Category: Making a Difference

Sandy Springs Oktoberfest returns Oct. 26

The Sandy Springs Oktoberfest returns for its second year on Oct. 26. Featuring live music and German food, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs event raises funds for the Sandy Springs Education Force STEAM program and treatment of injured veterans at Buckhead’s Shepherd Center. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children, and $4 for food tokens. The event runs noon to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. For more information, see...

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Chastain Horse Park to hold fall festival Oct. 26

The Chastain Horse Park will hold its annual “Fall Family Spectacular” horse show and festival on Oct. 26. The festival at the facility in Buckhead’s Chastain Park includes a competitive horse show, a horse costume parade, a horseback archery demonstration, a visit with Atlanta Police Department horses, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Food trucks and other vendors will be on site, along with a Girl Scouts bake sale. Admission is free. Proceeds from sales will benefit the nonprofit’s therapeutic riding programs. The event will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Buckhead....

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Capitol City Opera to hold ‘Princess and Pirate Concert’ for kids Oct. 26

Capitol City Opera Company will hold a “Princess and Pirate Concert” of Disney musical sing-alongs on Oct. 26 in Sandy Springs as a fundraiser for its educational programs. The event includes a silent auction, face-painting, photos with costumed actors, a cast meet-and-greet, and an optional catered dinner. Costumes are welcome. Tickets are $10 or $25 with dinner. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. For more information, see...

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City Springs bricks and seats now available for naming

People and groups can now have their names and messages engraved on a brick outside of City Springs or on a seat inside its Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. The $300 bricks and $1,000 seats – or $1,200 for a combo donation – are available on the City Springs website here. Both programs allow donors to personalize a brick or seat with a personal name or brief message, subject to city approval. About 1,500 bricks are available for engraving and will be installed along a prominent pathway in front of the curving fountains on the west side of City...

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Buckhead church to present requiem, host AIDS Memorial Quilt panel

Buckhead’s Covenant Presbyterian Church choir and a chamber orchestra will present a requiem on Oct. 27 and collect donations to host a Dec. 1 display of a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The requiem “For Us the Living” was written by a music minister at a church in Albany, N.Y., and first performed in 2007. The free performance at Covenant is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the church, 2461 Peachtree Road. Donations will be accepted after the performance to help sponsor the World AIDS Day display at the church of a panel from the quilt. Overseen by the...

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‘Vintage Affair’ benefit for Community Assistance Center to be held Oct. 26

The Community Assistance Center’s annual “Vintage Affair” fundraiser will be held Oct. 26 at the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Sandy Springs. The CAC provides emergency assistance to people in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs who are in danger of homelessness. The “Vintage Affair” is a black-tie-optional gala with a theme of “Moonlight Masquerade,” where guests can wear ball masks. The event will include small-plate dining, live music, dancing and a silent and live auction with such items as a mini-roadster donated by MBUSA. Tickets are $125. For more information, see...

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Ronald McDonald House fundraiser gala comes to Buckhead Oct. 19

The “Heart and Hands Gala,” an annual black-tie fundraiser dinner for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, comes to Buckhead on Oct. 19. Ronald McDonald Houses offer housing to families of sick and injured children being treated at such hospitals as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs’ Medical Center. The event, which includes live and silent auctions, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Flourish Atlanta, 3134 Maple Drive, Buckhead. Tickets are $400 per person. For more information, see...

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‘Tower of Talent’ fundraiser for CHOA music therapy comes to City Springs Oct. 26

The annual “Tower of Talent” fundraiser concert for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta returns to City Springs Oct. 26. The inspirational concert by youths ages 6 to 21 benefits CHOA’s music therapy programs. The event is sponsored by Michael Greenbaum, owner of Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. CHOA operates the Scottish Rite hospital in the Medical Center area and is building a major new hospital complex in Brookhaven. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Tickets are $35-$100. For more information, see...

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Literacy fundraiser 5/10K, health fest coming to Sandy Springs Oct. 26

A literacy fundraiser 5/10K race and a health festival are coming to City Springs on Oct. 26. The “Footprints for the Future” 5/10K race, starting at 7:45 a.m., is a fundraiser for the Sandy Springs Education Force’s literacy programs. Runners and walkers who participate will get a T-shirt, gift bag and, for adults, beer from the local Pontoon Brewing Company. A 1K version starts at 9 a.m. To guarantee T-shirts, participants must register by Oct. 8 at runsignup.com/ssef. Following the race, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Fall Fun Health Fest” with vendors, entertainment, food...

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Worth Knowing: SCORE helps small businesses for free in Sandy Springs

Owning a small business is not for the faint of heart. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, 30 percent of new businesses fail during their first two years, 50 percent during their first five, and 66 percent during their first 10. Despite the risks, for many of us, owning our own business is the American Dream. According to JPMorgan Chase, 99 percent of America’s 29.7 million firms are small businesses, with 88 percent of them having 20 or fewer employees. In fact, small businesses drive our economy, providing over half of all private-sector jobs. Luckily, since 1964 the...

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Heritage Sandy Springs executive director to retire Oct. 4

After 13 years of working as the executive director of Heritage Sandy Springs, Carol Thompson is set to retire on Oct. 4, according to a press release. Deborah Minor, a current board member, will be stepping in as interim executive director. Thompson has been with Heritage Sandy Springs since summer 2006, the release said. “The growth over the years was about creating a sense of place and giving the community a gathering place, to enjoy, to learn, and to have fun,” Thompson said in the release. “I am blessed to have been a part of it. I’m also excited...

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After 10 years, Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common leaders look forward to adding trail

The organizers of the Mountain Way Common are looking back on a decade of work to create the park – and looking forward to adding a long-awaited multiuse trail early next year. The 9-acre park in the area of North Ivy Road and Mountain Way beneath Ga. 400 came out of longstanding concerns about the conditions of the site. The forest area was plowed down in 1990 for Ga. 400 construction. For years afterward, it remained overgrown, and government agencies used it as a construction staging zone. But around 10 years ago, the community effort coalesced after an attack...

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