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Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A special education co-lab teacher at Villa Rica High School has been recognized for her dedication to her students.

Diana Funderburke received the April 2011 Apple Award at the school board's meeting on Thursday, Apr. 21.

As noted in her nomination, Funderburke holds her students to high expectations, but always supports them in their efforts. She fights for them when they are being treated unfairly and always gives more than just her time -- she gives her heart every day.

The Villa Rica High community agrees that the school is a much better place because of Funderburke's efforts, and they are thrilled to see her honored for all her hard work.

Funderburke won the official Apple Award plaque and a complimentary bouquet from Mountain Oak Florist & Design (899 Stripling Chapel Road, Carrollton, 30116), a partner of Carroll County Schools.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

AUSTELL, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

College students and locals enjoy The Border Mexican Restaurant on Maple Street in Carrollton. On Cinco de Mayo the restaurant will be holding their regular karaoke, they’ll also offer drink and food specials. The restaurant is a favorite for its vegetarian offerings and vast selection of imported Mexican beers. Visit the restaurant at 1210 Maple Street in Carrolton.

According to neighborhood residents, Margarita’s Mexican Cantina is the best authentic Mexican food in the area. This restaurant has an extensive vegetarian menu and its staple item is a cornbread dish, supposedly best served with beans.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Sinbad and Six Flags

WEEKEND EVENTS: Sinbad and Six Flags

WESTERN METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Six Flags over Georgia is holding their Christian Music Weekend, starting on Friday, April 22. The park will hold a number of concerts on their main stage. Some of the acts included are Newsboys, Kutless, Revuve, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Phil Stacey and many more.

Celebrate Earth Day in Downtown Douglasville by participating in the Downtown Clean Up. This clean up presented by the Downtown Development Authority and is open to all who want to volunteer. For more information contact Stephanie Aylworth at (678) 715-6092.

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, check out comedian Sinbad at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, April 23. Sinbad is ranked by Comedy Central as “one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time”.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

WEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

Take your date on a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. On April 30, the park will hold a Twilight Canoe trip. This sunset ride is ranger-led and only open to adults who can swim and have some canoeing experience. $15 includes the canoe, paddle and PFD. The trip will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return to shore around 9:00 p.m.

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI® Blue Crew Rewarded 1,000 Atlanta Residents for Random Acts of Greenness

DASANI Celebrated its New PlantBottle® Packaging by Giving Back to Local Eco-Samaritans

The first 100 percent recyclable beverage packages made with plants were made readily available on April 4, 2011 to people across the U.S. To recognize the little things people do to live more sustainably, a DASANI Blue Crew attended two big events in Atlanta on April 16 and April 17 and thanked residents for partaking in eco-friendly activities. The local effort helped to celebrate the national launch of DASANI PlantBottle® packaging – a 100 percent recyclable bottle made of up to 30 percent plants.

More than 1,000 Atlanta residents were “caught,” by the DASANI Blue Crew, being environmental do-gooders.

Soccer coaches, referees get free Silverbacks tickets

Soccer coaches, referees get free Silverbacks tickets

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have launched a new program that invites all local soccer coaches and referees to enjoy free tickets to Silverbacks home games this season.

"The Silverbacks are committed to supporting the sport of soccer at all levels," said Michael Oki, president of the Silverbacks. "This new program is our way of thanking Georgia's thousands of coaches and officials who are making a positive impact on the local soccer community on a daily basis."

To participate, local soccer associations must provide the Silverbacks with the names of their coaches and referees, who may then call three days before any game to reserve a free ticket. The ticket must be claimed by 5 p.m. on the business day before the game.

Call 404-969-4900 to enroll in the free ticket program.

Go West, Go Green: UWG celebrates Earth Day

Go West, Go Green: UWG celebrates Earth Day

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia is pleased to mark Earth Day with a series of environmentally-conscious events that are free and open to the public.

The festivities are designed to get people involved in Going West and Going Green, cleaning and beautifying the land and river around UWG's scenic Carrollton campus.

Monday, Apr. 18
* Keep Carroll Beautiful ribbon cutting and birthday party
4:30 p.m., SCRAP Bin (105 Folds Drive, Suite 3, 30117)

* Movie Night: WALL-E
7 p.m., UWG Callaway Building, Room 145

Tuesday, Apr. 19
* Flower planting
12 noon, John Tanner State Park (354 Tanner Beach Road, 30117)

Wednesday, Apr.