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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.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Free Movies, Benefits and Gone with the Wind

WEEKEND EVENTS: Free Movies, Benefits and Gone with the Wind

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Tonight at the Riverdale Town Center Amphitheater, catch a movie during the city’s Friday Night Flicks event. The movie will begin around 8:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and lay out at the Riverdale Town Center. On the big screen, Toy Story 3 will be shown. This event is free of charge.

Celebrate 75 years of Gone with the Wind with the people at the Road to Tara Museum and the Stately Oaks Plantation. Attendees will be able to learn about four edifices of real life inspiration that parallel Jonesboro’s history with the characters in Gone with the Wind. Visitors will be able to tour in their vehicles at their own pace.

A Father's Day Giveaway

A Father's Day Giveaway
Nothing says Father’s Day like a day at the ballpark.  And what better ballpark than Turner Field, cheering on the Braves!   KidVentures plans local field trips for parents & kids all over town!  They do all the hard work so you don’t have to!  With a ton of fun things planned this summer, they are sure to have something that you & your kids will enjoy.  Be sure to follow their adventures on their Facebook page.

One such adventure is a fun tour of Turner Field on Father’s Day Weekend – Saturday, June 18th.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Renaissance Festival, Bark for Life and Booksale

WEEKEND EVENTS: Renaissance Festival, Bark for Life and Booksale

FAYETTEVILLE -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is coming to an end. The annual, exciting, time-traveling fest offers jesters, jousting, juggling and a lot more. The festival runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) through June 5.

The city is inviting all to come out to Riverdale's Friday Night Flicks. The movies will begin around 8:45 p.m. in Riverdale Town Center’s Amphitheatre.  Pack a lunch and bring you chairs and blankets. Disney movie, the Princess and the Frog, will be showing on the big screen.

The American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life” will be held on Saturday at June 4 at Drake Field by City Hall. Part of Relay for Life, Bark for Life is a fundraising event that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Farmers Market and "The Beach"

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Farmers Market and "The Beach"

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. –There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Glenloch Pool on Stevens Entry will open on Saturday, May 28 for the summer season. The pool will be open Monday – Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The City contracts with USA Pools to manage the Pebble Pocket and Clover Reach Pools for lessons and pool rentals. For lessons or reservations, contact USA Pools at 770-631-8552.

The PTC Running Club is hosting this Run/Walk/Phantom in honor of Ashley Kurpiel. The race will be held at the Fred.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Gone with the Wind, Rodeos and Teen Talk

WEEKEND EVENTS: Gone with the Wind, Rodeos and Teen Talk

RIVERDALE, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, the City of Jonesboro is scheduled to hold its annual “Jonesboro Days” celebration. According to the city’s website the event will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. The event will include food and entertainment. The event will be held at 103 West Mill Street in Jonesboro.

The Clayton State Continuing Education Department is presenting their first installment in a series of presentations. “Gone with the Wind – True Stories from Jonesboro” will be hosted as a two hour class at on May 22 in the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State University, main campus.

UWG poster sale to aid Japan

UWG poster sale to aid Japan

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A graphic design assignment at the University of West Georgia will also aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The final assignment in Graphic Design 2, taught by professor David Short, was to develop a social or political poster.

"With the timing of the disaster and it having such a profound effect on so many people, I thought, why not merge the two," Short said.

Kevin Shunn, chairman of the art department, gave the go-ahead for the fundraising effort. The seven students in Short's class developed and refined their designs; art professors then chose the top three pictures.

Those three will be reproduced and offered for sale starting Thursday, May 12 at the art department's offices in UWG's Humanities building. Only 25 prints of each design will be made.

Each of the limited, autographed editions will be $20.