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Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

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.

A Unique Camp Field Trip this summer would be to visit the Lilburn Temple

A Unique Camp Field Trip this summer would be to visit the Lilburn Temple

Lilburn, GA --  Stemming from the Hindu belief that there can be unity in diversity, BAPS values living in harmony with others.  Worshippers and visitors of all cultures, beliefs, and gender are welcomed with warmth and respect at all BAPS Mandirs.

A Mandir is a Hindu place of worship – a haven for spirituality and a place of paramount peace.  It is also a center vibrant with social, cultural, and spiritual activities.  The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours.  The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone).  More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle.
 

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BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, 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.

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

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation offer state-of-the-art aqua centers and leisure pools. General admission for these pools is $4 for Gwinnett resident and $8 for non-Gwinnett residents.

Gwinnett gets $1.5 million for flood damage repairs

Gwinnett gets $1.5 million for flood damage repairs

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County will receive another $1.5 million in state and federal reimbursements for emergency repairs to roads, bridges and drainage structures damaged in the September 2009 flood.

The county's water resources department will receive $773,989 from the Federal Highway Administration for repairs to numerous drainage culverts where roads -- including West Park Place Boulevard, Five Forks Trickum Road and Harmony Grove Road -- were closed due to flood damage.

"These funds cover about two-thirds of the repair costs at these locations and are a welcome addition to the reimbursements already received," said water resources acting director Lynn Smarr.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency previously approved reimbursements of about $4.7 million.

WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

ATHENS, 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.

To commemorate National Public Gardens Day, sponsored by the Rain Bird and American Public Gardens Association, nationwide gardens are offering free admission with a coupon printout, which can be found here. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located in Athens, is accepting these coupons. The Garden is located about three miles south of the University. The address is 2450 South Milledge Avenue in Athens.

Visit Vines Garden in Loganville on Sunday May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for National Train Day at Vines Garden. This event is being presented by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Engineers will be on hand holding information sessions on trains at the largest railroad in the Southeast.

LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER, Ga. – Go outside and be a kid, again, at the Fort Yargo State Park. The park, which is located between the capitol city and the land-o-Bulldogs, is a popular among city dwellers who want to a getaway.  

This park was built for the outdoor enthusiast. Visitors can take advantage of the parks eighteen mile biking and hiking trails, the 260-acre lake and wooded disc golf course. The lake offers swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating; so there’s something for everyone.

The park also has a campground and three cottages that rent for $130, each. Those who wish to rent a boat may do so for a minimal fee and others can play miniature and dish golf for $4 and under. The facility also is home to two tennis courts.

Upcoming Events: On May 7, the park will host the Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike Race from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.