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The Potter's Potter’s House House Provides Summer a Therapeutic The Safe Haven Adventure Program (T.A.P) for“Providing Our Community's Youth a unique blend of therapy and fun”

Over the first 18 years of life, children experience a range of dramatic physical, cognitive and social-emotional changes. While most are able to transition successfully into adulthood, some have trouble coping with these changes during their adolescent years. The Potter's House Family and Children Treatment Center provides care, treatment and comfort for children at this much-needed time. "Our center is a place were children can come, have fun and feel comfortable about being treated with no stigma attached," says Office Manager Ajori Tobias. Started in 1996, the organization first opened The Potter's House Homes for Children to serve as a therapeutic residential center for children from Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The centers were located in Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Clarkston. In 2006, The Potter's House Family and Children Treatment Center opened in Stone right around corner, be in Mountain ummer to provide is mental health servicesthe to not only theso children the residential but alsoatospot the families in the child surrounding metro sureprogram, to secure for your at The Atlanta community. Today, the treatment center serves as their primary House’s uniquely and facility andPotter’s provides programs for children up to engaging 18 years of age. In fulfilling their mission totherapeutic be a family-oriented facility, The Potter's rewarding summer program. TAP is House offers a variety of services for both parents and children to engage filled with exciting op- comeveryone in the fun, child'sadventurous, treatment process.and “We offer a parenting mittee called PAC (Parenting Advocate Committee) where parents portunities for children and adolescents who are able to meet and talk with other parents whose children are seeking treatmight not be able to fit in at typical summer camp ment." Tobias continues, "The parents give us feedback on our services also attending skills classes on specificor topics to help their while programs due training to social, emotional, behavioral children.” difficulties. TAP includes arts and crafts, outdoor The treatment center also strives to assist households where one or activities, recreational activities andtransportation. much more, both parents are employed and unable to provide The


Therapeutic Adventure Program (or TAP) enables children to be transported to treatment after school. “We offer transportation to our facility, so the children can attend their scheduled individual and group sessions. During TAP, we also provide the children with a snack, dinner and transportation home,” she says. To accommodate families lacking transportation, the treatment center also provides free transportation within a 20-mile radius. Super Saturday is another favorite amongst kids and operates similar to TAP So with the incredible array of services offered, what is The Potter’s House planning for the future? Although the center currently only treats children, they hope to expand their services to the parents who visit the facility with their children. "We would love to treat both parents and children, so we can care for the entire family under one roof." all improve your child’s self-esteem, Thedesigned Potter's Houseto Family and Children Treatment Center will continue in our community and tosocial serve theskills, needs ofand children and their families behavioral management. Breakprovide constant care and support to children to help them become selffast, lunch, and snack sufficient and productive adults. are provided daily, and

transportation is also available for those within a 20- mile radius.

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Jam’s Athletics Summer Camp 6206 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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contents 7 Countdown to Summer All Aboard: It’s time to get ready for camp!

10 Book It

Local libraries put fun in summer reading with lots of activities

22 Show Time

Atlanta’s new skate park: Thrills, people watching

24 Free Flicks

A handy guide to some of Atlanta’s free outdoor movies

26 Splash Down!

Cool spots for kids to cool down

28 Tons of Family Fun

Tap into art, music, storytelling, and more

30 History and Fishing

Conyers’ monastery and fishing derbies welcome families.


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All Aboard

By Mackenzie N. Morgan


unscreen, popsicles, crafts, and field trips. It’s that time of year again—time for the kids to head to camp. If your child is going, he or she will have plenty of company: Every year, there are some 11 million campers in the U.S. who attend a summer camp, according to the American Camp Association (ACA). Campers aren’t the only ones looking forward to summer, though. With more than 12,000 camps in the U.S., 1.2 million people will go to work

It’s time for summer camp!

as counselors, activity leaders, food service and health care providers and maintenance workers, the ACA says. Parents, you’ll need to do some homework in deciding where you’ll send your child. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have the money to send your child to a specialty camp this summer, you’ll want to consider a few key things before choosing a summer camp. After all, many childhood memories are made during summer. Today, summer camps offer programs

for every interest under the sun—from music camps to basketball and cheerleading camps, and everything in between. Find programs that match your child’s interests. Consider exploring areas of interest that are not offered at your child’s school or that are underrepresented. Performing arts, for instance, may not be in your child’s school’s curriculum but you notice your child is in every school production. You might try locating a drama continued on page 8

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camp at your local community theater. Ask yourself: Does my child show a particular aptitude for a certain subject like science? If so, you might want to check with your local colleges to see if they offer summer youth research programs. Children who like animals or nature, for example, may want to attend a camp focusing on the environment. Visit the potential camp, if time permits. Go on a rainy day, if possible. It is important to know that the children are still busy, even if it’s raining. Find out how the daily itinerary is structured. Are kids permitted to stray and left unsupervised? How engaged are the camp counselors with the children? Make sure your child is safe from predators. Ask camp directors what their protocol is for safeguarding against sexual abuse. Every state develops its own criminal background check system and most conduct criminal background checks on employees 18 years of age and older. Ask about

hiring practices and staff return rates. If this is the fourth camp where a person has worked in four summers, that could be a red flag. The ACA says that 48% of camps report a staff return of 50% or more.

Ask about discounts and scholarships for camp. Sending multiple children to camp can prove to be financially challenging. Many camps have a reduced schedule of fees for parents sending more than one child to camp and for low-income families. Ask about special rates, early enrollment, repeat camper discounts, as well as camperships (scholarships). Does your child have special dietary needs? If your child has diet restrictions such as low fat or vegetarian diets, check with the camp to see if they can make special accommodations. Otherwise, be prepared to pack snacks and lunch for your child. What other obligations must you consider? Keep other summer obligations such as family reunions and vacations, back-to-school shopping

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Local libraries put fun in summer reading


his year’s “Dream Big—Read” summer reading programs in public libraries throughout Metro Atlanta will be packed with activities and special guests, ready to entertain students and their families. “During the summer, branches will provide literacy-based entertainment for children, encouraging them to read throughout the summer and into the school year,” said Jana King of Gwinnett County Library’s Events and Outreach Department. “Studies have shown that children who read


during the summer either keep the same reading level or excel, while those who don’t can tend to fall behind when the school year begins.”

Atlanta-Fulton County

Atlanta-Fulton County will add plenty of feline friends to its summer series as the library system teams up with the Atlanta Zoo for ZooMobile visits. Starting in June, each library branch will receive two visits from Zoo Atlanta’s ZooMobile outreach

program. The 45-minute program includes a trained educator who gives presentations with small animals, hands-on teaching tools and entertaining educational activities. At the conclusion of each program, participants will receive recommended reading lists that reinforce what is taught. Mobile Zoo’s first stop will be on June 1, 12 p.m., at the library’s Washington Park Branch, 1116 Martin Luther King, Jr., S.W., Atlanta. The South Fulton Library Branch will kick off its program on June 1, 2

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– 4 p.m., with an ice cream social. The library is located at 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City. The free event is open to tweens and teens. For more information on summer programs and to find out when the mobile zoo is coming to your neighborhood branch, visit or call 404-730-1700.

shows for the general public. Daycare centers can attend the series rom 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Registration is required for some events. For a complete schedule, visit or call 770-388-5040.


The Conyers-Rockdale Library System will kick off its summer reading program for children on June 5, 3 – 4:30 p.m. with the “Summertime Games.” This event invites the children ages 6 – 12 to play a variety of board and card games such as checkers and chess. Compete for prizes with fellow students. Readers who pick up a reading log now, can record their readings and turn them in at the end of the summer for prizes and rewards. The library is also bringing back its “Thrilling Thursdays” series to celebrate summer reading. From June 7 – 20, 10:30 a.m., the library will host magicians, music programs and puppet

including parents who read to their babies and toddlers, will receive a certificate of completion. Rewards range from library bags and temporary tattoos to raffle tickets for prizes and tickets to amusement parks. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www. or call 404-3708450.

Gwinnett County DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Library System is offering several programs and prizes for readers who participate in its “Dream Big—Read” summer program. The program kicks off June 2, 10 a.m., at the Decatur Library Branch, 215 Sycamore St., with a preview of events being featured this summer such as roller coaster physics and simple machine challenges. The program is open to all readers from toddlers to teens up to age 17. All participants,

“Dream Big—Read” will kick off for Gwinnett readers on June 4. The program will bring special guests such as magicians, ventriloquists, the Georgia Force Arena Football team and cheerleaders, and animals from Georgia Wildlife to encourage reading. The first event features magician and ventriloquist Keith Karnok and “Vern,” the talking and singing bird, on June 4, 10:30 a.m., at the county’s Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street. The magician will bring his show to other branches on June 4 as well, to celebrate the kick-off. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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Summer Camp 2012 Rates and Fees AGES – K5 – 5TH GRADE Registration -$60 (non-refundable) Weekly Fee - $125.00 per child 10% discount for siblings. Fees include: •Fieldtrips, lunch, a light snack and one camp t-shirt Weekly Activities Mon-Fri 8:00 -5:00 Robotics (Jun 11-15 only) Daily Bible Study Reading and Math Enrichment Woodcrafts Creative Writing Learn to Play Music Swimming (one day per week)

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“Keep your children on the “GOOD FOOT’!

latfoot is common in both children and adults. When this deformity occurs in children, it is referred to as ‘pediatric flatfoot’. Although there are various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic – partial or total collapse of the arch. Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms. These classifications can assist your foot and ankle surgeon in determining an appropriate treatment plan. Symptoms Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it may not show up until years later. Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms. *Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee * Outward tilting of the heel * Awkwardness or changes in walking * Difficulty with shoes * Reduced energy when participating in physical activities * Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities

Diagnosis In diagnosing flatfoot, the foot and ankle surgeon examines the foot and observes how it looks when the child stands and sits. The surgeon also observes how the child walks and evaluates the range of motion of the foot. Because flatfoot is sometimes related to problems in the leg, the surgeon may also examine the knee and hip. X-rays are often taken to determine the severity of the deformity. Sometimes additional imaging and other test are ordered. Non-surgical Treatment If a child has no symptoms, treatment is often not required. Instead, the condition will be observed and re-evaluated periodically by the foot and ankle surgeon. Custom orthotic devices(custom-made shoe inserts) may be considered for some cases of asymptomatic flatfoot. When the child has symptoms, treatment is required. The foot and ankle surgeon may select one or more of the following non-surgical approaches: *Activity modifications. The child needs to temporarily decrease activities that bring pain as well as avoid prolonged walking or standing. * Orthotic devices. The foot and ankle surgeon can provide custom orthotic devices that fit inside the shoe to support the structure of the

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foot and improve function. *Physical therapy. Stretching exercises, supervised by the foot and ankle surgeon or a physical therapist, provide relief in some cases of flatfoot. *Medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to help reduce pain and inflammation. *Shoe modifications. The foot and ankle surgeon will advise you on footwear characteristics that are important for the child with flatfoot. When is Surgery Needed? In some cases, surgery is necessary to relieve the symptoms and improve foot function. The surgical procedure or combination of procedures selected for your child will depend on his or her type of flatfoot and degree of deformity. Dr. Naim G. Shaheed, D.P.M. BOARD CERTIFIED Dr. Jocelyn K. Curry, D.P.M.

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Cambridge Academy King and Queens Chess Camp Fun games with prizes! Learn Strategy! Every camper receives an award! Camp Instructor: 5-Time Georgia State Champion International Master Stephen Muhammad

Camp Dates: June 18-22 2012 Camp Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm (Half Day 8:30am-12:30pm) Camp Ages: 6-12 (Beginners to Advanced) Camp Fee: $125.00 if paid by Jun 1st $145 thereafter Registration Fee: $25.00 (non-refundable) Camp Location: Cambridge Academy 2780 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, Ga. 30034 404-241-1321 email:

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Scoliosis Definition


A lateral curvature of the spine. Scoliosis affects boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18. It is more common with girls. There are several causes of scoliosis, the two most common are congenital and habitual. Congenital scoliosis occurs when someone is born with a lateral curvature of the spine. Habitual causes are environmental or situational depending on the habits of the individual. Carrying backpacks improperly can contribute to a spinal distortion. Poor sitting habits and practicing poor posture can also affect spinal development in children. Signs of scoliosis are a high hip (uneven hips), a high shoulder, the head being off center, head tilt, back and leg pain.


Chiropractic care works on correcting scoliosis and relieving symptoms and complications associated with scoliosis. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call (770) 733-1381 today for a complimentary consultation.


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Dr. Windell D. Boutté

Dr. Windell D. Boutté is the founder of Premiere Aesthetic Center, the home of Premiere Dermatology and Surgery, Aesthetic and Laser Boutique, and Premiere Essence MedSpa, which began serving the Atlanta community at large in 2007. Premiere Aesthetic Center is the first multi-treatment skin and healthcare center in one grand, all-inclusive location in our Atlanta community. Dr. Boutté has been a practicing, board-certified dermatologist since 1997, and she oversees all facets of the Center’s operations.

has always made it her priority to research and implement state-ofthe-art, non-invasive procedures that are safe, practical and effective. She always strives to achieve longstanding skin rejuvenating results of which patients can be proud.

Aesthetic & Laser Boutique

embodies a state-of-the-art, modern, and contemporary environment that offers the best in aesthetic skin care treatments. From lasers such Premiere Aesthetic Center is as Fraxel® and devices such as comprised of three innovative Thermage®, to BOTOX® Cosmetic and unique operations. Premiere and fillers such as Restylane®, Dermatology and Surgery provides AcneAesthetic Skin&Care Regimens Laser Boutique has general medical and surgical something to offer anyone seeking the dermatology care. Aesthetic & Laser Boutique in their cosmetic Laser Boutique offers multipleAesthetic non- ultimate&improvement appearance. This center boasts natural invasive laser surgery options, as stones, marbles and Disorders fixtures that well as various aesthetic treatments Pigmentation embody elegance and excellence. for ageless, youthful rejuvenation. Ezcema Dry Skin Disorders Premiére Essence MedSpa offers Premiére Essence MedSpa a pampering, elegant environment invitesSkin you toDisease come and indulge promoting inner harmony and total Carein the warmth of French provincial wellness. elegance and Southern hospitality. Smart Lipo Premier Dermatology and The Center boasts “THE ESSENCE Surgery is a full service medical, Anti-Aging OF PUTTING YOU FIRST” Treatments surgical and cosmetic dermatology through the various services offered. practice devoted to providing the Services range from Skin Care, Hair Hair Loss Restoration most premier quality. Services Removal, Cosmetic Services to Body range from Smart Lipo, anti-aging Treatments, Facial Enhancements Spa Treatments treatments, Acne, Skin Care, Skin and many more.

Comprehensive range of services, including medical and surgical Dr. Boutté began private practice in June 1997, and opened her first dermatology, cosmetic solo practice, Dekalb Dermatology and Surgery in April 2000. She has dermatology, laser dedicated herself to becoming not only a specialist of medical skin surgery, aesthetician and care, but an expert in innovative skin rejuvenation for all skin medical spa treatments: complexions. Due to her profound fascination with laser technology, she was the first dermatologist in the Atlanta community to introduce certain aesthetic laser procedures approved for skin of color. She

Cancers, Pigmentation, Eczema and Dry skin disorders to Hair Loss and Restoration treatments.

Dr. Windell D. Boutte’

Premiere Aesthetic Center

4650 Stone Mountain Highway Lilburn, Georgia 30047 678-344-2450

Premiere Dermatology and Surgery

4150 Snapfinger Woods Drive Suite 205 Decatur, Georgia 30035 404-286-3178

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Atlanta’s skateboard park offers fast action

f you’re looking for a place to people watch or get an adrenalin rush, head over to the new skateboard park at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park to see the ollies, kickflips and grinds. The 15,000-square-foot park features curbs for grinds, smooth-rolling concrete mounds, a street course, and beginner, intermediate and expert skater bowls. The skateboard park opened June 2011 as a partnership between the community, city, and the Atlanta Beltline, the entity which is planning a


comprehensive redevelopment of urban areas in Atlanta. The skateboard park includes a playground and multi-purpose field. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk donated $25,000 to the park through his Tony Hawk Foundation to things up and running. The park, located at 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, is open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Admission is free 404590-PARK (7275).

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Green Pastures Green Pastures is one of the oldest Christian Schools in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The teaching staff has over 265 years of teaching experience in public and private Christian Schools. Green Pastures transforms students from mere academics into professionals. Doctors, Dentist, Teachers, Lawyers, Preachers/ Ministers and even an EMMY Award winner (News Producer) and others in Leadership. Very strong Athletic Programs since 1982.

Child Development:Â Superior teaching with curriculum, multiple years of experience developing children from all backgrounds.

Summer Programs:

Camp Gunby and 21st Century Field Trips and Swimming, Enrichment activities, Chess, Dance

After School Programs:

21st Century Community Learning Center K5-5th grade (free) for public and private schools in area.

Green Pastures offer after school for remaining grades 6th-8th grade not covered by 21st Century Green Pastures before school care

Green Pastures Christian Schools, Inc. 5455 Flat Shoals ParkwayDecatur, Georgia 30034 Telephone 770-987-8121 Fax 770-987-7475

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Your Guide to Metro Atlanta’s free summer flicks


by Joshua Smith

very summer, free outdoor movies are held in several parks, public spaces, malls and other venues throughout metro Atlanta. Many of the flicks are first run and geared toward families, offering kids prizes, face painting and other activities before the movies begin. It’s a great way to spend the evening with the kids and a good excuse to pack a picnic (or pick up supper at a nearby restaurant) and get outdoors. Here are a few favorites that post their information available early:

series at Atlantic Station’s Central Park. Movies will be shown every Thursday, May 3 – Sept. 27. Pack a picnic or pick up dinner from one of Atlantic Station’s restaurants. Check the movie ratings to make sure they are suitable for your children. Other tentative titles include Singing in the Rain on May 10 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on May 17. For more information and a complete schedule of movie titles, call 404-733-1221.

Atlantic Station’s Central Park

Movies on Main in Stone Mountain Village

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, is scheduled to kick off this summer’s free movie  24

Stone Mountain Village, 922 Main Street, Stone Mountain, will hosts its free movie series, “Movies on Main,” beginning in May. Movies are scheduled May 28; June 2; June 16, June 30; July 4; July 14; and July 30; and Aug. 11. Drawings for prizes will be held at the screenings. Carry a blanket and/or lawn chair. The movies begin at dusk and are held on the lawn on Main Street. For more information and movie titles, call 770-498-7334.

“B at the Movies” in Conyers

Make plans to “B at the Movies”

on May 12 at the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. B98.5FM presents the B at the Movies Outdoor Event featuring the motion

picture “We Bought a Zoo.” The PG-rated film is based on a true story and stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Damon stars as the widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. Facing enormous odds, he and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to reopen the zoo. The Georgia International Horse Park’s Grand Prix Plaza gates will open to the public at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will begin around 8:45 p.m., or at dark. Guests may bring blankets and chairs, but coolers are not permitted. Concessions will be available for may 1, 2012

purchase. No pets are allowed. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 770-6022606 or visit www.georgiahorsepark. com.

Snellville’s Popcorn in the Park On select Saturday evenings in the summer, the big screen goes up in Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville, for a feature designed for the entire family.

Snellville presents its Popcorn in the Park series, 6 to 10:30 p.m. The event features first-run movies on an outdoor screen. Kids can enjoy inflatables, face painting and other activities before the movies begin. Check for the movie schedule at 770-9853535.

June 9 - Jack & Jill JUne 16 - Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked June 23 - Dolphin Tale June 30 - We Bought a Zoo July 4 - Sherlock Holmes 2 July 14 - Monte Carlo July 21 - Glee: The Concert Movie July 28- Soul Surfer

Mall of Georgia’s Movies Under the Stars The Mall of Georgia’s Movies under the Stars and Concert series will be held every Saturday, May 26 through July 28 (except July 7). Hear local bands from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and then enjoy the free family movies on the lawn at the mall’s outdoor village, located near the food court entrance. Take your lawn chairs or blankets. Here’ s a look at the movie schedule: May 26 - The Smurfs June 2 - Hugo

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Metro Atlanta’s coolest place to make a splash


ummer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21, but Memorial Day weekend will usher in the opening of public aquatic centers that offer big fun on the scale of water theme parks. Gwinnett County boasts five aquatic centers—by far the largest share in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County has one aquatics center and several community pools. Downtown has Centennial Park, where children can dance and play in its Fountain of Rings. Here’s a look at what’s offered at these water playgrounds that are open all summer:


Gwinnett’s outdoor pools will open on May 26 to usher in Memorial Day and summer activities. Daily admission at Gwinnett’s facilities are as follows: Residents 3 and under, $3; ages 4 – 10, $4; ages 11 – 49, $5; and residents 50 and older, $3. Fees are doubled for nonresidents. Must bring identification for proof of residency, or you will be charged the non-residents fee. Admission for Gwinnett residents’ is half-price one hour before closing at all pools. Mountain Park Aquatic Center

Features indoor competition/ lap pool, indoor instruction pool and outdoor leisure play pool and a one-mile paved multi-purpose trail. 1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain. 770-564-4650.  26

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

Features an indoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, giant waterslide that exits and then re-enters the building, river channel, hydrotherapy benches, water play structures, vortex and four-lane instructional pool. 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. 678924-6334. Bogan Park Aquatic Center

Features an indoor competition pool and indoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry; giant waterslide and water play structures. 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford. 770614-2063. Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center Enjoy 15 acres of fun. Features an indoor diving competition pool, outdoor leisure pool with a lazy river, water play structures and two slides. 2200

Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville 770-237-5647.

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center

Enjoy an indoor 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool with 750-seat spectator area and instruc-

tional pool that is open year round. Outdoor leisure pool features a zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel; bubble bench, vortex, spray bar and water play structures. 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. 770-4172281.

DEKALB Browns Mill Aquatics Center

Opens May 26, 10 a.m. Features twin water slides that tower three stories above the pool, kiddie water slides, lazy river, multi-colored buckets filling and tipping to shower delighted bathers. There are picnic tables and a snack bar offering hot dogs, chips, candy and soda. No outside food or drink, except water bottles, are permitted. Prices are $5 for children and $7 for adults who live in DeKalb County. Non-residents are $10 for children and $12 for adults. 4929 Browns Mill Road, Lithonia. 770-323-4179. may 1, 2012

ATLANTA The Fountain of Rings shows are held daily at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Let the kids put on their swim gear and enjoy synchronized water dances to familiar tunes complete with sound and lighting effects in the park. Take your camera. Centennial Olympic Park is one of the most photographed landmarks in Georgia. Water play and the shows at the park are free. 285 International Blvd., N.W., Atlanta 404-223-4412.

Summer Camp Program

Northland Learning Center is offering special programs with hands-on activities for younger children in a variety of categories.

• Arts and Crafts • Communication and Reading • Field trips (Four days)

• Group Socialization • Music Development • Physical Development

Program themes and activities vary from yearto-year to ensure fun experiences for both new enrollees and returning “young campers.”

Register for Summer and Fall Sessions 3-6 $50 6-12 $45

Monday thru Friday School hours: 7 a.m.To 3:00 p.m.

Field Trips extra Northland Learning Center

2468 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia, GA 404-396-1714


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Explorers Summer Camp 6 weeks to 12 years Field Trips Infants through Kindergarten Swimming Lessons A Beka Curriculum Computer Technology Before & After School Program (Public School Delivery & Pick-up) Science & Gardening Enrichment Programs Low Student/Teacher Ratio Spanish, Piano Lessons Nutritious Hot Meals Excellent Libraries and Playgrounds Ballet, Karate, Gymnastics Tutoring: Reading, Math, Bible Study and Devotion Science Homework Assistance Degreed and Certified Teachers & Staff Family Development•Budgeting•Counseling •Parenting Classes•Christian Academy


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• Tuition Free • State Approved/DeKalb Board Approved • Georgia Performance Standards based instruction with a Leadership Focus

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Art, music, storytelling and fishing derbies


njoy an afternoon of free, themed family fun at Centennial Olympic Park’s Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. The event, held from noon – 4 p.m., offers entertaining and educational activities for children and each Saturday features a different theme. The park invites civic organizations, hobby enthusiasts, artisans, school groups and entertainers from around the Southeast to participate in the program. “Flights and Kites” kicks off the series on May 26 with a festival of kites to soar over the park. The series continues with the June 23 “Great Outdoors” program; July 28—“All about Sports;” Aug. 25—“Games and Gadgets;” and will conclude on Sept. 22 with a focus on Atlanta’s “Many Cultures.” For more information, call 404-223-4412. Decatur Arts Festival The 24th annual Decatur Arts Festival is set for May 3 – June 3, highlighted by the Artists’ Market on May 26 and 27 in downtown Decatur. The festival features more than 160 artists who will showcase and sell their work, hands-on arts projects, balloon artist and a festival parade. There will also be live entertainment including Sewhe Village Percussion, Dora Roberts, Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions, Delta Moon, The Bonaventure Quartet and First Baptist Church of Decatur. Participants can also enjoy a bestselling author readings and book signings featuring several authors, from May 23 – 25, 7:15 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, visit or call 404-371-9583.  28

Decatur Arts Festival

Atlanta Jazz Festival See show-stopping performances at the 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which will be held at Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta, May 26-28. Regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the annual musical showcase celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz artists with three full days of live music in Piedmont Park. The park is located at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. 404-546-6820.

Classic Car Show Stone Mountain Village will host its summer classic car show on May 19. See hot rods and classic cars from eras gone by at upcoming “CruiseIns.” Prizes will be awarded to owners and people’s choice vehicles. The show will be held on Main Street in the city’s downtown. For more information, call 770-4987334. Log Cabin Storytelling Series The DeKalb History Center will present its Log Cabin Storytelling

series June 6 through July. Children ages 6 –12 will learn about the past through hands-on activities that give a glimpse of American pioneer life. The Wednesday programs will be held 10 – 11 a.m. at the historic Biffle Cabin, 720 West Trinity Place, downtown Decatur. Local historians and entertainers lead the activities, which include basket weaving, churning ice cream and playing in a “jug band.” The cost to attend is $6 per child per session. Reservations are suggested. 404-373-1088, ext. 20 Little Creek Farm’s Horse Barn Tours Enjoy an up-close look and tour of a horse farm at Little Creek Farms, located in Decatur. Participants make a “horsey” craft at the end of the tour and facts about horses are discussed. The horse tours are scheduled June 9, July 7 and Aug. 11,10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $2 per participant. Private tours and group tours also can be set up. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes—no exposed toes allowed. Little Creek Farm is located at 2057 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, near North DeKalb Mall. For more information: www.littlecreekfarmconservancy or call 404-6343276.

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Fun Filled Summer Camp • Arts & crafts • Field trips included • Low teacher to student ratio • DFCS accepted • Hours of operation Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Ages: 5 to 12 years Onsite state of the art water park opening May 2012

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Kids’ Fishing Derby Enjoy the sport of fishing for free on May 12, 10 a.m. – noon, at the Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. Try to catch “Big Herman,” the pond’s 30-pound catfish. Children through age 15 will be able to fish without a license this day, so plan on bringing your poles. Baits and prizes will be given. Parents must be present and sign a waiver, in order for children to participate. 770-985-4713. Fishing Festival at Panola Mountain Panola Mountain State Park will host a Kids Fishing Festival on May 12, noon – 3 p.m. Kids 15 and younger are invited. An archery range, fly-fishing, tree climbing, wildlife encounters and more will be available. Bring your own bait and rods. Register in advance. Parking is $5. Panola Mountain State Park is located at 2600 GA Highway 155 S.W., Stockbridge. 770-389-7801.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit


f you’re looking for a peaceful place to enjoy nature, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s Monastic Heritage Center in Conyers offers some of the most beautiful paths in the country. Nestled among 2,000 acres in South Rockdale County, the Heritage Center features a restored barn that dates back to the monastery’s 1944 founding. Visitors will enjoy interactive exhibits chronicling the history of the monks, as well as “A Day in the Life of a Monk” exhibit with audio excerpts and pictures of monks worshipping and doing daily duties.

The Abbey Store, which has an excellent selection of books and artifacts. The store includes a café as well where sandwiches, wraps, ice-cold teas and other lunch items are available for purchase. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is located at 2625 Highway 212, S.W. Conyers. The Welcome Center and Abbey Store are open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For large groups or for more information, call 770-760-0959 or 770-483-8705 or visit www.

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