Back to School: Events, Gifts, and Giveaways!

By: Eyewitness News
By: Eyewitness News has your list of back to school giveaways, gifts, and events!

Back to School Community Experience

The Tallahassee Mayor's office expects a large turnout for the Back-To-School Community Experience this year! The event will take place at the North Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 20 from 11am to 3 pm.

Back to School CommunityFest


WHAT: Back to School CommunityFest
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2011
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Overcomers’ Worship Center
1102 South Adams St., Ste. 1&2
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Event Details:
The community is invited to come out and celebrate the beginning of the school year with music, food, and free supplies for students of all ages--kindergarten through high school.

Meet representatives from the Tallahassee YMCA and Police Department, get to know fellow parents and students, and discover resources that will help you through the school year.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by O.A.K. Tree Community and Economic Development Corporation, Inc. and Overcomers’ Worship Center, Inc.


Back to School Bash at the CLC

Aug 20, 2011 Saturday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee
In celebration of the beginning of the school year and as a thank-you to the community, the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) will be hosting a Back to School Bash Saturday, August 20.

From 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., this free event will feature IMAX & Digital Dome shows, science demonstrations and tours of the state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator.

Science demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. and run every hour with the last one at 3 p.m. Tours of the Space Mission Simulator will begin at 10:30 a.m. and occur every hour with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. The CLC IMAX theatre and Digital Dome will show films every hour from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Seating will be limited.

Show schedule:
• 10 a.m. Under the Sea 3D (IMAX), August Skies Over Tallahassee (Digital Dome)
• 11 a.m. Hubble 3D (IMAX), The Little Star That Could (Digital Dome)
• 12 p.m. Galapagos 3D (IMAX), Extreme Planets, (Digital Dome)
• 1 p.m. Under the Sea 3D (IMAX), August Skies Over Tallahassee (Digital Dome)
• 2 p.m. Galapagos 3D (IMAX), The Little Star That Could (Digital Dome)
• 3 p.m. Hubble 3D (IMAX), Extreme Planets (Digital Dome)

Visitors will also have the opportunity to become a CLC member at a 10% discount. Benefits include free admission to the Digital Dome and planetarium, IMAX passes, entrance to special events, free popcorn & soda refills and discounts to the gift shop & children’s camps.

“Our annual Back to School Bash is our way of thanking the community that has supported us,” said CLC Director, Michelle Personette. “With support from the community, the Challenger Learning Center continues to engage and inspire children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The Back to School Bash is sponsored by the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Florida Lottery.

Visit for more information.

About The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee

The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is a 32,000 square foot facility located on beautiful Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. The Center is the K-12 outreach facility of the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering and uses aerospace as a theme to foster long-term interest in math, science and technology; create positive learning experiences; and motivate students to pursue careers in these fields. To accomplish this mission, the Challenger Learning Center features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator and utilizes the immersiveness of a 3D IMAX theatre and a domed high-definition planetarium to create a holistic educational and entertaining experience.

Chelsea Bundschuh


Free Back-to-School Haircuts

Fade Barbershop is giving free, back to school haircuts to kids (ages 3-13). It will take place at Fade Barbershop, 310 Polk Drive in Tallahassee, on Saturday, August 20.


Governor's Square Kicks Off Back-to-School Fun for Teens
Great Shopping, Band Meet & Greets, Gift Card Giveaways and More!

Tallahassee, FL - Spicing up your back-to-school look with a fresh, new wardrobe will inspire compliments from classmates and help boost confidence when walking down those crowded hallways. To make the school shopping experience a rockin’ good time, Governor’s Square will host Shop Til You Rock, a music-inspired mall tour that empowers teens to look and feel like rock stars.

Chris Koon will perform at Governor’s Square’s Shop Til You Rock event and will rock the crowd with special live performances. Fans also will get a chance to meet the band in person at the event stage following each show. The live, in-mall music performances will be complemented with cool activity stations designed exclusively for teens, including:

· Center Stage – Center stage features an event emcee/DJ, freeze modeling and nonstop fun, including games, trivia and a prize wheel.

· Gaming Station – Teens can experience and play one of today’s hottest games, “Just Dance 2.” This fun and interactive station includes discount offers, fan challenges and prizes.

· “DIY” Station – Kids can get creative and customize apparel and hats with a variety of cool airbrush designs.

· Band Meet & Greets – Fans get up close and personal with featured bands and have an opportunity to purchase their music and promotional merchandise.

· PEPSI ® Refresh Lounge – Teens trade in PEPSI® bottle caps to receive a PEPSI® branded drawstring bag. Plus, they’ll have a chance to vote for their favorite PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT® and make a difference.

Shop Til You Rock also rewards shoppers with a $20 mall gift card, while supplies last, when they spend $150 or more during the event. Teens also can enter for a chance to win valuable shopping sprees and a gaming system. Visit for a complete list of event dates, bands, play-lists and download the exclusive Shop Til You Rock iPhone app.

Shop Til You Rock Tour Stop Details:

· Saturday, Aug. 27, Governor’s Square, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, Dillards Wing, Chris Koon

Steve Kemble, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru and General Growth Properties (GGP) Trends Expert, offers Rockin’ Back-to-School Tips and Suggestions:

These back-to-school fall trends offer common ground for parents and students and are sure to win over everyone’s tastes.

Embrace Team Spirit
Whether it is their dream college or their family’s alma mater, university inspired clothing is taking over casual wear. From hoodies to zip-ups, tees to sweatpants, the competition is fierce. Just don’t be caught wearing your best friends rival!

Groovy Inspirations
Put away your miniskirts and make room for maxis. Not only are maxi dresses a new favorite, but maxi skirts are making a splash onto the fashion scene. With plenty of colors, patterns and styles to choose from, there is a maxi designed for everyone.

Play with Patterns
Picking stylish patterns can be tricky, but these frocks are sure to stand out from the rest! Floral rompers, polka dot dresses and bold graphics are huge this season. Even celebrities, such as Lauren Conrad, the Kardashian sisters and Nicole Richie have been spotted wearing these favored fall looks. Win over your peers with some classroom savvy by also decking out notebooks and planners in these fun and colorful patterns.

Sport Eco-friendly Materials
Eco-friendly picks are in. Have you joined the green movement yet? Why not shop for clothing that offers sustainable or recyclable fabrics, including organic cotton and bamboo. They are produced without pesticides and contain breathable fibers that are softer on your children’s skin leaving them feeling comfortable all day.

Jump into Jeggings
What started off as a slow trend recently has boomed into a fashion favorite across all ages. “Jeggings” come in an array of fun washes, mimicking a great new pair of jeans. The fabric is thicker making them more durable and the extra stretch make jeggings a playtime favorite. Plan a shopping date with friends and their kids for a fun play date everyone will enjoy.

Rock out in 80s Garb
The rock style trend sweeping across the teen scene has made its appearance on children’s clothing. Don’t worry, kids clothes aren’t transforming skulls and crossbones from punk to adorable, they are incorporating bright colors and 80s-inspired stripes for boys and polka dots for girls. Mix and match outfits for an adorably chic style.

Give Students the Mall
When you give a mall gift card, you give students the option to decide what they really want the most. Whether it’s a great new outfit or the latest gadget, students will love the ease and independence of selecting their back-to-school purchases.


Gadsden Education Progress Celebration

A celebration of educational progress for Gadsden County Schools will be held at Corry Athletic Field in Quincy, FL on Saturday, August 20 at 10am.

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