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FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

Families, students, and the community recently enjoyed a fun-filled fall day at First Montessori School of Atlanta's 18th Annual Montessori Mile. In addition to road races, the Saturday activities included gardening, a Family Festival, a Chili Cook-off and a Soles4Souls shoe collection drive. Participants also contributed to Middle School student Sarah Tolchin's ongoing effort to collect funds for Pennies for Peace and purchased homemade nut-free basil pesto made by Livia Osorio’s Upper Elementary class.

Parents and students competed in the first-ever FMSA Chili Cook-Off. Marcell Lubsey earned bragging rights and a Golden Ladle for the best-tasting chili.

Winning runners in the children's events were (1st) Matt Fumo and Amy Soba; (2nd) River Ross and Annie Ingham; and (3rd) Jack Friedline and Alexandra Lubsey.

Gesher L'Torah to host Chanukah Bazaar

Gesher L'Torah to host Chanukah Bazaar

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Congregation Gesher L'Torah in north Fulton County is gearing up for its annual Chanukah Bazaar, which will be held Sunday, Dec. 2.

Plenty of local vendors will be in attendance, including My Room Rocks, Vault Denim, Sue Shefts Designs, Thirty-One Gifts and Scentsy. Every business will also donate raffle prizes.

The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2. Congregation Gesher L'Torah is located at 4320 Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

Learn more at gltorah.org.

'The Shack' author to speak in Alpharetta

'The Shack' author to speak in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An international bestselling author is scheduled to host a book group in Alpharetta later this month.

William Paul Young is the author of The Shack, which sold 18 million copies and became an international phenomenon, spending 50 weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Now, Young will come to the Alpharetta Barnes & Noble to discuss his highly anticipated second novel, Cross Roads.

According to information from Faith Words, Young's publisher:

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. 

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to sign books at Von Maur

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to sign books at Von Maur

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A co-author of "The Elf on the Shelf" will host a book signing at North Point Mall next month.

Metro Atlanta resident Chanda Bell created "The Elf on the Shelf" with her mother Carol Aebersold. The book follows the adventures of scout elves who are recruited by Santa Claus to help him determine which children have been naughty and which have been nice.

Aebersold and Bell based "The Elf on the Shelf" on their family's own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season to "spy" on the children and make sure they were being good. Customers can purchase a special "The Elf on the Shelf" box set with a copy of the book and an elf of their very own.

Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Voters can “Vote and Vax” beginning Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Voters can cast their ballots and obtain their annual flu slots as a part of an effort to reduce the risk of flu among citizens.  Vote and Vax primarily targets adults aged 50 or older. 

Pike Nurseries to host pumpkin planter class

Pike Nurseries to host pumpkin planter class

ATLANTA -- Let Pike Nurseries help you add some fall décor to your home.

This weekend, all Atlanta-area Pike locations will host a make-and-take pumpkin planter seminar. The class will teach participants how to create a perfect autumn centerpiece using pumpkins, soil and a variety of plants.

The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The cost is $30 per person, which includes a pumpkin planter to take home.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information.