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Star-Spangled Christmas parade to be held Saturday

Star-Spangled Christmas parade to be held Saturday

CONYERS, Ga. -- This year's Conyers Hometown Holiday Parade has a patriotic Star-Spangled Christmas theme.

Floats decked in red, white and blue will travel from Rockdale County High School to the Rockdale County Courthouse at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will celebrate U.S. armed forces and love for the country.

Parade participants and attendees will be encouraged to do their part to help local families in need.

"A new tradition we're starting this year is encouraging parade participants and spectators and tree lighting attendees to bring canned goods and participate in a food drive to benefit the Rockdale Community Food Bank," Conyers Main Street manager Monica Coffin said in a statement. "It's important to be able to give back to those that need help and food on the table, especially at this time of the year, and this is our way to celebrate the community's extraordinary spirit of giving."

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Turkey Trot to support children's center

Turkey Trot to support children's center

CONYERS, Ga. -- Elks Aidmore Children's Center in Conyers will host its 14th annual Turkey Trot 5K and fun run this weekend.

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The race will be held at the center on Saturday, Nov. 17. The 5K will be off and running at 9 a.m., while the 1-mile fun run is scheduled for a 9:20 a.m. start.

Race day registration is $25, but runners can save $5 and be guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt by registering online on Friday. Pre-registration is $10 for runners aged 8 and younger; it is $15 on race day.

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Funds raised by the race will support programs for children in foster care.

Elks Aidmore Children's Center is located at 2394 Morrison Road.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

East Metro Business Expo After Hours to be held Thursday

East Metro Business Expo After Hours to be held Thursday

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The chambers of commerce for Conyers-Rockdale, DeKalb and Lithonia have teamed up to host a business expo this week.

The East Metro Business Expo After Hours will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn at Stonecrest.

Members of the participating chambers will have displays at the event. There will also be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Everyone is invited to attend. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Visit the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce website for more information or to register for the event. The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 7890 Mall Ring Road in Lithonia.

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

Celebrate Halloween at Ga. International Horse Park

CONYERS, Ga. -- The H.J. Fox Halloween Festival is coming to the Georgia International Horse Park, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

The event, which is part of the 2012 Signature Series, includes four rings of hunter/jumper competition. There will also be a horse and rider costume contest, a fox and hound derby for attending dogs, and trick or treating around the barns.

More than $3,000 in prize money will be given away during the event. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, and is open to spectators.

For more information, visit hjfoxclassics.com.

Georgia International Horse Park is located at 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway.

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)