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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."

Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

Kennesaw, S.C. residents win Atlanta Marathon

ATLANTA -- Nearly 2,500 people hit the streets of Atlanta Saturday for this year's Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay.

Kennesaw resident Reuben Mwei was the clear winner of the marathon. He broke through the tape at 2:23:25, more than eight minutes before the second place finisher, to take home the $1,000 grand prize.

Saturday's race was the 26 year old's first-ever marathon. He also won the Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon on Oct. 7 with a time of 1:09:12.

The second man to cross the finish line was Marietta resident Malcolm Campbell, 41, whose final time was 2:31:26. Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Gillette of Goshen, Ind., winner of the 2011 Atlanta Marathon, placed third with a time of 2:36:27.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games scheduled May 1-11

DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games scheduled  May 1-11

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the return of the DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games, May 1 – 11, at venues across DeKalb.  DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs will host the 26th annual Olympic-style sports festival, which provides senior adults ages 50 and older an opportunity to compete in their favorite sports and meet other residents from across the county. Registration is currently underway and will close Friday, April 20.

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

ATLANTA -- Tee Off for Hope, the annual charity golf tournament for Atlanta's Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will be held Monday, Apr. 30 at East Lake Golf Club.

Participants in the tournament will become "Members for the Day" of the exclusive club, home to golf legend Bobby Jones. Several notable Atlantans are scheduled to attend and participate, including former UGA football coach Vince Dooley, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and 11Alive's own Fred Kalil.

Money raised by Tee Off for Hope goes to help local families struggling with hunger, poverty and joblessness. The funds support such organizations as St. Vincent de Paul's Family Support Centers and Food Recovery and Distribution Program.

To register for the tournament, visit www.svdpatl.org.