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Happy holidays from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Happy holidays from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

ATLANTA -- The National Park Service is rolling out videos carrying holiday greetings from parks across the United States throughout December.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, a metro Atlanta park was the featured location -- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Watch the park's holiday greeting in the embedded video above.

"We welcome more than 280 million visitors to . . . national parks every year," said National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis. "The videos are a great way to send our best wishes for the holidays to those folks who spent time in a national park this year or may be thinking about a trip in the future."

Keep Smyrna Beautiful named top 'Keep Georgia' affiliate

Keep Smyrna Beautiful named top 'Keep Georgia' affiliate

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Keep Smyrna Beautiful has placed first in the 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards program, the group announced Monday.

In addition, the organization won the Top Nonprofit Community Improvement Project award for its Community Garden. Angie Bolton, a tireless volunteer for the program, received the Carolyn Crayton Award for Georgia's female volunteer of the year.

Keep Smyrna Beautiful even received national recognition; it placed second in the Keep America Beautiful contest for cities with populations of 50,000 to 200,000.

For more than 30 years, Keep Georgia Beautiful has honored ongoing efforts in community improvement, waste reduction and recycling, litter prevention and volunteer work.

Learn more about Keep Smyrna Beautiful

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

The entry deadline is nearing for the 2011 'Fun in the Park' photo contest.

As you are out enjoying Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' parks and activities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks, and anything else that shows why you enjoy your day at the park.

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."

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For low-income families with young children, a few diapers can turn into a priceless gift.

Many people do not realize that food stamps cannot be used to buy hygiene products, including diapers. The average family with small children spends about $100 a month on diapers -- an expense that some low-income families cannot afford to shoulder.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

ATLANTA -- A $1.1 billion proposal to add toll lanes to interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties won approval from two state agencies Thursday but hit a bump with the third.

The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) tabled consideration of the West by Northwest project after Gov.