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Cirque Du Soleil’s 'Totem' wows Atlanta audiences in final performances

Cirque Du Soleil’s 'Totem' wows Atlanta audiences in final performances

ATLANTA, Ga.-- It all started with 20 street performers in 1984 with a unique vision and a one-of-a-kind acrobatic dream. Since its artistic beginnings, Cirque Du Soleil has mesmerized over 100 million viewers from Quebec to Las Vegas in over 300 different cities. Spectators from all over have anticipated the arrival of this amazing show during its North American touring season and Atlanta has been no stranger to the growing excitement.

FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

First Montessori School of Atlanta has partnered with the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church on its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Project. The church expects to provide a warm and nourishing meal for more than 350 homeless and needy individuals in the Sandy Springs area from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. The church is located on Mount Vernon Highway.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

Families, students, and the community recently enjoyed a fun-filled fall day at First Montessori School of Atlanta's 18th Annual Montessori Mile. In addition to road races, the Saturday activities included gardening, a Family Festival, a Chili Cook-off and a Soles4Souls shoe collection drive. Participants also contributed to Middle School student Sarah Tolchin's ongoing effort to collect funds for Pennies for Peace and purchased homemade nut-free basil pesto made by Livia Osorio’s Upper Elementary class.

Parents and students competed in the first-ever FMSA Chili Cook-Off. Marcell Lubsey earned bragging rights and a Golden Ladle for the best-tasting chili.

Winning runners in the children's events were (1st) Matt Fumo and Amy Soba; (2nd) River Ross and Annie Ingham; and (3rd) Jack Friedline and Alexandra Lubsey.

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The First Montessori School of Atlanta Kids Care Club recently collected 145 pairs of eyeglasses to benefit OneSight, a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to people in need around the world.

The FMSA Kids Care Club is comprised of 25 students, who range in age from six to eleven years old. The club empowers children to help better our world by sponsoring and participating in hands-on service projects.

The eyewear collected during the month-long drive included reading glasses, bifocals, sunglasses and non-prescription glasses, said Kids Care Club Coordinator Heather South. The glasses were given to LensCrafters to distribute through OneSight.

Enter the Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta "I Am Strong" photo contest

Enter the Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta "I Am Strong" photo contest

ATLANTA -- Fill in the blank. “I feel strong when ______.” You jump rope? Go hiking? Stand up for others? Ace a test? Do something you didn’t think you could? At Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta their mission is to inspire ALL girls to be strong, smart and bold. We want all girls and women, including you, to exercise their rights and reach their full potential.

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!”