5th Annual Smyrna Heroes Gala

September 6, 2014
7:00 pmto11:30 pm

The 5th Annual Smyrna Heroes Gala will be held at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, on Saturday, September 6th, 7-11:30pm.

The Smyrna Heroes Gala is a community-wide, volunteer effort by area residents and businesses that honors our fire and police heroes by setting aside one evening to celebrate these dedicated individuals who protect and serve our community 24/7. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF), a 501(c)(3) organization that supports both the community and Smyrna’s Public Safety employees.

Guests will dine on a variety of gourmet foods from Atkins Park, Marlow’s, Mezza Luna, and Zucca, REV Coffee, Kenny’s Great Pies, and the Corner Taqueria as well as sip on wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. A Live and silent auction including exotic trips and weekend getaways; jewelry; golf outings; celebrity, sports, film, and rock ‘n roll collectibles and memorabilia; as well a listening and dancing to the music of Wesley Cook and DJ Michael Sanders. In addition, we have something new at this years Gala. Mobile Bidding will be used to make the bidding experience more exciting and fun.

Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF), a non-profit, 501c organization that raises funds to support its mission, which includes, among others:

  • Promoting and supporting the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments,
  • Ensuring that each police officer and firefighter is qualified, trained, equipped, and educated to perform at the highest levels of professional standards,
  • Communicating with community and business leaders to identify public safety programs desired by the community as well as the core issues of public safety,
  • Recruiting qualified public safety personnel to meet city growth,
  • Assisting the Smyrna Police Department in reducing crime,
  • Providing financial support for public safety employees (and/or their families) injured or killed in the line of duty,
  • Communicating to individuals and businesses contemplating relocation to the City of Smyrna and surrounding communities the highly effective and responsive services provided by the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments,

Mingle with Smyrna’s fire and police heroes, local businesses and residents, city officials, and Honorary Chair, as you

  • EAT and enjoy delicious food from Atkins Park Tavern and other area eateries!
  • SIP on wine, beer, and fun-themed specialty cocktails!
  • BID on on live and silent auction goods and services from area businesses and residents such as exotic trips and weekend getaways; fine and decorative art; jewelry; health, beauty, and fitness services; theatre tickets; golf outings and lessons; restaurant gift cards; pet grooming and veterinary services; home décor items; accessories; celebrity, sports, film, and rock ‘n roll collectibles; and many other exciting items!
  • DANCE to live entertainment
  • SUPPORT our police officer and firefighter heroes!

They invite the entire community to give back to these heroes who give so much to Smyrna citizens every day.

You can go to SmyrnaHeroesGala.com to volunteer, donate, or become a sponsor of the event.

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Planes Landing at Movies By Moonlight

August 23, 2014
8:15 pmto10:00 pm

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Movie Night at Taylor Brawner Park

Get ready for more Disney fun with “Planes”. “Planes” will be presented at the Taylor-Brawner Park on Saturday, August 23rd at dark.

Gather the kids and kin to watch the adventure on the big screen in the open air. Please carpool as parking is limited. Join us for an evening under the stars and enjoy the Disney full length feature film “Planes” (Rated PG).

Join Dusty Crophopper and friends for an evening under the stars.

Smyrna Movie Night will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Taylor-Brawner Park, 3182 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

Admission is free. Call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842 for information.

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Vinings Business Association After Hours at SOHO

August 19, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm


The Vinings Business Association will be holding their August After Hours business networking event at SOHO in Vinings.

The August After Hours Event will be on Tuesday, August 19th from 5:30-7:00pm. Located in historic Vinings, SOHO serves an all-American menu bursting with delectable flavors inspired by many cuisines and offers a progressive wine list, creative cocktails and new wine and tapas pairings each week. SOHO is located at 4300 Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339 in the Vinings Jubilee.

The event is for Vinings Business Association members and guests.

Click here if you are interested in becoming a Vinings Business Association member.

Members enjoy the opportunity to meet monthly on the first Tuesday of every month for lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 and a monthly After Hours social on the third Tuesday of every month.

Enjoy an evening of networking with industry professionals in a comfortable, upscale and entertaining atmosphere. Food and Limited After Hour Beverages Included.

No Cost for Members or Guests

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Smyrna Vinings Home Market Continues Improvement

Smyrna Vinings home sales continued to improve in July. The Smyrna Vinings real estate market has been on quite a resurgence for the past couple years.  With US home loan rates remaining low, we expect demand to remain strong and we expect to see a lot of move-up homebuyers taking advantage of the opportunities that 2014 will continue to offer. We’re certainly off to a good start.

Smyrna Vinings Home Sales July 2014

This chart shows you the past 12 months of home sales at any given point. As you’ll notice, the green bar is 2007 and we were selling a fair amount more homes in 2007. Sales dropped significantly in 2008, with the drop becoming more pronounced toward the last quarter of 2008. That would be the beginning of the financial meltdown. 2009 home sales started off about 32% off the level just two years previously in January 2007. We saw Smyrna Vinings home sales continue to drop in 2009, but then leveling off in late summer and actually seeing sales pick up toward the end of the year. Typically, you expect sales to be higher in the late Spring and early Summer, but that hasn’t been the case in 2007-2010.

2014 Smyrna Vinings home sales popped in July as buyers jumped on the opportunities. A lot of what that tells us is that supply is modulating actual sales as the demand is certainly there. While nationally there has been some concern about a housing slowdown, we’re definitely not seeing it in the Smyrna Vinings real estate market.

Smyrna Vinings Homes for Sale July 2014

The Active Listings chart depicts Smyrna Vinings homes currently for sale. As a general rule, we’ve seen inventory increase in the April to June range and then see the amount of Smyrna Vinings homes for sale reduce towards the end of the year. While sales and months of inventory numbers vary drastically from previous years, the one thing you can count on is that inventory decreases in the last quarter of the year, as indicated above. The big difference of course is that the overall number of homes on the market is just much less than in years past due to homes selling so quickly.

We’ve seen a slight increase in the number of homes for sale in each month in 2014 until July, when we saw a small decrease. Sellers are starting to understand that now is a great time to sell and take advantage of the current market.

As sales are improving, we’re also seeing prices increasing as well. We’re going to continue to see more equity sellers in the market and fewer distressed properties as we move forward over the next couple years. This will result in continued low inventory levels as the number of equity sellers that can afford to sell will be outnumbered by buyers eager to take advantage of prices that are still depressed and interest rates that are phenomenal. If you’ve thought about selling and just aren’t sure, be sure to contact us or find out how much your home is worth. Less competition is a good thing if you’re ready to sell.

Smyrna Vinings Homes Months Inventory July 2014

One other important statistic that we like to track is the overall health of the Smyrna Vinings home market. Months of inventory is a calculation that takes the current amount of homes for sale and divides that by the number of homes that have sold in the last 12 months. What the result means is if no more homes were listed, how many months would it take, based upon the past 12 months activity, to sell all the homes currently for sale.

A result of 6 months is considered a healthy market, less than 6 months a seller’s market and more than 6 months, a buyer’s market. What we can see from the chart above is that we have lower inventory levels right now than at any point in the past five years. Compare that with the highest amount of bloat and most severe buyer’s market in July of 2009 with significant improvement starting in mid-2010 and continuing through today.

In July, inventory levels have increased slightly from the end of 2013, but are tracking very closely with last year. As prices have increased this year, we have seen a big pickup in new construction and an increase in resale activity as more home owners can afford to sell. Technically, we continue to work in a seller’s market based on current inventory levels. What this means as you will continue to see prices slowly rise from here as demand outpaces supply.

That is your Smyrna Vinings homes sales activity recap for July 2014. Hope that was helpful and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you sell your Smyrna Vinings home or find your new Smyrna Vinings home.

Click here if you’d like to know what your Smyrna Vinings homes is worth.

Click here to start your Smyrna Vinings home search.

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Atlanta Young Singers 2014 Auditions

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ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS is looking for the best young voices in Smyrna!

Since 1975, AYS has been at the forefront of choral art in metro Atlanta and the U.S., thrilling audiences all over the world with innovative programming, professional performance, and exciting commissions. AYS nurtures the incredible artistic abilities of children, offering excellent choral and musical training in a challenging learning environment for boys and girls in grades 2-12 and currently serves over 200 Singers all over metro Atlanta.

In the last two years alone, their Singers performed in Carnegie Hall, were awarded two Gold Diplomas at the 2012 World Choir Games, sang for President Jimmy Carter. In the last month, over 60 of their Singers went on tour to LATVIA, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, LITHUANIA, POLAND and SWEDEN! ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, is proud to announce the honors of a gold and silver medal, as well as two gold diplomas from the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, LATVIA (featuring over 470 choirs, 27,000 Singers from 60 countries).

AYS helps begin an arts adventure that will last a lifetime. Individual Appointments will be held through August for each of seven AYS Choirs – including Training Choirs rehearsing close by at Mableton’s Mable House Arts Center. Meet new friends, travel the world, perform live, learn important music skills, and sing the future now with AYS.

Call AYS at 404.873.3365 or email audition@aysc.org to make your appointment today.

Auditions are being scheduled NOW through August, Monday through Thursday from 2PM – 5:30PM at the AYS offices for rehearsals in nearby Mableton’s Mable House Arts Center.

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