Bravely going against the old adage that alcohol and politics never make good bedfellows, the Young Democrats of Atlanta hold a spirited happy hour the third Thursday of every month. Join them Thurs., July 20, as they take a well-earned break from grassroots activism to sip some suds at a local watering hole. Feel free to discuss your views while you down some brews. Members say the happy hours are an opportune time for local liberals to meet members of the group in a laid-back, socially engaging atmosphere -- without diving right into campaign work.
7 p.m. Apres Diem, 931 Monroe Drive. 404-872-3333. www.fultonyoungdems.org.
· DISENFRANCHISEMENT DOCUMENTARY On Thurs., July 13, Georgia for Democracy is screening American Blackout, a new film that chronicles the alarming rate of voter disenfranchisement from 2000 to 2004, and also tells the story of oft-maligned Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney -- a hero to some, a wacko to others. The acclaimed documentary delves into the pathos of one of the country's most controversial politicians. There will be a discussion after the film. 7 p.m. First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave. 404-627-4444. www.georgiafordemocracy.org.
· DRINKING LIBERALLY The local chapter of this national organization, which aims to promote democracy "one pint at a time," encourages Democrats to discuss politics, current events and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. The next Drinking Liberally is Thurs., July 13. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org.
· ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL Atlanta City Council discusses regular business, city planning and other issues affecting the city and the metro area. The next meeting is Mon., July 17. Third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6030. www.atlantaga.gov.
· CASTLEBERRY HILL NEIGHBORS Castleberry Hill is a downtown Atlanta historic district just south of CNN Center. The general meeting of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association -- the next of which is Mon., July 17 -- is open to all residents. Third Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Granite Room, 211 Peters St. 404-228-2078. www.castleberryhill.org.
· COLLEGE PARK CITY COUNCIL Residents are strongly encouraged to attend these monthly meetings, the next of which is Mon., July 17. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall in College Park, 3667 Main St. 404-767-1537. www.collegeparkga.com.
· DECATUR CITY COMMISSION Decatur has operated under a commission-manager form of government since 1920. The commission meets twice a month to discuss local government and address community concerns. At these meetings, the next of which is Mon., July 17, time is left open for comments and questions. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-371-8386. www.decaturga.com.
· CHAMBLEE CITY COUNCIL Chamblee City Council meets monthly to discuss local issues and future plans for the city. The council's next meeting is Tues., July 18. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. 770-986-5013. www.chambleega.com.
· FULTON COMMISSIONERS Come to the Fulton County Commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. The next meeting is Wed., July 19. First and third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. 404-730-8200. www.co.fulton.ga.us.
· BROOKHAVEN HOMEOWNERS AND NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS ALLIANCE All are welcome at the organization's monthly meetings, the next of which is Thurs., July 20. This month's guest speakers include Michael Thurman, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, and the Sembler Company, which is developing a mixed-use community at Peachtree Garden Apartments. Please RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m. DeKalb Service Center, 2660 Osborne Road. 678-754-4594.
· "AIR LOAF" ON 1690 AM
· Air Atlanta is no more, but you can still catch CL Editor Ken Edelstein each Saturday morning for "Air Loaf," CL's call-in talk radio show. "Air Loaf" is broadcast from 11 a.m.-noon on WMLB-AM (1690), "The Voice of the Arts." Tune in each week for a full hour of progressive talk.
· Political Party
· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party, Wed., Aug. 9. 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 Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.
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