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Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- With childhood obesity rates on the rise and consumers becoming more disconnected from where their food originates from, the outlook is bleak for a healthy and self-sustaining next generation. A ray of hope shines through with a charming new book teaching children that gardening, eating healthy, and spending quality time with family are not only good for you, but also enjoyable!

From the beginning of time, parents have passed down knowledge to children about how to prepare, plant, pick, preserve, and cook their own food. Unfortunately, that lineage has waned significantly. With the popularity of fast food restaurants, microwave dinners, and processed foods, our kids' waistlines have increased and healthy diet education has gone down.

Fourth of July fireworks in Fulton

Fourth of July fireworks in Fulton

ATLANTA -- Fireworks are the pièce de résistance for any Independence Day celebration. Find out where you can see them in both North and South Fulton County this Fourth of July.

(You can watch fireworks in Atlanta too!)

July 4th Fireworks and Festivities, Alpharetta
Come on out to the lawn behind the Alpharetta Community Center for a full day of family fun. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with face painting, inflatables, games, music and treats from some of the Atlanta area's most popular food trucks. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in partnership with Fulton County’s Health Department will provide information on all services available through Fulton County Health Services.  The Information Session will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  NORC and Health Services Staff will host the session in the chapel on the PTC Campus.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA 30344 and is one of three PTC locations in metro Atlanta.

Participants can obtain answers to questions they have always wanted to know about the “Health Department” but never had a chance to ask. They will also learn what resources are available for adults and children.  Free blood pressure screenings will be available to seniors who participate in the session.

For more information, contact Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Fulton County and the East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) are collaborating with Georgia State University Nutrition Students to teach seniors how to prepare tasty and healthy meals for the summer.  NORC and the Georgia State students will host a workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall of PTC Christian Church.  The Church is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point Georgia.  PTC in East Point is one of three locations of Peachtree City Christian Church.

Workshop participants will enjoy a FREE three-course meal, which will include a beverage and free recipes to take home. All who wish to attend must RSVP to allow planners to provide an accurate number of servings. There will also be a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to a local grocery store.

For more information, or to RSVP, call Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

Fulton County to Host Information Workshop for Future Homeowners

Fulton County to Host Information Workshop for Future Homeowners

Fulton County residents with dreams of owning a home are invited to attend a “Do You Dream of Owning Your Own Home?” information session on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  Future homebuyers can learn more about all eligibility requirements of the Home Ownership Program (HOP) and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The workshop hosted by the Department of Housing and Human Services Office of Housing and Community Development will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center.  The Service Center is located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park, Georgia 30349.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.