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Rome to host 5K, fireworks for July 4

Rome to host 5K, fireworks for July 4

ROME, Ga. -- Rome is offering residents and visitors a colorful way to celebrate Independence Day.

The Color Me Free 5K will kick off the festivities on Friday, July 4. Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the race, where they will be doused in bright colors at various points on the course.

After the run, everyone is invited to stick around for live music, refreshments, games, prizes and a kids' activity center at Ridge Ferry Park. Fireworks will start after dark.

The race will begin at 6 p.m. It costs $30 in advance and $35 on race day. Register no later than noon on Friday, June 27 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Runners will also be given race packets, color packets and sunglasses.

Visit venuedog.com for more information.

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

One Book Many Voices to discuss 'The Night Train'

ROME, Ga. -- The first of this year's One Book Many Voices community-wide book discussions will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Coosa Room at Rome's Sara Hightower Regional Library.

One Book Many Voices is a program designed to foster literacy and build dialogue in the community. This year's selection is The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton.

"The book focuses on the characters' personal transformation and evolving attitudes toward race, but in the process it sheds light on the impact of the civil rights movement on a national and local level," said Katherine Powell, who serves on the program's committee.

"We hope (the book) will encourage people who lived through that time to share their stories with each other and with those too young to remember," Powell added.

Berry College associate professor of English Christina Bucher will lead next Tuesday's discussion.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery launches new app

Myrtle Hill Cemetery launches new app

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new mobile app next month for visitors to the city's historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

The app features a tour with 65 sites throughout the 156-year-old cemetery. It includes a map, video, audio, text and photos.

"We've put over two years worth of historical research into this application," GRCVB communications director Chris Cannon said in a statement. "With this app, the experience is literally the same as having a historian touring you through the cemetery."

The GRCVB will hold an app launch party on Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Sexton's house in the middle of the cemetery.

The app was funded by the Myrtle Hill/Oak Hill Memorial Association.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Greater Rome CVB to offer Civil War river tour

Greater Rome CVB to offer Civil War river tour

ROME, Ga. -- Set sail on Rome's three rivers on Sunday, Oct. 23 to learn the historical significance of these waterways.

Tickets are now on sale for Spirits of the Civil War: Rome's Riverways. Climb aboard the Roman Holiday, the city's public excursion boat, to experience Rome's historical vistas from a unique perspective and understand the power that the waters held in fighting Union troops during the 1860s.

MORE: Learn about Rome's Spirits of the Civil War series

Captain Dennis Nordeman will lead the cruise down the rivers, sharing local lore, key Civil War events and the natural features that help troops get from place to place and defend themselves during battles.

Tickets for the Civil War river tour are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under.

Got Louisa? Berry highlights 'Little Women' author

Got Louisa? Berry highlights 'Little Women' author

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Memorial Library is sponsoring a series of reading, viewing and discussion programs in September focused on Louisa May Alcott's extraordinary life and work.

The programs have been developed in conjunction with Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.