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Senior Idol brings music, comedy, dance to Cobb County

Senior Idol brings music, comedy, dance to Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- For the ninth time, Cobb Senior Idol is being held for all residents in Cobb County. 

On Tuesday, May 7, at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater, there will be an afternoon of entertainment, including music, comedy and dancing, as contestants compete to become the 2013 Cobb Senior Idol. The top five will be chosen by a panel of judges, and the winner will be decided by audience members.

Tickets are $5, available at local senior centers or at the door. 

Anyone interested in performing should call (770) 528-1445 by the May 6 deadline. 

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to take KSU stage

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips to take KSU stage

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Artist Phillip Phillips will be live in concert at KSU Stadium on Sunday, March 24.

Phillip Phillips won the American Idol singing competition in its eleventh season, and released his debut singe "Home" that same year. The song was used as the theme song for the United States women's gymnastics team. 

Phillips released his first album in November 2012. 

Tickets to the show can be purchased through the KSU box office, (770) 794-7809, Showtime is set for 7:00 p.m.

Six Flags announces new Christian music festival

Six Flags announces new Christian music festival

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Rock the Flags, a brand new Christian musical festival, will debut at Six Flags Over Georgia this year.

The inaugural Rock the Flags will feature some of the hottest names in contemporary Christian music, including Skillet, Kutless, Family Force 5, For King & Country and We As Human.

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The music festival will be held Saturday, Apr. 6 at the park's Southern Star Amphitheater. Tickets range in price from $14.99 to $109.99, and many packages come with perks like premium seating, a T-shirt, and a meet and greet with one of the bands.

Learn more and buy tickets at rocktheflags.com.

Six Flags will open for its 2013 season on Saturday, Mar. 16.

Chattahoochee Tech begins ESL program

Chattahoochee Tech begins ESL program

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will roll out a new program for non-native English-speaking students next month.

The Intensive English Program will feature classes in American culture and the English language, with a focus on grammar, writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students will learn in several environments, including a classroom, computer lab, library and from peer tutors.

"In the broad scope, the program will offer international students who currently attend or are interested in attending undergraduate programs in the United States the opportunity to improve their English language skills," Chattahoochee Tech ESL resource instructor Carol Glickman said in a statement.

Tuition for the Intensive English Program is $1,410 for full-time students, which includes 160 hours of instruction. There are also part-time options that cost $300 per class.

West Pentacostal Church Chorale performs on 11Alive

West Pentacostal Church Chorale performs on 11Alive

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Chorale performed Christmas music on 11Alive News Today on Tuesday morning.

The entire choir was awarded "Best Church Choir in America" in 2009 during the Verizon Wireless gospel choir competition called "How Sweet the Sound."

The choir took home a $30,000 prize and released their first album in 2011.

During this year's competition, Atlanta West Pentecostal Church won for the Atlanta region.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.