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'Charlotte's Web' auditions at Dallas Theater

'Charlotte's Web' auditions at Dallas Theater

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Dallas Theater will host a production of Charlotte's Web next year and is preparing to audition children for the musical.

Kids' auditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 beginning at 9 a.m.

To audition, a child must be between the ages of 7 and 17, and should prepare a one or two minute monologue. Auditioners must be ready to sing the first 16 bars of one of two songs from the show: "Who Says We Can't Be Friends" or "You're You."

Learn the songs here.

They must also bring a résumé and headshot.

Learn more about the auditions at dallastheater-civiccenter.com.

The Dallas Theater is located at 208 Main Street.

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.

6 back-to-school tips

6 back-to-school tips

ATLANTA -- As the first group of local students returns to class Thursday, Huntington Learning Center is giving parents six back-to-school tips.

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First, the center suggests getting kids to set goals. They should reflect on last school year and talk about what they would like to accomplish this year. It's a good time to talk about what they're excited about and also what worries them.

Second, Huntington says the desk and home should be organized. For example, create designated study areas and have all the resources students need, including a family calendar. When kids come home, a spot for backpacks, shoes and jackets is also ideal. 

Dallas Theater presents 'Annie'

Dallas Theater presents 'Annie'

DALLAS, Ga. -- One of Broadway's most popular musicals will open at the Dallas Theater on Apr. 19.

Annie tells the story of a lovable redhead orphan who manages to win the heart of a grumpy billionaire while outsmarting the wicked orphanage owner Miss Hannigan.

The show will be at the Dallas Theater Apr. 19-21 and May 3-5. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets to Annie are $12 regular admission and $9 for children, seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more.

Visit dallastheater-civiccenter.com for more information and to buy tickets.

The Dallas Theater is located at 208 Main Street.

Kites set to fly over Dallas

Kites set to fly over Dallas

DALLAS, Ga. -- Families in and around Paulding County are invited to take part in Family Fun Flyers at White Oak Park on Saturday, March 9.

Beginning at 12:30 that afternoon, the annual event brings families to fly kites and win prizes. Awards will be given out for oldest flyer, youngest flyer, most unique kite and highest kite. Anyone who participates must bring their own kite. 

White Oak Park is located at 298 Mustang Drive. Admission is free. For more information, call (770) 222-3270.

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.'

Kindergarten registration begins Mar. 13

Kindergarten registration begins Mar. 13

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Kindergarten registration for Paulding County public schools will be held next month.

Parents of kindergarten students-to-be can register their children at the elementary schools they will attend on Wednesday, Mar. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, Mar. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to be eligible to attend kindergarten.

Parents should bring several documents to registration, including two proofs of address; proof of the child's birthdate; a certificate of immunizations; eye, ear and dental records; the child's Social Security card; and a picture ID for the registering parent or guardian.

Learn more about kindergarten registration at paulding.k12.ga.us.