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East Atlanta Beer Fest brews fun this weekend

East Atlanta Beer Fest brews fun this weekend

ATLANTA -- The East Atlanta Beer Festival kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta, and features samples of 170 craft beers from 55 different brewers.

The event, now in its eighth year, has plenty of entertainment: Atlanta-based show band Burt & The Bandits, who features music from iconic country legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and others; The Imperial OPA, a gypsy-style troupe of vaudevillian type performers with a modern circus-type of presentation; Animal & the Evolvers is made up of performers from the Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta neighborhoods and plays music that they describe as being between The Beatles and My Morning Jacket – whatever that means.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

City of Atlanta

City pools open on Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. Daily rates are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Facilities include:

Grant Park is located at 25 Park Avenue in Atlanta.

Powell Park is located at 1690 M.L. King Drive in Atlanta.

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Don’t be the fool at the pool!

 Don’t be the fool at the pool!

It's almost pool party time. We've got new bikinis and can't wait to break them in. But before most public pools "officially" open Memorial Day weekend we decided to give a refresher in pool/beach etiquette. ‘Tragically , not everyone was born knowing how to act at the pool or beach.  Unfortunately, there are some people who really need to be told not to poo, pee, spit, or blow their nose in a pool. For those of you who know better bear with us, and for those of you who don't, read on!

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

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.

Join 11Alive and the Atlanta Humane Society for the 21st Annual Pet Parade on Saturday, May 7. The parade starts at Piedmont Park at 11:00 a.m. and features 11Alive’s own, John Gerard and Chesley McNeil as the Grand Marshalls. Registration for pets starts at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends around 1:00 p.m. Registration for a pet and a parent is $35, on Saturday morning. Piedmont Park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta.

Revolutionary hip-hop duo, Dead Prez will headline a concert at Masquerade on Friday, May 6. The two-some, composed of stic.man and M-1 are known for their “raw” and “in-your-face” style of lyricism.

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.

Participate in One of Five Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups: Transit Implementation Strategy

Participate in One of Five Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups: Transit Implementation Strategy

ATLANTA – (submitted by the Atlanta Beltline) Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is developing a strategy to implement transit for the Atlanta BeltLine. In 2012, voters in the Atlanta region will be given the opportunity to approve a 1% sales tax for transit and transportation projects. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Free Mass Wedding, Friday February 11th

Free Mass Wedding, Friday February 11th

Fulton County, GA--  (submitted by Fulton County Probate Court) In these tough economic times what could be a better deal than a FREE wedding!   At 3 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011, Fulton County Probate Court Judge Pinkie Toomer will perform a mass wedding ceremony in her courtroom on the second floor of the Fulton County Courthouse, 160 Pryor St., located across the street from the Fulton County Government Center.

Judge Toomer performs free wedding ceremonies every Friday, but she expects another overflow crowd on the Friday before Valentine’s Day.  Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for the event.  In the 25 years Judge Toomer has been performing the free weddings, she has married over 50,000 couples!