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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.

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

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.

Local author to hold book signing

Local author to hold book signing

CUMMING, Ga. -- Cumming resident Leigh Ann Linn will hold a book signing later this month.

Linn is the author of "Drowsy Eels on Banana Peels," a children's book featuring rhyming prose and a story full of sensory images.

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The signing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Cumming Barnes & Noble, which is located within the Collection at Forsyth shopping center on Peachtree Parkway.

Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Cumming

Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Cumming

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Chuck Wagon Gang will perform two shows at the Cumming Playhouse later this month.

The famous singing group's performances will be Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and veterans.

Learn more about the group and purchase tickets at playhousecumming.com.

The Cumming Playhouse is located at 101 School Street.

'Treasure Island' opens July 18

'Treasure Island' opens July 18

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Cumming Playhouse's production of Treasure Island opens Thursday, July 18.

Based on the popular adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical production tells the story of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a treasure map and sets sail upon the high seas, encountering such colorful characters as Bill Bones, Anne Bonney and Long John Silver.

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The production runs through Sunday, Aug. 11. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Visit playhousecumming.com for more information or to purchase tickets. Treasure Island is recommended for theatergoers ages 8 and up.