Donate toys for hospitalized children

Sandy Springs’ four fire stations and police headquarters are taking unwrapped toys for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite this holiday season. Donations may be made until Dec. 21 at the following locations:

• Sandy Springs Fire Station #1, 1425 Spalding Drive

• Sandy Springs Fire Station #2, 139 Johnson Ferry Road

• Sandy Springs Fire Station #3, 6025 Heards Road

• Sandy Springs Fire Station #4, 4697 Wieuca Road

• Sandy Springs Police Department Headquarters, 5995 Barfield Road.

Children’s Healthcare serves patients from infants through 21 years of age. The toys will be delivered by the city’s fire and police personnel to patients during the holidays.

Display on city history nominated for award

Although not officially open, the new exhibit “Sandy Springs: Land and People” in the historic Williams-Payne House has been nominated for a Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) award.

The display, which was organized by nonprofit Heritage Sandy Springs, chronicles the city’s history from its original Indian inhabitants to its 2005 incorporation. It was opened in September for a sneak peek during the Sandy Springs Festival but will have a grand opening in February 2010 to coincide with the release of a new book on the city’s history.

“We are honored to nominate the ‘Sandy Springs: Land and People’ exhibit for a GAMG award,” said Callie McLean, project manager with the History Workshop, which worked with Heritage Sandy Springs on the project. “[The exhibit] is the only one that tells the story [of the city], helping to create a cultural identity for a city with growing importance. Heritage Sandy Springs’ Kimberly Brigance worked tirelessly to produce a high-quality exhibit within a small budget.”

GAMG will decide award recipients at its annual conference held in Thomasville Jan. 20-22.

Admission to the exhibit is free, but tours must be arranged in advance. To schedule a tour please call (404) 851-9111, ext. 200, or email at

Heritage Sandy Springs awards volunteers

On Nov. 19, Heritage Sandy Springs hosted its annual volunteer recognition. Around 75 members gathered to honor the following recipients:

• Garnett Cobb Outstanding Volunteer Award: Morris Moore

• Volunteer of the Year: Dianne Mitchell

• James Kambourian Landscape Award: Optech Monette, LLC

• Youth Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Burkholder

• Historic Preservation Award: Betsy Harrington

• Community Partner Award: Sandy Springs Society; Henderson-Shapiro

• President’s Award: Molly Graham

“Garnett Cobb played an instrumental role in my decision to volunteer at Heritage Sandy Springs, and being the recipient of the 2009 Garnet Cobb Outstanding Volunteer Award means a great deal to me,” Moore said.

“Sandy Springs has always been my home and to think I might have helped in my community through Heritage Sandy Springs is very rewarding.”

For more information about the event or the recipients, call (404) 851-9111.

City looks to complete new trails

A project to construct approximately two miles of hiking trail at the Island Ford Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is nearly complete. This project is a cooperative effort of the city of Sandy Springs, the National Park Service and Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources.