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“Freed Spirits:” Atlanta Premiere Features Oakland Cemetery

By Amanda Cantrell A ghostly caper arises from the debris of the Oakland tornado in this world premiere at Horizon Theatre. Freed Spirits brings the magic of Oakland Cemetery to the Horizon stage in this world premiere. Local playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio, one of Horizon’s commissioned playwrights, creates the right amount of mystery and the right amount of fun in this comedy that is perfect for the fall season. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Lisa Adler, and designed by the award winning Curley-Clay sisters, Freed Spirits brings Oakland Cemetery “alive.” Oakland tour guide Susan Dickey spends her days among the dead, reliving the past [read more...]

It’s STRUT Time!

By Carlen Hultgren It’s STRUT time again, and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about this annual, free, one-day extravaganza that showcases the hottest in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. On Saturday, September 24, from 11:00am to 9:00pm, the 19th annual East Atlanta Strut will take place, as usual, in the heart of East Atlanta Village at the intersection of Flat Shoals and Glenwood Avenues. The Strut Parade starts at 2:00pm at Glenwood and Patterson Avenues. This delightful event features marching bands, floats, scooters, and paraders of all ages, along with the 2016 Strut Queen and her court. [read more...]

Cycling Fun at the Brownwood Bike Rally

By Jill Sieder The 12th annual Brownwood Bike Rally will roll out another great day of bike races, cycling activities, and festival fun on Saturday, September 17. Located in scenic Brownwood Park in East Atlanta, the bike rally includes street bike races and a bike rodeo (featuring bike safety and agility skills) for kids, “crit-cross” races (a hybrid race course that goes through and around the park, including both street and dirt segments) for adults, and a slew of family-friendly food and activities. The rally is designed to encourage participants of all ages and skill levels to ride bikes, stay fit [read more...]

Under The Harvest Moon Gala Benefitting Neighbor In Need Slated for October

By Andrea Cleary Neighbor in Need and the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) are joining forces to co-host their first joint charity fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon. This gala will benefit the East Atlanta chapter of Neighbor in Need. The event will take place at the historic Zuber-Jarrell House at 810 Flat Shoals Avenue on Saturday, October 15, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Owners Jennifer Murray and Mark Dobiecki have graciously offered their home and grounds to host this event. Neighbor in Need is a nonprofit, 501c3 under the EACA umbrella. The purpose of Neighbor in Need is to help seniors in the [read more...]

Blue and Gray Together

Gathered in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood at the MG James B. McPherson monument, 1400 McPherson Avenue are, from left, John McGilvray, of River Overlook in Lawrenceville, David L. Floyd, of Kellogg Dr. in Lilburn, Samuel R. Alston of Valley Green Dr. in north Atlanta, , and Allan Bright, of Russell Avenue in Decatur. The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization conducted tours of the McPherson monument and one honoring MG William H.T. Walker at the intersection of Wilkinson Dr. and Glenwood Avenue on July 23. His was 152 years and a day since McPherson, commanding the Union Army of Tennessee, and Walker, [read more...]

The East Atlanta Strut: Best Street Festival Around!

By Carlen Hultgren It’s that time again, time to get out your costumes and makeup and show your quirky side, time to march and dance and enjoy your neighborhood with wild abandon. It’s STRUT time again and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about this annual, FREE one-day extravaganza that showcases the hottest in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. On Saturday, September 24, from 11:00am to 9:00pm, the 19th annual East Atlanta Strut comes to the village with all the fun and comradery it is known for. The footprint, as usual, is in the heart of East [read more...]

Front Page News
  • “Freed Spirits:” Atlanta Premiere Features Oakland Cemetery By Amanda Cantrell A ghostly caper arises from the debris of the Oakland tornado in this world premiere at Horizon Theatre. Freed Spirits brings the magic of Oakland Cemetery to the Horizon stage in this world premiere. Local playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio, one of Horizon’s commissioned playwrights, creates the right amount of ...
  • It’s STRUT Time! By Carlen Hultgren It’s STRUT time again, and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about this annual, free, one-day extravaganza that showcases the hottest in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. On Saturday, September 24, from 11:00am to 9:00pm, the 19th annual East Atlanta Strut will take place, ...
  • Cycling Fun at the Brownwood Bike Rally By Jill Sieder The 12th annual Brownwood Bike Rally will roll out another great day of bike races, cycling activities, and festival fun on Saturday, September 17. Located in scenic Brownwood Park in East Atlanta, the bike rally includes street bike races and a bike rodeo (featuring bike safety and agility ...
  • Under The Harvest Moon Gala Benefitting Neighbor In Need Slated for October By Andrea Cleary Neighbor in Need and the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) are joining forces to co-host their first joint charity fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon. This gala will benefit the East Atlanta chapter of Neighbor in Need. The event will take place at the historic Zuber-Jarrell House at 810 ...
  • Blue and Gray Together Gathered in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood at the MG James B. McPherson monument, 1400 McPherson Avenue are, from left, John McGilvray, of River Overlook in Lawrenceville, David L. Floyd, of Kellogg Dr. in Lilburn, Samuel R. Alston of Valley Green Dr. in north Atlanta, , and Allan Bright, of Russell Avenue ...
  • The East Atlanta Strut: Best Street Festival Around! By Carlen Hultgren It’s that time again, time to get out your costumes and makeup and show your quirky side, time to march and dance and enjoy your neighborhood with wild abandon. It’s STRUT time again and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about ...
  • Parkside Makes Big Gains on State CCRPI Measure By Rebecca Wallace The recently released results of the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) are outstanding for Parkside Elementary. A great indicator of a school’s annual performance, particularly its improvements, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2015 CCRPI results on May 3. Parkside earned a score of ...
People and Places
  • 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 ...
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library’s Annual Strut Book Sale Slated By Carlen Hultgren Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will once again participate in the East Atlanta Strut, with their fabulous fall book sale on the day of the festival, Saturday, September 24, outside the library at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue. The hours will be in the middle of the festivities ...
  • Third Annual EAV RunFest Returns on Labor Day Weekend By Carlen Hultgren After an incredible second year with over 500 participants, huge cash prizes and over $6,000 raised for Burgess-Peterson Academy, the EAV RunFest returns with all of your favorite features and this year adding so much more. Get ready for a full evening of racing and active fun. With a ...
  • Local Film Group Celebrating Eleven Years Recruiting New Members By Carlen Hultgren For those who enjoy exceptional films, genial company and of course good food, there is place for you in the Southeast side of Atlanta, one Saturday a month. It is the delightful film group Life is Too Short to Watch Lousy Movies, which is now looking for some ...
Schools and Children
  • 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 ...
  • Save the Date for ANCS Fall Festival By Sara Massey Fall is the season of apple cider, changing leaves, and longer evenings. It is also the time of year for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s (ANCS) Fall Festival. The annual event is open to the community and is enjoyable for all ages. It will be held October 22 ...
  • Even a Couch Potato Can Dance By Jean Hallman If you have a dancer in your house, a couch potato, or any child age three to seventeen, Kids Dance 411 has a fantastic after school opportunity for your family. Dance can provide the opportunity for your child, or grandchild, to learn life skills including discipline, self-respect, self-confidence, and ...
  • Jewish Kids Groups Provides Experiential Education to Atlanta Students By Karen Isenberg Jones The exponential growth of metro Atlanta’s population has brought waves of new families planting roots in Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. This has made Atlanta one of the most wonderfully diverse cities of America, not just ethnically, but religiously as well. Jewish Kids Groups (JKG), Atlanta’s only private Jewish Hebrew ...
  • East Atlanta Library Holds Summer Reading Finale Party The East Atlanta Library had a party on Saturday, July 30 to celebrate the end of their summer reading program. Kids age 3 and up blew all previous summer reading records out of the water! Over 200 kids turned in a completed reading log! Because the kids reached their goal, ...
  • Martin Luther King Middle School Reopens By Nancy Leighton At the June 22 Neighborhood Planning Unit W (NPU-W) meeting District I school board representative Leslie Grant announced that the Martin Luther King Middle School will reopen this fall. The newly updated school building is covered with nearly white coating. Bigger vertical openings have been cut into the exterior ...
  • Back to School Means More Dancing By Jean Hallman August is back to school month and along with school comes many after school opportunities. Dance 411 offers year round quality dance training for children ages 3 to 17 and their weekly progressive dance program starts back with the school year. This sought-after program will be holding an annual ...
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 ...