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UWG poster sale to aid Japan

UWG poster sale to aid Japan

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A graphic design assignment at the University of West Georgia will also aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The final assignment in Graphic Design 2, taught by professor David Short, was to develop a social or political poster.

"With the timing of the disaster and it having such a profound effect on so many people, I thought, why not merge the two," Short said.

Kevin Shunn, chairman of the art department, gave the go-ahead for the fundraising effort. The seven students in Short's class developed and refined their designs; art professors then chose the top three pictures.

Those three will be reproduced and offered for sale starting Thursday, May 12 at the art department's offices in UWG's Humanities building. Only 25 prints of each design will be made.

Each of the limited, autographed editions will be $20.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

MABLETON, Ga. – 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.

Visit O’neal Plaza On May 7 for “Spring Concerts on the Plaza” which is being presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. The concert will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. O’Neal Plaza is located at O’Neal Plaza and Church Street.

Neighbors can buy plants grown by master gardeners and receive growing advice at the Master Gardner Plant Sale in Carrollton. This event is one of the biggest events for the CCMGA and proceeds fund all of the diverse programs run by the association throughout the year. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: John Tanner State Park

CARROLLTON, Ga. – If you enjoy the water and the sun, come out and swim in the “largest sand swimming beach of any Georgia state park”. The park offers swimming, boating, hiking and miniature golf for under $6. The park is named for local businessman John Tanner, who previously owned the park.

The park features fun for the entire family and visitors can swim and boat in the expansive Tanners Lake from sunrise until sunset. For those visiting the park on a fishing trip, the lake allows private boats and those with electric motors, only.

The campground has 31 campsites, six motel units, and a pioneer camp. Most camp goers take advantage of the camping, miniature golf, volleyball and horseshoes. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The park is located at 354 Tanners Beach Road in Carrollton.

BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

MABLETON, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of Neighborhood Thrift Stores for you to purchase some eccentric and timeless pieces.

In today’s economy, it’s important for shoppers to get the most bang for their buck and the thrift store is where you can do that. Open your mind fashionistas and fashionmistas, the thrift store isn’t only for those in need.

According to some thrifters, this store is good for vintage home goods. The Smyrna Thrift Store is a good place to find affordable clothes, if you can get past the new furniture in the front of the store. The store is across the street from a Goodwill store but shoppers say Smyrna Thrift has the better deals. The store is located at 3150 South Cobb Drive in Atlanta.

Home of the “finest selection of used clothing in Atlanta” Last Chance Thrift Store is one of the largest thrift stores in the area.

Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

Villa Rica High teacher named April Apple Award winner

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A special education co-lab teacher at Villa Rica High School has been recognized for her dedication to her students.

Diana Funderburke received the April 2011 Apple Award at the school board's meeting on Thursday, Apr. 21.

As noted in her nomination, Funderburke holds her students to high expectations, but always supports them in their efforts. She fights for them when they are being treated unfairly and always gives more than just her time -- she gives her heart every day.

The Villa Rica High community agrees that the school is a much better place because of Funderburke's efforts, and they are thrilled to see her honored for all her hard work.

Funderburke won the official Apple Award plaque and a complimentary bouquet from Mountain Oak Florist & Design (899 Stripling Chapel Road, Carrollton, 30116), a partner of Carroll County Schools.

Kohl's donates $200,000 to tornado relief efforts

Kohl's donates $200,000 to tornado relief efforts

ATLANTA -- Kohl's Department Stores has announced a $200,000 cash donation in response to severe weather and tornadoes that caused widespread damage across the Midwest and Southeast.

The money will go to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much-needed emergency assistance throughout the affected areas.

"The destruction caused by the most recent severe weather in the Midwest and Southern regions is devastating and our thoughts are with those affected," said Julie Gardner, Kohl's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "At such a difficult time, we are grateful to be in a position to give this financial donation to aid in the relief and rebuilding efforts.

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

A Bride’s Work is Never Done… Believe Me, You’re Not Alone

Getting married soon? Still have a checklist of things to do before the big day? If so, we’re in the same boat, and trust me when I say, “Don’t sweat it.” For the next few weeks, take a walk with me as I share ideas as well as wedding vendors and events located on the west side of metro Atlanta that are sure to help your day—and mine—go off without a hitch!

First things first… If you’re planning your own wedding like me, you must first have a plan in hand, assess your needs, and evaluate your budget to make it all happen. Where will you be married? Where can you get a great deal on a beautiful gown? What about the bridesmaids? Who will cater? Anyone know the name of a good DJ out there?