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WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

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.

Come out to the Taste of the Highlands, tickets sales end on May 13 at noon but the festival starts on Saturday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Highlands. This year, participants can enjoy local favorites like La Travola, Murphy’s, El Taco, Atkins Parks, Rosebud, DBA Barbecue, Goin’ Costal and Barefoot Wine. For more information visit them online.

The Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes/5K Road Race will begin on Saturday, May 14 and continue until May 15. This is Kirkwood’s ninth annual festival; the festival features an open air artist market, a concert, a children’s area, food vendors and plenty of fellowship with neighbors. Check out the Victorian style homes and modern bungalows.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

System Design and Install by Radiance Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Radiance Solar have announced the completion of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar array at the Food Bank’s midtown headquarters. The ACFB has distributed food and grocery products to partner nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia for nearly 32 years, and is now poised to be an important partner in the fight against rising energy costs.

The Food Bank’s solar system, Powered by Suniva™, is one of the largest roof-mounted PV arrays in the state of Georgia.  The array consists of over 174 high-powered solar panels manufactured by Norcross-based Suniva. The 42kW solar array is expected to produce 58,000 kWh every year, all of which will be fed back into Georgia Power’s electric-grid as a part of their Green Energy Buyback Program.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Join the EACA for "EACA Beautification Days"

Join the EACA for "EACA Beautification Days"

GRANT PARK, Ga. -- (submitted by the EACA) We are in search of helping hands. The EACA Beautification Committee needs volunteers to assist in many different areas. Please help us keep East Atlanta Beautiful by becoming a volunteer.

Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"

Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"

GRANT PARK, Ga. – (submitted by the Georgia Marathon) Because Karhu mean’s ‘bear’ in Finnish, The Run Wild 5K, a part of the Publix Georgia Marathon race weekend of events, invites runners to come out on Saturday, March 19, and try to "Beat the Karhu Bear."  The first 10 runners who "Beat the Karhu bear” during the 5K and cross the finish line before the bear, will be presented with a coupon good for a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice.  Others who finish ahead of the Karhu Bear will receive a free Karhu t-shirt.  The race starts and finishes on the Circle Drive near the Cyclorama in the Grant Park area at 8AM.  The Run Wild 5K will be followed by the Kids Fun Run at 9AM, open to all kids age 10 and under.