The Sandos Playacar Riviera: Mexican luxury for the whole family

The Sandos Playacar Riviera: Mexican luxury for the whole family


(Editor’s note: Our kid movie reviewer Kevin took the week off from seeing a movie this week and opted to write a review of his vacation instead.)

The Sandos Playacar Riviera hotel is a wonderful place. It has great food (you have to try their shrimp), it’s right on the beach, and there is a soothing spa for after a long day at the beach.

Fayette Senior Services to host prescription medicine lunch and learn

Fayette Senior Services will host a new Lunch & Learn session entitled “The Pharmacist is In,” presented by Medicare Part D expert and pharmacist, Ralph Balchin of Jones Pharmacy in Fayetteville.

Promise Place holds volunteer orientation at library

Promise Place, the council on domestic violence that serves over 1,000 women and children each year in Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties, is in need of volunteers. A volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flint River Library in Griffin located at 800 Memorial Drive.

‘Kung Fu Panda’: Jack is back with a black belt!

Po (Jack Black) is a panda in China who dreams of being a member of the Furious Five, a revered group of highly-trained karate animals. He is unfortunately the son of a noodle server.

‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’: Seriously, don’t

Where have you gone, Billy Madison? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, boo-hoo-hoo. Adam Sandler’s new comedy, “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan” has a tremendous pedigree and enormous potential, but it is wasted in an unfunny mess.

Fund-raiser at Tyrone Depot June 14

A fund-raiser for Sharpsburg resident Abby Hirsch Phillips will be held Saturday, June 14 at the Tyrone Depot located at 847 Senoia Road. Related to a recent cancer diagnosis, the fund-raiser will feature a spaghetti dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment by Second Time Around will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until midnight.

Fayette Family Market Day features handmade, homemade or homegrown

Back by popular demand, Fayetteville Main Street is hosting the Fayette Family Market Day on the second Saturdays of June, July and August, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., around the gazebo at Stonewall Village.

It’s all free at Family Film Nights

“Surf’s Up” will kick off this year’s free Family Film Nights at the Villages Amphitheater on June 21. This popular event in Fayetteville is sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Webb, Lindsey & Wade Attorneys at Law, and Fayetteville Main Street Tourism Association.

Wild Cats sing along as FCFT presents Disney’s ‘High School Musical’

Fayette Coweta Family Theatre invites young and old to "Bop To The Top," "Stick To The Status Quo" and join us for the "Start of Something New" as they present the Disney mega-hit "High School Musical." Join the jocks, brainiacs, cheerleaders and thespians of East High School as they are "Breaking Free" and learning they are "All In This Together!"

Chorale performs 4th annual Friends & Family show

The Southern Nights Chorale will present its fourth annual Friends & Family Concert on Friday, June 20. This year’s performance will be held at Peachtree City First Baptist Church, 208 Willowbend Road off Ga. Highway 54.

Senoia public library launches summer reading program

Join the Senoia Area Public Library this summer as it discovers the amazing world of insects with their “Catch the Reading Bug!” summer reading program. The 2008 summer reading program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with special programs, prizes, crafts, story hours and more planned.

Newnan Theatre Company stages ‘Wait Until Dark’

Although Newnan Theatre Company kicked off their latest production, “Wait Until Dark,” last week, audiences still have two more weekends to catch this thrilling show.

Twilight Theatre heads ‘Into The Woods’ this weekend

Twilight Theatre will launch their latest production this weekend at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.

“Into the Woods” is directed by Robbie Kirkland, with music directed by Alison Chambers. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on June 6, 7 and 13 and at 2:30 p.m. on June 8 and 15.

Artist Lois Bruning opens garden for fine art exhibit

The Red Gate Daylily Garden will present five of Coweta’s best known, award-winning fine artists for an open air art show this Saturday. The public is invited to come meet the artists and browse through the garden, enjoying the art work. The artists, Kristina Adams, Karen Boswell, Lois Bruning, Mary Hanna and Lisa Schumacher, will demonstrate the art of plein air painting. The women have been busy putting the finishing touches on their creations.

Planning underway for Newnan’s Independence Day celebration

Main Street Newnan will kick off the city’s Independence Day activities with the annual parade at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 4. The parade starts at the Veterans Park at the corner of Temple and Jackson Street and continues down Jackson and LaGrange to conclude at Newnan High School.

‘Prince Caspian’: No-No Narnia

I want to tread carefully with this review because “Prince Caspian” wasn’t necessarily a bad movie – it just wasn’t as good as it could have and should have been. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” was so good that “Prince Caspian” looks bad in comparison, despite having several standout efforts.

Southern Crescent Chorale auditions for new season

The Southern Crescent Chorale, one of our region's most valuable fine arts assets, is now holding auditions for the 2008-2009 season. Formed in 2002, the chorale is a highly regarded, 70-member vocal group under the direction of renowned choral director, Janice Folsom.

Local dance company is ‘all for one and one for all’

It's "all for one and one for all" in the swashbuckling and exciting story of “The Three Musketeers” presented by Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts in association with Georgia Dance Theatre. This fun, action-oriented production of “The Three Musketeers” will be presented Sunday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at The Centre for the Performing & Visual Arts of Coweta County, located on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.

Tickets now on sale for Twilight's ‘Into The Woods’

Tickets are now on sale for Twilight Theatre's production of “Into the Woods,” directed by Robbie Kirkland with music directed by Alison Chambers. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on June 6, 7 and 13 and at 2:30 p.m. on June 8 and 15 at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, located at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan.

Fly-in scheduled for Saturday

The Peach State Aerodrome will host an Antique and Experimental Aircraft Fly-In on Saturday, June 7. The event will feature all types of antique, classic and modern airplanes. Antique cars will also be on display.

‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’: Good, old, Indy

The first minute that Indiana Jones is on screen in the fourth installment of this popular series is a little weak. Harrison Ford looks a little old, and the delivery of the lines seems a little soft and a trifle forced. And then, he takes on an army of Russians in Area 51, beats up more than a few of them and narrowly avoids being destroyed in an atomic blast. You can breathe a sigh of relief, Indiana Jones is back.

Jam with the party band of the South

Jam with the party band of the South

Dust off your dancing shoes and come enjoy the sounds of the Swingin’ Medallions at the Villages Amphitheater on Saturday, May 31. Tickets are $15 for general seating.

Calling all bargain hunters

Community sale held this weekend

The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the seventh annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Memorial Day celebrations

A long weekend to remember

Memorial Day celebrations

Local communities are gearing up this weekend for celebrations and remembrances in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day festivities will kick-off Saturday in Fayetteville, though most of the annual holiday events will be held on Monday. Cities from Coweta and Fayette counties have organized events to honor veterans, and locals are encouraged to participate. Celebrations range from morning ceremonies to all-day festivals.

‘The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian’: Sword-fighting fun

It’s been one year since the Pevensie siblings, Peter, Edmond, Susan and Lucy, defeated the White Witch, Jadis, and saved the land of Narnia from her. They have been living in England for that year, and are starting to get used to things being normal.

Toes will be tapping

“Riverdance” plays farewell shows this weekend

Toes will be tapping

“Riverdance,” the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play five farewell performances at the Fox Theatre from May 16-18 as part of the Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta 2008 season.

“Since 1996, the success of ‘Riverdance’ in North America has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences 13 years after its debut in Dublin is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show.”

Health and safety are top priorities at upcoming event

On Saturday, May 17, communities worldwide will participate in the 13th annual Kids Day America/International – a health, safety, and environmental awareness day. Dr. Matthew Davis will be sponsoring the event locally from 12 until 3 p.m. at South Metro Ministries, 3935 Ga. Highway 34 E in Sharpsburg, Ga.

Main Street accepting applications for Homemade Ice Cream Festival

Main Street Newnan is currently accepting applications for the Homemade Ice Cream Festival, planned for Saturday, July 5, 2008 from 12 to 3 p.m. on the square in historic downtown Newnan. The Homemade Ice Cream Festival will be held in conjunction with the monthly Market Days on the Square.

Patriotic sponsors help celebrate event in Peachtree City

Thanks to the generous contributions of local sponsors, organizers of the Peachtree City Memorial Day celebration have been able to offer food and beverages to spectators and participants for the past three years.

Memorial Day horse show open to public

On Saturday, May 24, Quail Ridge Farm will play host to a Memorial Day Show. The Memorial Day Show, a one day show, is open to the public at no charge for admission.

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