Outdoor Weekend Events September 30th – October 2nd

Cooler temperatures, lower humidity and sunny skies are perfect for outdoor events this weekend!

Bring your own side, drink or dessert and enjoy hayrides and games at the Farm House Restaurant in Ellerslie tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. edt!

Help keep the Chattahoochee healthy and beautiful at Help the Hooch Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. edt to noon. Gloves, trash bags and buckets are provided!

Or find out how good your pie baking skills really are at Uptown’s Pie Baking Contest Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. edt till noon.

The Mogadishu Mile and commemorative 5K is Saturday evening at 6:00 pm. edt. All proceeds go toward 2nd HOOAH of Georgia to support rangers and their families.

Or check out 300 artisans, southern food and live music at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend’s highlighted event is the Annual Hope for Autism and Family Fun Day at North Highland Church Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. edt until noon.

The walk raises awareness and support for people with autism. All proceeds go directly toward the Autism Hope Center to help support local families year-round, in addition to special training and scholarships.

Diane Pope is the president of the Autism Hope Center and says the proceeds are especially important since the number of kids diagnosed with autism has increased, but funding has not.

“This is an event where we are trying to bring awareness, acceptance, and of course it’s a fundraiser for us first and foremost because there is very little funding for autism, and most people don’t realize that. And the numbers have grown so much. In 1981 the numbers were 1 in 10,000 and the latest numbers are 1 in 64,” says Pope.

Pope says one reason people are not aware of the increase is because families or children affected by autism tend to isolate themselves.

“Often families become isolated, perhaps because their children have behaviors and other people don’t understand or can’t accept them. And so they do, they become isolated. And they have to have somewhere to turn,” adds Pope.

Somewhere to turn to for the whole family, she says.

You can find more information on the Autism Hope Center or the event this weekend here.

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