Monday, February 8, 2016

Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces programming for February

Families can enjoy fun and educational programming all month long!

ATLANTA (February 4, 2016) – February is here, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to enjoy a month full of fun programming, special events and new exhibits! Children can embark on a thrilling jungle adventure with the “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” exhibit, join in on various activities featuring Black History Month, participate in a celebratory dragon parade for the Chinese New Year and much more. Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for February 2016.

Feature Exhibit: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion”
Available February 6 – May 31, 2016
Adventure awaits with the newest feature exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, an educational traveling exhibit created byThe Museum of Discovery, invites little archeologists to embark on a quest to uncover coveted secrets of an ancient Mayan kingdom. Visitors will venture deep into the Mexican rainforest to investigate an abandoned dig site and discover priceless treasure through lessons in science, language and history. Whether they scamper across the creaky wooden bridge through the dangerous jungle, decode ancient hieroglyphics or identify Mayan constellations, children will interact with a variety of hands-on components, engaging activities and more.

Themed daily programming during Black History Month

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Celebrate the month of love with Aurora Theatre! Sweet Valentine’s Day programming and more in store

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (February 4, 2016) – Lust over laughable comedy nights, pulse to the passionate rhythm of Latin music and celebrate a true valentine to youth, life, love and the beauty of human connection in the smash-hit I and You! While Cupid draws his arrow and sweethearts prepare for the perfect date night, don’t forget to add Aurora to the love list for head over heel events guaranteed to create heartwarming memories! 
Special Valentine’s Day Programming

  Teatro Aurora: Sangria, Tapas y Flamenco
February 13 at 7 p.m.

This Valentine’s Day is going to get physical! Pulse to the passionate rhythms of Caló Gitano Dance Company as Teatro Aurora presents Sangria, Tapas y Flamenco on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. A perfect evening of food, fun and romance with a side of Latin flair, guests will have access to a full bar and other menu items available. Held at Stars and Strikes’ private event hall, the evening is sure to be muy caliente!

Tickets are $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and $150 for a table for up to 10 guests. An optional add-on for two tapas and choice of sangria or cerveza is available for $10.

Events Continuing in February

I and You
Through February 21; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A quintessential tale of two worlds colliding, audiences are invited to experience the power of diversity and the beauty of acceptance in the award-winning I and You at Aurora Theatre, now through February 21. As part of the 2015-16 GGC Harvel Lab Series, this moving story of two teenagers and the bond they create through examination of poetry offers an ode to youth, life, love and the strange splendor of human connectedness!

Gwinnett Braves to Host “Throwdown Games” Powered by Better Baseball

Fourteen local high schools to play at Coolray Field from February 25-27

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – From February 25-27, the Gwinnett Braves and Coolray Field will host the “Georgia High School Throwdown Games,” powered by Better Baseball. Fourteen local high schools will play in two doubleheaders and a tripleheader during the seven-game, three-day event. Shiloh and Duluth kick off a doubleheader on Thursday, February 25 at 4 p.m., with Grayson and Lanier battling in the nightcap scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge get another twin bill started on Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m., with Dacula and Norcross to follow at 7 p.m.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Have a Manwich Monday With Our Easy Coffee-Rubbed Manwich Pulled Pork Latin Style Tapas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mommin ain't easy, especially if you have teens at home. Yes, they are more independent at this stage but they still need you as much as when they were little. Monday is the “less-thrilling” day of the week at home mainly because it represents that the weekend is over and a full week of work awaits us. However, science says Monday is the day that statistically people tend to change something about themselves. On Monday's we are more likely to consider (or actually start) something new like trying a new recipe, tackle a new home project, or finally sign up for that gym membership you have been contemplating for weeks. 

Manwich Monday is a great way for you to start your week, with a tasty, easy-to-make family meal around the dinner table! Manwich is a hearty sauce with a sweet and tangy taste and it also has the kid-stopping power, as your children will need both hands to enjoy this messy-licious treat, keeping them away from video games or texting! Manwich is a great, easy, quality ingredient that you can use to bring your family’s attention back to mealtime and away from the everyday distractions. Plus, there is not meat in Manwich!

Today I'm starting my #ManwichMonday with a great recipe to calm hungry tummies after school. Is a coffee-rubbed Latin-style Manwich pulled pork over guacamole on a fried plantain. We are Puertoricans so we love our plantains...

The Kid-Stopping Power of Manwich makes meals a messy-licious treat to be enjoyed with both hands - giving moms and dads an easy, quality ingredient to bring the family’s attention back to mealtime and away from everyday distractions.
There are three options of Manwich: Manwich Original, Manwich Bold and Manwich Thick & Chunky. For this recipe I'll be using Manwich Original.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Aurora Theatre presents Georgia premiere of I and You, January 29-February 21

 Mismatched teenagers offer insightful wisdom for all ages 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (January 21, 2016) – A quintessential tale of two worlds colliding, audiences are invited to experience the power of diversity and the beauty of acceptance in the award-winning I and You at Aurora TheatreJanuary 29-February 21. As part of the 2015-16 GGC Harvel Lab Series, this moving story of two teenagers and the bond they create through examination of poetry offers an ode to youth, life, love and the strange splendor of human connectedness!

This play has quickly become one of the hottest properties in American theater, including a recently opened off-Broadway run,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director. “Lauren is a dear friend and nothing could thrill me more than having the opportunity for Aurora Theatre to produce the Georgia premiere of this Atlanta-bred playwright’s most recent work. Lauren’s work is universally acclaimed and widely produced across the country, yet her voice echoes the spirit of the modern South.”

Written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Aurora’s Director of Education Jaclyn Hofmann, I and You chronicles the unlikely relationship formed by popular jock Anthony and chronically ill Caroline, when he shows up to her house unexpectedly with waffle fries, a beat-up book and a homework assignment to explore Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself.”  Coming from opposite ends of the social spectrum, the two teens reluctantly work together to journey through Whitman’s impacting verse. As they delve deep into the poem and get to know each other on a personal level, they eventually learn of the profound mystery which brought them together in the first place.

Recommended for teens and adults, I and You is presented January 29-February 21. Regular show tickets are general admission and start at $20. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.

Regular show times are as follows:
·         Thursday and Friday: 8 p.m.
·         Saturday: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
·         Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

On Thursday, February 11, Aurora will host a FREE Community Conversation: “Misfitting In,” from 7:15-7:55 p.m. Addressing the social situations and anxieties that can make acceptance difficult, as well as ways to empower both parents and teenagers to tackle and overcome these obstacles with positive tactics, “Misfitting In” is a perfect topic for all ages.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jonny & Xena's Spread the Words Foundation, Inc., Announces Grants to Autism Programs and Animal Rescue in Metro Atlanta Area

More than $20,000 in money and supplies awarded

.Johns Creek, GA (January 13, 2016) – The Jonny & Xena's Spread the Words Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce it has raised more than $20,000 in cash and supplies from the inaugural GEICO “Jonny and Xena Spread the Words” 5K/Fun Run which was held at Suwanee Town Center, Suwanee, GA and “I’m Not a Monster” shelter drive benefiting autism programs and animal rescue in the Atlanta Metro Area. The race had over 500 participants including groups of virtual runners representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, and many countries of the world including Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, Spain, Hong Kong, Mexico, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. A participant came in from Mexico to support the cause and was given an award for furthest traveling physical runner.

The “I’m Not a Monster” program is a nationwide shelter drive benefiting homeless pets waiting in shelters and temporary boarding facilities, while promoting shelter pet adoption. The Foundation created an Amazon wish list designed specifically for the needs of the animal welfare organizations, sharing it through social media and providing a donation drop off site at Furever Fit Pets in Johns Creek, Ga. Hundreds of packages arrived providing needed supplies including food, toys, beds, treats, leashes, collars and equipment to help shelter employees care for the animals.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

UNICEF'S Kid Power Program Is Coming to Atlanta


UNICEF Kid Power is coming to Atlanta to encourage active lifestyles and global citizenship. UNICEF today announced the launch of the 2016 KidPower school program, which will empower 70,000 elementary school children in 13 cities to help save the lives of severely malnourished children around the world.

You may have also recently heard about Kid Power when UNICEF announced Pink as an UNICEF ambassador and the program’s national spokesperson. 

Third through fifth-graders will receive Kid Power Bands, the world’s first wearable for good™, and a teacher-led classroom curriculum in a 30-day program, called UNICEF Kid Power Month. By being active and having fun, kids can earn points to unlock funding that delivers lifesaving packets of food to severely malnourished children in need. UNICEF Kid Power Month will take place in Atlanta from February 29 – March 25. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save.

The Fresh Market announces fourth annual “Design Our Bag Challenge” in support of No Kid Hungry®

Specialty grocer calls on creative children to design its 2016 limited edition reusable shopping bag
Think you have what it takes to design The Fresh Market’s next reusable shopping bag? The specialty grocer is on a nationwide search for a delectable design for its 2016 bag, which will benefit No Kid Hungry®. Returning again this year, The Fresh Market is excited to showcase more children’s artwork on its limited edition reusable shopping bags. The Fresh Market will donate 50 percent of the retail price of each bag sold to No Kid Hungry, with a minimum donation of $150,000 in 2016. The Fresh Market has raised over $1 million for No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in America.

Children ages 15 and under who have a love for both food and art can submit a drawing that answers the question “What is the best thing about The Fresh Market?” Local communities are invited to take part in the fun, and The Fresh Market welcomes schools, children’s museums and art groups to participate. Drawing templates are available at all 183 The Fresh Market locations. The top two artists, voted on by The Fresh Market employees, will have their designs printed on reusable shopping bags, which will be sold in The Fresh Market stores nationwide in 2016.

Aurora Theatre presents Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, January 14-February 7

Atlanta teacher’s poignant play provides raw look at cancer’s vexing grip

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (January 6, 2016) – A beautiful story of life and the looming question of what happens next, Aurora Theatre invites audiences to experience the powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Wit, playing January 14-February 7. Detailing the final days of Dr. Vivian Bearing’s battle with stage IV ovarian cancer, Wit is a poetic journey through the English professor’s reflection on her life and the relationship between patient and healer.

“As cancer survivors, this play is extremely personal for both myself and partner Ann-Carol,” said Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “Although the type of cancer is very specific in Wit, the brilliance of the play is we have all been, in some way, affected by cancer. Ultimately, Vivian’s personal battle with cancer in the play serves to comfort and inspire every person who has fought, every person who has triumphed and every person we have lost along the way.”                                                                                              
Directed by Tlaloc Rivas and written by Atlanta teacher Margaret Edson, this exhilarating story of self-realization and strength takes a deeper look into humanity and one woman’s bold journey of accepting it. As Professor Bearing undergoes experimental treatment for cancer, she begins to reflect upon her condition through the intricacies of the English language, most predominantly wit, seen in the metaphysical poetry of favorite author John Donne.  A harrowing one-act drama of laughter and heartfelt emotion, audiences will experience an unfiltered glimpse at the rigorous toll cancer takes on Professor Bearing’s life and witness firsthand her journey from teacher to student of life.

Recommended for teens and adults, Wit is presented January 14-February 7. A discount matinee will be performed Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m., with tickets starting at $16. Regular show tickets range from $20-$55 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222Parental discretion is advised, as the play does contain brief artistic nudity.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and Chick-fil-A Launches “Pie for Patients” promotion to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

“Pie for Patients” social media effort challenges people to pie themselves and others for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and Chick-fil-A are teaming up with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to challenge Children Of All Ages to participate in Pie for Patients. People can make a pie using shaving or whipped cream, take a video, and then post the video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube using #GetPiedforCHOA and #ringlingbros. After getting involved in the fun of getting pied and raising awareness for Children’s, participants are asked to donate to make a difference in their local community.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kids' Early New Year's Eve Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents—but need to be in bed before midnight—Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration. During Stone Mountain Christmas on Dec. 31., Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual (2 – 9 p.m.) and ring in the New Year with additional fireworks, snowfall and early countdown. Immediately after the Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks Finale, the New Year’s Eve activities will begin with costumed characters, music and dance-a-longs. At 8:59 p.m. the early countdown will begin and when the clock strikes 9 p.m. snow and fireworks will usher in the New Year.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

'Tis the Season': Marietta Square Go All Out for Christmas With a Winter Wonderland

The city of Marietta always goes all out for the holidays. We recently had the opportunity to visit the Historic Marietta Square. The heart of the square has been transform into a nostalgic Winter Wonderland. The Square often resembles a Hallmark movie on a regular see it transform into a winter wonderland and to be able to share that feeling with everyone is truly amazing.” The Marietta Square has an open-air ice skating rink, the cutest Santa’s Workshop, and a multi-story Christmas Tree. For New Year’s Eve celebration they are doing a “cow drop”. The way it works is that basically you buy a Chick-Fil-A mini plush cow to be drop near NYE target. The four closest cows win a year of Chick-Fil-A! 
The Historic Marietta Square is an easily accessible, unique urban destination located just 5 minutes from I-75 with an abundance of FREE parking. For metro-Atlanta residents or tourists who want a place to gather and enjoy Intown Culture with Small Town Charm, the Marietta Square is the place to be. Nineteenth century buildings serve as the backdrop to an intriguing blend of contemporary dining, arts, culture, and entertainment. The heart of the Square, Glover Park, hosts a never-ending calendar of events and markets. An eclectic mix of cultures has given rise to an array of chef-owned restaurants as well as a thriving art and theater community.

Here are the events for 2015:

Santa Claus is coming to town:
December 3rd - December 24th
Details on City of Marietta's website.

Monday MUST Ministries Toy Collection 
Tuesday 7-730 Mrs Claus Holiday Story Time-Cobb County Library
Wednesday MUST Ministries Toy Collection
Thursday 4:30 Santa's workshop - Home Depot
Friday MUST Ministries Toy Collection

Santa Hours:
Saturdays 10-6
Sundays 11-5
Dec. 21st–23rd 10-6
Christmas Eve 10-2
*Line for Santa closes one hour before posted closing time
More info on City of Marietta's website.

Menorah Lighting:
Sunday, December 13th 6:00pm
Congregation Ner Tamid will be facilitating the celebration Sunday, Dec.13th, 6pm - 8pm on the main stage at Glover Park.

Santa’s Workshop:
Thursdays Home Depot sponsored workshop where children may make their own toy!

New Year’s Eve:
Event Line Up Here

For more information about Marietta Square Winter Wonderland & New Year’s Eve Celebration, visit:

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