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A Huge Community Thanks for a Successful Gala

" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]By Andy Cleary, Nancy Carpenter, and Betsy Frasier Neighbor in Need (NIN) and EACA would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You”, to all sponsors, both financial and in-kind, for the generous donations to the October fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon Gala, which was a magical evening. It included a cooperative sky with a full moon, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, themed beverages, lively music, a range of silent auction items, and tours of the beautiful Zuber-Jarrell House, made possible by generous hosts, Mark Dobiecki and Jenny Murray, current owners of the home. The East Atlanta community came out [read more...]

6th Annual Giving Thanks Potluck Dinner at EAV Farmers Market

" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]By Carlen Hultgren For the last five years, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) has celebrated the winter market season and farmers market community with a potluck dinner before Thanksgiving. The event features meals from local chefs, farmers, and community members. This year, the 6th annual Giving Thanks Potluck dinner is slated for November 17 starting at 6:00pm. On this last Thursday before Thanksgiving, the market will close early and locals will share a family-style potluck meal, together with their East Atlanta neighbors and friends. The regular farmers market will take place from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, so [read more...]

Books and Cookies

By Lynne Bryant The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will welcome the holiday season with a Book and Cookie sale on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. A large selection of books will be available for purchase including paperbacks ($1.00) and hard cover books ($2.00), along with audio books, DVDs, and other special items. The sale will be held inside the library in the meeting room. At this time FEAL must suspend accepting further donations until January, 2017. The storage space allotted is filled to capacity already. When space opens up and they are able to accept books once again, [read more...]

Upcoming BATL Tours

" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]By Henry Bryant The Thanksgiving holiday seems to be growing to take in the entire week of the turkey day feast. This year the Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization (BATL) will be offering its “Battle Began Here” tour on Saturday, November 19 at 10:00am. If you have out-of-town company that weekend, or just want an outing for the kids who are out of school, this could be it. The tour takes a look at the battle from a slightly different viewpoint that includes the lead up to the battle from the Union side, and the unexpected clash [read more...]

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]By Rebecca Wallace The beauty of Grant Park is no brighter than during the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, coming up on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Unique to many other local home tours, this one is held in the evening with the warm glow of candles and holiday lights. It’s become a favorite “must-do” event to see another side of one of Atlanta’s finest historic neighborhoods and get into the holiday spirit with neighbors, friends, and family. What’s new this year? A few things, but most noticeable for regular tour goers is that after [read more...]

Get Nautical with Grant Park Mothball Fantasea

By Christy Simo and Lauren Rocereta The Mothball is Grant Park’s highly anticipated annual costume party fundraiser. This year’s theme is FANTASEA, so dress up in your open-water themed best and get your happy on with your neighbors and friends on Saturday, November 12 from 8:00pm to 1:00am. “This year, being my last year at the helm, we've decided to kick it up a notch by bringing in an incredibly fun band and making the Mothball theme more loosely based which means we’ll see some really creative costumes.” says Rob Bernier, Mothball committee chair. “You will not want to miss Mothball this [read more...]

Front Page News
  • A Huge Community Thanks for a Successful Gala ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Andy Cleary, Nancy Carpenter, and Betsy Frasier Neighbor in Need (NIN) and EACA would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You”, to all sponsors, both financial and in-kind, for the generous donations to the October fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon Gala, which was a magical evening. ...
  • 6th Annual Giving Thanks Potluck Dinner at EAV Farmers Market ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Carlen Hultgren For the last five years, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) has celebrated the winter market season and farmers market community with a potluck dinner before Thanksgiving. The event features meals from local chefs, farmers, and community members. This year, the 6th annual ...
  • Books and Cookies By Lynne Bryant The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will welcome the holiday season with a Book and Cookie sale on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. A large selection of books will be available for purchase including paperbacks ($1.00) and hard cover books ($2.00), along with audio books, ...
  • Upcoming BATL Tours ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Henry Bryant The Thanksgiving holiday seems to be growing to take in the entire week of the turkey day feast. This year the Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization (BATL) will be offering its “Battle Began Here” tour on Saturday, November 19 at 10:00am. If you have ...
  • Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Rebecca Wallace The beauty of Grant Park is no brighter than during the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, coming up on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Unique to many other local home tours, this one is held in the evening with the warm ...
  • Get Nautical with Grant Park Mothball Fantasea By Christy Simo and Lauren Rocereta The Mothball is Grant Park’s highly anticipated annual costume party fundraiser. This year’s theme is FANTASEA, so dress up in your open-water themed best and get your happy on with your neighbors and friends on Saturday, November 12 from 8:00pm to 1:00am. “This year, being my ...
  • Have a SCARY Good Time at EAVoween 2016 By Jeanne Fore The East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) and the East Atlanta Parents Network are proud to host our spooky tradition, EAVoween, a trick-or-treating event in East Atlanta Village. This year’s event will be on the last Saturday of October (October 29), not on Halloween. Villagers should be prepared to ...
People and Places
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Announces Official Mobile App for Oakland Cemetery By Pamela Henman It’s now easier than ever to connect with Atlanta’s history, as Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) debuts its official mobile app for Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground. Available now in the App Store and Google Play Store, the Historic Oakland Cemetery app features 65 points of interest throughout ...
  • East Atlanta Gets First Taste ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Carlen Hultgren Sushi Burritos and Poke Bowls hit East Atlanta Village, in a big way at Sushi Burri in the We Suki Suki food court and collective. All the big cities have them, and, now, so does Atlanta, right here in EAV. Manned by Seven Chan ...
  • EAV Winter Farmers and Holiday Craft Market ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Carlen Hultgren It’s almost that time of year again, and in conjunction with the Midway Pub, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) will be hosting their annual Holiday Craft Markets during the month of December. For four Thursdays in December, (December 1, 8, 15, and 22), ...
  • Skyhaven School Reduced to Rubble By Nancy Leighton The Skyhaven School has been empty for at least five years now. Finally, the DeKalb School Board decided to demolish the building. Demolition work started this past spring. They started slowly at the north end of the building, instead of bringing in the heavy equipment and just leveling ...
  • 36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes By Jeff McCord Since 1980, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season in Atlanta is the annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes. Begun 36 years ago as a benefit for a community child care center that was in the space where the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool ...
  • Rich Foundation Awards Historic Oakland $300,000 to Complete Jewish Grounds Restoration By Pamela Henman Thanks to a generous grant from The Rich Foundation, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) is able to continue restoration efforts in the Jewish section of Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest municipal burial ground. The $300,000 grant, paid in three annual installments, will have a major effect on HOF’s restoration goals for ...
  • Sustainable Lakewood Co-Hosts Fundraiser for South Bend Park By Shelley-Ann Williams Sustainable Lakewood, EcoAddendum (Eco-A), and Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith are hosting the first annual Atlanta Kudzu Festival in South Bend Park on Saturday, September 24. The festival will help raise funds toward restoring plant life that is native to the park’s forest as well as clearing walking ...
Schools and Children
  • Parkside Welcomes New Interim Principal Rebecca Pruitt ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  By Holly Wilhelm Parkside Elementary has undergone a transition in leadership this fall. Our beloved former principal, Caitlin Sims, was given the opportunity to influence education across the state in a new position with the Georgia Department of Education. “Principal Sims will be forever credited for righting our ...
  • The Children’s Garden Holiday Faire ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Amanda White The sixth annual Holiday Faire at the Children’s Garden Preschool will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at 486 Park Avenue in Grant Park. The Holiday Faire is a community event focusing on sharing the magic and wonder of the ...
  • Newly Constructed Playground Vision of Local Teacher By Carlen Hultgren Emily Max, teacher at Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School, was awarded one of six $100,000 grants from Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge. With the funds, Max envisioned the creation of an all-inclusive playground accessible for the school’s special needs students. Last month, the school hosted the ribbon-cutting ...
  • Update on Burgess-Peterson Academy By Henry Bryant Burgess-Peterson Academy (BPA), located at Clifton Avenue and Glenwood Avenue recently began another school year serving East Atlanta families. It is an Atlanta public school and part of the Maynard Jackson High School cluster. Currently, it serves 380 students and can hold around 170 more. It offers instruction ...
  • Maynard Jackson High School Zombie Apocalypse 5K Fall Fundraiser By Sara Blake Smith Maynard Jackson High School’s (MJHS) inaugural Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse 5K: Run for Your Life! will be held on Saturday, October 29, at 8:00am. You will run, walk or scream your way to the finish line for a good cause. All along the course through Historic Grant Park ...
  • It’s Fall Festival Time at Parkside Elementary By Rebecca Wallace With fall weather finally upon us, folks in the Porch Press neighborhoods can’t wait to get outside. Everyone is invited to the 12th Annual Parkside PTA Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the grounds of Parkside Elementary. All students from Parkside, which serves ...
  • You’ve Still Got Time to Dance By Jean Hallman With the kids finally into a groove with school and homework, now is a great time to get them active in extracurricular activities. It’s not too late to sign up for dance classes at Dance 411 Studios. Weekly dance classes offered through the Kids Dance 411 Progressive Program instruct ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • Why Don’t They Speak? By Riki and Paul Bolster Each day they go by my house. Some jog, others walk with intent, often led by their dogs; or their attention is on their phone, conversation or music. Babies gurgle by in their carriages, toddlers ride on their parents’ bikes; older children get their first biking instructions on my street. But they don’t speak ...
  • Let’s Fix Our Sidewalks By Paul Bolster I went to a recent SAND meeting and commented on the condition of our sidewalks. I had noticed on my walks around the neighborhood that in some places our trees and shrubs are obstructing the sidewalk path. My comment drew an informal suggestion that I could be the ...
  • Progress or Fallacy? By Glenn S. Wrightson Wow – have we progressed – or have we? Joni Mitchell reveals, “They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.” I remember when the Hyatt Regency’s opaque dome (we called it the Blue Hamburger) was the tallest building in town – and now it is overgrown. We ...
  • New Neighbors Will Move in Soon By Nancy Leighton The new Alexan EAV apartment building on Metropolitan Avenue is now complete and read for leasing. Other new buildings in the Glenwood/I-20/Memorial Drive corridor will soon be finished and ready for occupancy. These new buildings will provide hundreds of new housing units to our community. We all will ...
  • Discovering Carver Market By Bob Titus There is some nice stuff happening in south Atlanta, specifically at 1297 Jonesboro Road where it intersects with McDonough Boulevard. There is a nice coffee shop called Middle Ground along with a community bicycle shop, and a multi-use space that serves as a community focal point which has ...
  • 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 ...