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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.

Covington poet publishes collection

Covington poet publishes collection

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A Covington author has published a new collection of Christian poems.

Huster H.'s Poems of Praise and More is available nationwide this week.

"'Poems of Praise and More' is God's gift to the author," Huster H.'s publisher, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, said in a release. "This poetic sermon is to be shared among Christians to help spread God's word. It is God's amazing grace, God's vision and his glory that led the author to present his poetry collection."

Visit tatepublishing.com for more information about the collection.

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.

Party on the Farm tickets on sale

Party on the Farm tickets on sale

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Party on the Farm will be lots of fun for families and country music fans.

The music festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Neely Farms in Covington. The parking lot will open for tailgating at 1 p.m.

This year's lineup includes Covington natives Taylor Marie and Ashley Walden, "The Voice" participant Jordan Rager and up-and-coming Nashville recording artist Craig Campbell.

Neely Farms will have food and drink vendors on site. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and chairs, or to gather in a standing area at the front of the stage.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate, plus $5 for parking. Visit partyonthefarmgeorgia.com for more information or to buy tickets.

Neely Farms is located at 9135 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Free jazz concert in downtown Covington

Free jazz concert in downtown Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The city of Covington is bringing back its free summer concert series this year.

On Friday, June 14, Chand Antonio Bennett & NEO4 will perform live at 7 p.m. in Covington Square Park.

Everyone is invited to attend the jazz concert, which is hosted by Main Street Covington & the Arts Association.

For more information, visit downtowncovington.org.

Oxford College brings Shakespeare to new audiences

Oxford College brings Shakespeare to new audiences

OXFORD, Ga. -- An Oxford College assistant professor has made it his mission to bring Shakespeare to diverse audiences beyond his Newton County classroom.

Kevin Quarmby and his colleague, Emory University English professor Sheila Cavanagh, have embarked on a tour of their World Shakespeare Project to take the Bard to new locations.

During this year's spring break, Cavanagh and Quarmby gave a Shakespeare presentation at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. They met with English and theater students to test classroom technology and make sure it would support video interaction with their respective classrooms in Atlanta and Oxford.

Quarmby and Cavanagh also plan to teach a Maymester Shakespeare course at La Fundación Shakespeare Argentina, but their current focus is to connect with Native Americans.