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Fans brave rain to celebrate 20 years of Outkast

Fans brave rain to celebrate 20 years of Outkast

(WXIA) -- This past weekend, tens of thousands of young music lovers abandoned Atlanta’s bustling city life to travel to a more serene atmosphere in Kingston Downs, Ga., to experience CounterPoint Music Festival, featuring four stages offering a mix of indie, rock, hip-hop and electric soul performances.

CounterPoint was the perfect backdrop for festival-goers to let loose, seeing most wearing little to nothing and taking the opportunity to bask in the sun while glamping on site with their tents. There was something for everyone, with music performances going on simultaneously, on-the-go hot eats, art tents, a cracker jack’d dunking booth, bed head hair styling tent and a colorful Ferris wheel in the middle of the venue.

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.

Berry College to commemorate Trail of Tears

Berry College to commemorate Trail of Tears

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host a Remembering the Trail of Tears Arts and Lecture Series next week.

Alan Garrison, a history professor at Portland State University, will speak at Berry on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Garrison has written a number of essays on the United States' Native American removal policy. He is also the author of The Legal Ideology of Removal: The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations.

His lecture, "Culpability for the Trail of Tears: The Trial of Andrew Jackson," will be in Berry's Krannert Center. It is free and open to the public.

Remembering the Trail of Tears was organized in recognition of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of native nations after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

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.

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- A stage and screen fighting expert will host three master classes at Shorter University this week.

Richard Ryan is the assistant stunt coordinator for "Vikings," a History Channel drama series. He has worked on fight scenes and stunts for a number of major movies, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Golden Compass and The Dark Knight.

Ryan will offer stage combat classes to Shorter theatre and musical theatre majors on Jan. 17 and 18. Students from high schools in Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Paulding counties will also participate in the classes.

"Mr. Ryan is at the top of his field, and our students will learn much from his experience and his knowledge of film and the stage business," Shorter assistant theatre professor Kevin Anderton said. "It is a unique experience for our students to work with a theatre professional of his caliber."