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Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Pre-Vet Club will hold its 10th annual Dawg Jog 5K this weekend.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the G.R.A.C.E. (Grace, Rosemary, Athena Canine Emergency) Fund, which helps clients of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Humans and dogs alike are invited to participate in the run, which will be held Saturday, Apr. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Runners will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes from Athens-area businesses.

Visit pre-vet.uga.edu for more information and to sign up for the race.

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Alumni Association will hold a fun 5K for the community this weekend.

The Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Mar. 22 at UGA's Stegeman Coliseum. A children's fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m., while the actual race will be off and running at 8 a.m.

Runners will receive T-shirts and access to a post-race celebration with refreshments. The top three finishers overall, as well as the top three finishers in each age group, will also be given awards.

Registration is $25 per person ($15 for those who do not want T-shirts) or $65 for a family of four. A team of 10 can register for $155.

The Dawg Trot is Athens' largest 5K, according to race organizers.

Learn more and sign up at alumni.uga.edu.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

ATHENS, Ga. -- Memphis is the next production in the Classic Center Theatre's 2013-14 Broadway Entertainment Series.

The Best Musical winner at the 2010 Tony Awards will be staged Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

According to the Classic Center:

The show takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white disc jockey named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The musical is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.

Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

Run before you eat: Thanksgiving races

(WXIA) -- Thanksgiving is a week away, and with the turkey and trimmings comes another Atlanta tradition: the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins and ends at Turner Field. Its course covers much of the city, including Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, historic Auburn Avenue and Oakland Cemetery.

There is still time to sign up; registration is $95 at Wednesday's race expo. Get all the details here. There are also Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop options for those who aren't ready to tackle a half.

Can't make it to Atlanta on Thanksgiving morning? There are plenty of race options in the suburbs too! Here are a few of them: