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Refuse to Be a Victim seminars to be hosted in Cumming

Refuse to Be a Victim seminars to be hosted in Cumming

CUMMING, Ga. -- An award-winning crime prevention and personal safety program will be hosted twice in Forsyth County this year.

Refuse to Be a Victim teaches methods of avoiding dangerous situations and preventing criminal confrontations. The program's seminars address several issues, including personal safety, home, automobile, telephone and travel security.

The seminars will be held Wednesday, Mar. 27 and Friday, Sept. 27 at the Cumming Police Department's Castleberry Building. They are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and can be done at cummingpd.net.

The Cumming Police Department recommends Refuse to Be a Victim for teenagers and adults.

Refuse to Be a Victim was develoepd by the National Rifle Association in 1993. Learn more at nra.org.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Learn how to attract birds to your backyard

Learn how to attract birds to your backyard

ATLANTA -- Pike Nurseries is holding a free class to help homeowners learn ways to draw birds to their backyards.

According to Pike Nurseries, roughly 350 species of birds live in Georgia. The birding class will teach participants the types of seed that are best for attracting birds, the three essentials needed to draw birds and how to provide for birds during the cold winter months.

The Attracting Birds to Your Backyard class will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at all metro Atlanta Pike Nurseries locations. Visit pikenursery.com to find your closest location.

Pike Nurseries will also offer 20 percent off all birding accessories from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Gardening master classes begin Jan. 8

Gardening master classes begin Jan. 8

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Forsyth County Extension's 2013 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training course begins Jan. 8.

Classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Mar. 28.

All sessions are held at Lanier Technical College in Cumming. The class is hosted by the University of Georgia's Forsyth County Extension Office and costs $180 per person.

Learn more at ugaextension.com.

Cherokee Christmas event to benefit Save the Horses

Cherokee Christmas event to benefit Save the Horses

CUMMING, Ga. -- Save the Horses is hosting a Native Nativity Cherokee Christmas in Forsyth County this weekend.

The fun begins at 12 p.m. Saturday with Native American stories, food, dance and, of course, horses.

Cherokee Christmas is free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged.

Save the Horses is located at 1786 Newt Green Road in Cumming. Learn more at savethehorses.org.

Lambert HS dancers present showcase

Lambert HS dancers present showcase

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The dance company at Lambert High School will perform its fall showcase this weekend.

The show, Dance in Cinema, will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 8.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. All performances are held in the school auditorium.

Lambert High is located at 805 Nichols Road in Suwanee.