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Fulton County State of Seniors Symposium to Hear from Seniors about Their Needs

Fulton County State of Seniors Symposium to Hear from Seniors about Their Needs

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Housing and Human Services, Office of Aging will host a State of Seniors Symposium to hear from Seniors about their needs to age in place, and to remain healthy, vibrant and safe.   The symposium will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 10:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility located at 677 Fairburn Road in Atlanta.

 The Symposium follows a State of Seniors Survey conducted in April and May by Fulton County in collaboration with the A. L. Burrus Institute for Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University.

City to offer safe play areas for families

City to offer safe play areas for families

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Is your child receiving a bicycle, scooter or other type of outdoor toy for Christmas?

The city of Roswell is creating designated "safe play areas" so children can enjoy their gifts without worrying about watching for traffic and other dangers.

Parking lot areas in Roswell Area Park, Hembree Park and East Roswell Park will be blocked off beginning Saturday, Dec. 24. They will remain play areas until Monday, Jan. 2.

A Roswell tradition: Lighting the town square

A Roswell tradition: Lighting the town square

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell's annual lighting of the Historic Town Square will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Everybody is invited to come out at 5 p.m. for visits with Santa, caroling from several local choirs and a special reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Mayor Jere Wood.

Once the square is aglow, children can hop aboard the holiday bus and ride to Santa's Secret Gift Shop, where they can browse for special presents, someone of which are handmade by the Roswell Ramblers.

The gift shop will be open at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center (830 Grimes Bridge Road) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.

For more information about the square lighting, call Mary Rummell with the city of Roswell at 770-641-3950.

Recycle and shred in Roswell

Recycle and shred in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell residents who have unwanted items scattered through their basements, attics and garages have two upcoming chances to get rid of them.

The city, in conjunction with Keep Roswell Beautiful and the city of Milton, will host its popular Bulky Trash Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Nov. 5.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents are invited to visit the Roswell Public Works Divison and dispose of such large items as tires, sofas, refrigerators, washers and dryers, deactivated cell phones and electronics. Proof of residency, preferably in the form of a utility bill, will be required.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early, as past turnouts for the amnesty day have been large.

For more information, contact Janet Liberman at 770-641-3715 or jliberman@roswellgov.com.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Canton Street is 'the hottest scene OTP'

Canton Street is 'the hottest scene OTP'

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The secret is out about Canton Street.

This historic Roswell treasure was recently awarded the 2011 Great Places in Georgia-Great Street designation by the Georgia Planning Association. Canton Street can now officially boast the title of "the hottest scene outside the perimeter."

The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) acknowledged that good planning was crucial to Canton Street's success.

Smith Plantation celebrates 20 years

Smith Plantation celebrates 20 years

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Everyone in Metro Atlanta is invited to come to Historic Roswell to help the Archibald Smith Plantation Home celebrate its 20th anniversary as a public museum.

A special 20th birthday party will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free all day.

At 2 p.m., a new white oak tree will be planted on the grounds, replacing the one that fell on the caretaker's cottage in 1996. The tree will be planted in honor of Dr. James Lister Skinner for his contributions in preserving the home, history and collections of the Smith family.

For more information, call the museum at 770-641-3978 or visit www.southerntriology.com.

Smith Plantation is located at 935 Alpharetta Street next to the Roswell Municipal complex.