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'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

"How do we evoke change if our methodology remains the same"?

That is the question that for years plagued Sherrell Anderson; a part of the driving force behind her creation of the nonprofit, Teens: What's the Rush, Inc. (TWTR).

But on Jan. 12, 2011, Anderson says that she was given the assignment from God, and from there on delved into laying the framework for TWTR. She set aside her own troubling memories of childhood sexual abuse, to begin serving hundreds of teens across the state.

Get involved with the Atlanta Junior Chamber International

Get involved with the Atlanta Junior Chamber International

ATLANTA -- With the beginning of a new year and New Year’s resolutions on the rise, many people may be asking what next? The Junior Chamber International of Atlanta is answering just that. JCI-Atlanta offers a wide range of opportunities and events such as community service, networking, personal development, happy hours, trips, international relations, and more.

The next event, the General Membership Meeting, will take place on Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00-8:30pm at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. The public is invited to join the Jaycees for an hour of networking, followed by announcements and keynote speaker, Phil Minnes.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Winter Wonderland Bridal Ball comes to Emory in January

Winter Wonderland Bridal Ball comes to Emory in January

ATLANTA -- Plan the perfect 2013 wedding with the help of the Winter Wonderland Bridal Ball Expo, which will be at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in the new year.

The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 13 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Plenty of vendors, from dress designers to chefs, will be on-hand to show off their wares and offer samples. The first 100 brides-to-be in attendance will receive deluxe gift bags from Bloomingdale's.

Tickets for the expo are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They guarantee admission to a 2 p.m. fashion show and entry into a 3 p.m. raffle. More than $10,000 in prizes will be given away, including a five-day honeymoon package to Mexico.

Learn more and buy tickets at bridalballatlanta.com.

The Emory Conference Center Hotel is located at 1615 Clifton Road NE.

Sweet Auburn Bread Co. chef to host book signing

Sweet Auburn Bread Co. chef to host book signing

ATLANTA -- Sweet Auburn Bread Company Chef Sonya Jones will host a book signing at Barnes & Noble @ Emory in December.

Jones will discuss and sign copies of Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's Little Bakery That Could at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Delicious treats from the popular bakery will be provided at the signing.

Jones studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., before returning to Atlanta to open Sweet Auburn Bread Company. Sweet Auburn Desserts teaches cooks to prepare such dishes as Sweet Potato Cheesecake (a favorite of President Bill Clinton), Blackberry Jam Jellyroll Cake and Peanut Butter Pound Cake.

Barnes & Noble @ Emory is located at 1390 Oxford Road.

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population and accounts for 54 percent of the state’s AIDS cases.

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, starting November 27, both health agencies will sponsor events to encourage residents to take control and get tested in a world-wide effort to reach “ZERO New Infections, ZERO Discrimination and ZERO AIDS Related Deaths.  The County has partnered with DeKalb County to provide similar services in order to have the greatest impact on reducing new HIV infections.

Planned events include:

Wednesday, November 28- 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., free HIV testing will be available at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, November 28 - 6:00 p.m., at Morehouse College Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr., Atlanta, GA 30314,  

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

OXFORD, Ga. -- Cyclists from all walks of life are invited to join members of the Oxford College community for a ride through Newton County this weekend.

The third annual Ride for Leadership will take off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Riders will meet at the Quad on the Oxford College campus and can choose between a 15- or 33-mile loop along the county's historic back roads. The cost is $25.

Organizers say the Ride for Leadership was started as a way for Newton County and Oxford College residents to bond. Money raised by the event goes to leadership programs at the college.

For more information, visit oxford.emory.edu/bikeride.