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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:

Wetv and Mary Mary host season 3 screening

Wetv and Mary Mary host season 3 screening

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Whew! The third season of We tv’s Mary Mary& is wildly intense and will leave you clinching your teeth between commercials.

With Erica’s decision to embark on an amazing solo career, Tina’s unexpected decision to disclose her husband Teddy’s infidelity to Ebony in the June 2013 issue, and the untimely death of their father; life seems to be spiraling out of control and viewers will see just how regular these ladies are when they are forced to address real life situations.

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Animal Control is hosting a special Valentine's Day event this week.

It will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but was postponed due to last week's winter weather.

Attendees will meet adoptable pets while enjoying refreshments provided by the shelter. Those who want to bring home a new furry friend can do so for a discounted rate of $65.

Cobb County Animal Control is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.

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.

Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Local author Cathy Howard will hold a book signing in East Atlanta Village next month.

Howard lives in Austell and is the author of In and Out, the Dugout: The Resurrection from Street Life.

Her book signing will be Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Atlanta Branch Library.

In and Out, the Dugout explores the many forms of abuse, namely the abuse Howard suffered growing up. According to Tate Publishing, her publisher, Howard left home at age 16 to pursue an acting career. However, she was raped at 20, and her world fell apart. She began a downward spiral of partying, drinking and abusive relationships -- until a supernatural encounter changed everything.

The East Atlanta Branch Library is located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue SE.

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.

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will host "Risks and Opportunities of Being an Employer," a seminar for business owners and managers, later this month at its North Metro campus.

The event will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. It costs $10 to attend.

"Employers will have an opportunity to receive concentrated learning on key topics they need to understand for successful business management," Raushanah Butler, CTC's economic development coordinator, said of the seminar. "Participants will be able to get questions answered by an experienced panel in legal, HR, payroll and workers comp issues. The unique mix of panel members with specialized experience, combined with timely and key topics provides area business managers with a valuable opportunity to advance their business skills and effectiveness."

Topics to be discussed include employee satisfaction, payroll administration and effective safety programs.