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Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Atlanta chef Ford Fry hosts fifth annual  JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

ATLANTA (June 14, 2013) – Join Chef Ford Fry as he hosts the fifth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 p.m. This year, more than 40 of the South’s top chefs along with 15 skilled mixologists and over 30 farmers are teaming up to create the tastiest tomato concoctions and to help raise money for Georgia Organics.

“Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is absolutely one of my favorite events,” says Ford Fry, owner/chef of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246 and The Optimist. “I love seeing the creativity of all the participants and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s crop of talent comes up with,” he adds.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

Monkey Joe's to raise money for Tripp Halstead

ATLANTA -- Several Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia will host an event to raise money for Tripp Halstead's family.

Jump for Tripp will be held all day on Sunday, May 19. Ten percent of sales will benefit the family of the 2 year old, who was hit by a falling tree branch at his daycare center last October.

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The Monkey Joe's venues in Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Morrow, Newnan, Roswell, Tucker and Warner Robins will participate in Jump for Tripp.

Visit monkeyjoes.com to learn more.

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.

 

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.

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Rick Case Automotive Group is once again collecting bicycles for needy children this holiday season.

Now in its 31st year, the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program has collected more than 100,000 bikes in three states.

"This program is a way to put smiles on thousands of children's faces," Rick Case said in a statement. "Our community really comes together to make sure the children in the area can have the best holiday season possible."

Atlanta-area residents can drop off bicycles in good condition at five car dealerships. The bikes will be distributed through local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Drop-off locations include:

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Donate candy bars to troops

Donate candy bars to troops

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a candy bar drive to support Hugs for Our Soldiers.

The GCVB will accept donations of full-size candy bars and bags of M&M's through Friday, Dec. 7. No mini candy bars will be accepted.

The person who donates the most candy will win an overnight stay at North Georgia Canopy & Ziplining Tours in Lula, three Adventure Tours and a $75 Visa gift card. The entire prize package is valued at $545.

Hugs for Our Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that sends letters and care packages to troops serving overseas. Learn more about it at www.hugsforoursoldiers.org.