Volunteers Still Needed for SweetWater 420 Fest 5K!

Apr 13 2011

More People = Less Work + More Fun

This year’s 5K has sold out in record time!  The only way to still get a t-shirt (and raise funds for the hood) is to volunteer.  So come on, take 2 - 4 hours out of your day to help.  To volunteer, please e-mail treasurer@candlerpark.org.

In the subject line, just write “volunteer".  In the message, let us know what Team(s) you’d like to be a part of, your t-shirt size and your phone number.


Registration Team

Need: 8 More People

Registration and all other "Day Of” Teams meet at Epworth UMC – 1561 McLendon Ave
When: April 16th – 9 AM to 11:30 AM (or stay until 1:00 to help hand out shirts and wristbands)
Why: We need 24 adults to help hand out packets to runners and operate a bag check.  Sixteen people have already volunteered.  Experience being calm is helpful...but this will be lots of fun because all the packets are already stuffed and we're going to have adequate volunteers.

Water Team

Need: 3 More People

When: April 16th – 9 AM to Noon
Why: We need 24 people (ages 7+) to set up water tables along the course.  Experience pouring water into cups is a plus.  This is a great family activity!  Euclid Court Apartments and a Farview Ave resident have generously donated their water spigots (and front yards) to our cause so there will be no heavy lifting.

Finish Team

Need: 8 More People

When: April 16th – 10 AM to Noon
Why: We need 10 adults to assist runners as they finish the race.  Remove their electronic timing chips, show them where the bananas are, etc.

Photo/Video Team

Need: 2 More People

When: April 16th – 10 AM to 1 PM
Why: We need 4 people who can mingle around the event and make runners look like they’re in Chariots of Fire.

T-Shirt / Wrist Band Team

Need: 12 More People

When: April 16th – 10:45 AM to 1:30 PM
Why: We need 20 adults to help distribute t-shirts, check ID’s and put wrist bands onto runner’s wrists.  The registration team is welcomed to be on this team too…after all, this is where the beer gets poured!

Changes Planned for Moreland / Briarcliff Intersection

Apr 13 2011

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to make some changes to the ever-busy Moreland / Briarcliff intersection. Changes include adding turn lanes and adjusting the traffic signals. Here are the details that have been gathered to date:

  • Work hours are 8 p.m. Sunday May 1st until 5 a.m. Monday the 2nd. (Weather permitting)
  • Portable message boards are up notifying the motorists about an upcoming striping change
  • The left northbound lane on Moreland will be converted to a left turn only and the arrow signal will remain
  • One left northbound lane on Briarcliff will be converted to a southbound left turn lane – leaving one northbound and two southbound through lanes
  • An arrow signal will also be added to the southbound left turn from Briarcliff to Ponce
  • Span wire signs will be eventually added over Moreland at the bottom of the hill to show lane designations ahead
  • A new crosswalk will go in at St. Charles Place and Briarcliff
  • Left turn only striping will be added on Briarcliff and Moreland

Stay tuned!

April Messenger

Apr 13 2011

Get out a broom to sweep the pollen off the porch, pull up a comfy chair, get yourself a cool lemonade or other libation, and start reading! The April Messenger is now available.

Flea Market and Bake Sale in Decatur This Weekend (April 15-16)

Apr 13 2011

Submitted by Mary Alice Bray:

Flea market and bake sale on April 15-16 to benefit the United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) in Decatur. All proceeds go directly to UMCH which provides services to foster children and homeless families.  There are two buildings full of treasures!!

Some additional info - Lil Jon, the rapper, is on Celebrity Apprentice this season and chose UMCH as his charity (yay!)
Hope you can attend.

CodeRED Emergency Alert System

Apr 12 2011

From Courtenay Dusenbury, excerpted from Emory's email blast regarding Public Health Week:

CodeRED is an emergency alert system provided by the Dekalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). The unique CodeRED mapping feature customizes alerts to your local area to provide immediate information about emergencies such as: floods, snow emergencies, evacuations, weather advisories, nuclear hazards, utility outages, and many more! If you’d been signed up yesterday, you would have received alerts about those crazy thunderstorms and power outages!

Go here to sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts.

30307 Schools Meeting This Tuesday, April 12

Apr 10 2011

Posted on behalf of Boyd Baker:

This Tuesday, April 12 at 8:20 am, there will be a 30307 Schools meeting at Radial Cafe (1530 Dekalb Avenue NE # G). This group is focused on disseminating information and being the community voice on the subject of overcrowding, and possible redistricting, of our neighborhood's schools.

Thanks to Radial's new owner, Frank Bragg, for allowing the use of the back room. Plan on trying their breakfast/coffee/whatever as a "thank you." Agenda will be vote for Chair/Vice/Secretary (you can submit a name to Kristen Howard or bring one to the meeting but we'll move quickly) and to talk about strategy for the next six weeks (yep, that's it before school is out).

The 30307school.org web site has a "Newbie doc" for those who are just getting their feet wet. It's on the home page. At Manuel's we learned folks are trying to get connected but need some support. It provides some key info but you can learn more by going to News & Notes and reading the simple presentations from past meetings.

Please contact Boyd Baker with any questions.

Horizon School Open House

Apr 10 2011

From Priscilla Smith:

Join us Sunday, April 17, from 2-4 and find out why Atlanta families value this small school community for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. We maintain low student-teacher ratios, provide individualized lessons, and create opportunities for experiential learning. Our campus nestles among the trees on a beautiful acre complete with organic garden, chickens, sheep, llamas and ducks. We use our 100-seat theater to produce all kinds of dramatic and musical works and our student population is truly diverse--evidence of a core value of Horizons. We're now accepting applications for the 2011-2012  school year and would love to give you a tour. For more information, feel free to contact Priscilla Smith at priscillagaysmithATgmail.com. 1900 DeKalb Avenue. 404-378-2219.

Community Garden Plots Available at First E Church

Apr 9 2011

From Rick at First Existentialist Church:

At First E Church, we are starting a Community Garden with plots available for rental immediately! Please contact Rick if you are interested. Memberships are $15 for students, $25 for individuals, $50 for families, $125 for contributing / business, $250 for supporting / business, and $500 for patron / business.

What Is A Community Garden?

A community garden is any patch of land that is worked on by a group of volunteers in a community. They’re often used to grow fruits and vegetables, but some community gardens also consist solely of flowers and retreat spaces.

Why start a Community Garden

Community gardens are designed to improve a community. The concept of community gardens developed long before the Victory Gardens of World War II, the oldest know in the United States is about 250 years old in Winston-Salem, NC. Today's gardens encompass a wide range of purposes. They include not only gardens where people grow food together for their own consumption, but also donation gardens combating hunger, educational gardens teaching adults or school children, market gardens supplementing incomes, and gardens providing mental or physical therapy. Some simply provide a venue for sharing the love of gardening. What all these gardens have in common is that they are the catalyst that brings people together working toward a common purpose.

Many families living in the city would like to grow some of their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Some want to save money on their food bills. Others like the freshness, flavor and wholesomeness of home-grown produce. And for many, gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being out-of-doors. There are also families from other cultures who would like to grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket.

Community gardens beautify neighborhoods and help bring neighbors closer together. They have been proven as tools to reduce neighborhood crime--particularly when vacant, blighted lots are targeted for garden development. Community gardens provide safe, recreational green space in urban areas with little or no park land, and can contribute greatly to keeping urban air clean.

Those who are lucky enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have the time and energy. But what about those who do not have a place to garden? For these people, community gardens may be the answer.

Many people enjoy working with the soil and coaxing seeds into healthy, productive plants. Gardening offers physical and mental health benefits as well.

In recent years, people across the United States and around the world have banded together to create community gardens. These grassroots enterprises give groups of people the chance to garden. Community gardens have lots of benefits: They've been shown to reduce crime, foster relationships, provide low-cost food and benefit psychological health. They also set aside much-needed green space and encourage physical activity.

Benefits of A Community Garden- Having a public garden in your community offers tons of benefits.

§  Community gardens beautify the area, especially if abandoned lots are used. They can transform ugly, nondescript patches of land into beautiful, interesting spaces.

§  Community gardens provide food for residents, or the local food bank if the group decides to donate the harvest.

§  If the food is kept, then volunteers have to spend less money on food; they get homegrown, nutritious fruit and vegetables for their labors.

§  Community gardens teach people how to be more self-reliant. For children especially, they can be a wonderful learning experience, and enable everyone to reconnect with nature on a very personal level.

§  Community gardens enhance a neighborhood’s spirit and social interaction.

Development around Candler Park MARTA Station - April 13 charrette

Apr 8 2011

A group of nonprofit organizations including the Livable Communities Coalition, Southface and Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership are hosting a community-designed charrette focused on redevelopment around the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station.

All Edgewood and Candler Park community members are invited and encouraged to attend. This charrette is for conversation purposes only, but it will be a chance for you to share your thoughts about how the station’s south parking lot can become a community asset.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Coan Park Recreation Center - 1530 Woodbine Avenue, SE.

Seeking a Ladder Coordinator for Public Art Project

Apr 7 2011

From Charlie Brouwer regarding his public art installation project in Freedom Park:

Hello Candler Park,

Thanks for the opportunity you gave me to present the "Rise Up Atlanta" project at your last meeting (for those who missed the meeting, see details about the project here). I am still hoping that someone from Candler Park will decide to be a ladder recruiter/coordinator to help borrow ladders from their neighborhood. So far we have "ladder coordinators" from 8 neighborhoods and it is really going to help in terms of generating the number of ladders we need but also to help ensure that the sculpture includes ladders from all over Atlanta. A coordinator in a neighborhood can help facilitate the collection of ladders and they can help identify and encourage the unique institutions in their area to participate.

We are especially interested in involving Candler Park because of their proximity to Freedom Park which is our venue.  If you know of anyone who might be interested and able to help - please help us get in touch.
Please see the "Coordinators Guide" (a sort of job description) that other coordinators are finding helpful.