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Learn about orangutans at Zoo Atlanta

Learn about orangutans at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is one of many zoos worldwide participating in Orangutan Caring Week, which began Nov. 11.

The Grant Park zoo held a special demonstration at its orangutan habitat on Sunday and will host another one on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Activities include a zookeeper Q&A session at 11 a.m. and a feeding at 2:15 p.m. Special feedings will also be held throughout Orangutan Caring Week.

According to Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines, Atlanta's zoo has the largest zoological collection of orangutans in the U.S. The zoo's 13 orangutans range in age from 2 to 42; one of them, 16-year-old Blaze, is due to give birth in January.

Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE. Learn more at zooatlanta.org.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)

Scarecrow contest to liven up Grant Park yards

Scarecrow contest to liven up Grant Park yards

ATLANTA -- The Grant Park Scarecrow Contest begins Saturday and is sure to bring some fall cheer to the neighborhood.

This is the first year that businesses can participate in the event, which raises money for the Grant Park Parents Network.

To join in, make a scarecrow and place it in your front yard by Sept. 15. Leave it up through Oct. 27. Be sure to send a picture of your creation to GPPN vice president Kim Ritger at vicepresident@grantparkparents.org.

There is also a $5 entry fee for the contest. You can pay online.

Pictures of Grant Park's fall friends will be posted to the GPPN Facebook page, where the community can vote for their favorites. The top three scarecrows will win cash prizes.

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATLANTA -- 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 Atlanta and Decatur include:

* 242 Boulevard SE

2012 Runway Red welcomes international platinum heritage, a heavyweight champ and children of a KING

2012 Runway Red welcomes international platinum heritage, a heavyweight champ and children of a KING

Show Me the Way foundation signs on celebrity children to walk the runway for charity

ATLANTA- The Show Me the Way foundation and African Pride Dream Kids are excited to welcome music royalty to the 2012 Runway Red: Wonderland Safari charity kids fashion show. The event is set to take over ZOO Atlanta located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 at 7pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012. International superstar Akon's sons will walk the runway along with the children of hip hop's king of the south TI. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's little one's will participate and Chilli from TLC's son will return for a repeat performance.