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Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

Mall of Georgia adds gallery from Hudgens Center for the Arts

Mall of Georgia adds gallery from Hudgens Center for the Arts

BUFORD, Ga. -- Mall of Georgia is featuring more than just an impressive lineup of retail and entertainment options – shoppers can enjoy artwork from local aspiring Picassos as well!

The iconic shopping center has recently teamed up with The Hudgens Center for the Arts for an exhibit installation, showcasing various abstract paintings from neighborhood artists. The art installation – located on the Upper Level of the mall near Invicta and Vans – will be on display through 2015.

“The Hudgens is committed to bringing superior arts programming to the community,” said Teresa Osborn, executive director of The Hudgens Center of the Arts. “Teaming up with Mall of Georgia has been a great opportunity to showcase our local artists.”

Summer Stage Concert to kick off in Duluth

Summer Stage Concert to kick off in Duluth

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Duluth HS instructor named top Ga. strings teacher

Duluth HS instructor named top Ga. strings teacher

DULUTH, Ga. -- Dr. Peter Lemonds was recently named Georgia's top teacher by the American String Teachers Association.

The Duluth High School orchestra co-director has nearly 30 years of teaching experience. He also works as lead teacher for school orchestras throughout Gwinnett County.

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Lemonds earned his doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also holds a master's degree in music from Louisiana State University and bachelor's degrees in psychology and music from the University of the South.