GDOT Announces Road-Specific Twitter Traffic Handles

When the Waze app, WSB Radio Twitter feed, and Atlanta traffic expert Chris Monroe aren’t enough, you’ll want to have these GDOT Twitter handles posting information in your feed.

GDOT warns, however, “only the really serious incidents will be Tweeted so you won’t be overwhelmed with alerts for every minor fender-bender or stall.”

  • I-75 in metro Atlanta – @GDOT_I75_ATL
  • I-85 in metro Atlanta – @GDOT_I85_ATL
  • I-285 in metro Atlanta – @GDOT_I285_ATL
  • I-20 in metro Atlanta – @GDOT_I20_ATL
  • GA 400 in metro Atlanta – @GDOT_SR400_ATL
  • I-75 south of Atlanta – @GDOT_I75_S_GA
  • I-75 north of Atlanta – @GDOT_I75_N_GA
  • I-85 south of Atlanta – @GDOT_I85_S_GA
  • I-85 north of Atlanta – @GDOT_I85_N_GA
  • I-20 west of Atlanta – @GDOT_I20_W_GA
  • I-20 east of Atlanta – @GDOT_I20_E_GA
  • I-95 across eastern Georgia – @GDOT_I95
  • I-16 between Macon & Savannah – @GDOT_I16
  • I-24 & I-59 northwestern Georgia – @GDOT_I24I59
  • Other ATL Highways (I-575, I-675, US 78, SR 141, SR 316 & SR 166) – @GDOT_othATLhwys
  • Other Georgia Highways (I-520, I-516, I-185 & I-985) – @GDOT_othGAhwys

15 Things to do Around Atlanta This Weekend (November 1 & 2)

Weekend

  1. FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop – There’s nothing Halloween-y about this FREE kids fun at your local Home Depot store. No RSVP is required.
  2. Avalon Grand Opening Celebration – All weekend long, Alpharetta’s live/work/play development celebrates their opening with chef demos, concerts, special kid-friendly activities, and much more.
  3. Chastain Park Arts Festival – Named Best Self Magazine’s “Best Local Festival,” the Chastain Park Arts Festival will transform the park into an outdoor art gallery to the backdrop of vibrant fall hues featuring up to 200 fine local and regional artists and artisans along tree lined Park Drive.
  4. Macy’s Pink Pig – It may seem early but Macy’s Pink Pig at Lenox Square opens this weekend!
  5. Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch – Visitors can enjoy zip lines, hay rides, Tiny Town (a village of themed playhouses), a locomotive train, a petting zoo, paddle boats, pumpkin cannon, pony rides, cane pole fishing, carousel, live bands, special events, and more.
  6. The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens – A Callaway Gardens tradition on the first Saturday of every November, the Steeplechase features thoroughbreds racing through woodland surroundings, plus pony rides, a foxhound parade, a hat contest and much more.
  7. Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game – New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann and his wife Ashley will return as the honorary chairs for the Delta Air Lines Double Play fifth annual Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game.
  8. Santa’s Arrival at Town Center at Cobb – Santa’s calendar shows that November 1 is the day he should arrive at Town Center Mall! Welcome Santa and his reindeer as the Walker School Marching Band escorts them to the Food Court Main Entrance at 7 p.m., followed by a magical snowfall. Guests can look forward to face painting, activities, giveaways, balloon artists and much more!
  9. Book Festival of the MJCCA – The annual festival kicks off November 1 with an event featuring Danny Tanner himself, Bob Saget. Tickets are available for events through November 19.
  10. Indian Festival & Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park – Held at Stone Mountain Park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.
  11. Second Self Beer Company Tasting Room Opening –  Atlanta’s newest craft brewery Second Self Beer Company invites the public to tour the brewery and partake in tastings of their four flagship brews on Saturday, November 1.
  12. Chomp and Stomp Chili Cookoff and Festival – This will be the 3rd year for the festival and organizers have a huge artist market, rescue groups, chili cookout, beer booths and plenty of hilarious people for entertainment planned!
  13. Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star? Costume Contest – Sunday, November 2, Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta is rolling out the red carpet for the city’s youngest rock stars for a special “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” costume contest featuring live music from the Gwinnett School of Rock.
  14. Atlanta Lobster Festival – The inaugural outdoor festival will include an afternoon of live music, arts and crafts, light bites from a selection of the city’s top restaurants, as well as a variety of craft beer and wine options.
  15. “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow” at the Center for Puppetry Arts - An audience favorite, the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers bring their unique brand of hip humor to the famous Washington Irving short story. In this comedic version, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image.

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Broadway in Atlanta Announces Wicked Tickets Go On Sale Next Week

Chandra Lee Schwartz and Emma Hunton_2014 (Photo by Joan Marcus)It’s back! After breaking box office records and selling out in record time for its third Atlanta engagement in 2011, Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Atlanta’s The Fox Theatre February 18- March 8 as a special to the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 series. 

Starting at 10 a.m. on November 6, Wicked fans can purchase tickets for the show based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

“After Wicked broke North American sales records during its 2011 Atlanta engagement, we knew that audiences couldn’t get enough of this impressive show,” said Russ Belin, vice president of Broadway in Atlanta. “Audiences continue to embrace Wicked, and we’re honored to host its fourth Atlanta engagement.”

Tickets start at $33 and will be available at by visiting foxtheatre.org/wicked, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may by placed by calling 404-881-2000.

image courtesy of Joan Marcus

Instacart Offers Occupy My Family Readers $10 Off and FREE Delivery

InstacartBesides getting to know about great events, there are other perks to being an Occupy My Family reader- discount codes!

Instacart is the service that allows you to order groceries from Costco, Kroger, and Whole Foods then have those delivered without ever having to leave your house.

This month they’ve expanding their service area with a new zone, North Fulton- to service Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, and part of John’s Creek.

Exclusive for Occupy My Family readers, Instacart is offering coupon code occupymyfamatl. When you enter that code at the time of checkout, you will receive $10 toward your first purchase and free delivery on any order of $35 or more.

Oakland Cemetery Boasts Large Crowds During Annual Halloween Tours

Selena Sloane Butler CSO - photo by Bob AlbertsonMore than 6,000 visitors were welcomed to Oakland Cemetery this year during the Atlanta cemetery’s annual Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours raising over $150,000 benefitting the Historic Oakland Foundation, which maintains Oakland Cemetery in partnership with the City of Atlanta.

“We had an astounding turnout this year, with tickets selling out faster than ever before,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “It’s a delight to welcome newcomers from around the country as well as groups who make Capturing the Spirit a Halloween tradition.”

Each year, Capturing the Spirit features six different notables interred at Oakland. This year included appearances from Four Roses bourbon founder Rufus M. Rose; B.F. White, author of The Sacred Harp shapenote songbook; Selena Sloan Butler, founder of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association; Fanny Milledge, a member of the family that established Georgia’s former capital city, Milledgeville; 19th-century local Johnson Bridwell, who met a curious demise; and an unnamed mother mourning her young child buried in Potters’ Field.

Additionally, tours featured a fortune teller housed in the candlelit Rawson Mausoleum and performances from The Ghosts Project musical collective.

Next year, Oakland will celebrate nine years of Capturing the Spirit on Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31. Tickets go on sale July 1 for Oakland Cemetery Members and July 15 for the general public.

image courtesy of Bob Albertson

Get Drunk on Noodles at Tin Drum Asiacafé This Holiday Season

Tin Dum AsiacafeThe holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year, don’t they? Well, this is one holiday event you won’t mind starting ASAP- Drunken Noodles are coming to Tin Drum Asiacafé.

Available November 3 to December 28, the Tin Drum Drunken Noodle bowl will warm your belly with sautéed chicken, rice noodles, broccoli, baby corn, red peppers, basil and scallions stir-fried in a fiery drunken sauce and drizzled with green chili sauce.

Also added to the menu are Asian Nachos, an appetizer of crispy wonton triangles with teriyaki sauce, Asian slaw, chicken, jalapeños, green onion, pineapple and carrots drizzled with green curry sauce and Sriracha. An additional offering of Sweet Mango Sticky Rice, a seasonally inspired treat of warm vanilla coconut rice with mangos and a sweet lime-mango sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut is now on the menu.

Want to share your Drunken Noodles fun with friends and family members? Tin Drum is rewarding those who purchase $25 gift cards with a free entrée to add to the holiday festivities throughout the Drunken Noodles event.

If you’re a Tin Drum fan, be sure to be on the lookout for weekly giveaways on the Tin Drum Facebook page. If you like to save money (who doesn’t?!) get your Drunken Noodles fix  plus any size fountain drink for just $6. Every weekday after 5 p.m., customers can indulge in the Din Din Duo, which includes one Asian Nacho appetizer, two regular priced entrees and two Sweet Mango Sticky Rice’s for $20.

image courtesy of Tin Drum Asiacafé

Village Tavern Offers a Chain Change of Pace

IMG_6374-1Dining in Alpharetta used to be referred to as a strictly chain restaurant experience. While Village Tavern is technically a chain restaurant, it has the atmosphere and service that set it apart from many other similarly described dining locales.

Located on the corner of Westside Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road, Village Tavern is easy to get to and has plenty of parking even during the lunch hour. It’s upscale lodge meets arts and crafts look encourages families to dine with only their well-behaved children while the business casual dress not stipulated but embraced by diners fits the atmosphere.

During busy dinner hours (we went on a Thursday and it was packed), we recommend making reservations. We did and were immediately brought to our table where our server greeted us offered to pair selections from the menu with various glasses of wine. While we passed on that offer, we did sample from the cocktail menu trying an Absolute Alpharetta (apparently Alpharetta tastes like raspberries and cream) and a traditional Manhattan.      Continue reading

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to the Avalon Grand Opening

AvalonAvalon, Alpharetta’s new live/work/play development celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, October 30 with events lasting through the weekend. Before you head there, here are five things you need to know before you go:

1.)  There are four major routes that will take you there. If you are worried about traffic, get to know the alternate routes around Avalon well; they are easily accessible.

  • Johns Creek/Suwanee – If you’re coming from Johns Creek/Suwanee, you’ll want to take either Old Milton Parkway or Webb Bridge Road to travel east to west.
  • Roswell – If you’re coming from Roswell, consider taking Westside Parkway over GA 400 north and south.
  • Milton – If you’re traveling from Milton, you can travel south on Deerfield Parkway which turns into Westside Parkway.
  • Atlanta/Forsyth County – If you’re coming from Atlanta or Forsyth County, take GA 400 north or south then get off at Exit 10 (Old Milton Parkway). Consider getting off the highway one exit above or below Old Milton Parkway (Haynes Bridge Road or Windward Parkway) if you are concerned about highway traffic. All exits are only a small detour off the main route to get to Avalon.
  • Cobb/Cherokee Counties – Take 92 east to Highway 9 then proceed north to Old Milton Parkway, turning right onto Old Milton Parkway.

2.)  All roads within Phase One of Avalon will be open during the Grand Opening. That means you can enter and exit off of Old Milton Parkway and Westside Parkway. Some roadways within Avalon will be closed during the weekend’s concerts to accommodate crowds.      Continue reading