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Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

Build-A-Bear Rewards Un-bear-lievable Kids

ATLANTA -- Surveys show that today's young people are more in touch with the needs of their communities than ever before.

In a recent study conducted by Build-A-Bear Workshop, 98% of the 400 kids polled said that they believe it is important to help others.

Build-A-Bear Workshop founded its Huggable Heroes program to recognize and encourage young leaders who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. Huggable Heroes is currently searching for a new batch of special kids to acknowledge and reward.

Anyone between the ages of eight and 18 can be nominated for the distinction of Huggable Hero.

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.

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

Pre-Teen Cancer Survivor Inspires Book Sale Fundraiser

ALPHARETTA, GA -- It all started during a typical November weekend in Alpharetta's Dunmoor subdivision.

Samara Chasin, 12, and her mother Lisa watched their neighborhood's youth tennis team compete against the Horseshoe Bend team.

Nearby, 11-year-old Roswell resident Madie Dreesman cheered during her younger sister's match. A bandana covered Madie's hairless head.

In the car on the way home, Samara's eyes filled with tears. She asked her mother about the little girl with no hair.

Lisa had spoken with Madie and her mother during the match. She explained that Madie had cancer and was undergoing treatment, most likely chemotherapy.

Wells Fargo Stagecoach Joins Founders Day Parade

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- The legendary Wells Fargo stagecoach will bring a touch of the Old West to Johns Creek in the fourth annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The stagecoach, pulled by a four- to six-horse team, harkens back to the 1860s, when stagecoaches carried passengers, mail and valuables from town to town across the Western U.S. It is patterned after the original designed by carriage-builder J. Stephens Abbott and master wheelwright Lewis Downing in Concord, New Hampshire.

The Wells Fargo stagecoach joins the No.

Race for Smiles Raises Money for Children's Healthcare

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Johns Creek Pediatric Dental Town is hosting a 5K/1K "Race for Smiles" to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Children's Cancer Fund of America.

The race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 a.m. at Dental Town (4330 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 100, Suwanee, 30024). Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate; walkers and strollers will be welcomed.

The cost for adults to run the 5K is $20, but this fee is reduced to $15 for established Dental Town families. Children ages 12 and under who participate in the 1K are $10. Register at the race's Active site no later than Friday, Nov.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.