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The League of Women Voters of Fulton County, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to educate men and women about the political process, will host a conversation about Georgia’s new and controversial voter ID law on Sun., Aug. 28. Emmet Bondurant, a prominent lawyer who has worked with the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, will speak with attendees about the impact of the new law, which requires that voters provide a photo ID. Critics say the law will impede low-income, intown voters who have limited access to the state’s photo ID offices.

The meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Federal Home Loan Bank, 1475 Peachtree St. For more info or to RSVP, visit, e-mail, or call 404-577-8683.

· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with the city’s neighborhood planning units, holds an open meeting to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, parks and open spaces. 404-330-6899. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

· Atlanta WAND Come celebrate the third anniversary of the weekly war protest hosted by the local chapter of Women’s Action for New Directions. Bring a loud voice — and signs calling for peace. 404-524-5999. Fri., Aug. 26, noon-1 p.m., in front of Colony Square, 1175 Peachtree St.

· College Park city Council All citizens are invited to attend City 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. 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.

· Community Grants The nonprofit group Do Something will award $500 to residents under 18 years of age who have plans to change their world. Another group, the Rural Housing Service, will give grants and loans to low-income residents for home repairs. And the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will award grants up to $65,000 for programs that develop literacy skills for adults. Most grant applications are due by the end of September. 678-688-0472.

· Decatur City Council The City Council meets to discuss local government and community issues. 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 This committee’s aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the marketing committee hopes to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail 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, upcoming community endeavors, and city planning will be discussed. 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 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. 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. 404-373-7530. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists The group focuses on parks and greenspace, tree-planting, and care and protection of the Kirkwood area. If you are committed to preserving the neighborhood’s charm, please attend. 404-370-0856. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun in My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road.

· NPU Meetings Neighborhood Planning Units 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 business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

· One Neighbors of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. 404-522-0556. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave.

· 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. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. 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.

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