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'The Shack' author to speak in Alpharetta

'The Shack' author to speak in Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An international bestselling author is scheduled to host a book group in Alpharetta later this month.

William Paul Young is the author of The Shack, which sold 18 million copies and became an international phenomenon, spending 50 weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Now, Young will come to the Alpharetta Barnes & Noble to discuss his highly anticipated second novel, Cross Roads.

According to information from Faith Words, Young's publisher:

Celebrity Softball Game played for childhood cancer research

Celebrity Softball Game played for childhood cancer research

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta Braves' All-Star catcher Brian McCann and his wife Ashley, along with Jet Sports Management and the Chipper Jones Family Foundation are now selling tickets for the Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, November 3 at Coolray Field.

The McCann family, and the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research are giving children 10 and under free admission. Students can attend the game for $5, and $10 for adults.

With the first pitch set for 12:35 p.m., The Varsity, Coca-cola and Caribou Coffee will sell food and drinks.

According to an Atlanta Braves spokesperson, the game serves as one of two events in the Delta Air Lines Double Play, which has raised over $1.3 million for childhood cancer research.

 

 

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to sign books at Von Maur

'Elf on the Shelf' creator to sign books at Von Maur

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A co-author of "The Elf on the Shelf" will host a book signing at North Point Mall next month.

Metro Atlanta resident Chanda Bell created "The Elf on the Shelf" with her mother Carol Aebersold. The book follows the adventures of scout elves who are recruited by Santa Claus to help him determine which children have been naughty and which have been nice.

Aebersold and Bell based "The Elf on the Shelf" on their family's own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season to "spy" on the children and make sure they were being good. Customers can purchase a special "The Elf on the Shelf" box set with a copy of the book and an elf of their very own.

MOSAIC Group Wins NADRA's Best Covered Deck Award

MOSAIC Group Wins NADRA's Best Covered Deck Award

Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won first and third places for the Best Covered Deck in the North American Deck and Railing Association's annual competition. NADRA is composed of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. The association emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety.

"MOSAIC Group's winning entry is a true outdoor living space," said Co-owner Rick Goldstein, a registered architect. "Our goal was to make a visual connection between the home and the view to the pool.

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Dynamo Swim Club is used to producing champions.

Over the summer, one of its athletes, 18-year-old Matias Koski, made it to the London Olympics, swimming for his native Finland.

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Now, two more swimmers from the Chamblee-based club are making a splash on the international swimming scene.

Gunnar Bentz and Kylie Stewart, both 16, will participate in the European leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup Tour. They are among only eight junior U.S. swimmers to make the team.

Jason Turcotte, head coach and CEO of Dynamo, will lead the American team. Olympians Jessica Hardy and Anthony Ervin and NCAA national champion Tom Shields will also accompany the swimmers on their tour, which stops in Moscow on Oct. 17-18 and Berlin on Oct. 20-21.

Local author to visit New Prospect ES

Local author to visit New Prospect ES

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A local children's author plans to visit New Prospect Elementary School to sign copies of one of her books.

Leslie McKinney, who lives in Johns Creek, is the author of Too Much!

According to McKinney's publisher, Tate Publishing:

When Wild Will is woken up at two a.m. by his cat on the morning of his big homophone test, he knows his day won't be too good. Things just go from bad to worse as he ends up in the principal's office and only gets two words right on his test.

Is this day just Too Much! for Wild Will to handle? Find out, and discover the correct use of the words to, too and two as you learn from Will's mistakes.

McKinney's visit will take place at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast forum last week for regional transportation leaders to discuss MARTA's Connect 400 Transit Initiative.

About 90 people attended the forum. Attendees included business and community leaders in the GA 400 corridor, according to Chamber spokeswoman Debbie Ryals.

Connect 400 is an 18-month study that covers GA 400 from northbound Interstate 285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek.

"This study is a huge step toward advancing exploration of new transportation alternatives in this market," Ann Hanlon, COO of the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said in a statement.

Rylas said Connect 400 will identify the GA 400 corridor's needs and look at alternatives that will allow smoother sailing for all drivers. The Chamber's forum gathered input about the corridor's transportation needs from the local leaders in attendance.