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Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- The conflict between two festivals over Piedmont Park is over – and the smaller festival, the Atlanta Arts Festival, has stepped aside to let Music Midtown have the date it wanted. Music Midtown will take place the weekend of September 19, 2015. The Arts Festival takes place the following weekend of September 26.

Music Midtown is the big money, high profile and high decibel music festival that sought a permit in January for Piedmont Park. But when it applied, it found that the Atlanta Arts Festival had applied in November for the same weekend – and a city ordinance suggested that the first applicant got first preference.

Arts Festival, Music Midtown dueling over Piedmont Park

Arts Festival, Music Midtown dueling over Piedmont Park

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Two popular Atlanta festivals are dueling over space in Piedmont Park.

11Alive News has learned that both – the Atlanta Arts Festival and Music Midtown – want to use the park on the same September weekend.

The arts festival is quiet and artsy and has been a Piedmont Park fixture for decades. Music Midtown is loud and raucous and began rocking Piedmont Park in 2011. Now both festivals have asked the city for permits to use the park on the same weekend in September.

"I don't see how we could possibly do that," said city councilwoman Mary Norwood.

Norwood says the city will have to choose a winner from the competing permit applications.

The Atlanta Arts Festival is already marketing its 2015 festival for the weekend of September 19. The arts festival filed its permit application with the city last Novemberr.

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

(WXIA) -- There have been too many stories lately of women being attacked while exercising on public trails.

These reports sparked a conversation among the Atlanta Alive team, centered around ways to avoid becoming a victim.

So what does a victim look like? With all of today's technology, in a word, distracted. Self-defense experts Cole and Vanessa Parker accompanied 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross to Piedmont Park to see just how easy it is to become less aware of your surroundings.

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Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will team up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a tour this weekend.

The 7th annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour will be held Saturday, June 14. Staggered rides through the BeltLine's 45 neighborhoods will begin at 9 a.m. from the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

Riders have a choice of two tours: the full BeltLine, which is 27 miles long; and the East Meets West route -- 16 miles of some of the trail's most beautiful parks.

Advance registration is $30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and $35 for the general public. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Visit atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com for more information.

The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is located at 830 Willoughby Way NE.

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

ATLANTA -- Real estate website Curbed.com has released a list of Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014.

In introducing its list, curbed.com says, “Whether they're wrapping up, just starting or somewhere in between, major projects will be making mega progress all year long. Step back and think about it: Can any other city compete with a roster like this? Not just this year, but in any single year?”

Curbed.com's top 10 are:

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

ATLANTA -- Have you ever considered starting your own home-based business? Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free workshop on Starting a Home-Based Business on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta.

Participants will gain valuable information to help them start and maintain a successful home-based business. Specific topics will include how to identify fraud and scams billed as business opportunities, space and time needs, identifying factors that contribute to success and much more.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on a variety of topics such as nutrition, financial management, diabetes and gardening. Classes are held in locations throughout the county.  Call 404-332-2400 for more information.

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

ATLANTA -- Even to Piedmont Park regulars, it's easy to overlook.

The giant rock with a metal Mohawk is actually the work of a famous artist, and it's been honoring Nelson Mandela in Atlanta for decades.

GALLERY | Nelson Mandela 1993 visit to Atlanta

PHOTO HISTORY | Nelson Mandela

The people who know the large sculpture exists probably don't know the official name for it. The title is "Nelson Mandela Must Be Free to Lead His People and South Africa to Peace and Prosperity." That long title is more often summed up with the three words etched in stone: "Free Nelson Mandela."