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Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Author Cassandra King to visit metro Atlanta

Author Cassandra King to visit metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- A bestselling author will visit three locations in metro Atlanta this week.

Cassandra King's novels include Making Waves, The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls. Her latest book, Moonrise, is based on Daphne du Maurier's popular Rebecca.

King will be at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 9560 Spruill Road in Johns Creek.

On Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., King will visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock. She will also be at the Perimeter Center Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

Book Atlanta provided this synopsis of Moonrise:

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble to play Spring Concert Finale

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble to play Spring Concert Finale

ATLANTA -- The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble will hold their Spring Concert Finale on Thursday, May 16, and is inviting all residents to hear them play. 

The Southwest Arts Center is the venue of the concert, located at 915 New Hope Road. Showtime is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Center. 

The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble is directed by Carolyn Lund, and is made up of 50 African American harpists. Those who attend the performance can enjoy light concert pieces and movie themes. It is free admission for the public. 

'Spring Market' brings arts, crafts to Autrey Mill

'Spring Market' brings arts, crafts to Autrey Mill

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- "Spring Market at the Mill" is returning to Johns Creek on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Held at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, vendor and crafters will be selling natural and manmade beauty products near the Pole Barn and in the Program Barn. Those who attend can choose from natural soaps, hand-woven shawls and scarves, jewelry, watercolor works and vintage glass made into everyday use. 

"We held our first market last winter, and had a great response from the community. We're excited to offer it again while the Preserve is in full bloom," Claudette Lopez, heritage and event coordinator for Autrey Mill said. 

For more information, visit Autrey Mill online or call (678) 366-3511.

Fulton County music programs among nation's best

Fulton County music programs among nation's best

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- For the 14th year in a row, the Fulton County School System has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.

Fulton County is one of only two districts in the country to make the list for each of its 14 years.

"We are proud to have music programs that showcase the immense talent of our students and staff and that are heavily supported by the community," superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said in a statement.

This school year, three Fulton schools -- Alpharetta High, Chattahoochee High and Johns Creek High -- participated in the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Local author's book gets nationwide release

Local author's book gets nationwide release

CUMMING, Ga. -- Children's author Leigh Ann Linn's latest book, Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels, will hit bookstore shelves nationwide this week.

The book teaches children how to rhyme words and have fun while reading. It is also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Linn's publisher, Tate Publishing and Enterprises.

Linn grew up in Ohio and graduated from Kennesaw State University. She lives in Cumming with her husband and their two daughters.

A Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels book signing will be held Saturday, Apr. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catch Air, which is located at 10950 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek.