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.

Break Out The Cowbells and Head To Chick-Fil-A For #CowAppreciationDay

Chick-fil-A® is issuing a cattle call! Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. On that day, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will offer a free meal to any customer who visits a restaurant dressed as a cow.

Customers dressed "head to hoof" in cow attire will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), which includes an entree of choice, a side item and a beverage. For those too "chikin" to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entree to customers partially dressed in cow attire, such as a cow-spotted purse, hat or other accessory.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta celebrates Christmas in July with charity toy drive

Guests will receive special offer for donations benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

ATLANTA  – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites children to jump start the season of giving with its annual Christmas in July celebration! Families are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped and unopened toys to LEGOLAND Discovery Center and receive a Kids Go Free voucher, valid with the purchase of an adult ticket! LEGOLAND Discovery Center will also match the donation with a LEGO® toy, all benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

WHAT: Christmas in July at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta

WHEN:             July 1-31, 2015

WHERE:        LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta: Third Floor, Phipps Plaza | 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead

HOW:              Bring a new, unwrapped and unopened toy valued at $10 or more and receive a Kids Go Free voucher. The voucher is valid for one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult walk-up ticket.

For more information, please visit: 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This Tiny Birdhouse Camper Might Kill You With Cuteness


These absolutely charming handcrafted birdhouses are inspired by the Shasta campers of the 1950's, will add a bit of charm to your yard, garden, or home. A thoughtful gift for vintage camper enthusiasts, bird lovers of all stripes, collectors, or your eccentric Uncle Al. 

Finish and construction are: exterior oil-based paint, brass escutcheon pins, and aluminum sheeting on a frame of 1/2 inch Okoume marine-grade plywood with waterproof glue for durability and weather resistance (Okoume is a sustainable-growth hardwood). The bottom slides out for easy cleaning access. A screw and spacer are included for mounting the birdhouse to a tree or post. 

The entry hole is 1 1/2 inches in diameter, making these birdhouses appropriate for Carolina wrens, eastern bluebirds, ash-throated flycatchers, hairy woodpeckers, tree swallows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and many other birds. 

BECAUSE OF THE METAL TOP, these should be placed in deep shade, not direct sunlight, to prevent overheating. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recipes We Love! Hamburger Helper® Crab-Stuffed Cheesy Peppers #SaveOnHelper

I hope you all had the chance to grab the special Hamburger Helper®​ Ibotta coupon we just posted a few days ago because today I am "flipping" the Hamburger Helper® Tuna Cheesy pasta into something completely different.

I have seen so many recipes of stuffed peppers using Hamburger Helper®​, but I have never seen one where they substitute the protein for crabmeat. The funny part about this recipe is that I accidentally discovered it when I realized I forgot to buy the tuna for the recipe.

Stuffed peppers with crabmeat stuffing is nothing new, so I thought, why not add crabmeat stuffing to our Hamburger Helper®? Just top it with a great gooey cheese and it should be perfect, and it was!
The best part of this recipe is that is it so easy to do and it requires a limited amount of ingredients.

Hamburger Helper® Crabmeat Stuffed Peppers

1 box of Hamburger Helper®​ Tuna Cheesy Pasta
4 Bell Peppers in any color
8 oz of crabmeat stuffing
8 oz crabmeat (not shown in pictures)
Mexican Four Cheese finely shredded cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook Hamburger Helper® Tuna Chessy Pasta according to package instructions but substitute tuna for crabmeat stuffing.
  2. Cut the peppers in half, remove stems and seeds.
  3. Wash peppers and cook in boiling, salted water for 4-5 minutes. Drain.
  4. Stuff each pepper with a generous portion of the Hamburger Helper® Cheesy Tuna with the 8oz of crabmeat stuffing mixture and 8 oz of crabmeat.
  5. Top peppers with Mexican Four Cheese finely shredded cheese.
  6. Place in a lightly greased baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. Optional: Chopped parsley or cilantro to garnish

Monday, June 15, 2015

Celebrate National Hamburger Month With a Hamburger Helper® Rebate #SaveOnHelper

June is National Burger Month

Head to Walmart And Grab a Hamburger Helper® And Make Summer Meals a Breeze!

Summer is here, the sun is shining and the warm southern wind is sweet. June is officially in full swing, kids are busy volunteering, practicing martial arts, and learning a third language at home. My kids are fluent in Spanish and English, but they are determined to learn a third language before they graduate from high school. My eldest is learning German, while my youngest is fascinated with all things French.

Summer is challenging for most families, especially those with children, because not only they need to keep them busy, but you need to make 3 meals a day, when you normally only make two.

What is it about kids spending long periods at home and overeating? Seriously, where does this insatiable appetite comes from? A bottle of juice? Gone in a day! Bagels? Gone in 2 days! I am just glad I can go to Walmart and get Hamburger Helper® and whip up a healthy, quick and delicious meal.

When it comes to Hamburger Helper® I can tell you the kids favorite have always been the "Cheesy Italian Shells". I use fat free milk and lean turkey and serve it a with a salad to keep it on the lighter side.

Putting 3 meals a day can be daunting, and quite expensive if you don't shop smart. I always try to buy my Hamburger Helpers at Walmart when they are on sale on when I can print or upload a coupon like the one the Hamburger Helper® is offering this month via ibotta in honor of "Hamburger Month".

If you are unfamiliar with ibotta, this is an app you can link your loyalty cards, upload coupons and get cash-back everywhere you go. I have it on my phone and I can testify it is a fantastic way to save money.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brain: The Inside Story On View at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History From June 6 to August 23

Interactive Exhibition Shows Latest Research About the Human Brain

Fernbank Museum always goes above and beyond when it comes to bring new and exciting exhibits to our city. The inner workings of the most complex and fascinating structure –the human brain—can now be discovered at a special exhibition this summer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. On view from June 6 through August 23, Brain: The Inside Story offers a new perspective and keen insight into the mind through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging, brain teaser games and dynamic interactive exhibits for all ages.

Drawing from 21st century research and technology, Brain: The Inside Story brings visitors up to date on the latest neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma. It also showcases new technologies researchers use to study the brain and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. With a multitude of diverse topics to explore, the exhibition is divided into seven sections: Introduction, Introductory Theater, Your Sensing Brain, Your Emotional Brain, Your Thinking Brain, Your Changing Brain and Your 21st Century Brain.

“We’re thrilled to have Brain: The Inside Story at Fernbank this summer. The exhibition provides a wealth of information about the body’s most complex organ, while at the same time it’s fun and features hands-on activities that visitors of all ages will find fascinating,” said Bobbi Hohmann, Vice President of Education, Collections and Research.

The journey through the mind begins as visitors walk past a three-pound preserved brain—a modest, small white mass—then step into the exhibition through an exhilarating tunnel of firing neurons. The tunnel projects lines of light onto hanging wires to represent brain connectivity and highlight its electrical impulses.

After immersing visitors in the electric firings of the human brain, the sensational exhibition unfolds with a stunning array of visuals bringing the brain’s myriad functions into view: a dramatic six-foot tall homunculus, a human figure with larger-than-life proportions that highlight how much of the brain is devoted to the sense of touch in different parts of the body; a multimedia video encounter with a model brain that lights up brain regions used by a student dancer auditioning for Julliard; an engaging neuron gesture table showing how brain cells connect and communicate with each other; a glowing eight-foot-tall model of the subcortical brain that illustrates how the mind processes language, memory and decision making; and a deep-brain stimulation implant, the first of its kind on display in a museum.

Other intriguing features within the exhibition include the brain lounge, artistic interpretations of the brain created by visual artists, and many exciting games and interactive activities. In the brain lounge, guests can watch a brain scan of a New York Knicks shooting guard reacting to the swoosh of the net and the roar of a crowd during a game. To enhance and deepen the understanding of the brain and its functions, visitors may also partake in build-a-brain puzzles and brain-exercising games.

“Anyone who is excited about how the human body works needs to attend this exhibit because the brain is the core of how our bodies function,” said Dr. Laura Carruth, Associate Professor of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University, which will lead Brain Labs during the exhibition. “New neuroscience discoveries are being made all the time yet there is still so much to learn about the brain. This exhibit will help people discover and appreciate how one three-pound organ can do so many amazing things.”

Engaging at every corner, Brain: The Inside Story promises an enlightening experience and great adventure into the depths of the mind and human intellect. The exhibition will be on view from June 6 – August 23 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.


The exhibition will be accompanied by several programming opportunities.

  • Brain: The Inside Story Opening Day Celebration on June 6 will feature the first opportunity to explore the new exhibition along with special opportunities to enjoy games, activities, real brain specimens, Brain Labs hosted by The Neuroscience Institute, roaming mascots and giveaways. 
  • Fernbank hosts a lecture inspired by Brain: The Inside Story on June 7 at 3:30 p.m. Presented by Dr. Raul G. Nogueira and Dr. Gustavo Pradilla of the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital, Not All Strokes Are Created Equal: Innovative and Lifesaving Treatments explores cutting-edge advances that can prevent strokes, reduce their impact and save lives.
  • Fernbank will offer extended hours of Brain: The Inside Story during Martinis & IMAX® on Friday nights in June with a special Martinis & IMAX ticket.
  • On select weekends, Brain Labs will offer an opportunity to investigate real brains along with other activities led by researchers from the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University.
  • As part of the summer series, Summer Fun at Fernbank, the museum will host a Brain Freeze Friday on June 26, offering free frozen popsicles from Pop Stars.

Brain: The Inside Story is supported locally in part by The Marcus Foundation, Inc., the Principal Investor for this exhibition. Additional funding is provided by the General Motors Foundation in support of STEM learning and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Codice. Idee per la cultura, Torino, Italy in association with Comune di Milano – Assessorato Cultura, Italy; Guandong Science Center, Guangzhou, China; and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain. 


Hours and Ticket Information 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brain: The Inside Story is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, and free for Fernbank members. Tickets and visitor information are available at or 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets). 

Friday, June 5, 2015

ICE's Summer Craft Market is Back

If you LOVE all things handmade you are going to love the ICE's Summer Craft Market on June 6- 7

ICE's mission is to provide opportunity to craft and vintage sellers. Educating shoppers on why they should buy handcrafted is a big component as well (Why? Because you are using your money to directly support someone using their talents to make a living, instead of a big box store and a chain of middle-men. What you buy will be unique instead of contributing to the sameness threatening to dominate society today). Encouraging people to craft is another important aspect of ICE's mission through hands-on activities at our events, ICE Summer Camp for Kids, Craft Escape and bringing Make N Takes to other events such as Art on the BeltLine, Maiedae Mixer, Maker Faire Atlanta and the Decatur Book Fest. While their original goal was to create a market where they could sell their own creations, ICE has grown so much that Shannon and Christy barely have time to craft anymore, let alone sell at events. That's ok though. They like what ICE has become. Click here to learn more.

Fox Theatre Presents NEW Behind the Scenes Tours

For The First Time, The Public Will Have Access To Backstage, Legendary Stage

ATLANTA, GA  – The Fox Theatre today announces special Behind the Scenes Tours, a 90-minute guided program that allows guests to experience the soul of the Fox from three different perspectives. 
First, people will see the work, operationally, that goes into every performance backstage and underneath the stage, including power rooms, production offices, and stage lifts – a salute to the hundreds of unseen workers hustling to allow the curtain to open at 8 p.m. 
Next, guests will walk through the history of the Fox while hearing the incredible stories of how Atlanta came together to save the legendary Fox Theatre 40 years ago! The tour invites people to imagine the Fox in 1929 and take in the theater’s historical significance and preservation efforts by visiting never before seen restoration workrooms. 
The final stop of the tour allows guests to walk the same hallways and dressing rooms as The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Guides will show the “Play It Pretty for Atlanta” sign, which is a quote from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant and the last thing performers see before hitting the stage. People will also get to see a timeline of the Fox painted on the stairs. The higher you go, the more recent the timeline. Pictures of famous Fox performers grace the walls as well.

The tour will end on the theater’s legendary stage.

Ring In National Donut Day With A Free Donut and a Kids Go Free coupon Offer From Dunkin’ Donuts

On June 5, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer guests worldwide a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage PLUS pick up a #DDrawYourBuild sweepstakes card with Kids Go Free Coupon and win a special Stay & Play Package and tixs to LEGOLAND Discovery Center

ATLANTA, GAFriday, June 5th is National Donut Day and Dunkin’Donuts will commemorate the holiday by offering guests a free donut* of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 5th at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Additionally, the brand has introduced a cool new way the cookie crumbles for Dunkin’ Donuts guests just in time for National Donut Day.

On June 1st, the brand announced two delicious new donut varieties available for a limited time, the Chips Ahoy!® Crème Donut and Chips Ahoy!® Crunch Donut. The Chips Ahoy!® Crème Donut is a yeast shell filled with cookie dough flavored buttercreme, frosted with chocolate icing and dipped in crumbled Chips Ahoy!® cookies. The Chips Ahoy!® Crunch Donut is a yeast ring frosted with chocolate icing and dipped in Chips Ahoy!® cookies. 

In addition there's exciting partnership between Dunkin’ Donuts and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta just in time for summer. Families can now visit a participating Dunkin’ Donuts location to enter the #DDrawYourBuild Sweepstakes and pick up a Kids Go Free coupon!

One lucky grand prize winner of the #DDrawYourBuild will receive a Stay and Play Package including a one night hotel stay, a $200 gas gift card, a special one-on-one build with Master Model Builder, a behind the scenes experience at the attraction and a family four pack of Annual Passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta! An additional five second prize winners will receive a family four pack of Annual Passes to the attraction, and 10 third prize winners will receive a four pack of tickets to the attraction!

Here’s how it will work:
  1. Visit a participating Dunkin’ Donuts Store in Georgia, Alabama or Louisiana and pick up a #DDrawYourBuild sweepstakes card with Kids Go Free Coupon
  2. Draw a picture of something you would like to build using LEGO® bricks in the open space on the front of the sweepstakes card
  3. Take a picture with your drawing of what you would like to build while inside of Dunkin’ Donuts
  4. Like and follow Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook or Twitter (@DunkinGa, @DunkinSavannah, @DunkinLouisiana, @DDAlabama)
  5. Like and follow LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta on Facebook or Twitter (@LDCAtlanta)
  6. Upload the picture of you with your drawing of what you would like to build with LEGO® bricks to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta Facebook Page, twitter (@LDCAtlanta) OR Instagram (@LDCAtlanta) and use #DDrawYourBuild when you do
  7. Submit your picture using the above instructions before July 31, 2015
  8. Check back on our social media pages to see if you are selected as the winner!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type plays Center for Puppetry Arts June 9 - July 26

New puppet production based on award-winning children’s book

ATLANTA  – Get ready for a brand-new barnyard tale like you’ve never “herd” before! Featuring Farmer Brown and his clever, comical cows, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type grazes the Center for Puppetry Arts stage with its debut June 9-July 26. Directed by the Center’s artistic director Jon Ludwig, this bovine bunch illustrates what happens when cows learn to type and chickens go on strike! Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is adapted from the award-winning children’s book for the puppet stage by Ludwig and resident puppet builder Jason Hines. This fun farm tale features rod marionettes and rod puppets performed by veteran puppeteers Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, Amy Sweeney, and Tim Sweeney, with narration and original musical accompaniment by Dolph Amick. All of the puppets, props and scenery were created onsite by the Center’s talented artists.
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