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Christ the King Lutheran Church and Inspiritus Host the 2019 MLK Day of Service

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MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Christ the King Lutheran Church and Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia) are hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service event at Christ the King, 5575 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners, on Monday, January 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 2019 MLK Day of Service will include opportunities for children, youth, and adults to engage in service, learning, and advocacy. The day will kick off with exciting, intergenerational, and interactive learning for all ages.  Child care is available for children age four and under. 

During the second half of the event, volunteers can take part in multiple mini-service projects to support people in need. There will also be an Advocacy Room where participants can learn about policies and pending legislation that impact vulnerable populations like refugees.

2019 MLK Day of Service Co-Sponsors are the ELCA Southeastern Synod, Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia), Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, and ELCA Southeastern Synod Advocacy. Please RSVP for service projects and childcare by January 16 at ctklutheran.org/MLK.

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Revington neighborhood transforms tennis courts into victory garden

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A wonderful view of the Revington Community Garden, full of delicious fruits, veggies and beautiful flowers. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

Looking on the bright side can be tricky these days, but residents of Revington on the River soak up the sun by working together to renovate their abandoned tennis courts into a lush, lively victory garden. The tennis courts near the community pool had been unused for a few years so members of the Revington Homeowners Association and interested homeowners began to discuss a plan to “someday” convert the tennis courts into a community garden. Then after health and safety concerns related to Covid-19 required many people to stay close to home, “someday” came a lot sooner than expected.

Breaking ground at Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

As a relative newcomer to the neighborhood and a retired Texas transplant, Ed Stockhausen searched for a way to connect with his neighbors and to contribute to the community. So naturally, when the victory garden project came up, Ed jumped in with both feet.

“I went out and bought a bunch of boards, basically started building the first set of boxes. I’ve done a lot of landscaping on my property, so I had a good idea of what we needed. I brought in a bunch of rocks, a bunch of soil,” Ed said.

Ed Stockhausen at home in Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Revington on the River Facebook blog.

Ed laid out the initial plans for the first twelve boxes, with dimensions of 4ft long, 4ft wide by 20in high. Ed was quick to say that this was a joint neighborhood project with lots of hardworking and cheerful people chipping in. He simply served as the first to break ground and get things organized so that others could come and join in the fun. Due to a family emergency, Ed was out of town for six weeks towards the completion of the project. But the work continued as more and more neighbors marveled at the progress. One neighbor even rode in on big Bobcat machinery to speed things along.

“It’s been amazing. We’ve put in a fire pit and we have two tee-pees made out of bamboo out of somebody’s yard. The kids did that and planted beans around one of them and peas around the other,” said Karen Walkup, Revington resident.

A funky protective tee-pee made by local kids out of donated bamboo. Photo courtesy of Revington on the River Facebook blog.

Karen estimates that there are now 15 tended beds managed by individual neighborhood families, as well as designated community areas for shared use. The variety of plants is impressive, from fresh flowers to delectable tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, watermelon, pumpkin and more.

Tomatoes on the vine. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.
A cozy bed at Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

The green garden breathes life into an already vibrant community and gives us hope for the future as we see like-minded individuals work towards a common goal to make things better. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Revington Community Garden.

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The many fun features of Peachtree Corners Town Center

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Local teens Ashlee Fee, Remi Delong and Davis Fogle walk together in Peachtree Corners Town Center. Photos by Annie Fogle.

Even though we are in uncertain times, the city of Peachtree Corners is taking steps to keep our citizens active and healthy during the pandemic. Along with great restaurants and stores, recently the city has added many new fixtures to the Town Center for people of all ages to enjoy. These add-ons include a fun new climbing station where you can practice your monkey bars skills, or even try to race your friends to the top. Along with these new additions, students still enjoy going down the town center’s famous slide with their friends.

Ashlee Fee, rising senior at Norcross High School, takes a satisfying slide

To top off a fun day in the sun, everyone can take a pleasant walk along the greens for fresh air and a great view of the town center shops. All these activities can be done safely while practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask to protect yourself and others from the virus. After a great day in the heat, don’t forget to check out some of the Town Center’s great shops and restaurants like Buff City Soap, Lazy Dog Cafe, or Beard Papa. You can also pop into Gong Cha for a refreshing tea to beat the heat and make this summer in Peachtree Corners your best one yet.

Abby Laury, rising senior at Norcross High School, climbs to new heights at the climbing station.

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Peachtree Corners Celebrates 8th Anniversary

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The mayor and council and other city leaders are joined by the Fuqua Development team to celebrate the Town Center grand opening April 27, 2019.

On July 1, the City of Peachtree Corners officially celebrated its 8th anniversary. It’s been an eventful eight years. The list of accomplishments since its incorporation on July 1, 2012 continues. A new Town Center, a Veterans Monument to honor our veterans, the launch of Curiosity Lab, a soon-to-be-complete pedestrian bridge, are just some of the recent highlights.

The city’s 11.5 mile multi-use trail, named the Corners Connector, continues to expand. A portion around Technology Park Lake was just completed — expect news of a ribbon-cutting to be announced soon. 

New businesses continue to open and re-locate to our city by the river enhancing the economic development of our city. And thanks to prudent financial management, the city continues to maintain its zero millage rate. Happy 8th anniversary Peachtree Corners.

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