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Visions of Valentines
Mrs. Shannon Burris' Leapin' Lizards class at CFUMC Pre-School celebrate with Valentine cupcakes and placemats they created. From L-R, Aubrey Mauldin, Ryan, Shannon Burris and Julianna Henderson. - photo by Jessica Smith

Valentine's Day celebrations were underway for Rockdale residents of all ages Tuesday. "Cupcakes!" was the universal response to the question on their favorite part of the day for sugar-fueled 2-year-olds in Shannon Burris' Leapin' Lizards class at Conyers First United Methodist Preschool. Aubrey Mauldin humored her mother and added the follow-up response "OK, art!"

A few streets over at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center slightly older citizens participated in the eighth Annual Senior Idol Talent Show. Numbers included "The Hole in the Bucket," performed by outgoing Mr. Congeniality Charles Kinsey and his step-daughter Laverne Hayes; and "Let There Be Peace on Earth" by the Memory Lane Singers, including 40-year Rockdalian and Haiti native Liguener Robergeau, the newly crowned Senior King of Rockdale. His queen, HRH Yvonne Brown, part of the Rockdale Puppeteers group, staged the "The Clothes from Oblivion." Brown said she was most looking forward to parade season during her "reign."