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Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

ATLANTA -- Michael Merlin, an Executive Director at Hansberger & Merlin of Morgan Stanley in Atlanta has recently been named to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

“We are excited and pleased that Michael Merlin will be joining our Board of Directors,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. “Michael has been a tremendous supporter of the ASO, and we look forward to having his superb leadership and business expertise help shape the future of this renowned Orchestra.”

Mr. Merlin commented, “I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board.  The dedication that the ASO has to music education for all members of our community is inspiring.  I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the ASO to increase the impact of this great organization.”

Capitol City Opera announces summer fundraiser

Capitol City Opera announces summer fundraiser

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Capitol City Opera Company will host On the Light Side, its summer fundraiser, later this month.

The event will be held Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs. Festivities include performances from popular musicals, an indoor picnic dinner and a silent auction.

On the Light Side tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. They can be purchased at ccityopera.org.

The Church of the Atonement is located at 4945 High Point Road.

Capitol City Opera Company is a non-profit that helps metro Atlanta performers learn the finer points of opera and establish their careers.

African Children's Choir to perform at Buckhead Theatre

African Children's Choir to perform at Buckhead Theatre

ATLANTA -- Embagga Means Party, a benefit for the African Children's Choir, is coming to the Buckhead Theatre later this month.

The Grammy-nominated choir will perform with local artists, including the ATL Collective, on Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. The concert will also feature a screening of Imba Means Sing, a short film about the choir and the positive work it has performed in countries across Africa.

Tickets are $45 for general admission. VIP tickets are $200 each or $300 per couple, and include a meet and greet with the choir, admission to a pre-concert cocktail party and a handcrafted piece of African jewelry.

Learn more and buy tickets at embagga.com.

The Buckhead Theatre is located at 3110 Roswell Road.

The 2013 ATL Chocolate Social at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel

The 2013 ATL Chocolate Social at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel

ATLANTA -- The 2013 ATL Chocolate Social will be held Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Shula's 347 Grill, inside the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel. Tickets are now available: http://www.edc-creations.com/chocolate2013.htm

"The ATL Chocolate Social is a gathering  of book clubs, avid readers and authors. This is a social event to bring the groups together to laugh and discuss the books we love." It is hosted by Ella Curry of EDC-Creations. "The word "CHOCOLATE" describes all our beautiful people of color. However, this year, there are chocolate desserts and a chocolate drink for the guest! I hope to see you all there this year," stated Ella.

Legends of CHIMA 4D movie previews at Atlanta Legoland Discovery Center

Legends of CHIMA 4D movie previews at Atlanta Legoland Discovery Center

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, June 6, Atlanta Legoland Discovery Center, welcomed a selected group families, to preview the much anticipated new Legend os CHIMA 4D movie. The new 12 minute animated 4D film, complete with high-impact special effects, will immerse audiences in the fantastical LEGO world of Chima where tribes of animal warriors compete in epic battles for “CHI” – a mystical energy source of limitless power and destruction.

The story follows four young animals as they take a guided tour of the island of Chima with Plovar the Parrot and become entwined in a struggle between good and evil as they help their hero, Laval the Lion Prince, do battle with Cragger the Crocodile King.

Memorial Day weekend events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Memorial Day weekend events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

#1 Memorial Day Weekend - Salute The Troops at Stone Mountain Park:

Stone Mountain Park honors our troops and their families at Atlanta’s largest three-day Memorial Weekend event featuring free concerts, the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, special fireworks finale, and other patriotic activities.

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters