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Atlanta Opera and Emory partner for middle school voice program

Atlanta Opera and Emory partner for middle school voice program

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera has partnered with the Emory Voice Center to create a program for middle school choral students.

This two-month "Vocal Immersion Program" (VIP) focuses on teaching opera knowledge and skills to up-and-coming singers at Atlanta's Coan Middle School.

"We hope this program will provide an arts and science approach to enhance vocal understanding and vocal health to these choral students and their teachers," said VIP creator Dr. Adam Klein, assistant director of the Emory Voice Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Coan Middle School recently lost its budget for a voice teacher, which makes it even more important for the students to gain exposure for the arts, Klein said.

"We also hope that this program will benefit children in other schools suffering from the same curriculum challenges," he added.

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

ATLANTA -- The third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29 was a huge success in Georgia.

Participants turned in about 3,794.35 pounds of unwanted and expired medication for safe disposal at numerous sites across the state.

This amount exceeded the weight of the drugs collected at the second event in April, which was about 3,509 pounds.

"The total number of drugs taken back in Georgia speaks volumes about the problem of unused and unneeded prescriptions, the danger they pose to the community and the communities' commitment to making prescription drug abuse a top priority in the state," John Comer, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement.

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite being among the top three killers of Americans under age 21, many parents do not seem to realize that underage drinking is a major problem.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is partnering with the PTAs at local schools to give parents an important skill set to prevent teen drinking. A meeting for all Cobb parents will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cobb Central Library.

Several local experts will give insight into this growing issue, including Cobb Alcohol Taskforce coordinator Cathy Finck.

"The brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term brain growth processes," Finck said. "The research is compelling, but more parents need to know about it. We hope arming PTAs will help get the facts and useful tips to more parents for saving teen brains."

Chase Seemore the Owl to help others see

Chase Seemore the Owl to help others see

SMYRNA, Ga. -- If you're interested in running a 5K on a beautiful fall morning, why not participate in one that benefits others?

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia will host its annual Spooktacular Chase. Formerly known as the Race to See, this 5K has runners "chase" Seemore the Owl as they raise money for programs that serve blind and low-vision residents of northwest Georgia.

Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m. at Smyrna's Cobb Park, with the run scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

For more information about the race or VRSGA, contact Marla Shavin at 404-403-2352 or mshavin@vrsga.org.

Cobb Park is located at 2776 Sanford Road across the street from Campbell High School.

Aames, The Pink Plumber Hits the Road for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 17

Aames, The Pink Plumber Hits the Road for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 17

Aames, The Pink Plumber is committed to pulling the plug on breast cancer. Since 2010, the company has donated 5 percent of its net profits to a national breast cancer charity. To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aames, The Pink Plumber is upping the philanthropic ante and donating 5 percent of its net profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations made through October 31 will go toward providing mammograms for under- and uninsured women.

 

In addition to its capital commitment, Aames, The Pink Plumber has taken its mission to the street. The company painted its 40-truck fleet bright pink, raising awareness about breast cancer and the commitment to finding a cure. On October 17, all 40 service trucks will take part in a drive-around on Interstate 285 to further bring attention to the fight against this disease.

 

'Moulin Rouge' screening to benefit Susan G. Komen

'Moulin Rouge' screening to benefit Susan G. Komen

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Marietta Square is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise money during National Breast Cancer Month.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Strand will screen Moulin Rouge, the hit 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, with 50 percent of ticket proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"As a nonprofit, it's easy to get caught up in your own fundraising needs, especially in this tough economy," said Cassi Costoulas, director of business developing and marketing for the theatre.

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

MARIETTA, Ga.