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Santa Claus is coming to Douglasville

Santa Claus is coming to Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Santa Claus will arrive at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville this weekend, and he has some pretty amazing tricks up his sleeve.

Shoppers can now use a special "Santa App" that will allow children to write letters to Santa, receive replies, take a sneak peek into his North Pole workshop and even track his flight across the globe on Christmas Eve.

The app is free for download at the iTunes store and the Android Market.

Shortly after Santa's 10 a.m. arrival at the mall on Nov. 12, guests will be invited to join him for a special storytime, courtesy of the Douglas County Library.

Guests are also welcome to enjoy a Chick-fil-A breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kids ages 10 and under will eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal at the mall's Chick-fil-A restaurant. They will also get to spend time with Santa during this event.

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

Reading is SWEET! campaign ends Monday

ATLANTA -- October is both National Book Month and National Cookie Month, so why not combine the two into a sweet book drive?

The second annual Reading is SWEET! National Book Drive, sponsored by Great American Cookies, runs through Monday, Oct. 31.

Throughout the month, the stores collected new and gently used books to be donated to local charities and public libraries. Everyone who donated a book received a free cookie.

"Last year's Reading is SWEET! program was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our store owners, customers and community partners," said Jenn Johnston, chief marketing & operations officer for GFG Management, which manages Great American Cookies. "We're excited to continue the event for 2011 and can't wait to see how many books we can collect and how many cookies we can give away."

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.

 

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Haunted Houses

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Haunted Houses

 

ATLANTA – Boooo! It’s the season for witches, gouls and goblins and the Where U Live team knows just where to find them. With a detailed evaluation of most of the Atlanta area haunted houses and, a little bit of, help from the Morning Team, we’ve come up with a list of the best Haunted Houses the metro area has to offer.  

The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse (AZA) is open on Thursday through Sunday from October 6 to the 31. The events website claims that this attraction is like “nothing ever seen or experienced before”.  They boast that going through the house will feel like being in a Hollywood movie or a real-life thrill.

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

ATLANTA – Halloween pop-up shops, the first sign of excessive candy consumption, tons of food and some of our favorite clichés. And as it stands, ‘tis the season that niche' business owners hawk goblins, gouls and costumes that look similar to some of our favorite celebrities at stores in and around Atlanta.

Pop-up shops, with their intense decorations and marquees, aren’t a nuisance as much as they’re a wonder; they provide us with an outlet, yearly and almost on cue, to outfit ourselves fabulously for parties and the likes.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, FLUX and the North GA State Fair

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, FLUX and the North GA State Fair

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Look for an abundance of BBQ and Brews at Atlantic Station, this weekend. Atlanta’s third annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival is a showcase of barbecue styles from all over the South, the Carolina, Texas and infamous Memphis and Kentucky barbecue. The festival will be held starting on Friday and will run through Saturday, October 1. Atlantic Station is located on Atlantic Drive in Midtown.

On Friday night, FLUX returns to Castleberry Hill. The public arts festival will be held in the city’s traditionally artsy, loft-warehouse district. This year about thirty-four projects will be showcased by 219 artists. Among projects showcased is The Hunt by The Collective Project, Volley by Monica Cook, and The Days of Awe by Deanna Sirlin.