Pearls of Purpose Presents The Great Gatsby

Pearls of Purpose Presents The Great Gatsby 3

The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center played host to this lavish event with a Roaring 20’s theme. Dr. Dawn Beatrice Griffin serves as the head of the foundation. Photography Darnell Williams.

Chasing Childhood Dreams

Chasing Childhood Dreams

Can I pose a question? When you were a kid and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? The answers of our South Fulton Lifestyle staff were telling, if not surprising. Donna, our amazing, patient, Sales and Office assistant wanted to be a teacher. And our hardworking advertising salesperson, Stephanie, envisioned herself as at first as a singer (though she says the world is better because this dream did not come true) and later an architect. Amongst our fabulous publishers, the ever-brilliant Michelle set her sites sights on becoming a doctor and our taskmaster Donald wanted to serve as a police officer. As for me, I signed my name, “Erikka Searles, Future Poet” throughout middle and high school before I discovered that sometimes even the best artists could literally starve before they gained any fame. Then I settled on the more stable librarian before the museum world and art caught my eye. Writing all the while, I taught as an Art History professor before I became the editor of this darling little community magazine, a perfect showcase for your businesses and products alongside your neighbor’s accolades and good news.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Center for Civil and Human Rights 9

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Its purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.

Hotel Indigo

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Hotel Indigo is a jewel nestled in downtown College Park, a well-established community near Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport and one of the fastest growing cities in metropolitan Atlanta. The 142-room property opened in the summer of 2009.
The Hotel Indigo Atlanta College Park was one of the brand’s first new-build properties, and joins the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown, the brand’s first property to open, and the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown, a conversion of the historic Carnegie Building.

“We are pleased to be a part of the resurgence of downtown College Park and are proud to bring another Hotel Indigo to Atlanta,” said Jim Anhut, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, the Americas, IHG. “Atlanta is the birthplace of the Hotel Indigo brand, and we are excited to expand our brand concept into a welcoming, unique community like College Park.”

Prom Preview 2016

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Be Fashion Forward! What are you wearing? Head to the nearest dress shop or department store and peruse their selections. One of our favorite places to buy a gown is Sweet Elegance Bridal located in Decatur. Well worth the drive, the staff here are so incredibly welcoming and provide you with a customized shopping experience that is unparalleled. They’ve got a great selection of prom dresses to choose from. Looking for a more custom or couture experience? I’ve still got you covered. Meyonda Shanee apparel creates masterful attire for your special occasions. With an eye for detail owner/ designer Meyonda Benjamin can create almost anything you can dream of just in time for prom. Allow Meyonda to make you a one of a kind prom dress that fits you perfectly. Or try Rose at fashion, her unique designs will not disappoint.

Around Town

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The members of the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently celebrated the chapter’s 20th anniversary with its signature fundraiser “Linking Heart & Soul” at the Atlanta History Center. More than 400 distinguished guests attended the Sunday afternoon champagne brunch featuring live entertainment by the Infinity Show Band.
Honorary co-chairs, former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin and Carolyn Young led the organization in raising more than $30,000 to benefit the Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club, Jerusalem House and an educational initiative in Haiti.

Welcome Spring!

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Combine flour and salt. Add butter and blend it with the flour mixture until it begins to crumble. I work quickly and use my hands. Add the water one tablespoon at a time mixing the dough just until it is moist. Be careful not to use more water than needed or the dough will become sticky and difficult to work with. Roll the dough into 2 balls, cover them plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Building Atlanta Metro Studios

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A life in the arts can be very rewarding. Working in the entertainment industry can also be a journey into the unknown, far-flung from a typical “9 to 5” existence. At Atlanta Metro Studios, our teams’ backgrounds range from producers, production designers and transportation coordinators to construction, development and studio executives. Our life in the arts has taken each of us around the world. Now, thanks to the steadfast support of Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly, we each find ourselves with amazing opportunities in Georgia, at the intersection of the arts and large-scale industry.

Challenging Expectations: 
The Infiniti QX60

Challenging Expectations: 
The Infiniti QX60 1

If you research the new QX60, the tagline states “Challenge your Expectations of Versatile Elegance,” and that’s exactly what it will do. This luxury crossover sports utility vehicle will force you to cross out your expectations from the view on the outside once you familiarize yourself with the cockpit. It screams take the family for a long trip and explore the horizon. It marries comfort and luxury in a Venus fly trap that might not let you go. So, be prepared on your test drive to take this one home.

Narviar Griffin, Dedicated to Children and the Arts

Narviar Griffin, Dedicated to Children and the Arts 2

A goal to serve. Narviar Griffin, Interim Arts Program Manager,is a Clark-Atlanta alumna, and a former dancer and dance instructor. She is the heart and soul of South Fulton Arts Center (SFAC). She brings a passion and authenticity to the center that cannot be denied. When there were kids in the afterschool program who needed something to do, she offered them the opportunity to attend afternoon courses at SFAC free of charge. Narviar Griffin listens. Clients asked Griffin if guitar classes could be offered at the Center and now a South Fulton resident teaches guitar classes at SFAC. The youth theater class originated following a conversation that Griffin had with parents regarding desires for a theater class for children at a community event.

Discover the South Fulton Arts Center

Discover the South Fulton Arts Center 5

South Fulton Arts Center is a hidden gem in the South Fulton Community. Its location is snugly nestled between the Cliftondale Multipurpose Facility and the baseball field at Cliftondale Park. As Fulton County’s southernmost arts facility, South Fulton Arts Center strives to provide accessible, quality arts programming for the seven municipalities of South Fulton and the rural areas of unincorporated Fulton County. South Fulton Arts Center offers youth and adult programming in performing and visual arts for affordable fees. Recently renovated, South Fulton Arts offers residents a 200 seat theater which features, a fully equipped stage, updated classroom spaces, and a pottery studio.