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Documentary on public school choice to be screened Thursday

Documentary on public school choice to be screened Thursday

ATLANTA -- You're invited to the premiere screening of a very important film about Georgia's public school system.

The Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Foundation, a free-market educational organization, will host a screening of Making the Grade in Georgia: Educational Freedom and Justice for All this week.

"This documentary uncovers the desperate state of Georgia's school system, with a 65 percent high school graduation rate statewide, and how school choice can provide our children -- the future of Georgia -- with the best education possible," AFP Foundation-Georgia director Virginia Galloway said in a statement.

The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Additional satellite viewings will be held in Albany, southwest Atlanta, Cumming, Ellijay, Jasper and Rome.

Learn more at makingthegrademovie.com.

Rep. Price to speak at Vinings Business Association lunch

Rep. Price to speak at Vinings Business Association lunch

ATLANTA -- The Vinings Business Association will welcome Congressman Tom Price to its Tuesday, Jan. 3 lunch program.

Rep. Price will be the keynote speaker for the event, where the VBA will also reveal its 2011 Business of the Year. Finalists are:

* Cobb County Public Safety
* First Citizens Bank -- Cumberland branch
* Paces Holdings/Vinings Jubilee
* Social Vinings restaurant
* Vinings Historic Preservation Society

Everyone is invited to attend the lunch, but VBA members and guests alike must register at least a day in advance. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Visit www.viningsbusiness.com to RSVP.

Give blood this holiday season

Give blood this holiday season

ATLANTA -- In response to the desperate need for blood donations nationwide, Piedmont Healthcare will hold a blood drive this Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 pounds; they must also not have given blood in the past 56 days.

Everyone who participates will receive a Piedmont Healthcare T-shirt and be registered to win two tickets from Delta Air Lines.

The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Building 2, Suite 400 in Vinings. Parking in the deck is free for visitors.

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment time.

Audition for the Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project

Audition for the Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera is looking for singers to compete in its second annual 24-Hour Opera Project.

RELATED: Introducing the 24-Hour Opera Project

The 24-Hour Opera Project involves teams of singers, composers, lyricists and stage directors who have only one day to compose, stage, rehearse and perform a 10-minute opera.

The projects are scored by a panel of judges and members of the public, who can tune in via a live webcast. Prizes are awarded to the judges' choice production and the audience favorite.

Potential performers must apply no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

RELATED: Atlanta Opera announces 2011-2012 season

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Pop singer, Gavin DeGraw will be performing at Atlantic Station’s “Winter Wonder Jam series. Atlantic Station will host a free concert series, which will conclude on December 23. The series has featured popular acts like: Sister Hazel and Citizen Cope, over the past couple of weeks. Attendees can text JAM to 57682 the week of each show to find out who plays next. The concert will be held at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

The Atlanta Hawks will be holding an Open Scrimmage on Friday night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Highlight Factory.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford performed live on Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation.