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WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

ATLANTA – 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.

Join 11Alive and the Atlanta Humane Society for the 21st Annual Pet Parade on Saturday, May 7. The parade starts at Piedmont Park at 11:00 a.m. and features 11Alive’s own, John Gerard and Chesley McNeil as the Grand Marshalls. Registration for pets starts at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends around 1:00 p.m. Registration for a pet and a parent is $35, on Saturday morning. Piedmont Park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta.

Revolutionary hip-hop duo, Dead Prez will headline a concert at Masquerade on Friday, May 6. The two-some, composed of stic.man and M-1 are known for their “raw” and “in-your-face” style of lyricism.

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.

Celebrate the Greenway with Alpharetta police

Celebrate the Greenway with Alpharetta police

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta is celebrating its Big Creek Greenway with a free safety event on Saturday, May 21.

The public is invited to come to Rock Mill Park (3100 Kimball Bridge Road, 30022) from 10 a.m. to noon and hear a safety talk from officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

Various local cycling and running clubs plan to attend the event and host a children's bicycle parade. There will be an award for the best decorated bike.

The Alpharetta Police Bicycle Team will also be on hand to show off some of the equipment used in the event of a Greenway emergency.

For more information about the May 21 event, call 678-297-6309 ext. 3.

North Fulton Golden Games begin May 4

North Fulton Golden Games begin May 4

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The 17th annual North Fulton Golden Games will kick off on Wednesday, May 4.

This event is open to area adults who are at least 50 years old. There is a $12 registration fee, which includes a T-shirt and picnic lunch on opening day.

The Games will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. and an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center (830 Grimes Bridge Road, 30075). Track and field events are scheduled to start after the ceremony.

The 2011 Golden Games will also include the second annual Wii video game bowling tournament, and a dance competition and exposition with dance-offs in the foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha-cha and swing.

New events include Bunco, a diving contest, tennis, three-on-three basketball and a softball skill challenge.

The awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Dorothy C.

The Alpharetta Children's Festival is March 26 from 11-3:30

The Alpharetta Children's Festival is March 26 from 11-3:30

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Saturday, March 26 from 11-3:30 is the 9th Annual Alpharetta Children’s Festival. It’s held at the Alpharetta Community Center Event Lawn, which is on the backside of the dog park and behind the gymnasium. This is a very family friendly event that has arts, crafts, food, educational activities from the fire and police departments and much more. 

The event is free and open to the public. Some of the premium events like the train or pony ride may charge a nominal amount of money. This event will be cancelled in the event of rain, so check the forecast for Alpharetta. If it does rain there is no make-up date, so cross your fingers for good weather!

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

Registration open for 2011 Georgia Games

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Amateur athletes of every age, ability and passion can compete for medals again this year at the 2011 Georgia Games.

This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place on various weekends throughout the summer.

Online registration is currently open for all 48 sports, listed below.

More than 8,000 athletes from 500 Georgia cities and town competed in the 2010 Games. The event is staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, who can also register online to help.

The Georgia Games is a festival for state citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled and Paralympic athletes.

Baseball camp registration open until Mar. 30

Baseball camp registration open until Mar. 30

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- It's time to break out the balls and bats!

Registration is now open for Johns Creek's baseball camps.

The spring break camp is fast approaching; this year's session will be held from Tuesday, Apr. 5 to Thursday, Apr. 7 at Ocee Park (10900 Buice Road, 30022).

Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every day and is for students ages seven to 13. The cost is $115 per child.

Registration for spring break camp closes on Wednesday, Mar. 30.