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AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The First Montessori School of Atlanta Kids Care Club recently collected 145 pairs of eyeglasses to benefit OneSight, a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to people in need around the world.

The FMSA Kids Care Club is comprised of 25 students, who range in age from six to eleven years old. The club empowers children to help better our world by sponsoring and participating in hands-on service projects.

The eyewear collected during the month-long drive included reading glasses, bifocals, sunglasses and non-prescription glasses, said Kids Care Club Coordinator Heather South. The glasses were given to LensCrafters to distribute through OneSight.

POSTPONED: Saving Young Brains lecture hopes to curb underage drinking

POSTPONED: Saving Young Brains lecture hopes to curb underage drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce has partnered with several Cobb County PTAs to present a panel on the dangers of youth binge drinking.

The Saving Young Brains event  at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta has been postponed, the new date has not yet been announced..

Jeff Dess, a prevention specialist with Cobb Schools Prevention Intervention Center, will facilitate the lecture, which aims to arm parents with tools for reducing underage drinking.

All parents with children ages 9-25 are invited to attend.

For more information or to sign up for the forum, visit cobbat.org or contact Cathy Finck at 404-791-7406 or coordinator@cobbat.org.

Turner Chapel AME Church is located at 492 North Marietta Parkway.

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Atlanta-area women of all ages are invited to Paint the Mall Pink at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb, October 4-7. A cost-free, full weekend of activities focusing on the importance of women’s health will feature health-focused activities, keynote addresses from local medical professionals, musical performances, giveaways and more!

The festivities kick off with Girl’s Night Out on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Mall of Georgia and 5:30 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb. The first 300 attendees to arrive at each mall will receive event swag bags filled with samples from stores and themed goodies. Girl’s Night Out is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Magazine, FundRacers at Mall of Georgia and by WellStar, Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine and Run For It! Productions at Town Center at Cobb.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

'Pumpkin Church' patch to open Oct. 5

'Pumpkin Church' patch to open Oct. 5

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It's back! The famous pumpkin patch at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, better known as the Pumpkin Church, will open for the season on Friday, Oct. 5.

The first truckload of pumpkins are scheduled to arrive at the Marietta church on Thursday, Oct. 4, according to youth ministries director Lisa Springer.

"We hope everyone within driving distance will visit the St. Andrew Pumpkin Patch in 2012 or attend one of our special events," senior pastor Rev. Mack Riley said in a statement.

The patch will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. On Halloween, the patch will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"All proceeds from the patch support the youth ministry and missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church," Springer said in a statement.