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Santa is coming to Metro Atlanta's Simon malls

Santa is coming to Metro Atlanta's Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Halloween is over, which means it's time to deck the halls and make way for Santa Claus.

Old Saint Nick will be ushered into Atlanta-area Simon malls with fanfare and family-friendly activities in the coming weeks.

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth)
Santa will arrive at noon on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Photos with Santa: Daily, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 24.

Lenox Square (3393 Peachtree Road, Buckhead)
Photos with Santa: Daily, Tuesday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 24.
Be sure to take a spin on Macy's Pink Pig when you visit Lenox!

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

ATLANTA -- October is both National Book Month and National Cookie Month, so why not combine the two into a sweet book drive?

The second annual Reading is SWEET! National Book Drive, sponsored by Great American Cookies, runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

Throughout the month, the stores collected new and gently used books to be donated to local charities and public libraries. Everyone who donated a book received a free cookie.

"Last year's Reading is SWEET! program was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our store owners, customers and community partners," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing & operations officer for GFG Management, which manages Great American Cookies. "We're excited to continue the event for 2011 and can't wait to see how many books we can collect and how many cookies we can give away."

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.

 

Great FREE day out on your Birthday!

Great FREE day out on your Birthday!

You can get into the Georgia Aquarium free on your birthday. I did this earlier this month on my birthday. My daughter also got in free since she is under 3. With everyone watching every dollar they spend this is an awesome free be. The only requirement is you have to be a Georgia resident and present your ID at the ticket window.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Haunted Houses

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Haunted Houses

 

ATLANTA – Boooo! It’s the season for witches, gouls and goblins and the Where U Live team knows just where to find them. With a detailed evaluation of most of the Atlanta area haunted houses and, a little bit of, help from the Morning Team, we’ve come up with a list of the best Haunted Houses the metro area has to offer.  

The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse (AZA) is open on Thursday through Sunday from October 6 to the 31. The events website claims that this attraction is like “nothing ever seen or experienced before”.  They boast that going through the house will feel like being in a Hollywood movie or a real-life thrill.

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

ATLANTA – Halloween pop-up shops, the first sign of excessive candy consumption, tons of food and some of our favorite clichés. And as it stands, ‘tis the season that niche' business owners hawk goblins, gouls and costumes that look similar to some of our favorite celebrities at stores in and around Atlanta.

Pop-up shops, with their intense decorations and marquees, aren’t a nuisance as much as they’re a wonder; they provide us with an outlet, yearly and almost on cue, to outfit ourselves fabulously for parties and the likes.