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Celtic celebration comes to Ga. Renaissance Festival

Celtic celebration comes to Ga. Renaissance Festival

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The 2014 Georgia Renaissance Festival is in full swing, and the popular fair will celebrate Celtic heritage this weekend.

On May 17 and 18, attendees will be treated to pipe and drum music, Irish dancing and, for those with strong stomachs, a haggis-eating contest; haggis is a Scottish dish made from sheep organs.

Learn more at garenfest.com.

Admission to the Georgia Renaissance Festival is $22 general admission, $20 for seniors and $10 for children ages 6-12. The fair is located at 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road in Fairburn.

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are:

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.

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.

'Waiting to Be Invited' coming to Fairburn

'Waiting to Be Invited' coming to Fairburn

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The Southside Theatre Guild's next production, Waiting to Be Invited, opens Thursday, Feb. 6.

Tickets for the play go on sale Thursday, Jan. 23.

Waiting to Be Heard takes place in Atlanta in 1964. It tells the story of four black women who work in a doll factory. They travel by bus to a "whites only" restaurant to test the ban on segregation recently handed down by the Supreme Court.

Learn more about the production at stgplays.com.

The Southside Theatre Guild performs at 20 West Campbellton Street in Fairburn.

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.