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 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 from July 6-26, 2009. Fernbank will announce the winning film schedule on July 27. Visit 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
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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 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
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