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Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will team up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a tour this weekend.

The 7th annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour will be held Saturday, June 14. Staggered rides through the BeltLine's 45 neighborhoods will begin at 9 a.m. from the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

Riders have a choice of two tours: the full BeltLine, which is 27 miles long; and the East Meets West route -- 16 miles of some of the trail's most beautiful parks.

Advance registration is $30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and $35 for the general public. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Visit atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com for more information.

The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is located at 830 Willoughby Way NE.

Race this weekend: Hands Around the Hill

Race this weekend: Hands Around the Hill

ATLANTA -- The Hands Around the Hill 5K will be held this weekend in Downtown Atlanta and the nearby Grant Park neighborhood.

Hands Around the Hill raises money for homeless Atlantans and others who lack basic necessities. Registration is $25 in advance; there is no race day sign-up.

The event will be held Saturday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Packet pick-up will take place at the starting line near the corner of Mitchell and Washington streets. Parking will be provided at the underground garage next to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; the area is also easily accessible from the Five Points and Georgia State MARTA stations.

All runners will receive cotton T-shirts and will be entered into a drawing for great prizes. Participants will also be treated to fruit, bagels, Larabars and post-race fun at the finish line.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information.

Atlanta Apartment Association to host 24th Annual Can Can Ball

Atlanta Apartment Association to host 24th Annual Can Can Ball

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Apartment Association (AAA) members are throwing their 24th Annual Can Can Ball with a theme inspired by The Great Gatsby. Come jazzed up in glitter and gold attire, and be prepared to time travel back to the roaring 20’s at this black-tie optional event.

The AAA, a multi-family housing trade association in metro Atlanta, invites association members, apartment community vendors, Atlanta residents and Food Bank supporters to participate and help raise funds to provide food assistance to the hungry. Can Can Ball 2014 will take place Friday, August 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel at 165 Courtland Street NE in Downtown Atlanta.

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

ATLANTA -- The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) will present its 10th Annual Black Women Film Festival June 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta.

The three-day event – sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios and Madame Noire – kicks off Friday, June 13 at noon at Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) with seven films by or about African-American women, including the controversial 72% (directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor), a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community.

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Stress management and mental health discussions are planned during the first week in June at two Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a mental health workshop sponsored by the Renaissance on Peachtree on Thursday, June 5. The discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Link Counseling Center. The two-hour presentation begins at 10 a.m.  The Benson Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.  For more information about this event, citizens should contact Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator at 404-613-4900.

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Seniors from senior centers across Atlanta and Fulton County enjoyed a “Celebrating Seniors Garden Party” as May Older Americans Month activities continued on Thursday, May 22.

The “Garden Party” featured lunch, games, healthy cooking demonstrations and tours of Wheat Street Gardens, a beautiful network of flower and vegetable gardens. The party was hosted by Open Hand and Truly Living Well and supported by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, State Senator Nan Orrock and local businesses.

Open Hand provides congregate and home-delivered meals along with nutrition education to Fulton County seniors through the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Aging.

For more information about services available to seniors in Fulton County, call the STARline at 404-613-6000.