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Check out “A Thousand Words” at dk Gallery

Came across this on the web – it looks like a great way to spend tonight!

In the heart of downtown Marietta, dk Gallery is a trendsetter among Metro Atlanta art galleries. Generating excitement with their dynamic show openings and powerful, yet accessible contemporary art, the gallery is expanding the boundaries of the new Atlanta art scene.

“Worth a Thousand Words” will highlight uomo cerca donna Ferrara dk Gallery artists who incorporate words, poetry, and/or song in their work. Expect to see artwork that showcases many literary art forms including collaged letters from magazines, poetry, and the artists’ handwritten notes on the pieces themselves. All are invited to attend this highly anticipated show on Friday, September 1, 2017 at dk Gallery from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Featured artists will include Patricia Beggins-Magers, Amy Cobb, Shellie Lewis, Barbara Nerenz-Kelley, Jennifer Rivera, and Connie Karleta-Sales.

The Land of the Walking Dead and more…

North, south, east or west there is always a great place to visit outside of Atlanta.

uomo cerca donna Carrara Located just 50 miles south of Atlanta, Senoia is a must see for Walking Dead fans!

When you get there the first stop should always be the donna cerca uomo Manfredonia Walking Dead Store and Museum and then you can follow it up  with a guided tour of filming locations.  Since shooting is gearing up again you never know what photo ops will arise!  Finish the morning off with lunch at the uomo cerca donna Massa Walking Dead Cafe or one of the other local eating places like the Tomato House or Katie Lou’s Cafe.


Everyone in the family not a Walking Dead fan?  Don’t worry there is plenty to see and do for everyone!



The Buggy Shop Museum  Open April to October, the third Saturday and Sunday of the month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Senoia Area Historical Society Museum  Senoia Area Historical Society Museum is open for tours Fridays and Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Five rooms and a research library in the 1870’s historic home give visitors a glimpse into Senoia past and present. Come enjoy the history, the stories, and the heritage.

Recreational Trails  The City has recreational trails in Marimac Lakes Park and along Rockaway Road.

Creative Canvas   This is where art is love – a great place for birthday parties,
bachelorette parties, private lessons, and weekend Sip N Paint classes

Raleigh Studios, Atlanta formerly Riverwood Studios chose Senoia because of its beautiful homes and scenery. Movies such as Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and Andersonville have been filmed at Riverwood Studios located just outside the city limits of Senoia. The film industry has seen a recent resurgence in Georgia due to an attractive tax incentive program from the State. To date two dozen film and television projects have used the city as a backdrop.

Veranda Bed & Breakfast Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, this historic Greek revival mansion inn was built in 1906 as the Hollberg Hotel. Here Margaret Mitchell interviewed Civil War veterans to write “Gone With the Wind.”


Southern Ground Gallery  Shop the Shelly Brown fall collection early! Don’t miss 20% off entire store and the build your own Bloody Mary bar. Sunday  August 27th from 2-5pm

Carriage House Country Antiques & Gifts Featuring country antiques and collectibles, gift items and custom picture frames and mats

Gail’s Antiques   Featuring a variety of vendors and collectibles – visit their site on




Murals, Sculpture, Photography, and so much more.

Now in its eighth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine returns to bring visual art and performance to miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor in 2017.

I’ve heard such great things about this, I can’t wait to check this out this year!  The largest outdoor temporary public art project in the American South, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine  includes visual artists, performers, musicians and historic preservationists; placing working professionals alongside emerging artists.

Help Illuminate One of Atlanta’s Great New Traditions!

Join the fun on September 9th from 8pm-11pm as the Lantern Parade kicks off the 2017 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition! Check out a recap of the 2016 parade, and see photos from past parades in our Art on the Atlanta BeltLine photo gallery.

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade debuted on the Atlanta art scene in 2010, and has been growing ever since. In 2012, there were 1,200 participants and tailgaters along the parade route, and in 2015, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade brought together more than 60,000 people for an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights and sounds.

Light It Up! Learn How to Make Lanterns!

Hold up a light for the Atlanta BeltLine! Your creative participation is what makes the magic! Like the Lantern Parade, this workshop is created and hosted by Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. Click here for workshop schedules.

Where is the Atlanta BeltLine?

The planned Atlanta BeltLine utilizes an existing 22-mile historic rail corridor that encircles the City of Atlanta as its foundation, all within a few miles of Downtown. Current open sections include:

Where Will You be Monday Afternoon?

It’s almost here!  Starting around 1pm on Monday the eclipse will cast a path of darkness across our state.  The last time Georgia was treated to this spectacle was 1984.  What makes this eclipse such a big deal is that this is the first time since 1918 that the 48 contiguous states will enjoy at least a partial eclipse and from Oregon to South Carolina areas will enjoy a total eclipse.

If you want to see midnight in the afternoon you will need to head north of Atlanta.  Some of the cities in the path are Baldwin, Clayton, Blairsville, Helen, Rabin Gap, and Blue Ridge along with four state parks: Vogel, Moccasin Creek, Black Rock Mountain, and Unicoi.  Be prepared for huge crowds if you head this way!

If you want to stay closer to home, Atlanta will still have a nice partial eclipse and a lot of places will be hosting special events.  Here are a few:

Atlanta Fulton Public Library System: Several branches will host special watch parties complete with eclipse viewing glasses. At most of the participating branches, you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse (95%) and/ or live streaming from NASA Live Stream (technology permitting). The following branches are all hosting events on Aug. 21 — times vary, but they are generally between 1-4 p.m. (maximum viewing should occur about 2:35 p.m.) Call each branch for details.

  • Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 770-360-8820
  • Adamsville-Collier Heights Library 3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta 30331 404-699-4206
  • Adams Park Library 2231 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta 30311 404-752-8763
  • Northside Library 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta 30327 404-814-3508
  • Ocee Branch Library 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-360-8897
  • Ponce de Leon Branch Library 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE., Atlanta 404-885-7820

Chattahoochee Nature Center: From 2-3 p.m. catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Viewing glasses provided while supplies last. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell

Dunwoody Nature Center: A solar eclipse party from 1-4 p.m. with peak eclipse at 2:35 p.m. and 97% will take place in the baseball fields. Special viewing glasses will be supplied while they last. Park at the Baseball Fields and bring a blanket or chairs. Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields, 5321 Roberts Drive, Atlanta

Fernbank Science Center: See the partial solar eclipse, about 97 %, weather permitting, through solar filtered telescopes for safe viewing and enjoy programs throughout the day and live streaming of the eclipse as it crosses the country. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta

Georgia Institute of Technology: From 1 – 4 p.m., enjoy live streaming of the eclipse from the Georgia Tech Observatory as well as the use of safe viewing tools including eye-safe telescopes, pinhole cameras and shoebox projectors. There will be an auditory journey of the solar system and astronomy-themed music and snacks. Georgia Tech, Kessler Campanile, 355 North Ave NW, Atlanta

Georgia State University: On Georgia State’s downtown campus the public can view the eclipse through solar telescopes set up in front of 25 Park Place, Atlanta.

Ponce City Market Skyline Park: At 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, Skyline Park and HowStuffWorks will host an eclipse viewing party on the rooftop of Ponce City Market. The first 300 guests will get free viewing glasses, after that, glassed can be purchased for $2 while supplies last. There will be games, trivia and the bar and concessions will be open. Regular admission rates for Skyline Park apply: $10 for adults and kids over 12, $7 for kids under 12 (kids under 3 are free). Visit for details.

Tellus Science Museum: Catch the eclipse in Cartersville with a live feed and play-by-play of the eclipse progress with Tellus staff. Outside, view the 97% eclipse in the Tellus Observatory and on the museum lawn through smaller telescopes. Viewing glasses are available for purchase. Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Drive

Woodruff Park: Visit the park from 2 – 4 p.m. The first 200 people will get a free pair solar eclipse glasses and enjoy games, music, and more during this event in conjunction with AFPLS. Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street, Atlanta


You can also check your local paper or Chamber of Commerce to see what may be planned in your area.


If the weather is bad or you just don’t want to fight the crowds there will be plenty of ways to view on line or on tv.


ABC News: David Muir heads “The Great American Eclipse,” the two-hour live coverage of the eclipse on which includes views of the eclipse as well as the scene from watch parties and landmarks along the path of totality. The live stream will also be available on Facebook Live, YouTube and across ABC News social media channels. There will also be an on-air broadcast from 1 – 3 p.m. ET. See live streaming of the eclipse from Denver, Colorado on Streaming will be in 4K. This is not a total eclipse as Colorado will only get about a 92 percent partial eclipse at maximum coverage in Denver. Tune in just before 2 p.m. ET to be sure to catch the action.

Eclipse Across America: For a unique take on live streaming, check out the High Altitude Balloon Project in which students and ballooning groups launch high-altitude balloons with cameras up into the sky to capture views of the eclipse. Viewing is available at

NASA Television: On Aug. 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET, NASA Television will host “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA,” an unprecedented live video event as the eclipse makes its way across America from Oregon to South Carolina. There will also be coverage of activities taking place in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the country, and on social media. You can watch from Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope/Twitter, NASA apps or from the live stream page at


However you choose to view the eclipse have fun and be safe.  Do NOT look directly at sun will unprotected eyes or regular sunglasses.  Make sure you use special solar glasses or #14 welder’s glass for direct viewing.  The safest way, however, is to make a pinhole project.  Use a pencil point to make a hole in an index card or piece of cardboard and place a second piece on the ground.  Hold the card with pinhole about 3 or 4 feet above above the one on the ground and align it with the sun (make sure you don’t look directly at the sun while doing this.  The eclipse will be projected onto the card on the ground.  The larger the pinhole the larger the sun will look.

Local Filmmaker Badar


‘Last Lesson’, a short film by local filmmaker Badar, is an official selection of Atlanta Underground Film Festival.  Come out and support local filmmakers.


Screenshot from “Last Lesson”


Click image to see other selections of this year’s film festival!


Badar is a SCAD alumni and Atlanta filmmaker. Check out his work here.

The Lost Children of Syria


“I hope you’ll join me in helping to demystify misconceptions and soften hearts toward the refugee crisis. Lots of love to you all.” – Shana Vassilieva

 “At one point in her life, Dima Alardah dreamed of becoming an Olympic badminton champion. Years after retiring from competition, Dima now dreams of restoring hope to women and girls all across the Arab world. Before departing for the U.S. Department of State and ESPN-W Global Sports Mentoring Program in 2014, Dima founded the first badminton academy in the Middle East (Shuttlers Academy). Since returning home, she has added to her empowering work by joining the Norwegian Refugee Council to provide sports programs to Syrian refugees living in camps throughout Jordan. This is her story.”


Filmed in Amman and Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan
Produced by the Center for Sport, Peace, & Society
Videography by Shana Vassilieva of Happy Shiver Productions


Official description:

“In a heightened effort to capture how exchanges under the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative have a long-lasting impact, cooperative partners from the University of Tennessee led an on-the-ground monitoring and evaluation program in Egypt and Jordan. During this exchange, alumnae from the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program—Americans and emerging leaders alike—reunited overseas to gauge the progress of action plans, address challenges, and reconnect on projects initiated during the mentorship. Soccer envoys Mary Harvey and Lori Lindsey joined the activities to head up clinics and lead talks on their careers as professional female athletes. Meredith Walker, executive director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, served as an official envoy. In this role, she led sessions on leveraging media platforms, developing social media strategies, impactful blogging, and international journalism through the lens of women’s empowerment and sports. Through this program, the University of Tennessee conducted interviews, prepared surveys on long-term impact, and produced qualitative and quantitative evidence-of-effectiveness products and media. The overseas trip culminated in workshops and sports clinics with several generations of alumnae, connecting Sports Visitors, Sports Envoys, Mentors, & GSMP Emerging Leaders. Further, both U.S. Embassy Cairo and U.S. Embassy Amman hosted the delegations for meetings with the Ambassadors. In Jordan, the delegation worked with refugees using sports as the platform. U.S. Soccer donated a great deal of soccer equipment and balls for the young refugees.”



Check out Shana’s blog post about the project over at !

Excerpts taken from Shana’s blog and Facebook. Go support her and share the project to get the word out and help this go viral! Shana studied film & video production at Georgia State University.

To learn more about the NRC and to donate click here.