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PROBE College Fair coming to Forsyth County

PROBE College Fair coming to Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cumming this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lanier Technical College Conference Center.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Lanier Technical College is located at 7745 Majors Road.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Race this weekend: Color Outside the Lines

Race this weekend: Color Outside the Lines

CUMMING, Ga. -- Help adoptive and foster children in Forsyth County by running a colorful 5K this weekend.

Color Outside the Lines 5K covers participants in colorful powder as they tear through the course. It is fun and safe for runners of all ages.

The race will be held Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Packet pick-up will be July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sports Authority in the Mansell Crossing shopping center near North Point Mall.

Race finishers will be treated to a celebration featuring music, food and a giant paint throw. All runners will receive technical T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group.

Race this weekend: We the Runners

Race this weekend: We the Runners

CUMMING, Ga. -- Not running the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race? That means you can participate in Forsyth County's We the Runners Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Sparkler Trot.

All races will be held Friday, July 4 at Fowler Park in Cumming.

Packet pickup and race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The half marathon and 10K will be off and running at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K will start at 7:45 a.m.; and the tot trot, open to children ages 10 and under, will start at 9 a.m.

Registration is $55 for the half marathon, $40 for the 10K, $35 for the 5K and $10 for the tot trot. All runners will receive T-shirts and race bags, while half marathon finishers will also get commemorative medals.

We the Runners benefits the March of Dimes.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Fowler Park is located at 4110 Carolene Way, off Atlanta Highway.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta residents who are interested in having more butterflies and hummingbirds in their gardens are invited to attend a free workshop at Pike Nurseries.

The Atlanta-based nursery chain will offer two Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden classes.

An adult-centered class will be held Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m. at all Pike locations. A second session designed especially for kids will take place Wednesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Both events are free.

Attendees will learn planting techniques and the types of flowering plants they should include in their gardens to bring in some new feathered and fluttering friends. Children in the Wednesday class will also make butterfly crafts.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest location.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."