forum, moderated by DeKalb Superior Court Judge C. J. Becker. For more information, visit or email Jane Tanner at


Stone Mountain

Commissioner to partner with schools for community cleanup

Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson will partner with DeKalb County, Keep DeKalb Beautiful, Pine Ridge Elementary, Stephenson Middle and High schools and Team Watson for a cleanup along Stephenson and Rockbridge roads.
This cleanup effort will be Saturday, Sept. 13, and will begin at 9 a.m. The starting point is Stephenson Middle School, 922 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain.

Plant group celebrates two decades

The Georgia Native Plant Society is planning two events for the public in September.
The organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fall plant sale will be held at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the organization propagation project site near Stone Mountain Park’s walking trail parking lot.
For more information, visit


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