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Atlanta: America's nerdiest city

Atlanta: America's nerdiest city

ATLANTA -- Meredith Placko's closet isn't about clothes. Instead, it's about an identity. The racks contain many of the essential ingredients for a life she lives proudly as a nerd.

"The whole world is kind of embracing the geek chic concept," said Placko, a blogger and freelance TV producer.

It starts with Dragon*Con, the annual downtown Atlanta sci-fi nerdfest that cinched Placko's decision to move here from south Florida three years ago. Dragon*Con helped vault Atlanta to the top of a list of America's nerdiest cities, according to a real estate site.

PHOTOS | Dragon*Con 2012

The Nun Dash: All invited to Guinness World Record attempt at Spring Festival on Ponce

The Nun Dash: All invited to Guinness World Record attempt at Spring Festival on Ponce

ATLANTA In celebration of the upcoming Atlanta engagement of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL at the Fox Theatre, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta and The Festival on Ponce have teamed up to present The Nun Dash. The run will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people dressed as nuns. The Nun Dash will take place at the Spring Festival on Ponce on April 13, beginning at 12 p.m.

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

Improving your golf game could change a child's life

ATLANTA -- You can help a child recover from abuse and neglect, just by playing a round of golf.

Camp Horizon, a non-profit organization, is holding a golf tournament to benefit children who are in foster care, recovering from abuse.

The Hope on the Horizon golf tournament takes place at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw Monday, Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. There is an entry fee of $125 per player, or $500 per foursome. Participants need to register by Apr. 8.

Organizers say the round of golf will make a big difference. Camp Horizon leaders say 40,000 children in Georgia are victims of abuse; every 13 minutes, a child is victimized. And children who are harmed are six times more likely to continue the cycle of abuse.

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

FACAA gears up for Georgia Gives Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) recently announced Georgia Gives Day, to take place on Thursday, December 6.

According to the FACAA, Georgia Gives Day gives people across the state an opportunity to donate to their choice of a nonprofit organization, an effort in total to help change the lives of people in need.

Those participating can donate to a cause nearby by searching locations, or to a cause for a special reason, where organizations are listed by category.

For a list of the nonprofits taking part, visit www.gagivesday.org.

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

ATLANTA -- Four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno has joined forces with the Jessie Rees Foundation to spread holiday cheer to the young patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Sandeno will be at the DeKalb County children's hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. She will help distribute Holiday JoyJars to kids fighting cancer.

Holiday JoyJars are the brainchild of Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation. Rees' daughter Jessie founded the charity before passing away from brain cancer in January. Each JoyJar contains up to 20 new, age-appropriate toys.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston provides courageous kids with cancer with groundbreaking care and healing," Rees said in a statement. "They embody Jessie's motto, 'Never Ever Give Up,' and we are honored to distribute Holiday JoyJars with Kaitlin there."

UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California are sponsoring Rees and Sandeno's visit to the hospital.

Atlanta residents invited to run for Santa... in a Speedo

Atlanta residents invited to run for Santa... in a Speedo

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta is holding the fourth annual Atlanta Santa Speedo Run on Saturday, December 8.

Residents from all over the city are invited to dash down Peachtree Street dressed in Speedo swimwear attire, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The run begins at Hudson Grille, at 942 Peachtree Street. The finish line is at 15th Street.

The run will raise funds for charity during the holidays. For more information, contact Sean Dixon Parker at (404) 313-0498.