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Conyers ice skating rink opens Nov. 21

Conyers ice skating rink opens Nov. 21

Conyers residents-and others throughout the east metro area-eager to lace up their ice skates and take a spin on ice will be happy to know that the ice rink will open for the 13th year in the Olde Town Conyers Pavilion beginning Friday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m., continuing until Feb. 8.

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Welcome to Your Weekend

As I sit here writing to you dear reader, I’m bundled up in an assortment of blankets and comforters, an ensemble only completed by the long-sleeve shirt/ hoodie combo and knee socks underneath. Winter is upon us with a vengeance, chilly winds and flying leaves intact. The holidays are encroaching, and shoppers everywhere are checking the papers for the deals that only happen on the busiest shopping day of the year; the two words that can strike terror into the heart of the most seasoned retail worker: Black Friday. (Incidentally, there’s a couponing class on Saturday in Smyrna ...

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 11:07 p.m.
Welcome to your Weekend

Welcome to your Weekend

Well, the holidays are upon us. While our jack-o- lanterns sit in the garbage can at the end of our driveways, we are quickly replacing the skeletons that once adorned our walls with pilgrims and gourds. The mall is playing Christmas carols, and we're reminded again how close the holidays really are. One thing I love about this time of year is that it reminds us what's important: family, and the people we surround ourselves with. So whether I'm snuggling on the couch watching my favorite old movies with a cup of hot cocoa or taking a ...

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 3:32 p.m.
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Book Festival of the MJCCA

Book Festival of the MJCCA

For 22 successful years, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has provided the community with a literary extravaganza featuring a lineup of exceptional authors, celebrities, and thinkers in a variety of forums, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, and panel discussions. This year’s festival, featuring more than 40 authors over two weeks, was headlined by comedian Bob Saget, author of the new memoir “Dirty Daddy”, on Nov. 1. Tickets range from $18 for individual events to $135 for the entire festival package. Click Here

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:57 p.m.
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A Choral Guild Christmas

A Choral Guild Christmas

The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild presents its annual Christmas music extravaganza with "A Choral Guild Christmas: A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas." The internationally known guild will give two local performances of "A Choral Guild Christmas." The first will be on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, on 1139 Usher St, Covington. The final performance will be on Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium on 903 Main St, Conyers. The CCCG is an internationally known Guild under the direction of Musical Director and Conductor Roger Walters ...

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:54 p.m.
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Chili Cook-Off at Roswell Art Center

Chili Cook-Off at Roswell Art Center

Art Center West is hosting their 4th annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring the family to enjoy the full selection of chili from more than 20 participants. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for the pickiest of eaters, even the little ones. Be sure to also enjoy the scheduled activities such as free live music, pottery demonstrations, hayrides and more. Click Here

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:52 p.m.
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Atlanta Pet Expo (Gwinnett Performing Arts Center)

Atlanta Pet Expo (Gwinnett Performing Arts Center)

Lovers of four-legged friends come together at the Atlanta Pet Expo hosted by the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. Exhibitors will be showcasing the best new pet products, discounted vaccinations for animals, free nail trims, and demonstrations focusing on agility and obedience. Enter to win exciting prizes and giveaways. Bring your pet along, pets must be leashed and have up to date vaccinations, and enter them in the pet costume contest. Show off your pet’s skill in the talent show, or play a feisty game of pet/owner musical chairs. If you’re looking to take home a furry companion ...

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:50 p.m.
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Creative Studio (Atlanta Decorative Arts)

Creative Studio (Atlanta Decorative Arts)

Get a jump on your holiday shopping. No more waiting until the last minute or pushing your way through the Black Friday sales crowd. Head to the CBG Creative Studio at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center for an afternoon of shopping and hands-on crafting lessons. At least 50 vendors will be in attendance and will be selling a huge variety of hand crafted items including accessories, children’s items, home décor, and plenty of other gift items. Short on cash? No problem. DIY experts will be on site to show you how you can make your own holiday treats ...

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:48 p.m.
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Praise in the Park (Light House Village)

Praise in the Park (Light House Village)

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Light House Village off of Sigman Road, near Conyers Middle School

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:45 p.m.
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North Georgia Live Steamers Miniature Train Rides

North Georgia Live Steamers Miniature Train Rides

All aboard! The Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad is a 7 ½ gauge miniature railroad featuring trains you can ride on, pulled by steam and diesel locomotives. Some of these trains have been providing rides at Horse Park activities for several years. The 7,200 foot miniature railroad is the product of over 5 years of volunteer labor by the members of NGLS. The final run of the year which is part of the NMRA Piedmont Division Open House is November 8.  Click Here

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 5:41 p.m.
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VIDEO: Tales of a Haunted House

VIDEO: Tales of a Haunted House

The News visits the historic and haunted Orna Villa in Oxford, Ga.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 10:07 a.m.
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VIDEO: This is THRILLER, at RMC

Rockdale Medical Center leadership, doctors and staff bust a move at the annual Employee Awards Ceremony, held this year on Halloween morning.

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Posted: oct. 31, 2014 9:45 a.m.
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Welcome to Your Weekend: Children of the Night

Attention all creatures of the night: the time for Halloween hijinks has come. Clear the dust out of your candy bowl, make sure your fake spider webs are creepily draped, and the finishing touches have been applied to your costume masterpiece.

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Posted: oct. 28, 2014 4:34 p.m. | Updated: oct. 31, 2014 12:22 a.m.
Trick-or-treating with alpacas

Trick-or-treating with alpacas

Here's your chance to trick-or-treat with about 300 alpacas, and it's free.

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Posted: oct. 30, 2014 1:41 p.m.
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Welcome to Your Weekend: Things to brew this weekend.

Double check your wallet for your driver’s license and bribe your designated driver to clear their schedule, because this weekend is filled with potential 21 and up activities.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 11:38 p.m. | Updated: oct. 21, 2014 11:38 p.m.

(Photos) Scary Tales, Trails and more

A photo slideshow of Scary Tales &Trails and Witches Night Out on the Covington Square.

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Posted: oct. 19, 2014 10:36 p.m.
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Spider-Man and Capt. America at Mall st Stonecrest

Spider-Man and Capt. America at Mall st Stonecrest

MARVEL superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 6:16 a.m.
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Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:16 p.m.
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Welcome to Your Weekend: Running Wild

Welcome to Your Weekend: Running Wild

You don't need to embark on a Tolkien-esque through a wild wilderness inhabited by foreign monsters in order to squeeze a little adventure into your weekend. In fact, you don't even have to cross a state line for a pulse-pounding good time these days. Within the confines of Georgia, extreme thrill seekers can run wild with the bulls. Those of you who prefer to keep you're walk on the wild side safely contained can take a spooky tour through a haunted theatre.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 12:42 a.m. | Updated: oct. 15, 2014 11:40 p.m.
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Author Carolyn Curry on Civil War diarist

Author Carolyn Curry talks about her new book "Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907."

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 5:02 p.m.
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Welcome to Your Weekend: Fist pump for food!

Welcome to Your Weekend: Fist pump for food!

If you’ve ever scoured the grocery store for a plate of samples, then your dreams are about to come true. If you fancy yourself something of a food critic, you too may pump your fist in celebration. This weekend offers two fantastic food festivals in which you, the hungry masses, get to weigh in on a wide range of homemade products. Whether you’re a cheese fanatic or a BBQ and chili expert, there’s something to make your taste buds dance with glee. 

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Posted: oct. 02, 2014 4:48 p.m. | Updated: oct. 03, 2014 10:50 a.m.
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Welcome to your weekend, Decision making style.

Welcome to your weekend, Decision making style.

Here’s the deal. If I were forced to choose between telling you about engaging new books, cupcakes with perfectly swirled dollops of icing, or immaculate bouquets of bright flowers, then my brain would implode from the internal struggle. So, in order to keep my peace of mind, I suppose I will have to tell you where to find each of these lovely options this weekend and allow you, oh grand maker of decisions, to make the final call.

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Posted: sep. 24, 2014 5:30 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 8:00 a.m.
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