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Gwinnett to hold mass swimming lesson at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

Gwinnett to hold mass swimming lesson at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Mark your calendars because on Tuesday, June 14, Bethesda Park Aquatic Center will host “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”. Thousands of kids and adults will unite at aquatic centers around the world will unite to set a new global record.

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center has been selected as an Official Host Location for this 2011 WLSL record-setting event, taking place from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

According to Gwinnet Parks and Recreation, “the inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and 3 continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.”

Participants in the event must be ages 6 years and older. Each participant will receive a World Record Breaker Certificate. Pre-registration is required and there is a $2.00 fee.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation offer state-of-the-art aqua centers and leisure pools. General admission for these pools is $4 for Gwinnett resident and $8 for non-Gwinnett residents.

Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

Gwinnett Gladiators give 'bear hug' to Ball Ground Elementary

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Gladiators, Metro Atlanta's minor league ice hockey team, recently gave back to Ball Ground Elementary in a "beary" great way.

In January, several Ball Ground families attended the Gladiators' "Teddy Bear Toss" game against Florida Everblades.

To show their appreciation, the Gladiators visited the Cherokee County school last week with a fantastic gift: 300 stuffed animals for the community.

Ball Ground Elementary principal Doug Knott and Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy Jay Baker assured that the toys, donated by the legion of Gladiator fans, will be put to good use in and around Ball Ground.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in Cumming can take their furry children to the Windermere Dog Park which is an off-leash dog park. The park has a large playing field for children and a nature path, also with an off-leash rule. The park is located at 3355 Windermere Parkway in Cumming.

Sandy Creek Park in Athens is one of the largest dog parks in the area.

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

CUMMING, Ga. – The ALS Run for Life 5K to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will be held at The Avenue Forsyth in Georgia.

The run was founded to honor Jon Blais, the only person with ALS to finish the Ironman triathlon. Every year, the event is held in to raise money for research for a cure. The race has raised over $50,000 in four years and, according to race organizers, has become a favorite among Metro Atlanta runners.

Every day in the US, about 15 people are diagnosed with ALS and life expectancy is about two to five years from the original diagnosis. ALS cripples physical functions, like the ability to move, speak and swallow; however, the mind stays sharp.

The race will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. This event will feature a one mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Runners will begin the 3.1 mile course by circling the perimeter of The Avenue and them will finish in the front of the race expo.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

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.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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.