Park Gets Facelift 

Brownwood Park, the sprawling greenspace that stretches between Gresham and Brownwood avenues in East Atlanta, is getting a makeover. Park Pride, an Atlanta nonprofit and greenspace advocacy group, has hired landscape architects to develop three possible renovation plans based on community input. On Sat., Dec. 3, the last of four public meetings will be held, after which the final plan will be approved. Renovations range from small adjustments to major changes, including features such as a fenced dog park, a small water park, and a performance space. If you can't make it to the meeting, all three plans can be viewed (and an online forum will be available for feedback) at

The Brownwood Park master plan presentation will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Brownwood Recreation Center, 602 Brownwood Ave. For more info, visit the East Atlanta Community Associations at

· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with Neighborhood Planning Units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, the environment, and parks and open spaces. Every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Committee Room 2, Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6899.

· College Park city Council Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. 404-669-3754.

· Decatur City Council The Council meets twice a month to discuss local government and community endeavors. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-371-8386.

· Drinking Liberally Democrats get together to discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717.

· East Point City Council Local government and city planning will be discussed. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. 404-765-1000.

· 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. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center, Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. 404-730-8200.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists This group focuses on preserving parks, tree planting, care and protecting the Kirkwood neighborhood. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun in My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road. 404-370-0856.

· Neighborhood Planning Unit The city's 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 404-330-6899.

· South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, and Woodland Hills. Residents are encouraged to voice their concerns. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave.

· Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable The roundtable is a monthly program designed to promote green efforts in Georgia. Topics vary between environmental problems and their sustainable solutions. Cost to attend, which includes breakfast, varies depending on membership and RSVP date. First Friday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. 404-881-4663.

· Young Dems of Atlanta The Young Democrats of Atlanta meet monthly to socialize, talk politics, and figure out ways to get young people involved in campaigns. First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447.

· Young Republicans The Buckhead Young Republicans hold socials on a monthly basis. Drinks, political discussion, and networking are all on the menu, as well as free appetizers. Fourth Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. Location varies monthly. 770-265-5268.

· CL events:

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

· Air Loaf Hear CL's writers and critics discuss their stories on Air Loaf at 1690 AM Air Atlanta. Discussions of various stories are aired just after the news on weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 and 9 p.m. A two-hour show, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests.

· Sugg's News Hour Find out the news behind the news on CL Group Senior Editor John Sugg's "Progressive News Hour" every Thursday at noon on WRFG-FM (89.3).

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