News - Walk For Peace

Leaders of all ages will travel from as far away as Holland, Uganda and New Zealand to congregate in Georgia for a peace summit and share ideas inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In advance of the summit, which convenes Thurs., April 21, in Tiger, the group organizing the summit, the Spirit of Truth Foundation, will host a walk and vigil for global peace on Tues., April 19. The walk marks the 10-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and the 12-year anniversary of the siege in Waco, Texas.

The walk will begin at the Fulton County Courthouse, 141 Pryor St., at 10 a.m., and conclude at the King Center, 449 Auburn Ave., at 2 p.m. For more info, call 770-498-0709, e-mail stfoundation@bellsouth.net, or visit www.nowtimeprophecies.org.

SAVE THE LAKE: The Lake Lanier Association is encouraging citizens to attend an upcoming meeting about the limits of allowable pollutants released into Georgia lakes, specifically Lake Lanier. The meeting will be held Thurs., April 14, 7 p.m., at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Room 5. For more info, call 770-965-1784 or visit www.lakelanier.org.

DINE OUT: On Sat., April 16, a collection of Atlanta restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Georgia Public Interest Research Group. Check out Teaspace, Eats, Fritti or any of the other eateries supporting the event. For a full list, visit www.georgiapirg.org.

RIGHT TO CHOOSE: Planned Parenthood of Georgia invites people of all faiths to join a brunch discussion of religion and reproductive freedom. Following the discussion, the Georgia's Walk for Women's Lives will begin. The event will be held Sun., April 17, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with brunch in the Alabama Room of the Howard Johnson Plaza Suites, 54 Peachtree St., and the walk starting at Trinity Methodist Church, 265 Washington St., concluding on the Capitol steps. A $5 minimum pledge is required to join the walk. For more info, call 404-688-9305 ext. 312, or e-mail Leola.Reis@ppfa.org.

PIEDMONT PARK FORUM: On Thurs., April 21, at 7 p.m., the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board will hold a public forum in the Atlanta City Council Chambers, 55 Trinity Ave., to address the proposed Piedmont Park North Woods master plan, which includes the construction of an 800-space parking deck. The hearing will give citizens a chance to voice their opinions on the future of Piedmont Park. You may also fax your concerns to 404-892-3946, or mail them to APAB Park Forum, c/o Richard Rauth, Box 20061, Atlanta, 30325.

SECURITY SUMMIT: Georgia Tech will host "Brand New Day: Open Networks and Open Society," on Thurs., April 21, at the Global Learning Center, 84 Fifth St., from 3-5:30 p.m. Reed Hundt, former chairman of the FCC and current senior adviser to McKinsey and Company, will deliver the keynote address. To RSVP or for more details, visit gtisc.gatech.edu or call 404-894-4233.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY: The Fulton County Department of Environment and Community Development will host an Earth Day Festival on Sat., April 23. Interactive activities are planned to promote the importance of protecting natural resources. The festival will be held at Burdett Park, 2945 Burdett Road, College Park, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. For more info, call 404-730-8097.

ATLANTA CLEANUP: On Sat., April 23, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Keep Atlanta Beautiful will host a cleanup of in the southwest part of the city. The cleanup will start at 903 Oakland Ave. To volunteer, visit www.atlantaga.gov or call 404-330-6897.

BELT LINE TALK: The Friends of the Belt Line will hold a public forum to spread information about the Belt Line, a proposed 22-mile loop of light rail that would circle the city, linking dozens of neighborhoods. The meeting will be held Sun., April 24, from 4-6 p.m., at Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Trail. More meetings are scheduled citywide; to find one in your neighborhood, visit www.beltline.org/Default.aspx#events.

LUNCH WITH BARNES: The League of Women Voters of DeKalb County will host its annual community luncheon with guest speaker former Gov. Roy Barnes. Barnes will speak on "Illuminating Government - Georgia's Open Records Act." The event will be held Fri., April 29, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road. For more info, call 404-321-0913 or e-mail dekalb@lwvga.org. The reservation deadline is Fri., April 22.

SOLID WASTE MEETINGS: Public meetings will be held in several Atlanta communities to help create a 10-year plan for waste reduction, collection and disposal. To find the time and place of your local meeting, visit www.atlantaga.gov/Calendars/PublicMeetings.aspx.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ELDERLY: Senior Connections is looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals to home-bound seniors. For more info, visit www.srconn.org or call 770-455-7602.

CALLING FOSTER PARENTS: Creative Community Services is urging residents to consider opening their homes to abused and neglected children. Foster parents receive monthly financial assistance for the living and medical expenses of each foster child. For more info, call 866-618-2823 or visit www.ccsgeorgia.org.

GOOD FOR GRADY: Grady Health System is recruiting volunteers to help in hospice, guest services, rape crisis and Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Volunteers are asked to commit for at least three months. For more info, call 404-616-4360 or visit www.gradyhealthsystem.org.


POLITICAL PARTY: Creative Loafing's next town hall meeting takes place Wed., May 11, 8 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St.

Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.??

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