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Johns Creek Student Wins Statewide Contest

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- A fifth-grade student from Johns Creek placed second in the 2010 Ready Georgia kids contest held during National Preparedness Month.

Parker Lefton, who attends Johns Creek Elementary School, took home the prize in the art category.

More than 400 fifth-graders from across the state competed to rank among the top six winners in the second annual National Preparedness Month Art and Essay Contest in September.

Participants submitted original work incorporating the theme "Ready, Set, Go!" They were encouraged to draw their inspiration from the steps that they and their families take to prepare for emergencies.

"It's rewarding to see how students apply the information they've learned about emergency preparedness and translate it into art and essay form," said Charley English, director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and one of the three judges for the contest.

North Fulton Ready to Host Film, TV Productions

ATLANTA -- The best time to stoke the flames is when the fire is burning hot.

And that's exactly what North Fulton County is doing.

North Fulton joins 15 other communities across the state in being the first to earn the special designation of "camera ready" by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Being named camera ready means that a county has a program that provides film and television production companies with easier, faster and better access to local resources and location information.

2009 was a banner year for filming in Georgia, with more than 348 productions bringing an estimated $770 million to the state's economy, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Productions were shot in 50 Georgia counties over the course of the year, impacting local communities throughout the state.

Concert in the Quarry 2010 to Benefit School Art, Music Programs

SUWANEE, GA -- Georgia's only concert event held 300 feet below ground, Concert in the Quarry, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Marietta Forsyth Quarry (3561 Peachtree Parkway, Suwanee, 30024).

Headline acts include Joe Gransden and his Big Band with Big Mike Geier in this fifth annual fundraising event that will benefit Forsyth County’s middle and high school arts and music programs. Master of ceremonies will once again be Scott Slade, host of Atlanta's Morning News on AM750 and now 95.5FM, Newstalk WSB. A special performance by Simple Alliance from Music Matters’ Rock U will start the concert, and a spectacular fireworks show will close it.

“With the budget constraints we are facing, a fundraising event like this is extremely important in maintaining our commitment to our Arts Programs,” said Forsyth County Superintendent of Schools Dr.

Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Announces Season Premiere

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will open its fourth season with a performance of "Mozart, Schumann & Salieri" and a bicentennial tribute to Robert Alexander Schumann, one of the greatest composers of the German Romantic period.

The concert will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Johns Creek High School Theater (5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30005) at 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the music of Schumann, the JCSO will also perform Mozart's Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op.120; Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major; and the overture to the opera La Scuola di Gelosi [School of Jealousy], to which Antonio Salieri contributed.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for seniors (55+) and $15 for students. Credit cards are accepted, and group rates and season tickets are available for parties of 10 or more.

City is looking to fall with softball, festival and movie

Johns Creek is gearing up for autumn with the Fall Family Festival, formation of adult co-ed softball teams, and Movies in the Park all in the works.