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Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

Battle of the Bands fundraiser hits Buckhead Theatre Feb. 28

ATLANTA -- Local bands will battle it out for a good cause on Friday, Feb. 28, when “Hope Grows: Battle of the Bands” tunes up in The Buckhead Theatre. Proceeds from the event, from 8-11 p.m., go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

More than 100 teens from 10 Atlanta-area high schools are participating in the fundraiser, which features music, dinner provided by Chick-fil-A, and raffle prizes from the Atlanta Hawks, Woo Skincare & Cosmetics and more.

“I love it that high-school students from across the city have come together to support this one cause,” said Anne-Claire Pittman, co-president of the CHOA girlFriends group and an HIES senior. “Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has provided thousands of children in our city, state and country with exceptional and sometimes life-saving medical care.  I think it’s important to give back to something that gives so much to children in need, regardless of their family’s economic situation.”

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

Mandarin Oriental celebrates the Chinese New Year in style

Mandarin Oriental celebrates the Chinese New Year in style

ATLANTA -- If you've never celebrated the Chinese New Year, be sure to do it in style next year with Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.

Part of the luxurious 580-foot skyscraper was elegantly transformed with authentic red and gold lanterns, ornate candles and other traditional Chinese decorations.

For the Chinese, this celebration is the most important of the year symbolizing the Earth’s new beginning. The Chinese culture utilizes a lunar calendar based on the moon’s cycle to create its zodiac signs and twelve animals to represent the 12 signs of the Chinese horoscope.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos -- making constant efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.

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.

Ga. Boy Choir holding auditions

Ga. Boy Choir holding auditions

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Boy Choir is looking for new members between the ages of 5 and 12.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 and are by appointment only.

All auditions are low-pressure. Boys are asked to sing a song of their choice and to repeat back some musical phrases.

Reserve an audition time at georgiaboychoir.org.

The Georgia Boy Choir is located at the Heiskell School in Buckhead.