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4th Annual Chanukah Celebration & Grand Menorah Lighting

4th Annual Chanukah Celebration & Grand Menorah Lighting

 

Chanukah -The Festival of Lights- for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the Downtown Woodstock Park this Chanukah.  The universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness shines at this special holiday time.

The Chabad Jewish Center along with Jewish business leaders invites the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at the 4th annual public Menorah lighting ceremony. The grand Chanukah celebration will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20, in the Downtown Woodstock Park with the lighting of the ten-foot menorah followed by music and delicious, hot latkes.

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock chiropractor raised $450 Thursday for the family of Jorelys Rivera, the seven-year-old Canton girl whose body was found Monday.

MORE: Condolences for Jorelys Rivera's family

Dr. Brian G. Gregg declared Thursday, Dec. 8 "Remember Jorelys Day" at his practice, Gregg Chiropractic Center. He accepted $15 donations for the Jorelys Rivera Memorial Fund in exchange for treatment.

"We were all devastated by [Jorelys' death]," Gregg said. "I wanted to turn all of this emotion into something positive."

Second Graders at Carmel Help Nursing Home Residents

Second Graders at Carmel Help Nursing Home Residents

 

Carmel Elementary School prides itself on being an award-winning National School of Character.  As part of their nationally-recognized program, students in each grade level select a way to help others.  Mrs. Keith’s 2nd grade class participated in Carmel’s Learn and Serve Program by donating items to the Woodstock Nursing Home. 

Pictured: Row 1 –Rylan, Jonathan, Landon

Row 2 – Joshua, Isaac

Row 3 – Valeria, Ryan, Savannah, Alida, Ian, Austin, Arbella, Sophie, Grace

Row 4 – David, Ty’tiana, Ben, Diego, Emily, Caroline, Sadriana, Isabella, Rachel, Brianna, Hailey, and Mrs. Keith

Girl Scouts Use Cookie Sale Proceeds to Help Local School

Girl Scouts Use Cookie Sale Proceeds to Help Local School

As a service project, Girl Scout Junior Troop 28253 purchased new flowers and decorations to beautify the main entrance at Carmel Elementary School.  They also spent the next day picking up debris, dead-heading plants, and weeding the beds around the school. 

The Troop learned about planting and maintaining flower beds while doing a great project to help the school. 

The girls use proceeds from their cookie sales for service projects throughout the year, this is the 4th time they have planted flowers/bushes at their school.  The girls have also planned a service project for the school library for the holidays, and they will again donate proceeds from their cookie sales towards a service project this spring. 

Girl Scout Junior Troop 28253 is based out of Carmel Elementary and is comprised of 4th and 5th graders. 

LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

Theatre donates bike racks to city trail system

Theatre donates bike racks to city trail system

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The city of Woodstock has received a special gift from a local movie theatre.

Matthew Schoeb, manager of the Georgia Theatre Company Cherokee Stadium 16 Cinema, donated two bike racks from outside the theatre to the city's Parks and Recreation department. The racks will be placed at a trailhead on the Greenprints Trail System, which is scheduled to open next year.

"We appreciate that the Georgia Theatre Company thought of us with this donation of much-needed bike racks for our trail system," said Woodstock Parks and Recreation director Preston Pooser.

Pooser also said the bikes became available during a recent renovation at the theatre.