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Alpharetta DPS Providing Free Child Safety Seat Check

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety's fire services division will host a free child safety seat checkup.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 (2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30009).

National statistics indicate that four out of five child safety seats are misused every day in the United States. Certified child safety technicians will be on hand to install, evaluate, adjust and demonstrate the proper methods of using a child restraint seat.

Additional safety information will be made available at the event. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants or children and a car seat to receive this valuable instruction. It just might save a child's life.

Have Breakfast with Santa at the Village Tavern

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Village Tavern (11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta, 30009) invites Atlantans to get into the holiday spirit by hosting its 9th annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The festivities will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with Santa's arrival atop a fire truck as he greets the children. Participants will enjoy a specially prepared breakfast buffet and a morning filled with fun and excitement.

Every child will meet Santa personally, presenting an ideal photo opportunity for parents who bring their cameras. Santa will also read The Night Before Christmas to the crowd. Bloody Marys and mimosas will be available for adults.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Space is limited; call 770-777-6490 to make a reservation.

Woodstock Goes Wild

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Woodstock Goes Wild, an annual fundraiser event that honors foster children and families, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188).

Woodstock Goes Wild is a fun-filled evening where children can meet and touch wild animals, enjoy musical acts and participate in other family-friendly activities. Ticket sale proceeds benefit Rome's Open Door Children's Home, a safe house for abused and neglected children.

This year will mark the 9th annual Woodstock Gone Wild and will host several special guests, including Mary Perdue, First Lady of Georgia and an advocate for foster children. Wildlife expert Pete Gros will be in attendance, along with a number of his animal friends from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.

HomeStretch Launches Fundraising Campaign

HomeStretch, a non-profit that helps homeless families in North Metro Atlanta with temporary housing and provides educational skills, has launched a fundraising campaign using Give By Cell.

HomeStretch has been providing families with low-rent housing and structured education programs for 17 years. There are 24 units where families can stay for six months to two years until they graduate from the program.

Last year nine families graduated; three of those families were approved for Habitat for Humanity homes and a fourth purchased their own home. These families go forth to own homes, having obtained new life skills such as vocational training and money management.