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What's up Saturday in and around Midtown

Plenty to do and see this weekend

If from Midtown you take Boulevard to get to the interstate, note that on Saturday, July 21, the corridor between North and Angier avenues will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for about four hours for the “Year of Boulevard Back-to-School Block Party.”

Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall invites children and families to gear up for the upcoming school year at the event that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 30 city, county, and nonprofit agencies will be on hand to connect the families of the Boulevard corridor with local social services. To kick off the morning and to address a lack of beds in the community, the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta will deliver 100 beds to families from the corridor. They will also hand out backpacks.

“For the first time ever, we are shutting down Boulevard and bringing dozens of government and nonprofit services right to the front doors of District 2’s neediest families,” said Hall in a statement. “I am thrilled that so many groups are coming together for a great day of fellowship, food, and fun.”

The block party also features free refreshments, music by Radio One’s Hot 107.9, sports, and other family activities. As part of their ongoing commitment to The Year of Boulevard, the Atlanta Hawks will set up a mobile basketball court on Boulevard. The United States Tennis Association is bringing two youth-sized tennis courts for kids. Zoo Atlanta is bringing its Zoo Mobile.

In addition to the fun and games, children and families from District 2’s Boulevard corridor (Ponce de Leon Avenue on the north to Dekalb Avenue on the south) will be encouraged to visit agency tables and sign up for services. After visiting agency tables and participating in the fun, each child from the neighborhood will receive a back-to-school backpack.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is bringing its mobile unit, and the Fulton Superior Court will be among Fulton County’s representatives at the event. “The Fulton Superior Court appreciates this opportunity to reach out to the community we serve and inform the citizens of programs which could benefit them,” said Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright in a news release.

“Long gone are the days where the Courts simply tried cases and pronounced judgment. The Superior Court of Fulton County has evolved into a problem solving judicial system which focuses on building families, building communities, building trust and building partnerships. Judges and staff and community partners will be on Boulevard to discuss topics from child support to domestic violence, to drug and mental health programs and other Court-related matters.”

The Back-to-School Block Party promises to be the biggest event so far in Hall’s yearlong Year of Boulevard initiative. Launched in January, the initiative has been the catalyst for a new police mini-precinct located within Atlanta Medical Center, a neighborhood safety center located within the Bedford Pine complex, a massive community cleanup effort along the corridor, a summer camp sponsored by community stakeholders, and improvements to the Bedford Pine properties.

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Athletically, consider taking part in the 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Walk at Piedmont Park. Join Sister's By Choice, Inc. to help medically underserved women in Georgia get the proper diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. 

On site registration begins at 7 a.m. and see here to register online. Come celebrate breast cancer survivors and join thousands of other women and men helping to build the first Mobile Breast Clinic in Georgia.

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The Atlanta Rollergirls are in action with “Quadzilla’’ including a pair of bouts at the . The first bout begins at 5 p.m. as Hollywood comes to Atlanta with the Dirty South Derby Girls taking on the L.A. Derby Dolls' all-star team, the L.A. Ri-Ettes, in a monster bout.

Later, in the final game before the playoffs, the 0-2 Sake Tuyas will attempt to show the 2-0 Toxic Shocks that they're not done yet. See here for more info. Also, the Atlanta Rollergirls are hosting a recruiting workshop before the bouts at their offices. Get ready for the September 8 tryouts by going to the workshop from 11 a.m-1 p.m, where they’ll focus on crossover form, stops, and weaving. More info here.

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Of course, the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament continues through the weekend at Atlantic Station. Semifinal matches are Saturday with Sunday’s singles championship final is set for 3 p.m.

While visiting Atlantic Station for the tournament, make sure to take advantage of retail and restaurant deals around the mixed-use development.

Saturday

West Elm - 30% off reg price chandelier

Eye Gallery - Purchase a pair of Maui Jim and receive GWP

Heads or Tails - 1st 50 children get free balloons starting at 10 a.m.

Kay Jewelers - 10% off Neil Lane Bridal Collections

House of Naomi - Art Station contest and exhibit 5-7pm. Raffle for large 24x30 original

Uptown Pups – free tennis ball with $10 or more purchase

Fab’rik – Scoutmob all week; complimentary beer, wine and champagne

Body Shop – Summer sale on select make-up, Buy one get one 50% off

Atlantic Grill - Cobb salad; $5 house wine, $5 Gordon gin or vodka cocktails

Café Nineteen - Live music Fishook Grill - $5 off bottled wines

Starbucks - 25% employee discount on all whole bean coffee or Via Instant Coffee

Sole - Weekly promotion-Bring your ticket stub and receive 30% off 1 item (excludes sale items). Bring ticket stub to participate in a drawing for 2 Courtside tickets for Sunday.

Uptown Pups – 20% off single item with ticket (excluding food and sale);

Copelands – Free dessert with purchase of any two entrees. (dine in only)

Fishook Grill – 10% off total purchase.

Kilwin’s – 15% off food items.

Sunday

West Elm - 40% off reg price dinnerware collection

Eye Gallery - Gift Raffle for liking us on FB

Heads or Tails - 1st 50 children get free balloons starting at 10 a.m.; Bows buy 1 get 2nd 50% off

Kay Jewelers - 10% off all Diamond Tennis Bracelets

House of Naomi - Art Station 1-3 p.m. only

Uptown Pups –free tennis ball with $10 or more purchase.

Fab’rik – Scoutmob all week; complimentary beer, wine and champagne

Body Shop – Summer sale on select make-up, Buy one get one 50% 

Atlantic Grill - Steak and eggs; $5 house wine, $5 Gordon gin or vodka cocktails Fishook Grill - $5 off bottled wines

Starbucks - 25% employee discount on all whole bean coffee or Via Instant Coffee

Sole - Weekly promotion-Bring your ticket stub and receive 30% off 1 item (excludes sale items). Bring ticket stub to participate in a drawing for 2 Courtside tickets for Sunday.

Uptown Pups – 20% off single item with ticket (excluding food and sale);

Copelands – Free dessert with purchase of any two entrees. (dine in only)

Fishook Grill – 10% off total purchase.

Kilwin’s – 15% off food items.

Starbucks – 10% off purchase to ticket holders

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Early voting for the July 31 General Primary, Nonpartisan and Special Election, which includes the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Referendum, continues on Saturday

Any Atlanta registered voter wishing to vote in advance of Election Day is not required to vote within the City limits of Atlanta, and may vote early at any listed location within the county of his or her residence.

For Midtown and West Midtown residents, these locations include the Fulton County Government Center, located at 130 Peachtree Street, Ste. 2186; the North Fulton Annex, located at 7741 Roswell Road, Ste. 232 in Sandy Springs; and the South Fulton Annex, located 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park.

Advance voting can also be done at the locales on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for the North Fulton Annex, which will be open for voting until 5 p.m.

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And when hunger strikes, take note that Downtown Restaurant Week kicks off Saturday and runs through July 29. This event showcases Downtown Atlanta restaurants with special dining promotions of three-course dinners for $25 or $35 per person, plus tip, plus tax. See here for a list of participating restaurants.

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