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Fulton's Fall SPARC Atlanta Clinics seek to enhance the health and quality of life for older adults

Fulton's Fall SPARC Atlanta Clinics seek to enhance the health and quality of life for older adults

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s Fall SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Citizens who participate in SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of health screenings, nutrition counseling and health education. Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more than 7,300 older adults have visited SPARC Clinics to obtain health screenings as well as obtain information regarding Medicare Assistance, employment assistance, Food Stamp Assistance, nutrition education and dental education. 

The fall 2013 clinic dates, times and locations include:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Roswell Neighborhood Center
1250 Warsaw Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2099 Fairburn Road,
Atlanta, GA 30331

Ex-Ole Miss chancellor to speak at Carter Center

Ex-Ole Miss chancellor to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- A former NFL All-Star and chancellor of the University of Mississippi will speak at the Carter Center next month.

Robert Khayat is also the author of The Education of a Lifetime, a memoir about his time at Ole Miss.

He will speak at the Carter Presidential Library on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Khayat grew up in Mississippi and was an Academic All-American football and baseball player while attending Ole Miss. He became a kicker for the Washington Redskins and eventually earned a law degree from Yale University.

When Khayat became the 15th chancellor of Ole Miss in 1995, he realized its football coaches couldn't recruit competitively because of the school's Confederate flag, which gave it a poor national image. Khayat made the controversial decision to change decades of Ole Miss tradition.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

ATLANTA -- Have you ever considered starting your own home-based business? Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free workshop on Starting a Home-Based Business on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta.

Participants will gain valuable information to help them start and maintain a successful home-based business. Specific topics will include how to identify fraud and scams billed as business opportunities, space and time needs, identifying factors that contribute to success and much more.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on a variety of topics such as nutrition, financial management, diabetes and gardening. Classes are held in locations throughout the county.  Call 404-332-2400 for more information.

North Fulton Service Center to host information session on how to guard against scams

North Fulton Service Center to host information session on how to guard against scams

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The North Fulton Service Center will host an information session to help seniors to avoid scams.

The session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. The North Fulton Service Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Housing and Community Development will sponsor the program.

Scams that often target seniors include but are not limited to telemarketing, reverse mortgages, healthcare/health insurance, home and auto repair. This session will provide information to help seniors to identify, prevent and report fraudulent and deceptive schemes.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format, please contact Nell Kapple in the Department of Housing and Human Services at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

For more information, call 404-613-7944.

 

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board Task Forces to host meetings

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board Task Forces to host meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) Development and Visibility and Influence Task Force will meet Wednesday, August 28, 2013, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Task Force  meeting will be followed by a 1:30 p.m. meeting of the Visibility and Influence Taskforce.  Both meetings will be held in the Youth Enrichment Services Center of the Office of Workforce Development at 2805 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30315. 

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

ATLANTA -- Children attending the Family and Teacher Resource Fair on Aug. 17 experienced the wonder of handling a 12-foot python.  The colorful yet docile snake was featured during the “Magic Marc” show, which was presented through a sponsorship by WellCare of Georgia. “Magic Marc” was recently a television show in Savannah. 

More than 1,200 people attended the event, which included the participation of 500 teachers. The Family and Teacher Resource Fair offered education, health education, and information about extracurricular program activities for children as well as fun and games for young children through high school students. Parents and their children enjoyed dance presentations, bounce houses, bowling, skating and refreshments during the event at Metro Lanes and Games on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta.

Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex to offer secure shredding on Aug. 24

Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex to offer secure shredding on Aug. 24

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fulton County residents who need to have personal documents shredded for security purposes will have an alternative on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a free and secure “Document Shredding” event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event is the result of collaboration among Fulton County Government, Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful and Cintas Document Management.

Secure shredding helps to prevent identity theft and Fulton residents are invited to bring sensitive documents for secure on-site shredding at the Benson Complex. Event planners have set a 10-box limit for each person; however, additional trips are welcomed. All of the shredded paper will be recycled.

Although the event is free, donations to benefit environmental programs offered by Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful are welcomed.