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November 2, 2013

“You get to see the effect the Y has on individuals and how committed the Y is to bringing their services to the community.”

Pink Pig fun rides kick off holiday season

Paintings, photos, and crafts created by library employees are for sale at the Decatur Library.

Fund-raising arts and craft at library Fans of the library can start their holiday shopping at the Decatur Library and make off with one-of-kind photographs, paintings, and arts and crafts in the library system’s annual Employee Art Expo. All the items available for purchase were created or made by library employees. The sale, in its third year, raises money to offset budget cuts. Items are on display in the circulation room. To purchase items, inquire at the Circulation Desk. Proceeds will go to the DeKalb Library Foundation. The Decatur Library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur.

Priscilla the Pink Pig is back in town, so the holiday season must be under way. Starting Nov. 2, the train ride, a 50-year tradition among Atlanta families, will be chugging through life-sized storybook scenes that include a pink tunnel, a forest of Christmas trees, and walls of mirrors. The Pink Pig train will make trips daily starting at 10 a.m. under its signature 1950s-themed, 170-square-foot Pink Pig Tent in the upper-level parking deck near Macy’s at Lenox Square. As part of the grand-opening day festivities, kids can bring a DVD and receive a complimentary ride. All DVDs will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. DVDs can be new or used and rated G or PG. Macy’s Pink Pig ride debuted in the ’50s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, which was acquired by Macy’s. On Oct. 30, 4-year-old Jeremiah Truesdale of Stone Mountain, a Children’s Healthcare patient, got the first ride of the season. Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was a year old and suffered a stroke in May 2013, was picked for the annual first ride, reserved for patients of the children’s hospital. Each year, part of the proceeds of the Pink Pig rides benefits the hospital. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $470,000 to the not-for-profit children’s hospital. Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store

Priscilla the Pink Pig, a 50-year tradition among Atlanta families, rides again on Nov. 2 near Macy’s at Lenox Square.

and the monorail twins took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and circling the Great Tree. In 2003, Priscilla the Pink Pig was reintroduced to a new generation. The $3 ride remains open through Jan. 5. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There are discounts for multiple rides. Macy’s at Lenox Square is at 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. in Atlanta. For the full schedule, including hours of operation, visit .com/pinkpig.

Beatles vs. Stones author to discuss book at library event

John McMillian

“Smoking Typewriters” author John McMillian will discuss his newest book, “Beatles vs. Stones,” on Nov. 4 at the Decatur Library. The book, his second, explores the multifaceted rivalry between the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones. McMillian, an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, deftly navigates the role of historian, journalist and fan and reveals how music managers

helped to construct the Beatles-Stones rivalry as they set out to engineer moneymaking empires. He explores how the bands’ public images were created and marketed despite being incongruous with their upbringing and how those images changed over time. His talk, at 7 p.m., is part of the library’s Festival of Writers. The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-3070.

Authors take on civil rights crimes at home and abroad Johnson is YMCA’s Civil rights history buffs can get a behindthe-scenes look at a familiar 1963 hate crime and a Nazi-era love story when authors T.K. Thorne and Jim T. Barfield discuss their books at a Nov. 10 Southern Writers Show- T.K. Thorne case at MJCCA-Zaban Park in Dunwoody. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former AJC Managing Editor Hank Klibanoff will moderate the conversations, presented

by Canterbury Press and the Atlanta Writers Academy. Thorne’s book, “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers,” Jim T. Barfield draws from years of research into the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four black girls after their Sunday school class. It depicts the inside story of one of the

most famous crimes of the civil rights era, told by Thorne, a former Alabama police officer and the first Jewish officer in the Birmingham Police Department. Thorne believes it’s possible that people other than the three Klansmen who were convicted knew or possibly helped in the bombing. Barfield, a Juvenile Court associate judge, will talk about his World War II-era romance, “Boxcars,” that tells the story of a Jewish teenager and promising concert violinist on the run from the Nazis in May 1944 and a teenage prisoner who escapes Auschwitz and a Nazi medical experiment. Their lives become desperately entangled as they struggle to survive the Holocaust. MJCCA-Zaban Park is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. For tickets, visit www.atlanta Ishtar Designs, LLC presents

Volunteer of the Year DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson is the Metro Atlanta YMCA’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Johnson, who represents District 3, will receive his award on Nov. 4 at the Y’s annual recognition program. Larry Johnson He is being cited for his work with the East Lake Y and the South DeKalb Y’s Teen Center and for facilitating communication with surrounding neighborhoods. He said it is gratifying work. “You get to see the effect the Y has on individuals and how committed the Y is to bringing their services to the community.”

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