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November 17 — Chad and Collin here. Amy will be back with us Friday. It's the midweek Rough Draft. Let's get to it!

☀️ Sunny with a high of 73° today. 

🔄 Quickly:  ➊ The Atlanta City Council took a step towards providing funding for affordable housing. ➋ Kemp is suing Biden. ➌ The controversial changes to Gwinnett County, that were proposed by surprise, are going back to committee

🎄 Tomorrow’s lighting of Macy’s Atlanta Great Tree is invite-only. Macy’s says it’s to “prevent crowds at this unique time.” Five-year-old Autumn, who was diagnosed with leukemia and just finished treatment at CHOA, will push the button to illuminate the 56-foot tree, which will shine atop Lenox Mall through Jan. 1.

📚 Author Lily King will be at Inman Park United Methodist Church on Thurs., Nov. 18, discussing her latest book"Five Tuesdays in Winter." 

🙌 The Backpack Project hosts its 4th annual Homeless Heroes Day on Fri., Nov. 19, at the Westside Cultural Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Volunteers distribute over 1,500 backpacks filled with food, clothing, and toiletries to individuals experiencing homelessness in Atlanta and Athens, particularly veterans and families in need. 
🍔 This week's Instagram shoutout goes to newly vegan Yeah! Burger, which officially reopens today at 5 p.m. To celebrate, they're giving away free Beyond Meat burgers to the first 200 guests.

🕖 Today's Draft is ⑤ stories ➼

• Early voting starts today  
• A holiday events field guide 
• Weekend music picks
• Emory Healthcare CEO steps down

• (More than) Coffee Spotlight: Daily Chew

Have a great day. See you Friday! 
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1. Early voting begins today

🗳️ The Nov. 30 runoff ballot in Atlanta is full, as ten races head for another showdown, including Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore, who are vying to become Atlanta’s next mayor.

Early voting in both Fulton and DeKalb begins today, and runs through Nov. 24. Even if you voted absentee in the Nov. 2 general election, you must request an absentee ballot to vote in the runoff. But, get moving, because absentee ballots must be returned by Nov. 19.

To request an absentee ballot, find your polling place, and additional information, visit the Fulton or DeKalb election pages.

➡ In Fulton, voting is available weekdays and next Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

➡ DeKalb hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, but 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

What are the candidates saying?
ⓐ Yesterday, the Atlanta Press Club's Loudermilk-Young Debate Series  sponsored debates for three races: District 3 At-Large, City Council President, and Mayor.

You can watch the replays on their Facebook pageThe AJC has a recap here.

ⓑ If you like a candidate forum with your avocado toast, The Westside Future Fund is hosting one on Fri., Nov. 19 at 7:15 a.m. Register here

➡ Here is our Atlanta elections runoff guide.
Here is a School Board runoff guide from Atlanta Civic Circle.
2. Clark Griswold + the Golden Girls

✨After last year's pandemic closures and cancellations, the Atlanta 2021 holiday season will see some changes. The iconic Pink Pig has been officially retired, and the Children’s Christmas Parade has morphed into Colony Square’s "Season on the Square."

Still, other seasonal classics will return, including the ASO's holiday concerts, and Garden Nights, Holiday Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (above), and Dunwoody's Brook Run Park.

Here are a few of the many events that our colleague Kathy Dean has highlighted for the coming holiday season.

🎄City Springs hosts A Nat King Cole Christmas, Sat., Nov. 20

🦌 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer swoops into the Center for Puppetry Arts through Jan. 2, Tues.-Sun. (except for Nov. 25 and Dec. 25).

🎄 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation feat. Chevy Chase live on stage at the Fox Theatre. Sun., Nov. 28. Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) hosts a Q&A after a screening of the classic holiday film. 

🎤 R&B artists Tamar Braxton, Keith Sweat, Sheila E and Stokely headline the Celebration Festival at State Farm Arena. Sat., Dec. 4.

👵 The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes – Holiday Edition brings everyone’s favorite group of gals onstage for a hilarious holiday show at Out Front Theatre. Dec. 10-19.
3. Rough Draft's weekend music picks 

It's another weekend filled with heavy hitters appearing at venues across the city. A special nod goes out to "America's funnyman" Neil Hamburger, who marks a triumphant return to the stage at the Masquerade Saturday night.

Fri., Nov. 19
🎤 En Vogue @ City Springs
🦃 The Stuffing feat. Manchester Orchestra and more @ The Fox
🎸 The Wallflowers @ Variety Playhouse
🎤 Mattiel (above), John Roseboro, and DJ Jayda Abello @ The Earl
🎛️ Marc Rebillet (two shows Nov. 19-20) @ The Eastern
🔊 Andy Frasco & The U.N. @ Terminal West

Sat., Nov. 20
🎤 Wolf Alice w/ Bria @ Terminal West
 🤠 Katie Pruitt, William Prince, and Jess Nolan @ The EARL

Sun., Nov. 21
🎸 Alejandro Escovedo feat. Alex Ruiz (performing songs from "The Crossing" en Español + more) @ City Winery
🔊 Negativland & Sue-C @ The EARL

4. Emory Healthcare CEO and chairman steps down 

⚕️Emory Healthcare CEO and chairman Dr. Jonathan Lewin is stepping down after six years — a period that saw strong growth in the Atlanta-based system.

During Lewin’s tenure, Emory Healthcare has increased its operating revenue and expanded its clinical reach in metro Atlanta and around the state, adding DeKalb Medical Center to its system. Employment at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center has grown to about 34,000, a 35% increase. Health sciences research has seen 57% growth in funding, totalling $847 million.

Lewin oversaw the purchase and development of Emory’s Executive Park campus in Brookhaven, the opening of the Emory University Hospital tower, the Hawks practice/sports medicine facility, the Musculoskeletal Institute, numerous outpatient sites, and the still-in-progress Winship at Emory Midtown tower.

Lewin will join the Emory faculty, “returning to my roots in innovation, education and technology development,” he said.
*Partner Message*  🫂 Tomorrow is Children's Grief Awareness Day. Join Kate's Club and author Jodi Meltzer for a read-a-long of "Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are" on Facebook Live at 8 p.m.
5. (More than) Coffee Spotlight: Daily Chew 

🍽️  Daily Chew is a new, neighborhood walk-up window and cafe in Piedmont Heights, offering a stylish array of healthy, locally-sourced, and quick-service breakfast and lunch fare.

The menu is built around a variety of house-made rotisserie chickens, pitas, and protein bowls, with plenty of options for vegetarians. Each dish is evocative of owner Julia Kesler Imerman’s Jewish and South African heritage. The rotisserie chicken pita and the rotisserie chicken bowl have become immediate crowd favorites.

The window and cafe are now open at 2127 Liddell Dr., near the intersection of Manchester St. and Cheshire Bridge Rd.

The concept is an extension of Kesler Imerman’s holistic food company, catering, and meal-prep delivery service Stop Think Chew. Kesler Imerman has made a name for herself by partnering with local coffee shop BRASH Coffee to offer a variety of muffins and other baked goods around the city.

The Daily Chew menu boasts a full coffee and tea program with selections from BRASH.

In 2022, BRASH and Daily Chew will collaborate on a full-service cafe at The Works.

Daily Chew is open Wed. - Sun., from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and the full menu is available online for delivery and pickup.

Be sure to check out Rough Draft's guide to local coffee as we continue to profile the metro area coffee scene. What’s your favorite coffee shop? Drop us a line on Instagram and let us know!
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