October 2016 Around Town 4

Susan L. Taylor and  Marian Wright Edelman Headline Honorees at ITC’s Second Annual “Global Transformers Gala”

Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emerita at Essence Magazine and Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, are among the 2016 class of honorees for the Interdenominational Theological Center’s (ITC) second annual “Global Transformers Gala,” (GTG) that will be held on Friday, October 21, 7 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia. The gala and awards program was created to recognize and honor distinguished individuals whose faith has informed their global outlook and engagements. This year’s theme is “Women of Power, Faith, and Action” and ITC is pleased to honor an extraordinary class of women whose faith and resilience who have contributed to millions of lives being transformed.

The distinguished 2016 class also includes Sister Simone Campbell is renowned for her relentless demands for social justice for marginalized citizens. She is also noted for her famous “Nuns’ Letter” in support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith aroused the conscience of the nation with her profound declaration that youth violence is a public health problem.  ITC’s own Dr. Jacquelyn Grant is recognized around the globe as the “Mother” of Womanist Theology, and Professor Emerita Dr. Anne Streaty Wimberly continues to inspire people across the nation through her scholarship and commitment to Christian education and through her advocacy for African-American youth.

ITC is excited to celebrate these women and their profound transformative impact on individuals, communities and the world. Please plan to join us for this sacred, inspiring and powerful evening.

Tickets for the gala are $200 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10 and may be purchased by visiting ITC.edu.  For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 404.614.6394.

Register Now for the HOA Boot Camp

Calling all residents from community and civic organizations throughout the South Fulton area.  Join your leaders, board members, volunteers, homeowners and neighbors for the 2nd Annual Georgia HOA Alliance (GHA) HOA Boot Camp on November 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of College Park’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC).

The FREE HOA Boot Camp conference will focus on laws impacting Georgia’s shared ownership communities.  Attendees will learn about their roles and responsibilities and best practices, such as financial management, community spirit, community governance and community security, as well as homeowner’s rights. For more information, visit HOABootCamp.org, GeorgiaHOAAlliance.org or SouthFultonHOAAlliance.org.

Cheryl Jones Joins The Pink Frog Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors

Cheryl Jones, retired educator and vice president of business development at AEE Productions, has joined the board
of directors for The Pink Frog Foundation, Inc. (PFF).

“We’re excited about Cheryl’s decision to become affiliated with the Foundation,” said Tammy L. Bolton, co-founder and executive director of PFF. “She will assist us with board development and increasing the Foundation’s visibility among various constituent groups in the Atlanta area,” Bolton continued.

Jones is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Spelman College. She brings to the board a wealth of contacts and a passion for service. She is the co-founder/vice president of Atlanta Read: a non-profit, literacy-based program whose goal is to build and broaden a culture of literacy that empowers today’s children to achieve and lead in tomorrow’s world. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the National Association of Educators, the Camellia Rose Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and serves on the Atlanta Metro YMCA Teen Advisory Committee.

Founded in 2012 by  breast cancer survivor  Tammy L. Bolton and her husband, Robert H. Bolton, The Pink Frog Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to providing maid service, nutrition support and transportation service to breast cancer patients, while they are undergoing treatment. Please visit PinkFrogFoundation.org for more information.

Fulton County Citizens’ University Graduates 30

Commissioner Joan P. Garner and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners celebrates 12 years of Civic Engagement and Education with its very own Fulton Citizens’ University (FCCU) Class of 2016. FCCU is a 12-week class where citizens from Fulton County are introduced to five major components of government within Fulton County:
1. All People Trust Government is Efficient, Effective, and Fiscally Sound
2. All People Are Healthy
3. All People Are Self-Sufficient
4. All People Are Safe
5. All People’s Lives Are Culturally and Recreationally Enriched
Throughout the 12 weeks, students learn about the intricate details that govern the Board of  Commissioners and the County Manager, Finance & Tax Assessments, Tax Commissioner, Health Services provided, Housing & Community Development, Water Resources, Emergency Services & Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, Arts & Cutural Recreation, Justice System, and the Department of External Affairs. It is an informative and action-packed 12 weeks. The purpose of FCCU is to inform its citizens on the operations of Fulton County so that not only can the governing body be efficient but its citizens can help facilitate those processes.

In 2004, as part of Fulton County’s commitment to operate an efficient and effective government, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners launched the Fulton County Citizens’ University, a series of interactive courses offered to Fulton County citizens, instructed by Fulton County department heads and their staff. Participants  examine the same kinds of challenges faced by County staff for a fuller understanding of the business of local government.

Fulton County Citizens’ University is an annual  12-week program that is limited to 30 participants. In order to graduate, students need to earn a minimum of 200 credits with students earning 20 credits per class

Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company Announces Season Opener Proof by David Auburn

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to announce the 2016-2017 “Season of Power, Hope & Love”  opening production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, Proof  by David Auburn, directed by Tess Malis Kincaid.  As the topic of mental illness grows in our country, Proof creates awareness and asks us to consider what genius looks like and what insanity is.  In 2005, Proof was made into a major film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins.  The play is running October 25 – November 20, 2016 at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center’s Performance Theater.

The line between genius and insanity can be razor thin; at least that’s Catherine’s fear. An untrained prodigy, she’s inherited her mathematician father’s brilliance and tries to come to grips with her other possible inheritance: his madness. Now, with her emotional safe haven gone, Catherine is forced to come face to face with her own brilliant abilities, and in the process, makes a stunning confession that could quite literally turn the world upside down.

Proof will be in preview performances October 25 – 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. Opening night is October 28, 2016 and the show runs through November 20, 2016.  Performances during the run are Wednesday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  All performances will be presented at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center’s Performance Theater at 915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331. Recommended for ages 15+ due to adult language. Additional 11 a.m. performance on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Ticket Prices: $15 – $60

Tickets and season subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative at 1.877.725.8849 or TicketAlternative.com or through the True Colors website at TrueColorsTheatre.org. Group Sales are available by contacting True Colors’ Group Sales department at 404.523.1901 ext. 201.

Fright Fest at Six Flags and Final Days of the Season at White Water

If you haven’t been to Six Flags Over Georgia in a while, now is the time to go! New rides for kids including the Bugs Bunny Boomtown (so much fun if your children are smaller) and DC Superfriends area made their debut this summer and it’s just a couple miles outside beautiful South Fulton. Fright Fest began on Sept 24 and runs throughout Halloween. Get out there and get spooky!

And if it’s still too hot for you, White Water has the final days of the 2016 season when the park will be open daily from Sept 24-Oct 2!