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Pat Conroy to visit UNG

Pat Conroy to visit UNG

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta native and bestselling author Pat Conroy will participate in the University of North Georgia's tribute to writer Mary Hood next month.

Conroy, best known for writing The Prince of Tides, will give a reading in the Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building on the school's Gainesville campus on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Other participants include Hood and novelist Philip Lee Williams.

"As far as I know, Mary Hood has never written an uninteresting sentence in her life, and I've read and loved everything she's ever written. In the immaculate work of Hood, I've always found her choice of subjects both offbeat and surprising," Conroy said. "This conference in Mary Hood's honor will be a celebration of her splendid and ongoing career, and there is nowhere I would rather be than reveling with her throngs of admirers and literary disciples as we laud a most magnificent writer."

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

(WXIA) -- PetSmart Charities is planning a major adoption event at stores nationwide.

National Adoption Weekend will be Sept. 13-15. Thousands of dogs and cats will be available for PetSmart customers to take home.

Adoption representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for a new pet.

PetSmart Charities will give $35 to grants to participating local adoption partners for every pet that finds a new home during National Adoption Weekend.

"We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt said.

Learn more and find your closest PetSmart store at petsmart.com.

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

Action Dash brings superheroes to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Action Ministries' annual 5K run/walk, the Action Dash, will be off and running again this Labor Day.

The event raises money to feed, house and educate Georgians in need.

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Five different cities will host the Action Dash: Athens, Atlanta (Midtown), Augusta, Gainesville and Rome. Runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. Children and pets are also invited to participate. (Pets are not allowed at the Gainesville race.)

Action Ministries hopes to raise $200,000 through the Action Dash.

Visit actiondash.org for more information and to sign up.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Forsyth County

Outdoor Summer Movies in Forsyth County
Outdoor Summer Movies in Cumming GA, Forsyth County

Woohoo!!  Outdoor Summer Movies are BACK!

I received an email yesterday from Southern Outdoor Cinema, and I’m SO happy to share that the Outdoor Summer Movies in Cumming GA are back!

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Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Tickets are now on sale for the Hawgin' on Lanier Jimmy Buffett tribute concert.

The concert will be held Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Laurel Park's amphitheater.

Pirates of the Opry are scheduled to perform. The Gainesville Jaycees will provide a barbecue dinner.

Tickets are $15 each or $300 for a table of eight, which includes food.

Contact Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or kcrumley@hallcounty.org for more information or to buy tickets.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter.

Laurel Park is located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville.

National Mom's Nite Out at The Mall of Georgia

National Mom's Nite Out at The Mall of Georgia


 Atlanta-area moms are invited to take a night off and celebrate national Mom’s Nite Out at Mall of Georgia on Thursday, May 9. Focused on rewarding and recognizing mothers, Mom’s Nite Out is a chance for mothers to treat themselves to a night of pampering, shopping and prize giveaways from stores and other community organizations.


Moms are invited to have fun at their favorite local shopping destination while enjoying in-store events, makeovers, food sampling and prize drawings. Fun activities will be presented by retailers and other area businesses at Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

WHAT:              National Mom’s Nite Out

Cool Springs Park opening rescheduled

Cool Springs Park opening rescheduled

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County has rescheduled the opening of its new Cool Springs Park for Monday, Apr. 8 at 5:45 p.m.

The park was originally supposed to open Mar. 23, but the ceremony was canceled because of bad weather.

Learn more about Cool Springs Park.