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Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Stress management and mental health discussions are planned during the first week in June at two Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a mental health workshop sponsored by the Renaissance on Peachtree on Thursday, June 5. The discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Link Counseling Center. The two-hour presentation begins at 10 a.m.  The Benson Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.  For more information about this event, citizens should contact Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator at 404-613-4900.

Race this weekend: Summerfest 5K

Race this weekend: Summerfest 5K

ATLANTA -- It's that time again! Virginia-Highland's popular Summerfest 5K will be held this weekend.

Packet pickup opens at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, with the race scheduled to start at 8 a.m. There is no race day registration; runners must pay $32 in advance at active.com.

The race course begins near the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues and ends near John Howell Park. All runners will receive cotton T-shirts, while the top finishers will get picture plaque awards.

Participants are invited to stick around after the race and attend Summerfest, a non-profit artists' and music festival with fun for the whole family.

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Seniors from senior centers across Atlanta and Fulton County enjoyed a “Celebrating Seniors Garden Party” as May Older Americans Month activities continued on Thursday, May 22.

The “Garden Party” featured lunch, games, healthy cooking demonstrations and tours of Wheat Street Gardens, a beautiful network of flower and vegetable gardens. The party was hosted by Open Hand and Truly Living Well and supported by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, State Senator Nan Orrock and local businesses.

Open Hand provides congregate and home-delivered meals along with nutrition education to Fulton County seniors through the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Aging.

For more information about services available to seniors in Fulton County, call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

Seniors line dance during Community Day at the Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Seniors line dance during Community Day at the Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton County seniors practiced their line dancing skills during the first Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facility Community Day celebration.  Community day is an annual event that is held in May of each year at the county’s four senior multipurpose facilities in observance of Older Americans Month. The HJC Bowden Senior Multipurpose facility also offered a tai chi demonstration, face painting for children, a basketball hoop for boys and girls to practice shooting hoops, mini-train rides for families, food and other entertainment.  Additional Community Days for seniors, their friends and families will be held at the following senior multipurpose facilities:

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 10, 2014. 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
677 Fairburn Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
4040-613-8580

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host Community Days in May in observance of Older Americans Month 2014.

Community Days are designed for adults and children of all ages and feature games, entertainment, refreshments and information regarding services available for seniors through the Fulton County Office of Aging. Event dates include the following:

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2885 Church Street
East Point, 30344
404-762-4821

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 10, 2014. 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
677 Fairburn Road NW
Atlanta, 30331
4040-613-8580

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, 30328
404-613-4900

Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

Fulton County celebrates 100 years of Cooperative Extension

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Apr. 29, residents can join Fulton County Cooperative Extension as they celebrate 100 years of life-long learning made possible by the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established the national agency.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulton County Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street, SE in Downtown Atlanta.

The public event at the Fulton County Government Center will feature special guest speakers, live music, the nationally recognized Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market and a “butterfly release” to signify 100 years of pollinating information into the lives of Fulton County residents.