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Atlanta BeltLine Study Group at Trees Atlanta

Atlanta BeltLine Study Group at Trees Atlanta

GRANT PARK -- (submitted by East Atlanta Community Association) Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is developing a strategy to implement transit for the Atlanta BeltLine.  In 2012, voters in the Atlanta region will be given the opportunity to approve a 1% sales tax for transit and transportation projects. 

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Be My Neighbor! Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

Be My Neighbor!  Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

ATLANTA – (submitted by Fourth Ward Alliance) Neighborhood watch groups are effective because they decrease opportunities for criminals to commit crime.  The added bonus is the cohesiveness it provides between members of your community. 

This workshop will educate you on the most effective ways of identifying and reporting suspicious activity and mobilizing your neighborhood watch program:

  • Why is there a need for a neighborhood watch program?
  • What is needed to start a neighborhood watch program?
  • A perspective on the neighborhood watch program.
  • How to get your program started.
  • Resources to keep you informed.
  • Ways to stay connected - ideas, technology and the internet.

This meeting will be held on Saturday March 12th from 9AM to 12PM at the Clark Harrison Building (Conference Room A) 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur.

Are Atlantans Visiting Some Of The World’s Last Turtles?

Are Atlantans Visiting Some Of The World’s Last Turtles?

ATLANTA – (submitted by Atlanta Zoo/Keisha Hines) One might assume that an animal with a shell has one of nature’s greatest built-in security systems. If that were true, there might not be a need to identify 2011 with the conservation imperative, “Year of the Turtle.” But according to a new report issued by a consortium of conservation groups, many of the turtles currently housed at Zoo Atlanta are among the last of their kind.

Issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Turtle Conservation Fund on February 21, 2011, the report included an alarmingly long list of turtle species now at risk of extinction. Three of the 25 species listed at “extremely high risk of extinction” are represented at Zoo Atlanta: the McCord’s box turtle; Burmese star tortoise; and Sulawesi forest turtle.

Eastside NPU's to host Community Meeting discussing Neighborhood Redevelopment

Eastside NPU's to host Community Meeting discussing Neighborhood Redevelopment

ATLANTA – (City of Atlanta-Office of Planning) The Comprehensive Development Plan is the city’s guide to growth and development. The Office of Planning is working with all city stakeholders in the development of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), character areas are a new component of the 2011 CDP.

You are invited to attend any of the second round meetings of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan to discuss and delineate your community’s character areas, as well as, to develop vision and policies for each character area.

Grant Park neighbors will meet at The Trolley Barn on March 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Trolley Barn is located at 963 Edgewood Avenue in East Atlanta.

First Lady Obama Makes Stop in East Atlanta to Discuss "Let's Move"

First Lady Obama Makes Stop in East Atlanta to Discuss "Let's Move"

ATLANTA -- (East Atlanta Commnunity Association) Touting what she called a fundamental shift in how America lives and eats, first lady Michelle Obama made Georgia her prime stop Wednesday to celebrate the first anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign aimed at improving children's health. 

"You can't ignore the fact that we have a crisis with childhood obesity," said Burgess-Peterson Principal Robin Robbins, who greeted Obama when she arrived at the school earlier Wednesday among dignitaries that included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Students practically tripped over each other to give Obama a hug, which she dispensed freely.

Grant Park Conservancy’s New Year Off to a Great Start

Grant Park Conservancy’s New Year Off to a Great Start

ATLANTA – (Grant Park Conservancy) Both Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania and General Beauregard Lee here in Georgia did what the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) was hoping they would do: saw their shadow! Now, according to these weather-predicting groundhogs, we should see an early spring.

There is nothing better than a park in springtime, and after this winter, it cannot come soon enough. In fact, we did not even wait for spring to begin projects in Grant Park. Already, the GPC has initiated and completed two volunteer-based projects that are setting us up for a wonderful year of service in 2011.

On January 9, the GPC participated for its tenth year in the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” event that occurs around the city. At most locations, people bring their undecorated Christmas trees to be tossed in a wood chipper.

“Coffee and Cub Conversations” at Zoo Atlanta, January 27th

“Coffee and Cub Conversations” at Zoo Atlanta, January 27th

On Saturday, January 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Zoo Atlanta will host an event, “Coffee and Cub Conversations” to chat with experts about the baby pandas progress. As the only giant panda cub in the U.S. draws closer to his public debut this spring, his fans have an opportunity to spend an intimate morning discussing his progress with the experts who know him best.

Conversations will feature a special roundtable discussion with curators, veterinarian’s keepers, moderated by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Mark Davis. The program will only be available during Coffee and Cub Conversations. Although technically in absentia, the guest of honor and his mother, Lun Lun, will make appearances on camera during a rare Saturday PandaCam viewing for Coffee and Cub guests.

Admission to this event is $20 for Zoo Members; $25 for non-Members. Discounted advance tickets are available online on zooatlanta.org.