Saturday, May 30, 2015

At Woodruff Arts Center: Act I

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Designed and made to order right here in Atlanta, Zuit is an emerging brand that will go far. It was my pleasure to preview three stunning looks from the collection. Keep up to date with her via facebook.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Confident City Cycling Tomorrow

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It's been said, you never forget how to ride a bike. I remember an idyllic childhood day, new wheels and a helpful neighbor boy letting go for my solo across the lawn. Cut to the streets of contemporary Atlanta. Daunting, yes, but you are not alone. Tomorrow morning Central Atlanta Progress addresses these issues in a Confident City Cycling Class. Say the organizers, "This compact yet comprehensive class gives you the confidence to commute to Downtown safely. There will be a brief in-classroom portion, an on-bike skills section, and a road-ride. Come learn more about crash avoidance, lane positioning, and bicycle maintenance! A bicycle and helmet are required for this class." Please follow this link to register.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Community Garden Tour This Saturday

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What do Love is Love Farm, East Lake Community Learning Garden, Gilliam Park Community Garden and Edgewood Community Learning Garden have in common? They are Saturday afternoon's itinerary for Park Pride's tour of these urban micro farms. Like last year in West End, there are bus and bicycle options with much to enjoy for all. Please follow this link to register. See you there!

Of Hats And A Parasol: Act IV

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Roll Model: Becky Katz

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I wasn’t a bicyclist until I moved to Atlanta. For most people, this comes as a surprise. Atlanta? By bike? Really?

When I moved to Atlanta three years ago, I didn’t own a car. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t know anyone. It was just me, my partner and my bicycle. In my solitude, my bike grew to be my closest friend while we explored our new city.

In 2012, I started working at Park Pride and noticed that the organization did not have a strong relationship to the bicycle community. At the same time I realized that bicycles didn’t serve just a single purpose. My bike was more than a way of getting to the office. It was a way to connect, a way to surprise people, a way to be social. It could be exercise, a style, a way of in-town living, and a tool for advocacy.

I have been lucky to work in parks and greenspace around the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County, and to incorporate bicycling into my work. Riding has helped me build stronger relationships with park advocates and other stakeholders. It has also helped me lead by example. I led my co-workers at Park Pride to a first place win of the Bike to Work Challenge in 2014, and used biking to bring a new twist to events such as Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour and Pints for Parks (June 16th, and part of the Atlanta Cycling Festival). Biking even helped me raise money and awareness about my neighborhood, Adair Park, through Tour De SWAT.

My bicycle, a blue Cannondale Cad 3, has been a gift for my personal and professional development. Unfortunately, in early February my bike and I were hit from behind by a car going 40 mph. Thanks to my helmet, my injuries were not as severe as they could have been, but my bike was left beyond repair. The accident has only solidified my commitment to making bicycling a part of more people’s lives. I have been able to connect with other victims of cycling accidents and work more closely with law enforcement on improving their response to accidents involving cyclists. Despite the physical and emotional pain, the support and love I have received from friends, family, and the bicycle community have helped my recovery.

Currently, I’m searching for my next bicycle soulmate. And I can’t wait to be back in the saddle.

Becky Katz

Friday, May 22, 2015

Of Hats And A Parasol: Act II

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A good friend of the blog reminded me to visit Piedmont Park for last Friday's Annual Landmark Lunch. Four years ago the Conservancy's event was elided with the royal wedding the following day for a bridal fair par excellence. Please follow this link to those memories.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Of Hats And A Parasol: Act I

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A good friend of the blog reminded me to visit Piedmont Park for last Friday's Annual Landmark Lunch. Four years ago the Conservancy's event was elided with the royal wedding the following day for a bridal fair par excellence. Please follow this link to those memories.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tonight At Hodgepodge

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For an evening of embroidered fun, rsvp here to get stitchy with
Sarah Roberts. All the proceeds go towards Quiet Hours outreach classes for kids.

Happy Bike To Work Day

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Small Room Collective Visits Inman Park

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Climbing uphill from the BeltLine Eastside Trail to the PATH I spied a familiar sight. Parked for the weekend outside of the new Victory Sandwich Bar is the Small Room Collective. Lauren, Travis and their fellow traveler George have returned to Atlanta in their vintage Airstream trailer filled with crafty goodness. Find them this afternoon at 913 Bernina Avenue, NE.

Salvage: Act IX

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