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Chabad to host Community Passover Seder

Chabad to host Community Passover Seder

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover: memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community.

Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Cobb, KSU & Cherokee Communities, the Chabad Jewish Center is inviting residents to participate in a Community Seder to be held on Monday, April 14 at 7:45 p.m.

The Seders take participants through the wondrous liberation of their ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age old festival in their modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a four-course catered dinner paired with a variety of fine imported wines and handmade round 'Shmurah' Matzah from Israel.

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an Atlanta-based advocacy group focusing on developmental disabilities issues, launches the new season in April of their bocce league for young adults in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodstock and Johns Creek. The program connects people with developmental disabilities to those without, in the 20 to 30 age range.

The AADD Bocce Ball league is seeking participants to play games and model good social skills for these young people with developmental disabilities.

After graduating from high school at age 21, young people with developmental disabilities very often become socially isolated as their high school friends head off to college or careers, explained Michael Stinson, AADD’s manager of recreation and wellness. By age 25, their social network has often all but vanished.

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:

Local author to hold book signing in Woodstock

Local author to hold book signing in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Johns Creek resident will sign copies of her book in Woodstock next month.

Sherri Maner is the author of Life Must Go On. She will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe on Friday, Mar. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tate Publishing, Maner's publisher, provided this synopsis of her book:

Carolann and Sherri met as neighbors, but became best friends as they traveled side by side as women, wives and mothers. At the same time Carolann was diagnosed with cancer, Sherri fought to save her unborn daughter during a troubled pregnancy.

Through faith and modern medicine, Sherri gave birth to a healthy daughter. Carolann's cancer was stifled into remission, but the victory was short-lived. Carolann's world continued to be plagued by the monster that eventually ended her life.

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.

FoxTale Book Shoppe to host multi-author event

FoxTale Book Shoppe to host multi-author event

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is hosting a multi-author event on Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. featuring New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

In celebrating the release of The Splendour Falls, Kearsley will be joined by author pals Karen White, Kimberly Brock and Ariel Lawhon for a night of books, fun and frivolity! The authors will be discussing their books, signing books purchased at FoxTale, taking photos and answering fans' questions.

Susannah Kearsley, Splendour Falls -- ”Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, bewitching tale.” -Kirkus Review

Kearsley is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Firebird, The Rose Garden and The Winter Sea.