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Glenwood Park Job Fair

By Nancy Leighton The new Kroger Market Place and other new businesses in the Glenwood Park area will have a Job Fair on May 21 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for local residents seeking full-time or part-time employment, including high school students. The goal of the businesses is to have the employees trained and in place for their grand opening. The commercial area is located at 800 Glenwood Avenue with an entrance across the street from Maynard Jackson High [read more...]

Historic Oakland Foundation Tunes from the Tombs Lineup

By Pamela Henman Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s most unique music venue, brings a day packed with music and family-friendly fun at the sixth annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival coming Saturday, June 18. Last year’s Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival’s history that all performers hailed from Georgia. The all-local lineup continues in 2016, with over a dozen bands accompanying two-time Grammy winning headliner Arrested Development for a day of music and spirits benefitting historic Oakland Cemetery. Leading up to the headlining performance, HeaveN Beatbox, James Hall, Adron, Rod Hamdallah, and Atlanta Funk Society take the MailChimp [read more...]

East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival Returns to Brownwood Park

By Carlen Hultgren The 13th Annual East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival (EACBF) returns to East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park, on May 21, and it looks to be better than ever. From a great beer selection to early access VIP entry to rocking music, this is an event not to be missed! Proceeds from the festival go to the East Atlanta Foundation which is an all-volunteer non-profit entity that funds projects that make East Atlanta a great place to live. A complete list of the local organizations that benefit can be found on the EACBF website. General admission will get you an EACBF 2016 souvenir [read more...]

42nd Annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes May 21-22

By Christy Simo The 42nd annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes taking place on May 21 and 22 offers a glimpse inside nearly a dozen properties throughout the neighborhood, including a Craftsman bungalow, a 1920s Gothic Revival church repurposed into commercial space, and stunning new additions to historic homes. “My wife and I had our house on the tour last year, and it was such a fantastic experience that I wanted to get more involved with this year’s tour,” says event chair Heidi Reis. “It’s a great way to meet other neighbors and see how others have adapted their historic homes [read more...]

Historic Oakland Foundation Marks 40th Anniversary with New Tour Offerings

By Pamela Henman Kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) opened its 2016 tour season with an updated version of its popular “Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland” guided overview tour, as well as new additions to its tour program. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s full tour season opened on March 19, with “Sights, Symbols, and Stories” offered at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, followed by a rotating lineup of over 15 special topic tours offered at 6:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The 90-minute “Sights, Symbols, and Stories” tour covers Oakland’s Victorian-era gardens, remarkable architecture, and some of [read more...]

First Parkside Stride a Success

By Rebecca Wallace Five thousand dollars in sponsorships; $550 in individual donations; 350 bottles of water; 400 bananas and granola bars; 300 registered runners; hundreds of families warming up together; $100 worth of coupons in the goodie bags; 13 moms in Principal Sims’ walking “Mom Squad;” 12 balloons; $5 discounted fee for Parkside students; at least three tough hills and one FALSE START! These are some of the numbers that added up to a fantastic and fun first Parkside Stride on March 19. With Mother Nature cooperating, the school’s first 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run were a huge success. The [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Glenwood Park Job Fair By Nancy Leighton The new Kroger Market Place and other new businesses in the Glenwood Park area will have a Job Fair on May 21 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for local residents seeking full-time or part-time employment, including high school students. The goal of the businesses is to have the employees ...
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Tunes from the Tombs Lineup By Pamela Henman Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s most unique music venue, brings a day packed with music and family-friendly fun at the sixth annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival coming Saturday, June 18. Last year’s Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival’s history that all performers hailed ...
  • East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival Returns to Brownwood Park By Carlen Hultgren The 13th Annual East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival (EACBF) returns to East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park, on May 21, and it looks to be better than ever. From a great beer selection to early access VIP entry to rocking music, this is an event not to be missed! Proceeds from ...
  • 42nd Annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes May 21-22 By Christy Simo The 42nd annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes taking place on May 21 and 22 offers a glimpse inside nearly a dozen properties throughout the neighborhood, including a Craftsman bungalow, a 1920s Gothic Revival church repurposed into commercial space, and stunning new additions to historic homes. “My wife ...
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Marks 40th Anniversary with New Tour Offerings By Pamela Henman Kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) opened its 2016 tour season with an updated version of its popular “Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland” guided overview tour, as well as new additions to its tour program. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s full tour season opened on March ...
  • First Parkside Stride a Success By Rebecca Wallace Five thousand dollars in sponsorships; $550 in individual donations; 350 bottles of water; 400 bananas and granola bars; 300 registered runners; hundreds of families warming up together; $100 worth of coupons in the goodie bags; 13 moms in Principal Sims’ walking “Mom Squad;” 12 balloons; $5 discounted fee ...
  • Run With the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile around the Corner By Michelle Bowers Saturday, April 30, is approaching fast, but runners and walkers can still join the wolf pack for the 5th annual Run with the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile. Participants can sign up for the race at www.atlncs.org/5k/registration. Pre-registration is open until April 27. Register by April 22 and ...
People and Places
  • Plant Sale at Holy Comforter on June 4 The Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church will hold a plant sale at their Seedtime & Harvest Gardens & Greenhouse, on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to 4pm, 737 Woodland Ave. SE Atlanta 30316; 404-627-6510. Spruce up your summer garden with beautiful annuals and perennials, including irises, daylilies, coreopsis, goldenrod, ...
  • Send Congratulations By Nancy Leighton Parents can send congratulations to their new high school and college graduates through The Porch Press. For $18 you can have three lines printed. Mention the student’s name, the school they went to, any honors, achievements, or scholarships, and future plans. Other options could be to congratulate someone on ...
  • Kudzoo the Western Lowland Gorilla Is Expecting By Rachel Davis Kudzoo, a 22-year-old western lowland gorilla, is expecting an infant. The pregnancy was confirmed via ultrasound, and the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams detected a fetus on ultrasound in early April. A birth is expected in September 2016. The infant will be the third offspring of Kudzoo and ...
  • Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Receives 2016 Arbor Day Award By Danny Cohn The Arbor Day Foundation honored the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum at the 2016 Arbor Day Awards in April, with the 2016 Excellence in Partnership Award. The Excellence in Partnership Award is presented for the innovative, strategic and/or pioneering collaborative efforts of organizations to advance forestry efforts on a local, ...
  • MARTA Changes in EAV By Carlen Hultgren There have been many inquiries into the closed MARTA bus stops around East Atlanta Village. Most of them are on the route 34 which ran on the southwest side of the Village with many of the now closed stops in the area between Flat Shoals and Moreland (east-west). ...
  • Work on Grant Park’s Milledge Triangle Begins By Sarah Hicks The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), which began with a small number of concerned community members, is growing – and the positive impact it is having on the Park is readily apparent. Here are just a few examples of what’s possible when we pull together: Work on the Milledge Triangle inside ...
  • May BATL Tour By Henry Bryant The Battle of Atlanta tour for May will be on the Saturday May 21 and will begin at 10am in the East Atlanta Village at Joe’s Coffee shop. The tour is an easy walk that takes about an hour and a half. Tourists will stroll along the frontlines ...
Schools and Children
  • Maynard Jackson High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian By Melanie Regnier Class of 2016’s Taylor Dalton and Delfina Booth have been awarded valedictorian and salutatorian at Maynard Jackson High School (MJHS). Both students have excelled at MJHS and are looking forward to starting college in the fall. Taylor Dalton dreamed of going to college like her parents, who met while students ...
  • St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy Enrolling for 2106-2107 By Pamela Showalter St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy announces open registration fall 206-2017 for high school grades, fourth through sixth grade cluster, and kindergarten. The 15-year-old school has eleven students enrolled and has a homeschool atmosphere. Students are fully enrolled in all academic subjects. St. Nicholas uses Saxon Math and a variety ...
  • ANCS Named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School By Matt Underwood Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is honored to have been named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Green Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education John King recognized ANCS as one of 47 schools around the country that are “reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste, transportation, ...
  • Peace Training Camp for Kids By Carlen Hultgren The Berea Mennonite Church will be hosting its interfaith Peace and Carrots Camps again this summer just down the road at 1088 Bouldercrest Drive in East Atlanta. The camps focus on teaching peace-finding and peace-making skills for children ages 6 to 12, with the farm as a classroom for ...
  • Dancers Prepare for Recital and Summer Camps By Jean Hallman Kids Dance 411 is excited to present their end of year recital on Saturday, June 4. The end of year recital for the Kids Progressive Program is titled Dancing Through the Decades. “This performance is great entertainment right here in our own neighborhood,” said kids program director J.J. ...
  • Grant Park Cooperative Preschool Hosts Summer Camps By Gina Root Grant Park Cooperative Preschool (GPCP) is excited to host camps for school age children (5 to 11 years) at our Cabbagetown campus in addition to our annual summer camp for preschool children (1 to-5 years) at our Grant Park campus. The 2016 GPCP summer camp sessions will begin ...
  • Kick off Father’s Day Weekend with Father/Child Self Defense Seminar at Kick Start Martial Arts By Betsy Helgager Hughes Renard Beaty, Kick Start Martial Arts owner and 4th-degree Tang Soo Do black belt instructor and father to two girls, will host a unique Father’s Day event to help area fathers work with their children to learn self-defense techniques. The event will take place at Kick Start ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • Smooth Driving By Nancy Leighton What a pleasure it is to drive on newly laid asphalt on our neighborhood streets. Recently Robinson Street and Mead Street were repaved on both the east side and west side of Boulevard in Grant Park. Flat Shoals Avenue south of Glenwood Avenue in the East Atlanta Village ...
  • Ruminations About Teacher Pay Duke Bradley, III, Ph.D. As Executive Director of Atlanta’s Wesley International Academy, I am often asked about our school’s approach to teacher pay. Although a casual redirection to our salary scale would probably answer the question that most people want to know, “How much will I make?,” spreadsheets full of numbers ...
  • The Flu Poem By Bob Titus If you’ve got a cold And fever too Then you know What you must do Don’t go to work Don’t go to school For if you do, you are a fool Get snuggled up in your bed And take something strong for your head The flu makes doctors and others rich And you can make others really sick So ...
  • Want to Make a Difference? By CJ Clark Do you want to give back to your neediest neighbors? Would you like to serve your community without opening your wallet? Yes? Me too! The idea is to find the neediest and the most at-risk home owners and perform basic repairs or tasks that they are not able ...
  • An Open Letter from Maynard Jackson High School’s Principal By Stephanie Johnson It is with pride that I want our community to share the celebrations, accomplishments and goals for 2015 and beyond as we work to create a school community that provides multiple opportunities for student achievement through globally competitive academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and service. I want to begin ...
  • EAV Prison Farm  By Rich McKay Atlanta environmentalist Scott Petersen says that dangers lurk about 1.3 miles from East Atlanta Village on property that he says should be a park. About a half dozen run-down buildings on the old Atlanta Prison Farm off the Moreland Avenue corridor, are attractive nuisances attracting so called “urban explorers” ...
  • Yoga, Friendship, and Mental Illness By Danny Szemple   When I first began my internship at Holy Comforter’s Friendship Center I had only ever done yoga twice in my life, both times with the gentle “prompting” of a girlfriend in college. While I would probably never admit this to her at the time, the truth is I ...