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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."

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

Pike to hold butterfly, hummingbird classes

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta residents who are interested in having more butterflies and hummingbirds in their gardens are invited to attend a free workshop at Pike Nurseries.

The Atlanta-based nursery chain will offer two Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden classes.

An adult-centered class will be held Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m. at all Pike locations. A second session designed especially for kids will take place Wednesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Both events are free.

Attendees will learn planting techniques and the types of flowering plants they should include in their gardens to bring in some new feathered and fluttering friends. Children in the Wednesday class will also make butterfly crafts.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest location.

Beyond5, Bee Gees band to perform at the Fred

Beyond5, Bee Gees band to perform at the Fred

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City is offering residents the chance to get their summer off to a great start with two concerts at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre this weekend.

Beyond5, one of the latest boy bands to hit the music scene, will hold a "school's out" concert for teens and tweens on Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or $15 for the lawn.

A show that may be more appealing to Beyond5 fans' parents will be held Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., when Night Fever, a Bee Gees tribute band, will bring the look, feel and sound of the hit 1970's group to the Fred stage. Tickets are $25 for the lawn and $30 for reserved seats.

Visit amphitheater.org for more information about these and other Fred concerts. The venue is located at 201 McIntosh Trail.

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Easter egg hunt rescheduled for Saturday

Easter egg hunt rescheduled for Saturday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Due to the rain over Easter weekend, the Peachtree City Fire Department's 2014 Easter Egg Hunt has been rescheduled for this weekend.

The hunt will now be held Saturday, Apr. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shakerag Knoll. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.

Attending children will enjoy an egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny and other family-friendly activities. The event is for kids ages 2 to 11. Participants are asked to bring their own Easter baskets.

Shakerag Knoll is located at 191 McIntosh Trail.