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Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

(WXIA) -- Ladybugs offer a great form of organic pest control for gardeners. They prey on damaging bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites.

Pike Nurseries is helping metro Atlantans keep their gardens pest-free by giving away 1 million ladybugs this weekend.

The nursery chain will hold a Ladybug Weekend celebration at all of its stores. Customers are invited to attend free ladybug information sessions on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Children will also receive ladybug coloring sheets, and every family in attendance will go home with a complimentary packet of ladybugs.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an Atlanta-based advocacy group focusing on developmental disabilities issues, launches the new season in April of their bocce league for young adults in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodstock and Johns Creek. The program connects people with developmental disabilities to those without, in the 20 to 30 age range.

The AADD Bocce Ball league is seeking participants to play games and model good social skills for these young people with developmental disabilities.

After graduating from high school at age 21, young people with developmental disabilities very often become socially isolated as their high school friends head off to college or careers, explained Michael Stinson, AADD’s manager of recreation and wellness. By age 25, their social network has often all but vanished.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Race this weekend: Warthog Waddle

Race this weekend: Warthog Waddle

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Wiphan Care Ministries' annual 5K, the Warthog Waddle, will be held in Roswell this weekend.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 22 at Fellowship Bible Church. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:45 a.m. A 1K fun run will start at 8 a.m., while the 5K will be off and running at 8:30 a.m.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, and the top three finishers in each age group. All runners will also receive technical T-shirts, while fun run participants will get carved African pendants.

The Warthog Waddle costs $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K. Proceeds will benefit Wiphan, which cares for widows and orphans in Zambia. Race organizers hope to raise $25,000 for the charity.

A pre- and post-race market will allow runners to further benefit Wiphan. T-shirts, cookbooks and African jewelry will be sold at the market.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Fulton and community partners to host celebration for children and families in need

Fulton and community partners to host celebration for children and families in need

ATLANTA -- Children and families in need and outstanding students will be the focus of a “Community Cares” Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The event will feature distribution of toys, clothing, non-perishable items and recognition of students who have demonstrated academic excellence and perfect attendance.  Community partners supporting the event with entertainment, food, resources and giveaways include Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth, V103 FM, Music Education Group (MEG), Treasure Chest, Inc., and other caring sponsors.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.