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Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

SUWANEE, Ga. -- For the 30th time, the Suwanee community – and several thousand others – will gather to celebrate Suwanee Day. Part art festival, part music/entertainment festival, and partly a fun-for-all-ages event, Suwanee’s annual “celebration of community” will be held Saturday, September 21, at Town Center Park. The day’s festivities also include a parade, yummy festival food, inflatable rides, free Fastball concert, and fireworks.

“We like to say that Suwanee Day is the best one-day festival around,” says Events Manager Amy Doherty, noting that this year’s Suwanee Day is a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 event. “We pack an awful lot into 13 hours. Thanks to our generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, each festival seems to get just a little bit better.”

This year’s festival will feature about 200 vendors, more than 100 of them offering a variety of fine art, arts and crafts, and jewelry.

'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture

'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The City of Suwanee will hold a brief dedication ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, for an artistic display created to memorialize 9-11-2001.

The display, created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, features a damaged, twisted relic from one of the World Trade Center towers, which was given to Suwanee a couple of years ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Since unveiling the artifact two years ago, the City has worked to determine a permanent location and create an appropriate display for the artifact, which was part of an exterior steel panel from floors 101-104 of one of the twin towers. Late last year, Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission solicited proposals and ultimately contracted with Moulton to create the permanent display, which is being installed at Town Center Park in a raised area near the brick outer wall along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Peachtree City named best metro Atlanta town for families

Peachtree City named best metro Atlanta town for families

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A new study names Peachtree City the best Atlanta-area town and second-best Georgia city for young families.

NerdWallet compiled the top 10 list of places to raise families in Georgia. The survey analyzed such factors as good public schools, the cost of living and the town's prosperity. It cited Peachtree City's educational system and golf cart paths as the main reasons for its ranking.

Evans, a suburb of Augusta, topped this year's list, which features six metro Atlanta towns.

1. Evans
2. Peachtree City
3. Sugar Hill
4. Perry
5. St. Simons
6. Suwanee
7. Alpharetta
8. Martinez
9. Buford
10. Fayetteville

Learn more at nerdwallet.com.

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.