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Discussion group, cooking class at Doraville Library this weekend

Discussion group, cooking class at Doraville Library this weekend

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Two big events are coming to the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, 30040) on Saturday, Apr. 9.

In honor of the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War, English professor Dr. Ken Johnson will lead a discussion of literature from that period in history.

Selections for April include two short stories by Ambrose Bierce: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga." They are available online or at the library.

The American Short Stories Discussion Group will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Then at 1 p.m., Chef Carlin will give a 90-minute presentation for teens who are interested in learning how to prepare simple yet delicious meals.

All supplies for "Teens: Learn How to Cook" will be provided.

Doraville offers perfect outlet for 'dramatic' kids

Doraville offers perfect outlet for 'dramatic' kids

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Doraville Rec is gearing up for a series of drama classes created especially for local children.

The course on Improv ABCs (Acting Builds Confidence) will begin Saturday, Apr. 16 at the Forest Fleming Arena at Honeysuckle Park (3037 Pleasant Valley Drive, 30340). Registration is already open.

Improv ABCs will teach children ages six to 10 acting, improv, comedy and stage presence skills. The specialized lessons promote listening, confidence and emotional mastery.

As the session progresses, the students will learn to support and encourage each other, affirm choices and ideas, and create a fun and positive environment for themselves and their friends.

Improv ABCs runs for eight weeks and is presented in one hour and 15 minute sessions. Children ages six and seven will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., while those ages eight to 10 will meet from 11:30 a.m.

Trace your roots at the Doraville Library

Trace your roots at the Doraville Library

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Curious to learn more about your ancestors and family history?

Genealogist Bonita Hoffmeister will be at the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, 30340) this weekend to help residents do just that.

Anyone who is interested in "Digging for Your Roots," as the program is called, can visit the library between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Hoffmeister will show attendees how to find their ancestors and create a family tree.

For more information, call the Doraville Library at 770-936-3852.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

DORAVILLE, GA -- Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will celebrate his 107th birthday on Wednesday, Mar. 2, and Doraville children are invited to his birthday party.

The Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, 30340) will throw a "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" party at 10:30 a.m. on Mar. 2.

With a Dr. Seuss-themed storytime, crafts and a special surprise, this will be an event to remember.

The Dr. Seuss birthday party is appropriate for three- to five-year-old children. No registration is required.

For more information, call the Doraville Library at 770-936-3852.

Late Mayor Jenkins Honored on Arbor Day

Late Mayor Jenkins Honored on Arbor Day

DORAVILLE, GA -- On Saturday, Feb. 19, Doraville City Council members, staff and volunteers braved the dreary weather to celebrate a very special Arbor Day.

Each year, the city hosts a tree planting celebration to teach communities about the benefits that plants provide. This year's ceremony not only commemorated Arbor Day, but honored late Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins as well.

A Chinese Elm was planted in the mayor's memory near the main entrance to the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, 30340). Mayor Jenkins' widow, Lou Jenkins, helped with the planting.

The memorial tree counts toward the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City U.S.A. initiative.

DeKalb Citizens to Hold Community Meeting Feb. 16

DeKalb Citizens to Hold Community Meeting Feb. 16

SCOTTDALE, GA -- Residents of Scottdale are holding a community meeting at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center (644 Parkdale Drive, 30079) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:45 p.m.

The meeting will address DeKalb County citizens' concerns about the proposed closing of the recreation center.

Tobie Grant Recreation Center is a 14-acre facility that includes a multi-use field, swimming pool, playground and nature trails. It is one of five public spaces that the county is slated to close in order to save money.

More Sidewalk Construction Planned for 2011

More Sidewalk Construction Planned for 2011

DORAVILLE, GA -- After installing 2,000 feet of sidewalks under the 2010 Community Development Block Grant, the City of Doraville is slated to begin construction on another 3,000 feet around the first of the year, then an additional 2,000 feet in the spring.

Through the ARC/MARTA offset funding program, approximately 600 feet of crumbling sidewalk on Park Avenue will be replaced, as will 1,550 feet that connect the Pebblewood Apartments (6135 New Peachtree Road) to the Longmire Way intersection.