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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Celebrate the Arts with the Georgia Arts Network for Arts Day at the Capitol! #GAArts

Sojourner, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

The arts community partnered with Georgia's tourism industry for Tourism Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 29th. In these tough times, focusing on the positive economic impact of the arts as a vehicle which attracts tourism dollars to Georgia is a great way to convince skeptics of the need to invest in the arts now!  

For the event, the Georgia Arts Network partnered with: Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Restaurant Association, and the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association.

Please help advocate for the arts in Georgia by attending this event and letting your voice be heard in support of the arts community!  

This year it is critical to speak with legislators about the need to increase funding for the Georgia Council for the Arts in order to secure that Georgia receives the full matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Georgia Arts Network

The Georgia Arts Network is a statewide organization serving the arts community and arts supporters that has been operating since 1979. Its mission is to strengthen, connect, and advocate for the arts, artists, and arts education in Georgia.

Georgia Arts Network
PO Box 463
Conyers, GA 30012

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Save Lives Donate to the Shanti Uganda Society #GlobalTeamof200

The Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

In 2012 Shanti Uganda has assisted in bringing 113 new lives into the world safely and peacefully, tested over 400 mothers and partners for HIV and other STIs, provided 1000 antenatal care appointments and run a weekly infant immunization and family planning program. Now they need to expand their services to meet the increasing needs of the community.

Visit here to find out more information:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King #IAmFreedom #KingsDream

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A day of remembrance and service. 

Use the hashtags: #IAmFreedom #KingsDream #KingCenter

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Join Me on "Real Talk with Da Famous Boyzz" today!

Join Us! I will be LIVE on "Real Talk with Da Famous Boyzz" today at 6PM EST. If you're on Social Media, you don't want to miss today's show!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

30th Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner #IAmFreedom #KingsDream [Photos]

In observance of the 84th birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had the privileged of attending the 30th Annual Salute to Greatness, on January 19th, 2013.

Monica Pearson, Sojourner

Sojourner, Frank Ski

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta - Blog of the Month

We're so thrilled to be named the "Blog of the Month" by Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta! Thank you! 

Be sure to visit:


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Waiting for Balloon @AllianceTheatre

December 27 - 30, 2012
Thursday - Sunday: 9:30am & 11am
January 3 - 4 , 2013
Thursday - Friday: 9:30am & 11am
January 5 - 6 , 2013
Saturday - Sunday: 11am
January 12 & 19, 2013
Saturdays: 9:30am & 11am

Written by TMarq
Directed by Rosemary Newcott

Best enjoyed by children ages 18 months to 5 years.
Two childlike hobo-clown characters are waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon”. The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is. Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we wait! This is a joyous introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects, (designed by Michael Haverty).

For additional information about Theatre for the Very Young or for questions about purchasing tickets, please contact Olivia Aston at or 404.733.4702.


All performances of Theatre for the Very Young are presented in the Black Box Theatre on the 3rd floor of the Woodruff Memorial Arts Building.

To purchase tickets, please visit this link:

"Take Flight"

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts Annual “i have a voice” Gala


Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts Annual “i have a voice” Gala
GiGi’s Playhouse Event Drives Awareness and Funding for Free Programs Serving Children with Down syndrome and their Families

ATLANTA – Jan. 10, 2013 – The third annual “i have a voice” gala to benefit GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta, a T21 (Down syndrome) free educational and therapeutic center in Midtown Atlanta is Saturday, February 2, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. With Mayor Reed serving as the honorary host and WSB-TV’s anchor Justin Farmer returning as the emcee, the evening is destined to provide guests an event filled with a new view of the condition. 

In 2012, “i have a voice” raised more than $215,000, which is used to fund the annual operating budget which provides free therapy-styled classes, tutoring, support groups, monthly speaker series and a vast referrals network. The results have been life-altering for the 170 individuals and their families that GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta has served this year. Why? Because this educational and therapeutic wellspring of free programming means that children born with T21 across the metropolitan Atlanta area can grow up to lead a normal and independent life.

The “i have a voice” gala will highlight the great possibilities for children with T21 thanks to early intervention. Guests will benefit from touching stories and case studies about how GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta has impacted families while viewing portraits of local children who attend the Playhouse.

VIP guests will begin the night at a cocktail reception in the Georgian Room at The Ritz hosted by Mayor Reed. A champagne welcome reception follows where guests will have last minute chances to purchase raffle tickets for one of three amazing prizes: dinner for 12 prepared in the winner’s home by the one and only Kevin Rathbun, a trip for four to Ireland and more. Shay Mooney, an up-and-coming professional singer-songwriter, will entice guests to dinner with his musical talents on guitar, while opera and classical singer Elisabeth Saliers will open the gala’s dinner festivities, followed by The Mike Richardson Band, who will wrap up the top-shelf evening with music to dance the night away.

“T21 affects one out of every 691 babies born in the United States today,” said Adrienne Mulligan – president of GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta. “But with every passing week, we see kids achieving what their parents were told they never would. Early intervention is working, and the future for these children to hold normal, independent lives is NOW. As kids with T21 begin to succeed on par with their peers, outdated misconceptions are disappearing. Specific early intervention therapies and tutoring programs are combatting the obstacles that T21 presents, and giving our kids the tools to overcome them.”

Gala tickets may be purchased online at There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta via (404) 872-PLAY (7529) for more information.

About GiGi’s Playhouse
GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501-c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing free programs and therapies to families and individuals who have Down syndrome. With more than 25 different literacy programs, muscle toning exercises, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, family support and social events, GiGi’s Playhouse is positioned to provide early and aggressive therapies to babies born with Down syndrome that enable them to have a normal and productive life.  For more information, visit

For more information:
Elyse Hammett, APR
EOS Marketing & Communications – A Phase 3 Media Company
For GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta
404.949.3772 (desk)
404.376.5563 (cell)


UNICEF's newest Ambassador is Angie Harmon. As their Ambassador, Harmon is lending her support for the fight against child trafficking during Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January. 
Angie Harmon
Harmon is appearing in Public Service Announcements to raise awareness about the issue of child trafficking, an inhumane and exploitative practice, and urge Americans to help end it. Part of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking project, the 15, 30, and 60-second PSAs will air in January. You can view and download the spot by following this link:
An estimated 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, an illegal enterprise that generates an estimated $32 billion in yearly profits. Human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States. Rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

A young Cambodian girl practices reading in school. Education is key to reducing the vulnerability of girls and women to human sex trafficking in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. (Courtesy of UNICEF Cambodia)
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has launched The End Trafficking project to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities within the United States to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the initiative aims to bring us all closer to a day when ZERO children are exploited. 

To learn more about the End Trafficking initiative, visit:

Monday, January 07, 2013

Little Red Wagon #Giveaway

LITTLE RED WAGON is based on the inspirational true story of eight-year-old Zach Bonner on his quest to change the world with nothing more than his beat-up red wagon and a blazing spirit of philanthropy.


When Zach sets out to help homeless children in America in the wake of Hurricane Charley, by walking from his house in Tampa, Florida to the White House, he must overcome bureaucrats and blisters, and capture the hearts of his fractured family and the entire nation. 




Win a copy of Little Red Wagon. Simply leave a comment below! 


Deadline to enter 1/10/2013. 


Friday, January 04, 2013

Visit a farm in downtown Atlanta!

The boys and I really enjoyed being on the farm today in downtown Atlanta! Yes, that's right in downtown Atlanta. Be sure to visitTruly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. TLW is a 501(c)3 that works to engage the community in developing local food systems.

For more information, please visit:

LIVE on FOX 5 Atlanta at The Children's Museum of Atlanta

In case you missed it, our boys were on FOX 5 Atlanta News yesterday talking about the weather at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Why is the sky blue? Why does it rain? Why does it snow? Weather is a part of everyday life, and from October 6, 2012 – January 27, 2013, your family can learn more about what makes it happen at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s upcoming traveling exhibit, Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up a Storm.

Check out some photos from the event below. Don't miss out on the really cool Magic School Bus exhibit!

Lunch is served!