Atlanta Antique Auction, Friday, February 11

It’s that time again! If you are in the need for some furniture, knick-knacks or other types of antiques, check out the auction held the 2nd Friday of every month at 556 Tift Street. February’s auction is this Friday at 7pm. Food and drinks are provided, 13% buyer’s premium, APD officer on duty for parking and security, and lots of great items up for auction! Auction website is here. There were about 15 Adair Park neighbors present in January and we always have a good time! Items purchased include a buffet, a wardrobe, a persian rug, a chandelier and some artwork. This auction gets a lot of love from Adair Park!

Atlanta Auction Gallery

NPU-V Meeting Monday, February 14th

The next NPU-V meeting will be on Monday, February 14th at 7pm in Peoplestown at 30 Haygood Avenue. In this month’s meeting we will hear from not only the NPU-V officers, but each neighborhood in the NPU-V will have their report. In addition, there will be time for various city officials to speak including the Atlanta Police Department and the City Council. There are a few zoning requests and license review questions as well.

Please come out and join your neighbors from across South Atlanta including Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Capitol Homes/Gateway and Summer Hill. For more information on NPU-V, visit their website.

Adair Park Today Meeting Tuesday, February 1st at 7pm

The winter storm watch has passed, and its time to get back into the business at hand. Please join us for the Adair Park Today meeting at the Stewart Avenue Methodist Church. We get there around 6:30pm to chat with neighbors, and the meeting is from 7pm-8pm. Bring a neighbor! Dues for the year are only $12.

State Rep Kathy Ashe will be the featured speaker. We will also hear from representatives from the Atlanta Police Department, the Community Prosecutor, City Council and other organizations. We hope to see you there!

Kroc Center Open House Starts This Weekend!

If you have not checked out the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center,  you really need to! It is just across Metropolitan from Adair Park, and is an absolutely beautiful facility. They have a workout area with many machines, an indoor running track, a lounge with games, indoor basketball court, classes, activies, nursery and much more.

This Saturday, and all next week is the perfect time to visit. They will feature free workshops, classes, activities, presentations and resource information about their services.

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Fees to join are $10 per month for an individual and $20 per month for a household with a 3 month minimum term. Check out their website at http://kroccenteratlanta.org/ or visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/KrocCenter to get more information.

New Facebook Group for Adair Park Social Events and Chat

Need more avenues to socialize with your Adair Park neighbors? Visit the Adair Park Social Club Facebook group for updates on events, questions or requests for help from neighbors and anything else Adair Park residents want to discuss.

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This group, started by Catherine Street neighbor Justin Vogel, currently boasts 46 memers from a variety of streets in Adair Park. Join the group and find out what is going on in and around Adair Park as neighbors often post reminders of local events.

Encourage other neighbors whom you know to join the group by passing the word along. This is an easy way to not only keep in touch but to meet and welcome new neighbors into Adair Park. Hope to see you on the web!

January Meet N Greet, this Friday!

This Friday, January 21st, is the next Adair park Meet N Greet. We will meet at Brad Jent’s house at 706 Elbert Street, starting at 7pm. Brad has kindly offered to provide a few snacks and drinks, but we recommend bringing some of your own beverages to help out.

Grab your neighbors and head on over to meet even more folks from Adair Park! We have averaged about 30 people at each event and hope this continues to grow. Many neighbors have asked to host, and we are looking to move all around the neighborhood with this event.

If you have any questions or would like to host, please send an email to communications@adairpark.com. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

NPU-V Meeting Monday, January 10th at 7pm

This month’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) meeting is in Adair Park at the Metropolitan Lofts on Monday, January 10th at 7pm. The Metropolitan Lofts are located at 675 Metropolitan Parkway.

Metro Lofts

Since Adair park is hosting, we would love for our neighbors to join us! The Atlanta Police Department, City Council, the Atlanta Fire Department, the Atlanta District Attorney’s Office and other government and civil organizations will have representatives giving reports. Atlanta Victim Assistance will also have a short presentation.

NPU-V is made up of Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Summerhill and Capitol Homes. These meetings concern not just Adair Park but surrounding neighborhoods. Please attend and bring a neighbor.

First Adair Park Today meeting of 2011

The new year is upon us, and its time to get back into the business at hand. Please join us for the Adair Park Today meeting at the Stewart Avenue Methodist Church. We get there around 6:30pm to chat with neighbors, and the meeting is from 7pm-8pm. Bring a neighbor! Dues for the year are only $12.

This month will be the first meeting for our new officers. We will also hear from representatives from the Atlanta Police Department, the Community Prosecutor, City Council and other organizations. We hope to see you there!

5 Home Insulation Tips That Can Save You Lots of Money

As the cold snap hits Atlanta square in the face, here are some energy and money saving home insulation tips that might help you stay warmer this winter while saving some cash!

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Increase Attic Insulation – Your attic is a big source of home heat loss and is one of the easiest places to get in to. If your attic does not have at least 12 inches of insulation you can lay paperless rolls of insulation on top of existing insulation, including cellulose or vermiculate. These types of insulation tend to “compact” over time, reducing their effectiveness.

Use weatherstripping around windows and doors – Lots of heat is lost through the spaces around windows and doors. Modern weatherstripping materials are inexpensive and very effective at minimizing the loss of warm air (and money). Most do-it-yourselfers can install weatherstripping pretty easily. Just make sure to do it in temperatures above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, always apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces to maximize effectiveness and ensure that it lasts for a long time.

Use expansion foam for small spaces – Expansion foam insulation works great for filling small openings that allow heat to escape. Some examples include the spaces behind electric switch plates on exterior walls, openings where plumbing pipes enter the house, and the small openings that are used to run electricity, cable, and internet lines into your home. All together these little spaces add up to a lot of heat loss and a little bit of inexpensive expansion foam can save you a lot of money on your heating bill.

Don’t forget the crawlspace – Home basements and crawlspaces often have many little openings that let heat escape. This is especially true if they are unfinished. Use paper-faced insulation on exposed ceiling joists and stuff small pieces of insulation into open crevices at the juncture of basement walls and the ceiling. Also, you might want to pump some expansion foam insulation into any small openings around the foundation, which are usually no more than an inch or two wide.

Use window curtains and blinds – One of the simplest ways to reduce heat loss through windows is to use curtains and blinds. They can be closed at night to trap cold air and opened during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm the house. Remember that the thicker the curtain, the more effective it will be at insulating your house.

As you can see, none of the home insulation steps above are too difficult or too expensive to accomplish. But they will save you a ton of money over the years. Take advantage of them and you just might find this year’s heating bills to be lower than expected!

Help Keep Atlanta Clean – Recycle!

Do your part to help the environment and keep recyclable items out of our landfills by splitting your recycling out from your trash. Everyone should have a small black recycling bin, but there are alternatives. You can get stickers from the city to put on your own bins, or better yet, now you can even request a large rolling blue recycle bin from the city!

Call 404-330-6333 or send an email to publicworks@atlantaga.gov to request your large bin. Items eligible for curbside recycling collection include: newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars (remove the lids), steel (tin) cans, plastic food containers and bottles (please rinse out), mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, telephone books, boxboard (cereal, tissue boxes), shredded paper tied in a clear plastic bag, magazines, catalogues, cardboard (broken down or cut to fit the bin). Please DO NOT put plastic bags, hoses, pipes or furniture in the bins. Most grocery stores have recycling bins for your plastic bags.

Here are some other great recycling resources. Help keep Atlanta clean! http://www.earth911.com, http://www.keepatlantabeautiful.com, http://www.dca.state.ga.us