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3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

Chattahoochee Tech to host truck driving career expo

Chattahoochee Tech to host truck driving career expo

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College has planned a career expo for anyone interested in becoming a commercial truck driver.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the school's North Metro Campus. It will introduce interested parties to the school's 7.5-week truck driving program, which was designed to fill a growing need.

"We're facing a driver shortage that this country has never seen before," Ray Puckett, lead instructor of the driving program, said in a statement. "Baby boomers are retiring, so we're seeing companies increasing wages, providing better benefits and increasing the amount of time that drivers can spend at home."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3.2 million Americans worked as truck drivers in 2011, and that number is expected to grow 13 percent by 2018.

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta-Midtown, is rolling out two new promotions with the High Museum of Art in Midtown beginning the week of April 16 in order to encourage guests to support the arts and to offer a convenient and free parking option for museum-goers.

The restaurant’s Artful Thursdays will take place every Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and includes the following:

·         Complimentary valet at the W Atlanta-Midtown (guests most present their High Museum ticket and their Spice Market receipt upon leaving to receive valet services free of charge)

·         Half-priced tickets to the High Museum of Art, which can be purchased at the Museum. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Kids bowl free all summer at Stars and Strikes

Kids bowl free all summer at Stars and Strikes

ATLANTA -- Stars and Strikes bowling alleys are offering a great summer deal for families -- two free games of bowling every day.

The franchise has teamed up with Kids Bowl Free, a program that provides free bowling during the summertime months as a way of thanking the community for supporting local bowling alleys throughout the school year.

To take advantage of the free lane time, visit kidsbowlfree.com and sign up to receive daily free coupons in your email. Vouchers for two games are sent every day but Sunday through Aug. 31.

Stars and Strikes has locations in Cumming, Dacula, Dallas and Stone Mountain. Learn more at www.starsandstrikes.com.

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to open Friday

HIRAM, Ga. -- Academy Sports + Outdoors is gearing up to open its fourth store in 12 months.

The newest location will be at 4215 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway in Hiram.

To celebrate the franchise's recent success, the new store will invite children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Paulding County to a private shopping spree before the location opens to the public.

The shopping spree will take place on Thursday, Apr. 19; the store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 20. The first 70 customers in line on opening day will receive a free 20-inch Huffy youth bike.

Learn more about Academy Sports + Outdoors at www.academy.com.

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

5K Fiesta to raise money for county schools

5K Fiesta to raise money for county schools

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Lace up your running shoes and head to Dallas on Cinco de Mayo to race for a great cause.

The 5K Fiesta Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 5. Proceeds from the 5K race and 1K fun run will go to the Paulding Education Foundation.

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It costs $20 to run the 5K and $10 for the fun run. After Apr. 26, the cost goes up to $30 for the 5K and $12 for the fun run. All participants will receive T-shirts when they complete the race; the top finishers in each age group will win medals, while all fun runners will go home with ribbons.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Dallas, only five miles west of the Cobb/Paulding line.