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Family Night Out Event

Have you heard the news?  We are hosting a Family Night Out Event and it’s just around the corner!  It’s only one-week away and I’m looking forward to meeting so many of you!

Have you registered?  If not, you’ll want to!  Your registration is your pass to a highly discounted meal from our friends & Co-Sponsor at Mia’s Pizza & Eats.  It’s also your ticket for a fun “Swag Bag” with some great products & discounts by our local sponsors.

We have great swag, great giveaways, and a great menu lined up ... all we really need is you!!

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Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Half off 4x8 Holiday Photo Greeting Cards ($20)

Half off 4x8 Holiday Photo Greeting Cards ($20)

Get twenty customized holiday photo cards for only $10 - that's 50 cents each!  CLICK HERE TO SAVE HALF OFF Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Cards, plus Baby Announcements + more ($20 value)!

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH AT MIDNIGHT

ScoopMama.com brings you the Insider Deals on Local Family Fun! We offer our subscribers unbeatable family-friendly deals with savings of 40-75% off kid-friendly activities, stores, restaurants, services and more. Please sign up today to get the Inside Scoop (it's free to join).

Georgia Lottery sales falling short

ATLANTA -- Turns out the budget for education expenses was richer than reality.

The Governor's Office says lottery revenues continue to fall short of expected revenue despite that fact that ticket sales are up in the first quarter of this year.

"We budgeted more revenue than we are now expecting to receive," said Governor Nathan Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson. "We budgeted $903 million in the fiscal year 2012 budget. Fiscal year 2011 lottery deposits to education were $846 million."

11Alive started digging into lottery revenue because of cuts to the Pre-K program. $54 million was cut to make up for falling lottery tickets sales in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June. That caused an exodus of experienced educators from the program.

So how did we get here?

Things started going in the wrong direction in the fiscal year of 2011: Total revenue: $3,597,222,000, down $48,175,000 from the year before, or 1 percent.

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

ATLANTA -- Georgia ranks 21st among the states for per capita income growth over the past 35 years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Peach State's annual PCI growth rate was 5.61 percent from 1975 to 2010. PCI was $5,157 in 1975, compared with $34,800 in 2010.

In terms of total personal income (TPI), Georgia's growth rate was 7.59 percent. The TPI in 1975 was $26 billion, compared with $338 billion in 2010.

PCI is the average amount of money earned by a single person in a given year, while TPI is the sum earned by all people.

Alpaca Yarns USA: Open House Event

Alpaca Yarns USA:  Open House Event

Alpaca Yarn USA first opened its Forsyth County doors in June of 2011.   Their shop is filled with all things Spinning, Weaving, Knitting & Felting related!

It is the perfect stop for the experienced.  If you’ve been spinning long you’ll most definitely appreciate that Alpaca Yarn USA is the largest seller of Spinning Wheels in the area (possibly even the state of Georgia).  They carry seven different models in stock and offer a very popular “try before you buy” option – uncommon when other stores need to special order the equipment.  You’ll also notice their beautiful selection of looms – carried in stock as well.