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May to review year as CEO

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May will present a review of his year in office and his outlook for 2014 as part of  “A Leesmiler Retrospective Look Back, A Progressive Move Forward: A Candid Conversation with Interim CEO Lee May.”

Hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the DeKalb County Historic Courthouse, 101 East Court Square, Decatur.

DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county with more than 700,000 residents calling it home. May is expected to address issues such as business and education in DeKalb, growing an international community, as well as county department work and beautification projects.

“Together, over the course of the last year, the people of DeKalb County have demonstrated the strength, resilience and tenacity of our great county,” said May. “In honor of our year of progress, I invite you to join me for an open and honest conversation about our successes achieved thus far and the trail we’re blazing together to ensure continued progress in our beloved DeKalb County.”

The cost to attend the luncheon is $35. Registration is required. To register, visit or call 404-378-8000.    


DeBerry to host Communication Appreciation Day in Lithonia

DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry is hosting her 2nd Annual Community Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 2, 5 – 9 p.m., at the Browns Mill Aquatic Facility, 4929 Browns Mill Road, Lithonia.

The event will include complimentary entry into the facility, a complimentary food ticket and music. The family-oriented event is designed to thank citizens for their ongoing support.

“We want to show support to the people we are working for each and every day. Come out and enjoy food, fun and some fun in the sun,” said DeBerry. 

DeBerry is a 19-year resident of DeKalb County with more than20 years of experience in the public and private sector. She began her career in DeKalb County in 2003 as Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court.

In her current position as Clerk of Superior Court, DeBerry manages 90 employees who provide services to the citizens of the county and she also manages an annual budget of more than $6 million.

For more information on Community Appreciation Day, call Debra DeBerry’s office at 404-371-2251.




Interactive storyteller to entertain kids in Buckhea

The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System will host “African Stories” on Monday, July 28, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., at the system’s Buckhead branch, 269 Buckhead Ave., N.E., Atlanta.

Library staff say children ages 3 – 10 will be enthralled by stories from Africa, performed by “Salim,” an exciting storyteller who accompanies himself on the drum.

Salim has been storytelling since 2001. His repertoire includes traditional folktales from the Deep South, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Salim also writes many of the tales and adds music to all of them. Whether it’s a traditional folktale or and original, the audience can expect to sing, dance and feel the spirit of the African drum. 404-814-3500.  


Rally to address clean power, climate changes

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association and other community groups are coming together on Tuesday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Woodruff Park, 51 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, to raise awareness on the issues of clean power, clean air and dangerous climate changes. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever national plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. Representatives from the EPA will be on hand at the rally to share information on the national plan and get feedback from attendees.

Organizers say you can do your part to make sure the Southeast – and the entire country – gets a strong plan to clean our air, protect our climate and expand the clean energy economy by attending the rally and “Atlanta Climate March.”

For more information, call Seth Gunning at 404-434-9745. 




County government celebrates local parks

Gwinnett County’s Park and Recreation Department will host two events in July to celebrate parks in the county.

The Kids’ Art Show is open to all Gwinnett children. Children of all ages are invited to use their creativity to make a drawing, painting, or sketch depicting a Gwinnett County park and recreation scene or location.

You can also create artwork depicting events and activities the park has hosted during the month of July. Submit completed work during regular business hours to a community recreation center for display in the Kids’ Art Show gallery.

Deadline for submission is Thursday, July 31. Artwork will not be returned, unless arrangements are made with onsite staff.

Gwinnett is also looking for your best photos of the county’s Flat Ray, Flat Rosie, and Flat Roscoe exploring county parks, to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Photos will be featured at The deadline for photo submissions is also Thursday, July 31.

For more information and details on other parks events during the month of July, visit or call 770-822-8000.




Conyers sets City Council meeting 

The City of Conyers’ City Council will meet on Wednesday, July 30, 10:30 a.m., at Conyers City Hall, 1184 Scott St., S.E. to address several issues in the city and hear public comments from the community.

The meeting will give the council the opportunity to cover issues such as setting the millage rate, ways to keep Conyers safe, downtown revitalization and strategies to keep taxes low in Rockdale. 770-483-4411. 


Conyers church to host public clothes chest

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1275 Flat Shoals Road, S.E., Conyers, is hosting a free “Clothing Fest” on Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – noon.

 Church members say the “Clothing Fest” will be a welcoming place where neighbors can look over clothing in a safe, friendly and compassionate environment that maintains the dignity of each person.

The event is open to the public. All clothes are free and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. 770-760-7941.  

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