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USA TODAY lists Atlanta's top haunted houses

USA TODAY lists Atlanta's top haunted houses

ATLANTA -- Are you in the mood for a scare this Halloween season?

11Alive partner USA TODAY features a list of Atlanta's best haunted attractions.

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The newspaper chose 10 of the top-ranked haunts to ensure local residents know where to go to become thoroughly spooked.

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

ATLANTA -- Several Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia will host an event to raise money for Tripp Halstead's family.

Jump for Tripp will be held all day on Sunday, May 19. Ten percent of sales will benefit the family of the 2 year old, who was hit by a falling tree branch at his daycare center last October.

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The Monkey Joe's venues in Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Morrow, Newnan, Roswell, Tucker and Warner Robins will participate in Jump for Tripp.

Visit monkeyjoes.com to learn more.

Gwinnett Braves announce non-profit partnership series

Gwinnett Braves announce non-profit partnership series

Non-Profit Partnership Series to Return in 2013

Gwinnett Braves to continue helping local organizations raise awareness, funds for their causes

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves announced plans Tuesday to continue their Non-Profit Partnership Series for the 2013 season.  Introduced in 2012, the series is an all-inclusive program that allows multiple organizations who volunteer for a common cause to rally together on themed nights that correspond with the Gwinnett Braves Grant Program.  The goal is to help local organizations raise awareness and funds for their causes all season long.

Gwinnett Braves to Host High School Showcase

Gwinnett Braves to Host High School Showcase

Ten area powerhouses set to battle in five weekend games at Coolray Field

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Gwinnett Braves open the International League season on April 4, but fans don’t have to wait that long to catch great baseball action at Coolray Field.   On March 8 and 9, the home of the G-Braves will host ten of the top high school baseball teams in Gwinnett County for a first-ever showcase event.  The games will mark the first played at Coolray Field in 2013, its fifth season of existence.

Coolray Field has opened its doors to many high school games in the past, however, this two-day event is an expanded showcase packed with powerhouse teams and players. Six of the ten teams featured on the bill made the playoffs last season, while two of those six made it to their respective state finals game.

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

ATLANTA -- Monday is the birthday of Monkey Joe, namesake of the popular indoor bounce house venues.

To celebrate, Monkey Joe's is offering plenty of family fun, including reduced admission prices, all day.

On Feb. 18, entry into every Monkey Joe's location is only $5. The first 100 children at each facility will be treated to a free pizza party, and the first 75 children will be given birthday party goodie bags.

"Monkey Joe's birthday party provides us an opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of Monkey Joe's locations across the country," Monkey Joe's brand manager Sonny Crumpton said in a statement. "As a way to honor the families that visit Monkey Joe's time and again, we wanted to show our appreciation with discounted admission and special treats and events, which we believe both children and their parents will enjoy."

Renovation approved for Bogan Aquatic Center

Renovation approved for Bogan Aquatic Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A major renovation of the Bogan Park Aquatic Center was approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

A Gwinnett County official said the 15-year-old park will get new roof panels, new HVAC and filtration systems, and locker room improvements which will boost operational and energy efficiencies.

Along with two indoor swimming pools, a competition pool and a family leisure pool, the center also includes opportunities for swimming lessons, areas to swim laps, a water playground, lazy river and water slide.

As Gwinnett County reported, funds for the renovation work come from a 2005 SPLOST program. Bryson Construction Inc. received $3.15 million to use towards plans for the facility. The work will begin when the center closes in February, and is expected to be completed in September.

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.