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Whole Planet Foundation® teams up with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I’ to fight poverty

Hunger Games - Whole Foods Foundation - Poverty FightOffers participants opportunity to win movie premiere tickets and a $1,000 Whole Foods Market® gift card

Whole Planet Foundation is joining forces with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I” as one of its official charitable partners, with the goal of raising $1 million for global poverty alleviation.

Starting today, shoppers can join the #CourageofOne Challenge to support the cause and  win prizes, including premiere tickets and Whole Foods Market gift cards, at: wholeplanetfoundation.org/mockingjay. Because Whole Foods Market covers all overhead costs for Whole Planet Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar raised for the foundation will go directly to supporting microlending programs for low-income entrepreneurs across 61 countries, including the U.S. 

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Nature Conservancy of Georgia volunteer events in DeKalb and Fulton counties encourage families to help improve Atlanta’s forests and green places

Volunteer In DeKalb and Fulton CountiesOn Oct. 25, from 9:00 a.m.-noon, The Nature Conservancy of Georgia is hosting three public volunteer events in DeKalb and Fulton counties. The events are part of a nationwide volunteer effort by the conservation organization and falls on National Make a Difference Day (www.makeadifferenceday.com), the largest national day of community service.

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What’s in the Night Sky? Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Presents “Astronomy Day: Stargazing into the Future” Events Oct. 9–11

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is reaching for the stars once again with its annual “Astronomy Day: Stargazing into the Future” event which invites visitors to look up and appreciate the wonders of the universe – and how humans observe it. This year’s event is unique in that it has been extended into a three-day celebration of the Museum’s past, present and future, from the beginnings of its Planetarium in the 1960s to the state-of-the-art Planetarium and new Museum, which will open in downtown Miami in 2016. The event will also pay homage and celebrate WPBT2’s “Star Gazers,” the world’s only weekly television series on naked eye astronomy that began its storied history at the Museum.

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Butter & Cream Small Batch Ice Cream Shop Opens in Decatur

Butter & Cream Small Batch Ice Cream Shop open in Decatur

The Historic Decatur Square Just Got a Little Sweeter!

This fall, longtime Decatur resident Stacy Wisniewski has followed her dream and passion of opening her own ice cream shop with the arrival of “Butter & Cream.”  Located just off the Decatur Square on Church Street, Butter & Cream is a small batch ice cream shop featuring ice cream, sorbets and desserts made from scratch with all-natural ingredients.

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Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to announce a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. These Promise Zones are part of the President's plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

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USDA Announces up to $31 Million to Empower People to Make Healthy Eating Choices

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe in Richmond.

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Weekly Column: Farm to School Programs Create New Opportunities for Farmers

This October, just like every other month during the school year, school menus will feature an array of products from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. Kids of all ages will dig up lessons in school gardens, visit farms, harvest pumpkins, and don hair nets for tours of processing facilities. Science teachers – and English, math, and social studies instructors, too – will use food and agriculture as a tool in their classrooms, so that lessons about the importance of healthy eating permeate the school learning environment.

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