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Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

Fulton County Family and Teacher Resource Fair offers education and entertainment

ATLANTA -- Children attending the Family and Teacher Resource Fair on Aug. 17 experienced the wonder of handling a 12-foot python.  The colorful yet docile snake was featured during the “Magic Marc” show, which was presented through a sponsorship by WellCare of Georgia. “Magic Marc” was recently a television show in Savannah. 

More than 1,200 people attended the event, which included the participation of 500 teachers. The Family and Teacher Resource Fair offered education, health education, and information about extracurricular program activities for children as well as fun and games for young children through high school students. Parents and their children enjoyed dance presentations, bounce houses, bowling, skating and refreshments during the event at Metro Lanes and Games on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall. 

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “It is important for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

Residents are encouraged to follow the 5 D’s of Protection:

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

'The Croods' to play at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

'The Croods' to play at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta's Northside Hospital Movies in the Park series will continue next month with a screening of The Croods.

The family film will be shown Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park.

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Gates open at 7 p.m. Professional face painters will be on hand to deck out attending children with appropriate body art.

Families are free to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be sold, but no outside food or drink is allowed.

Learn more at awesomealpharetta.com.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre is located at 2200 Encore Parkway.

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Have you ever driven through the Georgia Mountains? It is an amazing experience. The drive to Helen through the mountains is breath taking. You have to be comfortable driving around curves and getting a little light headed now and then, but the view is picture perfect every single mile. Then once you get down to Helen, make sure to take your appetite with you because the food is delicious and the sceneray is a place you want to make sure you take in. 

The last time I went down to Helen we went Horse Back Riding and Tubing. The tubing was even $5. Fun for $5. That is what I always look for, or free if I can get it. 

In addition to Helen,there are literally hundreds of awesome spots in the North Ga. Mountains that so few people know about. Small Ma & Pop owned diners, cabin rentals, specialty campgrounds and much more. Stop by and see what to do in the North Ga Mountains.

Win free registration to IronKids triathlon

Win free registration to IronKids triathlon

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving 20 lucky kids free entry to this year's IronKids Alpharetta triathlon.

Children ages 6 to 15 can enter to win free registration at awesomealpharetta.com. The contest closes July 31; winners will be notified during the first week of August.

Alpharetta's IronKids event is the largest youth triathlon in the country, according to the local CVB.

The race is divided into age-appropriate distances:

Children 6-8
50-yard swim
2-mile bike ride
500-yard run

Children 9-11
150-yard swim
4-mile bike ride
1-mile run

Children 12-15
300-yard swim
8-mile bike ride
2-mile run