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Public Agenda May 15 2002

Atlanta Civic Roundtable Public discussion of critical issues to the Atlanta community organized by the Coalition for a Voting America. May 21, 6:30-8 p.m. For this month's topic, location and panel participants, visit www.cvamerica.org.

Atlanta Wastewater System Improvement Program City of Atlanta Department of Public Works hosts open house presentations to provide information and to address inquiries regarding the Sewer System Evaluation Survey Project. All open houses are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Engineers available to answer questions. May 22, John Birdine Facility, 215 Lakewood Way. 404-529-9211. www.atlantapublicworks.org.

Biotechnology Conference The event will show how Fulton County can benefit from and participate in the efforts to build Georgia into a center for biotechnology research and a location for biotech firms. $40-$60. May 16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, 188 14th St. www.scis.org.

Doing Business with Morocco A business luncheon organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Morocco to the U.S. and the U.S. North African Business Council with keynote speaker Margaret Tutwiler, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States. $45-$65. May 17, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Omni, CNN downtown center. 770-351-1540.

Fulton County Homeland Security Summit Chairman Mike Kenn hosts county and city government officials with representatives from the FBI, GEMA, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and Georgia Homeland Security director to discuss Fulton County's response to threats of acts of terrorism. May 22, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Georgia International Convention Center, 1902 Sullivan Road, College Park. 404-730-7904.

Georgia Council on Child Abuse Volunteers needed to ensure the delivery of prevention services. Two 90-minute orientation sessions held. 1720 Peachtree St. Continues weekly through June 12. Wed., noon; Mon., 6:30 p.m. 404-870-6565.

Generation Green Discuss deforestation, logging and other forestry and land issues affecting Georgia and the Southeast. May 16, 7 p.m. Southface Energy Institute, 241 Pine St. 770-992-2055, ext. 103. www.georgiaconservancy.org.

Gwinnett County Department of Public Utilities public meeting Purpose is to discuss improving conditions in local streams and waterways and inform the public about the recently completed Watershed Assessment and Protection Plan. May 16, 7 p.m. Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn. 678-376-6948. www.co.gwinnett.ga.us.

H.O.P.E. Center Open House Fulton County Sheriff Jacquelyn Barrett hosts an open house for Fulton County Jail's "Helping Other People Every Day" center to offer job skills training. May 17, 1-3 p.m. 1101 Jefferson St. 404-730-4747.

How to Start a 501(c)(3) Georgia Lawyers for the Arts presents this workshop on becoming a nonprofit organization. $40. May 21, noon-3:30 p.m. Bureau of Cultural Affairs, City Hall East, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-3911.

Islam and Politics Last of a seven-week intro course on the religious and cultural diversity of Islam. Taught by Dr. Carrie Wickham, assistant professor of political science at Emory. May 19, 9:30-11 a.m. Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2676 Clairmont Road. 404-633-4505.

Liberty Garden Memorial CEO Vernon Jones and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners salute war veterans during the month of May as part of Memorial Day services. May 21, 1-1:30 p.m. DeKalb/Atlanta Senior Services Center, 25 Warren St. 404-371-2438. www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

Media and the Middle East Jan Jaben-Eilon, coordinator of the Israel Experience Program at the Jewish Federation, will conduct four sessions examining the media and the Middle East. Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through May 28. $24-$36. Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 770-395-2592.

Meet the Candidates BBQ Meet the Republican candidates for Senate, Congress and governor and many others. Proceeds benefit the Gwinnett GOP. $5-$20. May 18, noon-4 p.m. Gwinnett County Republican Headquarters, 1267 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville. 770-925-8683. www.gwinnettgop.org.

Pedestrian Safety Initiative Pedestrian safety program for youth initiative with highlights that include the unveiling of "Blinkie," the program's interactive mascot and remarks from the District 10 Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin and others. May 15, 10 a.m. Peyton Forest Elementary School, 301 Peyton Road. 404-696-0739.

South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition Organization discusses legal proceedings, governor's site tour and other areas of concern that affect the quality of life in South DeKalb county. May 20, 7 p.m. South DeKalb Mall, Room 81. 770-808-0824.

Starting Your Own Community Project Find out from Hands on Atlanta volunteers what it takes to get a project going, including tips on how to sustain grassroots efforts with funding, volunteers and community partners. $15. May 16, 7-9 p.m. Atkins Park, 794 N. Highland Ave. 404-879-2751. HandsOnAtlanta.com.

Support Israel-Intown Israel Emergency Campaign event organized by the Intown Jewish Life Center. Special guest is Nachman Kleiman, who recently suffered the loss of his daughter in a shooting incident. May 21, 7:30 p.m. Selig Center, 1440 Spring St. 404-870-1636. www.ShalomAtlanta.org.

Town Hall Meeting DeKalb Commissioner Lou Walker, 7th District, holds town hall meetings to discuss developments, traffic concerns and MARTA rail lines. May 22, 7 p.m. Smoke Rise Elementary School Lithonia City, 1991 Silver Hill Road, Stone Mountain. 404-371-3053.

Walk-In Legal Clinic For Authors Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, in conjunction with the Spring Festival for Writers discuss legal issues related to writing. Free with admission to the festival. May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2842.

Wrap-up Meeting with Gov. Roy Barnes The governor and the new superintendent of DeKalb County Schools system speak and answer questions. May 16, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 3991 Snapfinger Road, Lithonia. 770-808-0824.

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