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Friday, September 28, 2012

2012 Girls Who Rule The World Weekend set to kick off in ATL today! @TheSMHF

Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend is a three-day two-night program designed by Marjorie Harvey and The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. 

The 2012 Girls Who Rule The World Weekend set to kick off in ATL todaay! Stay tuned for daily updates throughout the weekend by following the hashtag #GirlsWhoRuleTheWorld and me @sojournerruth. 


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 Domestic Violence Awareness Month events

2012 Domestic Violence Awareness Month events

Updated September 26, 2012
If you have an event planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and would like to see it listed here, please send event details, including date, time, location, name of organization organizing the event, name of organization receiving proceeds from the event (if applicable), and information on how to RSVP (if applicable) to Allison Smith at   

September 27th
 September 28th
  • Peachtree City – Annual 5K “Run from Domestic Violence” at City Hall.v Registration begins 5:00 p.m., race begins 6:00 p.m.  Register on site or at  All funds raised go to Promise Place Domestic Violence Shelter.
 October 1st through October 31st
  • Savannah – Walk In Their Shoes exhibit at Oglethorpe Mall
 October 1st
  • Rome - Local domestic violence program Hospitality House will serve as guest speaker on local radio show “Talk of the Town with Nelle Reagan,” AM 1470 WRGA.  Tune in at 9:00 a.m.
  • Rome - Clothesline Project, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired, 336 Broad Street, Suite 201.  Bring your own t-shirt to design as part of this display to honor those who have been impacted by domestic violence.
  • Savannah – Ribbon Tying Ceremony, Forsyth Park.  To mark the commencement of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SAFE Shelter will tie purple ribbons around the perimeter trees in Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park. 
 October 2nd
  • Rome - Annual Candlelight Vigil, Rotary Plaza (between the Forum and the courthouse, downtown Rome.  Refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.
  • Winder – 12th Annual Candlelight Vigil, Old Barrow County Courthouse.  The vigil will commence with a brief introduction of the Awareness Art Exhibit at the Old Barrow County Courthouse from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a march to the Winder Pavilion for the official candlelight ceremony from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.  
 October 2nd through October 31st
  • Winder – Artwork display and sale, Old Barrow County Courthouse.  Begins with opening reception on Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., immediately preceding candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m.  Ten percent of artwork sales goes to benefit Peace Place, Inc.
 October 4th
  • Atlanta – Caminar Latino’s 3rd Annual Gracias Party, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE.  Please RSVP to  Admission free, suggested donation $15.
  • Statesboro – “Dancing with the Statesboro Stars 2012”, Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Citizens Against Violence, Inc.  Tickets are now on sale through the Performing Arts Center box office at 912.478.7999 or online at  Vote for your favorite couple at
 October 5th
  • Brunswick – “High Heels, High Hopes” Fashion Show, 6:00 p.m., Art Downtown, 1413 Newcastle Street.  Admission $10.  Proceeds benefit Glynn Community Crisis Center.
  • Hiram – Candlelight vigil, 7:00 p.m., Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park (corner of Hwy. 92 and Oak Street).  For more information, call 770-443-5213,
  • Lithonia - Annual Candlelight Vigil, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., The Mall at Stonecrest. Sponsored by the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Thomasville – 12th Annual Kick-Off Rally for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 11:30 a.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Parish Hall.  Sponsored by Halcyon Home for Battered Women.
 October 6th
 October 9th
  • Gainesville – 8th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Gainesville Public Safety Building, 701 Queen City Parkway.  Sponsored by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force and Gateway Domestic Violence Center.  Event is free and open to the public.
 October 10th
  • National Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day.  Partnerships with local women’s healthcare offices to distribute info about the effect of domestic violence on women’s health.  For information to share in your doctor’s office, go to
  • Atlanta – Domestic Violence in the Workplace 2012 Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., The Home Depot Corporate Headquarters.  Presented by Partnership Against Domestic Violence.  For more information or to register, visit
  • Rome - Lunch & Learn: The Effect of Domestic Violence on Women’s Health, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Georgia Highlands School of Nursing, Rome Campus Annex.  Pizza, salad, drinks, and volunteer hours available.
 October 12th
  • Calhoun – Golf tournament, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Calhoun Elks Lodge, 143 Craigtown Road Northeast.  Proceeds benefit Tranquility House.  For more information, call 770-386-8093.
  • Jonesboro – “Face and Shades of Domestic Violence in the Faith Community”, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Higher Living Christian Church.  Presented by Sisters Empowerment Network and Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center.
 October 13th
  • Cornelia – 2012 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, downtown Cornelia.  Registration at 9:00 a.m., walk at 10:00 a.m. from the Post Office and ending at the historic train depot.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Presented by the Family Violence Task Force of the Mountain Judicial Circuit. For more information or to register, visit
  • Douglasville – 4th Annual S.H.A.R.E. House Paws-an-Effect Dog Show, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Road.  Free admission.  All event proceeds will benefit S.H.A.R.E. House.  For more information, visit
  • Stone Mountain – E.P.I.C. 5k Walk, “Walking Into a New D.A.W.N.”  Stone Mountain Park.  Registration/Signup at 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m.  Registration $10.  Bring a business suit to give to women in safe houses!  Register at
 October 18th
  • Atlanta – 5th Annual International Dessert Night, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Womble Carlyle.  Tickets are $45 and may be purchased via PayPal on IWH’s Facebook page or by contacting Anna Blau at 770-413-5557.  Proceeds benefit International Women’s House.  For more information, visit
  • Decatur – 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil, 7:00 p.m., Gazebo in Decatur Square.  Presented by Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.
  • Thomasville – 16th Annual Candlelight Vigil, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Parish Hall.  Silent march at 6:30 p.m., vigil at 7:00 p.m.  Presented by Halcyon Home for Battered Women.
 October 19th
  • Dalton – 6th Annual Domestic Violence Conference, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Dalton State College, Gignilliat Memorial Hall.  Registration is $35.  Presented by the Conasauga Family Violence Alliance.  For registration information, go to
  • Rome – 2012 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Heritage Park (across from Barron Stadium).  Check-in at 11:00 a.m., walk begins at 12:00 p.m.  For more information or to register, visit
 October 20th
 October 21st
  • Marietta – Youth Track or Treat Fun Run, Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Avenue SW.  Registration 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., warm up 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., run at 2:30 p.m.  Benefits the YWCA of Northwest Georgia domestic violence shelter.  For more information or to register, visit
 October 22nd
 October 23rd
  • Rome - Panel discussion, 12:00 p.m., Seven Hills Rotary Club, Coosa Country Club, 110 Branham Avenue.  Advocates, therapists, and law enforcement will share perspectives on domestic and dating violence.
 October 24th
  • Atlanta – Silent No More Candlelight Vigil, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 235 Andrew Young Boulevard Northwest.  Featuring inspirational domestic violence survivor stories, live performance courtesy of Praise 102.5 FM, and a candlelight vigil in remembrance of victims in Georgia.  Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments served.  Sponsored PADV, International Women’s House, Securus House, and GCADV.  For more information, visit
 October 25th
  • Atlanta – “Walking Among Us, Today & Forever,” an event to honor and remember those who have passed and celebrate those who have survived.  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Latin America Association, 2750 Buford Highway.
  • Marietta – Vigil, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Grover Park, Historic Marietta Square.  Presented by YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Cobb Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter, and the Solicitor General’s Office of Cobb County.
  • Newnan – Vegas Nights, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Healthy Life Chiropractic, 2753 E. Hwy 34, Suite 1.  Ages 21 and older.  RSVP by calling Candy at 770-683-9454.
 October 26th
  • Toccoa – Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil, 7:00 p.m., Henderson Falls Park Amphitheatre.  Presented by the Family Violence Task Force of the Mountain Judicial Circuit.
 October 27th
 October 28th
 October 30th
  • Rome - Hospitality House for Women’s Annual Meeting, 6:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Daniel Hall, downtown Rome.  Refreshments will be served.  Interested community members welcome.
 November 3rd

FREE Admission to over 1,400 museums this Saturday!

 FREE Admission to over 1,400 museums this Saturday. Follow link to secure your ticket and find the list of participating museums.

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run

AIDS Walk AtlantaProduced by AID Atlanta, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeastern United States.

Now commemorating 22 years of walking and running, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues to raise much needed funds for AIDS Service Organizations throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. These organizations provide essential programs and services for men, women, and children who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. With the support and dedication of teams and corporate sponsors, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run raised $1,000,000 during its 2011 campaign!

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2012 will be held on Sunday, October 21st in Piedmont Park.
This event is first-come-first-served, so sign up as soon as possible!
Click here to sign up.

My hairstylist, Brian is running the 5K race! Donate to his team:


Monday, September 24, 2012

Mom Bloggers for Social Good @globalteamof200 #socialgoodmoms #globalteamof200

I'm thrilled to be a part of @globalteamof200 #socialgoodmoms #globalteamof200
The Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health. My calling is to do more for social good. I can't wait for you to join my journey as I share more information in these various areas, and spark you to join me in social goodness throughout the world.

Alliance Theatre Premieres Original Youth Musical The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly

Alliance Theatre Premieres Original Youth Musical
The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly

Middle School Students Respond to the Real School Closings Around Atlanta

October 27 – November 3, 2012; Opening Night: October 27, 7:00pm

ATLANTA, September 24, 2012 — Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre will kick off its 2012/2013 Theatre for Youth series on October 27, 2012, with The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly, Conceived and Directed by Rosemary Newcott.  

The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta is an improvisational musical exploration of what it means to be a “Real Tween.” It aims to discover more about this misunderstood age group:What makes this age group tick? What makes them funny? What makes them special? What makes them crazy? What makes them real?” The cast has talked to hundreds of middle school kids to uncover answers to these questions.

Inspired by the recent plan to close seven Atlanta schools including two middle schools, the Alliance Theatre asked middle school students to reflect on what a school closing would mean to them.  Their responses in essays and interviews have helped shape The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta - The Final Assembly and are a reminder that demographics and redistricting affect flesh and blood 6th, 7th, and 8th graders around town.

The fourth installment of a musical developed for middle school audiences, The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly welcomes back a familiar cast of characters - brother/sister August and JB March (played by Danielle Deadwyler and Bernard D. Jones), Chloe Lowenstein-O’Malley-Garcia-Smith (played by Claire Rigsby), Brandon Tubbs (played by Jacob York) and Dr. K (played by Keith A. Hale) - for one final school assembly in a middle school that is closing. 

“This assembly is not about complaining.  Well, there may be a little of that,” said Director Rosemary Newcott, The Sally G. Tomlinson Director of Theatre for Youth and Families.  “Mostly, it’s about sharing feelings and ideas and stories that will help make the changes of middle school a little easier – even if it just serves to remind us that all of us are in the same boat.”
For the first time, experiences and stories by real middle school students in their own words will be part of the play in the form of videos.  Join the Alliance for this hilarious and insightful look at the real lives of ‘tweenagers.

Performances are Saturday, October 27, 3:30pm & 7:00pm, and Saturday, November 3, 1:00pm & 3:30pm.  The Official Opening Performance of The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly is October 27, 7:00pm. 
Adult tickets are $20 and children tickets are $15. Tickets are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or by calling 404.733.5000 or visiting online at  Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

The Real Tweenagers of AtlantaThe Final Assembly is part of the Delta Families Series.
Additional Sponsors:  The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; Marriott Residence Inn – Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre; and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Production of The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Calendar Listing Synopsis:
Alliance Theatre – Rich Auditorium
October 27 – November 3, 2012

An improvisational musical exploration of what it means to be a “Real Tween.” The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta – The Final Assembly aims to discover more about this misunderstood age group - what makes them “real?” The cast has worked with middle school kids to uncover answers to that question.  Inspired by the recent plan to close seven Atlanta schools including two middle schools, middle school students reflect on what a school closing would mean to them.  Their responses have helped shaped The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: the Final Assembly.

For tickets, visit or call 404.733.5000

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children - September 24, 2012!


Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement promoting parental engagement as a tool to help keep kids substance free. Mission Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement launched by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia™) in 2001 to remind parents that frequent family Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets – substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids.

Family Day began as a grassroots initiative and has grown to become a nationwide celebration. Every year, families, faith-based organizations, elected officials, Major League Baseball teams, corporations and landmarks across the country celebrate and promote Family Day.

Company Overview CASAColumbia is a science-based, multidisciplinary organization focused on transforming society’s understanding of and response to the disease of addiction. Founded in 1992 by Former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASAColumbia assembles the professional skills needed to research, prevent, treat and eliminate this disease. CASAColumbia conducts its own research and also utilizes the scientific findings of others to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance use and addiction in all sectors of society and its impact on their lives. CASAColumbia aims to reduce the stigma attached to this disease and replace shame with hope. For more information visit

Join the national celebration on Monday, September 24, 2012.


T.H.E. Baby Shower

T.H.E. Baby Shower
October 23, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us at T.H.E. Baby Shower; an exclusive event celebrating you!  

Enjoy an evening with The Bump, Inova Hospital, Capital City Mamas and exciting companies offering an array of products and services for you and your little one.

Must-have baby gear giveaways

Mini-seminars on breastfeeding, safety, fitness and more

Enjoy The Craving Station, Just for Me Corner and Baby Bump Photoshoot

T.H.E. Baby Shower at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center
105 North Union Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA, 22314
(202) 599-0925

Learn more about Bert's Big Adventure!

Bert's Big Adventure 10th Year Anniversary directed, edited and music produced by Joshua Marable.