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Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

DALLAS, Ga. -- Every day, an estimated 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force have partnered to participate in the second annual nationwide drug "take-back" initiative to help prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

"Prescription drug abuse is a rapidly growing drug problem, and this take-back event is an invaluable tool that we can use to reduce the threat of drug abuse that these prescription drugs pose," said Jimmy Tarvin, assistant special agent in charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "The partnership of local agencies is key in our efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse."

The take-back will be on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

NORTHERN METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Today, the Yaarab Shrine kicks off their 69th Annual Circus and Carnival at the Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. This circus is the world largest shrine circus. Food and rides will be open tonight; however, there will be no circus acts. Only $10 gets you unlimited rides on every ride at the fair.

Sprayberry High school will be hosting a Community Egg Drop on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eggs will be dropped from a helicopter and there will be many vendors, including face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Keep your social calendar busy with 11Alive’s Where U Live new events section!

Keep your social calendar busy with 11Alive’s Where U Live new events section!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Check out on the new events guide at the top of the page.  We’ve taken all the work out of finding out what’s happening in your neighborhood. 

Just click where you live and you have everything at your fingertips!  Looking for something to do with your kids?  We have a family friendly activities section. Interested in art?  We have exhibit listings.  Want to explore a different part of the city?  Click the neighborhood and we can show you what’s happening.

Planning your weekend has never been easier!

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHWEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’ve compiled a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you have an office crush, we have the place for you. Local lunch favorite, Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs serves up, according to some, one of the best dogs in town. This humble, hot dog restaurant is known for its Iced Tea and famous Chili Slaw Dog served on a perfectly steamed bun. Everything in this restaurant is under $9. So, both, your date and your pockets will thank you.

'Relive the Passover Exodus' at Chabad Jewish Center

'Relive the Passover Exodus' at Chabad Jewish Center

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Jewish community members of Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding are invited to participate in Chabad Jewish Center's community Seder on Monday, Apr. 18.

All Jewish residents, regardless of affiliation or background, are encouraged to join an evening that will include the reading of the Four Questions, traditional handmade Matzah, the Four Cups of wine or grape juice and a delicious Kosher meal.

Chabad Rabbi Zalman Charytan and his wife Nechami will facilitate the inter-generational program.

"This Seder is an opportune time to bring unity to the community and just get together to enjoy each others' company," said Rabbi Charytan. "It's the Seder that has kept families together for thousands of years."

The Apr. 18 Seder will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center (1635 Old U.S. Highway 41, Kennesaw, 30152).

Paulding County gearing up for Family Cyber Summit

Paulding County gearing up for Family Cyber Summit

DALLAS, Ga. -- Do you and your children have cell phones and/or smart phones?

Do you and your children use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office has a special message.

Officers are gearing up for the third annual Family Cyber Summit, an outreach designed to educate the community about the potential dangers that children and teenagers may encounter on the Internet, including while using phones with Internet access.

"Children usually do not realize that they are being victimized unitl it is too late," said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "Parents oftentimes do not understand the technology being used by their children and the potential danger if it is used irresponsibly."

The event will be on Tuesday, Apr. 26 at 7 p.m.

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

DALLAS, Ga. -- Three students from Metro Atlanta high schools are the new officers of the Georgia Senior Beta Club.

The officers were elected during the Georgia chapter's annual conference at the beginning of March:

* President: Caleb Swiney (North Paulding High, Dallas)
* Vice President: Jared Moto (Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek)
* Secretary: Kristyn Stanback (Northview High, Johns Creek)

"I don't remember what I felt when they called my name," said Swiney, who is active in North Paulding High's Beta Club. "I just remember the club swarmed me.