October 2017 Around Town

Walk in the Park

Pedestrians in Ansley Park are walking a little easier these days. Thanks to an initiative from the Ansley Park Civic Association, more than 22,000 square feet of sidewalks and driveway aprons have been replaced at a fraction of the usual cost. The APCA partnered with Georgia Tech to inventory and estimate the cost of repairing its substandard sidewalks. Property owners were given a one-time opportunity to participate in a group sidewalk improvement project. By bundling all work under one construction permit and identifying a single contractor, the APCA offered residents a streamlined process and reduced cost. Thanks to the 80 residents who grabbed the opportunity and to the city, who took care of stump removal and new sidewalks bordering the parks, 80% of the worst sidewalks have been replaced, and pedestrians can now look up and enjoy the scenery rather than looking down for the next tripping hazard.

Great Gift

Ponce City Market’s gift card is ideal for discerning friends, family, and colleagues who seek authentic, local experiences as it offers a place to gather, share and savor at one of the city’s most historic buildings. The property’s renowned Central Food Hall features restaurants and food stalls from James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs. Ponce City Market gift cards can be used to enjoy experiences that range from craft cocktails at The Mercury to fried chicken from Hop’s Chicken. Beyond dining, Ponce City Market’s gift card can also be used to cover all shopping needs with options that cover 300,000+ square feet of the property from retail tenants ranging from small-batch artisan marketplace, Citizen Supply, to local emerging brands, such as Cobbler Union and Abbey Glass, as well as national favorites like Anthropologie and lululemon. Gift cards are currently available in any denomination from $10 to $100, and can be bought at the gift card kiosk located on the first floor of the Central Food Hall between West Elm and The Tap on Ponce. They can also be purchased online and retrieved at the kiosk onsite.

Mayor Speaks

Play It Again, Sam, the Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor tells the life of this over-achiever from birth as a downtown Piedmont baby through Druid Hills childhood, college life, World War II service, and four careers. The author recites Massell’s mischief as a self-described “dead-end kid,” accompanies him in young adulthood when he struggles between pride and prejudice for being Jewish, and shares today’s philosophical differences between conservative Republican colleagues and his liberal civic service history as a Democrat. This work reports on his personal and political life, identifying warts as well as winnings. Still working full-time at age 90 in the nonprofit arena, he reflects with relief and reward on the legacy of his mayorship, that of peacefully steering Atlanta through the transformation from an all-white power structure to a predominantly black city government. Available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Meet the authors October 12 at a book-signing at Buckhead’s Barnes & Noble.

Why Type Matters

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) announces an original exhibition curated by internationally renowned designer, writer, podcaster and brand strategist Debbie Millman. Text Me: How We Live in Language runs through February 4, 2018. The exhibit considers typographic expression as the primary means by which we communicate and connect with one another. As far back as the cave men, our ancestors used symbols to document and record experiences. Today, we use typography to visualize our personal stories across a wide variety of media in nearly every moment of our lives, from social networking to tattoos to way-finding signage to fine art, fast moving consumer goods, clothing, household goods and decoration. Through interactive, immersive experiences, Text Me showcases many of the ways we use typography to document every aspect of our existence.

Book Worms

From November 4 – 20, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 26 years of bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community. This Book Festival repertoire of 45+ authors has something to offer all book lovers. More than 13,000 people from across the Southeast will come to engage with and listen to their favorite local, national, and international authors. This fest is worth the trip OTP. Most events will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.

A Generous Night

Experience a night like never before at Prevent Blindness Georgia’s inaugural Night for Sight Gala! The event will take place at the Atlanta History Center from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 3. Guests will enjoy a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more all for a great cause. Guests can also participate in a live auction accompanied by musical entertainment by the Macular Degenerates, a band led by doctors. As the first fundraising gala for Prevent Blindness Georgia, a Night for Sight’s goal is to raise critical funds and awareness for preventing sight-stealing conditions and diseases in Georgia. General tickets are $200 per person and patron tickets begin at $1,000 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Active Giving

This month you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is hosting its first ever GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge. To participate, simply pledge to complete eight hours of physical exercise during the month of October. The GET UP Atlanta Virtual Challenge allows you to engage in any exercise, all on your own schedule and skill level. Registration also includes a special bottle opener finisher’s medal and a celebration party at Monday Night Brewing’s new Atlanta Beltline location on October 23. Through GET UP Atlanta, Komen Atlanta will continue to raise funds supporting their mission of enabling our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research. Join us in the fight against breast cancer. Take Action. Save Lives. For more details and to register, visit KomenAtlanta.org/virtual.

Peep Planning

To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s state parks will soon launch “Leaf Watch 2017” to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at GAStateParks.org/LeafWatch, the travel planner is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and hiking safety tips. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on the Georgia State Parks’ Facebook page and Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks. Rangers will also post updates on how fall color is progressing in their parks. Some of the most popular parks for leaf watching include Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi and Vogel. Since mountain parks are heavily visited on October weekends, leaf peepers may want to explore lesser-known parks, which can be vibrant as well. Hardwoods and mossy rock gardens can be found at F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Columbus. Deep orange cypress needles reflect off a shimmering pond at George L. Smith State Park in southeast Georgia.

Focus on ALS

The ALS Association Georgia Chapter paid tribute to Atlantans battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the Heroes Among Us Luncheon recently. The event highlighted baseball legend Phil Niekro, former Atlanta Braves pitcher, for his outstanding contributions to the ALS community. Niekro was recognized for his humanitarian achievements as past winner of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Mark Panfel, another notable champion of the fight against ALS, was also honored for raising more than $1 million in honor of his wife Sally, who was diagnosed in 2012. The event was attended by 200 guests and raised more than $100,000. Supporters can still donate by visiting ALSaga.org. Many recognize ALS as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” after Lou Gehrig, Hall-of-Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees, who was diagnosed with ALS in the 1930s. Phil Niekro discussed his brave and heroic fight with ALS, which brought this disease national recognition.