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MAY 2017

ANNUAL MABLETON DAY FEATURES FUN RUN, CAR SHOW, LIVE MUSIC The annual Mableton Day celebration is set for May 13 at the Mable House Amphitheatre complex. “We are excited to kick off the 12th Annual Mableton Day Celebration,” said Albert McRae III, Chairman of the Mableton Day Coalition. “It’s the time of year we meet exciting non-profits, businesses, and volunteers that serve and believe in the Mableton community the same as we do.” The day kicks off for the Mableton Day 5K & Kid’s Fun Run at 8 a.m. Following the 5K race is the Mableton Jr. 1-mile Fun Run. 5K entries are limited to 500 runners


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American Legion Post 294 of Powder Springs will be honoring our deceased veterans at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held Monday, May 29 at Noon at the Powder Springs Veterans Memorial in front of the library at 4181 Atlanta Street. The program will include the Post’s 9-member Color Guard, commentary, a guest speaker, patriotic music, and the laying of a Memorial wreath, to be followed by Taps. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the George Ford Center community room behind the library. Our traditional Memorial Day Cookout will begin at 4 p.m. for all Legion family members and guests. The Post will provide the meats, while members are asked to round out the meal by bringing a side dish, salad and/or dessert to share. Donations will be requested in support of the local USO at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. “Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us at noon for this solemn holiday,” said Ra Barr, Commander Post 294.

and the Fun Run is set for 100, so make it a priority to register online now. Online registration though May 6 at www.mabletonday. com/5k-race. Race day registration is $35 The day’s festivities continue through 4 p.m. Entertainment for Mableton Day is full of experienced professional, local and new entertainment, school performances, and special guests. The schedule includes a Salute to the Armed Forces, local awards, and ends with the Community Spirit Awards and Trophy ceremony. Past Mableton Day crowds have enjoyed live bands, cheerlead-

ers, solo performances, Chinese dancers, cloggers, ballet, and melodies of jazz, contemporary, hip hop, country, blues and much more. Whether jumping on inflatables, testing fitness through hoops, learning safety tips, playing old fashioned games, creating pieces of art work, or just relaxing, the Kids Corner is a fun place for children to play and learn. Demonstrations by accomplished artists will be presented throughout the day. You can watch a potter turn clay into a cup or bowl. See a landscape emerge from

watercolors or charcoal pencils. The artists are happy to talk about their art. The 8th Annual Mableton Day Car Cruise-In features classic cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no registration fee. However, registration is still required, either before the event or on Mableton Day, if space is still available. This show is for fun for everyone with an emphasis on exposing our youth to American automotive history. For more information on any of these events, email or call Albert at 678-524-9026


It’s the event that South Cobb High School students look forward to all year. It’s a tradition dating back almost two decades. It’s what makes South Cobb, South Cobb. Every year on the Friday before spring break, students transform the gym into a snapshot of all the cultures and heritages that melt together to form the South Cobb family. The aroma of different spices wafts in the air; students dress in colorful ensembles from around the world and gather to watch their classmates perform cultural dances. The school family has looked forward to the annual South Cobb International Festival each school year for more than 15 years. “We represent different types of countries from around the world,” explained sophomore Sherrod. “It is brings life to South Cobb, being able to showcase all the different countries we have here, since the school is so diverse.” Students set up tables representing more than 20 countries at the festival, but the number of countries represented within the student body may be close to double that. “You walk through the halls, and you see the face of America in the different students,” said South Cobb history teacher Andy Cole. Cole was wearing a Scottish kilt at

South Cobb High School students wear shirts spelling out Dominican Republic at the school’s annual International Day. this year’s festival to represent his heritage tival] is made by the students. So, they are because he thinks it is good for the students proud of it, and it reflects their heritage.” to see their teachers appreciating their heriThe festival dancing is top on the list tage too. for the students. During a line dance, stuThe veteran South Cobb teacher said the dents from the crowd joined in. As students festival encourages students to work together leaped across the floor in other dances, the in school because they gain a better under- crowd of students both watched in awe and standing of everyone’s culture. One of Cole’s cheered with excitement. favorite parts of the festival is the food. At the festival, students didn’t only rep“I tell my students I think you can learn resent their heritage. so much about a culture from their food,” Student dancer, Riley, represented Cole added. “A lot of the food [at the fesContinued on Page 3

YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS IS BACK FOR 75TH YEAR The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 75th year. Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by the world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis. The Circus and Fair is coming to Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, May 20 -29. “Sneak-A-Peek-Ride-A-Thon” is Friday, May 19, with $10 unlimited rides (Only Carnival and food). For the first time in Marietta see the Magnificent Big Cat Extravaganza and the Rage in the Cage presented by Bruno Blaszak. You won’t want to miss the aerial artistry to include Miss Celena, Miss Elena and Miss Ciara flying high above the crowd, as well as the Fearless Flight- The Flying Bells and the Transformation from Roma-

nia, the Bileas. This year will also feature the largest Asian male elephant in the worldThe Majestic Tarzan, as well as the American Show Camels presented by Ian Garden. And no Shrine Circus would be complete without the hilarious Red Devil Clowns. Once again you can catch a spectacular fireworks show on both Saturday nights of the Shrine Circus and you can roam the grounds to see all the FREE ground acts that include the Sea Lion Splash Show, the Kachunga the Alligator Show and new in 2017 is the Lew-E Comedy Circus Show for kids of all ages. Wade Shows always provide fun affordable family entertainment with 35 rides for all ages. Come be entertained and amazed then fill up on all your favorite carnival foods- corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, just to name a few.

Miss Celena, Miss Elena and Miss Ciara getting ready to soar through the air during their amazing trapeze acts at the 2017 Yaarab Shrine Circus.

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85% of core brain structure is developed by age four.

By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher May is the month for celebrating both Mother’s Day and Mental Health Month. There should be a tie in with the two. Several things come to mind. One: how many people have been in therapy discussing issues with their mothers. Is this just a myth from television movies and sit-coms or reality? I rather think it’s more the latter. Two: motherhood can bring on depression. The famous post-partum blues are definitely a reality for many moms. A trained physician may be needed to bring back the good mental health. Three: the joy of motherhood can bring joy that aids in good mental health. Motherhood is a life-long job. It’s one of the toughest jobs on earth. For most moms it means lack of sleep and worry about another person. It can mean skipped meals making sure little ones are fed and forsaking new wardrobes to cloth constantly growing children. There’s no such thing as a perfect mother. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, all temperaments, and educational levels. Mothers bring their own childhood baggage to the role and there is no training that can prepare a mother for all the challenges that will come her way. Here is a snapshot of three mothers who have overcome challenges. One, in order to bond with her son, took him on a weeklong hike along the Appalachian Trail. She wasn’t a hiker, but set out, determined to help him and create a bond between the two of them. It took almost the entire week to begin to reach that bonding, but she persisted. She continues to climb the trail, sometimes with her son, sometimes with friends and soon will have climbed the entire Appalachian. Another mother, an extended family member, has a young son with severe disabilities from a genetic syndrome. He has seen almost more days at Children’s Healthcare than at home. Finishing law school just before her son was born; she passed the bar and put her career on hold, devoting her time to her sons, a second child born without the genetic disabilities. Fortunately, she has an incredible support system with her husband and parents. Her life is centered on her children and she is an amazing mother.

A third mother, one we interviewed for our media client, Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards, told her story of meth addiction, and how she was in danger of losing her children. Her story is one of many similar stories that we have heard from clients at “Mothers Making a Change”. This mother, not quite 21, already had three children and an addiction that was ruling her life, and it took the loss of her children and a court order to compel her to seek help. When we interviewed her, she was in recovery, had her children back in her custody and had turned her life around. Motherhood is a destination and a journey. Once the child is yours, you have reached the motherhood destination. You have the title, “mother”, and it’s yours to enjoy. And, at the same time, your journey as a mother has just begun. It will take you down roads untraveled. You will walk with other mothers on the same journey, yet have your own adventures; your own challenges and joys.

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Continued from Page 1 Kenya because one of her friends is Kenyan. “I’m doing it with her so I can learn more about the dancing and the food,” said Riley, 10th grade. “It is very educational. I think it is important to be educated about what other people do so you are not closeminded.” Ninth grader Emilie, who wore a traditional Spanish flamenco dress as she served

churros at the Spain table, suggested that the festival educates students about countries where they may want to travel to in the future. Students and teachers agree that the International Festival celebrates the diversity of the South Cobb family, but it is so much more. According to social studies teacher Sally Giusti, students start planning for the festival during the first weeks of school.

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By Amy Carrier critical moments, think Cobb Hospital for President, WellStar Cobb Hospital all your healthcare needs: Along with many of my neighbors and • If you’re having a baby, think Wellcolleagues, I feel blessed to live and work in Star Cobb Hospital. It’s one of only a few this culturally rich and diverse area. And, I hospitals in Georgia to earn the prestigious feel lucky to get to work at WellStar Cobb Baby-Friendly USA designation. Hospital, the heart, soul and spine of the community. Talk to anyone in economic development and they’ll tell you that high quality healthcare is critical for the growth of a community. That starts with the Emergency Department – or “ED” as we call it: • At Cobb Hospital, our team can care for you if you’ve got the flu or if you have a life-threatening emergency. • We have an incredible communication system with first responders so that if someone is having a heart attack or a stroke, we can skip triage and intervene when the patient comes through the doors. • If you need spine surgery, a knee • If there’s a devastating fire, our spe- replacement, or think robotic surgery is right cially trained burn services team is waiting. for you, think Cobb Hospital. We’re the only • As part of WellStar Health hospital in Georgia to receive merSystem, we have access to highly itorious status for surgical patient specialized neurological and outcomes from the American Coltrauma surgeons. lege of Surgeons National Surgical • And as a not-for-profit, we’re Quality Improvement Program. here to save lives whether our • If you or a family member patients have the ability to pay, or get that heartbreaking news about not. a cancer diagnosis, the team at Having access to emergency WellStar is here for you. Our comservices is critical to the commu- Amy Carrier passionate and specialized team nity’s financial and physical wellmembers and physicians offer supbeing. We surpassed caring for 100,000 port for the body, mind and spirit. patients in the ED last year and will care An ED is the backbone of a hospital. for thousands more in need of emergency We’re there for you 24/7. Whether it’s an or urgent care this year. But WellStar Cobb emergency or not, you can count on Cobb Hospital doesn’t stop at emergency services. Hospital to be there for you and your family If you value the level of care we can provide today, tomorrow and long into the future. you and your family members at your most


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The third annual “Run/Walk With The Mayor 5K” will be held in the historic City of Austell on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 8 a.m. This fast and scenic, mostly flat route, takes runners by some of Austell’s iconic landmarks which begins and ends at Collar Park. This course will be a USTAF certified course and Peachtree Qualifier and chip timing will be available for this event. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall male and female winners will receive a cash prizes: 1st place winner - $100.00, 2nd place winner - $50.00, and 3rd place winner - $25.00 along with a free entry into next year’s event. Race registration is $25 and will end on May 17. There is ample free parking at the start/finish area.


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MABLETON FARMERS MARKET OPENS IN JUNE The Mableton Farmers Market begins its eighth season at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton with Opening Day set for Thursday, June 1. Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Aug. 24. Come and shop for nutritious locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, homemade jams and jellies, organic energy bars/bites, nuts and more. Visitors will also experience quick and easy food preparation demonstrations. The Mableton Farmers Market is a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC), supported

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MAY 13-21: GOOD MEWS SPRING MARKET. Good Mews Animal Foundation, a cage-free cat shelter, continues its spring market during May, weekends only.Friday May 19 10 – 5 p.m.; Saturday May 13 and 20 from 10-5; and Sunday May 14 and 21 from 12-5. 4708 Sandy Plains Road in the Sandy Plains Village shopping center, next to Walmart, at corner of Sandy Plains Rd and Hwy 92. All proceeds go for care of cats and kittens of Good Mews Please see the website at goodmews. org for full information and a flyer for downloading. ••• 13: MABLETON DAY Community Celebration. 8 – 4 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, The day begins with the Mableton Day 5K. Race starts at 8 a.m. ••• 20: CANDLELITE CONCERT. Domino A Van Morrison Experience. From May 20, 8 p.m. to 10 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre . The dates for the 2017 Candlelite Concert Series have been announced, so mark your calendars now for some great music under the stars. May 20, June 17, August 19, and September 16. ••• 20: SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR. The 9th annual Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden tour, May 20, from 10 until 4 p.m. The tour features five beautiful private gardens, the lovely Smyrna Elementary School garden, the Tea Room at the historic Taylor–Brawner House, and a plant sale. Tickets sold in advance at Neighbors Feed and Seed, Love Street, Vickery Hardware, the Bird and the Bee, the Community Center, and the Recycling Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour at the Taylor-Brawner House. For information contact Ann Kirk at 770-431-2863. ••• 23: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB Master Gardener and shade gardening enthusiast Jack Driskell will present a dynamic, colorful program on kinds and new varieties of shade-loving plants for your garden, including hostas, aspidistra varieties, astillbe and many others at our May 23 Jonquil Garden Club meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library in the conference room. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Library except for June, July and August, where meetings are announced by website or email. JUNE 1: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14 with Speaker Chris Ragsdale, Cobb School Superintendent. Reservations: ••• 6: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Program: Personal And Company Branding, LinkedIn And Social Media. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch June 6 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678-725-0099.. ••• 7: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. On June 7. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 10: PLANT SALE. Jonquil Garden Club’s huge 8th Annual Plant Sale is June 10 at Smyrna Fresh (Farmer’s) Market on King Street from 8 - 12 p.m. Over 350 plants, mostly perennials, for both sun and shade will be available at excellent prices as well as container gardens and garden art. Special activities for children will be available. For more information about programs or membership, call Shirley Priest at 770 433-3248 or see our website at ••• 17: CANDLELITE CONCERT. June 17, Peter Karp and the Roadshow Band, 8 p.m. to 10 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre . The dates for the 2017 Candlelite Concert Series have been announced, so mark your calendars now for some great music under the stars. June 17, August 19, and September 16. ••• FARMER’S MARKETS: FARMERS ATLANTA ROAD MARKET (F.A.R.M.) Tuesdays through September from 4:30-7 p.m., 2160 Cooper Lake Road SE, Smyrna, •••

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MABLETON FARMERS MARKET, a MIC community project, begins its eighth season at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road Thursday, June 1st. Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., through August 24. Come and shop for nutritious locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, homemade jams and jellies, organic bars, bites, nuts and more. Visitors will also experience quick and easy food preparation demonstrations. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• SMYRNA FRESH PRODUCE MARKET, Saturdays May through September, 8 noon, Smyrna First Baptist (parking lot), 1275 Church Street, Smyrna,

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See updates at www.brightsid WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional Library: 805 Clay Road, Mableton and on the second Tuesday of each month at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna Ga. and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-7955079 (or email at ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Road, Austell. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo--Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL CIVITAN CLUB is a non-profit organization serving the community and with a charter to support people with disabilities. Our monthly meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. located (Treadmill Building) 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 105, Austell. If you have ideas for the community or interested in becoming an officer, join us! For more info visit or contact ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta

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at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www. ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles to that allow us to discuss issues affecting us on our motherhood journey, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and more. Visit or email ••• FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing ONLY, every 3rd Tuesday, of each month from 10 a.m. to 1. .• • • HOBO SUPPER Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invit-


y Calendar ed---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale. For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a variety of homemade desserts. Community invited. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd. Call 770-438-6961 for info. ••• JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@ ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 112 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world’s largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@

••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS. Are you a homeschool parent in need of support? The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton. If interested in attending email us at or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. of each month at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, SW Mableton. Contact: South Cobb Lions Club: Phone 470-554-2128 on Facebook South Cobb Lions Club or email SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna. Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 for more information or see ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for JUNE issue is MAY 23 with publication the week of JUNE 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at www.

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Ricky Jordan’s Auto Repair of Austell, Georgia has joined efforts with Wheels to Prosper, for our 5th Annual ”Wheels to Prosper” Car Giveaway. A group of independent shops have joined together across the nation to give a car to a deserving person, on the same exact day, at the same exact time in each of our respective communites.


We are looking for someone who makes a difference in the lives of others. In spite of their own challenges or problems. If you know of a caring, giving person, friend, family member, co-worker, church member or neighbor who, in spite of challenges perseveres, then you can help someone by nominating them for our Annual Car Giveaway.

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Car Giveway will be July 29, 2017. Nominations are due by July 4 2017.

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To nominate someone, please send in a letter / essay describing what distingusishes this person as a major contributor to our community, their family and/or friends and why he/she deserves the car. Also, include their name, phone number as well as your contact information. Send your nomination letters via, mail, fax, email or drop by the shop.


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Genius 3D Mammography at WellStar detects 41% more invasive breast cancer A 3D mammogram at WellStar Cobb Women’s Imaging Center provides a series of detailed images of the breast, allowing doctors to better evaluate breast tissue layer by layer, making fine details more visible and cancer more detectable. Because of its clinically proven increase in accuracy, a 3D exam can help reduce false-positive callbacks for additional imaging by up to 40%, bringing increased peace of mind.

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Powder Springs resident Karen McClelland traveled to Washington, D.C., April 5 to meet with members of the U.S. Congress and advocate for continued investments in research at the National Institutes of Health and quality and affordable healthcare for those living with lung cancer. Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, McClelland stood alongside other LUNG FORCE Heroes - those who have been personally affected by lung cancer - to make their voices heard so that more lives are saved. During Advocacy Day, McClelland met with her Congressional representatives to share her personal experience with lung cancer and explain why patients need quality, affordable healthcare and why now is the time to build on advances in cancer research if we want to defeat lung cancer. “Not many think about lung cancer on a daily basis, and so I was in utter shock when my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer,” McClelland said. “The heartbreak of losing my husband inspired me to share my story to raise awareness about lung cancer. The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative has introduced me to a welcoming community of others working to end lung cancer, but we need more support to ensure that those facing this disease have access to quality, affordable healthcare and that we continue to advance treatment options through research funding.” McClelland is sharing her story with lawmakers and others so that more can be done to help the 224,000 Americans who are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. “Participating in LUNG FORCE’s Advocacy Day was incredibly powerful and it was inspiring to be a part of such a strong force of men and women determined to raise awareness about lung cancer and save lives,” McClelland said. “I hope that the conversations we had with members of Congress will lead to continued support for lung cancer research and health care coverage that will help lung cancer patients. Advocacy Day was just one day in the effort to defeat lung cancer, and I hope this momentum builds so that we will soon ensure patients have quality, affordable healthcare as well as new and effective treatments.” McClelland encourages others in Atlanta area to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with lung cancer by contacting their members of Congress. To learn more about McClelland’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit

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Notes On The News MOVIE FILMING IN VININGS SPARKS CONFUSION OVER VET’S SIGN By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Vinings residents were perplexed when they thought they saw a “Tender Paws Vet” sign going up next door to Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic last month. But it was just a movie, as the Thrive Beyond Fitness building on Mountain Street was a shooting site for two weeks for the movie, “Bastards.” Principal filming was completed in December 2015, but director Lawrence Sher wanted a different ending. So, additional scenes were filed in Vinings and the tiny town of Rutledge in Morgan County. The comedy has a “Mama Mia” style theme of who’s the father? as fraternal twins search for their birth father. The film stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Katt Williams, Retta, June Squibb and Glenn Close. Another beneficiary of the film industry was the Old Vinings Inn which was used to feed crew members. Hunter Hill For Governor Cobb County’s Sen. Hunter Hill (R-6), who has served for the past five years, has announced to run for Governor next year. “After much prayer and consideration, I have decided that I will cast a vision to lead the great state of Georgia,” Hill said. “Now - more than ever – is the time to launch a bold, new vision for Georgia’s future. I have been thinking and praying about this decision for some time, and we are ready. My many years of diverse leadership experience in military combat, business, and politics provides a unique perspective that will guide Georgia to reach its full potential.” Hill is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Junior and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church. The combat veteran and two-time bronze star recipient told supporters by email that “We are still in desperate need of conservative leaders who practice what they preach.” Shuttle To the Game There are many ways to get to the new SunTrust Park for a Braves game but several businesses have started offering free shuttles for their customers.

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Kevin Drawe, owner of Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna, arranged a shuttle to the opening game, stocking the bus with snacks and drinks to handle any length of commute. The bus got to the Park in less than 15 minutes, not enough time to finish a drink, so he had plenty of leftovers. Creatwood Tavern at Belmont runs a shuttle every 15 minutes (except between the 5th and 7th innings to give the driver a break). Just show a receipt from the restaurant. Hotel Indigo also runs a shuttle for guests before and after the games. South Cobb Diner Now Open South Cobb Diner is now open in downtown Austell. Owners Loren and Chad Martin bring the home cooking and fresh vegetables that have made West Cobb Diner a hit with diners to 5850 Love St. near Veterans Memorial Highway. The city of Austell provided a $230,000 economic incentive from Norfolk Southern interest. On the first day May 1, diners were waiting at the door for lunch when the diner opened at 11 a.m. Got an item for the news? Send to

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CANDLELITE CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED The season is set for the 2017 Candlelite Concerts, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The line-up for this summer includes: • May 20 - Domino, the Van Morrison tribute band. • June 17 - Peter Karp and the Roadshow Band, American blues. • Aug. 19 - Soulhound, groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late sixties and seventies. • Sept. 16 - Red Head Diamond, smooth California-style 70’s rock, such as Linda Ronstadt’s greatest hits, as well as favorites by Fleetwood Mac. The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Admission is free. Gates open at 7 p.m.; performances begin at 8 p.m.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Treat Yourself Tuesday -- Tuesday, May 9: Siam Square Thai Cuisine, 1995 Windy Hill Road. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. Caregiver Burnout -- Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able, either physically or financially. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones. Presented by Bridget Kurt, Homestead Hospice. Anxiety/Panic Workshop – Tuesdays; May 16, May 23, May 30, 11 – 11:45 a.m. Free; Registration required. This 3-part workshop will explore the diagnosis, signs, and symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders and share treatment options. This class will meet for 30-45 minutes one day a week for three weeks. Presented by Shirley Hamilton, Licensed Masters Level Social Worker. Personal Health Records -- Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Want to learn why it is important to have a personal health record and an advance directive for healthcare? How to prepare a personal health record? How to prepare an advance directive for healthcare or identify ways to better communicate with your healthcare provider? Presented by Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Cobb. Shuttle Trip – DeKalb Farmer’s Market -- Friday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free; Registration required. Don’t miss out on this fun shuttle trip to DeKalb Farmer’s Market in Decatur. You will see different fruits and vegetables from all over the world, spices galore, fresh fish and a butcher shop. Lunch buffet there; on your own. The shuttle will pick you up at the center. Invite a friend or two. Limited seating. Bingo Bash -- Monday, May 22 – 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser event to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. AARP Smart Driver -- Wednesday, May 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $15 AARP members; $20 Non-members. Bring a lunch. Check with your insurance agent about a possible discount for taking this class. Why It’s Important to Keep Your

Blood Pressure in Check -- Thursday, May 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Lowering blood pressure is important as elevated levels are known to contribute to a higher risk of cardiovascular events and stroke, but did you know that lowering your blood pressure can benefit other parts of your body – aside from your heart? A study has found that reducing risk factors for heart disease, including blood pressure, can go a long way in preventing cognitive impairment, which is a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by Natoshia Goodman, RN, Southern Living Caregivers. Ruby Falls/Incline Railway -- Thursday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Come with us as we explore Chattanooga! Our first stop will be the Incline Railway; here we will be surrounded by historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! You will be able to sit back, and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys. Then we will explore Ruby Falls, which was founded in 1928 by Leo Lambert and a team of excavators. Did you know that Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby? If not, you will be able to learn so much more as a guide will be with us during this tour. We will stop for a nice sit down lunch at the Public House in between the two attractions. Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes. $87 Senior Council member; $92 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline: May 25. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, taxes and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 4. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free. Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun.


The fourth year of the successful Farm Fresh Market campaign is due to launch May 13. The Farm Fresh Market is a mobile farmer’s market aimed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to designated Cobb County residents that lack access to a free standing grocery store. The Market will be at Walton Reserve Apartment Community, 7075 Walton Reserve Lane, Austell, each Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Farm Fresh Market will begin on May 13, and will be open on Saturdays to serve the Austell and Marietta communities in Cobb County until September.

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RIVERSIDE HOLDS PEP RALLY FOR BRAVES The school secretary danced through the halls with a megaphone while the principal shook silver pom poms. The physical education teacher led the way as the Atlanta Braves pep rally marched through Riverside Primary School in Mableton April 11. The Riverside Primary students welcomed the Atlanta Braves with homemade signs and chants of “Go Braves!” “I had a poster that I made in art class,” said first grader Moyin. “My poster had a tomahawk on it, and it said ‘you are great at baseball.’” Other student-made signs said ‘Go Braves’ and ‘Welcome to Riverside Primary.” The school’s welcome-to-Cobb pep rally is part of the countdown to the Atlanta Braves opening day at SunTrust Park on Friday, April 14. “I think it is important that the Braves, school and community work together in order to enhance the overall achievement of our boys and girls,” said Riverside Primary Principal Dr. Doris Billups-McClure. Parent volunteer Toni Russell and kindergarten special education teacher Christina Finnegan shared the same opinion about the benefit of the Atlanta Braves visit. It provided an opportunity for the kids that they may not experience outside the school walls. “As soon as I heard about [the Atlanta Braves coming to visit], I was excited,” Russell said. “As a parent it made me so excited to see the kids all excited about the Braves being here.” Although Russell frequently volunteers at the school, her daughter Morgan, a Riverside Primary first grader, confessed that

her mom came to the school Tuesday to see the Atlanta Braves. Morgan and her family enjoy going to Atlanta Braves games. So Morgan’s mom was eager to help decorate the school for the visit and make the pom poms for students to wave. As Russell joined the Braves pep rally parade around the school, she saw her daughter having fun with her classmates. “We were in the hallway cheering,” Morgan said. “We were waving the tomahawks up and down, up and down, and up and down.” The students were excited before they saw the Atlanta Braves coming down the halls. “When [school staff] made the announcement this morning [that the Atlanta Braves were here], our kids ran into the hallway,” recalled Finnegan, who was decked out in Atlanta Braves gear. “They had their signs and tomahawks. They were chanting and cheering and were all really excited.” The drumbeats captured some of the students’ attention. Others liked getting new Atlanta Braves hats and tomahawks. One student was thrilled because an Atlanta Braves cheerleader smiled at her. The Atlanta Braves pep rally intended to motivate the students to get excited about more than opening day. They were also driving support for donations to MUST Ministries. “Our boys, girls and community members also donated canned goods to MUST Ministries,” Principal Dr. Billups-McClure explained. “MUST Ministries provides lots of support to boys, girls and families in our community. So, it is a way to donate back to MUST Ministries.”

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FLOYD STUDENT COMPETES IN MATHCON 2017 A student from Floyd Middle School in Mableton qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2017 Finals. From some 50,000 online round participants from across the country Ting Ting Yan qualified among the top 1 percent in the country and was invited to Chicago to compete face to face. There were a total of 109 seventh graders who competed for grand champion, gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention recognition. Ting Ting Yan was a winner of this National Championship Honorable Mention Medal. This means she had to finish in the top half of those seventh graders who competed Saturday, April 22. Ting Ting finished in the top half of the top 1 percent of math students from across the country and was the only student from Georgia participating. Floyd Middle School, MathCON Sponsors Timothy Coefield and Laura Thomson, and Ting Ting’s Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Xue Yan, are very grateful for the Partners in Education who made this trip possible: Floyd PTSA, Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb, Don Johnson State Farm Agency, Horace Mann/Shawntae Royston, Pace Cetters, Ms. Karen Adkins, Ms. Alicia Gutierrez, Henry Lust, and Ray Tiyamiyu. MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown to a national event. MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM outside of the classroom, and encourage more students to enter the STEM fields, which are currently some of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. “We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earn recognition for their

Ting Ting Yan, center, with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Xue Yan.

accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Ting Ting Yan representing Floyd Middle School advancing to the finals.”, Mr. Timothy Coefield, MathCON Sponsor, said. “The STEM field is such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great honor not only for Ting Ting Yan but also for Floyd Middle School.” “MathCON is our way of inspiring the future leaders in science, technology, math and engineering by engaging students at a young age, making STEM fun and demonstrating its real-world applications,” said Ayhan Caputlu, Director of Mathematics Education at Concept Schools, which organizes the event. “The competition allows us to reach students from all over the nation and help them establish, improve and maintain skills that can lead to many possibilities throughout their educational careers and beyond.”

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