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School’s out and though many of us will be taking vacations here and there, that doesn’t mean our beloved city slows down. Here are a few things that went down in Atlanta this month that you need to know.

Bike Sharing Launches in Atlanta

Atlanta is having a bicycle renaissance, especially with events like June’s Atlanta Streets Alive, Atlanta Moon Ride and the Atlanta Cycling Festival. To celebrate the best kind of fun on two wheels, the city just launched its new bike sharing program, Relay. Interested cyclists can set up an account and have access to the one of the many bikes now available in the City of Atlanta. By the end of the year, Relay plans to include 500 bikes at 50 stations citywide.

Bike riders take to the streets during the launch of the city's new bike share system.

During the city’s launch of the new bike share system, Relay, cyclists rode downtown to celebrate the big day. Image: Bob Andres/AJC

Atlanta Vigil Honored Victims of Orlando’s Mass Shooting

Atlanta honored the 49 victims of the country’s worst mass shooting with a heartfelt, peaceful vigil right outside downtown’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Thousands of Atlantans gathered together to honor the victims as well as launch a call to action against hatred and violence directed at any group of people. A vigil held a few days earlier in Midtown at Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street drew hundreds of mourners, as well.

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Crowds gathered to pay respect to the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre, as well as stand in solidarity against violence and hatred. Image: WABE

TERMINUS Comes to a Close

The next generation of artists, filmmakers, game developers, creators and good ol’ fans gathered together for four days of workshops, screenings and parties in the unique event that is TERMINUS. Highlights include winning films like Undrafted (Best Feature Film), Captain Cyborn (Best Short Film) and Ghoul Kid (Best Game, Best Game Art, Fan Favorite). If you missed out on the fun this year, make sure to prepare for 2017’s event!

TERMINUS

TERMINUS has new-school products with old-school charm. Image: TERMINUS

The “Spirit of Atlanta” Heads to That Great Mural in the Sky

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s massive mural, “Spirit of Atlanta,” that greets arriving passengers who come up the escalators into the baggage claim will now be replaced with a massive digital screen displaying news, events and attractions around Atlanta. The mural, featuring happy children in Centennial Olympic Park, was created by artist Deborah Whitehouse more than 20 years ago and celebrates the ’96 Olympic Games.

Atlanta Airport mural

These kids have been welcoming folks to Atlanta for more than 20 years. Image: Curbed Atlanta

The Georgia Tech Foundation Purchases the Historic Biltmore

Adding to Georgia Institute of Technology’s innovative and growing Technology Square, the school recently purchased the historic Biltmore on West Peachtree Street in Midtown. The approximate 290,000-square-foot building is occupied mostly by engineering firms, energy companies and late-stage technology startups.

The Biltmore

The Biltmore is now part of Georgia Tech’s expanding Technology Square. Image: Georgia Tech

Donald Trump Speaks at the Fox Theatre

Regardless of your political affiliation, presidential craziness hit the fan when candidate Donald Trump arrived in town on June 15 for a fundraiser and rally at The Fox Theatre. Though police were ready for crowd control, things remained relatively calm.

The Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre hosted Donald Trump’s Georgia rally earlier this month. Image: Fox Theatre

Atlanta is bursting at the seams with interesting announcements and need-to-know news items. Keep us in the loop if you hear of something that needs to be shared by messaging us on social media.

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