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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.

Author Alice Hoffman to speak at SCAD Atlanta

Author Alice Hoffman to speak at SCAD Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A bestselling author of 28 books will speak at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta campus this week.

Alice Hoffman is best known for her novels Here on Earth, which was an Oprah's Book Club choice, and Practical Magic, which was made into a 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Her new novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, takes place in New York City in 1911. It tells the story of Coralie Sardie, whose father operates the Museum of the Extraordinary on Coney Island, and Eddie Cohen, an Orthodox Jewish photographer. When Eddie photographs the destruction caused by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes involved in a young woman's disappearance and captures Coralie's heart in the process.

Weather Rocks! shines at Center for Puppetry Arts

Weather Rocks! shines at Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- It's a forecast for fun as the Center for Puppetry Arts is set to rock out Feb. 6 through Mar. 23 with the original tunes of Weather Rocks! This en“lightning” musical opens the flood gates to the mysteries of Mother Nature and shares cool facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine and more.

Using a wide variety of puppetry styles and music genres -- from rock-n-roll to reggae to gospel -- a cool band of meteorologists performs an array of songs that shed light on many natural phenomena including the water cycle, volcanic eruptions, rainbows and much more.

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.

'American Idiot' to play the Fox Theatre in May

'American Idiot' to play the Fox Theatre in May

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that single tickets for the national tour of the explosive Broadway hit "American Idiot" will go on sale Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.

The show will play May 1-4 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2013/2014 season. Ticket prices start at $30 and will be available at the Fox Theatre box office, by visiting broadwayinatlanta.com or by calling 1-855-285-8499. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances of "American Idiot" are Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

For more information about "American Idiot," visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com.

'The Book of Mormon' opens next week at the Fox Theatre

'The Book of Mormon' opens next week at the Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- "The Book of Mormon," winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the national tour, which begins Jan. 28 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2013/2014 season.

The show plays a limited two week engagement through Feb. 9. In Atlanta, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece. For more information, visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of "The Book of Mormon" are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.