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Atlanta Botanical Garden shines 'green' this winter with new sparkling attractions

Atlanta Botanical Garden shines 'green' this winter with new sparkling attractions
ATLANTA -- Garden Lights, Holiday Nights not only offers an enchanting in-town experience but also is one of the largest light shows in the country, shimmering more than 1 million energy-efficient bulbs.
 
The show, set for November 17-January 5 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will feature almost exclusively LED lights, or special light-emitting diodes, continuing the Garden’s commitment to environmental sustainability. LED lights consume up to 80 percent less electricity than incandescent lights and have a life span more than double that of such traditional lights – five years or more. To further increase energy efficiency, new timing controls allow the Garden to minimize the number of hours the lights are on, providing a large-scale show with small-scale power consumption. 
 
As part of an ongoing partnership, the Garden will use green energy from Georgia Power for the holiday exhibition.

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' soars back to Center for Puppetry Arts

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' soars back to Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- The Center for Puppetry Arts’ beloved holiday adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is soaring back into town to once again charm Atlanta audiences this holiday season. Adapted and directed by the Center’s Artistic Director, Jon Ludwig, the production is based on the classic 1964 stop-motion animated special and provides the audience with the opportunity to experience the timeless tale of Rudolph and his misfit friends live on stage.

“The third time is a charm,” remarked Ludwig on the return of the holiday classic. “Shine up your jingle bells and get ready to sing along to your favorite holiday hits! It’s Holly Jolly Time!”

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Big Brothers Big Sisters unveils new home

Big Brothers Big Sisters unveils new home

ATLANTA -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has a new home.

The mentoring program will hold a ribbon cutting Thursday at its new 25,000-square-foot facility in Midtown.

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"This building called us," BBBSMA president and CEO Janice McKenzie-Crayton said Thursday from the building's mentoring room, where children can meet with their adult mentors after school and on Saturdays. "It's a space that speaks to any age."

McKenzie-Crayton said the decision to move the headquarters from Edgewood Avenue to Peachtree Street will make the program more accessible for children in need, as well as adults who wish to work with them.

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

ATLANTA -- Become a superhero and run in support of a timely cause this weekend.

The Action Dash will be off and running in five North Georgia cities on Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 3.

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The race, which is presented by Action Ministries, raises money for housing, education solutions and necessities for Georgians in need.

Runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes; prizes will be awarded to some of the most innovative getups. Pets, both in and out of costume, are also welcome to join the race. Participants will receive T-shirts.

Learn more about the Action Dash. The race will be held in: