July 2012


Historic Battle Comes to Life in Atlanta


It was a period when a nation was staunchly divided — brother against brother. Near the end of the American Civil War, Atlanta — a small yet important southern military outpost — was rendered to ashes and one of the bloodiest battles had just ensued in city’s south and eastern quadrants as Union soldiers continued their marched to the sea to capture Savannah. However, the capture of Atlanta and the burning of its military facilities were extensively covered by Northern newspapers, significantly boosting Northern morale, eventually leading to what would be an end to the war and the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln by a large margin.


New Retail Development Coming to Emory Area


The first retail development in at least 20 years within the Clifton community includes many familiar retail businesses and some original shops. Recently, three new retailers and a sixth restaurant have signed leases at Emory Point. The new leases include three locally-owned women’s boutiques – fab’rik, Lizard Thicket and American Threads – and a new restaurant from Westside Atlanta West Egg Café called The General Muir.


Girls on Wheels


Roller derby’s origins date back to the 1930’s, beginning with bank track roller skating marathons, which were modified by promoter Leo Seltzman in the latter 1930’s to attract a larger crowd by including more skater contact. In the 1940’s professional roller derby had became wildly popular with its scripted bouts and flamboyant theatrics, but its popularity eventually waned. In the early 2000’s a derby revival took place and since then, it has become one of America’s fastest growing sports.


Greenway Trail Gets Dressed Up


As you walk the Camp Creek Greenway Trail, you may see a rock with a Ladybug painted on it as it rests in a garden plot — and you’ll know they’ve been there! The Ladybugs Garden Club members (and many of their husbands) have been at work planting the garden plots on the south end of the Trail from Old Town Lilburn to Rockbridge Road. They have planted shrubs and perennial plants mostly, with a few annuals mixed in to add color. Even the giant concrete turtle about halfway down the trail and the big concrete bullfrog by the meadow sit in beds of mondo grass.


Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Learn how to make your home and landscape look better – especially key if you are doing neighborhood improvement or trying to sell a home — at a workshop offered by the DeKalb Extension Service on July 19th at 7 p.m. Gary Peiffer, Horticulture Manager DeKalb Extension, will speak on “Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal.”


Make Plans Now to Attend the 2012 Garden of Eden Ball


The 2012 Garden of Eden Ball, the largest annual fund-raiser for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will honor those who have made the most recent additions of gardens and facilities at the Midtown attraction possible. Set for Saturday, September 29, the event celebrates the completion of the New Seasons Capital and Endowment Campaign, the most successful fund-raising endeavor in Garden history. The “Celebration of Seasons” will honor donors for making the Hardin Visitor Center, SAGE Parking Facility, Kendeda Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden a reality.


Big Adventures for Kids

Chloe Breen 2 1/2 explores the "Tunnels of Fun" at The Big Adventure exhibit.

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s new feature exhibit, The Big Adventure, open now through September 9, is a 3-D game board that encourages children’s natural desire to explore and investigate while challenging their physical abilities with fun activities. Children can explore Adventure Mountain and The Tunnels of Fun where they scale a six-foot rock wall, crawl through dark tunnels and climb to the Crow’s Nest for a bird’s eye view of the exhibits other adventures that include Out on a Ledge where they appear to be three stories in the air, Virtual Flyer, a kid sized airplane that requires teamwork to dodge a flying saucer, hot-air balloons, ducks, mountains and an oversized monster looking for dinner.


I Can Fly!


Each year, every student at Sophia Academy takes part in a theatrical production called “The Love Letter.” This thematic production is performed as a display of love and thanks to all those who support the school. The theme of this year’s Love Letter was “Peter Pan” and took place on May 11. Middle school students gave a dramatic performance of the tale of Peter Pan and his nemesis, Captain Hook, complete with magic fairy dust, lost boys, pirates, a crocodile, and more. K-5 students added to the night with music from the popular Disney movie version.


Your Pets Deserve Some Bling, Too!


Sharing the house with pets is a barking good time, yet it can leave much to be desired when it comes to creating a stylish home. Krisybelle Pet Products has banished the bland, big-box store pet beds to the back porch, and invites their clients to tailor their pets’ beds to their complete specifications. Their custom pet beds are an innovative way to dress up a room, match decor styles, and jazz up bedtime. Customers simply send Krisybelle their fabric, and they’ll take it from there to create something beautiful. For those without a fabric choice on hand, Krisybelle will search out the perfect material to meet their customer’s desires. Choose from adorable pouf beds and high-sided options that will keep Fido or Fifi comfy and cozy. The beds are machine washable so owners can keep fur and dirt at bay.


Dogs Walk for Cancer


Bark for Life of Gwinnett, a non-competitive fundraising dog walk event that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions and cancer survivors (human and canine), will be held on July 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at Pinckneyville Park, Medlock Pavilion, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, 30071. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

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