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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.

'Bob' coming to Aurora Theatre

'Bob' coming to Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A hilarious new comedy will bring big laughs to the Aurora Theatre this month.

Bob, the latest work by San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, follows the exploits of a Forrest Gump-esque man whose only goal is to achieve greatness.

According to information from the Aurora Theatre, the title character in Bob was born in a White Castle bathroom in Kentucky and was left to fend for himself by his mother Helen, with only an unfailing optimism to guide him.

Bob will open Thursday, Jan. 17 and run through Sunday, Feb. 10. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30. Learn more and reserve your seat at auroratheatre.com.

Bridal show returns to courthouse

Bridal show returns to courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County's Winter Bridal Show will be back and better than ever in 2013.

The show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The cost for brides-to-be is $6 by Jan. 11 or $7 at the door; grooms are admitted free.

Plenty of local wedding vendors will be on hand -- DJs, florists, bakers, travel agents and more. Event organizers will also offer free samples and give away $5,000 worth of door prizes.

The Winter Bridal Show will be held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

Learn more about the event at gwinnettcounty.com.

'Elf on the Shelf' dinner coming to Gwinnett

'Elf on the Shelf' dinner coming to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The popular "The Elf on the Shelf" franchise is the inspiration for an upcoming family event in Lawrenceville.

An "Elf on the Shelf" dinner and dance will be held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

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Kids can eat dinner, dance and enjoy a visit from the Big Elf. Admission is $9, which includes dinner and dessert, music, a child-friendly craft and a souvenir photo with Santa.

This event is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. All kids must be accompanied by adults.

For more information, visit visitlawrenceville.com.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- More than 1.6 million Georgia adults and 9,200 children have a form of arthritis. Now, runners in the Atlanta area can help fight this disability.

The Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk is coming to Gwinnett County next month.

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This 5K aims to raise $55,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, which works to raise awareness and reduce the impact of all forms of arthritis.

Katherine, a 3-year-old Gwinnett County resident, is a local face of the disease, and one of many Georgians who will be positively affected by the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Kat was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was only 2 years old.

One-man 'Christmas Carol' comes to Aurora Theatre

One-man 'Christmas Carol' comes to Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- An Aurora Theatre tradition will return for the 2012 holiday season.

Anthony Rodriguez's one-man staging of A Christmas Carol will play at the Lawrenceville theater for three weeks, beginning Nov. 29.

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In this production, Rodriguez performs similar to the way Charles Dickens told his stories by the fireside in Victorian England. He uses different voices and mannerisms to bring all the beloved characters -- Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future -- to life.

This will be Rodriguez's sixth time staging the show.