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Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- With childhood obesity rates on the rise and consumers becoming more disconnected from where their food originates from, the outlook is bleak for a healthy and self-sustaining next generation. A ray of hope shines through with a charming new book teaching children that gardening, eating healthy, and spending quality time with family are not only good for you, but also enjoyable!

From the beginning of time, parents have passed down knowledge to children about how to prepare, plant, pick, preserve, and cook their own food. Unfortunately, that lineage has waned significantly. With the popularity of fast food restaurants, microwave dinners, and processed foods, our kids' waistlines have increased and healthy diet education has gone down.

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County schools will have new principals when classes resume in the fall.

The nine appointments were approved during a school board meeting last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out, and I'm confident they will do the same in their new positions."

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Janine Maxwell brings hope to people.  That is what she has been doing for the past six years, and the objective of her nonprofit aid organization, Heart for Africa –to deliver hope to the poor and vulnerable.

But the marketing exec turned humanitarian, professes that she struggled with living in Alpharetta—the affluent and picturesque community, she, husband Ian and two children (daughter Chloe –now 16, son Spencer –now 18) relocated to from Canada, in order to raise awareness and support for the organization.    

 “Beautiful but very different,” she best summarizes it, Maxwell felt uprooted trading the securities of her CEO-standard, Canadian lifestyle –and free healthcare, for the South; however it was a move that was both necessary and favorable.

The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.

Dikembe Mutombo to address North Fulton Chamber

Dikembe Mutombo to address North Fulton Chamber

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo will be the keynote speaker at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's next Eggs & Enterprise breakfast.

Mutombo, a former center for the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks, has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has won USA Weekend's Most Caring Athlete Award and was named the most generous athlete in the world by FOXSports.com.

Additionally, Mutombo has worked for international relief agency CARE and was actively involved with the Strong STARTS (Schools Taking Action to Reach Troubled Students) program when he played for the Hawks. He was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2007.

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

'Happiest Baby' film to screen across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp is bringing his famous, revolutionary parenting techniques to a movie theater near you.

The film Parent' Night Out with the Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp will be screened at select theaters at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The screenings will be hosted by actress Ali Landry.

Learn more about Karp and his parenting guides, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, at www.happiestbaby.com.

Tickets to the Parents Night Out film can be purchased online or at participating theaters' box offices:

Alpharetta
Regal North Point Market 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Chamblee
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway

'Fallen' author coming to Barnes & Noble

'Fallen' author coming to Barnes & Noble

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An internationally best-selling author will visit the Alpharetta Barnes & Noble later this month.

Lauren Kate will host a book signing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Kate is best known for her novel The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and her "Fallen" series. She recently published Rapture, the fourth and final book in that series.

Learn more about Lauren Kate

The Alpharetta Barnes & Noble is located next to the AMC movie theater in the Mansell Crossing shopping center on North Point Parkway.