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Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 13 for the 13th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County and the city of Roswell, the event celebrates the Chattahoochee and fosters a sense of community around the river that serves more than 4 million people and 70% of metro Atlanta.

The RACE is an 8-mile course with Class I-II rapids. It begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. Awards, including Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration, will be presented after the race. Companies, schools, and clubs can also participate in the Team Challenge.

REGISTER NOW!

Advanced registration is available through June 9 for the fee of $50 for solo boats and $70 for tandem boats. After June 9, onsite registration costs are $70 for solo and $90 for tandem boats and will be available based on capacity. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, race t-shirt, boxed lunch, and one-year membership to CRK.

As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the race by the SweetWater Beer Barge with sodas, water, and SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and older) before going ashore for the festival.

NEW THIS YEAR: Racers – now your paddle strokes can do more than propel you across the finish line. Help protect clean water by raising money for every mile of your race. Click here to learn more

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is FREE and family-friendly with live music from three bands plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors.

For the kids: Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other fun activities.

How you can give to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

The scale of the devastation in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan is immense.  The death toll is over 1,700 and rising.  Many predict it to reach over 10,000.Those who have survived have gone days without food or fresh water.  Doctors are desperate for medicine to treat the wounded.Air Force Capt. Antonio Tamayo told the Associated Press:  "It's overwhelming.  We need more medicine. We cannot give anti-tetanus vaccine shots because we have none."The longer survivors go without help, the greater chance of disease.According to the AP:  "a reporter drove through the town for around 7 kilometers (4 miles) on Wednesday, seeing more than 40 bodies. He saw no evidence of any organized delivery of food, water or medical supplies, though piles of aid have begun to arrive at the airport. Some people were lining up to get water from a hose, presumably from the city supply."How can you help?There are many organization which have set up websites for funds for disaster relief.   The American Red Cross will take your donations online.  The link for its website is here.  UNICEF reports an estimated 4 million children were affected by the storm.  You can also give via 'UNICEF Responds' by clicking this link. UNICEF will also accept donation via text. Just text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.Save The Children has set up a Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund.  You can access the information here.The Salvation Army has a web page for you to give as well.  Here is the link.  According to the Salvation Army, you can also text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation.CARE is asking for donations which can be made via this online link or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S.

Unfortunately, there are also thieves ready to steal your money during this horrible human tragedy.  Clark Howard has more information on how to donate and not get ripped of by clicking here.

Photos from Macy's 'Glamorama' fundraiser

Kaedy's Conversations - David Coverdale

Kaedy Kiely interviewed David Coverdale of Whitesnake back in 2000 - listen to part one.

She asked about Coverdale’s relationship with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, since he had worked with Jimmy Page on the Coverdale/Page project.(listen)

 

 

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe and Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic. Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin's and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album (titled 1987 in Europe) that was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative -- "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin -- but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love."Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake issued a greatest-hits album in the U.S. and Canada focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan that was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s, however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single, "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi

Wheels for Diamonds Poker Run

Here's your chance to be a part of history!

Join 97.1 The River, Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, and The Miracle League on Saturday September 29th as we attempt to break a World Record — for the LARGEST Motorcycle Poker Run!

Check-in opens at 10:30am at Mountain Motorsports in Conyers, and then the ride starts at 12 noon. Registration is $30.00 per rider and includes an official event t-shirt, lunch at No Mas, a souvenir stein, a Miracle League stadium cup, and the chance to win $500.00 for the BEST poker hand.

There will be a Finish Line After Party from 4:30pm-9:30pm at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Downtown Atlanta where riders and guests can enjoy live music, food and drinks, a silent auction, and an awards presentation.

All proceeds from the Wheels for Diamonds Poker Run will benefit The Miracle League - a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity for children with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball.

For more details, call Stephanie Davis at 770-760-1933 or visit MiracleLeague.com.

Broadcasters for Babies

Join the station, the March of Dimes and Six Flags Over Georgia for “Dare to Make a Difference Week” as we work together for stronger, healthier babies.  Six Flags is offering a discounted ticket price of $34.99 for the week of July 22nd – July 29th.  Simply buy your ticket online at www.sixflags.com and enter the promo code “MOD12” at checkout and the March of Dimes will receive $3.00 for each discounted ticket sold.  Additionally, you can print out this coupon and present it at the gates during the respective week to receive the same benefits.  Come out and show your support for the March of Dimes’ mission to ensure that every baby in Georgia is born stronger and healthier.

 Between 1998 and 2008, the rate of infants born preterm in Georgia increased by more than 15 percent.  The March of Dimes is working to combat these numbers and provide support to our local communities to ensure that one day, every baby is born healthy.   As one of these efforts, the March of Dimes, Six Flags and local radio stations have partnered for “Dare to Make a Difference Week.”  Visit www.sixflags.com and purchase a park ticket for the week of July 22nd – 29th.  Enter the promo code “MOD12” at checkout and you will receive a discounted price of $34.99, with $3.00 going to the March of Dimes.  Additionally, you can print out the attached coupon and present it at the gates during the respective week to receive the same benefits.  Make a difference in the lives of all babies in Georgia by purchasing your ticket today!

 On average, 403 babies are born prematurely each week in Georgia.  We’re working with Six Flags Over Georgia and the March of Dimes to eliminate premature births altogether, as they are the number one cause of infant mortality in the US.  Purchase Six Flags tickets for the dates of July 22nd – July 29th to celebrate “Dare to Make a Difference Week.”  Buy a ticket online at www.sixflags.com using the code “mod12” to cut the ticket price to $34.99.  $3.00 of that ticket price will be donated directly to the March of Dimes.  Additionally, you can print out the attached coupon and present it at the gates during the respective week to receive the same benefits.  Make sure the future of ALL babies is bright by purchasing your ticket today.  To learn more, visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia.

 Premature birth is the number one cause of infant mortality.  Our stations, the March of Dimes and Six Flags are working together to stop these premature births and save babies’ lives during “Dare to Make a Difference Week” at Six Flags Over Georgia.  Buy Six Flags tickets online for a discounted price of $34.99 (at www.sixflags.com using the code “MOD12” at checkout) for any date between July 22nd – July 29th.  $3.00 of the price will be donated to the March of Dimes.  Additionally, you can print out the attached coupon and present it at the gates during the respective week to receive the same benefits.  Your contribution will save a child’s life so “Dare to Make a Difference” today!

Autism Speaks walk

Wing & Rock Fest

 

This seventh year event will bring together chicken wing restaurants & classic rock cover & tribute bands for an all day FREE outdoor music & food festival in downtown Woodstock on June 2nd and 3rd.  The festival will feature wings from metro Atlanta wing experts like Wing Zone, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, RuChDa, Keegan's Public House, California Dreaming & lots more as well as ice cold beer and frozen margaritas/daiquiris for sale.

  • Families with kids can check out the Kidzone with multiple jumpies & slides.
  • Enter the wing eating contest for a chance to win some great prizes by signing up at the 97.1 The River booth.
  • Stay tuned to 97.1 The River in the near future for your chance to win a reserved table or sign up here for a reserved table for your group!
  • So all all singles, couples & families should mark your calendar now & plan on great fun the weekend after Memorial Day.
  • Please, No outside food and beverages allowed, but plenty will be for sale!

2012 Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, June 2nd

Sunday, June 3rd

Gazebo Stage Sat and Sun Live music from various kid bands from Rock U School of Music Performance

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Help Clapper's Cause

Help Clapper’s Cause

As many of you should know by now…I'm committed to training and running a half marathon in the name of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Make a pledge and help support The River’s team and his person goal as well as supported those affected by blood cancers.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/ga/rnrsav11/dclapper#My-Fundraising-Page

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