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Community club to host Taste of Avondale

The Avondale Community Club will host its annual Taste of Avondale event Sept. 17. The event offers food samples from local eateries along with art from local artists and artisans. Local musicians In the Wheelhouse will provide musical entertainment. The community club is located at 59 Lakeshore Drive. For more information, email Connie Bryans at

City to host painting event

Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to “Paint the Park” at Blackburn Park on Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteer judges are also needed. Once the pieces are completed they will be displayed in the park visible from Ashford-Dunwoody Road until the event closes. The winning pieces then will be on display at Brookhaven City Hall. Art supplies and paper will be provided, but artists may bring their own easels and canvas. Blackburn Park is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. For more information, or to volunteer to judge, email or call (404) 637-0508.


Artist selected for city mural

Artist Michael Jones has been selected by Chamblee officials to complete a mural on a retaining wall along Peachtree Road. Jones was selected following public input and an application process beginning in May.
According to his website, Jones received a bachelor’s degree in painting and sculpture from Atlanta College of Art in 1998. He has had work exhibited at such Atlanta locations as C4 Fuse Art Center, Monarch Plaza, Archive Gallery, Mixed Medium Art Gallery, Soda Salon, Sundial Restaurant, Starbucks and MJQ.
More public meetings will take place in fall 2016 to “engage the community in assisting [Jones] with the mural’s design.” Installation will begin following public approval and approval from MARTA.
According to Chamblee officials, this location “was identified as a key gateway into downtown Chamblee.”
“The existing retaining wall on Peachtree Road at Peachtree Boulevard is an important entry into the historic Chamblee central business district,” states a release from Chamblee’s economic development team. “With the new developments in the area … the city wishes to do its part and add vibrant art to the highly visible corridors.”
To view Jones’s work, visit


City hosts Career Information Fair

The United Nations Association, in partnership with Trends Global, will host a Career Information Fair at Clarkston Community Center on Sept. 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event will include remarks from Mayor Ted Terry, a photo exhibit from Photovoice Clarkston spokesman Birthe Reimers, a panel of refugee settlement advocates, as well as lectures by local business owners and authors. “Residents [will] explore what it means to find a home in the USA and share their stories and experiences of living in a diverse community,” reads a statement from The United Nations Association.
For more information, contact Becca Ollis-Bannister at or visit

Dollar General donates to local nonprofit

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced a $3,300 grant to Delta Life Development Center Inc., a city nonprofit aiding efforts in reading and writing.
According to Dollar General officials, the grant is part of a $4.5 million fund awarded to more than 1,000 organizations across the country. Delta Life Development employees will use the award to help fund tutorial services to DeKalb County students, college tours, community fundraisers and similar activities, according to the organization’s website.
The Delta Life Development Foundation awards scholarships, helps fund Links to Literacy and provides literary aid to youth organizations throughout Georgia. Delta Life Development is the “philanthropic arm” of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

City unveils new outdoor court

DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 10 at Gresham Park to celebrate the Atlanta Hawks Foundation’s $48,000 outdoor basketball court.
Atlanta Hawks Foundation representatives came to celebrate the donation of the new court.
“DeKalb County is grateful for the partnership with the Atlanta Hawks Foundation and the benefit this new basketball court will bring to the community for many years to come,” said DeKalb interim CEO Lee May in a statement.
Following the unveiling ceremony, youth basketball players from DeKalb County participated in a basketball showcase on the new court.

Church hosting ‘Guns to Pumps’ event

Columbia Presbyterian Church will host a “Guns to Pumps” event Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
The church plans to use donated guns from the community and turn the guns into rope pumps to access water. The guns will be taken to a local blacksmith who will forge working rope pumps with the metal from the guns.
The pumps will be displayed in surrounding worship communities to symbolize the conviction that there are too many guns in society and too few resources, church officials said in a statement.
The event will also feature light refreshments and a panel discussion.


City to host collard greens festival

Lithonia will host the annual Collard Greens Cultural Festival Sept. 24 at the Lithonia Amphitheater from noon to 7 p.m. Attendees may sample various collard greens dishes, including collard green ice cream. The amphitheater is located at 2501 Park Drive. For more information, visit

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