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Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park, this weekend

Come out to the Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park (1500 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta) beginning Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon-9 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 24 from noon until 8 p.m.

This year, Halloween festivities will be a part of the main event. Festival goers are welcomed to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest and also to go trick-or-treating during the festivities.

For young people and music lovers, pre-teen band, My Homework Ate My Dog, will perform selections and Mr. Eric, the bestselling author of “Pete the Cat” will highlight his work at in The Kids’ Village which will feature many free activities.

For adults, this festival boasts events like: a convoy of the finest food trucks in town; Francine Reed, Atlanta’s most renowned jazz vocalist headlines 16 acts as part of a stellar music lineup and the annual Fall Fest 5k Road Race starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Dinosaur Slideshow at Fernbank, this weekend

Fernbank Museum (767 Clifton Road, Atlanta) celebrates the world’s long fascination with dinosaurs with its Dinosaur Sideshow, a weekend full of events on October 23rd and October 24th.The Dinosaur Slideshow features dinosaur illustrators, sculptors, authors and comic book publishers and reveals the many ways these prehistoric “real-life giants” have captured imaginations.

The Spirit of Children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Today at 3:00 p.m., the Spirit of Children program is bringing a special celebration to the patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston (1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta).

Launched in 2006, Spirit Halloween employees bring pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts to offer a temporary escape for the young patients. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $2.3 million for hospitals across North America and $22,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The Spirit of Children program brings fun and funding to Egleston during Halloween and all year long.

VIDEO: Dalai Lama Press Conference at Emory University

ATLANTA -- Emory University welcomed the Dalai Lama back to campus this week. The Dalai Lama is on staff at Emory, and spoke at a news conference.

The Dalai Lama is on staff at Emory as a Presidential Distinguished Professor as part of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, which was established there in the mid-90s.

As part of the partnership, Emory scientists teach the Tibetan Monks about modern science, while the monks come to teach everyone the art of compassion and mind.

Emory Creative Writing Series: Randall Kenan

Today marks the beginning of fiction enthusiast’s from around Atlanta’s favorite time of the year, the Emory Lecture Series.

The season starts with fiction writer, essayist, and biographer Randall Kenan opens the 2010-2011 Emory Creative Writing Program Reading Series with the Phillis Wheatley Reading (Oct.18; free).

Dalai Lama Promotes Compassion at Emory

ATLANTA -- Fans and followers started lining up two hours before the Dalai Lama presented his teachings on compassion at Emory University on Sunday morning.

"That's exactly why this crowd is so easy-going," said Emory parent Lynn Sankey, who bought tickets for the event three months ago. "Looking at all these people, I can't believe it. Everyone's going with the flow. It's a lot of people and a long wait."

Sunday was the first of a three-day visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who was named a presidential distinguished professor at Emory University three years ago.

The Tibetan spiritual leader received a warm welcome from a crowd of about 3,000 inside the Woodruff Physical Education Center, which was transformed to look like a Tibetan monastery.

Emory University Symphony Orchestra and Janelle Monae on Saturday

Join the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a special concert with Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Janelle Monae and pianist Gary Motley.

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra will be performing Shostakovich's Festive Overture, BabopbyeYa and Borodin's Symphony No. 2. The concert will be held in Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center - Emory University, (1700 N. Decatur Road).

This event is free with ticket; tickets became available last week. For more information contact the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.