Sweetwater 420 Fest 2012

Sweetwater 420 Fest is produced by Sweetwater Brewing Company. (CPNO is not involved in organizing this festival.)

Get all the information here.

Some basics:


The 2012 festival will be held Friday, April 20 from 4:20 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday, April 21 from Noon to 10 PM, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:30 PM to 7 PM


Free admission for great live music, activities, food, and education about how each and every one of us can be a part of the solution! Festival goers who are 21+ and with a valid ID can purchase a $5 wristband to responsibly enjoy beer. Portion of Proceeds from wristband sales are donated to Park Pride (to benefit Candler Park).

What is the $5 fee for? This is an often asked question. A portion of proceeds to go back to (Park improvement) the neighborhood that hosts us and the remainder allows us to cover our operating expenses. Without this we would not be able to have the festival that you have come to know and love. Please help us to continue this event by purchasing a wristband if you are 21+. Thank you for being a part of the solution.

Why we don’t charge everyone? We want to remain a community festival. We would rather not charge your Grandma or your niece and nephew that are under age and just want to come see what we are about.


The SweetWater 420 Festival invites earth lovers of all ages to come out and take part in the festivities. Check back for a schedule of kids’ activities.


Go here for contact info.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 4:20pm - Sun, 04/22/2012 - 7:00pm
Candler Park (1561 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Mulch Madness in Candler Park

Mar 25 2012

From Mark Clement:

Thanks to all that came out and made Friends of Candler Park's MULCH MADNESS a big success! In a little over three hours, we made a dramatic improvement to the park. We cleaned out privet and dragged dead limps into a ginormous pile for pick up.

We also spread four major mulch piles around trees and bare areas. Three mulch piles were provided by the city. No one has a clue where the fourth mulch pile came from. Not to mention several bags full of garbage harvested from the wooded areas of the park. Thanks to Park Pride, Western Illinois University's group Students Today Leaders Tomorrow. Also thanks to the CPNO for the celebratory pizza.   

Stretch of Ponce Closed Until Monday Morning

Mar 24 2012

Reminder, all:

A stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue -- from Ponce de Leon Place through Glen Iris -- will be closed Friday night through early Monday morning as construction crews get an old bridge ready for the new Beltline Trail.

Crews will close down Ponce starting at 9 p.m. Friday and won't reopen it until 5 a.m. Monday.

Mary Lin Local School Council Election

Mar 24 2012

From Will Shevlin:

There is a Mary Lin Local School Council election to fill two vacant slots this Monday the 26th. Ballots will be available in the office during school hours.

The LSC is an elected body made up of parents, teachers, business owners and the principal. It is powers and duties are mandated by the State of GA. The LSC cannot dictate decisions to APS but is listened to and respected during decision making processes. The LSC can also help influence the direction of Mary Lin and its priorities as seen by parents. An example of that could be policy and procedures having to do with long term substitute teachers.

This year the LSC has met regularly to discuss potential redistricting and wrote letters to APS in response to each version of the potential redistricting proposal. It is important to note that Mary Lin did not have anyone on the Inman LSC in the 2011-2012 school year. We may influence those decisions more through the Mary Lin LSC than the Inman LSC. That being said we will want to find a parent willing to participate on the Inman LSC next year and we will need to make an effort to elect them. Next year the LSC will play a key role in the following three activities.

1)    Influencing the implementation of the redistricting plan for 2012-13 school year
2)    Influencing the proposed and likely expansion at Mary Lin
3)    Participating in round two of the redistricting plan to determine the location of the 6th grade annex or a second middle school and the zoning if there is a second middle school

The following individuals have put their hat in the ring for LSC. You can vote for two of the following four individuals.

Mike Weiss
Lori Van Rossem
Scott McClain
Jami Fogle

Thank you for voting on Monday.

Rocket Run 5K & Caterpillar Cruise for Mary Lin

In partnership with the 41st Annual Inman Park Festival, we bring Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace to the best Street Market, most colorful Parade, and awesome Tour of Homes in Atlanta! The family friendly race at 11am - 1 Mile Blast for kids at 11:45 am. Visit www.RocketRun.org for details.


Start: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 11:00 AM


Inman Park
Park at Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street Atlanta, GA


5K $25 by April 1,$30 after. 1 Mile Blast $15 until April 1, $20 after.

Registration Closing Date

Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 6:00 AM PST


NO COSTUME REQUIRED but there will be a BEST COSTUME prize. Race as Uncle Sam, a martian, Harry Potter, a biker chick, or your favorite Snack Cake. This is Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace. Let your freak flag fly! (remember kids will be watching)


Race in your school colors, company logos, or cause t-shirts. The funkier & more memorable the better. Go big or go home!


Prize for FASTEST CATERPILLAR (Rules at www.RocketRun.org). Tether at least 5 adults with no less than 4 feet of material connecting each runner and see how fast you can go - or how much fun you can have with a co-joined running club. Thomas the Train, Chinese Dragon, Barrel of Monkeys, the themes are endless - and there's always just your team "style".


We'll guarantee a race tee for everyone who registers online. Day-of registrants, if allowed, may be delayed. Awards for the fastest and funkiest runners in town.


5K - 11am, 1 Mile Blast for kids - 11:45 am

Additional Information

SPRINTERS, COSTUMES, & CATERPILLARS (7-person tethered teams) WELCOME! This will be a parade of a run with awards for FASTEST, CREATIVE COSTUME, FASTEST CATERPILLAR. Atlanta's Funkiest Footrace around historic Inman Park - benefiting Mary Lin Elementary school.

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 11:00am
Inman Park - Park at Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street

School Board Meeting - Vote on Final Redistricting Proposal

There are two important school board meetings on April 10:

Committee of the Whole Board Work Session at 2 pm - the Superintendent's final proposal will be presented and discussed. The school board will vote on that final proposal.

Community Meeting at 6 pm - an opportunity for the public to make statements.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 2:00pm
Jackson High School - 801 Glenwood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA 30316-1813

Iverson Park Planting

From Eric Dusenbury:

The Friends of Iverson Park need your help this Saturday to plant hundreds of evergreens and perennials.  This will wrap up work that has installed several new pieces of playground equipment, two sets of stairs, plus a new granite retaining wall along the front of the park.  Work will begin in earnest at 9:00 but a few hearty souls will be out there around 8:00 (if you would like to join us before the weather gets too hot).  Please contact Eric Dusenbury 404/522-7130 or eric.dusenbury@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Sat, 03/24/2012 - 9:00am
Iverson Park

Mary Lin Kindergarten Roundup

The March Messenger ran before the date was changed. The new date is May 1st.

Mary Lin Elementary's annual Kindergarten Roundup is Tuesday, May 1st at 9:30 am. It's a great opportunity for parents/guardians of rising kindergarteners to meet the Kindergarten team and hear about what's in store for the upcoming year. You are highly encouraged to bring your rising kindergartener to meet other kids that will be entering in August and to hang out in a kindergarten classroom with a current kindergarten class. For more information, email peggyfromli@gmail.com or call the Mary Lin office at 404-802-8850.

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 9:30am
Mary Lin Elementary Auditorium

Suspicious Driver Approaching Children in Decatur

Mar 16 2012

Another safety alert, this one coming out of Decatur. Be watchful, everyone!
Please be on the alert for a green honda station wagon driven by a white male in his late 40's. This afternoon on the Dekalb end of Sycamore Dr. (coming from Church St.), this man caught the attention of a neighbor walking toward Church St. because he slowed to a stop as he neared a young girl. The child didn't indicate a problem, so after the man drove past the child, the neighbor resumed walking until he heard the child's mother calling after him, asking if he'd noted the car's tag. The mother told the neighbor that the man had pulled into their driveway and atttempted to call the young girl over from her front yard. The mother spotted it and went outside, and the man quickly backed out and headed down the street toward Decatur. The neighbor called 911, and a Dekalb officer responded, took the information, and said that they would patrol the area.

The mother said that this man has been spotted driving slowly through the area in the same vehicle over the last two weeks, and that this also occurred with another child (thwarted).

Tonight was the first time that the Decatur Heights Neighborhood Watch has received this information. It's so key that all neighbors act to get out the word to everyone when something like this happens. If there's any other information that anyone can share, it'd be very appreciated.


March Messenger

Mar 15 2012

It's here!