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Lithonia sets community emergency exercise
The City of Lithonia Police Department is presenting an Emergency Management Table Top Exercise on Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2152 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia.
CSX Transportation will join the Lithonia Police Department in presenting the event. Tabletop exercises are designed to help an organization, city or town test a hypothetical situation, such as a natural or man-made disaster, and evaluate the group’s ability to cooperate and work together, as well as test their readiness to respond. Disasters in simulation include massive fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.
The event is open to the community. For more information, email Gale Tolan at
DeKalb CSB to host charity holiday bazaar
The DeKalb Community Service Board will host a charity holiday bazaar to benefit mental health programs on Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Richardson Health Center’s Bohan Auditorium, 445 Winn Way, Decatur.
DeKalb Service Board clients will be selling paintings, jewelry and other crafts. Proceeds from the sale will benefit CSB’s Peer Support program, a mental health program that provides structured, scheduled activities and promotes socialization, recovery, self-advocacy and maintenance of community living skills. 404-370-7460.
McNair group sets tree-planting beautification day
The McNair Cluster Sustainable Neighbors Initiative will team up with Kelley Lake Elementary School and Trees Atlanta to host a tree planting beautification project on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lauren Sandoval, youth education coordinator for Trees Atlanta, will assist with the project. Sandoval will educate students on the environmental benefits of trees.
The community is invited to join in. Participants will meet at Kelley Lake Elementary, 2590 Kelley Lake Road, Decatur. For more information or to sign up your family, call 404-286-3352 or email
ART Station presents “A Broadway Christmas Carol”
The ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain, will present “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” Dec. 5 – 22, Thursday – Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Slated as “America’s funniest holiday show: featuring a little song, a little dance, a little eggnog down your pants,” the presentation gives a new spin on Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge story. Song parodies will be mixed with famous Broadway tunes.
Tickets are $21 for senior citizens and students, $25 for other adults. 770-469-1105.
DeKalb NCNW to host “A Festive Evening of Giving”
The DeKalb Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. is hosting “A Festive Evening of Giving—Signature Christmas Gala” on Sunday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Conference Center Hotel, 450 Capital Ave., Atlanta.
Special honors will be given to Elizabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed The Hungry. All guests are asked to bring a brand new toy as a donation to Hosea Feed the Hungry.
Vendors will be available for attendees to shop furs, jewelry, holiday ornaments, hats and other items.
Tickets are $40 per person and available by calling 404-798-6948.
Discover winter animals with Mechanicsville branch
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Mechanicsville branch, 400 Formwalt, St., S.W., Atlanta, will host a “Winter Animals” series on Tuesdays, Dec. 3 – 17, 10 a.m.
Organizers say children will be taken away into a world of imagination using educational stories read by the library’s storytellers and librarians. Invited guest storytellers will be a part of the seriel. Youth will experience songs, arts and crafts, and puppetry, centered on winter animals such as polar bears, deer, owls and foxes.
Reservations are suggested. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 404-730-4779 or e-mail
Downtown Kirkwood to host “Home for the Holidays”
The downtown Kirkwood area, 1989 Hosea L. Williams, Drive, Atlanta, will host its “Home for the Holidays” event on Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 – 7 p.m.
This event celebrates the holiday season, supports local businesses, and highlights the Kirkwood community. The holiday celebration in downtown Kirkwood includes a holiday market, tree lighting, live music and pet costume contest.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will welcome you and local high school bands will perform. Music will take place from 5 – 6 p.m., with the tree lighting starting at 6 p.m. 404-353-4331 or 404-386-9806.
Seniors celebrate holidays with Christmas movie
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department will host a holiday viewing of “Christmas with the Kranks,” on Monday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m., at the Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville.
Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, “Christmas With the Kranks” stars “Nora” (Jamie Lee Curtis) and “Luther Krank” (Tim Allen). In the movie, the couple decides to put their normally fanatical enthusiasm for the holidays aside for a tropical cruise. The movie also stars Dan Aykroyd as their neighbor “Vic.” Just as it looks like Christmas will be successfully skipped, “Blair” (Julie Gonzalo) throws a major kink into the plans when she suddenly has a change of heart and announces she’ll be coming home for Christmas after all.
Admission is $2 for Gwinnett residents. Price includes popcorn and a drink. You must pre-register to attend. 678-2770179.
Southern chef Christy Jordan shares holiday recipes
The Gwinnett County Public Library System will welcome Southern chef and author Christy Jordan on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at the system’s Suwanee branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee.
Jordan is the publisher of “SouthernPlate,” contributing editor of “Taste of the South” magazine, the former editor-at-large for “Southern Living,” and a judge on the Game Show Network’s “Beat the Chefs.” Jordan has also appeared on the TODAY show and QVC.
Jordan, a cookbook author and blogger, will share menus to help readers gather their family around the table this holiday season.
The event is free and open to the public. Some of Jordan’s books will be on hand for purchase and signing as well. 678-985-6040.
Conyers Kids put a spin on Christmas tradition
The acting group, “Conyers Kids,” will present “A Conyers Kids Christmas Carol” on Dec. 6, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Unity Church of Roackdale, 933 Commercial St., Conyers.
The performance serves as an abbreviated, comic adaptation of the Dickens Christmas classic. Every winter, “Conyers Kids” rewrites this fresh, humorous retelling of the seasonal favorite.
The performances are free and open to the public.
Olde Town welcomes Christmas
Conyers will host its annual Olde Town Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 6, 5 – 8 p.m., in Olde Town Conyers. The party will offer several Christmas vendors and Christmas-themed refreshments. Visit Santa, enjoy special sales in Olde Town shops and complimentary carriage and train rides. The party is free to attend.
Conyers will light its Christmas tree and host a holiday parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7 p.m., down Main Street in Olde Town. More than 70 floats and other entries will travel down Main Street heralding the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the Conyers Hometown Holiday Parade, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The “Lights, Camera, Action, Christmas!” community tree lighting takes place immediately following the parade at 6 p.m. at the Rockdale County Courthouse, 922 Court St., N.E., Conyers.
“The Hometown Holiday Parade is the perfect way for families and neighbors to come together and celebrate the start of the holiday season in our community,” said Conyers Mayor Randy Mills. “We’re happy to team up with Rockdale County to incorporate the parade and tree lighting into a day of holiday fun in Olde Town for families throughout Conyers and Rockdale County.”
Attendees can enjoy performances from local choirs and dance groups. The Rockdale County Fraternal Order of Firefighters will be on site selling snacks such as pizza, popcorn and hot chocolate. Proceeds will help families in need requesting assistance with holiday meals.
The cost to skate is $7 plus $2 for skate rental. For more information on the rink or the city’s Christmas events, call 770-602-2606 or 770-278-7056.
Rockdale commissioners to host holiday open house
The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners invites citizens to its “Holiday Open House” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5 – 7 p.m., at the B.O.C. Office, 962 Milstead Ave., Conyers.
The informal, “drop-in” event will provide the public with an opportunity to meet elected officials, County leaders and staff. At the open house, the public can enjoy festive holiday music, refreshments and beverages.
The Rockdale County Master Gardeners’ Extension Volunteers is decorating the BOC Office with holiday décor for the event. 770-278-7056.