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SweetWater 420 Festival returns to Candler Park

SweetWater 420 Festival returns to Candler Park

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's favorite Earth Day celebration will once again grace Candler Park in April.

The 9th annual SweetWater 420 Festival will begin Friday, Apr. 19 and includes plenty of fun for everyone, such as activities, live music, food trucks, a Kid Zone and, of course, SweetWater beer.

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"SweetWater 420 Fest is a unique opportunity for us to blend entertainment with environmental awareness for the entire community to come together and enjoy," festival promoter Jennifer Bensch said in a statement. "We've worked hard to organize an exciting array of talented performers who embody the SweetWater culture, plus an engaging lineup of eco-friendly activities that will include a little something for everyone."

1st Annual Author's Forum

1st Annual Author's Forum

The 1st Annual Author's Forum on January 24th at 5pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. This is a free event to help you kick start your relationships for 2013.

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- A play that made its world premiere at Horizon Theatre last May will return in 2013, this time with a very fitting sponsor.

Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee's The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365 will begin its encore production on Jan. 11.

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Waffle House, the inspiration for the play, will sponsor its second run. To celebrate the partnership, a The Waffle Palace Meets its Muse party will be held at the Waffle House Museum in Decatur on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The cast and playwrights of The Waffle Palace will be at the sponsorship party, which begins at 12 p.m. There will also be a raffle with great prizes, including show tickets and dinner at Waffle House.

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

Social critic to host book signing at SCAD

ATLANTA -- A bestselling author will give a talk and sign copies of her latest book at SCAD Atlanta this week.

Camille Paglia, a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars. In the book, she examines more than two dozen pieces of art that have influenced the world.

Paglia's talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at SCAD Atlanta's Events Space. Admission is free with the purchase of Glittering Images ($32) or $10 without a copy of the book. SCAD students and employees will be admitted free with proper ID.

Buy advance tickets at A Cappella Books in Inman Park or online at acappellabooks.com.

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths, most cases of chronic obstructive disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, 21% of all coronary heart diseases and kills more than 400,000 Americans each year, with about 700 of those deaths occurring in Fulton County.

Open Call: South Fulton Arts Center to exhibit creative holiday wreaths

Open Call: South Fulton Arts Center to exhibit creative holiday wreaths

FULTON COUNTY -- To celebrate the holiday season, the South Fulton Arts Center will host a wreath exhibit at the center in College Park on December 1.

They are now looking for artists and crafters to make artistic versions of holiday wreaths, using various materials to be shown and sold at South Fulton Arts Center's Holiday Arts and Crafts Market.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

Local author to hold PTSD reading, discussion

Local author to hold PTSD reading, discussion

ATLANTA -- When Dr. Christal Presley's father was only 18 years old, he was drafted to Vietnam. He returned home with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, which fractured their relationship.

According to Presley, her father experienced severe depression and rage after the war, and she had no idea how to reach out to him. She left home at age 18 and didn't speak to her father for several years.

Presley went on to earn a Ph.D. in education and, in 2009, decided to contact her father. She created the Thirty Day Project, where she spent a month asking her father difficult questions about his time in Vietnam. Presley compiled their conversations into her first memoir, Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD, which will be released Nov. 1.