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  • Nativity Scenes

    Some Living Nativity Scenes in Metro Hometowns

    Nativity scenes, with art that represents the birth of Jesus, are iconic at Christmastime. Essential ele-ments include shepherds, animals, the Magi or Wise Men, all crowded around a manger or barn with a fo-cus on the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. Other figures include angels and a bright star.


    Living Nativity scenes feature humans and animals that are alive, grounding them in reality. It’s said that St. Francis first conceived this presentation in the 1200s, when he was inspired by a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to see the actual environment of Jesus’s birth.


    Following are some of the Living Nativity scenes in nearby hometowns Usually supervised children can pet the animals. • Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Chamblee 30341. Dec. 10, 7-8 pm. Located behind the church. Christmas carols sung.


    • Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, 1995 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, 30033. Dec. 8, 9, 10, 7-9 pm. A 20-year tradition. Has some drive-through scenes.


    • Peachtree Lutheran Church, 3686 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta (Buckhead) 3031   Read more...
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    Christmas at Callanwolde

    There’s something essentially English about the Yuletide season with its sweets, Christmas trees, decorated fireplaces, music, dance and more. A wonderful place to celebrate this magical time of year is the annual Christmas at Callanwolde at 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE Atlanta 30306.


    Originally built in 1920 for Asa Candler’s son Charles, Callanwolde is an English Tudor-style mansion and estate. Its name is derived from Callan Castle in Ireland. (Callan is Irish for Candler, and wold is Old English for woods.) Restored in the 1970s, Callanwolde is now a Fine Arts Center, so it’s a natural place for public celebrations. Christmas at Callanwolde is a more than 40 year tradition and a cherished holiday open event.


    Callanwolde began Christmas season 2017 in late November but will continue through Dec. 12. There’s still time early this month to schedule a memorable holiday visit to this family-friendly place with tours and live entertainment that appeal to people of all ages. The interior courtyard has delicious deserts when you take a touring break.


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  • 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 sessions 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 v   Read more...
  • NorthAve

    North Ave. in Midtown to Become Smart Road

    We’ve heard of the mind boggling technology of driverless cars, and Atlanta is one of the first cities in the U.S. to prepare for them in the future. The $3 million North Avenue Smart Corridor Project—covering a 2.3 mile stretch from the Coca Cola main office tower and Georgia Tech to Ponce City Market, where nearly 29,000 vehicles pass on some days—will have high-tech features. They’ll include adaptive traffic signals, high definition cameras, video surveillance and other technology to enhance safety while picking up traffic pace along North Avenue.


    Georgia already leads the nation with 300 adaptive traffic signals. Monitoring traffic flow by making real-time adjustments in timing as needed, they work with video surveillance. Signals can wait a little long-er to turn green to give pedestrians time to make crossings. “Connected vehicle systems” alert drivers to slow down in school zones and allow emergency vehicles to preempt traffic signals and speed through intersections.


    Traffic technologies are becoming state of the art in Atlanta, a city needing them. Technolog   Read more...
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    Oglethorpe Receives $50 Million Gift

    In late September as fall 2017 was underway, Oglethorpe University, the landmark campus on 4484 Peachtree in Brookhaven, made a blockbuster announcement of a $50 million bequest. It’s the largest gift ever for the University, founded in 1835. Alumnus Q. William “Bill” Hammack of the class of 1973 made the gift to establish a new School of Business, slated to open at Oglethorpe in fall 2019.


    “As I reflect back upon my professional career,” said Hammack, recently retired as CEO of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., “ I can directly attribute it to the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills I learned by attending a liberal arts institution.” It’s a legacy moment for both Oglethorpe and Bill Hammack. “By making this gift to Oglethorpe,” he added, “I hope to help a new generation of business leaders to find their own success.”


    Bill Hammack and his wife Diane have established a foundation to administer the bequest. The first portion will go toward starting the Q. William Hammack Jr. School of Business at Oglethorpe, and a search for a Dean is in its   Read more...
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