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FMSA Partners With Habersham Gardens

First Montessori School of Atlanta and Habersham Gardens recently welcomed the fall planting season with a special art exhibit. Students, ages 6-14, displayed more than 100 colorful pieces of art and paper pinwheels throughout the garden center.

Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheels. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expressed their feelings about the subjects.

"We teach students at First Montessori School of Atlanta that they are stewards of the environment," says Head of School Jerri King. "Habersham Gardens provided a natural and beautiful backdrop for showcasing the students' work."

To learn more about the school, go to www.firstmontessori.org.

RBC Bank Host Benefit Concert, October 12th

This Tuesday, October 12 th from 7- 9 p.m., RBC Bank is hosting a benifit concert to raise funds for children in the Atlanta area. RBC Bank’s CEO Jim Westlake and his rock band The Performing Assets will take the stage at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead (3315 Peachtree Road NE) to raise money and canned food for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. 

RBC Bank president Reggie Davis will present a check for $25,000 to the organization’s president William Lampley and bank employees will bring canned food items to be donated to the organization for children who may not receive adequate food at home. 

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept Renewal Grant for Services to Homeless Citizens

As of October 6th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a one-year grant renewal for services to the homeless. The funds which will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to provide services to help homeless citizens to overcome substance abuse, to prepare for employment and obtain permanent housing through the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing. 

The county will add matching grant dollars of $287,571, which will bring the actual funds committed to $974,058.

The grants funds will be used in collaboration with 31 community-based agencies to provide funds to address substance abuse issues for those who are identified as being in need of assistance.

Nir Barkat to speak in Buckhead, later today

Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Israel, will deliver a significant address on his “New Vision for Jerusalem,” at 2 p.m. on Mon. Oct. 11, before more than 700 people at the Intercontinental Hotel (3315 Peachtree Road, NE).

The mayor is a guest of Jewish National Fund (JNF), the non-profit organization that has planted more than 240 million trees in Israel and launched many other environmental projects there.

This is the first time the Jerusalem National Fund is holding its annual two-day conference in Atlanta and the first time Mayor Barkat will be in the state of Georgia.  

The 3rd Annual Community Voices Freedom’s Voice Conference

On Oct. 9, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and other luminaries will give voice to a population that risks falling through the cracks in healthcare reform: individuals reentering communities who have histories of mental illness or substance abuse.

The 3rd Annual Community Voices Freedom’s Voice Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Atlanta – Buckhead (3300 Lenox Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

O’Brien will join fellow CNN journalist Jamal Simmons at the 3rd annual Freedom’s Voice Conference, sponsored by Morehouse School of Medicine’s Community Voices program, to facilitate discussions with leading “re-entry” experts on how to address this urgent issue.


International Dinner at Briarcliff Baptist Church

Briarcliff Baptist Church will be hosting an International Dinner on Sunday, October 10, at 6:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.  The church asks that those who plan to attend bring a dish native to their home country or state and, if desired, to wear clothing that also represents their homeland.

This is an opportunity for various people groups to build bridges among themselves as well as sampling cuisine from around the world.

Briarcliff Baptist Church is located at 3039 Briarcliff Road N.E., just south of Clairmont Road.  The phone number is 404-633-6103.

Ticket Late Fees Deferred for Some Atlanta Motorists

In response to a computer virus impacting the City of Atlanta’s Municipal Court systems this summer, unpaid parking tickets issued by the Atlanta Police Department from July 17 to September 14, 2010 are granted amnesty for late fees if paid by December 31, 2010.