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Simon Malls help families get into the spooky spirit this October

Simon Malls help families get into the spooky spirit this October

ATLANTA -- October is quickly creeping up on the calendar, and Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb are gearing up for a fun-filled month of Halloween-themed events. With costume contests, prize giveaways and festive fall activities, guests of all ages are in for a treat! Upcoming Halloween events include the following:

Saturday, October 18:

All About Developmental Disabilities to hold workshop series on sexuality

All About Developmental Disabilities to hold workshop series on sexuality

DECATUR, Ga. -- This fall, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will host a four-part workshop series on sexuality and developmental disabilities. Parents and adults with developmental disabilities will learn about sexuality, how parents can support their child’s sexual behavior and romantic relationships, and how to handle sex on the Internet and in other media.

The sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. All sessions will be held at AADD’s Family Support Center, 125 Clairemont Avenue Suite 300, Decatur. The cost is $10 per session.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Piccadilly giving free meals to kids who read

Piccadilly giving free meals to kids who read

(WXIA) -- Piccadilly Cafeteria is encouraging children to read over the summer.

The restaurant chain's Back to Books program provides participants with free kids meals for completing reading logs of 10 books. Logs are available at all locations.

Piccadilly is also collecting $1 donations for Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest children's literacy program. Customers who give will have their names displayed on a wall of their local restaurant.

Visit piccadilly.com for more information and to find your nearest location.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

DeKalb CEO welcomes baby girl

DeKalb CEO welcomes baby girl

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and his wife Robin welcomed a baby girl Friday morning.

Riley May was born at 8:31 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces. Both mother and daughter are happy and healthy.

"I give thanks to God for all of His generous blessings," May said in a statement. "I want to thank everyone for their kind sentiments and prayers."

Riley joins big sisters Ryann and Reagan.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."