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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


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Wesley Chapel Library sets Heritage Festival


The Friends of the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library will host a Community Unity Day on Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur.

Guests will be able to enjoy a children’s corner, refreshments, games, door prizes, Friends membership table, and a rare books sale. Visit the video lounge and view the heritage video on the life of Dr. William C. Brown and other African-American greats.   

For more information, call 404-286-6980.




Resonate Atlanta Church sets “Kirkwood Home for the Holidays”

Resonate Atlanta Church, 533 W Howard Ave., Decatur, will host “Kirkwood Home for the Holidays,” throughout downtown Kirkwood on Saturday, Dec. 6, 6 – 9 .m.

The holiday celebration offers a Christmas tree lighting and community festival. The festival includes a local artist holiday market, live music, a scavenger hunt, a holiday pet costume contest, a visit from Santa and photos at the “North Pole” photo booth, food from local vendors, as well as hot cocoa and festival spirits for those of age.

Hosea L Williams between Howard Street N.E. and Kirkwood Road, N.E., will be closed for the event.

For more information, contact Christopher Chase at 404-386-9608 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


DHS seeks public comment on state older worker plan

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS) is requesting public comments on 2014 updates to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) State Plan.  

The document describes Georgia’s four-year strategy for the statewide management of the SCSEP.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, SCSEP (Title V of the Older Americans Act) provides subsidized employment training, job-search assistance and supportive services to eligible older Georgians seeking greater financial self-sufficiency.

The draft plan update is available for review at the link shown below:

Comments must be received by close-of-business on Monday, Dec.15. Written comments on the plan may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , faxed to 404-657-5285, or mailed to the following address: Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services to the Attention: Gwenyth Johnson, 2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 33rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.




Donald Trimble Mortuary sets community toy drive

Donald Trimble Mortuary and Kingdom of Christ Ministries will host the Christmas Miracles Toy Drive for needy families on Saturday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Wal-mart, located at the intersection of Gresham Road and Highway I-20 in Atlanta.

The Reggie Gay Gospel Show will broadcast live.

Organizers are calling on churches and individuals in the community to purchase toys for children up to12 years old. The Walmart on Gresham Road will have toy packs for people to buy for $10, $15 or $20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Toy contributions will be placed in hearses at the front of the Wal-Mart.  

Last year, more than 300 families benefitted from the community service toy drive.


Task force meeting rescheduled for Dec. 3

The DeKalb County Governance Operations Task Force meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 21 has been rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 3, 6 – 8p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

The Operations Task Force, created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March, held its first meeting on June 5, 2014. The Operations Task Force will explore and study: the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County, ethics, and transparency in County operations; the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between DeKalb County and its cities; and other related matters.

The Operations Task Force is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly in December.


Commissioner Johnson announces 7th annual community tree lighting

DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson will present his annual holiday tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

The holiday village opens at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting will occur at 7:15 p.m. Activities include live music, craft stations, treats, artist appearances and more. Some of the performances will include Atlanta Young Singers, A Soulful Christmas Chocolettes, Dwayne Boyd Photography, Mike Bend the ELF, Gingerbread Experience, DeKalb Fire Rescue Explorers, Holiday Mocktails, Hank Stewart’s Hot Chocolate Affair, and a sneak preview performance by McClendon Performing Arts Institute. The event is free and open to the public.

“The holidays are an incredibly special time,” states Commissioner Johnson. “I am overjoyed that we are bringing this phenomenal, free opportunity to the public to engage in a bit of holiday cheer.”

For more information, contact Kendra Kelly at 404-371-2425 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


City of Pine Lake sets holiday breakfast, lake lighting

The City of Pine Lake will host a holiday breakfast and lake lighting on Saturday, Dec. 6. The breakfast will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the community beach house, 4680 Lakeshore Drive, Pine Lake. The lighting of the lake will take place in the evening at 6:30 p.m. followed by a cookie exchange.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-292-4250.


Avondale Estates sets annual city Christmas tree lighting

The Avondale Estates Christmas celebration begins with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, Monday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. Boy Scout Troop 6 will be giving away cookies in a tent adjacent to the tree. This is a rain-or-shine event, additional tents will be set up if needed. The Avondale Estates First Baptist Church will begin caroling at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting will follow and cider and doughnuts will be served at approximately 7 p.m. Santa Claus will make a special personal appearance.




Probate court offers mass wedding ceremony

Gwinnett County is offering couples wedding ceremonies on Dec. 13, the last consecutive day of the year at 10:11 a.m., to keep the consecutive theme going.

The ceremonies will be held at the Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. inBerkeley Lake.

Couples who are getting married must obtain a valid marriage license prior to the wedding and bring the license, along with valid identification to the ceremony. To get a license, couples will need to contact Probate Court at (770) 822-8250.

Each couple may also invite up to four guests to stand with them during the mass ceremony. Couples are encouraged to arrive early; doors will open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 10:11 a.m.

     After the ceremony, couples can choose to participate, for a fee, in a mass outdoor reception hosted by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation in a romantic garden and tent.

Cost for the reception is $12 per person and includes light refreshments and keepsake champagne flutes.

Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Hammer Blum and Gwinnett County Probate Judge Christopher Ballar will conduct the wedding ceremony.

There is no fee for the wedding officiating. Couples and their guests are welcome to bring their own cameras to capture the special day.

Couples who wish to participate in the free wedding ceremony and optional reception must call (678) 277-0920 to register by Monday, Dec. 1. You must pre-register to be part of the free mass wedding ceremony.


Historic courthouse offers self-guided holiday tours

Staff members at Gwinnett County’s Historic Courthouse have decked the halls with special Christmas decorations for you to take a self-tour and enjoy on Monday – Friday, starting on, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The tour is free. Courthouse staff encourage you to bring your camera. You can see the “elegantly dressed” superior court ballroom, the holiday-themed themed Grand Jury Room, the Train and Tree Village, the charming “North Pole” in the Gallery Hall where you’ll find Santa’s Den and an elf workshop. You can also get a photo of the kids in the snowman village. The courthouse is located at 185 West Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450.


Free water preservation workshop for residents

The Gwinnett County Corporate Extension office will host a free workshop for residents, “Homeowner H2O: Water Conversation,” at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center’s Auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Learn how the planet’s water is recycled and the role you play in water conservation. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 678-376-6722.




First Baptist ushers in Christmas with large tree

First Baptist Church of Conyers, 2100 Old Highway, 138 N.E., Conyers, will welcome the Christmas season on Friday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. with a Christmas program and a 25-foot tall living Christmas tree.    

The free concert is entitled, “When Hope Was Born,” and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

After Christmas carols sung by a choir featuring 80 voices, accompanied by a 45-member orchestra, the tree will be lit. The choir members align the tree on stage as singing ornaments in a unique holiday performance. Tickets are free.

There will be performances on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 as well.

For tickets or for more information, call 770-483-8700 or visit  


Officials to be sworn in on Dec. 18

Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford will preside over the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Post 2 Commissioner Doreen Williams and incumbents, Chief Superior Court Judge David Irwin and District Attorney Richard Read, who both ran unopposed. The ceremony is set for Thursday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., in Judge Mumford's courtroom, 922 Court St., Conyers.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, a community reception will be held in the courtroom rotunda. 770-278-7696.      


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