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Margarita Social Raises Money for Multiple Myeloma Research

ATLANTA -- The second annual Margaritas 4 Myeloma Fundraiser is coming to Noche at Vinings Jubilee (2850 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta, 30339) on Friday, Nov. 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This highly anticipated social event will act as the kickoff for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Race for Research 5K Run/Walk Atlanta, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Piedmont Park.

For a $10 donation, fundraiser attendees will receive a free drink, $2 chicken or fish tacos and $5 Espolon Tequila margaritas, as well as other drink specials. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1; prizes are valued at up to $100 each.

Guests are also asked to bring old cell phones for recycling through FlipSwap's GreenPhone program.

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Cobb Police Arrest Rape Suspect

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit has investigated and made an arrest of a rape suspect.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, officers from the Uniform Divison of Zone 3 were dispatched to a report of a rape at an apartment in the Kenwood Creek Apartments complex (2345 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna, 30080).

When officers arrived, they met with the female victim. She told them that when she arrived home from the store with her daughter, she was confronted by a male who forced his way into her apartment and raped her. After doing so, the suspect fled from the area in the victim's car.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov.

Atlanta's First Comic Con Coming in December

ATLANTA -- Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, part of North America's largest pop culture tour, is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec.

Yard Sale to Benefit Fitzhugh Lee School

Atlanta, GA--  It has been recently announced that on Saturday November 6th from 9:00-3:00pm there will be a Yard Sale in which the profits will benefit the Special Needs students at Fitzhugh Lee School.  The school intends to use the funds to purchase items for a sensory room, playground equipment, along with other needed items.

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Free Seminar Offers Help, Hope to Patients with Blinding Diseases

ATLANTA -- The Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting its Atlanta Vision Seminar, a free public event for patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and related retinal diseases.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta Hotel (2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339). It will feature expert presentations on the latest retinal research advancements, treatments, clinical trials and low vision rehabilitation.

Speakers for the event include:

* Stephanie L. Vanderveldt, M.D. -- Georgia Retina
* Peter L. Goodwin, M.D. -- Eye Consultants of Atlanta
* Madeleine E. Hackney, Ph.D. -- Atlanta VA Medical Center
* James R. Marston, Ph.D. -- Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center for Vision Loss
* Timothy Schoen, Ph.D. -- Foundation Fighting Blindness

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Cobb, Douglas to Pilot Program That Helps People with Schizophrenia

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb & Douglas Community Services Board has been named as one of 10 mental health centers nationwide to pilot an eight-month program designed to advance standards of care for people living with schizophrenia.

The Cobb CSB has served residents since the 1970s, providing clinical and community-based services for individuals living with an array of mental and behavioral health illnesses. Participating in the pilot program focused on schizophrenia, however, is particularly meaningful, as 15 percent of the individuals treated at the CSB suffer from the disease.

"Too many of the 2.4 million Americans with schizophrenia are left behind when it comes to their care, their inclusion in our communities and their recovery. It's time to expect more," said Debbie Strotz, director of rehabilitation and recovery services for the Cobb CSB.

Campbell, Wheeler High Students "Pay It Forward" to CHOA Nurses

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Two Cobb County high school juniors recently did some good for the nurses at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Sophie Polakowski, a student at Campbell High School in Smyrna, and Kevin Enners of Wheeler High School in Marietta are Teen Ambassadors for the Fragile Kids Foundation. Inspired by 11Alive's "Random Act of Kindness" campaign, they paid a visit to the Intensive Care Unit to thank the nurses for their work caring for medically fragile children.

The students handed out "pass it on" cards, T-shirts and $100 gift cards to Ray's on the River.

Read more on the CCSD CobbCast.