July 27th 2005 downtownATL.com Weekly Newsletter
We want YOU! VOLUNTEER downtownATL
Today the Mayor's new 24/7 Gateway Center for the homeless opened it's doors in downtown Atlanta, signaling a new era in the metro Atlanta area's fight to eliminate homelessness. After 10 months of renovation and years of visioneering it is finally a reality...and needs YOUR help to succeed! Please read on for more information on who to contact to volunteer.

We are also very pleased to share that our home church, North Avenue Presbyterian, has been chosen to move their Sunday Morning "The Cup" homeless ministry from it's location at North Avenue and Peachtree Street to the 24/7 Center. The first Cup worship service will be held THIS Sunday.

There are many other GREAT opportunities for you to serve the community in the "Community Outreach" section of downtownATL.com. Please take a minute to take a look. C'mon down to volunteer, and then stick around for some of the GREAT festivities going on in our city center...

Downtown ROCKS: Ben Folds Five
@ Underground Atlanta   Saturday, July 30th 6:30p
After taking their show on the road to Stone Mountain, 99X is bringing their summer concert series back to city center. DOWNTOWN ROCKS AGAIN! Everything Alternative 99X presents Downtown Rocks @ Underground. They're taking over Underground Atlanta every Saturday Night from 7-11PM July 9th- August 13th. The best part? The concerts are FREE!

Not to mention that Underground Atlanta features 8 NEW clubs in Kenny's Alley where you can party and bring drinks from bar to bar until as late as four in the morning for you night owls. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend your Saturday nights downtown this Summer!

MARTA is HIGHLY recommended. The massive performance stage, built exclusively for the 99X series, will be located just a short walk from the Five Points MARTA station at the intersection of Upper Alabama and Pryor Streets and will feature live music from 7PM to 11PM, each Saturday.

Q100 Hazzard County Hoedown
@ Underground Atlanta   FRI JULY 29th
Grab your cutoff jeans... leave the youngins with yer cousin... lock up the trailer and head to the big city... for a party HAZZARD COUNTY style!

* Jessica Simpson Daisy Duke Look-a-like contest * Mechanical Bull * Let your inner redneck shine! * Tickets are only $10 * Valet parking available.

GRAND Opening / Volunteer!
@ 24/7 Gateway Center  
With an overarching goal of ending chronic homelessness in metropolitan Atlanta, the 24/7 Gateway Center opened TODAY! The 24/7 Gateway Center will provide an estimated 500 people per day with programs, services, and referrals to help overcome homelessness. Under a joint agreement with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Regional Commission on Homelessness, the Atlanta Union Mission will operate the 24/7 Gateway and facilitate the collaboration. The Center will be housed in the former city pretrial detention facility at Garnett and Pryor Streets.

The Atlanta Union Mission will manage the facility under a joint agreement with The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Vince Smith, the Missionís Director of Community Relations and Senior Chaplain, will direct the Center. The United Way came aboard early in the process that led to creation of the Center. At the request of Mayor Shirley Franklin, the United Way formed a Commission of Atlanta leaders to study the problem of homelessness. The result is the Blueprint to End Homelessness in Atlanta in Ten Years. 24/7 Gateway is the flagship project under the Blueprint.

Help bring the NASCAR Hall of Fame to Atlanta
VOTE!   Your vote counts!
Rev up your fingers and let everyone know that Atlanta is the choice for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Go to ThatsRacin.com by clicking the logo on the right and vote ATLANTA.

Be among the first to see images of Atlanta's proposed NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum. In the coming weeks, details of Atlanta's bid will be released on our website www.halloffameatlanta.com. Visit often for additional information about the museum location, building design and exhibit space. Join the pit crew and you'll receive Atlanta Hall of Fame details in advance of the general public. Sign up today!

Great Decisions: China Emerges as Economic Giant
@ The World Trade Center Atlanta   Tuesday August 2nd
The Great Decisions is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. Participants receive an annual publication from the Foreign Policy Association that serves as the basic component of all Great Decisions programs. The briefing book places the thematic or geographic issues covered in historical context and provides background, current policies and alternative policy options.

Tonight's discussion is on China Emerging as an Economic Giant. China is increasingly influential globally, but continues to face obstacles at home. As Chinaís record economic growth continues, the country must still contend with a growing gap between rich and poor, devastating pollution and resource shortages. What strategies can China adapt to sustain its economy while meeting the needs of its people?

"The Cup" Homeless Ministry's Inaugural Worship Service
@ 24/7 Gateway Center   Sunday, July 31st
Beginning July 31, The Cup will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the 24/7 Gateway Center. The Cup is NAPC's ministry to the neighborhood poor. Held on the first floor of the main church building, the heart of this ministry is the lively worship service of singing, praying, preaching, and offering. Increasingly, members of North Avenue have come to attend this service as their primary worship experience. NAPC's laity, including Elders and Deacons, lead the worship each week. Following the service, bag lunches and clothing are distributed. A medical clinic staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses is available for the ill, as well as prayer groups and counseling.
Thrashers Draft Party
@ Philips Arena   Saturday, July 30th
Thrashers hockey is BACK and your Atlanta Thrashers have secured the number 8 draft pick! Join us for the 2005 Open House Draft Party this Saturday July 30th at Philips arena from 11a to 3p. Festivities include an autograph session with Thrashers players, free locker room tours, discounts at the team gear store and a live broadcast from 680 the Fan.
Braves take on Nationals and Pittsburgh this week
@ Turner Field   THU 28 1:05p / FRI 29 7:35p / SAT 30 7:05p / SUN 31 1:05p
The Atlanta Braves Foundation will host a autograph session with Braves pitcher John Smoltz, to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, on Saturday, July 30, 5-6 p.m., at Turner Field's Monument Grove, preceding the Braves match-up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. For every 20 cans of food or $20 donated by each fan to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Smoltz will autograph one sports item brought by each fan (limit two autographs per person).
There is so much more going on in downtown Atlanta this week!
Please click the icon to the left to visit our web site and view more events for this week as well as ongoing events, volunteer opportunities and other great downtown Atlanta resources.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter!

We hope to see you soon downtownATL.



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