The Fulton County Democratic Party will host a series of lunches with Democratic candidates vying for state and local offices. On Sat., May 13, candidates for seats in three state House districts, all of which serve parts of Atlanta, will be on hand to answer questions. In two of the districts Democratic incumbents Sheila Jones and Douglas Dean likely will retain their old seats. House District 58, however, is up for grabs after incumbent Nan Orrock announced she would be running for state Senate. Candidates for Orrock's post include Paul Bolster, Elena Caplan, Robin Shipp and Allen Thornell.
The lunch will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Johnny Carino's Country Italian Restaurant, 3330 Camp Creek Parkway (just outside of I-285). Cost to attend is free, though lunch is not included. For more info, call 404-317-3563 or visit www.fultondems.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 11, and every Thursday. 8 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Avenue, Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org.
· COBB COUNTY DEMS Join the Cobb County Democratic Committee for its monthly breakfast Sat., May 13, featuring gubernatorial candidate Mark Taylor. The public is welcome at these networking get-togethers; cost is $10. Second Saturday of every month, 9-10:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Suites, 2999 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 770-420-7133. firstname.lastname@example.org.
· ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL City Council discusses regular business, city planning and other issues affecting Atlanta and the metro area. The next meeting will be Mon., May 15. Third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6030. www.atlantaga.gov.
· CASTLEBERRY HILL NEIGHBORS Castleberry Hill is a downtown loft and gallery district just south of CNN Center. The Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association's general meeting, on Mon., May 15, is open to all residents. Third Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Granite Room, 211 Peters St. 404-307-8127. www.castleberryhill.org.
· COLLEGE PARK CITY COUNCIL Residents are encouraged to attend council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. The next meeting will be Mon., May 15. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. 404-767-1537. www.collegeparkga.com.
· DECATUR CITY Commission City Commission meets twice a month to discuss local government and address community concerns. The next meeting will be Mon., May 15. First and third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-370-4100. www.decaturga.com.
· EAST POINT CITY COUNCIL Local government, community endeavors and city planning regularly are discussed. The next meeting will be Mon., May 15. First and third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. 404-765-1000. www.eastpointcity.org.
· GEORGIA FOR DEMOCRACY Discuss progressive issues and activities and socialize with like-minded, politically interested Atlantans. Free and open to the public. Mon., May 15, and third Monday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.georgiafordemocracy.org.
· CHAMBLEE CITY COUNCIL City Council meets to discuss local issues and future plans for Chamblee. The next meeting will be Tues., May 16. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. 770-986-5013. www.chambleega.com.
· GRANT PARK NEIGHBORS Residents of Grant Park are encouraged to attend neighborhood meetings so their voices can be heard. Attendees are permitted to vote at their second meeting. Tues., May 16. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center, 250 Georgia Ave. www.grantpark.org.
· 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. Wed., May 17. First and third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center, Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. 404-730-8200.
· NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING 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 or any place of 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.
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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 WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. Listen in and join the discussion by calling 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 at 7:30 p.m. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.
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