News - Young Democrats Meet

If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved in the liberal side of politics and local government, head to the Young Democrats of Atlanta's monthly meeting Wed., July 6. The purpose of YDA (which recently changed its name from Fulton County Young Democrats) is to help Atlantans between the ages of 18 and 35 cultivate an active interest in governmental affairs, increase government efficiency, foster the ideals of the Democratic Party, push for the highest degree of justice and social welfare, and serve as a voice for young Democrats. If you're looking for a way to get involved in local Democratic politics, this is it.

The Young Democrats of Atlanta will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. For more info, visit to www.fultonyoungdems.org.

Atlanta City Council Atlanta City Council discusses regular business, city planning, and metro issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6030. Third Monday of every month, 1 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St., Atlanta.

Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with neighborhood planning units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St., Atlanta.

Christians on Gay Marriage Delegates from the United Church of Christ will gather to determine whether the church should allow gay marriage. You can sit in on the debate. www.ucc.org/synod/press25.htm. July 1-5. $25 per day. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 International Blvd.

Cobb Town Hall Meeting Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. www.cobbcounty.org. 770-528-3313. First Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

College Park City Council Citizens of College Park are invited to attend council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park.

Decatur City Council Decatur City Council meets to discuss local issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

East Atlanta Marketing Committee The committee's aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the committee hopes to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail jclark@interland.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. Third Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

East Point City Council East Point residents are welcome to attend regular city council meetings. Local government and city planning will be discussed. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1133. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point.

Fulton County Commissioners Come to the commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners. 404-730-8200. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St.

Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. www.trainweb.org/garp. 404-373-7530. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. E-mail garprail@att.net for the meeting's location.

Kirkwood Environmental This group focuses on parks and greenspace in Kirkwood. Members work on tree planting, care and protection. If you are committed to preserving the charm of the Kirkwood area, please attend. www.historic-kirkwood.com. 404-370-0856. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun In My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road.

Neighborhood Planning Units NPUs are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any corporation or agency with a place of business in the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, Woodland Hills and McDonough Guice. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. www.sandatlanta.org. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

Talk Trash Unhappy with your garbage collection? The Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting to solicit comments to be used to update the Fulton County Solid Waste Management Plan. The plan outlines the transportation and disposal of solid waste. 404-730-8013. Thurs., June 30, 6:30 p.m. North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road.

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