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  • StoneMtnLaserShow

    Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular: Summer Show in 35th Year

    Summer begins Thursday June 21 at 3:08 am but that’s a technicality. A sure sign that the season’s begun is after Memorial Day weekend, when the Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular is shown every night in June conditions permitting, and on through early August. This ATL tradition is entering its 35th year, so 2018 is a milestone for the beaming lasers and lights with pyrotechnic presentations that have continually grown over the years, from when the original program had its debut back in 1983.

     

    In 2008 for the 25th anniversary of the Lasershow both sound and pyro were amped up considerably, and musical selections became much more diversified. The biggest breakthrough, in 2011, was the coming of Mountainvision: state-of-the-art digital projection gives the show 3-D-like effects without the need for 3-D glasses.

     

    Adding video meant more drama for Mountainvision, creating effects that are well beyond lasers. Some dramatic flourishes create visual illusions that seemingly turn Stone Mountain into one huge Volcano spewing lava down its sides. And other cosmic images are effects that ma   Read more...
  • MusicfromVatican

    Music from the Vatican Coming to Midtown

    It’s a long way across space and time, but the Sistine Chapel Choir, one of the oldest liturgical musical groups in history still in existence, will perform at the Fox Theatre on July 3. Officially known as the Ca-pella Musicale Pontifica Sistina, this choir from the Vatican is making a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. Performances include concerts in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and—naturally—the ATL.

     

    Leading the Sistine Chapel Choir is Maestro Monsignor Massimo Palombetta, the only person with full access to the musical archives in the Vatican. Manuscripts there date back to the sixth century, when sing-ers became part of the papal entourage. Maestro Palombetta was instrumental in bringing back beautiful Renaissance singing to the choir, most appropriate because its home is the historic papal Sistine Chapel, with marvelous walls and ceiling painted by Michelangelo, pictured in the backdrop in our headline photo. I’ll never forget seeing it in 1970.

     

    Serving as the Pope’s personal choir through the centuries, this world-renowned chorus is comprised of 20 professio   Read more...
  • CreativeKids

    To Raise Creative Kids—Let Them Play

    Fostering a child’s courage to express creativity is perhaps one of the most important goals that parents can set for themselves.

     

    Understanding Creativity Often, when people think of creativity, they think of the arts, but it starts with play early in life and leads to other things as children grow. It’s through play that children begin to develop their creative muscles, whether with blocks, dolls or action figures. Beyond play, kids may find creativity in the way they play sports, clean their room, prepare their food or do their schoolwork. According to experts at The Genius of Play™, a national movement to raise awareness about play’s critical role in child development and encourage more play in children’s lives, creativity can help build confidence, flexibility, individuality and mental agility, and even contribute to better physical health.

     

    Expert Advice Dr. Erik Fisher, Ph.D. and The Genius of Play expert, believes the best way to foster children’s creativity is to encourage them to try things and not feel afraid to fail. Failure itself is an amazing learning exper   Read more...
  • MargeStory

    She Was the Mother of Hometown News

    Margaret “Marge” Council Heal, who at 76 left this world in 2012, is forever the mother of our pub-lisher Janet Jubilee. To old-time writers like me she was also the Mother of Hometown News. We still miss her and think of our former editor Marge every month when new issues come out. “Would she like them?” we wonder, and we always try to make sure that she would. Marge Heal will always be our guiding spirit.

     

    When Brookhaven Buzz, our flagship paper, came out in 1990, I was immediately attracted to its for-mat and content. I liked its emphasis on not only what’s happening but also nearby history. It wasn’t too long before I submitted to Marge my first story, on the old 48 Veteran’s Hospital at the present site of Brookhaven Park. I had vivid memories as a kid riding my bike past that building in Brookhaven in the early 1960s.

     

    Marge loved the idea of community fused in history. Most readers may not remember; but the popular space in the heart of Brookhaven with the cool pedestrian alley, between what are now the brick structures of Hudson’s Grille and Sugar Shack, along   Read more...
  • KidsScreenTime

    Six Tips To Help You Manage Kids’ Screen Time

    If any of the nearly 51 million schoolchildren in America today is someone you care about, you may find this information on kids and the internet quite intriguing.

     

    To help your young students make the most of the online world while staying safe, heed these hints: 1. Share Space: Have a shared family computer in a common space. This lets you supervise your kids’ online time without hovering. 2. Limit Time: The length of an online session should match your child’s natural attention span. School-age kids’ brains can focus for about 30 minutes at a time, so they won’t really get much from ses-sions longer than that. A good idea is to set a schedule of computer time with dinner acting as a halftime. 3. Increase Freedom: Gradually give your children freedom to decide how to use the internet as they grow into teenagers. They will probably push for more freedom, a natural part of preparing for adulthood. Trust your teens to make good decisions and appropriately manage time online. 4. Turn To Technology: Everyone has preferred shows or spaces online and can watch anywhere via tablets   Read more...
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