Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cyclorama & Civil War Museum Hosts Its First Halloween Event

In recognition of Halloween, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum will host its first Halloween event at the Cyclorama on October 31, 2009. The Cyclorama will create an atmosphere for families to bring their kids, of all ages, to trick or treat and have safe Halloween fun.

The event will feature renowned story teller Sylvia Hayes, a Halloween scavenger hunt, indoor trick-or-treat (candy giveaways) and special prizes. Hayes will recite her delightful renditions of Halloween ghost stories and excerpts from “Brer Rabbit” for your spooky entertainment. The Halloween scavenger hunt will began at 2pm, and the presentation, which features music and narration, will occur every hour from 10 am to 4pm before each guided tour.

The Cyclorama painting—42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference—is said to be the largest painting in the world. Its three dimensional diorama, surround sound, lighting and narration, enables the visitor a unique experience of “The Battle of Atlanta!” As your seats move around the painting, Atlanta’s colorful heritage is made possible with narration in English, German, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Take your place in history and enjoy Atlanta’s colorful heritage at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. Located in Historic Grant Park, there are guided tours from 9:15 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 12:15 pm – 3:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for military (w/ID), seniors and Atlanta Zoo members; $6.00 for children 6-12; and, FREE for children under 6 years old. Group rates are available and arrangements can be made for private receptions, dinners, lectures and meetings. For more information call (404) 658-7625 or visit Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum’s website www.atlantacyclorama.org .

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta’s cultural resources. In order to improve the social fabric and quality of life for Atlanta’s citizens and visitors, the Office is committed to nurturing excellence and diversity in the city’s artistic offerings. Acknowledging that the arts play an essential role in defining the cultural life of the city and contribute substantially to the city’s economy, our organization strives to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a cultural destination. The Office seeks to support programs that educate and expose the public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expression and aspires to make arts available to everyone.

About the Office of Cultural Affairs:
The City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta's cultural resources. The initial mission was to solidify the role that arts and other cultural resources play in defining and enhancing the social fabric and quality of life of Atlanta citizens and visitors. Today the OCA is working to enhance Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions through a variety of initiatives.

About the Public Art Program
The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) is charged with administering the development and management of public art projects for Atlanta. OCA/PAP also provides programs and services that support our arts community while improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fernbank Museum Celebrates Scouts at Family Fun Day

Fernbank Museum will offer a day devoted to Boy and Girl Scouts during the annual Scout Day on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fernbank educators will lead an archaeology open house, and community volunteers will lead discussions of science careers. Scouts in uniform also receive a special ticket price.

Featured Activities include:

Self- Guided Museum Tours
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore Fernbank’s exhibitions at your own pace. Explore Georgia’s regions and natural history in A Walk Through Time in Georgia; experience science first hand in Sensing Nature; and learn about the world’s largest dinosaurs in Giants of the Mesozoic.

Scouts can also learn the fascinating story of the world’s most desired metal—its natural beauty, unique scientific properties, and its influence in shaping global history—by visiting the special exhibition GOLD.

Career Chats
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Are you curious about a career in science? Meet scientists and community volunteers from many scientific fields. Learn about what they do, how they got there, and what it’s like to be a scientist.

Archaeology Open House
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Naturalist Center
Archaeology is an exciting science that takes place all over the world, even right outside your backdoor. Discover the archaeological process with hands-on activities and learn how archaeologists sift through the past to unearth our history.

Storytelling
Noon, Auditorium
Enjoy exciting tales about the natural world with Fernbank’s storyteller-in-residence, Rob Cleveland. Suitable for children ages 3 and up.

Scout Day activities are included with Museum admission and are available to all visitors. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, $13 for children ages 3-12, and free for Museum members and children 2 years old and younger. Special Scouts-Only Offer: Scouts in uniform can visit the Museum on Scout Day for $7!* Scouts can download special badge activities at fernbankmuseum.org before their visit.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For tickets, call 404.929.6400 or visit fernbankmuseum.org.

*Discount available to children in Scout uniforms only. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount. Valid November 14, 2009 only.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fernbank Museum Conjures Adult Halloween Fun

Second Annual Fright Night Event Offers Chills, Thrills and Spooky Fun

Fernbank Museum wants to share the trick-or-treating fun with adults this year at the second annual Martinis & IMAX® Fright Night on Friday, October 30.

On this fa-BOO-lous occasion, a spell is cast on Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails, turning Martinis & IMAX® into a hauntingly happy Halloween destination for adults. Highlights include:

· Professor Morte and the Silver Scream Spookshow Mon-stars performing spooky and kooky sideshow and magic acts.
· 92.9 dave fm will be hosting a costume contest, and Yvonne Monet will be spinning a variety of dance and cheeky-Halloween music.
· Live music by Van Halen cover band Van Heineken from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. will get guests in the mood to do the monster mash.
· Special food and drink menus including a Trick-or-Tini and Witches Brew martinis ; and The Fernbank Café will be serving up a delectable assortment of tasty bites including Poltergeist Potato Skins and Haunted House Pizza.
· And for one night only, the original “ghost with most” is back in action on the big screen with special screenings of Beetlejuice in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (Screenings will be in the IMAX® Theatre, but will not be in IMAX® format.)

Admission to Martinis & IMAX® Fright Night is included with cover charge tickets ($7 per person) or with the purchase of an IMAX® ticket ($12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $7 for members) or with the purchase of a ticket to Beetlejuice ($7).

Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets by calling 404.929.6400.

Visit fernbankmuseum.org/martinisandimax for more information on Martinis & IMAX® and additional upcoming theme nights.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. The Museum is accessible by Marta and also offers free parking.

Fernbank Museum Offers Pirate-themed Fun for Adults and Kids

Everyone knows a pirate likes gold, so in celebration of the special exhibition GOLD, Fernbank Museum is offering a Pirate Weekend.

For Adults

On Friday, November 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® hits the high seas for a Pirate Night. Guests can enjoy special Drunken Parrot martinis, a GOLD Gallery Treasure Hunt, live music by Tongo Hiti and special screening of The Goonies at 10 p.m. in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre. (This film will be presented in the IMAX® Theatre, but will not be projected in the IMAX® format.)

Admission to Pirate Night is included with the purchase of a Martinis & IMAX® film ticket. Prices are $12 for adults, $11 for students and seniors and $7 for members. Tickets for The Goonies are $7.

For a limited time only, receive a free GOLD admission ticket with the purchase of any Martinis & IMAX® ticket.

Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets by calling 404.929.6400.

For Families and Children

Families and children are invited for a Pirate Weekend, Saturday, November 7 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday, November 8 (noon to 3 p.m.), featuring two days of family-friendly, pirate-themed fun and games. Activities include temporary tattoos, a limbo contest, a Museum Treasure Hunt, a visit by the Georgia Bubbleman and more. Special prizes will be given to children wearing a pirate costume.

Pirate Weekend activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $13 for children ages 12 and under.

For tickets, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404.929.6400.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. The Museum is accessible by Marta and also offers free parking.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Christian City’s Pancake Breakfast and Autumn Days

Christian City is hosting our annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 7 from 8-10 am in the parking lot behind the Welcome Center at Christian City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at The Children’s Village or at the event. This will be a fun event for people of all ages! All of the proceeds will support our ministry of providing shelter, food, education, and care to the children who live at The Children’s Village.

After you’ve enjoyed our Pancake Breakfast, be sure to make your way down to Graceland Thrift Store to enjoy our Autumn Days Sale! This is a fantastic event where Graceland Thrift Store has great prices on new and used merchandise including holiday decorations. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event that helps pay for the education of the children at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Christian City has been caring for abandoned and abused children in a family centered residential setting since 1965. Over 1,000 children have called Christian City “home.” For more information about The Children’s Village, please call 770-703-2636 or visit www.christiancity.org.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Growing Up Green with Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales

Bob and Larry will once again make an appearance at The Rock Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 24 for Growing Up Green, featuring Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales.

In addition to enjoying The Rock Ranch’s many attractions like the pedal boats, pedal carts, giant slide, locomotive train, and others, guests will be able to have their photos taken with the popular Veggie Tales characters.

Various booths, presentations and demonstrations will also provide information about “green” topics such as alternative energy, recycling, composting and more. The keynote speaker is Danny Orlando with Energy Star – EPA, who was featured in the movie “Kilowatt ‘Ours,” seen by more than 73 million people.

A favorite activity of the day is the “Veggie 500” where guests work in teams to build and race cars made of vegetables. There will be series of races and the first-place winners will compete later in the afternoon for a grand prize.

There will also be an amazing birds of prey program conducted by Dale Arrowwood of Winged Ambassadors, a reptile show by Jason Clark of Animal Planet, and a photo scavenger hunt.

Special guests for this event are the Girl Scouts of America.

Admission to The Rock Ranch is $14 per person and $2-off coupons are available at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Fall Family Fun Days hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 14.

The Rock Ranch is a 1,250-acre cattle ranch owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy and is located at 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Ga. For directions, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374 or visit www.TheRockRanch.com.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Georgia National Fair Rides the Weather Roller Coaster Into One of Its 'Best' Years

The Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority and staff say "thank you" to the 416,709 Fairgoers who attended the 20th anniversary Georgia National Fair. Despite the weather roller coaster, Fairgoers continued to show their support for and celebrate "20 Years of Georgia's Best."The 2008 attendance was 407,136.

"The Fair was an extremely satisfying fourth quarter win with time running out," said Ransom Moore, executive director. "It was very satisfying for the entire staff to see the fruits of their labor rewarded with an increase of nearly 10,000 Fair patrons over last year."

The Georgia National Fair was proud to introduce its new Livestock Equine Arena which was used for the first time by Georgia's 4-H and FFA students showing heifers, steers, market swine, breeding gilts, breeding ewes, sheep, commercial dairy heifers, market lambs, and market goats.

"The new show arena was an endorsement of the state's commitment to youth agricultural programs," Moore said. "These junior livestock shows are one of the major reasons the Fairgrounds was built. We are thrilled to host these shows, plus competitions and/or rallies for TSA, FCCLA, and FBLA."

The increase in Fair attendance also was welcome news for the Reithoffer Shows (midway rides), food concessionaires, commercial vendors, and sponsors. Many reported record sales and were pleased with Georgia's Fairgoers. Several vendors and sponsors are anxious to renew their contracts for 2010.

"The Georgia National Fair's phenomenal success is due to the families and their friends who attend the Fair and participate in its many events," Moore said.

The Fair set four days of record attendance: October 8 (up 75 percent), October 9 (17 percent), October 13 (30 percent) and October 18 (11 percent).

The Fair staff looks forward to seeing everyone for the 21st Georgia National Fair, October 7-17, 2010.

The Georgia National Fair has been designated a "Top 50 Fair" by Amusement Business magazine and www.carnivalwarehouse.com. Since its beginning in 1990, the Georgia National Fair has won 81 awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for its livestock and horse events, competitive exhibits, and communications programs. The Fair has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society "Top 20 Event for October" 12 times (1991, 1996, 1997, 2000-2007, 2009). The Fair has received one "Special Events Directory and Events Business News Top 200 Event" award (1997). The Fair was designated one of Southern Living magazine's "Our Best 202 Things About the South First-Prize Fair" (2002).
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Airshow Blazes With New Acts... This Weekend!

Golden Knights, Harriers & Warbirds join forces to provide affordable family fun.

Precision parachuting, gravity-defying jets, thundering jet trucks and vintage warbirds mark the 12 edition of The Great Georgia Airshow (GGAS) to be held at Falcon Field Saturday, October 10th and Sunday October 11th. The aviation festival, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City and the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF), Dixie Wing, will again showcase modern and historic military aircraft, thrilling aerobatics and activities for the entire family.

“GGAS is a family friendly event, full of affordable activities for kids of all ages” said Bill Lasher, Airshow Director “A family of four will be able to attend for only $40. No where else in the Atlanta area can you find world-class family entertainment for this price.” Two day passes are available this year.

Leading the aerial line up of modern military aircraft is the Marine AV-8B Harrier II and Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt Demonstrations Teams. The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s precision parachute team, will be on hand to demonstrate the skill that has won the group 21 national championships and 8 world titles over the last 50 years. The Harrier is famous for its ability to hover, while the Thunderbolt is a twin-engine jet designed for close air support.

Aircraft and helicopters from the various branches will be available for inspection throughout the weekend.

Performing for the first time, the six-ship Red Show Air Show Team will perform dazzling aerobatics in Russian and Chinese-made trainers. Dare devil teams returning to GGAS are Red Eagle Air Sports, Kent Gordon and Greg Koontz. Neal Darnell’s always popular Flash-Fire Jet truck will thunder down the runway at 300 miles per hour!

In GGAS tradition, the CAF Dixie Wing will display its growing collection of classic WWII and Korean War-era aircraft. Based in Peachtree City, the group is the Georgia chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, a national non-profit dedicated to restoring and flying vintage American military aircraft as a tribute to America’s veterans.

Air shows nation wide have experienced a resurgence in attendance this year.

“Attendance at air shows across the country [is] expected to hit almost 14 million, up 20 percent from last year,” said CBS Evening News reporter Bill Whitaker.
CBS Evening News reported that the current state of the economy has prompted families to “stay closer to home and look for cost effective entertainment alternatives for the family.” Air shows seem to be the answer to this dilemma for many Americans. (CBS Evening News, Aug. 23, 2009)

Local community non-profit organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City, as well as school and scouting groups generate proceeds by supporting the Airshow. Kiwanis is a global service organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at selected Kroger stores beginning September 9th, 2009. Advance tickets are Adults $15, Children, ages 6-12, $5. Kids ages 5 and under get in free. After October 9th, tickets are available at the gate: Adults $18, Children, ages 6-12, $7. Two day passes are available this year at the gate: Adults $30, Children $10.

Gates open at 9:00 AM both days with a pre-show starting at noon and aerial performances from 1:00pm-5:00pm. To better ensure security and safety, absolutely no coolers, backpacks, or pets. For more information visit www.thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com or contact the air show office at 770-632-0365.

THE GREAT GEORGIA AIRSHOW (GGAS) is produced by The Great Georgia Airshow, Inc. a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors that include representatives from the Commemorative Air Force, Dixie Wing , http://www.dixiewing.org/, the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City, http://www.peachtreecitykiwanis.org/ and members from the community. Local non-profit groups, scouting, and school groups generate funds for their organizations by purchasing food items from the Air Show and then retailing those items in food booths to our patrons. GGAS, endeavors to maximize the benefits of the Air Show to the local community. GGAS is a grassroots event using upwards of 400 volunteers during the two-day show. www.thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com

Alegria Cirque du Soleil in Augusta Nov 25 - 29

Cirque du Sleil to present ALEGRIA this fall in Augusta
Limited engagement opens November 25, 2009
at the James Brown Arena
Tickets on Sale Now!


Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that the Alegría Arena Tour will stop in Augusta, GA this Fall. Alegría will perform 8 shows at the James Brown Arena from November 25 to 29, 2009.

Tickets for Alegría are now available online to the general public. To purchase tickets, go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil classic and an internationally acclaimed production that has entertained more than 10 million people worldwide since its world premiere in Montreal in April 1994. In May 2009, Alegría embarked on a new journey, performing in arenas throughout Canada and the United States, giving more people than ever the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

The Show

Alegría is a Spanish word that means happiness, joy and jubilation. An operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth, Alegría relates the tale of power versus weakness, the king versus his jesters, and age against youth.

A kingdom without a king, Alegría is a world where everyone feels imbued with power —from impish court jester Fleur to the young and vital Bronx, to the aged and aristocratic Birds. Alegría is inhabited by minstrels, rogues, beggars, nobles, children and clowns, the only characters able to adapt to the changing times and the upheaval it brings. In this enigmatic, troubling world of profound changes and uncertainty, despite all the trials and tribulations, there is only one constant: the human spirit remains implacable.

Alegría features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. Acts include the Synchro Trapeze and the high-speed, high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers.

The third leg of the 2009 United States tour of Alegría will perform in:

Greenville, SC at the Bi-Lo Center from November 18 to 22, 2009.
Augusta, GA at the James Brown Arena from November 26 to 29, 2009.
Hampton, VA at the Hampton Coliseum from December 2 to 6, 2009.

Ticket information

Advance tickets are available exclusively to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits include advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. Join now at cirqueclub.com. Tickets to the general public will be available starting Monday, October 5.

For more information: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25 th anniversary in 2009. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 performing artists.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque du Soleil will present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and the Rose d’Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil’s International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Two Grantville Halloween Events

Grantville's Little Haunted House
Open evenings October 17 through 31.
19 LaGrange Street $5 admission
Info: Andy 678-650-6961
This spook house is not recommended for young children. However, friendly ghouls will greet Trick-or-Treaters at the Haunted House on the afternoon of October 31. Plan to bring the kids by for trick-or-treat at the Haunted House, Nick's Pizzeria, and New Image Salon before you head across the tracks to...

Trunk or Treat Saturday Oct. 31st @ 6pm.
Grantville First Baptist Church 45 West Broad Street Grantville
FREE!! Everyone invited to Trunk or Treat with lots of trunks decorated and filled with candy & treats. There will be door prizes & lots of fun! Info: Kristy 770-583-3344

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Haunted Theater on Hill Street

Main Street Players
invites you to walk through
The Haunted Theater on Hill Street

It’s Not What You See That Will Scare You.
It’s What You Don’t.

It’s not a play; it’s a frightening, “walk-through” experience.

Main Street Theatre presents “The Haunted Theater on Hill Street” Thursday, October 29th at 8PM; Friday, October 30th at 7:30PM and Halloween evening, Saturday, October 31st at 7:30PM.

It’s Halloween weekend, 2009. The audience has gone home. The theater is dark. No lights are on. The curtain is drawn. Total silence. Very ominous.

But in this darkness, something is very strange. An aura still lingers in the place. Is it on small stage? In the back rows? Backstage?

A fear of the unknown pervades the haunted theater --- as our “scare-actors” get very, very close --- but don’t touch.

Could it be an old actor begging for one last curtain call? An antique prop that carries with it more than dust?

The place may be abandoned, except for you. Hairs on the back of your neck raise. The not knowing sends shivers down your spine.

Join your fellow fearless explorers as your nightmare begins as we join hands to find out what’s behind the curtain on this most frightful of seasons…. Halloween 2009.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 29, 30 and 31, only the bravest guests of Main Street Theatre in historic downtown Griffin, Georgia will learn for sure who (or what) is in the darkened playhouse.

All tickets are $5.00 per soul. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

This first annual spooky family-fun event benefits the programs and community outreach activities of the nine-year-old Main Street Theater, 115 North Hill Street, in historic downtown Griffin, Georgia, fifty miles south of Atlanta,

For tickets and information, call 770-229-9916 or 770-233-0578 or visit www.mainstreetplayers.org.

The Ingram Foundation, Griffin and Spalding County patrons as well as the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts support the Main Street Players.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Historic Grill Holding Chili Cook-Off Contest on Grantville Day

Several months ago a new restaurant called The Historic Grill opened in Grantville on Church Street in a building which originally housed one of Grantville's banks. In fact you can still see the bank's vault as soon as you walk in the door. The Historic Grill has announced that they will be sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off Contest on Grantville Day. The recipe of the contest winner will be featured in the Historic Grill menu. The tasting for the contest will take place at 5:00 PM on Grantville Day, which is Saturday September 26. The chili must be turned in no later tlhan 4:30 PM on Grantville Day. Anyone wishing to participate in this contest must sign up at the Historic Grill no later than Friday September 25.

The annual Grantville Day community festival as usual will feature arts and crafts vendors, a parade, and live entertainment by various performers throughout the day ending with a street dance in the evening. There is no admission charge. Information is available on the Grantville Day website www.grantvilledays.com or by contacting the Grantville Day Chairman of Grantville Day Sandra Luttrell at 770-583-9013 or sangalasands@aol.com.

Grantville is located at Exit 35 on Interstate 85 approximately an hour south of Atlanta.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Annual Scarecrow Contest at The Rock Ranch

There’s nothing more fun in the fall than making scarecrows. That’s why The Rock Ranch is hosting its second annual “Scarecrow Contest” for Fall Family Fun Days 2009.

Scarecrows can be made individually or in teams and a team can consist of almost anyone – co-workers, friends, family, church family and classmates. The primary consideration is to be creative.

Awards will include cash, trophies and other prizes in categories that include “Best All Around,” “Most Creative,” “Best Celebrity Look-a-Like Scarecrow,” “Most Professional Scarecrow” (dressed like a particular profession or occupation, and “Cutest Scarecrow.

The contest will be held Oct. 10, but all scarecrows must be delivered to The Rock Ranch prior to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. The name, organization and e-mail should be included on a tag attached to the scarecrow.

October 10 is also Fall Family Fun Days’ “Wagon Wheel Market Day/Arts and Crafts Festival.” The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m.

Admission to The Rock Ranch is $14 per person and $2-off coupons are available at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Ga. For reservations or directions, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374 or visit www.TheRockRanch.com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

WSB-TV to Feature Oak Hill, Berry College on Georgia's Hidden Treasures

Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum will join Berry College as featured attractions on the next edition of Georgia’s Hidden Treasures, a television special airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, on WSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.

Georgia’s Hidden Treasures sends news anchors John Pruitt, Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer to locations throughout the state in an effort to promote tourism and shine the spotlight on extraordinary places that “most people don’t even know about.”

This episode will highlight the unique history of Berry College and the home of its founder, Martha Berry. In the piece, Moore will interview alumni Louise Moon Garrison and Dr. Randy Green as they share their memories about growing up at Berry. Patrice Shannon, another Berry alumna who now serves as communications and educational outreach coordinator for Oak Hill, also will be seen providing visitor information about Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum.

Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum is a popular attraction and the former home of Berry College founder Martha Berry (1865-1942). It is located at the intersection of Georgia Loop 1 and U.S. Highway 27 in Rome, Ga. More information is available via the Web at www.berry.edu/oakhill.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Blue Morpho Month at Callaway Gardens' Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

Butterfly Lovers Unite to Celebrate this Beautiful Blue Butterfly

September is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. In addition to the more than 1,000 tropical butterflies flying freely throughout the conservatory, there will be hundreds of spectacular Blue Morpho butterflies.

The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America. The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots with a contrasting vivid blue color on the outer side. This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the backs of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance. As a Blue Morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of bright blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing. The word ‘morpho’ actually means change or modify. The flash of the bright blue side of their wings actually startles predators, giving the butterfly time to escape harm. This tropical butterfly is usually a forest dweller but will venture into sunny areas occasionally. It is one of the largest butterflies with a wingspan of 5-8 inches.

Since they feed on juices of rotting fruit, they are usually easy to find in the Day Butterfly Center at the fruit feeders. Blue Morphos often fly in long chains of five or more to make a spectacular sight. Be sure to visit the Day Butterfly Center this month to view these magnificent creatures.

Due to the large size of the Blue Morphos, they make beautiful subjects as they float through the air for photos or video. The best time to photograph butterflies at the Day Butterfly Center is on sunny days before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. is on sunny days as they are most active between these hours.

Take a break and enjoy the Day Butterfly Center and the many other attractions of Callaway Gardens. Ask for the special Blue Morpho Overnight Package. To make a reservation, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

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About Callaway Gardens
Callaway Gardens is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). The 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens include a garden, resort, preserve and residential communities. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year. Callaway Gardens also offers nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 931 guest rooms, restaurants, a full-service spa, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more. Callaway Gardens Living includes five unique residential communities with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages located on the golf course – each close-knit community offers an ideal home away from home or full-time residence. Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,000 acre preserve – conserved, untouched land set aside for biological studies and environmental conservation. For almost 60 years Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.

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Teacher Appreciation Day at The Rock Ranch

Teachers visiting The Rock Ranch on Sept. 26 will have a special treat. All teachers, with a school ID, and a guest will be admitted free to the first of eight themed Saturdays at The Rock Ranch during Fall Family Fun Days.

Under the theme of “The Rock Ranch Rural Roundup,” Sept. 26 will also serve as “Chick-fil-A Raving Fan Day” and “Media Day.” Chick-fil-A Raving Fans, as identified by Chick-fil-A owners and operators, and media personnel, and their families will be admitted free.

Among the activities included in “The Rock Ranch Rural Roundup” are the grand opening of the “Lincoln Penny” corn maze, an arm wrestling tournament, professional lawnmower racing, a dunk tank, an outhouse relay race and much, much more.

In addition, all of The Rock Ranch’s regular attractions like the locomotive train, slide hill, pedal boats, family bicycles, corn box and others will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each Saturday from Sept. 26 to Nov. 14.

The Rock Ranch is a 1,250-acre cattle ranch owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. In much the same way as Cathy has made it his personal mission to teach young people and provide them with good, quality role models, The Rock Ranch seeks to use its setting and its amenities as a way to reinforce many of the values and principles that are vital to the development of character in children.

The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Ga. For reservations or directions, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374 or visit www.TheRockRanch.com.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fayette: Book Sale Sept 26th

Mark your calendars to attend the Friend's of the Fayette County Public Library's final book sale of the year on Saturday, Sept 26th, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Fayette Library. Over 9000 gently read books in 23 categories will be on sale with prices ranging from $.50 for most paperbacks to $1:00 - $5:00 for hardback and specialty books.

This summer's successful Summer Reading Program as well as Baby Time, children's craft programs, meet the author series and many other worthy library programs are funded with proceeds from the book sales. For questions about the book sale or for book donations, please contact the library at 770-305-5426.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The 2009 Fall Atlanta Home Show Scheduled for September 25-27 at the Cobb Galleria Centre

/PRNewswire/ -- The Fall Atlanta Home Show (www.AtlantaHomeShow.com) is a highly anticipated annual event where the latest and most innovative features, products and trends are showcased, and where homeowners can see new products demonstrated and meet the professionals who offer them. The 2009 Fall Atlanta Home Show will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in northwest Atlanta.

The Atlanta Home Show's 2009 theme is "Make Your Home New Again" and the Show will feature exhibits from hundreds of local home improvement companies, along with seminars by well-known experts on a variety of home remodeling topics, as well as cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. It is a SEMCO production, and sponsors and promotional partners include Viking, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

"The Atlanta Home Show elevates the Atlanta home improvement industry by providing homeowners with the most complete sources for home remodeling, decor, landscaping and building, all in one place. Attendees can comparative shop, speak in person to home improvement professionals, listen to experts discussing the latest trends, examine sample products and even contract for services while they are at the Show," said Show Director Michael Schoppenhorst of SEMCO Productions.

Among the products making their debut at the Show will be the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator, which has recently been approved by the State of Georgia for residential and commercial use. This will be the first public demonstration of the new elevator in the state. In addition, the Cobb County Fire Department will create and staff an interactive Fire Safety House, hosted by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. A list of exhibitors, along with onsite live radio broadcasts and the daily speakers schedule can be found at www.AtlantaHomeShow.com.

The Fall Atlanta Home Show will be open Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27, 2009. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under and adults 65 and older will be admitted for FREE. The Cobb Galleria Centre (www.cobbgalleria.com) is located at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339. On-site parking is free.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Big Rock Out Announces New Larger Venue for 1st Annual Boxing and Music Event

Showcasing Rising Boxing Stars "Pretty Boy" Michael Jean Louis, and Anthony “Ice” Greenidge

Featuring Performances by HOLDCELL and Cowboy Mouth
More Seats Available Now
Sat. Sept. 19

Sports Fan Properties, in association with SSI Productions and KO Kings have announced a new venue for “The Big Rock Out” boxing and music event on Saturday, September 19, 2009. The Vegas style event will now be held in a in a private finished warehouse and will feature a high-energy night of competitive boxing matches with rising stars "Pretty Boy" Michael Jean Louis and Anthony “Ice” Greenidge, live rock performances by HOLDCELL and Cowboy Mouth. Tickets start at $30 and are available online at the www.thebigrockout.com or by calling 877-725-8849.

EVENT LINEUP

BANDS
Headliner: Cowboy Mouth (New Orleans, LA) www.cowboymouth.com
Opening Act: HOLDCELL (Marietta, GA) www.holdcell.net

BOXING (4 Bouts)
Main Event Michael Jean Louis (9-1) vs. TBD
Co-Main Event Anthony Greenidge (13-3) vs. Thomas Davis (12-10)
Undercard Alphonso Alexander vs. Erix Quinteros
Undercard TBD

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where: Private Warehouse
6616 New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30340

When: Saturday, September 19, 2009 Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: May be purchased by calling 877-725-8849, or by visiting www.thebigrockout.com and www.ticketalternative.com. Group tickets of 10 or more are available at a discounted rate, call for details.

Ticket Options: General Admission - $30
Floor General Admission - $40
Raisers - $50
*VIP Barstools & Tables - $75
*VIP Ringside - $100
*Includes pre-event meet and greet reception and reserved space near the main stage.

Parking: VIP parking available for purchase online for $15, GA Parking $10

Ages: 21 and UP

Primary Sponsors:
Miller LITE, Bacardi, Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Resort & Chevrolet

Others:
Sports Fan Properties, SportsUnlimited Magazine, SSI Productions, Wylie Events Group, KO Kings, 99X, 790 The Zone, The Sunday Paper, Creative Loafing, Insight, Comcast Spotlight.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Clayton State University

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. The Sept. 15 date was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Clayton State University’s Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by: the Department of Campus Life; DEEP (Diversity Educational Experiences for Peers) Peer Educators; the Campus Events Council (CEC); the Hispanic Student Association (HSA).

Sept. 9
Cultural Connection: Salsa Dance Party
Come out and learn how to do the salsa from professional dance instructors and win great prizes. Authentic Latin food will be served. Free Admission.
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom C
Sponsored By: CEC and HSA

Sept. 10
Hispanic Student Association General Interest Meeting
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: James M. Baker University Center (UC), Rm. 267

Sept. 15
Lakers Fiesta
Clayton State University’s official kick-off to the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The event will feature live music from Tahino, the Latin band; authentic Latin food; and games. Free Admission.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: UC Quad
Sponsored By: Department of Campus Life and DEEP Peer Educators

Sept. 23
HSA Nacho Fundraiser
The Hispanic Student Association will have its annual Nacho Fundraiser on September 23. All nachos will be $2.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: UC Main Street

“Paseo en un Mundo Latino” (Movie Night)
The Hispanic Student Association will be showcasing a movie in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: HSA

Sept. 29
“Baile Y Presentaction Cultural” (Hispanic Cultural Show)
The Hispanic Student Association is sponsoring a Cultural Show that will feature live performances showcasing various aspects of their culture. If you would like to learn more about the Hispanic culture, then come out and support this event.
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: HSA

Oct. 7
Immigration: Helpful or Hurtful to America?
Hispanics in the United States are feeling a range of negative effects from the increased public attention and stepped up enforcement measures that have accompanied the growing national debate over illegal immigration. How do you feel about immigration? Is it helpful or hurtful to America? Come out and join in on this dialogue discussion regarding this controversial subject.
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: Campus Life and DEEP Peer Educators

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

For more information, contact: for Campus Life and DEEP sponsored events, Multicultural@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-5433; for CEC sponsored events, cec@clayton.edu or (678) 466-5437; for HSA sponsored events, Maria Morales at mmorales3@student.clayton.edu.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

9th Annual Taste of Canton

Thursday, October 8th, from 5:00pm-8:00pm; Located in Historic Downtown Canton in Cannon. Park by the gazebo. Come experience some of the finest restaurants in Canton. They will be competing for "The Best Taste of Canton". Music, kid's activities, family fun. $5.00 admission.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Super Heroes Converge on Zoo Atlanta

Meet Spider-Man™ and friends Labor Day Weekend

Even Super Heroes need a day at the Zoo. Spider-Man™, Wolverine™, Storm™ and Green Goblin™ combine their considerable powers during Super Heroes Weekend at Zoo Atlanta, September 5, 6 and 7. The classic Marvel Comics™ characters star in six performances of Operation Green™, a dynamic live-action show pitting Spider-Man and his cohorts against the dastardly Green Goblin in the fight to stop pollution and rescue the environment. Following each show, members of the audience will have an exclusive chance to meet the Super Heroes for photo opportunities and autographs.

Super Heroes Weekend also gives Zoo Atlanta an opportunity to showcase its own hero status as a champion of wildlife and conservation, with fun activities introducing young people to lifelong patterns of stewardship that begin at home in their own backyards. Opportunities will include face painting; storytelling with favorite costume characters; Super Hero crafts; games; keeper talks; and special animal encounters.

Tickets are $10 for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; $24.99 for non-Member adults ages 12 and up; $20.99 for non-Member children ages 3 to 11. Children under 3 are $10. Infants under the age of 1 may sit in a parent’s lap and do not require a ticket. Tickets include admission to Operation Green, character meet-and-greet and all other Super Heroes Weekend activities. Non-Member ticket price includes Zoo admission. Visit zooatlanta.org for tickets, show times and event details.


About Zoo Atlanta
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. The Zoo’s newest attraction, Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure, opened in April 2009. The interactive new experience is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Zoo Atlanta is also the proud home of Xi Lan, the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2008.


Other highlights include the nation’s largest collection of great apes and a global center of excellence for the care and reproduction of vanishing amphibians and reptiles. Zoo Atlanta is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, call 404.624.WILD or go to zooatlanta.org.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival

October 17 & 18, 200910:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.12th Annual Hummingbird Festival; Downtown Hogansville, Georgia; 100+ Arts & Crafts Booths, Art Competition; Art Exhibits & Demonstrations; Antiques, Children's Rides & Activities; International Food Court, Entertainment; Street Dance Saturday Night; Hogansville High Reunion Weekend; Kick-off Dinner & Silent Auction - October 15; www.hummingbirdfestival.com

Friday, August 28, 2009

Find it in Fayette! Community Expo

"Find it in Fayette!" Community Expo sponsors L - R: Mary Ann Bell, Coweta Fayette EMC; Debbie Johnson, Dennis Breslin, Regina Steffens and Lisa Beavers from Cardiovascular Consultants of Georgia; Roch deGolian, Ravin Homes; Robin North, Dynamic Image Web Development; Matt Guthrie, Fayette County News; Melanie Myer, Delta Community Credit Union; Michael Lear, The Southern Federal Credit Union, Jim Mothorpe, Capital Investment Company; Michael Rossetti and DeSales deGolian from Ravin Homes. Other sponsors not pictured are: AT&T Georgia; Comcast Cable Communications; Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree; and Novo Nordisk.

The “Find it in Fayette!” Community Expo is coming up on September 15, 3-7 pm at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The Fayette Chamber hosts the Expo each year to bring local businesses and the community together. As part of a Health, Wellness and GoGreen focus, this year's event will feature health screenings and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as information on how to conserve energy and preserve our environment. Food samples and lots of prizes and give-aways make the Expo fun for everyone. Admission is free. Don't miss the largest trade show in the county – mark your calendar today for the Expo!
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Free Concert, Southern Picnic With International Twist to Close AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Sweet AlizAbeth’s Fabulous Fiddling Divas to Play During Picnic, Which Will Feature Southern, Thai, Mexican, and Indian Food

Good Ol’ Girls Concert Featuring Marshall Chapman and Jill McCorkle to Follow at Eddie’s Attic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) will close with a truly festive evening, featuring a picnic centered around both southern and international cuisine, free music by Sweet AlizAbeth, a pickled okra contest, and a special post concert at Eddie’s Attic.

The festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.

“This concert and picnic is the perfect signoff for the festival,” Daren Wang, Executive Director of the festival said. “It’s fun, casual and communal. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate another great festival.”

Southern Foodways Alliance presents a picnic that combines flavors from around the globe to create a unique culinary experience that is excitingly foreign and comfortingly familiar at the same time. Southern mainstays will get cozy with exotic international dishes. Tacqueria del Sol will serve fried chicken tacos and turnip greens, Bhojanic will serve cornbread and okra, Noodle will serve green bean tempura, rice pudding, and ginger tiramisu, Pura Vida will serve goat mofongo, and caterer Nassima Neighbors will serve chicken curry with rice, samosas, and yams. Attendees will be able to enjoy this delectable combination of 12 items for just $10 per plate.

The picnic, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, also boasts a picked okra contest, where some of the best chefs in Atlanta will go head to head as a panel of judges sample their original creations.

As with all Decatur Business Alliance Concerts in the Square, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic or purchase a meal to go from one of Decatur’s many excellent restaurants.

All in attendance will enjoy live music by folk band Sweet AlizAbeth. Fiddling divas Bethany Dick and Liz Langford make up this duo.

After the picnic and free concert, the festival will close with what promises to be an amazing performance by two of the four “Good ol’ Girls,” singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman and author Jill McCorkle. The concert will be at Eddie’s Attic (515-B N. Mcdonough St.) Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets will be $20. Tickets are available through Eddie’s Attic at www.eddiesattic.com.

Chapman’s songs have been recorded by music legends such as Jimmy Buffett, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna, and Conway Twitty. She and her band “The Love Slaves” toured with Jimmy Buffett in 1995 after the release of her album “It’s About Time,” which garnered rave reviews from USA Today, Time, and The Village Voice.

McCorkle is the celebrated author of five books that have been selected as Notable Books by the New York Times. She is also the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country and the fourth largest overall. This year, more than 300 authors and tens of thousands of festival goers will crowd the historic downtown Decatur Square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. For more information visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.

Georgia Aquarium to Host 4th Annual Aqua Vino Wine Tasting Event

Georgia Aquarium will host its fourth annual Aqua Vino wine tasting event on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 7-10 p.m. This year’s event invites guests to “Sip, Savor and Sea” the wonders of the ocean, in the beautiful backdrop of the world’s largest aquarium, including the grand Oceans Ballroom. Proceeds from the event support the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art veterinary services facility through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. For more information please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/aquavino/

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hippifest Summer Tour to Bring Peace, Love and Happiness to "The Fred" in Peachtree City Aug 14 & 15

FOURTH ANNUAL EVENT TO FEATURE MUSIC'S BIGGEST NAMES FROM THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES INCLUDING:
CHUCK NEGRON FORMERLY OF THREE DOG NIGHT,
THE TURTLES FEATURING FLO & EDDIE,
BADFINGER FEATURING JOEY MOLLAND,
BREWER & SHIPLEY,
MITCH RYDER OF THE DETROIT WHEELS

8/3/09 "If you're looking for a little 'Good Lovin' this summer where everyone will be 'Happy Together' and spreading 'Joy To The World,' then Hippiefest is just the ticket," touts Hippiefest tour creator Toby Ludwig. "This festival is for people who weren't around in the '60s and '70s or were and just can't seem to remember... Bring your parents, your grandparents and your kids. Come be a Hippie for a day!"

The Fred will host this all-star lineup from the sixties and seventies as Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Brewer and Shipley, and Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels star in this three hour show.
The Miami Herald called the event "A taste of Woodstock without the mud and bad acid" while Newsday said that Hippiefest was "Guaranteed to get boomers misty-eyed enough to fog up their bifocals."

It's easy to see why Hippiefest will, once again, be an evening full of good times and greatest hits as this year's main artists and their respective bands have amassed a collective total of over three dozen Top Twenty singles with seven of those hitting number one on the U.S. charts.

"I'm so looking forward to performing with the fine artists participating in this year's Hippiefest and singing my 1971 Song of the Year, 'Joy To The World,' " states Chuck Negron, formerly the singer of Three Dog Night. The band -- who were easily one of America's most successful bands of the late sixties and early seventies -- had eighteen consecutive Top 20 hits and twenty consecutive Top 40 hits, ultimately selling over ninety million albums total worldwide. Three of their songs -- "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "Joy To The World" and "Black and White" -- hit number one on the charts. Other Top Ten hits included, "One," "Easy To Be Hard," "Eli's Coming," "Liar," "Old Fashioned Love Song," "Never Been To Spain," "Shambala" and "The Show Must Go On."

The Turtles first hit the scene in 1965 with their rendition of the Bob Dylan-penned song, "It Ain't Me Babe," which landed in the Top 10. However, it wasn't until two years later that they would release their massive number one hit, "Happy Together." The song remains a staple on classic rock radio more than forty years later...

The band would go on to record such other Top 10 hits as "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore" and "You Showed Me." Original vocalists Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) -- who host the Hippiefest shows -- have carried on the classic music of the band since its inception and the two still perform dozens of dates a year together as The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. "The Turtles -- a.k.a. Flo and Eddie -- are really looking forward to performing and hosting on this year's Hippiefest tour," states Kaylan. "Every year, the shows just keep getting better, the audiences are hipper and the concerts take us all back to a happier time. We are, once again, proud and happy to be a part of history. We have a ton of surprises this summer, too!"
If you want to hear some great music, here it is... "Come and Get It!"

From 1970 to 1972, Badfinger had three Top 10 songs with "Come and Get It," "No Matter What" and "Day After Day" as well as a Top 20 hit with "Baby Blue." The band was the very first to sign with the Beatles label, Apple Records. Badfinger featuring Joey Molland (vocals, guitars, keyboards) continues to perform the band's timeless music and is excited to be a part of this year's summer tour. "I'm very happy to have been invited back for my fourth Hippiefest tour," comments Molland. "The shows are great fun for both the audiences and artists alike... I love to watch these great stars like The Turtles performing some of their biggest hits. I get a chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones. The audiences are great! They come in the thousands to remember those Hippie days and we performers use the energy they bring... It's a blast!"

Also performing are Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With The Blue Dress On" and "Sock It To Me Baby"), Brewer & Shipley ("One Toke Over The Line")

The Hippiefest tour -- which captures the spirit of Woodstock and other great music festivals of the era -- will land in nineteen cities for twenty performances throughout the United States including Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale (please see below for full itinerary).

Does anybody remember Woodstock?

Some do and some don't... even if they were there

Hippiefest is part of the Lexus of South Atlanta Summer concert Series at The Fred. The Hippiefest production is presented by Toby Ludwig and Ron Hausfeld of Flower Power Concerts, Inc..

Let the sun shine in and have some psychedelic fun this summer!
All is groovy.

For more information, please see the tour's official site at www.hippiefest.net. Or www.amphitheater.org or call The Fred Box office at 770-631-0630.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fernbank Announces Viewers’ Choice Films for IMAX® Film Festival

The votes are in and the public has chosen the films for Fernbank Museum’s first-ever IMAX® Film Festival, which will be held from August 17-October 1, 2009. Viewers were given the power to choose their favorites among 13 potential films, and their six most-wanted titles will be featured. Fernbank will change the line-up every two weeks during the IMAX® Film Festival, giving IMAX® fans the opportunity to see six different films in 12 weeks.

Fernbank has also announced the special Festival Flex Pass, which includes six tickets that can be used in any combination during the festival, including for Martinis & IMAX® shows. Filmgoers can use the six passes for one movie, use on for each movie, or mix and match with friends and family. All tickets must be used by October 1, 2009. The Flex Pass provides great savings for those wanting to see their favorite films. At $60 for non-members, the Festival Flex Pass offers an $18 savings—or 23%—over individual ticket purchases. Museum members pay only $45 for a Festival Flex Pass.

IMAX® Film Festival Schedule is:
August 17 to August 30: Hurricane on the Bayou and Greece: Secrets of the Past
August 31 to September 13: Everest and Cirque du Soleil™ Journey of Man
September 14 to October 1: The Greatest Places and The Living Sea

Film Descriptions:

Hurricane on Bayou: Dive with baby alligators, dance to Cajun rock'n blues music and experience the force of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Greece: Secrets of the Past: Take a journey to the birthplace of democracy and go on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies.

Everest: Experience the long, difficult journey to the top of the Earth’s tallest mountain and witness the dramatic events that unfold in the thin air in the mountain’s danger zone.

Cirque du Soleil™ Journey of Man: Follow a mystical journey through the stages of man, from birth to maturity, in a visual and musical celebration of life, featuring the unique performers of Cirque du Soleil.

The Greatest Places: Take an educational and entertaining journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth.

The Living Sea: Witness the beauty, diversity of the ocean—from golden jellyfish and humpback whales to the strange creatures that live 3,000 feet beneath sea level.

Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre features a massive screen, stretching five stories tall and 72 feet wide. Combining the giant screen with incredible digital surround sound and stadium seating, the IMAX experience provides 45-minute immersive encounters with subjects, locations, events, people and animals most people will never see firsthand.

To purchase tickets, call 404.929.6400. More visitor information is available at fernbankmuseum.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. The museum is accessible by Marta and also features free parking.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

UGA Field Day Aug. 19 at Midville, Ga., Farm

To showcase research and its importance to the agricultural industry in its region, the University of Georgia Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Ga., will have a field day Aug. 19.

Participants will see the latest work by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences experts on twin-row soybeans, fungicide trials, insect control and official state variety trials for corn, soybean and peanut, said Anthony Black, the center’s superintendent.

Work at the Burke County center was postponed six years ago due to budget cuts. The center reopened last summer.

“Things have really picked up since the reopening,” Black said. “We have begun a new renewable energy program that focuses on the production of biofuel feedstock crops. I would say we are about up to full speed, and irrigated research land is about full capacity.”

The day starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. To find out more, call (706) 542-1060.
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The 23rd Annual Southeastern Flower Show Feb 4 - Feb 6, 2010

The Southeastern Horticultural Society Presents
Discover The Beauty Of Green
The 23rd Annual Southeastern Flower Show
Show to run February 4 – February 6, 2010 returning to the Cobb Galleria
Escape the gray and cold of winter and enter a world of beautiful green environments! Back by popular demand, The Southeastern Horticultural Society will host its 23rd annual Southeastern Flower Show Thursday, February 4, 2010 through Sunday, February 6, 2010. The Flower Show will once again be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

“Discover new landscape and gardening techniques and experience floral splendor at the 2010 flower show,” enthuses Show Chair, Emily Johnson.

“This spectacular event will celebrate the beauty of our natural world and inspire innovative designs and solutions for everyone and every place. It will kick off another great year of educational programs and events presented by the Southeastern Horticultural Society” added Kate Chura, Executive Director.

The show will surprise and delight attendees as they meander through the new floor design filled with extraordinary exhibits of plants, environmentally green ideas and tips, interactive workshops for kids, entertaining and enlightening speakers, organic gardening and cooking demonstrations, and eco friendly products for the home and garden. There will be something for everyone, from seniors to toddlers, the novice gardener to the expert horticulturist, and anywhere in between.

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 – Sunday, February 6, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre located at Two Galleria Parkway in the Northwest Atlanta area between I-75 and I-285

Admission Prices:
Advance sales (sold through Feb 3, 2010)……………….$15
General Admission……………………………………….$18
Student (9th - Graduate school -- ID required)…………...$8
Youth (6 and under)…………………………………..….Free
Seniors (65+ ID required)…………………………….….$12
Twilight (after 4 p.m., no coupons apply)……………… .$10
Group (15 or more)……………………………………....$14
All access ticket (entry any/every day)……………...…...$35
Southeastern Horticultural Society Members………...….Free

About the Southeastern Horticultural Society

The Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern United States be offering educational programs, events, community outreach and resource sharing.

Become a member of SHS to help support the beauty of nature.

See you at the flower show.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Fernbank Museum Announces Viewers’ Choice IMAX® Film Festival

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is putting audience members in the driver’s seat for selecting its fall line-up. The Museum will kick off an IMAX® Film Festival on August 17, showcasing 6 of the most popular IMAX® films ever shown at Fernbank.

As part of the film festival, the IMAX® schedule will change every two weeks from August 17-October 1, 2009. Fernbank is launching a Festival Flex Pass for the festival, which includes six IMAX tickets that can be used to see each film, or that can be divvied up among groups, families, friends and various films throughout the festival. The Festival Flex Pass is available for $45 for members and $60 for non-members, and can also be used for Martinis & IMAX® on Friday nights. Individual IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $11 for children and $8 for members. Individual Martinis & IMAX tickets are $15.

If you want to go on a cinematic climb to the top of Mt. Everest, voyage into the depths of caves, dive into the ocean’s coral reefs, swim alongside dolphins, explore ancient Greece, take a river rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon, journey into the jungle to see gorillas, or explore another enthralling subject, you have to vote.

“This is the first time we’ve ever left the IMAX schedule completely in the hands of the public. We’re excited to see which films are people’s favorites,” said Jennifer Grant Warner, Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. “There are a lot of compelling IMAX films that people long to see again. And because the IMAX format is so powerful, you can’t get the same experience by watching it on DVD, so this is really a great opportunity to see your favorite IMAX film again.”

Voting begins July 7 and runs through July 26. The Festival line-up will be announced July 27. Everyone who casts a vote at www.fernbankmuseum.org/VOTE will be entered to win a year’s worth of IMAX® passes (a total of 25 IMAX passes). Three runners-up will receive a Festival Flex Pass.

Voters can choose their favorite three films from the following:

  • Journey to Amazing Caves: Explore caves as you learn how they are formed and research the microorganisms that live within an unmapped area of the deepest known cave on the continent.
  • Coral Reef Adventure: Journey to some of the world’s largest and most beautiful reefs and learn about the importance of protecting these beautiful underwater environments.
  • Dolphins: Embark on an underwater adventure with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins and familiar bottlenose dolphins.
  • Greece: Secrets of the Past: Take a journey to the birthplace of democracy and go on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies.
  • The Living Sea: Witness the beauty, diversity of the ocean—from golden jellyfish and humpback whales to the strange creatures that live 3,000 feet beneath sea level.
  • Everest: Experience the long, difficult journey to the top of the Earth’s tallest mountain and witness the dramatic events that unfold in the thin air in the mountain’s danger zone.
  • Grand Canyon Adventure: Go on a rafting adventure down the Colorado River with a team of explorers investigating global water issues.
  • Hurricane on Bayou: Dive with baby alligators, dance to Cajun rock'n blues music and experience the force Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
  • Mountain Gorilla: Spend a day with a gorilla family to observe these intelligent and curious animals.
  • Yellowstone: Witness the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and incredible wildlife unique to this region.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Follow a mystical journey through the stages of man, from birth to maturity, in a visual and musical celebration of life, featuring the unique performers of Cirque du Soleil.
  • The Greatest Places: Take an educational and entertaining journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth.
  • Ring of Fire: Experience the immense natural force of the great circle of volcanoes and seismic activity that rings the Pacific Ocean.
The public can cast votes for their three favorite films at www.fernbankmuseum.org/VOTE from July 6-26, 2009. Fernbank will announce the winning film schedule on July 27. Visit fernbankmuseum.org for schedules, tickets and more information.
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Motown comes to The Fred with The Spinners

The Lexus of South Atlanta Summer concert series continues with The Spinners performing on July 17th and 18th at The Fred (Peachtree City). The legendary Motown and R& B group will take the stage each night at 9 pm, with local group Shavaughn opening at 8 pm.

The Spinners have always made timeless music. Their classic group sound and approach never loses its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have acquired twelve (12) gold records with hits on top of both Pop and R&B charts and they are one of the few groups who can boast of four lead singers. Today, original members Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, and Pervis Jackson are joined onstage by leadsinger Charlton Washington, high tenor Harold “Spike” Bonhart and a soul infused5-piece band.

In 1972, The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records and teamed up with producer Thom Bell, setting into motion an amazing recording career. A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” In 1979, The Spinners completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, the single, “Working My Way Back to You,” was topping Pop and R&B charts giving the group its 12th gold record. The Love Trippin’ album’s release included “The Cupid Medley,” one of the fastest selling records in The Spinners’ career. The follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such standout tunes as “Yesterday Once More,” and “Long Live Soul Music.” With the release of “Can’t Shake This Feeling,” their fourth LP in just over two years, the quintet entered a brand new phase of their remarkable career as they joined the award winning producing/ writing/playing team of James
Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Other past releases include songs on the motion picture soundtracks of “Twins” and “Spaceballs,” and a single on Arista Records, a duet with Dionne Warwick entitled “Then Came You.”

Reserved seats for The Spinners are $45 each and may be purchased at the Box Office at The Fred. Tickets may also be purchased online at Ticketmaster. For further information call 770-631-0630 or visit http://www.amphitheater.org/
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Environmental Film Festival Comes to the Coast This Fall

Franklin County will host the nationally acclaimed Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour August 29 - September 5 in Carrabelle, Apalachicola, St. George Island, St. Teresa and neighboring Wewahitchka in Gulf County. Organized by the Apalachicola Riverkeeper Group, the week-long film festival will feature award-winning films and a children's program designed to raise awareness about environmental issues nationwide.

The films will be shown in the historic Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, the Carrabelle City Auditorium, FSU's Coastal and Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa, the Volunteer Fire Department on St. George Island and the Tupelo Theater in Wewahitchka.

The 2010 Film Festival will be the second year such an event has come to North Florida. Last year, the Riverkeepers hosted a similar successful one day festival in Tallahassee. According to Riverkeeper Executive Director Andy Smith, the event's success in Tallahassee was the motivation to expand the film festival to the coast.

"Last year we hosted a one-day Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour in Tallahassee," says Smith. "Everyone loved the films for their inspirational, innovative, effective, and often humorous approach to stubborn problems. They make you feel good about what we can do to make our world a better place for everyone."

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of films from the annual festival held the second week of January in Nevada City, California. "The films tell a story about our planet, highlighting issues, providing solutions and giving a call to action," says Tour Manager, Susie Sutphin. "Their collective energy empowers communities to initiate conversations that can bring about compromise and collaborative efforts that positively impact our wild places." The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. SYRCL is sharing their success as an environmental group with others organizations to bring the festival to over 90 communities nationwide. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire conservation. The festival's namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.


Some of the films scheduled include:

Water Front - 22 minutes, Liz Miller, Curtis Smith - What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? Residents of Highland Park, Michigan, known as the birthplace of the auto-industry, have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. Best of Fest, Hazel Wolf Environmental FF.

Once upon a Tide - 9:15 minutes, Kathleen Frith, Mark Shelley, Drew Takahashi - A spell has been cast causing people to forget about the ocean and its importance to our lives. But with a young girl, we embark on a fantastic journey, where orcas swim through corn fields, scientists talk in rhyme, and the audience, discover how the ocean touches all parts of our Earth and nurtures our existence. Best of Show, Santa Barbara Ocean FF. Animation.

Papa Tortuga - 20 minutes, Rob and Elise Wilson - Fernando shows that one person CAN make a difference. His efforts in Tecolutla, Vera Cruz, Mexico, have helped to save the endangered Lora Sea Turtles from extinction. Best of Show, SF Ocean FF.

Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Great Pacific Garbage Patch - 8 minutes, Jay Golden, Eli Noyes, Ralph Guggenheim- Follow four kids and a green gorilla as they overcome a demented plot by Dr. Morlon Hufflebot to create an island of plastic bags in the Pacific Ocean. Animation.

"The Apalachicola ecosystem is one of the most amazing places on the planet to live and work," says Smith. "The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour will provide a refreshing look at what folks in other part of our nation and world face and solve in their efforts to create sustainable ecological and economic environments."

The Apalachicola Riverkeepers Group was formed in 1999 as an environmental citizen's advocacy organization. This year, the group is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since 1999, the group has worked with concerned citizens to protect the Apalachicola ecosystem and the livelihood of people who depend on it for a living. The group uses persistent advocacy to attack tough problems like the environmentally destructive dredging of the middle reaches of the river and ecologically unsustainable development. The Apalachicola Riverkeeper collaborates with diverse groups to design and implement river and shoreline restoration projects, put on educational programs like the Franklin County Seahawk - Art for the Sky, and an annual Franklin County coastal cleanup.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour is sponsored, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council and national sponsors such as Patagonia, Clif Bar, Osprey Packs, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Tom's of Maine. Local and regional sponsors include Trail and Ski, The Wilderness Way, Theriaque Vorbeck & Spain, the Real Estate Conservation Group, Apalachicola Bay Chamber, Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership, Carrabelle CARES, St. George Island Civic Club, Tupelo Theater, and the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

Film Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 29, Carrabelle City Auditorium
1001 Grey Avenue, Carrabelle
Children's Program at 5:00 p.m. ET
Adults $10, Children Free
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:30 p.m. ET
General Audience Program I at 7:00 p.m. ET
Adults $10, Children $5

Wednesday, September 2, St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department
324 E Pine Avenue, St. George Island
Children's Program 5:00 p.m. ET
Adults $10, Children Free
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:30 p.m. ET
General Audience Program II at 7:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, September 3, Tupelo Theater
136 Highway 22, Wewahitchka
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:00 p.m. CDT
General Audience Program I at 7:00 p.m. CDT
$10 Adults, $5 Children
Friday, September 4, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
3618 US Highway 98, St. Teresa
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:00 p.m. EDT
General Audience Program II at 7:00 p.m. EDT
$10 Adults, $5 Children

Saturday, September 5, Dixie Theater
21 Avenue E, Apalachicola
Children's Program at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Tickets $10 Adults, Children Free
General Audience Program II at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Wine and Cheese Reception 6:30 p.m.
General Audience Program III at 7:00 p.m. EDT
General Audience Programs $10 Adults, $5 Children

Tickets for all film venues may be purchased at the Apalachicola Riverkeeper office at 232-B Water Street or by calling: 850-653-8936. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or online at www.riverflix.org. Seating is limited so advanced purchase is recommended.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

‘Fun in the Summertime’ at The Rock Ranch to Provide Fun for Families for 2 Weeks in July

While the kids are out of school, families can take an affordable day trip to enjoy train rides, pony rides, paddle boats, cane pole fishing, a petting zoo, swimming, and more…

The Rock Ranch, LLC is preparing for a two-week series of public events that will allow families to enjoy a day of fun at The Rock Ranch for only $8 per person. These hands-on, educational and entertaining day trip opportunities will begin July 14 and continue through July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Rock Ranch is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Rock Ranch has offered educational school field trips for years and it hosts public events throughout the year with its primary season being Fall Family Fun Days on Saturdays, September through October.

“Fun in the Summertime” marks the first time the ranch has been open for public admission during the summer.

“We are excited to allow families an opportunity to visit The Rock Ranch while kids are out of school,” said Event Director Adam Pugh. “This series of events allows for children to have a full day of fun outdoors and be educated while playing with their family.”

All activities are included in the $8 admission price. Concessions will be sold or families can bring a picnic lunch.

Activities include locomotive train rides, hay rides, pony rides, paddle boats, cane pole fishing, Slide Hill, The Farmland Petting Zoo, The Corn Box, family bicycles, The Giant Jumping Pillow, swimming in the pool, The Earthworm Station, The Cow Milking Simulator, and The Georgia Wildlife Station.

Educational stations will be conducted before lunch. Some activities will be open all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and others will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Picnics and coolers are allowed. No pets or alcohol will be permitted.

The Rock Ranch recently hosted its 10th anniversary of Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch. Celebrate America, an annual patriotic event, saw 7,500 guests in attendance for a day of fun, music, food and fireworks.

During Celebrate America, The Rock Ranch awarded free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to winner Pamela Davis of Barnesville, Ga. Another lucky winner, Laura Brown of The Rock, won the $5,000 first prize in the Great American Duck Derby at Celebrate America.

The Great American Duck Derby saw over 9,000 ducks race downstream at The Rock Ranch to raise money for Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center. This charity provides care for children with special needs and provides child development for all children.

The fireworks at The Rock Ranch followed a patriotic program to honor our troops and veterans that included a concert by national Christian recording artist Andrew Carlton.

“The fireworks show was amazing – they lasted forever and it was so dark when the lights were turned off at the ranch, that the fireworks really looked great, they reflected off the water and it felt like they were right up on you,” said Griffin resident Brad Glass.

Tammy Maddux of Columbus said, “Celebrate America was wonderful. It was very hot, but it was worth it! My kids loved riding the train, playing in the corn box and watching the watermelon cannon. The music was great and the fireworks were better than any I’ve seen in Georgia.”

The Rock Ranch (5020 Barnesville Hwy) is the personal ranch of Chick-fil-A founder
S. Truett Cathy and provides wholesome family entertainment in an agricultural setting. Dedicated to the purpose of “uniting families to the land and each other”, The Rock Ranch hosts school field trips, Conestoga Wagon camping excursions, corporate picnics and public entertainment through its Fall Family Fun Days and other special events. In much the same way as Truett Cathy has made it his personal mission to teach young people and provide them with good, quality role models, The Rock Ranch seeks to use its setting and its amenities as a way to reinforce many of the values and principles that are vital to the development of character in children. For additional information, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374 or visit www.therockranch.com.
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Celebrate Father’s Day at Fernbank Museum’s Dinosaur Plaza Picnic

Give Dad an adventure for Father’s Day at Fernbank Museum. As part of Fernbank’s 90 Days of Dinosaurs celebration, the Museum will host a special Father’s Day Plaza Picnic outside on the new Dinosaur Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. on June 21.

The garden setting of the new pedestrian plaza—which features an assortment of new trees, plants and flowers—is highlighted by the addition of an outdoor dinosaur exhibition, featuring a family of three bronze hadrosaurs and a fountain.

For the Father’s Day Plaza Picnic, the plaza will be decked out with red-and-white checkered table cloths, while the Fernbank Café grills up burgers, steaks, hotdogs and more. It wouldn’t be a picnic without some good tunes and a family game (like the dinosaur scavenger hunt!), so get ready to enjoy a day that everyone will enjoy.

Other Museum happenings include the special exhibition Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries and Dinosaurs Alive! and Under the Sea on the five-story IMAX® screen. Dad won’t want to miss the 350-year-old Native dug-out canoe, considered the “minivan” of its time, or the Museum’s fossil floors that reveal sea creatures he may have encountered if he’d gone fishing 90 million years ago.

Family Picnic Packages and individual picnic items include Kobe beef burgers, steaks, hotdogs, fried chicken and fruit salad, and will be available for purchase in various price ranges to meet everyone’s budget. As part of 90 Days of Dinosaurs, Fernbank will also offer Plaza Picnics on July 26 and August 9.

For more information visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/90days.

Fernbank Museum is located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. To purchase tickets, call 404.929.6400 or visit fernbankmuseum.org.
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