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Atlanta Track Club announces new cross country event

Atlanta Track Club announces new cross country event

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The first annual Atlanta Track Club Wingfoot XC Classic will be held this fall in Cartersville.

Track club executive director Rich Kenah said the competition for middle and high school athletes also aims to introduce community members to a type of running that may be new to them.

The event will feature several race distances up to a 5K, or 3.1 miles. Runners will travel on a variety of surfaces -- grass, dirt, gravel -- and battle traditional European cross country elements like logs and hay bales.

School cross country teams and the general public alike are invited to attend. Visit atlantatrackclub.org for more information; registration opens in August.

The event will be Saturday, Sept. 26 at Sam Smith Park, which is located at 1155 Douthit Ferry Road.

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.

New Chick-fil-A to open in Bartow County

New Chick-fil-A to open in Bartow County

EMERSON, Ga. -- The very first Chick-fil-A in Emerson will open its doors on Thursday, Jan. 22.

As always, Chick-fil-A will hold its popular First 100 celebration to mark the grand opening. The first 100 adults in line will be awarded digital offer cards loaded with a year's supply of free Chick-fil-A meals. The line will officially open Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6 a.m.; if more than 100 people are already waiting, a drawing will determine who wins the offer cards.

The Atlanta-based restaurant chain has given away nearly $24 million in free food since launching the First 100 program 11 years ago.

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Run a half in 2015 | Wine and Chocolate

Run a half in 2015 | Wine and Chocolate

EMERSON, Ga. -- If a half marathon is on your list of goals for 2015, Georgia will host several 13.1-mile races throughout the year.

The Wine and Chocolate Half Marathon, a new Valentine's Day tradition, will be Saturday, Feb. 14 at LakePoint Sports Complex in Bartow County.

Runners will race through beautiful Emerson, then enjoy a post-race wine brunch and block party. All participants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags filled with chocolate and wine swag.

For those who aren't ready to tackle a half marathon, Wine and Chocolate also offers 5K and 10K options.

Registration prices are:

Half Marathon
* $80 through Jan. 15, $85 after
* $90 on race day

10K
* $60 through Jan. 15, $65 after
* $70 on race day

5K
* $50 through Jan. 15, $55 after
* $60 on race day

Your Tyrannosaurus rex questions, answered

Your Tyrannosaurus rex questions, answered

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Wednesday's lunch and learn at Tellus Science Museum will discuss one of history's most majestic -- and mysterious -- creatures: the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Georgia Perimeter College geology professor Dr. Dion Stewart will host a lecture about the dinosaur on Sept. 24 at 12:15 p.m. It is free for Tellus members to attend and included in admission price for non-members.

Stewart will answer questions about what T. rex ate and how fast he could run, among other topics, by examining fossils.

Learn more at tellusmuseum.org.

The museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive, just off Interstate 75, Exit 293 in Cartersville.

PROBE College Fair coming to Cartersville

PROBE College Fair coming to Cartersville

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Cartersville next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the C. Brown Conference Center.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

The C. Brown Conference Center is located at 5450 Canton Highway.

Learn about natural gas production in Ga.

Learn about natural gas production in Ga.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum's next Lunch and Learn will focus on the region's potential for future natural gas production.

Geologist John R. Absalon will speak at the Cartersville museum on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 12:15 p.m.

Absalon will discuss the methods of possibly extracting natural gas in northwest Georgia, as well as the safety and risks involved in the process.

Visit tellusmuseum.org for more information.

Lunch and Learn events are free for Tellus members and included in admission price for non-members. Attendees are welcome to purchase meals from the on-site cafe; no outside food is allowed.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive, just off Exit 293 on Interstate 75.