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Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

ALPHARETTA, GA -- It all started during a typical November weekend in Alpharetta's Dunmoor subdivision.

Samara Chasin, 12, and her mother Lisa watched their neighborhood's youth tennis team compete against the Horseshoe Bend team.

Nearby, 11-year-old Roswell resident Madie Dreesman cheered during her younger sister's match. A bandana covered Madie's hairless head.

In the car on the way home, Samara's eyes filled with tears. She asked her mother about the little girl with no hair.

Lisa had spoken with Madie and her mother during the match. She explained that Madie had cancer and was undergoing treatment, most likely chemotherapy.

School Board Announces December Community Meetings

School Board Announces December Community Meetings

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for December:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Fulton Science Academy (1675 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, 30009)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Dec.

Downtown Alpharetta Kicks Off Holiday Season

ALPHARETTA, GA -- A weekend of festivities will ring in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 in downtown Alpharetta.

The fun kicks off with a Christmas Open House sponsored by the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shoppers will enjoy refreshments, in-store specials and wonderful gift selections at all participating stores.

A special Christmas Farmer's Market will be open until 5:00 p.m.

Milton High to Host Georgia Regional Cheerleading Competition

MILTON, GA -- Milton High School (13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004) will host all-star, collegiate, school and recreational cheerleading teams from throughout the Southeast at Coastal Cheer & Dance Events' Georgia Regional Competition.

The event will take place in the school's main gym on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public Invited to Share Thoughts on Georgia Public Education

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Everyone who is interested in learning more about public education in Georgia, or in making suggestions that may help Georgia lead the nation in improving student achievement, now has the opportunity to speak directly with a Board of Education member.

On Monday, Nov. 29, Robert "Buzz" Law of the Sixth Congressional District will lead an open public hearing at Autrey Mill Middle School (4110 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 30022) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Teachers, parents, students and concerned citizens are invited to take part in this important event. Those wishing to speak at the meeting are asked to sign in when they arrive.

For more information, contact Jackie Clarke Dodd either via email or at 404-657-7410.

Alpharetta PAL Plans "Shop with a Cop"

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) will host the annual "Shop with a Cop" event on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpharetta Walmart (5200 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, 30004).

With exceptionally high unemployment in Georgia, the generosity of the public is more significant than ever, said Laurie Nicholson, Alpharetta PAL executive officer. This year, PAL aims to help more than 75 children. Each child will be accompanied by a police officer, firefighter or public safety volunteer as he or she shops for desired holiday gifts.

"Throughout the year, representatives of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety come across families who, for whatever reason, face financial challenges," said Nicholson.

Meet Anthony Williams of "Project Runway" at Macy's

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Macy's at North Point Mall (1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, 30022) presents the fashion event of the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Anthony Williams of "Project Runway" (season seven) as he helps customers glam up their winter wardrobes and kick off the holidays with a fabulous new look. From skinny cargo pants to faux fur vests, Anthony will show women how to work the latest trends.

Macy's shoppers are invited to meet Anthony while enjoying music and refreshments. The first 50 guests will receive a special gift.

For more information, call North Point Mall at 770-740-9273.