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1. Newly opened East Lake spot, Poor Hendrix, is the place to go for classic cocktails and tasty food from James Beard-nominated Pastry Chef Aaron Russell, and wife, Jamie. Hit the bar to indulge in sticky sesame or garlic Parmesan chicken wings. 2371 Hosea Williams Dr. PoorHendrix.com

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3. Kitchen Six was created “for the community, by the community” thanks to Jason Sandmann, general manager, and Executive Chef Jason Jimenez. Although the menu changes frequently at this casual, fine-dining restaurant in Oak Grove, when it’s available, order the grilled bone-in pork chop with braised butter cabbage. 2751 Lavista Rd. KitchenSixOakGrove.com 4. Cool off at Butter & Cream, which can be found just off the Decatur Square. The shop’s small-batch ice cream is made with real cream right inside of its Church Street kitchen. For a unique twist on a classic flavor, try the Dark Chocolate sorbet. 416 Church St. ButterAndCream.com 5. With temperatures rising, it’s nice to have a cold brew on hand. Local favorite, Banjo Coffee, recently set up shop in Avondale Estates offering its 100 percent organic cold brew java on tap along with snacks and pastries. 38 N. Avondale Rd. BanjoColdBrew.com my

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Atlantic Station 6-10pm Free Enjoy the classic film, “The Little Rascals,” while snacking on popcorn and more from vendors. AtlanticStation.com/Events

Olmsted Linear Park Intersection of Oakdale Road and South Ponce de Leon Avenue 5-8pm Free food, $20 voucher for four beverages Have a picnic with old friends or new neighbors as the park celebrates its 20th anniversary. AtlantaOlmstedPark.org/Events

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A Night with Francine Reed Eddie’s Attic 515 N. McDonough St. 6pm $22-$28 Enter into the world of jazz, blues, and R&B with a performance by this sultry singer. EddiesAttic.com

435 Oakview Rd. 5:30-8:30pm $40 for members, $45 for non-members, $55 for day-of event Bid on vacation getaways in the silent auction while enjoying a variety of craft beers, cocktails and culinary delights. WyldeCenter.org

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Atlanta Field Day

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Historic Fourth Ward Park 12-5pm $45 Vie for the title of King of the Field with tug-of-war, relays, obstacle courses, and more. AtlFieldDay.com

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Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark 6-7pm Free for REI members; $5 for non-members Whether you are a true yogi or just starting out, all can flex and have fun. REI.com/Events/Outdoor-Yoga-OnThe-Atlanta-BeltLine/Atlanta/167750

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Georgia Aquarium 7-10pm Prices vary Enjoy the aquarium after dark at this 21 and over event complete with specialty drinks and tapas. GeorgiaAquarium.org

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Park Tavern $50 through July 15, $60 at the door 1-5pm Experience the versatility of tomatoes at this quirky festival that highlights local chefs and their tomato-based treats. KillerTomatoFest.com

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AUG. 8 Michael Franti & Spearhead Variety Playhouse 8pm $32 All ages are invited to join this globally conscious group of musicians for their uplifting Love Out Loud tour. Variety-Playhouse.com

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Historic Fourth Ward Park 4-9pm $55 for day-of event Returning with a new list of beers and wines, this fest has something for any palate. AtlantaSummerBeerFest.com

Park Tavern 7pm Free Enjoy groups like Surfer Blood, The Howling Tongues and more at this weekly Sunday concert series. ParkTavern.com/SunsetSessions

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Fourth of July on The Roof at Ponce City Market

Decatur Square 5:30pm Free Celebrate the red, white, and blue with the Pied Piper Parade, a concert, and fireworks. VisitDecaturGeorgia.com

675 Ponce de Leon Ave. 5-11pm  $55-$75 Sing happy birthday to America as you enjoy a fireworks show with friends and family.  PonceCityRoof.com 

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JULY 22 7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Piedmont Park 11am-6pm Free admission, vendor prices vary Beat the summer heat with a variety of ice creams. The festival’s 2017 give-back initiative goes toward fighting cancer. AtlantaIceCreamFestival.com

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Java Cats Café owner Hadyn Hilton burst onto the Intown scene with a unique idea dedicated to serving both the people—and cats—of the area. The remarkable concept of a cat café isn’t new in theory, but Java Cats is the first café of its kind to come to Atlanta. Half of the café, which is located on Memorial Drive, is dedicated to coffee concoctions like lattes and cappuccinos, but the other half is where lives are changed. Guests are invited to make an appointment in the cat lounge where they can interact with adoptable cats like Jupiter, and the orange tabby, Penelope, from PAWS Atlanta. PAWS is the oldest no-kill animal shelter in Atlanta, which made it the purr-fect match for Hilton and her new business. With a background in the restaurant industry, Hilton is no stranger to the struggles that come with operating a café. However, it was her love of animals that drove her to start her business. Hilton chose the Intown area because of its quirky character. She wanted to be surrounded and supported by individuals she felt would love the cats and the cause. Hilton enjoys seeing fellow cat lovers meet up at the café and hopes to make it a hub for local social activities.

Hilton has also partnered with Intown nonprofit, Gathering Industries, a food preparation service dedicated to helping Atlanta’s homeless by equipping them with hospitality skills. Gathering Industries also supplies the café with vegan and gluten-free options. Although the café is currently a forprofit business, Hilton hopes to eventually make it completely nonprofit. On any given day there are up to 15 cats and kittens in the lounge available for adoption. To date, more than 50 cats have found their fur-ever home. But booking an appointment doesn’t mean you have to adopt. You can just come and enjoy the company. “This gentleman came in with a walker the other day. He came into the cat lounge and I put a cat in his lap and he just lit up with a smile,” Hilton says. Hilton is thrilled to be in close cat-loving proximity to Republic Social House, which hosts its own Caturday Saturday events right down the street. Another food favorite of hers is Ria’s Bluebird and before selling coffee at the café, she was a regular at Octane. JavaCatsCafe.com

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Let the kiddos roam free in Wall Crawler Rock Club’s 8,000 square foot indoor rock climbing facility. Starting August 1, after-school climbing opportunities for children 4 and up include an introduction to climbing class and the chance to meet fellow climbers. 1522 DeKalb Ave. WallCrawlerClimbing.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF (1) WAFFLE HOUSE, INC.; (3) CITY SCHOOLS OF DECATUR.

Congratulations to Jackson Meyer-Lee from Decatur High School for being recognized as a 2017 PAGE STAR Student. In its 59th year, the PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program acknowledges high-achieving students, and in turn, those students share the recognition with a teacher of their choice. Meyer-Lee chose Dr. Cara Cassell as his STAR teacher. CSDecatur.net

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The Carter Center has 35 acres of gardens and its landscape crew needs your help. Get involved

by pruning and deadheading in the rose garden, planting flowers, prepping flower beds and more. Garden work is usually done on the third Saturday of the month. 453 Freedom Pkwy. CarterCenter.org

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Decatur Cooperative Ministry, an organization that helps homeless families settle into stability, could use your help at their shelter, Hagar’s House. Responsibilities include

supervising children in the technology

center, assisting parents with résumés, childcare, and meals. 1523 Church St. DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org

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Unable to give blood but still want to support the American Red Cross? No worries. You can still help at a blood

drive by serving refreshments, greeting

donors, or checking in people at the blood mobiles. These drives are held daily so you’re bound to find a time that works for you. RedCross.org

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Make an impact on a child’s life

by volunteering at the Samuel L. Jones chapter of Boys & Girls Club. With so many moving parts at the club such as creating schedules, homework assistance, and programming, there’s a role for everyone. 450 East Lake Dr. BGCMA.org

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Advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile justice system by volunteering for DeKalb County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. Volunteers research case facts and speak for the children in court, among other tasks. Training lasts six weeks and begins on Tuesday, June 13. 4309 Memorial Dr. DeKalbCASA.org

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