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Pike Nurseries to host birding sale and class

Pike Nurseries to host birding sale and class

ATLANTA -- With winter temperatures quickly dropping, now is the best time to welcome winged wildlife with food, shelter and water.  Feathered friends will appreciate a safe refuge from the cold, and bird lovers will enjoy a colorful flurry of activity right at their doorstep!

To help customers ready their yards for winter birds, Pike Nurseries is hosting a special birding sale this Saturday, Jan. 17. With 20% off bird houses, bird feeders, bird seed and accessories, avid and first-time enthusiasts alike can stock up on all the essentials to attract a variety of birds straight to their yard.

All Pike Nurseries locations will also host a free birding basics class on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. During the class, guests will learn the essentials needed to attract birds, what type of bird food is best for certain species and how to create an inviting habitat for them during the crucial winter months.

City to conduct homeless count

City to conduct homeless count

ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta will perform a Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count later this month.

Mayor Kasim Reed said the count is critical for tracking the success of efforts to end homelessness in metro Atlanta. Data collected during the count will be used to better understand the needs of homeless Atlantans so they can receive the proper resources.

The PIT Count will take place Jan. 22-24. Volunteers are needed to count and survey the homeless living in shelters and transitional housing, as well as those who sleep outside.

Reed said volunteers can work in one of three shifts:

Thursday, Jan. 22
7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 23
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and to sign up for a shift, visit atlantacoc.com.

Chipotle pulls pork from menu after animal welfare audit

Chipotle pulls pork from menu after animal welfare audit

NEW YORK -- Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at about a third of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.

Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores.

In New York City on Tuesday, a sign on the door of a Chipotle location stated, "SORRY, NO CARNITAS."

Arnold declined to specify the nature of the supplier's violation. But with pork, he said the most notable demand Chipotle makes of its suppliers is that pigs are raised in humane conditions.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Pike Nurseries to offer special winter clean-up service

Pike Nurseries to offer special winter clean-up service

ATLANTA -- Just as the New Year is getting under way, now is the perfect time to tidy up the garden and rid those winter weed woes! A well-maintained garden not only adds curb appeal to a home, but it also protects the landscape against pests and keeps it healthy all year-long.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

ATLANTA -- The garden experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers start 2015 off right with refreshed container gardens and houseplants.

On Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, Pike Nurseries will host Potting Party Weekend at all store locations. Gardeners of all levels are invited to bring an empty pot from home or purchase a new one, as on-hand associates help them plant indoor or outdoor container gardens, houseplants and terrariums.

Pike Nurseries will also provide complimentary Pike Potting and Container Soil and E.B. Stone Sure Start for pots planted in-store.

With expert potting advice and a wide selection of plants available at Pike Nurseries, guests can welcome the New Year with the perfect container garden for any home.