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BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of Neighborhood Thrift Stores for you to purchase some eccentric and timeless pieces.

In today’s economy, it’s important for shoppers to get the most bang for their buck and the thrift store is where you can do that. Open your mind fashionistas and fashionmistas, the thrift store isn’t only for those in need.

Want to do some shopping that’s good to your heart and your pockets? Visit the Attic Treasures Thrift Shop. This non-profit thrift shop is owned and operated by the Assistance League of Atlanta which helps senior citizens. The store sells gently used clothing, household items, books, jewelry and collectibles. Most items are priced between $3 and $10. The store is located at 3534 Broad Street in Chamblee.

Upscale boutique/thrift store Thrifty Finds has “raised the bar” for thrift stores in Atlanta.

Have BIG fun at the Zoo Atlanta Big-To-Do

Have BIG fun at the Zoo Atlanta Big-To-Do

ATLANTA, Ga. – Bring the entire family to Zoo Atlanta for the 20th Anniversary of the “Big-To-Do”. Visiting Nurse|Hospice Atlanta, in conjunction, with Zoo Atlanta is hosting this benefit with “twenty steps” throughout the Zoo for children and adults to enjoy the animals and the festivities. The event will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy door prizes, games, animal viewings and listen to African drums as they travel through the zoo through every exhibit from the Ford African Rain Forest to the Asian Forest. Children will be able to create candy necklaces, enter the rock-climbing competition, and meet fairy tale queens “Snow White and Cinderella”, take photos at the photo booth and get “cool” designs painted on their face.

Enjoy a “backyard-style” BBQ and go home with a tale-tell T-shirt. Ticket packages to this event are $500, adults will be admitted for $75 and children, 12 and under, for $40.

Dining Out for Life

Dining Out for Life

If you ever wanted an excuse to eat out, it would be to support the efforts of Dining Out for Life, an annual community fundraising event involving the generous support and participation of corporate sponsors, restaurant communities nationwide, dedicated community volunteers, and the thousands of citizens that will dine out on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at participating restaurants. 

The 19th Annual Dining Out for Life in Atlanta will benefit Open Hand a non-profit organization that helps to deliver over 5,400 nutritious meals daily to men, women and children who are living below the federal poverty level and strives to empower our neighbors to live healthy, independent lives.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

BPA seeks volunteers to setup annual Book Day

BPA seeks volunteers to setup annual Book Day

ATLANTA -- (submitted by the EACA) Target on Edgewood is donating $3,000 to Burgess Peterson Academy for the purchase of new books.  The books will need to be sorted and "plated" prior to their April 15 Reading Day event. 

They have set up a volunteer day on Tuesday, April 12, from 7:30 a.m.

City sends cease-and-desist letter to Freaknik organizer

by: Doug Richards | Reporter, 11Alive News

ATLANTA -- On April 16, Grant Park would be the site of an apparently illegal party associated with an event called Freaknic. The organizer, J.K. Jones, has circulated numerous images on email and social media promoting a Greek picnic -- despite the fact that he has no permit nor has he asked the city for one.

That absence of a permit prompted city attorney Cathy Hampton to send a letter to Jones, saying "you are now willfully creating an event that is in direct violation of City law. You must immediately cease and desist your organization of the Greek Picnic and the advertisement of the event." The letter goes on to threaten Jones with prosecution and demands reimbursement for city costs. The city's concern about costs stems from its memory of Freaknik events in the 90s -- which clogged traffic and strained city law enforcement resources.

EACA is looking for Race/Pub Crawl volunteers

EACA is looking for Race/Pub Crawl volunteers

ATLANTA – (submitted by the EACA) It's looking like this year's event is going to be even bigger and better than last. Registrations are high and the weather forecast is looking good. If you'd like to help out and have a ton of fun, email volunteer@runbeforeyourcrawl.com.

The Run Before You Crawl 5k and Pub Crawl is Atlanta's premier race slash pub crawl.  In fact, we are fairly certain it is Atlanta's only. This second annual event will take place in and around the East Atlanta Village on April 9th.