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Race this weekend: Kidfit Triathlon

Race this weekend: Kidfit Triathlon

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Kidfit Triathlon and 5K isn't just for kids -- this year's event is open to adults too.

All races will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Sterling on the Lake clubhouse in Flowery Branch. Adults competitors will begin their events at 7 a.m., the 5K-only option will start at 7:30 a.m. and the youngest triathletes will begin at 8 a.m.

Race organizers said the swim leg of the triathlon will be in a 25-yard pool, with athletes diving in every 30 seconds. The bike and running paths will be closed to traffic.

Race day registration is $50 for kids and $30 for adults. The 5K is $30 for everyone.

For more information, including a complete list of start times, visit fivestarntp.com.

Sterling on the Lake is located at 7004 Lake Sterling Boulevard.

Race this weekend: Armed Forces Day Fun Run

Race this weekend: Armed Forces Day Fun Run

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge will host a military-themed 5K this weekend.

The Armed Forces Day 5K Fun Run will be Saturday, May 17 at Flowery Branch's Old Train Depot. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the first male and female finishers, the first male and female masters finishers, and the top three runners in each age group.

Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day, with proceeds going to local disabled veterans. Visit flowerybranchlodge.com for more information.

The Old Train Depot is located at 5600 Main Street in downtown Flowery Branch.

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Race this weekend: Hall County Schools Fit Families 5K

Race this weekend: Hall County Schools Fit Families 5K

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Schools will hold its third annual Fit Families 5K this weekend.

The race, which includes a fun run option, will be held Saturday, May 3 at Laurel Park in Gainesville. Registration is $20 on race day and includes a T-shirt. Money raised by the event will benefit local schools.

Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. The fun run will be held first, at 9 a.m., while the 5K will be off and running at 9:30 a.m.

Visit hallco.org for more information about the Fit Families 5K.

Laurel Park is located at 3100 Cleveland Highway.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Career expo coming to northeast Ga.

Career expo coming to northeast Ga.

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Labor will hold a career expo in Forsyth County next week.

More than 60 companies with immediate job openings are scheduled to attend the event, which will be Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lanier Technical College's Forsyth campus.

Industries represented at the fair include manufacturing, staffing, retail, government, education, healthcare and technology. Attendees are asked to dress professionally, bring plenty of copies of their résumés and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Email swat@gdol.ga.gov for more information prior to the event.

Lanier Tech's Forsyth campus is located at 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.