Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Publix Launches “Tools for Back to School” Campaign

Fundraiser to help purchase school supplies for underserved children

ATLANTA, Ga. (July 20, 2015) – Having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade. That’s why Publix Super Markets will offer the “Tools for Back to School” campaign Thursday, July 23 through Wednesday, August 12. Customers and associates are encouraged to donate $5, $7 or $10 which will be used to purchase much needed school supplies for local teachers, students and non-profit organizations assisting underserved children through Kids In Need, a program of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Our Tools for Back to School program grew out of the need to help students and teachers,” said Brenda Reid, Publix media and community relations manager. “Many families do not have the resources to purchase school supplies and many teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their students. That’s why this program is so important. It supports families and classroom teachers.”

More than 1,100 Publix stores will have a “Tools for Back to School” display near the front of the store. The display will include tear-off tickets valued at $5, $7 and $10. Customers may tear off a ticket and give it to the cashier when they check out. The amount on the ticket will be added to their grocery order. Customers who donate will receive a Publix reusable bag.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Zumper Apartments Scholarship

We know from our time at college that school is expensive, so our friends at Zumper wants to help you out with a $1,000 scholarship. They’re looking for outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it!

Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015 is eligible to apply.

How to apply
To apply, please submit a short piece of writing, that includes the following:

Atlanta-area Simon malls offer extended hours and special deals for 2015 Tax Free Weekend July 31-August 1

Special savings and activities help local shoppers start the school year off right

ATLANTA (July 21, 2015) – School is almost back in session, and Calhoun Premium Outlets, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb are gearing up to help local shoppers stock up on all the necessities this season during Georgia’s 2015 Tax Free Holiday. OnFriday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, Atlanta-area shoppers can enjoy a state sales-tax exemption on school supplies, clothing, electronics and other back-to-school items. The deals don’t end there – Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb will help shoppers save even more through retailer coupons and other special offerings available online at the Simon Retailer Showcase available at simon.com

Establish a Healthy Back-To-School Sleep Schedule with Tips from Dr Sujay Kansagra and Mattress Firm

Fewer ZZZs Could Lead to More F’s

Does back to school mean back to bedtime struggles at your house? According to Mattress Firm and pediatric neurologist Sujay Kansagra, director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and author of My Child Won’t Sleep, if any of these phrases sound familiar, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your child’s sleep – and school success – at bedtime.   

1.     Tomorrow is a school day – bedtime is an hour earlier!” Right before the first night of school, parents often move up bedtime by an hour or more. Children need longer to adjust to a new sleep routine. Move your child’s bedtime up by 15 minutes per day in the days – or weeks – leading up to the start of school, until you reach your school-year bedtime.

2.     You can watch one cartoon before lights out.” While watching TV might seem like a good way to let your child wind down, artificial light from smart phones, laptops and TVs trick the brain into thinking it is still day time, making it harder to fall asleep. End screen time at least one hour before bed.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sugarloaf Mills Back To School Bash and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sugarloaf Mills.

Local families invited to enjoy fall fashion, fun and freebies

In celebration of Georgia’s tax free weekend, local families are invited to ring in the start of the school year with Sugarloaf Mills’ Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 1 from 1-4 p.m. Attendees will be among the first to view the latest trends in fall fashion from retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Levi’s Outlet, Old Navy, Off Broadway Shoes, Kenneth Cole Outlet, Crazy 8, Gymboree Outlet and more! Planned entertainment and activities include music by DJ Kimber, fashion modeling and giveaways as well as a braid and ponytail bar, lip lounge and a selfie station.

To help highlight Sugarloaf Mills’ Tax-Free Weekend deals and the latest in back-to-school trends, Audrey Hayes of Bluebird Patch Teens, Erin Haag of Mommy Octopus and Stacey Stegg of Macaroni Kid Lawrenceville will each host two fashion trend segments during the Back-to-School Bash.

As if the back-to-school celebration couldn’t get any sweeter, the first 300 guests will receive a goodie-packed swag bag with a VIP Savings Brochure with discounts from several retailers, treats from KIND Snacks, GoGo squeeZ and more, and attendees 18 years and older will have the chance to register to win one of two $250 Simon gift cards! Sugarloaf Mills Back-to-School Bash is sure to send students off to school in style!

WHAT/WHEN: Back-to-School Bash
Saturday, August 1 from 1-4 p.m.
                Families can preview the latest fall fashion and enjoy activities such as a selfie station, ponytail and braid bar, lip lounge, entertainment and giveaways! The first 300 guests will receive a swag bag, and attendees 18 years and older can enter to win one of two $250 Simon gift cards.

WHERE: Sugarloaf Mills Food Court
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

HOW: The Back-to-School Bash is a FREE event for friends and families to enjoy!

For more information please visit http://bit.ly/1HNyyI5 or Sugarloaf Mills on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to win a $100 Simon Mall gift card to grab the latest fashion trends at the mall? Easy, leave us a comment below and register your entry on our giveaway widget. Good luck, and I hope to meet you all the mall!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

National Geographic’s ROBOTS Comes to Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX® Theatre

New Giant Screen Film Looks at the World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoid Robots

ATLANTA, July 16, 2015 – Summer break is winding down but Fernbank Museum is keeping the sunny-season fun going with an all -new family eventBrains & Bots Day. On Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.adults, teens and children will investigate the wonders of human and artificial intelligence through a range of entertaining activities bringing together all things bots and brains.

Brains & Bots Day will be one of Fernbank’s most interactive events of the year featuring extraordinary encounters with fascinating robots and opportunities to see real human and animal brains. Partners Robotic Explorers and Imagine That! will conduct live demonstrations with LEGO® EV3 and NXT robots and show guests of all ages how to program these incredible machines.  In addition, the Neuroscience Institute of Georgia State University will be back with the body’s most complex organ during “Touch A Brain!” This activity offers guests the sensational opportunity to examine the brain up close with researchers and experts.

Magnificent Midsummer Weekend On The Way At Zoo Atlanta

Weekend outlook includes Animal Planet, bald eagle sightings and a birthday grand finale for America’s only twin pandas

WHAT: July brings thoughts of family fun, cool treats and American icons, and Zoo Atlanta visitors can look forward to all three. The weekend outlook features visits by Animal Planet; ice cakes for 2-year-old birthday girls Mei Lun and Mei Huan; and sightings of the Zoo’s newest family member, a bald eagle.

 Animal Planet Weekend: Animal Planet takes over the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. Highlights will include a Scavenger Safari Hunt; crafts; Animal Planet photo-ops; and screenings of Animal Planet’s “Big Cat Diaries.” Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.and are free with general admission.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Center for Puppetry Arts Launches 2015-16 Sensory-Friendly Programming

Special Programming Adapted for Patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ATLANTA (July 9, 2015) – Building off its 2015 successes in presenting programming uniquely modified for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to announce a full slate of sensory-friendly programming to occur during its 2015-16 season. These modifications of the Center’s regular programming will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, museum exhibits and Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

"Our commitment to integrate sensory-friendly programming into our season in a more intentional way reflects our desire to invite ALL patrons to find themselves at home in puppetry,” noted Aretta Baumgartner, the Center’s Education Director. “The judgment-free zone we're providing is a safe, comfortable way to introduce the Center and shared public arts experiences to the children and families of the ASD community.”

The Center’s staff worked with the Walden Early Childhood Center at Emory University to learn about ASD and how to best adapt programming to serve the needs of this community. The adaptation process occurred over a series of months involving workshops, discussions and training for Center staff that culminated into two performances during the spring of 2015. Audience reactions to these events were phenomenal with numerous patrons commenting on how touched they were to be provided with this type of accessible programming.  The Center was thrilled with the feedback and thus, made the decision to incorporate more sensory-friendly experiences into this year’s lineup.   

Friday, July 10, 2015

Travel Tips For Pet Owners From Barking Hound Village

With summer upon us travel abounds. Bathing suit – check; sunscreen – check; big straw hat – check. But don’t forget fido -  Barking Hound Village’s Owner David York can help REDUCE YOUR travel stress with these eight great tips. Leaving fido behind? The newest Barking Hound is located at 3080 Sylvan Road - just minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This 10,000 square-foot boarding facility keeps hounds happy with grooming services, luxury suites and all day free-play daycare. As a convenience to weary travelers, Barking Hound Village Airport offers extended hours from 6 a.m. to midnight to accommodate early departures and late arrivals with a separate entrance so not to disturb other overnight guests.

1. Before you travel, make reservations. If you need to arrange overnight accommodations, make sure the pet-only rooms are also non-smoking rooms. Also, request a ground-floor room. This is convenient for late-night potty runs, and means little unnecessary schlepping for you at properties that don’t have elevators.
2. Travel on an empty stomach. Car sickness is more likely if your pet has a full stomach. If the trip is long, feed a smaller amount than normal at least two hours before you leave.
3. Make sure your pet stays hydrated. To ensure safe water on the road: carry a portable water filter, boil water from home and store it in air-tight bottles or use commercial bottled water.
4. Leave the front seat for humans. Keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.
5. Take your walks in the morning or evening. Midday heat can overwhelm your dog so exercise your dog during cooler hours of the day.
6. Be sure to take plenty of your dog’s regular food. Changing your dog’s diet can often cause an upset stomach.
7. If you have to leave your dog alone in your hotel room, make sure to place a note on your door so housekeeping doesn’t accidentally let them out.
8. Always be sure your dog’s ID tag includes your cell phone number in case you get separated.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July Proclaimed As Explore Gwinnett Month

Locals are invited to learn take advantage of discounts, giveaways and a scavenger hunt

July 7, 2015 (Duluth, GA) – Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charlotte Nash, officially proclaimed July 2015 as the first annual Explore Gwinnett Month at the July 7th, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting. During July, residents are encouraged to discover new attractions, parks, restaurants, events and things to do in Gwinnett.

We created Explore Gwinnett Month to encourage locals to get up, get out and experience Gwinnett. Our primary focus throughout the year is educating visitors on the offerings of Gwinnett, but oftentimes we talk to so many residents who are unaware of all the great things that Gwinnett has to offer. This is their invitation to explore,” said Lisa Anders, Explore Gwinnett Executive Director.

A scavenger hunt leading participants to County parks, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Red Clay Music Foundry, Suwanee Sculptour and the Duluth Town Green began on July 1st with one lucky winner receiving an iPad. Participants visit each location and post photos to Twitter and Instagram  with #exploregwinnettmonth to enter.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Memphis rocks Aurora Theatre stage, July 23- August 30

Smash-hit musical livens up Lawrenceville as 20th Anniversary Signature Series debut

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (June 22, 2015) – Jive along to the brassy beats of Beale Street in 1950s Memphis, where the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll reels in an aspiring R&B DJ, who just happens to be white,  to spark change in the deep South. Bringing powerhouse numbers to the suburban Atlanta stage, Aurora Theatre debuts its 20th Anniversary Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series with the regional premiere of the hit-musical sensation Memphis, playing July 23- August 30, 2015! A co-production with Theatrical Outfit, this tuneful tale is sure to strike a chord with music lovers of all ages! 

When you take a mega musical like Memphis and produce it in Aurora’s intimate theatre setting, what you get is an unparalleled experience of fierce emotion, dynamic theatrics and the ability for audiences to immerse themselves in the story and characters,” said Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “All of these elements combined are what make this an unforgettable season debut!”

Loosely based on real-life rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Dewey Phillips, Memphis follows the story of quirky and irreverent DJ Huey Calhoun and his transformation of the iconic sound from the radio to the TV.  Breaking racial barriers along his journey, he falls in love with a soulful black singer and a cultural revolution is ignited! Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this story of passion, determination and sacrifice presents a moving musical for all to cheer for. 

Fourth of July Red Cross Blood Drives at Mall of Georgia & Town Center at Cobb (July 3-5)

Fourth of July Red Cross Blood Drives: Be proud to be a donor at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb (July 3-5)

WHAT:          Celebrate the freedom to give blood this Fourth of July weekend!

The American Red Cross will host two blood drives at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb this Fourth of July weekend from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Why get involved?  Here are some quick facts about the process, courtesy of the American Red Cross:
·         Blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors.
·         Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration and medical history, mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
·         Shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer and winter holidays—so now is the time to give!
·         One donation can help save the lives of up to three people!
·         The American Red Cross supplies approximately 45% of the nation's blood supply.
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