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A pedestrian-friendly Emory Village 

Walkability

Learn about how you can push to make Emory Village a more walkable neighborhood at a Wed., May 24, meeting with nonprofit group the Alliance to Improve Emory Village. The alliance will give a presentation on proposed zoning changes, design guidelines, and traffic-curbing projects that are scheduled to begin in and around Emory Village early next year. Residents of Druid Hills, Emory Village business owners, and anyone connected to the area are encouraged to attend, and the public's concerns will be addressed and considered. The alliance's goal is to make Emory Village a safe, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at Glenn Fellowship Hall, 1660 N. Decatur Road. For more info, call 404-377-4240 or visit www.emoryvillage.org.

· Brookhaven neighbors The Brookhaven Homeowners and Neighborhood Business Alliance meets Thurs., May 18. State Rep. Jill Chambers, R-Atlanta, and Jeff Rader, Fulton County Commission candidate, both will speak at the event. Third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m. DeKalb Service Center, 2660 Osborne Road, Decatur. 678-754-4594. kevin_hughleybhna@yahoo.com.

· Drinking Liberally The local chapter of this national group encourages Democrats to get together and discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few pints. Thurs., May 18, and every Thursday, 8 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org.

· Lake Claire Neighbors The Lake Claire Neighbors organize cleanups, provide a community voice, and raise funds for neighborhood refurbishments. The group meets Thurs., May 18, and the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.lakeclaire.org.

· Atlanta Planning The Atlanta Planning Advisory Board meets Sat., May 20, to discuss issues such as land use, zoning, transportation, the environment, and parks and greenspace. Third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. City Hall, 68 Mitchell St., Committee Room No. 2. 404-562-9504. www.atlantaga.gov.

· Avondale City Council City Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community issues. The next meeting will be Mon., May 22. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400. www.avondaleestates.org.

· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast of the DeKalb County Commission meeting on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. The next meeting will be Tues., May 23. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. 404-371-2886. www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

· Atlanta Urban Design The city's Urban Design Commission protects buildings and areas that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions at the Wed., May 24, meeting. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200. www.atlantaga.gov.

· Neighborhood Planning Units Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets monthly to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older or any place of business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates and times vary. NPU-M, which covers Old Fourth Ward, Edgewood/Auburn, Castleberry Hill and downtown, meets Mon., May 22, and the fourth Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Community Center, 90 Boulevard. 404-784-0814. NPU-N, which covers Inman Park, Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lake Claire, Poncey-Highlands and Reynoldstown, meets Thurs., May 25, and the fourth Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. 404-523-9922.

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· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein on "Air Loaf," CL's call-in talk radio show. "Air Loaf" is broadcast every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon on 1690 WWAA-AM Air Atlanta. Listen in and join the discussion by calling in at 404-633-1690.

· Political Party

· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party Wed., June 14. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month. 7:30 p.m., Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.

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