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.

SweetWater 420 Fest 5K - Race is Sold Out! - Volunteer Spots are Not Sold Out

Apr 5 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.

Packet Team (Pre-Event)

Need: 4 More People

When: April 7th – 2 PM to 9 PM
Where: First Existentialist Congregation – 470 Candler Park Drive
Why: We need 20 people (ages 7+) to stuff up to 2,000 packets with shirts, race numbers and special offers.  No, you don’t have to be there the whole time. 

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
Why: We need 10 adults to help hand out packets to runners and register any latecomers.  Experience being calm is helpful.

Water Team

Need: 16 More People

When: April 16th – 9 AM to Noon
Why: We need 28 people (ages 7+) to set up water tables along the course.  Experience pouring water into cups is a plus.

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!

Rep. Stacey Abrams Town Hall Meeting on April 9

Apr 5 2011

Representative Stacey Abrams would like to announce her third Town Hall meeting of the year. The Town hall meeting will be another opportunity for Leader Abrams to keep her district informed on the mayor legislation that effects them and Georgia as whole. It it will also serve as a forum for constituents to communicate their concerns with their Representative.

Date:  Saturday, April 9, 2011, 10 am - noon
 
Location: South DeKalb Senior Center (1931 Candler Road Decatur, GA 30032)

Radial Cafe Announces Spring Menu Change and Price Drop

Apr 1 2011

12-year old Radial Café, Atlanta’s only green certified restaurant and caterer, rolls out new spring menu, product upgrades and rolls back prices.
 
Frank Bragg, owner of award-winning Radial Café, announces the rollout of a new menu, with price roll backs on almost 30% of the items.  “We know diners are looking for healthier choices, better values and best quality options,” Bragg says.  “Despite rising commodity costs, I wanted to meet those needs by lowering prices and making even more quality improvements to our products.”
 
New lunch items include a Grilled Cobb Salad, an Arugula Salad and a new chicken salad recipe, using Coleman all-natural chicken, which is farmed in Gainesville, Georgia.  It also includes a Tilapia ‘Po Boy, Grilled Salmon Bruschetta, Grilled Chicken with Mango Chutney BBQ Sauce, Bean Black Burger with a Vegan Chipotle Mayo and California Club Wrap.  The Classic Burger was also upgraded to locally-farmed and all-natural Brasstown Beef out of Murphy, NC, which is just over the Georgia-North Carolina border.
 
New breakfast items include a cage-free egg Black Bean Eggs Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Hollandaise, House-made Granola and Gluten-free Pancakes.  Radial Café has offered the popular gluten-free pancakes for several months, and after high demand, made the decision to add them to the menu permanently.
 
Radial Café has been focused on fresh, local, all-natural and organic products before it was fashionable.  Holding a 2-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association since 2007, Radial Café is committed to maintaining the smallest carbon footprint, while providing a great dining experience.  In 2010, Radial Café diverted 21 tons of waste from the landfill and turned it into compost for Georgia farmers, for example.  In addition to focusing on local, organic, all-natural products, water- and power-saving features, use of hybrid vehicle(s), low-impact chemical usage, compostable and recycled paper goods usage and no plastic usage are some of the hallmarks of a green certified restaurant.  More information on the Green Restaurant Association can be found at www.dinegreen.com.
 
Radial Café is located at 1530 Dekalb Avenue in the Candler Park Connection Center, less than ½ mile from the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station.  The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Indoor and outdoor seating is available.  Reservations are not accepted, but guests may call ahead and have their name placed on the list at 404-659-6594.

Hunt for eggs and find...a photo shoot? Why Yes!

Apr 1 2011

Photographer Ann Packwood has been invited to the Candler Park Easter Egg Hunt this year, which will take place on Saturday, April 23.  She will be set up 12 - 2 pm so don't leave without stopping by her photo tent.  Or, come a little earlier to get your photo taken before you hunt!  She offers $10 professionally printed 4x6’s, mailed to your home.
 
You will remember Ann Packwood from the 2010 Candler Park Fall Fest, Mary Lin's 2010 Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble and the 2010 & 2011 Mary Lin Small/Tall Ball.  She is known for her high quality in portraiture and themed sets.   This time Ann will be bringing an IRRESISTIBLY SWEET SET that won't rot your teeth!
 
Check out her work at www.annpackwoodphotography.com

Candler Park Cheering Zone Takes First Place!

Mar 30 2011

Thanks to all who came out and cheered on the runners of the Publix Georgia Marathon!  The votes are in and we beat out Decatur for first place.  Great Job!

The 2011 Neighborhood Challenge winners are:
 
Division 1 - Marathon/Half Marathon Course
1st Place - $1,500.00 - Fourth Ward Neighbors/4th & SAND
2nd Place - $1,000.00 - Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association
 
Division 2 - Marathon Course
1st Place - $1,500.00 - Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
2nd Place - $1,000.00 - City of Decatur

See the official results here:

http://www.georgiamarathon.com/neighborhood_challenge.htm

Candler Park Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 28 2011

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail! It is time for Candler Park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. We will be kicking off the hunt at 12:00 noon on Saturday April 23rd. We will have 3 categories in three different areas going essentially at the same time. We will have ages 0 to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 to 12. In previous years it seems demand may have exceeded supply. Not this year. As special project officer for the CPNO I promise if you get your kid to the Easter Egg Hunt on time and they make their best effort and do not find an Easter Egg, then you will be able to take the Easter Bunny home with you! (But you will have to feed it.) This year we will have two thousand eggs! Each category will have a Magic Rooster Egg. (An Easter Egg that looks like a rooster with special prizes inside!) And yes, the (non-threatening) Easter Bunny will be there. So bring your camera to take that special Easter photo with the kids. But just in case, we will have a professional photographer to take pictures. The hunt is brought to you by the CPNO and the friends of Candler Park. The CPNO has allocated $499 for the event. Thank you CPNO.

Volunteers—yep, we need them. We will be having an Easter egg stuffing party on the Friday before at Kate’s house @ 7:30. Please contact Kate to RSVP. Thank you, Kate. Then the Easter Bunny will need help hiding the eggs. To help, please rally at the pavilion #1 at 10:00 a.m. that Saturday.

Wondering About Redistricting?

Mar 23 2011

Hi all. There's been a lot of rumor and speculation recently about overcrowding and possible redistricting in our schools (Mary Lin / Inman Middle / Grady High School). While nothing has been decided yet, now is the time to ask questions of your Atlanta Public Schools representatives, and there's a meeting THIS MONDAY where you can do just that.

Here is the meeting announcement from APS:

Demographic Study Discussion - Monday, March 28 at 12:00-1:30 pm -- The next coffee with the communities is scheduled for Monday, March 28 at 12:00-1:30 pm at Inman Middle School in the school auditorium. We will be discussing how the communities can be involved with the second phase of the demographic study. Dr. Robin Hall, SRT3 Executive Director, and Kevin White, APS demographer will be in attendance to answer questions. The second phase of the demographic study that will be presented to the Board in late October/early November will include recommendations on how to solve overcrowding in schools and how to address under enrolled schools.

In advance of Monday, there will be two meetings:

1) A meeting at Epworth this Friday, March 25 at 8:20 am for anyone who's interested. The meeting will be led by Boyd Baker, and will focus on how to frame questions at the Inman meeting.

2) Later that same day, there will be a 4 pm round table discussion of issues. That meeting will be led by Alicia McGill and held at the playground at Candler Park.

In addition to these meetings, you can get involved by going to 30307schools.org. This web site was started by Boyd Baker, and it has a ton of information including a powerpoint presentation detailing current and projected enrollment rates for our schools and those around us. There is also information about how to join the Google Groups mailing list.