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Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Fulton County presents home rehab for seniors only

Fulton County presents home rehab for seniors only

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Fulton County seniors can learn more about Housing Rehabilitation issues during a Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Information Session at New Beginnings Senior Center.

The session begins at 12:45 p.m. and concludes at 1:45 p.m. New Beginnings is located at 66 Brooks Street in Fairburn.

The one hour program will provide information on Home Repairs. The information session is sponsored by the Fulton County Office of Housing and Community Developments, a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services. 

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact Deborah Porcher in the Department of Housing and Human Services at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

For more information about upcoming information sessions, call 404-613-7944.

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

ATLANTA -- Learn more about the 3 Keys to Becoming a Confident Woman and the Logistics of Life.

Pamela is an advocate for human potential with an unwavering commitment to assisting women in their quest toward achieving something more. She has a distinct gift for helping others to uncover their value and regain their warrior status to move toward achieving their life’s goals. 

Pamela provides several backdrops for helping women to uncover their value.  She conducts boundary development seminars and journaling workshops throughout the Atlanta area, facilitates virtual Journaling Groups and weaves journal writing into every aspect of her coaching as a form of self-reflection, discovery and empowerment.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension participates in Pizza Farm 2013

Fulton County Cooperative Extension participates in Pizza Farm 2013

How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

The Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties have invited 4th and 5th grade students to visit Pizza Farm 2013 on May 8 and 9, 2013 at the State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall located in Forest Park, GA. Attendees will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the perfect pizza, as well as about good health and nutrition. 

“We are excited about the Pizza Farm!” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Many children think their food comes from the grocery store.  The Pizza Farm will teach them that every pizza starts at the farm.”

Exhibits on the origins of pizza ingredients will be presented in a circuit of stations set up around the State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall.

NBC's Bob Dotson to speak at Carter Center

NBC's Bob Dotson to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Bob Dotson will discuss and sign copies of his new book at the Carter Center next week.

Dotson is a correspondent for NBC's "TODAY." His segment, "American Story," tells the inspirational stories of everyday Americans who change people's lives.

The book, American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, chronicles Dotson's 40 years on the road for NBC.

He will talk about American Story on Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of A Cappella Books.

The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway. Dotson will speak in the center's Day Chapel.

Ga. Tech to honor John Lewis

Ga. Tech to honor John Lewis

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is set to honor Congressman John Lewis.

A spokeswoman for Lewis says the civil rights icon is to receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Thursday. The ceremony is taking place on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Lewis plans to speak about King's legacy and to discuss one of the last sermons King delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Lewis said in a statement that he was in Indianapolis working with Robert Kennedy's campaign for president when Kennedy told them King had died. Lewis recalls a "sad and dark hour" for people around the world.

Ambassador to Discuss Dynamics of Diplomatic Service April 1 at Spelman

Ambassador to Discuss Dynamics of Diplomatic Service April 1 at Spelman

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources for the U.S. Department of State, will address the dynamics of diplomatic service during a presentation titled, “Meeting Today's Global Challenges with 21st Century Diplomats,” at Spelman College, Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield leads a team of 400 employees who carry out a range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 60,000-strong workforce − from recruitment and hiring, through evaluations and promotions, to retirement.