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Preservation Week

Libraries and other institutions can use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Get updates on Preservation Week 2012 events in Facebook:

It is easy to get involved:

  • create a display about preserving and collecting personal, family, or community heritage
  • offer a preservation workshop or event or
  • highlight Preservation Week on your web site with a link to ALA’s Preservation Week resources.
  • Tweet about Preservation Week #preswk.

Let ALA-ALCTS help you find information, resources, templates, graphics, and ideas for celebrating Preservation Week.

Pigs & Peaches BBQ

Don’t miss the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival!

During this annual two day event, you’ll enjoy delicious smoke-cooked barbeque, tasty desserts, family fun, live entertainment, and an exceptional Fireworks Grand Finale.

The festival also features a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest, which is recognized as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cook-off.  Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

In addition to the food and FREE music, festival goers will also be treated to a large Kid Zone with inflatables, unique vendor booths, and sponsor exhibits.

Plus, 97.1 The River will be sampling FREE Sierra Mist Natural and giving away great prizes.

Festival hours are 5pm to 11pm on Friday 8/26 and 10am to 10pm on Saturday 8/27.  The event will take place at Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center.

Click here for more details.


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Student athletes up for back-to-school challenges after spending summer training, competing

Bailey Hopkins, an athlete on and off the ball field, approaches his school work with the same determination as he does a fastball with the bases loaded.He keeps his eye on the ball, relies on his training and takes a swing at an A.The 11-year-old spent the summer conditioning his mind and body traveling with the Shiloh Titans baseball team. So when classes began at Five Forks Middle School in Lawrenceville, Ga., unlike some of his peers, Bailey was ready to hit the hallways running.Even as a sixth-grader at a new school.“I want to keep my grades up not just for now, but for later,” said Bailey, who dreams of playing pro baseball. “If baseball doesn’t work out, I want to be able to have something to fall back on. Last year, I got straight A's.”The agility and endurance students learn in sports have direct ties to the classroom. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released a study in May showing substantial evidence between physical activity and scholastic achievement.“Exercise boosts brain power,” said Dennis Docheff, president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. “There has been some recent research done that shows that kids who are physically active on a regular basis perform better academically. To participate in sports, oftentimes it requires a certain grade-point average. It does motivate some.”The Shiloh Titans must meet behavior and grade requirements to stay active in the year-round league.“Any kid that doesn’t keep A's or B's has to answer to the coach,” said coach Brett Stovern, a founder of the Titans. “Any discipline problems at school also would cause them not to play baseball.”Getting children involved in football, cheerleading, basketball or softball may help parents mold their kids into responsible students. Juggling homework and sports builds confidence and teaches time management.Brilyn Patrick-Boyce, ranked among the top 9-year-old high jumpers and long jumpers in Georgia, won first place in finals at regionals and placed in the top 25 earlier this month at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in Norfolk, Va. The endurance she learned in track is helping her tackle social studies, her toughest subject at school.Track taught her that hard work pays off.“This is our first year running track,” said her mother, Keiva Patrick. "They push these kids to work. It opens your eyes.”Athletes with the Lightning Spikes Track Club begin preseason conditioning in early fall. A developmental season then runs from January to March, with weekend meets. A competitive season then runs into July, again with weekend meets. Team members at times practice four and five times a week. During the preseason Brilyn spent one hour a week training in a gym doing jumping jacks, pushing weighted balls and doing other exercises to build her strength.“When my baby started to cry the first day, I was ready to pull her out. But the other parents said to go home, soak her in some Epsom salts and she will be fine,” Patrick said. “By the end of the season, she could do five laps around the Berkmar High track.”Brilyn says she will takethe same attitude toward social studies that she displays on the track.“I like it because it makes me stronger,” she said. “I’m going to try to get an A.”Bailey, the Shiloh Titans catcher, keeps a datebook to manage his homework assignments, projects, tests and baseball practice sessions. He is taking four honors classes.“The traveling team is a huge commitment,” said Nancy Hopkins, “homework mom” for the Titans, who organizes parents to sit with kids and do homework at picnic tables before practice. “We are gone most every day of every weekend. First and foremost comes homework. Bailey knows he can’t play ball if his school work is not up to date even if it means you have to do it while we are traveling in the car or in between ballgames. He takes pride in the fact that he can juggle.”In only their second year as a team, the Titans have won five tournaments, including the 10U Grand Slam World Series Tournament in Panama City Beach, Fla., ending their season 86-11.Shannon Contic, a teacher and Titan mom, sees the impact of the victory on her son Dennis, the youngest in his class. “Since he has been on the team I have seen his confidence grow,” she said. “Confidence from the ball field translates into confidence at school. It has been a great thing for him.”Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School track star O’Neal Wanliss, 17, also is seeing an academic benefit from sports. O'Neal, who is ranked among Georgia's top runners in the 400 meters, says track helped him complete rigorous advanced placement classes. He recently finished fourth at the Junior Olympics in California.“As a natural competitor you are not going to settle for an average grade," O'Neal said. You are going to strive for something better.”

Back to School Supply Drive

In order to provide much-needed school supplies for the students in Clayton County, Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Clayton County Board of Education to host a “Back-to-School Supply Drive” during the weeks of July 18th - August 5th, 2011.  Join KISS 104.1's Twanda Black for the  “Back-to-School Bash” on Saturday, August 6th at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro at the “ROC” from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  This will be a FREE, action packed event with moonwalks, a train, the Braves, the Hawks, and local churches and businesses helping to celebrate the return to school and a successful school supply drive. 

 We are asking for your help.  If your church or business would like to participate at this event, be a drop-off location or if you have any questions, please contact Ali Rice, Marketing Director for Truett’s Grill at or at 678-544-1644. 

 We also need help collecting supplies.  The school supplies most needed by the school system are:

  • A pack of wide or college-ruled paper 
  • A pack of 8 ½ x 11 spiral bound notebooks
  • A pack of 12 #2 pencils or pens
  • 3-ring binder folder
  • Composition notebook
  • A pack of Dry Eraser Markers (for the teachers)


Bring in any of these much-needed items for our “Back-to-School Supply Drive” to the locations below and receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.  You can drop off your donations at the following participating Chick-fil-A locations:

  • Riverdale Dwarf House-6549 Hwy 85, Riverdale GA.  30274 (770) 991-9498
  • Lovejoy Chick-fil-A-11161 Tara Blvd., Hampton GA.  30228 (770)472-6101
  • Stockbridge Dwarf House-3649 Highway 138, Stockbridge GA.  30281 (770)507-9590
  • Truett’s Grill-2042 Mt. Zion Rd., Morrow GA.  30260 (770) 210-0500
  • Jonesboro Dwarf House-7348 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro GA.  30236 (770) 478-1595
  • Forest Park Dwarf House-4959 Jonesboro Rd., Forest Park GA.  30297 (404) 361-3443
  • Chick-fil-A of Southlake Mall-1133 Southlake Mall, Morrow GA.  30260 (770) 961-1102


* Limit One Coupon Per Customer Per Day



The Clayton County Chick-fil-A Operators

Dralion Comes to Greater Atlanta

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

Watch the Dralion preview here

Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion is coming to the greater Atlanta area this summer:

  • August 25-28 at Philips Arena
  • August 31 – September 4 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center


Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

KISS 104.1 Universoul Circus

KISS 104.1 Pearl Bistro Feb 25

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