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Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

ATLANTA –- As an official kickoff to the fall season, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Gardenfest event on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all garden center locations.

While stocking up on autumn essentials, guests can take advantage of store-wide specials throughout the evening! All regular price items (excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services) will be 20 percent off. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.

Please visit www.pikenursery.com for local store information.

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Rotary Club has announced the 2014-15 lineup of its popular Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

The series was started in 2005 as a way to curb childhood obesity in Peachtree City and Fayette County. Every elementary school in the county hosts a 5K to encourage students and their families to run and to lead active, healthy lives.

Last year's series raised about $100,000 for the rotary club and local schools.

Participants earn points at each race; the higher they place in their age groups, the more points they earn. The top three finishers in each age group will receive plaques and be recognized at a special rotary club reception in May.

This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Fayetteville Elementary 5K
(490 Hood Avenue)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Peeples Elementary 5K
(153 Panther Path)

'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

'Redneck' baker to visit metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- "The American Baking Competition" finalist Francine Bryson has published her first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen.

Bryson will be in metro Atlanta next week to promote the cookbook.

Blue Ribbon Baking is full of "Southern charm and sass," not to mention the coveted recipes Bryson learned from her "great-granny, granny, nana and mama." Highlights include upside-down apple pie, lemon squares and soda pop cake.

Bryson will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe (105 East Main Street, Woodstock) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., and Books-A-Million in The Avenue at Peachtree City on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Learn more about Bryson at francinebryson.com.

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette

TYRONE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Tyrone this week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Sandy Creek High School is located at 360 Jenkins Road.

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

Walk With a Doc continues through November at Drake Field

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  – Based on popular demand, Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Walk With a Doc program, which began in the spring, returns to Drake Field and will continue monthly through November. All members of the community are invited to join us to walk and talk with a Piedmont doctor.

The next walk, led by physicians and midwives from Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Drake Field at City Hall, 155 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City.

“Walk with a Doc has been a very successful program,” said Debbie Britt, executive director, community and public relations at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We’ve had very positive feedback from participants who have enjoyed talking to the doctors about general health topics while taking an early morning stroll.”

Several roads closed Saturday for half marathon

Several roads closed Saturday for half marathon

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thousands of "divas" are scheduled to descend on Peachtree City this weekend for the Divas Half Marathon and 5K.

REGISTER | How to 'Run Like a Diva' this weekend

Runners will pound the pavement on some of the city's roads and cart paths for much of Saturday morning. Several roads will be closed to accommodate the race.

Cameron Trail
* Delays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the cart path crossing

Holly Grove Road
* Southbound lane closed from 7:55 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. between Robinson Road and Aster Ridge Trail

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

Walk With a Doc program extended in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Due to its growing popularity, Piedmont Newnan’s Walk With a Doc program will be extended through November. The hospital had planned to hold their last walk of the year on Aug. 23 but, after back-to-back record turnouts, Piedmont made the decision to continue the program.

"This is a huge benefit for our community here in Newnan," said Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson. "The fact that we had another record turnout during our July walk is just phenomenal and shows that our Coweta County community is serious about healthy living."