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DeKalb Citizens to Hold Community Meeting Feb. 16

DeKalb Citizens to Hold Community Meeting Feb. 16

SCOTTDALE, GA -- Residents of Scottdale are holding a community meeting at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center (644 Parkdale Drive, 30079) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:45 p.m.

The meeting will address DeKalb County citizens' concerns about the proposed closing of the recreation center.

Tobie Grant Recreation Center is a 14-acre facility that includes a multi-use field, swimming pool, playground and nature trails. It is one of five public spaces that the county is slated to close in order to save money.

Atlanta will Host the 42nd Annual Gospel Music Awards

Atlanta will Host the 42nd Annual Gospel Music Awards

Atlanta, GA--  As many know Atlanta is home to some amazing voices! It’s also commonly known as a city that hosts some of the musics biggest award shows, so it’s no wonder The Gospel Music Association (GMA) chose the historic Fox Theatreto hold the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards in Atlanta on April 20, 2011. GMC will air the awards show on Easter Sunday, April 24th at 8:00m. EST

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Teen Domestic Violence and My Upcoming Atlanta Children’s Shelter Event

Teen Domestic Violence and My Upcoming Atlanta Children’s Shelter Event

Today I learned that this month is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. There is not much awareness in the general public about this featured topic so I want to raise awareness.

I have a teen daughter so I want to be sure she knows about it too. When I mentioned this topic she jumped right in and told me that it is definitely needed. Click Here to Read All The Information on Teen Domestic Violence at My Blog www.RichSingleMomma.com

Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month

Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month

Lithonia, GA--  (submitted by Ousley UMC)

Black History Month 2011 takes on special meaning this year, as Ousley United Methodist Church honors the notable achievements of Black people and their contributions to every sphere of life from science and the arts to politics and religion. The theme for this year’s celebration is “How We Got Over: Educating, Encouraging and Empowering for Change”

Committee Chair, Mrs. Loydia Webber, explains, “In spite of the oppression we have experienced historically, Black people have not only survived, but thrived. Our faith in God gave us the gift of survival and the strength for living that has not only sustained us through it all, but equipped us to get over, in good times, but especially in bad.”

It is this gift of survival and the strength for living that is the focus of Ousley’s commemoration of Black History Month 2011.

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

KIDDS Dance Project Celebrates Pepsi Refresh Project Grant & Grand Opening

Lithonia, GA--  The Pepsi Refresh Project is pleased to announce a new event in the Atlanta area.  On Saturday, the KIDDS Center for Youth Development and Performing Arts is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by an Open House where attendees can tour the new facility.

Through the use of its $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project Grant, which they won back in April, the KIDDS Dance Project was able to fund a new place where local and underserved youth could participate in recreational and cultural activities and learn character building skills through the performing arts. 

The new facility will also offer an after school program for elementary and middle school children to receive academic tutoring and access to computers.

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Stone Mountain, GA-- DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis has been attending a series of in-home neighborhood meetings all month long to discuss and receive feedback on the proposed 2011 executive budget recommendations and related county matters.  The last meeting took place on January 25th at the 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive Clubhouse in Stone Mountain.  It was hosted by community member Rick Harris.

To the room full of residents Mr. Ellis said, “I know that residents have questions to ask and priorities to voice, (and) I want to hear what the people have to say”.

The remaining meetings will be at the following locations:

(The meeting initially set for Feb. 1 will be rescheduled. Other neighborhood gatherings may be announced at a later date.)

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The Second Chance Youth Conference Gives Insight into a Career in the "Green" Industry

The Second Chance Youth Conference Gives Insight into a Career in the "Green" Industry

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by Mary Borden)

Youth Conference and Summit entitled “Managing Risk” When Seeking Educational, Career and Other Economic Development Opportunities in Agriculture and its Fast Emerging Green Industry

In 2006, 1.6 million youth between the ages of 14 and 18 dropped out of school.  Four years later, reports indicate 1.9 million youth the between the age of 14 and 24 left school.  “How do we reconnect and empower these young people to become self-sufficient, healthy and productive members of society?”  We can start by implementing community based programs like Second Chance Community Based Agricultural Mentoring Youth Outreach Initiative.   This initiative will introduce and  increase awareness of opportunities