Hudgens Center features two artists for Black History Month

The Hudgens Center for the Arts celebrates Black History Month by featuring the exhibits “Evolving Visions-Larry Walker & Colleagues” and “Works by Lillian Blades” that will run through March 29.

“Evolving Visions-Larry Walker & Colleagues” features more 20 works by Atlanta based artist Larry Walker and follows the dual themes of the evolution of the artist’s work throughout his life and the mentor/mentee relationship in art as illustrated by each of his colleagues work featured in the exhibit. Mr. Walker is a Professor Emeritus of the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Before retiring in 2000, he was director of the school for 11 years.

“Works by Lillian Blades” features large-scale multi-media works by the Atlanta artist Lillian Blades. Her artwork has been commissioned for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the East Cobb Library.

“My inspirations,” Blades explains, “are rooted in ancestral and matriarchal vision traditions I connect with.”

The exhibits will run Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway Building 300 in Duluth. Cost of admission for the exhibits is adults $5, children/student/senior $3, and under 2 years free. The Artists Talk and Panel Discussion are both free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Amusement Park Science Exhibit open now through April

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will be presenting the exhibit Amusement Park Science until April 30 to give families the opportunity to learn about the physics behind the fun at amusement parks. The exhibit was researched, developed, and produced by Discovery Center Museum with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Designed for families, Amusement Park Science showcases open sided, interactive exhibit components that explore science involved in typical amusement park attractions. The exhibit is guided by Newt, a little amphibian named after Isaac Newton, and he points out and explains various concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host Amusement Park Science until April 30 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. For more information, visit

IHOP to hold 9th annual National Pancake Day

IHOP will be celebrating its annual National Pancake Day on March 4. Restaurants will serve up free short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes, and customers are encouraged to make donations in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities in exchange for the free short stack.

So far, IHOP has raised nearly $13 million for children’s charities across the nation, and this year they hope to raise $3 million more. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the U.S. will participate in the 15 hours of pancake delight, and for the first time, Canada and Puerto Rico will be participating. There will also be a similar fundraising effort in Mexico this year for the first time.

For more information on National Pancake Day or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Hospitals and make a donation, visit

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