Podcasts for commuting

While a commute to work can be long and traffic-filled, they provide the perfect opportunity to experiment with new forms of media and learn something new on your way to work. Podcasts are great resources to draw inspiration from compared to other media because they are able to spread information and share ideas quickly and efficiently and ultimately, are an engaging form of entertainment. Listen to the recommendations below to learn tips about life and your career, catch up with current trends or simply discover something new.

Podcasts recommendations:

  1. “The Anxiety Coaches Podcast” 

After a long year, relax to Gina Ryan’s voice as she shares how to make lifestyle changes to calm your nervous system and help with anxiety, panic and PTSD.

2. “Magic Lessons” 

In every episode, Elizabeth Gilbert helps a different figure how to work through their creative blocks. This podcast was originally geared towards artists, but the advice Gilbert gives is useful to anyone looking for more creativity or confidence in his or her work.

3. “No Limits” with Rebecca Jarvis

In this podcast, Rebecca Jarvis profiles women in every episode who are building empires and succeeding in their careers, inspiring and giving advice to others who are planning their next career move.

4. “48 Days to the Work You Love”

This podcast by Dan Miller details 48-day programs to help you transform your career and life by identifying and tapping into your natural skills and abilities.

5. “The Broad Experience

New York-based journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte’s show hosts a conversation about women, the workplace and success by tackling topics like learning how to delegate and be more productive to racial discrimination and sexual harassment at work.

6.  “My Favorite Murder

For those who want a more thrilling podcast experience, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tackle harrowing stories of various murders on this crime comedy show.

7. “Invisibilia

This NPR show is about the “unseeable forces [that] control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions.” Meaning “invisible things” in Latin, the podcast combines narrative storytelling with science, and it will have you reconsidering everything you think you may know about life.

8. Georgia Tech Research Podcasts

Last but not least, what better way to spend your commute than to learn about the new research and innovations happening on our own campus?


Helping your dog adjust to the return to normal

After over a year of near-constant companionship, your pooch may show signs of separation anxiety when you’re away. As you begin venturing out into the world again, follow these tips to help your dog readjust to time apart.

  • Spend time apart. Start by hanging out in a separate room from your dog and gradually build up to leaving them at home for extended periods of time.
  • Keep them busy. Make sure to provide your dog plenty of exercise (like a nice walk or vigorous play) to burn of excess energy. Keep them engaged while you’re away by providing puzzle and chew toys.
  • Don’t stress. Your dog recognizes when you’re stressed and will follow your lead. Stay relaxed and act normally when you leave.



Meet the New COESCAC Chair

Name: Caitlin Buro

Title: Senior Development Assistant – ECE

How long have you been at Georgia Tech (roles)? I began working at Georgia Tech in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2016 as a Development Assistant overseeing donor visits, expenses, and reporting for the office of Development within ECE. I now manage our corporate affiliates program, ECE ACCESS, our bi-annual career fairs, and all corporate recruiting through the school. Working closely with the Director of Corporate Development in ECE, we cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with companies interested in partnering with ECE.

What attracted you to Georgia Tech? Georgia Tech is an internationally recognized premiere institution of research, education, and innovation. What our alumni have accomplished and what our students accomplish while working toward their degrees are so inspiring. I wanted to be a part of this community and help in whatever way I could!  

Why do you think culture is important? Culture is how our staff feel supported, and an unsupportive staff cannot complete the goals that are necessary for the advancement of the Institute. Culture sets the tone for the organization, which is why it is so important to instill a culture that is both malleable and consistent; that we can adapt to unprecedented moments in history but that our commitment to the mission of the Institute and our individual units are unwavering. I have been so impressed with the way our culture within COE has adapted to meet the needs of our staff and look forward to seeing it change as we move forward.

What does COESCAC mean to you? COESCAC is here to serve as a means for advocacy for our staff, addressing the needs and concerns across the college. Being a representative for the School of ECE and getting the opportunity to hear from representatives from other schools has been such a wonderful way to really see all that our college can offer.

Any last thoughts? I am so proud of the staff within the College of Engineering and how we have managed the last year and a half. Though it has been stressful, at times heartbreaking, and very much a unique situation, the staff in the College of Engineering has handled it with grace and courage. This moment has allowed me to connect with colleagues I might not have ever connected with prior to the pandemic and, in this very specific way, I am grateful for the opportunity. Georgia Tech has incredible faculty, incredible students, but I am most proud of our absolutely incredible staff. Thank you!

Tips and Tricks for Returning to Campus…

After a year of working from home, the idea of returning to an office might fill you with a mix of emotions from excitement to anxiety. While returning to the workplace can provide many benefits like decreased loneliness, increased productivity, team bonding and more, there will be a readjustment period as people transition their daily routines. Here are some tips & tricks to help ease back your return to campus:

1. Limit Distractions  

    • Place phone on silent
    • Wear noise-cancelling headphones
    • Ask for space from co-workers if working in open area when needed
    • To limit the number of distractions when working on a project requiring your undivided attention, post a sign on your door or cubicle to let visitors know you are engaged in a project and when you expect to be free

2. Start adjusting your routine even while you are at home.

      • Slowly adjust your sleep schedule.
      • Set your alarm earlier to account for your commute.
      • Return to your pre-pandemic pre-work routine.
      • Practice meal prepping and packing a lunch instead of just hitting the fridge.
      • If you have been enjoying a lunchtime workout, consider where your workout will fit into your day once you go back to the office.
      • Have a conversation with your children about how your return to the office will affect them.
      • Separate non-work activities from work activities.

3. Make Yourself at Home

One of the most jarring things about leaving the comforts of your home office is the at-home conveniences you have become accustomed to. Ease the transition by finding a couple of ways to make your office feel more familiar. Things like bringing in a small plant or stocking your space with your favorite tea or even keeping a blanket on hand.  Speak with your manager to learn what options exist for a more ergonomic workspace. 

  • Stick to Your Routine

After returning to an environment of drop-bys and impromptu meetings, trying to stick to some semblance of the familiar routine you have become accustomed to will help you be as productive as possible. For example – If you prefer to set aside time in the afternoon to tackle major projects, do not hesitate to communicate this preference to your manager and co-workers.

  • Be Transparent

Being productive in a remote work environment demanded constant and proactive communication with your team members. Likewise, when you return to the office, it can be tempting to assume that everyone is on the same page (or that people will pop in if they need anything) and to relax your communication a bit.  However, do not fall into this trap. Maintaining the detailed communication that you have been using helps prevent misunderstandings and furthers trust among your team.

  • Branch Out, Within Reason

Perhaps the biggest shift of all is going from isolation (and quiet) to an office buzzing with activity and chatter. While that can be a welcome change, it can also be tough to keep up the same level of productivity when you are suddenly surrounded by side conversations.  Incidentally, a little self-discipline is critical to workplace socialization. Try blocking out time to connect with colleagues and (diplomatically) being clear when you need time to yourself. This approach not only allows you to focus on your work, it also puts you in control of a situation that could otherwise feel overwhelming.

There is no doubt that working remotely is great. While the adjustments of returning to an office setting may initially be overwhelming, with practice and patience you can find success and satisfaction on “the inside,” too.

4. Stock the Desk 

After the 2020 Pandemic and the very abrupt pause to our normal lives, we are all welcoming the beginning of our new norm!  Returning to Campus will be a combination of mixed emotions, however as we have all displayed our resilience in the telecommuting transition, we are equipped to now shift gears as the dedicated, determined, and dependable GT Employees we are.   One of the major perks of working from home is having everything you might need throughout the day right at your fingertips; snacks, listen to music and a cozy sweater for comfort.  Let’s together ‘Stock the Desk’ and apply the very comforts of our home success as we return to our offices.  Take stock of what is available at the office; then, make sure you prepare your desk with whatever else you might need to feel comfortable and do your best work—like headphones, your daily planner, a reusable water bottle, healthy snacks, or an extra phone charger.

These essentials are a sure winner for a successful transition back to the office!

5. Stick to Your Routine

As we prepare to ease back into the on-campus office setting we should be thinking about our evening and morning routines, as having (and sticking to) a routine can make all the difference in being organized, achieving goals, and maintaining a clear and positive mindset.

  • Get enough sleep! Feeling your best each day all starts with a good night’s rest – getting that 8 hours is key!  Waking up earlier than necessary can give you some extra time to do things like exercise, eat breakfast and plan the day ahead of you.
  • Evaluate/reevaluate your to-do list the night before.
  • Decide what you will wear to work the night before.
  • Set aside the first hour or so of your work day to blast through those emails.
  • Block off your calendar for two hours (give or take) each day to work on your most important tasks…without interruptions.
  • It’s okay to let your coworkers know when you need uninterrupted time to focus (simply communicate this to them and they’ll be less likely to disturb you).
  • Most importantly – remember to take breaks!

Meal Prep

A good meal prep strategy can be an invaluable resource for reducing unnecessary stress when transitioning from working at home to in the office. In addition to saving time and money, meal prepping is a great way to ensure you are getting a variety of foods into your diet, learning to eat proper portions, and developing a more mindful, energy-focused pattern of eating.   Numerous online resources and free phone apps are available to assist with identifying an effective strategy that meets your individual needs.  Below are some tips for successful meal prepping.   

Meal Prepping Tips

1.Keep it simple – develop a system you are comfortable with and can rely on.

a.Start a calendar of what you would like to cook/eat throughout the month.

b.Create a repository of successful meals/recipes (favorites, easiest to prep, best recipes for a rainy day, etc.)

c.Utilize templates or meal themes (make it fun!) to generate ideas and simplify planning (e.g. sheet pan meals, 3 ingredient meals, etc.).

2. Consider each food group – grains, lean proteins, fresh fruit, vegetables, healthy fats (almond butter, walnuts, tahini, etc.).

3. Utilize the weekend for batch cooking – Cook staple components of meals all at once (Sundays are a popular day to chop and roast vegetables, cook a batch of quinoa, boil eggs, etc. to be used in meals throughout the week).

4. Invest in storage containers of multiple sizes for portable lunches and leftovers. These don’t need to be expensive. Most supermarkets have great, affordable options.

5. Keep a well-stocked pantry of frequently used ingredients, but don’t overstuff your pantry – the goal is to make it easy to draw on items from your pantry for recipes, but not have your pantry so overstuffed that you can’t find what you need or items end up going bad (grains, legumes, oils, nuts, canned goods, etc.)

6. Invest in a pressure cooker (major time-saver and enables you to focus on other activities while preparing meal components).

7. Utilize free apps, such as One Note, to keep a running shopping list that you can recycle or add to as needed.   

COE Cares Goes on Vacation

As summer started and life on campus slowed down, many CoE employees took the opportunity to get some much-needed R&R and go on vacation. Take a glimpse into different CoE member’s trips below and draw some inspiration for your next vacation!


  1. Rosemary Beach, FL on 30A 

Georgia Parmelee (Communications Program Manager) recently went on vacation to Rosemary Beach with her family.

2. Hawaii

Vickie Brian (Assistant Director of Administrative Operations) recently went on vacation to Hawaii with her family.

3. Destin, FL

Amanda Ford (Graduate Programs Manager) recently took a trip to the beach in Destin, FL.


April and May New Hires

Home Department Name Service Date Job Title
Aerospace Engineering Manjunatha, Hemanth 4/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Aerospace Engineering Magnus, Sandra 4/1/2021 Professor of the Practice
Aerospace Engineering Chase, Lakieara 4/28/2021 Financial Admin I
Aerospace Engineering Ball, Tiaira 5/1/2021 Admin Professional III
Aerospace Engineering Cattafesta, Nicholas A 5/19/2021 Financial Admin I
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Chan, Leslie W 4/1/2021 Visiting Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Roberts, Leslie J 4/1/2021 Development Asst Sr
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Tiwari, Bhawnath 4/15/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Banerjee, Sayan 4/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Lee, Won Hee 5/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Sadeqi, Aydin 5/10/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Electrical & Computer Engr Makransky, Eligio 4/1/2021 Research Engineer I
Electrical & Computer Engr Miranda, Alexander W 4/15/2021 Senior Research Scientist
Electrical & Computer Engr Kneeland, Kathy 4/19/2021 Financial Mgr II
Industrial & Systems Engr Bai, Peiliang 5/24/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Industrial & Systems Engr Calhoun, Emma 5/10/2021 Employee Connections Coord I
Materials Science & Engr Qian, Xin 4/15/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Javadi, Ardalan 4/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Rodeheaver, Nathan A 5/17/2021 Research Engineer I
Mechanical Engineering Wei, Yaochi 4/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Xia, Yiwei 4/1/2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Blevins, Jacob 5/17/2021 Lab & Facilities Coordinator


May and June Service Anniversaries

Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Lu, Yang 6/22/2020 Postdoctoral Fellow
Electrical & Computer Engr Driskell, Charles G 6/1/2020 Research Engineer I
Civil & Environmental Engr Huang, Chaoyang 5/18/2020 Laboratory Mgr I
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Kamaleswaran, Rishikesan 5/3/2020 Adjunct Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Pandarinath, Chethan 6/29/2016 Adjunct Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engr Irving, Yushondra Eve 6/20/2016 Faculty Support Coord
Mechanical Engineering Hefferon, Shana D 6/13/2016 Program & Ops Mgr
Aerospace Engineering Phillips, Christina Cowart 6/9/2016 Financial Mgr I
Mechanical Engineering Cho, Shinae 6/8/2016 HR Consultant
Aerospace Engineering Creese, Anna 6/6/2016 Research Associate I-NE
Mechanical Engineering Thurman, Tory 6/1/2016 Financial Admin II
Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Galfond, Benjamin T 6/1/2016 Assoc Academic Professional
Chemical and Biomolecular Engr Feliciano, Luz 5/31/2016 IT Support Prof II
Aerospace Engineering Henderson, Lydia Venese 5/31/2016 Corporate Relations Mgr
Mechanical Engineering Young, Aaron J 5/16/2016 Assistant Professor
Aerospace Systems Design Lab Sudol, Alicia Margaret 5/16/2016 Research Engineer II
Civil & Environmental Engr Berendes, David Michael 5/16/2016 Adjunct Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Nezafati, Maysam 5/15/2016 Lecturer
Electrical & Computer Engr Pearson, Alexander C 5/9/2016 Test Technician II
Aerospace Engineering Wright, Tamecia 5/9/2016 HR Consultant
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Dahlman, James E 5/1/2016 Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Singer, Annabelle Catherine 5/1/2016 Assistant Professor
Industrial & Systems Engr Wimberly, Meka S 6/20/2011 Project Support Spec Sr
Electrical & Computer Engr Summer, Dylan Harrison 5/31/2011 Quality Mgt Analyst
Mechanical Engineering Erturk, Alper 5/16/2011 Professor
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Siefert, Andrew William 5/16/2011 Research Engineer I – NE
Materials Science & Engr Kennedy, Gregory B 5/2/2011 Research Scientist II
Biomedical Engr, GT/Emory Davis, Michael Elliot 5/1/2006 Adjunct Assistant Professor
Aerospace Systems Design Lab Wilson, Miyako 6/12/2001 Research Engineer I
Aerospace Systems Design Lab Kirby, Michelle R 6/1/2001 Senior Research Engineer
Materials Science & Engr Blackwell, Dracy R 5/2/2001 Academic Advising Mgr
Electrical & Computer Engr Milor, Linda S 5/1/2001 Professor
Engineered Biosystems Zachery, Carla Ward 5/8/1996 Dir-Business Ops
Industrial & Systems Engr Shapiro, Alexander 6/24/1991 Professor

FARMERS MARKETS From Alpharetta to Woodstock

2021 FARMERS MARKETS From Alpharetta to Woodstock
All markets have some COVID protocols in place. Expect lots of hand washing, no sampling and masks being required or requested.

Alpharetta Farmers Market Opens April 3; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays
North and South Broad streets in front of City Center, alongside Town Green; alpharettafarmersmarket.com
Free parking is available in the City Center and Milton Avenue parking decks, and at Alpharetta Baptist Church on Old Roswell Street. There’s also easy pedestrian access across Main Street. The market has nearly 100 vendors and offers live music.

Avondale Estates Farmers Market Open year-round; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays
22 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates; avondaleestatesfarmersmarket.org
The market has expanded. It features more than 30 vendors, including some with produce, homemade baked items, handcrafted goods and prepared foods. The Georgia-based vendors give shoppers a variety of items to shop each week. The market is open rain or shine.

Brookhaven Farmers Market Opens March 20; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays
1375 Fernwood Circle, Brookhaven; brookhavenfarmersmarket.com
There will be more than 40 vendors, both new and returning at the market this year.

Castleberry Farmers Market Opens April 19, running through Nov. 8; 4-7 p.m. Mondays
492 Larkin Place, Atlanta; castleberryfarmersmarket.org
This is the second full year for the Castleberry Farmers Market, which expects to have 10-15 vendors, with some vendors participating weekly while others participate biweekly or monthly. The market doubles Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Electronic Benefit Transfer amounts.

Cotton Mill Farmers Market Open year-round; 9-11 a.m. Saturdays through March
609 Dixie St., Carrollton; cottonmillfarmersmarket.org
The market celebrates its 20th year, with vendors from within a 50-mile radius offering produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, honey, jams and arts and crafts. SNAP/EBT benefits are doubled through the Georgia Fresh for Less program, starting in April.

Coweta County Farmers Market Opens June 5; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
Asa M. Powell Senior Expo Center, 197 Temple Ave., Newnan; mainstreetnewnan.com/p/events/the-weekly-downtown-farmers-market
The first hour is reserved for senior shoppers or anyone who is medically fragile. Local farmers will be selling fruit and vegetables, homemade jams, jellies and fresh baked breads. There will be cut flowers, live plants, honey, mushroom, organic coffee and free-range duck and chicken eggs available.

Decatur Farmers Market Opens March 31; 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays
308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur; cfmatl.org/decatur
The market will have twice the number of vendors as before. Through a partnership with Wholesome Wave, Community Farmers Markets matches the amount of EBT dollars swiped with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.

Dunwoody Farmers Market Open through Dec. 18; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody; dunwoodyfarmersmkt.com
The market has expanded its season to ensure that customers have access to local farmers and food businesses without being in large crowds that would pose health risks.

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market Opens March 25; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays
572 Stokeswood Ave. SE, Atlanta; cfmatl.org/eav
Each week, the Treat Yo’ Shelf General Store will offer a variety of shelf-stable products from local vendors. The market will celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with a Plant 2 Plate event with Love Is Love Farm. Led by Wholesome Wave Georgia and Food Well Alliance, Georgia Plant 2 Plate provides households on SNAP with 50 percent off local fruit and vegetable plants with EBT, plus free gardening kits to grow fresh food at home. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.

East Point Farmers Market Open through December; 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays
2714 East Point St., East Point (1 block from the East Point MARTA station); facebook.com/EastPointFarmersMarket
The market doubles SNAP benefits for fruits, vegetables, and plants. Vendors offer fresh breads, meat, herbs, organic nuts/granola, eggs, all-natural skin care and soaps, handmade arts, crafts and jewelry, aromatherapy and more. There is live music to entertain shoppers.

Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center Open year-round; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Carter Center, 453 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, Atlanta; freedomfarmersmkt.org
The market is open rain or shine every Saturday of the year.

Fresh MARTA Markets cfmatl.org/marta
A winter market is being operated at four MARTA stations through early April. Regular hours will resume and the Bankhead Station will open the first week of April. Pantry items are available to customers courtesy of Urban Recipes, while supplies last. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.
West End Station, 680 Lee St. SW, Atlanta: Tuesdays. Open noon-4 p.m. March 16-30, 3-7 p.m. April 6-Dec. 14
H.E. Holmes Station, 70 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Atlanta. Wednesdays. Open noon-4 p.m. March 16-March 30, 3-7 p.m. April 7- Dec. 15 (closed Nov. 24)
Bankhead Station, 1335 Donald Hollowell Parkway, Atlanta. Wednesdays. Open 3-7 p.m. April 7-Dec. 15 (closed Nov. 24)
College Park Station, 3800 Main St., College Park. Thursdays. Open noon-4 p.m. March 4-April 1, 3-7 p.m. April 8-Dec 16 (closed Nov 25)
Five Points Station, 30 Alabama St. SW., Atlanta. Fridays. Open noon-4 p.m. Feb. 5-April 2, 3-7 p.m. April 9- Dec. 17 (closed Nov. 26)

Grant Park Farmers Market Open year-round; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays
Eventide Brewery, 1015 Grant St. SE, Atlanta; cfmatl.org/grantpark
The market has lots of flowers and produce, with tie-dye merchandise coming soon. The store offers a variety of shelf-stable products from local vendors. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and veggies.

Green Market at Piedmont Park Opens March 27; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays
Returns to 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Piedmont Park; piedmontpark.org/green-market
New vendors include Pinewood Springs Farm from Stockbridge and West Georgia Produce from Roopville. Other vendors include Furrowed Earth Farm from Griffin, Earth Dog Farm from Atlanta, DaySpring Dairy from Gallant, Southern Berkshire Farm from Westminster, South Carolina, and Wild Light Honey from Savannah. Shoppers also can find ready-to-eat or frozen pupusas from Buenos Dias Cafe, meal kits from Essential Meals, and a variety of plants and creative terrariums. Several additional jewelry and craft vendors will be on hand throughout the season.

Halcyon Farmers Market Opens March 16; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays
6365 Halcyon Way, Alpharetta; facebook.com/halcyonfarmersmarket
The market, located in the multi-use Halcyon development, will begin its second year with about 40 vendors, focused on locally grown and produced foods and wellness items. Products available include fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, seafoods, meats and dips. Free parking is available in the 1,200-space parking deck adjacent to the site.

Historic Downtown Acworth Farmers Market Opens April 9; 8 a.m.-noon Fridays
Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee St., Acworth; acworthparksandrecreation.org
The market offers a traditional mix of vendors selling vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies, beauty products, bedding plants, locally roasted coffee, cheese, beef, pork, lamb, goat, salmon, sausages, nuts and granola, boiled peanuts, spices and sauces.

Jonesboro Farmers Market Opens May 8; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays
155 Lee St., Jonesboro; jonesboroga.com
There is no charge for farmers and vendors to participate at the market, which makes it unique. Vendors include urban farmers with a variety of locally grown fresh fruits, microgreens and vegetables. Cottage food vendors offer an array of homemade products, such as canned goods, jams, jellies, honey, breads, cookies and cheesecakes. Also available are house plants and vegetable seedlings and crafts created by local artists. All items sold at the market must be locally or Georgia-grown, or homemade. Live food preparation/nutrition demonstrations will continue to be held on occasional market days.

Kennesaw Farmers Market Opening date and location to be determined. General dates are June-August. For updates, visit facebook.com/KennesawFarmersMarket
Lilburn Farmers Market May 7-Aug. 27; 4-7 p.m. Fridays
1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn; lilburnfarmersmarket.org
Celebrating 12 years, the market will continue to offer online purchases with contactless, drive-through pickup and local delivery available. Vendors also will be at the market for in-person sales. Special activities include live music and a chance to meet local community groups and learn about their causes. SNAP/EBT dollars are matched and doubled to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

Mableton Farmers Market The market plans to open June 3 and run through Aug. 12 (closed July 1); 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays
Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton; mableton.org/mableton-farmers-market
There will be fresh produce from local small farmers; fresh baked items; local honey; certified organically prepared gourmet nuts, energy bars, bites and mixes; a knife, scissors and tool sharpening vendor; and a jewelry maker. Cooking demonstrations will show quick and easy ways to prepare the produce sold at the market. The Cobb and Douglas County Public Health Department will be there to talk about healthy lifestyles for families. SNAP customer purchasing power will be doubled through the GA Fresh 4 Less program.

Marietta Square Farmers Market Open year-round; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays
41 Market St., Marietta; mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com
The Sunday market has been suspended. For people with health concerns, the market is open an hour early, 8-9 a.m.

Morningside Farmers Market Open year-round; 8-11:30 a.m. Saturdays
1411 N. Morningside Drive, Atlanta; facebook.com/morningsidefarmersmarket
This certified organic market has moved to a new location in the parking lot of Morningside Presbyterian Church, its first new location since the market opened in 1995. Vendors this year include Root Baking Co., Pulp, Cradleboard Creations and Thousand Hills Ranch.

Norcross Community Market Open for drive-through pickup of online orders 9-11 a.m. Saturdays; in-person opening date to be determined
Norcross City Hall parking lot, 65 Lawrenceville St., Norcross; norcrosscommunitymarket.com
Order online from Sunday mornings to 5 p.m. Thursdays. At Saturday pickup, stay in your vehicle and a market volunteer with bring your order to you.

Oakhurst Farmers Market Open year-round; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays
Sceptre Brewing Arts, 630 East Lake Drive, Decatur; cfmatl.org/oakhurst
The market is welcoming six more farms. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.
Peachtree City Farmers Market Open year-round; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays

Aberdeen Village Shopping Center, 215 Northlake Drive, Peachtree City; peachtreecitymarket.com
The market runs rain or shine and has about 60 vendors offering a variety of fresh produce, poultry, beef, pork, bread, sweet treats, honey, eggs, prepared foods, homemade bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, and candles. Live music is performed.

Peachtree Road Farmers Market Open through Dec. 18; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays
2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta; peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com
The 15th season for this large producer-only market, which has more than 50 vendors. All the farmers are certified organic or certified naturally grown. Holiday artist markets at the end of the year feature more than 25 local artists.

Ponce City Farmers Market Opens March 24; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays
The Shed on the Eastside Beltline trail, just outside Ponce City Market; cfmatl.org/poncecity
The market is moving to Wednesdays. Its location in the Shed allows for safe outdoor gathering. This year’s farms include Cosmos Farm, which is offering Community Supported Agriculture pickup at the market. Other weekly vendors include Dandelion Food & Goods, Georgia Peach Truck and Honey Next Door. The store will offer a variety of shelf-stable products from local vendors as well, including Georgia Grinders nut butters and Hopes Salsa. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.

Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market Open April 10 (subject to change) through October; 8 a.m.–noon Saturdays
Location to be determined roswellfam.com

Sandy Springs Farmers Market Opens April 17; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 25; 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 2-Nov. 20
City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs; citysprings.com/farmersmarket
Vendors provide an open-air opportunity to purchase fresh produce and artisan foods. Check the website often to keep up with new offerings.
Serenbe Farmers and Artists Market 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, serenbefarms.com/farmers-market
From 9 to 10 a.m., masks are required. From 10 a.m. to noon, masks are encouraged. Vendors offer local produce, meats and prepared foods in a large green space surrounded by plentiful trees, rather than an asphalt parking lot.

Snellville Farmers Market Open October through May, 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays of each month City Hall parking lot, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville
Open June 5-Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays Town Green in front of Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville; snellvillefarmersmarket.com
This producer-only market offers a variety of fresh local produce, pasture-raised meats, shrimp from the Georgia coast, local honey, eggs, baked goods, jellies, barbeque, made-to-order pizza, plants and cut flowers, as well as other locally made food products, bath and body care products, and a selection of local crafts.

Stone Mountain Farmers Market June 8-Aug. 31; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays
Municipal parking lot, 922 Main St., Stone Mountain; facebook.com/stonemountainfarmersmarket
Vendors include David’s Garden, Hungarian Pastries, Pearson Farms and B&C Farms from the village of Stone Mountain.

Suwanee Farmers Market Opens April 3; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays in April; 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May-October Winter market is twice a month through MarchSuwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee; suwanee.com/explore-suwanee/events/farmers-market
Sweet Apple Farmers and Artisans Market Open year-round; 2-5 p.m. Thursdays
320 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell; facebook.com/SweetAppleFarmersMarket

Tucker Farmers Market Online market open Fridays through Wednesdays, for pickup or delivery 4-6 p.m. Thursdays; in-person market opening date to be determined.
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 LaVista Road, Tucker; tuckerfarmersmarket.com
At this time, the market is pre-order only, with contactless pickup, or delivery available in the Tucker area. Order at localline.ca/tuckerfarmersmarket.

Vickery Village Farmers Market Open year-round; beginning March 18, spring-to-fall farmers market open 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays; beginning Nov. 6, winter market open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays
Vickery Village Courtyard, 5920 Post Road, Cumming; facebook.com/VVFarmersMarket
This is the fourth year for this market, which features local vendors and farmers who use organic growing practices or are Certified Naturally Grown.

Vinings Jubilee Farmers Market Open year-round, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays
4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings; facebook.com/viningsfarmersmarket
This new market, located at Vinings Jubilee, opened Oct. 1, 2020, and has been running weekly since. Local vendors include Ed Gaile BBQ, Alligator Pear Foods, Hometown Honey, Bernhards German Bakery and Pure Bliss Organics, as well as vendors with fresh produce, seafood, homemade baked goods, meats and sausages, dips and more.

Virginia-Highland Farmers Market Opens April 22; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays
Farm Burger parking lot, 1017 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta; cfmatl.org/virginia-highland
This new market will open on Earth Day. It’s a collaboration between Community Farmers Markets, Farm Burger and the Virginia-Highland District Association. The store will offer a variety of shelf-stable products from local vendors as well. Masks are required in the market space, and hand sanitizer is available at each entrance. Social distancing is encouraged, and many vendors offer touch-free checkout. The amount of EBT dollars swiped is matched with an equal amount of tokens for fruits and vegetables.

Woodstock Farm Fresh Market Opens April 17 and runs through Dec. 18; 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Market Street in downtown Woodstock, between Mill and Maple streets; visitwoodstockga.com/portfolio/farm-fresh-market
This year’s Saturday market will include events from the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, cooking demonstrations from local chefs and live music.
Check individual websites and Facebook pages because all times and dates are subject to change.
Source: https://www.ajc.com/things-to-do/your-complete-guide-to-2021-metro-atlanta-farmers-markets/3DKE6T6R2BGY5IHQDJV2XNQBI4/

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity virtual volunteering opportunities

The College of Engineering Diversity & Inclusion Council external relations subcommittee invites College faculty and staff to support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity through virtual volunteering opportunities. There are several ways that you can support Habitat’s build operations and homebuyers remotely.

Write a letter of support to a new Atlanta Habitat homebuyer.

  • Our homebuyers would love to hear from you! Write a handwritten letter or email of support and send it to a new Atlanta Habitat homebuyer.
  • Complete this Volunteer Preference form to be paired with a current homebuyer.

Sign a virtual beam for a new Atlanta Habitat homebuyer as part of the Beams of Hope campaign.

Build your hands-on project at home for an Atlanta Habitat homebuyer.

  • Complete a small craft project at home (building templates available) and donate it to a new Atlanta Habitat homebuyer or the ReStore. Kids can help too! Projects ideas include:
  • Any other small building projects you can imagine (must easily fit in a car).
  • Complete this Volunteer Preference form to be paired with a current homebuyer.
Become a stewardship volunteer.
  • Assist the development team in calling to thank Atlanta Habitat donors.
  • Must commit to volunteering in one-hour blocks.
  • More information will be provided when you sign up!