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City dedicated park to civil and labor rights leader, Rev. James Orange

City dedicated park to civil and labor rights leader, Rev. James Orange

“Hey Leader!,” was his common greeting to all he met; a call to action of sorts; but to a countless mass, the Rev. James Orange, with unwavering dedication to civil and labor rights was the leader himself; a "towering" example of nonviolent activism.

A close aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom he was hired by as the first full-time SCLC field organizer, Orange was honored Sat. Oct. 29 in Atlanta, during a dedication ceremony, where Oakland City Park was renamed, “Rev. James Orange Park.” Apparently a street or station renaming could not serve adequate honor for the individual held responsible for much of the modern civil and labor rights movement, countless marches, and more than 30 years fighting for worker justice as an AFL-CIO organizer- “The James Orange Commission with strong backing from Councilman C.T. Martin and through feedback received from community forums, determined that dedicating the park to Rev.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park

Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park

ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2011) – After months of planning and construction as a result of collaboration with partner and sponsor organizations, as well as the City of Atlanta, representatives of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and its grassroots initiative, America’s Backyard, are ready to host the grand re-opening of historic Selena Butler Park in Atlanta on Wed., Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane announced in April the D.C.-based nonprofit’s plans to duplicate the Parks Build Community initiative on Atlanta’s Butler Park – named for an iconic figure in the struggle for racial equality in American education and cofounder of the National Parent-Teacher Association. In just seven months, Butler Park has undergone a massive facelift to the tune of $1.6 million.

“Two years ago, we decided to dedicate resources and forge new partnerships to proactively revive local parks in underserved urban areas,” says Tulipane.

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Atlanta’s first Hip-Hop Day, a free two-day family festival, honoring Hip-Hop, its legacy and awareness of key community issues, is set to take place Sat. Oct. 22 & Sun. Oct. 23. at Woodruff Park, in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The city-permitted festival, which has partnered with various groups including  S.C.L.C.; and several national and local artists, will be filled with activities, music, food, voter registration drives, live entertainment, and special performances.

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta nightlife isn’t the same… at least not with PlayDate on the scene! Every other weekend, local club owners shake, beyond their dance floors, because a game-changer (no pun intended) has interrupted the habits of regular club-goers!

Yep, PlayDate has redefined the traditional pursuits of having a “night out on the town” by getting back to the childhood basics of fun, and it has truly become a necessary experience for grown men and women not just in Atlanta, but all over the world!

Fernbank Museum Hosts Island Adventure Night at Martinis & IMAX to Celebrate New Galapagos Film

Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® Makes Science Sizzle during Island Adventure Night

 

Just when you mistakenly thought Charles Darwin was a 19th-century bearded scientist with his nose stuck in a journal, Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® reveals that naturalists like Darwin live at the mercy of their adventurous spirit. Join Fernbank, along with “ship’s captain” Big Mike Geier and his musical crew from Tongo Hiti, for this special Island Adventure night of Martinis & IMAX® on September 30, 2011, from 6:30 p.m.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.