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BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Atlanta area can take their furry children to the Henry Jones Dog Park in Brook Run Park for some off-leash exercise. This fully wooded park in Dunwoody is four acres large however; it doesn’t have a water fountain. Dogs can drink from a community water bucket which is provided by the park.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Creek View Elementary Raises 'Coins for Canines'

Creek View Elementary Raises 'Coins for Canines'

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The students at Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta recently participated in "Coins for Canines," a fundraiser that supports the Milton-based Canine Assistants.

Creek View is home to Paisley, a full-time therapy dog. In honor of Paisley's first year at the school, the Creek View community decided to give something big.

Throughout the week of Jan. 31, children brought coins to school every morning and placed the money in jars divided up by grade level. Participants were treated to daily visits from Canine Assistants puppies-in-training to keep the incentive high.

Ultimately, the students raised $3,001.44, all of which went straight to Canine Assistants.

Creek View's fifth graders contributed the most money, with $693.45 in their jars.