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Conversations that Matter in Milton

MILTON, GA -- The Milton Disability Awareness Committee will host the first in a series of "Conversations that Matter" on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Milton City Hall (13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107, Milton, 30004).

Presented by Atlanta-based non-profit group All About Developmental Disabilities, Inc., the session will cover a number of topics, including the waiting list for home- and community-based services, various budget issues and transportation.

Parents of children with disabilities, self-advocates and local professionals working in disability supports and services are welcome to attend.

MDAC chairwoman Ann Coggins said transportation for all will be one of the main topics of the night.

"One goal of the Milton Comprehensive Transportation Plan is to ensure barrier-free connectivity to community assets," said Coggins.

Crossroads at Crabapple Festival Scheduled for this Weekend

MILTON, GA -- The Crossroads at Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival (750 Mayfield Road, Milton, 30004), featuring more than 100 antique dealers and juried artists from six states, will enliven the quiet Crabapple community on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A tradition since 1969, this one-day-only, rain-or-shine outdoor festival features thousands of antiques and unique pieces of art in all mediums.

"We get quite a crowd, so shoppers, please come early for the best buys," said festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.

Milton Public Safety Fund to Hold Charity Softball Tournament

MILTON, GA -- Organizers have announced that the non-profit Milton Public Safety Fund will hold a charity softball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 23 during the Milton Roundup at Birmingham United Methodist Church (15770 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004).

All funds from the tournament, which teams may enter for a registration fee of $250, will benefit the City of Milton Police and Fire Departments. Teams are guaranteed two games, said Milton police officer Brian Kiel, who is organizing the event.

"Everyone is invited to take part in the tournament -- co-ed, corporate, public safety, government, recreation or neighborhood teams," said Kiel. "We're hoping for a good mix of all."

Kiel said space is limited, so teams will be first-come, first-served. Players will use a .47 core softball and play on a youth-sized field. As such, there will be a "no home run" rule. The tournament structure will be determined by the number of teams in the event.