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Column: Lifespan Resources hosting WWII oral histories
by Sally F. White
July 09, 2014 09:19 AM | 3364 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Buckhead-based Lifespan Resources volunteer organization is hosting a series of six free weekly Great American Heroes of World War II oral histories Thursday through Aug. 14 at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Local veterans and representatives of deceased veterans will relate their personal war stories in the hour-long sessions starting at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Featured speakers are: Zellie Rainey Orr, a renowned researcher, historian and president of the Atlanta chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen; Richard Sadler, a decorated British Royal Marine who fought in the D-Day battle; Buck Marsh, author of “Reflections of an WWII Infantry Man;” Lt. Col. Frank H. Ruhmann, a U.S. Army ordinance research and development officer and inventor of a mechanical time-fuse setter; Sid Stein, a lecturer whose family members have passed along stories of their lives in action to win WWII; and Fletcher Thompson, veteran of WWII and the Korean War with air-sea search and rescue.

Co-chairs Jill Berry and Jade Slover are sourcing and coordinating the lecture series through the Atlanta World War II Round Table and its members.

Since 1981 Lifespan has partnered with North Atlanta Senior Services, a consortium of local houses of worship and various community service organizations and businesses to sponsor programs to enable independent living and opportunities for retired seniors to use their knowledge, skills and experience through life-enriching programs and special services.

It relies on individual donations of time and financial support from the Atlanta community it serves.

Information: (404) 237-7307 or

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July 19 and 20, Paris on Ponce, a 46,000-square-foot home décor and retail space with a 4,600-square-foot event venue inside called Le Maison Rouge, will celebrate Bastille Day with two days of public happenings. The event also will include a chic and unique collection of pop-up boutiques representing several dozen independent curators, collectors and designers.

Located near the 22-mile BeltLine area of sustainable parks and trails, the colorful Paris on Ponce activities are timed to mark Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of the Bastille July 14, 1789, which signalled the end of the absolute monarchy and the birth of the First Republic. Celebrated as a French national holiday, it is equivalent to the U.S. July 4.

Vendors have worked for months seeking treasures from High Point to Brimfield, from European flea markets to the studios of artists and craft workers around the world.

Free events both days will offer shoppers and visitors added excitement such as aerialists and tumbling circus fun, burlesque dancers, French-inspired films, roaming musicians, a scavenger hunt, a Great Grilled Cheese Off, magic and puppet shows, drinks and treats, puppy adoptions, French bulldog and pug costume contests and a raffle for a trip to Paris.

After 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, a limited seating area will feature lively Le Maison Rouge cabaret and musical events, respectively.

All of this French fun is free with requests for donations and raffle tickets to benefit two Atlanta nonprofits — LifeLine, offering homeless pet adoptions and low-cost spay and neuter services, and Haven House, a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Information: (404) 249-9965 or

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The Atlanta-based 2014 National Black Arts Festival is introducing a new facet to its summertime program schedule with the Brave New Voices Institute program coordinated with the San Francisco spoken-word powerhouse Youth Speaks.

An intensive training session will be offered July 21 through Aug. 1 for Atlanta teenagers who have submitted audition videos showing their talent in the spoken and written word with recording performances of a monologue, rap, poem or other spoken-word piece.

Thirty of the accepted students will take part in the two-week workshop in creative writing and spoken word.

A special two-day teachers’ program leading up to the classes is being headed by Youth Speaks founder James Kass, nationally recognized teaching artist Chinaka Hodge and poetry slam champion Danez Smith.

The training will culminate before a live audience Aug. 2 with a Youth Speaks poetry slam performance free and open to the public at the new Center for Civil and Human Rights on Ivan Allen Boulevard in downtown Atlanta.

The auditions to participate are open to Atlanta youth by appointment or teens can submit video auditions via the festival’s website below.

The festival is the longest-running, multi-disciplinary arts festival of the African diaspora in the world. For 26 years it has presented a series of events and exhibitions from renowned legends as well as emerging young artists to engage and inspire the public.

Created in 1987 by the Fulton County Arts Council, it is supported by an annual operating grant from the council, along with other funding from public agencies, private foundations and through corporate sponsorships, merchandising, memberships and ticket sales.

Information: (404) 730-7315 or

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The Atlanta Boy Choir is hosting its annual Singin’ and Soccer Summer Camp for boys 7 to 13 at its Druid Hills headquarters July 21 through 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The camp combines discovering boys’ singing talents and perfecting soccer and basketball skills plus other activities for the less athletically inclined.

Once again, the famed Italian soccer star Marco Seta, who lives in Georgia, is volunteering to help train the youngsters who love to sing and to play soccer. Fletcher Wolfe, the choir’s founder and director, will oversee the camp and vocal training. He said the summer camp is designed to inspire talented young male singers and encourage them to join the performing choir group to develop their musical interests. Every camp participant will be auditioned for the choir.

The two-acre headquarters and outdoor site for the camp is just across from Springdale Park on South Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Druid Hills area.

The Grammy Award-winning choir has just returned from a concert tour of Poland and the Czech Republic.

Incorporated in 1959, it has developed into one of Atlanta’s premier arts organizations. In that time the choir has sung around the world in prestigious international festivals, concert halls, cathedrals and other top venues.

Many graduates of the program have gone on to win fame with their voices and their sports abilities.

The camp is open by reservation at a minimal $50 fee.

Information and reservations: (404) 378-0064 or

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