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2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

The Fred announces 2014 concert lineup

The Fred announces 2014 concert lineup

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City's Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater has announced the acts in its 2014 Summer Concert Series.

The season will begin with a Gladys Knight concert on Saturday, May. 17.

Other scheduled performers include:

June 21
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

July 12
The Beach Boys

July 26
Michael Bolton

Aug. 2
ARRIVAL -- The Music of ABBA

A sixth show, scheduled for Sept. 27, will be announced in May.

Learn more about this summer's season at amphitheater.org. The Fred is located at 201 McIntosh Trail.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Journey cover band to play at The Fred

Journey cover band to play at The Fred

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Departure, a Journey tribute band, is the latest group to grace The Fred's stage.

The group will play at Peachtree City's amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40 and can be purchased at ticketalternative.com.

Departure is one of the most respected Journey cover bands in the country. Its lead singer, Brian Williams, has received universal praise for its voice and on-stage movements, all of which perfectly mimic those of former Journey lead singer Steve Perry.

Shakerag Festival returns this weekend

Shakerag Festival returns this weekend

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City's popular Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival will return this weekend.

The event will be held at Shakerag Knoll on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free. Attendees will be treated to dozens of vendors, food for purchase and a children's area.

Shakerag Knoll is located on McIntosh Trail next to the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater.