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Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Gwinnett abuzz for Honeybee Festival

Gwinnett abuzz for Honeybee Festival

BUFORD, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) is gearing up for its third annual celebration of one of the most important creatures in food production: the honeybee.

The Honeybee Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

It will feature numerous activities for everyone in the family to enjoy, including games, crafts, cooking demonstrations and, of course, honey samples. Beekeepers will be on hand to discuss what it takes to handle a hive.

The festival will also have a children's parade and costume contest, which will begin at 2 p.m.

"The GEHC staff always looks forward to this event. It is a great opportunity to enjoy time as a family and learn about one of our favorite and most valuable insects," GEHC programming and development director Jason West said in a statement.

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Where did the time go? Wasn't it yesterday that you brought the baby home from the hospital? It's back to school time again and for those sending a child to kindergarten, it can be quite emotional... for parents anyway. Kindergarten is a special time and you'll begin seeing pay off on your hard work over the past 5 years. For most this will be the first full school day, the first year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Broadway in the Park goes under the sea

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, and evil Ursula swim into Town Center Park for Suwanee Performing Arts' 2012 Broadway in the Park production. Little Mermaid Jr., Suwanee Performing Arts' annual summer performance and fundraiser, will be staged Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. An original one-act play, Filligan's Island, a take on the popular 1960s television series Gilligan's Island, will open the event each evening at 7 p.m.

Broadway in the Park is free and open to the public, but, as the performances serve as the annual fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts (SPA), donations are encouraged.

"Mermaid is colorful, fun, and so many people are familiar with the show that attendees will be able to sing along, making the experience even more memorable," says Patty Etherton, SPA founder and creative director.

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.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

'B at the Movies' this summer

'B at the Movies' this summer

ATLANTA -- Looking for some free family fun this summer?

ALDI and radio station B98.5 will present the "B at the Movies" outdoor movie series at several locations throughout metro Atlanta all summer long.

Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs to the participating parks and watch the family-friendly movies on giant inflatable screens. Movies begin at dusk, but come out early for activities and giveaways.

The 2012 B at the Movies schedule includes:

Saturday, May 12
We Bought a Zoo
Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

Saturday, May 26
We Bought a Zoo
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell

Saturday, June 2
Puss in Boots
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville