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BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

ATLANTA – Fall is approaching and ‘tis the season for fall festivals. Metro Atlanta offers a festival for whatever tickles your fancy; whether it be food, music or fun you can find it during the autumn season in the city. For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best fall festival in Atlanta, this year.

Come to Atlanta for one of the largest gay celebrations in the United States. The Atlanta Pride Festival will celebrate their 41st year, this October. Atlanta Pride started in the summer of 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. According to their website, the main purpose of the APC is to “promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbian, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons”. The festival features events, like: the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the Tran March, Pride parade and Pride Children’s event.

More than 8,000 Pounds of Litter Removed from Memorial Dr.

More than 8,000 Pounds of Litter Removed from Memorial Dr.

More than 200 volunteers, including the Memorial Drive Merchant’s Association in partnership with DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis; Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton, Kathie Gannon and Stan Watson; and State Reps. Michele Henson and Karla Drenner, spent Saturday picking up litter along a three-mile stretch of Memorial Drive. 

The Memorial Drive Community Cleanup Day began at Georgia Perimeter College, and by the end of the day, 8,560 pounds of litter were removed from the roadway.  The event was coordinated through the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment and Keep DeKalb Beautiful.

Nearly half of the volunteers were Georgia Perimeter College students.

“The involvement from our citizen stakeholders is what makes the difference,” said CEO Ellis.  “The collaboration of residents and businesses working along side the county is how we realize positive wholesale change.”

DeKalb County Managers Focus on Strategic Planning

DeKalb County Managers Focus on Strategic Planning

DECATURDepartment directors and senior level managers in DeKalb County government participated Thursday, Aug. 25 in a strategic planning retreat to identify areas of critical importance and refine strategic plans for each one.

“There was a good, healthy exchange of ideas and dialog,” said CEO Burrell Ellis.  “It was an excellent opportunity to identify areas of collaboration and improve efficiency in government.”

Managers focused on goals and outcomes in five key areas:  1) Enhancing public safety, 2) Facilitating economic development, 3) Increasing neighborhood empowerment, 4) Ensuring efficient operations, and 5) Ensuring fiscal integrity. 

The FOCUSS committee, a stakeholder group comprised of DeKalb County citizens empanelled in 2010, communicated their priorities and suggested strategies. 

DeKalb County to host DeKalb Literacy Fair in September

DeKalb County to host DeKalb Literacy Fair in September

DECATUR -- DeKalb County will be hosting a literacy fair called "Passport to Literacy" on September 17. This event is being hosted by the DeKalb Council on Litearacy.

The event will be held at North DeKalb Mall from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The fair will feature fun and games for all ages and prize drawings. North DeKalb Mall is located at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

ATLANTA -- Due to recent instability in the United States economy, many people are opting to stay in town for the Labor Day holiday. Vacations like these or “staycations” have become more popular since high oil prices have forced gas prices to top out at, sometimes, more than $4.00 per gallon.

According to an article by CNNMoney, the steady decline of gas prices could result in an increase in “last-minute” holiday travel. However, for those who want to stay in town and get their most “bang for their buck” there are plenty of choices near the Atlanta area to "take a load off" and relax.

Some Atlantans will choose to head out to the lake, Laek Lanier, for their Labor Day vacation.

Memorial Drive Cleanup set for Aug. 27

Dekalb County --  The Memorial Drive Merchant’s Association in partnership with DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis; Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton, Kathie Gannon and Stan Watson; and State Reps. Michele Henson and Karla Drenner host Memorial Drive Community Cleanup Day, Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 – 11 a.m.

Camp Sunshine Presents Cocktails for Cancer

Camp Sunshine Presents Cocktails for Cancer
Cocktails for Cancer
Benefiting Camp Sunshine
 
Compound
September 8, 2011
7 - 10pm
 
Cocktails for Cancer will be an amazing night of fun with Atlanta’s finest Mixologists at Compound, the city’s premier nightclub.