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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Pebblebrook HS magnet program holding auditions

Pebblebrook HS magnet program holding auditions

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts is looking for talented middle school students to join the magnet program.

Representatives from the program, which is located at Pebblebrook High School, will travel to middle schools across Cobb County to audition potential new students.

To be considered, a student must prepare a one- or two-minute monologue, ballet dance or song, depending on the intended area of study -- theatre, dance or voice, respectively. Students who want to be accepted in the technical theatre program must be ready to explain their interest and background in the discipline.

CCCEPA has already held auditions at several Cobb County middle schools, including Dickerson, Durham, Garrett, Lost Mountain and McCleskey.

Remaining audition dates and times include:

Awtrey MS
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

Barber MS
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Local author Cathy Howard will hold a book signing in East Atlanta Village next month.

Howard lives in Austell and is the author of In and Out, the Dugout: The Resurrection from Street Life.

Her book signing will be Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Atlanta Branch Library.

In and Out, the Dugout explores the many forms of abuse, namely the abuse Howard suffered growing up. According to Tate Publishing, her publisher, Howard left home at age 16 to pursue an acting career. However, she was raped at 20, and her world fell apart. She began a downward spiral of partying, drinking and abusive relationships -- until a supernatural encounter changed everything.

The East Atlanta Branch Library is located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue SE.

Six Flags to say goodbye to Southern Star Amphitheatre

Six Flags to say goodbye to Southern Star Amphitheatre

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A Six Flags Over Georgia icon will host its final production this weekend.

The Southern Star Amphitheatre has been part of the Cobb County theme park for decades. It will reportedly be torn down to make room for more attractions.

Six Flags said on its Facebook page that the amphitheater will hold Six Flags Celebration, a day-long Christian concert, this Saturday, Aug. 17. Six Flags Celebration features an impressive lineup of top contemporary Christian artists, including Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp and Hawk Nelson.

Learn more and buy tickets at sixflagscelebration.com.

iLuminate returns to Six Flags

iLuminate returns to Six Flags

AUSTELL, Ga. -- "America's Got Talent" finalists iLuminate will return to Six Flags Over Georgia for a limited engagement this summer.

The group will perform at the park through Sunday, Aug. 11.

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iLuminate consists of 12 dancers in light-up costumes who perform in the dark, creating an electrifying experience for audiences.

"Six Flags Over Georgia is proud to host iLuminate for the second year in a row," park president Dale Kaetzel said in a statement. "Its high-energy music, unique costumes and innovative choreography makes this a show that you do not want to miss."