November Newsletter

Volume 2.3
November 1, 2019

Hello Everyone,

November is a good time to pause for a minute to look around and see where we are with community priorities and concerns and how we might hunker down in various configurations to take advantage of opportunities, get things done, celebrate partnerships and the work that we’re managing, and position ourselves well to keep energy going for 2020. 
Amid this time of reflection, what we can not miss is the fact that 2020 is a Presidential election year with some of the most bizarre things going on that any of us could ever have really imagined.  That’s not all, however.  On every front, we face challenges from health and hazards to fires and floods to crimes, conflict, and wars across communities and around the world.  No geography seems immune.  While all seems literally mind-boggling, still, we can’t despair.  Instead, we must commit to being alert, to paying attention to everything that we can, to doing whatever we reasonably can from the ground up to sustain ourselves, our families, and our communities.
This volume of the CWK, Inc. Newsletter is indeed a testament to this type of resolve—to watch, listen, learn, act, to create legacies of action.  There is value in persistence.  We carry on with what must be done—no matter what.  The range of announcements, programs, events, opportunities, celebratory acknowledgements, and more say, without a doubt, that Atlanta—on the ground, in our community organizations of various kinds—is vibrant, alive, and taking care of important business. 
Thank you, friends, for your hard work, your good work!  See what others are doing.  Participate in what you can!  There is still so much that needs to be done.
Ever onward,
Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
Upcoming Events
Join us at Booker T. Washington High School THIS WEEKEND on SUNDAY, Nov 3rd @ 2:00pm to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Historic Washington Park! 
Sunday, November 3, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Booker T. Washington High School
45 Whitehouse Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

The event is free, but please RSVP – by clicking here!
The Automotive Training Center (ATC) is a non-profit auto repair shop in East Point that trains at-risk youth to become entry-level technicians in the automotive repair industry.  ATC was founded on the principle that their students have untapped potential that has not developed because of their specific life circumstances. Their vision is to mold every young man into a thriving leader in their community by embodying the values of confidence, work ethic, and a passion for learning. ATC gives their students opportunities to grow the technical and entrepreneurial skills they already possess through a positive, encouraging, and challenging learning environment. Visit their website for more information, and come enjoy some pizza in support of ATC this coming Monday:
Monday, November 4, 2019
5pm – 9pm @ Oz Pizza
2805 Main Street
East Point, GA 30344

Find out more about ATC’s programs and services on their website: automotivetrainingcenter.org
The Georgia Archive’s November Lunch and Learn will be about DNA in your Genealogy: Research for Beginners, and will be presented by professional genealogist Captain Larry W. Thomas. Are you still puzzled as to whether to take a DNA test or which test to take? Come to this presentation and learn about how to use DNA results in your genealogy research, which tests to take, and which testing company to use.  
DNA in your Genealogy: Research for Beginners
Friday, November 8, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@  5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

The Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn Programs are free and open to the public. Door prizes are drawn at each Lunch and Learn program. No registration is required. For more information, please contact Penny Cliff: Penelope.Cliff@usg.edu
Join us on Saturday, November 9

Sweet Auburn Works is a curated walk to the history, art, food, and entertainment of the Sweet Auburn Historic District starting at Hilliard Street.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ 110 Hilliard Street
Between Decatur Street and Tanner Street
Hilliard Re:Imagined Join us as we reimagine Hilliard Street. We will showcase a redesigned look and feel for this important corridor from King Memorial Station to the heart of the Sweet Auburn Historic District.
Food Tour: chefs + growers Experience a self-guided food tour that pairs growers of Atlanta’s freshest produce with the neighborhood’s dynamic chefs.
Atlanta Senior Citizens will able to apply for heating assistance starting on Wednesday, November 6th through Saturday, November 23rd. There are two locations open for heating assistance applications:
Aviation Community Cultural Center
@ 3900 Aviation Cir NW, Atlanta, GA 30336
from 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 6th
  • Friday, November 8th 
  • Saturday, November 9th (until 2pm)
  • Friday, November 22nd 
  • Saturday, November 23rd (until 2pm)
Metropolitan Library
@ 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta GA  30310
from 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • November 14th, 15th,
  • Monday, Nov 18th
  • Wednesday, Nov 20th
  • Friday, Nov 22nd
The Building Memories Podcast Series is in its second season of honoring Atlanta’s richly diverse history and culture through the places and spaces and the people who occupied them. This season has already featured episodes on:
  • Paschal’s Restaurant
  • Just Us Neighbors
  • Prince Hall Masonic Lodge
  • Cabbagetown
  • O’Keefe High School

The podcast’s most recent episode is devoted to Big Bethel AME church. Click here to listen to Building Memories’ Season 2 Podcast on Big Bethel AME.
Invest Atlanta has a building façade grant program open for eligible projects in the Westside TAD. The application is on their website.

They also hope to launch a Small Business Improvement Grant available to business owners and property owners that can be used for interior and exterior improvements. The maximum grant amount will be $20,000. The applicant will only be required to match 20% of the grant award with their own cash. The program is expected to launch on November 7th, and will be available in the following 5 TADs:
  • Campbellton
  • Hollowell/ML King
  • Metropolitan
  • Stadium Neighborhoods
  • Perry Bolton
Please be sure to check the Invest Atlanta site for more information about the Building Façade grant program, as well as the launch of the Small Business Improvement Grant early this month.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Christopher Davidson, State Archivist and Assistant Vice Chancellor and the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) presented 36 awards during the seventeenth annual GHRAC Archives Awards ceremony. The GHRAC awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia Please be sure to check the Invest Atlanta site for more information about the Building Façade grant program, as well as the launch of the Small Business Improvement Grant early this month. Among this year’s many recipients was Dr. Todd Michney, pictured here, who is an Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Michney received an Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records for his work on the Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive. 

Nominations for the 2020 Awards will be accepted beginning February 1, 2020, and they must be postmarked by June 1, 2020. More information is available from the Georgia Archives website: 
Upcoming Meetings

The English Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA) will be holding their General Body Meeting TOMORROW:
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
@ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Integrity CDC
692 Lindsay Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

Come join us and learn about happenings in your neighborhood!

The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, November 14th
@ 7:00pm
Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, businesses, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its Monthly Meeting, to stay informed — and to share important news on the ground. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month:
Tuesday, November 12th @ 11:30am
@ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, please call
Ms. Gail Mapp: 404-625-6922
Atlanta NPU Meetings THIS WEEK

2nd Tuesday (Nov 12th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (Nov 13th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

3rd Tuesday (Nov 19th) at 6:30pm @ C. A. Scott Recreation Center 
1565 M. L. King, Jr. Dr. 
Atlanta, GA 30314

Visit the City of Atlanta’s site for more information:
Atlanta NPU Meeting Schedule
If you have announcements that you would like to share, please note two important points:
  • The old email account for Westside Communities Alliance has been closed.  Please direct messages and send flyers and announcements to:  info@communitieswhoknow.com 
  • Currently, the CWK Newsletter will be posted monthly – in the first half of the month. Please submit your flyers and other relevant information to the email address above – as close to the beginning of the month as possible. Thank you!

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