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Submissions needed for UWG public art project

Submissions needed for UWG public art project

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia needs community submissions for Howl for UWG, a public art project benefiting the school's scholarships, including those for art students.

"Howl" is patterned after Cows on Parade, an international public art project of painted cows that raises money for charity. The UWG campaign seeks to bridge art, academics and athletics using the school's wolf mascot as a metaphor for community.

With creations and donations from the public, fiberglass wolves will begin to prowl the UWG campus next fall.

All designs must be submitted to the university by Friday, Dec. 2. The ones that are selected will be fully credited and displayed at high visibility locations throughout UWG and Carrollton.

Artists whose projects are chosen will also receive $350 to honor the cost of supplies and materials.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces Seniors for Seniors Program

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces  Seniors for Seniors Program

 

Adopt a Golden Atlanta (AGA) is initiating a Seniors for Seniors program, providing a way for seniors age 65 and older to adopt senior golden retrievers (10 years and older) by waiving the adoption fee or facilitating a permanent foster home arrangement.

In the last few years, Adopt a Golden Atlanta, the largest golden retriever rescue in the Southeast and fourth largest in the US, has seen an increase in the number of older dogs coming into the program – either due to passing of their owner or because of economic reasons.  “We’ve seen a four-fold increase in the number of seniors we’ve taken in,” reports Lauren Genkinger, AGA’s president and founder.  “So we’re announcing this program that is a win-win for both seniors involved – the human and the golden retriever,” she continues.

For many breeds, such as golden retrievers, the average life span has been 10 to 12 years, but with the current a

Buy a balloon at Little Caesars Pizza

Buy a balloon at Little Caesars Pizza

ATLANTA – Want to display your name on a Miracle Balloon? Well, now is the time to do it. Visit your local Little Caesars Pizza to support the Children’s Miracle Network during the month of October.

Beginning the month of October, Miracle Balloons will be up for purchase in Little Caesars locations for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Continuing a long tradition, Atlanta area Little Caesars stores are partnering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring children from hospitals, and their families, to the Monster Jam event at the Georgia Dome.

According to the organizations, “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most.

UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs

UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia's School of Nursing and Pre-K program have received a donation totaling $101,000 from the executive director of the UWG Foundation.

Jim Naughton gave $80,000 to the School of Nursing, citing "the outstanding education that students receive when they go through the program." He designated $50,000 of the funds for student scholarships to provide assistance to those who are struggling with recent tuition and fee increases, with the remainder going to the school's fund for program support.

"This gift provides an opportunity for financially struggling students who would otherwise have to drop out," said Dr.

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

BEST SPOTS: Metro Atlanta Fall Festivals

ATLANTA – Fall is approaching and ‘tis the season for fall festivals. Metro Atlanta offers a festival for whatever tickles your fancy; whether it be food, music or fun you can find it during the autumn season in the city. For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best fall festival in Atlanta, this year.

Come to Atlanta for one of the largest gay celebrations in the United States. The Atlanta Pride Festival will celebrate their 41st year, this October. Atlanta Pride started in the summer of 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riots in New York City. According to their website, the main purpose of the APC is to “promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbian, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons”. The festival features events, like: the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the Tran March, Pride parade and Pride Children’s event.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Staycations

ATLANTA -- Due to recent instability in the United States economy, many people are opting to stay in town for the Labor Day holiday. Vacations like these or “staycations” have become more popular since high oil prices have forced gas prices to top out at, sometimes, more than $4.00 per gallon.

According to an article by CNNMoney, the steady decline of gas prices could result in an increase in “last-minute” holiday travel. However, for those who want to stay in town and get their most “bang for their buck” there are plenty of choices near the Atlanta area to "take a load off" and relax.

Some Atlantans will choose to head out to the lake, Laek Lanier, for their Labor Day vacation.

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

TEMPLE, Ga. -- The students of Temple Middle School have accepted Rachel Joy Scott's challenge to improve their school and community through acts of kindness and compassion.

It is just the latest of many Georgia schools to join Rachel's Challenge, a nationwide movement named for the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre.

Temple Middle's theme is "Let's Start a Chain Reaction," according to principal Gail Parmer.

"We would like for this theme to transition into our community through demonstrating a caring and nurturing spirit," she said.

Rachel Scott was only 17 years old when she was shot to death on Apr. 20, 1999.