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Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County residents and students have a chance to be part of the biggest beautification and litter prevention effort ever.

The Great American Cleanup, which begins Tuesday, Mar. 1, is an annual nationwide community improvement campaign started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

In 2009, Great American Cleanup volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours of their time to clean, beautify and improve 32,000 communities in all 50 states and beyond.

Cobb County will kick off its leg of the Great American Cleanup with Clean Sweep Cobb, a series of service projects to be performed across the county on Saturday, Mar. 5.

Registration Begins for Youth Football, Cheerleading

Registration Begins for Youth Football, Cheerleading

ACWORTH, GA -- Online registration has begun for the 2011 Acworth Football and Cheerleading Association (AFCA) season.

The AFCA provides competitive and instructional football and cheerleading opportunities for children between ages five and 12.

Teams are grouped according to age and weight. Football players are placed on teams with children of similar skill and experience.

Practice begins the last week of July; the season ends in early to mid-November. Teams practice three nights a week and participate in a game every Saturday.

The AFCA is offering an early registration discount; for those who register online before Tuesday, May 31, the cost is $150 for Acworth residents and $170 for non-residents, which adds up to a savings of $50.

Parents who register their children in-person can also take advantage of the discount.

Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- One month after the Tucson massacre, the nation continues to be inspired by Representative Gabrielle Giffords' miraculously recovery.

But many citizens remain vexed about why the event occurred in the first place, which begs the question, "Why did [the 22-year-old alleged shooter] Jared Loughner slip through the cracks, and what could have been done to prevent this tragedy?"

The Cobb County School District and Community Services Board asked the very same question in 2008.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA -- The 119 Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fathers and daughters will be encouraged to spend the evening together, enjoying time in the restaurant and participating in activities.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage Atlanta community members to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their loved ones' company over a meal and celebrate the significant relationship in their lives."

Each Chick-fil-A will celebrate in its own way.

Acworth Family Helps Tellus Museum Reach 400,000 Visitors

Acworth Family Helps Tellus Museum Reach 400,000 Visitors

CARTERSVILLE, GA -- An Acworth family recently helped Tellus Science Museum reach a milestone.

Meredith Pitts and her children, three-year-old Jackson and 11-month-old Natalie, visited the museum on Friday, Jan. 21. Upon arriving, they were informed that Tellus had officially reached 400,000 visitors, thanks to them.

"We saw on the Web site that Tellus was approaching 400,000, but we didn't expect it to be us," said Meredith. "I thought it would be fun if it was us, but I wasn't expecting it."

Tellus Science Museum opened on January 12, 2009. It is located off of I-75 Exit 293 in Cartersville.

City of Acworth to Host Daddy Daughter Dance

City of Acworth to Host Daddy Daughter Dance

ACWORTH, GA -- The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the North Metro campus of Chattahoochee Technical College (5198 Ross Road, Acworth, 30102).

Dressed-up daddies and daughters will be presented with colorful masks upon arriving, to go with the dance's theme of "Masquerade Ball." There will be music, games and refreshments for participants to enjoy.

The dance is open to girls ages 13 and younger, accompanied by a father or other adult male. It is a great opportunity for fathers and daughters to grow closer and spend some quality time together.

The dance fee is $25 per couple for Acworth residents and $35 for non-residents. Additional daughters are $10 each for Acworth residents and $15 for non-residents.

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- For the very first time, Ballet North Performance Company will grace the stage with a production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the J. Alton Keith Theater at McEachern High School (2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, 30127).

Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this unique premiere of young performing artists and dancers from Paulding County, Douglasville, West Cobb and Metro Atlanta.

The Nutcracker, choreographed by Ballet North Performance Company director Christine Auchincloss Fehr, will go beyond the traditional satin pointe shoes and shimmery tutus.