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Soccer coaches, referees get free Silverbacks tickets

Soccer coaches, referees get free Silverbacks tickets

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have launched a new program that invites all local soccer coaches and referees to enjoy free tickets to Silverbacks home games this season.

"The Silverbacks are committed to supporting the sport of soccer at all levels," said Michael Oki, president of the Silverbacks. "This new program is our way of thanking Georgia's thousands of coaches and officials who are making a positive impact on the local soccer community on a daily basis."

To participate, local soccer associations must provide the Silverbacks with the names of their coaches and referees, who may then call three days before any game to reserve a free ticket. The ticket must be claimed by 5 p.m. on the business day before the game.

Call 404-969-4900 to enroll in the free ticket program.

Georgia mayors ride to the Capitol

Georgia mayors ride to the Capitol

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, along with other mayors from Metro Atlanta, will take to the streets on Tuesday, Mar. 22 in the sixth annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol event.

The police-escorted 21-mile ride will lead cyclists from Roswell City Hall to the Capitol.

Smyrna celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Smyrna celebrates St. Patrick's Day

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Green-clad merrymakers enjoyed the beautiful weather in Smyrna Market Village on Thursday, Mar. 17.

The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration included carnival rides, a DJ, live music and a redhead contest. Mayor Max Bacon even joined the fun for the much-anticipated dyeing of the fountain.

For more pictures from the event, visit the Metromix Atlanta photo gallery.

Dream Makers celebrity basketball tournament this weekend

Dream Makers celebrity basketball tournament this weekend

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Dream Makers Youth Foundation is holding its seventh annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Jam this weekend.

The event is held in conjunction with Energy Fitness. It will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 19 at Campbell Middle School (3295 South Atlanta Road, Smyrna, 30080).

Local celebrities and professional athletes attend the tournament every year to play against wheelchair-bound children.

Local hero, businessman passes away

Local hero, businessman passes away

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Atlanta lost a local hero and Thrashers Kiss Cam celebrity last week.

T.R. Benning Jr. passed away Thursday, Mar. 10 at age 89. He leaves behind a lasting legacy and a thriving family-owned construction business.

A lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers, European Theater Operations, Benning landed on the beaches of Normandy during the Allied invasion of World War II. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for his service.

Benning and his father, T.R. Benning Sr., founded the Smyrna-based Benning Construction Company in 1953.

In the past 60 years, Benning Construction Co. has completed more than 1,200 projects in the Southeast. It was a finalist for Kennesaw State University's Georgia Family Business of the Year award in 2010.

Plan your child's summer at Cobb County's camp expo

Plan your child's summer at Cobb County's camp expo

MARIETTA, GA -- It's not too early to start thinking about summer camp.

The Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will host the Cobb Summer Camp Expo 2011 on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

The event will be at the Cobb Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060) from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Cobb Summer Camp Expo is a one-stop shop for summer camp programs from all over the county. Representatives from day camps, art camps, church camps, overnight camps, performing arts camps, sports camps and much more will be on hand to help residents find the perfect fit for their children.

Admission to the expo is free.

Tennis Stars to Teach Clinic at Midtown Athletic Club

Tennis Stars to Teach Clinic at Midtown Athletic Club

ATLANTA -- Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill (135 Interstate North Parkway NW, Atlanta, 30339) will celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a premiere tennis facility on Friday, Feb. 25.

A morning charity Pro-Am will kick off the festivities. Current ATP players Ryan Sweeting, Alex Kuznetsov, Amer Delic and Bobby Reynolds will serve as the player-captains.

The cost for the Pro-Am is $100 per person, which includes lunch, an autograph session and awards for participants. All proceeds will benefit the club's Tennis Opportunity Program (TOP).

During the afternoon, two tennis legends will hold adult and junior clinics.