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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

(WXIA) -- Do you still have your Christmas tree? Pike Nurseries is holding a tree recycling event through the end of January.

Customers can bring their live trees to any Pike Nurseries location until Jan. 31. The trees will be chipped and recycled; Pike Nurseries plans to turn Christmas trees into compost and other environmentally friendly materials.

Pike Nurseries will also come to customers' homes and pick up their trees for $50.

To find your nearest Pike, visit pikenursery.com.

Help clean up Allatoona Lake

Help clean up Allatoona Lake

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The city of Acworth needs volunteers for this year's Great Lake Cleanup.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, residents and city officials alike will gather to remove litter and debris from the shores of Acworth's lakes.

Volunteers are needed at Lake Acworth as well as Allatoona Lake. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with the event scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Visit greatallatoonacleanup.org for more information.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

Documents, shoes to be collected in Cobb County

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is a Document Shredding Day and shoe collection coming up for Cobb residents.

On March 16, Keep Cobb Beautiful will work from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Piedmont Church in Marietta. That morning, workers will be on hand to take household documents and gently worn shoes. The documents will be shredded at no cost, and with no weight limits. However, they will not take large clips or binders. The shoes, which should be tied together, will be donated to those in need.

Iron Mountain, Shoe Box Recycling and Piedmont Church are partnering up for the event. 

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

Volunteers invited to help plant trees at Whitaker park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Volunteers of all ages are invited to help plant trees at Whitaker Park in Marietta on Saturday morning from 8:30 - 11:00.

According to a City of Marietta official, volunteers may arrive a bit early, as doughnuts and beverages will be provided. Tools will also be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own from home, as well as gloves.

Whitaker Park is located at 1540 Holcomb Lake Road, off Scufflegrit Road, south of Sandy Plains Road.

For more information, call (770) 424-4664.

Recycle computers, electronics, metals at Acworth Sports Complex

Recycle computers, electronics, metals at Acworth Sports Complex

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is holding their Computer, Electronics and Metal Recycling Day at the Acworth Sports Complex on Saturday.

From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the City of Acworth invites community members to recycle household items like grills, lawn mowers, metal patio furniture, car parts, bikes, gutters, metal siding, metal fencing and exercising equipment.

There is no cost to recycle metal and electronics, but computer monitors cost $15 and televisions cost $20 to recycle. As part of the Think Green! program, the City of Acworth hopes to reduce landfill collections.

A new addition to this year's recycling day is that Federal Recyclers will accept paint. Pints and gallons have a fee of $2, five-gallon cans cost $7. They ask that paint cans are labeled because some paints are hazardous waste, and need to be separated for controlled recycling.