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Summer fun in Douglasville

Summer fun in Douglasville

Race this weekend: Flash Dash

Race this weekend: Flash Dash

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Villa Rica High School will host its first annual Flash Dash 5K this weekend.

The race will be Saturday, May 17 and is 1980's-themed, so runners are encouraged to dress in their favorite decade attire.

Race day registration opens at 8 a.m., and a kids' fun run will be at 9 a.m. The 5K will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a day of food and games on the football field.

The event is $20 for adults and $12 for kids. Proceeds will benefit the school's Cheer Cats Booster Club.

Visit active.com for more information and to sign up.

Villa Rica High is located at 600 Rocky Branch Road.

Race this weekend: Run or Dye

Race this weekend: Run or Dye

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Run or Dye, advertised as "the world's most colorful 5K," will roll into metro Atlanta this weekend.

The race will be held Saturday, May 10 at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville. Registration is still open and can be completed at runordye.com. It costs $57 per person; those who sign up a team of four or more runners get a $5 discount per participant.

In Run or Dye, runners are showered in colorful cornstarch dye as they tear through the course. By the end, everyone is covered in bright colors.

Money raised by this race goes to JV Outreach, a non-profit organization that uses dance to make a positive change in children's lives.

The race begins at 9 a.m. Foxhall Resort is located at 8000 Capps Ferry Road.

Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has planned a candlelight memorial service for the 24 students, faculty and staff who have passed away since last April.

"Georgia Remembers ... a Candlelight Memorial" will be held Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. on the steps of UGA's chapel.

The names of each of the 13 students and 11 faculty and staff members will be read aloud. The chapel bell will toll and a candle will be lit after each name is said. UGA's Air Force ROTC will present the colors and ring the bell. Music will be provided by the Southern Wind Quintet from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony.

UGA students who have died in the past year include:

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

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:

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.