Halloween Weekend Events

This will be a busy weekend for family activities.

Saturday morning from 9 to 11 there will be a cleanup in Orme Park – bring your gloves, trimmers and pruners to clear out invasive shrubs and enhance the recent repainting of the bridge.

Saturday afternoon at 4 – get dressed up in Halloween garb (adults, children and dogs), and bring a potluck dish to share, at the annual Atkins Park Halloween party in the new parkland at North Highland Avenue @ St. Charles Place.

Sunday morning – the Atlanta Marathon will be coming north on North Highland Avenue, west on Virginia Avenue, and then turning onto Park Drive to go to Piedmont Park. Plan your Sunday morning driving route accordingly. www.atlantamarathon.org

Sunday afternoon – get dressed up in your Halloween garb again to attend the Orme Swarm at Orme Park from 4 to 6. Bring a potluck dish to share as well as your drinks and blankets for seating.

Monday evening – traditional “trick or treat” night. Drive carefully this evening.

All of these events provide an excellent way to meet new neighbors.

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Upcoming Festivals and Traffic Info

These festivals will necessitate changes in your regular travel routes – plan ahead and avoid frustrations. Music Midtown on 9/24 will have 10th Street closed www.musicmidtown.com and click on “neighbor info” for street closings. Battle of the Burgers at John Howell Park on 10/1 will close Virginia Avenue that day. Atlanta Pride Festival on 10/8 and 10/9 will have lane closings on 10th Street, as well as the parade route on 10/9. The parade route is at http://atlantapride.org/parade

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Dogwood Festival and possible Freaknik

This Weekend – April 16th Through the 18th

Plan your weekend driving very carefully – traffic is bound to be a real challenge with all the events scheduled (with or without Freaknik). It will be best to avoid Monroe Drive, 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, and use either PDL Avenue, Cheshire Bridge Road or Briarcliff Road as exits and entrances. Yeah – this may be inconvenient, but the time saved in the long run may make it worth while.

Read the AJC story at http://www.ajc.com/news/big-atlanta-weekend-dogwood-465611.html The Dogwood Festival security team seems to have more than ever “Emergency – No Parking” signs up in the neighborhood to keep our streets passable for traffic and emergency vehicles. Be prepared to show your drivers license for proof of residency on some of our streets if traffic really gets heavy.

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023 can be called for city-related non-emergency and general questions on Friday from 8:15 a.m. til 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. til 4 p.m.

I also had a call Thursday afternoon from Mitzi Bickers from the Mayor’s Office offering her city cell phone number at 404-558-6970 for non-emergency calls at times other than when the office will be open for calls. Just please be judicious in using this number for this weekend only but if your driveway is blocked, traffic signals are not working, etc. she will take your call. For all emergency calls – use 911 as usual.

If you are attending the Dogwood Festival this weekend – buy a beer or soda from the Midtown MPSA folks at the 14th Street entrance to the park. Funds raised go towards supporting their off-duty patrol group – the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance. Midtown also has a tour of homes this weekend.

Plan your weekend carefully and enjoy this wonderful weather. As usual, warn your visitors to clean out their cars before parking here – the thieves are bound to be out this weekend also.

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