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Help! My kids are bored!

Help!  My kids are bored!

It’s summertime in Roswell and that means that children are out of school and looking to you for something to do.  Back in the day, a new board game, clothes to play dress up, or paints, clay, and other craft items would keep them occupied for hours and when the newness wore off, you’d just send them outside to play with their friends.  If the children that I’m around are any indication of today’s children, those toys and activities will keep them occupied for maybe a week and then it’s up to me to find something more exciting.

Watching my younger niece and nephews squeal with laughter when they swing or race each other to see who will be first to climb the slide, I know that playgrounds are still high on children’s lists of fun places.  Seven of the parks in Roswell have playgrounds just waiting for children to enjoy them.  Six of those seven parks have picnic areas so you can bring lunch and have a place to relax after working up a great appetite.

Donate Your Extra Harvest

Donate Your Extra Harvest

ACFB's Community Gardens project is asking backyard and community gardeners to participate in the national Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign by simply donating any extra harvest from your garden for families and individuals in need.  See the list of drop-off sites and find the one closest to you.

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

Grady Health Foundation’s Rock-N-Ride is a party from start to finish

Grady Health Foundation’s Rock-N-Ride is a party from start to finish

Warm weather, music and motorcycles and a great cause all in one spot could only mean one thing: Grady Health Foundation’s “Rock‐N‐Ride” presented by AirTran Airways is right around the corner. On Saturday, June 25 motorcyclists will gather at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell to kick off the event that benefits Grady Health Foundation and Gold Shield Atlanta.

Ride registration begins at $40 and includes a commemorative Rock‐N‐Ride T-shirt, a ride pin and complimentary bike parking downtown at the festival. The event starts at 11:00am with entertainment by RATL at Killer Creek Harley‐Davidson in Roswell.

Free Roswell Adventures

Free Roswell Adventures

How about giving your wallet a break while you’re experiencing what Roswell has to offer?  It sounds like a deal that fits my budget perfectly.

Roswell Mills & Old Mill Park

On the banks of Vickery Creek you will find the ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Company Mills nestled among the trees that line the creek.  The largest mill building was constructed in 1853.  A few hundred feet down stream from that location is the site of Roswell’s first cotton mill, built in 1839.  Fire has been a constant in the mill area.  The 1839 and 1853 mills were burned by Union forces on July 7, 1864.  During Reconstruction, the 1853 mill was rebuilt and used until destroyed by fire in 1926.  The mill building seen today was a machine shop built in 1882 as an addition to the complex.

Stroll through this beautiful area as you hear the rush of the water falling over the much photographed waterfall created

Family Pit Stop, a free event at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Family Pit Stop, a free event at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

 

Family Pit Stop is a free event to celebrate the opening of Cars 2.  What better place to have a Family Pit Stop than at Andretti Karting & Games on Alpharetta Highway?  From 10:00 AM –noon on Friday, June 24 the Juniors Track will be open for young racers aged 8 or at least 48” high to ride alone.

This is a free event for the entire family.  If you have any questions about the Family Pit Stop just call Andretti at 770-992-5688.  Andretti Indoor Karting & Game is located at 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Alpharetta, 30076. 

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.