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Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ annual pride celebration, is gearing up for their annual celebration during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.

The festival, which runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, will feature special guest performances from Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter. The Georgian Terrace and Loews Hotel in Downtown Atlanta are the official host hotels for pride weekend.

This year, the festival will honor Grammy Award-winning songstress Faith Evans. Evans will receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award and will perform live on the main stage.

The five-day holiday weekend will also feature the third annual Pure Heat Community Festival, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The cultural event will highlight market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which bring together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Dream Job: Woman becomes dolphin trainer for a day

Dream Job: Woman becomes dolphin trainer for a day

ATLANTA -- Kym Mathews' dream job was born somewhere between the deep blue sea and her TV.

"I used to watch Jacques Cousteau, 'Flipper,'" she said.

What she really wanted was a glimpse of those gentle eyes, the dexterity of the swim, and a voice like no other.

"You actually feel like you are communicating with them," she said.

Mathews always wanted to be a dolphin trainer, and 11Alive chief meteorologist Chris Holcomb helped her live her dream job for a day at the Georgia Aquarium.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

United Way launches Silence the Growl crowdfunding campaign

United Way launches Silence the Growl crowdfunding campaign

ATLANTA -- United Way of Greater Atlanta is changing the game with Silence the Growl, its first ever crowdfunding campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to fight summer hunger among children who receive federally funded free and reduced meals during the school year.

Throughout the 13-county region, more than 300,000 children run the risk of losing one or more meals each day during the summer. Over a 30-day period, United Way has a goal to raise $30,000 to provide at least 12,000 more meals to Atlanta’s children in need. The campaign ends June 6.

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

Curbed.com names its Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014

ATLANTA -- Real estate website Curbed.com has released a list of Top 10 Atlanta Projects for 2014.

In introducing its list, curbed.com says, “Whether they're wrapping up, just starting or somewhere in between, major projects will be making mega progress all year long. Step back and think about it: Can any other city compete with a roster like this? Not just this year, but in any single year?”

Curbed.com's top 10 are:

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

Teens of Excellence Prom Closet Program needs formalwear donations for Male and Female Teens

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) want donations of formal wear and accessories for the fifth annual “Teens of Excellence” Prom Closet Program.

HAFC is seeking donations of gently used and clean prom/formal dresses and tuxedoes of all sizes for high school seniors graduating in May 2014. Donations of larger size formal wear are especially needed.

The program seeks to help single parents, grandparents and/or guardians on fixed incomes to provide prom wear without the disappointing choice of saying no to a teen about purchasing formalwear because of limited income.

The formal wear is provided to high school seniors, with priority given to Housing Authority of Fulton County residents. In 2013, more than 250 high school seniors in Fulton County received donated formal clothing to wear to their proms.

As in previous years, items needed for the 2014 Prom Closet include: