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ROSWELL, GA -- Can selling BBQ provide much-needed assistance to orphans in Kenya?

Jeff Mette and James Stickles, both of Roswell, Georgia, say yes it can, and they do.

The best friends and self-proclaimed "grill-meisters" wanted to make a difference and enjoy their hobby, so early in 2010, they created Q for a Cause, a professional BBQ operation offering good food for a good purpose.

As members of Roswell United Methodist Church's Builders Sunday School class, the pair knows all too well about Merciful Redeemer Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya. The class, along with other local efforts like Heart of Africa, has supported the orphanage for two years, helping to move the home out of the slums and secure land, bedding, fresh water and other essentials. But there is still much more work to do, and the two friends wanted to help.

Enter Q for a Cause.

20th Annual North Fulton Rivers Alive Festival, River Cleanup

ROSWELL, GA -- Rivers Alive, Georgia's annual river cleanup, comes to North Fulton on Saturday, Sept. 25. Sponsored by Keep Roswell Beautiful, the cleanup will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a cookout until 12:30 p.m. at Riverside Park (575 Riverside Road, Roswell, 30075). The event will be held rain or shine.

Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need help to stay clean. Individuals, neighborhoods, scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and service organizations are asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River.

Cleanups of the Chattahoochee and surrounding areas will be going on in the week leading up to the event. Volunteers are needed on the morning of the event for privet removal at Riverside Park and the Chattahoochee Nature Center, as well as litter pickups in surrounding areas.

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.

Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards Announces 2010 Ceremony

ATLANTA, GA -- Nearly 300 local theater leaders, supporters and fans from all throughout the Atlanta area will be on hand to recognize this year's nominees and winners at the Annual Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards Ceremony on Sunday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell.

The ceremony will once again be headed up by one of Atlanta's most loved and acclaimed actors, Jeff McKerley, and punctuated with musical performances from this year's nominees for Best Overall Musical.

Since 2004, the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater (MAT) Awards has celebrated the talents of Atlanta's community theaters and small professional theater companies. The 2010 season brought 24 productions for consideration of awards, resulting in 108 nominees in 29 categories.

For more information about the 2010 MAT Awards Ceremony, please visit http://www.matawards.com/AwardCeremony.html.