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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/

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

ATLANTA -- October is both National Book Month and National Cookie Month, so why not combine the two into a sweet book drive?

The second annual Reading is SWEET! National Book Drive, sponsored by Great American Cookies, runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

Throughout the month, the stores collected new and gently used books to be donated to local charities and public libraries. Everyone who donated a book received a free cookie.

"Last year's Reading is SWEET! program was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our store owners, customers and community partners," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing & operations officer for GFG Management, which manages Great American Cookies. "We're excited to continue the event for 2011 and can't wait to see how many books we can collect and how many cookies we can give away."

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

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.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts

It's back! After a sensational and fully sold-out first run at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is soaring back into town to once again charm Atlanta audiences this holiday season. You won’t want to miss this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Adapted and directed by the Center’s Artistic Director, Jon Ludwig, the production is based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special and provides the audience with the opportunity to experience the timeless tale of Rudolph and his misfit friends live on stage. Opening on November 3, Ludwig’s faithful adaptation includes all of the beloved characters such as Hermey, the elf who is an aspiring dentist, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces Seniors for Seniors Program

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces  Seniors for Seniors Program


Adopt a Golden Atlanta (AGA) is initiating a Seniors for Seniors program, providing a way for seniors age 65 and older to adopt senior golden retrievers (10 years and older) by waiving the adoption fee or facilitating a permanent foster home arrangement.

In the last few years, Adopt a Golden Atlanta, the largest golden retriever rescue in the Southeast and fourth largest in the US, has seen an increase in the number of older dogs coming into the program – either due to passing of their owner or because of economic reasons.  “We’ve seen a four-fold increase in the number of seniors we’ve taken in,” reports Lauren Genkinger, AGA’s president and founder.  “So we’re announcing this program that is a win-win for both seniors involved – the human and the golden retriever,” she continues.

For many breeds, such as golden retrievers, the average life span has been 10 to 12 years, but with the current a

Ghost tours offered every night in Lawrenceville

Ghost tours offered every night in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- For the past seven years, Lawrenceville, GA Ghost Tours has terrified Metro Atlanta residents with its chilling tales and shocking true histories.

From now until Halloween, this Gwinnett County tradition will run every night in the Atlanta area's oldest city.