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34th Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

By Sonia Fuller The annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, scheduled for Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, is just weeks away and includes a whole weekend of fun-filled activities. Each year, close to a thousand people from near and far make the trek to share in some of Grant Park’s history and hospitality. The tour organizers hope you’ll help light up the park with your holiday lights, welcoming visitors into Grant Park during this special weekend. Approximately ten of Grant Park’s fabulous homes are included in this year’s tour, along with the more than a [read more...]

Oakland Cemetery’s Halloween Tour Event Broke Records in 2014

By Pam Henman Designed to enlighten, not frighten, Oakland Cemetery’s Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours boasted record attendees for two weekends in October. “We had an astounding turnout this year, with tickets selling out faster than ever before,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “It’s a delight to welcome newcomers from around the country as well as groups who make Capturing the Spirit a Halloween tradition.” On October 17 through 19 and October 23 through 25, Atlanta’s oldest cemetery welcomed more than 6,000 visitors for hour-long evening tours held from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. The cemetery saw [read more...]

Student Art Exhibit at the East Atlanta Library

By Melanie Regnier An art exhibit featuring work by students from Maynard Jackson High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is currently on display at the East Atlanta Library. The Friends of the East Atlanta Library is a volunteer organization that works to support the library and strengthen community ties. It is sponsoring this event. Telia Garner, an 11th grader at Maynard Jackson High School, coordinated communication between the library and the schools. Art teachers Betsy Eppes from Maynard Jackson High School and Shauna DeLong from King Middle School collaborated to showcase their students’ work, inspired by the themes [read more...]

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...]

Front Page News
  • 34th Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes By Sonia Fuller The annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, scheduled for Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, is just weeks away and includes a whole weekend of fun-filled activities. Each year, close to a thousand people from near and far make the trek to ...
  • Oakland Cemetery’s Halloween Tour Event Broke Records in 2014 By Pam Henman Designed to enlighten, not frighten, Oakland Cemetery’s Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours boasted record attendees for two weekends in October. “We had an astounding turnout this year, with tickets selling out faster than ever before,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “It’s ...
  • Student Art Exhibit at the East Atlanta Library By Melanie Regnier An art exhibit featuring work by students from Maynard Jackson High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is currently on display at the East Atlanta Library. The Friends of the East Atlanta Library is a volunteer organization that works to support the library and strengthen community ...
  • 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 ...
People and Places
  • New Feature at Clay And Glass Works By Riki Bolster There is a place in Atlanta where art and craft meet community – and the holidays! A nonprofit art studio and gallery, the Cabbagetown Clay and Glass Works (CCGW) will host their 13th Annual Holiday Sale on Friday, December 5 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. It features the work of ...
  • Atlanta BeltLine Rolls Out New Tour Bus By Jennifer Jezyk With the purchase of a natural gas-powered tour bus, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s tour program will become both more environmentally and economically sustainable and handicapped accessible. “As stewards of precious philanthropic resources, we are pleased to introduce this bus that will enable us to more sustainably and cost ...
  • National Kale Day Event Held in Grant Park By Rob Kremer On Tuesday, October 1, the Queen of Kale, a local company that makes Kale Chips, hosted a public event to celebrate National Kale Day at OM Point Yoga studio in Grant Park. There were vendors, free food, games, and a Kids Kale Smoothie Kompetition.
  • 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 ...
Schools and Children
  • Holiday Faire and Artisan Market Return to The Children’s Garden Preschool By Sally Hansen The Children’s Garden Preschool in Grant Park is holding its annual Holiday Faire and Artisan Market on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This year marks the third year that the preschool has hosted this special community event which focuses on sharing the magic and wonder of ...
  • Shop at Barnes & Noble at Edgewood and Support the Jaguars By Sonia Fuller This year’s best after-Thanksgiving shopping is happening on Saturday, November 29 at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Edgewood Retail District, where all purchases will benefit the Maynard Jackson High School (MJHS) Parent, Teacher, and Student Association (PTSA). Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of ...
  • Science Volunteers Needed Drew Charter School needs volunteers to judge the science projects for grades 3 through 10 during the week of November 17. This is a pre-fair event where students present their projects to their peers and teacher in the classroom. Volunteers will serve as companion judges to recommend quality projects to ...
  • 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. ...
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 ...