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Perimeter Business Association to hold leadership luncheon

The Perimeter Business Association will hold a leadership luncheon and a discussion on transit-related development, land use and economic impact indications on Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Panelists include: Mike Alexander, division manager, research and analytics, Atlanta Regional Commission; Dan Reuter, division manager, community development, Atlanta Regional Commission; Amanda Rhein, senior development manager for real estate development with MARTA; Brenda Robbins, senior project manager, Georgia Power Community & Economic Development; and Valerie Seidel, president, The Balmoral Group.
The event will be at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd., Atlanta.
For more information, contact Sue Rodman at (404) 784-5650 or rodman@soukmc.com.

Avondale Estate

Men’s Club to host meeting

Avondale Estates resident Dr. Brett Schug and friends will entertain the Avondale Estates Men’s Club with their talking parrots Jan. 28 at noon All men are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held at the American Legion Post 66. The meeting will be informal, with no membership dues or officers. After the presentation, lunch will be provided by the American Legion at a cost of $10 per person (cash only). American Legion Post 66 is located at 30 Covington Road. For more information, contact Bob Boyd at rmboyd@bellsouth.net or (404) 501-9118.


DeKalb Symphony Orchestra to hold children’s concert

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Children’s Concert Jan. 25 in the gymnasium of Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus. The concert will feature Peter and the Wolf and other child-friendly selections. Avondale Estates resident and musician George Brandt will serve as concertmaster. Dancers from the Decatur School of Ballet will also perform. Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert can be purchased at www.dekalbsymphony.tix.com, or call (678) 891-3565. Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus is located at 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.


Seed of South Sudan authors to discuss book

Majok Marier and Estelle Ford-Williamson will discuss Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a ‘Lost Boy’ Refugee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Tall Tales Bookshop. The event, sponsored by a grant from Poets and Writers Inc., is free and open to the public.
Ngor Mayol, another former “lost boy” who contributed to the book, will join the authors in discussing the current situation in the new nation of South Sudan. Tall Tales Bookshop is located in the Toco Hills Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road, Atlanta.
Seed of South Sudan details the “lost boys’” journey, and also updates the story 13 years after the 3,800 lost boys and girls were airlifted from refugee camps in Sudan during the country’s civil war,” according to an announcement about the event. “Children of all ages, some as young as 7, fled as villages were destroyed in attacks on south Sudan by the northern Sudanese army. Most walked hundreds of miles to Ethiopia and then were displaced several times; they only found permanent homes when they reached the United States in 2000 and 2001.”
The book also includes stories of many volunteers in Atlanta as well as other cities who aided the “lost boys and girls” in adapting to American life.

DeKalb Community Service Board meets Jan. 22

The DeKalb Community Service Board will meet Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at 445 Winn Way, Room 421, Decatur.
The meeting is open to the public for those who are interested in services for mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities.
The advocacy committee meeting will be held in the same room at 3 p.m. and is also open to the public.
Those with disabilities in need of assistance or accommodations to participate in the meeting, should notify the community relations office at (404) 508-7875.

County recreation department to hold vision meeting for Brookside Park

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host a vision meeting for Brookside Park, on Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at DeKalb Extension Services Training Room, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur. Neighbors and interested parties are encouraged to attend.
The Brookside Park property is on North Decatur Road just outside of I-285. It is the site a former derelict apartment building. DeKalb acquired the property, demolished the structures and removed thousands of used tires that were dumped on the site and in the stream.
The vision meeting will be held to determine potential uses for this new park space. Commissioner Kathie Gannon used District 6 park bond money to acquire the land. Now the community will have an opportunity to give input regarding desired park designs and facilities.
For more information about the meeting, call LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at (404) 371-3643.


Zumba fitness offered at local libraries

“Join your neighbors, family, and friends for an hour of fun and fitness at Chamblee and Clarkston Libraries,” states an announcement of Zumba fitness classes to be offered at the libraries in February.
Zumba instructor Akinya Joy will teach Zumba Basic, a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class, at Chamblee Library on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. She will teach at Clarkston Library on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, at noon.
Classes are limited to 25 participants. To register, call Chamblee Library, located at 4115 Clairmont Road in Chamblee, at (770) 936-1380 or Clarkston Library, located at 951 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, at (404) 508-7175.
Participants are asked to dress comfortably.
Funding is provided by the Friends of the Chamblee Library and the Friends of Clarkston Library.
For more information, visit www.dekalblibrary.org.

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