Monday, February 8, 2010

Attention Georgia 6th Graders

Put your thinking caps on and grab a pen or pencil. The Georgia Municipal Assocation is holding an Essay Writing Contest for Georgia 6th graders. The essay subject is "If I Were Mayor, I Would...". The deadline is on March 5th, 2010. Essays may not exceed 350 words. One winning essay will be selected from each of GMA's 12 districts. Winners will receive a $250 savings bond and other prizes. The winners, along with their parents and and a teacher, will be recognized at an awards luncheon during April, 2010.

Essays should be mailed to:

Georgia Municipal Association
Attention: Essay Contest
P.O. Box 105377
Atlanta, GA 30348

For more details on the GMA Essay Contest for Georgia 6th graders, visit

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Clayton County Library Designing a New Teen Web Page

Teens in Atlanta's Southern Crescent have a chance to give their input in the redesign of the teen page on Clayton County Library's website.

Right now, there's an online survey available at that will be up until January 31, 2010. (It's also printed out and available in the Young Adult area of each of branch.)

On February 17th at 7pm teens are invited to the Library HQ and discuss the results of the survey, look at some teen sites that other libraries have created, and generate ideas about how to make the new website fun and useful. No registration is required, but please call the library if you plan to attend. They want to make sure they have enough FREE FOOD. Where: Clayton County Library System, Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236, 770-473-3850;

Monday, November 16, 2009

City of Fayetteville Accepting Donations for the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade 2009

The City of Fayetteville, GA will be participating in the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade, a program that started in 1958 in GA to raise awareness for the needs of Georgia's mental health hospitals. Fayetteville donations will go to the West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus, GA.

Residents, schools, churches, businesses and civic groups can participate in this worthy cause by donating new and unwrapped gifts which will help the patients living in mental health hospitals in Georgia.

Deadline for donations is December 2nd.

A collection box will be available for donations at Fayetteville City Hall, 240 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville Fire Department, 95 Johnson Ave. and Fayetteville Police Department, 760 Jimmie Mayfield Blvd.

For more information on the program and a "wish list" of their needs, click here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Avenue Peachtree City - "Pink Out", Free Family Fun w/ Discounts at Stores!

If you don't have enough to do this Saturday, October 24th, here is another local event that will be fun for the kids and for the parents, all while helping to support a good cause. The details are below as well as on the I found this information on the Fayette Life Blog. In their blog entry, you will find details about the Breast Cancer Survivor Network who will benefit from the Pink Out event, as well as more information on special promotions currently happening at stores located in The Avenue.

Pink Out
Date: Saturday, October 24 from 1-3 p.m.
Location: The Avenue Shopping in Peachtree City (Hwy 74 & Hwy 54)
Activities Include: family fun, including live music from The Bear 92.5, a pumpkin patch with orange and pink varieties, fall cook-out complete with a pink s’mores roast and more.

Special Discounts and Offers to Attendees:
  • Vouchers for discounted mammograms at OPI imaging, and can receive the reduced exam rate throughout October by mentioning Pink Out.
  • Soma Intimates will offer complimentary bra fittings, and shoppers can attend a Talbots demonstration of scarf accessorizing.
  • The first 50 Pink Out attendees who donate $10 to BCSN will receive a pink lunch tote and two raffle tickets for prizes from more than a dozen retailers valued at $40-$225. Raffle tickets also are available for purchase.
  • Gap, Gap Kids and babyGap are offering 25 % off regularly priced merchandise, excluding men’s and women’s jeans, for shoppers who donate gently worn jackets or jeans in-store on Oct. 24 and 25 to benefit BCSN.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

2 Pumpkin Carving Contests - Win Great Prizes, Including Braves Tickets

This is a great weekend to get your pumpkins and begin carving them. There are two contests you can enter with one pumpkin so help your kids carve some cool Jack-O-Lanterns this weekend. Then enter your pumpkin for a chance to win prizes. There is an online contest through the Atlanta Braves. You can also bring your pumpkins to The Frederick Brown Amphitheater to be judged for their contest.

Details of the Braves Contest:

Fans can test their pumpkin artistry by entering their jack-o-lanterns in the Braves Pumpkin Carving Contest and be eligible to win a pair of tickets to any 2010 Atlanta Braves home game. A panel of Braves judges will choose the top five entries based on display of Braves spirit and originality, and fans will choose the grand prize winner in online voting beginning on October 26.

Carve your original Braves-themed creation and enter the Braves pumpkin carving contest today at: Fans who would like some assistance in their carvings, can also download free Braves stencils from the site.


Pumpkin Contest at "The Fred" in Peachtree City:

You can also bring your carved pumpkin to the Frederick Brown Amphitheater on Oct. 22nd & 23rd. They are going to line the walkway to the amphitheater with the Jack-O-Lanterns for the Not So Scary Halloween Party on October 24th. Details can be found on or

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fayette County's Apples & ArtFest on Sat., Oct. 17 ~ FREE!

The weather is going to be perfect for attending Fayette County's first Apples & ArtFest event this Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville (across from the Fayette County Justice Center). Nearly 40 exhibitors will be showcasing their arts, crafts, and specialties. The event is open to the public and there is no admission cost. Proceeds will benefit Fayette Senior Services, Meals On Wheels, and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

With all the invigoration of a crisp fall day and the charm of a county fair, the event promises to be all that you and your family love about hometown festivals. In addition to the variety of exhibitors, there will be musical entertainment and dance exhibitions featuring Eddie Huffman and the McIntosh High School Chiefettes. Special features include fun and games at the Kids Apple COREner, the Granny Smith Memory Tree where attendees can support Meals on Wheels and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren by purchasing an "apple" in honor of a loved one, and the Apple-A-Day Healthy Living "Orchard".

A variety of food will be available for purchase, including culinary specialties by local Pastry Chef Lori Bean, along with a variety of pastry artisans. Upscale Pizza will be warming up the crowds with their famous pizza, and Todd Rossi-Fayette Senior Services’ Executive Chef will be serving Ultimate Sloppy Joes and his signature Waldorf Salad.

Individuals who have a talent for baking or cooking are encouraged to enter the Everything Apple Recipe Contest for a chance to win $100, $50, or $25 for the best "anything apple" recipe. Applications are being accepted until Friday, October 16, 3 p.m. You can find more information and an application at

Exhibitor space is still available for just $30 and sponsorship packages are being offered to businesses who want to take advantage of being in front of hundreds of festival-goers. Applications for Exhibitors, and sponsors at

For more information visit or call 770-461-0813.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Museum Day - FREE Museum Admisson on Sat., 9/26

I have just found out about a great FREE event coming up this weekend (Sat., 9/26/09). I know, there are already lots of fun things to do in your own local area this weekend. The calendar is full and we picked our top picks of the week in the Weekly Update (Click Here for subscription). However, if you have some extra time this weekend and are planning to head up to Atlanta or would like to take a short drive to Macon or LaGrange, you have to check this out.

Museums nationwide are partnering with Smithsonian Magazine to offer FREE Museum Day 2009. A list of Georgia participating museums is below. Heading out of town this weekend or would like to share this with friends and family, you can go to to check out other participating venues. This is a great way to introduce/encourage art and culture with your family.

To get the FREE admission (2 per household), go to You must fill out the form, print the free admission card and present it at your participating museum.

List of Atlanta, and Atlanta Southern Crescent Participating Museums:

LaGrange, GA

Legacy Museum
on MainFull-screen, 136 Main Street, LaGrange GA, 30340

Macon, GA

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
, 200 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31202
Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210
Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon, GA 31201

Madison, GA (I20 East past Covington)

Madison Museum of Fine Art, 290 Hancock Street, Madison, GA 30650

Atlanta, GA

High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Hammonds House Museum
, 503 Peeples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Museum of Design Atlanta, 285 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303
CDC/Global Health Odyssey Museum, 1600 Clifton Rd at CDC Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30333

Now go have FUN in your LOCAL communities with your KIDS.