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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

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Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Missing Ringling Bros. performer located

Missing Ringling Bros. performer located

ATLANTA -- A performer with the Ringling Bros. Circus who was reported missing in Atlanta earlier this week has been found.

A Feld Entertainment spokesperson confirmed 25-year-old Wei Cao was located.

She disappeared Feb. 23 at around 9 a.m. from the northwest Atlanta railyard where more than a dozen circus rail cars are parked. She told her coworkers that she was leaving to visit her boyfriend. She was scheduled to perform with the circus at the Arena at Gwinnett Center that evening, but never arrived for the show.

Details of the missing woman's recovery were not immediately available.

"We are extremely appreciative of the support and well-wishes we've received from the community," Feld Entertainment, the production company behind Ringling Bros., said in a statement emailed to 11Alive News.

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

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Barefoot in the Park 2015

Barefoot in the Park 2015

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.