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Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Race this weekend: Faith Fight Finish

Race this weekend: Faith Fight Finish

CANTON, Ga. -- Last September, beloved wife, mother and teacher Gina Cook was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Gina's son Josh decided to organize a 5K to show his mother that she is not alone in her cancer battle.

Faith Fight Finish: Gina Cook's 5K Race to Recovery will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 in downtown Canton. Packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m., with the run scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

Registration costs $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12, and can be completed at runnersfit.com. All runners will receive T-shirts and bracelets.

The race will begin at Canton City Hall, which is located at 151 Elizabeth Street.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Chanukah celebration and LEGO menorah lighting

Chanukah celebration and LEGO menorah lighting

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The message of Chanukah is a universal one, celebrating religious freedom for all and light over darkness.

The construction of a giant LEGO Menorah will highlight this year’s annual Chanukah celebration.

The public celebration, now in its sixth year is co-sponsored by the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, the Cherokee County area business community and the Chabad Jewish Center. Festivities will begin with the Menorah build at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, followed by the lighting ceremony and Chanukah celebration at 5 p.m.

“We are always looking for new ideas to keep the kids on the edge of their seats. The LEGO Menorah was perfect,” said Rabbi Zalman Charytan, director of the Chabad Jewish Center. “The uniqueness of the Menorah is what the child remembers. Not only are we trying to give the children a unique and exciting Chanukah experience, we are teaching them that Judaism is fun and exciting.”

Joel Osteen to sign books at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Joel Osteen to sign books at FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe will welcome Joel Osteen, well-known preacher, author and televangelist on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., as he shares his latest book, Break Out.

Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood Church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. More than 7 million viewers watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children.

Osteen’s first book, Your Best Life Now, debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, quickly rising to #1. It remained there for more than two years and has sold more than 4 million copies.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

Chattahoochee Tech to hold employer seminar

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will host "Risks and Opportunities of Being an Employer," a seminar for business owners and managers, later this month at its North Metro campus.

The event will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. It costs $10 to attend.

"Employers will have an opportunity to receive concentrated learning on key topics they need to understand for successful business management," Raushanah Butler, CTC's economic development coordinator, said of the seminar. "Participants will be able to get questions answered by an experienced panel in legal, HR, payroll and workers comp issues. The unique mix of panel members with specialized experience, combined with timely and key topics provides area business managers with a valuable opportunity to advance their business skills and effectiveness."

Topics to be discussed include employee satisfaction, payroll administration and effective safety programs.