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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 042017

The 2017 season of Candler Park Movie Nights is underway.

Want to go? Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the season:

  • May 6: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • August 5: Sing
  • August 19: The Jungle Book (2016)
  • September 9: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Picnic festivities start an hour before dusk in front of the pool house, and the movie starts at dark. Blankets & picnics encouraged, but no glass is allowed.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017

Attention, live music fans:

The 2017 season of the Glover Park free concert series in Marietta Square gets underway on Friday.

Though there’s a fee to rent a table, it’s free to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, relax, & enjoy the music. Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the 2017 season:

  • April 28: The Headliners
  • May 26: The Neons
  • Bonus–May 27: Symphony on the Square
  • June 30: Swinging Medallions
  • July 28: The Breakfast Club
  • August 25: Live Exchange Party Band
  • September 29: Grapevine

Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed inside the park (no plastic tarps or tables). Tables and chairs may be brought and set up in the street on North and East Park Square after 6:00 p.m. The music starts at 8:00 p.m.

As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102017

castleberry hillOn the 2nd Friday of the month, it’s time for the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. For one night each month, the art galleries stay open late, giving you a chance to browse the works of emerging & established artists.

The next 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll will take place from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on April 14, 2017. Participating galleries & shops include Besharat Gallery, Escape Gallery, The Granite Room, No Mas! Hacienda, Zucot Gallery, & Iridium Atlanta, to name a few.

Before you head out, browse the 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll’s Facebook page to check out highlights for the event, which typically includes post-Art Stroll karaoke at Bottle Rocket Sushi & Burgers (starts at 10:30 p.m.), entertainment at various spots along the stroll, & more.

While you’re there, you can see some of the Living Walls murals. You’ll find them at 142 Walker Street, 165 Walker Street (Haynes side of the Walker Street Mini Storage building), & 333 Peters St.

Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, plus Castleberry Point’s parking deck and the lot across from 161 Mangum both offer free parking during the Strolls.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102017

Dealing with cabin fever? Want to explore Atlanta attractions on the cheap? You’ve got a fun mix of options, thanks to this deal:

With the Atlanta CityPASS, you’ll save about 40% on admission to five Atlanta attractions, including some of the newest additions to the city.

The Atlanta CityPASS covers your admission to The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta OR the Center for Civil & Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Atlanta CityPASS is valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use. If you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions. And you can opt for the CityPASS e-ticket if you want to start exploring right away.

Traveling? Check out the CityPASS booklets available in other cities. You can save on admission to major attractions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, & Toronto.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 062017

atl braves 2016On April 14, the Atlanta Braves will open the 2017 season at their new home at SunTrust Park.

Want to check it out? Watching the Braves play doesn’t have to be expensive–single-game tickets start at $5, plus discount tickets are available for most Atlanta Braves games. Even better: The Braves listened to fan feedback & decided to continue the tradition of allowing folks to bring in outside food to games, making your outing even more affordable. Per the rules: You may bring in food as long as it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag; limit one bag and one sealed bottle of water per ticketholder.

Fans of concerts & baseball get an even better deal: You’ll be treated to a free post-game concert after select games:

  • June 10 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring Jake Owen
  • August 19 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring MC Hammer
  • September 23 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring Fitz & the Tantrums

FYI–If they have the same post-game concert procedures at SunTrust Park as they did at Turner Field, you can purchase cheap seats for the game & then move down for the concert.

And you can watch a fireworks display after select games during the 2017 season, including April 14 vs. San Diego Padres, May 5 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, May 19 vs. Washington Nationals, June 9 vs. New York Mets, June 16 vs. Miami Marlins, June 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, July 4 vs. Houston Astros, July 14 vs. Arizona D-backs, August 4 vs. Miami Marlins, August 18 vs. Cincinnati Reds, August 25 vs. Colorado Rockies, September 8 vs. Miami Marlins, September 15 vs. New York Mets, & September 22 vs. Philadelphia Phillies.

Want to cheer on the Braves on the cheap? Here’s the current list of ticket deals for the 2017 season:

  • On Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays, $12 buys your ticket in the Vista Reserved section.
  • Thursdays are College Night at SunTrust Park. College students with ID will receive $10 off their seats in the Home Run Porch.
  • Military discounts are available for every home game at SunTrust Park. With a valid ID, you’ll save $10 off seats in the Home Run Porch or 50% off seats in the Grandstand Reserved.
  • You can stretch your buck a bit more when you head out for certain themed game-day events, such as Star Wars Night on May 6 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Superhero Night on June 17 vs. the Miami Marlins, Christmas in July on July 15 vs. Arizona D-backs, Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend on August 18 & 19 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, Choptoberfest on September 9 vs. the Miami Marlins, & more. There are promotions all season long, giving you plenty of ways to get more for your money. Sorry, fans of four-legged friends: I don’t see any Bark in the Park days on the calendar for the 2017 season.
  • Plus you can snag ticket packages for special events all season long: Teacher Appreciation ticket package on May 5 vs. Arizona Cardinals, Boy Scouts ticket package & Star Wars ticket package on May 6 vs. the Arizona Cardinals, Girls Night Out on May 19 vs. Washington Nationals, Mother-Son ticket package on May 21 vs. Washington Nationals, Father-Daughter ticket package on June 16 vs. Miami Marlins, Father’s Day Catch on the Field ticket package on June 18 vs. Miami Marlins, LGBT Night ticket package on June 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, GSU ticket package on June 24 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Autism Awareness ticket package on June 25 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Childhood Cancer Awareness ticket package on September 10 vs. Miami Marlins, Girl Scouts ticket package on September 16 vs. New York Mets, Boy Scouts ticket package on September 17 vs. New York Mets, First Responders ticket package on September 21 vs. Washington Nationals, & Boy Scouts ticket package on September 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies.
  • You have two options for 2017’s Atlanta Braves Kids Club memberships: Premium or free. The Premium membership is $25, and it includes VIP access to Kids Run the Bases after Sunday home games; a Dansby Swanson Kids Club jersey, drawstring bag, & wristband; two passes to a VIP Batting Practice Experience for select Monday-Wednesday games; BOGO tickets to select Braves home games; a 10% discount on select merchandise at Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center; & more. With the free version, kids will get a Braves passport to earn prizes for attending games & ticket offer emails.
  • A note on ticketing: When it comes to regular-priced tickets, buy in advance to save a bit. Prices do fluctuate throughout the season based on market demand, so the earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they’re likely to be.

SunTrust Park is located at 755 Battery Avenue, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042017

crafternoon-high-atl-webIf you’re in need of a creative outlet for your high schooler, you’re in luck:

From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, high schoolers can spend a Crafternoon at the High Museum of Art.

During Crafternoon events, teens can unwind with an afternoon of camaraderie & crafting. The projects, which are designed by an Atlanta artist, will vary each month, so be prepared to experiment.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Crafternoons are open to high school students only.

Can’t make it? Plan to attend one of the upcoming Crafternoon events, which take place on the second Sunday of the month. The next Crafternoon event is scheduled for May 14, 2017.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017

wellness wed atl stationIf you’re looking for a free way to get your stretch on, you’re in luck.

On Wednesdays through September, stop by Atlantic Station’s Central Park for a free Wellness Wednesdays event.

From 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., you can join in a regimented routine of stretches & poses led by Evolation Yoga’s instructors. New to yoga? No worries–people of all ages & experience levels can participate. The first Wellness Wednesday event of the 2017 season will take place on April 5, and they’ll continue weekly through September 27.

Wellness Wednesdays are BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) events.

Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to check Atlantic Station’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

Atlantic Station’s Central Park is located at 245 18th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017

avalom16Feeling tense? You’re in luck. You can unwind with free weekly wellness classes in Alpharetta.

On Wednesdays through October 2017, head to Avalon in Alpharetta for AvalOM.

From 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. each week, you can participate in everything from yoga to barre-less barre classes. The first AvalOM class of the 2017 season will take place on April 5, and they’ll continue weekly through October 25.

FYI–AvalOM is subject to cancellation due to weather. Keep an eye on Avalon’s Facebook page for updates if the forecast is iffy. AvalOM is a bring-your-own-mat event.

AvalOM will take place in the Plaza at Avalon, located at 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, high schoolers can head to the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art for a free Open Studio event.

During Open Studio events, teens can get creative while working with a variety of materials, from charcoal & paint to metal & fabric. The projects vary each month, so be prepared to experiment. In April, you’ll make a block print of your favorite pattern in the Modern and Contemporary collection. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for the next Open Studio event, which takes place on the first Friday of the month. On May 5, you’ll paint a masterpiece inspired by your favorite work of art.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Open Studio events are open to high school students only.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 242017

piedmont park green marketOn Saturdays through mid-December 2017, head to the 12th Street entrance to shop the Green Market at Piedmont Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., you’ll find fresh eats from local farmers & bakers as well a mix of handmade goods & fresh-cut flowers.

There are weekly activities for the kids, plus you can check out live music on the stage near the Visitor’s Center or attend one of the chef demos inside.

Green Market is located 12th Street park entrance, located at the corner of Piedmont Ave NE & 12th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski