Believe it or not, what you need to achieve your fitness goals already lies within you. See how House of Payne Personal Training can help you tap into your undiscovered potential.

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Whether you enjoy taking in tunes laid back in a lawn chair or rocking out in a crowd, there is something in Atlanta for nearly every type of festivalgoer.

Jazz on the Lawn

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center presents its Jazz on the Lawn series. Talents new and old will unite from the Atlanta jazz and R&B community.

rhonda_thomasJUNE 16:
Rhonda Thomas
A staple in the underground Atlanta jazz scene for the past decade, this soulful singer has shared the stage with India Arie, Avery Sunshine, and Sam Moore.

JUNE 30: Joe Gransden
At only 42 years old, Gransden has toured the world, released
14 albums, and been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
He dazzles audiences with his raw vocal talent and hard bop
trumpet style.

JULY 14: Joey “Papa J” Sommerville
Influenced by years spent with B.B. King protégé Big Joe Burrell, and Phish, Sommerville brings his own new mix of contemporary jazz, rock, R&B, and classic blues.

JULY 28: Virginia Schenck and The World Jazz Trio
Known onstage as “VA,” Schenck has studied piano, voice, and dance. She fell in love with jazz after becoming friends with former Allman Brothers Band member, Jaimoe.

AUGUST 11: Bob Baldwin
Baldwin developed his affection for jazz from his father at a young age. He has since taken his skill set to the next level by composing and producing his own music. Most recently, he released “The Brazilian-American Soundtrack.”

Details: Tickets $20 online, $25 at the door. 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE., Atlanta;

Sunset Sessions

Park Tavern is excited for the return of its free Sunset Sessions concert series. These burgeoning artists are sure to get you out of your music comfort zone.

JUNE 4: Jamestown Revival and Colter Wall
Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance are the rock duo that form Jamestown Revival. Their Americana sound is inspired by           Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and The Rolling Stones. Colter Wall will also bring down-home country melodies to the stage.

JUNE 11: John Paul White and Lera Lynn
Originally a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Civil Wars, White has now branched out on his own as a folk singer-songwriter. Lynn joins the ticket to share her experimental rock and pop noire.

JUNE 18: Meg Mac
This Australian local is known for her groovy, alternative R&B, and blues-rock featuring vocals and a keyboard.

JUNE 25: Surfer Blood
After the loss of Surfer Blood’s guitarist, Thomas Fekete, to stomach cancer, this band has rebounded with a new album that stays true to their beachy indie-rock feel.

AUGUST 20: Girls Guns & Glory and Cold Heart Canyon
Rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and classic country all find a home in the sound of Girls Guns & Glory, which pairs nicely with Cold Heart Canyon’s bluegrass sound.cold_heart_canyon

Details: 500 10th St. NE., Atlanta;

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River Through Atlanta’s Fly Fishing A-Z class is ideal for fishing newbies. The full day guided trip covers the fundamentals of casting, knot tying, surveying the water and more. After a few hours, put what you’ve learned to the test and fish for rainbow and brown trout. More advanced fishers can go on additional outings to pursue largemouth and striped bass, carp and trophy trout. A Georgia trout fishing license is required before attending either class.

Details: 710 Riverside Rd., Roswell; riverthroughatlanta.comreel_in_lee_morgan


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kayakGet ready to hit the water with REI’s Learn to Kayak class. For those looking to take up the sport, this class will help them get comfortable with kayaks, paddles, gear and proper clothing. After covering the basics, students will learn how to launch and receive an introduction to paddle stroke techniques such as forward, sweep, reverse and draw.

Details: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain;

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paddle_om_yoga_sloan_bubba_caroline_johnTake your paddleboard skills up a notch with one of High Country Outfitters SUP Yoga classes now through August. Each 90-minute class is led by Caroline Sloan, an ACE PaddleYoga, World Paddle Association instructor certified by Key West Paddleboard Yoga. The goal of the class is to get reconnected with nature and the water with a flow that works your core.

Details: 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, Morgan Falls Overlook Park;


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scuba divingGet the feel of an authentic scuba adventure in a shallow water environment with Atlanta Scuba and Swim Centers’ Discover Scuba Experience. Learn how to get comfortable maneuvering equipment while experienced divers share step-by-step skills and safety rules. After instruction, move on to their Open Water Certification Course and start diving with the best of them.



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Not all water activities have to be strenuous. Take a relaxing one-and-a-half mile float down the Chattahoochee River on a raft or tube. Grab friends and family, pack a cooler and let Shoot the Hooch take care of the rest. A shuttle will take you to and from launch spots. Didn’t pack a bite to eat? Don’t worry. Hot dogs, ice cream, and drinks are on hand for purchase at a stand near the launch spot.

Details: Don White Memorial Park, Roswell; shootthehooch.comtube


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pexels_pink_sneakerRun through history on July 15 as a part of the 2017 Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go! Race Series. The Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K takes runners on the original BeltLine path through one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, West End. This family- and pet-friendly race combines nature and city scenery.


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national_mens_health_week_june12-18The week leading up to Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week. Try these three ways to live longer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and keep up with the lucky ladies in your life.

Eat Healthy
Take small steps to improve your diet. Focus on adding at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.

Stay Active
Find a way to move that you enjoy. Join a recreation team or play active games with your kids or grandkids.

Track Your Stats
Be a hero for your loved ones by keeping tabs on your health. Schedule routine checkups and have your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and prostate health screened.





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Atlanta Botanical GardenRaise a glass for the return of the Thursday evening Cocktails in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. After a two-year hiatus, date night lovers, happy hour professionals and everyone in between can experience the enchantment of the garden at night. Each month will feature a special theme to highlight a certain part of the garden. For June, come join the White Party at the Levy Parterre and in July, the garden invites you to Come Play in the Children’s Garden.

Details: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE., Atlanta;

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