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Festival of Trees returns in November

Festival of Trees returns in November

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Newton County Festival of Trees will raise money for the Miracle League of Newton County.

This annual event always sponsors a deserving community charity. The Miracle League is a program that gives people with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment.

The Festival of Trees has fully decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets and more for auction. Attendees can bid on these items to take home. Refreshments, including cider and hot chocolate, will be available as well.

Local businesses can donate items to the Festival of Trees auction. Trees must be ready for pick-up no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Learn more at the festival's Facebook page.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Charter supports United Way shoebox project

Charter supports United Way shoebox project

ATLANTA -- United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is holding its annual shoebox project through the first day of May.

To participate in the project, simply wrap a shoebox (make sure the box and lid are wrapped separately) and fill it with new, unopened necessities for local women and children in need. Possible items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and words of encouragement for the families who will receive the boxes.

Those who upload pictures of their decorated shoeboxes to the United Way Facebook page or tweet pictures of them with the hashtag #shoeboxproject will be entered to win two round-trip tickets from Delta Air Lines, according to United Way spokesman David Graves.

This year, five Charter Communications sales and service centers throughout the metro will collect shoeboxes from the public to deliver to the United Way.

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.