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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.

Writer George Saunders to read at Highland Inn Ballroom

Writer George Saunders to read at Highland Inn Ballroom

ATLANTA -- An author and National Book Award finalist will read at the Highland Inn Ballroom early next year.

George Saunders is the author of short story collection Tenth of December, which was published this year and received near universal praise. A paperback edition will be released in January.

He will read at the Poncey-Highland hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and come with a signed paperback copy of Tenth of December.

According to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Saunders' visit:

Through three previous collections, Saunders was recognized as one of the most important and original writers of his generation; Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible and moving collection yet.

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

ATLANTA -- Elevate Week, the Office of Cultural Affairs' large scale public art project, will begin Friday, Oct. 18 at locations throughout the city.

Muralists and performance groups will create art with the theme "Transit: Time, People and Places" through Saturday, Oct. 26.

"I am excited by this year's program because it is a testament to the evolving role of public art in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta," Eddie Granderson, public art program manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. "We are growing Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination through public art."

MARTA has partnered with the program to design a special Elevate bus. Route 49 will drive past much of the Elevate artwork, giving riders the opportunity to see it.

Center for Puppetry Arts Celebrates 35th Anniversary

This September, the Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating 35 years as an institution in both the puppetry community and the Atlanta attraction scene. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched their lives through enchanting performances, interactive workshops and museum exhibits, as well as Distance Learning and Outreach Programs.

Fernbank exhibit reveals Marco Polo's Silk Road journey

Fernbank exhibit reveals Marco Polo's Silk Road journey

ATLANTA Fernbank Museum of Natural History brings the incredible 13th-century travels, experiences and legends of Marco Polo to life in Marco Polo: Man & Myth, on view from Sept. 28 to Jan. 5.

Making its North American premiere at Fernbank Museum, Marco Polo: Man & Myth highlights his epic 24-year journey from Venice to China along the Silk Road, and showcases Marco Polo as the ultimate adventure traveler.