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Mayor Reed Welcomes Major League Soccer to Atlanta

Metro Digest (April 25 - May 1)

Edited by Titus Falodun | 4/25/2014, 11:25 a.m.
Along with hundreds of metro Atlanta soccer fans, Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday, April 16, joined Major League Soccer Commissioner ...
Left to right: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, MLS commissioner Don Garber, Atlanta Falcons and MLS team owner Arthur Blank, and Frank Poe, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.

ATLANTA - Along with hundreds of metro Atlanta soccer fans, Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday, April 16, joined Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, Atlanta Falcons and MLS team owner Arthur Blank and Georgia World Congress Center Executive Director Frank Poe for the official announcement that Atlanta will have a professional soccer team. Atlanta is the 22nd franchise for Major League Soccer. The team, who will play in the new stadium home to the Atlanta Falcons, will begin in the 2017 season. Metropolitan Atlanta is the ninth-largest city in the United States and was the largest without an MLS team. The area is also home to the second-fastest foreign-born population in the country, making it a natural home for the international game of soccer. Additionally, Georgia ranks in the top 10 in the United States when it comes to youth soccer players and it is also a top 10 adult soccer market.

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The Georgia Boy Choir

The Georgia Boy Choir auditions

The Georgia Boy Choir will be holding open auditions for boys to join the Apprentice, Training, and Intermediate Choirs for the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, May 3. Auditions are for boys ages Kindergarten through 4th Grade and no singing experience is necessary. The entire process only takes 10-15 minutes and is intentionally low-pressure and fun. If accepted, choristers receive a top-notch music education through weekly rehearsals and performances given four times per year. To request an audition, visit: bit.ly/1rprk7G

and fill out the form. Contact the Choir at 404-402-4083 or info@georgiaboychoir.org if you have any questions. 

Arts, Alcohol, and Food at Hammonds House Museum

The Gathering, an Atlanta arts celebration, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Hammonds House Museum, will have alcohol, a culinary spread and a variety of mini art experiences.

For more information, updates, and to purchase tickets/make contributions, visit http://www.hammondshouse.org.

Fulton County Judicial Candidate Forum

The Gate City Bar is hosting its Fulton County Judicial Candidate Forum 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Fulton County Government Center, Assembly Hall (160 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303). Lyn Vaughn, PIO, Fulton County Health and Wellness; former anchor, CNN Headline News, will moderate the forum, which gives the public an opportunity to hear from candidates to answer questions from the public. This event is free and open to the public.

The following candidates have confirmed their appearance: Judge Tom Campbell; Thomas A. Cox, Jr.; Patricia Jackson; Judge Kelly Lee; Judge Jane Barwick; and Shondeana Crews-Morris.

Gate City is the oldest African American Bar Association in the state of Georgia. For more information, visit gatecitybar.org.

The Atlanta Press Club Annual Reception

The Atlanta Press Club Awards of Excellence, presented by Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, will recognize outstanding journalists who make an impact at 6 p.m., Monday, April 28, at The Commerce Club (191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303). To purchase tickets and tables, visit: bit.ly/1l808bA or call 404-577-7377. The National Press Club judges selected the finalists.

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Cyril Turner, president of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets, will be at "Insights from the C-Suite" forum.

National Black MBA Association Atlanta chapter presents forum

“Insights from the C-Suite” forum from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 28 at the Georgia Power Auditorium (241 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30308), features a panel of local leading CEOs, sharing their insight and diverse experiences. To register, visit: bit.ly/1mIYy2k.