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Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup
Arts, Community, Entertainment, Events, Red Oak

Mausiki Scales, Atlanta Drum Academy Lead Red Oak Festival Lineup

The Annual Red Oak Art Festival returns to the City of South Fulton on Saturday, Oct. 15. Now in its second year, the festival promises an expanded lineup of artists, artisans and performers from across the metro Atlanta area. This year’s musical lineup includes performances by Mausiki Scales and Common Ground Collective, Planet Alstarz, local cellist Jenn Cornell, and classical guitarist Gladius.  A performance by the Atlanta Drum Academy is also planned. Members of the academy have been featured in film and television, including NBC’s Little Big Shots. Youth attending the festival will have an opportunity to participate in a free drum clinic with the nationally renowned group.  “This year’s festival is an interactive experience for the entire family,” said Caitl...
Rowell Recognized for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ at Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon
Community, Government

Rowell Recognized for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ at Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon

This weekend, District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell and several other community service leaders were presented with 2022 Pinnacle Leadership Awards. The honors were bestowed by the Fortitude Education and Cultural Development Center, Inc. (FECDC). “Being recognized among a group of such astute leaders truly is an honor,” Rowell said. “I accept this honor on behalf of the people of South Fulton, and I thank them for the privilege of letting me serve them as we build the best city in the metro area.” The 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway. FGTV's Shaunya Chavis-Rucker and FOX 5's Deidra Dukes and Joi Dukes served as the mistresses of ceremony. A total of 11 honorees were recognized for exce...
Back-to-School Events Offer Free Backpacks, Haircuts and More
Community, Events, Schools

Back-to-School Events Offer Free Backpacks, Haircuts and More

Looking for free backpacks, haircuts and more to get ready for the upcoming school year? There are a number of back-to-school events planned to help parents and students prepare to head back to the classroom, and celebrate the end of the summer with a little bit of fun. Backpacks Galore and Other Giveaways Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington will host his 8th Annual It Takes a Village Back-to-School Giveaway July 29 at Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, from 5-6 p.m. Register via Eventbrite. The 3rd Annual Healthy Family Fun and Sports Day returns to Sandtown Park, 5320 Campbellton Rd. on July 30 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event, in partnership with Councilmembers Catherine Foster Rowell and Carmalitha Gumbs, features food, entertainment and vendors offering a vari...
Sandtown Residents Collaborate with Artist on City’s First Creative Placemaking Project
Arts, Community, Economic Development, Sandtown

Sandtown Residents Collaborate with Artist on City’s First Creative Placemaking Project

After a series of community brainstorming meetings and coordination with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), South Fulton's first creative placemaking project has been installed. The four-panel monument in the roundabout at the intersection of Campbellton, Boat Rock and New Hope showcases the diverse natural surroundings of the Sandtown community. The project, which began in 2018, was spearheaded by District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell. She tapped local artist Allen Peterson to produce the artwork. Over a period of several months, Peterson and his design partner, Julia Hill, toured the Sandtown community and took photos for inspiration, and collaborated with residents on imagery and design during multiple meetings. "We wanted to cast a wide net to get as much...
Quilt Festival Opens at Southwest Arts Center on Aug. 6
Arts, Community, Events

Quilt Festival Opens at Southwest Arts Center on Aug. 6

The 14th Annual Atlanta Quilt Festival is headed to Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road. The exhibit, held in partnership with Acres of Ancestry, South Fulton Institute and Southern Poverty Law Center, will run Aug. 6 thru Sept. 2. Over 100 quilts celebrating the African-American heritage will be displayed. This year's exhibit will honor the life and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis. The "Good Trouble Quilts," a collection of more than 20 pieces, will be on display.Congressman Lewis represented Georgia's 5th District until his death. He was a longtime resident of the formerly unincorporated area now known as the City of South Fulton. Quilt Artist Lola Jenkins is this year's featured master quilter. She will lead two master classes in portrait quilts Aug. 19-20. Both ...
Barrington Trace to Host Community Garage Sale
Community, Events

Barrington Trace to Host Community Garage Sale

South Fulton residents who love a good treasure hunt are in luck. The residents of Barrington Trace will hold their inaugural community garage sale this weekend. The event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Participating residents will have balloons on their mailboxes. Items for sale will include glassware, bowls, home decor, dining ware, lamps, framed art, tools, clothing and more. All items will be "priced to go." The community is located at 5300 Barrington Trace Drive. For more information, contact Angela Stover at 404-784-6386. Have news to share with South Fulton residents? Email us at [email protected] Plus follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cosfobserver.
South Fulton Parkway Alliance to Meet May 12
Business, Community, Economic Development

South Fulton Parkway Alliance to Meet May 12

The South Fulton Parkway Alliance will hold its monthly meeting on May 12 at 9 a.m. The event will be streamed via Zoom. The organization will welcome special guest speaker Pierre Sackey, Elevate Douglas Data Center Consultant. Sackey will discuss strategic data center construction, and commissioning in Douglas County. Sackey is the President of Apollo Mission Critical Engineering, a strategic provider of Data Center Construction Quality Control and Commissioning to global technology companies. He'll provide insight on creating a win-win situation for the area as local leaders and stakeholders navigate the merging of massive construction and sustainable development. The Parkway Alliance is a membership organization that focuses elevating the quality of life for those who live, ...
Children’s Book Festival Set for May 14
Community, Events, Libraries, Nearby News

Children’s Book Festival Set for May 14

A new Children's Book Festival is coming to the metro area thanks to the Fulton County Library System, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation and presenting sponsor PNC Bank. The festival will take place May 14 at the newly renovated Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is aimed at engaging young readers, from infants to teens, in all of the resources the library has to offer.  “The need for live, in-person and engaging events for youth that are focused on literacy has never been greater," said Fulton County Library System’s Executive Director Gayle H. Holloman. "After nearly two years of remote learning, increased screen time and virtual programs for children of all ages, we’re ready to bring our young people together for this speci...
South Fulton to Hold Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21
Community, Events, Government

South Fulton to Hold Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21

South Fulton will hold its annual Spring Cleanup Day this year on Saturday, May 21. The city will accept bulky items for free disposal at Merk Miles Transfer Station, 3070 Merk Road, and Creel Park, 2775 Creel Road. Paper shredding will be available at Merk Road only. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. Free disposal is available only to South Fulton residents. The city will accept cardboard, furniture, garbage, paint and a maximum of four tires. Items that will not be accepted include: commercial vehicles; rented trucks; yard waste; ammunition; biohazard or biomedical waste; batteries; construction demolition debris; and hazardous chemicals. Residents requesting more information should call 470-552-4311. Photo: The City of South...
Ways to Give Back in South Fulton on MLK Day Weekend
Community, Events, Schools

Ways to Give Back in South Fulton on MLK Day Weekend

There will be multiple ways to give back to the community over the long weekend in observance of MLK Day, also recognized as a national day of service. District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Rowell will join Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land for an event to beautify the Campbellton Creek Nature Preserve. The event will be held on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. Participants should meet event organizers between Plummer Road and Riverside Drive in South Fulton. Parking is available in the Publix shopping center, to the left of Arden’s Garden. Registration is required. Councilwoman Rowell has also partnered with the Cascade Business and Merchants Association to host a community clean-up event on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Cascade Driving Range at 3250 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta...

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