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Holiday Help for Cobb County Families in Need

MARIETTA, GA -- Hundreds of Cobb County families live near, at or below the poverty line. They could use a boost, especially during the holidays.

This year, the Center for Family Resources, in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Services, will register 1,500 Cobb families for the 2010 Thanks for Giving campaign. It is estimated that this year will mark the largest Thanksgiving food distribution in the organization's history; it will take nearly 70,000 food items to ensure that every family in need receives the essentials for Thanksgiving.

Registration for Thanks for Giving 2010 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060). At this time, families can also sign up for the Cobb Christmas program.

Distribution of food boxes to registered families will be on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at Jim R.

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Cobb Police Search for Kidnapped Mableton Man

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a kidnapping that occured near El Patron Mexican Restaurant (2074 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, 30060).

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 35-year-old Rafael Ortega Duarte of Mableton and a female companion were kidnapped by a group of males in a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, according to investigators. Duarte's black 2004 Cadillac Escalade was also taken. The female companion was dropped off in the City of Marietta and located in good health by officers.

Later that afternoon, Duarte's vehicle was located in Cherokee County with signs of violence in the vehicle. Duarte has not been located; it is believed that he met with foul play.

Duarte is described as 5'5" and 200 pounds.

Current Atlanta Opera Star to Host Masterclass

ATLANTA -- Tenor Bryan Hymel, who is currently starring as Rodolfo in the Atlanta Opera's production of La bohème, will host an opera masterclass in conjunction with the Georgia State University School of Music.

The class will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Aderhold Learning Center, Room 430 (60 Luckie Street, Atlanta, 30303). Admission is free.

Hymel has sung with the English National Opera, Dallas Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Wexford Festival Opera, among others. He was the first-prize winner of the 2008 Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, the 2008 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and the 2008 Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. La bohème marks his debut with the Atlanta Opera.

For more information, visit the GSU School of Music website or call 404-413-5901.

Job Fair for Recent College Grads

ATLANTA -- Some surveys indicate that as many as eight out of 10 recent college graduates are struggling to land full-time jobs.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, representatives from 10 to 15 Fortune 500 companies will be gathered at a local hotel to help some of these grads find employment.

Vanguard Management Group, Inc., an Atlanta-based company, helps people find jobs through their sales-specific career fairs. Meeting face-to-face with a company is a better alternative to emailing a résumé, and this Vanguard-sponsored event allows recent grads to meet privately with hiring managers from major companies.

The job fair will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Atlanta-Galleria (2815 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta, 30339). There is no fee to attend. Professional business attire is required.

For more information, call Vanguard at 770-887-5285.

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Toulouse Celebrates 16th Anniversary

ATLANTA -- Toulouse (2293 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30309) is having a birthday party and you're invited.

In honor of the restaurant's 16th anniversary, Toulouse will serve $16 entrées and $16 bottles of wine from Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 10. Approximately 60 wines, normally priced up to $50, will be available during this 10-day celebration.

Come and raise a glass to 16 great years and countless wonderful customers.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

Actor/Philanthropist to Speak at Evening for Hope

ATLANTA -- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that actor, producer and philanthropist Eduardo Verástegui will be the guest speaker at the 4th annual Evening for Hope. This black-tie-optional event will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at Cobb Galleria Centre (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

Evening for Hope will raise money to support the programs and services provided by 36 food pantries, four family support centers and 70 SVdP conferences throughout North and Middle Georgia. The event will begin with a Celebration of the Eucharist, led by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, at 5:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. and a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m.

"This year's Evening for Hope is extremely important to our ability to meet the growing needs within our community, especially in light of the current recession," said John Berry, CEO and executive director of SVdP.

Smyrna Beer Fest 2010

SMYRNA, GA -- The 2010 Smyrna Beer Fest was a huge success, with people from all over Atlanta arriving to sample hundreds of beers.

This year's event, hosted by Atkins Park Tavern Smyrna, also featured wine for tasting.

The festival was held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Smyrna Market Village. Proceeds will benefit Mustard Seed Communities and the Smyrna Education Foundation.

Click here to see the Metromix photo gallery of the event.