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Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Devin Michaels hosts listening party

Devin Michaels hosts listening party

ATLANTA -- R&B singer Devin Michael will hold a listening party for the debut album L.O.V.E. (Letting Out Various Emotions). The EP was released Feb. 13.

The listening party will be at Nancy's Pizza Buckhead on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m., and will include a live remote broadcast for LaunchPad Radio Show with Ian Burke.

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.

Karaoke for Kidz hosted by Quinnes Parker Jr.

Karaoke for Kidz hosted by Quinnes Parker Jr.

ATLANTA -- Quinnes Parker Jr, author of "Ask My Dad He Can Help," will host Atlanta's first ever Karaoke For Kidz, held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Nancy's Pizza in Buckhead.

The purpose of the event is collect items needed for #walk4edu in support of Holloway's Gift for Life (www.HGOL.org). Items desired include cases of bottled water, Gatorade, towels and sweatbands.

Quinnes is asking that the Atlanta community bring their children to have a good time with him and his family. He will also have copies of his book available for selected guests. Interested parties are suggested to RSVP at publicrelations@reinchild.com.

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

ATLANTA -- Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta in January.

Kidd is best known for writing The Secret Life of Bees, which was made into a 2008 movie starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. She is also the author of The Mermaid Chair.

Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, like her previous two books, is a celebration of women.

According to Book Atlanta: