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Volume 17 Number 6

Serving DeKalb & Metro Atlanta

JUNE 15, 2011


DeKalb approves renewable energy plant


Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk made a dashing appearance at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, one of three parks opening this summer as part of the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project.

Atlanta’s first skateboard park opens with thrilling action ATLANTA—Undaunted by the 90-degree heat, hundreds flocked to celebrate the opening of the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, the city’s first park dedicated to skate boards. The June 11 celebration was marked with a visit from pro skater Tony Hawk and his skate team, who came from California, along with the Nike skate team, who all dazzled the crowd with some spectacular demonstrations. The new park, which includes a multi-use field, a

playground and sustainable water and energy features, is the culmination of a multiyear partnership between the community, city government, the Atlanta BeltLine and private and nonprofit sectors. “This is a great addition to the City of Atlanta parks system, and another jewel in the green ring around the City that is the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commissioner George

Dusenbury. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is one of three new parks opening as part of the Atlanta BeltLine “District 2 is proud to be home to this beautiful new facility, which will serve a wide range of users, from young children and skateboarders to families who want a great place to picnic and toss a frisbee,” said District 2 City Councilmember Kwanza Hall. “This is another milestone in the greening of the

Old Fourth Ward.” Funding for the park came from City of Atlanta Park Improvement Bonds, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign, the Atlanta BeltLine TAD and a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. “The Atlanta BeltLine has developed this incredible park with an eye towards sustainability and resourcefulness,” said Brian See Many, page 5

By Valerie J. Morgan

n a tense showdown, DeKalb County commissioners unanimously approved Green Energy Partners’ application to build a $60 million biomass gasification plant just outside of the city of Lithonia. The approval came after protestors battled the project for months, saying they believed the plant would be harmful to residents’ health, exposing them to carcinogenic emissions. They packed the board’s meeting to show their opposition. So did proponents who said the biomass green energy plant represents the future— and jobs in DeKalb. They turned out in large numbers dressed in green T-shirts to show their support. Neville A. Anderson, managing director of Green Energy Partners, said construction on the 79,710-square-foot plant is expected to start in September. The facility will be built in Southeast DeKalb County on Rogers Lake Road, just See Opponents, page 5

Gwinnett seeks public’s help with illegal dumping Gwinnett County is asking for help from the public to catch people who are prying up sewer system manhole covers to dump various kinds of waste. “People have been dumping everything from grease and chemicals to septic tank pumping,” said Acting Director of Water Resources Lynn Smarr. “It’s not only illegal but it’s also dangerous for the perpetrators and our employees. We’re asking anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it immediately.” Residents can call Gwinnett Police at 770-513.5100 or Water Resources at 678-376-7000. Both lines are staffed 24 hours a day. County vehicles are clearly marked and Water Resources employees wear uniforms. “Tough economic times lead people to do things they wouldn’t normally do,” said Deputy Director Tyler Richards. “We all need to be vigilant to protect public health and safety.” “As environmental regulations get tighter, we’ve got to be strict about enforcing illegal dumping laws,” added Smarr. INSIDE

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Monks open new Heritage Center in Rockdale By Joshua Smith

CONYERS—Where in the world can you buy coffee from Venezuela, enjoy a bonsai nursery and travel through history dating back to 100 CE, all while enjoying some homemade fudge and biscotti? Answer: The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County. The monastery, located off of rural Highway 212, not only offers such unique products to sustain the monks who live there, but some of the most serene, breathtaking views in Georgia. The monks are rolling out the welcome mat for people near and far to visit this summer and try their products and learn about their way of life. On July 9-11, the monastery will

host a “Grand Open House” to celebrate completion of a 17,000-square-foot Heritage Center and to commemorate the Feast of St. Benedict. An Italian Saint, Benedict was the founder of 12 monastic communities in the mountains of Southern Italy and is often considered the founder of Western Christian monasticism. “Make plans to attend with your family. We are sure people will enjoy the exhibits and our beautiful monastery grounds. Monks and volunteers will be on hand to offer you a warm welcome,” said Brother Callistus Crichlow, who serves as a spokesperson for the monastery. For years, the 66-year-old monastery has been Rockdale’s top tourist’s

attraction, drawing 80,000 visitors annually from all walks of life. Now, with plenty of bathroom facilities, informational displays, and more free parking at its Heritage Center, the monastery hopes to boost its revenues. The monks say that more revenues than ever before are needed to meet today’s rising cost of living to sustain the monastery’s 40 monks, many of whom are now aging. “We are looking for people to help us help ourselves,” said Brother Crichlow. “We are striving to renew not only our small industries, but renew our commitment to a cloistered, See Monastery, page 15

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100 Black Men of DeKalb to present Labor Day concert at Horse Park


By Valerie J. Morgan

he 100 Black Men of DeKalb County is gearing up for its Labor Day weekend concert at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The event is being billed as an all-white affair that will feature En Vogue and the “Men of Soul”—legendary Gregory B. Levett R&B balladeers Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson and Peabo Bryson. The concert is a new event for the DeKalb mentoring organization and is the brainchild of Gregory B. Levett, who serves on the chapter’s board of directors. The concert featuring the four artists will be held in place of the chapter’s Casino Royale event, which has been held for 18 years as the signature fundraiser for the organization’s Leadership Academy program, which offers mentoring and enrichment opportunities to students in grades 6—12. “Casino Royale has always provided top-notch entertainment. We wanted to create a new event that would raise that level of entertainment even higher,” said Levett. “We’re looking forward to this year’s concert and all of those who will come out and support it.” Lamont Houston, president of the DeKalb chapter, said the fundraiser will positively impact youths in the community. “During our 20 years of serving the youth in our community, the Leadership Academy program has touched over 5,000 lives,” said Houston. See Tickets, page 5

‘Help for Homeowners’ event set to assist with mortgages Congressman Hank Johnson, District 4, is cohosting a community event with Reps. John Lewis and David Scott to help struggling homeowners in metro Atlanta avoid foreclosure. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Hope Now Alliance and NeighborWorks America, the Congressmen are hosting“Help for Homeowners” on Friday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center.  Johnson wants residents struggling to keep their homes to know about the $50 billion federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which offers assistance in re-structuring loan payments.  “We’re making some progress, but much more Congressman Hank Johnson needs to be done to save people’s homes,” said Johnson, who has been fighting foreclosures since he was a county commissioner in 2001.  “That’s why it’s so important that we hold this event—to get the homeowners, lenders, banks, HUD and local officials under one roof to help homeowners, who often through no fault of their own, have fallen behind on their mortgages.”  Since 2009, Johnson’s office has assisted more than 650 residents with pending foreclosures.  The free event offers homeowners a chance to meet one on one with their lenders, find out if they qualify for President Obama’s Making Home Affordable program and provides the platform for struggling homeowners to work out other options with their lenders.   Homeowners seeking help are asked to bring the following documents: • Monthly mortgage statement • Information about other mortgages on your home, if applicable • Two most recent pay stubs, documents of income you receive from other sources or most recent quarterly profit and loss statement if you are self-employed • Two most recent bank statements • Account balances and monthly payments for credit cards and other debts • Estimates of your monthly expenditures (such as utilities, insurance and medical bills)   The Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, 30337. For more information, call the Homeowners HOPE Hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) or visit or


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DEKALB Chamblee library presents dinner and a movie DeKalb County Library’s Chamblee branch, 4115 Clairmont Road, will host “Dinner and a Movie” at 5 p.m., on Wednesdays in June and July. Families are invited to pack a picnic and a blanket for the indoor movie. The series begins on June 1 with Toy Story 3. Other featured movie titles include How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me and Megamind. The series concludes on July 27 with Hotel for Dogs. Most movies are rated G, although some are rated PG. For more information and a complete movie schedule, visit the library calendar at or call 770-936-1380.

Annual beach party set at Decatur Square The City of Decatur is preparing to truck in 60 tons of sand to turn the downtown square into a beach for its annual beach party, June 17, 5 p.m. – midnight. Dance in the streets to beach music from a live band. The annual event will offer several activities including children’s boardwalk games, face painting, wading pools and more. Admission is $7 in advance, available at www., or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free (limit two children per paying adult). No coolers, glass or pets allowed. Proceeds benefit downtown improvement projects. 404-371-8386.

NFL’s Marcus McNeill to host free fitness camp San Diego Charger Marcus McNeill will host a free fitness camp for Metro Atlanta youths on June 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hartford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Avenue, Clarkston. The camp is open to young football players, ages 7 – 18. Student athletes will be under the expertise of football coaches from the high school and collegiate level, professional speed and agility trainers, and the mentorship of players in the National Football League including Marcus McNeill himself. Mack’s Miracles Foundation and Y-Sportz Camps presents the camp. Register at or call 770-846-8579.

Adoption seminar is set The Atlanta-based Beacon House Adoption agency will host the “Choosing Adoption Workshop” on June 25, 2 – 4 p.m., at the Sandy Springs Public Library, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta. Along with local adoptions and adoption processes around the county, questions on international adoption will be answered as well. Learn more about the adoption process, the home study, requirements and choosing which process is right for you. The workshop is co-sponsored by Denise Hoppenhauer, author of Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. To pre-register visit or call 770-8539591.

Bike coalition to host ‘Streets Alive’ festival The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will host the annual Atlanta Streets Alive at Woodruff Park on June 25, 4 – 8 p.m. on a car-free loop along the Auburn and Edgewood avenues. Atlanta Streets Alive was inspired by the ciclovia in Bogotá, Colombia, where city streets are closed to car traffic to allow people to participate in all kinds of free health and community-oriented events. Thirty years after the first program, the concept has spread around the world from Tokyo, Japan to Kiev, Ukraine and now to Atlanta. Enjoy the event by bicycling, strolling, skating, or just people-watching. There will also be tango, yoga, hula hooping, break dancing and other physical activities. Atlanta Streets Alive is free to all participants. No registration is required. 404881-1112.

GWINNETT Families invited to enjoy indoor movie The entire family is invited to enjoy the Gwinnett County Family Movie Night on June 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Best Friend Gym, 6224 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. “Despicable Me!” will be shown. Bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy a movie in the air-conditioned gym. Concessions available for purchase. No outside food can be brought in. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 770-417-2212.

ROCKDALE Farm experience comes to Conyers The Rockdale County Cooperative Extension office is inviting families from all walks of life to enjoy “Agriculture Day at the Farmers Market” on June 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Organizers say the free event will give kids the chance to see farm animals, including learning how dairy cows are milked. Participants will also see a pizza garden and learn what plants are used in making this popular food and shop with local farmers for fresh vegetables. The Rockdale County Cooperative Extension is located at 1400 Parker Road, Parking Lot, Conyers. 770-278-7373.

Rockdale Auxiliary seeks book donations Rockdale Medical Center’s Auxiliary Board is seeking donations for its used book sale, which will be held June 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Proceeds will be used for its scholarship fund and other activities. Donate your used books at many locations throughout the hospital between now and June 28. The sale will be held in the Physicians Dinning Room near the cafeteria, 1412 Milstead Ave., Conyers. 770-918-3007.

Gwinnett Burn ban set through Sept. 30 The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will observe a total burn ban on all outdoor burning until September 30 in Gwinnett County. All types of outdoor or open burning are prohibited during this time period, including the burning of trees, limbs, or any other yard waste, and the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing. For unincorporated residents, please contact county haulers to ask about adding yard waste service. For additional information concerning the burn ban, contact the Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4980 or visit Hauling services like advanced disposal can be reached at 678-684-1493.

Gwinnett Village Alliance to host job fair The Gwinnett Village Community Alliance is hosting a Career and Job Fair on June 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Victory World Church, 5905 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross. The career fair will feature approximately 50 employers, including Fed Ex, Bank of America and the AARP, to name a few. In addition to the employers on site, there will be free workshops for job seekers  including resume building, job searching skills, and information on unemployment benefits. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 770-449-6515.

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ATLANTA Share some “Girl Talk with Girlfriends” Women of all ages are invited to attend “Girl Talk with Girlfriends” on June 18, 3- 5 p.m., at the East Atlanta Library, 457 Flat Shoals Ave., S.E., Atlanta. This is a free event for women to get together share, laugh and learn from each other through life experiences. Women will discuss family, friends, love, men and women relationships. 404-838-0197 or 404-730-5438.



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National conference honors 100 Black Men of DeKalb By Valerie J. Morgan

The 100 Black Men of DeKalb County was named the “Chapter of the Year” for education during the 100 Black Men of America’s 25th National Conference held this month in San Francisco. The mentoring organization was honored for its International Education Program, which provided the opportunity for six DeKalb students to travel to Ghana in 2010 after spending six months immersed in the study of Africa and the African Diaspora. The students included: William Sullivan, Elijah Hill, Brandon Fountain; Terrence D. McKenzie; Karissa M. Ash; and Malcolm J. Pickett. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to introduce our students to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To be recognized and receive an award, is extra,” said Lamont Houston, president of the DeKalb chapter. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., which is comprised of 117 chapters globally, recognizes chapters that excel in programs that focus on its “Four For The Future” initiatives: education, mentoring, health and wellness, and economic Development. Students who were selected for DeKalb’s program, which was headed by Dr. Ray Cawford, had to apply and interview to be a participant. The students ranged from 12 to 17 years in age. As a member of the study group, participants attended monthly workshops, and had to write an essay. One of the highlights of the study group was attending an African dinner at one of the students’ homes. Parents of each student contributed $1,000 for their child to go to Africa to ensure their commitment to the program. The chapter paid the $3,000 balance for each student to take the trip, which included visits to the university of Ghana, and slave forts and castles. This year will mark the third consecutive year the chapter has sent students abroad. In 2009, a group of students traveled to Brazil. Five students will travel to Ghana July 19-28.

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Leary, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. president and CEO. “Similar to the newly re-opened D.H. Stanton Park, the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark will use solar panels to offset energy costs. It will also tap into a cistern for irrigation purposes, reducing strain on the city’s water supply.” Potable water will draw from the city’s water supply. “This park is another exemplary model of public-private partnership on the Atlanta BeltLine to create more livable, healthy and economically vibrant communities,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “We are grateful to all of our private sector partners and organizations that have contributed resources to this amazing new park.” Tony Hawk himself made several design suggestions for the park. “The Tony Hawk Foundation is delighted to have played a role in supporting the development of such an incredible resource for young and old skaters alike,” said Tony Hawk Foundation Executive Director Miki Vuckovich.    Thomas Taylor, owner of Stratosphere Skate boards in Little Five Points and a longtime leader in the Atlanta skateboarding community played a key role, with many others, in bringing the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark into being. “Years ago, we built Foundation Skatepark on this site so skaters would have a place to go. When the Atlanta BeltLine came along and included us in the planning and design process, we were really happy to have a city partner to create a world-class facility. I believe we have succeeded, and skaters will come from all over to experience it for themselves,” said Thomas Taylor.   The park is located at 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.

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Leadership Academy’s enrichment activities focus on improving reading comprehension, building self-esteem, enhancing technological capability and public speaking skills along with banking and finance skills. The concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Those who buy their concert tickets now will save. The chapter has 1,000 early bird general admission tickets available for $35. Tickets are $50 for regular general admission and $65 for VIP table seats. Tickets are available at or www. ticktalernative.

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Neville A. Anderson, managing director of Green Energy Partners (center), and supporters listen intently to the debate concerning the planned project.

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outside the city of Lithonia, on the same street as an existing landfill. Green Energy plans to covert wood chips that are hauled to the site into energy that will be sold to Georgia Power. An application must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Division before work can start, Anderson said. “I am grateful to the board of commissioners and the Planning and Zoning Department who researched the facts and decided to move forward,” Anderson said. Despite the Board of Commissioners’ approval, opponents say the battle is not over. They say they are planning to file an injunction to halt the project and they are organizing a recall to oust DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May. Opponents are upset with May, whose district includes the site where the project will be built, because he supported the project. “They were derelict in their duties to vote for this project. There was overwhelming opposition—more than 1,000 signatures collected—and they still approved it,” said John Evans, who heads Operation Lead, a civil rights organization. Evans said his organization is working on the injunction and recall, as well as writing letters to the U.S. Justice Department and EPD. May said he felt confident that he and the commission acted in the best interest of the county. He said he believed opponents to the project based their position on misleading information they received. “President Obama is pushing for green energy because renewable energy is much better for the environment than coal, which is what 90 percent of our energy is produced from right now,” May said. May said the commission approved the project with 18 conditions, which included the establishment of a citizens’ advisory board that would be appointed to oversee the plant. May said the conditions also stipulate that the plant will only use wood debris and yard waste to produce energy and that no carpet, tires or other debris could be used at the site. The hours of operation will be restricted with the plant open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trucks delivering the wood chips must be covered. To read DeKalb Commissioner Lee May’s open letter to the community, visit (Speak Out).


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Fantastic Fourth of July Celebrations

Compiled by AJ Hawkins


GWINNETT ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ fireworks in Lawrenceville

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual Fourth of July family event on July 4, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia. The church’s fireworks show is touted as one of the largest shows in the Southeast. There will be vendors selling food, and games and other activities will be part of the fun. 770-6969603.

Join the city of Lawrenceville for an evening of fun on July 3, 5:30 p.m., at the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan St. The Prelude to the Fourth will feature the Aurora Theatre’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” before the fireworks show. Pack a picnic (blankets and chairs are allowed) for free seating on the lawn. Tables, which include a catered dinner, are available for $125 and seat six people. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises of the Gwinnett County Courthouse. 678-226-2639.

Clarkston sets old-fashioned parade

Star Spangled Snellville

Want to be part of the Fourth of July celebration? Design a float or show your patriotism by decorating your bicycle, scooter, baby’s stroller, or wagon for the City of Clarkston’s 4th of July Parade. The parade will be held on July 4, 2 – 4 p.m., starting at City Hall, 3291 Church Street, Clarkston. 404-296-6489.

There will be two celebrations in Snellville celebrating Independence Day. On July 3, 3 p.m., the city of Snellville will host the Star-Spangled Snellville Celebration on the Town Green. A variety of musical artists from the community will be featured on the Main Stage. There will also be an antique car show, food, games and a great viewing of the fireworks show at First Baptist, located across the street. From 5 to 9 p.m. on the same day, First Baptist Snellville’s American Celebration will be held at the church. There will be inflatable rides and games for children, food vendors and the annual fireworks show at dark.

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Avondale Estates prepares for pre-4th festivities Avondale Estates parade and concert will be held on July 3 as part of its annual “Prelude to the Fourth” celebration. The parade at 10 a.m. begins at Clarendon Avenue and ends at the clock tower in downtown Avondale. From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Avondale Estates First Baptist Church will sell hamburgers, hotdogs and brownies at the Avondale Estates clubhouse. The celebration concludes with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Avondale on Lakeshore Drive, followed by a display of fireworks. 404-294-5400.

Free concert, fireworks on Decatur Square The Decatur Courthouse Square will host the annual “Pied Piper Parade” on July 4 at 5:30 p.m. Line up to see the parade of floats, cars, trucks, wagons, bikers, skaters, and others. The free concert, which features the Callanwolde Concert Band, follows in the Community Bandstand. Fireworks will begin at dark. The Decatur Courthouse Square is located at the intersection of Clairemont Avenue at Ponce De Leon Place. 404-371-8386.

ATLANTA All-day fun set at Centennial Park The free celebration at Centennial Olympic will be held on July 4. From noon until 4 p.m., kids can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, inflatable jumpers, and the Fountain of Rings water feature. Musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. and the event ends with fireworks at dark. 404-223-4412.

Legendary Fourth at Lenox Square The Legendary Fourth at Lenox Square in Buckhead features games and musical entertainment on the holiday beginning at 6p.m. The fireworks show, one of the largest in the Southeast, begins at 9:40 p.m. The event is free.

ROCKDALE Horse park to host free concert, fireworks The Georgia International Horse Park will be the scene for Rockdale County’s July 4 celebration. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a free concert featuring The Rockingbirds and Jordan Rager. There will be moonwalks for the kids, and they can design their very own patriotic brick for the Georgia Veterans Memorial Park “Walk of Heroes” display. Fireworks begin at dark. Admission and parking are free. 770-860-4190.

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Free movies under the stars offer cheap night out


City of Stone Mountain

hese days, everyone is looking to save a buck. What better way than to pack a picnic and head to a free movie under the stars? During summer, several venues throughout metro Atlanta offer free outdoor classic movies. Here, we’ve compiled a listing of some of the film series that have become summertime favorites. Check the movie ratings to make sure they are suitable for your children. Movie listings and dates are current at the time publication. To verify updated information, visit (see events).

The city of Stone Mountain’s Main Street will present its free outdoor series on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, located 5306 Mimosa Drive, in downtown Stone Mountain at dusk. Bring your chairs or blankets. Here’s the schedule: June 18 MegaMind July 16 Never Say Never Aug. 20 Rango Sept. 17 Rio Oct. 15 Tangled


Piedmont Park’s Screen on the Green For five consecutive Thursdays, June 2 – June 30, Piedmont Park hosts Screen on the Green in downtown Atlanta. All movies start between 8:40 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. Piedmont Park Conservancy is inviting viewers to vote for the Viewer’s Choice, the film they want to see on June 23. They will choose between Frankenstein (1931) and The Birds (1963). Movie goers are welcome to bring picnic baskets, food and alcoholic beverages, but no glass containers. In consideration of others, attendees are asked to leave pets at home. Umbrellas, high-backed chairs and grills are strictly prohibited. Here’s the remainder of the 2011 schedule: June 16 Sixteen Candles (1984) June 23 Frankenstein (1931) or The Birds (1963) June 30 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Piedmont Park is located approximately 2 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The park runs along 10th Street (a block west of 10th & Monroe Avenue to a block east of 10th & Piedmont Avenue) and Piedmont Avenue (12th & Piedmont to just before 15th & Piedmont) in midtown Atlanta.

Atlantic Station’s Movies in the Park Atlantic Station’s Movies in the Park at Central Park continues its free summer movie series, which runs Thursdays, May through September. Movies begin at dusk. Pack a picnic or pick up dinner from one of Atlantic Station’s restaurants. Here’s the remainder of the schedule: June 16 – Deja Vu
 June 23 – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Elizabeth Taylor Tribute Night) June 30 – Grease
 July 7 – The Wizard of Oz
 July 14 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
 July 21 – Inception
 July 28 – West Side Story

 Aug 4 – Toy Story 3
 Aug 11 – Hairspray
 Aug 18 – The Social Network
 Aug 25 – The Hangover

 Sept 1 – Sex and the City 2
 Sept 8 – Steel Magnolias
 Sept 15 – Pretty Woman
 Sept 22 – Dreamgirls
 Sept 29 – Viewer’s Choice

Georgia Tech’s Flicks on Fifth The Georgia Tech Student Center will present its “Flicks on Fifth” movie series on Wednesdays at Technology Square beginning June 15. The movies start at dusk, but you may arrive early with your chairs or blankets


Gwinnett County Snellville’s Popcorn in the Park Photo by Glenn L. Morgan/OCG News

to get a spot. Hourly parking is available at 5th and Spring Streets across from Barnes & Noble bookstore and the parking deck adjacent to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on Spring St. Leave coolers, umbrellas and pets at home. The movie schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 404-894-2805. June 15: Hall pass ( R) June 22: The Adjustment Bureau ( PG-13) June 29: Just Go With It ( PG-13) July 13: Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) July 20: Rango ( PG) July 27: Paul ( R)

Rockdale County Horse Park’s ‘B At the Movies’ The Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, will host “B At the Movies” on Saturday, July 23. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The free family feature, Racing Stripes, will start at dark. Concessions will be available. Admission and parking are free. Just bring a blanket or a comfortable lounge chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. B98.5 FM is sponsoring the event. 770-860-4190.

DeKalb County Movies in the Park Movies in the Park is a favorite DeKalb County summer tradition. Movies are shown on Saturday nights beginning at dusk, around 8:30-9 p.m., May through August.  Bring a blanket and snacks to the park and watch movies on a gigantic movie is held except in extreme weather. All movies are free, open to the public and rated PG13 rated. Parks where the films will be hosted: June 25
 Kelly Cofer Pool
4259 North Park Drive
Tucker, GA 30084 July 9
 Hairston Park
911 South Hairston Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30088 July 30
 Salem Park
5290 Salem Road
Lithonia, GA 30038 Aug. 6
 Browns Mill Aquatic Facility
4929 Browns Mill Road
Lithonia, GA 30038

Snellville will present its Popcorn in the Park series, 6 to 10:30 p.m., at T.W. Briscoe Park, 2770 Lenora Church Road, S.W. The event features first-run movies on an outdoor screen with inflatables, face painting and other activities for the kids. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other refreshments are available. The movie that will be shown: July 16- Rio For more information:

Avenue Webb Gin’s Screen on the Green The Avenue Webb Gin presents its Summer Screen on the Green, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy children’s activities including a bounce house, face painting, and balloon art. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Bring a blanket or low-back chair. No glass, alcohol, pets grills or coolers. The free movies will be shown in the parking lot near WineStyles: June 18—Megamind July 9—Rio July 23—Rango Aug. 6—Gnomeo and Juliet For more information, visit

Mall of Georgia’s Movies Under the Stars Enjoy free music and movies at The Mall of Georgia’s Movies Under the Stars and Concert series every Saturday through July 30 (excluding July 2). Hear local bands from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and then enjoy the free family-friendly movies on the lawn at the mall’s outdoor village located area near the food court entrance. Take your lawn chairs or blankets. Here’s a look at the remainder of the schedule: June 18 - Band: The Ron Jonsons, Movie: Peter Pan June 25 - Band: Drowning Creek, Movie: Shrek Forever After July 4 - Bands: Samantha Stroh, The Woody’s, The Atlanta Groove; Movie: Little Fockers July 9 - Band: StoneEcho, Movie: Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of Dawn Treader July 16 - Band: The Mike Veal Band, Movie: Justin Beiber: Never Say Never July 23 - Band: Bulletproof, Movie: The Sand Lot July 30 - Band: Chico and the Band, Movie: Yogi Bear The Mall of Georgia is located on Buford Drive, GA S.R. 20, between I-85 (at Exit 115, S.R. 20 West) and I-985 (at Exit 4) in Gwinnett County, 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.


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Beating the Summer Heat

Photo by Joshua Smith/OCG News

Officials urge parents to practice safety with kids and pools As kids play in the water, officials are reminding parents to take caution and remember that a person can drown quickly in any amount of water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Last year, Gwinnett County firefighters responded to 36 incidents of near-drowning and other water-related emergencies. If you own a pool or spa, officials recommend that you:

All over Metro Atlanta, families are trying to keep cool this summer as the thermometer soars. The ever-popular Browns Mill Recreation Center in DeKalb County is one place where kids and adults enjoy cooling off. With its three-story water slide and other features, the aquatics center is a water adventure on the scale of an amusement park. Photos by Joshua Smith/OCG News

 Make sure that drains and vents include anti-entrapment covers that will not entangle the hair or body.  Place an alarm on the pool gate to alert them when someone enters or exits the pool and use a float line to separate the deep and shallow ends.   Never allow children to swim unsupervised. Designate adults to watch children during large gatherings.  Limit access to swimming pools and other bodies of water with locked doors, fences, or gates.  Keep wheeled toys, such as tricycles and bikes, away from the pool deck or spa edge.

Johnson Park Pool in Rockdale ready for swimmers Johnson Park Pool, located at 1791 Ebenezer Road in Conyers, is now open after closing in early May for roofing and tile repairs. The plans to replace moisture damage in sections of the pool ceiling were the first major improvements since 2005 when the pool’s shell was replaced. The base of the ceiling was also repainted and the aged locker room doors were removed and replaced with aluminum doors. “The facility’s been cleaned from top to bottom and it looks brand new,” said Pool Manager Jason Cutchins. “The water’s been freshly treated and it looks like glass right now. It’s a great way to start the summer season.” The repairs were completed in time for the pool’s busiest time of year, when patron attendance

more than doubles. To compensate, Cutchins said he is bringing in additional staff and lifeguards to help with the increased capacity. The pool re-opening kicks off the Johnson Park Pool’s summer-long swimming programs. Beginning June 7, public and private swimming lessons started for all ages and levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Five swimming camps are also available over the course of the summer, as well as water aerobics for senior citizens and practices for the Rockdale Riptides swim league. Johnson Park Pool Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Johnson Park staff at 770-278-7529.

Hats, hats, hats! By Joshua Smith

Short, long, red, green—some of the most eccentric hats in the South were put on display at the DeKalb Section National Council of Negro Women’s third annual Signature Tea with a HatTitude on June 4 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Decatur. The women’s group, originally founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935, also celebrated the 21st anniversary of the National Council of Negro Women, DeKalb Section. “Today, the DeKalb Section is continuing to follow the principles left to us by our founder, Dr, Mary McLeod Bethune and our late President and Chair Emetria, Dr.

Dorothy Irene Height,” said NCNW, DeKalb Section President Rubie Tolbert-Williams. “We will continue to work to improve the lives of African American women and their children through our many community service projects. We thank you for your support.” The event, hosted by Former State Sen. Steen Miles, included remarks from several government officials, raffle giveaways, musical selections and a hat parade. The annual tea included the DeKalbNCNW President Awards ceremony where State Rep. Earnest Coach Williams, Delores Crowell of AT&T, and Dave Schutten, president of the Organization of DeKalb Educators, were honored for their work

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in the community and with the organization. This year, NCNW honored Briana Belser with the organization’s Youth Award. Belser, a freshman at Harvard University, has a GPA of 4.3 on a 4.0 scale and maintained an “A” average throughout high school.

She has volunteered at several nursing homes throughout the community with Operation Uplift, DeKalb Section. “It is my honor to join you for this annual event. I always look forward to the hat parade because the hats are amazing and beautiful as were the women you

honor,” said Congressman Hank Johnson. “Since 1990, the DeKalb Section has been a cornerstone of excellence in support of education, elder care, health and fitness, political empowerment and civic engagement.”

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Local libraries draw crowds seeking summer fun Photos and text by Joshua Smith

Conyers launches summer reading program Children have traveled the world with stops in places such as Africa, Japan, Italy and Germany—all without leaving the comfort of the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers. This month, the branch kicked off its summer reading program featuring its “Thrilling Thursdays” series to ignite students’ imaginations by exposing them to an array of performers and books. Magician Ken Scott, the first performer in the program, took a packed audience on a trip across the world through books and characters such as his puppet friend, “Crocko,” on June 2. “This is a great opportunity for families like mine looking for something positive for the family to do this summer,” said Tammie Smith, a mom who attended the program with her children and the kids’ grandmother, Trisha, who is helping her watch her children and nieces and nephews over the summer break. The magician was followed by another interactive performance, featuring Lorie Summers of the Piccadilly Puppets on June 9. Summers’ “Wish Tales” featured folktales with characters who wished to be more than they were such as “The Knee High Man,” who wished to be a tall man.” “I love interacting with the children. It means the world to me to see them interacting and enjoying learning at the same time,” said Summers, a puppeteer for 14 years. “The library here is really doing something special with children this summer. They let me perform somewhat off the script and more importantly, they are encouraging reading.” Children and youths up to the age of 18 are invited to participate in the reading program by picking up a reading log from the library and recording reading times to earn prizes, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the program on July 28. The free “Thrilling Thursdays” performances are also a part of the program and still have several performances lined up including as Eric Litwin’s “Good Old Fashioned Fun” and Celtic Fire’s “Echoes of Ireland.” The library is located at 864 Green Street, Conyers. For more information or the performance schedule, call 770-388-5041, ext. 113.

Sugar Ray signs new book at West End Library Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard discussed his new book, “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring with Michael Arkush,” during a book signing held June 11 at the West End Branch Library in Atlanta. Leonard, who turned 55 on May 17, was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses. About 200 people turned out to meet Leonard during the free event, which was sponsored by the Friends of the West End Library and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The interview with Fulton County Government Television will air in July. Meanwhile, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will present several prominent and local authors this month, including Sister Souljah on June 16, 6 p.m., at the Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, 30303. For other library events, visit or call 404-730-1700.

Stonecrest Library opens in DeKalb Crowds gathered in the sweltering heat for the June 11 opening of the DeKalb County Library’s newest branch, the Stonecrest Library, in Lithonia. “In 1907, a Lithonia woman, Lula Almand, opened the first library in DeKalb County by collecting 50 books of her own and donated books and inviting the community to come read and borrow,” said Alison Weissinger, DeKalb County Public Library Director. “It is very special when a community like yours cannot only understand the importance of the library, but also fight to see it happen.” The 25,000-square-foot branch, boasts 42 computers for public use, self-checkout stations, a library café, a 175-seat auditorium and a collection of 63,500 books. The facility has 220 parking spaces. “Today is about the people. It is just beautiful to see a rainbow coalition of people coming together for an event like this,” said DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. “This is not only a great day for the city of Lithonia ,but a great day for DeKalb County.” The grand opening celebration included an address from Jon Abercrombie, vice vhair of the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees; remarks from several government dignitaries and an invocation from the Rev. Courtney Sergeant of Abundant Life Church in Lithonia. Theresa Davis recited a poem entitled “Too Cool For School” and the Lou Walker Senior Center Choir performed three selections. “This is about so much more than books. Jobs, resources, tutoring, we will work to keep this library open for as long as we can to serve as many people as we can,” Abercrombie said. The Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m,. and Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 770-482-3828.



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Movers & Shakers in the Community

Sen. Jason Carter honored for environmental leadership

Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur) was recently among 14 members of the Georgia State Senate to receive a 2011 Environmental Leadership Award from Georgia Conservation Voters, a statewide non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters.  “Sen. Carter stood up for Georgia’s families this year, and actively worked to promote an understanding among his colleagues of the need to protect Georgia’s environment as an integral part of preserving our way of life,” said Rob Teilhet, executive director of Georgia Conservation Voters.  “Thanks to Senator Carter’s leadership, Georgia’s conservation values had a voice at our state capitol”.  Georgia Conservation Voters works with environmental and outdoor sporting organizations across the State to develop shared legislative priorities each year. Legislators receive Environmental Leadership Awards based upon their votes and leadership on the common agenda.  Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV) is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life of all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters.  Sen. Jason Carter represents the 42nd Senate District, which includes portions of DeKalb County.

Dance competition heats up for former Atlantan

Atlanta Tech student named top finalist among technical schools

Former Atlanta Grady High School student Mitchell Kelly recently was named one of the top 20 finalists on the FOX show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” Kelly, 20, is competing with dancers from across the country in hopes of dancing his way to the $250,000 grand prize. “I am so proud of him. This is a big deal to make it to the top 20,” said Kelly’s stepfather, Keith Guthrie, who lives in Lithonia with three of Kelly’s siblings. Kelly also has two siblings who live in Illinois and everyone in the family in both locations is pulling for him, Guthrie said. Kelly auditioned for the show in Atlanta. He went on to win in contests in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. “Dancing is his passion. He has been dancing since he was 9 years old. We are so pleased that he was given this opportunity,” Guthrie said. “We’re hoping he’ll get enough votes to win.” The show airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. America votes for the dancers they want to win by texting the show, dialing a call-in telephone number or voting online at

ATLANTA—Rachel Young, a student in the electrical construction and maintenance program at Atlanta Technical College, was chosen as one of nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2011 Student of the Year award. The award is part of the system’s annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which recognizes the best student at each of the state’s 26 technical colleges and one Board of Regents college with a technical division.   Young was recognized during a banquet honoring the system’s top students and instructors at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta.   “There were more than 191,000 students who enrolled in the Technical College System of Georgia last year, so it’s quite a remarkable accomplishment to be named a finalist for the Student of the Year award,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “Ms. Young excelled in the classroom and is a great role model in her community, and she worked very hard to earn her place as one of our finalists.” The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 26 technical colleges throughout the state. Affordable access to quality technical education programs that lead to in-demand jobs is a big reason why enrollment at the TCSG colleges is up by almost one-third over last two years.  

Be Someone to host Leadership Chess Camp for young adults Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is gearing up to spread his message of making the right moves in chess and in life. The chess champion will join comedian Steve Harvey in Dallas, Texas June 16 – 19 for the Steve Harvey Mentoring weekend, where 100 students from across the country will receive mentoring and guidance. Hudson will bring his training home when he hosts a five-day Leadership Chess Camp on June 20 – 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Be Someone Headquarters, 949 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain. The “Get in the Game—KASH is King Training Leadership

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Chess Camp” is open to all young adults in the community. “It gives me great pleasure to show young adults the beauty of chess,” Hudson said. “There are many lessons to learn in life, and many of them can be better met with an appreciation and understanding of the game of chess. So make your move and get in the game, and join me for a five day life changing camp on how to be a winner in all areas of your life.” Registration is required. For more information on the camp or upcoming seminars, call 678-526-0292 or visit www.

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Class Notes

Our Schools, Students & Partners

Conyers student wins national T-shirt contest

Hundreds of students in Rockdale County signed up for summer school on June 9 at Heritage High School. Summer programs include the High School Credit Recovery and a Mathematics Academy.

It’s time for Summer School


By Joshua Smith

lthough school’s out, hundreds of students throughout metro Atlanta are hitting the books. Summer school is in full swing now and students who want to get ahead, make up classes, or get help for graduation tests are taking their seats. In Rockdale County, Heritage High School is hosting the county’s high school Summer School Credit Recovery program from June 13 – July 1. The program includes courses in English and computer classes. Other courses such as Math I and II are being held at Rockdale County High School. Rockdale is also offering a free Georgia High School Graduation Test Boot Camp June 27 – July 9 for students preparing for the test or those who need help passing any section. DeKalb County is offering summer school online only with its

Virtual Schools. Columbia, Ronald E. McNair and Stone Mountain high schools have computer labs that is hosting the DeKalb Online Academy (DOLA) courses June 1 – 22. Some courses include American Literature, Biology and U.S. History. Graduation test help will be offered at Stone Mountain High School until July 8. Gwinnett County Schools is offering summer classes June 14 – July 13 at Central Gwinnett, Mill Creek and Shiloh High Schools. The classes will cover subjects such as World History, Biology and Algebra. Online courses will be hosted June 13 – July 12. Elementary and middle school students who need more time to learn will have that option during Gwinnett’s free Academic Summer School. For students in the City of Atlanta, summer school courses are being offered through July 8 at Douglass High School. Carver High School will conduct the Georgia High School Graduation test help June 13 – 24.



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Jasiel Spooner, a third-grader at Peeks Chapel Elementary in Conyers, has been named the winner of the Aeropostale “P.S. What Makes You Smile” design contest. The Rockdale County student beat out third grade students from more than 430 schools across the country to win her school $5,000 and a $500 gift card for herself from clothing designer Aeropostale. “We hope to use this generous donation for our art department to support their creative ideas like this winning T-shirt design,” said Peeks Chapel Elementary School Principal Tiwon Toney. The contest encouraged 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to pick up a brush, crayon or even a pencil and design a T-shirt to show the world what makes them smile. A winner from each grade was selected. See the 300 finalists and learn more about the campaign at www.pswhatmakesusmile. com.

Therrell High alums seek applicants for scholarship ATLANTA— The D.M. Therrell High School Alumni Association is accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship to assist eligible students who will be going off to college. The scholarship fund provides $1,000 for college book expenses. “This year, the scholarship we provide will begin a legacy for a high school that gave us the foundation to become the adults we are today”, said Donald Smith, THS Alumni Vice President. The selected student must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school in September 2011, have at least a 2.5 high school GPA and be a 2011 graduate of Therrell High School. The deadline to apply is July 1. To apply for the scholarship, visit www. For more information, call C.R. Moses at 404-590-4716.


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SPOTLIGHT B.Xquisit Hair Studio celebrates one-year anniversary By Joshua Smith

CONYERS—From flat-ironed dos to an array of futuristic dyes and mohawks, models showing off their locks took the stage in a hair show presented by B.Xquisit Hair Studio, which celebrated its one-year anniversary this month. “This has been my dream since I was 10 years old. All I ever wanted was to have my own shop. Now that I have accomplished that, I know I’m blessed and hope to show young people they can accomplish something like this, if they don’t give up on their dream,” said B.Xquisit owner Briana Hickman. A disc jockey entertained attendees as they were given a taste of some of the latest summer looks. “They’re trendy cuts with colors of

today and everyday looks,” Hickman said. Attendees were treated to raffle giveaways from local businesses such as a $45 gift certificate to Cozumel Mexican Restaurant and several gift packs from Silkology hair products. The one-year anniversary included a Customer Appreciation cookout, and the hair studio collected toiletries and clothing to assist needy families. “I enjoy making people feel good. Your hair can give you a whole new confidence, it’s an improvement of your beauty” Hickman said. “I will continue to promote healthy hair in Conyers and so will my excellent stylists.” B.Xquisit Hair Studio is located at 1240 Sigman Road, Suite 102, Conyers. 770-6794041.


Business Roundtable: Entrepreneurs in entertainment share tips DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson is bringing together entertainment entrepreneurs for his next quarterly Business Roundtable. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held on June 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Porter Sanford Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Panelists for the forum will discuss “What does it take to be an entrepreneur in the Commissioner Larry Derek Blanks Johnson entertainment industry?” Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, whose portfolio includes comedian and talk show host Monique and America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford, and master cosmetologist LaTay Mays, who has worked with the cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will serve as one of five panelists who will answer questions, share their experience, challenges, and rewards of being an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and take notes. Admission is free. For more information, call 404-371-2425.

Gwinnett Chamber sets technology forum The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will host a free technology forum on June 21, 7:30 – 9 a.m., in Gwinnett Technical College’s Building 700 Busbee Center, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. The forum will feature some of the latest advancements in technology and their relation to the business world. Managing Director for IBM Global Sales, Curtis Tearte will serve as the guest speaker. Tearte is managing director for the state of Georgia account, IBM Global Sales and Distribution. In this position, he serves as the IBM senior executive responsible for the business relationship with the state and local governments throughout the state of Georgia as well as selected educational institutions. To register for this free event, visit or call 678957-4944.

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The Wile Group, an Atlanta-based consulting agency, will host its fourth annual free Family Forum on June 17, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Capital City Club, 53 West Brookhaven Drive, Atlanta. This educational session is designed for all generations to learn ageappropriate topics in an environment that fosters communication between family members. Professional speakers will cover a wide range of timely topics including raising financially responsible children, social media networking and how to talk to your family about aging, to name a few. Tax, estate planning, and finance experts will be on hand to share recent developments and future trends as well. For a complete listing of speakers and classes or to register for this free event, contact Elizabeth Foster at 404-7603310.


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Professionals to host networking mixer Networking For Professionals (NFP) will hold the Atlanta Shakers and Stirrers Business Networking Mixer on June 21, 6 – 8 p.m., at Tantra Restaurant and Lounge, 2285 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Atlanta businessmen and women are invited to make business connections and mingle with top professionals. Attendees can enjoy complimentary light nibbles and drink specials. The next day, NFP will email you the list of confirmed attendees to help you follow up with your new contacts. Only those who sign up in advance online will receive the list of attendees. Don’t forget your business cards. The cost to attend is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To register, visit 404467-4297 or 212-227-6556.

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Health & Wellness

Resources & Lifestyle Tips

Health officials warn heat exposure can be dangerous


ith temperatures already soaring into the 90s – much earlier than normal – the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is urging Georgians to exercise caution. Every year, thousands of people are hospitalized from heatrelated illnesses. The elderly and those working in excessive heat are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat exhaustion and heat illness. “We’re sounding the alarm early,” said Division of Public Health (DPH) Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., noting that temperatures are generally 10 degrees higher than normal for this first week of June. “I’m asking everyone to ensure their own safety and also the safety of their neighbors and loved ones.” It’s important to take the proper steps to avoid common summer-related injuries and illnesses. Do not leave children in hot cars. Even with outside temperatures in the low to mid-70s, a car’s inside temperature can jump as much as 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.  Last year, a record 49 children nationwide died from heatstroke after being left in cars, including three children in Georgia. Avoid sun exposure. Melanoma is the third most

common skin cancer. Every year, an estimated 1,709 new melanoma cases are diagnosed in Georgia. Wear light, loose fitting clothing and use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. Avoid the outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.  Infants and children are especially susceptible to sunburn. Stay hydrated. Drink more fluids than unusual if you’re outside in hot weather for prolonged periods of time or doing vigorous physical activity. Avoid alcoholic beverages or those containing caffeine as they cause dehydration. Check on the elderly. Check on elderly neighbors and relatives often to watch for signs of heat-related stress. The elderly population and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer from extreme and prolonged exposure to heat. Locate the coolest room in your home.  Finding a place to cool down, at least temporarily, can provide some relief and allow a person’s body to recover from higher temperatures. Bathe to cool down.  Taking a cold shower or bath can reduce body temperature.

Symptoms of Heatstroke:

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

• An extremely high body temperature Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating) • Rapid, strong pulse • Headache • Dizziness • Nausea • Confusion • Unconsciousness

• Heavy sweating • Paleness • Muscle cramps • Tiredness • Weakness • Dizziness • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • Fainting

What to do if you or someone near you exhibits these symptoms? • H elp victim cool off and seek medical attention if condition worsens or lasts for more than 1 hour. • Get out of the sun. • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. • Drink cool, non-alcoholic or noncaffeinated beverages.


Town Hall to examine hard-to-treat breast cancer in African American women A subtype of breast cancer with limited treatment options that disproportionately affects young African American women will be the subject of a community Town Hall educational gathering on June 23, 6 p.m., in the Glenn Auditorium at Emory University Hospital Midtown on Peachtree Street.   “Triple Negative Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know” is the subject of the Town Hall meeting. Women who would like more information about breast cancer will have the opportunity to interact with a panel that include physicians, breast cancer surgeons, survivors, nurses and other health-care professionals.

Rockdale Medical sets blood drive Let’s Move! DeKalb to host community health fair Lets Move! DeKalb, a faith and community collaboration, will join forces with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Inc. to host a free community health fair on June 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, or C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Inc., will welcome the community with live performances, arts and crafts, vendor exhibits, health screenings and what organizers call “nutrition that’s fun.” DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson will give the opening remarks for this free event. “We’re pushing for DeKalb County to become a Let’s Move community under First Lady Michelle Obama’s health initiatives,” Johnson said. “This is about saving generations and we must do our part to make sure that our children are healthy.” Johnson promoted the event at the June 14 DeKalb County Commission meeting, where he recognized C.H.O.I.C.E.S partnership with the Inspiring Kids Academy to kick off Let’s Move! in South DeKalb. The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center is located at 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. For more information, call 678-819-3663 or visit www.

Food workshop takes aim at fighting cancer The Piedmont Healthcare Cancer Wellness Center, 1800 Howell Mill Road, Suite 700, Atlanta, will host “A is for Anti-Inflammatory” on June 22, 12 – 2 p.m. The Piedmont team will present a lively discussion about the anti-cancer fighting benefits of cooking and eating your way through Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. David Hobbs of Integrative Medicine, Shayna Komar, RD, LD, and Chef Nancy Waldeck facilitate the free discussion. For more information, visit or call 404425-7925.

Rockdale Medical, 1412 Milstead Ave., Conyers, will join forces with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive on June 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Donors can enjoy movies or vintage TV shows while donating. Snacks will be provided and drawings for prizes will be conducted by the American Red Cross. For more information or to register, visit and enter the sponsor code “rockmed.” To contact the American Red Cross, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543).

DeKalb CSB offers free HIV testing To celebrate National HIV Testing Day, the DeKalb Community Service Board will offer free HIV testing to the community on June 27, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Win Way, Decatur. Testing is free and available to anyone 17 or older. Participants will receive results within 20 minutes. If needed, personnel at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic can make references for follow-up services to the DeKalb Board of Health or other healthcare facility. For more information, contact the DeKalb Addiction Clinic at 404-508-6430 or visit

Atlanta HBCUs to host 5K walk, health fair The Atlanta Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Alliance is hosting its 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk Wellness and Scholarship Fundraiser on June 25, 8:30 a.m. at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta. In addition to the run/walk, there will be a health fair with screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses and diseases that disproportionately impact African Americans. The cost to participate in the race is $30. For more information, visit www. or call 404-260-7404.


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Vacation bible schools travel the world this summer

t’s that time of year again. Churches throughout metro Atlanta are opening their doors to take their congregation members and visitors around the world— from New York to Fiji. While some programs cater exclusively to children and provide a light snacks, others cater to families in the evenings with many serving dinner, picnics or snacks. All have the same goal: to learn about God, people and the world. At Voices of Faith Ministries in Stone Mountain, Elder Barbara Jones, minister of education, says elementary school-aged children, as in years past, will be the focus of its daytime Vacation Bible School. “We are using LifeWay’s program because it truly gives our children a complete lesson plan for them to learn and get closer to God,” Jones said. “We enjoy welcoming children from all over to learn and worship with us.” Pastor Floyd Dautrieve of New Creation Christian Fellowship in Stone Mountain says their VBS program will focus on the family and teach them how to trust God in all walks of life. “The entire family needs to know how they can trust God in everything they do inside and outside the home,” Pastor Dautrieve said. “We also want to relieve our families and provide them with diner for a couple of days because we know it can be hard on parents, especially single parents to prepare meals after work for the family.” Below are some of the churches in metro Atlanta that will offer Vacation Bible School in June and July; Voices of Faith Ministries, Stone Mountain Open to grades 1-6, June 20 – 24, 8 a.m. to

Macedonia Baptist Church, Conyers Open to students and adults, June 27 – July 1, 7:30 - 9 p.m., 1052 Barton Street. Program at a glance: Organizers will upload faithfulness and other Christian values with its “Faithbook: Connect, Confirm, Witness” to equip believers to stay connected with Jesus Christ. Exploring relationships, bible personalities whose lives were touched and changed once they had an encounter with Jesus Christ will be covered. Light snacks provided. The church will celebrate VBS activities with a community cook out on July 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 770-922-2661. First Baptist Church, Conyers Open to ages 2 through 6th grade, July 18 – 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2100 Highway 138 N.E. Program at a glance: “JUMP! Put Faith in Motion.” Experience God’s love through Bible stories, crafts, music and games. Light snacks provided. 770-483-8700. Vacation bible school students at Voices of Faith’s Conyers location took on “The Big Apple Adventure” with dancing, singing and interactive classes. The adventure started on June 13 and ends on June 17.

noon, 2500 Rockbridge Road, S.W. Program at a glance: “The Big Apple Adventure: Big City, Bigger Fun” takes children throughout the big city as they explore and learn how to share the message of Christ with the world. Programs include the Worship Rally at Times Square, Bible Study at Battery Park, an arts and crafts district, midtown snacks and recreation. Snacks provided. 770498-5850. Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta Open to all ages, June 20-24, 6:30 p.m., 3144 Cascade Road, S.W. Program at a glance: “Island Odyssey: To the ends of the Earth with Jesus Christ” links biblical island stories with the culture of


WCJ Outreach Ministries sets ‘Prayer Power in the Park’ WCJ Outreach Ministries, a non-profit organization serving Metro Atlanta, will host “Prayer Power in the Park” on June 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. , at Pine Log Park, Highway 138, Conyers. The “Strengthening The Body of Christ” prayer service will include free food, prizes, raffles for gas cards and games. WCJ Outreach Ministries was founded in February. Since then the ministry has been reaching out to the community with events like this one, feeding the hungry and homeless, as well as visiting nursing homes. 404-788-4756.

ICM serves up salvation over easy with Spiritual Intelligence Breakfast The International Connection of Ministries, Inc. or ICM will host its Spiritual Intelligence Breakfast on June 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m., in the This Is It Banquet Hall, 2835 Panola Road, Lithonia. Pastor Dan Rhodes, who has produced more than 60 written works such as teaching devotionals and study guides, will host the “What Do You Believe…And Why?” breakfast. The price to attend is $12 and includes breakfast. Register online at www. or at the door. 770-817-5400.

popular island vacation spots. Starting with Paul’s evangelistic island encounters, Island Odyssey will teach “the good news” through stories, music, art, food, crafts, movement and drama. Dinner will be served each night from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 404-691-5770. Decatur First Baptist, Decatur Open to ages 3 to rising 6th graders, June 27July 1, 9 a.m. to noon, 308 Clairemont Ave. Program at a glance: “Panda Mania: Where God is wild about you,” the program will integrate various activities to reinforce Bible learning. Light snacks will be provided. 404373-1653.

Saint Philip AME Church, Atlanta Open to students of all ages, July 18 – July 22, 9 a.m. – noon, 240 Candler Road. Program at a glance: “Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe.” Kids explore the bible as a cookbook filled with recipes for living out God’s word and learn about biblical festivals that reveal ingredients for being a follower of God. 404-371-0749. New Creation Christian Fellowship, Stone Mtn. Open to the whole family, July 27 – 29, 7:30 p.m., 806 S. Stone Mountain Lithonia Road. Program at a glance: “Trust God,” examining through the bible faith, prosperity and walking in love with God. Dinner will be served from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. each evening before the start of class. 770-465-0870.

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Ray of Hope marks 25 years of ministry Ray of Hope, 2778 Snapfinger Road, Decatur, will host its 25th anniversary celebration this month. Festivities kick off on June 21, 7 p.m., in the church’s main sanctuary with a presentation by the Ray of Hope Movement Art Ministry. The dance jubilee’s theme is “25 Years of Chasing After God through Dance.” Attendees will take a journey through the history of “The Ray.” On June 26, the church will continue the 25th church anniversary celebration with one worship service at 10:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis and the musical guest will be Rev. Trini Massi. The Worship and Arts Ministry will perform as well. Immediately following the worship service, the church will culminate the anniversary celebration with a reception in the Family Life Center. Join Ray of Hope and extend congratulations to Pastor Cynthia L. Hale for 25 years of ministry and community impact. For more information, call 770-696-5100 or visit




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The path to righteousness


Parkview High graduate commits to life of prayer, work and study as a monk


By Joshua Smith

very day “Brother” Anthony Raymond wakes at 3:45 a.m. to pray and prepare for a day of work and studying. The prayers are something he does four times a day— all before going to bed at 8 p.m. The regimen may sound strict, but Raymond has grown accustomed to making the sacrifice. At 25 years old, he is the youngest monk at The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County. Raymond joins 39 other monks (the oldest is “Father” Kot, who will turn 100 in August). “A monk’s life isn’t really guided by time, but rather his heart and his path to gain knowledge and fulfill God’s calling,” Raymond said. “Most people fight against deadlines and the day in general at work. A monk’s daily life basically flows together and after awhile, you appreciate and enjoy it.” Raymond, who graduated from Parkview High School in Gwinnett County, became interested in the lives of monks after talking to members of the monastery while attending Georgia College in Milledgeville. He says the transition from college to the monastery was not easy. “As a monk, we go to bed really early. It gets easier to go to sleep early when you have to wake up before 4 a.m.,” Raymond said. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Raymond converted to the brotherhood at 23. Now, with the title of novice monk, Raymond says he spends his time growing tomatoes in the monastery’s organic garden and mowing the lawn for the facility’s more than 2,000 acres of grass. He said his family visits the monastery about once every four months. Families are welcome to visit and stay in the monastery’s Family Guest House for a week at a time. “At first, my friends and family were shocked. I grew up in a Catholic family. Now, my friends and family just want me to be happy. They see that I am enjoying this life and they are happy for me because of it,” Raymond said. A typical day in the monks’ lives consists of working and praying five times a day. After the 4 a.m. morning prayer and breakfast, a 7 a.m. prayer is held, followed by work around the monastery. Work includes making stained

Photos by Joshua Smith/OCG News

From 25-year-old “Brother” Anthony Raymond (top) to 83-year-old Father Methodius Telnack (left), the monks at The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers work hard to answer “God’s calling.”

glass for churches around the world and baking biscotti to cutting the grass and stocking bookshelves in the monastery’s gift shop. After work, prayer is held at 12:15 p.m., 5:20 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. with meals in between. On Sundays, the monks do not work but they still pray five times throughout the day. For 83-year-old Father Methodius Telnack, the practice of being a monk has been a way of life since 1949, five years

after the Conyers monastery was built in 1944. “I enjoy using my talents for God,” said Telnack, who has stained glass works in churches in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, the Caribbean and even Yugoslavia. “I am currently working on a project for Ward’s Funeral Home in Conyers. “ Telnack says three other monks assist him in making the stained glass pieces.

The monks also make and sell gourmet fruit cakes throughout the year, fudge and biscotti. Other items the monks sell include unique coffees, religious items such as holy oil, books and bonsai trees. “We live by three pillars—prayer, work and study,” said Father Telnack. “We are separated from the World, but pray for it still. Everything we do, it’s all a part of answering God’s call.”

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contemplative life. We have a mandate to be self sufficient.” The new $6.8 million Heritage Center opened to the public in May, after five years of planning, fundraising, and construction. The center has a café, which sells sandwiches and drinks including a wide selection of teas. The refectory, located directly next to the gift store, is furnished with long tables and benches where visitors can sit and eat. The center also boasts a gift shop, where imported coffee from Venezuela, holy oil and books and bibles are sold, as well as a bonsai nursery, where the small plants are available for purchase. An historic barn that was restored from the inside out is loaded with unique exhibits including a virtual tour recounting the monastery’s history, which dates back to 1944, and pictures describing periods in the 1,600-year-history of monasticism—from Buddhist monks to Christian monks. The barn also has artifacts such as “monk stilts,” which were used during construction of the facilities. Telephone receivers have been installed at some of the exhibits so visitors can listen to the monks’ words of wisdom. A chapel created by rounded walls inside the barn gives visitors a place to contemplate and pray. “Monasteries by nature are peaceful places that will remain open to the spirit and for those

Photos by Joshua Smith/OCG News

Visitors coming to the monastery’s $6.8 million Heritage Center can enjoy several features such as a brand new bonsai garden and nursery, as well as several displays chronicling the history of Monasticism and “A Day in the Life of a Monk.”

trying to nurture their spiritual lives, regardless of their religious affiliations,” Brother Crichlow said. “We witness to hospitality as Christ did. It is in our DNA to welcome all.” The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is located at 2625 Highway 212 Southwest, Conyers. Visitors may enjoy the peaceful grounds from 4 a.m. – 8 p.m. The visitor’s center and gift shop are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Admission to the monastery is free. 770-483-8705.


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Guacamole isn’t just packed with flavor, it’s packed with healthful ingredients. Avocados are full of the good kinds of fats — the same ones in olive oil and almonds. They’re loaded with magnesium, Vitamin E, folic acid and lutein, a natural antioxidant. Avocados have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. Add in the benefits associated with tomatoes and onions and you have a remarkably low-calorie, good-time food.

Serves: 6 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 lime, juiced 1 teaspoon garlic 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese 6 hamburger buns Your favorite flavor of Wholly Guacamole In a large bowl mix together ground beef, lime juice, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Form meat into 6 patties. Cook burgers to desired doneness on a preheated grill. Add a slice of cheese to each burger during the last minute of cooking. Serve on toasted buns with a healthy dollop of guacamole. This recipe also makes great sliders. For a leaner version, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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Serves: 4 2 packages lemon butter grilled salmon, defrosted 1 cup spicy Wholly Guacamole 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 teaspoon lemon zest Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste Preheat your oven to 350°F. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut a pocket into the side of each piece of salmon. In a bowl, combine guacamole, egg yolk, bread crumbs and lemon zest to make stuffing. Stuff fish with avocado mixture; season each fillet with salt and pepper. Bake for 8 minutes and serve immediately.

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