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Children Have Lots of Storytime Options in Alpharetta

Children Have Lots of Storytime Options in Alpharetta

A great activity for children and their stay at home parents is storytime.  Reading, hearing the story, looking at the pictures, interaction with children --or other adults -- are all great reasons for everybody to enjoy it.

The Alpharetta area has a large number of places that have storytime, each with their own benefit.

Roswell Roots Returns in February

Roswell Roots Returns in February

ROSWELL, GA -- February is Black History Month, and to celebrate, Roswell will hold the 10th annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month.

Roswell roots is the largest and most comprehensive black history celebration in the state. It celebrates black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of exhibits and events.

Highlights of this year's celebration include a special performance from Nuttin' But Stringz at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (950 Forest Street, 30075) on Thursday, Feb. 10.

"Slammin' in the Suburbs," Roswell's 7th annual poetry slam, will be hosted by award-winning spoken word artist Ayodele Heath on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

New Coordinator Joins Roswell Cultural Arts Center

New Coordinator Joins Roswell Cultural Arts Center

ROSWELL, GA -- Jess Wells has been appointed the new Cultural Arts Center coordinator for Roswell.

He will replace Sandra Mabry, who retired after many years of service to the center.

Wells was selected from a pool of about 200 candidates from across the country. He brings a great deal of experience to the role, including serving as the production manager at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center's 700-seat theater; founding and managing his own theater company in Asheville, North Carolina; and producing a two-week youth "rock and roll" camp.

"Jess is the perfect guy for the job," said Roswell Historic and Cultural Affairs manager G. Morgan Timmis. "He has the energy, creativity, knowledge and expertise to help us take this facility to the next level.

North Fulton Students Bring Shakespeare to Life

North Fulton Students Bring Shakespeare to Life

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Students from five North Fulton high schools will gather on Monday, Jan. 31 to perform scenes from some of William Shakespeare's best-loved plays.

The performance will be at the Hanger at the Bricks Theater at Perimeter Church (9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30097) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door; they are $5 each, or $3 with two perishable items to donate.

Joined by the Shakespeare Studio and hosted by the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, the schools are collaborating to present the second annual North Fulton County High School Shakespeare Festival.

Nuttin' But Stringz to Perform in Roswell

Nuttin' But Stringz to Perform in Roswell

ROSWELL, GA -- Some urban culture will flavor suburban Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 10, when Nuttin' But Stringz performs at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (950 Forest Street, 30075) at 8:00 p.m.

The dynamic violin duo of brothers Tourie and Damien Escobar rose to fame after placing second on season three of "America's Got Talent." They use their instruments to blend classical sounds with pop, R&B and hip-hop, creating a wholly unique style of music.

"I saw them on 'America's Got Talent' and have worked to bring them here ever since," said Morgan Timmis, Roswell's historical and cultural affairs manager. "I never really imagined we could make it happen, but I asked, and it turns out one of the brothers and their manager lives in Atlanta, so we were able to work it out.

Holy Innocents' Sophomore Takes 2nd At Philharmonic Competition

Holy Innocents' Sophomore Takes 2nd At Philharmonic Competition

While many of us were caroling over the Christmas holidays, Wick Simmons, a sophomore at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, was taking second place in the Artisan Category at the prestigious Georgia Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Simmons’ music was noted, praised, and rewarded by discerning judges at the annual event held at North Springs on Dec. 17.

Simmons has since been asked to play the Elgar Cello Concerto, 1st Movement, on Jan. 29 at the Philharmonic's concert in the Roswell Community Arts Center.

“I felt I presented myself well to the judges,” said the talented cellist. “It was a little tough since the competition took place the day after exams. Still, I felt I did quite well.”