RescueCats, Inc. is a no-kill group dedicated to caring for homeless and owner-surrendered cats. While cats are waiting to be placed in loving, permanent homes, volunteers provide them with shelter and any necessary medical care, including spay or neuter procedures to prevent pet overpopulation and special supplements for those with feline leukemia virus. They also host weekly adoption fairs at PetSmart to increase each cat’s chances of being adopted. During its 13 years of operation, RescueCats, Inc. has found loving homes for more than 5,700 cats and kittens.
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John and Melissa Wood draw on their respective Master of Art Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees to train artists visiting their Unchartered Creativity studio. Intimate classes are offered to students of all skill levels in media ranging from wood burning and charcoal portraiture to still life drawing and painting. John and Melissa are always available during these lessons for personal coaching on techniques such as perspective and shading.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
A holiday tradition and celebrated ballet, The Nutcracker entrances audiences with stunning choreography, elaborate sets, and a memorable score composed by classical-music legend Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. During his timeless tale of love and walnuts adorned with purple hearts, the Covington Regional Ballet brings to life the story of Clara as she follows her beloved wooden soldier from the Land of Snow into the Land of Sweets for a riveting yuletide adventure. Waltzing snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, and mischievous mice pirouette around a glowing Christmas tree, interacting with fellow dancers through exaggerated facial expressions, fluid dance moves, and two cans connected by a ribbon from a ballet slipper.
Bench Warmers lures revelers with a sports-centric bar and anchors them in their seats with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pastas. Under the luminous glow of neon lights and big-game-beaming televisions, patrons can coronate their meal with an order of 10 chicken wings, cloaked in homemade blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($7.99), or accentuate an argument about John Wayne's given name with an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls ($7.99). Corned beef and grilled sauerkraut rest on palanquins of swiss cheese-topped rye bread to form palate-pleasing grilled reuben sandwiches ($7.99), and the lightly seasoned bench steak ($12.99) goes on the offense for a heavy, hunger-hitting lineup of gourmet entrees.
As the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium boasts more than 60 diverse exhibits enriched by more than 8 million gallons of water. Curious schools of family and friends can shake fins with aquatic companions at the interactive, touch-friendly Georgia Explorer gallery, peer into the eyes of warm, cuddly beluga whales at Georgia-Pacific's Cold Water Quest gallery, and defy logic at the on-site 4D Theater, which combines brilliant sound, 3-D film, and various sensory stimuli such as the touch of faux tentacles and the attentiveness of whale shark ushers.