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Avondale Estates City Plantings – Projects Committee, Patricia Calcagno — Our Club participates in funding and installing plantings to promote civic pride and to beautify and enhance the environment at the City’s East and West entrance signs and the Clock Tower at the main intersection. AEGC continuing project

BluestarMaryLouDSC 0374 copyBlue Star Marker Planting — Projects Committee, Patricia Calcagno -- We first installed a small red, white and blue themed garden around our Blue Star Marker in front of our City Hall in 2017 and have maintained it by planting annuals in spring and fall, bringing attention to the marker and to those it honors. AEGC continuing project.

Books for Veterans – Projects Committee, Faye Boyd — Club members donate their gently read books and current magazines to the patients at the VA Medical Center in Decatur. AEGC continuing project

Children’s Gardening Boxes – Projects Committee, Jean Kingsbury — Club members collect gardening and other items that are interesting to a child, such as child-sized tools and gloves, seeds, sunglasses, and toys. The items are placed in colorful, sturdy craft boxes and given to the children who are living temporarily at a women’s shelter with their mothers. AEGC continuing project

Children’s Little Free Library – Projects Committee, Lynn Boyd — We built and maintain the well-used Little Library for elementary school aged children and located it near the neighborhood park. We keep it supplied with books donated by members. AEGC continuing project

Fig Leaf Project – Projects Committee, Faye Boyd – We purchase and contribute toiletries and personal clothing items for residents of Georgia Regional Hospital. Garden Club of Georgia continuing project

Garden Week in Georgia – President, Christi Granger — We plan a special event to commemorate and participate in Garden Week in Georgia. Garden Club of Georgia and National Garden Club continuing project

Holidays for Heroes – Projects Committee, Faye Boyd – Club members prepare holiday greeting cards for active military personnel overseas. These cards are collected and delivered to the DeKalb Federation Chairman of this project who then delivers the cards to the Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base for overseas distribution. DeKalb Federation continuing project

Memorial Day Remembrance – President, Christi Granger— We place a wreath at the Blue Star Marker in front of City Hall and conduct a ceremony honoring veterans. Our Mayor and local veterans participate with us. AEGC continuing project

National Garden Week – President, Christi Granger — During National Garden Week we place a banner on the main road going through the commercial area of our city announcing the event. We take the opportunity to publicly thank our city employees for their help on our landscaping projects. We take baked goods to City Hall, the Public Works building, and the Fire House for all employees to enjoy. During the Commission meeting the Mayor presents our Club with a proclamation declaring National Garden Week. National Garden Club, continuing project

Recycle and Reuse Projects — Projects Committee, Faye Boyd. Pull and Save a Tab for Ronald McDonald House: We collect and donate aluminum tabs to the Ronald McDonald Houses. The sale of tabs helps defray expenses at the houses. DeKalb Federation, Redbud District, GCG, and NGC continuing project

We encourage our members to use reusable shopping bags and when they receive plastic bags to recycle or reuse them.

Secret Gardens of Avondale — Secret Garden Committee, Nancy Martin — A tour of selected backyard gardens with docents in each garden to serve an educational function. It encourages people to visit the community, become inspired and learn about creative landscaping and plants that do well in our area. AEGC continuing project

Avondale Estates Tree Walk – Tree Walk Committee, —Bobby Wess —Avondale Estates was the second city in Georgia to be named a Tree City. To encourage appreciation of our trees, and to educate the public, we host a Tree Walk in the spring of even numbered years. Certified arborists lead groups of walkers on six different routes while lecturing and discussing the trees. We produce an extensive tree guide for each walker as reference material. We have a “Tree Huggers in Training” component for children as well, with specific educational materials, talks, and a contest just for them. In addition to arborists, we have Master Gardeners available for question and answer sessions. AEGC continuing project

Valentines for Veterans — Community Service, Faye Boyd — Club members prepare Valentines to be collected and delivered to patients at the VA Medical Center in Decatur. DeKalb Federation continuing project

Women’s Shelter Garden —Projects Committee, Patricia Calcagno — In the spring and fall, our volunteers go to a Women’s Shelter where victims of domestic violence are living temporarily. We plant, water and weed pots of herbs and flowers in an effort to make their environment more attractive and interesting. AEGC continuing project