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Barter to Reign at Tradebank’s Atlanta Holiday Trade Expo on Nov. 20, 2011

Barter to Reign at Tradebank’s Atlanta Holiday Trade Expo on Nov. 20, 2011

Tradebank International Inc. (Tradebank) has organized a holiday shopping extravaganza where business owners from around the country will buy and sell goods at metro Atlanta’s biggest barter shopping event. All purchase transactions at the Atlanta Holiday Trade Expo (Trade Expo) will be completed using trade dollars, the international trade exchange’s currency.

Everything from gift baskets to leather goods to tools and toys will be available as well as one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, clothing, sporting goods, artwork, home furnishings, holiday decorations, and much more. The Trade Expo is set for Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 12:00 p.m.to 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta, Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, Ga.

College and Career Motivation Week kickoff at B.E.S.T. Academy

College and Career Motivation Week kickoff at B.E.S.T. Academy

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools' annual College and Career Motivation Week began at 10 a.m. Monday with a ceremony at B.E.S.T. Academy on the city's west side.

All Atlanta high schools celebrate the week with special themed programs, such as Dress for Success and College Spirit. The week of activities is aimed at getting students excited about applying for college and focused on their futures in school and the workforce.

Additional programs include a career awareness session featuring professionals and industry experts who will share their real-life success stories with APS high school students.

For more information, visit www.atlanta.k12.ga.us.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Oglethorpe receives largest grant in school history

Oglethorpe receives largest grant in school history

ATLANTA -- Oglethorpe University has received an unprecedented $5 million grant from the Atlanta-based Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

The grant is the largest individual gift in the Brookhaven school's history.

The money was given in support of future construction of a new campus center, one of several projects targeted through a comprehensive campaign for the university. More than $30 million in commitments have already been raised in the past nine months.

"This gift supports and validates our collective efforts to ensure that Oglethorpe remains one of the country's leading liberal arts and sciences universities," said Oglethorpe president Lawrence M. Schall. "This leadership gift is a sign of support for all we've accomplished and our plans for the future."

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

ATLANTA – Atlanta-area Simon malls will deck the halls this season with plenty of holiday cheer and entertainment. Gwinnett Place, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb are offering a variety of special holiday events for the whole family:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Rd. / 770-813-6840 / Facebook / Twitter)

·         Santa’s Arrival: November 19 at noon.  Visit Santa's Winter Wonderland at Gwinnett Place’s Center Court and have your holiday photo taken with St. Nick!

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Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)