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Hands on Tuesday 

September 20 – Banned Book Week is underway with readers encouraged to pick up titles that have been challenged by parents and politicians in schools and libraries. 

🌞 Sunny today with a high of 91°.

➡ Puerto Rico, still recovering from Hurricane Maria five years ago, was ravaged by Hurricane Fiona yesterday. The Category 3 storm is now headed towards the Turks and Caicos islands. 

🚲 Sandy Springs is expected to move forward with two trail projects, including a dramatic boardwalk over Orkin Lake. 

💰 Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday to seek $10.5 million in federal funds for the Downtown Connector-capping project, The Stitch

😒 "The Atlanta BeltLine trail is useless when it’s raining." So begins BeltLine founder Ryan Gravel's rant about the six things he hates about Atlanta.

Georgians can weigh in on Georgia Power’s plans to raise electricity rates by 12% during a series of hearings beginning later this month.

🗳 DeKalb County is looking to hire poll workers for the Nov. 8 election. 

🎓 Our architecture columnist Melody Harclerode takes a closer look at the evolution of Midtown High School, which has built upon the vision of the original architects, including Neil Reid and Phillip Trammell Shutze. Shutze also designed the Swan House.

⏱ Today's newsletter is 4️⃣ stories.

• Hands on Atlanta Week
• Animal shelter crisis 
• ADL jurisprudence awards

• Autumn Leaf Watch

Have a great day, and don't miss our guide to local vintage bookshops.
Collin + Sammie

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1. Lend a hand

 🤚 The 2022 edition of Hands On Atlanta Week, presented by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, looks to engage 10,000 people in support of 50 nonprofits and schools with over 200 unique and meaningful volunteer projects and events beginning today through Sept. 27.

From the launch of early voting to fighting food insecurity to protecting the environment, each day of Hands On Atlanta Week will be themed to highlight a specific impact area of focus. 

Marquee events for the week include a mural painting, beautification and book drive at the Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA, a large meal packing event at West Side Future Fund, and a STEAM kit pack and little library build with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. 

➡️ Find out more about Hands on Atlanta Week here. 
2. Animal shelter crisis a ‘community problem’

🐶  In early August, the Brookhaven City Council announced that Brookhaven residents would be able to adopt pets through LifeLine Animal Project at no cost. Now, LifeLine is waiting for word to spread. 

As of Sept. 9, LifeLine has had three sponsored adoptions – two cats and one dog – through its Brookhaven partnership. Shelters have been at a breaking point since the beginning of the year, and LifeLine leadership is hoping as more residents hear
 about the partnership, that adoptions will increase. 

“This isn’t a shelter capacity problem, this is a community problem,” said Heather Friedman, LifeLine chief marketing officer. “If everyone just brings all the animals to the shelter, that’s not going to solve it.”

🐈 Click here to read more. 
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🎟️ The Wholesome Wave Georgia Southern Chefs Potluck is Sunday, Oct. 16 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Join us for an evening of delicious food, hand-crafted drinks, a live auction, and great company. All proceeds support Wholesome Wave Georgia’s work of providing fresh healthy food to families across the state. Tickets are now on sale.
3. ADL honors attorneys

🏆 The Anti-Defamation League honored lawyers Ernest Greer, Liz Price, and Jamie Perez (pictured, L-R) at last week's 25th annual ADL Jurisprudence Awards Luncheon at the Whitley Hotel in Buckhead.

The awards honor lawyers who have “dedicated themselves to securing justice and fair treatment for all people." 

Greer, co-president of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners of this award include the late Congressman John Lewis. 

“ADL is thrilled to bestow awards to such admirable figures in the legal community in such a critical year,” said ADL Southern Division Vice President Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman.

Read more about the awards.


📺 Ken Burns' important, three-part documentary The U.S. and The Holocaust, is airing this week on PBS. Stream it here and read why the Hollywood Reporter says the doc is "devastating" and "distressingly topical" today.

➡ Emory historian Deborah Lipstadt is featured prominently.  

4. Get ready for Leaf Watch

🍁 It might still feel like summer outside, but autumn begins on this week, and that means colorful fall foliage can't be far behind. 

To help visitors plan their trips, Georgia State Parks has launched Leaf Watch 2022, with a guide to fall events, book cabins, and safe hiking tips. It will also track fall color as it moves across the state. 

Vibrant hues typically arrive towards the end of October and early November. Some locations like George L. Smith and Providence Canyon state parks in southern Georgia sport beautiful colors into late November.

➡ Read more here

*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 🤔 Tickets are now on sale for the very first TEDxAtlantaWomen 2022 on Nov. 4. From science to social impact, food to finance, TEDxAtlantaWomen 2022 reimagines work and play through the lens of ten dynamic women building a more inclusive and equitable world where girls and women can truly spread their wings and soar.
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