Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atlanta History Center Fall Folklife Festival Photo Recap

 

Every year Atlanta History Center holds the Fall Folklife Festival, an event that allows visitors to experience life back in the old south. The heart of the festival took place at the Atlanta History Center's 1860s Smith Family Farm where festival-goers of all ages enjoyed engaging activities that provide a thorough explanation of the fall harvest and preparation for the colder months ahead – before the invention of central heat. Garden tours, cooking and preserving demonstrations, woodworking and blacksmithing activities, as well as live musical performances and food truck vendors were some of the many activities offered during the festival.  



Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the nation’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and 22 acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail. 

 







In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Iconic Trick-Or-Treat For Unicef Campaign Goes Digital With 2014 Spokesperson Zendaya


CALLING ALL TRICK-OR-TREATERS! IT’S SCARY HOW MUCH GOOD YOU CAN DO!

Actress, platinum recording artist and author Zendaya, this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson, is asking kids in the U.S. to make a difference in the lives of other kids by raising funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs. Zendaya will be appearing as a “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF superhero” in print, online, and broadcast public service announcements to encourage participation in the 64-year-old American tradition.




Donations collected through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF provide medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education to children around the world. 

I loved Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF when I was younger because it was such an empowering experience to be able to make a difference. Kids need more than candy; they need basics like medicine, nutrition and clean drinking water, and millions of them wouldn’t have these things without UNICEF,” said Zendaya, 18-year-old star and producer of Disney Channel series KC Undercover airing this winter, and former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. “I’m really excited to celebrate Halloween this year by inspiring a new generation of kids to be Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF superheroes that help save other kids’ lives.”






The campaign relies not only on children and parents, but also on educators to teach their students the value of helping kids in need. This year K-8 teachers can participate through the 2nd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge. The competition will provide 15 grand prize winning teachers with $1,000 technology grants. All entrants will be asked to describe how they will teach their students about issues facing children globally and the importance of giving back. To be eligible to win, teachers must submit Trick-or-Treat donations by Dec. 1, 2014. To enter the competition, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.


For the first time in its 64 year history, kids and parents can go digital by fundraising through Crowdrise in support of the campaign and in just a few seconds, can set up a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraising page to share with friends and family. The money raised will help save and protect children by providing clean water, nutritious food, lifesaving vaccines and more ($1 can provide a child with 40 days of clean, safe drinking water; $5 can bring a hungry child back to health; $10 can give 280 children lifesaving vaccinations)!



Additionally, this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Teachers’ Guides can be used as a resource for educators to help provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make an impact through the campaign. Using readings, photos, videos, music, maps, and games, they introduce students to UNICEF’s work, child rights, and a variety of issues affecting the health and well-being of children around the world.


This Halloween, you have the power to save kids’ lives. In just a few seconds, you can set up a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraising page to share with friends and family. The money you raise will help save and protect children by providing clean water, nutritious food, lifesaving vaccines and more. Because some kids need more than candy.


If you would like to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF you can now place your request for a your FREE Unicef 2014 Trick or Treat Kit.

Each Kit Includes:



Collection Boxes
Stickers
Posters
Donation Form
Reply Envelope




Spread the word to family and friends. Let’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Center For Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days




Home Educators get a great discount to select  Performances!


Bring your lesson plans to life with our educational resources!
Tickets includes Performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and Museum admission.
Cost: $10.50 (regularly $16.50)*

For Home Educator tickets, call 404-873-3391.


The Old Man and the Monkeys
& Other Chinese Tales

By Dragon Art Studio of Portland, OR
Playing Sept 24 - Oct 5 | Ages 4 & Up

Discount applies to these performances:
Wednesday, Sept 24 @11:30am
Thursday, Sept 25 @11:30am
Friday, Sept 26 @ 11:30am

Create-A-Puppet Workshop
Mischievous Monkey Hand Puppet



The Wizard of Oz
By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH
Playing Oct 8 - 26 | Ages 4 & Up

Discount applies to these performances:
Wednesday, Oct 8 @ 11:30am
Thursday, Oct 9 @ 11:30am
Friday, Oct 10 @ 11:30am

Create-A-Puppet Workshop:
Cowardly Lion String & Rod Puppet

The Headless Horseman of 
Silly Hollow
By Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, ME
Playing Oct 28 - Nov 9 | Ages 4 & Up

Discount applies to these performances:
Tuesday, Oct 28 @ 11:30am
Wednesday, Oct 29 @ 11:30am
Thursday, Oct 30 @ 11:30am
Friday, Oct 31 @ 11:30am

Create-A-Puppet Workshop:
Sheepish Sheep Shadow Puppet



*Limit 4 per family. Subject to availability. Dates subject to change.


Not valid with previously purchased tickets or with any other offer.


Did you know?
All of our programming supports education standards
across the curriculum!

Some of our family series productions have free
Educator Resource Guides 
to enhance learning before
or after your visit!

We offer fun, interactive, intimate programs that
celebrate global puppetry traditions on select
Tuesdays in September and October: Discovery Days.



Center for Puppetry Arts1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
404.873.3391
www.puppet.org

Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday In the Park Returns Oct. 5


One-of-a-kind Victorian street festival marks 35th anniversary 

ATLANTA — On Sunday, Oct. 5, Atlanta’s “passed” and present will meet at historic Oakland Cemetery at Sunday In the Park. Celebrating 35 years as one of the city’s most unique fall festivals, Sunday In the Park features an afternoon full of music, art, food, dancing and more. 

From noon to 6 p.m., Atlanta’s oldest cemetery will host thousands of locals and visitors, as well as food trucks from Palookaville, The Varsity, Six Feet Under, WOW!, Mighty Meatballs and Al A Carte Frozen Bananas.  More than 10 musical acts will perform throughout the day, alongside dancers, storytellers, and actors. 

In keeping with historic Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian aesthetic, attendees are invited to get into the spirit of Sunday In the Park by dressing in period clothing. A Victorian costume contest will determine the best dressed in both traditional and steampunk categories. 

The street festival also features a photo exhibition and contest, with first-place winners receiving a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. 

Sunday In the Park is the perfect way to wind down the weekend in the city,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “It’s a truly unique event for all ages, and we’re excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary.” 

All proceeds from Sunday In the Park benefit Historic Oakland Foundation, the organization that maintains stewardship of Oakland Cemetery in partnership with the City of Atlanta. For full details on Sunday In the Park, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism #HeForShe




In an effort to solidify unity for HeForShe, a movement for gender equality, 24-year-old actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a powerful speech about the misconceptions surrounding feminism.

The UN Women campaign called "HeForShe" recognizes gender equality not only as a women's issue, but a human rights issue that affects all of us, and liberates both women and men from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes. This campaign has the goal of mobilizing one billion men to speak-up and take action in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls around the world.



In the speech that earned her a standing ovation, Watson stressed the importance of equality, gender roles, feminism and men’s involvement in promoting women’s rights.




"I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, unattractive even," she said.

"Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?" Watson asked. "I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."




The HeForShe campaign next goal aims to get 200,000 men to pledge their commitment to ending gender inequality. Are you a HeForShe? Take action today and upload your own HeForShe commitment or join the movement at http://www.heforshe.org/




What's Happy This Week! Captain America Visits Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta


Crash 'Captain America' Clark surprises sick boy


11Alive news has always been our favorite news channel, not only because they allow us to be a media contributor for their community websites, but because it is the only news channel that actively perform random acts of kindness on our community. Their latest recipient, Trevon Williams a seven-year-old that is recovering from his second liver transplant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, received an unexpected visit from Crash Clark, a "trafficologist" on the 11Alive morning show. He surprised Trevon with the new movie, Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, a Captain America mask and shield, and Falcons tickets for him and his family to attend an upcoming game. But the best part of was how Trevon had the opportunity to hangout time with his all time favorite superhero. I mean watch the video below and watch how big his smile is. Melts my heart!


Mirror Mirror on the Wall I Am Enough After All! #iamEnough


We are The Mrs., is an all-female band from Austin, Texas. They recently asked women how they felt when they looked in the mirror. Surprisingly most woman immediate reaction was negative and most of them had a hard time embracing their beauty and unique qualities. The mirror didn't like the answers that women were giving and responded back, teaching them why are they not only beautiful but pretty darn awesome!

"ENOUGH" looking in the mirror with such a critical eye. 
"ENOUGH" of that negative voice we hear in our heads.
"ENOUGH" letting the world tell us who we should be.



The Mrs.' debut single, "Enough", was written to help women see themselves with a less critical eye, and realize that they are "Enough" just the way they are. Instead of creating a traditional music video, they opted to do something unconventional: take our message directly to the women who inspire us. 




Here's part of the lyric that we love so much!

"Sometimes I dream that there are two of me. 
One is real and one a fantasy. She’s a perfect ballerina dancing on a cloud. 
I still have to struggle stumbling on the ground. 
But I shout it loud…

I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough."


Check out what went on behind the scenes: http://youtu.be/Q_Yfw3raILw

Monday, September 22, 2014

16 Minute Yoga Routine For Happier Kids

With only 16 Minutes of Yoga You Can Have Healthier and Happier Kids


Yoga can teach kids to be active, relieve stress, increase their self-esteem and think in positive ways. It also encourages midline crossing motions, motor development on both sides of the body, increases flexibility, balance, body awareness, coordination and help then develop core strength. Our friends at Strong4Life have put together simple and easy-to-follow tips so all families can try this fun activity:

From toddlers to celebs to professional athletes (LeBron is a fan!), yoga is all the rage! Yoga is a great way for you and your kids to be active while improving strength and flexibility, while decreasing stress, blood pressure and anxiety. What are you waiting for? Get the family together now and try the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta simple 16 minute basic yoga routine at home.

Namaste.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Break Fun from Medieval Times + Giveaway


Summer is over and the school year is well underway. I can’t believe that Fall Breaks are just around the corner for a number of school systems. Whether your schools have fall breaks or not, it’s important to break up the monotony of the school year. Medieval Times, Atlanta is here to help with new fall specials, special homeschool days and a crowd's favorite

Junior Knight Training
This Fall Break, bring your kids to train to become knights of the realm at Medieval Times.

Children ages 5 through 12 will enjoy  watching an exclusive weapons demonstration by our knights and the weapons master. They will be invited to follow through the basic battle stances with personal attention from the knights of the realm. They will also learn about the grueling training that it takes to become a knight. Upon completion of their training, your children will be knighted by His Majesty King Carlos in a group knighting ceremony.

This special Knight Training Class is only available prior to the 5:00 PM Sunday shows in September. Training will begin promptly 1 hour prior to the show. Space is limited and training is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 100 kids per show. Training is open to both boys and girls. Closed-toe shoes and admission to the show are required to participate.


Homeschool Day
Unlock the Secret to an Unforgettable Field Trip!
Medieval Times, Atlanta is proud to announce our very first Homeschool Day. Join us for the 11:00 AM matinee show on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Doors to Homes and Hope Opening Soon in support of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity


A public art exhibit featuring Doors of Art in support of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity | ReStore and ArtWorks! Gwinnett

Doors to Homes and Hope opens for the second year Saturday, October 4, 2014. Artistic doors will be exhibited outside in public spaces through November 1, 2014 in Gwinnett County.

Over 140 local artists painted beautiful Doors of Art in support of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and Artworks! Gwinnett. The Doors of Art can be viewed and purchased online at www.gwinnetthabitat.org  beginning October 4th with proceeds shared between the two organizations.

What began as an art event in 2013 has quickly became an unprecedented art movement bringing together the private, public and non-profit sectors of the Gwinnett community. Exhibiting cities, Norcross, Suwanee, Duluth, Sugar Hill and Lawrenceville, will join presenting sponsors, Lowe's and Two Men and a Truck along with Gwinnett Technical College, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, The Tool Bank, several art organizations, supporters and Gwinnett County schools to bring awareness of the need for affordable housing to create a better Gwinnett.

For more Information <CLICK HERE>
Door of Art Gallery 2013 - Video Library - Sponsorship

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quote of the Day



LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and Merlin’s Magic Wand Invite Local Nonprofits to Participate in Superhero Sundays with FREE Tickets beginning October 5


Atlanta-area nonprofits will be selected to enjoy a free day of LEGO fun courtesy of charity organization

ATLANTA (September 16, 2007) – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is opening its doors to local charities and nonprofit organizations for a new initiative called Superhero Sundays. Each Sunday, beginning October 5 and running through December 14, the attraction will treat a local nonprofit to a fun-filled outing fit for any family. Charities will spend the day enjoying LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s famed attractions including MINILAND, limited-time Ninjago Laser Maze, the 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice ride, model building classes and more! The free tickets are made possible by the attraction’s charity arm, Merlin’s Magic Wand. Merlin’s Magic Wand is a charitable organization set up by Merlin Entertainments to deliver magical experiences to ill, disabled and disadvantaged children across the world through visits to Merlin attractions like LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta.
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