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Memorial Day weekend’s one-of-a-kind festival favorite returns at Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May 28, 2022. The 21-and-...
05/06/2022
Conservation | Zoo Atlanta

Memorial Day weekend’s one-of-a-kind festival favorite returns at Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May 28, 2022. The 21-and-up event will feature sampling of more than 70 beers and wines, with a wide variety of craft options from many of Georgia’s favorite breweries and cideries. Other highlights will include music at venues throughout the Zoo; wildlife viewing until dusk; special Keeper Talks; and more.

Participating breweries include Akademia Brewing Company; Bold Rock Hard Cider; Cherry Street Brewing Company; Deschutes Brewery; Dry County Brewing Company; Fire Maker Brewing Company; Flying Embers; Goose Island Beer Company; Jekyll Brewing; Monday Night Brewing; New Belgium Brewing; Owl’s Brew; Red Hare Brewing Company; Reformation Brewery; TrimTab Brewing Company; Tucker Brewing Company; Urban Tree Cidery; Wicked Weed Brewing; and Wild Leap Brew Co.

The 2022 music lineup will bring tunes with all sounds and styles, from hip hop, RnB, pop, blues and soul to alternative rock, classic rock, and country. Featured acts include No Diggity, After School Special, Kenneth Kelly, and Robbie Litt.

As an added bonus, Brew-goers will also have the opportunity to experience Sean Kenney's Nature POP! Made with LEGO Bricks. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions and featuring more than 40 sculptures crafted exclusively with over 800,000 LEGO pieces, the limited-time exhibition will be open at Zoo Atlanta from May 13 through August 8.

Now through May 27, tickets are $50 for Zoo Atlanta Members; $55 for non-Members. VIP tickets are available at $115 and include early admission to the event at 5 p.m.; access to an air-conditioned VIP lounge and private restrooms in the Michael & Thalia Carlos Ballroom in Savanna Hall; premium beer and wine selections; a VIP-only spirit tasting; and one commemorative Brew at the Zoo T-shirt per ticketholder. If the event has not sold out, day-of tickets will be $60 for Zoo Atlanta Members; $65 for non-Members; $130 for VIP.

An Atlanta tradition for more than a decade, Brew at the Zoo has a history of selling out, and capacity is limited. Get tickets now at zooatlanta.org/brew.

Signature events such as Brew at the Zoo benefit Zoo Atlanta operations that support conservation programs and partnerships around the world. Learn more at zooatlanta.org/conservation.

Brew at the Zoo is open to guests ages 21 and up only; guests under 21 will not be admitted.

Saturday, May 28, 2022, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; VIP event entry at 5 p.m.

Zoo Atlanta is directly involved in field conservation programs for wildlife and wild places around the globe, including work in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and right here in Georgia. Our contributions range from funding for other established conservation organizations who share our mis...

Work by Sara Hendrix, Vickie Martin, and Lance Carlson at Art-Haus. The opening event runs until 9pm.
04/30/2022

Work by Sara Hendrix, Vickie Martin, and Lance Carlson at Art-Haus. The opening event runs until 9pm.

Zoo Atlanta will extend community access to its signature camp experience with the return of the Safari Camp Scholarship...
04/27/2022
2022 Safari Camp Scholarship Program | Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta will extend community access to its signature camp experience with the return of the Safari Camp Scholarship Program in summer 2022. The program will provide a week of Safari Camp for 55 children ages 5 to 11 from Title One Schools in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.

In addition to Safari Camp tuition, awarded campers will also receive daily lunch and snacks, a Safari Camp T-shirt, and extended care.

“Early connections with animals can change a child’s life, but these experiences can only realize their full impact if they are accessible to everyone,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships for an experience that can light a lifelong passion, support science learned in the classroom, and inspire conservation action.”

The Safari Camp Scholarship Program launched in 2016 and has been offered in every consecutive year with the exception of 2020. To qualify, children must be current residents of the City of Atlanta or Fulton County and must attend a Title One School. Guardians may apply for scholarships for the weeks of June 20 through June 24; June 27 through July 1; July 11 through July 15; or July 18 through July 22.

Parents or guardians interested in applying should submit a completed application at zooatlanta.org/campscholarship. Applications must be accompanied by proof of residence in the City of Atlanta and/or Fulton County; proof the camper attends a Title One School; a letter of need from the guardian describing how the child will benefit from Safari Camp; and a letter of interest from the camper. Applications and required materials may be submitted via email to [email protected] or via regular mail to Zoo Atlanta Education Department; 800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.; Atlanta, Georgia 30315. If an applicant is selected, a $25 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure the scholarship.

The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. on May 31. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Safari Camp: Summer Session will run on weekdays from May 31 through July 29 for campers ages 5 to 14. Programs offer an immersive experience that builds lasting connections between campers and the natural world with Zoo tours, science-based explorations, animal encounters, educational games, and more.

Zoo Atlanta is a statewide resource for both formal and informal education in Georgia, serving thousands of youths annually with inquiry-based programs and resources that support STEM curriculum at all grade levels. Learn more about education programs and resources at zooatlanta.org.

Zoo Atlanta is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships available to our Safari Camp: Summer Session.

04/25/2022
Oakland Cemetery is bringing back Illumine for the next 2 weekends.The event features lighting and art installations alo...
04/20/2022

Oakland Cemetery is bringing back Illumine for the next 2 weekends.The event features lighting and art installations along with live music. More information and tickets are available at
https://oaklandcemetery.com/event/illumine-2022/.
#Illumine2022 @oaklandcemetery

2 events at the East Atlanta Library are planned in support of the release of Chattahoochee Cats, a children's book by B...
04/01/2022

2 events at the East Atlanta Library are planned in support of the release of Chattahoochee Cats, a children's book by Brant Park resident Jenny Guberman.

1) The first event will take place on Wednesday, April 6th at 4:30 p.m. It will be a book reading for 2nd-grade children and their families with crafts and refreshments in the Meeting Room.

2) The second event is the Summer Library Kick-Off to be held on Saturday, June 4th. Ms. Guberman will be able to display "Chattahoochee Cats" on a table outside the library along with several kittens which representatives from Java Cats Cafe will bring. We'll hope to keep the kittens safely crated in the Meeting Room.

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Below is the press release announcing the book launch.

Cat Rescuer Pens Children’s Book Chronicling the Cats’ Adventures
ATLANTA, GA, December 30, 2021

When author, Jenny Guberman, moved to Atlanta more than a decade ago with 10 rescue cats, she built them a home in her backyard, full of amenities, including heat and air conditioning. Jenny and her grandchildren relished the cats’ antics and created rich stories involving their beloved pets. Chattahoochee Cats, dedicated to animal lovers and rescuers everywhere, is a delightful tale about where their energetic cats went in the wide world, teaching children along the way about other countries and self-reliance. It also teaches octogenarians that it is never too late to publish your first book.

Two kittens, their mom and big person travel the world in a fur-tingling, hair-raising adventure in the first of a trilogy of upcoming books aimed at second grade readers. There’s plenty of mischief afoot as the daring felines stow away on a blimp, explore the Alaskan wilderness and chase countless squirrels. These Chattahoochee cats will entertain children, their teachers and all animal lovers with their adventures around the globe. The book is available everywhere books are sold, including as an eBook. For more info, visit JennyGuberman.com/follow her on Facebook (@jennifer.guberman) & Instagram (@jenniferguberman).
About Jenny Guberman: Jenny Guberman is a longtime cat rescuer. She grew up in Connecticut and on a cattle ranch on Arizona’s Verde River. Now living in Atlanta, she loves creating new stories with her grandkids on early morning rides to school, as well as occasional rafting trips down the Chattahoochee River. When it comes to cats, she melts.

Advance Praise for Chattahoochee Cats: "Heartfelt, humorous and full of adventure. Chattahoochee Cats is a gentle and powerful tribute to the relationship between cats and humans, destined to delight animal lovers of all ages."--Sandra Hughes, Gateway Performance Productions, Producing Artistic Director/Creative Writing Instructor

"Chattahoochee Cats is a treasure and a triumph. This enchanting book is a reflection of the author's tender heart and tenacious devotion to all cats, especially the most vulnerable. If you've ever marveled at cats' courageous spirits, unsinkable zest and boundless hearts, this book will inspire you and make your spirit sing. May we all be a little more like the Chattahoochee Cats!"--Angela Hartley, Development Director of Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary

“Jenny brings her life-long experience with caring for cats and understanding their behavior to an engaging story. I highly recommend this book to all animals lovers or whoever wants to teach good behavior to their children.”--Shoreh Miller, veterinarian

Get Spring started with the East Atlanta Parents Network Spring Kickoff
03/23/2022

Get Spring started with the East Atlanta Parents Network Spring Kickoff

Join Us! Games for kids! Giveaways for adults! See you there!

03/19/2022

Some of the new work available at Art-Haus in Grant Park

03/18/2022
03/11/2022
SAND March 2022 Meeting

Rebroadcast of the SAND March 2022 Meeting meeting. See sandatlanta.org for information on joining the meeting live.

GPNA Quarterly Social Gathering - Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House | Grant Park
02/28/2022
GPNA Quarterly Social Gathering - Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House | Grant Park

GPNA Quarterly Social Gathering - Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House | Grant Park

Come mingle at Six Feet Under, with your neighbors at our Grant Park Neighborhood Association quarterly gathering! We'll be seated at the outside rooftop tables if the weather is nice, and you can find us inside if it's chilly. To find us, just look for the table-toppers with the Grant Park Sunburst...

02/26/2022
Tonight at 7:30 NPU W will hold their February main meeting. We'll be rebroadcasting here but see their site at https://...
02/23/2022
Meeting Dates & Times

Tonight at 7:30 NPU W will hold their February main meeting. We'll be rebroadcasting here but see their site at https://cityofatlantanpu-w.org/meeting-dates-and-times/ for links to register for the meeting and join live via Zoom. Agenda from the NPU W Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PLFnXno51wvIBe_ENj-6GWjfR5YTYnWL/view?usp=sharing

General MeetingNPU-W General and Committee meetings are held online, through Zoom, unless otherwise indicated. Dates and times are subject to change. Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM except…

Community Update MeetingPlease join us in person or virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 pm for an update on the Skyh...
02/22/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Skyhaven Quarry - Community Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Community Update Meeting
Please join us in person or virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 pm for an update on the Skyhaven Quarry project.

This is primarily an immediate-neighbors' update meeting (postcards were mailed out two weeks ago to all neighbors within 500 feet of the property). However, the meeting is open to all.

We have some exciting updates on the project and hope you can join us. The meeting will be held at First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (816 Maynard Terrace SE, Atlanta, GA 30316).

Please visit the link below to register for the virtual option.

Thank you for staying involved!

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrc-ivqT8pGdTIHHQwLFBoeuuH3bAVcsXD

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Skyhaven Quarry - Community Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Photography and paintings at the Art-Haus opening party
01/08/2022

Photography and paintings at the Art-Haus opening party

Discover | MARTA NextGen Bus
12/22/2021
Discover | MARTA NextGen Bus

Discover | MARTA NextGen Bus

Thank you for taking the time to help improve our bus services. This 5 minute survey will help us design the new bus network.

Second Annual Winter Holiday Decorating Contest:Saturday, Dec 11Our second annual Winter Holiday Decorating Contest is t...
12/07/2021
winter-decorating-contest — East Atlanta Community Association

Second Annual Winter Holiday Decorating Contest:
Saturday, Dec 11

Our second annual Winter Holiday Decorating Contest is taking place this weekend! Channel your inner Clark Griswold and go all out! We will generate a map of decorated houses so that all East Atlanta residents and friends can have a jingle-worthy holiday walking/driving tour of East Atlanta. Submit your house and be decorated by Friday, December 10. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 11.

Register your home at https://www.eaca.net/winter-decorating-contest?utm_source=EACA+Newsletter&utm_campaign=47464eebf6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_22_02_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae3d2d2103-47464eebf6-354287187&mc_cid=47464eebf6&mc_eid=dc81a268ff.

Below are the categories that will be awarded:

Best Block - There isn't a Scrooge in the bunch! Come together as a block, decorate, and have a chance to win a $100 donation to an East Atlanta charity of your choice.

EAV Spirit - Capture and display the EAV spirit and what this great neighborhood means to you!

Griswold Award - If you've noticed a substantial uptick in your energy bill this month or if you've blown at least one transformer on your street, this is the award for you!

Keeping it Classic - There's something to be said about keeping it classic. Candles, white lights, bows, holly, and garland are real crowd pleasers.

Winners will be announced during our December EACA meeting on Tuesday, December 14. Fun prizes include a basket of East Atlanta goodies, free memberships to EACA, and other fun memorabilia.

EACA is proud to announce the return of our Winter Holiday Decoration Contest. Channel your inner Clark Griswold and go all out! We will generate a map of decorated houses for a driving tour of East Atlanta. Submit your house and be decorated by 11:59 pm on December 10th. Judging will take place on....

12/07/2021

Community Farmers Markets is hosting a special edition holiday market this Thursday 4-7pm at EAV (rain date 12/16)

Southeast LadyMob at the Beacon
12/05/2021

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The Porch Press, a Community Service

By Henry Bryant

When The Porch Press began 33 years ago, there had been community newspapers in the three neighborhoods of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (NPU-W) for a while. The Park Bench had served Grant Park, The Sand Paper had served the SAND neighborhoods, and The Fishwrapper had served East Atlanta as the area started to be seen as ripe for redevelopment in the late ‘70s. There had even been newspapers before that going back to the 1950s. The Porch Press, as it was devised by volunteers from the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA), the Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA), and South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development (SAND), thought that by combining efforts they could create a monthly publication that would serve all of NPU-W and help improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods.

The new neighborhood newspaper, supported by neighborhood businesses and the neighborhood organizations, met with immediate success. That success has always depended on that support and the efforts of an all-volunteer staff. Without the money from advertising, the paper could not be printed or mailed. Without the volunteers, there would be no articles and the paper would not get assembled.

As the neighborhood real estate market began to boom and more new businesses moved to the area, Porch Press advertising also boomed. Early on, the paper established a policy of setting aside money so that the paper could withstand a drought of advertising funding. Along the way, the paper became a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. The Porch Press Board decided that after printing, mailing, and other expenses were met, we needed to not only be nicer to our volunteers, but that we needed to give back to our neighborhood. For years, the newspaper became philanthropic, supporting various tours, races, festivals, and other events with money. At the same time, we gifted the tickets to our volunteers to thank them for their support. Even as our finances have shrunk, The Porch Press has still been able to support the Neighborhood associations with some pro bono advertising, and the newspaper has never charged for printing press releases about the neighborhood activities.

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