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Shirley Sherrod to Speak at Emory Law/AIMD Event

Shirley Sherrod to Speak at Emory Law/AIMD Event

On Wednesday, December 8th, the Emory University Law School in conjunction with The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc. (AIMD) is hosting a dialogue event featuring a conversation between former USDA executive Shirley Sherrod and Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., a nationally renowned diversity management pioneer.

Thomas, president of Roosevelt Thomas Consulting and Training, and Sherrod, the former USDA executive who was fired from her post when an edited video depicting her with negative racial views was distributed to media outlets, will have two moderators from the media explore beyond the headlines and expose attendees to the insights and lessons individuals, companies, federal agencies and countries can learn from Sherrod’s eggshell situation.

The event will also include a book signing by AIMD founder, Dr.

John Smoltz to Visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

John Smoltz to Visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Next week, The Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta can add another name to their list of celebrity visitors. Former Cy Young winner John Smoltz will deliver gifts to children at the Cancer Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Smoltz, an eight-time All Star is teaming up with SunTrust and MasterCard to present the kids with $5,000 worth of holiday gifts.

Following his visit, Smoltz will be broadcasting live to all three Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals from THE VOICE, a broadcast media center recently built as an initiative of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media.  

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is located at 1405 Clifton Road, Northeast.

“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at Glenn Auditorium, December 3rd

‘Tis the season for the Emory University Chorus. An Atlanta tradition since 1935, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be held December 3 (8 p.m.) and December 4 (4 p.m. & 8 p.m.) at Emory’s Glenn Auditorium. Based on the traditional Christmas service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, the program is performed by the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson.

The candlelit service begins with the Bidding Prayer, followed by readings of nine lessons from the Old and New Testaments leading to the birth of Christ. Between readings, the University Chorus and Concert Choir perform carols and hymns.

This concert will be held in Emory’s Glenn Auditorium which is located at 1652 North Decatur Rd., Atlanta.

Singer Katharine McPhee Visits Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

While she’s in town for the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting event, Katharine McPhee, runner-up of Season Five of American Idol, will visit children at Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at 1:00 p.m. on November 24th .

McPhee released her third album; a Christmas Album entitled Christmas is the Time to Say I Love Youin October of 2010.  This album featured Kat’s covers on classic Christmas songs as well as an original composition which she wrote for this project.

“Pedal 4 Patrick” at Druid Hills High School, November 7th

On Sunday, November 7 th, from 3-5 p.m., members of the Druid Hills Community will come together to participate in a Bike-A-Thon to raise money for an eight year old neighbor who’s been fighting neuroblastoma for three years.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer prevalent in infants and children. The cancer is usually a malignant tumor that develops from nerve tissue, subsequently attacking the sympathetic nervous system.  

The Bike-A-Thon called “Pedal 4 Patrick” will benefit a foundation organized by the eight-year-olds parents called, Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer. This organization works to find new ways to battle this really invasive cancer with less-toxic effects on children.

Thus far, 180 riders are set to ride Druid Hills High School (1798 Haygood Drive Northeast, Atlanta), the high schools cheerleaders will be in attendance, along with a couple of percussionists and athletes.

3rd Annual Atlanta Tibetan Festival, November 6th

On the heels of His Holiness the Dali Lama’s visit to the campus of Emory University, the Emory University “Emory-Tibet Partnership” is hosting its 3rd Annual Atlanta Tibetan Festival on Saturday, November 6th from 10-4:00 p.m.


The Tibetan Festival is geared toward bringing families and friends together for activities such as: meditation, Tibetan food, music, dance, games, a Tibetan bazaar, children’s arts and crafts, door prizes, a raffle and a live performance. These activities will be conducted by the monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet. This festival will take place at Drepung Loseling, which is located at 1781 Dresden Drive NE. 

Festival goers can park at the Plaza Fiesta Shopping Center (4166 Buford Highway) and a shuttle bus will run round trips, to and from the festival, all day; or access the festival from the Brookhaven MARTA station.

Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park, this weekend

Come out to the Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park (1500 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta) beginning Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon-9 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 24 from noon until 8 p.m.

This year, Halloween festivities will be a part of the main event. Festival goers are welcomed to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest and also to go trick-or-treating during the festivities.

For young people and music lovers, pre-teen band, My Homework Ate My Dog, will perform selections and Mr. Eric, the bestselling author of “Pete the Cat” will highlight his work at in The Kids’ Village which will feature many free activities.

For adults, this festival boasts events like: a convoy of the finest food trucks in town; Francine Reed, Atlanta’s most renowned jazz vocalist headlines 16 acts as part of a stellar music lineup and the annual Fall Fest 5k Road Race starts Saturday at 11 a.m.