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WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Homestead Exemption Deadline is Apr. 1

Homestead Exemption Deadline is Apr. 1

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Johns Creek residents who are senior citizens or have recently purchased a home have until Friday, Apr. 1 to file for homestead exemptions.

The city offers a $15,000 basic homestead exemption to all of its homeowners on the annual tax bill.

Fulton County also offers a $30,000 basic homestead exemption; there are no age or basic income requirements for this one.

Tax bills in Georgia are calculated by applying a government's millage to 40 percent of the value of a home. Exemptions allow homeowners to subtract the amount from the home's value before their millage is applied.

Johns Creek honors Fulton County homestead exemptions for seniors.

For homeowners aged 65 or older as of Jan. 1, Johns Creek offers a $15,000 exemption on top of the basic $15,000 exemption on the city portion of the tax bill.

Additional exemptions for seniors who are 62 or older may be available depending on income.

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Community Garden applications due Mar. 15

Community Garden applications due Mar. 15

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The deadline to claim a bed in the Newtown Park Community Garden is fast approaching.

Tuesday, Mar. 15 is the last day for aspiring Johns Creek gardeners to sign up for an 8x4 bed in the popular garden, which was featured during the 2010 American Community Garden Association's convention in Atlanta.

Residents must be members of the Johns Creek Garden Association to apply. Applications are available on the group's website.

The Newtown Park Community Garden (3150 Old Alabama Road, 30022) features more than 30 plots for planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. Gardeners provide their own plants and seeds, while the city pays for any water usage.

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Spring is just around the corner! Get a jump-start on your outdoor living plans Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-noon. Eric King, ASLA, owner of King Landscaping, and Rick Goldstein, a registered architect and co-owner of MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], will share decades of experience creating inviting outdoor living spaces.

"Easy Hardscaping" is a free crash course that will showcase the best (and worst) ideas in building patios, walks and walls for your home landscape. It will be held at the MOSAIC office, located at 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300.

Feel free to invite a friend. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail with your name and the number of attendees to sylvia@mosaicgroupatlanta.com or call 770.670.6022. Space is limited.


Johns Creek to Host Household Hazardous Waste Workshop

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The Fulton County Public Works Department will host a free household hazardous waste workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Ocee Branch Library (5090 Abbots Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30005).

A typical home can contain many types of hazardous household products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage. Chemical-based household products in a single home may seem insignificant, but when millions of homes across Georgia use similar products -- handling, storing and disposing of them improperly -- the combined effort can become a major problem.

The hazardous waste workshop will educate residents on how to use alternative household cleaners.

Loan Modification Could be Good, but Short Sale is Better says 1 Expert

Atlanta, GA--  As more and more Atlanta homeowners find themselves in financial distress and are forced to make tough decisions regarding their homes and specifically their dropping values and ballooning mortgage payments, we turned to a housing expert to help us navigate this complex situation.

Marian Anthony is a real estate finance expert and author of Short Sale RUSH- A How To Guide for Nonperforming Assets.  According to Marian, a Short Sale is more advantageous than a Loan Modification or a Foreclosure because "the reduced payoff in a short sale releases you from the debt obligation." He states that a foreclosure will ruin the homeowner's credit, and "a loan modification actually builds a debt trap around the borrower, milking them for every last nickel."

With so much information and marketing dollars being spent on homeowners getting into Loan Modification programs which may keep you bogged in debt for years, take Marian's su