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6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Jamie Deen to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

Jamie Deen to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is excited to welcome restaurateur, author and Food Network star Jamie Deen to Woodstock on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Jamie believes quality time in the kitchen with his family is an important part of life. Deen grew up cooking with his mother, the iconic Paula Deen, and his brother Bobby, and now shares that tradition with his own wife and kids. Even with his busy schedule hosting the Food Network’s “Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen,” helping run the Deen family restaurants, and doing charitable work around the country, Jamie makes sure his family comes together at night to share a special meal.

Jamie’s heartfelt philosophy is at the core of his first solo cookbook, Jamie Deen’s Good Food: Cooking Up a Storm with Delicious, Family-Friendly Recipes (Kyle Books; September 2013).

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

The Berenstain Bears LIVE!  at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) proudly presents the Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical!

This show is in town for one day only -- Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be three performances: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit CCYA.

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this special family-friendly exclusive show event brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in an exciting theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.

Registration open for Superheroes vs. Villains 5K

Registration open for Superheroes vs. Villains 5K

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It's time to fight crime -- or maybe stir up some trouble -- in west Cobb.

The Superheroes vs. Villains 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 19. It will feature some stellar prizes, including medals, T-shirts and goody bags for all finishers. The male and female winners will each receive trips to Universal Studios in Orlando; the top male and female finishers over age 40 will each get a Kindle; and the male and female hero and villain winners will each receive courtside tickets to an Atlanta Hawks game.

Best of all -- the superhero and villain with the best costume will each win a 2014 season pass to Six Flags Over Georgia. Runners-up will receive single-day passes.

The race will start at 8 a.m. at Required Fitness near the intersection of Mary Eliza Trace and Due West Road.

Registration is $30 and can be completed at superheroesvsvillains5k.com.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Family Fun Safety Day

Family Fun Safety Day
Families are invited to enjoy an entertaining and educational event during Family Fun Safety Day 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, June 21, at the Cobb Safety Village.
 
Activities will include a tour of Sparky's House, water safety games, free finger painting kits and up-close views of emergency vehicles.
 
Participating agencies include Cobb Animal Control, Cobb 911, Cobb Fire and Emergency Services, Cobb Police Department, Safe Kids Cobb County, Safe Path Children's Advocacy Center and WellStar Health Systems.
 
The cost is $5 per person, with a $20 max per family.
 
For group rates of 20 or more, please call 770-852-3270.
 
There will be refreshments compliments of Harry's Famer's Market.
 
The Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. 
 

Dad praises detective's handling of child molestation case

Dad praises detective's handling of child molestation case

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta father is singing the praises of the detective who handled an investigation into child molestation at a Cobb County martial arts studio.

In January 2012, taekwondo instructor Young Jin Shim was charged with aggravated child molestation for having sex with one of his students at Shim's Martial Arts Academy of Taekwondo. He was ultimately convicted.

Michael Zimmerman's two daughters attended the martial arts school and were questioned by a detective with the Cobb County Police Department.

Zimmerman said he was impressed with the detective's handling of the case and wanted Cobb County residents to know the cailber of people employed by the police department.

Zimmerman's letter to the Cobb County Police Department can be read below: