News - Political Bigwigs at CL party

It's that time of the month again. Time for CL's Political Party, a roundtable of local big shots, hosted by our very own editor, Ken Edelstein. This month's guests include former Gov. Roy Barnes, Air America President Jon Sinton, and State Rep. "Able" Mable Thomas. So grab a beer at the bar and join us for what is sure to be a rousing debate.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. start of this month's Political Party, held at Dad's Garage, 280 Elizabeth St., on Wed., May 11. For more info, go to www.atlanta.creativeloafing.com.

CHARITY CUTS: William David Salon will host Cut for a Cure to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Haircuts, the proceeds of which will be donated to the hospital, will start at $50 and be available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thurs., May 5, at 10970-B State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. For more info or to make an appointment, call 678-762-1414 or visit www.williamdavidsalon.com.

MARCH FOR CHILDREN: On Fri., May 6, Georgia's current and former foster and birth parents are invited to protest Georgia's child welfare system. The protest will be held at the Georgia State Capitol, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Washington Street, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, e-mail CooperErik@aol.com.

20 YEARS OF HUGGING TREES: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Trees Atlanta is hosting a fundraiser, "Bluegrass and Green Trees," on Sat., May 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 2922 Andrews Drive. Georgia Row and the Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band will play. Beer is compliments of Sweetwater Brewery, wine from Banrock Station, and food from Whole Foods, prepared by Beyond Cuisine. There will also be a silent auction with prizes that include a trip to Tuscany. Tickets are $100. Trees Atlanta is also raffling a 2005 Toyota Prius. Trees Atlanta is also looking for volunteers. For more info, visit www.treesatlanta.org or call 404-522-4097.

MARIJUANA MARCH: On Sat., May 7, the Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition will host a Marijuana March at Hurt Park, at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Courtland Street. The march will start at 11 a.m. For more info, call 404-522-2267.

ALTERNATIVE ART: Inspired by Burning Man, RIPE Atlanta is an outdoor festival that will raise money to go toward building a gallery in Freedom Park for both temporary and permanent exhibits. Come to City View Sculpture Park in the Historic Candler Smith Warehouse District on Sat., May 7, from sunset to sunrise and immerse yourself in art. Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative.com. For more info and driving directions, visit www.ripeatlanta.com.

SUBURBAN APOCALYPSE: The Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., will host a screening of the documentary The End of Suburbia. The film addresses suburban sprawl. Free. Sun., May 8, 7 p.m. For more info, e-mail susan@georgiafordemocracy.org.

CLINTON AT COMMENCEMENT: U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at Agnes Scott College's 116th commencement Sat., May 14. Events begin at 9 a.m. in Agnes Scott's Science Center Quad, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. Tickets are required. Call 404-471-5451 or e-mail info@agnesscott.edu.

ANIMAL RIGHTS: Georgia Animal Rights and Protection, an animal advocacy group, will meet Sat., May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway. For more info, visit www.garpatlanta.org.

AIDS VIGIL: Global Health Action invites the public to come to the world's largest annual AIDS event. More than 4,500 communities in more than 93 countries will honor and remember the lives lost to AIDS. Activities include a candlelight vigil, speakers and theater performances. The event will be held Sun., May 15, at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur. Events begin at 4 p.m. For more info, call 404-634-5748, ext. 310 or visit www.globalhealthaction.org/rsvpcandlelightmemorial.html.

AIDS WEEKEND: The AIDS Survival Project will host Thrive! Weekend Sat.-Sun., May 14-15, at 139 Ralph McGill Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Conversations will be led by men and women living with HIV. Topics will cover the entire spectrum, from women's issues to caregiver advice. Register by Fri., May 13. Call 404-874-7926, ext. 14 or e-mail sbiel@aidssurvivalproject.org.

FREE TESTING: The National Council of Negro Women is hosting an HIV/AIDS testing day Mon., June 27, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Mall at West End, 850 Oak St. Services will include free, rapid HIV testing and information about HIV/AIDS services. For more info, call 404-633-6625 or visit www.ncnwgams.org.

ELECTION REFORM: Join Atlanta Election Reform and learn about how to help count ballots and lobby the state for fairer voting procedures. Meetings are every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. in Vinings. For more info and directions, call 770-432-0199 or e-mail phyllis@countpaperballots.com.

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. For more info, call 404-616-4360 or visit www.gradyhealthsystem.org.

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