Nominate your Sandy Springs Humanitarian

sandy springs georgia Nominate your Sandy Springs Humanitarian

Nominations are open for the 2015 Sandy Springs Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Every year, the City of Sandy Springs honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by recognizing an individual who exemplifies King’s history of character and service. Each award recipient showed exemplary dedication to providing outreach and support in our community.

The award will go to a person distinguished for humanitarian contributions to society in his or her business, profession, volunteerism or philanthropic life’s work. Individuals may nominate a living resident of Sandy Springs or a person who works in the City who instills pride within the community and inspires others. Each nominee must have been a resident of Sandy Springs for the past three years or longer, or have worked in Sandy Springs for three years or longer and should embody the spirit and philosophy of Dr. King. Current Sandy Springs staff and elected officials are not eligible.

The City will recognize the winner during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on January 19, 2015.

You can mail completed nomination forms to Humanitarian Award, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 or email a scanned copy to Jason Green .

The deadline for nominations is at noon, Friday, December 5, 2014.

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2014 Small Business Saturday in Sandy Springs

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday Shop Small 2014 Small Business Saturday in Sandy Springs

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses not just in Sandy Springs, but across the country.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 29th.

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there’s the 5th annual Small Business Saturday, the day people support small businesses. American Express is partnering with lots of local businesses.

This year, American Express is offering Card Members the opportunity to get a $10 statement credit when they enroll their eligible American Express® Card and then use it to spend $10 or more in a single in – store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday. And you can do this three times.

The number of enrollments is limited. Enrollment opened at 12:00AM MST on November 16th and continues until 11:59PM MST on November 29th unless the enrollment limit is reached sooner.

If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge. So get out in Sandy Springs and shop on Small Business Saturday.

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2014 Trail Stomp and Smores

November 16, 2014
3:00 pmto5:30 pm

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2014 Trail Stomp and S’mores

Join the Sandy Springs Conservancy for a trail stomp and stories with National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower. Bring the whole family to this free Sandy Springs Conservancy celebration to kick off their new membership campaign.

Help get the trails ready for winter by walking them to tamp down the leaves, followed by stories by the fire pit and s’mores for everyone.

R.S.V.P.s are welcome but not required – email with any questions!

Trail Stomp and S’mores will be held at Morgan Falls Overlook Park and Trails on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 3 pm – 5:30 pm.

The Sandy Springs Conservancy mission is to build partnerships to create, conserve, and connect parks and greenspace in Sandy Springs. They want to ensure that attractive and safe natural areas, open spaces, trails, and parks are available for Sandy Springs residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy.

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Heritage Winter Classics concert Mancini Magic

November 16, 2014
4:30 pmto6:30 pm

Heritage Green Sandy Springs Heritage Winter Classics concert Mancini Magic

The 2014-15 Heritage Winter Classics concert series kicks off on November 16 with That Mancini Magic! The Music of Henry Mancini with Cecil Welch. When Cecil Welch was with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the tenure of Maestro Robert Shaw, Henry Mancini, the Academy Award winning film composer, heard him perform and offered him a position as his principal trumpeter and soloist. This association allowed Cecil to perform with most of the major symphonies all across America, Canada and abroad, including the London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic. Welch went on to serve as Mancini’s principal trumpeter for 18 years. On November 16, Welch and friends will perform the best of Henry Mancini, including the ever popular “Moon River”.

Heritage Winter Classics is held one Sunday evening each month, November through February, celebrating classical, jazz, and vocal music.

Admission is $5 per person, the concert is held from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, the lower level of Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, 30328.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.

Tickets only available at the door.

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Fifth Annual Sandy Springs Veterans Day Tribute

November 11, 2014
11:30 amto12:30 pm

Veterans Day Landscape 2 300x215 Fifth Annual Sandy Springs Veterans Day TributeOfficials and dignitaries will commemorate our country’s veterans during the Fifth Annual City of Sandy Springs Veterans Day Tribute. The event will take place on November 11, 2014 at 11:30am at the Veterans Memorial located at the Concourse Corporate Center, 5 Concourse Parkway, next to the Queen building, Building 5. Parking available in Parking-Deck Six.

Everyone is invited as the City of Sandy Springs honors the brave men and women who have served in the United States Military.

Mayor Rusty Paul will emcee the event that will feature a keynote address given by former U.S. Army Captain Jack Solomon. Solomon graduated from West Point in 1957, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. of Artillery. He served 12 years in the United States Army in various command and staff positions. He will speak on behalf of those who have served our country.

Other event participants include the North Springs Charter High School Junior ROTC Honor Guard and special music by Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Capt. Mark Ware and Lt. Rodney Brooks of the Henry County Fire Department.

The event is free and open to the public.


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Footprints for the Future 5K and Family Fun Run

November 8, 2014
7:00 amto10:00 am

Footprints for the Future logo Footprints for the Future 5K and Family Fun Run

The Sandy Springs Education Force presents the inaugural Footprints for the Future 5K and Family Fun Run to support its mission of inspiring and supporting all Sandy Springs public school students to graduate and pursue productive lives beyond high school by providing educational and enrichment programs. If you have not already registered, adult admission is $35 and children (12 and under) are $15. Cash only accepted for race day registrations.

The race will be held at Lake Forest Elementary, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30319 on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Check-in is at 7am, with the 5k beginning at 8am followed by the family fun run at 9am.

They are part of the RUN & SEE Georgia Grand Prix Race Series!
Peachtree Qualifying Route is PENDING

  • Bring photo ID and/or printed race registration confirmation to check in.
  • Race numbers will not be mailed.
  • In order to guarantee each race participant a T-shirt, registration and payment must be received by October 24th.
  • Adult registrants will receive a dri-fit technical race shirt.
  • Child registrants will receive a cotton race shirt.
  • Awards will be given in standard age group categories.
  • Entertainment throughout the morning.
  • Be sure to visit our sponsor booths!

Click here to learn more about the Sandy Springs Education Force.

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Sandy Springs Restaurant Week 2014

November 8, 2014toNovember 16, 2014

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Sandy Springs Restaurant Week

Explore the local flavors of Sandy Springs. Eighteen Sandy Springs neighborhood restaurants will offer exclusive menus with special pricing during Sandy Springs Restaurant Week from Saturday, November 8th through Sunday, November 16th.

Participating restaurants include:

  • 5 Seasons Brewing
  • The Brickery Grill & Bar
  • Brooklyn Cafe
  • Cibo e Beve
  • Dantanna’s Tavern
  • Double Zero Napoletana
  • Food 101
  • Fuego Mundo
  • Hammocks Trading Company
  • Hudson Grille
  • J. Christopher’s
  • Nancy G’s Cafe & Neighborhood Bistro
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Rumi’s Kitchen
  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
  • Teela Taqueria
  • That Pie Place
  • Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

Taste Sandy Springs in a whole new light.

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4th Annual Elegant Elf Holiday Gift Market

November 15, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
November 16, 2014
11:00 amto5:00 pm

elegant elf marketplace 4th Annual Elegant Elf Holiday Gift Market

Be sure to check out the 4th Annual Holiday Gift Market in Sandy Springs will be Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th. The market will be open from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday.

Don’t miss this chance to “shop for a cause”!  Take care of all of your 2014 gift-giving needs in a winter wonderland of festive fun AND help the Sandy Springs community just by attending!

At the 2014 Elegant Elf Marketplace you’ll find:

  • 7o or more local and national vendors and artists offering unique and beautiful items, hand-made crafts, home décor, children’s goods, artistic creations, gourmet foods and more
  • The Elegant Elf Art Gallery presenting fine art by local artists
  • Plans are in the works to bring back the opportunity to buy Hearty lunch and refreshments at the Polar Express Cafe.

The Elegant Elf Marketplace is one of the Sandy Springs Society’s main fundraisers.  Proceeds will go back into the Sandy Springs community to support Education, the Arts, the Environment, Heritage Preservation and Social Services. The Society will also direct a substantial payment to our host site, Lake Forest Elementary School, to help fund student field trips in 2014-2015.

Admission is $5 at the door (Children 10 and under FREE). Tickets available at the door.

The Elegant Elf Marketplace will be held at Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle. Directly across from Lefont Sandy Springs Theaters

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2014 Sandy Springs Festival

September 20, 2014
9:00 amto6:00 pm
September 21, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm

SSfestival 2011logo 300x182 2014 Sandy Springs FestivalDon’t miss out on this weekend’s annual Sandy Springs Festival!

The 29th Annual Sandy Springs Festival returns to the heart of Sandy Springs this September offering two exciting days of fine art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more.

A community tradition for Sandy Springs since 1984, there is something for everyone at the Sandy Springs Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented in the juried Artists Market, the Gas South Children’s Park and Teen Territory features huge inflatables, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and face painting for all ages.

The official start to the Festival is the annual Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K, the stages are filled with entertainment and all genres of music, and attendees can nibble on delicious bites throughout the weekend. Oh, and did we mention the annual Pet Parade?

As the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit organization that saved the original “sandy springs” and is dedicated to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs, this celebrated community tradition has something for everyone.

The Sandy Springs Festival is held at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, GA and the surrounding area. Festival dates and hours are Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for Adults (age 18+) and $2 for Youth (ages 6 – 17).  Children ages 5 and under and Heritage Sandy Springs Members are free.  Two-day passes are also available for adults ($7) and youth ($3).

All proceeds benefit Heritage Sandy Springs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicate to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs.

Join ArtSS at the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, September 20 for the 3rd Annual ArtSS Chalk Walk chalk art competition.

Artists – make your mark on the city!  The competition is open to individuals and teams in three categories (Middle School, High School, and Adult).  Competitors will compete for cash prizes.  Cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place will be awarded in each category.

Registration is $10 per entrant and includes one complimentary box of Prang chalk pastels.  Space is limited so artists are encouraged to register in advance.

You can learn more about the festival at

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Atlanta Meatball Festival

September 14, 2014
2:00 pmto6:00 pm

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Get ready Atlanta for the first ever Atlanta Meatball Festival showcasing one of the world’s most beloved beef-pork-lamb-chicken (and sometimes seafood!) combos. Join us as Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will prepare a wide selection of mouthwatering meatball dishes in this “battle of the balls” competition under the big top tents Sunday, September 14 from 2-6pm in Sandy Springs at the Belle Isle Square parking next door to Cibo E Beve. Produced by TasteATL and hosted by Chef Linda Harrell, the event will benefit the nonprofit, Open Hand.

There are also some serious bragging rights up for grabs. As a true “battle of the balls” challenge, each dish will be voted on by judges and attendees to see who has Atlanta’s mightiest meatball. Once the votes are cast, the top three winners will advance and go head-to-head in a MeatBrawl Throwdown on Saturday, October 25 at Taste of Atlanta.

In addition to the wide selection of meatball dishes, this San Gennaro-type festival will spice things up with wine, beer and limoncello tastings along with an “on the ball” silent auction featuring amazing gifts and experiences to benefit Open Hand.
Celebrating 26 years of service in Atlanta, Open Hand is the largest community-based provider of home delivered meals and nutrition education in the country. Their mission is to help people prevent or better manage chronic illness by using nutrition and nutrition counseling as tools to achieve improved health outcomes.

To get the ball rolling, Convoy, Atlanta’s hometown Classic Country and Southern Rock Tribute will be in the house!

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