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WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

ATHENS, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

To commemorate National Public Gardens Day, sponsored by the Rain Bird and American Public Gardens Association, nationwide gardens are offering free admission with a coupon printout, which can be found here. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located in Athens, is accepting these coupons. The Garden is located about three miles south of the University. The address is 2450 South Milledge Avenue in Athens.

Visit Vines Garden in Loganville on Sunday May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for National Train Day at Vines Garden. This event is being presented by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Engineers will be on hand holding information sessions on trains at the largest railroad in the Southeast.

Royal Wedding Viewing Parties around Gwinnett

Royal Wedding Viewing Parties around Gwinnett

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

Gwinnett County, GA --  The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors have been selected as 2011 National Achievement Scholarship winners. The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides a one-time $2,500 scholarship to outstanding Black American high school students, considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The 2011 Gwinnett honorees are:

Berkmar High:

·     Dina A. Hassan

   probable career field: International Relations/Diplomatic Service

Brookwood High:

·     Joel A. Owen

    probable career field: Veterinary Medicine

·     Dania A. Roach

   probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

·     Aida J. Syrkett

   probable career field: Statistics/Information Technology

Dacula High:

·     Patricia E. Ekpo

   probable career field: International Non-profit Management

Grayson High:

·     Brianna I. Edghill

   probable career field: Non-profit Management

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

·     Wesley Mitchell

   probable career field: Engineering

·     Amarachi O. Nnakwe

   probable career field: Pediatrics

Parkview High:

·     Tiffany A. Agard

   probable career field: International Relations

South Gwinnett High:

·     Jamal B. Gaddis

   probable career field: Biology

·     Kadeem J. Yearwood

   probable career field: Business Management

These 11 GCPS students join more than 700 outstanding Black American high school seniors across the nation who will receive scholarships totaling more than $2 million dollars as part of the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 100 Achievement Scholars are recipients of the corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards.

Are You a Woman of Worth?

Are You a Woman of Worth?

You know how much I love giving back and I’m almost sure we all know someone who is relentless about unselfishly giving back to their community. If you know someone like this, then you know there is no amount of money you could give them for their time…because they are satisfied by the outcome of their efforts! However, there is a more humble way of showing them that they are appreciated!

L’Oreal Paris,the total beauty care company, announces the sixth annual Women of Worth Awards call for nominations beginning today!