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Race this weekend: R4G

Race this weekend: R4G

TUCKER, Ga. -- St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will host its fifth Race for Grace this weekend.

R4G will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m., and has 5K and 10K options. It is also an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier; learn more about the 2015 Peachtree.

Runners in both races will loop through Tucker's beautiful residential streets. After the race, participants will be treated to Waffle House biscuits and coffee, music, and more.

All racers will receive T-shirts. Awards will be given to the overall winners and top finishers in each age group.

Registration is $30. Proceeds from R4G will benefit the church's summer mission trip.

Visit standrewspresbyterian.org for more information and to sign up.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

Upcoming Peachtree Road Race qualifiers

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens Sunday, Mar. 15 (Sunday, Mar. 1 for Atlanta Track Club members).

Most runners will undoubtedly want to be placed in the highest possible time group. The best way to do this is to enter a finish time from a USATF-certified race (5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 10-miler or half marathon).

A number of official Peachtree qualifiers will be held in the coming weeks. Here are a few of them:

Saturday, Feb. 14
Mardi Gras (5K), Marietta
Location: Marietta Square
Cost: $30
Supports: Junior League of Cobb-Marietta
More information: marietta5krun.com

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.

Blood donation opportunities: DeKalb County

Blood donation opportunities: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in DeKalb County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Bank of America, 2059 Northlake Parkway, Tucker
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Atlanta-area Simon malls to host Kidgits Club Book Blast

Atlanta-area Simon malls to host Kidgits Club Book Blast

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-area Simon malls are hitting the books!

To help foster the importance of childhood literacy and reading, Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb and Northlake Mall are scheduled to host their annual Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast on Saturday, Feb. 21.

For each mall’s event, families can enjoy a special read-aloud session of popular modern classics with local celebrities and will be eligible for drawings to win free books and special prizes. Attendees can also look forward to engaging, book-based activities that will help bring these stories to life.

As part of the annual event, children are encouraged to bring new or gently used books to be donated to each mall’s participating charity.

Don’t miss out on all the reading fun – this event’s one for the books!

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

ATLANTA -– The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! To help families get in the "ho-ho"-holiday spirit, Atlanta-area Simon malls are hosting a variety of festive activities and special entertainment all November and December long! With Giving Tuesday, Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival celebrations, local choir performances, photos with Santa and more, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb offer a magical holiday experience that is enjoyable for the entire family!