Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rainforest Adventures at The Center of Puppetry Arts

Prepare for a wild adventure beneath the Brazilian tree tops with toucans, anteaters, poison frogs, and more! 

Check out the OPENING WEEKEND as well as
special SENSORY-FRIENDLY activities.

It's a jungle out there in this entertaining and enlightening peek at the amazing Amazonian rainforest!

Experience a day in the life of more than 30 exotic animals that live in this vital ecosystem.  

A mischievous howler monkey leaps from tree to tree, a keen-eyed harpy eagle searches for its next meal, and pink river dolphins playfully peruse the waterways as the jungle comes to life in this vibrant escape to the tropics.

Tickets: $16.50|Members: $9.25
Buy tickets online or call 404-873-3391

Tickets include Performance, Museum entry, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop where patrons can make their own Electric Eel Ultraviolet Puppet to take home!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Spare Parts Cristian Arceaga "A Dream to Build" College Tuition Fundraiser

I recently had the opportunity to watch Spare Parts, the true story of four Hispanic students from the real robotics team from Carl Hayden Community High School, an inner city school in Phoenix that signed up for an underwater robot competition funded by NASA. With 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, they build an ugly robot that was able to defeat engineering powerhouse and reigning robotics champion, MIT. I wanted the kids to see this movie because they are both inclined to work in STEM fields and I heard so many good things about this movie that I just couldn't wait until it came out on DVD. 

The movie is mainly focused on the team building a robot but there's a parallel story that is as interesting as their journey building the robot and entering the competition. You see, all four students had entered the country illegally; three out of the four were undocumented immigrants. 

As a DACA recipient and undocumented immigrant most of them did not qualify for in-state tuition at most universities. Cristian Arcega, who was called the genius of the four students, is now 26 and working at Home Depot. He dreams on becoming an electrical engineer and after the movie and a new documentary called “Underwater Dreams” that feautures their story as they build the robot and win the NASA competition, the community has come forward and are raising money to send him to college. If you would like to help Cristian achieve his life long dream please visit his fundraising page. Every little helps, and there's nothing worse in life than seen someone not achieve their full potential. Help Cristian achieve his underwater dreams!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Latin Princess Elena of Avalor To Become Disney's Newest TV Hit

There's a new princess is town!

Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior's hit series "Sofia the First" beginning production now for a 2016 premiere. That exciting story arc will usher in the 2016 launch of the animated series "Elena of Avalor," a production of Disney Television Animation. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

The series is targeted at kids ages 2-7 and aims to teach lessons about leadership, resilience, diversity, compassion and the importance of family and family traditions. The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (ABC Family's "Young & Hungry").

REVIEW: Why Aurora Theatre is Gwinnett's Best Kept Secret

Aurora Theatre is one of Gwinnett best kept secret. This tiny but mighty venue gives you a very unique and intimate, immmersive theatrical experience that will knock your socks off. The Aurora's staff are like “The Island of Misfit Toys” because they are not only enigmatic, but are able to manage to produce 300 events and entertain 50,000 patrons each season.

IKEA Campaign: Brighter Lives For Refugees


Helping Refugees, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR Provide Sustainable Lighting and Access to Primary Education

The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to make a difference and create a better everyday life for the many refugees living around the world. Starting February 1 and running till March 28, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro ($1.16 *) to help UNHCR light refugee camps— making them a safer, more suitable place for the families who live there. In its first year (2014), the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, raised $10.6 million (€7.7 million**) globally, and the US alone raised over $570,000 through IKEA co-worker and customer support.

Today there are almost 13 million refugees *** under UNHCR’s care, half of whom are children. For those refugees living in camps, all livelihoods, social and educational activities usually stop after sundown, because refugee camps can be extremely dark places. Thanks to the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, many now have lighting and energy solutions.

A Sweet & Vicious Valentine's Cooking Class with Libbie Summers

To all my lovebirds who are still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine's day, here's a local event you might like. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so our friend and cookbook author Libbie Summers will be hosting a cooking class inspired by her second cookbook: Sweet & Vicious—baking with attitude at Cook’s Warehouse on Wednesday, February 4th to show you how to put love back into your food!

Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude is an interactive and entertaining cookbook filled with inventive recipes for baking that deliver a punch. And, award-winning author Libbie Summers is not your run-of-the-mill cook; she has an insatiable curiosity and a no-holds-barred approach to baking outside the box with crazy-brilliant combinations and loads of personality. Bring a sense of adventure into the kitchen and to your Valentine’s celebration this year. Grab a few fun-loving girlfriends and make a night of it. Libbie will help you to take your sweet nothings up a notch, and give you more than your share of entertainment, as she demonstrates:

4000 Miles Wheels into Lawrenceville with Aurora Theatre Debut, February 12–March 1

Touching and Humorous Play Examines the True Meaning of Family and Friends

Picture this: an old-world grandmother, new-age grandson and a tiny New York apartment – what could possibly go wrong? Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Time Magazine’s number one Play or Musical of 2012, 4000 Miles rolls into Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre February 12 -March 1, 2015! Dynamic writer Amy Herzog uses her own feisty grandmother’s experiences and stories to shape the character of elderly Vera in this altogether sensitive and comical story. Audiences are invited to take a trip to New York City’s Greenwich Village and experience the implausible, yet beautiful relationship of two characters, as they embark on a journey to find their place in today’s world.

4000 Miles is a rich, satisfying play filled with humorous moments in an unlikely setting,” says Aurora Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “Vera and Leo’s bond is deeply touching and serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to stop and take time to cherish life’s little moments.”  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fernbank Museum New Mommy & Me Mondays Promotion

Older Kids are Back to School but What to do with Youngsters? Fernbank Museum Has the Answer with New Mommy & Me Mondays Promotion

ATLANTA, January 27, 2015— Many moms wonder what they can do with 2 to 4-year-olds that’s fun, educational and tailored to this specific age group. Back by popular demand, Mommy & Me Mondays at Fernbank Museum of Natural History has the answer. Mommy & Me Mondays pairs a great discount with curated activities suited for the toddler set.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Project Returns To Lenox Square To Offer Guests An Opportunity To Donate Clothing And Give Back

Buckhead’s premier shopping destination encourages customers to give generously through their closets and raise funds for their favorite charity with Fashion Project. Guests can drop off clothing at Lenox Square’s Guest Services and earn a $20 Simon Giftcard® for every five qualifying items.

Select Simon malls, including Lenox Square, are teaming up with Fashion Project to offer mall guests the opportunity to donate their gently worn clothing to benefit charitable causes. Fashion Project is the premiere online clothing donation service committed to using fashion as a force for good.

Between January 19, 2015 and February 1, 2015, Lenox Square shoppers can pick up a Donation Bag at Simon Mall® Guests Services which is located on the mall’s main level in between David Yurman and Coach or request one online at

United Way of Greater Atlanta Needs Volunteers to Sort and Distribute Coats for Project Overcoat

For more than 25 years, United Way of Greater Atlanta has partnered with FedEx, FOX 5 and others for Project Overcoat, a coat and blanket drive for men, women and children in need.   The drive runs through Saturday, January 24. The sorting and distribution of the coats will be coordinated by United Way and will be held February 4-6 and 9-13.
Project Overcoat is a perfect opportunity for families, church groups, civic organizations and others to volunteer. Last winter, residents throughout the 13-county metro region gave nearly 19,000 coats to their neighbors in need. This year’s goal is to collect 25,000 new and gently used blankets, coats, hats and gloves. United Way partners with 100 nonprofit agencies to distribute the items to men, women and children in need.
To sign up to volunteer, register at  Please see the details below.
In addition to FedEx, other Project Overcoat sponsors include KISS 104.1 and Kroger.
To donate and drop off items: January 10-24, ALL DAY, at Kroger stores

Atlanta Science Festival T-shirt Design Competition

The Atlanta Science Festival invites Georgia students (grades 6-12) to submit a T-shirt design that depicts what science means to them and how science can change the world. "World" could literally be interpreted to mean the planet. Or maybe it’s the role science might play in their personal worlds, whether they revolve around sports, school, family or socializing with friends, for example.

The winner will receive two tickets to the event, AnEvening with Neil deGrasse Tyson, at the Fox Theatre on Mar. 24, 2015; an on-stage award presentation during the Festival‘s Exploration Expo on Mar. 28, 2015; and 10 T-shirts for family or friends.

The design will be judged by a panel of Atlanta Science Festival staff, board members, sponsors and partners on artistry, creativity, originality and the ability to communicate a clear and positive message.


Designs must be submitted in digital format only and emailed to: Entries must be received no later than 11 p.m. EST, on Feb. 9, 2015. See Contest Rules for complete details and submission information.

Toothpick Bridge Building Event at Fernbank Science Center

Saturday February 21, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Hi Bluebird Patch teens! Here's an exciting event for all those teens that are pursuing a STEM career. 

GOAL:  To design and build a bridge type structure in one of two categories: Toothpick Category and Open-Materials Category.  After entrants have designed and built their bridges, the event provides a convenient, fun-filled place to test them and see how well they work. Participants will build their bridges in advance and bring them to the event. The bridges will be tested to failure (i.e. until they break) to measure their load carrying ability.

LOCATION: Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Click here for directions)

ENTRANTS:   Open To All.  Students, parents, sponsoring engineers, and teachers are welcome to submit bridges!  Each entrant will receive a certificate with the results of the bridge test, an event T-shirt, and other interesting stuff!  We hope that this event will introduce students to careers in engineering.

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