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Catch local dancers in festival to benefit hurricane relief

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

A Rialto Center event this week offers a great chance to see some of the best local and regional dancers perform for a good cause.

The Gwinnett-based Northeast Atlanta Ballet was invited to join Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic, Beacon Dance, CityDance Ensemble, CORE Performance Company, Full Radius Dance, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre and Moving in the Spirit for "Moving Forward," a dance festival to benefit Gulf Coast disaster relief.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds will be donated to food-bank network America's Second Harvest. For more information, visit www.northeastatlantaballet.org.

Shopping benefit to feature music, food

Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties has teamed up with Crate and Barrel for a holiday fundraising evening Friday.

The event, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Crate and Barrel in Alpharetta's Northpoint Village, will feature live music, food, demonstrations, gifts, prizes and holiday shopping.

Tickets are $30, which includes a $20 gift card to Crate and Barrel. All ticket proceeds and 10 percent of all evening sales will benefit the Junior League, which in turn provides volunteer and financial help to groups supporting women's and children's issues. The store is located at 7300 Northpoint Parkway. Visit www.jlgnf.org or call 770-476-3090 for ticket information.

Soccer team

benefits from tire company donation

Walton Tire Company and Uniroyal Tire donated funds and equipment valued at more than $650 to the Bluesprings Youth Soccer Association, based in Loganville. After six years as a sponsor of youth soccer, Uniroyal Tire has provided more than 655,000 free soccer balls and $9 million in funds and equipment to families across the country.

Local restaurants, store offer ways

to give back

This month, customers at local Buffalo's Southwest Cafe restaurants can help make children's wishes come true. Through Dec. 17, diners can donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing paper snowmen for $1 each. The snowmen, each containing a story of a "wish" child on the back, will be displayed in the restaurant throughout the season. For more information, visit www.buffaloscafe.com.

Swedish retailer Ikea recently announced it would partner with UNICEF and Save the Children for "A Child's Smile is Worth So Much," a children's holiday gift program. For every soft toy purchased at an Ikea store through Dec. 24, the company will donate $1 toward Save the Children's and UNICEF's child protection, health and education programs. Ikea recently opened its first Southeast store in the Atlantic Station development in Atlanta.

Drive collects many items for

homeless babies

HomeAid Atlanta and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association collected more than 17,200 baby items for homeless babies and toddlers through an Essentials for Young Lives Drive. The drive was held to coincide with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Items collected were diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, hygiene products and laundry products. The items were distributed to three metro Atlanta shelters that care for homeless babies and toddlers - My House, Genesis Shelter and Tapestry Youth Ministries.

Disco fundraiser will raise money for hurricane relief

The Captain Planet Foundation is hosting its annual X-MAS Party fundraiser - this year's theme is "Disco Power to Save the Planet" - on Friday at The Tabernacle. KC & The Sunshine Band and Martha Walsh, of "It's Raining Men" fame, will perform. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, Atlanta Children's Shelter, Our House and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers's Educational Waters to the Sea Program and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice.

Peach Bowl

volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, running Dec. 24-30. Volunteers are needed for 20 different bowl week events, including the Peach Bowl Parade and FanFest. Thanks to volunteer help, the Peach Bowls was able to contribute a record $410,286 last year to charity. Volunteers must be over 18 years old. Visit www.chick-fil-apeachbowl.com or call 404-586-8537 to register.