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Big Dreams Raises Big Bucks for Kids with Cancer

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta recently received a big donation, thanks to the love and dedication of three local teenage girls.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, the second annual Big Dreams Junior Charity Tennis Tournament was held at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center. Over 80 children, ages 10 to 18, came together to compete, win prizes and make a difference. Each participant paid a $30 entrance fee, and all of the money raised -- $7,500 total -- went to the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The tournament was spearheaded by Tori Weprinsky, a sophomore at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs; Tori's cousin, Casey Mackintosh, a senior at Walton High School in Marietta; and a friend, Katie Paradies, a senior at Woodward Academy in College Park.

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Get Ready for Guns and Hoses

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- This year's Guns and Hoses chili cook off in Sandy Springs will take place on a special day.

Join a team of Sandy Springs firemen and police officers on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for this annual event. Taste-testing tickets will be available for $5 per person, the proceeds of which will benefit the SSPD Benevolent Fund and Sandy Springs Fire and Rescue.

There will be a moment of silence between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m., along with a singing of "God Bless America," to recognize the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Sandy Springs Farmers Market is located at 235 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, 30328.

For more information on this and other Sandy Springs events, visit www.sandyspringsga.org.

Bagels & Business in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Atlanta Regional Commission Chair Ted Leithead will be the keynote speaker at the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce's Sept. 20 "Bagels & Business" meeting.

Mr. Leithead was elected as chair of the ARC this year and is the first non-elected official to chair the regional planning agency. He will speak on two of the biggest issues to challenge the Atlanta area: transportation and water.

Bagels & Business meetings are held at the Westin Atlanta North located at 7 Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs. The meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and networking, and end at 9:00 a.m.

You may register at your convenience by visiting www.sandyspringsperimeterchamber.org.

Roswell Road Sidewalk Construction Project

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Roswell Offers Art Classes at Adult Rec Center

ROSWELL, GA -- The Roswell Adult Recreation Center will host classes by artist and instructor Stuart Fleishman during the Fall/Winter season. The classes, "Charcoal and Pastel with Stuart," will focus on drawing from real objects. Students will start with simple techniques using charcoal and will learn to discern and draw values, light and shadows, texture, shape, form, volume and mass.

Classes will be offered at the following dates/times:

* Wednesdays 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (September 8 - October 27)
* Fridays 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (September 10 - October 29)
* Wednesdays 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (December 1 - February 2)
* Fridays 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (December 3 - February 4)

The cost is $76 per program for Roswell residents and $114 for non-residents.

Classes will be held at the Roswell Adult Recreational Center located at 830 Grimes Bridge Road. The classes are for age 50 and older.

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.