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Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

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.

How to get a dozen donuts for 77¢

How to get a dozen donuts for 77¢

(WXIA) -- Krispy Kreme is preparing for its 77th birthday. To celebrate, it is offering customers a special deal on its signature donut, the Original Glazed.

"Made from a recipe dating back to the 1930's, our uniquely delicious Original Glazed donuts help set Krispy Kreme apart from any other sweet treat retailer," Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer Dwayne Chambers said in a release.

On Friday, July 11, Krispy Kreme customers can buy a dozen Original Glazed donuts for only 77¢ with the purchase of another dozen donuts. The offer is available all day at participating restaurants.

Learn more at krispykreme.com.

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Oprah Chai Tea arrives at local Teavana stores

Oprah Chai Tea arrives at local Teavana stores

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta Teavana locations are now selling Oprah Winfrey's special blend of tea.

The media icon teamed up with Starbucks to create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, a blend of loose-leaf black tea and rooibos with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves.

Employees of the Teavana stores at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead and North Point Mall in Alpharetta celebrated the arrival of Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Tuesday. It is available in loose-leaf format at Teavana stores and as a handcrafted latte at Starbucks locations.

Mall of Ga. to host Mother's Day event

Mall of Ga. to host Mother's Day event

BUFORD, Ga. -- The Mall of Georgia is giving moms a chance to unwind before their special day.

Indulge: A Stylish Treat for Mothers will allow mothers to take advantage of pre-Mother's Day shopping deals and beauty services.

It will be held Thursday, May 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the mall's Nordstrom Court.

Visit simon.com for more information.