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Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region (9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville, 30135) reports that this week's winter weather has resulted in more than 2,600 units of blood and platelets that could not be collected due to closed donation centers and cancelled blood drives.

"The result of the cancellation of that many blood drives and consequently all those blood donations translates into as many as 24,000 blood products that we now do not have available for patients who may need them," said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Hrouda noted that more than 6,000 blood donations could not be collected in the Southeast because of the storms that crippled the region. Nearly 2,000 blood donations were not collected in the Northeast on Wednesday, Jan.

Bridalpalooza: an exclusive bridal tour

Bridalpalooza: an exclusive bridal tour

Bridalpalooza is back! Bridalpalooza is NOT a bridal show yet an exclusive bridal tour showcasing the best in traditional and non-traditional venues as well as fascinating wedding tastemakers in a particular city. Planning for a wedding can be stressful and if couples are not in tune with what their city has to offer, then they should purchase tickets for Bridalpalooza Sunday January 16, 2011.

Brialpalooza begins promptly at 8:30am and chauffeur couples around town to see fabulous spaces transformed into dynamic themed reception replica's, taste delectable foods, smell the aroma of freshly cut floral designs and touch each display made specifically for them. The tour is designed to be small in numbers to fully engage the couples as they find the right vendor for their special occasion.

The evening winds down with a bridal mixer designed to better understand each couples individual needs!

Ariel Sharon's Former Advisor to Speak at Gesher L'Torah

Ariel Sharon's Former Advisor to Speak at Gesher L'Torah

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Dr. Ra'anan Gissin, former senior advisor and spokesperson for Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is planning a visit to Congregation Gesher L'Torah (4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30022).

He will give a speech about the "greening" of Israel, "creating a better future," on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

In recent years, Dr. Gissin has become one of Israel's leading spokesmen for the foreign press and the international community on security and strategic issues and the peace process.

His distinguished career with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began in 1979 with his position as a strategic analyst in the planning branch. At the time, he was involved in the planning and implementation of the Sinai withdrawal, the major part of the Israel/Egypt peace treaty.

During most of the 1980s, which included the war in Lebanon and the first intifada, he served as IDF spokesman.

Transportation Officials to Hold Georgia 400 Open House

Transportation Officials to Hold Georgia 400 Open House

ALPHARETTA, GA -- On Wednesday, Jan. 5, transportation officials will hold one of five Georgia 400 Corridor Improvement Projects Open Houses at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30009).

The meetings are designed to determine which new projects should be funded along the Georgia 400 corridor, which includes the Windward Parkway entrance near Milton.

The money for the projects comes as a result of a September 2010 Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) vote to extend the ground lease for the Georgia 400 Toll Road and its 50 cent toll for up to 10 years.

Nation's Top High School Basketball Players Coming to Alpharetta for 'Hoops in Overdrive'

Nation's Top High School Basketball Players Coming to Alpharetta for 'Hoops in Overdrive'

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The third annual "Hoops in Overdrive" basketball tournament brings 28 teams, 150 Division 1 athletes and some of the nation's brightest talent to Centennial High School (9310 Scott Road, Alpharetta, 30022).

The three-day tournament will take place from Thursday, Dec. 30 to Saturday, Jan. 1 and will welcome the United States' consensus top rated high school senior, Austin Rivers of Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida.

The 6'5" Rivers is son of Boston Celtics head coach and NBA legend Doc Rivers.

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

New 'Girl of the Year' to Be Unveiled at North Point Mall

ALPHARETTA, GA -- For American Girl fans, the introduction of the newest Girl of the Year character causes enormous excitement.

On Saturday, Jan. 1, girls and their parents are invited to line up in front of American Girl Atlanta for the official unveiling of Kanani, American Girl's 2011 Girl of the Year.

Girls will experience the warm, tropical world of Hawaii during the weekend-long Kanani celebration. Guests in attendance will be among the first to see the brand new Kanani doll, accessories and books, and learn about Kanani's inspiring story and her love of sharing the aloha spirit.

Each girl in attendance will receive a free grass skirt for her American Girl doll and enjoy Hula dance demonstrations by a professional Hawaiian dance troupe.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree, Beautify Johns Creek

Recycle Your Christmas Tree, Beautify Johns Creek

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The City of Johns Creek and Keep North Fulton Beautiful invite residents to recycle their old Christmas trees after the holidays at "Bring One for the Chipper" on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Johns Creek residents may drop off their undecorated trees at the Home Depot (5950 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30097) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Trees will be chipped into mulch by the Davey Tree Expert Company.