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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Rock Band Camp to teach kids to write songs

Rock Band Camp to teach kids to write songs

ATLANTA -- Send your aspiring rock star to a special winter camp that will teach kids the fundamentals of making music.

Winter Rock Band Camp will be held Dec. 20-22 at In Tune Studio in Grant Park.

The camp is designed for children ages 9-13 and will teach them to write and perform their own songs. At the end of camp, the kids will give a concert where they will present their original material.

No prior musical experience is required, but campers are encouraged to bring their own instruments if they already know how to play.

For more information or to register, visit intunestudioatlanta.com.

In Tune Studio is located at 753-B Cherokee Avenue, across the street from Zoo Atlanta.

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.)