After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

Days before the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games were to be held, I had already started to feel the dread. After days and nights of watching hours of swimming, diving, fencing, canoeing, gymnastics, volleyball, water polo, trampoline, weightlifting, track and field and so many other sports, I realized that my life was […]

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New library exhibit focuses on technology

New library exhibit focuses on technology

“Science and technology touch nearly every aspect of our lives—even in ways we don’t normally think about,” noted Kitty Wilson, branch operations coordinator with DeKalb County Public Library, who is coordinating a technology-focused library project. The library system is hosting Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a hands-on exhibit about the impact engineers […]

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New Orleans Revisited: as vibrant as ever!

New Orleans revisited: as vibrant as ever!

I remember my sister frantically calling my father more than a decade ago. At the time, she was studying at Xavier University to become a clinical doctor, and had been told to evacuate New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was on its way. My dad told her she should think about “waiting the storm out.” That’s […]

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Decatur actress stays busy in local theater

Decatur actress stays busy in local theater

  Randi Garza moved to the Atlanta area from her native Houston, Texas, to take a theater role. She liked the area and busy entertainment community so much that she moved and is now a Decatur resident. “I moved here four years ago and I’ve been in 18 productions,” she said. “Atlanta’s theater community is […]

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Night melodies return to Lithonia

Night melodies return to Lithonia

Seven years ago, outdoor music died in Lithonia. The concerts that once attracted hundreds to the small city in southeast DeKalb County came to an unceremonious end. Now Jason Lary is on a mission to bring music, comedy and other forms of entertainment back to downtown Lithonia. Lary, who won the bid to take over […]

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Festival celebrates grace and beauty of butterflies

Festival celebrates grace and beauty of butterflies

    Representations of butterflies appear in 3,500-year-old Egyptian frescoes, according to thebutterflysite.com, evidence that the colorful flying insects have captivated human attention across the ages. They still can draw a crowd. The Dunwoody Nature Center is expecting more than 3,000 visitors to its one-day Butterfly Festival Saturday, Aug. 20, according to Alan Mothner, the […]

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Grief support groups offer shoulder to lean on

Grief support groups offer shoulder to lean on

The death of loved ones and the grieving that follows is a universal experience. However, how each individual grieves is unique. “People in this culture so often are so very uncomfortable with pain and suffering that goes along with loss,” said Rev. Robby Carroll. “We stress grief is a normal process.” Carroll, who has been […]

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‘da Kink in My Hair is a not-to-be-missed musical

‘da Kink in My Hair is a not-to-be-missed musical

For a lighthearted theatrical moment, one can’t go wrong choosing to spend time at the Horizon Theatre taking in ‘da Kink in My Hair. With snappy musical numbers, catchy lyrics, funny bits as well as deeply moving moments, the play is almost guaranteed to leave audiences laughing constantly before dabbing tears from the corner of […]

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