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Fall is apple-picking time in North Georgia

Eat a pie or sip some cider in part seven of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.


B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. wants to prove the Earth is flat. Photo: Jimmy Fontaine BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene B.o.B. – or “Flat Earth Bob” as he calls himself in a new YouTube video – is determined to prove that the Earth is flat. The Atlanta rapper has started a GoFundMe page called “Show BoB the Curve” to raise $200,000 to launch...
Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Cheese lovers unite. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival is coming to Historic Fourth Ward Park, along the Atlanta Beltline, on Saturday, Oct. 7, for the first time. Some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants will be there to make sure you get the melty, cheesy goodness you deserve. However, there will be a lot more than the celebration of grilled cheese sandwiches to enjoy. Members of the Atlanta...
What Out on Film festival offers as it celebrates 30th anniversary

What Out on Film festival offers as it celebrates 30th anniversary

At a time when Hollywood has suffered its weakest summer box office returns since 2006 and is losing some of its best talents to the small screen, a festival like Out on Film can renew the excitement of cinema as a communal event. “Out on Film is very much a place for shared, public experiences,” festival director Jim Farmer says. “It’s possible to see a film pretty...
How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations. Even though he faced skepticism, Patel kept at it. On a visit...
VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town.  Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.  Coffee and breakfast go hand-in-hand....
Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring. Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018. Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. ...
Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Five years ago, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving spoke at the NFL owners meeting about their partnership with the league, including how some teams were working with local MADD volunteers on programs. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t one of those teams, a fact that didn’t sit particularly well with owner Arthur Blank or his future wife. “I talked to Arthur that day at...
SPOTTED: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth at Atlantic Station

SPOTTED: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth at Atlantic Station

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, who have been in Atlanta filming the latest installment of the Marvel “Avengers” series, had a lot of fun during some recent downtime. Iron Man and Thor, as they’re known when they suit up on the job, each took in “Luzia:  A Waking Dream of Mexico” by  Cirque du Soleil...
Celebrate National Lobster Day with these specials, recipes and local dishes

Celebrate National Lobster Day with these specials, recipes and local dishes

Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano serves this New Shell Maine Lobster Roll at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp at Ponce City Market. / (Chris Hunt/Special) It’s National Lobster Day — time to get your tail to one of the many great spots around town to find the tasty crustacean, or get your claws around a recipe to make yourself.   Lobster specials For today only, ...
Winner: Best fall festival in Atlanta I Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best fall festival in Atlanta I Best of Atlanta

Fall is officially here − marked by colorful leaves, cooler temps and the promise of the holidays. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out which fall festival is your favorite to revel in the fall colors and cooler weather. On Oct. 21, over 35,000 people will congregate to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades in the South...
Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

It may be hard to imagine when you spend your time in the middle of Atlanta's lights and asphalt, but Georgia is home to over 500 discovered caves. Most of Georgia's best caves are in Northwest Georgia, where they were formed by limestone that has dissolved into groundwater over the years. If you'd like to explore some of Georgia's caves, there are a couple things to remember: 1) Many...
Buy This: 3 deep, rich flavors to spice up your fall – and not a pumpkin in the bunch

Buy This: 3 deep, rich flavors to spice up your fall – and not a pumpkin in the bunch

We’ve got three treats made with dates, chocolate and spices to warm up your fall days. Date Lady Caramel Sauces Dates have always been a fall favorite for me. The dark rich flavor just says “Let’s get ready for cooler weather.” Being a caramel fan, and having just sampled Date Lady’s two updated (forgive the pun!) caramel sauces, I’ve now got two more...
Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Blue Top is one of the many Chamblee restaurants that will be serving up food at the Taste of Chamblee. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel Taste of Chamblee is a crash course in that city’s burgeoning dining scene. The annual food festival, now in its 10th year and hosted by the City of Chamblee, will take place Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be held in...
Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening this fall at Ponce City Market. / Batter Cookie Dough Counter Ponce City Market offers a pletora of eating options: tacos, seafood, pasta, dumplings, burgers, fried chicken, salad, gelato and more . Add edible cookie dough to the list. Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough shop, ...
Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Italian fine dining restaurant Osteria di Mare will open Oct. 1 in Peachtree Corners. / Photo: Osteria di Mare Dining options continue to grow in Peachtree Corners. Last year saw the addition of notables like Noble Fin , Ba Bellies and popular Lawrenceville diner Peachtree Cafe ...
TV best bets with returns of ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘This is Us’

TV best bets with returns of ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘This is Us’

WILL & GRACE — Season: 1 — Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland — (Photo by: Andrew Eccles/NBC) This was posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog This covers Monday, September 25 through Sunday, October 1...
Ed Sheeran announces 2018 date at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Ed Sheeran announces 2018 date at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Ed Sheeran (and Ed Sheeran and Ed Sheeran) onstage at Infinite Energy Arena on Aug. 25, 2017. Photo: Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ed Sheeran announced a slew of 2018 stadium dates on his website Friday – including Nov. 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The British superstar, who sold out...
Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Monday Night Han Brolo Pale Ale

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Monday Night Han Brolo Pale Ale

Monday Night Brewing is celebrating two major milestones this weekend. This year’s annual “Tie One On” party will not only mark its sixth anniversary, but the grand opening of The Garage — its second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End. The festivities run from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, with...
‘The King and I’ comes to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre soon

‘The King and I’ comes to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre soon

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most splendid works, “The King and I,” comes to the Fox Theatre Tuesday. This will mark the first time the revival of the 1951 classic will perform at the Fox Theatre, and the elegant, grand-scale production will play at the Fox from Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 1. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship...
Review: ASO highlights Kurth, Bernstein in season opener

Review: ASO highlights Kurth, Bernstein in season opener

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began its 73rd season Thursday at Symphony Hall in familiar fashion. With many of the musicians standing and facing the audience, the ensemble executed a familiar, tuneful arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Unabashed audience participation met this bit of opening-night historical precedent. After intermission, Music Director Robert Spano and...
Theater review: A devout spirit moves Actor’s Express’ ‘Christians’

Theater review: A devout spirit moves Actor’s Express’ ‘Christians’

In the past, whenever I’ve had the need in a review to use words like “preachy” or “sermonizing” to describe a play, it’s generally with a critical connotation. In the context of “The Christians,” artistic director Freddie Ashley’s compelling Actor’s Express staging of a drama by Lucas Hnath (who scored a big hit on Broadway this year...
5 of the coolest Atlanta places to spend a fall Friday

5 of the coolest Atlanta places to spend a fall Friday

The leaves are turning, the dogs are shedding and the flannels are looking cozier by the day.  That can only mean one thing: it's corn maze time.  Here are the best places to spend a Friday going all-in on autumn in Atlanta.  September 23 - October 31 628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs There are quite a few farms dotting Atlanta's outer band of suburbs where autumn brings the annual...
Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel

Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel

Here’s how you could pay 64-cents for a steakhouse dinner at Marcel. Photo credit: Marcel. You may actually eat a hearty dinner instead of just looking at one on Instagram. Marcel will offer shrimp boullettes, fried frog legs, USDA Prime meat and more for 64-cents beginning at 11 p.m. (drinks available on the patio beginning at 10 p.m.) Friday, Sept...
Concert review and photos: Arcade Fire brings spirited, joyous show to Infinite Energy Arena

Concert review and photos: Arcade Fire brings spirited, joyous show to Infinite Energy Arena

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It’s tough to decide what within Arcade Fire’s concert made it such a joyous affair. Maybe it was the jumble of instruments crammed onto the square stage in the center of Infinite Energy Arena, a working area better suited to half of the nine members in their live setup, but a charming sight nonetheless. The ever-energetic Will Butler. Photo...
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival promises 40 plays in 4 days

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival promises 40 plays in 4 days

With comedies and classics, musicals and dramas, kids’ shows and one-man performances, the sixth annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival will seek to deliver on its catchphrase promise of “40 plays in four days.” Producing director Toni Simmons Henson founded the festival in 2012 because she believed there was an under-served market in Atlanta. The festival has grown steadily over...
No idolization, just admiration, of marathon bombing victim

No idolization, just admiration, of marathon bombing victim

The most indelible image from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was the photo of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair. Having lost both legs, he sat clutching his left thigh as a trio of people whisked him toward an ambulance. His story — how he ended up at the race and how he fared afterward — comes to the screen in the raw and moving “Stronger,” based on Bauman’s memoir. Jake...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Darius Rucker, Adam Ant

Atlanta Concerts this week: Darius Rucker, Adam Ant

Darius Rucker heads to town on Saturday. Photo; Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Lizz Wright The jazz-gospel native of small-town Georgia (Hahira, if you’re curious) has the distinction of being the last artist Prince saw live before his untimely death in 2016 . And there’s good reason he was checking out the molten-voiced...
Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

Enjoy fall weather on these 7 OTP restaurant patios

Fall officially kicks off tomorrow, bringing with it cooler temps and the perfect weather for swarming restaurant patios across metro Atlanta. If you’re in the mood to breathe in fresh fall air while enjoying your next meal, consider checking out one of these seven patios at restaurants outside the Perimeter. Enjoy oysters and other fresh seafood on one of Atlantic Seafood...
New cocktail book overflows with Atlanta bartender contributions

New cocktail book overflows with Atlanta bartender contributions

Read this book: “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails” by Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater (University of Georgia Press, $29.95) By Wendell Brock It starts with a breakfast drink and ends with a party punch. With 88 recipes for cocktails both old-fashioned and new-fangled, it’s an “SFA-curated, bartender-developed, contemporary drink...
East Atlanta Strut: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

East Atlanta Strut: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

It's finally fall. Even though the weather feels more like summer, you'll still find plenty of events to help you ring in the new season this weekend.  Whether you enjoy pets, classic cars or arts and crafts, counties all around the Metro are brimming with fall festivals and family-friendly fun.  Let this event lineup help you celebrate the coming of cooler weather: General 100 Relay...
In Cape Cod, plenty to see, but little to soak in

In Cape Cod, plenty to see, but little to soak in

Harbor seals splash in the surf, fishing vessels dot the waterways and a cottony canopy of fog greets the dawn in “Year by the Sea.” If you weren’t able to squeeze in one last getaway this summer, the lovely postcard views of Cape Cod that decorate this movie might offer some vicarious visual respite. To enjoy the island scenery, however, you’ll have to wade, ankle-deep, into...
This Marietta doughnut dwells in a realm beyond sweetness

This Marietta doughnut dwells in a realm beyond sweetness

Cinnamon Toast doughnut from Doughnut Dollies in Marietta. / Ben Brasch DISH OF THE WEEK: Cinnamon Toast doughnut at Doughnut Dollies By Ben Brasch I always get excited when I see cinnamon-anything on a menu. But cinnamon can be disappointing, as I found out in kindergarten upon chomping into a curled piece of cinnamon instead of putting it in potpourri like I was supposed to. The timeout...
Fall is apple-picking time

Fall is apple-picking time

Riding on a wagon tour of the dwarf apple trees in Mercier Orchards, we were struck by two things: One: you’re really in the mountains up here. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Two: You’ve never seen so much tasty growing directly out of the ground.
Mild Facebook anxiety becomes supernatural nightmare

Mild Facebook anxiety becomes supernatural nightmare

In the age of social media, is being alone the ultimate horror? The mildly creepy thriller “Friend Request” takes Facebook anxiety and turns it into a supernatural nightmare. While that’s not a bad idea for a thriller, this footage is unlikely to go viral. Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey of “Fear the Walking Dead”) is a popular college student who has a smile for everybody...
Ben Stiller faces midlife crisis in ‘Brad’s Status’

Ben Stiller faces midlife crisis in ‘Brad’s Status’

We’re all familiar with the danger of the late-night Instagram scroll. Got anxiety? It’s a surefire way to make it worse. Brad (Ben Stiller) has anxiety. He has insomnia and a general sense of discomfit, ennui and malaise. There’s no reason for Brad to feel this way — he has a nice, comfortable suburban home, a sweet wife (Jenna Fischer), a smart son. But what Brad doesn&rsquo...
‘Kingsman’ sequel is cynical, offensive

‘Kingsman’ sequel is cynical, offensive

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” caught many by surprise when it was released in 2014. On the surface, it’s an updated, cheekier riff on Bond — the British gentleman spy gets an upgrade when a lower-class Cockney lad gets recruited into their ranks, utilizing his street smarts and brute force. It was shockingly violent, soundtracked to classic pop hits, and the one-two punch...
‘Polina’ tells a pretty story

‘Polina’ tells a pretty story

It may not be obvious to movie audiences that “Polina” is based on a graphic novel: Bastien Vivès’s 2011 tale of a young Russian ballerina, rendered in monochrome pen-and-ink drawings, with fluid, gray washes. But it’s quickly apparent that there is someone with a great eye behind the camera. Actually, there are two someones: French writer-director Valérie Mü...
‘Ninjago’ doesn’t click like previous Lego movies

‘Ninjago’ doesn’t click like previous Lego movies

If you’re of a certain age and childless, it’s entirely possible you haven’t the foggiest idea what a “Ninjago” — of the latest Lego movie — might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that’s as far as I got into the Wikipedia article. With the wild success of both “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” released...

Another steakhouse headed to Atlanta

  This year has seen numerous steakhouses open in and around Atlanta, including Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs  and   C. Ellet’s at The Battery, a concept by restaurateur Linton Hopkins . The latest to join the primal-cut scene is national chain  Del Frisco’s Double...
Dunwoody gets a pizza joint

Dunwoody gets a pizza joint

Vintage Pizzeria recently opened its third location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody Village. / Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau By Caleigh Derreberry Dunwoody residents and office workers have one more nearby dining option: Vintage Pizzeria. The local, family-owned restaurant, known for New Jersey-style pizza, recently opened a location at 5510 Chamblee...
Lizz Wright talks Prince, ‘Grace’ and growing up in Georgia

Lizz Wright talks Prince, ‘Grace’ and growing up in Georgia

Lizz Wright will perform at Variety Playhouse on Sept. 22. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene MINNEAPOLIS – When Lizz Wright performed at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 19, 2016, a special guest was in the crowd at the downtown Minneapolis venue – Prince. Hers was the last live performance the legendary singer ever witnessed before his untimely death two days later. This spring...
Salad bar concept opens in Atlantic Station tomorrow

Salad bar concept opens in Atlantic Station tomorrow

Fast-casual salad concept Salata opens Sept. 21 in Atlantic Station. / Photo credit: Salata By Caleigh Derreberry Salata, a fast-casual salad bar, will open its first Georgia restaurant in Atlantic Station tomorrow.  The salad bar concept serves customizable salads and lettuce wraps as well as soups. Salata offers more than 50 different topping options including chick peas, kidney...
7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

Congratulations, you happen to live in a place surrounded by some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery in the country.  One drive around some of Georgia’s scenic byways, and you’ll be reminded of just what beauty lies just miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia: When you travel along the Cohutta-Chattahoochee...
Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pizza in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

A well-made pizza pie is like a diamond in the rough − rare and rewarding. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll found out where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town.  Coming in first place, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has offered authentic, New York style pizza, classic salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, signature coal oven wings and freshly made desserts since...

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Recycling services: A community environmental electronics recycling event will be free and open to all. Acceptable items include laptops, phones, cables and wires, routers and modems, printers and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road S.E., Smyrna. 678-279-4300, mysaintb.org. Community concert: As part of a fall concert series, pianist Mauro Ronca...
3 Fun Things: September 22 -24

3 Fun Things: September 22 -24

NEWNAN Fido Fest Calling all canines and their two-legged friends! The inaugural Fido Fest is happening in Newnan, and it’s for those looking to combine their love of animals and being active. Spend the day with your doggie participating together in the 1-mile run or the 5k – or both. Awards will be given out for the races. Make sure your pup is vaccinated, leashed, non-aggressive and...
7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

A 67-year-old woman in England complained of dry eyes and went to an optometrist, according to a recent Mens Health report. The cause of her irritation: 27 contact lenses that had to be surgically removed. Though most contact lens wearers wouldn’t let things go that far, many are guilty of bending the rules and taking a risk with their eyes. Some people start treating their lenses...
Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Some of the most memorable characters in the charming new play “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” never actually walk on stage. Although the narrative is densely populated with quirky, often lovably hilarious people, there’s technically only one performer in the theater throughout the evening. Actress Taylor M. Dooley performs as the young fourth-grade narrator in playwright...
Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Fall is on the horizon, and there is no shortage of things to do in and around the Atlanta area in the autumn months. Attending festivals, picking apples and observing the Georgia leaves change this fall are high on the list. B.J. Reece Orchards. You-pick season continues through Oct. 29, but call after Oct. 30 to be sure. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Weekdays, $2 admission for everyone 2 and over; weekends...
Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Like just about anywhere Atlanta has some very hot and very cold days and every now and then a hurricane might just run straight up the middle of the state, but most of the time, the weather’s pretty mellow and Atlanta public parks are welcoming spots to enjoy the day.  Whether you'd like to go for a run, take a swim or let the kids burn off some energy, there are ideal parks in ...
Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

Some of the best fishing environments in the country are right here in Georgia's lakes and rivers.  For the casual fisherman (or fisherwoman) and their families, Lake Patrick has already won the title as Georgia's best place for family-friendly fishing.Plus, serious fisherman get to work far south of Atlanta on commercial fishing operations harvesting everything from catfish to the incredible ...
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Community workshop: Jeffrey Small, an award-winning author, speaker, entrepreneur and theologian, will lead a workshop titled “The Nature of Human Suffering: Why Doesn’t God Take Away my Problems?” which will explore the question: Why does suffering and death exist? Visit tinyurl.com/ybhzkf7n for details. Free and open to all. 9:15 a.m. Sept. 17. Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church...
Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

After a week filled with worries about Tropical Storm Irma and its aftermath, it's time to get out and have a little fun.  As temperatures warm back up, your thoughts are probably turning from stocking up on bread and other essentials to enjoying all Atlanta has to offer. Whether you'd like to enjoy the sights and sounds of a festival, learn to cook authentic Tuscan dishes or get active...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

MARIETTA Streetfest Marietta is shutting down some streets for a weekend-long festival featuring all sorts of excitement, from crafts to cars and tot trots to tasty treats. The festivities kick off Saturday with a 1-mile fun run and continue with the Hubcaps and History classic car show. Sunday features the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-In to showcase military vehicles and a variety of bikes...
11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

While it's swell to indulge in a lavish evening out every now and then, there are plenty of Atlanta date ideas that are heavy on fun and light on your wallet. Whether you're trying to liven up your regular date night or impress a first date for less, you'll spend $30 or less for the hip yet affordable dates below. (Just remember to use any money saved to go on more dates–your love life is worth...
11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

Headed downtown to an event at Centennial Olympic Park or the Georgia World Congress Center? Here are some restaurants within walking distance where you’re sure to find dishes to get you in proper formation: Alma Cocina: The modern Mexican eatery serves up margaritas, ceviches, tamales and other Mexican staples.191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-9662, www.alma-atlanta.com Der Biergarten...
Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

For the first time, artistic creations will come to life in new spaces along Buford Highway with a one-of-a-kind street art extravaganza. Living Walls, an Atlanta based non-profit organization, is partnering with We Love BuHi to bring The Buhi Walk Buford Highway Conference to the surrounding areas, where public art ranging from murals to installations will showcase the multicultural landscape...
‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

Every concours — with its elegant atmosphere and its multi-million dollar classic cars — is already unlike most auto shows. But the 2017 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, which returns to Braselton’s Chateau Elan later this month for its second annual event, wants to be unlike anything else within that world, too. Big, sure. Iconic, renowned, enviable? Absolutely. But also...
26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

State parks across the state offer everything from paddle adventures, overnight camping and even a haunted hayride to get you into the season. Appling's Mistletoe State Park: The name echoes a different season but this park northwest of Augusta is the perfect spot to extend your summer. A fishing rodeo in late September lets youth fish in bass-stocked waters of the 7,200-acre Clarks Hill Lake...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

ELLIJAY Apple Pickin’ Jubilee September is here and with it comes apple season. If you’re looking for something a bit different from what you’ll find in the grocery stores, head north to Hillcrest Orchards to get the goods straight from the source. After you’ve had your pick of more than seven pommes varieties, from golden delicious to Arkansas Black, there will still be plenty...
Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company spent the summer rebuilding after losing 13 dancers...
9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

Public pool season may end with Labor Day, but with still-simmering weather in Georgia there's no need to bid swimming goodbye just yet. The state's swimming holes offer a wet and wild option post-Labor Day and sometimes late into the fall or even year 'round. Grab your suits and some sunscreen and get ready to play in the water at these nine Georgia swimming holes: Chattahoochee National Forest near...
Hillary Clinton's subtly savage takedown of Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton's subtly savage takedown of Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton's book is due out next week. And judging by a page that was just tweeted by one of her staunchest supporters — not to mention plenty of other evidence — it's likely to include a heaping dose of score-settling. That includes with Bernie Sanders. In the passage that was tweeted out Monday evening by Tom Watson, Clinton attacks some of Sanders's supporters...
How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

Labor Day weekend will soon be upon us, Atlanta. Representing the all-too-soon, unofficial end of summer. A three-day grindstone sabbatical. A weekend that could otherwise be called "Gridlocalypse" due to all the events around the city.  Start planning your weekend now with our guide to the area's holiday happenings. Dragon Con: Sept. 1 - 4  (Downtown)Nerd out (and cosplay) all...
4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

For its 31st anniversary, Dragon Con is taking its parade to a new level. If you're the type who needs to see the costumes up close, here are some suggested vantage points for getting a great view of the action.  This is where the parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Caterina O'Sullivan lives in metro Atlanta and is a Dragon Con veteran. "I always walked around where...
7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (without a ticket)

7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (without a ticket)

Combine science fiction and gaming into a single super convention and what do you get? Dragon Con.  The cosplay extravaganza, which takes places Sept. 1-4, has been a long-standing staple of Atlanta (celebrating its 31st year on Labor Day weekend), growing momentum ever since its first year in 1987. More than 82,000 people are expected to attend the weekend-long festivities that will include...
How to survive Dragon Con 2017

How to survive Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con, and all of its many celebrities, panels, screenings and Storm Troopers, is back for its 31st year. The four-day convention draws tens of thousands of people to Atlanta and runs "round the clock" Sept. 1-4 at five downtown hotels: the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  The ever-growing event...
AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

It's a budget-friendly Labor Day weekend around Atlanta with free events taking place everywhere you look.  Whether you want to enjoy a free movie, take in a little culture or help out your fellow man by donating blood, you'll find plenty to do without breaking the bank.  Check out all the free events in this weekend's lineup: Marietta Square Art Walk. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept...

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Anniversary celebration: For its centennial anniversary, Mount Paran Church will host two morning services to share future visions; the evening service will feature songs, videos and speakers from the past and more. A reception will follow the evening service. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-923-8700, mountparan.com. Community festival...
Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Staycation or vacation, "adulting" or family time, Georgia's Lake Lanier offers lots of fun just an hour's drive from Atlanta. Whether you're interested in a rowdy day of LanierWorld water rides, boating or camping, you've come to the right place. And to make your trip even more fun and get the most out of your budget, consider these travel tips from Lake Lanier insiders: Be on time...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

MARIETTA Noshfest As the name suggests, you’re invited to nosh, nibble and snack your way through this Labor Day weekend food event that celebrates Jewish food and culture. The festival offers an array of ethnic and regional foods from partners throughout the metro Atlanta community, so you can pair that matzo ball soup with fried green tomatoes then top it all off with craft brew from Reformation...
Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta Board of Education incumbents hoping to fight off a pack of passionate opponents asked voters Tuesday for four more years to finish the work they’ve started.  More than 200 residents gathered at the IBEW Auditorium to hear from 24 of the 30 candidates who qualified to run in the November election. All four incumbents battling in contested races showed up to the forum. &ldquo...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

JOHNS CREEK “Give Me Five” charity dinner Foodies, get ready to fawn! Dine on five different dishes prepared by local Atlanta chefs from establishments such as Atlas and Richards’ Southern Fried. Start with a cocktail hour before sitting down to a multi-course feast paired with wines selected by local sommeliers. Between courses, consider bidding on the live and silent auctions featuring...
How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

The August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to stretch coast to coast in the continental United States in 99 years. Humans are expected to react with amazement when the thin path of totality, or total eclipse, passes through portions of 14 states, but what about their pets? Dogs and cats will be affected by the eclipse much less than wildlife, according...
12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love” for the Alliance Theatre as they take their shows...
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Free movies: For the 13th year, Leadership Sandy Springs will host Movies by Moonlight, a free summer movie series featuring an inflatable screen, vendors, food trucks, jumpy houses, performances and other activities for kids. Activities will begin at 6 p.m.; movies will start once the sun goes down. “Moana” will be shown on Aug. 18; “Lego Batman,” Aug. 25; “Beauty and...
7 ways to keep your dog but lose the allergies

7 ways to keep your dog but lose the allergies

When man's best friend causes allergic reactions, remember you have options. There are a host of alternative measures for reducing dog allergies that most pet owners consider much more bearable than finding Fido a new home, according to experts at Health.com.  So, don't give up before trying these seven ways to reduce dog allergies: 1. Make sure the dog is causing your symptoms. The dog...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 11-13

3 Fun Things: Aug. 11-13

KENNESAW Program Palooza Saddle up, partner, and head northwest to the city of Kennesaw, where this weekend, the town is unveiling its various activities and sports programs for the fall. It’s all happening with a Western them, so get gussied up in your best bolo, belt buckle and boots, and join in the cowboy-themed activities. See if you’re as good as the Sundance Kid at the kid-friendly...
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Back to school events: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will host two back-to-school events. The first will welcome families, teachers and students of all ages at a special prayer to bless backpacks, tote bags and messenger bags. Participants will receive a bag tag as a reminder that God goes wherever they go. 10 a.m. Aug. 6. The second event will be the church’s sixth annual back-to-school carnival...
‘Woke’ comic trades traditional stand-up for unique, sketch comedy show

‘Woke’ comic trades traditional stand-up for unique, sketch comedy show

If you walk past Artisans Bar & Gallery on the first Tuesday of the month, the laughter spilling onto the streets may instantly grab your attention. What’s on the inside? It’s a cackling audience who can’t help but slap their knees and hold their stomachs as the comics on stage deliver punchline after punchline. But the performers aren’t telling ordinary “yo momma&rdquo...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 4-6

3 Fun Things: Aug. 4-6

ROSWELL Garage sale extravaganza Get ready treasure hunters. Wake up early, do your stretches, clear out the car’s trunk space — this is the big one. The Roswell United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Garage Sale Extravaganza loaded with books, jewelry, furniture, sports items, art, household goods and seemingly endless selections of men’s and women’s clothing. The sale...
5 unusual but totally worth-going-to events this August

5 unusual but totally worth-going-to events this August

Just because school's back in session doesn't mean the month of August should be dreaded. The month is jam-packed with great weather, new Rick and Morty, and tons of wacky pleasure. RELATED: What you must do in Atlanta this summer You may have heard of the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival and Sips Under the Sea, but what about variety shows and other quirky events happening in Atlanta?...
A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

If you're an Atlanta millennial who wants to experience nature, you may not necessarily want to rough it out by sleeping on the ground and being away from other creature comforts. That's why glamping – a mashup of glamour and camping – has become so popular. It lets you enjoy activities such as hiking and biking while staying in a comfortable environment. Since 2015, the camping industry...
“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the play “His Double Life” will take the stage for one night only in Atlanta. Although it originally debuted in 2011, producer and writer Nial Martin, founder of No Jive Productions, says there has never been a better time to revive a play he hopes will start a dialogue in families about love, identity and acceptance. The play stars Robyn Charles, the youngest daughter...
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Fellowship dinner: The annual “O Taste N See” dinner will feature an array of dishes prepared by the men of First Congregational Church. Past dishes included beef brisket, jerk chicken, Louisiana gumbo and vegetarian pasta. This year’s menu is subject to change. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door the day of the event, are $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID and $5 for...
What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

Atlanta's High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast, housing a large permanent collection of more than 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary. The museum has a particularly diverse array of highlights, including American and European paintings and sculptures, one of the largest collections of civil rights-era prints in the U.S. and a significant folk and self-taught...
3 Fun Things: July 28-30

3 Fun Things: July 28-30

SANDY SPRINGS “All I want is a room somewhere far away from the hot, muggy night air — with one enormous picnic blanket.” Eliza Doolittle might be singing that tune if she lived in Atlanta. But if the traditional version of “My Fair Lady” appeals to your ears, along with classic songs from “Carousel,” “Guys and Dolls,” “South Pacific&rdquo...
As kids head back to school, why vaccinate?

As kids head back to school, why vaccinate?

School systems across Georgia require vaccinations for children entering school. Some parents have concerns about vaccines causing maladies, such as autism, though all the credible scientific studies say there is no link between the two. As children prepare for school, here is a video The Atlanta Journal-Constitution created that explains the benefits and concerns of getting children vaccinated or...
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