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Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Outback Steakhouse donates meals to local seniors

Outback Steakhouse donates meals to local seniors

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Nearly 400 Gwinnett County seniors will receive free meals Wednesday from Outback Steakhouse.

The restaurant on Celebration Boulevard in Suwanee is donating meals of grilled steak and chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes and bread to Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services.

The charity lunch is part of the steakhouse chain's Outback at Work program. Wednesday's meals will be prepared at 9:30 a.m. and then delivered to seniors across Gwinnett County.

Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services provides financial support to the county's senior programs. About 150,000 seniors benefit from annual events like the Outback meal giveaway.

Johns Creek named best Ga. 'burb

Johns Creek named best Ga. 'burb

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Johns Creek is the best place for Georgia suburbanites to live, according to a study by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Onboard Informatics.

The ranking is based on such factors as access to suburban amenities (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety.

Georgia's Top 10 suburbs include:

1. Johns Creek
2. Lookout Mountain
3. Peachtree City
4. Berkeley Lake
5. Evans
6. Martinez
7. Suwanee
8. Tyrone
9. Skidaway Island
10. Fayetteville

(The Atlanta Business Chronicle contributed to this report.)

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Georgia SPCA 3rd Annual Benefit Bash! Viva Las Vegas!

Georgia SPCA 3rd Annual Benefit Bash! Viva Las Vegas!

"You Ain't Nothin' But A Pound Dog" 

 Last year over 100,000 adoptable animals were needlessly  euthanized in the metro Atlanta area. Georgia SPCA mission is to reduce the umber by implementing successful adoption programs, offering low cost spay/neuter to the public, and by promoting responsible pet ownership through the education of our community.
 
 
Join us in the Gwinnett Center Ballroom for a fabulous evening
benefiting the Georgia SPCA!
 
Great food, casino games, a silent auction, live entertainment
featuring Cliff-E (Elvis Tribute Artist), BackFlash Premier Party Band,
& Willingham, Stedman and Carter.