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Need a Vacation? AAA Can Help

Need a Vacation?  AAA Can Help

ATLANTA -- Last week's winter weather left many Metro Atlantans wishing they could escape to a tropical paradise, away from the icy roads and salt-covered cars.

The 2011 Custom Vacations Show couldn't come at a better time.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, AAA will host a free expo highlighting cruises, tours and custom vacations for every budget and lifestyle. It will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Representatives from several travel-related businesses -- including Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Trafalgar, Pleasant Holidays and Marriott Resorts -- will be on hand to discuss vacation packages and discounted rates.

Atlanta Opera's 'Porgy and Bess' Begins Feb. 26

Atlanta Opera's 'Porgy and Bess' Begins Feb. 26

ATLANTA -- George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, the second production in the Atlanta Opera's 2010-2011 season, begins its run on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Set in Great Depression-era Charleston, South Carolina, Porgy and Bess tells the story of Catfish Row and its residents, who yearn for better lives and great love. The show features some of the most popular tunes in opera, including the lullaby "Summertime."

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart will make his Atlanta Opera debut conducting the orchestra, chorus and cast.

Georgia Bridal Show Returns to Atlanta

Georgia Bridal Show Returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The famous Georgia Bridal Show, which has helped brides-to-be plan and experience their dream weddings since 1990, returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339) on Sunday, Jan. 9.

The exhibition gives brides the opportunity to meet face to face with wedding experts to find everything they need for their bachelorette party, big day and honeymoon.

Audition for Cobb County's MLK Celebration

Audition for Cobb County's MLK Celebration

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Performers seeking to be part of the entertainment at Cobb County's 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration still have two opportunities to audition.

Auditions will be held in the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in the Cobb Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060) on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10:00 a.m. Slots are limited, and interested performers are encouraged to RSVP at 770-528-8490 as soon as possible.

Those who are selected will participate in the Monday, Jan. 17 ceremony sponsored by the Cobb County NAACP and Cobb County Government.

Celebrate 'Noon Year's Eve' with Radio Disney

Celebrate 'Noon Year's Eve' with Radio Disney

SMYRNA, GA -- Radio Disney, the no. 1 radio network for tweens, kids and families, will host events around the country to ring in the new year -- well before bedtime.

Atlanta's "Noon Year's Eve" will be held on Friday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080).

Kids are invited to experience all the fun of New Year's Eve -- including a countdown to noon, music, games and prizes -- without staying up too late. Radio Disney 590 AM will play songs from the channel's "Top 50 Countdown of 2010."

A five-hour broadcast of the top 50 songs will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Cobb CVB to Hold Family Reunion Workshop

Cobb CVB to Hold Family Reunion Workshop

ATLANTA -- Family reunions are a time to celebrate, reminisce and enjoy spending time with one another, but a lot of time and details go into planning a successful reunion.

Reunion organizers typically start planning one to two years in advance.

The Cobb County Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a free family reunion workshop as a 101-style seminar. The workshop includes a "How to Plan a Family Reunion" presentation by the CVB's Family Reuion Service Specialists and a "meet and greet" with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Atlanta Cumberland Center (3000 Cumberland Boulevard SE, Atlanta, 30339).

National Sales Career Fair Brings Jobs to Recent Grads

National Sales Career Fair Brings Jobs to Recent Grads

ATLANTA -- Some surveys indicate that as many as eight out of 10 recent college graduates are struggling to find full-time jobs.

On Thursday, Dec. 16, representatives from 10 to 15 Fortune 500 companies will be gathered at a local hotel, looking for grads to fill open business-to-business sales positions in Atlanta and the surrounding area. This career fair is an ideal opportunity to meet privately with hiring managers from major companies.

Atlanta-based Vanguard Management Group helps people find employment through sales-specific career fairs that enforce the belief that meeting face-to-face is always a better alternative to emailing a résumé.

The career fair will be at the Embassy Suites Atlanta-Galleria (2815 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta, 30339) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend.