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DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Brookhaven announces inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival

Brookhaven announces inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The first-ever Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place next month at Blackburn Park.

Brookhaven Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Chase Williams said the festival was named for the city's official tree. It will include music, arts and crafts, a pet parade, a 5K and more. Legendary rock and roll groups The Coasters and The Drifters will headline the event.

The festival will be free to attend. It will cost $20 to participate in the pet parade and $20 to run in the 5K.

The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will be Mar. 27-29. Visit brookcherryfest.org for more information.

Blackburn Park is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Running in the new year: Resolution Run

Running in the new year: Resolution Run

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Have you made a new year's resolution to hit the pavement? There are several upcoming races that will help you achieve your goal of becoming a (better) runner.

Every year, the Atlanta Track Club holds its Resolution Run on Jan. 1. The race includes a 4-mile course, a 1-mile course and a kilometer dash for the kids.

The Resolution Run is also the first race in the track club's Grand Prix Series.

This year's event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station, which is located at 4047 Peachtree Road.

Runners must be at least 9 years old to run the 4-miler and 7 years old to participate in the mile run. The Kilometer Kids Dash is for budding athletes ages 6 and younger.

Registration closes Monday at 11:59 p.m. Fees are $25 for the 4-miler, $15 for the 1-miler and $10 for the kilometer.

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

Pike Nurseries to host ‘Pumpkin Planters Make & Take’ class

Pike Nurseries to host ‘Pumpkin Planters Make & Take’ class

ATLANTA -- With the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to add a “pop” of pumpkin to get into the fall spirit!

On Saturday, October 18 at 9 a.m., the experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers celebrate the season with a fun Pumpkin Planters Make & Take customer class. Participants will receive step-by-step guidance to plant a pumpkin filled with pansies, snapdragons, peppers and other fall favorites.

The class costs $30 for supplies, including pumpkins, potting soil and a variety of plants for guests to create their own personalized planter to take home!

Sign up in advance here.

Children’s Museum Tournament for Play hits hole in one

Children’s Museum Tournament for Play hits hole in one

ATLANTA -- More than 100 golfers teed up for charity at the prestigious Peachtree Golf Club for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s second annual golf outing, Tournament for Play, on Monday, Sept. 8. The fundraiser, presented by PNC, raised $135,000 to support the museum’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach through generous donations as well as golfer registration.

“The success of this year’s Tournament for Play is a testament to the ongoing support from our committed partners and patrons,” said Jane Turner, executive director of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “Their continued support allowed The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to exceed our fundraising goals and provide more dynamic exhibits and educational programming, and that truly is a hole in one for children, families and schools throughout the state!”