2013 Annual River Clean Up at Morgan Falls

September 28, 2013
8:30 amto1:00 pm

sandy springs conservancy 2013 Annual River Clean Up at Morgan Falls

Come join the fun and help keep our river clean and beautiful!

Volunteer for the 11th Annual River Clean Up at Morgan Falls Overlook Park on Sat, Sept. 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Families and volunteer groups welcome, children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring your own kayak/ canoe or reserve one (canoes & safety equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Event includes lunch and t-shirt for all registered participants.

Sponsored by GA Power and Sandy Springs Conservancy.

8:30 am to 9:00 am – Volunteer check-in at GA Power Hydroplant (380 Morgan Falls Road)

9:00 am to 11:30 am – River Cleanup!

12 noon – Lunch and t-shirts provided at Overlook Park Pavilion for registered participants

To register, visit www.sandyspringsconservancy.org or you can register on Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Georgia Power Hydroelectric Plant, 380 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. Held rain or shine.

 

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2013 Sandy Springs Festival

September 21, 2013
9:00 amto9:00 pm
September 22, 2013
11:00 amto5:00 pm

SSfestival 2011logo 300x182 2013 Sandy Springs FestivalDon’t miss out on this weekend’s annual Sandy Springs Festival!

Now in its 28th year, the Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 25,000 attendees.

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 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, 2013, 11:00 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).

Join ArtSS at the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, September 21 for the 2nd 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 over $3,000 in prizes. A first place prize of $500 will be awarded in each category.

You can learn more about the festival at www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

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Sixth Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash

July 27, 2013
9:00 amto4:00 pm

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The Sixth Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Make a big splash at the coolest event this summer! Float in a kayak, canoe or raft and beat the heat in your six-mile journey of discovery down the Chattahoochee River.

With daytime temperatures heating up, Summer Splash offers a day of cool relief. Paddle and drift past the river’s natural grandeur; witness a great blue heron in flight or the riffles of a river otter swimming. Plan on your river journey taking approximately 3 hours, depending on the rivers current and how much time is actually spent paddling! After completing the float enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and fun for the entire family at the Powers Island festivities.

Two shuttle bus routes will operate during the Summer Splash. The shuttle bus transporting boaters from the MEAG Power parking lot to Morgan Falls Dam will operate from 9 a.m. to noon. The shuttle bus transporting boaters from Powers Island back to your vehicle at the MEAG Power parking lot will operate from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Missing the last shuttle to your vehicle will result in a half mile walk, don’t miss it!

Once you have registered for the Summer Splash make arrangements to rent a canoe, kayak, or raft from one of the parks authorized outfitters. Make your boat reservations early! On the day of the Summer Splash you must park your vehicle at the MEAG Power parking lot, 1470 River Edge Parkway, Sandy Springs (map), and catch the free shuttle bus to Morgan Falls Dam. The outfitter will meet you at Morgan Falls Dam and provide you with a boat, paddles, and U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). Upon completing the Summer Splash please clear the boat landing area as quickly as possible returning your rental equipment to the outfitter at Powers Island! Relax and enjoy the activities at Powers Island before catching the free shuttle back to your vehicle.

Reservations for the Summer Splash are required; please call 678-538-1200 to make your reservation, space is limited!

The Summer Splash is hosted by Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism.

 

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Stars and Stripes Celebration

July 6, 2013
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

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On July 6th, stars and sparklers will illuminate across the skies of Sandy Springs as the community comes together in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day.

Music from the band, Shiloh, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will dazzle the skies beginning at 9:45 p.m.viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center: Five Concourse Parkway.

Residents are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Water stations will be located throughout the Concourse viewing area. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers will not be permitted.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration is sponsored in part by Regent Partners (Concourse Corporate Park) and Shorenstein (Palisades Office Park).

The event will be held at Concourse Corporate Center, Five Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs starting at 7:30pm on Saturday, July 6th.

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Sandy Springs Homes Sales Improving

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The Sandy Springs housing market is doing well and off to a fast start in 2013. In the first five months of 2013, 237 homes have already been sold with an average price of $585,000. And they’re selling fairly quickly with the average days on market being 117 days. For the homes that do stand out from the crowd, we are seeing very strong demand and buyer competition for those homes. Homes are selling at an average of 94% of original list price. And while 237 Sandy Springs homes have sold in the first five months, there are currently an additional 140 under contract. And with only 286 homes on the market, you can see that the demand is clearly outpacing the supply. This compares with 211 homes that sold in the first five months of 2012 at an average price of $535,000, which equates to a 9% increase in average sale price.

Low interest rates and great prices continue to drive Sandy Springs home buyer demand. Pending contracts remain strong, so expect to see a continued strength in home sales in 2013.

As the inventory shrinks, you will expect to see homes sell quicker as there are fewer homes for buyers to choose from and when the right home pops up, the patient buyers will be ready to jump. While sales have increased, it’s likely sales would be much higher if there were more homes for sale. There’s just not enough homes for buyers to choose from right now.

As sales are improving, we’re also seeing prices increasing as well. We’re going to continue to see more equity sellers in the market and fewer distressed properties as we move forward over the next couple years. This will result in continued low inventory levels as the number of equity sellers that can afford to sell will be outnumbered by buyers eager to take advantage of prices that are still depressed and interest rates that are phenomenal. If you’ve thought about selling and just aren’t sure, be sure to contact us or find out how much your home is worth. Less competition is a good thing if you’re ready to sell.

For those looking to buy in Sandy Springs, here are some of the more popular neighborhoods:

That is your Sandy Springs homes sales activity recap for May 2013. Hope that was helpful and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you sell your Roswell home or find your new Sandy Springs home.

Click here if you’d like to know what your how much your Sandy Springs home is worth.

Click here to start your Sandy Springs home search.

 

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11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

June 15, 2013
9:00 amto3:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the 11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival on Saturday, June 15, in Roswell. They’re expecting more than 350 paddlers for this annual race, an 8-mile course that launches at 9 a.m. from Garrard Landing off Holcomb Bridge Road and finishes at Riverside Park.

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 15, for the 11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service and the city of Roswell, the event celebrates the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves nearly 4 million Georgians and 70 percent of metro Atlantans.

The RACE begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8-mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation. Registration is open through June 10.

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is FREE and family friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors. For the kids: Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities.11th annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival 11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

The power-packed music lineup: Headliner Jimmy Hall and Friends, featuring the front man of Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Wet Willie of “Keep on Smilin’” fame. Also onstage will be the Women of Rock trio of Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett and Donna Hopkins, as well as Music Matters “Rock U” Bands.

Kid-friendly activities include appearances by Captain Planet and One More Generation’s Bag Monster, Georgia Disc Dogs, and zombie face-painting (Professor Morte, “Atlanta’s Horror Host.”)

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge. Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over) before going ashore.

Advanced online registration is available April 19 through June 10 for the fee of $40 for solo boats and $60 for tandem boats. After June 10, onsite registration costs are $50 for solo and $70 for tandem boats and will be available based on capacity. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, a race T-shirt, a boxed lunch, and a one-year membership in CRK.

Click here to register for the 11th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

 

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Concerts by the Springs

June 2, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
July 14, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
August 4, 2013
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
September 8, 2013
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 17th annual year, the series is held at Heritage Green, on The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Road. Scheduled on Sunday evenings throughout the summer, this season will feature five unforgettable performances with a variety of popular music.

The Tams kicked off the 2013 Concert by the Springs season on Mothers Day. Upcoming concerts include:

June 2: Gwen Huges & The Retro Jazz Kats

July 14: A-Town A-List

August 4: The Mustangs

September 8: Kinchafoonee Cowboys

All concerts are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and are FREE to the public.

Gates

Gates to the Entertainment Lawn will open at 5:00 p.m. to DISCOURAGE people from setting up blankets early to reserve excessive areas of the Entertainment Lawn. Please be considerate of others.

Food & Beverage

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; no outside tables please.

Additional food will be available for purchase from specialtiy food vendors and food trucks. Beer, wine, sodas and water will be available for sale.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted.

Pets

The only pets allowed are special-assist animals.

For more information call 404-851-9111 , ext. 4 or email.

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Rhythm & Brews at Heritage Green

May 30, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
June 27, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
July 25, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
August 29, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

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Heritage Sandy Springs is shaking things up and presenting a new open-air happy hour series that invites a young and diverse audience to enjoy regional live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Sparked by the success of its previous happy hour music series, Wind Down Wednesdays, and by growing audience request to present more regional acts, Heritage Sandy Springs is pleased to unveil its newest endeavor, Rhythm & Brews.

The new series, Rhythm & Brews, embraces regional roots, presenting four acts in a variety of musical genres.  Each month features an unforgettable performance of both up-and-coming and established artists whose origins are deeply rooted in the region.

2013 Rhythm & Brews

Thursday, May 30 – Seven Handle Circus

Formed in 2010, “7HC” is already catching the attention of fans and notable musicians, including sharing the stage of the Fox Theatre with Grammy Award winner Mumford and Sons.  Known to get crowds dancing and in a party mood, the brilliant little string band from Atlanta puts a modern twist on traditional bluegrass, mixing rock, country and even a little rap. The “grass n’ roll” band is touring in support of their new EP “Whiskey Stills and Sleeping Pills”.

Thursday, June 27 – von Grey

With their soulful four-part harmonies, poetic lyrics and indelible melodies, it’s easy to see why von Grey has been called “nothing short of stunning.” The classically trained indie-folk band consists of four sisters, ages 12 – 18. The Atlanta-based group made their network television debut in February on “The Late Show with David Letterman” followed by an appearance on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Conan O’Brien” and have performed upwards of 200 shows in the past two years, from recurring residency tours at intimate venues throughout the southeastern U.S. to supporting gigs with such artists as Sarah McLachlan.

Thursday, July 25 – The Deadfields

Atlanta-based Americana/Folk-Rock outfit, The Deadfields, was formed for the simple, purpose: to have fun, write, and perform meaningful music.  Their meaningful music has been well received, with the independently released ”Dance in The Sun” and the single “Carolina Backroads” climbing to  #99 on the AMA (American Music Association) charts, reaching #8 on the FAR (Freeform Americana Roots) charts, and achieved #61 status on the Roots 66 (The Alternate Roots) charts.  Reviews for the debut poured in as well. Some say the best release they heard all year.  Accessible, yet fresh and distinct, The Deadfields’ energy and sound stir up a feeling similar to that of the Randy Rogers Band, the Old 97′s, or the Avett Brothers. And their passion to create meaningful music bleeds through every performance, like a band on a mission.

Thursday, August 29 – Old You

Welding a clever mix of jazz, blues and acid rock to the boisterous soul-bearing of female vocalist Young-Mi Feldsott, Old You constructs a sturdy yet sleek vehicle of sultry and emotive blues and rock. When put in motion, it sounds like a time warp from the ’60s to the distant future and back within one song.

The open-air concerts are held May through August on the last Thursday of each month at The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concerts 6:30 – 800 p.m.  Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up, $2 for ages 13-20, free for ages 12 and under.  The Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn is located on the corner of Sandy Springs Place and Bluestone Road, next to CityWalk. Blankets, picnics and coolers are welcomed.  Pets and smoking are not allowed.  Parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated parking lots.

For more information call 404-851-9111 , ext. 4 or e-mail events@heritagesandysprings.org.

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2013 National Kids to Parks Day

May 18, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

It’s a great day to play in the park. Children in Sandy Springs can take part in a grassroots movement to reclaim America’s parks through play on Saturday, May 18, 2013, during the second National Park Trust’s (NPT) National Kids to Parks Day.

Sandy Springs and other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and National Kids to Parks Day encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy 2013 national kids to parks day 2013 National Kids to Parks Daylifestyles.

National Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and gives adults an opportunity to better connect with the kids in their lives. Sandy Springs and other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and National Kids to Parks Day encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

What You Need To Know

Planned activities include Potato Sack Races, Tug-a-War Contests, Water Slides, Inflatables, KidzArt & Face Painting, Balloon Artist, DJ, Raffles & Prizes, SporTots Relays & Obstacle Challenge, Sandy Springs Police Dog, K9 Seven, Sandy Springs Fire Rescue & Fire Safety House and more!

Who: Kids of all ages and families

Program Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

When: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Drive 30328

There is no admission fee. For more information: Please call the Citizen Response Center at 770-730-5600.

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2013 Sandy Springs Farmers Market

May 11, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 18, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
May 25, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 1, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 8, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 15, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 22, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm
June 29, 2013
8:30 amto12:00 pm

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Nothing better than some locally grown produce for your family. Sandy Springs kicked off the farmers market in May and continues until October.

The Sandy Springs Farmers Market is where friends and neighbors gather to share the experience of a community farmers market. Every Saturday morning, 45+ vendors, musicians, and local residents gather for a “first name” shopping experience.

Grab your friends, family and pets and join in on Saturday morning for a truly enjoyable community gathering. Start your morning off with a cup of freshly roasted coffee and a delicious sausage biscuit, then shop for local, naturally grown produce, pasture-raised meat, farm fresh eggs, and all kinds of specialty food items. Or, just hang out at the picnic table and play games while enjoying live entertainment by one of several market musicians.

The market will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 every Saturday at 235 Sandy Springs Circle NW, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328, which is the parking lot of the former Target shopping center at Sandy Springs Circle and Johnson Ferry Road.

In addition to fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers, the Market will offer an assortment of other local and seasonal products, such as:

  • Honey, jams, jellies, pesto, granola, salsa and other specialty foods
  • Local Dairy Products, including specialty cheeses, milk and eggs
  • Regionally raised grass-fed beef, pork or poultry
  • Fresh Baked Breads
  • Artisan Products

But remember to come early as the best produce goes quickly.

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