November 23, 2011
“This is what Christmas is all about, helping and giving to others.”
Annual ‘Tree of Love’ campaign kicks off to benefit kids Morris Williams returned with his Tree of Love gifts last year. This year, residents can pick names of kids on Nov. 26 and bring gifts on Dec. 17.
Hundreds of disadvantaged kids need gifts for the holidays, and some of them will get them via donations to DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson’s annual “Tree of Love” campaign. Donors can pick up the names of the kids they will bless with gifts at the campaign’s Nov. 26 kickoff at the Gallery at South DeKalb mall. During the event, which starts at noon in the center court near Macy’s, a list of children and their needs will be available. Donors will pick a name, purchase the gifts, and return them to the mall on Dec. 17. Johnson, who launched the Tree of Love at the mall 13 years ago, says the community’s generosity warms his heart every year. “This is what Christmas is all about, helping and giving to others,” he said. This year, the campaign will benefit 450 children who are being served by the DeKalb County Department of Family and Children Services. For more information, call 404-371-2988. The combined glee clubs with more than 100 singers will perform Dec. 2-4 at Spelman and Morehouse colleges in southwest Atlanta.
Spelman, Morehouse glee clubs in concert Fans of the glee clubs at Spelman and Morehouse colleges have three opportunities to hear them perform together for their annual Christmas Carol Concert series between Dec. 2 and 4. The combined choirs of more than 100 singers will perform on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. A Dec. 3 concert at Spelman’s Sisters Chapel starts at 7:30 p.m. These will be the 84th annual holiday concerts of the combined glee clubs. The choirs will perform a mixture of new selections and traditional favorites, including “We Are Christmas,”
written by Dr. Kevin Johnson, Spelman’s Music Department chairman. They also will perform the rousing Nigerian Yoruba folk song “Betelemehu,” directed by David Morrow. The concerts are free and open to the public, but because space is limited, reservations are required for the Dec. 3 concert at the Sisters Chapel – limit four complimentary tickets per guest while supplies last. For more information, call 404-681-3643. Morehouse College is at 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-681-2800. Spelman College is at 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-681-3643.
Christmas story in dance “Acknowledge Him,” a dance and praise production, will be onstage Dec. 3 at Fairfield Baptist Church in Lithonia. The Essence of Grace Dance Ministry of Ellenwood-based Love Life Christian Fellowship Church will tell the Christmas story at the event, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Michael Benton Family Life Center. The title is taken from Psalm 100:4. Benita Johnson, who is helping coordinate the production, said the public is invited to the free event. “Come and share with us as we celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” she said. Fairfield Baptist Church is at 6133 Redan Road. For more information, visit www.lovelifecfc or call 404-241-1499.
Greenforest Thanksgiving service Before they chow down on turkey on Thanksgiving Day, members of Greenforest Community Baptist and Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist churches will come together for Greenforest’s Thanksgiving Day Worship Service. The Nov. 24 service starts at 10 a.m. Greenforest Baptist is at 3250 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. The community is invited to attend this special worship service. For more information, call 404-486-1120.
The Children’s Christmas Parade in downtown Atlanta on Dec. 3 will air live on WSBTV beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Parade benefits Children’s More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of downtown Atlanta for the Children’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 3. The parade, which is in its 31st year, takes place between 10:30 a.m. and noon. It begins at Peachtree Street near Baker Street, turns right onto Marietta Street and finishes along Centennial Olympic Park Drive. The featured participants will be Children’s patients – Thomas Mills, a cerebral palsy patient from Dallas; Serena Ramlingum, a kidney transplant patient from McDonough; and Anaiah Rucker, an amputee and local hero from Madison. All three will be prominently seated in horse-drawn carriages to lead Santa and Mrs. Claus, Miss Georgia, award-winning
marching bands, floats, dance groups and giant helium balloons along the parade route. Parade chairwoman Lisa Martinez said that Children’s Christmas Parade is an ongoing tradition that kicks off the holiday season for many Atlanta families and organizations. “We are thankful for the opportunity to provide the community with a memorable holiday experience that also raises funds to support the health care needs of Georgia’s children,” she said. The event is free and open to the public, but a limited number of front-row reserved bleacher seats are available for $12 and can be purchased at www.choa.org/parade. The parade will air live on WSB-TV Channel 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Seeds of Excellence raising toys The nonprofit Seeds of Excellence Inc. will be collecting toys for at-risk girls and disadvantaged families at its Holiday Social “Sowing Back Into the Community Toy Drive” on Dec. 4. The 6-to-9 p.m. event at the Aficionados Lounge in Atlanta will benefit at-risk girls ages 12 to 17 who attend the group’s mentor-
ing program. Joy Grier, the group’s president and CEO, said it also will support 10 disadvantaged families in the community. Admission is a toy or $10. Aficionados Lounge is at 321 Pharr Road. For more information, visit www.seedsof excellence.org or call 678-468-4880.
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