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Annual Cobb Arts Ball This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of Cobb County's premier social events of the season will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The annual Cobb Arts Ball will take place in the Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. Ballroom at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner will be served during the live auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by casino games and dancing at 9:00 p.m.

Individual tickets to the ball are $150 per person; table sponsorships begin at $1,500 for a table of eight.

Cobb County Hosting Second Medication Disposal Day

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Due to the overwhelming success of the first prescription drug take-back event, Keep Cobb Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente of Georgia are offering another Medication Disposal Program for the public.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Government Offices at Powder Springs Station (1150 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, 30064).

This is the perfect opportunity for Cobb County residents to safely dispose of their outdated or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications.

We Run So That Others May See

SMYRNA, GA -- Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a Smryna-based non-profit, is dedicated to assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired so they may function independently in their homes, schools, workplaces, houses of worship and so on.

Charyn Darby, a former VRS board chair, dedicated her life to this mission. After she passed away in 2009, her fellow members decided to honor her legacy by making her the title sponsor of the annual 5K/1K race benefiting the programs created by VRS.

The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. It is a certified qualifying run for the Peachtree Road Race and takes participants through downtown Smyrna, beginning and ending near Cobb Park, across from Campbell High School (5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, 30080).

"Charyn Darby served as board chair for VRS for seven years and was an active member of the VRS board for more than 20 years," said Joan M.

Atlanta Abilities Expo This Weekend

ATLANTA -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

Admission is free, and the show hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, political forums and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between.

Visitors will also get on board the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour and receive six essential health screenings: cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and more, all for free. Complimentary rental scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.

Bon Appétit! from The Atlanta Opera

ATLANTA -- Join The Atlanta Opera on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cook's Warehouse (Ansley Mall -- 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, 30324) for Bon Appétit!, a 30-minute operetta based on Julia Child's popular television show.

The audience will be transported to Julia Child's famous 1960s kitchen-studio, where they will watch mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely whip up some giggles and comedic-fromage. Following the performance, guests will sample Julia's treats, and will have the opportunity to shop in the store and sign up for future cooking classes. Attendees will receive a 10% discount on in-store purchases made that evening. There will also be giveaways.

Admission is a $25 tax-deductible donation to The Atlanta Opera.

Cartoon Network, Boys & Girls Club Join Forces to Stop Bullying

ATLANTA -- Cartoon Network, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., has revealed the full scope of components for its multi-platform Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, aimed at empowering youth to take action and reduce bullying.

The on-air and online campaign picks up momentum with new partners and additional resources from Time Warner and officially launched on Monday, Oct. 4 in conjunction with the 5th annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Center for Bullying Prevention and leading up to Bullying Prevention Awareness Day, Wednesday, Oct. 20.

With the help of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Stop Bullying campaign hopes to reach the roughly 4.2 million kids served by BGCA through the distribution of bullying prevention kits. More than 4,000 kits will be distributed to BGCA clubs nationwide on Bullying Prevention Awareness Day.

Start! Walking for Better Heart Health

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb residents will take steps to improve their heart health on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they participate in the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk.

The signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association since 1994, the Start! Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. Last year, more than one million walkers raised over $106 million in 425 Start! Heart Walks across the country.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers in the country, respectively. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease; that's an average of one death every 37 seconds.

A leading risk for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has also found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

Cobb County's Start! Heart Walk will take place at Marietta Square.