ATLANTA — Veterans Day will fall on Sunday, November 11, and Atlanta neighborhoods will be in full celebration of the annual holiday.
For those wishing to participate in the memorial by attending a local event, 11Alive has compiled a list of celebratory occasions taking place nearby over the weekend, from parades, ceremonies, parties and more.
While America observes Veterans Day, many local residents will gather downtown for the 30th Annual Georgia Veterans Day Parade. According to the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc., the parade will begin on Saturday at 11:11 a.m., and stretch through Peachtree Street and Baker Street, and continuing around Centennial Olympic Park.
Later Saturday evening, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. will throw the 2012 Freedom Ball. The black tie party brings Veterans together for fellowship, music, food, a silent auction, and a moving motivational speaker.
The Ball is set for Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium.
ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Adairsville Middle School students, faculty, parents and friends hit the football field on Friday morning for their annual Pink Out.
Pink Out 2012, according to Math teacher Christy Ridley, was recently made into an annual event to promote cancer awareness and to honor the people who are fighting cancer, specifically breast cancer, and those who have lost their battle with the disease.
“We are coordinating with local doctor’s offices and businesses to invite all cancer survivors, including breast cancer survivors and caregivers to come out and join us,” Ridley said.
ATLANTA – The annual Taste of Atlanta took its 11th anniversary festival to downtown Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday, October 6, 7.
PHOTOS | TASTE OF ATLANTA 2012
Over 90 Atlanta Metropolitan eateries set up in Tech Square to share local favorites with thousands of food lovers from Atlanta, and other areas. Each vendor provided smaller portions, just a couple bites as samples for everyone to try.
There were also local wines and craft beers, demonstrations from local celebrity chefs, and entertainment for families. While there was plenty to do over the weekend, the food was the star of the show.
ATLANTA – Rapper, actor Ludacris talked with the press before taking the stage at Music Midtown on Saturday afternoon.
Compared to the shows he has done in the past, Ludacris said his performance, to last just over an hour, would be cleaner for his hometown. He also said that an hour gave him enough time to perform songs from all of his eight albums.
His first time on the Music Midtown stage, Ludacris said being back in Atlanta is great. Just moments before his show time, he said he had heard about this show for years, and he is glad to bring his music back to the city where he started.
ATLANTA – Music Midtown 2012 brought ten artists to perform on two stages in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 22.
PHOTOS | MUSIC MIDTOWN 2012
Continuing from Friday, Saturday’s lineup drew in local fans, as well as those coming from outside of Georgia. The concert series put artists from a variety of genres on each stage.
Civil Twilight, a rock band out of South Africa, started the show off on Saturday afternoon on the Electric Ballroom Stage, located just behind Park Tavern.
DULUTH, Ga. — Theme Park Connection is selling a home in Duluth that mirrors Disney’s Haunted Mansion from Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
Theme Park Connection is a re-seller of Disney items. The home is over 10,000-square-feet, according to a Theme Park Connection spokesperson. It is located within a gated community, with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms.
ATLANTA — The 2012 Dragon*Con Parade marched through downtown Atlanta promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Spectators lined the sidewalks of Peachtree Street NE and Baker Street NE early so they could secure a good viewing spot for the parade. Local restaurants extended their seating onto sidewalks, allowing for just a few more seats to be squeezed in. The majority of Dragon*Con fans simply sat on the edge of the street.
Dragon*Con attendee Cheryl Romich said, “You see a lot of different costumes, very unusual and out there kind of costumes. It’s very neat to see what people dress up as because it’s every genre from older Star Trek to the newer Hunger Games.”
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Clayton County Police Department’s Investigation Division arrested Jalyn Connor, 17, last Thursday.
Police said the College Park teen is being held on charges of rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and false imprisonment.
Investigators said the incidents happened at a vacant unit of an apartment complex on Riverdale Road in College Park.
During the investigation, police determined that Connor would make contact and arrange to meet up with victims via the internet. Upon meeting the victim, Connor would display a weapon and force the victim into the vacant apartment where he would rape and rob them.
Two of Connor’s rape crimes happened on Sunday, August 12 and Thursday, August 23.
Police are asking any other victims of these crimes to come forward. Victims can contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477.
Olive-Harvey College got some good news Tuesday from local leaders.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced the construction of the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) Center at Olive-Harvey College as part of the City Colleges’ College to Careers initiative.
The state provided $31.6 million in funding for the $42.2 million project, expected to create nearly 300 construction jobs.
The future for Chicago job hunters looks promising, according to a new jobs report by a Milwaukee-based staffing firm.
ManpowerGroup predicts an increase in the number of Chicago jobs by 14 percent for the second quarter, according to The Chicago Tribune.
From April to June, 19 percent of Chicago-area companies will add to their staffs, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey predicts.
In the first quarter, only 15 percent of companies forecasted a boost in employees, the Tribune points out. On the other hand, only 8 percent are predicted to make cuts among workers in the second quarter, compared to 12 percent in the first quarter.
These increases push Chicago’s hiring prospects just ahead of national figures. The report notes 18 percent of employers across the country plan to expand their operations while only 6 percent are expected to make reductions.