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Public forum to address tough issues about protecting Americans' freedoms

NEWNAN, Ga. -- “Restoring Our Promise” is a day-long seminar comprised of many voices, coming from different points of view and discussing different subject matters, and yet there is a common theme – protecting our freedoms.

Noted constitutional attorney John Eidsmoe will be the keynote speaker at the May 10 event, which is scheduled to run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Church (2564 Georgia Highway 154, Newnan). To either register to attend in-person or to watch the live-streaming video, please visit www.RestoringOurPromise.com.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Enjoy a colorful race this weekend by running the Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run 5K.

The event will take place Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will also feature a Family Fun Day with music, food and activities.

Runners will be showered in bright colors as they race to raise money for Abby's Angels Foundation, which supports the families of children who donate their organs.

Registration is $35 per runner. Participants are encouraged to wear white shirts that will best display their race rainbows.

Visit abbysangelsfoundation.org for more information.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds are located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

'The Glass Castle' coming to The Centre

'The Glass Castle' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- An adaptation of Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir The Glass Castle will grace the stage of Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts later this month.

Sarah Franek will perform the one-woman show, which was written and directed by Wynn Handman, on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

The Glass Castle tells the true story of Walls' dysfunctional childhood. Her parents, Rex and Rose, often left Walls and her siblings to fend for themselves as they traveled the country, all in pursuit of Rex's vision of a better future -- life inside a mythical "glass castle."

Tickets for The Glass Castle are $10 general admission or $2 for all Coweta County students and school system employees. Visit thecentreonline.com for more information and to reserve your seat.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.