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Free Entertainment All Summer in Riverdale, Georgia

The monument sign at Stratford Arms Apartments in Riverdale, GA

Celebrate summer all year long at Stratford Arms Apartments

Atlanta apartments are warming up in May with the arrival of yet another Hotlanta summer. Stratford Arms apartment residents and Riverdale apartment dwellers can beat the heat at the city’s amphitheater which kick starts the weekend on Thursday evenings with its After Work Cool Down Music Series. The community comes together to enjoy food and performances by local artists from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each Thursday. Beginning Friday, June 6th Riverdale residents will experience  “100 days of summertastic fun” on Fun Friday a free community event to celebrate summer with free arts & crafts at the amphitheater from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Then on Friday, June 13th the city of Riverdale Cultural Affairs & Leisure Services hosts Friday Night Flicks at the amphitheater. A family friendly movie will start at dark or around 9 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to watch. More information including any changes due to inclement weather is available on the cultural affairs website.

 

 

Entertainment on a Budget, Atlanta Apartment edition

Sticking to the budget you created for living in your amazing Atlanta apartment isn’t always fun, but you can have fun in Atlanta on a tight budget. After you itemize the cost of living at your Atlanta apartment community with rent, utility bills, groceries, car payment… you might find there is less left over for entertainment than you originally thought. Don’t worry! Here are 5 FREE(ish) things to do for residents in metro Atlanta apartments.

Tennis court at Stratford Arms Apartments

Stratford Arms Apartments in Riverdale, GA serves up plenty of entertainment and excercise

Give back to the community where you live. Your free time is valuable to many non-profit organizations around Atlanta and you’re certain to find a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests. Animal lovers and pet owners may volunteer at the Humane Society or shelter while amateur chefs can donate time to a soup kitchen. Being nice doesn’t cost extra, so why not have fun while helping out? Cost:  $0

Stay healthy in your Atlanta apartment home. Bike rides, nature hikes or walks around the neighborhood promote better health and they cost little to nothing to get started. With a window or patio garden you can even save money on fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Take advantage of your apartment community’s fitness amenities or park-like setting. Exercise and eating well also reduce stress. Cost:  A few calories

Experience the culture and diversity that is abundant all over Atlanta, inside and outside the perimeter. Adventure awaits right here in our own city so you won’t travel far. Annual public festivals take place all year long, ITP and OTP. The High Museum of Art hosts “Fulton Free Saturdays,” admission to the museum and its exhibits is free for Fulton County residents the first Saturday of each month. Brush up on local culture so you can be a better tour guide when company comes to visit your Atlanta apartment. Cost:  $0

Meet new people in your community that share similar interests. Meetup.com is loaded with groups that meet routinely to share knowledge and experiences of a common hobby or interest. If you can’t find one you like, you can create your own and invite others. Ask your leasing staff about using the community clubhouse to host your meet up.  Participating in community events hosted by your apartment complex lets you meet your neighbors and helps build a friendly community too. Cost:  Varies

Learn something new. Today, well known universities like Stanford and Harvard are offering FREE online courses on a variety of subjects from physics to Shakespeare and everything between the two. Maybe learn your way to a better paying job too. Grab your study buddy and gain some knowledge! Cost:  $0 and pizza

Entertainment can have great physical, social and financial rewards with little or no investment. Start with an affordable Atlanta apartment from JAMCO Properties, Inc; then help grow your community, your mind and your bank account!

Atlanta Apartments and Diversity

Atlanta serves as home and epicenter of cultural diversity in the South – and the United States, for that matter. Encompassing international art and décor in your Atlanta apartment is affordable and easy. You do not need to spend lots of money on Miami Circle in Buckhead to get authentic pieces to decorate your apartment in Atlanta, but it’s a great place to find inspiration.

The model bedroom at Maplewood Apartments for rent

Maplewood Pointe Apartments in Jonesboro, Georgia- a culturally diverse community.

Buford Highway hosts some of the most diverse shopping and dining in northeast Atlanta and DeKalb County. Whether you prefer Asian inspired work from Korea, Vietnam, Thailand… or crafts from South and Central America you will find plenty of affordable pieces to fill a spacious Atlanta townhouse or apartment. Many of these items are mass produced but you can find deals on legitimate items too.

Many shops in metro Atlanta specialize in fair trade. These specialty shops stock their shelves with fabric, art and handmade goods imported directly from artisans in other countries. Besides putting money in the pockets of true craftspeople, every item is a unique representation of a culture. Bring a piece of history and art into your apartment rental without leaving Atlanta or breaking the bank.

Combining modern art with a few antiques is a great way to highlight a culture in your apartment. By incorporating natural elements like wood and stone from a region, you can honor the land as well.  Fabric for drapes, upholstery and rugs can be used boldly or in an understated way to pull a diverse look together in your Atlanta apartment.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. proudly embraces diversity in our 20 Atlanta apartment communities and the work place.

Atlanta’s West End Neighborhood, history and art

Atlanta, a city of great diversity, celebrates many rich heritages and cultures. Two museums in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood highlight the history and art of African Americans. First, residents can tour the Hammonds House Museum situated in a historic Queen Anne home. Hammonds House hosts events and exhibits concerned with the culture of the African Diaspora. African American family history in Georgia is the theme of the current exhibit running through April 28th.

West End, Blocks of Culture, Atlanta apartments

Next, visitors to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art observe works by and about black women. The art museum is open Tues. – Fri. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays, noon – 4 p.m. Right now visitors can experience “Multiple Choice: Perspectives on the Spelman College Collection,” pieces in the permanent collection and recent analysis by students, faculty, staff and others. Works range from paintings and sculptures to prints and textiles.

West End was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, 164 years after it was settled. Home run king, Hank Aaron owns the Krispy Kreme location in West End. The neighborhood is just seconds from Cascade Glen Apartments and easily accessible to all of Atlanta.

Atlanta Wedding Tips for Tiny Budgets

Atlanta brides can earn big savings by planning early. Decide in advance which elements of your wedding are most important to you and make your investment there. Also, look at some of these tips from The Village at Wesley Chapel apartments:

Simplify The devil is in the details. Cut back on what doesn’t mean so much to you, so you can invest in what does.

Cut the guest list. If your guest list is 150 try scaling it back to 100. Think about who you will remember 10 years from now when you look over the wedding album.

Drop the open bar. Offer a specialty drink that means something and sparkling wine. Most people don’t keep cash anymore, so a cash bar probably is out dated.

Set Trends for anything. Remember there are two of you. Tell the story of you as a couple. Don’t get lost in the craziness.

Upcoming Events

12 – 4 p.m., Sun, Feb 24: The Ultimate Wedding & Event Planning Expo at the Fabulous Fox, currently 50 percent off .

1 – 4 p.m., Sun. March 3: StudioWed Bridal Tea with cake tasting, table design and more for brides, mom and bridesmaids. Get 50 percent off the ticket price with the code “ajcbride.” The discount code is valid through Feb. 24.

12 – 5 p.m. Sun., March 10: Get half-priced tickets to the Georgia Bridal Show  which features a range of vendors showing their products and services.

Riverdale’s Centre for the Arts, Business, and Leisure Services

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The mission of Riverdale’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services is to provide residents a means to celebrate diversity in Riverdale by developing cultural initiatives and leisure activities that meet the needs and interests of the community. The department operates the Riverdale Centre in order to reach their goals of improving health, education, and lifestyle.

Residents of Riverdale are afforded the opportunity to participate in various classes offered at the Centre during the year. Courses on acting, dancing, kickbox cardio and more are currently running for winter and it’s not too late to register. If you have a special occasion or need coming up, the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services has a space right for you. Be it a banquet hall, dance studio, art studio or entertainment lounge, the Centre has rentals available now.

The Seafood and Beer Festival is a popular event held at the Riverdale Centre each year. The festival features a beer garden, live musical entertainment, kids’ fun zone, talent competitions, and a lobster derby. On warm summer nights cool down after work with music performed in the attached open air amphitheatre. Musical guests appear the third Thursday of the month in summer. Additional performances are scheduled throughout the summer via the South City Concert Series.

 

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Come see why the folks at Emerald Pointe and Stratford Arms Apartments are excited to call Riverdale home.

 

MLK Day of Service January 21, 2013

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an essential character  in the modern era and a central performer in the Civil Rights Movement. His influential lectures and dialogues inspired men and women, young and old, in the United States and all over the world. Not until 1983 was a national holiday created to celebrate Dr. King’s monumental impact and in 1994 Congress designated the MLK Federal Holiday as a national day of service. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday that is considered a day of service rather than a “day off.”

In Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King, Jr, there are many ways to contribute to the community on this day of service. Enter your zip code into the Find a Project box to learn how you can join the effort to memorialize Dr. King and continue his efforts for equality and justice. How will you answer Dr. King’s still relevant question, “What are you doing for others?”

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