Category: People & Places

An artists’ haven in Buckhead celebrates 65 years of teaching and sharing art

The aptly named Art McNaughton, president of the Atlanta Artists Center, just got elected to another term as the nonprofit organization celebrates its 65th anniversary. The Reporter paid a visit to him at the AAC’s home at 2979 Grandview Avenue in Buckhead to find out about the nonprofit’s past and future. For more information, see atlantaartistscenter.org. Q. What was the genesis of the Atlanta Artists Center? A. The organization has been around since 1954 and started out as a watercolor group — just a small group of people who were living here in Buckhead trying to find different places...

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Exceptional Educators: Three Riverwood teachers honored for garden

Three teachers led Sandy Springs’ Riverwood International Charter School to bringing an award-winning outdoor garden and classroom coming to fruition. The garden won the District 3 Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment award on Oct. 16. The teachers involved included Patti Lawrimore, chair of the science department; Elissa Oliver, a chef and culinary arts teacher; and Isaac Seals, a science teacher and coach. “The garden project is the consummate opportunity to bring a diverse group of students together to learn important…lessons with real-world applications, while also benefiting the school and greater Sandy Springs community,” said Lawrimore. “We are...

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Three Sandy Springs nonprofits must find new homes during construction

On a Thursday afternoon in a small but lively room, six second-graders from Lake Forest Elementary practiced reading English with volunteers ranging from high school students to retirees. When LaAmistad Executive Director Cat McAfee walked into the room, each child left his or her workstation to formally greet her. “Hello, it is very nice to see you,” each student said shyly but firmly, shaking McAfee’s hand without breaking eye contact. “Welcome to LaAmistad.” LaAmistad, whose name means “The Friendship,” offers an afterschool learning program for under-resourced Latino students that focuses on math and reading, as well as teaching manners...

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Around Town: Pioneering members of an all-girl scout troop aim to be Eagles

OK, let’s get this out of the way right at the start: Yes, these girl scouts have sold cookies. Not those familiar Girl Scout cookies in their brightly colored boxes. No, these scouts raised money for their new troop by selling chocolate chip cookies and brownies they’d baked. After all, they’re not Girl Scouts. They’re scouts who happen to be girls. They’re members of Troop 398, a new gathering of girls organized at Northside United Methodist Church under the scouting program created by the 109-year-old Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts announced in 2017 that it would allow...

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Worth Knowing: Dunwoody’s first lady leaves a legacy of boosting nonprofits

Imagine your husband’s just been elected mayor of a very young city. You have a role, but no script. No one knows what to expect of you. Including you. As Mayor Denis Shortal prepares to end his 11 years of service to the city of Dunwoody, I spent some time with Meredy Shortal, who has been a very visible First Lady, to hear how she figured it all out. When I asked her how she felt when her husband announced he wouldn’t run for another term, she said, “My first thought was, ‘Good thing I haven’t cut the tags...

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Old-school bowling rolls on at Funtime Bowl

The rumble of balls rolling down the lanes and crashing into pins together with the laughter of friends are the sounds of a night at Funtime Bowl. “This is a classic bowling experience,” said Jaqui Flynn, 33, of Lenox Park, on a recent Thursday night. Flynn was there with a crowd of people who work in the nonprofit world and bowl in the Charities of Atlanta United through Sporting Events, or CAUSE, bowling league. The overhead screens keep scores, but no one is really paying attention. Neon orange, blue, green and yellow shapes painted along the back wall reflect...

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Photos: Dunwoody celebrates Halloween on the Farm

Halloween came early to Dunwoody on Oct. 26. Scout BSA Troop 477 hosted its annual “Halloween on the Farm” at the historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Proceeds benefited Troops 477 and 1919, both based at Kingswood United Methodist Church. Photos by Phil Mosier. Sofia Walker, 7, of Troop 1919 runs the obstacle course. She is also a first-grader at Dunwoody Elementary. Zoey Edge, 2, is all smiles while making “slime” as a Halloween fun project. Spider-Man’s secret identity, Tyler Baldwin, 4, enjoys a s’more at a campfire. He attended with dad Calvin (not pictured), who also wore a...

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Photos: A ‘Spectacular’ Day at Chastain Horse Park festival

Buckhead’s Chastain Horse Park celebrated its “Fall Family Spectacular” festival on Oct. 26, drawing a crowd to see horse shows and join family activities. Proceeds benefited the nonprofit’s therapeutic riding program. For more information, see chastainhorsepark.org. Photos by Phil Mosier. The Falconwood Vaulters demonstrate horseback acrobatics in the main arena. Sisters Josie and Clara McMeekin, ages 10 and 6, say hello to a horse in the stable. They visited the festival with parents Scott and Dana. A horse called Slim Shady keeps watch while waiting for rider Shelby Mercure (not pictured) to return in a demonstration. Visitors meet horses...

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Director of Buckhead’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve to retire

Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s executive director is retiring after three years in the job and many more in other service roles at the Buckhead green space. Kevin McCauley said he will “remain involved” as the board of directors seeks to hire a new director by the time he leaves at year’s end. “It has been a privilege for me to be part of Blue Heron the past 15 years and playing a small part in our success,” McCauley said in a written statement. “I feel we have created a unique place for nature and for people in our community...

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Photos: A sneak preview of Buckhead’s newest PATH400 trail section

A new section of Buckhead’s PATH400 multiuse trail gets its public debut at an Oct. 20 party. But the Reporter got a sneak preview of the trail and its new public art. The trail section runs along Ga. 400 between the Gordon C. Bynum Jr. pedestrian bridge and Miami Circle areas, completing a connection between Lenox Square and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. The Reporter’s preview was led by Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit that is overseeing PATH400’s construction and operations. A major new feature is a mural of birds and trees created by Atlanta artist Krista...

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DHA president throws first pitch at Dunwoody Senior Baseball

Dunwoody Senior Baseball’s Fall League is back in action at the Brook Run Park fields, where Dunwoody Homeowners Association president Adrienne Duncan threw the ceremonial first pitch for a Sept. 30 game. Duncan threw a strike before the game, where the Wildcats beat the Diablos 15U 9-4, according to the league. For 44 years, DSB has organized baseball leagues for youths who have outgrown Little League. Besides the Fall League, which plays through October, DSB also runs spring and summer leagues, as well as a year-round travel program. For more information, see...

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