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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:

Bridal expo coming to Gwinnett

Bridal expo coming to Gwinnett

BUFORD, Ga. -- All Gwinnett County brides-to-be are invited to attend a bridal show in Buford next month.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center's Bridal Expo will be held Sunday, Mar. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A number of local wedding vendors are scheduled to attend the event.

Admission is $6.50 for brides and grooms, $7.50 for all other adults and $5.50 for children. Visit gwinnettehc.org to register in advance.

The Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive.

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.

Race to honor Georgia's fallen heroes

Race to honor Georgia's fallen heroes

BUFORD, Ga. -- An upcoming 5K/10K will pay homage to Georgia's soldiers who died in the line of duty.

The Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5K/10K will be held Saturday, Mar. 15 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Both races are AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifiers.

Registration for the 5K is $25 through Mar. 1, $30 through Mar. 9 and $35 on race day. The 10K costs $30 through Mar. 1, $35 through Mar. 9 and $40 on race day.

Proceeds from both races benefit Run for the Fallen and other charities created in memory of fallen Georgia soldiers.

More information, including course maps and packet pickup locations, can be found at fallenheroesofgeorgia.com.

Lake Lanier Islands Resort is located at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford.

Santa Photo Experience to create more magical memories

Santa Photo Experience to create more magical memories

(WXIA) -- Eager children and their families can once again experience the magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb and Northlake Mall.

Santa schedules and locations are as follows:

  • Lenox Square, now through December 24 in Macy’s Court
  • Mall of Georgia, now through December 24 in Nordstrom Court
  • Town Center at Cobb, now through December 24 in Center Court
  • Northlake Mall, now through December 24 in Center Court

Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb and Northlake Mall will also be the places for Santa to greet special needs children and their families via the popular Caring Santa program.

HP is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Simon Santa Photo Experience and will demonstrate its next generation PCs in select malls this holiday season. ABC Family, Universal and Gymboree are associate sponsors this year.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include: