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Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park

Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park

ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2011) – After months of planning and construction as a result of collaboration with partner and sponsor organizations, as well as the City of Atlanta, representatives of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and its grassroots initiative, America’s Backyard, are ready to host the grand re-opening of historic Selena Butler Park in Atlanta on Wed., Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane announced in April the D.C.-based nonprofit’s plans to duplicate the Parks Build Community initiative on Atlanta’s Butler Park – named for an iconic figure in the struggle for racial equality in American education and cofounder of the National Parent-Teacher Association. In just seven months, Butler Park has undergone a massive facelift to the tune of $1.6 million.

“Two years ago, we decided to dedicate resources and forge new partnerships to proactively revive local parks in underserved urban areas,” says Tulipane.

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta nightlife isn’t the same… at least not with PlayDate on the scene! Every other weekend, local club owners shake, beyond their dance floors, because a game-changer (no pun intended) has interrupted the habits of regular club-goers!

Yep, PlayDate has redefined the traditional pursuits of having a “night out on the town” by getting back to the childhood basics of fun, and it has truly become a necessary experience for grown men and women not just in Atlanta, but all over the world!

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

APS: Who's Really At Fault?

APS: Who's Really At Fault?

First off, let me say that I am THOROUGHLY impressed with 11Alive's coverage and breakdown of the APS investigation report. If you were not able to catch their school-by-school review, you can view the video here. WARNING: It's startling, it's disappointing and scary to think that these accounts render a "mafia-like" mentality. How can people we've held in such high regard, and entrusted the educational careers of our children in, do such things? Good question... but here's an even better one... "Who's REALLY At Fault?"