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Announcing 11Alive's first iPad 2 winner!

Announcing 11Alive's first iPad 2 winner!

MONROE, Ga. -- Congratulations to Sharon Reeves Rogers, the first winner in 11Alive's Favorite Newscaster contest!

Sharon lives in Monroe, Georgia. She is one of five eventual winners to receive an iPad 2 by voting for her favorite morning show personality.

RELATED: 11Alive's Morning Team wants YOU to like them!

Want to be the next winner? Simply "Like" 11Alive on Facebook and click on the iPad 2 Favorite Newscaster Vote. Watch the videos starring Jill Becker, John Gerard, Karyn Greer and Chesley McNeil, then vote for your favorite.

The anchor who receives the most votes will win $1,000 to donate to his or her favorite charity.

You may vote once every 24 hours.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

DECATUR, Ga. – 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.

The fourth annual Art-B-Que will be held, this weekend, in the Avondale Estates. This two day festival features food, music, art and fun. This year, acts include: Noot d’Noot, Nine Inch Neils, AM Gold, Mule and Skinner MacQueen. The festival is free of charge. The festival will be held at Railroad Art District, which is located at 2846 Franklin Street in Atlanta.

Fernbank Museum is holding a variety of special archaeology programming throughout May in celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month. On Saturday, May 7, the museum will hold “a family dig for archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies”. The dig is included in museum admission and is free to museum members. The dig will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

11Alive morning team gives teachers 'Our Favorite Things'

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's morning team rolled out the red carpet Monday morning to honor Metro Atlanta's "Class Act" teachers. The 31 men and women were nominated by their peers and students for special recognition for their committment to their classes and students.


On Monday, the 31 educators, their principals and some family and friends joined the 11Alive morning team as a live studio audience.


For a Random Act of Kindness, they all received some of our anchors' favorite things:


From Chesley and Men's Warehouse: a stylish matching tie and pocket square.


From Karyn and Spa Sydell: a gift certificate for much-deserved pampering.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

EAST METRO AREA – 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.

Join the people of Conyers for a bike ride through Olde Town Conyers. This 4.5 mile group ride is open to kids and adults on the historical streets of Conyers. This ride is held every fourth Sunday of every month. Meet at the railroad depot area at 4:00 p.m.

Check out the Divine Intervention exhibit of African Art and Religion at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. This free exhibit is open daily and it showcases different masks and art, along with rituals observed in indigenous African religion.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts their Tango Night on Friday, April 22. Learn to dance to tango by focusing on rhythm and movement. No partner is necessary and lessons, taught by a Tango expert, begin at 8:00 p.m. And around 9:30 p.m.

Community members to gather for benefit party

Community members to gather for benefit party

COVINGTON, Ga. – On Sunday, April 3, a benefit party will be held for Gary and Debbie Clark, who lost their home, last month, in a fire. The party will be held at 10291 Highway 278 in Covington.

According to the organizers, the party will feature: live music, a bake sale, a yard sale, crafts for children and, perhaps, a moonwalk. All proceeds will be donated to Gary and Debbie Clark.

Organizers are accepting all types of donations; their primary goal is to see community support.

Rockdale Special Olympics to hold Second Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

Rockdale Special Olympics to hold Second Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale Special Olympics committee is holding its second annual Wine Tasting Dinner at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Meadowbrook Country Club  to benefit the Rockdale Special Olympics.

Sinful Dish catering will supply the food, served buffet-style, which will be paired with wines, donated by Sigman Bottle Shop. This year, the event’s organizers moved the Wine Tasting Dinner to the country club with the aim of accommodating more people. The new venue could mean that Rockdale Special Olympics could raise more than the roughly $2,700 generated at the 2010 event.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door or at Sigman Bottle Shop, 425 Sigman Road, or by calling 770-385-1805 or 770-715-2365. The Meadowbrook Country Club is located at 5143 Lake Forest Drive in Conyers.