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Vote for Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to win $250,000

Vote for Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to win $250,000

TUCKER, Ga. -- Do you have 15 seconds to spare to help save pets in need?

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends is trying to win a grant from the Chase Community Giving fall grant program, and you can make that happen.

Hundreds of charities will be helped by this program. The top 200 will each receive $10,000, while the top 10 will win $250,000. Community votes help determine who makes the top 10.

To vote, visit the Chase Community Giving Facebook page. Voting closes on Sept. 19.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Support your local market during Farmers Market Month

Support your local market during Farmers Market Month

ATLANTA -- August is Farmers Market Month, and several Atlanta restaurants are showing their support for local farmers by donating a portion of proceeds to markets in the area.

Different restaurants will donate on certain days. This week's donors include:

Monday, Aug. 20
Urban Cannibals
477 Flat Shoals Avenue SE
East Atlanta Village

Tuesday, Aug. 21
Roly Poly
4121 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker

Wednesday, Aug. 22
Wahoo! Grill
1042 West College Avenue
Decatur (supporting the East Lake Farmers Market)
Local 7
2316 Main Street
Tucker

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

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Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags

Offensively Funny Original Musical Parody to Debut in Atlanta

Offensively Funny Original Musical Parody to Debut in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- How often is a musical rated 'O' for Offensive?  Trevor Petty, the writer and producer of this original show, thinks not often enough.  Unmasked: The Phantom of the Flopera is exactly that, hilariously and equally offensive and laugh out loud fun.  This original show comes with this warning: Unmasked is an equal opportunity offender, without regard to race, religion, gender, political affiliation or sexual orientation and has been rated "O" for “Offensive” by the Committee Against Creativity in America (CA-CA).  The show is produced by The Spirit of Broadway.