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Lake Abana, Grant Park

Grant Park Summer Shade 1946 – This vintage photo by a local resident, Hobson Arnold, courtesy of the Lewis Arnold collection, was taken beside Lake Abana in Grant Park. The photo was a black-and-white shot that has been hand-tinted. An enlargement has hung in the Arnold home in Ormewood Park for years. Note the small sailboat in the [read more...]

WonderRoot to Move and Expand

By Shawn O’Neill WonderRoot, an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change, has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to repurpose the former Tech High Charter School building at 1043 Memorial Drive. It will be renovated for use by artists, performers, students, teachers, families, and the community. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot supports artists to have working careers in Atlanta and utilizes art programs as a form of addressing community challenges. The organization has outgrown its current space in Reynoldstown, and the move to the former Tech [read more...]

No Matter What, You've Gotta Strut!

By Michelle Rice Come rain or come shine, the East Atlanta Strut will be walking the walk and running the run on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00am until 9:00pm. In its 17th year, the Strut just keeps stepping up its game. EAV Runfest brings racing back to the festival and kicks off the day’s fun with 5K and 1-mile races in the morning. The artists’ market, free kids area, live music, a wide variety of food and drink, and the incomparable Strut Parade round out the day. Athletic 'strutters' can race over to EAV Runfest starting with a 5K at 8:00am. Runfest [read more...]

Come Party Like It’s 1929 at the Grant Park Mothball

By Christy Simo Get dolled up in your glad rags because it’s time for the 39th Annual Grant Park Mothball, an annual costume party fundraiser with all proceeds going back into the community. Come party with your neighbors on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00pm to midnight at The Grant Park Recreation Center in the heart of Grant Park (537 Park Avenue). The event is hosted by the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, which uses the party’s proceeds for everything from transportation improvements and support for the Grant Park Farmers Market to grants for neighborhood schools. This year, for one night only, the Mothball event [read more...]

Wheel on Over to the 10th-Annual Brownwood Bike Rally

By Jill Sieder Fearing no rain clouds or flat tires, the 2014 Brownwood Bike Rally is set to roll out on Saturday September 6 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta. Join the East Atlanta Kids Club in celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness, and fun! This year’s festival includes street bike races and a bike safety rodeo for kids, “crit-cross” races (on both street and dirt trails) for adults, a health fair, a food court and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities. The rally is designed to encourage participants of all ages and skill levels to ride bikes, stay fit [read more...]

Cyclorama to Relocate

By Keisha Hines One of Grant Park’s most iconic structures will be a future focal point of a transformative revitalization of the Cherokee Avenue entry plaza at Zoo Atlanta. On July 23, 2014, Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sheffield Hale, President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center, at a joint press conference announcing plans for the Atlanta Cyclorama. The Cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta,” the locomotive “Texas” and the museum’s other Civil War artifacts will be moved to the Atlanta History Center, and ownership of the 1920s-era building will [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Lake Abana, Grant Park Grant Park Summer Shade 1946 – This vintage photo by a local resident, Hobson Arnold, courtesy of the Lewis Arnold collection, was taken beside Lake Abana in Grant Park. The photo was a black-and-white shot that has been hand-tinted. An enlargement has hung in the Arnold home in Ormewood Park ...
  • WonderRoot to Move and Expand By Shawn O’Neill WonderRoot, an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change, has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to repurpose the former Tech High Charter School building at 1043 Memorial Drive. It will be ...
  • No Matter What, You’ve Gotta Strut! By Michelle Rice Come rain or come shine, the East Atlanta Strut will be walking the walk and running the run on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00am until 9:00pm. In its 17th year, the Strut just keeps stepping up its game. EAV Runfest brings racing back to the festival and kicks ...
  • Come Party Like It’s 1929 at the Grant Park Mothball By Christy Simo Get dolled up in your glad rags because it’s time for the 39th Annual Grant Park Mothball, an annual costume party fundraiser with all proceeds going back into the community. Come party with your neighbors on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00pm to midnight at The Grant Park Recreation Center ...
  • Wheel on Over to the 10th-Annual Brownwood Bike Rally By Jill Sieder Fearing no rain clouds or flat tires, the 2014 Brownwood Bike Rally is set to roll out on Saturday September 6 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta. Join the East Atlanta Kids Club in celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness, and fun! This year’s festival includes street ...
  • Cyclorama to Relocate By Keisha Hines One of Grant Park’s most iconic structures will be a future focal point of a transformative revitalization of the Cherokee Avenue entry plaza at Zoo Atlanta. On July 23, 2014, Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sheffield Hale, President ...
  • New Atlanta Habitat Headquarters on Memorial By Ashley Keyes Driving towards downtown Atlanta on Memorial Drive, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is creating a significant change in the Reynoldstown community by transforming a blighted area into its new headquarters. In 2010, Atlanta Habitat was fortunate to purchase the former ADP Transmission Parts warehouse at 824 Memorial Drive, along with ...
People and Places
  • BATL Not Quite Over By Will Bryant Thanks to all who participated in this year’s BATL event, we had a fantastic Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the historic Battle of Atlanta. Even the all night rainstorms that turned our Frontlines Experience breastworks into a mudpit for the soldiers who spent the night in Kirkwood, could not dampen ...
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library Strut Book Sale September 27 By Gina Root The Friends of East Atlanta Library will hold their quarterly book sale Saturday, September 27th from noon to 4:00pm during the East Atlanta Strut. The book sale will take place on the plaza on the south side the East Atlanta Library Branch located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue. ...
  • He Spoke His Mind By Nancy Leighton Outspoken community member Cary Rufus Duncan Jr. passed away earlier this year on May 10, 2014 at age 74. He lived in the neighborhood since he was a small child. As an adult, he was intensely interested in various issues and changes going on in this area. If ...
  • Meditative Practices to Support Pain Management By Stephanie Turner Many studies now hail guided meditation as a way to ease chronic pain, so “The Filling Station: A Place to Refuel for the Chronically Ill” has invited a guest speaker to their support group on Thursday, August 21 from 6 to 7 pm. They will discuss mindfulness and ...
  • BATL Battle of Atlanta Sesquicentennial Tours This year on July 19th there will be two different van tours that cover different aspects of the battle and the battle neighborhoods as well as the frontlines walking tour (seen in the photo) in the East Atlanta Village area. There will also be a Battle of Atlanta bike tour ...
  • BATL Civil War To Civil Rights Living History by Henry Bryant The BATL organization has taught the rest of Atlanta about the relationship between the American Civil War and America’s Civil Rights movement. This year we are commemorating both the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We live in ...
  • Senior Citizens Get Emission Waiver By Nancy Leighton Baby boomers born in the late 1940s are turning 65 old or will soon do so. Some of these senior citizens will be eligible for an exemption from the emissions inspection on their motor vehicle. In order to get the emissions wavier, certain requirements must be met: the ...
Schools and Children
  • Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Oh My! By Carla Phillips The sophomore class committee at Maynard Jackson High School invites the community to its second annual Dessert War fundraiser. Join us on Saturday, October 4 for a night of decadent desserts, fine wine, and spirits. Sample sweets from cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, bars and everything in between! Bring ...
  • Captain Planet Foundation Supports Burgess-Peterson Academy By Leesa Carter  The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is delighted to continue its support of East Atlanta’s Burgess-Peterson Academy, as we launch into the 2014 school year. In September, a FoodCorps service member training was held in the Burgess-Peterson Learning Garden. The Foundation also hosted Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, a ...
  • Parkside Families “Get in the Action” at Recent Workday By Danielle Berkowitz and Rebecca Wallace In partnership with Action for Healthy Kids®, more than 100 Parkside students, parents and teachers, CSX railroad employees, and community volunteers attended a workday at the elementary school’s grounds on August 16. Funded by a grant from Action for Healthy Kids® and sponsored by CSX, ...
  • Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Fall Fest By Amy D’Unger An annual tradition, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s Fall Fest, is back again. On Saturday, October 18, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s (ANCS) elementary school campus at 688 Grant Street will host the festival with pony rides, food, music, crafts, and activities to celebrate the arrival of fall. ...
  • Drew Charter School Opens New Campus By Hannah Wagner July 29, 2014 marks the first day of school for students in the new Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy at the Charlie Yates Campus in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood. The new campus will allow the Drew Charter School to expand to include high school ...
  • Story Fest to Feature Scarlet, Fiddler, Abe and Critters By Henry Bryant The 2014 BATL Frontlines Story Fest will take place at two different locations on the Battlefield throughout the day on Saturday July 19th in the East Atlanta Library and near Gilliam Park in Kirkwood. The fest features professional storytellers and living history actors. The Wrens Nest Ramblers and ...
  • New Board Members at the Ferst Foundation for Literacy  by Elizabeth Sprouse The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is making 2014 a banner year when it comes to advancing the life of children through increased literacy. This fall, the organization will mail its 4 millionth book! Four new board members – Kathy B. Ashe, Scott Campbell, Ali Gant and Colin ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • 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 ...
  • 2014 Legislative Session Update  by Senator Nan Orrock, District 36 I am honored to serve my neighborhood of Ormewood Park, Grant Park, Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, and all of District 36, a vast sweep of Atlanta, since my 2006 election to the Georgia Senate. As your voice in the Senate, I urge you to contact ...
  • 27 Years of Bring One for the Chipper By Henry Bryant On January 5, the wood chipper and hundreds of Christmas trees returned to Grant Park for its 27th year of post-season Christmas tree recycling. The Grant Park Conservancy sponsored the event in the park, where the Atlanta Parks Department chipper ...
  • 755 Hank Aaron Drive By Tracey Long After taking a few days to digest the news of our beloved Atlanta Braves moving 12 miles north to Cobb County, many things have become apparent to me. The biggest one is that things are not always what they seem. I live in Summerhill, the small, forgotten neighborhood ...
  • Restaurant Makeover By Paul Zucca and John Newcomb The El Mexicano restaurant has had a complete makeover and is under new management. Gone are the dusty old serapes draped over every window so nobody could see in or out. The grimy windows are all cleaned up. A completely new paint job has freshened ...
  • Love Locks Inspire Curiosity   By Rene Esler I admit that I am a curious individual. More frequently than not, my curiosity bends toward topics involving science, math, or engineering, and while I wish I could say I am a philosopher, I think I am too dense to understand the depth of most philosophies. Nevertheless, I am ...