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GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Emory to host seminar on bipolar disorder

Emory to host seminar on bipolar disorder

ATLANTA -- Emory University will host a seminar for people whose loved ones suffer from bipolar disorder.

The event will take place Wednesday, Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Emory's Briarcliff Campus. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Dr. Jeffrey Rakofsky, a psychiatrist with Emory's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Nadine Kaslow, an Emory psychologist and president-elect of the American Psychological Association; and Yvonne DeBellotte, mother of a child with bipolar disorder.

The discussion is sponsored by the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research and Emory's Mood and Anxieties Disorder Program.

The seminar will be held at 1256 Briarcliff Road, Building A, in the third floor auditorium.

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.'

Fulton Health and Human Services opens One-of-a-Kind Facility

Fulton Health and Human Services opens One-of-a-Kind Facility

ATLANTA -- The newly renovated Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, located at 2805 Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, officially re-opens Thursday, February 7 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The center sits on a 22-acre campus and will provide coordinated care to children and their families from all over Fulton County.

'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank

'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank

ATLANTA -- A breathtaking new IMAX film will take off at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in January.

Flight of the Butterflies will begin its Fernbank run on Friday, Jan. 4.

The movie chronicles the life and work of Dr. Fred Urquhart, who dedicated his career to tracing the extraordinary migratory path of the monarch butterfly.

"It's remarkable how such a small insect can migrate up to 3,000 miles to a place it has never seen. Just as amazing is Dr. Urquhart's lifelong work to shed light on a scientific mystery by discovering the over-wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly," Fernbank biologist Becky Facer said in a statement.

Flight of the Butterflies shows the evolution of a monarch, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, through MRI and micro CT scans.

The film travels to monarch sanctuaries in Mexico for stunning IMAX-worthy footage of hundreds of millions of butterflies.

Fernbank to ring in holidays with Caroling & Cookies Weekend

Fernbank to ring in holidays with Caroling & Cookies Weekend

ATLANTA -- Fernbank Museum of Natural History has planned a holiday extravaganza to get patrons in the Christmas spirit.

In addition to covering its building in decorations that represent cultures across the world, the DeKalb County children's museum will host a Caroling & Cookies Weekend event.

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The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 with plenty of family-friendly activities like ornament making, snowflake rubbings, train rides and a cookie sale.

Entertainment includes performances from the Buckhead Girls Choir at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a holiday medley from the Georgia Boy Choir at 11:30 a.m., Nutcracker-inspired pieces from the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education at 1 p.m., and music from the Pope High School Chamber Music Society at 2 p.m.