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It's Roller Derby Season in Atlanta

Thursday April 17, 2014

Atlanta Roller GirlsLooking for a something fun to do in Atlanta that's both fairly affordable and a little off the beaten path? Why not spend an evening with the Atlanta Rollergirls? The girls are currently in the midst of their 2014 season, which runs from February through August. If you've never experiences roller derby, you're in for a rowdy, fun evening. These tough ladies compete in a very physical, fun to watch, sometimes cringe-worthy competition that's got spunk like no other sport.

Attend for one or both bouts at the Yaarab Shrine Center, located on Ponce in south Midtown. A single bout is $15 and it's $25 to stay for both (bouts are at at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. so it's easy to stick around).

Mark your calendar for May 17, that's the next time you can catch the girls in town. The matches do get pretty crowded, so purchasing in advance is a good idea.

Atlanta Welcomes Major League Soccer

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Atlanta Major League SoccerWell, we couldn't keep a hockey team, the Braves are fleeing to the 'burbs, and some would say our football fans are of the fair weather variety, but Atlanta is about to get a chance to rally around another team: a major league soccer franchise.

After many rumors, today brought the official announcement from Falcons owner Arthur Blank and mayor Kasim Reed that Atlanta will become the home of the 22nd MLS team. The team, which does not have a name yet, will not begin to play until 2017, and they will call the new Falcon's stadium their home. Blank is bankrolling the franchise to the tune of $70 million.

The new stadium seems to be a key player on this team - with League commissioner Don Garber stating outright that The Georgia Dome would not have been a fit for an MLS team. Special adaptations will be built with the soccer team in mind, including the ability to bring in real grass for international games. With the addition of the new team and a shiny new stadium, Atlanta - a city that has long lusted after a Super Bowl - now has their eye on an eventual World Cup.

What do you say, Atlanta? Are you excited for soccer?

Dogwood Festival is This Weekend

Thursday April 10, 2014

Piedmont ParkThis is your friendly reminder that The Dogwood Festival, the grand poobah of all spring festivals in Atlanta, is THIS weekend! I can't believe it's already time for this annual tradition.

Highlights of the Dogwood Festival include a giant artists market, yummy fair food, live music all weekend and, of course, an unbeatable Piedmont Park location. New to this year's lineup is a ticket Barbecue and Brews event where you can enjoy local craft beers, wine, moonshine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city's favorite restaurants and chefs. Single day tickets to this event are already sold out, but two day VIP passes are available.

The majority of activities at The Dogwood Festival are free, so go and enjoy some sunshine! The festival kicks off on Friday afternoon and runs all weekend long.

Mother's Day 2014 in Atlanta

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Natural BodyMother's Day is just about a month away, and it's time to get planning! Whether it's picking out the perfect gift, booking reservations at her favorite restaurant, or planning your own special outing - you don't want to leave this one until the last minute.

Check out our 2014 Mother's Day event calendar for fun Atlanta happenings on May 11, plus some dining recommendations, too. If you're looking for gifts, here are a few of my favorite spots to shop. A spa gift certificate always goes over well, and if she has little ones at home you get bonus points for including a "babysitting coupon" so mom doesn't have to worry about a thing!

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