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Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Lucky in Love: Romantic Valentine's Day concert under the stars

Lucky in Love: Romantic Valentine's Day concert under the stars

ATLANTA -- Fernbank Science Center announces a special concert by renowned space music composer Jonn Serrie. Serrie will perform a romantic selection of his music on Friday, Feb. 13 for one show only, accompanied by the star projector and other visual effects at Fernbank Science Center’s Jim Cherry Planetarium.

“We’re so lucky that a composer of Jonn’s stature, who actually specializes in planetarium soundtracks, is based here in Atlanta,” says Fernbank Science Center astronomer April Whitt. "Collaborating with him on our holiday shows has been a treat for all of us, even more so for the audiences, so it’s wonderful to do something with him to observe Valentine’s.”

The concert, titled Lucky in Love, will take place the night before Valentine’s Day at 8 p.m. Tickets are being sold in pairs, and will include some special "sweets for the sweet" to enjoy along with the music.

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA -- An upcoming concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater will also support Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb.

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips will perform at the Atlanta amphitheater on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the non-table show.

Tickets range in price from $35.50 to $40.50 and can be purchased at classicchastain.com.

Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb spokesperson Julie Hopkins said that for every ticket O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips sell on their summer tour, $1 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. DeKalb partners families and representatives will attend the July 26 show as special guests of the artists.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb at dekalbhabitat.org.

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

ATLANTA -- The author of Farm Fresh Georgia will visit Atlanta later this month.

Jodi Helmer exhaustively researched attractions, dining trends and farms throughout the state's six regions -- Appalachian, Atlanta Metro, Blue Ridge, Lower Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain -- to write Farm Fresh Georgia: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Dairies, Festivals, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More.

She will visit the Freedom Farmers' Market at the Carter Center on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers can meet Helmer at the community table. The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway NE.

Fernbank's 97 Days of Play begins May 31

Fernbank's 97 Days of Play begins May 31

ATLANTA -- Fernbank Museum of Natural History is getting ready to kick off its 97 Days of Play series of summertime events.

The fun begins on Saturday, May 31, when the museum will host an Island Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children who attend Island Adventure Day can learn all about the animals who live in exotic locations around the world. Live animals, including lemurs, will help kids understand more about Madagascar; Fernbank is currently hosting the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

Other scheduled activities include a DJ spinning island tunes, a shell scavenger hunt, limbo and hula-hoop contests, and a craft that allows children to make their own fish scales out of colorful tissue paper.

Island Adventure Day is free to attend for Fernbank members and included in admission price for non-members. Learn more at fernbankmuseum.org.

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.

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.