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Stuff to do: Sweetwater 420 Festival and 5k Run (April 15th-17th)

*kid friendly
*environmentally friendly

Local Atlanta brewery Sweetwater is back again this year with their annual Sweetwater 420 Festival, taking place in Candler Park on April 15-17. The festival has traditionally taken place on just 1 or 2 days but this year they are expanding to a full 3 days of sun, beer, music, art, crafts and many more activities around environmental and greening initiatives. The festival is always in April to coincide with Earth Day and features a variety of booths and companies that exist to draw awareness to environmental and social issues. This year also includes the addition of an adult comedy tent hosted by the newly renovated and improved Relapse Theatre on 14th street.

The festival also includes the 7th annual Sweetwater 5k race. They are currently accepting entries but will be limited to just 2000 runners. All proceeds from the 5k race will be donated to the Candler Park Neighborhood...

Stuff To Do: Decatur Earth Hour

Earth Hour Bonfire and marshmallow roast in Decatur Square. Saturday, March 26th at 8pm.

 This Saturday, March 26th at 8pm, Decatur will host a family bonfire and marshmallow roast in honor of this year's Earth Hour. Earth Hour was started in 2007 and involved 100s of countries and 1000s of people across the entire world turning off their lights for one hour to raise awareness for climate change…and also as a way to show that its possible for global coordination on such important issues.

Its a great family event to help draw awareness for energy conservation and climate change. At 8:30 they'll be a countdown to turning out lights in the square and around Decatur...

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Metro Atlanta

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Atlanta Foreclosure Report: March 2011

Is it possible we've seen the worst of the foreclosure crisis in Atlanta?  We find out in this Atlanta Foreclosure Report for March, 2011.

Foreclosures notices for March 2011 in the Metro Atlanta market dipped slightly suggesting a possibly peak in the activity across the 13 county area and a glimmer of hope for the struggling market. The March total fell to 10,779 - a .6 percent drop from the February 2011 tally and a significant 14 percent dip from March 2010 numbers.

Foreclosure trend upward during the spring and summer months. In fact March 2010 saw a 22 percent rise from February 2010 -- so this decline, though welcomes, comes unexpectedly.

Even with the surprise drop in notices file this past month ... we're still 2 percent ahead of last year, which set an annual record.

Here's a quick breakdown of the top 5 counties and their totals:

Gwinnett County led with 2,338 total filings. Right behind Gwinnett is Fulton County with...

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