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Cobb Summer Camps approaching registration

Cobb Summer Camps approaching registration

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Registration will soon be open for Summer Camps in Cobb County. 

An official for Cobb County said camps this summer will cover a variety of interests, including arts and performance, recreation, tennis, golf, and therapeutics for those with special needs. Registration start dates and times vary across programs. A list is provided below.

Art Camps:

The Art Station - Big Shanty - March 14 - 9:30 a.m.

The Mable House Arts Center - March 12 - 9:30 a.m.

The Art Place - Mountain View - March 13 9:30 a.m.

Hyde and Seek - ARTventure Camp - March 13 9:30 a.m.

Art Performance Camps:

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - March 26 - 9:30 a.m.

Recreation Center Day Camps:

Ron Anderson Recreation Center - April 15 - 6:00 p.m.

Fullers Recreation Center - April 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Fair Oaks Recreation Center - April 17 - 6:00 p.m.

Ward Recreation Center - April 18 - 6:00 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.

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On a recent afternoon, third graders at Eastside Elementary in Cobb County practiced running hurdles from Kevin Young - 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles.

He towered over them, but his lesson on hard work and focus reached the level their teacher Kim Judge wanted them to learn.

"You need to make a schedule; you need to stick to it. You need to be organized," said Judge.

Judge continually talks of athletics.

"I've always been involved in sports. Basketball was my favorite, and track," said Judge. "If I didn't have the education component and do well in school, then the track would have been much more difficult."

She made all-conference at North Carolina State University for track and cross country.

As a teacher, she's big on sports lessons, such as teamwork.

"One person doesn't decide the outcome. Everybody has a certain role to play," said Judge.

Six Flags, White Water unveil new rides

Six Flags, White Water unveil new rides

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will each unveil a new thrill ride next year, the parks announced Thursday.

"We are beyond excited to debut these new thrilling attractions at our parks next year," Six Flags Atlanta president Melinda Ashcraft said in a statement.

Six Flags Over Georgia will add SkyScreamer, a swing ride. Six Flags Atlanta spokesman Brad Malone said SkyScreamer spins in a 98-foot circle at 40 miles per hour. At 24 stories, it is a full four stories taller than the Austell park's current tallest ride, the Goliath roller coaster.

Typhoon Twister will debut at Six Flags White Water in Marietta. The ride begins with a five-story drop into a 67-foot bowl; riders circle the bowl several times before spinning down a corkscrew chute and splashing into the pool below. Malone said Typhoon Twister is the first ride of its kind in Georgia.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Six Flags White Water will open its gates for the summer on Saturday, May 19.

One of the new features for the 2012 season is Dive-In Movies, which offers families a chance to relax and watch the latest flicks in the Atlanta Ocean wave pool. The films will be screened on Thursday evenings from June 7 to July 26.

The other popular White Water attractions will be open all summer long as well.

"We are excited to open our gates here at Six Flags White Water," park president Melinda Ashcraft said in a statement. "The summer season has arrived, and what better way to beat the heat than to bring the entire family to splash around at the park."

Six Flags White Water operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open daily from May 26 to August 12.

For more information, visit sixflags.com/whitewater.

Discounted Six Flags tickets available at Kroger

Discounted Six Flags tickets available at Kroger

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags has teamed up with Kroger to sell discounted tickets to the two parks in Georgia.

Kroger customers can now purchase one-day admission tickets to both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water at participating supermarkets in Georgia, eastern Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

"We are excited to welcome Kroger as a valued partner," Melinda Ashcraft, president of Six Flags Atlanta Properties, said in a statement. "Kroger shoppers, our guests and their families now have more opportunities to save on an entire day of thrills, fun and excitement at our parks."

Tickets from Kroger cost $39.99 plus tax for Six Flags Over Georgia and $31.99 plus tax for Six Flags White Water.