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:

Candler Park Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 29 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 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.

Inman Park Belugas Swim Team -- Sign Up this Saturday

Mar 23 2011

Onsite registration will be this Sunday (3/27/11) at the Inman Park Pool from 4-6pm.  If you sign up & pay this Saturday you will receive 10% off registration fees.  You do not have to be a member of the Inman Park Pool Association. If Sunday does not work for you  fill out the application fee & waiver after downloading and mail to the address at the bottom of the form. Forms can be downloaded from our website <>  .

We compete within our team again this year for three meets all at Inman Park Pool Association. Practices will began tentatively May 10th starting at 5pm Tues – Thurs and we are hoping for two morning sessions starting June 1st. Meets will be June 9th, 16th and 23rd. We will have an end of season trophy party on Saturday, June 25th. **New this year ** a practice meet against the Lake Claire Wahoos on Friday, May 20th! Go Belugas & Wahoos!!! Belugas will have a total of 4 meets this year.

We have a Beluga Diving Team. Coach Memo Alejandro will be back for our second year of Belugas Diving! You do not have to be a member of the swim team to be on the diving team. The cost of diving team is $125 and if you are a Beluga Swim Team member the cost is $75.
Your family does not have to be a member of the Inman Park Pool to participate on the swim team. We had children from all over and from many different schools: Mary Lin, Inman Middle, Friends School, Children's School, Paideia, and Toomer, etc. We hope to continue the tradition of a “community” team much in the spirit of the IPCP Co-op and Festival, etc.
The fee for members of IPPA (Inman Park Pool Association) is $125 for the first child and siblings are $100 each. Non-members of IPPA pay $175 per first child and $100 for each additional sibling. The fee includes all the coaching sessions, team shirt, meets and trophy.  Talk to your friends and see if their kids would like to swim for the Belugas. It is a laid back but competitive environment; but we strive to make every child achieve success.

Parent(s) of team members are required volunteer for a shift or two during a meets. Some of the jobs are (but, not limited to): timing, ribbon duty, announcing, kid wrangling, runners, set up and clean up folks. The meets are way fun and it is a great way to meet your neighbors. There will be an online sign up white board, so the positions will be covered prior to the meets starting. Please check out your schedules as the meets start at 5pm and end around 8pm.
Any questions, please email Alex Coffman.

420 Nature Path

Mar 23 2011

After 5 work days the 420 Nature Path is now complete. It all started with 4 work days of pulling approx. 60 cubic yards of overgrowth, invasive plants and debrisso we could clearly see where to put the path. The debris included broken picnic tables, clothes, bedding, bottles, cans and every imaginable household item that was at one point fashioned into a crack pipe. The big work day was on March 18. Two hundred and forty landscape timbers were laid down to define the path. They were each secured with four hundred and eighty pieces of rebar and the path was covered with forty cubic yards of mulch. In addition, ten cubic yards of compost for the native plant garden was used at the head of the path.

This is like found in- town real-estate. One of the more practical reasons for the path is to cut down on activity that went unnoticed for many years. If we have more visibility and traffic, ne’er-do-wells will need to find another place to congregate. Please be advised that nature paths tend to be secluded. Please exercise caution when walking the path and it would still be a good idea to avoid it all together at night. Although, believe it or not there is a working street light down there. Who knew?

The path was made possible by proceeds generated from the 420 Festival arm band sales. There was money left over for EcoAddendum to plant a native plant bed at the head of the trail. It was really cool to see the park visitors start using the path before it was completed, as if it had been there for decades!

There is still work to be done. We would like to see all invasive plants removed and replaced by native plants to Georgia. This is going to take more work days and plant sales to make this happen. (See EcoAddendum’s article in this issue.)

All told, the project thus far has taken 4 workdays totaling 116 volunteers who have given 436 hours of service. Thanks to Kosher crew from Padea, Clifton Men, Westminster High school.GSU Beta Alpha Psi, EcoAddendum, Park Pride, Friends of Candler Park and most of all Sweetwater for supplying funds and volunteer hours.

Deb Milbrath's Gallery Opening on Thursday, March 24

Mar 23 2011

Please come out tomorrow night from 7-10 pm to support Candler Park's very own illustrator Deb Milbrath. Her cartoons have graced the Messenger for ages, and she's been published in all kinds of esteemed, national publications, and now her artwork is showcased in an Oakhurst gallery located in the Palate Wine Bar. Tomorrow night is the gallery opening.

If you can't make it tomorrow night, the show runs until April 24 so there is plenty of time to drop in, have a glass of wine and see the artwork.

Membership Meeting Tonight -- with Child Care!

Mar 21 2011

A quick reminder that tonight, Monday March 21, there will be a CPNO Membership meeting at the Old Stone Church (470 Candler Park Drive, across from the Candler Park golf course). Social time is at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

As announced in the email blast that went out last week, this will be the first meeting with child care! In order to anticipate how many children will be using the child care service, please email Randy Pimsler with the name(s) and age(s) of children you are bringing. We have room for about fifteen kids.

See you tonight!

Publix Marathon This Sunday 3/20, Goes Through Candler Park

Mar 18 2011

This is a reminder that the annual Publix Georgia Marathon is this Sunday, March 20, 2011 starting at 7:00 am from Centennial Olympic Park. 

Part of the marathon route goes through Candler Park.  Starting around mile 7 of the marathon route, runners will be heading east on North Avenue all the way to Candler Park Drive, then south on Candler Park Drive, east on McLendon Ave. and then north again on Clifton Rd.

Travelers on these roads should expect lane closures and possible delays until approximately noon on Sunday.  See the marathon web site for more information and a full course map.

And, don't forget that we will have a Candler Park cheering zone at Candler Park Drive and McLendon Ave starting at 7:30 am. Wear something green and eye-catching, and come join the fun! Bring the kids. We want to have a great showing so we can win one of the cheering zone prizes. It's a great chance to cheer on the runners and have fun mingling with your neighbors while doing it.

WeeJam Kid Music Classes in Decatur

Mar 18 2011

Parents – join us at Firehouse Guitars & Music's Decatur location for our spring session of WeeJam, a musical foundation class for 0-6 year olds!
As music education providers we are often asked what age children can start taking lessons. Experience has taught us it is not developmentally appropriate for most children under 7 to be successful with traditional one-on-one instruction. But now we offer something for 0-6 year olds that allow them to have fun AND gives them a musical foundation to build on as they get are older… WeeJam!
WeeJam gives your child the “ABCs” of the music language including the tools needed to:

  • Sing in key
  • Keep accurate rhythm
  • Develop an ear for tonal & rhythmic patterns
  • Experience a variety of different musical instruments
  • Participate in a community musical environment
  • Enjoy music for life!

Why WeeJam?
WeeJam is a great way to get young kids involved in music at an age when their brains are most receptive to this type of learning. Classes are mixed age allowing families with small children to bond over music together, without having to take kids to different classes. And, having a music store as the class setting enables us to introduce kids to a larger variety of instruments than in more traditional classes. Finally, WeeJam takes into account the adults’ needs too using “kids” music that appeals to adults and “adult” music that appeals to kids, making it fun for everyone.
Spring Schedule & Costs
Spring classes last 8 weeks and will be held at our Decatur store at 9 and 10am on Saturdays, Apr. 2-May. 21st. Classes last 45 minutes and cost $130 for an individual child, $65 for each additional sibling.
To reserve your spot simply stop into the store, call us at 404-929-0012 or visit and sign up online using PayPal. (Note: to reserve a spot online without using PayPal you can choose “Pay by Mail” and pay in by phone or in store within the week.)
About Firehouse Guitars and Music
Firehouse Guitars and Music of Decatur is a locally owned business located at 2520 N. Decatur Rd at the intersection of Medlock and Scott Blvd.
To learn more about us and our music education programs visit
For additional questions on WeeJam or the benefits of musical exposure at a young age email marketing@guitarsatlanta. We hope to see you this spring!

Volunteer for CPNO's SweetWater 420 Fest 5K

Mar 17 2011

More People = Less Work + More Fun

This year’s 5K is shaping up to be our biggest ever!  That means we’ll need more volunteers that ever to ensure that the event goes smoothly.  To volunteer, please e-mail

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)

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

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

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

Finish Team

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

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

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!