The Georgia Chapter of the International Interior Design Association will host on Thurs., Sept. 15, its first annual Trash to Treasure event -- the proceeds of which will go toward the Beltline, a proposed 22-mile loop of light rail that would circle the city. Designers, architects, artists and anyone with a creative touch is invited to convert a piece of Atlanta's trash into work of art to be auctioned off in support of the nonprofit group Friends of the Beltline. Ryan Gravel, who wrote a thesis about the Beltline idea in 1999 while attending Georgia Tech, will be a featured speaker at the event.
The auction will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Interface Flooring Systems Showroom, 75 Fifth St., Suite 110. (Take the Georgia Tech Trolley from the Midtown MARTA Station.) For more info, call or visit www.beltline.org.
· ACLU Annual Meeting For its annual membership meeting, the ACLU will host a potluck with a panel of experts, including several of the organization's attorneys. The main topic will be Guatanamo Bay. Sat., Sept. 10, noon-3 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road. Register online at www.acluga.org. 404-523-5398.
· Animal Rights Meeting The Georgia Animal Rights and Protection advocacy group works to end animal cruelty. This meeting will deal with upcoming events, including the Walk for Farm Animals that is occurring later this month. Sat., Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Sandy Springs Regional Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway. info@GarpAtlanta.org. 404-303-6130.
· 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, and parks and open spaces. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.
· Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to identify and protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic or aesthetic value. At its regular, Wed., Sept. 14, meeting, the UDC will review proposed changes to the plan to build an 800-car parking deck in Piedmont Park. 4 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200.
· Common Ground Conference The Georgia Conservancy is hosting this 50-panelist conference to promote the public's involvement in environmental causes and conservation efforts. Opening remarks from Gov. Sonny Perdue. The cost to register ranges from $90-$120. Fri., Sept. 9, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Emory Conference Center, 1615 Clifton Road. www.georgiaconservancy.org/gcg. 404-876-2900, ext. 107.
· 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.
· East Atlanta Community Help shape the future of East Atlanta Village. Attend the East Atlanta Community Association meeting to learn more. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave. www.eaca.net.
· Farrakhan speaks Minister Louis Farrakhan will speak at the Atlanta Civic Center during a commemorative event in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. His tour has been traveling the country addressing issues of injustice and oppression. The commemoration is free and open to people of all ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. 395 Piedmont Ave. www.finalcall.com. 404-344-9399.
· Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. www.trainweb.org/garp. 404-373-7530.
· Kirkwood Neighbors The residents of Kirkwood are invited to attend this monthly meeting to discuss community business. Second Saturday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Turner Monumental Church, 66 Howard St. www.historic-kirkwood.com.
· One of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave. www.oneedgewood.homestead.com. 404-522-0556.
· PEDS This advocacy organization works toward improving conditions for pedestrians around Atlanta. The group will be presenting the Golden Shoe Awards to people and organizations who have made a contribution to pedestrian safety in the past year. To nominate a worthy recipient, visit www.peds.org. Nominations are due Sept. 23. 404-522-3666.
· Sierra Club Meeting This meeting will focus on Atlanta's landfills and some alternative proposals to that method of waste disposal. Jim Jackson, president of Southern Environmental Consultants, will be speaking. Tues., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Javaology, 466 Edgewood Ave. georgia.sierraclub.org. 404-292-3466.
· State of the Arts Forum The Ferst Center is hosting a forum covering contemporary issues facing art education, funding, and community-based initiatives. Paula Wallace, president of Savannah College of Art and Design, is among the speakers at the event, which is free and open to the public. Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu. 404-894-9600.
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