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Big Blue Friday caters to UWG fans

Big Blue Friday caters to UWG fans

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The first Big Blue Friday of the University of West Georgia's athletic year will be held Jan. 11.

Big Blue Friday is a tradition that gives Carrollton businesses the opportunity to show their UWG spirit.

"We are excited about the enthusiasm our fan base has and look forward to another successful Big Blue Friday," UWG senior associate athletic director Eddie Duffey said in a statement.

Certain shops and services will offer discounts to anyone who wears UWG Wolves gear on Big Blue Friday. Participating locations include Advantage Office Solutions, American Pie Pizzeria, The Border Mexican Restaurant, Carroll County Animal Hospital, Chick-fil-A, Harry T's Car Wash, Next Level Sports Center, Ozier Apparel, Papa John's, Shane's Rib Shack and the UWG Bookstore.

Big Blue Friday will follow Thursday's 7:30 basketball game against Valdosta State, and will precede Saturday's tangle with West Florida.

Taste of Carrollton to be held Thursday

Taste of Carrollton to be held Thursday

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Hungry for something new? Head down to the 21st annual Taste of Carrollton food festival, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The festival will take place on Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More than 40 restaurants, chain and local alike, will offer samples. Tastings are $1 each. Country music singer Bill Gentry will also perform a free concert at The Amp, Carrollton's new amphitheater, which is adjacent to the square.

Attendees can pre-purchase a FAB (Food and Brew) package for $20. FAB comes with five food tickets and some samples of specialty craft beers from Red Hare Brewing Company and Monday Night Brewing.

FAB tickets must be purchased online.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Bojangles' adding 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

Bojangles' adding 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

ATLANTA -- A chain of chicken restaurants is finding Georgia, and especially metro Atlanta, to be one of its best markets.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'N Biscuits expects to add nine new restaurants, including seven in metro Atlanta, by the end of 2012. Locations include Canton, Cartersville, Cornelia, Jefferson, Lithia Springs, Tifton, Toccoa, Villa Rica, and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Most are franchises, but at least two of the new stores will be company-owned, according to Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. executive vice president Eric Newman.

The chain plans an additional seven stores in 2013.

"The growth has picked up in Atlanta more than any other," Newman said. "It's our No. 1 growth market right now."

Restaurants typically are 3,800 square feet and employ about 15 people, Newman said. Each location requires an investment of about $1.7 million.

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3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."