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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Enormously popular comedienne and author Chelsea Handler will hold a book signing at Atlanta's A Cappella Books in March.

Handler will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Mar. 15. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day, she will sign copies of her books at the Inman Park bookstore.

Her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is a hilarious collection of short stories about her world travels.

Because space is limited and large crowds are expected, anyone who wants to meet Handler must buy a ticket to access the signing line. Each ticket includes a copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 at acappellabooks.com.

The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE.

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

ATLANTA -- For its next production, 7 Stages will team up with Kennesaw State University to bring a classic American novel to life.

Red Badge of Courage will open on Thursday, Feb. 27 and run through Sunday, Mar. 23 at the Little Five Points theater.

This adaptation of the Civil War novel by Stephen Crane will include a mix of live actors, projected silhouettes and animation, and tabletop puppetry.

"It's a book I've always wanted to adapt since I first read it as a kid in middle school," 7 Stages associate artistic director Michael Haverty said in a release. "The story is all about what happens to a soldier in battle and the surreal-ness of war, especially for our main character, who really doesn't know why he's there. It's a mixture of the real and the unreal."

Professional actor Bryan Mercer and four theater students from KSU will star in the production.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

Suzi Awards honor best local theater productions

ATLANTA -- Many of metro Atlanta's most talented performers, directors and theater crew members descended on DeKalb County Monday night for the 2013 Suzi Bass Awards.

Every year, the Suzis honor the best theater productions in the area. Awards are given in two areas -- plays and musicals.

THE SUZI AWARDS | Meet this year's nominees
THE SUZI AWARDS | Who won last year?

The Aurora Theatre's staging of Les Misérables was one of this year's big winners. It took home five Suzi Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

WHO'S NOMINATED? | Meet this year's Suzi Awards nominees

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

RELATED | 7 Stages announces 2013-14 season

The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.