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Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

ATLANTA -– The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! To help families get in the "ho-ho"-holiday spirit, Atlanta-area Simon malls are hosting a variety of festive activities and special entertainment all November and December long! With Giving Tuesday, Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival celebrations, local choir performances, photos with Santa and more, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb offer a magical holiday experience that is enjoyable for the entire family!

Simon Kidgits Club hosting Halloween parties at Atlanta-area malls

Simon Kidgits Club hosting Halloween parties at Atlanta-area malls

(WXIA) -- Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb will offer  Atlanta-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities, as the Simon Kidgits Club presents its annual Halloween events! The spook-tacular event schedule for families includes:

Saturday, October 18
Simon Kidgits Club Fall Festival at Mall of Georgia
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 25
Simon Kidgits Club Boo Bash at Town Center at Cobb
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 30
Simon Kidgits Club Boo Bash at Northlake Mall
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Race this weekend: Running with Elvis

Race this weekend: Running with Elvis

BUFORD, Ga. -- Get "all shook up" at an Elvis Presley-themed 5K this weekend.

The Running with Elvis 5K, Fun Run & Tot Trot will be Saturday, Sept. 13 at West Bank Park on the shores of Lake Lanier. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by the fun run at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m. and the tot trot at 9:15 a.m.

Race organizers describe the course as scenic, flat and fast. Runners who arrived dressed as Elvis will earn a 20-second head start on the 5K.

All participants will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers and top three runners in each age group.

Advance registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run. The prices go up to $30 and $25, respectively, on race day. The tot trot is free.

Proceeds from the race will benefit programs at North Lanier Christian Academy.

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

Gwinnett County Police Department to hold job fair

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Police Department will hire new officers during a job fair this weekend.

The department said it is looking for professional candidates who are interested in improving the quality of life in Gwinnett, and serving and protecting the county's 800,000 residents.

Gwinnett officers earn competitive salaries, tuition reimbursements, health and 401(k) benefits, and access to take-home cars.

The job fair will be Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county's Police Training Center, which is located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Those who are interested in becoming police officers can pre-apply at gwinnettpolicejobs.com.

Cody Simpson to perform at Mall of Ga.

Cody Simpson to perform at Mall of Ga.

BUFORD, Ga. -- Australian pop star Cody Simpson will perform during the upcoming ABC's of Style event at the Mall of Georgia.

ABC's of Style is sponsored by Simon and Teen Vogue, and was created to help young people get up to speed on the latest trends before heading back to school.

Attendees will be treated to SWAG bags, style guides filled with wardrobe ideas, a fashion show, and a performance from Simpson and local band 10StepsBack.

Coca-Cola, Q-tips, Simple and St. Ives will provide samples and demonstrations, and all shoppers will enjoy mall-wide discounts during the event.

ABC's of Style will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the mall's Village Amphitheatre. Visit simon.com/mall-of-georgia for more information.

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog
Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, as the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.
 
Montalván will be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on September 20 and 21.
 
Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 20 at 9 am as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade.
 
At 11:30 am on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday.

Race this weekend: Leave Cancer in the Dust

Race this weekend: Leave Cancer in the Dust

BUFORD, Ga. -- The Relay for Life team from Ivy Creek Elementary School will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The third annual Leave Cancer in the Dust race will be Saturday, May 17. Packet pickup begins at 7 a.m., and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, and male and female masters finishers. The top three male and female runners in each age group will get medals.

Registration is $25 per runner, or $15 for children ages 14 and younger. Families can sign up for a flat rate of $60. The fees include a T-shirt.

Learn more and sign up at fundracers.org.

Ivy Creek Elementary, where the race will be held, is located at 3443 Ridge Road in Buford.