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Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

David Sedaris to attend A Cappella Books block party

David Sedaris to attend A Cappella Books block party

ATLANTA -- Famed essayist and NPR contributor David Sedaris will celebrate the paperback release of his latest collection, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, at A Cappella Books later this month.

Sedaris will be the guest of honor at a block party hosted by the Inman Park bookstore. The fun will be Monday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Several local vendors will provide refreshments, including Pallookaville, Pull Coffee and King of Pops.

The reading is free, but attendees must purchase a copy of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls through A Cappella Books to enter the signing line and meet Sedaris. The book is $17.

Visit acappellabooks.com for more information. The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue; the book signing will take place in the venue's brand new event space.

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

ATLANTA -- Author John Brandon and Georgia State University professor Josh Russell will team up for a reading and conversation in Atlanta next week.

The two will be at Mother in the Old Fourth Ward on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Brandon is the author of three novels and recently published his first short story collection, Further Joy. The book contains 11 stories and "a stunning assortment of men and women at the edge of possibility-gamblers and psychics, wanderers and priests, all of them on the verge of finding out what they can get away with, and what they can't," according to A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which is sponsoring the reading.

Russell is co-director of GSU's creative writing program. He is also a prize-winning novelist and short story writer.

Copies of both men's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

ATLANTA -- The author of Farm Fresh Georgia will visit Atlanta later this month.

Jodi Helmer exhaustively researched attractions, dining trends and farms throughout the state's six regions -- Appalachian, Atlanta Metro, Blue Ridge, Lower Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain -- to write Farm Fresh Georgia: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Dairies, Festivals, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More.

She will visit the Freedom Farmers' Market at the Carter Center on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers can meet Helmer at the community table. The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway NE.

Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

ATLANTA -- Horizon Theatre will begin its 30th season next month.

The Little Five Points theater will celebrating this milestone year with a staging of Elemeno Pea, a comedy that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays.

Horizon Theatre provided this synopsis of the play, the title of which is pronounced L-M-N-O-P:

This haves and have nots comedy is about a siblings' weekend on Martha's Vineyard gone awry when the younger sister's boss crashes the party. Summer's ending on the Vineyard, but before everything is shuttered, Simone invites her sister Devon down for a fun weekend.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Writer Anna Quindlen will read from her seventh novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, at the Carter Center next month.

Quindlen is a former New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work. She left the paper in 1995 to become a novelist. One of her books, One True Thing, was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

She will read from Still Life with Bread Crumbs on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.

The novel "begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof," according to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Quindlen's visit to Atlanta:

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.