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Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has planned a candlelight memorial service for the 24 students, faculty and staff who have passed away since last April.

"Georgia Remembers ... a Candlelight Memorial" will be held Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. on the steps of UGA's chapel.

The names of each of the 13 students and 11 faculty and staff members will be read aloud. The chapel bell will toll and a candle will be lit after each name is said. UGA's Air Force ROTC will present the colors and ring the bell. Music will be provided by the Southern Wind Quintet from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony.

UGA students who have died in the past year include:

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

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.

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:

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

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.

Big Apple Circus – Luminocity visits Alpharetta

Big Apple Circus – Luminocity visits Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- It's the vivacity! It's the velocity! It's Luminocity, the all new show from the Big Apple Circus!

Now in its 36th season, the Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life at the city epicenter, the crossroads of the world! Catch all the verve, the high-spirits and racing-pulse thrills of the world's greatest circus artists in one ring under the intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside!

The Big Apple Circus presents Luminocity in its Atlanta premiere at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta from Thursday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 17.