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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is back

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day is back

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For the 13th year, Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day (VBSS), returns on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide a community-wide service day to enhance organizations throughout the city, sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs.

Through hundreds of volunteer service hours, committed and passionate citizens participate in a program of giving back. The program has grown over the years as more sponsors and volunteers have stepped up to provide funding, materials, and labor to make improvements to local nonprofit organizations, government establishments and public schools.

Valued at over $425,000 in upgrades to our community, VBSS Day has become an essential and reliable service that continues to benefit and support Sandy Springs.

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) presented their twice annual Breakfast Buzz event November 5 at Morgan Falls Café featuring keynote speaker former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.

Attended by local community leaders and LSS alumni and guests, Floyd spoke from his long-term experience on economic development and how it can be used as an effective tool for building small businesses, great restaurants and desirable residential properties. In line with LSS’ theme of Building Community, Floyd shared his experiences in fostering collaboration between the rich Decatur culture of businesses, volunteers, and the arts community. 

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- It’s not every day that you can do something to help the homeless, improve the environment, feed the hungry, help rescued animals, and even give some aid to Africa. But Holy Innocents’ Upper-Schoolers did all of that and more on Oct. 2 during the annual Great Day of Service.

Students and faculty spent a day away from campus volunteering at 15 sites around Metro Atlanta, including Foster Care Support, Furkids, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Covenant House, Books for Africa, the South View Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army.

And accolades rolled in from workers at the sites where HIES workers volunteered.

“The group from Holy Innocents’ did a phenomenal job today sorting and packing at Books For Africa,” wrote Development Assistant Jen Hale. “We just wanted to thank the students for their service and commend them on a job very well done.”

Movies by Moonlight finishes stellar series

Movies by Moonlight finishes stellar series

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 10th anniversary of Movies by Moonlight (MBM), presented by Leadership Sandy Springs, was a stunning success with an estimated total of 7,000 people from a broad cross-section of Sandy Springs in attendance.

The blockbuster kick-off event featuring the animated hit film Frozen drew the largest crowd ever despite sweltering temperatures. Subsequent September events, Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon 2, drew sizeable audiences, filling the lawn of host venue Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (SSUMC) as well. Vendors lined the midway of SSUMC’s parking lot as new food and entertainment offerings kept attendees delighted and busy until show time.