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Public Invited to Share Thoughts on Georgia Public Education

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Everyone who is interested in learning more about public education in Georgia, or in making suggestions that may help Georgia lead the nation in improving student achievement, now has the opportunity to speak directly with a Board of Education member.

On Monday, Nov. 29, Robert "Buzz" Law of the Sixth Congressional District will lead an open public hearing at Autrey Mill Middle School (4110 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 30022) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Teachers, parents, students and concerned citizens are invited to take part in this important event. Those wishing to speak at the meeting are asked to sign in when they arrive.

For more information, contact Jackie Clarke Dodd either via email or at 404-657-7410.

Shop with a Cop Less Than a Month Away

WOODSTOCK, GA -- This year's Shop with a Cop event, hosted by the Woodstock Police Department, will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The annual outing helps children whose families are facing financial difficulties by taking them Christmas shopping. Kids have lots of fun shopping with Woodstock's men in blue.

Shop with a Cop will be at Walmart Supercenter (12182 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188). Donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information about Shop with a Cop, contact Officer Ellerbee with the Woodstock Police Department either via email or at 770-517-6016.

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CTC Students Decorate for Woodstock Holiday Tour of Homes

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Though some people haven't even picked out their Thanksgiving menus yet, students in the Interiors program at Chattahoochee Technical College are already rolling out the ribbon and arranging the holly.

The 15 students are busily preparing decorating a home to be featured in the 2010 Woodstock Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, set for Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14.

"This project takes us out of the classroom and puts our students right in the action," said Ginger Burton, CTC Interiors instructor. "The students are getting to work with a client, stay within a budget and put into practice all of the things we have been learning in this program."

According to Burton, the home will have a Christmas song theme.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ridgewalk Interchange

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Mayor Donnie Henriques and the members of the Woodstock City Council, along with State Senator Chip Rogers and State Representative Sean Jerguson, are pleased to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Ridgewalk Interchange along Interstate 575 in southern Cherokee County.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Rope Mill Road and Ridgewalk Parkway, north of downtown Woodstock. Parking for the event will be available along Ridgewalk Parkway and Rope Mill Road, north of Ridgewalk.

The interchange has been in the works since the late 1970s and is set for full construction beginning later this year.

Mission D.A.D. to Host Benefit Golf Tourament

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Mission D.A.D., a Cobb County-based, non-profit status pending diabetic alert dog fund, will host its first annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 22.

Mission D.A.D.'s purpose is to raise awareness of diabetes and the benefit of diabetic alert dogs, and to encourage transparency for individuals living with the disease.

This new breed of service dog is trained to detect glucose changes for individuals within the diabetic population who are unable to recognize the potentially dangerous and life-threatening signs of radical hypoglycemic episodes.

Nearly 20% of people living with type 1 diabetes are affected by these episodes.

Woodstock Police, First Baptist Church to Host Bikes for Kidz

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Woodstock Police Department has joined forces with First Baptist Church of Woodstock to host "Bikes for Kidz" at this year's LoveLoud event.

LoveLoud is a community outreach event hosted by the church that involves over 2,500 volunteers serving on over 100 community service projects during the weekend of Friday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Oct. 24. One such project includes showing appreciation for the community's police and fire departments.

Bob Turner, this year's LoveLoud senior project coordinator, and his mission volunteers have teamed up with Out Spokin' Bicycles and the Woodstock Police Department to accomplish the goal of refurbishing bicycles currently in police storage. The bicycles will then be given to local children at this year's Shop with a Cop event.

The police department currently has 15 bicycles and is looking for more to refurbish.

Eat Like a Pig at the Cherokee Pignic

CANTON, GA -- The Cherokee Pignic, Cherokee County's most anticipated fall festival, is about to cook up some good food and good fun at Heritage Park (250 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, 30114).

The celebration begins on Friday, Oct. 15 with a stage full of exciting performances, a Halloween costume contest for kids and, of course, plenty of food. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free on Friday if they come in costume.

The highlight of the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16: the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned BBQ Cook-off. Professional teams and amateur "backyard" burners are invited to compete for prestige, prize money and bragging rights at winning the hearts of a whole park full of barbeque lovers. KCBS professionals will be on hand to give demonstrations and judge the cook-off.