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30 Free Things to Do This Summer

30 Free Things to Do This Summer

Moms Like Me always has a ton of deals for families to enjoy in Atlanta.

This list has 30 free things to do this summer, from petting zoo to museums... Enjoy it all on the MomLikeMe website.

Let's Jam! $60 Private Music Lessons Package with Firehouse Guitars Atlanta, ages 7+ (40% off)

Let's Jam! $60 Private Music Lessons Package with Firehouse Guitars Atlanta, ages 7+ (40% off)

Give the gift of music to your little rockers! For kids ages 7 and up. CLICK HERE TO SAVE 40% OFF lessons for: piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, clarinet, saxophone, drums or ukulele at Firehouse Guitars Atlanta. TWO locations: Decatur & Conyers! ($100 value)

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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Local Photographer Oana Hogrefe Announces 2012 Childhood Calendar Model Search

Local Photographer Oana Hogrefe Announces 2012 Childhood Calendar Model Search

 

Local photographer Oana Hogrefe of Oana Hogrefe Photography, a boutique studio providing insightful and genuine portrait imagery of children, babies and families, announces a model search for the 2012 edition of the Childhood Calendar. 

Each year, Hogrefe donates her time and photography skills to create a calendar to benefit a local child-centric charity. Last year’s Childhood Calendar raised $5,630 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year’s beneficiary is Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF), an organization that provides unique retreats and memory books to families with a parent suffering from late stage cancer.

The Childhood Calendar will feature 12 months of evocative, impactful images of children. This year’s theme is “Faces of childhood” and will focus on the beauty and expressivity of each child, the pure emotions shared by children everywhere.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Woodstock Market and Show will feature an outdoor market and antique show on Saturday, May 7. The show will include antiques, vintage things, arts and crafts, furniture, produce and vendor items. The show was created to have the feel of an “Old World Outdoor Street Market”. The market is located at 9464 Main Street in Woodstock.

This weekend, North Cobb will present their 2nd Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. This festival is held by The Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth; it’s a non-sanctioned BBQ competition open to anyone who loves to cook. The event will be held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. This year, the festival will host free concerts.