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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

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.

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.

Fulton County Announces Family Voting Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections invites registered voters to participate in Family Voting Day.

Fulton County’s Family Voting Day offers registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the General Primary Election and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules.

Family Voting Day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at three locations: