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Well, it's Wednesday 

September 14 — The White House is urging Americans to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine ahead of an expected rise in cases this fall and winter. An Omicron-specific booster is now available in Georgia. 

🌞 It's another Chamber of Commerce day today. Clear skies and a high of 82°.

🎗️ Prominent Atlanta attorney and local media legal analyst Page Pate, 55, died Sunday during a swimming accident on St. Simon's Island.

🗳️ Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will debate on Oct. 14 in Savannah. According to the Associated Press, "the senator renewed his call for an additional debate in either Macon or Atlanta."

📚The DeKalb County School Board will hire a firm to search for a new superintendent, hopefully by next spring.

🏫 After more than two decades on the Fulton County School Board, Gail Dean announced she will retire next month

🛑 Chef Kevin Gillespie is closing Slabtown Public House on the BeltLine Eastside Trail on Sept. 24 after just five months in business. 


💦 Former U.S. Rep and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall is the new CEO of Chattahoochee Trails, an organization providing water reclamation and recreation along the Chattahoochee River.
📸 PICTURE THIS:  Zoo Atlanta welcomed a new pair of wrinkled hornbills to Grant Park. Male Malfoy, 26, and female Strawberry, 14, are here for mating purposes to help increase the endangered species population. That's Malfoy posing for the camera

⏱ Today's newsletter is 🅕🅞🅤🅡 stories. 

• 500,000 meals donated
• Updating the BeltLine plan

• Discover ADAC
AND 
• Weekend Concert Picks 

Have a good one, 
Collin + Sammie
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1. Meals with Meaning

🥗 Nonprofit Second Helpings Atlanta, which rescues surplus food from supermarkets and restaurants, is today marking the donation of 500,000 meals to its Meals with Meaning program.

Launched last August in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and elevated rates of food insecurity, Meals with Meaning provides free meal kits to community members in need in partnership with HelloFresh and Pratt Industries.

Each HelloFresh kit contains all of the fresh ingredients for recipients to make eight nourishing meals. With rising food costs, the partners have agreed to extend Meals with Meaning through 2023.
Atlanta's premier food event is back
SPONSORED BY ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL


With more than 80 chefs at multiple venues across the city over five days, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this week! 
 
🕯️Get Intimate: This year’s festival includes a special Taste of Israel dinner at Aziza tomorrow. Tickets are limited.
 
🔪 Knives Out: Anything and everything that’s sliceable will be part of Sliced: A Cut of Atlanta’s Best Bites tomorrow. Unlimited dishes, sips, and live entertainment are included in the ticket, which is available here.
 
🐔What the Cluck? Cluck’d: A Chicken & Cocktail Soiree is Sept. 16 and will feature 20+ chefs barbecuing, braising, and frying chicken along with cocktails, music, and dancing. Tickets.
 
🎪 To the Tents! Historic Fourth Ward Park will host the annual Tasting Tents on Sept. 17-18. Get tickets here (VIPs get an hour head-start).
 
Stay up-to-date: Purchase tickets and follow along at @atlfoodandwine.
2. Updating the BeltLine plan

🚧 Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has hired Cincar Consulting Group (C2G) to create an updated plan that will lay out the steps needed to complete the 22-mile, multi-use trail loop by 2030.  

The updated “strategic implementation plan” is a comprehensive work plan that includes completing trails, transit preparedness, parks, affordable housing, economic development, public art, and historic preservation.

“We are excited to bring on C2G as a partner to provide consultation on the remainder of the Atlanta BeltLine projects and programs as the team delivers this legacy mobility project for the city of Atlanta,” ABI President Clyde Higgs said.  

➡️ Read more about the update to the BeltLine plan here.
3. Interior design delights

🛋 If interior decoration and design is your thing, then put Discover ADAC on your calendar for Sept. 20-22.

Hosted by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in Peachtree Hills, the three-day event will feature panels on everything from design for small spaces and gardens to creating bold interiors and the "psychology of color."

There will also be an opportunity to see innovative products, furniture, and accessories coming for the fall season.

RELATED 

📌 Peek inside some of Virginia-Highland's most stylish homes as the Intown neighborhood's Tour of Homes returns on Oct. 1. 
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4. Weekend Concert Picks

This weekend would have been Music Midtown, which was canceled last month. Here's a rundown of some shows to fill your dance card.
 
Tonight

🏝️ Islander @ Vinyl
🎸 Tessa Violet @ Terminal West

Thursday, Sept. 15
🎶  Hojean @ Masquerade

Friday, Sept. 16

🔪 The Killers @ State Farm Arena
🎹  Matt Nathanson @ Variety Playhouse 
🎤 Ween @ The Eastern 


Saturday, Sept. 17
🕺 KC And the Sunshine Band @ Brightmoor Amphitheater  
🎤 Javed Ali @ Atlanta Symphony Hall

Sunday, Sept. 18

💃 Prince Royce @ The Eastern
🤘 My Chemical Romance @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 


Monday, Sept. 19
🥁 Ringo Starr @ Cobb Energy Centre (pictured)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
🎸 Avi Kaplan @ Terminal West
*BOOKMARK THIS* 🗓️ For even more concerts, visit our event calendar, How Do You Atlanta?, produced in partnership with WABE and Decaturish.
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