1455 Lucile Ave Open House/ Jazz Hour…

When: Saturday June 25th 12-4PM

Where: 1455 Lucile Ave Atlanta GA 30310

What: Tour this restored 4bedroom 3.5bath home , have lite refreshments then head the the Westview Summer Solstice across the street at KIPP Strive Academy

Find out more about the home HERE


Benefit Concert at Paschals from 4pm-7pm

Todays the Day!

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Come out and join us for an evening of inspiration and enlightenment as several of Atlanta’s most uplifting music, dance and spoken word artists come together in music, dance, word and song in support of Threshing Floor Academy.The concert will take place on Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 4pm-7pm at Paschal’s Restaurant located at 180-B Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30313. Funds raised from donations and ticket sales will go towards a building fund that will be used to purchase a building for the program to operate out of. Concert attendees can order food at an additional cost from Paschal’s legendary menu during the event. A silent auction featuring several luxurious items and services donated by local businesses will also take place during the event. Tickets are available at $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased online on the “event” page of www.threshingflooracademy.org or by contacting Staria Quarshie at 770.702.3871. Receipt of purchase will be provided.

$15 Adults, $10 children (12 and under)


*Emceed by Min. DoQuoi T. Green
**Performace by Soul Vocalist Kyshona Armstrong
**Live Jazz by Eric Thomas of Elevate the Quest
***Music Performance by violinist Bryant Samples
******Spoken Word Performance by Def Jam Poet Jon Goode
********Performance by Lisa Chauntel
*****Performance by the Greg Hammontree Jazz Quartet
*******and many more!

Silent Auction Items…
*4 hrs of recording studio time compliments of The Outfit Studio
**Nanny Service compliments of Nanny Poppinz of Atlanta-Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Vinings Georgia
***Private 3 Course Dinner for Two prepared in the comfort of your home by Chef Kerel Fryer of Aroma Personal Chef Service, LLC
****Carriage ride for 2 compliments of Capital City Carriage
***** Photo Shoot compliments of Funky Urban Chick Photography
******$50 Gift Certificate for dinner or lunch at Paschal’s at Castleberry Hill
*****Artwork by some of Atlanta’s most talented Artists
******and much more!

Community Update..

Space ATL  Restaurant, along the Beltline (White St/Hopkins) in Historic West End, hosted a fabulous  “soft” opening yesterday!  They are now officially open Lunch- 2AM – Check them out and let’s make our local businesses dynamic!!   This restaurant/lounge is destined to be our neighborhood hangout with such late hours. The Bartender, Nick, *HOT* – has his own signature drinks.  Coming over from the “M” bar, we’re lucky to have him.

This weekend, Cleopas R Johnson Park(near the Villages at Castleberry, corner of Northside Drive and Fair Street across from Paschals) will host a neighborhood Jazz festival. www.Atlantafestivals.com  the event is free- food is not!

Friday night Art& Jazz at the Hammonds House May 22nd 6-8PM. Featuring Historic West End’s own, Linc Bennett!! www.HammondsHouse.org

Brent Brewer to show his documentary on Mortgage Fraud (When A House Is Not a Home) at Georgia State UniversityWednesday, May 20th from 12 to 1:30PM

More to come….

Willie Watkins Festival in Howell Park (Historic West End)

Malcolm X Festival in West End Park (Historic West End)

Washington Park Event (Booker T. Washington)

Community and Public Policy Leaders Sound Out At Coffeehouse Jazz Concert

Media Contact: 

Carrie L. Williams

(4) 397-7667







ATLANTAStanding room only, with over eighty cheering community members packed into The “Grounds” to watch Barack Obama’s speech at the National Democratic Convention, West End’s Grounds Coffeehouse(898 Oak St SW, Atlanta 30310) is becoming known as a hub for multi-cultural community engagement in grassroots public policy issues – with an artistic twist.


This Monday evening, September 8th, 2008, from 7:00 – 10:30pm, The “Grounds” will present a “Sound Out From The Soul” Jazz Concert – where metro Atlanta’s finest community leaders and public policy leaders will express their views pre-concert on defining and creating Atlanta’s culture, setting the stage for a night of jazz artistry by exciting young jazz saxophonist Kebbie Williams and group.


For the price of a cup of coffee or tea (or a smoothie drink), The Grounds will showcase Kebbie Williams, a Howard graduate in the West End, with international standing for his unique, vibrant style that captures listeners by its pulsating rhythms and lyrical turns.


“Grounds” Coffeehouse owners Percy Stith, Shannon Toney, and Maurice Sanders are just as unique as their coffee shop offerings. As renaissance “true neighborhood” advocates, with a love for music and art, their commitment to community is clear.


“We see The Grounds as our expression of what ‘true neighborhood and community’ can be – a place where neighbors get to know one another, and talk with each other, where we can meet and organize to get things done,” states co-owner Shannon Toney, pointing to recent “Save Fire Station #7” Coalition gatherings at the Grounds.


“We want to epitomize the ethic of neighborhood and community businesses,” adds partner Maurice Sanders, “that are owned, operated, and supported by neighbors living in the community.”  Sharing their active role in West End home renovation, Percy Stith summarizes:  “We want to encourage others in metro Atlanta that the West End is where sustainable rejuvenation of historic, cultural, geographic landscapes can happen – and is happening now.”


For more information, contact:  Shannon Toney, The Grounds Coffeehouse, (4) 753-7063 or (4) 242-1833, shanonltoney@yahoo.com.