East Atlanta Community Association
September 21, 2009 
In This Issue
Fall Films on the Hill
CarnEvil to Raise Recycling Funds
Board of Education Candidates Forum - Thursday
Fruit Tree Orchard for Burgess-Peterson
Friends of Brownwood Park Events
Neighborhood Charter School Yard Sale
ACMS Update
East Atlanta Library Events
Grant Park Tour of Homes
MARTA Fee Change
Training for New Block Watch Captains
Upcoming East Atlanta Meetings
EACA Public Safety
EASP News & Information
2009 EACA Membership
East Atlanta on Facebook
Join Our Mailing List!
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Many East Atlantans braved the soggy conditions and came out to show community spirit and support at the East Atlanta Strut. The upcoming week has additional opportunities to spend time with fellow residents (movie in Brownwood Park, CarnEvil benefiting the Village at Lenny's, the 20/20 Picnic at Brownwood, etc).

Also of community interest this week, Abraham Asher will be appearing at NPU-W to speak on behalf of his application to have certain murals located at 494 Flat Shoals and 1279 Glenwood declared public art. This meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Martha Brown United Methodist Church and is open to the public.

 Fall Films on the Hill:  The Muppet Movie
The first Fall Film on the Hill was rained out but don't miss your chance to join us in Brownwood Park this Saturday for a free showing of The Muppet Movie!  The show begins around 7:30 on the hill overlooking the tennis courts.  Bring blankets and snacks - camping chairs for the back row only.  Presented by the East Atlanta Beer Festival.

Checklist Image The Muppet Movie (1979) - Starring Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle. Rated G. This simply irresistible first feature from the Muppets has Kermit the frog going from the swamps to Hollywood to be a star. As he travels and picks up his usual friends (Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear), Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) is in pursuit, looking for Kermit to be the spokesman for his frog-leg cuisine. A loose rendition of The Wizard of Oz, the film incorporates the same cagey humor as their breakout syndicated TV series The Muppet Show.

Also, mark your calendars:  the next movie is Big Fish showing Thursday, October 1st around 7:30pm.

 CarnEvil to raise funds for Community Recycling in East Atlanta
Checklist ImageIn the interest of the East Atlanta Village community, a charity carnival benefit will be held to raise funds for a community recycling project in the village.
A group of local artists is throwing the charity carnival event "CarnEvil" at Lenny's on Saturday, September 26th from 2pm to 12am. This all-volunteer event includes carnival games, monster wrestling, fire throwing, circus performances, live mural painting, an artist's market, and performances by six bands!  
The entire proceeds of the event will go the establishment of a series of small recycling bins located throughout the East Atlanta Village for public and restaurant use.  The bins will be co-mingled recycling (paper, aluminum, plastic, etc.) with a weekly pick up service.  The more money this charity event makes, the longer these bins will stay up as funds will be allocated in advance. 
Help make East Atlanta greener by attending this event and showing your support!     
Local bands will be performing including Mourdella, the Soundmen, The Long Shadows, The Humbolt Trio, Shadowboxers, and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers.   
Admission is $5.

Email: offthehookhats@hotmail.com
 Board of Education Candidates Forum - Thursday
Checklist ImageThe League of Women Voters is presenting the only city-wide Board of Education Candidates forum this Thursday, September 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Our School Board Representative for District 3, Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, will be in attendance and is running in a contested race. Find more information on the forum HERE.

 Fruit Trees for Burgess-Peterson Academy
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 Friends of Brownwood Park Events
Checklist Image20/20 Picnic - Saturday, September 26 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Neighborhood Picnic in Brownwood  Park.  Come help us celebrate 20 years of great work as we honor Park Pride's 20th Anniversary with 20 Picnics in 20 Parks.  Bring the whole family enjoy the park, explore the Recreation Center and spend some time catching up with old friends and making new ones.  The rain date for this event is Saturday, October 24.

Saturday, October 24 - Brownwood Park
Who's Your Daddy Dog Show and BBQ Cook-Off.
Celebrate your best (four-legged) friends and your neighbors cooking, top it off with a movie.
Registration opens in one week. 

Neighborhood Charter School Yard Sale
A School-ful of Bargains!
Saturday, September 26  8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 27  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
A giant sale held on the grounds of NCS at 688 Grant Street in Grant Park!  Gently-used  and clean adult and children's clothing, toys, linens, books, cds, electronics and furniture, all for sale. Cash or check only. 

For further information please check out our website at www.neighborhoodcharter.com or call 404-624-6226.

 Atlanta Charter Middle School Update

As the 2009-2010 school year begins, a great deal of excitement surrounds the fifth year of the Atlanta Charter Middle School.  On August 7, ACMS teachers welcomed (and welcomed back) students at the end of summer break during the school's orientation, a day designed to help support students and families transition from elementary school to middle school or from one grade level to the next.  This year 162 students are enrolled at ACMS, a planned increase from the year before but still a small student body by design.

ACMS received news over the summer that it once again made "Adequate Yearly Progress", or AYP, by meeting academic and attendance performance goals during the 2008-2009 school year.  As a result of making AYP in all four years of the school's existence, the Georgia Department of Education recognized ACMS as a "Distinguished School".  Meanwhile, as a way to provide an even more complete portrait of student academic performance than what standardized test data can reveal, ACMS continued to develop its unique portfolio assessment system through which student projects show evidence of mastery of important skills such as Mathematical Thinking & Problem Solving, Cultural/Historical Awareness, and Artistic Expression.

The annual Low Country Boil, a joint fundraiser and community event, helped to kick off the school year for ACMS and the Neighborhood Charter School.  Both ACMS and NCS look forward to continuing to work together to provide educational alternatives for families around the city of Atlanta.

With the school year underway, plans are already in place to renew the school's charter for another five year term.  The ACMS Governing Board has worked closely with the Atlanta Public Schools to present a thorough review of the school's success relative to its initial charter and a petition to continue to serve students in a thoughtful and personalized way.  The charter renewal petition is now on its way to the Atlanta Board of Education for approval.

ACMS is a free public school of choice, open by lottery admissions to all students zoned for an Atlanta Public School in grades six through eight. Opened in the fall of 2005 by a group of area parents and educators, ACMS is committed to student-centered and project-based learning. ACMS is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (www.essentialschools.org) and follows the organization's principles of helping students to use their minds well, personalized instruction, and a democratic community.  To find out more about the school, visit its website at www.atlantachartermiddle.com.

East Atlanta Library Events
Checklist ImageMonday Night @ The Movies
The Jungle Book
Monday, September 21. 5:00 p.m.
The Jungle Book is a song-filled celebration of friendship, fun, and adventure set in a lush and colorful world. The jubilant adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the village. Feeling very much at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. Much to Bagheera's dismay, Mowgli meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life -- Baloo the Bear, a lovable "jungle bum." Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized! Rated G.  78 min.  Reservations are required.

 Grant Park Tour of Homes
Checklist ImageJoin us for the 36th Grant Park Tour of Homes and enjoy "Atlanta's Backyard!" Grant Park living has it all, from historic bungalows to new construction to modern city condos. Come on tour with us -- you might be surprised to see what's in your own backyard! You may also visit our Special Stops on the tour, which include Oakland Cemetery, Kairos Church, Park Avenue Baptist Church, and Intown Healthy Hound and City-Kitty.

The annual tour of homes is the biggest fundraiser for the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. 100% of the cost of your ticket helps our community provide the necessary funds for our local schools, organizations and neighborhood improvements. Attending the Tour of Homes is also great way to learn about Grant Park, socialize, and support our historic community. Stop by and say hello -- we'd love to see you!

Grant Park is the oldest and most historic neighborhood in Atlanta, and is currently home to more than 2,000 residences. The Park itself, including Zoo Atlanta and Cyclorama, is one of the top visitor attractions in Atlanta. Today's Atlantans are seeing a revitalized Grant Park, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for our community.

You can purchase tickets online or at the following select businesses: Intown Healthy Hound and City-Kitty, Dakota Blue, Grant Central Pizza, Agave, Stella, Six Feet Under, and Tin Lizzy's. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Visit our website at www.grantparktour.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

 MARTA Fee Change

As of October 1st, MARTA fees will be changing. In summary, one-way rides will increase to $2.00 (from $1.75) with a Breeze Ticket fee of .50 (currently .25). Please see the attached flier for full information.

 City of Atlanta Training for New Block Watch Captains
The City of Atlanta Police Department and Public Safety Committee members are inviting residents to "Training for New Block Watch Captains." If your street has recently formed a neighborhood watch or is in the process of doing so, this training may be a good resource for you. Find more details HERE.

 Dance 411 offers Kids Fall Dance Program
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Dance 411 Studios Fall Kids & Teens Program is under way at our NEW LOCATION!  There is still time to register but don't delay.

Click HERE for more details.

 Upcoming East Atlanta Area Meetings
NPU-W Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Martha Brown United Methodist Church
For more information, contact NPU-W Chair Ed Gilgor at edwardmgilgor@comcast.net

SAND Monthly Meeting
Thursday, October 1st, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Beulah Heights University Center
For more information, contact SAND President Steve Norman at stephen.norman@yahoo.com

 EACA Public Safety - Weekly Crime Report - Weeks 36, 37
The crime report for Weeks 36 and 37 can be found here:
 East Atlanta Security Patrol News & Information
EASP Logo To learn more about the East Atlanta Security Patrol or to enroll, visit the EASP website (http://patrol.eaca.net). There is a 50% discount for longtime residents and those 65+. To qualify, you must have lived at the same address for 20 years or be over age 65.  We also have a 20% discount for members of an APD-sanctioned Neighborhood Watch.  Please contact us if you're interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch on your street.
If you have additional questions, please direct them to securitypatrol@eaca.net, or call EACA Public Safety Chair Myron Polster at 404-429-8815.
  2009 EACA Membership

Join EACA today! Annual dues are $10 per household. As an EACA member, you can vote at EACA meetings on topics of interest within our community. Additionally, there are numerous local businesses who offer discounts to EACA members. See the official list of EACA member discounts and take advantage of them by showing your 2009 membership card throughout the Village.

You can sign up for your 2009 EACA membership and order EACA Yard Signs on-line! Pay electronically through your online banking site or via Paypal HERE.
 East Atlanta on Facebook/Twitter
If you're a Facebook member, be sure to join both the EACA group and become a fan of the East Atlanta Village page, too! Click on links below to take you directly to each.
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