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BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in Cumming can take their furry children to the Windermere Dog Park which is an off-leash dog park. The park has a large playing field for children and a nature path, also with an off-leash rule. The park is located at 3355 Windermere Parkway in Cumming.

Sandy Creek Park in Athens is one of the largest dog parks in the area.

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

LOCAL PROFILE: Bryant Gantt continues to make mark on UGA Athletics

NORTHEAST METRO – The University of Georgia’s football office is home to prominent figures, great history and much heart. Along with all of those things and a number of tireless staff members, it’s also home to former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt and his, almost innate, dedication to the community of UGA football and Athens.  

Gantt, now a program coordinator and recruiting assistant at the school is one of the instrumental forces behind the team’s new mentorship program. Early last year, along with Gantt, Coach Van Halenger, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and the Associate Athletic Director Carla Williams came together to create a program that paired current UGA football players with leaders in the Athens community for a “different type” of mentorship program. They aimed to connect the players with the Athens community.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

Join your friends and neighbors and celebrate "Earth Day Around the World"

Gwinnett County, GA--  (sent by Walter West)  Join your friends and neighbors as we celebrate "Earth Day Around the World" at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

"Earth Day originated as a way to bring awareness and appreciation to the natural environment," said Jason West, Director of Development at the GEHC. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by spending time exploring, playing, and learning at the GEHC."

Visitors will enjoy a wide range of activities, including games, guided nature hikes, crafts, solar t-shirt screening, face painting, and much more.

In addition, special programming will allow you to dissect an owl pellet, meet a real life Great Horned Owl and discover the types of wildlife you can find in your own backyard. Whole Foods Market from Duluth/John’s Creek will provide organic food cooking demonstrations.

Gwinnett County wants its residents to continue to support the Great Cleanup

Gwinnett County wants its residents to continue to support the Great Cleanup

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett Communications)  Gwinnett County and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful invite you to get in the saddle and "giddy up" to make Gwinnett America's greenest and cleanest community. Participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

Beginning March 15, any interested local community groups and organizations can look in their own backyards for a project or visit www.gwinnettcb.org to select a Great American Cleanup activity. All projects must be completed between March 15 and May 15 to compete for cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded based on the biggest transformation and impact on the community.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs, in Lilburn, Celebrated Earth hour by turning off the Lights

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs, in Lilburn, Celebrated Earth hour by turning off the Lights

Lilburn, Ga--  BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs across North America, including the one in Lilburn, commemorated Earth Hour by switching off all lights within the complex at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

“We performed the evening rituals inside the Mandir by candlelight,” said local volunteer Sandip Trivedi. “As a global citizen, I felt good participating in an event that marks our commitment to sustaining the environment.”

His wife, Niketa Trivedi, could be heard nearby, explaining to a group of curious young children why she was placing candles across the Mandir’s inner sanctum.

“It’s to celebrate Earth Hour,” she explained to them. “When we turn off the lights, we save energy. This is good for our planet, and we have to help in any way we can.”