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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.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

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.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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.

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.

Charity Presents Mobility Bike to Disabled Child at Bowling Event

Charity Presents Mobility Bike to Disabled Child at Bowling Event

MARIETTA, GA -- Variety of Georgia will present a special mobility bike to a physically challenged child during a bowling event on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The Johns Creek-based charity's mission is to enhance and improve the lives of children who suffer from disabilities, poverty, abuse and neglect, according to its Web site.

Saturday's bowling outing will be at Brunswick Zone bowling alley (2750 Austell Road, Marietta, 30008). Forty lanes with five bowlers each have already been sold, which equals approximately 200 participants bowling for charity.

Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., with the mobility bike presentation occuring at 1:30 p.m. in the bowling alley's lobby. The tournament, which includes a raffle and silent auction, will end around 5:00 p.m.

Variety of Georgia's mobility program will benefit from 100% of the proceeds raised.