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Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Hometown Christmas celebration will be held in downtown Cartersville this weekend.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and includes choral performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Hometown Christmas also sponsors holiday-themed coloring and essay contests for Bartow County students. Kids in grades K-5 may enter the coloring contest, while middle school students are eligible to participate in the essay contest.

Learn more about the requirements for the respective contests in Adairsville, Bartow County and Cartersville.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

School system offering driver's education

School system offering driver's education

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Young drivers must meet a number of requirements before being eligible to receive a driver's license.

Thankfully, the Bartow County School System is ready to step in and help.

The district is offering driver's education classes for a reasonable price.

The $395 price tag includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel practice. The courses are taught by certified Bartow County teachers and are open to all high school students.

Classes are taught at the Bartow County Learning Center (the former Cass High School).

For more information, visit the Bartow County School System website.

The Learning Center is located at 739 Grassdale Road in Cartersville.

Tellus to hold astronomy workshop

Tellus to hold astronomy workshop

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Explore the night sky and learn all about planets, stars and constellations at Tellus Science Museum this Friday.

The museum will host an astronomy workshop from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Activities include a tour of the solar system, courtesy of the Magic Planet in the museum's Weinman Mineral Gallery; a look through telescopes in the Tellus Observatory; and more.

The cost is $10 for Tellus members and $25 for non-members. Participants must be at least 8 years old -- no exceptions.

To learn more, call the museum at 770-606-5700 ext. 417.

Bartow County Health offering flu shots at Civic Center

Bartow County Health offering flu shots at Civic Center

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Bartow County Health Department will not offer flu shots for students in the county school system during school hours this year.

However, flu shots will be given on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Call the Bartow County Health Department at 770-382-1920 for more information.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.