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Broadway in the Park goes under the sea

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, and evil Ursula swim into Town Center Park for Suwanee Performing Arts' 2012 Broadway in the Park production. Little Mermaid Jr., Suwanee Performing Arts' annual summer performance and fundraiser, will be staged Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. An original one-act play, Filligan's Island, a take on the popular 1960s television series Gilligan's Island, will open the event each evening at 7 p.m.

Broadway in the Park is free and open to the public, but, as the performances serve as the annual fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts (SPA), donations are encouraged.

"Mermaid is colorful, fun, and so many people are familiar with the show that attendees will be able to sing along, making the experience even more memorable," says Patty Etherton, SPA founder and creative director.

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

'B at the Movies' this summer

'B at the Movies' this summer

ATLANTA -- Looking for some free family fun this summer?

ALDI and radio station B98.5 will present the "B at the Movies" outdoor movie series at several locations throughout metro Atlanta all summer long.

Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs to the participating parks and watch the family-friendly movies on giant inflatable screens. Movies begin at dusk, but come out early for activities and giveaways.

The 2012 B at the Movies schedule includes:

Saturday, May 12
We Bought a Zoo
Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

Saturday, May 26
We Bought a Zoo
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell

Saturday, June 2
Puss in Boots
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

Gwinnett schools among best for music education

Gwinnett schools among best for music education

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is among 176 school districts nationwide to be named a 2012 Best Community for Music Education in America.

The honor, which is given annually by the National Association of Music Merchants, chooses school districts based on their music curriculum, programs and public support.

About 99,000 Gwinnett students were enrolled in music education courses during the past school year. All of the county's traditional schools -- 77 elementary, 26 middle and 18 high -- offer some type of music education course and/or program.

Additionally, more than 250 Gwinnett County educators are certified to teach music.

Learn more about the Best Communities for Music Education in America program and survey.

World of Coca-Cola Inside The Vault of the Secret Formula Mother's Day Giveaway

World of Coca-Cola Inside The Vault of the Secret Formula Mother's Day Giveaway

The Bluebird of Happiness has landed on liquid happiness. This Mother's day get a glimpse inside of "The Vault of the Secret Formula",  at the World of Coca-Cola. 
 

9-year-old named finalist in Doodle 4 Google contest

9-year-old named finalist in Doodle 4 Google contest

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A student at Shakerag Elementary School in Johns Creek is one of 10 finalists in this year's Doodle 4 Google contest.

Nine-year-old Anoushka M. of Suwanee learned she is the Georgia winner of the national contest during a surprise assembly at her school Wednesday morning.

This year's Doodle 4 Google theme is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit ..." Anoushka's doodle, pictued above, features a Vincent van Gogh theme, including a portrait of the artist and a background inspired by what is arguably his most famous work -- Starry Night.

Anoushka will now compete against finalists from Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin for the top prize, which includes a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for the winner's school.