Some Midtown News Tidbits!

Where do you like to go for fun around midtown? Have a great weekend!

December Newsletter! Happy Holidays!

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Monroe Place Apartments Gives Back to the Children!

Gift Giving at Monroe Place!

The response to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program has been simply amazing! The old holiday saying that “it is better to give, than to receive” prevails at the sight of all the wish-gifts and needs that will go to all the children this year.

We are so proud of our Monroe Place residents! According to D. Simms, “I have been in the business over 12 years and I have never seen a response like I have seen from our residents, vendors and employees.”

Some of the larger donations this year include: roller skates, Barbie dolls, school uniforms, bedding and toys. It’s certainly beginning to look and feel like the holiday season around here.

If you have not had a chance to sponsor an Angel, and would like to do so, please stop by and grab a little Angel’s wish list from the tree. The pickup and collection date has been extended to December 2nd, so hurry on down to the leasing lobby and make a child’s wish come true.

You may continue to give all year-long, but we thank all of you for all that you have given of yourselves this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Discover the Best in Free Atlanta Events!

Can you believe we have already made it back to October? It seems like only yesterday we were preparing to decorate our patios for the scariest in Halloween themes-which is something we absolutely love to do around here. May the best patio win.

With the return of Autumn, the weather has cooled down which means plenty of events to choose from to enjoy the change in season.

Atlanta is one of the greatest cities to live in-especially Midtown-since there is a plethora of events to attend and most of them free that encompass a wide variety of themes and genres.

Here is a list of a few events and festivals happening in Atlanta during the month of October:

  • Latin America Film Festival – held at the Woodruff Art Center; expect screenings of a variety of Hispanic movie features
  • Scottish Festival and Highland Games – held at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park, this annual event see a range of activities paying tribute to Scottish heritage and culture; expect to see folk dancing, parades and athletic events accompanied by traditional Scottish bagpipe music
  • Harvest Moon Bluesfest – held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, this three-day event is Georgia’s premier blues festival. Visitors can hear live blues performances while enjoying a variety of food and drink

Where do you go for fun? Tell us about it!

Make the “Swap” all of September!

In keeping with the tradition that, Midtown Atlanta is one of the greatest locations in Atlanta to live, here is another article that supports this cause.

Did you know that September is “Swaptember”? For the whole month of September, Atlanta attractions have collaborated to offer the community a way to experience all that Atlanta has to offer.

SWAPtember offers members of participating attractions discounts at all of the others. If you’re not already a member, it’s a great time to join. Members of any of the participating attractions can show their membership card and receive all of the fantastic offers including $3 off general admission; 10% off in retail store; and so much more. Membership discounts vary by attraction.

Take a look as some of the participating venues that might interest you:

You definitely don’t have to enjoy having fun out on the town of Atlanta by digging deep into your pockets. Atlanta On The Cheap is a great place to find current information on events. So get out and enjoy yourselves!

If you currently live outside of Atlanta, and are looking for a great apartment community to move to within this location, be sure to check out Monroe Place Apartments right here in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Garage Sale to Benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank!

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Get Your Dessert On!…

Cupcakes from Sweets Bakeshop

Image by Aaron Landry via Flickr

Hey Everyone!

I have a great place for you to try when your ready to explore further into midtown. Anyone who knows me, knows I love a great dessert and coffee shop.  The Bakeshop offers a relaxed atmosphere for customers who can enjoy freshly made food and drinks as a break from shopping or work.  A great place such as this always has the possibility of stirring up great conversation among friends. So get to sampling and settle into some great conversation!

Bakeshop

903 Peachtree St NE
Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 892-9322
 
Bakeshop offers customers a “fresh take on a diverse, yet simplistic, array of breads, croissants, cakes, quiches, sandwiches, salads and brewed coffees.”

Look what is being said on the Yelp reviews:

A Great Yelp Review!

 

Music Midtown, 311 Call Center, and the Streetcar Are Coming to Atlanta

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Three big news items we’d like to cover today:

We’re sure you’ve heard…after five years, Music Midtown is finally returning to Atlanta. September 24, the long-time Atlanta music festival will return to Piedmont Park after a six-year hiatus. Headlining bands will be Coldplay and The Black Keys. Other bands scheduled to perform include Cage the Elephant, The Constellations, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, and more. We’re excited to have a significant music festival back in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 16 for $55. But how would you feel if Music Midtown ruined your wedding? An Atlanta couple who had booked part of Piedmont Park for September 24 started a Facebook group protesting about the surprise event that would conflict with their wedding. Fortunately, it was reported this week that the City, Piedmont Park, and Live Nation helped find a new venue for the wedding, and cheers were heard all around.

This week, it was reported that Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $3.3 million to fund an “Innovation Delivery Team” that will develop a 311 call center allowing the city’s citizens to dial 311 to find the right department for a service, freeing up 911 and other phone lines and improving customer service for Atlantans unsure of how to report information to the city. Additionally, part of the grant will help to fund anti-homelessness and anti-panhandling initiatives that will serve to reduce the incidence of both in Atlanta.

Finally, the Federal Transit Administration has announced that work can begin on the Atlanta Streetcar Project. The electric streetcar system will run 2.6 miles through the heart of downtown Atlanta, with access to residential, cultural, educational, and historic centers, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. Additionally, it will provide easy access to the new residential and dining districts popping up on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward and at the Pencil Factory on Decatur Street, offering easy transit to Georgia State University and MARTA.

With all this buzzing development, it’s an exciting time to be in-town!

“Keep Your Cool” Ceiling Fans!

A Ceiling fan is an example of an axial fan.

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If you recently moved into an apartment that has a ceiling fan, you’re probably looking forward to having it help keep your place cool through the summer, right? But don’t assume your fan is all set to do this.

Look at the base of your fan, and chances are you’ll see a switch. This switch toggles the direction of the blades, making the fan either cool the air or keep warm air from leaving.

During warmer months, you should run your fan in a “forward” (counter-clockwise) direction so that it fans the air, making you feel cool. When it gets cold outside, switch the fan to the “reverse” setting so that it runs in a clockwise direction. This forces cold air upward while pushing the warm air in the room down to you. For optimal effects, set the fan to circulate at a slow speed.

Did you know that if you plan on using your ceiling fan, you can raise your thermostat and still get the same cooling effect as using the air conditioning on a low setting? That could result in big savings on electric bills during the hot months of summer. Ceiling fans can make you feel up to 7 degrees cooler, using just a fraction of the energy of even the smallest air conditioners.

Do you enjoy the cooling feel of a gentle breeze created by ceiling fans?

Free Thursdays With Perennial!

Matt Bryans @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Image by Mr. Kimberly via Flickr

Did you know as a Perennial Resident you are entitled to free “Perks” around town?  More great stuff at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. This show will be up for several weeks. Artists gather to discuss their work frequently. Artistic Director of the center will be leading a tour on Perennial sponsored “Free Thursday” May 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins: The Important Thing About A Chair
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
April 8 – June 19, 2011
The work of Jessica Jackson Hutchins is known for its robust physicality. In her assemblage sculpture and mixed media work on paper, she brings together the recycled and the new, the bruised and the beautiful. She teases out notions of function and display by creating richly glazed vessels and locating them on top of or inside used furniture (armchairs, couches, tables), or balancing them on plinths of her own devising (papier-mache and plaster). Her use of old clothing, food containers, and newspapers make reference to everyday rituals and family life, and place her in the rich tradition of artists who combine the personal and the cultural, including Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, and Louise Bourgeois.Works produced for her exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center are influenced by religious narratives of conception, communion, and death. Fragmented figures express states of vulnerability and the need for nurturing, exemplified by urns cradled in velvet fabrics. Recent drawings and prints turn text and punctuation marks into fleshy deposits on vibrant colored papers. In Annunciation, Hutchins carved words and gestures into the top of a piano lid, and took an impression of its inked surface, later adding collage elements including a Virgin Records tee-shirt and jewelry.The artist has stated, “Transformation, evidence of work, accidents, the time contained in the humanity of the objects—all that stuff is crucial to get at what I’m trying to get at, which is ways of connecting to the world, ways of knowing ourselves through the things we encounter.” Hutchins’ cultivation of process and residue gives her work an undeniable vitality and grace.Hutchins lives and works in Portland, OR. Her work has been exhibited in exhibitions including Common Ground, Seattle Art Museum (2011); 2010 The Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dirt on Delight, ICA Philadelphia and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); Gone Formalism, ICA Philadelphia (2006); and Make it Now, SculptureCenter, NY (2005). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, NY; the Seattle Art Museum, WA; and the Portland Art Museum, OR.This exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Tim and Lauren Schrager Family Foundation.Artist Talk: Jessica Jackson Hutchins and John Heward
Saturday, April 9, 11am–12pm
Exhibiting artists Jessica Jackson Hutchins and John Heward discuss their works with Artistic Director Stuart Horodner. Topics include process, inspiration, and the history of Minimalism and assemblage.

General admission $5, Students/Seniors $3, Kids FREE, Members FREE

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