Sandy Springs to Unveil Development District Branding

With site preparation underway to soon house a community-centric district with performing arts center, family theatre, park and mixed-use retail and housing, branding elements have also been in development.  City of Sandy Springs leaders will unveil a new district name and logo on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. The uncovering will take place on the construction site.  The public is invited to attend.

“This project is a defining one for the city.  We wanted to create a name and brand that connects with the strong sense of place and pride we have for the entire Sandy Springs community, while at the same time, creating a brand reflective of the shared ownership within this specific area,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

As the community’s “neighborhood,” Mayor Paul also invites representatives from neighborhoods throughout the city to bring to the event a jar of dirt.  The soil will be combined to symbolize the this site will become everyone’s neighborhood.

The event will begin promptly at 5 p.m.  Participants are asked to enter via the Mt Vernon entrance to the construction site.

For more information, please visit us online at, or call the Citizen Response Center at 770-730-5600.  Follow breaking news and traffic alerts at, and “like us” at for community information.

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2015 Sandy Springs Festival

September 19, 2015
9:00 amto6:00 pm
September 20, 2015
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Sandy Springs FestivalDon’t miss out on the upcoming annual Sandy Springs Festival!

The 30th 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, plus 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 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, 2015, 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 19th for the 4th Annual ArtSS Chalk Walk chalk art competition.

Participants purchase a 4′ X 4′ sidewalk square for $10 which includes free admission to the festival. Individuals or teams are eligible. 1st ($250), 2nd ($125) and 3rd ($75) prizes awarded for Adult, High School and Middle School levels. Special $200 Spectators Choice award too! Open to everyone!

Registration is $10 per entrant.  Space is limited so artists are encouraged to register in advance.

You can learn more about the festival at

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Final Concerts by the Springs of 2015

September 6, 2015
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

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Concerts by the Springs is an annual series of free outdoor concerts, open to the public. Now celebrating its 19th annual year, the series is held at Heritage Green, on The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Road.

The 2015 Concerts by the Springs series will close out on September 6 with crowd favorite, Banks and Shane. Banks and Shane is a high-energy, hard-kicking band that has audiences around the world dancing in the aisles to popular favorites and reminiscing with memorable ballads.

Now celebrating its 19th year, Concerts by the Springs is an annual concert series held at Heritage Green, on The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn. Held one Sunday evening each month, May through September, the outdoor concert series is free and open to the public and has become a celebrated community tradition each summer.

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Doors open at 5:00

FREE to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to participate and enjoy the beautiful setting and friendliness of the community. Picnic baskets, coolers and blankets are welcomed, but no outside tables. Also, pets and smoking are not allowed.

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Sandy Springs Shredding on Saturday

August 29, 2015
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

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Sandy Springs residents will be able to securely dispose of personal documents on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at the Sandy Springs Recycling Center,  470 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs. This free event provides on-site shredding for peace-of-mind for participants and all paper will be recycled.

Help prevent identity theft and bring your sensitive documents for secure shredding on-site. Examples of sensitive documents include old tax returns, junk mail with personal information, dated documents with personal information, dated pay stubs with personal information, etc. There is a limit of five boxes or 200 pounds of paper per vehicle.

There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcomed and benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Keep North Fulton Beautiful.

They will also accept F.O.G. (cooking Fats, Oils, and Grease) for recycling at this event, as well as all other items they take on a daily basis.

For more information, visit Keep North Fulton Beautiful’s website at

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Home to be Presented at Movies by Moonlight

August 28, 2015
6:00 pmto10:30 pm

Sandy Springs Movies by Moonlight

Don’t miss out on “Home” this weekend in the latest installment of Movies by Moonlight.

After a hive-minded alien race called the Boov conquer the Earth, they relocate the planet’s human population — all except for a little girl named Tip, who’s managed to hide from the aliens. When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh, there’s mutual distrust. However, Oh is not like his comrades; he craves friendship and fun. As their distrust fades, the pair set out together to find Tip’s mother, but, unbeknown to them, the Gorg — enemies of the Boov — are en route. “Home” is a delightful movie for the whole family.

Leadership Sandy Springs presents the family-oriented outdoor movie series serving the Sandy Springs community. The movies are free and take place in the heart of Sandy Springs on the terraced lawn of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s Hitson Activity Center. Food, concessions, and local entertainment are offered before each movie, beginning at dusk. Past crowds have numbered 1,000 to 1,500.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the lawn. The Movies by Moonlight event begins at 6pm with the movie beginning at dusk.

In case of uncertain weather on the day of the movie, please call 404-256-9091 for an update. Information will be posted around 6:00 pm that day. Look forward to seeing you at the movies!

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Sandy Springs Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event

May 2, 2015
9:00 amto1:00 pm

The City of Sandy Springs and Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful is sponsoring a Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This event will provide Sandy Springs residents a safe way to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste and electronics.

Event Details

When: Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

This event is open to City of Sandy Springs residents who are not businesses or contractors. Preregistration is required. Please click here to register for the recycling event.

Where: 600 Morgan Falls Road (Worldpay Parking Lot)

The following items will be accepted

Paints (10 gallon limit), Solvents, Cleaners, Aerosols, Herbicides, Pesticides, Motor Oil, Anti-Freeze. Cooking Fats, Oils, and Grease. Also accepted: Pool Chemicals, items containing Mercury, Propane Cylinders, Fire Extinguishers, and Smoke Detectors. Lawn equipment and bicycles can also be delivered for disposal.

The following items will not be accepted:

Electronics, Medical Waste, Needles, Ammunition, Pharmaceuticals, and Non-Hazardous Items.

Electronics are accepted at the Keep North Fulton Beautiful recycling center during normal business hours.

For more information, please contact Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful at 770-551-7766.

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2015 Food ‘N Fun Festival Today

May 2, 2015
11:00 amto2:00 pm


Give Food and Have Fun at CAC’s 3rd Annual Food ‘n Fun Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11am – 2pm. The Food ‘n Fun Festival is a fun-filled, outdoor, family event with activities and games for all ages! Join as neighbors from all walks of life gather together to raise awareness, funds and food to combat hunger and homelessness in our community while enjoying a fun day together!

Bring your family and friends to the free festival or gather a group and participate in the team events! Team events include the Food `n Fun Challenge, a food drive contest where schools, businesses and organizations challenge a rival for the most food collected! The popular Shopping Cart Decoration Contest is back!  Teams will compete for the Most Creative, Most Humorous and Funniest awards!Everyone takes part in a 1/4 mile Hunger Awareness Walk around the track led by the Shopping Cart Parade!

Kids of all ages enjoy activities, games and crafts! Featuring inflatable fun, a video game cave, hula hoop contests, potato sack races, an old fashioned cake walk, arts and crafts, hair painting, face painting and more! Learn how to fly on a trapeze and juggle with Circus Camp! Listen to the high school battle of the bands contest! Most activities are free! Snacks, drinks and food by local vendors for purchase.

The festival will be held at  North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30328. Admission is free for all!

Fill the Pantry: Please bring a can or more of food for the CAC Food Pantry!

For more information, visit

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2015 Sandy Springs Easter Egg Hunt

March 28, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Easter events in Sandy SpringsEaster is quickly approaching and other than the Easter Bunny, hunting eggs is probably the most popular aspect of the holiday. Which is why children ages 1 – 9 should gather baskets and buckets in order to prepare for the Sandy Springs Easter Egg Hunt. Set for Saturday, March 28, 2015, not only will kids be collecting eggs, but they can also get their face painted and check out a fire truck.

Of course, the hunts will be divided by age group to ensure each child gets a fair chance to gather as many eggs as possible. Hunt times are 10:30 a.m. (ages 1-3), 11:00 a.m. (ages 4-6) and 11:30 a.m. (ages 7-9.) Arrive early to register. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at the Hammond Park Turf Field.

The best part is that participation is completely free of charge! Also, no registration is required. For more information, call 770-206-2035.

This event is provided by the North Perimeter Optimist Club in cooperation with the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department. Hammond Park is located at 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs.

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Sandy Springs Certified Green Community


The city of Sandy Springs was one of seven local governments to be recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.   The city was honored for becoming a Bronze Certified Green Community at ARC’s January Board meeting.  This is the first time that the city has achieved certification.

ARC recognized the city of Sandy Springs, along with two other cities – Decatur and Alpharetta, and Cherokee, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, which either renewed or upgraded certification in ARC’s five-year-old Green Communities program.

Some of the actions Sandy Springs took to become certified include:

  • Conducting energy audits that resulted in the city initiating the replacement of inefficient light bulbs with more energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs within city buildings.
  • Building a 2,000 gallon propane auto gas fueling station. Currently, 68 vehicles have been converted to use both propane and gasoline, with a fleet average of 93 percent propane usage. An additional 18 vehicles are scheduled for conversion.
  • Initiating the development of a citywide Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trail Plan in fall 2013. The city’s bike and pedestrian policies are also guided by its Transportation Master Plan and Sidewalk Improvement Program. The city has invested over eight million dollars in the last five years to build new sidewalks. It also recently opened the Abernathy Greenway multiuse trail.
  • Revising its Zoning Ordinance in 2013 in order to require all new developments to install electric vehicle charging stations. Developers are now required to install 1 electrical charging station for every 100 spaces, and at least one station per parking lot, if under 100 spaces.

ARC developed the Green Communities Program to foster greater environmental stewardship and to recognize local governments that invest in programs leading to a more sustainable region. The nationally recognized program showcases the ways in which local governments are helping to transform the region by reducing their environmental footprint. Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified. Cities and counties earn Green Communities certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories, ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. ARC’s Green Communities program was the first program in the country seeking to transform a region by promoting sustainability through a “green” certification program for local governments.

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2015 State of the City speech on February 24th

February 24, 2015
7:30 amto9:00 am

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Mayor Rusty Paul will deliver his 2015 ‘State of the City’ speech on February 24, 2015 during the next breakfast meeting of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. This is the official State of The City breakfast with keynote speaker Mayor Rusty Paul. Mayor Paul will be giving an update on the state of the City, outlining his vision for the next year, and discussing the new City Center.

Mayor Paul will also be answering your questions.

The event is from 7:30 -9:00 a.m. at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway Northeast, Atlanta GA 30328. Tickets are $27 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.

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