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Go to a concert, or a lake
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GIAHA presents Jazz in the Park
The next in the series of concerts at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse is set for Sunday.
Sam Rodriguez Latin Jazz will play. Back again after his sizzling Jazz in the Park performance last year, this distinct musical personality is one of the top percussionists of his generation, recognized for his strong and creative imagination and fresh, new sound.  Once again, Jazz in the Park audiences will thrill to the Latin Beat.
Admission is $10 per person; ages 6-12 are $5 and kids under 6 get in free.  Passes can be purchased at the Ritz Theatre, Downtown Brunswick; by phone (with credit card) at 912-262-6934; or on line through GIAHA’s Web site For more information, email GIAHA at or call 912-262-6934.

Go jump in a lake
Of Georgia’s 48 state parks, 20 have sand-covered swimming beaches on lakes and 17 have swimming pools. Most beaches have concession areas, bath houses and nearby activities such as boat rental, mini golf and picnicking. Parking costs $2 and the beaches are free. Since swimming pools have lifeguards, an admission of $2-$3 is charged to day visitors and campers. Lodge and cottage guests, as well as children younger than 2, swim for free. (Swimming pools at the hotel-style lodges are open to overnight guests only and do not provide lifeguards.)
Swimmers can choose from a wide variety of state park facilities. The Liberty Bell swimming pool at F.D. Roosevelt State Park combines of bit of history with summertime fun. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s, it is shaped like a bell and lined with stones. The top loop of the bell even has a baby pool.
Vogel State Park in Blairsville boasts one of the most scenic lakeside beaches in Georgia. Swimmers have a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Blood Mountain. At Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah, sunbathers may see painted buntings and numerous other birds flitting among Spanish moss-draped trees. The pool at Florence Marina State Park in southwest Georgia has a nice view of beautiful Lake Walter F. George.
While hours vary, most swimming pools are open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Lakeside beaches are open daily, year-round. For more information, visit or call 1-800-864-7275 for a free 72-page “Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.”
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