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Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

Ga. botanical gardens offering free classes

ATHENS, Ga. -- The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is offering three free nighttime gardening seminars this summer.

The "Gardening at Night" events will include lessons on weeding, watering and harvesting heirloom vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants by the light of the rising moon. They also will include discussion on lunar planting and plant lore.

The two-hour seminars begin at 6 p.m. on June 26, July 24 and Aug. 21. Participants are asked to meet at the Heritage Garden Gazebo each of those evenings.

The state botanical garden is located in Athens. It's operated by the University of Georgia.

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's first public virtual charter school, has planned more information sessions across the state.

The tuition-free school, which recently earned accolades from the parents of current students, is expanding from K-8 to K-12 for the 2012-13 school year.

"Good things are happening in public education, and we're proud to be a leader in the future of great schooling in our state," GACA principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming more elementary, middle and now high schoolers next year."

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Information sessions in metro Atlanta include:

Canceled in 2011, Athens fireworks show returning

Canceled in 2011, Athens fireworks show returning

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens is bringing back its biggest Fourth of July fireworks display a year after the celebration got canceled because of budget woes.

Corporate donors have stepped up to help the city fund the Star-Spangled Classic.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners had to cut $10,000 for the fireworks display in 2009. Private donors kept it going until last year, when sponsors managed to cough up just enough cash for a 5-minute fireworks show. The event was canceled instead.

Mayor Nancy Denson appointed a committee to bring back the Independence Day celebration at Bishop Park. Athens First Bank & Trust signed on as the presenting sponsor for the event next month.

 

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

ATLANTA -- Nine metro Atlanta Krispy Kreme doughnut shops will participate in this year's Cops on Doughnut Shops fundraiser for Special Olympics.

From 6 a.m. on Friday, June 8 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, local law enforcement officers will be on the roofs of the Krispy Kremes, where they will eat, sleep and play while collecting donations from customers.

The money raised during Cops on Doughnut Shops will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia.

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3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

UGA president to hold open forum with students

UGA president to hold open forum with students

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will hold an open forum for students.

The "Open Mic with Mike" event was rescheduled for April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the "Dawg Pen" on the atrium level of the Tate Student Center. It was originally planned for April 3.

The forum is a chance for students to talk with Adams about issues facing the university, including state budget cuts, tuition hikes and reductions to the HOPE scholarship.

The forum is open to the public, but only students can ask questions of Adams. The event is sponsored by the UGA student government association.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."