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Eat Like a Pig at the Cherokee Pignic

CANTON, GA -- The Cherokee Pignic, Cherokee County's most anticipated fall festival, is about to cook up some good food and good fun at Heritage Park (250 Riverstone Parkway, Canton, 30114).

The celebration begins on Friday, Oct. 15 with a stage full of exciting performances, a Halloween costume contest for kids and, of course, plenty of food. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted free on Friday if they come in costume.

The highlight of the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16: the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned BBQ Cook-off. Professional teams and amateur "backyard" burners are invited to compete for prestige, prize money and bragging rights at winning the hearts of a whole park full of barbeque lovers. KCBS professionals will be on hand to give demonstrations and judge the cook-off.

Sequoyah vs. Creekview Blood Donor Challenge

CANTON, GA -- On Friday, Oct. 15, LifeSouth will be at Sequoyah High School in Canton for the first leg of this year's High School Blood Donor Challenge.

Last spring, Sequoyah became LifeSouth's most productive donor drive when many of the students and faculty came out to donate the gift of life. More than 300 units of blood were collected in six hours -- an average of more than 50 donations per hour.

There is a major rivalry between Sequoyah and Creekview High School, also in Canton. From academics to football to just about every function in which both schools participate, the students and teachers are constantly competing. It became apparent that a blood donation drive would really put these schools to the test.

Creekview's leg of the Blood Donor Challenge will be on Wednesday, Nov.

Creekland Middle School Students Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

CANTON, GA -- During the week of Oct. 4-8, students at Creekland Middle School in Canton participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Over 1,200 students and teachers walked to find a cure and get some exercise in the process.

Creekland mom Theresa Martin started the walk at Canton's Macedonia Elementary in 2004 when her daughter Allison began kindergarten there. During Allison's six years at the school, over $36,700 was raised for diabetes research. Now that she is in middle school, Allison and her mom can continue to participate, thanks to Creekland principal Dr.

Cherokee High School to Host College Fair

CANTON, GA -- Cherokee High School is proud to host the 2010 Cherokee County PROBE College Fair.

The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the CHS New Gym (930 Marietta Highway, Canton, 30114).

All high school students and parents are encouraged to attend, as it's a great opportunity to gather information from a variety of two and four year colleges and universities, technical colleges and the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

There will be a competitive college panel event immediately before the fair. Students who plan to apply to colleges with rigorous admissions policies should attend. It will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will include representatives from Emory University, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University.

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day

CANTON, GA -- Have you checked your breasts today?

In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 40,170 women died from breast cancer. In Georgia, an estimated 5,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1,140 will die from the disease this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County, in partnership with Northside Hospital-Cherokee, is presenting the 2nd annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).

"Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer," said Sandra Gregory, M.D., radiation oncologist at Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County. "It is a disease which is 100 percent treatable if caught early, so it is important to be educated and aware."

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day will begin at 10:00 a.m.