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"Adopt a Dog Day" Comes to Atlanta. Raffle, Games, and more

Atlanta, GA--  On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Fulton County Animal Services will host “Adopt-A-Dog Day”.The event will be held in the Fulton County Government Center Atrium located at 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 2:00 p.m. and ALL ARE WELCOME.

Seven British Teachers visit APS Schools, this week

From October 25th until the 29th, seven public school teachers from Cornwall, England will visit six Atlanta Public Schools (APS) schools as part of an international exchange of educational practices and idea.

The British teachers are scheduled to visit Coretta Scott King and Kennedy middle schools and Dunbar, Smith Primary, Jones and Parkside Elementary schools. The British Department of Children, Schools and Families funded this trip and it was organized by the British Council, which arranges educational trips abroad for British teachers around themes relevant to their schools.

The British teachers plan to visit schools in small groups of between one and three individuals spread over the five-day period among the six APS schools.

Zoo Atlanta Panda, Lun Lun, Confirmed Pregnant

Popular Atlanta Panda Mommy, Lun Lun, is pregnant. Recently, the Zoo Atlanta (800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E., Atlanta) Veterinary Team has observed a viable fetus during a routine ultrasound. Ultrasound images obtained since Monday the 18th confirm a growing fetus with a strong heartbeat. Based on the size of the fetus, a birth should occur in 10 days to 2 weeks.

Round-the-clock birth watch began on Monday, October 18 and will continue through birth and the first months of the cub’s life. This cub will be the third offspring for Lun Lun and Yang Yang who are both thirteen years old.

The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams opted to employ artificial insemination (AI) on June 13, 2010, after the pair failed to mate naturally. Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s previous offspring, Mei Lan, 4 and now a resident of Chengdu, China, and Xi Lan, 2, a resident of Zoo Atlanta, were the only cubs born in the U.S. in 2006 and 2008.

Tips on Selecting a Qualified Home Remodeler

You've thought your remodeling project through from start to finish. You have determined what you want to achieve, have a realistic budget, and know when the job needs to be completed. Finding a qualified remodeling company to do the work is an equally important step.

We've all heard horror stories about remodeling projects gone bad. Here are 10 tips to help you select a qualified remodeling contractor.

Boo at the Zoo with Zoo Atlanta

Come celebrate “Boo at the Zoo” with Zoo Atlanta and ECO-CELL, this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats and meet the whimsical characters of Zoo Boo Town.

As Zoo Atlanta’s partner in cell phone recycling, ECO-CELL will be collecting used cell phones this weekend and next weekend during the “Boo at the Zoo” event.

ECO-CELL will donate 10% of the value of each phone collected in October to Zoo Atlanta (800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta), and, during the festival, will be distributing free press-on tattoos to all children who bring in phones. This means more money for highly valuable conservation and education programs.

The event is free for Zoo Members and children under three are free with general admission.
 
For more information about ECO-CELL, or to become involved in the program, please visit www.eco-cell.com.

New Director of Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools

Jeff Beggs was recently named the new Director of Athletics for the APS school district. He will be responsible for leadership of the interscholastic sports program, sports training and aiding in healthy competition throughout all grade levels.

Beggs has an extensive 31-year background as a system-level athletic director, a high school athletic director, head coach, assistant principal and teacher for a number of schools and school districts in the state.  Also, he currently serves as president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), where he is also a member of the GADA Board of Directors.

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept Renewal Grant for Services to Homeless Citizens

As of October 6th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a one-year grant renewal for services to the homeless. The funds which will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to provide services to help homeless citizens to overcome substance abuse, to prepare for employment and obtain permanent housing through the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing. 

The county will add matching grant dollars of $287,571, which will bring the actual funds committed to $974,058.

The grants funds will be used in collaboration with 31 community-based agencies to provide funds to address substance abuse issues for those who are identified as being in need of assistance.