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Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County

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‘Stars and Strikes’ Family Entertainment Centers Announce ‘Official’ Company Mascot Naming Contest

‘Stars and Strikes’ Family Entertainment Centers Announce ‘Official’ Company Mascot Naming Contest

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the new mascot for Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers made its’ debut to the community at the Dacula Stars and Strikes Family Fun Day in Gwinnett County.

Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote

Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The lines have been drawn in the battle over redistricting in Fulton County.

A new high school will open in August 2012, but deciding who goes there has set off a series of heated debates.

Parents and community leaders agree the new school is desperately needed to relieve overcrowding. But it means completely re-drawing attendence zones, sending some kids out of their community to a different school.

Thursday night, an important vote moves the plan another step forward. The school board will hold a first vote, what they call a first reading, on the redistricting plan. If they approve the plan, it moves forward towards a June vote.

Parents for and against the plan say they will continue to fight up until that final vote. Earlier this month, parents from the Edenwilde subdivision in Roswell let their windows and wheels to do the talking during a protest of the redistricting plan.

Celebrate the Greenway with Alpharetta police

Celebrate the Greenway with Alpharetta police

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta is celebrating its Big Creek Greenway with a free safety event on Saturday, May 21.

The public is invited to come to Rock Mill Park (3100 Kimball Bridge Road, 30022) from 10 a.m. to noon and hear a safety talk from officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

Various local cycling and running clubs plan to attend the event and host a children's bicycle parade. There will be an award for the best decorated bike.

The Alpharetta Police Bicycle Team will also be on hand to show off some of the equipment used in the event of a Greenway emergency.

For more information about the May 21 event, call 678-297-6309 ext. 3.

Honor your 'Great American Mom' with Great American Cookies

Honor your 'Great American Mom' with Great American Cookies

ATLANTA -- Great American Cookies has announced that the brand has created its first ever nationwide search for the "Great American Mom."

The Great American Mom Contest is open for entries until Tuesday, May 10 and offers individuals an exciting way to spotlight their moms on Mother's Day.

"Moms spend a great deal of time caring for their families and very rarely are able to break away for a bit of rest and relaxation," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing and operations officer for GFG Management, LLC, which manages Great American Cookies.

Touch a Truck on April 30-Fun for the family!

Touch a Truck on April 30-Fun for the family!

On Saturday April 30th Alpharetta is having their 13th Annual Touch a Truck event, 10:00 AM at North Park.  There will be dozens of big trucks, fire trucks, old timey trucks, rescue and military vehicles and more at the event.  Just because the event is called Touch a Truck there are also loads of things for the girls to do too. 

There will be plenty of activities including face painting, police dog demonstrations, animal balloons and inflatables for the kids to jump around in.   Touch a Truck is free and so is parking.  However, as the event can be crowded be sure to take a stroller for the younger ones. 

My wife and I attended many free festivals last year and Touch a Truck was the most family friendly of all of them.  An added benefit of the event is that you can talk to your local police officers, emergency responders and more who will share stories or helpful information with you. 

Dining Out for Life

Dining Out for Life

If you ever wanted an excuse to eat out, it would be to support the efforts of Dining Out for Life, an annual community fundraising event involving the generous support and participation of corporate sponsors, restaurant communities nationwide, dedicated community volunteers, and the thousands of citizens that will dine out on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at participating restaurants. 

The 19th Annual Dining Out for Life in Atlanta will benefit Open Hand a non-profit organization that helps to deliver over 5,400 nutritious meals daily to men, women and children who are living below the federal poverty level and strives to empower our neighbors to live healthy, independent lives.