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When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Cobb County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 24.

Marietta City Schools will end the school year a day later -- Friday, May 25.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

ATLANTA -- What better way to recognize National Cupcake Day than with a free ice cream cupcake?

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery will give away ice cream cupcakes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all Metro Atlanta locations.

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"This is the second year in a row Marble Slab and MaggieMoo's have celebrated National Cupcake Day with a giveaway of our ice cream cupcake," said David Kaiser, director of frozen goods for Norcross-based GFG Management, LLC, which owns both ice cream chains. "We love fun observances like National Cupcake Day and look forward to celebrating with our extremely valued customers by offering a free and very delicious ice cream treat."

Karate, tai chi classes for Acworth residents

Karate, tai chi classes for Acworth residents

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the return of karate classes for children and tai chi lessons for adults.

Karate teaches children concentration skills, patience and respect, and promotes physical fitness. The classes are $75 for a two-month session; they are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. starting Dec. 5.

Meanwhile, adult tai chi classes are $100 for a two-month session. Participants have the choice of taking beginner, intermediate or advanced classes, all of which are taught by a certified master instructor and 7th degree black belt.

Classes take place at the Roberts School Community and Education Center (4681 School Street).

For more information or to register for classes, visit www.acworth.org/aprd.

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite being among the top three killers of Americans under age 21, many parents do not seem to realize that underage drinking is a major problem.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is partnering with the PTAs at local schools to give parents an important skill set to prevent teen drinking. A meeting for all Cobb parents will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cobb Central Library.

Several local experts will give insight into this growing issue, including Cobb Alcohol Taskforce coordinator Cathy Finck.

"The brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term brain growth processes," Finck said. "The research is compelling, but more parents need to know about it. We hope arming PTAs will help get the facts and useful tips to more parents for saving teen brains."