Friday, August 28, 2015

Taste of Atlanta to Serve Hefty Helping of Philanthropy at 2015 Festival

Festival’s charities partners include Bert’s Big Adventure, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program and more!

Bucket List Bashkickoff party to benefit The Giving Kitchen

ATLANTA (August 27, 2015) – This year’s Taste of Atlanta is set to serve up phenomenal fun and food that is not only tasty on the tongue, but also good for the soul. The festival, returning to Midtown at Tech Square Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, has once again partnered with several nonprofits to benefit local charities and to provide support for Atlanta families in need.

New this year, Taste of Atlanta has partnered with Bert’s Big Adventure, an organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, and The Giving Kitchen, an organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area workers facing unanticipated hardship. 

Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of Taste of Atlanta,” said Dale DeSena, founder of Taste of Atlanta. “The incredible food, interactive cooking classes and live entertainment are all compelling components of the festival, but partnering with impactful charities like Bert’s Big Adventure and The Giving Kitchen is what really means the most to me. Taste of Atlanta offers more than just a fun weekend – we’re serving food with integrity.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aug. 30: Ticket On Sale for Cinderella Playing at Atlanta's Fox Theatre

Tickets on sale August 30

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play at the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement from November 3-8 as part of the 2015/2016 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta Series.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, August 30.  Tickets start at $33 and are available at by visiting, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit: 

RODGERS+HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA will play in Atlanta at the Fox TheatreNovember 3-8. The performance schedule is:
Tuesday-Thursday         7:30 p.m.
Friday                           8 p.m.
Saturday                       2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday                                     1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lifeline Animal Project Celebrates National Dog Day with Free Dog Adoptions! 

PAWmazing News! 

ATLANTA, GA – (August 25, 2015) – LifeLine Animal Project, the nonprofit which recently pledged to have its county shelters reach no-kill levels by the end of 2016, invites everyone to celebrate National Dog Day with free adoptions!  Adopt a dog on August 26 at any of LifeLine’s shelters, including DeKalb County Animal Services, Fulton County Animal Services or LifeLine’s Dog House, and the adoption fee will be waived!  Standard screening criteria still applies to ensure the dogs go to good homes.

According to LifeLine Animal Project CEO Rebecca Guinn, National Dog Day is a great time to adopt a dog, because shelters typically have the highest intake of dogs during the summer.  “With 30 to 40 animals entering the shelter daily, we need public support to help us save lives,” says Rebecca.  “By waiving adoption fees on National Dog Day we hope to see a record number of people coming into the shelter and giving our wonderful animals a new life.”

Adopters will receive a dog or cat that has been spayed or neutered, has had all vaccines and is microchipped – a $250 value — for no cost! To see pictures of available animals at DCAS, FCAS or LifeLine’s nonprofit shelters, please visit,

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sprouts Farmers Market® to Open Sandy Springs Store September 2 - Win a $25 Gift Card!


Crowds expected for 7 a.m. Grand Opening

WHAT:             Sprouts Farmers Market Sandy Springs Grand Opening! The new store will be the eighth Sprouts store in Georgia. 

WHO:               Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. We offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 19,000 team members and operates more than 200 stores in 13 states. For more information, visit or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

WHERE:            4600 Roswell Road, A100 at the Sandy Springs Gateway

WHEN:              Wednesday, September 2 at 7 a.m.

WHY:                  Sprouts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrate the approximately 30,000-square-foot store. The public is invited to join the festivities, tour the store and shop for their favorite healthy grocery items. Special events and giveaways include:
·        Delicious muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open.
·        The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.
·        Upon checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring Sprouts savings.
·        One dollar deals throughout the store in addition to Sprouts’ everyday great values.
·        Every customer will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sweet’N Low® Don’t Hesita(s)te Tour Coming to Atlanta To Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Sip of Sweet Tea = $$ For Big Brothers Big Sisters

Imagine if every time someone sampled some yummy sweet tea, money would be donated to a kid’s charity? Well that is EXACTLY what is happening over the next week. Sweet’N Low will be in Atlanta Friday, Aug. 14 through Monday, Aug. 24 as part of their Don’tHesita(s)te Tour. For every Sweet’N Low sweetened sweet tea, the company will be donating money to help Big Brothers Big Sisters, including our local Atlanta Chapter. The Sweet’N Low team will be roaming the streets of Atlanta in their branded truck bringing sweet tea to Atlantans. They will also be at the Piedmont Park Arts festival this weekend and Atlantic Station next weekend.

Enter the#donthesitastephoto contest

Upload a pic of your favorite Sweet’N Low®-sweetened drink for a chance to win money, prizes and more! don’t forget to include #donthesitaste, #contestentry and a Sweet’N Low® packet in your pic to qualify.

Atlanta Nonprofit Hosts Enchanted Purse Exchange to Raise Funds for Mentoring Program

Atlanta Nonprofit Hosts Enchanted Purse Exchange to Raise Funds for Mentoring Program

The Enchanted Closet Inc., a volunteer-run nonprofit organization serving teenage girls from low-income households across metropolitan Atlanta, will host the Enchanted Purse Exchange on Saturday, August 23, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the TMAC-Lindbergh City Center, 573 Main St NE Atlanta, GA 30324. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support the operation of the GIRL$ Program, a program defined as a Service-Learning Program designed to increase the self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency of middle and high school girls, residing in metropolitan Atlanta. The event cost is a tax-deductible donation of $25. Attendees will have the opportunity to snag a great purse, save money and support the empowerment, and social and professional enhancement of the girls in metropolitan Atlanta. There will be also be an “auction” of enchanted purses donated by various artisans and designers, an opportunity to network, enjoy good food and a chance to win special door prizes.

Go Fly A Kite, At The 4th annual Atlanta World Kite Festival & EXPO

SATURDAY, October 24th



The Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo’s mission is to provide an opportunity to celebrate the many cultures of metropolitan Atlanta by bringing together families, food, entertainment, and kite flying. In bringing all of these different cultures together, we can get an appreciation for everyone’s personal perspective on kites and how they have influenced the many different cultures represented here in the city of Atlanta. 

The goal of our festival is to introduce or re-introduce the art of kite flying and highlight the importance of the family culture and outdoor activities. They encourage you to share your childhood memories and create new adult ones with the ones you love. This event is free to the general public courtesy of our corporate and locally grown sponsors, affiliates and vendors. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Scarecrows, Fest-of-Ale, Goblins Take Center Stage at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

October in the Garden!
The cooler days of October bring super cool events to the Atlanta Botanical Garden – from scarecrows and beer fests to pumpkin carvings and craft activities:
  • Scarecrows in the Garden: Nearly 100 creations by area schools, artists, designers and families are perched throughout the Southern Seasons Garden, ready for their close-ups, October 8-31. In addition, enjoy family fun games and crafts weekends from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Fest-of-Ale: Celebrate autumn with specialty brews and live bluegrass music Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Arts & Ales: Meet local artisans offering unique crafts and gifts Thursday, October 15 from 5-10 p.m.
  • Goblins in the Garden: A favorite holiday tradition returns with a kids’ costume runway, storytelling, crafts, pony rides and more Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Pumpkin-Carving Contest: Cheer on the slicing and dicing as contestants create their most impressive gourd Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit

Free Admission to Callaway Gardens on Labor Day

Happy end of Summer to you! To celebrate the end of another wonderful Summer season Callaway Gardens is offering you and your family and friends FREE Admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th, 2015. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrate 35 years of Broadway in Atlanta with new three-show packages

Three mini-series packages provide unparalleled access for theatre fans

In celebration of 35 years presenting the best of Broadway to Atlanta audiences, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is now offering Atlanta audiences the opportunity to experience three Broadway sensations from its expanded 2015/2016 Blockbuster season. Each themed package features three hit shows from the upcoming Broadway in Atlanta lineup. Package choices include:

Fan Favorites
The Sound of Music (March 1-6, 2016)
Kinky Boots (March 29-April 3, 2016)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (May 24-29, 2016)

MUST Ministries to Host Charity Golf Tournament, 9/21

MUST Ministries will hold their 3rd annual MUST Charity Golf Tournament presented by Op5, Monday, Sept. 21 at PinetreeCountry Club. This is the first year the tournament is being held at the private club in Kennesaw.

We need your help in getting the word out! In 2013 and 2014 the golf tournaments raised a total of $30,000, this year our goal is $25,000.

MUST Ministries is looking for sponsors and about 100 participants to make this year just as successful as years past. The tournament will include a 4-person scramble, breakfast at registration, lunch, a raffle and an awards reception following the golf. Awards include top teams, longest drive, a putting contest and more! Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bluebird Patch Teens: Sugarloaf Mills Back-To-School Bash Recap


We all know that first impressions are everything on the first day of school. For most of us, finding that PERFECT back to school outfit is a must.. If you know me personally then you know that I'm an Air Force JROTC cadet, a competitive shooter, and a have an obsession with fashion. I truly enjoy going to the mall and shopping with my friends, and finding the perfect outfit for the perfect occasion. One of my favorite malls is Sugarloaf Mills. On Saturday, August 1st,2015, Sugarloaf Mills hosted a back-to-school bash, where multiple fashion segments occurred throughout the day. I was given the chance of hosting two of those fashion segments. It was such an amazing opportunity that I will never forget! It was my first hosting gig and I think I did pretty good considering I had no previous experience. Check out the pictures below!

Mom and daughter selfie before the show.

Head-to-toe outfit from Sugarloaf Mills
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