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The Atlanta Opera Extras- Our community outreach initiatives

The Atlanta Opera Extras are community outreach initiatives that entertain and educate audiences about opera. A complete listing of upcoming fall events is below.  For more information on The Atlanta Opera Extras, visit www.atlantaopera.org or call 404-881-8801.

The Atlanta Opera @ the Decatur Book Festival

Sunday, September 4, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Decatur High School Auditorium

310 N. McDonough St. 

Decatur, GA 30030

Free and open to the public

The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a one-hour children’s opera called Rabbit Tales, based on the famed Br’er Rabbit stories, popularized by Joel Chandler Harris. The AJC Decatur Book Festival will host a special presentation called “From the Briar Patch to the Big Stage: Adapting Br’er Rabbit for Opera,” in which composer, Nicole Chamberlain; librettist, Madeleine St. Romain; director, Park Cofield; and Executive Director of The Wren’s Nest, Lain Shakespeare will discuss its development and creation. There also will be singers giving a sneak peak of some of the arias!

Theatre in the Square opens 30th season with nostalgia

Theatre in the Square opens 30th season with nostalgia

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Theatre in the Square will open its 30th season this Wednesday with On Golden Pond.

The popular play by Ernest Thompson revolves around Norman and Ethel Thayer returning to their summer home on Golden Pond in Maine for the 48th time, only to have their normally quiet escape disrupted by their daughter's arrival with her finacé and his mouthy 13-year-old son.

On Golden Pond will be an especially poignant production because it was the first play the theatre produced, back in September 1982.

"I thought it would be well to observe this milestone season by recalling how it all began -- with this show and its impact on that first audience of Mariettans, mostly longtime or original residents," said Theatre in the Square co-founder and producing director Palmer Wells.

30 Free Things to Do This Summer

30 Free Things to Do This Summer

ATLANTA --  The Atlanta Moms Like Me site has recently posted the top 30 places to visit this summer that will not hurt your pocket because they are totally free.

The list includes The Children's Museum, The High Musuem and even North GA Hiking.  If you know of any must free activities you can add them to the list too.

Click here and see all of the free activities around Atlanta.

Cobb Chamber announces Public Safety nominees

Cobb Chamber announces Public Safety nominees

COBB CO., Ga. -- The Cobb Chamber of Commerce plans to recognize its county's finest during Public Safety Appreciation Week.

The special ceremony will take place Monday, Oct. 3 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, kicking off a weeklong community effort to celebrate everyday heroes.

Preparations for October began earlier this year, when residents, government officials, local agencies and community leaders nominated personnel for the Public Safety Employee of the Year award.

The Cobb Chamber received 18 nominations this year:

* Sgt.

Line dancing teams to compete at Six Flags

Line dancing teams to compete at Six Flags

AUSTELL, Ga. -- If country line dancing is your thing, you won't want to miss the Texas Roadhouse line dancing contest at Six Flags.

The competition will be Tuesday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Nine teams are scheduled to compete: four from Georgia (Douglasville, Hiram, Marietta and Snellville), three from Alabama and two from Mississippi.

Teams are made up of eight to 10 dancers dressed in Texas Roadhouse attire. They will each dance to three songs, and a panel of judges will evaluate them on creativity, energy, spirit and synchronicity.

The winning team will go on to represent the region in a national line dancing competition.

Tickets are $40 each, which includes a ticket to Six Flags, parking pass, food voucher and admission to the line dancing contest.

Weekend Events: Festival on Ponce, Chelsea Handler and Suwanee Beer Fest

Weekend Events: Festival on Ponce, Chelsea Handler and Suwanee Beer Fest

ATLANTA – 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.

This weekend, the Atlanta inTown paper will be hosting the Atlanta Summer Arts Festival: Festival on Ponce which will be held at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Moreland Avenue in Olmstead Park, in the North Druid Hills neighborhood. The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday and it will feature an artist market, food and entertainment. Local acts Jeno and Kitty Wolf will take the main stage during the two day festival. For more information, visit them online.

Comedian Chelsea Handler will be performing at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 22 at 8 p.m. Handler is returning to Atlanta, now, to perform a show that was postponed earlier this summer.

Six Flags, White Water add extra week to summer

Six Flags, White Water add extra week to summer

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is extending its summer fun with additional operating days during a special "Bonus Week" in August.

Both Six Flags and White Water will be open every day from Monday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 12.

To add to the excitement, the Starburst® Summer Concert Series will conclude the 2011 season with three incredible shows.

* Saturday, July 23
We The Kings
This pop punk band from Florida released their debut album in 2007.