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Celebrate the Chattahoochee River with Muse for Life

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- What's inspiring you today? Looking for ways to get involved in something that's environmentally friendly? Are you not entirely sure how to "live green?"

Join the staff of Muse for Life (205 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, 30328) on Saturday, Nov. 13 for a morning of hiking and cleaning up in celebration of the Chattahoochee River.

Participants will meet at Muse for Life at 10:00 a.m. and carpool to the White Water Creek area of the Chattahoochee River, where they will clean up and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. It's a great way to get a head start on a greener lifestyle.

For more information, call Muse for Life at 404-943-1063.

First Montessori School of Atlanta Sponsors Green Thumb 101

Embrace Nature in Your Own Backyard!

First Montessori School of Atlanta will sponsor "Green Thumb 101" Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The school is located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Atlanta.

"Green Thumb 101" is a series of free mini-presentations and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about hardscapes, container gardening, starting a vegetable garden, pruning trees and shrubs, and more.

For information about the day's activities, call 404.252.3910.

Volunteers to Clean Sections of Chattahoochee River

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Sept. 25, more than 300 volunteers will converge on the Chattahoochee River to participate in the world's largest one-day volunteer event: the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.

Associates from the Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Delta Airlines will join forces with Atlanta-area residents to remove trash and other debris from the Chattahoochee River at Columns Drive, Marietta; Johnson Ferry North, Marietta; Powers Island, Sandy Springs; and Sope Creek, Sandy Springs. The Coca-Cola Company has supported the ICC for the past 15 years; two years ago, Coca-Cola donated $1 million to the effort.

Last year, the ICC gathered about 7.4 million pounds of debris from more than 500,000 volunteers in 45 U.S. states and 108 countries.

The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m on Saturday and last until 1:00 p.m.

First Montessori School of Atlanta Helps Monitor Sandy Springs Water

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Fifteen students, aged six to 12, from First Montessori School of Atlanta participated in World Water Monitoring Day activities Sept. 15 at The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Preserve in the City of Sandy Springs.

According to Sandy Springs' stormwater utility manager David Chastant, the student volunteers performed tests for dissolved oxygen, pH, clarity and temperature. The tests indicate how healthy the water is for the animals that live in it. By comparing this year's results with those from last year, students learn the important role water plays in creating a good environment for all living creatures.

"We want our students to understand the complex relationship between people and the earth," said Jerri King, head of First Montessori School of Atlanta.