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A Called Woman conference this Saturday

A Called Woman conference this Saturday

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Called Woman 2014 Reinvention Convention will take place Saturday, Mar. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ladies will spend a day discovering their calling and how to best reinvent their lives.

"Whenever I talk to women about finding their passion and then taking action, I usually bump into the same tough questions and concerns," co-founder Lynne Watts said. "That's why I created the Called Woman Conference 2014, The Reinvention Convention. I wanted to provide answers and support to living your best life now."

The Conference offers speakers who will encourage, empower and challenge attendees, with topics such as Unleashing Your Creativity, Finding Your Passion with Clarity and Focus, Social Media and You, Be Your Own Boss and Mindset.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Animal Control is hosting a special Valentine's Day event this week.

It will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but was postponed due to last week's winter weather.

Attendees will meet adoptable pets while enjoying refreshments provided by the shelter. Those who want to bring home a new furry friend can do so for a discounted rate of $65.

Cobb County Animal Control is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

ATLANTA -- Georgia Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) will be the speaker at this weekend's Everest College graduation ceremony.

About 500 students from Everest's four Atlanta-area campuses will graduate Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta.

"I am honored to be asked to speak to these soon-to-be graduates," Glanton said in a statement. "This is a monumental event in each of their lives, and I am humbled to be a part of that."

Everest College offers degrees in such fields as health care, pharmacy, massage and criminal justice.

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

(WXIA) -- Thanksgiving is a week away, and with the turkey and trimmings comes another Atlanta tradition: the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins and ends at Turner Field. Its course covers much of the city, including Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, historic Auburn Avenue and Oakland Cemetery.

There is still time to sign up; registration is $95 at Wednesday's race expo. Get all the details here. There are also Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop options for those who aren't ready to tackle a half.

Can't make it to Atlanta on Thanksgiving morning? There are plenty of race options in the suburbs too! Here are a few of them:

Joel Osteen to sign books at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Joel Osteen to sign books at FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe will welcome Joel Osteen, well-known preacher, author and televangelist on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., as he shares his latest book, Break Out.

Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood Church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. More than 7 million viewers watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.

Osteen’s first book, Your Best Life Now, debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, quickly rising to #1. It remained there for more than two years and has sold more than 4 million copies.