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Now casting for autism public service announcements

Now casting for autism public service announcements

ATLANTA -- Comedian Griff (BET’s Comic View, The Toni and Griff Show, Motivational Speaker) and Shannon Nash(Entertainment Attorney, Autism Advocate, Producer of Autism Documentary – Colored My Mind, Winner Best Film at the 2012 Bronze Lens Festival) are casting for PSAs on Autism in Atlanta.

Westridge Church helps bring Egg Drop back to Cartersville

Westridge Church helps bring Egg Drop back to Cartersville

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- For the fifth time, the Egg Drop is returning to Cartersville on March 16.

The Egg Drop, along with games and entertainment are set for the Dellinger Park Football Field at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free. 

The Egg Drop is sponsored by Westridge Church. For more information, contact Becky Pruitt at (770) 387-5625.

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Fulton County Health Services to Hold Community Listening Sessions

Residents Invited to Provide Input about Access to Healthcare

 

Fulton County Health Services will host three “Community Listening Sessions” to provide valuable information about the many high quality services available at the county’s community integrated health centers and to learn from the community about their service needs.  Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place:

 

Thursday, March 14th

Neighborhood Union Health Center

Large Community Conference Room

186 Sunset Avenue, NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

 

Thursday, March 21st

Adamsville Regional Health Center

Community Room

3700 M.L. King Jr. Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

 

Thursday, March 28th

North Fulton Service Center

Community Room #232

7741 Roswell Road

City residents invited to Atlanta Fair 2013

City residents invited to Atlanta Fair 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The City of Atlanta is inviting all residents to the Atlanta Fair 2013, beginning February, 28. 

According to an event organizer, Vickie Crocitto, the fair serves as a carnival for all Atlanta communities. 

Atlanta Fair 2013 will be held at Turner Field, at 688 Central Avenue, and will begin at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at noon on weekends. Information on the Atlanta Fair website said new activities will be introduced in 2013, in addition to the giant Ferris wheels and past entertainment.

New rides will include the Flying Dutchman, Skywheel, while another new addition will be the Food Truck Bite at the Fair, where customers can vote for their favorite food truck on Wednesdays. There are talent shows lined up as well. 

For general information on the fair, call (404) 913-3247, or visit the Atlanta Fair 2013 Facebook page. 

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

ATLANTA -- Gas South, along with some other community partners will take 425 kids with special needs and their families to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.

As reported by a spokeswoman for Gas South, the company is teaming with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to make the night of circus fun happen. The 425 children and families will get free admission to the circus, the DRAGONS and Magical Journey, as well as a private pre-show where the children can interact with the circus animals and performers on the arena floor. 

The shows are set for February 15 at Philips Arena and February 22 at the Gwinnett Center. There will be special access for wheelchairs, along with other mobility devices as needed.