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Et tu, Thursday 

February 16 — How is it already Thursday?! 

☁️ Cloudy and a high of 74° today. Rain overnight into tomorrow, and then below freezing on Saturday morning. (Insert meme about Atlanta's fake spring here.)  

🙏🏼 Atlanta is mourning the loss of civic leader Thomas W. Dortch Jr., who passed away on Wed. at age 72. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said, "We have lost another soldier. Tommy Dortch wasn’t born in Atlanta. He came here to attend school, and never left. And Atlanta is the better for it." 

💜 Raquel Welch, the actor who became a star in movies such as "The Three Musketeers" and "One Million Years B.C.," has died. She was 82 years old.

💸 Movie mogul Tyler Perry has donated $750,000 to pay the property taxes of low-income seniors. 

🚇 MARTA will suspend rail service south of Medical Center Station starting Friday night for track replacement

🗳️ The Georgia Senate has approved a proposal to install a statue of Clarence Thomas at the Capitol.

🤸 Phoenix Gymnastics is considering its options now that Sandy Springs has terminated its lease.

🕖 Today's newsletter is  stories.

• A monument in progress
• Dunwoody nixes trail, for now
• Sally Bethea's 'Above the Waterline'

• Quick Bites

Have a good day,
Collin & Sammie 
🖌️ Spruill Center for the Arts presents Artistic Affair: An Arts Experience at Factory Atlanta on Mar. 24 from 7-10 p.m. Artistic Affair serves as the organization’s fundraiser and features an immersive array of arts experiences plus dinner, drinks, DJ, and silent and live auctions of artists' work. Tickets are on sale now.
Artists Stan Mullins and Kathy Fincher at Inferno Art Foundry.
Photograph by Isadora Pennington.

1. Monument in progress: Dr. King's legacy lives on in Atlanta sculpture

⚒️ On Mon., Feb. 13, the media was invited to Inferno Art Foundry in Union City, GA to witness the bronzing of an eight-foot statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and artists Kathy Fincher and Stan Mullins were on hand to answer questions and supervise the assembly of this massive artwork.

The statue, which will be unveiled on Apr. 1 and will reside in Atlanta’s Historic Vine City, is one of 18 statues dedicated to 300 years of Georgia’s icons of peace. Depicting his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King is rendered with eyes cast toward the heavens, his Doctorate robe trailing in the wind, and his Bible in hand. The finished sculpture will be poised atop a rock on Stone Mountain.

➡️ To learn more about the construction of the statue, click here.  
📧 This story first appeared in our weekly Sketchbook newsletter. If you're interested in art, you should subscribe. It comes out Wednesdays at 4 p.m. We are not unbiased, but we think it's a masterpiece.
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2. No trail for you, Dunwoody

🏞️ At its Feb. 13 meeting, The Dunwoody City Council discussed connectivity concerns at a future park on Vermack Road and ultimately decided to recommend that a trail connecting the park to two neighborhoods be taken out of the master plan.

However, the council kept the option open to re-introducing the path later in the process.

🌳 “All of the closest and most adjacent neighbors were opposed to it," Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker told the council. "I think it should be removed from the master plan, but after (the park) is built, if the neighbors want to talk about it, we can consider it at that time.”

Residents have been concerned about privacy issues involved in the addition of the path, including its proximity to their backyards. 

➡️ For more on this story, click here.
3. Green lobbying under the Gold Dome

🌳 The Georgia State Capitol is not a comfortable or easy place to advocate on behalf of nature—be it rivers, mountains, swamps, or the coast. Our award-winning Sustainability columnist, Sally Bethea, knows this all too well. 

Every winter, for more than two decades before her retirement, she put on a business suit, pearls, and heels and joined the legislative circus in the cavernous capitol hallways, where seating is limited and the floors are cold, hard marble. 

Lobbyists hang out on the third floor of the building, watching televisions that show the activity in the House and Senate legislative chambers. This makes them easily accessible to legislators, who periodically dash out of their chamber doors to ask for advice or meet with constituents. 

🗳️ Click to read more about Sally's efforts, click here.

Spoiler Alert: that's not her in the alligator costume!   
🖌️ Spruill Center for the Arts presents Artistic Affair: An Arts Experience at Factory Atlanta on Mar. 24 from 7-10 p.m. Artistic Affair serves as the organization’s fundraiser and features an immersive array of arts experiences plus dinner, drinks, DJ, and silent and live auctions of artists' work. Tickets are on sale now.
4. Quick Bites

🐦 Redbird's last day of service will be Sun., Feb. 19 for the wildly popular Birdy Biscuit window. It opens at 11 a.m. until sold out. If you want dinner, get there by Sat., Feb. 18. (Above via Instagram).

🍺 On Feb. 17, Draught Season is hosting a pop-up event at Atlantucky Brewing for the launch of "Beer is Black History." There are plenty of other beer-filled pop-ups throughout Feb. Find more information here.

🍸 Storico Vino, a Buckhead wine and cocktail bar, has announced a new cocktail hour every Tues.-Fri. from 5-6 p.m.

🎉 ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is hosting a Mardi Gras bash on Feb. 21.

🍝 Meatballerz has launched its very own Italian-style brunch. Their new menu will be served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sun.

🍦 Mixins Rolled Ice Cream will make its Atlanta debut in the Grant Park area in late spring.

🥪 Bona Fide Deluxe, an all-day sandwich shop and cocktail bar, has opened in Edgewood. The eatery welcomed guests for the first time on Valentine's Day.

🍕 Slim & Husky's has opened their newest location at Morehouse College.

🍗 Nani's Piri Piri Chicken is closing its doors in Ponce City Market. The restaurant's last day will be Feb. 28.

🍛 The Japanese-Korean restaurant Salaryman has opened a second location at the Toco Hills Shopping Center.

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