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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.   

Santa Needs Your Help

Parents are out of work, jobs are scarce, and a record level of homes are in foreclosure. Even Santa Clause has been forced to tighten his belt. Hundreds of elves have been laid off during the 2011 calendar year and Santa doesn’t have enough toys for all the children.

Can you help?

Santa is seeking elves and Christmas angels to sponsor foster children and children in need this Christmas season. Sponsors will be asked to provide $75 worth of gifts to brighten a child’s Christmas morning. Each child will receive 2 to 3 articles of clothing and 2 to 3 gifts. If you’re a bargain shopper, you don’t even have to spend $75! Others may be interested in sponsoring an entire family. Options are available for all budgets. Santa needs your help to make sure all the children on the nice list are remembered this Christmas.

For more information or to sign up, go to http://actogetherministries.org/

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Students Learn About Bees-Up Close and Personal

Students Learn About Bees-Up Close and Personal

 

LearningRx Raises Awareness by Hosting a Free Educational Event During National ADHD Awareness Month

LearningRx Raises Awareness by Hosting a Free Educational Event During National ADHD Awareness Month

Kennesaw, GA, September 28, 2011  – Brain training provides a powerful, proven way to permanently reduce or eliminate the need for ADHD medication. The brain training experts at LearningRx say it’s a solution that parents need to learn about this National ADHD Awareness Month. On Thursday, September 29th at 6:30PM, LearningRx will host a free educational event on ADHD. Guest speaker will be Dr. Clark Cantrell of Summit Pediatrics in Marietta who will discuss ADHD and the treatment options.

“So many people still don’t know that brain training can often bring life-long relief from the stresses and struggles of ADHD,” says LearningRx Kennesaw Director Kristen Thompson. “Medication can simply mask the symptoms with a short-term fix, and the need for medication, intervention and accommodation returns.

Parent University a Success

Parent University a Success

 

On September 13, 2011, Carmel Elementary School hosted their first Parent University program. The program was designed to appeal to elementary school parents of all social backgrounds and educational status understanding that parenting, like other types of education, is an ongoing and lifelong learning process.  The faculty and administration value the importance of working together with parents and guardians to achieve success for each and every student.  Principal Keith Bryant said, "I am very pleased with the response we have received from our parents and faculty.  We hope these workshops give parents some additional tools to help their students achieve their personal best."  Parents were able to attend three thirty-minute sessions of their choice and Carmel provided free child care, pizza for both parents and students, cookies, and drinks to those attending. 

PROBE College Fair to feature more than 75 schools

PROBE College Fair to feature more than 75 schools

CANTON, Ga. -- The 2011 Cherokee County PROBE College Fair will be hosted by Cherokee High School.

Representatives from more than 75 colleges, universities and technical schools will be on hand to answer questions from students and parents alike.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 with a panel of experts from Emory University, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. They will discuss key topics about applying for college, including:

* What are competitive colleges looking for in applicants?
* How important are honors and AP courses to colleges?
* How do these schools view extracurricular activities?
* What does a "good" college essay entail?
* What should high school students do now to become competitive?

For more information about the fair, call Cherokee High at 770-479-4112.