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Symphony gearing up for Christmas concert

Symphony gearing up for Christmas concert

ATHENS, Ga. -- Free tickets for the Athens Symphony Christmas Concerts will be available for pick-up on Monday, Nov. 26.

The symphony's two holiday concerts will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets, which cost nothing, are required for entry and are limited to four per person.

Local author and narrator Terry Kay and the Athens Symphony Chorus will also perform during the concert, which will feature several Christmas classics, including "O Holy Night," "White Christmas" and "Little Drummer Boy."

Tickets can be picked up at the Classic Center box office. Hours include 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Learn more at athenssymphony.org.

Blue Man Group coming to Classic Center

Blue Man Group coming to Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- One of the world's most popular high-energy acts will be in Athens for two days this month.

Blue Man Group will perform at the Classic Center at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7.

According to a release from the Classic Center:

Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.

With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. On the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour, the group offers a unique experience like nothing else, guaranteed to be an outing audiences will never forget.

Tickets to see Blue Man Group are available at classiccenter.com and the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

ATLANTA -- Become a superhero and run in support of a timely cause this weekend.

The Action Dash will be off and running in five North Georgia cities on Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 3.

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The race, which is presented by Action Ministries, raises money for housing, education solutions and necessities for Georgians in need.

Runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes; prizes will be awarded to some of the most innovative getups. Pets, both in and out of costume, are also welcome to join the race. Participants will receive T-shirts.

Learn more about the Action Dash. The race will be held in:

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATHENS, Ga. -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in the Athens-Clarke County area include:

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

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."

Enroll your child in Georgia Connections Academy

Information sessions in metro Atlanta include: