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International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

DeKalb Family Fun Day rescheduled

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The sixth annual DeKalb Family Fun Day has been rescheduled.

DeKalb Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bransby Outdoor YMCA at Rock Chapel in Lithonia. It was originally scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 11, but was cancelled due to predicted bad weather.

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The festival will feature food, entertainment, games and vendors. Residents are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for needy children in the community.

Past DeKalb Family Fun Days have resulted in attendance of 3,000 people -- which means the festival needs plenty of volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Town Brookhaven, Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces offer free summer movies

Town Brookhaven, Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces offer free summer movies

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- All families are invited to see free movies this summer in the Brookhaven and Buckhead neighborhoods. 

The Atlanta Summer Movie Series will run through July 25, when movies will be shown each week at Town Brookhaven and Chastain Park. Each feature is shown every Thursday, at alternating locations. 

The schedule is as follows: 

Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll coming Apr. 27

Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll coming Apr. 27

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- This year's Chamblee Run & Rotary Roll 5K will be held Saturday, Apr. 27 at 8 a.m.

The event, which is now in its 14th year, benefits the North Atlanta Rotary Club and Huntley Hills Elementary School.

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Huntley Hills Elementary this year," Chamblee recreation coordinator Loren Roberts said in a statement. "We have had great participation in the past from local runners, rollers and sponsors, and we want to see an even bigger crowd this year."

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Both the 5K run and the 1K walk/roll will begin at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. The 5K route runs through downtown Chamblee, while the 1K sticks to the PDK grounds.

The "roll" part of the race comes from its wheelchair division.

New water attraction to open at Malibu Grand Prix Norcross

New water attraction to open at Malibu Grand Prix Norcross

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Buccaneer Cove will soon open in Malibu Grand Prix Norcross.

The Grand Prix track will close, and the new water playground will take its place. Families can play on the structures, which will feature several interactive water games. A spokeswoman for Malibu said Buccaneer Cove will include five water slides, tunnels, squa domes, spray cannons, spray loops and spray fountains. 

Guests can also relax in lounge chairs at Buccaneer Cove, as shady spots will be available around the park. Semi-private cabanas will be open and offer food service for a rental fee. 

Buccaneer Cove is expected to open Memorial Day weekend. 

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'