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Mary Anderson Hill, an educator, historian and community leader, was named South Cobb Citizen of the Year for 2011 in May. The presentation was made before friends and family by the South Cobb Rotary Club and South Cobb Division of the Cobb Chamber at a May 19 luncheon at Presbyterian Village. “We have had recipients from all walks of life,” said WellStar Hospital Administrator Randy Cook, chair of the South Cobb Area Council of the Cobb Chamber. Since 1986 the award has been presented to people who have made exception contributions to not only South Cobb but Cobb County in general. “Her work has made an impact in the community,” said John Conyers, pastor emeritus of the Austell Presbyterian Church. “She is an organizer, follower, leader, supporter, innovator and inspiration to others.” “When there is a need she has acted to meet that need,” Conyers said. As a deacon at Central Presbyterian

South Cobb Citizen of the Year Mary Anderson Hill, center, is honored by Randy Cook, left, and Wayne Blackstone. Church, she serves as a Shepard for congregation members who live at Presbyterian Ville, where she also serves on the Presbyterian Village Authority. Mrs. Hill was a teacher and principal with Cobb Schools, serving at Kincaid, Teasley and Riverside Elementary Schools before overseeing the building the new Bryant Elementary and leading the faculty and staff to a National School of Excellence. She helped organize the Friends of the

Mable House and continues to serve on the board. She has worked on numerous fundraisers for the historic building, working to restore the outbuildings and smokehouse. She established a program of tours and filed trips for Cobb school children and continues to serve as a docent on the tours. “She is a great organizer and problem solver,” said Betty Gray. Mrs. Hill can often be seem “dressed in 19th century garb, being an educator and historian at the Continued on Page 11


Some 350 runners and walkers turned out under a placid morning sky to take on the challenge posed by the rolling hills of the inaugural Mableton Day 5K. The race was conducted in conjunction with Mableton Community Day at the Mable House Complex (more photos on Page 5). Participants reported that they enjoyed the course and are looking forward to running it again next year. At left, Wheelchair race division participant Dena Gaylor of Mableton finishes the last few feet of the 5K course. At right, Sixth-grader Elizabeth Reed of Mableton dashes to the finish line at the Mableton Day 5K.

The sixth annual Mableton Community Day, held May 21, had some firsts in welcoming over 2,000 visitors to the event. This was the first time the Pebblebrook Junior Falcons Association, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Friends of the Mable House and Mableton Improvement Coalition joined together to put on such a wonderful day and night of festivities. This was the first time the big event was put on at the Mable House complex. And the first-ever 5K road race was an excellent start to the day’s activities as 350 people registered to run, walk and wheel chair through a Mableton neighborhood, starting and ending at the Mable House complex. Many volunteers, county representatives, businesses, entertainers, church groups and civic organizations from all over South Cobb County and beyond helped in so many ways to make the event a tremendous success. A special thank you goes out to Commissioner Woody Thompson, the staff of Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Cobb County Police and Cobb DOT who helped make it such a great place to have the event. Mike Faulkner, owner of Jumping for Joy in Kennesaw, donated the use of the inflatable devices for the Kids’ Corner. Entertainers performed on four different stages throughout the day. The list of people and organizations to thank for their contributions to the day goes on seemingly forever. Continued on Page 2

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On a recent Sunday in June, my baby boy turned 30 years old. It’s trite I know to ask where have the years gone, but they have passed so very quickly. Peter brought sunshine and joy into our lives 30 years ago. His birth added a new dimension to our lives. We were no longer just a couple; we were parents. Peter has grown from adorable, sweet child into an intelligent, handsome adult. This year he turns 30 just before Father’s Day and just months before he himself will become a father. He will be a terrific father. He is caring, responsible, thoughtful, and intelligent. He is sensitive to the needs of others and knows how to give love and how to receive love. He already has the character and integrity to be a great role model to his child. In his own father, Peter has had a wonMARY ANDERSON HILL

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Continued from Page 1 Mable House.” Woody Thompson, told the crowd at Presbyterian Village that Mrs. Hill is “one of those people who are the quiet heroes, exercising her passion for education in retirement. She keeps our continuity and history alive so we don’t forget our part,” he said. After growing up on a firm and living in east Cobb when she came to Cobb, she and her late husband John Anderson built a house in South Cobb. She married Dr. Henry Hill and they live in Mableton. “I felt that I had come home. Every day in this community is special. What you have done is to give me something for doing things for the area I love so much.”

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derful role model. Allan has shown him that a father can be kind, yet firm; can be strong, yet sensitive. He has shown him that a father can have a good work ethic, yet make time for his family. Peter has been challenged to do his best; applauded for his successes; and comforted when faced with disappointments. He has been given a spiritual foundation that he has built upon on his own. In the same way that Allan and I have been partners in the joy and challenge of parenthood, Peter and Ann-Bailey will be partners in loving and cherishing and encouraging and comforting their own baby. Peter has played many roles already in his 30 years of life: child; brother; student; husband; actor; campaign worker; business executive. One of his greatest roles, that of father, will soon be upon him; and I know it will be an awesome performance.

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visiting with neighbors are important to the wellbeing of older adults. This is why Lifelong Mableton, a project of the Atlanta Regional Commission, took the lead in establishing the market.” “It is also exciting that some vendors are licensed to accept Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers that entitle low-income senior citizens to $20 of fresh fruits and vegetables one time per year,” Ms. Mayerik continues.

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It takes hundred of volunteers to assist in helping the clients and families of the some 12,000 people with mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse issues that the Cobb and Douglas Community Service Boards serve each year. Volunteers teach nutrition, crafts and gardening, provide activities for day centers, mentor youth and gather and distribute food, gifts and other items for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other special events. Recently the CSB honored its volunteers at a luncheon April 25 at the Smyrna Community Center. “Our volunteers touch the lives of the people they serve and they lift their spirits,” said May Robeck, volunteer service coordinator for the CSB. Among the volunteers present were two that the CSB nominated for the United Way’s Heart in Hard Award, including Trajar Breitbarth, a volunteer at the Hartmann Center in Marietta and Marcie Windsor, a volunteer for the Peer Program at Austell. Breithbarth won the United Way’s Heart in Hand Award in the Individual category for Cobb County. From Left are Ms. Robeck, Breithbart, Ms. Windsor and CSB Executive Director Tod Citron. In Austell Ms. Windsor helps out with special events in a major way, such as the Used Book Sale and Fall Festival and also coordinates collections and the putting together of Christmas stockings, Easter baskets and bags and other holiday treats for Austell and Hartmann. To volunteer with the agency call Ms. Robeck at 770-819-9229, ext. 226.

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Page 6, June 2011 (A fuller version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: JUNE 27 – 30: SUMMER DAY CAMP Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is hosting a summer day camp for children ages 9 – 12. There will be two week-long camps; fee information and registration sheets are available on the park’s website at forkids/index.htm. Camp dates are June 27-30 and July 11-15. Please call 770-427-4686 x 0 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. with any questions or further information or email Benita Duling at ••• 28: HOSPITAL VISIT INFORMATION. What You Should Know About A Visit To The Hospital 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Presented by Joan Roper, Patient Relations. Come find out the facts behind hospital operations, including government regulations, patient rights and responsibilities, Emergency Room—questions and answers, and services offered at Emory-Adventist. The seminar will take place at EmoryAdventist Hospital in the cafeteria (3949 South Cobb Dr. Smyrna, 30080). Call 770-319-2025 to reserve your spot or register online at www. JULY 7: JOINT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS. The Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Present: The First Annual Summer J.A.M. (joint association meeting) Thursday, July 7 at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center, Marietta from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ••• 11: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Chamber event. Monday, July 11 Atlanta Marriott Northwest. 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Mike Kelly, president and CEO, The Weather Channel Companies. General Admission: $50; Members: $20 online; $35 at door. Online Registration Closes: July 7 at noon. Registration at ••• 12: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION holds its annual summer party at Presbyterian Village 5 - 7 p.m. ••• 14: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL and Smyrna Business Association July meeting. Thursday, July 14. Location: Smyrna Community Center. 11: 30 a.m. Speaker: Max Bacon, Mayor, City of Smyrna. Program: State of the City Address. Sponsor: Georgia Power Company. Free event. Registration is required by July 12 at noon to attend. Registration at AUGUST 6: CPR ANYTIME. As part of the Smyrna Citizen Preparedness Initiative, Super Smyrna is offering First Aid Training and CPR Anytime. The courses are free on a first-come, first-serve basis, but attendees must RSVP at Classes will be offered on Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. to noon at the Smyrna Fire Station 1.



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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, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at or by calling 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

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BLIND & LOW VISION SUPPORT Group (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280 ••• 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. ••• COLON CANCER SUPPORT GROUP. All colon cancer survivors are invited to join the colorectal support group at the Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from


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6 – 8 p.m. Family and Caregivers are welcome. The meetings are held at 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Building C, Suite 225. The group is led by a licensed therapist and everybody has the opportunity to join in the discussion if they care to. For additional information call: 404843-1880 or visit ••• DIABETES SUPPORT Group meets at Smyrna Primary Care Center Community Room, 562 Concord Road, Smyrna on the third Thursday, each month except December, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free parking and no cost or registration required. Information regarding various topics is presented through out the year. For more information call 770-793-7818. ••• FREE MONTHLY DINNER. Leland-Qwest UMC, 81 Veterans Memorial Highway, SE, Mableton, sponsors a free community dinner on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. All are welcome. (Enter on left side of the church on the lower level). ••• “HOBO SUPPER” Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia. For $5 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited. ••• MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Everyone is welcome. Visit to confirm meeting location. ••• MEMORY SCREENING. Woodland Ridge Assisted Living, 4055 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, holds free memory screenings the first Monday of each month 10 .a.m – 4. Call for info 770431-7055 ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. Please visit for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email for more information. ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Calvary Baptist Church. 4780 Flint Hill Rd., Austell. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, Our programs are educational and supportive. They provide insight and share information of getting the assistance we need. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770222-3211, for information. NAMI CONNECTION is a weekly

Page 7, June 2011 recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, & offer each other encouragement & understanding. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, & hope. All groups are confidential – participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish. Everyone is a valued participant. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. The Atlanta Metropolitan Council, Navy League of the United States is looking for new members! The Greater Atlanta Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Navy Recruiting District HQ, 2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 410, Smyrna. Membership is open to all civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For additional Information contact Frank Campbell at Campbellfc@comcast. net or 678-234-2310. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting. Locations vary throughout the summer months. Please call for details! 770/234-5068 or Email: newcomersofcobbcoun Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. The NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY holds a wide variety of social activities throughout the month including Bridge, Canasta, Pinochle, Book Club, Mah Jongg, Ladies Night Out, Golf, Bunco, Chick Flicks, Out to Lunch, Stitch and Sew, Mexican Train and Weekend Pot Luck Dining. www. ••• PEBBLEBROOK JR FALCONS Association Quality Recreation * Life Skills * Civic Action Programs 2nd Sunday Monthly Meetings at 5 p.m. 6th Grade Academy at The Barnes Center Coaches & Volunteers always needed and welcome. ••• CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER LINE HISTORIC AREA COMMITTEE meets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center. The committee deals in a variety matters to further the recommendations of the River Line Master Plan. Visit www. to verify meeting dates, times, locations and for more details about what the committee is working on. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets on the first Mondays of the month at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay Road - Mableton GA in the large meeting room. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc. and meet women in the area, please come join us. If you have any questions, please contact Nadine Amy at ••• SOUTH COBB KIWANIS: An effort is underway to bring a Kiwanis Club to South Cobb County. Under the aegis of the Smyrna Club, a group has been meeting twice monthly at the O’ Charley’s on the East-West Connector, and are working towards a goal of 25 members. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Charles Lollis at 770-7398381. ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest speakers and the love of others. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the JULY issue is JUNE 23 deadline with publication the week of July 4. 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. Do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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At WellStar Cobb Hospital the Pastoral Care Department recently awarded its “Pastoral Care Volunteer of the Year” award for 2011 to Courtney Wright of Mableton. Every day trained volunteer chaplains visit patients and their families within the hospital to provide care where needed. Chaplain Raymond Coffman, Manager of Pastoral Care stated, “Our hospital is so fortunate to have Pastoral Care Volunteers like Courtney who make the lives of others brighter by their compassion, sensitivity and dedication to helping make our community a better place. Pictured are Courtney Wright and Chaplain Raymond Coffman.

kind. Annually, six schools across America are recognized for having “significantly changed.” Nominated schools measure their significant “change” against four dimensions: • How meaningful was the change? Is it substantial rather than superficial? • How deep and broad is the change? Is it systemic rather than isolated? • How is the change focused? Is it student centered looking at teaching and learning? • How is it measured? Is it solution or outcome oriented? Within each dimension are specific criteria that are related to the school’s change in attitudes, beliefs, instructional practices and student achievement. Each school completes an essay and provides supporting documents that are evidence of the significant change. Close to 850 schools, from 45 different states, have been nominated in the past 11 years for recognition as schools that have significantly changed for the better. These are carefully screened, with 24 finalists selected. We are just one of 3 Georgia schools to ever win this award. In addition to being named a “Panasonic National School of Change,” each school receives a $5,000 grant, a ceremony conducted at their school in May, national recognition and coverage by the media, subsidized participation of the school’s principal in the 14th Annual National Principals Leadership Institute to be conducted in New York City, an awards presentation by the United States Department of Education at a special ceremony in July 2011 and participation in a major national research project focusing on school change.

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By Robert Meyring • A will and estate plan should be Here are tips and general informareviewed every few years to be sure that tion about estate planning, wills, trusts and it still meets the wishes of the person who related matters that may be helpful: made the will. For example, if one’s assets • The basic purposes of a will are to are to be distributed to specifically named give away the decedent’s real estate and children and then the family grows by new personal property and to pay off or births or remarriage, the new arrivsettle the decedent’s debts. als may be left out. • A decedent’s estate is the • Specific changes in a will total sum of that recently passed often may be addressed by adding person’s personal, intangible and a simple codicil to the will rather real estate possessions. than a complete redraft of the will. • When a person dies without The codicil is an amendment to the a will, it is called intestacy and we will that must be properly signed say the person’s estate is intestate. and witnessed with the same for• With an intestate estate, the malities required of the will. State’s probate laws will deterSuffice it to say: Wills, Trusts mine the distribution of the estate Robert Meyring and Estates are complex. If making to the decedent’s nearest relatives a will, trust or undertaking the creor heirs. ation of an estate plan, go to a legal pro• An administrator handles the estate fessional who will help you best: one that of an intestate decedent. An executor hanknows the laws of the state that will affect dles the estate of the decedent and is often your estate plan; one who is dedicated to named in the will as executor. and practiced in the preparation of estate • For a will to be effective it must plans. That professional is the wills, trusts be properly signed by the will maker and and estates lawyer. witnessed. The formalities are very speRobert S. Meyring, managing partner cific. This is often where the will becomes of the Meyring Law Firm in Vinings, offers flawed and later where the estate passes by free 10 minute phone consultations at 678way of intestacy. 217-4369. Visit


If you’ve got a green thumb, AARP Georgia is looking for your help. As part of an effort to focus on community service in Mableton, AARP is partnering with the Historic Mableton Community Garden and sponsoring a plot of rows to feed the hungry. It needs volunteers to tend the plants. All produce is being donated to C.A.M.P., a multi-faceted service organization that will distribute all donated produce to its clients. “Hunger is a huge issue for older Georgians,” said Janie Walker, director of community outreach. “By sponsoring this garden, we’re taking a small step toward addressing this issue on a permanent, sustainable basis.” On land loaned to the garden by former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Atlanta Regional Commission, as part of a grant, began the Historic Mableton Community Garden last year, and, in cooperation with AARP, has expanded it in 2011. AARP bought a storage shed for the property and had additional land tilled for planting. So far, rows of tomatoes, green beans, peppers, edamame, eggplant, okra and squash have been planted. “There’s going to be a lot of organic produce,” Walker said. AARP has recruited a lead volun-

teer, Daniel Hoover, to provide advice on organic gardening working with Fannie Houghton, chair of the garden committee and a certified master gardener in her own right. AARP volunteers will tend to the garden rows during the summer. “It’s all about feeding people who don’t have enough money,” said Walker. To volunteer, contact Janie Walker at (404) 870-3788 or at


Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as the Cobb County Public Library System presents its travelthemed Summer Reading Program. Children, teenagers, and adults will explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, puppet shows, book discussions, and other activities. The 2011 Summer Reading Program runs through July 31, with an end-ofsummer reading celebration scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13. The library system has scheduled over 700 programs and activities this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and is free of charge.

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Join Us! In Planting a Row for the Hungry AARP Georgia is joining with the Historic Mableton Community Garden to sponsor a few “Rows to Feed the Hungry”. Produce from this section of the garden will be donated to the C.A.M.P. food pantry.

We are recruiting volunteers! Do you: • Have a “green thumb” • Want to learn about organic gardening • Want to make new friends • Want to make a difference in your community • Want to learn from Master Gardeners Join the AARP Georgia volunteers and other community gardeners and donate just 30 minutes a week for the summer season. The plants are in and only need maintenance, water and produce collection. WHERE? Mableton Community Garden 5178 Floyd Road Mableton, GA (across from Mable House)

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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 Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. Summer Barbecue -- Tuesday, June 7, 12 - 2 p.m. Cost: $6 / $8 Non-resident. Start your summer off right! Don’t miss out on this spectacular and scrumptious barbecue with entertainment by the Tri-County Pickers. Invite a friend or two! Fall Screening -- Friday, June 10, 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Georgia State University, Department of Kinesiology and Health will perform fall risk screenings using their Comprehensive Falls Risk Screening Instrument (CFRSI). Participants will receive a report card summarizing their falls risk factors and educational materials about how to reduce falls. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, June 13: ‘You Again” 1 p.m. Cost: $1 / $2 Non-resident; Ticket required. When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors. Back to Nature: Organic & Sustainable Agriculture -- Tuesday, June 14, 1 p.m. Free; Registration Required. WellStar will present on organic & sustainable agriculture and the benefits for a healthier lifestyle. Get informed on healthier eating options. Treat Yourself Tuesday -- June 14: Pasta Bella, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. This will be a fun time! Bunco -- Wednesday, June 15, 1 – 3 p.m. Free. Join us for a fun, easy game of dice that promises to be a good time! AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m. Cost: $12 AARP Members; $14 Non-Members. Lane Packing Peach Orchard -Thursday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Our first stop will be lunch at Yoder’s, the famous Mennonite restaurant in Montezuma which guarantees you won’t leave hungry. We will then travel to Lane Packing Peach Orchard to stock up on some fresh juicy peaches, pecans and other yummy goodies! You will get a close up tour to witness the entire peach packing process and orchards. Cost: $56 Senior Council Member /$61 Non-Member Deadline: June 16. Price includes motor coach trans-

portation, admission, snacks, tax and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled. Bingo Bash -- Monday, June 27, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $3 / $4 Non-resident. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, June 27, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. Caregiver Support Group -- 1st Thursday each month. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Are you a caregiver for either a spouse or a parent? Take this time for yourself by joining us for an informal support group. We will be sharing ideas, issues and solutions with each other while having resources available for you. Harrah’s Cherokee -- Thursday, July 21, 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Cost: $57 Senior Council Member /$62 Non-Member. Deadline: July 14. Price includes motor coach transportation, breakfast, lunch snacks, $5 in coins and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled.

CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS AT MABLE HOUSE The Summer Candlelite Concert Series continues at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Sscheduled performances are: Delta Moon, Saturday, June 18; Roxie Watson Saturday, Aug. 20; Kayla Taylor Jazz, Saturday, Sept. 10; and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Saturday, Oct. 15. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m. Parking and general admission are free to all performances. Attendees may bring their own food and beverages, and concessions will be open.


Every year in June, the South Cobb Arts Alliance holds its Annual General Meeting. All members are welcome to attend this year’s meeting Tuesday, June 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Road Mableton. SCAA General Meetings always include a special guest to present an interesting topic. This year we will be learning all about Korea. After the presentation, we will hold a brief meeting and officers for the 2011/2012 year will be elected.


What else should you know about our Emergency Department? Our care covers everything from accredited chest pain status to emergency surgery. It’s all right here at WellStar Cobb Hospital. WellStar Urgent Care Centers are also available to provide treatment for minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries, including lab and X-ray service and is open daily from 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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NOTES & NOTICES SPECIAL OFFERS SOUTH COBB CANCER CLOSET The South Cobb Lions Club has a Cancer Closet set up for people that need supplies and cannot afford them. We have walkers, wheelchairs, beds, wigs and some personal supplies. The location is Barber Mini Warehouse, 5480 Old Floyd Road, Mableton. The hours are Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. AM until 2 p.m. If you have questions please contact Reese Munch at 770-948-5747. SERVICES ODD JOBS & HAULING I will do odd jobs in addition to hauling your junk to the dump. Other light hauling, Call Greg at 678-401-8821 or Cell 404-317-0716. LITTLE BEAR TREE SERVICE Little Bear Tree Service offers complete tree removal with care and quality assured. At Little Bear we are “pruning and shaping specialists, storm damage specialists, fully insured, and provide 24 hour emergency service.” Ask about our monthly specials. Free, prompt estimates and work at competitive rates. Call 404-975-9831. HELP WANTED CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102.


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EXTRA COPIES Looking for an extra copy of The Bright Side? Copies are available each month in the Smyrna Library, the Vinings Historic Society office, the Smyrna Community Center, Chick-fil-A Cumberland Mall and at many of our advertisers’ locations. Extra copies of our Mableton/Austell edition are available each month in the Mable House Arts Center, Mableton Pharmacy, Thomas Drugs, The Treadmill and other advertiser locations. Read the current issue on the web: www.

The July issue of The Bright Side will be published July 5, 2011 Deadline: June 23, 2011


CSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Can you offer volunteer clerical help for just a few hours a month? Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteer office assistance in various locations in Cobb County. Can you help about 3 hours a week making phone calls, data entry, filing, and assisting with various other office duties? Also needed are volunteers to assist with basic music activities for adults with developmental disabilities in the day program at our EXCEL Center. We also need mentors for Believe in Youth Program. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770-819-9229, ext. 226. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually. PLACING NOTES AND NOTICES ADS Holding a garage sale? Selling or renting your home, need an employee, tutoring, teaching, in – home child care? We accept short reader ads (up to 50 words) for a fee of $25; for both the Smyrna and the South Cobb editions, cost is $50. Be sure to indicate in which edition you want the ad placed. The ads, with check, should be mailed or delivered to The Bright Side, 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500 GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our JUNE 23 deadline with publication the week of July 4. Ad copy should also be e-mailed to: ads@brightsidecobb. com. Credit card payment accepted. Home-based business ads accepted only if they do not conflict with our display advertisers. Home sale ads are for homeowners only. For information, call 770426-9388 or e-mail to

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How do I get a Heart Screening? For more information, call 770-956-STAR (7827) to determine if you are a candidate.†

* Prices and hours available for a limited time. Heart screenings are self-pay only and not covered by insurance. † To qualify for a heart screening you must be 40 years old or older, have two or more risk factors, have a personal physician willing to accept your results and not had a CT heart screening in the last four years. In order to provide you with the highest quality diagnostic scan there is a heart rate threshold for this exam. Please inquire with our screeners at 770-956-STAR (7827) for details.

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One of several annual traditions for Wellstar Cobb Hospital Auxiliary is to honor the nursing staff at our hospital. During “Nurse Appreciation Week” platters of homemade cookies, candies and treats are delivered to each of the many nursing stations throughout our hospital. Again this year under the direction of Volunteer Special Events Committee Snookie Whitmore, we give a big THANK YOU to those who have chosen nursing as their profession. Recipes for some of the cookies and treats are in the recently published cookbook contributed to volunteers and staff at Wellstar Cobb Hospital. Culinary Offers by the Best of Cooks is available at the hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Gift Shoppe and the Gift & Flower Shoppe. Pictured from left are Lourdes Roman, student nurse from Chattahoochee Tech, Elizabeth Peters, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager 2 South, Snookie Whitmore, Chairman of Special Events, Joyce Sample, President of Cobb Hospital Auxiliary, Linda Carter, co-chair Special Events and Cerise Wotorson, RN. Manager 2South.

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• Is read. People read it from cover to cover and use the Calendar page in the center to plan activities throughout a full 30 days or more.

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