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    Several observances are scheduled around metro Atlanta to honor the 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001, in the single largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil.  Eighteen years ago, terrorists hijacked four commercial jetliners and crashed them in New York City, Washington D.C. and Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. » Metro Atlanta firefighters climbing Stone Mountain to honor 9/11 victims » Atlanta police chief, mayor to honor first responders at 5K race on 9/11 » Photos: Victims of Sept. 11 attacks remembered Gwinnett annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. 8:30-9:15 a.m. The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The Gwinnett Department of Fire and Emergency Services will host this free event. Roswell 9/11 Memorial Service. 8:30 a.m. Mike Gann 9/11 Memorial by Roswell Area Park's lake, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. The Roswell Rotary Club and the city of Roswell will be the hosts for this free event. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors to the main recreation building. This year's keynote speaker will be Col. Mark D. Gelhardt, a retired Army officer with more than 22 years of active commissioned service. Also, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry will speak on behalf of the city. Wreaths will be laid in honor of the fallen civilians and officers.  Duluth A Remembrance of 9/11  6:30 p.m. Dream Keepers monument on Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. NW. Kathy Fincher, artist and sculptor, will share the story behind Duluth's public art installation that remembers Sept. 11, 2001. 7:30 p.m. Red Clay Theater, 3116 Main St., Duluth. Guest speaker will be Rodney M. Cook Jr., who will share his story of losing three close college fraternity brothers and almost his father-in-law that day. Woodstock 9/11 Day of Remembrance. 7-8 p.m. The Park at City Center, Woodstock. 'Never Forget' lapel pins will be given away while supplies last. During this free ceremony, active military and first responders also will be honored. » Some 9/11 firefighters may have higher heart risks now » 9/11 diseases may kill more than those who died on Sept. 11 The September Saturdays Festival, which was organized by the Douglas County Communications and Community Relations Department as a way to bring the community together after the terrorist attack, will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28. More than 100 vendors and exhibitors are anticipating. Admission and parking are free. Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville. Sept. 21 is Heroes Day and Touch-A-Truck Experience. Sept. 28 is Family Day with a Fun & Games Festival.
  • This Labor Day weekend is packed with fun events, including the AJC Decatur Book Festival. If you're looking for something to do, you'll also find other festivals, ghost tours, and other happenings you'll want to put on your calendar. » RELATED: 11 can’t-miss Atlanta festivals in August 2019 Check out the following 21 things to do this Labor Day weekend in metro Atlanta: Cobb Marietta Art in the Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2. Free. Historic Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta. http://artparkmarietta.com/. Marietta's 33rd Art in the Park event features artwork from local and national artists, a street chalk display, a children's 'make and take' art area, Food Truck Row, and more. Austell Labor Day Festival. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Free. Throughout the downtown business district. https://www.facebook.com. A parade will start the festivities, which include live music, vendors, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Noshfest. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2. Free. Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. http://www.noshfest.com/. Celebrate Jewish food and culture with foods, unique crafts and goods, interactive exhibits, live music, dancing, and demonstrations. Kids can also enjoy inflatables, games, and face painting. Flashback Festival. 7 p.m. concerts Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. $41 and up. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road SW, Mableton. 770-819-3285. https://www.kiss104fm.com. Kiss 104.1 FM hosts this two-day music festival, which features The Whispers, Ruben Studdard, and Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King on Saturday and Cameo, Midnight Star’ and Glenn Jones on Sept. 1. The Adventure Zone. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. $37.50 plus fees. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com. The McElroys from 'My Brother, My Brother and Me' have recruited their dad to play role-playing games, and they'll solve puzzles, make friends, and hopefully slay a few monsters. Ghosts of Marietta Haunted Walking Tour. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31. $12-$17. Marietta Square, North Park Square, Marietta. http://ghostsofmarietta.com/. Walk the haunted streets of Marietta by lantern light as you hear ghostly tales. DeKalb AJC Decatur Book Festival. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. Free. Venues throughout downtown Decatur. https://decaturbookfestival.com/. This AJC-sponsored event is the country's largest independent book festival and features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. Labor Day Weekend Celebration. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with Lasershow and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2. $19.95 in advance, $34. 95. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407. https://www.stonemountainpark.com. Bring the family for a day of fun as you explore Stone Mountain's attractions – including a dog stunt show - and stay for the Lasershow and fireworks. Big Peach Sizzler 10K and 5K. Sept. 2. Free. 7 a.m. 5K start at Brookhaven MARTA Station, 4047 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 7:30 a.m. 10K at Chamblee MARTA Station, 5200 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. https://www.milesforcf.org/race-details.html. This Labor Day tradition features two races that start approximately three miles apart while finishing at the same location. Family and Fun Fest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. 3755 Memorial Drive, Decatur. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-family-and-fun-fest-tickets-69728863909. Help raise money for the New Bethel International Ministries Dance and Flag Team as you enjoy entertainment, food, games, and the chance to win raffle prizes. Labor Day Race. 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. 1-mile race, 9 a.m. 5K. Monday, Sept. 2. $20-$30. Start and end at Willis Park, corner of Dartmouth Avenue and Clarendon Place, Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400. https://www.active.com. Run a 1-mile or 5K race to benefit the Emory ALS Center. » RELATED: Where to go and what to do outside metro Atlanta North Fulton Movies at Newtown Park. 7 p.m. pre-movie activities and movie starts at dusk. Saturday, Aug. 31. Free. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. johnscreekga.gov. Show up at 7 p.m. for pre-show activities including an inflatable moonwalk, face painting and music and stay to see 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' at dusk. Alpharetta Art in the Park. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Free. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/alpharetta-art-park/. Browse through a variety of handcrafted work by local artists, including pottery, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, and more. Chattahoochee River Kayak Series. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. $125-$145. Meet at the parking lot at 1825 Northridge Road, Sandy Springs. https://www.rei.com. Take a touring kayak from Jones Bridge to Island Ford on the Chattahoochee and also take a break for lunch. The trip is for kayakers age 14 and up who can paddle eight miles. City Green Live. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Free. The Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. https://citysprings.com. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics with Delta Moon as Southern soul meets Southern rock. Bring your own food or buy your own on site.  Atlanta Freedom Bowl. Various times through Aug. 29-Aug. 31. Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. $15, $5 for parking. Free for kids 5 and under. https://www.thefreedombowl.net/. Twelve high school teams from across the nation (including Alpharetta and Milton) compete in a bowl championship, with proceeds benefiting wounded warriors and their families. Gwinnett Buford Corn Maze. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, plus ongoing dates. $15-$30 with kids 3 and under free. bufordcornmaze.com. The Buford Corn Maze starts another season complete with activities such as hayrides and pony rides. Yoga in the Park. 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. Free. Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville. 770-822-3197. gwinnettcounty.com. Get moving with yoga from Ebb & Flow Yoga Spa in the park. Bring a mat, towel, and water. Fridays-N-Duluth. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Free. 770-476-3434. https://duluthga.net/. A street fair takes over Duluth on Parsons Alley and Town Green with free air balls, live music, and pet-friendly vendors. The Baha Men will also perform. Lilburn Farmers Market. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Free. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn. http://www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org/. The weekly Lilburn Farmers Market wraps up Saturday, selling a wide variety of seasonal herbs and veggies, preserves and jellies, and much more. Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31. Adults $12, kids $9. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. https://www.scarystroll.com/. Take a scary stroll around Lawrenceville for 90 minutes as you hear about ghosts and bizarre paranormal events. » RELATED: 9 Atlanta ghost tours that will totally spook you
  • A local organizer of “Gem City Shine,” the free block party hosted by Dave Chappelle in Dayton’s Oregon District from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, Aug. 25, said it is meant to reclaim the neighborhood following the mass shooting there on Aug. 4.  Fifth Street will be closed at 6 a.m. The event hosted by Chappelle begins at 4 p.m.  >> RELATED: Parking, shuttles, street closures: What you need to know about Dave Chappelle’s Oregon District party >> RELATED: Dave Chappelle’s block party will help us reclaim the Oregon District, bar manager says “I would encourage people to come early, before 4 p.m. Come hang out. Do some shopping. Grab something to eat,” Natalie Skilliter, a member of the Oregon District Business Association board, told this news organization. The organizers for the event released this statement on Friday evening: “The response for tickets to The Gem City Shine benefit concert hosted by Dave Chappelle was simply tremendous! The free tickets were distributed today to fans that signed up through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. There will be no additional tickets available for the event scheduled for this Sunday, August 25, in the Oregon District.” ***UPDATED: (10:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019)  Tickets have been secured by  the first wave of people hoping to go to Gem City Shine,” the free block party hosted by Dave Chappelle in Dayton’s Oregon District from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 25. An unknown number of people who registered for the tickets Wednesday were “invited” to get tickets. WHAT’S NEXT Several other verified Ticketmaster users from the Dayton area received emails saying they were waitlisted for tickets.  A message to those waitlisted reads:  “Due to extremely high demand for the Dave Chappelle Onsale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, you are currently on the waitlist. >> The best destinations for a fine meal in the Oregon DistrictShould additional tickets become available, registrants will be randomly selected to move off the waitlist and notified via text message.”  This new organization has reached out to a representative from Live Nation, a global company that includes Ticketmaster.  >> DAYTON.COM PREDICTIONS: 7 really good guesses as to who will be at Dave Chappelle’s Dayton block party Sale times listed on the Ticketmaster site are as follows: Verfied Fan Onsale  Start: Fri 08/23/19 10:00 am EDT End: Sun 08/25/19 04:00 pm EDT Team Chappelle Start: Fri 08/23/19 12:00 pm EDT End: Sun 08/25/19 04:00 pm EDT Oregon District Businesses Start: Fri 08/23/19 12:00 pm EDT End: Sun 08/25/19 04:00 pm EDT Those invited to the event were asked to log in ten minutes before the sale (ticket distribution) started.   >> RELATED: Chris Rock, Michael Che among stars with Chappelle during epic Prince-fueled ‘Juke Joint’ in Yellow Springs barn  “It was a little nerve racking,” said Cathy Mong, a resident of Dayton’s South Park neighborhood.  She said she was initially put in a queue with 2,000+ people ahead of her. Mong said she had issues with the code sent to her that may have been attributed to user error.  Within 30 minutes, she was able to secure tickets.  “I am just glad I got my tickets,” she said. She plans to walk to the event.   The Oregon District block party is billed as “a benefit concert to reclaim the Oregon District,” according to a release from the event’s organizers, which includes the Oregon District Business Association. >>SPOTTED: T.I., Aziz Ansari among celebrities spotted at second night of Dave Chappelle Yellow Spring’s Juke Joint *** PREVIOUS COVERAGE (Aug. 21, 2019): The secret/not-secret is now revealed about the community celebration planned in wake of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.  Dave Chappelle will host a “Gem City Shine” block party in Dayton’s Oregon District from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 25. A slate of locally and nationally known acts yet to be named are set to perform at the free event. Although the event is free, tickets are required for entry. Find more details on the ticketing process below. Chappelle, an internationally-celebrated comedian who lives near Yellow Springs, has brought a long list of big names to the area for his “Juke Joint” barn parties held at Whitehall Farm in the Tecumseh Land Trust. The Oregon District block party is billed as “a benefit concert to reclaim the Oregon District,” according to a release from the event’s organizers, which includes the Oregon District Business Association. >>RELATED: Dave Chappelle to Dayton audience: ‘You guys are the secret of my success’ “We are supportive of and grateful for these and other types of efforts that seek to unite us, and seek to deny the kind of violence that was exhibited here and other places,” Corner Kitchen owner Natalie Skilliter, a member of the Oregon District Business Association board, told this news organization. An organizer has said as many as 20,000 people are expected for the event.  We first told you of a planned pop-up party in the Oregon District on Aug. 16 as rumors of the event swirled around the community.  It comes in the wake of the Aug. 4 mass shooting, and is meant to “honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends,” a press release says.  Other organizers include the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Police, the Dayton-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Dayton Foundation, Greater Dayton RTA and others. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TICKETS Those interested in accessing up to two free tickets were asked to register via Verified Fan on Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com/davechappelledayton.  Currently, that Ticketmaster registration site says registration is closed. Check this Ticketmaster website for additional information on the ticketing process. >>SPOTTED: Chris Rock, Michael Che among stars with Chappelle during epic Prince-fueled ‘Juke Joint’ in Yellow Springs barn Tickets to this event are restricted to residents of Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. “We expect the demand for tickets to see Dave Chappelle to be overwhelming. By powering this on sale with Verified Fan, we have the best opportunity to get more tickets into the hands of fans who want to attend the show and keep tickets out of the hands of bots. While Verified Fan does not guarantee that everyone will get a ticket, it does help ensure only fans are invited to redeem tickets,” according to the Ticketmaster web site registration instructions. >>RELATED: Dave Chappelle ‘photobombs’ engagement shoot in Yellow Springs All 250 volunteer shifts have been taken.  Those waiting to help are asked to donate money to The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund  or sign up to help at other Oregon District Business Association website, theoregondistrict.org. Ways to support victims, their families and the Oregon District Business Association will be included as part of the event. Skilliter said the support is appreciated.  “So many people from within our community and people from across the US are coming here to help support us in our efforts to heal and it's really heartwarming and gracious,” she  told this news organization. “We are very really grateful to everyone who has come to the district and shown their support. I'm just happy and appreciative of all the work being done in the name of unity.”  WHY IS THE BLOCK PARTY HAPPENING? The community was devastated after a mass shooting in the Oregon District in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 4. Nine people and the shooter were killed. Nearly 30 others were injured enough to require medical attention.  >> Get the latest news developments on the Oregon District mass shooting In the hours, days and weeks that have followed, the community has come together to offer support and begin to heal. This event is to bring the community together as part of the healing process. >> RELATED: John Legend makes surprise visit to Oregon District to show support in aftermath of shooting HOW TO GO The event will include security gates with metal detectors. According to a news release, attendees should plan for extra time to check in and go through security during admission.  Guests are asked not to bring purses, backpacks or other large bags.  Gates will be closed once capacity reaches 20,000, organizers explained. No professional cameras other than credentialed members of the media will be allowed. Chappelle, a philanthropist, encourages the attendees to “live in the moment” and simply enjoy the experience rather than record via cellphone, according to the press release. >> Ned Peppers bouncer: ‘I would’ve died before that guy came in’ >> WATCH: John Legend’s full performance at Blind Bob’s to honor Oregon District shooting victims HOW TO HELP People can get commemorative T-shirts with a minimum donation of $20. Proceeds will benefit The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund. There will be other ways to contribute to the fund as well.  >> RELATED: Shooting tragedy fund could reach $1.5 million FOOD AND DRINK  Guests will be encouraged to shop and eat at Oregon District establishments.  A food pavilion will be located in the parking lot near Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St.  Beer trucks, soda and water stations, T-shirt stations, and donation stations will be located at several places throughout the District.  STREET CLOSURES  Fifth Street will be closed between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue beginning as early as 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. There will be additional closures along Wayne Avenue. Streets will reopen late Sunday night to early Monday morning.  PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES Free parking  will be available at the University of Dayton Arena lots A, B and C, with complimentary shuttles provided by Greater Dayton RTA. ** FIRST REPORT (Aug 16, 2019): ‘Pop-up party’ planned in Oregon District this weekend Plans are in the works for a “pop-up party” in the Oregon District this weekend. Rumors have been swirling about a special celebration this weekend with the goal of bringing the community together in the Oregon District in the aftermath of the Aug. 4 mass shooting. >> Dayton United to promote community healing and raise funds through music, shopping, brunch and more This is what we’ve been able to confirm so far: A “pop-up party” will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, Downtown Dayton Partnership spokeswoman Val Beerbower said. >> Mayor wants Dayton to consider permanent memorial to shooting victims The event is tentatively scheduled from 4-10 p.m. She said additional details about the special event will be shared once confirmed. Volunteers are being recruited for the event. >> Food Network stars to soft-launch their Rolling Indulgence food-truck venture in Kettering this weekend
  • 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Disc Golf Tournament With the help of Traffic Trooper Disc Golf Driver, we prepare for our 3rd disc golf tournament to raise money for Toys for Tots! This year the tournament will be on Saturday, September 28th in JP Moseley Park in Stockbridge! Registration and more information available HERE.  Call our traffic center with traffic incidents at 404-897-7358. You can also get through to us using the “Triple Team Traffic Alerts” app, free in your phone’s app store! The app provides real-time, traffic incidents recorded by WSB radio traffic reporters. Powered by BriteBox Electrical.
  • The back-to-school blues may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with the family this weekend in metro Atlanta. Food and music festivals take center stage, and you'll also find a back-to-school ice cream social on this weekend's calendar. » RELATED: AJC Decatur Book Festival and 10 more can’t-miss fests in August Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend: Cobb Run for Wounded Heroes 5K. 7:30 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run, 8 a.m. 5K and 8:55 Tot Trot. Saturday, Aug. 10. Free Tot Trot, $15 1-mile Fun Run and $25 5K. In front of Kennesaw Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St., Kennesaw. https://kennesawgrandprix.com. This third race in Kennesaw's Grand Prix Race Series benefits wounded veterans. Southeastern Civil War and Antique Firearms Show and Sell. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Adults $6, children under 10 and military personnel, veterans and first responders with ID are free. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. 678-401-6916. http://ngrha.weebly.com. Browse through and buy items ranging from dug relics to guns and swords to paper items and currency. The Cotton Club Revue. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. $25-$30. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-426-4800. https://www.theatreinthesquare.net. Sing along to the sounds of the Cotton Club, New York's historically famous night club, in this musical review. You'll be taken back to Harlem of the '30s and '40s with hit songs, costumes and flashy choreography. Greater Atlanta Coin Show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Free. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom, 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-772-4359. http://www.atlcoin.com/. Browse over 35 coin dealers' tables with collectible and investment coins, currency, bullion, currency, jewelry and collecting supplies. DeKalb Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. $15-$20, free for kids 12 and under. Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. http://www.decaturbbqfestival.com/. Treat yourself to a variety of classic Southern barbecue as you listen to live blues and bluegrass music. Groovin' on the Green Back to School Social. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. https://dunwoodyga.gov. Push away the back-to-school blues with live music, a free ice cream bar, giveaways, a photo booth and more. Chamblee Rocks. 7 p.m. Friday, August 9. Free. Chamblee City Parks and Recreation, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. https://www.chambleerocks.net/. Chamblee's summer concert series hosts Sister Hazel, which is known for performing adult alternative as well as country songs. Bring your own food and beverages (no alcohol) in a cooler small enough to fit under a chair and no larger than 30 quarts. You can also buy from food trucks on site and purchase beer and wine. Dumpling and Noodle Food Crawl. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. $10 plus fees. Starts at China Kitchen, 5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-club-dumpling-noodle-food-crawl-tickets-65803531133. After starting at China Kitchen, carpool or drive on your own to LanZhou Ramen, Northern China Eatery and MIST Poke Dessert Bar. North Fulton 'The Wonderful World of Disney Returns.' 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Free with donations accepted. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6323. https://roswellartsfund.org. Wear your favorite Disney costume if you'd like and settle in for an afternoon of popular Disney music. Family Night Hike. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. General public $10, $12 Chattahoochee Nature Center members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, ext. 237. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org. Take a hike to explore the sights and sounds of the forests and wetlands and wrap up your evening with an animal encounter and a campfire. Advance registration is required. Peter Frampton. 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. $29.50 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010. https://www.livenation.com. The famed guitarist and singer's farewell tour stops in Alpharetta with hits including 'I'm In You' and 'Baby, I Love Your Way.' Ice Cream Social. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 11. $49 per seat. Sur La Table at North Point Mall, 1082 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 678-280-0086. https://www.surlatable.com. Practice making ice cream French-style and Philadelphia-style, along with chocolate balloon cups and DIY salted caramel sauce. If your child would like to join you, they should be at least 14. Gwinnett AtlantaFest. Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. General admission $30 plus fees. The Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill. http://atlantafest.com/. The one-day Christian music festival hosts acts such as Tori Harper, HumbleTip, JJ Weeks and Natasha Owens. Light Up the Corners Glow Run. 8 p.m. 1K start and 8:30 p.m. four-mile run start. Saturday, Aug. 10. $35-$40 with discounts for teams. The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. http://runthecorners.com/light-up-the-corners/index.html. Flash and glow as you race and stay for a great post-race party with music and free food and drink. Proceeds benefit at-risk children and families in the community. Rods & Rails. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Southern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-476-2013. https://www.train-museum.org. Join members of the Georgia Street Road Association for a cruise-in and then tour the museum and its trains. Concert & Wings Festival. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Free admission. Town Center Park, Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. https://www.suwanee.com. Bands and wings are the main attractions at this festival, and you can also buy beer and wine on-site. » RELATED: Nine must-attend metro Atlanta food and drink events for August 2019  » More things to do today and this weekend in Atlanta
  • The back-to-school blues may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with the family this weekend in metro Atlanta. Food and music festivals take center stage, and you'll also find a back-to-school ice cream social on this weekend's calendar. » RELATED: AJC Decatur Book Festival and 10 more can’t-miss fests in August Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend: Cobb Run for Wounded Heroes 5K. 7:30 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run, 8 a.m. 5K and 8:55 Tot Trot. Saturday, Aug. 10. Free Tot Trot, $15 1-mile Fun Run and $25 5K. In front of Kennesaw Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St., Kennesaw. https://kennesawgrandprix.com. This third race in Kennesaw's Grand Prix Race Series benefits wounded veterans. Southeastern Civil War and Antique Firearms Show and Sell. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Adults $6, children under 10 and military personnel, veterans and first responders with ID are free. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. 678-401-6916. http://ngrha.weebly.com. Browse through and buy items ranging from dug relics to guns and swords to paper items and currency. The Cotton Club Revue. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. $25-$30. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-426-4800. https://www.theatreinthesquare.net. Sing along to the sounds of the Cotton Club, New York's historically famous night club, in this musical review. You'll be taken back to Harlem of the '30s and '40s with hit songs, costumes and flashy choreography. Greater Atlanta Coin Show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Free. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom, 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-772-4359. http://www.atlcoin.com/. Browse over 35 coin dealers' tables with collectible and investment coins, currency, bullion, currency, jewelry and collecting supplies. DeKalb Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. $15-$20, free for kids 12 and under. Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. http://www.decaturbbqfestival.com/. Treat yourself to a variety of classic Southern barbecue as you listen to live blues and bluegrass music. Groovin' on the Green Back to School Social. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. https://dunwoodyga.gov. Push away the back-to-school blues with live music, a free ice cream bar, giveaways, a photo booth and more. Chamblee Rocks. 7 p.m. Friday, August 9. Free. Chamblee City Parks and Recreation, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. https://www.chambleerocks.net/. Chamblee's summer concert series hosts Sister Hazel, which is known for performing adult alternative as well as country songs. Bring your own food and beverages (no alcohol) in a cooler small enough to fit under a chair and no larger than 30 quarts. You can also buy from food trucks on site and purchase beer and wine. Dumpling and Noodle Food Crawl. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. $10 plus fees. Starts at China Kitchen, 5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-club-dumpling-noodle-food-crawl-tickets-65803531133. After starting at China Kitchen, carpool or drive on your own to LanZhou Ramen, Northern China Eatery and MIST Poke Dessert Bar. North Fulton 'The Wonderful World of Disney Returns.' 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Free with donations accepted. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6323. https://roswellartsfund.org. Wear your favorite Disney costume if you'd like and settle in for an afternoon of popular Disney music. Family Night Hike. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. General public $10, $12 Chattahoochee Nature Center members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, ext. 237. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org. Take a hike to explore the sights and sounds of the forests and wetlands and wrap up your evening with an animal encounter and a campfire. Advance registration is required. Peter Frampton. 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. $29.50 and up. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010. https://www.livenation.com. The famed guitarist and singer's farewell tour stops in Alpharetta with hits including 'I'm In You' and 'Baby, I Love Your Way.' Ice Cream Social. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 11. $49 per seat. Sur La Table at North Point Mall, 1082 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 678-280-0086. https://www.surlatable.com. Practice making ice cream French-style and Philadelphia-style, along with chocolate balloon cups and DIY salted caramel sauce. If your child would like to join you, they should be at least 14. Gwinnett AtlantaFest. Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. General admission $30 plus fees. The Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill. http://atlantafest.com/. The one-day Christian music festival hosts acts such as Tori Harper, HumbleTip, JJ Weeks and Natasha Owens. Light Up the Corners Glow Run. 8 p.m. 1K start and 8:30 p.m. four-mile run start. Saturday, Aug. 10. $35-$40 with discounts for teams. The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. http://runthecorners.com/light-up-the-corners/index.html. Flash and glow as you race and stay for a great post-race party with music and free food and drink. Proceeds benefit at-risk children and families in the community. Rods & Rails. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Southern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-476-2013. https://www.train-museum.org. Join members of the Georgia Street Road Association for a cruise-in and then tour the museum and its trains. Concert & Wings Festival. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Free admission. Town Center Park, Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. https://www.suwanee.com. Bands and wings are the main attractions at this festival, and you can also buy beer and wine on-site. » RELATED: Nine must-attend metro Atlanta food and drink events for August 2019  » More things to do today and this weekend in Atlanta
  • In less than a month, Downtown Atlanta will transform with the arrival of the internationally known sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture and gaming extravaganza known as Dragon Con. The festival spans four days over Labor Day weekend (August 29 -September 2, 2019) and expects more than 85,000 guests from around the world and from galaxies far, far away. It's not held in a convention center, but rather five 'host hotels,' the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Hilton Atlanta, the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, and hopefully the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. This year's Dragon Con is larger than ever before, with programming planned across more than 3,500 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. » RELATED: Dragon Con 2019 lands George Takei, Lana Parrilla and David Tennant Expanded in 2019 is Dragon Con TV, available in each of the host hotels and online. Whether this is your first year at Dragon Con or your 33rd, the festival always offers something new. Here's what you need to know for Dragon Con 2019: 'Tickets' Dragon Con doesn't actually sell tickets, they sell memberships. You can buy a weekend membership for $140 (through 08/16/2019), Saturday only for $50, Sunday only for $45 or an eternal membership for $3,000. Pro-tip: Get your Dragon Con 2020 membership at Dragon Con 2019 and save a whole lot of money. Regardless of when you get to the convention, your badge is essential. You'll need to wear your badge the entire time you're at the convention. If you lose your badge, you'll have to buy a new one. Parking info Unless you are staying at a hotel downtown or live downtown, MARTA is highly suggested. It runs directly from the airport and from various other parts of Atlanta directly to Dragon Con. The Peachtree Center station will put you right in the middle of the action. Just remember MARTA stops running at 1:15 a.m. If MARTA isn't for you, Dragon Con recommends booking parking in advance through Parking Panda, a parking reservation app. Check out Dragon Con's transportation page for more info including parking. What is there is to do and see  What is there not to do and see? From daily panels and programming spread out among all five host hotels, to gaming areas, the famed Dragon Con parade, costumed convention-goers as far as the eye can see, more gear than one could ever buy at the America'sMart vendor hall, daily pool parties, and nightly hotel parties, there is literally no end to the Dragon Con to-dos. It's as simple as following your heart, a schedule or wandering around downtown. Pro-tip: if you are looking for cosplay and socialization, the Marriott lobby levels are always a safe bet. This year, Dragon Con is placing a special emphasis on its Comics & Pop Art programming, attracting art and comic enthusiasts of all ages with a 'dream team of Bronze Age and Modern Age comics writers and artists.' Also of note this year is the people to see. Some of the cast from Spongebob Squarepants will be in attendance, along with dozens more of the actresses and actors, illustrators, authors, voice artists, writers, puppeteers, and creators of the shows, movies, and comics you know and love.
  • Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola are teaming up to offer free admission to the College Football Hall of Fame for the entire month of August.  »RELATED: All the top restaurants, attractions and more downtown Atlanta Visitors can scan their Chick-fil-A app (one app per group) at the ticket window for their free admission. The offer is good the entire month of August, but the Hall of Fame will be closed on Thursday, August 15, and Monday, August 19. Tickets are normally 21.99 for adults and $17.99 for kids. 'Chick-fil-A has been a passionate supporter of college football and its fans for decades,' Joe Saracino, Chick-fil-A senior vice president of brand strategy, advertising and media, said in a press release. 'We are proud that we are a part of the Hall of Fame in Atlanta and want to share this remarkable attraction with everyone.' The offer is in celebration of college football’s 150 year anniversary. The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame offers more than 90,000 square feet of immersive and interactive experiences celebrating the sport. Must-see highlights include the AT&T Game Time Gallery, which allows you to call iconic plays as a broadcaster, and the Helmet Wall with more than 760 football helts — one from each Division I, II, II and NAIA program.  » READ MORE: Score! Your guide to the College Football Hall of Fame The CFHF is downtown, next to Centennial Olympic Park, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. » RELATED: New live stream lets you view Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park via camera atop Hall of Fame
  • Looking for something fun to do in metro Atlanta this weekend? As summer winds down, water-related activities such as canoeing at Chattahoochee Nature Center's Family Fun Day and playing water games at Gwinnett County's Duck Derby are sure to appeal to the entire family.  Back-to-school events and other activities are also on the calendar. Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend. » RELATED: 21 Savage announces fourth annual ‘Issa Back 2 School Drive’ Cobb Cobb International Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. 770-528-8885. https://www.cobbcounty.org. More than 25 countries will be represented with local and international music and art, dancing, food, a kids' corner, and more. Smyrna Birthday Celebration. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2842. https://www.facebook.com. Celebrate Smyrna's birthday with music by Banks & Shane, festival foods, a giant cake, kids' entertainment, and other festivities. Legion Comic Book, Toy & Art Convention. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. $5, kids 10 and under free with a paying adult. American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. 770-436-2501. https://legioncomicconvention.com/. Vendors will have a variety of toys, comics, and games for sale, with virtually all genres represented. These include anime, card games, video games, fantasy novels, and horror. Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Free. Historic Marietta Square, 99 S. Park Square SE, Marietta. https://www.facebook.com. Stroll through Historic Marietta Square, where local artists and performers will be featured along sidewalks throughout the area. DeKalb Cop-N-Stuff Book Bag Bash. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free. Dresden Park, 2301 Dresden Drive, Chamblee. www.chambleega.com. More than 650 new book bags filled with school supplies will be given away to kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Music and games will also be offered, and police officers will serve grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Free First Saturdays. 11 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. https://dunwoodynature.org/free-first-saturdays/. Learn about butterflies by seeing live egg specimens, caterpillars and chrysalises up close. Other butterfly-themed activities, such as a puppet show, are also offered. Dunwoody Sunday Cycle. 2:45 p.m. with departure promptly at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Free. Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody. Bikewalkdunwoody.org. This ride is a 4.5-mile loop of mostly right turns, and it's appropriate for all ages and abilities. Younger riders and those who can't stay with the main group can take a shorter route. Be sure to wear your helmet, which is required. » RELATED: Dragon Con and 9 more festivals for August Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) Tour. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (AWARE Parking Lot), 4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia. 404-484-3060. http://arabiaalliance.org. Meet some of the wildlife rehab group's ambassadors and learn about their lives, habitat, prey and more. Animals will vary but may include owls, hawks, snakes, possums, and others. North Fulton Summer Adventures Family Fun Day. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Price included with general admission of $6-$7 with members and kids 2 and under admitted free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. https://www.chattnaturecenter.org. Try canoeing on Kingfisher Pond as well as wet and wild games, water conservation activities, crafts, face painting, and more. Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at New Town Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3261. https://www.johnscreekga.gov. Edwin McCain joins the summer concert series in a show that's sure to be well attended. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and foods or non-alcoholic drinks. You can also buy food and alcoholic beverages at the venue. Old Soldiers Day Parade. 9:15 a.m. band, 10 a.m. program and 10:30 a.m. parade. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free. Parade grandstand at the corner of Roswell and Old Roswell streets, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000. https://www.alpharetta.ga.us. Nearly 150 units including floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, and clowns will march in this parade, which serves as a tribute to veterans of all wars. The parade ends at the American Legion at 201 Willis Road, where you'll be able to enjoy free hot dogs and soft drinks. Friends of Alpharetta Library Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free admission. Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. http://www.fotal.org. Help the library raise funds and stock your shelves with new reading material including fiction and non-fiction, reference, history, children's titles, and rare titles. Gwinnett Mall of Georgia Play Area Grand Opening Event. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free. Van Maur Court in Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. https://www.simon.com. The new, interactive play center will open with festivities such as balloon twisting, photo opportunities with superheroes, a balloon drop, DJ, face painting, and more. The area has three distinct zones for different ages, and parents can relax on soft seating and charge their devices at a station. The first 300 kids will receive free goody bags and superhero capes. Gwinnett Duck Derby. 3 p.m.-7 p.m., with ducks hitting the water at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Free admission, $5 duck adoption. West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center, 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. https://www.facebook.com. Enjoy games at the pool, a DJ, food truck, and snow cones before and after the ducks hit the water. You can pay $5 to adopt a duck, which could win a prize for finishing first, second, third, or last. Back to School Splash. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. $10 in advance, $15 at the park. City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. 678-542-7899. https://www.cityoflilburn.com. Kids and adults can splash down water slides, listen to music from a DJ, and buy a treat from food vendors. Festival of India. Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. http://www.iacaatl.org/. The 23rd Festival of India features Indian cuisine, music, and dance as well as a health fair and yoga demonstrations.  » RELATED: Nine must-attend metro Atlanta food and drink events for August 2019
  • Shaye Marie Sauers Kilby has a butterfly tattooed on her hip.  'I had it done after my scoliosis surgery,' she says, 'And my mom was like, 'You want a tattoo after all you've been through? That's weird.'”  'It's a good memory,' smiles Shaye Marie.  She's looking at a photo of herself as a toddler, cropped from a larger picture showing her being held by former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski.  The butterfly on the flyer, which was the model for the one on her hip, is the logo of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, founded by Shaye's parents, Sheila and Rick Sauers, in 1983. Their daughter had been diagnosed at Egleston with medullablastoma, a malignant brain tumor on the cerebellum, in 1980 when she was just five months old. The prognosis was grim: Shaye was given just a 2% chance of living another six months. The Sauerses dug into medical books and sought out advice and support, but there wasn't a lot of it at that time--so the BTFC was born. It was a place where parents going through the same thing with their children could find support, information, and advice. The BTFC grew into a source that provided financial assistance for those families in the southeast. Bartkowski spent time as a spokesperson for the foundation. In the meantime, Shaye was surviving. Photos show her blonde-eyed and smiling, whether posing in a studio or beaming from a hospital bed. She doesn't have much memory at all of her cancer fight, seemingly having purposely blocked it out, and is learning a lot of her own story now, as a 39-year-old adult.  'I wanted to find out how it feels to be about to hit the big four-oh, knowing that as a baby, your parents were told, 'This little girl is not going to make it,'' asks WSB's Veronica Waters.  'I would say pretty freaking awesome,' Shaye Marie says.  Shaye says her sense of humor helps define her, and says her father taught her to laugh, even as a baby. As a child, she idolized comedienne and actress Gilda Radner, who fought cancer herself, and rehearsed Radner's routines to amuse herself and emulate Gilda's positivity.  She's a two-time cancer survivor.  'The cancer came back again when I was [9] as bone cancer, from the radiation,' she says. 'The radiation that I was given at the time they don't even give a child today. It was cobalt radiation, which was the highest dose they could ever give a child.' She says she's actually just now learning her history--having blocked most of it out as a child, not wanting to hear her mom talk about it as a teen, not wanting to feel different than the other kids her age, wanting to fit in with everybody else. In the past year, she's started combing through two big binders that document her medical history.  She remembers only snippets which she says are like scenes from a silent movie: “terrifying” spinal taps; a stay in the ICU; nicknaming the staffers who sometimes drew her blood as 'vampires;' the MRIs that she said 'sounded like a bad rock & roll concert,' in which her mom Sheila would sometimes get fussed at for grabbing Shaye's hand and tracing the phrase, 'Love you more' with her fingertip in her daughter's hand, wiggling her in the machine.  That's Shaye Marie's second tattoo, inked inside a bracelet on her left wrist. She loves that one, and says it shows 'pure determination. It shows somebody that can beat the odds of anything. I consider this not part of a bracelet, but like a lifeline.' She doesn't cover that one up any longer, the way she did at her 2015 wedding.  Shaye Marie says she's learning who she is now, and is no longer blocking it out; she's proud of what she came through.  She tells WSB that the idea for the BTFC was broached in the very same room at Emory where she would meet her future husband, Darren Kilby, decades later in a brain injury group meeting.  'Did you know when you met Darren that he was the one, right then?' Veronica asks.  'Pretty much when I asked him out, yes!' Shaye Marie laughs.   She estimates they dated perhaps six months before getting engaged, both all too aware of the importance of seizing the moment. Darren had suffered a brain injury from a head-on collision, but Shaye says they were seeing a lot of people pass on.  'We just knew that time goes by so fast, and we were losing every survivor that was around my time zone, especially...with the Brain Tumor Foundation there were a lot of my friends that were dying. He and I were both like, we need to do something,' says Shaye.  The night they were carting cupcakes in to celebrate the news of their engagement with their support group, Shaye Marie's sense of humor was on full display. She giggles as she recalls saying, 'I don't remember if I told our brain injury group we're engaged or not. Well, it doesn't really matter because we're all brain-injured and none of us are going to remember if we say it again!'  Shaye had several surgeries and hospitalizations, including two bouts of spinal meningitis. One snippet of memory involves her parents saying that one of her shunts had infiltrated her heart. She says a doctor doing an exploratory surgery used a hanger to get it out.  'My mom and dad both remember the doctor coming out with the coat hanger with my shunt on it,' she demonstrates, holding up her arm. 'It was like a fishing rod. He was so excited.'  She had a scoliosis surgery at 15, in which she had two rods implanted in her back.  'I'm a lot of fun to take through the metal detector,' she jokes.  She also deals with the autoimmune disease lupus and has endured some balance and coordination problems as a result of what she calls her harsh, but lifesaving medical treatment as a child. Her adult life includes regular doctor's visits and check-ins for one thing or another. But she doesn't let any of it faze her. In fact, she makes clear that hope is in her blood.  'I actually have the blood type of B positive,' she smiles.  Shaye Marie now volunteers multiple days a week at the hospital which helped save her life, saying it was God's calling that brought her to donate her time at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  'Hope gives you the strength to move on. Hope gives you the ability to go through everyday life. You always hope things will get better. You always hope that if you you're ill, you'll get better. It's a very powerful word, and without it, you'd be lost,' says Shaye Marie.  'Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a wonderful place to be. They saved my life almost 40 years ago. Parents, I know are scared; I've seen parents that are unbelievably scared when they come through the emergency room when they walk as fast as they can I know that they are wondering what's wrong with their child. I think kids are in the best place they can be. This place is absolutely wonderful. I've had the best number of doctors and people that have helped me along the way. I just think it's a wonderful place to give people hope that there is hope.”