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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.

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- The Christmas season will begin at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 23 with the theater company's 14th annual production of The Santaland Diaries.

Based on the essay by satirist David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries chronicles the life of Crumpet, a "rebel without a Clause" working as a Macy's Department Store Elf.

The Santaland Diaries runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. Tickets start at $25 each; showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly Madeline's Christmas is also back by popular demand in 2012. According to Horizon Theatre:

This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams! A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelman's delightful book.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

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.

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)

Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

ATLANTA -- In honor of Grandparents Day, two local authors who were raised by their grandparents will host a celebration at Atlanta's Carter Center.

President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation for a national celebration of grandparents in 1978. This year's Grandparents Day lands on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Carter Center event will begin at 7 p.m. on that day and will be hosted by Michael Morris and Robert Leleux.

Morris based his latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, on a true story his grandfather told him. In the book, a man on the run for murder is shipped to his family in a crate.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.