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things to do in Georgia

With spring break fast approaching you are probably looking from some things to do with your children during their time off. You don’t have to leave the state to find something either.

Did you know we live in a state full of opportunities for adventure?Some adventures are more challenging than others. There are so many things to do ranging from caving to white water rafting, visiting the Georgia Aquarium and having lunch at The Varsity. You can find adventure almost anywhere and certainly within driving distance!

365 Atlanta Family compiled a list of 52 things Every Kid Must Experience. There are some pretty great things on the list including hiking, being a camp ranger for a day and much more. If you are looking for ideas to fill some days soon, look no further. Check out the list and mark some off in the next few weeks!


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Nine or more months out of the year we are fortunate enough to live in a city where we can enjoy the great outdoors. To take full advantage of Atlanta’s weather have you considered adding to your backyard patio? Maybe your grill area? Or dining area? I thought I would provide some inspiration today, since the rain has slacked off a bit!

Sometimes something simple as adding some chairs your already landscaped yard can create an oasis.

Here is one with a grill area and large dining space.

grilling and dining

Simple paver patio with dining area. Photo from HGTV

And if you have a lot of space you can have a patio with multiple areas, grilling, dining, fire pit, and screened in gazebo. All of those elements would provide for year round enjoyment!

Grilling, dining, fire pit

Grill and enjoy the fire pit on a cool winter evening or relax in the gazebo in summer months. Photo from HGTV

Then there is always a pool. It offers soothing scenery, as well as relaxation and fun.

Hope that provided some weekend inspiration. It is only Wednesday, so you have plenty of time to start dreaming!

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Now that Easter is behind us, it is time to plan some Spring events and I have the perfect one for you!

taste of the highlands for children's healthcare

11th Annual A Taste of the Highlands benefits Children’s Healtcare. photo from tasteofhighlands.com

The 11th annual A Taste of the Highlands will be Saturday, May 18.  This event always brings a fun crowd out to sample wonderful restaurants from Atlanta’s  favorite in-town neighborhoods.  The event is presented by Fifth Group Restaurants and all proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare. Since it’s inception the event has raised over $246,000 for the organization.

A few of the restaurants that are participating this year are El Taco, 4th & Swift, Rosebud and Cypress Street Pint & Plate. For a full list of participating restaurants click here.

The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at John Howell Park in The Highlands. Gather your friends and come out for a great cause, while getting to sample some absolutely delicious food!

Buy your tickets now!

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It looks like it is going to be a rainy Saturday across most of  Atlanta. That can put a major kink in weekend plans. If you are like me you

rain in Alpharettta

It’s a rainy weekend in Georgia. Check out these activities to get you out of the house.

are now wondering whatever you are going to do tomorrow if you can’t get outside! Here are a few links to things going on around town to help you get out of the house!

Occupy My Family has a list of family friendly activities all over Metro Atlanta to help entertain everyone.

Access Atlanta allows you to do a specific search on types of events or part of town you want to hang out in.

Creative Loafing will help you find music and entertainment shows.

Atlanta.net is another all encompassing event website.

North Fulton.com has an event calendar that is specific to the area.

And in case you have forgotten all the wonderful things living in Atlanta has to offer check this list of great things to do year round in our great city!

Have a wonderful weekend! And stay dry!

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The Alpharetta Police Atheltic League plans a kid-friendly scary good time at its third annual Haunted House Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.

The Alpharetta Police Atheltic League plans a kid-friendly scary good time at its third annual Haunted House Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Photo credit: Alpharetta Patch

The Alpharetta Police Atheltic League plans a kid-friendly scary good time at its third annual Haunted House Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.

The haunted house opens Friday next to Alpharetta City Hall at 7 p.m., and closes at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, games will set up outside starting at 4 p.m. A costume contest will be held at 6 p.m. with cash prizes. All of that shuts down at 6:30 p.m. to give PAL time to get the haunted house open at 7.

Concession stands will sell food both nights, with all proceeds going to Alpharetta PAL programs. Visit the Alpharetta PAL website for information about its programs.

Source: Alpharetta Patch

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The seasons have changed from summer to fall bringing cooler temperatures and many exciting events for metro Atlanta. Whether you’re visiting or moving to Atlanta, you have been a long-time resident or you’re a native Atlantan, almost everyone can enjoy these things to do in the coming weeks.

1. Sports

Pick your choice of sports events to attend in Atlanta, from youth sports to college-level athletics to pro-level games. Our professional teams have a lot to look forward to!

Atlanta Braves (playoff games begin on Friday against the Cardinals)

Atlanta Falcons (their successful season so far has been on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrilling!)

Atlanta Hawks (bleacherreport.com named them the biggest sleeper team for 2012-2013)

2. Festivals

It seems that there is a festival every weekend in almost every neighborhood! Here are a few in Alpharetta.

Saturday, October 6 – Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest: Street Dance, Brew and Shenanigans
The Brew Moon Fest is fall fun at its finest and it’s returning to downtown Alpharetta, Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this uniquely Alpharetta celebration from the Alpharetta Business Association.

October 20 and 21 – Alpharetta Arts & Music Festival
Music and art come together in Historic Downtown Alpharetta at the Arts and Music Fall Festival.  Come and enjoy a weekend of live jazz, blues and acoustic music performances while viewing art from over 100 artists in the Southeast.

3. Halloween

Photo credit: Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

October’s spooky holiday brings costumes, hayrides, pumpkins, and more to metro Atlanta. Click here for a full list of events happening in Alpharetta from the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. We look forward to experiencing the Hayrides at Wills Park on October 27, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, as it’s the perfect non-scary alternative and an important fundraiser for the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

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A tent in the orchestra section of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre creates a perfect scene for the silent and live auctions for the 2011 Sham Rockin' for a Cure.

I attended this event at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and it was super fun, and a great cause!

Hundreds of people filled the stage and orchestra seating area of Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, all there for the ShamRockin’ for a Cure fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

Mary and Chris Guiney of Alpharetta founded ShamRockin’ for a Cure to help their friends, Pam and Jon Baker. They found out both of the Bakers’ children had CF. They watched their friends battle the disease for several years.

Receiving a breathing treatment while battling cystic fibrosis.

The party fundraiser was their way to help some friends.

Silent and live auctions and ticket purchases were the means to raise a stated goal of $60,000, but on Saturday night, that goal was set at $100,000. Live auction items included a trip to the Emmy Awrds, a custom kitchen, bathroom or bar remodel, a personal room design with HGTV star Vern Yip, a 2011 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Deluxe motorcycle and a trip to the American Idol finale.

Food and drink were donated, with corporate, business and private sponsorships heping the cause.

For more information on ShamRockin’ for a Cure or to donate, please click on their web site: http://shamrockinforacure.com/

Please click here for the entire article on Sham Rockin’ for a Cure and more pictures from the Alpharetta Patch.

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