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Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension will offer Affordable Care Act information sessions to assist residents, small businesses and their employees through the new Healthcare Marketplace.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for a free information session that will be led by a University of Georgia (UGA) health navigator assigned to Fulton County to assist with helping individuals and small businesses complete eligibility and enrollment forms during. Residents should call (404) 332-2400 to register for a session.

Health Navigator, housed under UGA Cooperative Extension, are able to help residents decide on the best health insurance to meet their needs and will help them apply—either electronically or by paper—to establish eligibility, enroll in coverage and potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.

Paws for the Cause to help homeless pets

Paws for the Cause to help homeless pets

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James will host an event next month to benefit pets in need of loving homes.

Paws for the Cause will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glenlake Park. It is hosted by James' office as well as DeKalb County Animal Services & Enforcement, Animal Action Resue and Village Vets.

"Protecting animals from cruel and neglectful behavior is one of my top priorities," James said in a statement. "These partnerships are essential to combating animal cruelty in our community and promoting animal adoption."

In addition to music, food and other activities, Paws for the Cause attendees can take advantage of low-cost microchipping and immunizations. All creatures, two- and four-legged alike, are invited to attend.

Glenlake Park is located at 1121 Church Street in Decatur.

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The sixth annual DeKalb Family Fun Day has been rescheduled.

DeKalb Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bransby Outdoor YMCA at Rock Chapel in Lithonia. It was originally scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 11, but was cancelled due to predicted bad weather.

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The festival will feature food, entertainment, games and vendors. Residents are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for needy children in the community.

Past DeKalb Family Fun Days have resulted in attendance of 3,000 people -- which means the festival needs plenty of volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Big Peach Sizzler 10K registration open

Big Peach Sizzler 10K registration open

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- It's not too late to register for one of Atlanta's most popular Labor Day races: the Big Peach Sizzler 10K.

The race begins at the Chamblee MARTA Station and ends in Buckhead. Money raised by the annual event benefits Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.

Registration fees range from $27 for an untimed team participant to $65 for a VIP. Learn more and sign up at milesforcf.org.

All participants will be admitted to a large post-race party, and will receive T-shirts and freebies.

Taste of Atlanta announces 2013 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2013 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA -- The restaurant lineup for the 12th annual Taste of Atlanta festival is widespread, well-known and – most importantly – mouthwatering.

More than 70 of Atlanta’s most coveted and tastiest eateries have already signed on to participate in this year’s festival, which will take place October 25-27 in Midtown at Tech Square. From city classics such as Ray’s On The River and Max Lager’s to buzzworthy newcomers including Lure, King+ Duke and Saltyard, Taste of Atlanta will once again spotlight the incredible energy and diversity of the city’s restaurant scene.

Capitol City Opera announces summer fundraiser

Capitol City Opera announces summer fundraiser

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Capitol City Opera Company will host On the Light Side, its summer fundraiser, later this month.

The event will be held Saturday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs. Festivities include performances from popular musicals, an indoor picnic dinner and a silent auction.

On the Light Side tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. They can be purchased at ccityopera.org.

The Church of the Atonement is located at 4945 High Point Road.

Capitol City Opera Company is a non-profit that helps metro Atlanta performers learn the finer points of opera and establish their careers.