Westview Summer Solstice Celebration Tomorrow!

What better way to spend the height of summer than at the Westview Summer Solstice Celebration! Come hang out for an afternoon full of fun activities for the whole family!
 
 
Location, Time, Date
Join the Westview Community Organization for an afternoon of music, art, crafts, and food on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm along Muse Street (next to the BeltLine pa th) as pa rt of Westview’s Summer Solstice Celebration! (Map online via website link below.)
 
 
Music
Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes – we have both live music and a DJ playing at the Summer Solstice Celebration.
·         Juliana Finch – “Heartbreaky, bourbon-infused Americana ” by singer/songwriter Juliana Finch from 3:00pm until 4:00pm.
·         DJ Theo – Boogie down to house, soul, funk, and classics by DJ Theo.
 
 
Grill-Off: Taste of Southwest Atlanta
Are you ready to sample a taste of southwest Atlanta ? On the day of the event purchase your ” pa ssport” and taste what our seven grill masters have created! The ” pa ssport” will allow you to sample the different foods (chicken and pork) plus a drink for $7. Last year there was so much food most people were too full to taste everything – what a deal! Once you have tasted all the different categories submit your vote for “the best of…”.
 
 
Art/Vendor Market
Between eating and dancing browse our artist/vendor market! Hand-crafted jewelry; natural skin, hair, and home fragrance products; handcrafted cedar garden beds and planters; rum cakes; drawings and pa intings; hand-poured soy container candles and tart melts; clothing, jewelry, posters, purses, and more!
 
 
Games & Talent Show
Come bring the kids!
·         Field Day Games – We’ll have field day type games to keep the kiddos entertained. Think tug-of-war, sack races, hula hoops, and more!
·         Crafts – For the artsy and younger kids we’ll have craft projects. Think maks, bird feeders, and more!
·         Talent Show/Open Mic – Does your kid have a special talent? Are they eager to show off their moonwalking skills? Shakespeare recital? Breakdancing? Juggling? Chris Rock impression? Sign them up for the talent show hosted by MC Hectic Da Back pa cka – there are $100 worth of prizes! There will be musical, non-musical, and open mic challenge categories. We just ask to keep it PG. Sign up by 3:30pm on the day of the event or emailtrueearth@gmail.com ahead of time.
·         Basketball Shoot-Off – Show off your hoop-throwing skills for a chance to win movie theater tickets!
 
 
Sponsors/Partners
The Westview Summer Solstice Celebration could not happen without the generous donations from:
·         Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services
·         Councilmember C.T. Martin
·         Councilmember Michael Julian Bond
·         Kroger
·         EpiCity
·         Representative Pat Gardner
·         Representative Rashad Taylor
·         Fat Cat Design & Graphics
·         nuS pa ce Media
·         Westview Community Organization
 
 
More Info
Interested in more details? Visit our website at http://www.westviewatlanta.com/community-organization/westview-summer-solstice-celebration/ and check out pictures from prior years on our Facebook pa ge at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150240935609834.342291.161022399833.
 

West End& 2 days of Malcolm X

Ok, ok.. I am really trying to slow done and NOT be “Johnny on the spot”, but who can resist living in such a festive neighborhood? We really are a family oriented community- and what i mean by this, everyone you meet is like family.
A 2min run to Krogers can take me 45mins after i run into and chat with 5people…no matter how hard i try to pull away! Its funny, you almost need to go outside the SW ATL to get a little “me” time but every time I venture into another side, I miss home. Almost like these active kids…can’t wait to get a break but as soon as they’re asleep, I’m creeping in rooms to ensure you’re still there and exactly how you should be.

This weekend was beyond busy with work(showing homes,adding signs, lockboxes,making flyers), the “Committed To Communities” event and squeezing in some studying ( forget house work) …the 2day Malcolm X festival was a perfect addition to show some support to a community event and relax.
(Atlanta certainly should take the prize as a city with MUCH to do during the spring/summer; it’s been nonstop rain or shine!)
…And, although it felt like I’ve been everywhere, I did miss a few awesome West End and Westview parties, volunteer opportunities… But there is always next week 🙂

Here are a few pics from today that caught my eye:
my hair stylist doing her thing, as usual (the Good Hair Shop.com), I don’t do tats but had to admire skills and ability to hold a steady hand, Leah breaking me financially-eating $3 icy& getting her hair done, a homeowner I helped and haven’t seen in months, Gabriel-our local artist/handyman, singers/dancers and Poets. I’m kicking myself because I can’t remember the name of this amazing artist. I think it was “Maryann M.” or “Mariam Maruba” ….

It was refreshing seeing everyone smiling,laughing, hugging and recognizing being “Blessed”.

I hope you enjoyed this weekend as much as I did….see you at the next event!

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What’s HOT in West End? As per Brent Brewer…

Firstly, OWEN is out.  This issue demonstrates how vibrant a community West End will be this weekend.  There are activities from Friday through Sunday, so please take in as many of the events as possible.  Take lots of pictures.
Secondly, we need a host for a musician performing at venues in the neighborhood this weekend.
Many of us have opened our homes to family/friends who were visiting from out of town.  These visitors loved our walkable neighborhood where they could stroll to two house museums, AUC center, several vegan restaurants, several banks, and MARTA access.  With all that West End/ Westview has to offer, why would anyone stay downtown on a visit to Atlanta?
West End is hosting a very special visitor, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (legendary multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator).  He will be rehearsing/ performing in the West End at Night Under the Stars Concert and Music in the Park with Kebbi Williams 50-piece band (are you totally excited yet!).  Since he will be spending so much time in the neighborhood, he wants to walk to his rehearsal venues (WEPAC, Star Theatre) and performances (Wren’s Nest and Howell Park).
Our neighbor, Kebbi Williams has asked if one of our West End neighbors can host Miguel from Thursday to Sunday.  It will be the coolest house guest that you will have in a long time.  We’re talking serious facebook picture opportunity.
If interested in hosting Miguel, please email or call Brent Brewer today to make arrangement for Miguel. 
For commuting purposes, it is best if he stays in the Historic West End District; however, a Westview host would also be appreciated.
Brent Brewer OWEN Managing Editor/ Fledgling Promoter 404.447.0282 bdbrewr@gmail.com