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WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Football Classic, Chili Cookoff and Music Midtown

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Football Classic, Chili Cookoff and Music Midtown

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Check out Jenny Owen Youngs at Unplugged in the Park. Park Tavern, 99X, Miller Lite and Bacardi have all come together to get music fans “up close and personal” with a number of today’s best singer-songwriters as we present the 2011 Unplugged in the Park Music series. Featured performers, included: Sonia Leigh, Alice Peacock, Angie Aparo and Matthew Perryman Jones to Unplugged newcomers like Griffin House, Ingram Hill, and Carbon Leaf, to up and coming locals Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and The Whiskey Gentry. The concert will be held at Park Tavern; which is located at 500 10th Street NE in Atlanta.

On Sunday afternoon, the PAWS in the Park Dog Walk and Pet Expo will be held on Centennial Park.

There is still time to sign up for the O4W Challenge scavenger hunt on Saturday

There is still time to sign up for the O4W Challenge scavenger hunt on Saturday

After weeks of anticipation, the O4W Challenge happens this Saturday!

The scavenger hunt is full of fun facts, history, and local lore about the Old Fourth Ward!  

Here's the deal….each team will get a list of Challenge Check Point clues, a map, a t-shirt and a goodie bag to take with them on their hunt.  The teams will have to take a picture of an undisclosed item/action/fun fact at each Check Point clue, and then show the judges their pictures at the finish line! 

Now, about the finish line…Whichever team solves the most Check Point clues wins $200!  The second place team wins $100 and the third place team wins $50!  But that's not the end of the prizes…there will also be a drawing so that everyone has a chance to win more cool O4W prizes!  

While the judges are busy looking through pictures and tallying up the scores, the rest of us will be enjoying live music by the O4W's own Animal and the Evolvers <

Hundreds of Residents Attend Vice Chair’s Annual Budget Update

Hundreds of Residents Attend Vice Chair’s Annual Budget Update

More than 300 Fulton County residents gathered at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility on Tuesday, September 13 to hear from Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell and to receive updates regarding Fulton County’s budget outlook.

Vice Chair Darnell’s Annual Update meeting focused on, “Who Pays, Who Benefits?” and focused on County services and the budget. County Manager Zachary L. Williams provided the residents an update about the County’s financial outlook and service updates.  Residents had the opportunity to participate in an exercise that stated their own budget priorities. They also asked questions and made comments.

Residents touched on a wide range of topics including Grady, youth programs, transportation, environmental programs, and much more.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.

Weekend Countdown! Several big events headed to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- We're still a few days away from the weekend, but with several major events descending upon the city, you may need a head start to get in on the fun.

On Saturday, Music Midtown will return after a six-year hiatus. The event will be scaled down from years past, but is still packed with ten artists on two stages, headlines by Coldplay and The Black Keys.

General admission tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the gate or online.

PHOTOS: Music Midtown Bands

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

ATLANTA -- More than 20 Metro Atlanta arts organizations have launched a unique collaboration to increase interest in the area's robust arts and culture offerings.

Dubbed "Atlanta Art Lives Here," the campaign uses local arts trivia and branding images to educate North Georgians about their many opportunities to enjoy the arts. It is funded competely by the participating organizations and spearheaded by Atlanta PlanIt, a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

"Arts organizations are experiencing new and unique funding challenges," Nicole Jones, editor of Atlanta PlanIt, said in a statement.

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in August

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in August

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.4 percent in August, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday.

The unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July. Butler said it increased because there were more layoffs in construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services.

The lowest area rates, at 7.8 percent unemployment, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.7 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region near Dublin.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 11 percent in August.

Statewide, the unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, up from 10.1 percent in July.