Over The Picket Fence

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.

It’s raining men, halleluiah. It’s raining pitchforks. It’s raining stair rods (or so say the Brits.) It’s still raining and there’s no end in sight. Even the 10-day forecast has us edging toward the back-to-school shopping days and perhaps a visit from Tropical Storm Chantal before there is hope for a break.

I’ve given up on my hair, and a look around town would indicate I’m not the only one. I think this might just be catalyst we’ve needed to say goodbye to our expensive flat irons and give the frizzy bird’s nest look a go.

But everything is so damp. And smelly. Rain jackets dripping on my wood floors. Wet musty umbrellas in my car. And all the puddles — we should probably be checking our shoes for toadstools. Ughh.

We could really use some sunshine. Anyone know a blue sky-puffy clouds dance?

When you add ‘Raucous...’

“The Princess and the Pea” was always one of my favorite fairy tales anyway, but Stage Door Players will ratchet it up with a twisted spin complete with hi

larious songs and raucous merriment to the famous mattress story with “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Shows are scheduled Friday through Aug. 4 with performances on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and bonus performances on July 25 and Aug.1 at 8p.m.

It’s been 40 years for Stage Door and the theater’s ruby anniversary lineup will include a USO show “The Andrews Brothers: A Madcap Musical Salute to the Swinging ‘40s;” “The Games Afoot,” a Sherlock Holmes-style holiday mystery; “On Golden Pond;” “Miracle on South Division Street;” “Godspell 2012;” and “The Odd Couple.”

Learn more at stagedoorplayers.net or by calling 770- 396-1726.

Got a Teen on the Scene?

The Marcus Jewish Community Center offers two programs you might not know about that could be helpful for your teenager: An SAT boot camp and a driver’s education program.

The SAT Boot Camp is scheduled July 19 through Aug. 2 and includes 24 hours of small group instruction, three mock tests and all necessary educational materials, plus a three-hour Oct. 2 review before October test. Cost is $515 for non-MJCCA members and $499 for members.

The driver’s education classes will be held in two more sessions this summer — July 22 –26 and July 29–Aug. 2.All classes are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Zaban Park. Classes will include six hours of private behind-the-wheel training with instructor.

Call Stacie Graff at 678-812- 3972 for details of both.

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