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North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

The North Fulton community is invited to join Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann (District 3) and Fulton County departments and other nonprofit partners for a North Fulton Community Open House on Saturday, June 16.  This family-friendly event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.

The Open House will take place outside of Commissioner Hausmann’s new District Office, located at 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30022, in the same complex with North Fulton Health Center and offices of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessors.

The day’s activities will include information and activities, including a performance by the Johns Creek Symphony, arts activities with the Printmakers Studio, the Atlanta-Fulton County Bookmobile, library card sign-up and story time, environmental craft activities with the Department of Water Resources, and much more. 

'B at the Movies' this summer

'B at the Movies' this summer

ATLANTA -- Looking for some free family fun this summer?

ALDI and radio station B98.5 will present the "B at the Movies" outdoor movie series at several locations throughout metro Atlanta all summer long.

Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs to the participating parks and watch the family-friendly movies on giant inflatable screens. Movies begin at dusk, but come out early for activities and giveaways.

The 2012 B at the Movies schedule includes:

Saturday, May 12
We Bought a Zoo
Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

Saturday, May 26
We Bought a Zoo
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell

Saturday, June 2
Puss in Boots
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

The state administered federally funded Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) educates youth on both abstinence and contraception

Fulton County Commissioners voted today to direct the Housing and Human Services Department to apply for and accept a $25,000 grant from the State of Georgia, Department of Human Services.  The vote came during the regular June 6, 2012, meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

Popular puppet series returns next week

Popular puppet series returns next week

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Roswell Summer Puppet Series will return to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center for its 15th season in June.

The shows, which have delighted countless children and their parents over the years, feature nationally renowned puppeteers and a wide variety of puppets in whimsical and captivating performances.

This year's show lineup includes:

June 4-9
"Rapunzel" (Paul Mesner Puppets)

June 11-16
"Wiley & the Hairy Man" (Paul Mesner Puppets)

June 18-23
"Sleeping Beauty" (Tanglewood Marionettes)

June 25-30
"Arabian Adventure" (Tanglewood Marionettes)

July 2-7
"Zany Zoo" (Lee Bryan, aka That Puppet Guy)

July 9-14
"Rumplestiltzkin" (Frisch Marionettes)

July 16-21
"Hansel & Gretel" (Frisch Marionettes)

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”