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Tans for Cans Solar Dimensions and Solarium tanning salon is accepting canned goods for donation to the Atlanta Food Bank. Discounts offered with donation of eight or more cans. For info, 770-953-0555 or www.solardimensions.com. Nov. 18-Dec. 26. Solar Dimensions and Solarium, 2430 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 770-953-0555.

Teddy Bear Patrol Visit each mall's Simon Marketplace to donate a new or slightly used teddy bear. The campaign's goal is to gather enough bears for every police car, fire engine, ambulance, and emergency room. Also at Lenox Mall (404-233-6767), Gwinnet Place Mall (770-476-5160), Phipps Plaza (404-262-0992), Mall of Georgia (678-482-8788), and Town Center at Cobb (770-424-9486). Nov. 18-30. Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road. 770-938-3564.

Third Annual Wine Tasting Benefits Theatrical Outfit. Event takes place downtown in the rotunda of the historic Healey Building. For info, 404-577-5257, www.theatricaloutfit.org. Wed., Dec. 1. $50-$80.

Toys For Tots Atlanta Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Reserve and Santa gear up for another season providing needy area children with new toys. Dropoff locations throughout the metro area. 404-841-7022.

Tree of Giving Choose nametags and buy gifts for neglected and abused children through Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hall and Dawson County. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 24. North Georgia Premium Outlets, 800 Highway 400 South, Dawsonville. 706-216-3609.

UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball Black-tie gala to benefit the United Negro College Fund. Awards presented for outstanding community contributions. Musical entertainment by the Four Tops. Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $350-$5--. Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser The HAGAR Resource Program holds its 1st annual wine tasting event to raise money for working parents not receiving child support. Sat., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $30. Vinocity, 36 13th St. 404-870-8886.

Volunteers
Atlanta Children's ShelterOrganization provides child development and support to homeless families striving to become self-sufficient. Needs up to 20 volunteers to prepare and assist with "Holiday House," a place where parents choose holidady gifts for their children. Dec. 13-16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dec. 17-18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 607 Peachtree St. 404-892-3713.

Café 458/Samaritan House Supports homeless men and women in efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. Needs five volunteers daily to cook and serve lunch to homeless individuals and to assist visitors to its clothing closet. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 458 Edgewood Ave. 404-523-1239.

Children's Restoration Network Organization providing assistance and support to homeless children requires 500 volunteers to assist with gift wrap and personalizing gifts for children during the organization's 12 Days of Caring Gift Wrapping Party. Various shifts available. Dec. 17-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mount Pigsah Christian School, Alpharetta. 770-649-7117. www.childrn.org.

Cobb Christmas Basket Distribution Volunteers are needed for food basket distribution for qualified recipients. Dec. 17; Dec. 18; Dec. 19. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta. 770-655-3453.

Devereux Georgia Treatment Network Organization empowering mentally challenged youth and their families seeks volunteers to decorate the campus for the holidays. 1291 Stanley Road, Kennesaw. 770-427-0147.

Families First Seeks up to 30 volunteers to help plan and host Capitol Area Mosaic's annual holiday program. CAM aims to strengthen and preserve families by providing after-school and Saturday academic and recreational activities for low-income youth. Register in advance. Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m. 341 Kelly St. 404-541-2996. www.handsonatlanta.org.

Families First Adopt-A-Family Seeks 10 volunteers to assist with donation collection and distribution. Dec. 6-10, 13-17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1105 West Peachtree St. 404-853-2857.

Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia Tenn volunteers are needed to assist girl with holiday crafts and service projects at the Festival of Trees. Dec. 6, 4-9 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, Building A, Exhibit Hall A-1. 678-420-6846.

Hands on AtlantaAtlanta's umbrella service organization offers a variety of holiday-timed volunteer activities. For info, 404-979-2800 or www.handsonatlanta.org.

Holiday Meals on Wheels Provided by Senior Services North Fulton. Needs volunteers to purchase and distribute meals and holiday gifts to seniors in Roswell, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 31. 490 Sun Valley Drive, Suite 202, Roswell. 770-993-1906.

Hosea Feed the Hungry Volunteers and donations needed for events throughout the year including Thanksgiving, Christmas and MLK birthday holiday. 404-755-3353.

Mission on the Move Organization enhances the lives of families through training and community resources. Needs 6 volunteers to help distribute toys, food and clothing at its Winter Wonderland. Dec. 11 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 211 Memorial Drive. 770-920-4796.

Soccer in the Streets Program teaches less-advantaged youth to make positive choices in life to better themselves, their families and their communities through soccer. Seeks 15 volunteers to assist with various event logistics including set-up, child-supervision and mini-soccer tournament. Dec. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thomasville Recreation Center, 1835 Henry Thomas Drive. 678-993-2113.

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