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Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

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Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is a helpful source of information for residents wanting to improve their curb appeal during the fall. With their colorful faces and cold-weather tolerance, pansies are an easy landscape addition if they are installed correctly. Experts from the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension provide tips to help the “do-it-yourself” gardener.

“Our relationship with the UGA is a true benefit for our residents,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Because of this relationship, we are able to provide research based proven methods to help residents with gardening as well as many other topics that assist in helping to live improved, healthier lives.”

A few pansy-planting pointers:

Don’t plant more than you can maintain. Annual flowers are high maintenance and require a lot of care to keep them looking their best.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

MARTA moves forward to build atop rail stations


ATLANTA -- MARTA is asking developers to submit ideas for developing air rights atop four rail stations – Arts Center, Lenox, Midtown and North Avenue.

MARTA is soliciting Project Vision Statements from local and national developers capable of developing the air rights at these stations into vibrant, visionary mixed-use projects that can be upheld as a national standard for its Transit-Oriented Development program, the transit system said in a press release issued Friday.

MARTA has formally released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for air rights development at the stations. The RFEI will be used to gauge market potential and assess which stations are most suitable to be subsequently released for air rights development through an open and competitive Request for Proposals process, MARTA said.

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Original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' at Center for Puppetry Arts

Original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' at Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- The Center for Puppetry Arts will host a screening of the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend.

In the film, four turtles are exposed to toxic ooze and mutate into pizza-eating, pop culture-loving ninjas. Under the guidance of their mentor Splinter, the dudes use their newfound Turtle Power to fight crime in New York City.

To celebrate the Center’s 36th anniversary, all ticket holders get a FREE slice of pizza while supplies last! Thanks to Papa John’s for the totally tubular and awesome donation: cowabunga!

The movie will be Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and pizza (and beer and wine for the adults) will be served at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are free for Center members and $7 for non-members ages 2 and up. They include the movie, dinner and admission to all museum exhibits.

Visit puppet.org to buy tickets.

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong

(WXIA) -- There have been too many stories lately of women being attacked while exercising on public trails.

These reports sparked a conversation among the Atlanta Alive team, centered around ways to avoid becoming a victim.

So what does a victim look like? With all of today's technology, in a word, distracted. Self-defense experts Cole and Vanessa Parker accompanied 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross to Piedmont Park to see just how easy it is to become less aware of your surroundings.

RELATED | Woman who was attacked while jogging shares her story

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

ATLANTA -- The Zesto Drive-In restaurant at 544 Ponce de Leon Avenue will close its doors Sept. 20 after 60 years in business.

The Livaditis family sold the property to an undisclosed buyer, according to Zesto’s website.

The restaurant opened at the spot on Ponce in 1954 and sold only ice cream. The small original walk-up building was razed and rebuilt in 1991. The building, which features a classic diner look, earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, and has been seen in many TV shows and commercials and feature movies since.

The other five Zesto locations around metro Atlanta will remain open.