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Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta nightlife isn’t the same… at least not with PlayDate on the scene! Every other weekend, local club owners shake, beyond their dance floors, because a game-changer (no pun intended) has interrupted the habits of regular club-goers!

Yep, PlayDate has redefined the traditional pursuits of having a “night out on the town” by getting back to the childhood basics of fun, and it has truly become a necessary experience for grown men and women not just in Atlanta, but all over the world!

Fernbank Museum Hosts Island Adventure Night at Martinis & IMAX to Celebrate New Galapagos Film

Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® Makes Science Sizzle during Island Adventure Night


Just when you mistakenly thought Charles Darwin was a 19th-century bearded scientist with his nose stuck in a journal, Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® reveals that naturalists like Darwin live at the mercy of their adventurous spirit. Join Fernbank, along with “ship’s captain” Big Mike Geier and his musical crew from Tongo Hiti, for this special Island Adventure night of Martinis & IMAX® on September 30, 2011, from 6:30 p.m.

New courtroom to open at DeKalb Recorders Court

New courtroom to open at DeKalb Recorders Court

DECATUR, Ga. -- A brand new Recorders Court courtroom will open at the DeKalb County Recorders Court Wednesday morning.

The new courtroom came about in the creative inspiration of Chief Judge Nelly Withers and her executive team. The judge decided to convert a storage area into a courtroom to improve court capacity and reduce wait times.

Judge Withers, her family and courthouse employees painted the new courtroom in their free time, while a police officer with carpentry skills built the judge's bench while he was off-duty.

The courtroom will officially be unveiled at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Cases will be heard in the courtroom immediately, with full implementation underway by October. This additional courtroom will result in 25 percent extra capacity in Recorders Court.

DeKalb County Recorders Court is located at 3620 Camp Circle in Decatur.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

DeKalb Recreation & Parks closes Browns Mill Recreation Center for renovations

DeKalb Recreation & Parks closes Browns Mill Recreation Center for renovations

DECATURThe Browns Mill Recreation Center is temporarily closed for a renovation project. It is anticipated that the renovations will be completed by December 2011. Participants are still encouraged to take part in the many amenities that are offered at the following nearby recreation centers:

Exchange Recreation Center

2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur 30034


Lucious Sanders Recreation Center

2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia 30058


Redan Recreation Center

1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia 30058

For more information, contact Bernita Reese, Recreation Program Manager, at 404-371-6273.

Dekalb Parks and Rec committees to meet and discuss greenspace acquisitions

DECATUR – The DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road in Lithonia.

There will be an update on greenspace acquisitions and current Parks and Recreation projects.

For information regarding the meeting, please call 404-371-2082.