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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.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

Cooperative extension available to help navigate health insurance marketplace

Cooperative extension available to help navigate health insurance marketplace

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension welcomes the UGA Cooperative Extension Health Navigator November 6-8 to provide one-on-one sessions for individuals and families who need assistance enrolling in a health insurance plan through the national Health Insurance Marketplace. Interested persons should allot one hour for an appointment session.

Call 404-613-7670 to schedule an appointment.

The Health Navigator, housed under UGA Cooperative Extension, is able to help residents decide on the best health insurance to meet their needs. The Navigator will also help them apply, either electronically or by paper; establish eligibility; enroll in coverage and to potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.One-on-one sessions are by appointment only Nov 6 – 8. Sessions will be held as follows:

Nov. 6

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cooperative Extension Office, Suite 248

7741 Roswell Road

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Jamie Deen to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

Jamie Deen to visit FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is excited to welcome restaurateur, author and Food Network star Jamie Deen to Woodstock on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Jamie believes quality time in the kitchen with his family is an important part of life. Deen grew up cooking with his mother, the iconic Paula Deen, and his brother Bobby, and now shares that tradition with his own wife and kids. Even with his busy schedule hosting the Food Network’s “Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen,” helping run the Deen family restaurants, and doing charitable work around the country, Jamie makes sure his family comes together at night to share a special meal.

Jamie’s heartfelt philosophy is at the core of his first solo cookbook, Jamie Deen’s Good Food: Cooking Up a Storm with Delicious, Family-Friendly Recipes (Kyle Books; September 2013).

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

The Berenstain Bears LIVE!  at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) proudly presents the Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical!

This show is in town for one day only -- Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be three performances: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit CCYA.

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this special family-friendly exclusive show event brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in an exciting theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.

Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

ATLANTA -- Children attending the Family and Teacher Resource Fair on Aug. 17 experienced the wonder of handling a 12-foot python.  The colorful yet docile snake was featured during the “Magic Marc” show, which was presented through a sponsorship by WellCare of Georgia. “Magic Marc” was recently a television show in Savannah. 

More than 1,200 people attended the event, which included the participation of 500 teachers. The Family and Teacher Resource Fair offered education, health education, and information about extracurricular program activities for children as well as fun and games for young children through high school students. Parents and their children enjoyed dance presentations, bounce houses, bowling, skating and refreshments during the event at Metro Lanes and Games on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta.