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Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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WEEKEND EVENTS: ArtWalk, Beer Fest and Spring Cleaning

WEEKEND EVENTS: ArtWalk, Beer Fest and Spring Cleaning

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.

Come out to the Westside 3rd Saturday Art Walk on May 21 from 11-5 p.m. The Art Walk is anchored at the White Provision Residential Building on Howell Mill. This event features an open house for a new Poem88 location, a film screening for “Marwencol”, and Artist Talk, Coffee Tasting, a reception and the unveiling of a couple of new exhibits. Check them out. The White Provision Residential Building is located at 1100 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta.

The locally owned Natural Products and Green Living Expo, the Alive! Expo is back and it’s being held this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. This is the first and longest-running natural products expo, of its kind in Atlanta. The event features healthy cooking demos and interactive fitness demonstrations.

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.

50% off Fastpitch Softball Summer Camp in Decatur, June 6-9 ($350 value)

50% off Fastpitch Softball Summer Camp in Decatur, June 6-9 ($350 value)

This summer, knock it out of the park with The Pitcher's Mound's Fastpitch Softball Day Camp, June 6-9 at Emory University's Softball Field. CLICK HERE TO SAVE 50% off with Today's Scoop: a grand slam opportunity where girls, ages 7-13, will receive expert fast pitch softball instruction from top notch players and coaches ($350 value).

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LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

You can now have a weather radio on your iphone or ipad to alert you of severe weather in your area.  It will even follow your phone and alert you to severe weather when you are traveling. 11Alive Weather Information Zone is now available in your pocket at all times with this FREE iMap Weather Radio! 

They are offering it FREE today only.  After today, it will be $9.99.  You can search "iMap Weather Radio" at the app store, or go to  http://weatherradioday.com/ . After downloading, click 11Alive as your media provider. 

By clicking 11Alive as your media provider, every time you receive a warning, the 11Alive WIZ logo will appear with the weather information.

Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

Georgia jobless rate drops below double digits in April

ATLANTA -- Georgia's unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April.

This is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.0 percent in March.

"Not only is this the first time in nearly two years that Georgia's unemployment rate has dipped into the single digits, but this is also the third consecutive month of job growth," said state labor commissioner Mark Butler. "This developing trend shows increasing confidence in the economy."

The last time the state's rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009, when it was 9.8 percent.

There were job increases over both the month and year. April saw the addition of 3,834,100 payroll jobs, up 30,1000 from March.

Most of the new jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade, educational and health services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers continues to decline.