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Race this weekend: Run for the Orphans

Race this weekend: Run for the Orphans

DULUTH, Ga. -- Help the Catholic Church of St. Monica fund its mission trip to Nicaragua by participating in a 5K this weekend.

Run for the Orphans will be held Saturday, Apr. 26 at Bunten Road Park in Duluth. The 5K will start at 8 a.m., while a 1-mile fun run will take place at 9 a.m.

Registration is $28 in advance and $30 on race day. It costs $12 to participate in the fun run.

The top male and female finishers and masters finishers will go home with trophies, while medals will be given to the first three male and female runners in each age group.

Learn more and sign up at fundracers.org.

Bunten Road Park is located at 3180 Bunten Road.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Bridal show coming to Gwinnett

Bridal show coming to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County will host a bridal show at the county courthouse later this month.

The event, An Engaging Affair, will be held Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a fashion show and a number of local vendors, including photographers, caterers, event planners and DJs.

Admission is $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Brides-to-be who register ahead of the show will be eligible to win prizes. The first 30 brides in attendance will also receive T-shirts and welcome bags.

Learn more and sign up for the show at gwinnettparks.com.

The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan Street in downtown Lawrenceville.

Will to Live 5K returns in 2014

Will to Live 5K returns in 2014

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The Will to Live Foundation's popular race, the When There's a Will There's a Way 5K, will be back in 2014.

This year's event will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at Shakerag Park near River Trail Middle School in Johns Creek.

Registration ranges in price from $15 to $25, depending on a runner's age and team participation. All proceeds go to the foundation, which works to raise awareness of teen suicide.

The Will to Live Foundation is named for Will Trautwein, who committed suicide in October 2010 at age 15.

Learn more and sign up for the 5K at will-to-live.org.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include: