MARTA - 35th Anniversary

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Avondale Estates

City to host yard sale

Avondale Estates will host its first citywide yard sale Sept. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. Households can hold a yard sale on the day of the event. Participants have until Aug. 29 to bring a $15 registration fee to city hall. After the sale, several nonprofit organizations will come through the city to pick-up any leftover items be to donated. Participating households should be ready for their first shoppers by 7:45 a.m., and should begin clearing off their property by 6 p.m. For more information, visit

City to host Labor Day race

Avondale Estates will host its 36th Annual Labor Day 5K Race and 1 Mile Race Sept. 1. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the 1 mile race will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. To register the day before the race, visit For more information, contact Karen Holmes at (404) 294-5400 or


Clarkston to rehold annexation vote Nov. 4

Clarkston attempted to annex two areas of unincorporated DeKalb during the May 20 primary. One measure failed, while the other, attempting to annex an area adjoining southwest of the city, ended in a 35-35 tie.
DeKalb County ruled a tie meant the annexation failed. However, Clarkston city manager Keith Barker and city attorney Stephen Quinn successfully appealed, bringing the judgment before a Superior Court judge in Rockdale County. The judge ruled that a tie meant the vote had to be recast, as the measure neither passed nor failed.
The annexation issue will be on the Nov. 4 ballot for residents of the proposed annexation area. More information can be found at


Health providers sing to benefit mental health, substance abuse clients

The Brighter Tomorrows Inspirational Choir invites the community to a special concert celebrating its two-year anniversary.
Members of the choir are healthcare providers in the DeKalb Community Service Board. The concert’s theme is “Shine” and will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richardson Health Center’s Bohan Auditorium, 445 Winn Way, Decatur.
The concert is free but donations will be accepted to help benefit clients receiving mental health and substance abuse services at the DeKalb Regional Crisis Center.
Attendees are also welcome to donate basic need items such as men’s and women’s socks, undergarments and plain T-shirts.
For more information about the concert or DeKalb CSB, visit, or email or

Local unsung heroes to be recognized

Select local unsung heroes will receive recognition during the annual Black Tie, Red Carpet Event hosted by the Nonprofit Trinity Awards Inc.
The awards ceremony will be held Aug. 17 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Community Center located at 3181 Rainbow Circle, Decatur.
The doors will open at 4 p.m. for the red carpet walk, photos, hors d’oeuvres, vendors, mix-and-mingle and networking. The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with musical selections from local artists.
The mission of the Nonprofit Trinity Awards Inc. is to support, acknowledge and honor small nonprofit organizations and outstanding individual volunteers and for their work, commitment and service within their respective communities.

Commissioner to host free health and job fair

DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is seeking companies with current job openings and organizations that provide health related screenings, referrals and information to participate in his fourth annual Community Check-Up Wellness, Health and Job Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event is cosponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tau Pi Omega (Stone Mountain-Lithonia) Chapter, Council for Community Enrichment Inc. and DeKalb County Workforce Development.
The event will be held at the House of Hope/Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church located at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. Approximately 500-800 attendees are expected.
Call (404) 371-3681 for additional information. This event is free and open to the public.  


Dunwoody Butterfly Fest returns Aug. 16

Celebrating all things Lepidoptera, the Dunwoody Butterfly festival is back for its 21st year. The festival’s main attractions are its tents of live butterflies. Timed entry is required to enter the tents, and tickets can be pre-purchased online to ensure convenient entry times. Once the entry times are full, no further admission to the butterfly tents will be allowed.
In addition to the tents, there will be fun and games, magic and music shows, and arts and crafts. Kids will have the opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt, learn about birds of prey and make coffee filter butterflies to take home.
The festival takes place at the Dunwoody Nature Center Aug. 16. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and $4 for kids aged 4-12. Day-of tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The festival starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and runs until 5 p.m. More information can be found at


Nature preserve to host hikes

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve will host the Ranger Ramble Guided Hikes Aug. 15 and Aug. 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. Ranger Robby Astrove will visit some of his favorite spots in the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.
This is a on a moderately difficult hike and attendees are asked to wear hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water. For more information, call (770) 492-5220.


Stone Mountain

Nonprofit receives $10,000 donation

As a part of Delta Community Credit Union’s Philanthropic fund, the organization presented the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Georgia Client Services program a $10,000 check on Aug. 7.
The Georgia Client Services program provides direct financial assistance to individuals and families facing economic crisis in the form of food, clothing, rental and utility assistance and prescription drugs.  Trained staff screens clients for eligibility, and identifies an individual service plan that provides budgeting, financial management and life skills training to ensure financial stability in the future.
Pictured in the front row from left are Jai Rogers, vice president of business and community development, Delta Community; branch manager Raj Subramanian; Jenn Maxwell, director of Vincentian Services; Kevin Barbee, chief operating officer, Society of St. Vincent de Paul; and Matthew Shepherd, Delta Community chief operating officer.
Pictured in the back row from left are Blake Watts, a commercial insurance manager, Delta Community; Louise Coniglio, director of volunteer and community engagement; Lorenzo Herman, development VISTA; and Melissa Winkler, marketing and communications specialist.



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