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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.

Best Halloween Weekend Bet For Families

Best Halloween Weekend Bet For Families

1. Green Halloween: Halloween Costume Swap at Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center.

As part of a Green Halloween, GEHC will be hosting a costume donation and swap. During the month of October, drop off old costumes, masks, and accessories in the GEHC lobby. The costume swap event will kick off on October 13th, from 1-4pm, and continue each Saturday, from 10am-4pm, until Halloween. Come donate, swap, or grab a new-to-you costume for your green ghouls!*Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween.www.greenhalloween.org


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7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

ATLANTA -- Every year, the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award honors a production that debuts at one of the Atlanta area's many theaters.

Local playwrights from across the metro try to win the award every season. This year, seven new plays are eligible.

The Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award will be presented by local author and playwright Pearl Cleage at the 8th annual Suzi Bass Awards on Monday, Nov. 5.

RELATED | 2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

This year's nominated plays are:

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, October 18, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) along with sponsor Rémy Martin V, presented its 4th annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music at Vanquish Lounge located 1029 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- The Christmas season will begin at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 23 with the theater company's 14th annual production of The Santaland Diaries.

Based on the essay by satirist David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries chronicles the life of Crumpet, a "rebel without a Clause" working as a Macy's Department Store Elf.

The Santaland Diaries runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. Tickets start at $25 each; showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly Madeline's Christmas is also back by popular demand in 2012. According to Horizon Theatre:

This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams! A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelman's delightful book.