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Local UScellular Asks Area Youth Groups in Need of Funding to Join a Call April 8

Wireless Carrier Provides Maryland Community Support Detailing how K-12 Groups can Raise up to $1,000 for Academic, Arts, Sports and Other Extra-Curricular Activities   For the seventh year in a row, youth-focused organizations in their local communities can earn up to $1,000 through UScellular’s Community Connections program. That’s why local UScellular leaders are holding a dial-in and video call to make non-profits more aware of the opportunity and answer any questions that they may have. The call will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST.   For more information call or visit your local UScellular store or to get dial-in information contact Tammy.Stewart@uscellular.com .  Call attendees can also enter for a chance to win a new Braven BRV X2 Black Portable Speaker (AVR: $99.99).*   Whether it’s STEM programs, sports teams, marching bands, dance teams, arts or a variety of other groups, organizers can sign up at uscellular.com/communityconnections and start
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Voting Begins in UScellular’s 14th Annual Black History Month Art Contest

Voting is open in UScellular's 14th annual Black History Month Art Contest with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia. For the first time, voting is available online, and artwork from members in the Roanoke, Salem, Rocky Mount, Christiansburg, Shawsville, and Eastern Montgomery communities is represented.  Residents can visit uscellular/artcontest to vote for their favorite piece of original art. In January, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia members created artwork in recognition of influential Black people from around the globe, including historical figures, world leaders, athletes and celebrities. The 10 finalists were chosen by representatives from the Boys & Girls Club and local UScellular leaders based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. Voting will remain open through Feb. 28, and anyone 18 or older can vote once for their favorite. The top three vote-getters will be announced in March and prizes include gift

Local Bands Streaming LIVE from Music Authority's Backroom Every Thursday Night

Tune in to Live Music Streaming Every Thursday from Music Authority's Back Room Music Authority has announced the lineup for its monthly Free Facebook Live Music Authority Jam sessions featuring some of Forsyth’s best local talent streamed live from its on-site venue, the “Backroom” located at Music Authority, 123 Merchants Square, Cumming, Georgia, (770) 886-9066 upcoming artists are: February 2/11 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Macartney Reinhardt 2/25 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Fearless 3/4 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Unveiled 3/11 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Revolution 3/18 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Tribute 3/25 - 7:30pm - Live in The Backroom: Andrew Loggins and Bree Shannon This popular monthly music series is part of Music Authority’s commitment to the Forsyth Arts Community to showcase and provide a lively entertainment destination and gathering place for music lovers to share, celebrate and collaborate. Upcoming Live Music Events at Local Venues Li

Georgia Music Store, Music Authority, Named Top 100 Dealer

Music Authority in Cumming has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers.  The award honors retail music dealers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods, and customers and share a vision to create a more musical world through their local communities. The award will be presented in January.  “Music is about inspiration, transformation and is the universal language that connects us all,”  says Melissa Loggins, owner of Music Authority, “We are honored to receive this award and we believe that even in tough times we can’t let the music stop.  Music binds, heals and restores hope.” NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers.  To determine the list, an independent panel of judges reviewed hundreds of submissions rated across categories that include customer service, innovation, music advocacy, store design, marketing

Halloween Haunt Reading Alert: Genesis --Fiction, Paranormal Thriller/Romance Just Released

Atlanta Author Releases Her 4th  Book in Time for A Full Moon on Halloween Atlanta-based Author Anne Schlea has just released her fourth book in a series designed to deliver that prickly spine, cold wintery chill that comes with this time of year, particularly for Halloween.   Released on Sept. 16,  Genesis , available at Amazon.com is a fiction, paranormal fantasy that is part thriller, part romance in the Retribution Universe series. “I’ve always held a fascination for ancient places and artifacts imagining what kind of stories they could tell, and the secret mysteries of the unknown. I invite readers to come live in this fantasy world full of other world beings for a while,” said Anne Schlea, author of Genesis, The World of the Fallen and The Retribution Universe Series. Here is an excerpt from the new book: Genesis – New Release: Sept. 16, 2020 - The Old One is the first of the vampires.  She takes the human Daniel under her wing, bringing him along on a journey that leads to t

U.S. Cellular Introduces New Logo

U.S. Cellular introduced a new logo to reflect the modern technology and services the fourth largest wireless carrier provides to its customers. Although the look is changing, the company’s core beliefs and values in treating customers and supporting communities remains the same. The new logo honors the past while taking the brand into the future with two key features: The blades of the star signify the power of individuals coming together to create positive change, and the emphasis on "US" highlights the company’s commitment to all of the communities it serves. The company is also updating how it’s being written in printed communications, both internally and externally. It’s still pronounced the same way, but the name of the company – UScellular™ - should be capital U & S with lowercase cellular. The previous brand logo had been in use since 1999. The company will begin converting to its new logo starting today with all logo updates in UScellular retail stores and busine

Kid Chess Club Enrolling for 2020-21 After School Programs

  As many school openings have pivoted for virtual instruction starts this fall, one popular after-school program is still offering  its popular engaging series online. Kid Chess , the largest chess club for kids in the Southeast, has taken its fun, engaging classes. Now, students can compete in chess games and tournaments - from the comfort and safety of their homes. This inclusive environment combines the best of both worlds; gamified interaction with friends while learning the time-honored traditional game of chess.     “Chess has been shown to boost attention, improve problem-solving capabilities, provide cultural enrichment, advance intellectual maturity and enhance self-esteem. Our team of coaches make chess exciting. Kid Chess is an effective way to teach students a variety of skills and traits that will serve them well throughout their lives,” said Justin Morrison, a former educator, and Founder and Owner of Kid Chess.   Kid Chess began by offering summer Kid Chess Online Camp