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Metromix Soundcheck: Granville Automatic

ATLANTA, Ga -- Granville Automatic is a duo with Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins.

After writing together first in the spring of 2009, the pair spent the last year composing nearly 60 songs.

Granville Automatic's debut record is expected in early 2011.

You can see them perform in two upcoming shows:

Thursday, Oct. 14: Smith's Olde Bar, 8:30pm - 11:00pm

Friday, Oct. 15: Eddie's Attic, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Check out their music in the link to the right or check them out online:

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MySpace.com/GranvilleAutomatic

Twitter.com/GvilleAutomatic

Barks and Boo(ze) in Decatur

“Bark Crawls for Booze Hounds”, a bar crawl for furry friends and their human parents will take place every Wednesday during the months of October and November.

Party people and pet owners, alike, can rest assured, there’s finally some Halloween action for every yuppie and their puppy.

Early Voting in Two Counties Bodes Ill for Democrats

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Business has been brisk at this early voter precinct in Cherokee County, a reliably Republican Atlanta suburb. The director of elections says the governor's race between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes seems to have captured the imagination of the early-voting electorate.

The votes won't be counted until November of course, but the favorite here is no secret.

"Cherokee County is predominantly a Republican county," said Elections Director Janet Munda. She says early voters in Cherokee County are turning out at about two-thirds the level of early voting in 2008 -- a record year with a presidential election. It will be, she says, a strong turnout.

"We're looking at, I think, pretty much a 50 percent turnout," Munda said. "It's going to be an impressive turnout."

Survivor Saturdays: Is it True That? at Chocolate Coffee

On Saturday, October 16 at Chocolate Coffee located at 2094 N. Decatur Road, the Triple Pink Foundation is hosting Survivor Saturdays: Is it True That?

Is It True That, provides an opportunity for the public to pose breast cancer related questions to practicing, medical experts in a relaxed and accessible venue.  The event will take place from 10 a.m.  to noon and is open to the public.

Triple Pink Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer and its disparate impact on minority women and younger women of all races and encouraging women to take responsibility for their breast health.

For more information about Is It True That, contact Yendelela Neely at yneely@triplepink.org .

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.

 

Decatur Market & Gallery hosts Mystic Methods and Moods

On Saturday, October 9th from 5-10 p.m., the Decatur Market & Gallery (153 Ponce de Leon Pl., Decatur) will host a group artist opening reception called "Mystic Methods and Moods: Holiday Spirit" for 25 invited artists to share their vision of "spirit" in their chosen medium. 

One artist will receive an award for the most compelling work.

The Decatur Market Gallery will offer light refreshments and there will be live music provided by The Flying Mystics. Tarot readings will also be offered by House of Oracle. And guests are being asked to wear themed costumes.

AtlantaHires Job Fair on Thursday

On Thursday, October 7, AtlantaHires will be holding a job fair at the Holiday Inn - Decatur Conference Plaza (130 Clairemont Ave).  The event will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

This event will offer job seekers an opportunity to meet face to face with dozens of employers who are seeking employees.  Companies such as Aaron's, Sears Home Improvement Products, The Reserves Network, Green Way Medical and many others will be in attendance.