Holocaust history. Girl Scouts from Austin’s Troop 29427 visited the Anne Frank Exhibit in Sandy Springs’ Parkside Shopping Center. The free exhibit displays 600 photographs and more than 8,000 word exhibits telling the story of young Anne Frank.

Based on her well-known diary, the displays cover her days of freedom in the 1930s, to hiding with her family in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, to her 1945 death in the Bergen-Belson concentration camp.

Also included is a 28-minute video, “The Short Life of Anne Frank,” which includes the only know footage of Anne Frank.

Exhibit hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

PurimPalooza. The entire community is invited to the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s PurimPALOOZA on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Celebrating Queen Ester’s brave save of the Jewish people of Persia from the wicked Haman, the playful family holiday is celebrated with costumes, three-cornered cookies called hamentaschen, crafts, children’s activities, and a costume parade, a sing-along in the Morris and Rae Frank Theatre.

For additional information, call 678-812-4161.

Bless their Soles. Students at St. Martin’s Episcopal School launched a project, “Saving Soles and Ties That Matter” in January and have collected 157 pairs of shoes and 561 neckties that will be delivered to children and families in Haiti next month.

Students first learned about this project in the fall when school parents Richard Jaynes and Jewell Sanders and first grade teacher Keller Blincoe spoke about the needs in Haiti.

Because many children in Haiti go without shoes, cuts and infections are common. The neckties can be used by women in Haiti to make purses, dolls and other crafts that can be sold to help support their families.

The school’s French Club also joined the effort by writing notes in French to go inside the shoes. 

“It means so much to me that a place so close to my heart — St. Martin’s — is embracing another place so close to my heart — our sister school in Nan Mango, LaGonave in Haiti,” said Sanders.

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