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  • ThePeachtree

    The Peachtree, A Mirror of American Ideals

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, the metro’s unique annual Independence Day fitness celebration since 1970, is to me a reflection of great America. I’ve completed the 10K (6.2 mile) course from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park every year since 1978 when the American running boom com-menced. And I’ve seen this event shoot up to the maximum of 60,000 participants, which are so skillfully handled by the staff and trained volunteers of the Atlanta Track Club.


    Because The Peachtree is held every July 4th, there is something characteristically American about it. Red, white and blue is one of the color themes and the race starts with a huge U.S. flag overhead. Seeing it with news helicopters above is always a thrill, making me thankful to be in my hometown Atlanta and on the greatest street in the world, Peachtree Road. (At Peachtree Palisades in Midtown the avenue become Peach-tree Street.)


    The Peachtree Road Race is all-inclusive. Elite Olympic athletes lead, but other fast runners can qualify with certified race time times to be closer to the front.   Read more...

  • VeteransDeploy

    Veterans Deploy to Westside Atlanta to Support Posi-tive Neighborhood Transformation

    More than 70 veterans from around the country joined forces in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods June 8-15 to help energize and transform underserved communities in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods – includ-ing Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill. The veterans are volunteers with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. Through a week-long service marathon, dubbed Operation Westside Surge, veterans led the charge with local community partners to beautify community spaces, increase access to urban gardens, and sup-port affordable housing complexes for homeless and low-income individuals.


    “Veterans are a powerful force when called upon to serve,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “Today, the Westside faces challenges that many veterans encountered in communities around the globe while on active duty. Working alongside community partners who have already begun to make headway against these challeng   Read more...
  • SlideSafety

    Slide Into Safety: Tips For A Fun, Safe Season

    While the warmer months and longer days are often a time for outdoor fun and more physical activ-ity—camping, boating, swimming, biking and the like—they can also mean an increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawn mower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are common childhood injuries—but they don’t have to happen to your family. These tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children can help.


    Go Outside and Play Outdoor play provides physical and mental health benefits, including opportunities for exercise, creative expression, stress reduction and access to a natural source of vitamin D—sunlight. Before sending kids out to play, however, make sure they’re wearing shoes to protect from cuts, scrapes and splinters, and sunscreen to protect against sunburns and harmful ultraviolet rays.


    Playground 101 • Teach children that pushing and shoving on the playground can result in accidents and injuries. • Remind kids to go down the slide one at a time and to wait until the slide is completely clear before taking their turn. Teach them to always s   Read more...

  • KeepDeKalbBeautiful

    Keep DeKalb Beautiful Turns Blight into Art

    Keep DeKalb Beautiful is working with communities to convert blight into art with its ‘Barriers to Beauty’ program. The program installs cheerfully painted concrete barriers to prevent illegal dumping in key areas. Its most recent project was installed off River Road in the south end of the county.


    “These barriers are used to prevent dumping in key areas, and when they are bare, they look institutional,” said Gordon Burkette, program director of Keep DeKalb Beautiful. “This hands-on project is de-signed to give young people the opportunity to improve how their own communities look through creativity.”


    ‘Barriers to Beauty’ promotes community involvement and educates citizens about how illegal dumping affects them. Participants spray paint the base of the block, then use recycled signs to create stencils of picket fences, flowers, butterflies and more.


    For more information about ‘Barriers to Beauty’ or to organize a project, contact Keep DeKalb Beau-tiful at 404-249-2010 or

  • DeckEntertaining

    Prepare Your Deck for Outdoor Entertaining Season

    This year, designers are seeing a growing trend emerge among homeowners: bringing their interior design aesthetic to their outdoor spaces. “Homeowners are looking for ways to let their personalities shine throughout every room in their homes, including the outdoors,” says HGTV/DIY network star, Jeff Wilson, “It’s changing the way people approach decorating, including their decks and backyards.”


    Here are some tips from the leader in outdoor wood care protection and beautification, Thompson’s® Wa-terSeal.® They can help you create an outdoor environment that’s both beautiful and functional for entertaining family and friends (or even a party of one!).


    • Bring some natural color to your backyard. Consider adding a colorful variety of potted plants like geraniums and greenery like boxwood topiaries to provide some privacy and a bit of texture to border the space. • Furnish it colorfully and comfortably. Whether your aesthetic lends itself to stone benches or wooden Adirondack chairs, add some cushions to make the seating both comfortable and colorful.   Read more...

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