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Six Flags Over Georgia Offers Free Admission to U.S. Military

Park Hosting Military Appreciation Days to Honor Servicemen and Women

Six Flags Over Georgia announced today that it will host Military Appreciation Days the last two weekends in September where active military personnel can receive complimentary admission tickets to enjoy the largest regional theme park in the Southeast. Active and reservist members of the U.S. military can present their current military identification cards at any of the Six Flags Over Georgia ticket windows September 17-18 and 24-25 to receive complimentary admission for themselves and up to three dependants. If current members of the military need to purchase additional tickets, they may do so for 50 percent off the main-gate admission price. Retired military may also purchase tickets for half price. If an individual serving in the military is deployed during these dates, their spouse and up to three dependants may receive complimentary admission during Military Appreciation Days with a current military identification card. Six Flags Over Georgia is currently open weekends only.  Fright Fest at Six Flags, the largest Halloween event in Atlanta, will take place weekends in October. For more information, including park hours, visit sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

United Way 2012

Did you know that any given day, 2,500 children are homeless in metro Atlanta? When you give to United Way, you help provide permanent housing, food, counseling, health care and more to thousands of men, women and children. 

KISS 104's  goal is to raise “10 Grand in 10 Days”!

Text RISE to 80088 to donate $10 to United Way

From now until Sept. 6, pick up your mobile phone and text a donation to the United Way. Be sure to reply ‘Yes’ to confirm your donation.

Each text is a $10 donation to United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. To give more, text multiple times. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 80088 to stop. Text HELP to 80088 for help.

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2012 Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax Holiday August 10-11, 2012 During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:Clothing

(including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemptionexcludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands.

Examples of exempt items:

Antique/vintage clothing Aprons, household and shop Athletic clothing (e.g., ski wear, uniforms, tennis apparel) Athletic pads Athletic supporters Baby receiving blankets Baby clothes Bandanas Bathing suits and caps Bathing suit cover-ups Belts and suspenders Belts for weightlifting or back support Blouses Bras Caps and hats Coats and jackets of all types Capes, shawls, and wraps Corsets and corset laces Costumes Coveralls Dresses Diapers, children and adult, including disposable and reusable diapers and diaper covers Ear muffs Football pads Footwear of all types including cleated and spiked shoes Formal wear Garters and garter belts Girdles Gloves and mittens for any purpose Hats and caps Hand muffs Headbands (athletic) Helmets Hosiery Insoles and inserts for shoes Knee pads Lab coats Leg warmers Leotards and tights Lingerie Neckties and bowties Pants Rainwear Robes Scarves Shin guards Shirts Shoe laces Shorts and skorts  Skates (ice, roller, roller blades) Skirts Sleepwear Socks Suits Sweaters T-shirts Underwear including long or thermal underwear Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic Vests

Examples of taxable items:

Baby bibs Belt buckles sold separately Briefcases Clothing accessories or equipment Clothing that is rented or leased Corsages and boutonnieres Cosmetics Crib blankets Cuff links Diaper bags Eyewear, nonprescription Fanny packs Hair notions including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets Handbags Handkerchiefs Hard hats Jewelry Key cases Life jackets and vests

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

Computers

During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:Single purchases, with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less, of personal computers and personalcomputer-related accessories. The exemption excludes cellular devices, furniture, and computer-relatedaccessories designed for recreational use.

Examples of exempt items:

Batteries (designed for a computer) Cables (computer)  Car adaptors for laptops Central processing units Compact disk drives Computers including electronic book readers and laptop, desktop, handheld, tablet, and tower computers, consisting of a central processing unit, random access memory, and a storage drive Data storage devices (e.g., DVDs, CDs, flash drives, diskettes, memory cards) (excluding those designed for use in digital cameras or other taxable items) Docking stations (designed for a computer)  Hard drives (computer) Keyboards (computer) Memory Microphones Modems Monitors Motherboard Mouses Nonrecreational software (e.g., antivirus, word processing, financial, database, educational) Personal digital assistant devices (except cellular telephones) Port replicators Printer cartridges Printers (including "all-in-one" models) Routers Scanners Speakers (computer) Web cameras Zip drives

Examples of taxable items:

Batteries (regular) Cases for electronic devices CDs/DVDs (music, voice or prerecorded item) Cellular telephones Computer bags Computers for recreation (games and toys) Copy machines Digital cameras Games and gaming software Game controllers (e.g., joy sticks) Game systems and consoles MP3 Players or accessories Projectors Rented computers or computer accessories Surge protectors  Televisions  

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

School Supplies

During the August 10-11 sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a salesprice of $20.00 or less per item.

Examples of exempt items:

Appointment books Book bags, including backpack-style bags Book covers Bookmarks Calculators Chalk Children's books Clipboards Compasses Composition books Correction fluid Crayons Daily planners and agendas Dictionaries Dividers Erasers, chalkboard and pencil File jackets Flash cards Folders Glue Highlighters Index cards Ink Ink cartridges Labels Loose-leaf binders Lunch boxes Markers Notebooks and memo books Organizers Paper (e.g., notebook, construction, printer, graph, easel pads) Paper clips Paste Pencil boxes Pencil lead Pencil sharpeners Pencils Pens Portfolios Protractors Rubber bands Rulers Scissors Sheet protectors Staplers and staples Sticky notes Tape and tape refills Thesauruses

 

Examples of taxable items:

  • Books (except children's books, dictionaries and thesauruses)
  • Briefcases
  • Envelopes
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Medical Supplies
  • Supplies used in a trade or business

The exemption does not apply to: Items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.

KISS 104 Day of Action

These are still tough economic times, with nearly 2 million Georgia residents living in poverty. Join United Way on June 21 for its national Day of Action volunteer effort to help those in need. Locally, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is asking businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, government, families and individuals to set up and take part in a volunteer project of your choice. Whether it’s organizing a corporate team to stock food at a pantry, donating a business suit to a neighbor short on cash and looking for work, encouraging the kids to donate their unused toys to charity, or tutoring at a school, United Way wants to mobilize the community on June 21 to volunteer, give back and LIVE UNITED. Doing a little can mean so much for someone struggling to cope in these tough times. What will your do on June 21st? Go to www.unitedwayatlanta.org/dayofaction and find a volunteer opportunity, or do something on your own, in your neighborhood or with your family and friends to make a difference in your community. Just get involved on June 21 to help change a life!! Join KISS 104.1 at the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will help with gardening, sorting donations and painting. Sign up to volunteer here Location:Douglas County Boys & Girls Club 8828 Gurley Rd. Douglasville, GA 30134

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Offer Free Bicycle Classes

Bicycle safety classes are essential for reducing crashes and improving overall safety on Atlanta’s roads. The bicycle classes will range from the “True Beginners” class for novice adult riders to the “Confident City Cycling” class, which accommodates cyclists looking to feel more comfortable navigating Atlanta’s streets. ABC also plans to offer classes for middle-school aged youth.

 

The first free neighborhood class will be offered on Saturday, May 19, from 10am-3pm at The Frazer Center in Lake Claire and will serve the residents of Candler Park, Kirkwood, and Edgewood. The neighborhoods of Grant Park, Old Fourth Ward, West End, and Castleberry Hill as well as the Atlanta University Center are also planning to offer classes in the near future. ABC is seeking additional neighborhood associations and/or college campuses for partnership. Pre-registration will be required, and classes will be capped at 20 participants.

 

The Confident City Cycling class covers everything a bicyclist needs to know about "driving" a bike safely and confidently around metro Atlanta. The class includes bike handling drills and an instructor-led ride with feedback to reinforce skills learned in class. Both new urban cyclists and seasoned Atlanta riders will have their eyes opened on the less intuitive aspects of Atlanta biking

 

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Offer Free Bicycle Classes

Grassroots Leadership Institute

You do not have to be an elected official to make a difference. Do your part to make Clayton County the best place to live, work and play! The mission of the GrassRoots Leadership Institute is to identify, train, and nurture emerging leaders to better serve the needs of the Clayton County community.  Go to www.claytoncountygrli.org and click on the “Join GRLI” tab to learn more about our 12-week program, call (770) 473-3945, or join us at our Black & White Event on April 28 at the Close Up 2 restaurant located in the Clarion Hotel on Old Dixie Road to find out more about our program, and maybe win some prizes – admission and parking are FREE.

 

Clayton County is looking for future leaders! Let your voice and talents help make Clayton County great!  Application deadline for the 2012 program is June 1, so apply today!

Help Hosea Feed the Hungry

Learn more about Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless

Hosea’s Feed the Hungry is a year round organization that helps Atlanta’s hungry and homeless, with food boxes, rent and utility assistance, case management and much more.

  • Tuesday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Dinner Setup - Georgia World Congress Center Building B
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation – DeKalb County Jail
  • Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Georgia World Congress Center Building B
  • Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Dinner Preparation – DeKalb County Jail
  • Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day Dinner

Nearly 10,000 homeless individuals and working families that are less fortunate will enjoy a hot meal, receive hair cuts for the men and hair care for the women, in addition to new clothing and warm blankets. Donations of toiletry items are still needed and can be delivered to the Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Distribution Center, 1035 Donnelly Avenue in Atlanta.

For more information about these events, visit Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless or call 404-755-3353. For media inquiries please contact Quisa Foster, F2 Communications Group 404-418-8532, ext. 2 or email qfoster@f2communicationsgroup.com.Hosea’s Feed the Hungry is a year round organization that helps Atlanta’s hungry and homeless, with food boxes, rent and utility assistance, case management and much more.

  • Emergency distribution of nutritious food to over 6,000 poor children and families.
  • Monthly distribution of food to 600 homeless living outdoors in camps
  • Sunday morning brunch and counseling services in downtown Atlanta
  • 22,000 hot meals delivered to senior citizens homes annually
  • Quarterly distribution of food and supplies to over 20 organizations throughout Georgia
  • Presented the chronically homeless of Atlanta with four major meal service events, serving over 60,000 hot meals. Also, provided additional services such as, medical assistance, legal aid, clothing and toiletry items, hot showers, barber and beautician services and transportation out of Atlanta to their hometowns for holiday visits.
  • Visited the streets on 54 occasions delivering food, vitamins, candles, batteries, blankets, socks, hats and gloves
  • Provide meals and services to 37 senior high-rises
  • Expedite food and medical supplies to Haiti relief efforts
  • Sandwich distribution to bus stations and hospitals
  • Deliver regular food boxes to 10,000 persons annually
  • Formed participants with the Latin American Association and the Korean Association to feed 3,500 people annually.
  • Provide meals and activities to numerous senior high rises on a semi-monthly basis

Georgia Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps

Georgia Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps

730 Peachtree St., Suite 450

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

For Immediate                      Release: March 20, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor Awards New Job Corps Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Provider for Georgia.

Atlanta – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded CHP International the Georgia contract for Outreach/Admissions and Career Transition Services for Job Corps.  Job Corps is one of the nation’s oldest Education and Training Programs serving youth ages 16 – 24. The residential program serves 60,000 students annually at 122 centers nationwide (3 centers in Georgia). CHP International has a demonstrated record of excellence with Job Corps programming, currently operating six Job Corps contracts in the US.

Are you someone who is ready to work, learn, and become a leader?  Here’s your chance!  If you are age 16 through 24 and would like more information on Job Corps, contact your local Job Corps Admissions Office at (404) 892.7888.  

At Job Corps, Success Lasts A Lifetime…

Contact:

Mark Lucas, Business Development Specialist

(404) 805.9038/ Lucas.Mark@jobcorps.org

or

Virginia Jackson, Business Development Specialist

(404) 599-3754 / Jackson.Virginia@jobcorps.org

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: http://www.facebook.com/preservationweek.

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.

Professor Alex Bradford -- Black History Month 2012

He was a multi-talented gospel composer, singer, arranger, and choir director who was a great influence on artists like Little Richard, Bob Marley, and Ray Charles and helped bring about the modern mass choir movement to gospel. Born in Bessemer, Professor Alex Bradford attended the Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Alabama, where he acquired the title “Professor” while teaching as a student.

Dr. Bradford moved to Chicago in 1947 where he worked briefly with Roberta Martin and toured with Mahalia Jackson, then struck out on his own with his own group, “The Bradford Singers, followed by another group, The Bradford Specials. He recorded his first hit record “Too Close to Heaven” in 1954 which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

In 1961 Bradford joined the cast in "Black Nativity", based on the writings of Langston Hughes. He appeared in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, for which he won the Obie award, in 1972. He died in 1978 as the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God was in production. Bradford's music continues to provide a compelling message with much of his music available for digital download on iTunes.

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