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Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.

Learn about shape note singing at UWG

Learn about shape note singing at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Center for Public History (CPH) at the University of West Georgia will host two programs on African American shape note singing on Saturday, Mar. 19.

Both workshops are free and open to the public. They will take place in the lower level of UWG's Z-6 dining hall.

The first program begins at 4:00 p.m. and features the United Shape Note Singers. Attendees will be able to learn the history of shape note singing and how it has affected certain communities.

The final workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be of particular interest to music teachers and students in western Georgia middle and high schools.

The CPH has provided resource materials for teachers on its Web site.

Shape note singing is one of Georgia's enduring sacred music traditions.

It's Not Too Early to Get Ready for Mayfest

It's Not Too Early to Get Ready for Mayfest

CARROLLTON, GA -- The 26th annual Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival is right around the corner.

The 2011 event will be at Carrollton's Market Square on Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These hours will be packed with incredible arts and crafts from vendors all over the region, traditional carnival food, live entertainment, a children's village chock-full of activities and more.

See pictures from Mayfest 2010.

Vendors who are interested in participating in Mayfest can access applications on the Carrollton Main Street Web site. Additional details about the festival can also be found there.

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Feb. 5, six Cobb County schools competed in the regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton:

* Casa Montessori, Marietta
* Austell Intermediate, Powder Springs
* Awtrey Middle, Kennesaw
* Campbell Middle, Smyrna
* Sprayberry High, Marietta
* McEachern High, Powder Springs

Overall, Sprayberry placed first at the high school level, and Austell Intermediate came in second place at the elementary school level.

Both teams will now advance to the Division 1 competition on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Morrow.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is named for a now-retired DeKalb County Schools librarian who encouraged her students to read by creating a competition based on books that were nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award. Her idea spread throughout Georgia and officially became a statewide event in 2003.

Pheasant Hunt to Benefit UWG Foundation

Pheasant Hunt to Benefit UWG Foundation

CARROLLTON, GA -- A Continental Pheasant Shoot, sponsored by the University of West Georgia Foundation, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 to raise funds for the school's Presidential Scholarship Program.

U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey will serve as Master of the Hunt, while Brad Cole, president of Brad Cole Construction, will be the volunteer coordinator.

"We have had a great response and hope this will become an annual event to support UWG," said Cole. "Local outdoor sport enthusiasts have to travel outside the area to participate in this type of event, so I know they will appreciate having the opportunity to enjoy their sport and help students at our university at the same time."

Check-in for the morning time will begin at 8:00 a.m., with the hunt starting at 9:30.

Villa Rica High to Hold Black History Program

Villa Rica High to Hold Black History Program

VILLA RICA, GA -- The Villa Rica High School community would like to invite all of Metro Atlanta to participate in the first annual Black History Celebration.

The event will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica (1483 West Highway 78, 30180).

The new Villa Rica High School Gospel Choir, the Thomas Dorsey Singers of Villa Rica, High Praise of Flat Rock Baptist Church and gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh are all scheduled to perform.

Guest speakers include Sylvia C. Hooker, deputy superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education, and The Honorable Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears.

'Life is a Dream' at UWG

'Life is a Dream' at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The West Georgia Theatre Company presents a remarkable night of entertainment with Life is a Dream: An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays.

The show will run in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts' Dangle Theatre from Tuesday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20.

Life is a Dream follows the company's bi-annual tradition of producing an assortment of ten-minute plays written by University of West Georgia students and bringing them to life in the black box theater.

The original Life is a Dream, written by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, has inspired all eight of the short plays.