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Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

Pike Nurseries to host free 'Houseplants for a Healthy 2015' class

ATLANTA -- Not only do houseplants bring in much needed color during the bare winter months, but they also play an important health role by improving air quality! Research has revealed that certain common houseplants can actually create a cleaner environment by releasing oxygen and removing contaminants – like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia – from a room’s air efficiently.

To help customers create a cleaner, greener and healthier home, Pike Nurseries is hosting a FREE “Houseplants for a Healthy 2015” customer class at all garden center locations onSaturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.

During the informational seminar, guests will learn about houseplant health benefits, popular plant options and proper care guidelines. With expert tips from Pike Nurseries, guests can keep their homes healthy and “green” all year-round!

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

ATLANTA -- The garden experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers start 2015 off right with refreshed container gardens and houseplants.

On Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, Pike Nurseries will host Potting Party Weekend at all store locations. Gardeners of all levels are invited to bring an empty pot from home or purchase a new one, as on-hand associates help them plant indoor or outdoor container gardens, houseplants and terrariums.

Pike Nurseries will also provide complimentary Pike Potting and Container Soil and E.B. Stone Sure Start for pots planted in-store.

With expert potting advice and a wide selection of plants available at Pike Nurseries, guests can welcome the New Year with the perfect container garden for any home.

Fernbank Science Center to hold event for science teachers

Fernbank Science Center to hold event for science teachers

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, Nov. 13, Fernbank Science Center is having a science teacher appreciation night.

If you're a science teacher from anywhere, at any level, the center is welcoming you to come get a quick tour and presentation about what it has to offer.

There will also be door prizes and giveaways of extra teaching materials and supplies.

Fernbank Science Center to host compost event

Fernbank Science Center to host compost event

ATLANTA -- This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fernbank Science Center master gardeners are having a composting event.

There are actually two separate events, one of them open to the public and kid friendly, the other a training workshop for gardeners interested in composting, which is also free but which needs to be RSVP'd via "signup genius" website.

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

Race this weekend: Winship Win the Fight

Race this weekend: Winship Win the Fight

ATLANTA -- A race benefiting Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute will be held on Emory's campus this weekend.

Winship Win the Fight 5K has already reached its fundraising goal of $500,000, but runners can still sign up in person (online registration is closed). It costs $30 to register.

The race will be Saturday, Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m. It will begin and end at McDonough Field; free parking is available in the Peavine and Michael Street decks.

Visit winship5k.kintera.org for more information and to download a registration form.

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DeKalb revives Sick of Signs campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is calling on the community to help battle the abundance of illegal signs in certain neighborhoods.

The county's second annual Sick of Signs campaign aims to clean up the streets and sidewalks. Interim CEO Lee May and the county's commissioners will gather up the signs on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Illegal signs are a blight in the community and an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they're too close to roadways," May said. "This effort aligns with DeKalb's priorities to develop and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, and enhance public safety."

Sick of Signs volunteers will meet at the Walmart at 5935 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

Call 404-687-3947 to sign up.