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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Atlanta-area Simon malls to host Kidgits Club Book Blast

Atlanta-area Simon malls to host Kidgits Club Book Blast

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-area Simon malls are hitting the books!

To help foster the importance of childhood literacy and reading, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb and Northlake Mall are scheduled to host their annual Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast on Saturday, Feb. 21.

For each mall’s event, families can enjoy a special read-aloud session of popular modern classics with local celebrities and will be eligible for drawings to win free books and special prizes. Attendees can also look forward to engaging, book-based activities that will help bring these stories to life.

As part of the annual event, children are encouraged to bring new or gently used books to be donated to each mall’s participating charity.

Don’t miss out on all the reading fun – this event’s one for the books!

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

ATLANTA -- Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb invite Atlanta-area kids and parents to celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at their Simon Kidgits Club's annual holiday celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 6 – sponsored this season by the popular animated movie “The Boxtrolls” coming this holiday season on Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Each mall’s Kidgits events are as follows:

Mall of Georgia – Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Food Court

Town Center at Cobb – Kidgits Club PJ Party with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Upper Level JCPenney Wing