South Cobb Bright Side December 2011

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FINAL DRAFT MAP FOR SCHOOLS AVAILABLE The Cobb County School District has released a new draft map for the pending south county elementary school redistricting. The map is available for review at The new map incorporates community input and consolidates the two options into a single draft map. District planners have tried to incorporate community preferences wherever feasible. At this time, no final decisions have been made and public input on the single draft map is welcome. The District held a final forum Dec. 7, at South Cobb High School. A bold black line on the new draft map indicates the two areas and phases of implementation; schools on the west side of the line will be part of the Phase 1 implementation effective in August 2012, including Austell Primary, Austell Intermediate, Birney, Bryant, Clarkdale, Clay, Hollydale,

Mableton, Milford, Riverside Primary, Riverside Intermediate, Russell, Sanders and Sky View. Schools on the east side of the line will be part of the Phase 2 implementation, effective in August 2013 when the new Smyrna elementary school opens its doors. Phase 2 schools include Argyle, Belmont Hills, Brown, the Fitzhugh Lee Center of H.A.V.E.N. Academy, Green Acres, Harmony Leland, King Springs, LaBelle, Milford, Nickajack, Norton Park and Teasley. The District is accepting public comment on the draft map via the December 7 public forum, the ‘Public Comment Wall’ on the redistricting section of the website, and via email at redistricting@cobbk12. org. Following a review of community input from the last forum, a final proposed redistricting map will be developed and presented to the Board of Education for a vote in February.


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Since 1957, wise men, shepherds, angels, and a good portion of the Atlanta community have gathered on Love Street in Austell to see the baby Jesus. It is the annual Living Nativity at Austell Presbyterian Church Dec. 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. “Almost every member of our church turns out to be in the nativity, sing, or provide hospitality. We love to share this event with everyone in the community,“ said Austell Presbyterian’s pastor the Rev. Dave Pearce. Other events at Austell Presbyterian include the Choir Christmas Cantata, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.; a Candlelight Christmas Eve on Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.; and Family Christmas Service, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love Street in Old Austell. For more

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CAFE NOEL SHOW BENEFITS C.A.M.P. Come and enjoy a night of entertainment, fellowship, and desserts in a café style atmosphere as Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the City of Powder Springs, hosts Café Noel on Dec. 10. This Christmas themed musical variety show benefits C.A.M.P., a local nonprofit organization, operates a large food pantry and clothing closet along with an emergency financial assistance program for the Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton, Clarkdale and Lithia Springs communities and has been a holiday favorite for over a decade with two performances, 5 and 7:30 p.m., at the Ford Center, 4181 Atlanta Road in downtown Powder Springs. Tickets are $15 per person and may be pre-purchased at or by calling the church office at 770-943-5130.


The 3rd annual Jaguar Jingle Jog will be Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Mableton Elementary School at 5220 Church St., Mableton, rain or shine. Event registration begins at 8am, with race assembly and stretch at 8:50 a.m. Sponsored by the Mableton Elementary PTA, all proceeds go to education and enrichment programs at the school. This 1.5-mile fun run is open to kids and adults, too. The course begins and ends at the school’s bus parking lot with a loop through the neighborhood. Want to support the Jaguar Jingle Jog, but you can’t make it on December 10? Sign up as a “Phantom Participant” by making a contribution to the Mableton Elementary PTA and the programs it provides to the school.


Sherman Francisco of Mableton built and donated 715 wheeled toys to Toys for Tots plus numerous wooden crafts for the Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show that continues through Dec. 11 at the Mable House Arts Center. Francisco designed and built this 46 piece Noah’s Ark that includes a storage box in about a week. The toys “are simple to make and anything with wheels is a great fun,” he said. Below left Jennifer LeCroy and Melissa Turner set out cake plates and bowls; Natalie Graham and Rhys, along with Irene Bernhardt, check out a Christmas tree. Below, Gail Neuman, left, and Elizabeth Weaver shop at the Christmas House.

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher As I take each piece from the worn, cardboard storage box, I marvel that they have lasted so well for almost 40 years. This will be the 38th Christmas that I have set up my special Nativity scene. It’s very traditional with special touches added from my childhood and throughout our married life. The first piece is the stable, looking a little worn; some of the thatch is coming off the top, probably a lot like the first stable in Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph are then placed in the stable along with a cow and a donkey. I also place two special white lambs that I have had since I was a young girl with my first Nativity scene. The Innkeeper stands outside with his lantern, making sure they are settled comfortably. It’s a humble setting for a couple awaiting the birth of such a special child. Next, I place the Shepherds and sheep into the field, off stage from the stable. I imagine the surprise of those long ago herders who were suddenly given amazing news by the Angels. The good news of the Holy birth came first to humble men in the fields, rather than to the Royalty of the land. They didn’t question the Angels, but left their flocks and went in search of the Baby Jesus. From my storage box I take out the Angels, an eclectic assortment collected over the years. I place them near the Shepherds and their sheep. None of the Angels came with my original Nativity set, but have been gifts or former Christmas tree ornaments. They are now a special part of my Christmas tradition. Hark, the Herald Angels sing; glory to the new born King! When we bought the Nativity in one of our first years of marriage, it came with only two wise men. A few years ago Allan surprised me with the third Wise Man as well as an Inn Keeper to upgrade my set. The Wise Men, who didn’t come to the Holy family until some time after the birth, are placed further from the stable, making their way, following the Star. I don’t have a Star in my collection; but it is always there in my mind. I think it is interesting that the Wise men are not mentioned in the Luke 2 story of the first Christmas but are in the Mat-

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Page 4, December 2011 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: DECEMBER Through Dec. 23: SANTA. The Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna will welcome Santa again this year. Visit between 6 p.m. and 8. Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23. Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin on Atlanta Road. across from The Downtown Smyrna Village. ••• 14: COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIP GENERAL MEETING - Join us at Turner Chapel AME Church at 11:30 a.m. for Cobb Faith Partnership’s Holiday Celebration Meeting! For more information, contact us at communicatio, visit our website at, or Facebook page at ••• 14: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL. Cobb Chamber event. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Coach George Ford Center at 11:45 a.m. General Admission: $30; Members: $10 online; $20 at door. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 12 at noon. Registration at ••• 31: NOON YEAR’S EVE: City of Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Music, games and prizes. Radio Disney am 590. JANUARY 4: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Mableton Lion’s Club Park Community Center. ••• 9: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Chamber event. Monday, Jan. 9. Location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Tim Lee, Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Program: State of the County. General Admission: $60. Members: $25 online, $40 at door. Online Registration Closes: Jan. 5 at noon. Registration at www, WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at or call 770-948-1806. ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Rd, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at 7 p.m. every Monday evening at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. New Scouts are welcome! Please visit our website: ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 pm every Tuesday in the Troop scout hut adjacent to the Smyrna First Baptist athletic field on Church St. in Smyrna. See our web site for more information ••• COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY - NON-DENOMINATIONAL. Designed to guide us in

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aligning the words of our mouth with The Word of God. THURSDAYS starting promptly at 9 and ending promptly at 10 a.m. located at: CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 4494 Floyd Road at Concord Road. Mableton. This Bible Study is a non-denominational. ••• COMMUNITY FITNESS INITIATIVE The Mableton Improvement Coalition is now hosting a weekly “walk-and-run” activity every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. Participants meet near the Amphitheater at the Mable House Complex to walk or run on nearby residential streets, with various paces and distances available. Participation is free. For more information, see ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings



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A VERY CLARKDALE CHRISTMAS The Annual Christmas Cantata will be held at Clarkdale United Methodist Church, 5061 Austell Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale December 18th at 11 AM as the choir will be performing a very special selection of Christmas-themed music to ensure that everyone gets in the holiday spirit. At 7 PM, the Clarkdale Youth group will put on a Christmas Play, “The Challenge.” The play is about a group of young people who take on the challenge of find-

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Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, Dec. 13: Pasta Bella, Austell Road. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Meet at restaurant Live Music & Dance -- Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2– 4 p.m. Admission: Donation of a non-perishable food item for MUST Ministries. The Muddy River Band will entertain with country music and bluegrass!! Lake Lanier Magical Nights of Lights -- Thursday, Dec. 15, 3 - 11:30 p.m. Enjoy a special holiday buffet during Magical Nights of Lights at Windows Restaurant located inside Emerald Pointe Hotel & Conference Center. Cost: $65 Senior Council Member / $70 Non-Member. Deadline: Dec. 8.


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Includes: Oil, filter, lube chassis and top off all fluids. Free safety check of vehicle. No product substitution allowed. Reg. $33. No customer supplied parts permitted when using coupon. With this coupon only. Most cars. Expires 1/15/12

4 wheel toe-in alignment with purchase of 4 tires



OFF Reglar Price

Additional cost only if camber or caster adjustments needed to complete alignment call for appointment and tire prices. Expires 1/15/12


See us at 5016 Frank Aiken Road, Powder Springs For faster service, please call for appointment

Our Business Is Our Passion…We Fix Your Car Right The First Time!

Merry Christmas!


Holiday Special

25% Off Tree Removal (with Coupon)

5 or more trees Contract with us by Dec. 31, 2011

(Work can be completed in January 2012)

“Christmas Bears”

Artwork by Karen Zwald