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.
 

Wren’s Nest Free

Wrens Nest part of Phoenix Flies on March 17 & 18 and 24 & 25. It’s Free and we’re open on Sunday (just these two weekends).
Two storytelling sessions each day. Saturday 11:30a and 1p and Sunday 1:30 & & 3. Saturday regular hours: 10-2:30; Sunday 1-4.
I hope all our neighbors will take advantage of this and come on down!

Got Art?

If  you were looking for something to do on this beautiful September day, you should have dropped by Piedmont Park to enjoy the annual Arts Festival!  Not only were there plenty of pieces of amazing artwork, but originally designed apparel, jewelry, and accessories were stationed, too.

From the Cellar Art booth, the most gorgeous glass treasures laid.  Nancy Cann has been creating these reversible pieces of jewelry for several years, and her skills are proven through her work.  To view more of her collection, CLICK HERE. (Sorry, she refused to let me take pictures!)

In another corner, Daniel Schemel had us frozen in time, as we gazed in awe at his wonderful clockwork.  Wooden watches  with leather bands, isn’t that unique?  To see more of his work visit Mistura Timepieces.

 

If you enjoy watercolor paintings, you should check out Helen Beacham’s Fine Art.  The most esquisite works of art could be found in this booth.  Her specialties are still life and landscape.  From the looks of things, she never disappoints!

 

 

My personal favorite display was Vicki Love’s.  She designs and creates products from deerskin.  At this particular booth, she displayed bags and a vest.  The detailed craftsmanship of each item exhibits her dedication to her work.  For a closer look, check her out HERE.

There were so many gorgeous works on display during this even.  If you missed out this year, now you know what to expect. Don’t miss out, this festival is one worth attending!

Cassia Preston (Photos not always consistent with content.)

Local Farmers on TV

Please check out the latest segment of “Living Smarter with Councilmember Aaron Watson” that features our local farmers markets.
http://www.vimeo.com/26270966. It is currently airing throughout the day on ATL26, the city’s government access station through the end of July.

Change can be hard, but usually always worth it.  Studies show that a healthier life means a  longer life.  I’m pretty sure we can all agree, we’d enjoy that.  Of course there’s a catch.  One can’t just snap his fingers and be healthy.  Like everything, it takes hard work and time.

The first step is changing one’s diet.  Now this doesn’t mean nibble on lettuce day and night, but to make decisions that will benefit your body.  Vegetable and fruit are amazing natural sources of the vitamins we need to survive.  You don’t have to limit yourself to them, though.  Just make sure your intake of them is sufficient.  The protein found in meat is still needed, and eating it on a smaller scale is good for you.  But if you are a vegetarian, beans and fish also provide the protein needed.  Healthy foods have been added to the menu, but now it’s time to subtract the junk.  A snack or dessert is okay occasionally, but when eaten excessively, you are only causing damage.  Limit and control yourself.

 

When your body has enough nutrients and sugars to operate, the leftovers are stored away in pockets of fat.  The more that’s added, the larger they become.  This is why eating habits aren’t the only areas in your life needing change.  That’s right, movement is essential.  In other words GET UP! It’s easy to forget to exercise from being tired from work, watching your favorite program all day (while snacking of course!), or just being too tired and going straight to sleep.  People need at least half an hour of physical challenge per day.  This is bound to keep your body in shape.

 

These minor changes have major results, and are the stepping stones to a healthier lifestyle.  For more information visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/HealthyLivingIndex/HealthyLivingIndex.

 

 

By Cassia Preston

Westview Summer Solstice (June 25th) Update!

Did you know that there is a CVC Urban Farm right here in Southwest Atlanta?

Formed as part of NPU-T’s Community Food Project, the Atwood Community Gardens (http://www.nextstepsyep.org) has been located in the Beecher-Donnelly (http://www.beecherdonnelly.com/) neighborhood since 2008. With the support of many southwest Atlanta residents and friends, the urban farm has initiated an agricultural training program that uses gardening to introduce students to careers in STEM.

Learn more about Beecher-Donnelly and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods that will compete in the Westview Summer Solstice grill off competition! Come out on June 25th and join us for a day of music, food, vendors, and more. http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

This event is not possible without neighborhood donations and support. We need your help! See below how to help make this event a success.

 

Best,

Ayana

Events Chair, WCO

 

Westview Summer Solstice

June 25, 2 – 8 pm

KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Ave

Free food, music, entertainment, and vendors.

Grill competition: $5 for a taste

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

 

How you can help:

 

Volunteer: We need persons to help run the grill competition, manage the free food grill, run kids games, set-up, and clean-up. If you are interested please contact me at agabriel1908@yahoo.com

Monetary Donations: Checks and cash accepted. Donate directly through paypal at:

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=71

Donations go towards the cost of food and other items.

 

Food Donations: hot dogs, chips, coolers and wash tubs (temporary, to fill up with ice)

Pass Out Fliers: We really need persons who can pass out fliers on the Ontarios, Matthewson, Wellington, Inman, Emerald, Derry, Westwood, Stokes, Westmeath, and Willard sometime this week.

Tell Your Friends

Thank you to our sponsors: Coca-Cola, EpiCity, Kroger, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Mutana Cooperatives, Q-Time Restaurant, Ruchda Wings, and KIPP STRIVE Academy.

Thanks to everyone on the Summer Solstice Committee for working hard to put this together: Shawnda, Steffi, Patrick, Kisha, Michael, and Katherine