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New York Times bestselling author gives public talk at Holy Innocents'

New York Times bestselling author gives public talk at Holy Innocents'

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Conor Grennan, author of the New York Times bestseller Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, will present the Program for Global Citizenship lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES). The public is invited to a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. in the school’s Fine Arts Building.

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

Every player wins with All About Developmental Disabilities Bocce Ball League

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an Atlanta-based advocacy group focusing on developmental disabilities issues, launches the new season in April of their bocce league for young adults in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodstock and Johns Creek. The program connects people with developmental disabilities to those without, in the 20 to 30 age range.

The AADD Bocce Ball league is seeking participants to play games and model good social skills for these young people with developmental disabilities.

After graduating from high school at age 21, young people with developmental disabilities very often become socially isolated as their high school friends head off to college or careers, explained Michael Stinson, AADD’s manager of recreation and wellness. By age 25, their social network has often all but vanished.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

SANDY SPRING, Ga. -- Andee’s Army, Inc.,  invites runners and fitness enthusiasts to register for the third annual Andee’s Army 5K Run/Walk event to be held March 22, 8:30 a.m., at Riverwood High School. The event started three years ago in honor of 17-year-old Andee Poulos of Sandy Springs, then a student at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, and supports children and their families who are receiving medical treatment for non‐traumatic brain injuries.

This year’s event will start and finish on Raider Drive after a popular two-year run on Mount Vernon at Holy Innocents'l. Organizers hope a change of course will prove popular with competitors at both the HIES and Riverwood communities. “The course change reflects the positive partnership between our private and public school communities in Sandy Springs. Both schools are overflowing with enthusiasm to provide volunteers and recruit runners to support Andee’s Army,” said Lisa Kennedy, board chairman of Andee’s Army.

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School shows 'A Heart for the Arts'

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School shows 'A Heart for the Arts'

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- On Friday, Feb. 21, the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) Fine Arts Alliance presented "A Heart for the Arts," a biennial event that celebrates the artistic talents of the HIES community and raises funds to support and improve the school's fine arts program.

This year's art and jewelry show, luncheon, and fashion show took place at Summerour Studio and included a cocktail brunch by Carole Parks Catering, fashions from Atlanta retailers Tootsies and Miller Brothers Limited, and a live auction featuring a pair of tickets to the 2014 Lela Rose Fall Runway Show at New York Fashion Week—with luxury accommodations at New York City's InterContinental Hotel.

As a special nod to the event’s 10-year anniversary, Fine Arts Alliance presidents from the past 10 years were< honored. Members of the school community also served as models for the live runway show.

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.