Get in the Game: Life is Chess--not Checkers
The community is invited to a fun, energizing session with chess champion, Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, at the Stonecrest Library branch, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hudson, a two-time World Open Speed Chess Champion, will facilitate the “Get In the Game: Life is Chess-Not Checkers,” session of chess and life strategies.
Both, adults and children, will experience a journey of self-discovery and achievement through Hudson’s “KASH Formula for Success:” Knowledge, Attitude, Skills and Habits. Learn the strategies that champions use every day to be winners in the game of life. The event is free. The Friends of Stonecrest Library are sponsoring the event. 770-482-3828.
“We Heart The Arts!” set for families
Grant Park and Dance 411, 475 Moreland Ave., S.E., Atlanta, will host a community arts day on Saturday, Nov. 8, 12 – 2 p.m.
“We Heart The Arts” is a day of dance, music, and acting workshops focused on heart health and healthy living. Guest instructors will teach youths fun ways to get in shape and stay fit for the upcoming year.
The host for the evening is Ebony Steele, on-air personality and comedian. Admission is free. 404-622-4110.
“Starry Night Atlanta” walk benefits Brain Tumor Foundation
Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue, N.W., Atlanta, will host “Starry Night Atlanta” on Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Starry Night Atlanta is an 8.5K walk/run and a healthy way to shine a light on the 28,000 American children living with brain tumors. The event will light up Atlanta’s nighttime sky with lanterns to symbolize the hope for a cure. Starry Night Atlanta will raise funds for research to combat more than 100 types of childhood brain tumors, and will support services for families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Participants may complete in the 8.5K course as an individual or as part of a relay team, with each team member completing one lap. The evening also features a 50-yard dash, activities for kids and entertainment. The event will honor the stories of children with a brain tumor diagnosis and honor a local childhood “brain tumor hero.”
It is free to walk, but donations will be requested. Registration is from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The walk/run starts at 4 p.m. 1-800-253-6530.
“Scribes & Vibes” set at Stonecrest Library
The DeKalb County Public Library System’s Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia, will host “Scribes & Vibes” on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
The event is a celebration of the arts. Attendees can enjoy a blend of poetry, music and fine art through musical performances, open mic and art exhibits. There will be a musical performance from Gabbie McGee, spoken word by “Georgia Me” and “Queen Sheba” and paintings from Elliot Stiles will be on display. 770-482-3828.
Stretch your dollars with 'Coupon Craze'
The DeKalb County Cooperative Extension Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, will host a free workshop, “Coupon Craze,” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the group’s training auditorium.
Attendees are invited to learn from guest speaker Rebecca Hardeman about saving and maximizing your dollar with coupons. Do you look at the deals and wonder what it all means?
Hardeman says learning how to save money you already have is amazing and your family could go from spending about $650 a month on groceries to spending about $250 a month on average. What would you do with an extra $400 each month?
Come to the workshop and learn how to cut your budget on your shopping expenses. For more information or to register, call 404-298-4080.
Senior Center hosts “Crafty Creations Bazaar” fundraiser
The community is invited to the jewelry and crafts bazaar on Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville.
Organizers say fabulous finds will be discovered at this unique bazaar of crafts; including needlework, art, and jewelry.
Items will be sold to support the center and their free classes for seniors such as computers and craft making. The Gwinnett County Parks And Recreation Department is hosting the fundraiser. Admission is free. 678-277-0179.
Veterans Day memorial ceremony set
Gwinnett County will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.
The event is held to celebrate the country’s military veterans and public service personnel.
Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash and other officials will speak. Major General Jim Butterworth, the Adjutant General for the state of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. In addition, honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services and Police departments, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lawrenceville Police Department will take part in the event.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. 770-822-7180.
DDA meeting set in Conyers
The Conyers Downtown Development Authority will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. at Conyers City Hall, 1184 Scott St., Conyers, in the city manager’s office.
Issues at the meeting includes retaining and expanding new businesses, recruiting new businesses, new development and redevelopment, promoting balanced growth and enhancing the character of Olde Town.
The community is also invited to discuss implementing beautification and quality of life projects. 770-483-4411.
Conyers Friends group to host book sale
The friends group of the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green St., Conyers, will host a fundraiser book sale on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The used book sale will be held in the downstairs Friends of the Library space at the library. Browse among clean books in good condition for every age and interest. Prices vary. All sales benefit the library and free programs the library hosts for the community such as the children's summer reading series and Workforce Development programs. Visit www.conyersrockdalelibrary.org or call 770-388-5041, ext. 120 for more information.