The kindergarten thru 12th grade program for the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) will host the 2010 Youth Architecture Fair at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 5:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Architecture in Nature.” Elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers throughout the state of Georgia are invited to this event. The purpose of this year’s fair is to enlighten students educators about architecture and green-friendly design, inform them about the career possibilities in architecture and foster interaction between students and architects. After the conclusion of the fair at 5:30 pm, the architect for the LEED-accredited visitors’ center and Canopy Walk will meet in the lobby of the visitor’s center to lead a free tour of both projects. All student participants, any accompanying teachers and mentor architects will receive free one-day admission to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with their attendance at the Youth Architecture Fair. Half-price one-day admission is offered for the families of student participants. www.aiaatlanta.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host its annual black-tie fundraising gala, Water For Life: A Timeless Affair on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The evening will commence with a sunset wine and cocktail hour on the Dinosaur Plaza followed by dinner in the Great Hall. Tony Brewer & Company will transform the museum with water-inspired décor, and there will be live music by Party Nation. Guests will also get to see the new exhibit Water: H20=Life, which opens earlier that day. The ball will honor long-time museum benefactors, Sherri and Jess Crawford, who have both been influential in Fernbank’s success. Becky Blalock and Craig Ramsey will serve as Corporate Chairs of this year’s A Timeless Affair, and Laura and Rutherford Seydel will serve as Patron Party Hosts, welcoming the ball’s patrons and sponsors to their home, EcoManor, on Sept. 16. For more information, call (404) 929-6376 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Pace Academy invites the entire community to this harvest season’s Old-Fashioned Fall Fair, Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, on the Pace campus at 966 W. Paces Ferry Road.  This popular tradition attracts more than 9,000 area residents each year for games, rides and family fun for all ages. Attractions will include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, organic farmer’s market, cake walk, karaoke, haunted house, bungee jumping, book sale and Atlanta Braves Batting Cages. The fair will also offer delicious food and refreshments. Parking will be available at the Church of the Apostles, 3585 Northside Parkway.  Shuttles leave every 10 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call (404) 240-7411 or visit www.paceacademy.org.

Gourmet gingersnap cookie company Susansnaps hosts Sweets for Smiles, benefiting the Susan Carver Foundation for cancer patient gifts, Oct. 1-2. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Susansnaps Spice Cake slices ($4) and gingersnap “Snack Packs” ($5.50) will be donated to the foundation. For every $2 raised, a bag of gingersnaps will be given to cancer patients going through treatment during the holidays. For more information, call (404) 497-9210 or visit www.susansnaps.com.

In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, Northside Hospital will host the 2010 Atlanta Walk to Remember, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs.  Parents, families, friends and health care professionals are encouraged to attend – to remember the babies that they’ve lost and to help raise public awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. The event will begin with a formal program and include T-shirt and car magnet sales, a half-mile walk through the office park and a balloon release. Anyone whose life has been touch by perinatal loss is welcome to participate. Children are welcome. While the event is free to participate, donations will be accepted.  Proceeds benefit the enrolling of more Atlanta nurses in RTS Bereavement Training classes for perinatal loss. To register for the walk or to make a donation, please call Tara Spolan at (770) 442-8995 or visit www.atlantapnl.com.

The Woodruff Arts Center has again partnered with Target to present the 3rd annual Target Free Family Day at The Woodruff Arts Center. Visitors will experience the best family programming from each of the Center’s Divisions – Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Admission is free. For more information, call (866) 449-5165 or visit www.woodruffcenter.org/target.

The St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead will be the new site of Skyland Trail’s Benefits of Laughter, A Seriously Funny Night, the principal fund-raising event of the nationally acclaimed mental health treatment organization. On Thursday, Oct. 21, supporters will enjoy a cocktail reception, formal dinner created for the occasion by the St. Regis chefs and entertainment by Comedy Central personality John Heffron. For more information, including reservations and sponsorships, contact Ashley Vance at (678) 686-5905 or avance@skylandtrail.org.

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s upcoming Numbers Too Big to Ignore fundraising luncheon will take place on Oct. 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Over 1,400 men and women will attend the event, which raises funds to support AWF’s work to end the generational cycle of poverty for women and girls in Atlanta. Malaak Compton-Rock, author of If It Takes a Village, Build One, will speak about her book and how to create a spirit of activism and philanthropy at home and in the community. For more information, visit www.toobigtoignore.org.

AtlCares Fundraising Banquet will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event will feature live music, art gallery, a silent auction and the creations of up-and-coming designers in a Walk-Thru fashion show. This event was created to give local artists a platform to shine while using proceeds to benefit three other non-profit organizations. Tickets are $35. For more information visit, www.atlcares.com.

Garden historian James R. Cothran will discuss his new book, Charleston Gardens and the Landscape Legacy of Loutrel Briggs, on Wednesday, Oct.13, at 7 p.m. followed by a book signing and Charleston-inspired reception. This special evening will be held at the Atlanta History Center and is a fundraising event for the endowment of the Cherokee Garden Library. Admission is $35 individual; $50 couple. For more information, call (404) 814-4046 or email scatron@atlantahistorycenter.com

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.