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Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

Hardship transfer applications available Jan. 4

Hardship transfer applications available Jan. 4

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Parents who wish to apply for or renew a hardship transfer will get the opportunity to do so in January.

Hardship transfer applications for Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 4 and are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Absolutely no exceptions or extensions will be granted.

The deadline applies to students and parents looking to transfer schools for medical reasons, curriculum differences and child care situations, as well as for the children of school employees.

A separate transfer process for school participating in open enrollment will be announced next May.

Applications can be downloaded at www.fultonschools.org or picked up from the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, which is located at 5270 Northfield Boulevard in College Park.

11Alive meteorologist visits Alpharetta Elementary

11Alive meteorologist visits Alpharetta Elementary

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The first grade students at Alpharetta Elementary School were thrilled when 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis paid them a visit last week.

RELATED: Meet Mike Francis!
MORE: Read Mike's weather blog

Francis taught the students about different types of precipitation and explained how tornadoes are created. He feels a special attachment to Alpharetta Elementary, as his own children attend the school.

Shop with a Cop returns for Alpharetta children

Shop with a Cop returns for Alpharetta children

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta's Police Athletic League (PAL) will sponsor its 13th annual Shop with a Cop event this week.

With exceptionally high unemployment in Metro Atlanta, this year's event is more significant than ever, according to Officer Phil Ritchey with Alpharetta Police.

Shop with a Cop takes local children whose families cannot afford to give them a proper holiday celebration, and pairs them up with police officers, firefighters and community volunteers for a shopping extravaganza.

Each child may spend up to $100 during the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Alpharetta Walmart. PAL plans to help at least 100 children this season.

Despite the money being for them, many of the children opt to spend their $100 on gifts for parents and siblings, Ritchey said.

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

A good way to help children and moms in need this holiday season

Metro Atlanta - Monique Evans is the founder of Children's Pride and will be hosting a Diaper Drive for the Atlanta Diaper Relief organization next week,

The goal at Children's Pride is to pack Monique's SUV full of diapers and deliver them to offices of Atlanta Diaper Relief on Saturday, December 10, 2011. You can help this organization reach this goal by just making a $10.00 or more donation so that they can purchase needed items for the babies.

    100% of the proceeds raised will go toward purchasing diapers and other needed items for Atlanta Diaper Relief. If you would like to help, please send your donation to: Children's Pride, Inc., P.O. Box 2204, Alpharetta, Georgia 30023.

Alpharetta Tree Lighting Ceremony

Alpharetta Tree Lighting Ceremony

Alpharetta -

Tree Lighting Celebration
December 4, 2011 5:00 PM

Historic Downtown Alpharetta
Milton Square City Park
Alpharetta, GA

All the magic of Christmas glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights!  Creating special memories for area families for over 30 years, the celebration will include live music by local artist James Casto, dance performances by the Rhythm n’ Shoes Dance Program, a choral presentation by the Alpharetta Christian Academy Children’s Chorus and a reading of the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mayor Arthur Letchas and his wife Sally

In addition to the night’s entertainment, elves will be wandering the crowds creating free balloon sculptures and other crafts while Milton High School’s Interact Club will offer free

Smashburger to donate proceeds to DreamWeavers of Georgia

Smashburger to donate proceeds to DreamWeavers of Georgia

ATLANTA -- A popular local hamburger chain plans to donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to DreamWeavers of Georgia.

Smashburger, which has four Metro Atlanta locations, will give a certain amount of money to DreamWeavers for every item purchased between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 7.

RELATED: Learn more about DreamWeavers of Georgia

DreamWeavers of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the benefit of foster children.

Smashburger locations include:

Alpharetta
* 5530 Windward Parkway

Atlanta
* 2625 Piedmont Road NE, Buckhead

Johns Creek
* 9775 Medlock Bridge Road