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All About Developmental Disabilities announces support group meetings & workshops

All About Developmental Disabilities announces support group meetings & workshops

AADD Provides Guidance on Navigating Daily Challenges for Moms, Dads, Siblings and Families with Developmental Disabilities

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced its August - December 2013 schedule of support programs and workshops, an element of its Family Support Center (FSC), located at AADD’s offices in Decatur. The FSC serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. Support groups are designed for moms, dads, siblings and entire families, empowering them to make informed choices that build on their strengths.

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

Volunteer cleanup efforts save thousands for DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. -- Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers helped save over $4,300 in labor costs for DeKalb County by working the Great American Cleanup. 

A DeKalb official said that some 70 volunteer groups helped this spring to clean more than 400 miles of space in DeKalb's neighborhoods. Together, they worked 197 hours and gathered almost 29,000 pounds of trash. 

To get involved, or to request resources in order to help complete community projects, contact Keep DeKalb Beautiful at (404) 371-2654.

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

Stan Watson hosts DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Commissioner Stan Watson's DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday at Chapel Hill Middle School.

The breakfast will run from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. For May, several guests are attending, including MARTA CEO and GM Keith Parker, Chief Cedric Alexander of the DCPD, Delores Crowell, Regional Manager of External Affairs for AT&T, and Debra Moss, Manager and Customer Relations of the Atlanta Gas Light Company. 

The Black Top Circus will also give a special performance. 

Chapel Hill Middle is located at 3535 Dogwood Farms Road in Decatur. 

Commissioner Watson holds the breakfasts to join officials and the community. The breakfast is free to attend and open to the public. 

Emory honored for community service

Emory honored for community service

ATLANTA -- Emory University has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with Distinction.

The award is the highest federal recognition given to colleges and universities for their commitment to their communities.

"We are delighted Emory has once again been recognized by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the breadth and depth of our community-engaged scholarship, learning and service," Michael Rich, executive director of Emory's Center for Community Partnerships, said in a statement.

Emory is one of only 113 institutions to make the list, with Distinction. It also received the honor in 2010.

Learn more about Emory's many services to the Atlanta community at emory.edu.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.