August 2012

 

It’s Soccer Time in Decatur

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Got a little one who is eager to start playing sports? Decatur Active Living offers Lil’ Kickers and Mini Soccer, which are introductory instructional programs for girls and boys ages 3-5. Lil Kickers Soccer (ages 3-5) and Mini Soccer (ages 4-5) are four-week courses designed to develop basic soccer skills. Spaces are limited. Fees are $65; $50 Decatur residents. Registration begins August 11.

 

Aesop’s Fables

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The Center for Puppetry Arts presents The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables, August 2-September 9. Join a troupe of vagabond performers as they present five carnival acts of Aesopian wisdom! And, of course, the big race ends the show in this cheerful, interactive take on classic fables and poems. Engaging audiences aged 2 years and older, this Theater for the Very Young production features fun interaction for kids and adults alike.

 

Vet School for a Day

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The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has set September 26 as the date for its eighth annual “Vet School for a Day” program. “Vet School for a Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus in Athens and is designed to educate high school juniors and seniors about the wide variety of careers available in veterinary medicine. The day includes a tour of the teaching hospital, a panel discussion by faculty veterinarians in a variety of specialties and the opportunity for high school students to meet veterinary student leaders. Students also will learn about the high standards for admission to the college and what they need to study to be prepared for veterinary school.

 

A Healthier Burger

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Grilling is a rite of passage during warmer months, with hamburgers arguably being Americans’ favorite food to grill. However, hamburgers are often high in calories and fat. How do you make this American staple healthier? Try seafood, which is low in fat and calories and filled with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Because of seafood’s many benefits, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends people should eat at least 8 ounces a week.

 

Be Mindful of Stinging Insects

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In the summer, it seems we find we are either waving our hands to fan ourselves or swatting away annoying insects. In addition to the flies and mosquitoes, the early arrival of spring and summer this year gave all kinds of bees a head start and they are building some amazing and impressive nests. However, large nests mean a large numbers of bees, and their stings can not only be painful but also dangerous to children, pets and those who are allergic.

 

Register Now for Scarecrows in the Garden!

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Registration is being accepted for Scarecrows in the Garden, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual October extravaganza featuring more than 100 wild and crazy characters lurking about the woodland. The life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, are designed by metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses, schools, and organizations. Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. The registration deadline is August 13, with drop-off in late September. Registration forms are available at atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

 

A College in Gwinnett

Georgia Gwinnett College, June 4, 2012 PHOTO/HILARY COLES

When Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors in 2006 it made history: as the first public college founded in the new millennium, and the first brand new four-year public higher educational institution in more than a century. Plans had begun in Gwinnett in 1994 when the county purchased 160 acres of land, at Georgia Highway 316 and Collins Hill Road, designating it for a new college campus.

 

GGC Graduate Wins an Emmy

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Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman always ends his comments at the institution’s commencement ceremonies by telling new graduates to, “Be great.” Class of 2011 graduate Homero Gonzalez took the directive seriously. At only 22, the Lawrenceville resident has won an Emmy.

 

12th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival

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Once again the sights, sounds, and smells of the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival will invade Harmony Park in Oakhurst on Saturday, August 18th from 4 pm – 10 pm. This year’s event promises to be one of the best with a terrific line up of live musical acts and first class BBQ from Fox Bros and Black Tie. This year’s musical lineup includes Roxy Watson, Mama’s Blue Dress, Heather Luttrell, DejaBlue Grass, and the Electromatics.

 

Helping Your Pet Get Ready For The Road

dog poking his head out the window of a car in a long road.

Investing a little time and effort before you leave can pay big dividends when traveling with your pet. Here are some tips that can help keep you and your pet on the road to happiness: If traveling by car, the experts at the ASPCA recommend using a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to move around in. It can help if you let your pet get used to the carrier before you leave.