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Young Professionals Mixer at Aqua Blue

ATLANTA -- The Junior Chamber International Atlanta and Johns Creek Young Professionals are teaming up to host a mixer and fundraiser at Aqua Blue (1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 30076).

The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendance is $10, or $5 with two canned goods.

Participants will enjoy free appetizers, $3 beers and the opportunity to mingle, network and make a difference. Magician Joe Turner is scheduled to perform. The money raised will go to North Fulton Community Charities.

For more information, visit the JCI Atlanta website.

Amphibian Workshop Planned for Chattahoochee Nature Center

ROSWELL, GA -- Hop on over to Roswell to learn how to adopt a stream, wetland or lake and monitor it through amphibians.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the City of Roswell and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will host an amphibian workshop at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

During this workshop, participants will discover the wonderful world of amphibians, the helpful information they tell us about their environment and how we can help their populations under the current threats they face. The agenda includes an indoor presentation highlighting frogs and salamanders that are found in and around streams and wetlands.

Participants will be led along a stream or wetland, identifying calling frogs and examining any that are found.

Step Back in Time at the Smith Plantation

ROSWELL, GA -- The Smith Plantation (935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, 30075) will host its annual Fall Farm Day on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event will be held in the pavilion and on the grounds of the historic home. It is free and open to the public.

Come and experience life on a 19th century farm with artistan exhibits and demonstrations, including blacksmithing, square dancing, spinning and open hearth cooking. Children's activities include period games, a petting zoo, wagon rides and panning for gold and gems.

The Smith Plantation Home will also host an open house, where the Roswell Garden Club will provide games and crafts, as well as a plant and bulb sale.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Earth Balloon Visits Sweet Apple Elementary

ROSWELL, GA -- The Earth Balloon touched down in Roswell on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and the first and third graders at Sweet Apple Elementary were lucky enough to be invited inside.

Volunteers from the Sweet Apple PTA, in conjunction with the City of Roswell, led students through several activities both inside and outside the balloon. The goal was to create an engaging experience that related to school curriculums on continents and oceans.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.