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Wings Over North Ga. adds more acts

Wings Over North Ga. adds more acts

ROME, Ga. -- A barbecue cook-off and car show is just the latest addition to the Wings Over North Georgia lineup.

The inaugural air show, which will be held Sept. 28-30 at Rome's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, will also feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Black Diamond Jet Team.

RELATED | Wings Over North Ga. to debut in Rome

Admission to the new show -- the Smoke-n-Thunder Barbecue Classic and Auto Show -- is included in the general ticket price.

"These are huge additions to an already large-scale event," JLC Air Show Management president John Cowman said in a statement. "We are thrilled to bring all the best entertainment to one place. There is something here that everyone in the family can enjoy."

Berry gearing up for Fall Farmers Market

Berry gearing up for Fall Farmers Market

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College students and community vendors alike will participate in this year's Berry College Enterprises Fall Farmers Market.

The market is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. It will be held on campus next to the Cage Center.

"We are excited to be hosting some new community vendors, from leather belt workings and our usually delicious fresh fruits, veggies and funnel cakes with deep-fried Oreos," farmers market co-chair and Berry senior Shannon Soafer said in a statement.

In addition to the vendors, the market will feature some family-friendly activities such as inflatables and free face painting. The Berry Farms Angus Beef Enterprise will sell burgers for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

Action Dash 5K running in 5 Ga. cities

ATLANTA -- Become a superhero and run in support of a timely cause this weekend.

The Action Dash will be off and running in five North Georgia cities on Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 3.

RELATED | Run a holiday race in metro Atlanta

The race, which is presented by Action Ministries, raises money for housing, education solutions and necessities for Georgians in need.

Runners are encouraged to dress in superhero costumes; prizes will be awarded to some of the most innovative getups. Pets, both in and out of costume, are also welcome to join the race. Participants will receive T-shirts.

Learn more about the Action Dash. The race will be held in:

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

RELATED | Help a local lunch program this summer
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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.