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DeKalb County announces Mascot Naming Contest

DeKalb County announces Mascot Naming Contest

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis invites local middle school students to name the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management’s new mascot. The new mascot is a male mallard duck and is native to the State of Georgia. The duck also emphasizes the importance of protecting our water resources.

Interested middle school students can go online, with parents’ permission, to www.dekalbwatershed.com and click below the picture of the duck to submit a name for the mascot. Entries must be submitted by noon on Monday, Nov. 14. A judging panel will then select the five best names and place them on the Department of Watershed Management’s website for online voting. Online voting will begin Friday, Nov.18 and end Monday, Nov. 28.

The mascot will attend DeKalb County sponsored events, school activities and public meetings. 

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."

FMSA Students Collect Shoes for Soles4Souls

FMSA Students Collect Shoes for Soles4Souls

Students Victoria Rojas, Maxine Monroe and Brandon Morgan sort the three hundred pairs of shoes that have been collected at First Montessori School of Atlanta for Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes shoes to over 125 countries. The community-wide shoe drive will run through Friday, Nov. 4, on the FMSA campus, located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Sandy Springs.

Volunteer groups to beautify Dunwoody

Volunteer groups to beautify Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- On Saturday, Nov. 5, more than 800 volunteers will descend upon Dunwoody to spread their magic to all corners of the city.

The Clean, Fix, and Shine-Up Dunwoody event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at North Atlanta Church of Christ. From there, volunteers will go on to perform such activities as restriping city parking lots, cleaning street signs, working at local charities and picking up litter at the entrances to I-285.

In return, city officials simply ask that residents thank the volunteers when they are spotted performing their good deeds.

Veterans Day: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marks 20 Years of Serving Children of U.S. Military

Worldwide Programs Now Serving 460,000 Youth in 15 Countries

 

For 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been providing the children of American military families’ vital services and programs – wherever they are stationed around the world.  Since 1991, children have had access to on-base Youth Centers that offer the same guidance and proven programs - focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy living - provided by traditional Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States.

 

“Children of military families face more than the usual challenges of growing up, from moving and re-establishing friendships every few years to worrying about family members who have been deployed,” says Terrill Wicks, vice president, Military Services & International Projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

 

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

ATLATNTA – I’m sure we all remember the days Halloween and Trick-or-Treating was more of a sport than a spectacle. And when everyone wanted to know in which neighborhood you could find king-sized Snicker bars or full-sized bags of M&M’s. Well, according to a survey conducted by Zillow, not much has changed.

Variety of Georgia Searches for Stars of Tomorrow in Inaugural Singing Competition

Variety of Georgia Searches for Stars of Tomorrow in Inaugural Singing Competition

VARIETY OF GEORGIA ENCOURAGES YOUNG TALENT, SHINES LIGHT ON EMERGING STARS

Inaugural ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Vocal Competition Benefits Charity, Brings Teens Together

Do you know a Star of Tomorrow? Variety of Georgia is looking for bright teenagers who fit the bill!  The Stars of Tomorrow competition launched on October 25, and Variety of Georgia now searches for talented teens. This fall, the non-profit organization lights up its latest initiative with the inaugural talent competition. Brilliant hopefuls 13-19 years old can get in on the vocal action to gain experience, exposure and the opportunity to pursue their dreams as the next Star of Tomorrow.