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Monday, September 30, 2013

ARMHC is partnering with Kroger Community Rewards @AtlantaRMHC @ARMHC

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) is partnering with Kroger Community Rewards to help families at their two Houses. Kroger will be giving over $750,000 to non-profits this year, and ARMHC is honored to be a part of this charitable partnership. All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card and keep shopping at Kroger! 

Follow the below steps to register your card:
  • Register your card online at (be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up)
  • Click on "Sign In/Register"
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on "Sign Up Today" in the ‘New Customer?’ box
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  • Click on "Edit Kroger Community Rewards information" and input your Kroger Plus card number
  • Update or confirm your information
  • Enter "Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities", select organization from list and click on confirm
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see ARMHC's name on the right side of your information page
  • Remember: Purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s)
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count

Evelyn Gibson Lowery: 1925-2013

Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery, died Sept. 26, 2013, in her Atlanta home. She was 88. In this June 3, 1999, photo, Evelyn Lowery, founder and chair of the board of the SCLC/Women Inc., was preparing for the 20th anniversary celebration.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It was a very rare occasion that Evelyn Lowery wasn’t at the side of her husband, the Rev. Joseph Lowery.
As he rose to prominence as one of the country’s leading figures in the civil rights movement, she was a constant companion, whether it was at a rally, march, news conference or in church. Conversely, as she established herself as a leader as founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/WOMEN, her husband was a steady presence.

With one notable exception: It was in Decatur, Ala., on May 26, 1979.
Joseph Lowery was leading a march of nearly 2,000 in support of Tommy Lee Hines, a mentally disabled black man who was accused of raping a white woman and convicted in October 1978 by an all-white jury. Sensing the threat of danger, Lowery had his wife ride behind the marchers in the couple’s pale green 1977 Buick.

“The Klan had threatened violence,” Evelyn Lowery said in a 1985 interview with The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I usually walk beside my husband, but he said I better not this time. So I drove the car.”
The car and the marchers were met by a mob of Klansmen. Several shots were fired. She barely escaped; two shots hit the Buick.

One bullet left a hole in the window frame on the driver’s side. The other shattered the windshield and lodged in the dashboard.

“I could hear them yelling ‘Kill ‘em all!’ ” she said. “It lasted probably about 10 minutes, but it seemed like an eternity.”

The Buick still sits in the Lowerys’ Atlanta garage as a reminder.

Evelyn Gibson Lowery died Thursday morning at her home from complications from a stroke. Lowery, 88, was hospitalized Sept. 18 after suffering the stroke at her home. She returned home from the hospital Wednesday.

The family will share a celebration of Evelyn Lowery’s life with the public in two events next week.
On Monday, there will be a public viewing from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta.

Read more here

"I've Known Rivers" A Theatrical and Musical Production at the 92nd Birthday Celebration of Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

"I've Known Rivers" A Theatrical and Musical Production at the 92nd Birthday Celebration of Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Sunday, October 6 at 6 PM. The event will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta 30314. Steve Harvey is Master of Ceremonies and Honorary Chairs are Mr. Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Honorable Shirley Franklin is Chair. A fundraiser in support of The Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights at Clark Atlanta Universy. Visit for details and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Come join the #TrueBlueSchools Twitter Party – Giving back to schools has never been so easy! 10/1 8PM EST #Ad

Come join the #TrueBlueSchools Twitter Party – Giving back to schools has never been so easy!

The Twitter Party is on 10/1 at 8pm EST TrueBlue Schools is a fast and easy way to help your school raise money just by using Georgia Natural Gas.

Twitter Party Giveaways:   

• 1 Family Four Pack to each circus show in Atlanta (February 9, 10, & 11) – 3 lucky winners   

• $200 in Target gift cards (this will be divided in 4, so there will be 4 winners each receiving $50 in Target gift cards).   

• Fall Family Giveaway Grand Prize Winner including a GNG branded prize pack and $100 Target gift card.
When you become a GNG Customer, sign up for TrueBlue Schools and Georgia Natural Gas will donate $5/month to the school of your choice. Plus, you get a discount on your bill (it’s a win for your school and a win for you!) The $5 is not added to your bill, TrueBlue Schools is no cost to you. Signing up is easy!

It takes 60 seconds. Visit The more people that sign up and select your school, the more money your school can receive.

Signing up is easy:    

• Customers switching from another provider. Visit       

• Select a school to donations once your new gas service begins.       

• Enter some basic information, and use our secure online website to switch your service to Georgia    Natural Gas.   

• Don’t forget to provide promotion code TRUEBLUE to receive up to a 15¢ per therm discount on your gas service, in addition a monthly $5 donation to your school.   

• Remember, you can always call 1.866.ONLYGNG to sign up by phone, too.

Disclaimer: I've been named a Social Media Influencer for TrueBlue Schools and am being sponsored by the brand.

Visit Tin Drum Asiacafé and Support No Kid Hungry Campaign

This month Tin Drum Asiacafé is proud to support the No Kid Hungry program! Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. 

During the week of September 23 to September 29, Tin Drum Asiacafé will donate a dollar for every ice tea sold to the No Kid Hungry campaign.

For more information, please visit


The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation presents the TOT Olympics [Photos]

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation presents the TOT Olympics for 3 and 4 year olds. Our little Tot had a blast today participating in the TOT Olympics. The event was well planned and all had a great time. We're looking forward to next year's event!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Women’s Solidarity Society Luncheon for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Today I had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Solidarity Society Luncheon sponsored by Shirley Franklin and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights began as a vision shared by civil rights advocates and community members. 

In 2005, a benchmarking study requested by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Ambassador Andrew Young resulted in a working group, which developed recommendations for the Center's location, content and programming. Following its establishment in 2007, the center implemented its first programming to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008.

The physical center is expected to open in 2014. Learn more here

My favorite former Mayor Shirley Franklin and one of my favorite Historians Dr. Vicki Crawford, Director of the Martin Luther King Collection at Morehouse College.

Women’s Solidarity Luncheon sponsored by Shirley Franklin and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

I love Ingrid Saunders Jones, former Senior Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation. She has so many great stories about my Dad when they were both young. — at Piedmont Driving Club.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Local Fundraiser Battles Cancer with Creativity #SkaterAid2013

The date for SkaterAid 2013 has been set! Mark your calendars for September 29, 2013.
SkaterAid is a local music, art, and skateboarding festival with a colorful vibe that appeals to a wide variety of people. Small children can engage in scavenger hunts and  games, skateboarders can take advantage of custom-built ramps and compete for prizes, and adults can sample a great beer selection while bidding on unique artwork made from used skateboards. And all of the above can jam out to music from local bands.

SkaterAid recently announced the band lineup for the 2013 festival. The talented headliner for 2013 is local favorite - Forje. Returning for their second year, My Homework Ate My Dog will get the party started. ‪The crowd will then get their hip-hop on when ‪‪Michael Crespo takes the SkaterAid stage by storm followed by a talented group of musicians from Conyers - The Same Mistakes. Don't miss this rockin’ remarkable lineup at SkaterAid 2013!

Find out more information about SkaterAid2013  here

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

*CLOSED* THE CROODS starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener DVD/Blu-Ray Pack Giveaway!

Over $585 Million at the Box Office Worldwide!

Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition and DVD are Packed with Croodaceous Content!

Get THE CROODS on Digital HD™ Two Weeks Early!

Dun Dun Dahhh! Lauded by critics as “the first great animated film of 2013” (Pete Hammond, Movieline), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announces the blockbuster hit, DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS, will debut on Digital HD™ on September 17 and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 1. “An instant animated classic,” (Jake Hamilton, FOX-TV), THE CROODS promises to bring the whole family together “from 4 to 104” (Sam Rubin, KTLA), to delight in “stunning visuals, humor and heart,” (Jim Hill, Huffington Post) as the world’s first modern family embark on an unforgettable adventure. The Blu-ray™ and DVD are chock full of fun bonus material that will bring the vibrant, amazing world of THE CROODS home for the whole family to enjoy. The perfect treat for kids of all ages, THE CROODS Blu-ray™ and DVD comes with a lovable Belt plush toy for a limited time only.

Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure that "has the magical wonder of How To Train Your Dragon" - Jake Hamilton (Fox-TV). When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure! As they begin to conquer their fear of the outside world, they discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other.

Want to win this great DVD giveaway!

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2. "Like" Married with Two Boys on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment with your email address below.

Written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), THE CROODS is “an Animated Avatar,” hails Bill Bregoli of CBS News and is the must-see animated film of the year! Fans of all ages will be cracking up for the adventure everyone loves. Led by an outstanding voice cast featuring Oscar®-winner* Nicholas Cage, Golden Globe®-nominee** Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Oscar®-nominee*** Catherine Keener, the Croods invite your whole family to travel back in time and discover their world.

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.


Deadline to enter is 10/1/2013.*CLOSED*

Congratulations Ms. Hayes! You won this amazing giveaway! 

"What Women Want" 23rd annual Georgia Women’s Assembly

This event is going to sell out.
Register today to be sure you'll have a seat.

"What Women Want"
23rd annual Georgia Women’s Assembly
Friday, October 18, 2013
8:00 – 8:30     Registration

8:30 - noon      Opening plenary with Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and Deborah Richardson. Workshops in human trafficking policy; how to achieve a family-friendly workplace; Medicaid Expansion as a woman’s issue; Lobbying 101

Noon – 1:30     Luncheon with Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, founder of One Billion Rising and world-changing, global activist on violence against women and girls in a conversation with Pat Mitchell, her best friend and CEO of The Paley Center.

Legislator of the year on women's issues to Rep. Stacey Abrams and Legislator of the year on human trafficking issues to Sen. Renee Unterman. Family-friendly workplace award to Cathy Adams, VP, Federal Home Loan Bank

See the full agenda here

5:00 – 7:00 pm     Reception at The Four Seasons to thank sponsors, host committee, and friends for some one-on-one time with Eve and Pat. Separate ticket required.

Sponsorships available. Discounts for low-income, students, non-profit staff and seniors available.  All inquiries:

Georgia Women for a Change is a non-profit, non-partisan organization impacting thousands of women and girls every year with progressive public policy on violence against women and girls including human trafficking, access to health care, economic security and reproductive justice.

Monday, September 23, 2013

* CLOSED* Enter to Win a $50 Target Gift Card & Gift Bag! Enter to Win the #TrueBlueSchools Giveaway! #Ad

I've worked in higher education for over a decade and as a college administrator and parent I strongly believe in the importance of giving back to schools. That's why I was thrilled when TrueBlue Schools named me a Social Media Influencer to represent their brand.

What would your school do with $10,000? Make Money For Your School, The True Blue Way! TrueBlue Schools is a fast and easy way to help your school raise money just by using Georgia Natural Gas. When you become a GNG Customer, sign up for TrueBlue Schools and they donate $5/month to the school of your choice. Plus, you get a discount on your bill (it’s a win for your school and a win for you!) The $5 is not added to your bill, TrueBlue Schools is no cost to you.

I know how important your child's school is to you. TrueBlue Schools have made it easier than ever to give back to schools.  The TrueBlue Schools Program allows parents, teachers, and members of your community to raise money for your school - just by choosing Georgia Natural Gas!

Similar to other buyer-rewards programs, the first step in helping your school raise money through TrueBlue Schools is by becoming a GNG customer. 

To promote TrueBlue Schools we're giving away all of these really great items for you to win: 
  • $50 Target gift card 
  • 1 insulated picnic tote  
  • 1 stadium blanket
  • 2 chip clips
  • 2 lip balms  
  • 2 mini first aid kits
  • 2  hand sanitizers  
  • 2 insulated lunch boxes   
  • 2 cell phone anti-slip pads   
  • 2 chap sticks  
  • 1 kitchen apple timer
Do you want to win this amazing gift bag with all of these items, and help us spread the world about TrueBlue Schools? Of course you do!

Required >> Here's how to enter this giveaway and win:

1. "Like" this post and share on Facebook. 

2. "Like" Married with Two Boys on Facebook.

3. Visit this site:

4. Leave a comment on this post about something you learned about TrueBlue Schools, along with your email address below. 

Want to be really help spread the word about TrueBlue Schools?

5.  Tweet: Win a $50 Target Gift Card & Gift Bag! Enter to Win the #TrueBlueSchools Giveaway! Click here:

6. Tweet: Learn more about #TrueBlueSchools. Signing up is easy! It takes 60 seconds. Click here:

** Please share this giveaway with your friends and enter as many times as you'd like!**

TrueBlue Schools is a fast and easy way to help your school raise money just by using Georgia Natural Gas! 

Disclaimer: I've been named a Social Media Influencer for TrueBlue Schools and am being sponsored by the brand. Deadline to enter this wonderful giveaway is 10/1/2013.*CLOSED*

Congratulations Thomas M. You won this amazing giveaway!



Enter to win a brunch for you and a friend in San Francisco with Michelle Obama -- airfare and hotel included!

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You should "Like" this post and encourage your friends to enter. If they win, they might bring you along for the trip!


Friday, September 20, 2013

RAISE THE ROOF! AT THE PACE FALL FAIR Pace Academy’s 50th Annual Fall Fair (Rain or Shine)

Pace Academy’s 50th Annual Fall Fair (Rain or Shine)
 ATLANTA (Aug. 27, 2013) – Pace Academy invites the entire community to celebrate the 50th Annual Fall Fair Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To showcase the exciting future of the campus, including the addition of the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, Pace invites the entire community to RAISE THE ROOF! in celebration of the school's past, present and future.   

The 2013 Fall Fair may look a little different than in previous years due to construction, but that won't stop the fun! The school will utilize the lower school playground, Boyd Gym, the Inman Center, the front lawn of the Castle and the new Pace Mountain to accommodate events typically held on the back field.  RAISE THE ROOF! attractions will include laser tag, karaoke, inflatables, bungee jumps, carnival games for all ages and much more. In addition to a variety of activities, Pace Academy’s Fall Fair will offer delicious food and refreshments. Participating food vendors include King of Pops, the Yumbii food truck, Chick-Fil-A, Al's Frozen Treats, Sweet Auburn BBQ and many more.

"The partnership between parents and school is the secret to our success,” says Headmaster Fred Assaf. “Our Parents Club raises money through this fair to support teachers and students in the classroom. It's a wonderful community fun raiser and fundraiser." 

The 50th Annual Pace Academy Fall Fair will take place Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pace Academy campus located at 966 West Paces Ferry Road. Free parking for the fair will be available at the Church of The Apostles at 3585 Northside Parkway. Shuttles leave every 10 minutes beginning at 10 a.m.

For nearly half a century, the Pace Fall Fair has been a great environment for bringing families together to enjoy all the fun activities Pace Academy has to offer. For their 50th anniversary, RAISE THE ROOF! is sure to get everyone into the Halloween spirit while celebrating the community Pace Academy has so long been an integral part of.  In its 50th year, the fair has grown from a school event to an Atlanta tradition.  As always, the fair will include festival staples like bungee jumps, giant bounce obstacle course, laser tag and plenty of fair games. Plenty of popular food vendors will be at this year’s festival including King of Pops, Chick Fil-A, Sweet Auburn BBQ and many more. Expect an attendance of more than 10,000 Fall Fair goers on the Pace campus at 966 W. Paces Ferry Road. For more information, please visit or call 404-240-7411. Parking will be available at the Church of The Apostles at 3585 Northside Parkway. Shuttles leave every 10 minutes beginning at 10 a.m.

Pace Academy is a college preparatory independent day school founded in 1958 in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. The school serves 1,080 students in the Pre-First through 12th grades. Its student-teacher ratio is 9:1, and class sizes average 15 students. The school adheres to Judeo-Christian values and places a major emphasis on character development. Pace is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Staged Reading at Morehouse College


Birmingham 1963 Free, Staged Reading Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Birmingham Bombing that Galvanized Civil Rights Movement. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mighty Wings are back in Greater Atlanta area McDonald’s restaurants!

     Last year Atlanta was the only market in the U.S. that tested Mighty Wings. Mighty Wings are crispy, crunchy, spicy, bone-in chicken wings that are big and meaty. My husband and boys were thrilled about the various sauces that included: Creamy Ranch, Spicy Buffalo and Tangy BarBeQue.

      If you missed the delicious taste of Mighty Wings, then have no fear because they are back in Greater Atlanta area McDonald’s restaurants! Mighty Wings provide a way to satisfy your chicken cravings, whether you prefer sauce or no sauce, eating solo or with friends. 

·        Mighty Wings are available in three, five and 10 piece options that can be enjoyed by themselves or paired with fries and a beverage as part of an extra value meal.

·        Mighty Wings are a big hit with any crowd! The price is very reasonable too, and available in all Atlanta area McDonald’s restaurants for a suggested starting price of $2.99. 
Nutrition Information at McDonalds
Customers can use the online tool My Meal Builder at to mix and
match food and beverage choices view nutrition and ingredient information for customized
menu choices. 


WHAT:   With 29% of kids in Georgia struggling with hunger, Tin Drum Asiacafé is helping Share Our Strength battle this issue that impacts our local communities. Tin Drum is supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign mission to eliminate child hunger in America by donating $1 for every order of its signature iced tea, which is available in Traditional Black, Green Blackberry Jasmine or Passion Fruit.

WHEN: September 23 – September 29, 2013    

WHERE: Visit Tin Drum Asiacafe locations at Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station, Colony Square, Chastain Park, Dunwoody, Emory Village, Forsyth, Lindbergh, Roswell Market Place and GSU Downtown. 

WHY: One in five children struggle with hunger in America, and as kids head back to school, many are returning to class hungry. Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising event that brings together thousands of restaurants. Tin Drum is proud to join the campaign to help raise funds and awareness so no child in America goes hungry.
WHO: Tin Drum offers fresh and diverse Asian street food inspired by the energy and bold flavors found on the streets of Asia. Serving lunch and dinner in a contemporary and energetic atmosphere, Tin Drum is a family-friendly restaurant offering an extensive menu of healthy Asian food including vegetarian and gluten-free options.