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Santa Needs Your Help

Parents are out of work, jobs are scarce, and a record level of homes are in foreclosure. Even Santa Clause has been forced to tighten his belt. Hundreds of elves have been laid off during the 2011 calendar year and Santa doesn’t have enough toys for all the children.

Can you help?

Santa is seeking elves and Christmas angels to sponsor foster children and children in need this Christmas season. Sponsors will be asked to provide $75 worth of gifts to brighten a child’s Christmas morning. Each child will receive 2 to 3 articles of clothing and 2 to 3 gifts. If you’re a bargain shopper, you don’t even have to spend $75! Others may be interested in sponsoring an entire family. Options are available for all budgets. Santa needs your help to make sure all the children on the nice list are remembered this Christmas.

For more information or to sign up, go to http://actogetherministries.org/

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite being among the top three killers of Americans under age 21, many parents do not seem to realize that underage drinking is a major problem.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is partnering with the PTAs at local schools to give parents an important skill set to prevent teen drinking. A meeting for all Cobb parents will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cobb Central Library.

Several local experts will give insight into this growing issue, including Cobb Alcohol Taskforce coordinator Cathy Finck.

"The brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term brain growth processes," Finck said. "The research is compelling, but more parents need to know about it. We hope arming PTAs will help get the facts and useful tips to more parents for saving teen brains."

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For low-income families with young children, a few diapers can turn into a priceless gift.

Many people do not realize that food stamps cannot be used to buy hygiene products, including diapers. The average family with small children spends about $100 a month on diapers -- an expense that some low-income families cannot afford to shoulder.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

MARIETTA, Ga.

$25 = 6 Visit Punch Card for Moments with Mommy Art Classes at 2 Crafty Chicks ($42 value)

$25 = 6 Visit Punch Card for Moments with Mommy Art Classes at 2 Crafty Chicks ($42 value)

Squeeze in some family time with your mini Monet at 2 Crafty Chicks in Decatur! Today's Scoop: CLICK HERE TO SAVE 40% off a chance to paint and paste together at Moments with Mommy art classes! For kids ages 2-4 ($42 value).

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Six Flags Fright Fest is back and spookier than ever

Six Flags Fright Fest is back and spookier than ever

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Metro Atlanta's largest Halloween event is back with even more terrifying thrills for the whole family.

Presented by Snickers, Six Flags Over Georgia's Fright Fest includes the return of the Terror Train, the award-winning show "Dr. Fright's CarnEVIL" and plenty of brand new attractions.

The park runs under a "thrills by day, frights by night" rule, which means that everything is perfectly safe and non-scary for guests under age 13 before sundown.