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Column: Rotary Club of Buckhead to host annual ball
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Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The Atlanta business community and friends will gather for the Buckhead Rotary Foundation Ball Friday at 103 West in Buckhead.

The event will celebrate the Rotary Club’s community good deeds and honor Clark Howard for his dedication to the metro area. The annual benefit supports the nonprofit foundation’s many community service projects as it honors an individual who has made a difference in the lives and businesses centered in Buckhead.

Howard, an Atlanta native, is a nationally syndicated consumer expert dedicated to helping Americans of all means to get ahead in life. His radio show originates in Atlanta and broadcasts to more than 200 radio stations throughout North America.

He is also a TV reporter, newspaper columnist and author of nine books. He has started a number of helpful civic and volunteer programs to improve the larger community and in 1993 opened Team Clark Howard as an extension of his radio show to provide free off-air advice on consumer issues.

This year’s ball chair is Bill Knight with Mark Johnson serving as administration chair, Phil Barry sponsor chair, and Amy Panos auction chair. Ball advisors are Sally Dorsey and Kay Quigley.

Proceeds will go to Rotary projects such as: a scholarship for an international student at Georgia State University, a Habitat for Humanity build, support for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of Atlanta, tennis and basketball tournaments for Buckhead high schools, an AIDS awareness school program, the worldwide Polio Plus program and an international exchange program for mid-level executives.

The club’s Buckhead chapter was founded in 1951 and is one of the 34,000 chapters that make up Rotary International. Members are professional leaders that provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.

The Rotary Club is open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and is not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

Tickets and information: (404) 933-6637 or visit

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Brandon Hall School in Sandy Springs is hosting a student art auction April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spruill Gallery on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.

Titled “Spring for the Arts,” this will be the first fundraiser for the independent school in seven years, and will feature a lively auction of student artwork selected by art teacher Carrie Flamer.

Focused on printmaking, 15 exceptional pieces by seven students in grades nine through 12 will be auctioned. Proceeds are earmarked for the school’s annual fund and art programs. The young artists in attendance will be introduced, and the ticketed evening will include beer and wine along with hors d’oeuvres.

Parents Katherine Coppedge, Stacy Geary and Sharon Yokelson are heading the planning committee.

Brandon Hall’s mission as a private, independent coeducational boarding and day school is to provide a challenging, college-preparatory experience immersed in technology. Its educational community embraces diversity, celebrates individual strengths, fosters global citizenship, encourages athleticism and the arts and inspires creativity — where every student’s dream to attend college becomes reality.

Tickets and information:
(770) 394-8177, ext. 218 or visit

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Do you have a furry, four-legged friend you would like to show off as you enjoy a socializing, 1.5-mile walk with other animal lovers and help raise funds for homeless pets?

The Atlanta Humane Society is partnering with Atlantic Station’s Central Park on 17th Street to host the 23rd annual Pet Parade April 13. The event is one of the largest fundraising efforts for the nonprofit society, which relies on community donations to funds its year-round operations and adoptions of homeless animals.

The walk is open to anyone interested in participating. Registration is $30 per person in advance and $40 if there are spaces the day of the parade. It will be a safe, winding trail at a leisurely pace with water stations along the way.

Veterinarians will be on duty for emergencies and there will be no vehicular traffic. Children 12 and younger and all animals walking with a registered person can walk for free. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. with ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. The walk starts at 11 a.m. with contests and activities continuing until 1 p.m.

Registered walkers will receive a logo T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the top individual adult and young fundraisers and to the top teams. All funds from the walk will benefit homeless pets. The society’s Atlanta and Alpharetta campuses presently have more than 155 dogs and 75 cats awaiting new homes.

“The success of our Pet Parade helps generate support and donations for the Atlanta Humane Society’s shelter programs and services,” President William Shaheen said. “We estimate that 10,000 animals will be adopted and more than 16,00 spay/neuter surgeries will be completed this year.”

Registration and information: (404) 974-2828 or visit

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The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s MOCA Gala Art Auction will offer both live and silent auctions in a festive setting April 13 at the exhibition galleries on Bennett Street in Buckhead’s TULA Art Center complex.

Museum Director Annette Cone-Skelton and a special committee have selected affordable, high-quality works by a group of more than 100 of Georgia’s best artists to be included in the event, including: Lucinda Bunnen, Andrew Crawford, David Landis, Jiha Moon, Rocio Rodriguez and Larry Walker.

Jim Landon
will serve as auctioneer for the live auction, and this year’ s silent auction will go hi-tech with all bidding on smart phones, tablets and computers. The affair will begin with cocktails, and a buffet dinner will be served throughout the evening.

Special honorees for the evening are well-known Atlanta art patrons and collectors Mary and Bob Yellowlees. Carol and Ramon Tomé are the host committee co-chairs.

“You will not only enjoy the usual gala fare, but have the opportunity to take home works of art from some of Georgia’s most talented and accomplished artists,” museum board chair Philip Babb said. “It’s a great opportunity to add to your collection of art or begin a new one.”

The nonprofit museum collects and archives significant contemporary works by Georgia artists. To place artists in a broader context, its exhibitions include Georgia artists along with art from around the world.

Proceeds from the gala go to programs promoting the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community.

Tickets and information: (404) 367-8700 or visit

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Start your family’s springtime Saturday adventures with a little time travel at the Atlanta History Center’s annual Sheep to Shawl outdoor festival April 13 on the West Paces Ferry Road campus in Buckhead.

Blacksmithing, candle dipping, open-hearth cooking and sheep shearing are just a few examples of old-fashioned fun activities at the center’s hands-on look at what rural life was like in earlier years.

The journey from the sheep’s wool to the creation of grandmother’s shawl begins at the Smith Family Farm site, where visitors are transported to the 1860s to observe real-life demos. A variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations will illustrate the process of wool being washed, sorted, carded, spun, dyed and woven into fabric. Literally sheep-to-shawl.

And youngsters will receive a handful of wool as a keepsake. Costumed living history interpreters will present authentic demonstrations of other historic trades, from blacksmithing, pottery, candle dipping, woodworking, open-heath cooking, to art and crafts and chores of days gone by.

Storyteller Betty Ann Wylie will spin a few Southern folktales, and visitors can tour the living quarters of the restored Smith farmhouse. And everyone can stop by the petting zoo in the real barnyard.

Also, the band Sourwood Honey will perform in the Mable Dorn Reeder Amphitheatre, and, Dave the Potter, a historic character whose pottery is in the center’s “Shaping Traditions” exhibit, will be brought to life in a theatrical performance.

While at the festival, guests can step inside the museum to see the newest exhibition, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down.”

Sheep to Shawl is sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council with support from the Poppy Garden Club. The special program is free to center members and included with the price of general admission to non-members.

The center is an all-inclusive, 33-acre destination featuring a history museum, two historic houses, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the Kenan Research Center, a museum shop, historic gardens and paths.

Tickets and information: (404) 814-4000 or visit

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Sandy Springs will be “abloom” with green bows signifying homeowners and businesses financially supporting the inspiring Art Sandy Springs organization.

ArtSSpring, a 30-day public dedication to the arts April 18 through May 17, is being presented by Art Sandy Springs with a calendar extolling exhibits and an exciting lineup of 20 special events covering the whole arts spectrum.

It includes music, theater, dance, literature, art displays and culinary adventures. Exceptional happenings and displays include One Book, One City promoting literacy, the Showstoppers youth talent competition, Foodie Fridays with food trucks and music, ArtSS About Town spotlighting 13 restaurants with artist displays throughout the city, chaired by dedicated Art Sandy Springs volunteers.

A kickoff weekend April 20 and 21 will mark the return of the lively Artsapalooza outdoor festival hosted by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. This event has been moved to a new site, and the 2013 location is in the heart of Sandy Springs at 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, with plenty of parking.

The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations and up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. As part of the excitement this year, Art Sandy Springs partnered with the Art Institute of Atlanta’s Sandy Springs campus to sponsor a poster art competition as a class project.

Faculty member David Moyer, an illustrator himself, coordinated the contest. Judges were members of the Art Sandy Springs executive board: Roxane Hollosi, Patrick Dennis, Deirdre Brock, Randy Young, Cheri Morris and Sally Parsonson.

The wining student is Ansley Horton, of Canton. She received a $300 prize, and her winning design is being featured on all promotional materials for ArtSSpring

The annual composite springtime calendar listing the multitude of extraordinary artistic happenings in Sandy Springs is more than we can print in this community column. Look for colorful printable copies on the Art Sandy Springs website, in newspaper inserts and at participating schools and businesses.

Founded in 2007, right after Sandy Springs became a city, the nonprofit Art Sandy Springs is dedicated to exploring and supporting five major art forms in the city limits: visual, performing, literary, culinary and landscape. Energetic volunteer members are also helping produce some of the 2013 special activities.

Information: (770) 951-0021 and visit

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