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KENNESAW – The annual “Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Mini Chefs” event is back – returning to Atlanta-area Simon malls this spring!  Families can stir up some tasty fun with a smorgasbord of exciting activities for kids and parents, including food-related arts and crafts projects and prize giveaways.

Plus, Kidgits Club Members who bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local hunger relief organization will receive a free kid's apron (while supplies last).

WHAT:           Simon Kidgits Super Duper Mini Chefs

Local kids can start building their culinary skills with hands-on, fun-with-food at area Simon malls.

WHEN:           Saturday, May 14, 1-3 p.m.

WHERE:        Town Center at Cobb (Upper Level JCPenney Wing), 400 Ba

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White Water opens May 21

White Water opens May 21

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Summer is just around the corner, so grab the swimsuits and sunscreen, and head down to Six Flags White Water (250 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, 30062).

The famous water park will open for the 2011 season on Saturday, May 21.

"Six Flags White Water is an award-winning, affordable destination for families to visit this summer," said Melinda Ashcraft, president of Six Flags Over Georgia. "This will be another great season for the park that's brought summer fun to so many local residents for more than 26 years."

Six Flags White Water is the Southeast's largest water park, with more than 20 attractions and 50 slides.

Season passes for both Six Flags and White Water are currently on sale. Children ages two and under always receive free admission.

Pro bull riders to visit Marietta

Pro bull riders to visit Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Often called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports," America's first true extreme sport -- bull riding -- is coming to town this weekend.

Two professional bull riders will stop by Texas Roadhouse (2475 Barrett Creek Parkway, Marietta, 30066) to sign autographs and meet local fans.

Both Aaron Roy and Colby Yates will appear on behalf of Jack Daniel's and will have great prize packages that guests may register to win.

Roy and Yates will be at Texas Roadhouse from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

Aaron Roy, a native of Canada, comes from a family of bull riders; four of his brothers also compete in the sport.

Code Orange smog alert for Thursday

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Metro Atlanta for Thursday.

Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart of lung diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

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CNN pioneer Burt Reinhardt dies at 91

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Burt Reinhardt, a television pioneer who helped lead the evolution of 24-hour news coverage as president of CNN, died Tuesday at 91, according to family members.

Reinhardt died at home in Marietta, according to his daughter, Cheryl Reinhardt. She said he had been suffering complications following a series of strokes earlier this year.

Cable News Network founder Ted Turner remembered Reinhardt, who stayed away from the limelight, as an influential, if taciturn, executive.

"We both wanted to run a great news organization," Turner said. "He just did a masterful job. He got the stories covered, but he did it within the budget."

After a stint as a vice president, Reinhardt served as CNN president from 1983 to 1990. He later was vice chairman of the organization until his retirement in 2000.

Former CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour said Reinhardt was a leader who made the trains run on time.

LearningRx Kennesaw expands staff to meet growing demand

LearningRx Kennesaw expands staff to meet growing demand

Kennesaw, GA - May 11, 2011 – LearningRx Kennesaw is a local franchise facility owned and operated by former Cobb County educator Kristen Thompson. This month Kristen is delighted to announce three new trainers hired to meet the centers growing demand and expanding number of students.

Temi Dubre, Dustin Cox and Katherine Swain have all joined LearningRx Kennesaw as cognitive skills trainers. Each new team member underwent an intensive training and certification program before meeting with students.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.