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AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Pancake breakfast to raise money for Family Promise

Pancake breakfast to raise money for Family Promise

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to raise money for a worthwhile local cause.

A special pancake breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 20 will support Family Promise of New Rock, a community organization that works to eliminate homelessness.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Chili's on Dogwood Drive in Conyers.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.

Learn more about Family Promise of New Rock at familypromiseofnewrock.org.

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.

Shop with a Cop returns for Christmas

Shop with a Cop returns for Christmas

CONYERS, Ga. -- Conyers' chapter of the Shop with a Cop program will return this Christmas.

Members of the Conyers Police Department will take local disadvantaged children shopping at Walmart during the holiday season.

This is the fifth time the department has participated in Shop with a Cop. Last year, 110 children benefited from the program; this year's goal is to take 120 kids shopping.

"The Conyers Walmart store is an excellent partner to assist the Conyers Police in spearheading this effort," Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said in a statement. "Officers interact with children who may not have had a positive encounter with law enforcement up until now. The partnership between the CPD and Walmart makes sure that the children are afforded a more positive holiday experience."

Shop with a Cop will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.