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BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

ATLANTA – Fall is approaching and ‘tis the season for fall festivals. Metro Atlanta offers a festival for whatever tickles your fancy; whether it be food, music or fun you can find it during the autumn season in the city. For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best fall festival in Atlanta, this year.

Come to Atlanta for one of the largest gay celebrations in the United States. The Atlanta Pride Festival will celebrate their 41st year, this October. Atlanta Pride started in the summer of 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. According to their website, the main purpose of the APC is to “promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbian, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons”. The festival features events, like: the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the Tran March, Pride parade and Pride Children’s event.

LAA Invites Community to Sazón: A Latin Culinary Experience

LAA Invites Community to Sazón: A Latin Culinary Experience

The Latin American Association (LAA) cordially invites the community to Sazón: A Latin Culinary Experience, a charity fundraiser in benefit of the children and families served by the LAA. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

During the event, guests will savor Latin America’s rich tapestry of flavors as internationally renowned chefs prepare an exquisite five-course meal. An interactive mixology of tequilas will also be featured during Don Julio’s Luxury Drop served by tequila ambassador Lauren Iovanella.

“Sazón is part of the Latin American Association’s EnLAAce series of cultural events that celebrate the culinary, artistic and musical traditions of Latin America,” said Millie Irizarry, CEO of the LAA.

Teacher creates green classroom for learning

Teacher creates green classroom for learning

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- While going green is something some schools are starting to embrace, teacher Kristen Drake has done so for years.

The second grade teacher at Hightower Elementary in Doraville has developed a program that saves an estimated 12,000 copies of paper per subject per day.

Her mantra is "reduce waste, increase achievement."

The lessons have become a way to teach kids without them realizing they're learning.

"There are math games and social studies and science games," said Elijah Darby, a third grader who had Drake as a teacher last year.

"I bought worksheetless.com," she said.

With the website, she has created more than 500 paperless lessons from daily instruction assignments to tests.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

ATLANTA -- Due to recent instability in the United States economy, many people are opting to stay in town for the Labor Day holiday. Vacations like these or “staycations” have become more popular since high oil prices have forced gas prices to top out at, sometimes, more than $4.00 per gallon.

According to an article by CNNMoney, the steady decline of gas prices could result in an increase in “last-minute” holiday travel. However, for those who want to stay in town and get their most “bang for their buck” there are plenty of choices near the Atlanta area to "take a load off" and relax.

Some Atlantans will choose to head out to the lake, Laek Lanier, for their Labor Day vacation.

Launch Benefit Dinner for The Edge Connection on September 15, 2011

Launch Benefit Dinner for The Edge Connection on September 15, 2011

WEEKEND EVENTS: NOPHEST, Ribs and Rolling BBQ and Arts Festivals

WEEKEND EVENTS: NOPHEST, Ribs and Rolling BBQ and Arts Festivals

ATLANTA – 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.

SPACE ATLANTA will host the West End BeltLine Open Air Market on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. The Green Market in Southwest Atlanta is located in the historic West End area; it features local vendors, farmers and gardeners. The market will be held in the parking lot of SPACE Atlanta Restaurant. SPACE Atlanta is located at 1310 White Street in Atlanta.

The Ribs and Rolling BQQ Event will be held at the Kiwanis Fairground in Griffin on August 20 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The cook-off and car show will host between thirty to fifty professional cook teams. The Jonesmen, The Songsmen, By Grace, The Carters and other acts will be performing at the fairground. The Kiwanis Fairground is located at 1025 S.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Glory in the Park, Atlanta Falcons and IMAX

WEEKEND EVENTS: Glory in the Park, Atlanta Falcons and IMAX

ATLANTA – 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.

Bands, Brew and Boobie-Q will be held at SweetWater Brewing Company on Saturday. This event is being held to benefit the Team Zero to Sixty, who are raising money for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Race for the Cure. The event starts at 7:00 and SweetWater is located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta.  

As a part of the Jazz on the Lawn series, Gwen Hughes will be performing her pop, jazz and bluegrass hits at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. This Atlanta based singer has performed in a number of cities from Paris to Prague. Her album is due out in early 2011. The concert will be held at 980 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.

Alison Krauss and Union Station will be performing at the FOX Theatre on Saturday night. The two acts perform bluegrass and country.