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Smyrna youth choir helps with Okla. cleanup

Smyrna youth choir helps with Okla. cleanup

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A local youth choir is back home after a visit to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla.

RELATED | Okla. tornado was widest ever recorded

The God's Light choir from Smyrna First United Methodist Church held a homecoming concert Sunday night.

They had been traveling out west for almost two weeks when they stopped in the Midwest to volunteer with the cleanup effort.

Choir director Kim Duggins said 81 kids and 19 adults participated, and also donated offerings gathered during their tour to the storm relief effort.

A deadly EF5 tornado destroyed much of the town last month.

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.

 

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta to host 3rd annual 'Dare 2 Aspire' conference

Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta to host 3rd annual 'Dare 2 Aspire' conference

ATLANTA -- The Dare 2 Aspire event is celebrating its 3rd Bi-Annual conference at The Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta on Saturday, Mar. 23.

Hosted by Tosi Ufodike, this year's theme is "Dream Big & Execute."  The event is designed exclusively for women and mom-preneurs as a way to provide encouraging and inspirational for aspiring business owners. Dare 2 Aspire's mission is for women to "fulfill their destiny," and promises to offer practical knowledge in order for ladies to move towards successful careers in entrepreneurship. This year, the conference has opened its doors to college women.

Dynamic speakers will lead workshops such as "A Virtuous Woman is A Business Woman," and " "Email + Social Media Marketing=Success."  The conference also offers an opportunity for women to network and leave with a great deal of business connections.

Atlanta Police Cycling Team hosts fundraiser Mar. 7

Atlanta Police Cycling Team hosts fundraiser Mar. 7

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Cycling Team will host a fundraiser for their participation in the 2013 Police Unity Tour on March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Rose and Crown Tavern.

The APD Cycling Team is a group of dedicated law enforcement professionals who enjoy cycling and share in the determination to better their lives through cardiovascular health. This fundraiser will benefit the 2013 Police Unity Tour, which takes place in May 2013.

The ride from Portsmouth, Va. to Washington, D.C. was established in 1997 to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.  The APD Cycling team will ride in remembrance of fallen officers Gail Thomas, Rich Halford and Shawn Smiley.

More information is available at http://on.fb.me/15vbJJL.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.