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Atlanta Rhythm Section to headline Duluth Music Festival

Atlanta Rhythm Section to headline Duluth Music Festival

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Rhythm Section will be the headlining act at the third annual Duluth Music Festival.

The Atlanta-based ARS has been part of the Southern rock scene for more than 30 years and have put out 15 albums of original material. Their biggest hits include "So Into You," "Champagne Jam," "Imaginary Lover" and "Spooky."

Learn more at atlantarhythmsection.com.

The Duluth Music Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 in historic downtown Duluth. In addition to three stages of music, there will be food for sale and a Kids Zone with family-friendly activities. Admission is free.

Visit duluthga.net for information about the festival and other upcoming events in Duluth.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

Atlanta-Area Simon Kidgits Clubs Host Super-Duper Mini Chefs Events this Summer

Atlanta-Area Simon Kidgits Clubs Host Super-Duper Mini Chefs Events this Summer

Families can have fun with food, learn to play a riveting new action puzzle game from Nickelodeon and give back to their community during a special event at Gwinnett Place, Mallof Georgia and Cobb Town Center this summer.

Pint-sized food lovers and even the pickiest eaters will have a blast getting crafty with cuisine as Super-Duper Mini Chefs makes its annual appearance at Gwinnett Place, Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb. Hosted by the popular Simon Kidgits Club® and sponsored by Nickelodeon, participating kids will actually be encouraged to play with their food!

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."