May 15, 2010
“I don’t do marathons anymore at my age, but I still enjoy an occasional 10K race.”
Grant Park Senior Olympics move to track & field at Panthersville hosting race for all ages Runners and walkers of all ages will take to the streets of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods on May 22 for the annual geneRACEtion 10K Run and 2K Fun Run in Grant Park. Participants will include Bernie Goldstein, 73, who will run the 10K. “I don’t do marathons anymore at my age, but I still enjoy an occasional 10K race,” Goldstein said. The fund-raiser benefits the nonprofit groups Kate’s Club and Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. Kate’s empowers children and teens coping with the death of a parent or sibling. By creating friendships with kids and young adults who share the experience, it guides children through their grief journey in a comfortable, safe, and uplifting setting. For more information, visit www.katesclub.org. Senior Citizen Services has been providing services since 1965 to enable seniors to enjoy a high quality of life, maintaining their independence and dignity. Its programs include Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Home Repair Services, Vivian T. Minor Adult Day Care for Alzheimer’s/Dementia, eight Neighborhood Senior Centers, and CareShare. For more information, visit www.scsatl.org. To register for the 10K or 2K Fun Run, visit www.geneRACEtion.org. The registration fee is $25. Online registration will be accepted until May 19.
Seasoned athletes are heading to Panthersville Stadium on May 15 for track and field events in DeKalb County’s annual Senior Olympic Games, a competition for athletes 50 and older from DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties. The games, which got under way on May 10, continue through May 20. Each year, hundreds compete in Senior Olympic events held across DeKalb. Finalists from this year’s Senior Olympics will qualify for the Georgia Golden Olympics State Games, which will be held in Warner Robins. State finalists will qualify for the National Senior Olympics to be held in Houston, Texas, in June.
Entrants participate in up to 42 “Olympic-style” athletic as well as noncompetitive events. Competition is in five-year age groups starting at 50-54 and continuing to 100-plus unless otherwise noted in specific sports. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. DeKalb County Senior Olympics’ purpose is to provide adults 50 and older an opportunity to participate in a program that encourages more physical activities, promotes healthier lifestyles and health and wellness, and provides a unique opportunity for socialization through competitive activities. Track and field events begin at 10 a.m.
today at Panthersville Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur, and are open to the public. Upcoming events include: n Billiards on May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Twains Billiards & Tap, 211 E. Trinity Place in downtown Decatur. n Checkers/dominoes/horseshoes on May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Bruce Street Senior Center, 2484 Bruce St. in Lithonia. The closing banquet will be May 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. For more information – including events, venues and times – call 404-371-2990 or visit www.yourdekalb.com/parks (Special Events).
Recycling event at Farmers Market The ABCs of composting and earthfriendly gardening will be available on May 15 at “Recycling for a Greener Tomorrow” at the Decatur Farmers Market. The 9 a.m. to noon event will include compost lessons from DeKalb Master Gardeners. There will also be compost bin giveaways, $5 tree seedlings for sale, and a chance to make your own terrarium with compost. The Decatur Farmers Market’s new yearround Saturday market is located on the corner of Trinity and North McDonough streets in downtown Decatur. The grand opening of the new market includes vendors with locally grown produce, demonstration tables, and information on how to grow your vegetables using compost in your soil; the difference between mulch and compost; soil sampling; how to obtain, manage, and use an outdoor compost bin; and vermicomposting. Free parking is available and the market is a short walk from the MARTA station and the Decatur Square. The event is co-hosted
by DeKalb County Natural Resource Management Office, Keep DeKalb Beautiful and DeKalb Extension Service. Residents can also get free mulch and compost. Free mulch pickup sites include: n Seminole Citizen Convenience Center, DeKalb Seminole Road Landfill, 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood; 404-244-4893. n North Transfer Station, 4600 Buford Highway, Chamblee; 770-936-5433. Free compost pickup sites: n Parking lot of Tax Commissioner’s Office, Northern Avenue and Memorial Drive. n East Transfer Station, 1750 Rogers Lake Road, Lithonia; 770-484-3049. n North Transfer Station. The DeKalb County Sanitation Division delivers compost for a fee of $75 for 10 cubic yard loads when available. Call 404-244-4984 to arrange for a delivery. For more information, visit www.co.dekalb. ga.us/publicwrks/sanitation/index.html (Processing-Transfer Stations).
Festival to support children’s network Children in metro Atlanta’s homeless population will benefit from the Children’s Restoration Network’s first Sunset Celebration 5K Run and Family Festival at 5 p.m. May 22 at Sanctuary Park in Alpharetta. The event raises awareness and funds to help support the network’s educational programs for homeless children. Race-day registration for the 5K race is $25 and $12 for the 1K fun run. All other festival activities are free. The nonprofit Children’s Restoration Network focuses on the plight of homeless children. It has worked with 128 shelters and group homes in metro Atlanta in its 16-year history, serving more than 3,400 a year. Sanctuary Park is at 1125 Sanctuary Parkway. For more information, to register or to volunteer, visit www.ChildRN.org or contact Ben Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-649-7117.
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CrossRoadsNews, May 15, 2010