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When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Cobb County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 24.

Marietta City Schools will end the school year a day later -- Friday, May 25.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Remembering Many on Mother's Day

Remembering Many on Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. Thank you for the sacrifices you make. For staying up all night with a sick child, for helping with homework, running the family taxi to endless ball games, and for all the things you do to keep the household running smoothly. May your day be blessed with flowers, breakfast in bed, extra chores from the kids, handmade crafts, and time to yourself.

Town Center at Cobb to Celebrate Mom on May 10

Town Center at Cobb to Celebrate Mom on May 10

Atlanta-area mommies of all ages are invited to take a night off and celebrate national Mom’s Nite Out at Town Center at Cobb on Thursday, May 10. They will have the chance to enjoy an evening of pampering, refreshments and entertainment while mixing and mingling with other moms just like them!

From 5-8 p.m., moms will have a chance to enjoy samples and giveaways from an impressive lineup of vendors including Diet Coke, Dove Body Wash, Little Black Dress Vodka, StriVectin and VISIT FLORIDA. The evening will support the national organization Dress for Success, and event attendees will have the opportunity to win one of several prizes including a little black dress from Cynthia Rowley’s runway collection, a $500 Simon American Express Giftcard and an exclusive vacation from VISIT FLORIDA.

More information is available at http://on.fb.me/TCCmno.

Disney Stores to offer great Black Friday deals

Disney Stores to offer great Black Friday deals

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta Disney Stores are celebrating Black Friday (or "Magical Friday," as it's called in the Most Magical Place on Earth) with incredible deals on the season's hottest products.

Stores will open at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25, which is when all items, even previously discounted ones, will be 20 percent off. Certain toys, gifts and stocking stuffers will fall under $10, $15 and $20 price points.

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Some of the $10 steals include action figures from Cars 2 and Disney figurines. A mere $15 can score parents Disney sleep sets for their children, while $20 buys Cars 2 remote control cars and talking Toy Story action figures.

KENNESAW: World-class skate park slated for city

KENNESAW: World-class skate park slated for city

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw plans to build a 40,000 square foot skate park in Swift-Cantrell Park, the city announced Friday.

The state-of-the-art project with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation will be one of the largest skate parks in the Southeast. Its design is based on those at competitive skate park plazas.

"A facility of this scope and quality will be great for local skateboarders, but will attract events from the entire Southeast region, bringing substantial potential economic benefit to Kennesaw," Mayor Mark Mathews said in a statement.

The skate park is expected to cost $1.2 million, $750,000 of which was approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST. The remainder of the money will come from donations and grants.

SITE Design Group and California Skateparks will complete the project.

Santa is coming to Metro Atlanta's Simon malls

Santa is coming to Metro Atlanta's Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Halloween is over, which means it's time to deck the halls and make way for Santa Claus.

Old Saint Nick will be ushered into Atlanta-area Simon malls with fanfare and family-friendly activities in the coming weeks.

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth)
Santa will arrive at noon on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Photos with Santa: Daily, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 24.

Lenox Square (3393 Peachtree Road, Buckhead)
Photos with Santa: Daily, Tuesday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 24.
Be sure to take a spin on Macy's Pink Pig when you visit Lenox!

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."