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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Help Adamsville Recreation Center win a $50,000 renovation

Help Adamsville Recreation Center win a $50,000 renovation

ATLANTA -- There are only a few days left to vote for Adamsville Recreation Center to win a $50,000 renovation.

Maxwell House is brewing good deeds and fueling volunteerism through its "Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project" campaign. With a little help from Rebuilding Together and "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen, Maxwell House is working hard to revitalize communities and give much-needed makeovers to important public houses.

Adamsville Recreation Center is competing against other centers from across the country. Only the top five will win the makeover of a lifetime.

Groups from all over Atlanta use the Adamsville Recreation Center for athletic, cultural and artistic engagement, as well as social services resources that strengthen children and their families.

Movies in the Park Comes to District 4 and 6

 Movies in the Park Comes to District 4 and 6

It's the time of year where you crave the opportunity to enjoy Atlanta's parks and recreation and you don't need an excuse to bring out the lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Atlanta City Councilmembers Cleta Winslow, Michael Julian Bond and Alex Wan have teamed up with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for Movies in the Park during the month of May. What an awesome way to enjoy a classic movie complimentary with friends and family!

Movies Dates and Locations:

"The Karate Kid" Saturday, May 14 Pittman Park, 950 Garibaldi Street, S.E.

"Despicable Me" Thursday, May 19 Sunken Garden, 1000 E. Rock Springs Rd, N.E. 

"Shrek: The Final Chapter" Saturday, May 21 Howell Park, 983 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, S.W. 

All Parks rules apply.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun (or in an aquatic center).

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Douglas County

Boundary Waters Aquatic Park is located in Douglas County and it offers year-round swimming in an “8-lane, 25-yard heated competition pool, and a 4-lane, heated therapeutic/teaching pool”. The park offers $3.00 daily passes and $4.00 passes for non-residents. It’s is located at 5000 Georgia Highway 92 in Douglasville.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools.

Don’t be the fool at the pool!

 Don’t be the fool at the pool!

It's almost pool party time. We've got new bikinis and can't wait to break them in. But before most public pools "officially" open Memorial Day weekend we decided to give a refresher in pool/beach etiquette. ‘Tragically , not everyone was born knowing how to act at the pool or beach.  Unfortunately, there are some people who really need to be told not to poo, pee, spit, or blow their nose in a pool. For those of you who know better bear with us, and for those of you who don't, read on!

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

Getting married soon? Still have a checklist of things to do before the big day? If so, we’re in the same boat, and trust me when I say, “Don’t sweat it.” For the next few weeks, take a walk with me as I share ideas as well as wedding vendors and events located on the west side of metro Atlanta that are sure to help your day—and mine—go off without a hitch!

First things first… If you’re planning your own wedding like me, you must first have a plan in hand, assess your needs, and evaluate your budget to make it all happen. Where will you be married? Where can you get a great deal on a beautiful gown? What about the bridesmaids? Who will cater? Anyone know the name of a good DJ out there?