Thursday, June 22, 2017

Atlanta Botanical Garden - The Curious Garden Opens!

Exhibit's bold art puts focus on nature's beauty

The Atlanta Botanical Garden has designated 2017 as its “year of the garden” and to celebrate is presenting an art exhibition designed to encourage guests to see, stop, experience, and talk about nature – all in surprisingly intriguing ways.
The Curious Garden, presented through October 29, features 11 site-specific installations created to share a story about the Garden’s plant collections and plant conservation work by prompting visitors to make a discovery, ask questions, and provoke a discussion.  Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature.  Think dozens of multi-colored spray-painted trees. A mysterious display of scientific lab glassware filled with an array of colorful liquids.  Dozens of sparkly old chandeliers dripping with plants.
“This is the year of the garden, one that emphasizes all of our recent enhancements here, with unexpected experiences aimed at generating conversations, to get people curious and talking about nature,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s President & CEO.  “The show will provide unique opportunities for sharing the Garden’s story, such as our important work in conservation and the preservation of trees.”
The unique and unconventional installations are the work of guest artist and design director Adam Schwerner, known for his bold, and sometimes evocative, enhancements to city parks in Chicago and elsewhere.  
Among the “unexpected” look for:
  • Dozens of bare trees, harvested off site from an overcrowded location and “planted” throughout the Garden, painted in brilliant pink, orange, blue, and green that draw the eye, inspiring conversations about color, form, and natural beauty and value of trees.
  • The Levy Parterre transformed into an elegant white garden, emphasizing plants with flowers and foliage in white, gray and silver – a salute to great gardens around the world, such as England’s famed white garden at Sissinghurst castle.
  • The Fuqua Conservatory adorned with dozens of sparkly old chandeliers dripping with plants.
Over the years, the Garden has staged carefully curated exhibitions featuring installations of existing art.  The Curious Garden, however, is unique in that it is site specific, meaning the concepts all originated from within the Garden and are designed to be integrated with the landscape and plants in a way that focuses attention on the Garden’s resources and mission, helping to tell those stories.
The exhibition also coincides with the opening of the Garden’s newest space, the Skyline Garden, designed to showcase the diversity of plants that can be grown in the Southeast while emphasizing its stunning location as an urban oasis in the heart of bustling Midtown.
Schwerner, who is Director of Disneyland Resort Horticulture & Resort Enhancement, previously was director of the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources. There, he spearheaded initiatives to increase the presence of public art in city parks, including painting trees and providing artists the opportunity to carve standing dead trees into works of art.
“All my life I have pursued my dual loves of art and horticulture,” Schwerner said.  “With this series of site-specific art installations and the gardens, there is a coming together of these two great pursuits. And what better place is there to undertake this botanical-art adventure than the botanical garden, which so fully engages visitors with these two areas of expertise?”
Visitors may enjoy the exhibition in the evening every Thursday during Cocktails in the Garden, the popular garden party featuring live music, cash bars, and adult games.  The Garden’s onsite restaurant, Longleaf, will be serving a special dinner menu every Thursday as well (reservations are recommended).

The Curious Garden is presented with support from The Home Depot Foundation and the Isdell Family Foundation.

Mall of Georgia - Honoring Freedom With 15th Annual Star Spangled Fourth!

Annual Independence Day celebration features cinema showcase, live music and the grandest firework display in Gwinnett!


Mall of Georgia’s 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth event is set to light up the skies on Tuesday, July 4!
Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Independence Day bash will offer a variety of patriotic fun for the entire family, including children’s rides and inflatables; live music; food and beverage concessions; a special Movies Under The Stars presentation of “The LEGO® Batman Movie” on a 70-foot big screen; and – of course – the largest fireworks display in the county! 


WHAT: 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia
Celebrate red, white, and blue at Mall of Georgia with live concerts, outdoor movie, fireworks, and more for the entire family!
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4
  • 5 p.m. – Kids Zone opens; FREE concerts begin in the Village Amphitheatre
    • 5 – 7 p.m. – The Woody’s
    • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – A1A The Official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
  • 9:30 p.m. – Singing of the National Anthem by Jeff Pike of A1A The Official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
  • 9:35 p.m. – Gwinnett’s grandest fireworks display
  • Post-fireworks screening of “The LEGO® Batman Movie” (rated PG) in parking lot across from Dick's Sporting Goods
WHERE: Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519
For sponsorship and vendor information regarding Mall of Georgia’s Star Spangled Fourth event, please contact Teresa Holloway by calling 770.271.8458 at
For more information, visit or connect with Mall of Georgia on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Target - Fourth of July Sales are Out!

Save 5% Every Day!

Target has released their sales for next week!  Some amazing pre-Fourth of July sales.  Here is what you can expect this week at Target:

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kellogg's Family Rewards - 100 More Points!

Kellogg's has released two more codes to help you get 100 more points:
  • DADYOUARETHEBEST - 50 points (expires 6/25)
  • KFRC-ELEB-RATE-SDAD - 50 points (expires 6/25)
These points are great as they can be redeemed for high-dollar coupons!

*Thanks to Southern Savers for posting these codes!

Chicken Salad Chick - Opens First In-Town Location!

Fast-casual restaurant concept expands Atlanta-area presence with grand opening specials and giveaways

Commence the cravings!
Classic Carol scoop (photo credit Chicken Salad Chick)
Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept is bringing its famed, fresh product inside the perimeter in time for summer with a store opening in Buckhead.
The grand opening for the new restaurant, located at 4365 Roswell Road, NE in the Roswell Wieuca Shopping Center, will take place on Tuesday, June 27 with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and official door-opening at 10:30 a.m.
The Chick Special (photo credit Chicken Salad Chick)
With the addition of the new Buckhead store, the community can anticipate whetting their palates with over a dozen specialty chicken salad flavors, fresh soups, salads, sides, and full-service catering.
Classic Carol BLT (photo credit Chicken Salad Chick)
Every week until the grand opening, fans can enter to win a year of free chicken salad by liking the restaurant’s Facebook page.  During grand opening week, the Chicken Salad Chick tradition of southern hospitality continues through daily giveaways and specials at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant:
·         Tuesday, June 27Free Chicken Salad for a Year - The first 100 guests (age 16 or older who have downloaded the Craving Credits app) will win one large Quick Chick of chicken salad every month for an entire year!

·         Wednesday, June 28Free Scoop Day - The first 100 guests to order a Chick Special receive a free scoop of their choice on their next visit!

·         Thursday, June 29Free Stainless Steel Bottle - The first 100 guests to spend over $25 will receive a complimentary, limited edition Chicken Salad Chick stainless sports bottle.

·         Friday, June 30Free Chick PopSocket - The first 100 guests to spend over $15 will receive a limited edition Chicken Salad Chick PopSocket for their phone!

·         Saturday, July 1Free Chick Cooler - With the purchase of two Quick Chicks To-Go, the first 100 guests will receive a free Chick Cooler, ready to be stocked with ice for a delicious picnic.

The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew.  Under the baton of Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick and with majority investment partner, Eagle Merchant Partners, the company now has 70 restaurants in nine states across the Southeast.
Interior Store (photo credit Chicken Salad Chick)
This new location marks the 16th Chicken Salad Chick location in Georgia, and the seventh location for Origin Development Group, an Atlanta-based restaurant development fund founded by Darren DeVore and Lauren Fernandez.
For more information, please visit,, or call 844-41-CHICK (844-412-4425).  Follow Chicken Salad Chick Buckhead on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and special contests.

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta - Celebrates Christmas in July!

Guests will receive special offer for donations benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Ho, ho, ho! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites children to get into the holiday spirit early this year with its annual Christmas in July celebration! During the peak summer heat, families are encouraged to cool down at the Buckhead’s premier attraction – by bringing new, unwrapped, and unopened toys to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! In exchange, generous gift givers will receive a Kids Go Free voucher, valid with the purchase of an adult ticket.  
WHAT: Christmas in July at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta
WHEN: July 1-31, 2017
WHERE: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center AtlantaThird Floor, Phipps Plaza | 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead
HOW: Bring a new, unwrapped, and unopened toy valued at $10 or more and receive a Kids Go Free voucher. The voucher is valid for one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult walk-up ticket.

Chastain Park - Carpenters Remembered Set to be Performed!

Singer Michelle Berting Brett commemorates dynamic repertoire of top-selling seventies band

“We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered
,” a celebration of the Carpenters’ legacy in words and music, is set for a one-night-only performance at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m. as part of the 2017 Delta Live Nation Concert Series.
Led by singer Michelle Berting Brett and accompanied by a live, seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, the show recreates the Carpenters' original sound, presenting an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most successful recording acts of all time.

“We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” is a tribute in the truest sense to the music and lives of the seminal brother-and-sister duo that defined an era.  The show includes performances of the Carpenters' most memorable songs, among them "Close to You," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days & Mondays," "Superstar," and, of course, "We've Only Just Begun."  The Atlanta engagement will mark the 81st performance of the show, which has played in 23 states to date.

The Carpenter family, including then 16-year-old Richard and 13-year-old Karen, moved to Downey, California, from New Haven, Connecticut, in 1963.  Both siblings attended Downey High School where Richard, an already accomplished pianist, came to the attention of the school’s band director, and Karen played glockenspiel in the marching band to get out of gym class.  She later switched to the drums and began singing with a jazz trio formed with her brother and a school friend.  By 1969, the Carpenters were signed to A&M Records and would become one of the most successful acts of the 1970s.
Image“We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” is a product of an idea by Berting Brett, a farm girl from a musical family in Saskatchewan, conceived after being told repeatedly that she sounded like Karen Carpenter.  Berting Brett, studied opera and musical theatre and then toured the world in musicals, show bands, and her own cabaret shows while based in Toronto.  She was encouraged by her now-husband, producer Mark Brett, to create a one-woman show based around the Carpenters' music.  The show played a small club in Toronto with Berting Brett accompanied only by a pianist.  That was 2009, and now with this husband and wife team at the helm, the little SRO cabaret show has evolved into a touring production that has played major venues in the United States since 2013, including four sold-out engagements in Las Vegas.  In August 2016, the show played to an SRO audience at the 800-seat Downey Theatre near Los Angeles where The Carpenters, who have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, grew up.
A CD of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” recorded in Nashville in 2015, includes performances of the Carpenters’ most memorable songs, among them "Close to You," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days & Mondays," “Goodbye to Love,” and, of course, “We’ve Only Just Begun.”  The CD is available for purchase at each show and online at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.

Tickets for “We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” start at $25 and are available by visiting  For more information, please visit online or on social at Facebook and Twitter.