Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fernbank Tips the Scales with Lizards, Snakes and Turtles on Reptile Day

Fernbank Museum’s annual Reptile Day will give visitors an opportunity to get up-close with dozens of lizards, snake and turtles on Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A variety of reptiles—both exotic and native to Georgia—will be on display in the Museum’s Great Hall. Members of the Georgia Herpetological Society will be on hand to answer questions and educate visitors about the importance of these exceptional animals. Some reptiles and amphibians will also be out with handlers for closer encounters.

Reptile Day coincides with Fernbank’s current special exhibition, Geckos: Tails to Toepads, where even more live animal encounters await. As visitors explore species from around the world, they can test their ability to spot some of these well-camouflaged lizards in their habitats. Geckos: Tails to Toepads is on view through Labor Day.

During Reptile Day, visitors can also head to the auditorium for “Remarkable Reptile” animal encounter shows, where experts will pack their brains with fascinating facts about reptiles as part of 97 Days (and Ways) to Play, Fernbank’s summer-long celebration of activities and events to keep entertained while school’s out.

Reptile Day and Geckos: Tails to Toepads are included with Museum admission. Museum admission is FREE for members, $15 for adults, $14 for students, $13 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages 2 and under. Purchase Museum tickets at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404.929.6400.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fernbank's 97 Days (and Ways) to Play!

Here are some highlights for Fernbank’s continued summertime program, 97 Days (and Ways) to Play. We’re off to a great start, and visitors can enjoy a variety of fun programs, activities, events and promotions through Labor Day. Don’t forget that Fernbank is offering a free hot dog tomorrow (June 23) with each museum admission as part of Game Day Wednesday! A description of 97 Days (and Ways) to Play is attached if you need more details. Here is a 10-day look at what’s coming up (starting with the weekend!). More details are at www.fernbankmuseum.org/97days.


Upcoming Highlights during Fernbank’s 97 Days (and ways) to Play!

Friday 6/25

· Naturalist Center Learning: Amazing Amphibians Lab


Saturday 6/26

· Show & Tail Weekend (Geckos theme!)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Weekend Wonders (Geckos theme!)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters


Sunday 6/27

· Show & Tail Weekend (Geckos theme!)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Weekend Wonders (Geckos theme!)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters


Monday 6/28

· Overlook Forest Walks (subject to change based on weather and outdoor air quality)

*space is limited


Tuesday 6/29

· Naturalist Center Learning: Junior Archaeology Lab

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters


Wednesday 6/30

· Game Day Wednesday

· Free Hot Dog in the Fernbank CafĂ© with Museum Admission

· Naturalist Center Learning: Amazing Animals Lab


Thursday 7/1

· Naturalist Center Learning: Artifact Encounter (see a new artifact every week!)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters


Friday 7/2

· Naturalist Center Learning: Dinosaur Lab

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters


Saturday 7/3

· Bug Out Festival!

· Naturalist Center Learning: Weekend Wonders (Bugs Theme)


Sunday 7/4

· Naturalist Center Learning: Weekend Wonders (Bugs Theme)

· Naturalist Center Learning: Live Animal Encounters

SHOW & TAIL WEEKENDS

Join us on select weekends this summer for a variety of themed activities for all ages! Activities will include guest performances, cool crafts and hands-on learning. Learn more.

BUG OUT FESTIVALS

Learn more about bugs and insects through a variety of hands-on activities and interactive performances. Offered on select weekend days. Learn more.

NATURALIST CENTER LEARNING

Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities the Naturalist Center, located on the Upper Level. Activities vary from animal encounters to science explorations and more, and will be available daily. Check the activity sign when you arrive to see what’s happening.

GAME DAY WEDNESDAYS Every Wednesday through September 1 visitors can enjoy various games, including Gecko Bingo, tic-tac-toe (better known at Fernbank as tic-tac-dino and tic-tac-gecko), and some other great games for the whole family. Game Day Wednesdays also feature free hot dogs with museum admission…so everyone wins!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hogansville Handmade-Homegrown Market Saturday, June 26

"Come and join us Saturday for our 4th of July kick off celebration! We will have homegrown music provided by No Rush starting at 9:30, a raffle for a market basket of goodies that benefits God's Bread Basket and more! We hope to see you all there.".

Event: Hogansville Handmade-Homegrown Market 
Start Time: Saturday, June 26 at 8:30am
End Time: Saturday, June 26 at 12:30pm
Where: Calvin Hipp Veterans Memorial Park Downtown Hogansville

Sunday, June 20, 2010

David Sedaris, Best-Selling Author, Humorist and Contributor to This American Life Live at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, October 7th

David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor will be appearing for one night only at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the release of his new title, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a book of acerbic, outrageously funny fables, featuring animals with unmistakably human failings, which will hit bookstores on October 5, 2010, author David Sedaris will visit Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Including his last release, the New York Times #1 Bestselling book, When You Were Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris’ wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs. One of six children in a second-generation Greek family, he grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1977, he dropped out of Kent State University to hitchhike around the country. Aside from working as an elf, Sedaris has worked a number of charmingly quirky jobs such as a house painter, an apple picker, an aide in a mental hospital, a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an apartment cleaner.

Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf, reading his “Santaland Diaries” on Nation Public Radio’s Morning Edition in 1992. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made him one of NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators. In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 25th at 10am. Ticket prices range from $36.50 - $46.50. Tickets will be available at the Cobb Energy Centre Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fernbank’s Dozer Day Celebrates Dads with Cool Trucks and Family Fun

As part of its 97 Days (and Ways) to Play, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will offer dads and families a unique opportunity to explore a variety of the big trucks and bulldozers that have triggered a giant “WOW!” out of kids and adults for generations.

Fernbank’s Dozer Day will be held June 20, 2010 from noon to 4 p.m. at Fernbank Museum in honor of Father’s Day. The first 500 children to arrive on June 20 will receive a commemorative “hard hat” with the purchase of Museum admission, and Radio Disney will be on-site from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with music, games and giveaways.

During the Museum’s construction of its new Children’s Exhibition, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011, and throughout last year’s construction of the Dinosaur Entrance Plaza, a variety of bulldozers, lifts, dump trucks, and more have often been seen on Fernbank’s property. Visitors often stop to take a look at the equipment, prompting Fernbank to conclude Dozer Day would be a unique Father’s Day event.

“Seeing how excited and interested children, and even grown men, get when they see something like a tractor or a lift made us realize that while we’re working to finish the Children’s Exhibition, there’s an element of curiosity and childhood joy that comes with exploring heavy equipment up-close,” said Jennifer Grant Warner, Fernbank’s Chief Programming Officer.

Construction trucks and equipment won’t be the only eye candy during Dozer Day, though. The Atlanta Fire Department will send firefighters and a truck, and DeKalb County’s sanitation department will send some vehicles, such as a dump truck and a garbage truck.

Dozer Day is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $13 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Museum Members and children ages 2 and under. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit fernbankmuseum.org/97days.
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Air Force Reserve Band to Perform at Independence Concert Celebration

The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve teams up with the city of Warner Robins for this year’s Independence Day Concert celebration Friday, July 2.

The free concert at the McConnell-Talbert Stadium, Warner Robins, Ga., starts at 8 p.m.

“Our Airmen and their families are a major part of this community,” said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner, Air Force Reserve Command commander. “The Air Force Reserve Command is committed to being a good neighbor and partner to Middle Georgia.”

Headlining the free concert extravaganza will be award-winning country group, Diamond Rio, and the Air Force Reserve band.

Guest artist sensation, Diamond Rio, has released seven studio albums, two greatest hits collections and “A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines,” a 2007 holiday album. In addition to their four CMA awards, the band recently garnered “Country Album of the Year” at the 41st Annual Dove Awards.

“Last year was another stadium-packed crowd, and this year we are expecting a much larger attendance for this Independence Day celebration,” said Allen Tatman, Warner Robins Civitan Club.

The evening of music and fun will culminate with a large fireworks display.

“Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and the talent of the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, we have an incredible celebration planned,” said Mr. Tatman. The middle Georgia community will have front-row seats to a fireworks display that gets bigger and better every year.”

Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating on the infield. Gates open at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available at concession stands. Bags and containers are subject to search. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed at this family event. No pets allowed.

For more information and/or interviews contact the Air Force Reserve Public Affairs Office at HQ.PAC.LIST@us.af.mil.

The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve consists of 45 full-time professional musicians. The band travels in excess of 100,000 miles per year performing more than 400 concerts throughout U.S. and many overseas locations.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Drake Field in PTC Site of Car and Motocycle Show June 12

Coweta Fayette Rotary Club is busy with last minute plans their 3rd Annual Car Show to be held at Drake Field in Peachtree City on June 12, 2010 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition to the wonderful display of Cars, we will be showcasing motorcycles for the first time and expect at least 200 motorcycles to join the fun. There will be a variety of vendors this year – something for everyone, so please come out and join the fun. 

For more information regarding this event and to get an application to enter your vehicle, please visit our website at www.cowetafayetterotaryclub.org, or email Kai Wolter at cowetafayetterotaryclub@gmail.com.

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