Help for hurricane-displaced pets 

Katrina relief

Local pet rescue groups are working to save animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina and are looking for donations, foster homes and potential adopters. Employees of Atlanta-based Southern Hope Humane Society are camping out in New Orleans, working 13-hour days to feed and retrieve stranded pets. The group needs pet food and cash donations to continue its mission to reunite pets with their owners. Atlanta Pet Rescue and Animal Action Rescue also are seeking donations, as well as foster and permanent homes for the dozens of dogs and cats the two agencies have retrieved from Louisiana and brought to Atlanta. These animals have no identification, and therefore are up for adoption.

To donate to pet reunification efforts, drop off food or mail checks to Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30318. To foster or adopt a Katrina-displaced animal, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org or www.animalactionrescue.petfinder.org. If you know of an animal stranded at a specific New Orleans address, visit www.petfinder.com/disaster.

· Atlanta Urban Design The Urban Design Commission protects buildings that have historic or aesthetic value. The public is encouraged to voice opinions. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200.

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

· Clean Water Campaign Workshop The Clean Water Campaign will host a series of workshops to provide info on improving garden soil conditions and decreasing the amount of lawn refuse that gets put into landfills. Free. Registration required. Tues., Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. www.cleanwatercampaign.com. 404-730-8097.

· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082.

· Gaza talk Marcia Freedman, president of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, will discuss the Gaza withdrawal and the effect the U.S. has had on the peacemaking process. Freedman was a pioneer of women's rights in Israel. Thurs., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2676 Clairmont Road. 404-315-6446.

· Gwinnett Young Dems At the Gwinnett Young Democrats' monthly meeting, the guest speaker will be Tim Cairl, president of Georgia for Democracy. The discussion will focus on online organizational techniques for successful political campaigns. Mon., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Moe's Southwest Grill, 1475 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. www.gwinnettyoungdems.com.

· MARTA Alternatives Hearing The public is invited to discuss changes to MARTA bus routes and rail stations. To discuss Bus Route 97, meet Thurs., Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m., at Georgia Hill Neighborhood Facility, 250 Georgia Ave. 404-658-6395. To discuss West End Station, meet Mon., Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Mall at West End, 850 Oak St. 404-755-1001. To discuss North Avenue Station, meet Tues., Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m., at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St. 404-875-0431. To discuss Bus Route 6 or 245, meet Thurs., Sept. 29, 4-6 p.m., at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road. 404-727-5166. www.itsmarta.com.

· Neighborhood Planning Unit Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.

· Rivers Alive 2005 DeKalb County is hosting a cleanup effort at the South River. Volunteers are welcome to help improve water quality within DeKalb County. Sat., Sept. 24, 9 a.m. Call 404-371-2621 to volunteer.

· Town Hall Meeting Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues important to northwest Cobb. First Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. Cobb County Building, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. www.cobbcounty.org. 770-528-3314.

· Walk There Challenge The month-long Metro Atlanta Walk There! Challenge is gearing up for another go from Oct. 3-31. The event encourages participants to give up the car as much as possible and walk instead. The grand prize is a weekend stay at an upscale Atlanta hotel. Companies or individuals can sign up. Registration deadline is Mon., Sept. 26. www.cleanaircampaign.com. 877-CLEAN-AIR.

· CL events:

· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party. 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., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St.

· Air Loaf Listen to CL's writers and critics discuss what's going on around town on Air America's "Air Loaf." Tune in to 1690 AM weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 and 9 p.m.

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

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