Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

MALCOM X FESTIVAL 2010 May 23, 2010

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This was a wonderful event!



Lots of vendors and our mini community garden...

Organic, healthy food!


Yummy food!

The children LOVED the moonwalk!

The children play chess!




Children keep traditions going...

Beautiful mama-to-be!

Masks for sale!



HANDMADE HOLIDAYS in the WEST END! December 23, 2009

Last Sunday, we hosted our first “Progressive Handmade Holiday Celebration and Craft Sale + Swap“…if you missed it here are some beautiful pictures taken by Debbie. The event was great! We look forward to continuing to build community in a way that is FRESH and supports LOCAL ARTISTS & ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES!

I love these little key chains and book marks!

Handcrafted beads become earrings...

Beautiful custom, hand knitted scarves at affordable prices. Made in the West End (Buy at

Local delicious cookies~Made in the West End!

Best Cookies-Made in the West End! Why buy anywhere else?

Checking out the swap table...

Locally grown in the West End!

SOUL FIRE-This hot sauce is the REAL DEAL!


Diego sells his gift tags...

SABROSO CATERING by Local Cooking Guru...Xochitl!


The children spend time together

My first block print : )

Hand-knitted drawstring pouches (Buy at

Gorgeous Quilts by Shannon!

Coquito-Puerto Rican Rum Holiday Drink!

Wanda's Bright Smile!

Homemade Jelly by Shannon-yummy!

Janvieve from the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center/Radio Diaspora

Adelina from the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Robert's grandmother's gorgeous quilt

Authentic Calavera and Vejigante Magnets

I love the colors!

I handcrafted these magnets/ornaments...El SOL (sun) de JAYUYA-Taino (typo on tag-should read sun)

Mark, Kung Li + Rose

Mama Nanji

I made this key holder using salvaged wood. Buy at


WEST END FALL FEST-October 24th! October 12, 2009

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mission-balmy-alley-mural-tradAtlanta’s Fourth Annual Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival

June 11-June 14, 2009, nineteen recent films from across the Americas and the Caribbean will be screened at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.







MALCOLM X FESTIVAL 09 May 21, 2009

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The 20th Annual Malcolm X Festival will be held on May 30th in the West End Park. The event starts at noon. There will be vendors, live music, performances and children’s activities.


Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska. He dedicated his life to fighting for social justice. He took a stand against oppression & racial inequality. Malcolm X was murdered on February 21, 1965. To learn more about Malcolm X’s life:


For more information on the festival:


“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X

















We celebrate his birthday and unwavering commitment to Human Rights!


SHOP LOCAL! Every Tuesday. May 19, 2009

Okay–so I made it a point to get out of the house and go support all the lovely vendors at SWOOM. I pulled out my little spending money, created a budget for myself and headed south on Cascade. For some reason, I thought the market was in the West End + I was super excited that our neighborhood organized a summer/fall outdoor festival. I quickly realized that the market is right outside the neighborhood so keep going on Cascade + you’ll see it on your right. The people there were super NICE. There was a diverse group of vendors: a couple options for baked goods, amazing soaps & bath products, handmade jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted cards and fresh veggies. There were about 8-10 vendors. I bought a bundle of fresh lettuce, radishes, inscence, bath oil and handmade all natural soap. The market is still picking up but it’s definitely worth a visit. Support handmade + local vendors!

South West Outdoor Organic Market
May – October
Every Tuesday, 4:00pm until dusk





I’ve been looking for inspiration for our children’s garden, here are some ideas:


I love the painted pavers. I also like the table and how easy it is for children to fill their watering cans. Very nice.


This is a great idea. Children love fountains, this one is simple and adds a touch of serenity to the space.


I think signage is so important. Since, we've discussed water harvesting at the park, I thought I'd gather different signage ideas.


I love the simplicity of this space yet the functionality. It looks like such a colorful, happy space.


More garden art, the pot is a nice accent. The tepee adds interest.


Another idea for a garden play-house.


I love mazes! We've talked about creating a maze to connect the playground to the children's garden. How cool would that be?



This is my first time ever trying to garden. I’m very excited. I’m starting with those fruits and vegetables I enjoy eating such as blueberries. I went to Lowes and found two very small blueberry bush plants (they were about $10 each).  The plants are small so chances are we won’t have berries for 2-4 years (if they make it). I’ll learn patience.

Diego and I dug a hole about 2ft by 2ft-refilled some of it with gardening soil, planted our mini-bush, covered it with more gardening soil and mulched it. We placed a border around the plant. It rained yesterday so today we’ll go see how it’s doing. We’ll water it if necessary. I’ll post pictures soon. In the meantime, get inspired and start growing some of your own food.


As for me-I also bought strawberries and rasberries. I’m considering a full food garden in my front lawn. I must admit I’m a little concerned that it will take away for our curb appeal but I’m working out those feeling.
















For more information on planting blueberries:

**Beware: It seems like websites provide different (sometimes conflicting)  information…I found myself  in the research phase (in front of the computer) instead of getting out there and actually planting the bushes!

Blueberry Bush in the Fall…



imagesCheck out this great list of classes for the inner-creator in you. Be inspired and make lovely friends. Let’s get a couple of West End Neighbors together and check out a class together?

For full class descriptions:

    Crafty Fun Classes   

    Sprites for Spring: Garden Fairies
    Come release your inner fairy with Kyla Zaro-Moore! Celebrate the beginning of spring by crafting a garden fairy. Using scraps, wire, beads, and elements from the garden, we will create whimsical garden guardians to look after our plots (or entertain our houseplants) when we cannot. Adults and children will delight in this playful class. All ages, children accompanied by an adult. 

    Friday, March 4, 4-5 p.m.
    $10 Garden members, $15 non-members. Includes one fairy per person. Additonal fairies $5 each.

    Handmade Recycled Papermaking Workshop
    An intense papermaking class with self-taught papermaker Katy DeMent! You will learn about traditional papermaking while exploring more modern paper making techniques with color and texture. You will also learn about surface design, texture, and composition while creating sheets of recycled paper. We will form sheets of paper with a variety of fibers as well as the creation of “wet on wet collages” that can include mementos from home (family mementos, photos, plants, or other fibrous materials). Please bring a snack and drink.

    Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ages 12 and up
    $45 Garden members, $55 non-members (fee includes $5 materials charge)

    A Bunny Sewing Project
    New at sewing or want to try your hand on a new project? Join Carol Bulmer for a evening of sewing a stuffed little bunny. Carol is a wonderful source of creative ideas and this delightful project will take you from the cut out pattern to the finished project of a soft bunny, a nest for it to rest it, and a carrot. Thursday March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    $20 for Garden members, $25 for non-members (fee includes $5 material fee)

    Eggstraordinary Beauty: Decorate Hollow Eggs Join Carol Bulmer in this longtime tradition of decorating hollow eggs for the spring season. Paints and other fun items will be available to decorate the eggs. Each person/family will leave with five eggs and a branch for an egg tree at home. 

    Saturday, March 28, 1-3 p.m.
    $15 Garden members, $20 non-members. (fee includes $5 material fee) (more…)