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Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

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Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends third season Aug. 28

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends third season Aug. 28

ATLANTA -- On Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m., Fulton County Cooperative Extension will celebrate the successful third season of the Fresh Mobile Farmers Market. This year alone, the program provided 19.2 tons of fresh produce to more than 4,800 residents in 16 Fulton County communities. . 

The celebration will take place at Mount Vernon Baptist Church located at 441 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, and is open to all residents.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and were taught how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they receive. 

Information about Cooperative Extension and other county services will be available as well as healthy treats and fresh produce from the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market.

For more information, call 404-332-2400.

Random Acts of Kindness: Bill Scata

Random Acts of Kindness: Bill Scata

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for Bill Scata. 

Bill is an amazing husband and father, always doing random acts of kindness for other people. He is an incredible person who never takes time for himself, but instead is busy helping others. 

Thanks to a generous donation from River Through Atlanta Chattahoochee River Guide Service, 11Alive was able to surprise Bill with a special gift.

Random Acts of Kindness: Silvia Barbuto

Random Acts of Kindness: Silvia Barbuto

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Today's Random Act of Kindness is for Silvia Barbuto.

Silvia works for Mundo Hispanico Newspaper as an advertising assistant and is very dedicated to her team. She always comes to work with a positive attitude despite all the stress that comes with the job. 

In addition to taking care of others at work, Silvia is a single mother of four as well. She is a wonderful mother very deserving of a random act, so thanks to some help from our friends at Six Flags Over Georgia 11Alive was able to help surprise her.

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

Calif. Pizza Kitchen raises money for Boston victims

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- California Pizza Kitchen is doing its part to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Through Thursday, June 6, customers are invited to bring a fundraising flyer to any California Pizza Kitchen restaurant. Those who do will have 20 percent of their checks donated to The One Fund.

The flyer can be found at cpk.com/fundraiser.

Georgia has California Pizza Kitchen locations at Atlantic Station, Lenox Square and Perimeter, as well as Alpharetta, East Cobb and Norcross.

Riverside Farmers Market opens June 1

Riverside Farmers Market opens June 1

The Riverside Farmers Market will open for its fourth season on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The popular market is operated by Fulton County Cooperative Extension.

The market will return to the same location, in the parking lot of Roswell City Hall located at 38 Hill Street. Hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through September.  The market is open rain or shine.

The 2013 season promises to be the strongest yet for the Riverside Farmers Market, with more than 15 vendors. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, vendors will provide knife sharpening, honey, baked goods, eco-friendly clothing, as well as live performances by local musicians.

Market visitors can also get free advice from UGA Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents and Master Gardeners on topics ranging from planting a garden, to radon detection to canning.   

For more information, call (404) 613-7670 or (404) 332-2400.