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Piedmont Park hosting 2-day wedding marathon


ATLANTA -- Piedmont Park is hosting a marathon of weddings and you can take part!

It's a chance to open your heart without emptying your wallet. This opportunity is not for everyone. Here's what you need to know about the Say I Do event at Piedmont Park June 21 and 22.

If you want to save money, this is the event for you. It costs between six and eight hundred dollars with everything you need: flowers, photos, minister, and music. The lake venue usually starts at $1,200.

If you want to take your sweet time, this is not the wedding for you. Each ceremony is 45 minutes, that's what allows them to do a marathon of weddings over two days.

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Raise Your Voice: Flooded Midtown Atlanta street


ATLANTA -- At Cafe Mezo in Midtown Atlanta, owner Kemal Karsli said even a little bit of rain can cause big, big problems.

"Any rain and it's like a lake," he said.

He has the pictures and video to prove it, and has tried to report the constant street flooding, but his calls were ignored by Atlanta City Hall.

"They haven't shown up yet. We've called them a couple of times," he said.

Karsli decided to "raise his voice" and get 11Alive News involved. We contacted Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents Midtown.

"We are aware of the problem now, and we are committed to solving it," Hall said.

Within days of contacting Hall's office, the Department of Watershed Management sent several crews to the intersection of Juniper and 5th streets to clear away debris and improve drainage.

"I was so, so happy," Karsli said. "This was a good response."

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

Seniors tour Wheat Street Gardens during 'Celebrating Seniors Garden Party'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Seniors from senior centers across Atlanta and Fulton County enjoyed a “Celebrating Seniors Garden Party” as May Older Americans Month activities continued on Thursday, May 22.

The “Garden Party” featured lunch, games, healthy cooking demonstrations and tours of Wheat Street Gardens, a beautiful network of flower and vegetable gardens. The party was hosted by Open Hand and Truly Living Well and supported by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, State Senator Nan Orrock and local businesses.

Open Hand provides congregate and home-delivered meals along with nutrition education to Fulton County seniors through the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Aging.

For more information about services available to seniors in Fulton County, call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

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IHOP rolls out summer menu items

IHOP rolls out summer menu items

(WXIA) -- IHOP is celebrating the start of summer with new pancake recipes, lemonades, salads and sandwiches.

The chain's signature pancakes can now be ordered in three summer fruit varieties -- strawberry banana cream pie, raspberry peach and blueberry cannoli cream.

New lemonade flavors on IHOP's menu include iced tea, orange tangerine iced tea and cherry blackberry. The summer lemonades are available through July 20.

IHOP has also added menu items to its lunch and dinner offerings, including:

Citrus Chicken Pecan Salad
Grilled chicken, orange segments and candied pecans on a bed of mixed greens, tossed in orange vinaigrette dressing

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad
Crispy chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes and crumbled Blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens and tossed in ranch dressing; also available with grilled chicken

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.

Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

ATLANTA -- School is out and neighborhoods all across Georgia are opening their swimming pools for the season. To protect consumers, eye care experts are asking swimmers to be aware that an imbalance of chemicals in the water may put their vision and eye health at risk.

The Georgia Optometric Association is urging people to take simple steps that will protect the health of their eyes and help them avoid problems such as chemical conjunctivitis and chemical keratitis.