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'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- "The American Baking Competition" finalist Francine Bryson has published her first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen.

Bryson will be in metro Atlanta next week to promote the cookbook.

Blue Ribbon Baking is full of "Southern charm and sass," not to mention the coveted recipes Bryson learned from her "great-granny, granny, nana and mama." Highlights include upside-down apple pie, lemon squares and soda pop cake.

Bryson will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe (105 East Main Street, Woodstock) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., and Books-A-Million in The Avenue at Peachtree City on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about Bryson at francinebryson.com.

Beyond5, Bee Gees band to perform at the Fred

Beyond5, Bee Gees band to perform at the Fred

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City is offering residents the chance to get their summer off to a great start with two concerts at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre this weekend.

Beyond5, one of the latest boy bands to hit the music scene, will hold a "school's out" concert for teens and tweens on Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or $15 for the lawn.

A show that may be more appealing to Beyond5 fans' parents will be held Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., when Night Fever, a Bee Gees tribute band, will bring the look, feel and sound of the hit 1970's group to the Fred stage. Tickets are $25 for the lawn and $30 for reserved seats.

Visit amphitheater.org for more information about these and other Fred concerts. The venue is located at 201 McIntosh Trail.

Piano prodigy dazzles on 'America's Got Talent'

Piano prodigy dazzles on 'America's Got Talent'

ATLANTA -- One conversation is all it takes. Spend just five minutes with Adrian Romoff, and you'll know immediately that he's not your typical 9-year-old.

But wait until you hear him play.

Many have called him a piano prodigy. By the time he was eight years old, Adrian had played Carnegie Hall and performed on the Ellen show. Tuesday night, he made his debut on America's Got Talent, where he instantly wowed the judges.

But 11Alive met Adrian before he became a big star. Two years ago, 11Alive's Matt Pearl visited his home in Peachtree City. Adrian told Pearl he wants to be a strong scientist and musician, like his role model, Albert Einstein.

Tuesday night, Adrian received four "yes" votes from the judges, ensuring he will move on to the next round of the show. Be sure to look out for Adrian on future episodes!

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.