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Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

Thunder in the Mountains to be held this weekend

Thunder in the Mountains to be held this weekend

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

Boo Run returns to Flowery Branch

Boo Run returns to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The annual 5K Boo Run will return to Flowery Branch this Halloween season.

The event, which raised money for Masonic Lodge 212, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Flowery Branch's Old Train Depot.

Registration is $20 before Oct. 23 and $25 after.

Visit active.com for more information and to sign up.

Feedback needed on Lanier Islands Parkway widening project

Feedback needed on Lanier Islands Parkway widening project

BUFORD, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has planned a meeting to discuss a possible road project in Hall County.

GDOT hopes to widen State Route 347, otherwise known as Lanier Islands Parkway, between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Plans include adding news lanes, a 10-foot multi-use path and also a roundabout at the Lanier Island Parkway and New Bethany Road intersection.

The open house will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lanier Islands Community Church. No formal presentation is planned, but engineers and consultants will be on hand to discuss the road project.

Comments can also be mailed to GDOT State Environmental Administrator Glenn Bowman at 600 West Peachtree Street, 16th Floor, Atlanta, 30308.

Lanier Islands Community Church is located at 6302 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford.

Harvest Balloon Festival returns to Flowery Branch

Harvest Balloon Festival returns to Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Sterling on the Lake's popular Harvest Balloon Festival will be back this October.

The fall festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the master planned community's Village Green.

"We love celebrating the fall with residents and friends at this fun festival," said Jennifer Landers, marketing director for Newland Communities, which designed Sterling on the Lake. "It's a great time for us to connect with the community and also invite visitors to learn more about Sterling on the Lake."

Activities include balloon rides, pumpkin carving, hay rides and pet adoptions courtesy of the Hall County Animal Shelter.

Admission is free, but there is a $5 charge for parking. Money raised by the Harvest Balloon Festival will benefit the animal shelter and Challenged Child and Friends, which provdes services for disabled kids.

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

(WXIA) -- PetSmart Charities is planning a major adoption event at stores nationwide.

National Adoption Weekend will be Sept. 13-15. Thousands of dogs and cats will be available for PetSmart customers to take home.

Adoption representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for a new pet.

PetSmart Charities will give $35 to grants to participating local adoption partners for every pet that finds a new home during National Adoption Weekend.

"We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt said.

Learn more and find your closest PetSmart store at petsmart.com.