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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.

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) participates in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup initiative.

In these difficult economic times, it is even more important that volunteers contribute toward efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities.

Throughout the month of April, local residents helped beautify DeKalb by cleaning up dirty streets, waterways and illegal dumpsites, as well as greening up parks, schoolyards, MARTA bus stops and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9 a.m.

Emory University gives a new meaning to urban redevelopment

Emory University gives a new meaning to urban redevelopment

ATLANTA -- Representatives from Emory University have decided to immobilize and recycle some of the University’s oldest trees. Following Monday’s storms and tree damage, the University will have more than enough wood to donate.  

Lullwater Preserve, a 200+ acre wooded section of campus is home to a number of very old, urban trees. An urban tree is a tree that is a part of an urban forest. Urban forests are usually near homes or human settlements and according to Emory University, they are pretty heavily used.  

During previous storms or the occasional falling of a tree, Emory would send their trees to Mississippi Wood Traders to be recycled and cured for other uses, like: wood for bars, paneling for local restaurants, in developing areas, or as kiosks in the Lullwater area of campus.

And following Monday’s storms, they'll have plenty to donate.

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day, March 19th, 9-1PM

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day, March 19th, 9-1PM

DECATUR, Ga. -- (submitted by Druid Hills Civic Association) Decatur High School Parking Lot (Corner of N. McDonough Street and Howard Avenue) Early drop offs are not possible. TVs will be recycled for $10 cash only with exact change. Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component!

Save it and recycle it on Saturday, March 19 at Decatur's Spring Electronics Recycling event. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. Batteries will be accepted. TV's will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash only per TV set with exact change.

There is no charge to recycle other items.


Ribbon cutting ceremony for Mason Mill Park

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Mason Mill Park

DECATUR, Ga. – (submitted by DeKalb County Parks and Rec.) DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. for a Phase 1 Park Renovation Project at Mason Mill Park.

Get Your Tickets for 2011 OLPA Gala “Dream in Green” Benefit

Get Your Tickets for 2011 OLPA Gala “Dream in Green” Benefit

DRUID HILLS – Hurry up and get your tickets for the 2011 OLPA Gala “Dream in Green” Benefit, proceeds go to Olmsted Linear Park. This event will be held at Fernbark Natural History Museum on March 6th from 7-10 p.m.

This event will feature a live and silent auction, live jazz, signature cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. About 350 community members are anticipated from influential Atlanta intown neighborhoods.

The Olmsted Linear Park Gala is celebrating completion of the restoration of the historic Olmsted Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue. Join your neighbors and friends at this “Dream in Green” evening of live music and fabulous food and specialty.

For more information contact Gloria Seymour at gloria.seymour@gmail.com or called the OLPA at 404-377-5361.