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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Eat at Ruby Tuesday, help Meals on Wheels

Eat at Ruby Tuesday, help Meals on Wheels

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Atlanta-area Ruby Tuesday restaurants will donate 20% of customers' purchases this week to help Cobb County seniors.

The donations will be collected on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30. The money raised will be donated to Meals on Wheels.

To be part of the Ruby Tuesday Community Giveback Program, print out the official flyer and present it to your server.

Print the flyer here.

Participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants include:

Kennesaw
400 Barrett Parkway

Marietta
2435 Delk Road

Smyrna
3197 South Cobb Drive

Woodstock
9490 Highway 92

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

MARIETTA, Ga. -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Cobb County include:

Tools 4 School

Tools 4 School

ATLANTA -- Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Local independent film project announces casting call for principal roles

Local independent film project announces casting call for principal roles

Online Submissions Accepted by July 20, In-Person Auditions to be Held July 21 in Kennesaw

Rising Faith Productions in partnership with St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is pleased to announce its first casting call for the major motion film project “Five Blocks Away.” On Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open call auditions will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (St. Catherine’s) located at 1618 Ben King Road, in Kennesaw. This announcement was made by Kevis Antonio, parishioner of St. Catherine’s and the project’s writer, director and producer.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.