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County recreation, parks and cultural affairs to hold master plan meeting

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs department will host a master plan meeting for Pendergrast Park, on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., at Briarcliff Wood Beach Club, 1830 Morris Landers Drive, Atlanta.
The meeting will determine potential uses for the space and provide the community an opportunity to give feedback regarding park designs and facilities to be developed in the park.
For more information, call LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at (404) 371-3643.

Avondale Estates

Garden club to host meeting

The Avondale Estates Garden Club will have a meeting March 20 at 10:30 a.m. The club’s newly elected officers will be installed at the meeting. Janet McGinnis, director of the Redbud District, will present the installation program “The Forty Shades of Green” and share her experiences from living in Ireland. Guests are welcome to attend. RSVP one week ahead of the meeting by calling Virginia Kinchen at (404) 294-4553 or Ruth Osborne at (404) 299-1376.


City to celebrate Arbor Day

Brookhaven will celebrate Georgia’s official Arbor Day March 20 at 1 p.m. with the transplanting of a tree in Blackburn Park II. An Arbor Day proclamation will be read, and Native tree, a tree spading company, will demonstrate how larger existing trees are spaded and moved. A tree from the Brookhaven Forest subdivision right-of-way is being provided for the event and demonstration. Free tree seedlings will be given to attendees on a first-come basis. For more information, email kay.evanovich@brookhavenga.gov or call (404) 637-0558.


Community service board to meet

The March 26 board meeting of the DeKalb Community Service Board is open to all 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 advocacy committee meeting will be held in the same room at 3 p.m. and is also open to the public.
The audit, finance and compliance meeting will be held in the same room on Tuesday, March 24, at noon, and is also open to the public.
Those with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations to participate in the meeting can notify the community relations office at (404) 508-7875.

DA to host PAWS for the Cause

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James will join a host of community partners and animal lovers for the 2015 PAWS for the Cause community awareness event on Saturday, April 18, at Glenlake Park, located at 1121 Church Street in Decatur. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. PAWS for the Cause is a collaborative effort in partnership with Planned Pethood of Georgia, DeKalb County Animal Services & Enforcement, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and other organization to combat crimes against animals by increasing awareness of animal neglect and cruelty.
Event attendees will be entertained by live music, food vendors, pet specific vendors, a moonwalk, dog performances, DeKalb County Police Department K-9 demonstration and more. An onsite veterinarian will administer low-cost immunizations and microchipping. DeKalb Animal Services and LifeLine Animal Project will have puppies and dogs available for adoption.
Vendor booth rentals are $40. The event is free and open to the public. Interested vendors should contact Lyn Armstrong at lkarmstrong@dekalbcountyga.gov or (404) 640-9726 for additional details by April 3.

Keep DeKalb Beautiful to host household hazardous waste recycling event
Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) will host a household hazardous waste recycling event on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the DeKalb County Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur.
Participants will have an opportunity to properly dispose of dangerous household chemicals that are no longer in use. Hazardous materials such as aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, artist supplies, and paint and paint-related products will be accepted. Items such as agricultural waste, ammunition, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, and biohazardous and biomedical waste will not be accepted. Participants will be limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle.
Participation is free and open to DeKalb County residents only. Proper identification to prove DeKalb County residency may be requested.
Keep DeKalb Beautiful is a unit of the DeKalb County Sanitation Division. For more information on this event or how to plan a beautification project with KDB, contact KDB at (404) 371-2654 or kdb@dekalbcountyga.gov, or visit www.keepdekalbbeautiful.org.

Stone Mountain

Touch-a-Truck set for Greater Hidden Hills

The DeKalb County Police Department, fire rescue department, watershed management and sanitation departments will participate in a Touch-a-Truck event in the Greater Hidden Hills community.
The event will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21, at the corner of South Hairston and Redan roads, next to Zaxby’s restaurant.
“Touch and explore emergency, construction and service vehicles,” states an announcement about the event. “Enjoy live entertainment and meet local business owners. This fun family event is for kids of all ages, and it is free!” 
Local businesses and entrepreneurs may set up tables for a small fee: contact GHHCDC@gmail.com or call (508) 591-3526.
All proceeds benefit The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping the community prosper and thrive. This volunteer organization represents the area on zoning matters and advocates for attractive business development that meets our residents’ needs.
The rain date is scheduled for March 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Program assists students with GED

The DeKalb County Juvenile Court, in partnership with DeKalb Workforce Development, has recently been charged to service out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 21, in DeKalb County.
“The goal of the Youth Achievement Program (YAP) is to provide the services to DeKalb County youth to aid in the completion of their education and provide the tools necessary to ultimately lead to a strong and responsible adulthood,” states an announcement from the program.
The YAP Program will provide GED classes which include one-on-one tutoring, literacy enrichment, classic literature and projects. The program also provides job readiness training which includes leadership development courses, MS Office Suite, typing classes and a customer services certification class. Each participant will have a case manager who completes an individual plan that will allow for the youth and young adults to take steps toward completing their educational, training and career goals.
Enrollment is underway for this program. For more information, email pio@dekalbcountyga.gov or call (404) 294-2000.



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