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MOMS Club helps replace playground at park

MOMS Club helps replace playground at park

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The MOMS Club of Fayetteville recently raised around $20,000 for new playground equipment at a local park.

According to a spokesperson for MOMS Club, the park has equipment that was unsafe for children to play on, and the city was unable to replace it because of low funding. The MOMS Club fundraiser will be able to install three large pieces of equipment for children, all of which are ADA compliant, said the spokesperson.

Volunteers in Fayetteville will build and install the new playground pieces on Saturday, November 3, from  7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Johns Creek named best Ga. 'burb

Johns Creek named best Ga. 'burb

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Johns Creek is the best place for Georgia suburbanites to live, according to a study by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Onboard Informatics.

The ranking is based on such factors as access to suburban amenities (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety.

Georgia's Top 10 suburbs include:

1. Johns Creek
2. Lookout Mountain
3. Peachtree City
4. Berkeley Lake
5. Evans
6. Martinez
7. Suwanee
8. Tyrone
9. Skidaway Island
10. Fayetteville

(The Atlanta Business Chronicle contributed to this report.)

The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Avenue Peachtree City is doing its part to help students in the community.

The shopping center and one of its stores, White House | Black Market, have raised both money and school supplies for CARE (Children at Risk in Education).

CARE is a program that provides scholarships and school supplies to Fayette County students in need. It is part of the Fayette County Public School System.

White House | Black Market solicited $5 donations from customers for school supplies. In exchange, shoppers received a discount on their purchases.

"Our customers are so wonderful and supportive. Many of them gave more than $5 just because they wanted to help us purchase as many school supplies for the students as possible," store manager Jacky Vaughan said in a statement.

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."

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

See photos of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

ATLANTA -- From the mountains to the metro and beyond, customers flooded Chick-fil-A restaurants to show their support on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day photo gallery to see pictures of the crowds at your hometown Chick-fil-A.

Send any Appreciation Day photos to photos@11alive.com.

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.

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The welcome center at Christian City has been named the Dr. Byron and Rose Marie Harper Welcome Center after a prominent Fayette County couple.

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At a recent dedication ceremony, Christian City staff also unveiled a fountain built in honor of the Harpers, who were instrumental in founding the center for abused and abandoned children.

Dr. Harper passed away several years ago, but his widow Rose Marie was on hand to witness the center's dedication ceremony. Rose Marie Harper is still an active member of Christian City's Board of Trustees.