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July 4th parade details announced

Avondale Estates will hold its annual Independence Day parade July 4. The parade lineup starts at 9:15 a.m. at Avondale High School, 1192 Clarendon Ave. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. To participate in the parade, email Kelly Brooks at The day ends with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Lake Avondale with the Atlanta Blue Notes, and fireworks over the lake at dusk.


New playground equipment coming to Lynwood Park

Children visiting Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park will soon get to enjoy new playground equipment that includes multiple tube and wave slides. The equipment is on the way, and installation is set to begin the first week of July, the city announced June 24. The playground is provided by the Shinnick family in honor of Liam Shinnick and was designed by Landscape Structures.
The new equipment will be installed across the path from the current playground structures and will be under construction for four to six weeks. The area will be taped off for the safety of park patrons, who are asked to stay clear of the area. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (404) 637-0542. Lynwood Park is located at 3360 Osborne Road NE.

Brookhaven to hold public hearing on millage rate

Brookhaven residents will have another chance to voice their opinions on the city’s millage rate for 2015. Following the public hearings, Brookhaven will adopt the rate on July 7. In accordance with state law, the city has tentatively advertised a millage rate for 2015. The advertised rate is 2.795 mills, the same as last year’s rate, but the final number will be adopted after the final public hearing July 7.
A tentative tax increase is a result of a notice from DeKalb County of an increase in the valuation of real property tax assessments, not the millage rate. Brookhaven property owners may see an increase or a decrease in their residential property taxes, depending on whether individual property was assessed higher or lower by the county. The public hearing will be held at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road.


Workshop to foster women in public service announced

NewPower PAC Georgia, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to elect women to public office throughout the state, invites women interested in community activism and political empowerment to attend Project ‘Get Involved’, an interactive workshop on Saturday, July 25 from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur.
This event is the first in a series of workshops directed at women of all ages who wish to become involved either by affecting public change through community activism, working in political campaigns, or running for public office. Future workshops will be held in cities around the state to encourage and support women to hold public office and to foster women in public service.
For additional information, visit the organization’s website at
Paid registration deadline is July 17. Cost for the workshop is $35 (lunch is included), and is payable on the website.

Stone Mountain

The Dixie Swim Club at ART Station

The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope and Jamie Wooten will be on stage July 9-26 at ARTStation in Stone Mountain. The show is about five women who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their friendships. The show features Aretta Baumgartner, Kara Cantrell, Suzanne Roush, Dina Shadwell and Karen Whitaker. Shows will be held Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone at (770) 469-1105.


Photo contest kicks off National Parks and Recreation Month

DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, The Champion Newspaper, Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau and Southern Airways Express are sponsoring a photography contest focused on increasing awareness of the county’s parks and recreational facilities.
Open to amateur and professional photographers, the contest runs July 2 until July 31. A list of subjects will be provided to all participants by the DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs; and photos must have been taken between January 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.
In conjunction with the photography contest, a free photography workshop led by professional photographer John Glenn will be held July 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s Sam Goldman Retreat, 980 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.
Winning photographs will be selected by a panel of judges. Winning photographers and their work will be recognized at an event in September at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and featured in The Champion Newspaper and in Discover DeKalb’s tourism publications. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners and will include such premiums as flights on Southern Airways Express and a weekend hotel stay in DeKalb County.
All photographs submitted must be taken in parks owned, managed and listed by DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs.
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs’ mission is to provide safe parks and facilities, enhance the quality of life as a provider of recreation and cultural experiences and ensure a customer-focused parks system.
To participate in the contest or to register for the photography class, visit For additional information call (404) 371-3695.

South DeKalb FunFest

The South DeKalb FunFest at the Chapel Square Shopping Center is a free event celebrating the south DeKalb Community. The event’s mission is to spread unity, entertainment and education among the South DeKalb Residents. A portion of the proceeds from the event is donated to a DeKalb Kids Project Inc.
The South DeKalb FunFest will feature:
• Entertainment from local artists
• Activities for children
• Fitness presentations
• Food and other vendors
• Blood pressure screenings
• Blood drive
The event takes place July 18, noon – 6 p.m. at Tabitha’s House parking lot in between the House of Hope and the Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.

DeKalb Juvenile Court to host resource fair

DeKalb County Juvenile Court will host a Community Resource Fair in conjunction with the DeKalb County Board of Health on July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All families with youth ages 14-24 are invited to come and receive information on health and wellness, family strengthening, mentoring and educational services. Health and wellness topics will include AIDS prevention and awareness, and HIV testing will be available. There will be information provided on programs and educational services that are offered at no cost to participants, such as Youth Creating Change and the Youth Achievement Program along with many more.
Juvenile Court is located at the Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center, 4309 Memorial Drive in Decatur. For more information, contact Quiana Scott at or E. Diane Hill at

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