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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mayor Kasim Reed's Neighborhood Block Party at Woodruff Arts Center on 8/1!

Attend Mayor Kasim Reed's Summer Reading Club Neighborhood Block Party on August 1, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

This event is sponsored by GEEARS, the City of Atlanta, PNC Grow Up Great, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the United Way of Greater Atlanta and over 40 community partners!

The Neighborhood Block Party is free for children ages birth to eight and their families. More information can be found at We hope to see you there!

Fulton County Police Invites You to Participate in “National Night Out 2015”

The Fulton County Police Department, in partnership with Fulton County agencies and local neighborhoods are joining forces with thousands of communities across the nation to celebrate and participate in National Night Out 2015.
Join Fulton County Police at their “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the 112 Mega-Plex located at 5495 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30349. This year’s program will be hosted by nationally recognized - M.C. Lightfoot.
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual crime and drug prevention event.  Each year the Fulton County Police Department shares information with Fulton County residents about ways to form partnerships to help make their neighborhoods safe places to live, work and play. 
National Night Out is organized to heighten crime awareness and support for crime and drug prevention efforts sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are working together and fighting back against crime.  The event also strengthens neighborhoods and police and community partnerships.
“This event is a priority for our department because it is about community and making it stronger and a safer place for Fulton County residents to live.  Our National Night Out is an award winning initiative and the police department and the community look forward to this event every year,” said Interim Police Chief Gary Stiles. 
Other Fulton County agencies participating in the event include; the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County Marshal’s Office, Office of Behavioral Health Services, Health and Wellness, and the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department will also be on hand for kids to enjoy and learn about police and fire safety.
Several companies and businesses from the community are also participating in the event.  Visitors can talk to representatives from local homeowners associations enjoy live entertainment, food and fun activities for the kids.  
For more information about Fulton County Police Department’s “National Night Out” contact   Officer Luther Lamar at (404) 612-5314, Corporal Maureen Smith at (404) 612-5321, or Public Affairs Manager, Jolene Butts Freeman at (404) 234-8945. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stuff the Bus: Aug 1, 2015

Every child should start school with the supplies they need to succeed.

Help Channel 2 Stuff the Bus for youth living in group homes!

On Saturday August 1, WSB-TV and Children’s Restoration Network invite you to donate backpacks and school supplies at one the following six locations from Noon – 7:00pm.
WSB-TV 1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309 

American Signature Furniture 3755 Carmia Drive SW, Atlanta (Camp Creek) 30331

Kroger 6555 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 30097

Kroger 4919 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur 30034

Kroger 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068

Northside Hospital-Forsyth 1200 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming 30041
For a full list of supplies needed CLICK HERE.

Being properly prepared for school to be ready to learn goes a long way in shattering the cycle of homelessness. In 2014, volunteers collected 5,500 new book bags and school supplies. Last year every school-aged child living in a shelter or group home throughout the 20 county Metro Atlanta area received a brand new, filled book bag.

With your help we hope to top last year’s collection with the goal of reaching 6,000 NEW bookbags and all the school supplies needed to fill them.

Children’s Restoration Network, or CRN, was founded in 1993 to address the lack of services for children, as well as women with children, who were becoming homeless. Today the non-profit works with 130 shelters and group homes around metro Atlanta that house more than 4,000 children each year. CRN’s programs and special events are designed to alleviate the trauma and despair of being homeless. Regular services include facility improvement projects, preparing home-cooked meals, and supplying warm winter clothing.

If you cannot participate in the August 1 event you can donate online to Children’s Restoration Network. There are also additional volunteer opportunities for anyone looking to provide ongoing support to the nonprofit.

CLICK HERE to learn more about CRN.

Wholly Pops Are a Sweet Treat for the Entire Family!

This week my family and I tried Wholly Pops. "What are Wholly Pops?" you ask. 

Wholly Pops are 100% gluten free popsicles, and they don't have any artificial colors, flavors, stabilizers, preservatives, or fillers. 

My boys fell in love with the first bite of these dairy free, sugar free, egg free, Paleo pops! (Paleo is a lifestyle in which you only eat things that can be found in nature.)
As voted: Pumpkin Paleo Cheesecake! Get some this weekend!
Compared to other pops in supermarket freezer shelves that have 70-100 calories per serving. Wholly Pops are proud to say that their lowest calorie come in at 34 calories. They get the produce direct from the farms and in less time than it takes for them to be placed on a grocery store shelf. Because they use produce that has been freshly picked, they hardly ever need to use sweeteners. Only the fructose naturally occurring in the fruits and vegetables.

At 6 months and older, you can feed your baby Wholly Pops made of fruits or vegetables you’ve already given your baby that showed no allergic reaction. The fellas in my household love these delicious popsicles!  

Red, white and blue pop! So much goodness! Read the details here:

What I especially love about these popsicles are that they are made with love and in Georgia. Learn more about these yummy Georgia Grown popsicles here:



Thursday, July 09, 2015

"Hosea Helps" Hosts The 11th Annual Back-To-School Jamboree To Promote School Readiness to over 1200 Children
Atlanta, GA- On Sunday July 12, 2015 Hosea Helps will continue their summer efforts by hosting it's 11th annual Back-To-School Jamboree to take place at the Turner Field (Blue Parking Lot) from 10am - 3pm. The highly anticipated event takes place each year in an effort to provide over 1200 children in need with a backpack full of school supplies to help prepare for the upcoming school year. With the support of local media outlets and corporate sponsors such as Kanner and Pintaluga, Amerigroup, Walmart, Home Depot, and many more, Hosea Helps continues to support the community by empowering Atlanta's youth with the tools they need to be successful in school and later in life.

In addition to receiving a backpack of supplies, children will receive health screenings, clothing, fresh produce and vegetables. There will also be computers available on a first come first serve basis. " Hosea Helps is committed to ensuring that students are equipped with resources they need to fully encourage the learning process. " said Elisabeth Omilami, President and CEO of Hosea Helps. "During this year's event, we will also offer supplies to teachers in an effort to offset the hundreds of dollars they personally spend to provide the necessary supplies for their students and classrooms." The event is open to all families. Admission is free and children must be present to receive supplies. Parents are reminded to bring identification for each child.
Currently, Hosea Helps is seeking additional donations of schools supplies, such as: pencils, ink pens, notebooks, book bags, scissors, calculators, and more. A complete list of needs for this event can be found online at Donations can be made at 1035 Donnelly Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Those who wish to contribute monetarily or by donating supplies should contact Miriam Ledesma at 770-900-1052 or at
For media inquiries please contact Ebony Porter-Ike at 678-575-9104 or email

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fulton County Parks & Recreation Enrolling Now for Atlanta Hawks Basketball Camp (Ages 8-14)

Three Fulton County Parks & Recreation locations will host Atlanta Hawks Basketball Camp in July! Camp is open to boys & girls ages 8 to 14. The fee is $125 for this four-day camp. Space is limited. Sign up today at