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LifeLine Halloween contest for pets

LifeLine Animal Project is having a Howl-O-Ween contest for pet owners. The grand prize is a year of free pet food, free microchipping for up to three pets and a year of free vaccines. To participate, pet owners must “like” LifeLine on Facebook or follow it on Instagram or Twitter and upload their pet’s photos using the hashtag #LifeLineHalloween. Contest winners will be selected based on costume originality and creativity. For more information, visit

Avondale Estates

Tree walk details released

The second annual Tree Walk will be held Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Six local arborists will lead groups of approximately 15 people who will view the trees’ lines and features while arborists point out defining and unusual characteristics.
A new feature of this year’s walk will be the opportunity for homeowners to ask a panel of experts questions about trees in their personal landscapes. The event is free. The walk will convene in the Avondale Community Club parking lot, 59 Lakeshore Drive. For more information, call (404) 373-8165.


Blackburn park to host event

Blackburn Park in Brookhaven will host “Live in the Park” Oct. 19, 1-7 p.m. The event will include musical performances by Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness, Nathan Sheppard, Housebroken and Journey Resurrection. There also will be food, a kids zone and the Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens game will be shown on the big screen. For more information, visit



Civil War walking tour of
Decatur announced

The DeKalb History Center, located in the historic DeKalb County courthouse in Decatur, is now offering Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and younger. The tours are scheduled at various times and begin and end in the lobby of the historic DeKalb Courthouse.
The tour familiarizes participants with the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign and the Battle of Decatur.
The tour highlights civilians who lived in the Decatur area during the Civil War. Benjamin Swanton was a successful businessman from Maine who had come to Georgia during the Dahlonega gold rush. Swanton operated a grist mill, tannery, machine shop and brickyard. He and his wife evacuated Decatur during the war, but his son became a Confederate soldier and his house, which now stands on West Trinity in Decatur, had a cellar that was used as a shelter when the town was at the center of a battle.
Another story that illustrates the complexities of the time is that of Roderick Badger, the son of an enslaved woman and a White plantation owner. Badger was a dentist who, early in the war, worked as an assistant to Milton Candler, who was a captain in the State Guard and whose law office was on the Decatur Square.
For additional information, call (404) 373-1088 ext. 20 or visit

Domestic violence symposium announced

DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston’s fourth Annual Resource Fair and Symposium on Domestic Violence will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur.
The event is open to the public and a complimentary breakfast will be served. Attendees are asked to bring used cell phones to donate through Verizon Wireless HopeLine to help survivors of domestic violence. Confirm attendance by Oct. 20 to (404) 371-2234 or



Church to host fall festival

Harvest Tabernacle Church will hold its “Fall Festival: Fall Into The Fun” event Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature games, food, Christian-based entertainment, health screenings, car financing, home mortgage representatives on site and more. For admission, donate a new toy to help the church provide toys to children for the holidays. The church is located at 1450 S. Deshon Road in Lithonia. For more information, visit


Stone Mountain

City to host Dogtoberfest

The first Dogtoberfest will be held Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn in downtown Stone Mountain. Events include Best Dressed Dog, Bobbing for Toys, Ask a Trainer and a silent auction. The event is sponsored by AARF Pet Central. For more information, visit the Facebook page of the Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority.

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