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Safety Jam coming to south DeKalb

To promote a fun safe summer, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson has teamed up with state Sen. Gail Davenport and American Medical Response to bring Safety Jam to south DeKalb on Saturday, April 25, at Gresham Park Recreation Center, from noon to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public, Safety Jam will feature games, food, giveaways and community exhibitors.
Community exhibitors include DeKalb County Police and Fire Rescue, No Text No Drive, Grady Burn Unit, Going and Growing Green, AARP, Atlanta Medical and more. DJ Uncle Paulie will be providing music and entertainment throughout the event, along with Comedian NO.
Fitness coaches also will provide free fitness classes throughout the day.
The park is located at 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 371-2425.


DeKalb Workforce Development to host regional workforce summit

As a part of National County Government month, DeKalb Workforce Development will host a regional workforce summit on Thursday, April 23, at 9 a.m., at 774 Jordan Lane, Building #4, Decatur.
The theme of the summit is “Gauging the Pulse of the Health Care Industry…Helping Others through Human Transformation and Economic Development.” 
The event is designed to inform and an educate audience of healthcare training providers, businesses and job seekers on labor market data and demand of occupations in the healthcare industry.
Some of the organizations presenting include: Emory Healthcare System, Grady Healthcare System, DeKalb Medical, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Morehouse School of Medicine and United Health and Business.
For additional information, contact Roderick Wyatt at rwyatt@dekalbcountyga.gov or (404) 687-3402, or call DeKalb Workforce Development at (404) 687-3400. 

Group to host health awareness event

Our Seeds Tomorrow will host a children’s educational event titled Our Seeds Tomorrow Health Awareness, April 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This free event for students and parents includes a discussion about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Elementary children and their parents will receive free health screenings.
Sponsors include Atlanta Braves, Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart Foundation, DeKalb County Public Library, Mango’s Restaurant, DeKalb County TV, Decatur Parks and Recreation Department.
The event will feature a health motivational speaker, 9:30 a.m.; preventative health screenings, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; catered lunch, 11:30 a.m. to noon; panel discussion on poverty, clean drinking water and illiteracy, noon to 1 p.m.; culture troop performance, 1 to 1:30 p.m.
The event will be held at Decatur Active Living, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur.
For more information, contact Dazia Fumbah, executive director, at (404) 257-2600 or dazia@ourseedstomorrow.org, or visit the group’s website at www.ourseedstommorow.org.

Sorority to hold financial workshop

The Tau Pi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will present a financial workshop on April 26 at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur.
The workshop, “Getting Your Financial House in Order,” will help attendees with financial planning and accessing current net worth. In addition, the workshop will provide pointers on spending, debt and budgeting.
The workshop will be presented by Michael Smith, a registered representative with United Planners Financial Services of America. He offers securities and advisory services through his agency.
The workshop will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact April Elmore at (404) 210-8040 or akapublicity@akataupiomega.com.

DeKalb DA to host PAWS for the Cause

PAWS for the Cause will be held April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glenlake Park. PAWS for the Cause, sponsored by the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office, promotes animal cruelty awareness, pet adoption, animal rescue, pet health and education.
Attendees can meet vendors with the latest pet products, low cost micro-chipping and vaccines, dog training by JillG, pet performances, live entertainment and a dog fashion show. Glenlake Park is located at 1121 Church St. in Decatur. The event is free. For more information, visit www.dekalbda.org.


City to host open house

Lithonia will host an open house for its new city hall April 18, 2-4 p.m. as part of the kick-off for Georgia Cities Week. The city will also host an electronics recycling event April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon with Keep DeKalb Beautiful. The city will celebrate Georgia Cities Week April 18-25. There will be a variety of activities for all ages. For additional information, call (770) 482-8136.

New nonprofits to hold launch event

Care for the Future Inc. and Breaking Through to Embrace Milestones Inc. are holding a launch event for the new nonprofit groups.
The meet-and-greet will introduce the community to the new nonprofit organizations and provide information about new resources that are available to community members. Various community organizations will be onsite and there will be giveaways.
The event will be held April 25, 3 to 6 p.m. at Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia.
It will feature a college panel discussion for high school seniors to talk to college graduates as well as a Savannah State University admissions recruiter.
“This will be a great opportunity for individuals and families to gain community resources and meet two nonprofit organizations that are willing to help others in time of need,” states the event’s announcement.
High school seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

Library to hold book sale

The Friends of Stonecrest Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, encyclopedias, children’s, romance books and more will be on sale.
The library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828.

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South DeKalb group to sponsor parental awareness forum

The education committee of the South DeKalb Improvement Association Inc. (SDIA) will sponsor a Parental Awareness Forum at 11:30 a.m. on April 18, at Redan High School, 5247 Redan Road, Stone Mountain.
Participants will discuss legal rights parents have when their children attend school and what responsibilities parents are charged with when children are in the school system.
The forum is free and open to the public.
SDIA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide the residents of south DeKalb a voice and platform in addressing issues that affect quality of life, including code compliance and enhancement, economic development, education, housing and public safety.
For additional information, contact Robert Douglas at robertdoug8aol.com or sdiainc@gmail.com.

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