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HomeStretch Launches Fundraising Campaign

HomeStretch, a non-profit that helps homeless families in North Metro Atlanta with temporary housing and provides educational skills, has launched a fundraising campaign using Give By Cell.

HomeStretch has been providing families with low-rent housing and structured education programs for 17 years. There are 24 units where families can stay for six months to two years until they graduate from the program.

Last year nine families graduated; three of those families were approved for Habitat for Humanity homes and a fourth purchased their own home. These families go forth to own homes, having obtained new life skills such as vocational training and money management.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

River Eves Elementary Connects Parents

ROSWELL, GA -- On Sept. 9 and 13, parents of the students at Roswell's River Eves Elementary School attended Curriculum Night, where they were introduced to a special new online communication tool implemented by the school.

This new Home Access Center provides parents with useful information about their children's school days, including assignments, attendance, discipline and grades. The system also features test information and school report cards on the CRCT and ITBS.

Introducing the Home Access Center boosted parent attendance at Curriculum Night to record numbers.

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

"Two Gentlemen" to Perform at Barrington Hall

ROSWELL, GA -- North Fulton Drama Club is thrilled to close its fifth year on the lawn of historic Barrington Hall with an Old West take on William Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, a classic comedy of contested love, overprotective fathers and mistaken identity.

NFDC's production of Two Gentlemen of Verona opens Friday, Sept. 17 and will run for three weekends (Sept. 17 through Oct. 2), Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. Additionally, a Sunday matinee is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 4:00 p.m. General admission is free, donations are encouraged, picnics are welcome and reserved tables are available for a donation of $40.

NFDC was founded in January of 2006 as a community theater with a unique goal: to produce high quality Shakespeare that is entertaining, inventive and accessible.

Experience the Flavors of Roswell High School

ROSWELL, GA -- The halls of Roswell High School will fill with pleasant aromas on Friday, Oct. 1. Food from everywhere -- around the corner to around the world -- will be served from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., after which a silent auction will be held until 9:30 p.m.

It's all part of the Roswell High School TasteFest, a massive fundraising event that aims to upgrade school athletic fields and equipment, and to support school clubs.

"The outdoor dining and cooking area was a tremendous success last year, with the drum corp creating a festive atmosphere," said Nury Gulick, chair of the RHS TasteFest. "Look for more enhances this year."

Tickets to the TasteFest can be purchased through Roswell High School students or at the school's front office.

Roswell High School is located at 11595 King Road, Roswell, 30075. For more information, visit www.tasteofroswellhighschool.org.

Readers are Heroes at Sweet Apple Elementary

ROSWELL, GA -- Sweet Apple Elementary School in Roswell will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair from Sept. 10-16.

This year's theme is "Here's to Our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day!"

A family shopping event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.