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COMMENTS SOUGHT ON SOUTHERN COBB SCHOOL REDISTRICTING PLANS The Cobb County School District is gathering comments on two alternative maps for the pending south county elementary school redistricting. The opening of the new Mableton School in 2012 and the new Smyrna School in 2013 and an eight-classroom addition to Nickajack Elementary will cause the closing of two older schools and reorganization of several attendance zones. The redistricting proposal includes changes to existing south Cobb schools,
including: • Brown Elementary School, Smyrna, will be closed. Brown students would attend the new Smyrna area elementary school at the intersection of Windy Hill and Atlanta roads. • Sky View Elementary School, Mableton will be closed and students would attend the new Mableton Elementary. • Fitzhugh Lee Center of H.A.V.E.N. Academy at Oakdale would be relocated to the current Brown Elementary building.
• Reorganization of Austell Primary (grades K-1) and Austell Intermediate (grades 2-5) into traditional K-5 elementary schools; saving more than $100,000 per year in transportation costs. The maps are available for public review and input on the District Web site at www.cobbk12.org. The changes could affect some 15,000 students attending the 25 schools across Southern Cobb covered by the redistricting,
Following review of the comments, the CCSD will create a final map that may be a hybrid of the two options. The final redistricting proposal and map will be presented to the Board of Education for a vote in February. The district has included a “Public Comment Wall” for the community to post feedback regarding the proposal online at www.cobbk12.org. Comments can also be sent to email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS HERALD ARRIVAL OF HOLIDAY SEASON VININGS JUBILEE, DEC. 1 The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a Vinings Jubilee tradition. Every year the people of Vinings gather at the clock tower in Vinings Jubilee and celebrate the lighting of a Christmas tree that stands as a holiday centerpiece to the Vinings community. This year attendees will once again enjoy holiday music, pony and train rides, and will have a chance to get their photo taken with Santa. This years lighting will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 1, at the new Tower Stage. Photos with Santa will be taken on Friday, Dec. 9 from 4 - 7 p.m. and sleigh rides through the Vinings Jubilee center will be offered.
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Members of the newly formed Epidemic Theatre, Roy Wilson Jr., left, Chairman of the Board, and Spencer G. Stephens, Associate Artistic Director, demonstrate their puppetry skills to a young viewer at the Smyrna Jonquil Festival. For more information on Epidemic Theatre’s schedule and plans for a theatre, see page 6.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY SET AT BRINKEY PARK NOV. 11 On Friday, Nov. 11, the Smyrna Veterans Committee, a coordinating body sponsored by the City of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, and the Smyrna Rotary Club will present Annual Veterans Day ceremony at Brinkley Park, 100 Legion Drive, in Smyrna. This patriotic tribute is open to the public. Veterans and families are especially welcome. Music will be provided by the Belmont Hills Elementary School Honors Chorus and the Osborne High School Band. Speakers include Joseph “Doc” Masterson, Sr., Col. Ret., US Army, Korea and Vietnam Veteran and Bob Babcock, Capt., US Army, Vietnam Veteran. The public is invited to join in remembering those who have served and are serving to preserve our freedom and our heritage.
Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) will host a Christmas Tree Lighting Event for the public on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in front of the hospital and feature choral groups from Smyrna Assembly of God and Atlanta Adventist Academy Bell Choir, and a special appearance by Santa. Families are invited to bring their cameras for
photos with Santa at the conclusion. “As Cobb County’s only faith –based hospital we felt it was important to offer this to the community. Many who grew up in this community remember us as ‘Smyrna Hospital’ and had family traditions to come see the live nativity on our lawn each Christmas. We want to bring back a Christmas tradition for the local community,” said Ed Moyer, COO.
SMYRNA MARKET VILLAGE, NOV. 29 Santa will light the Christmas Tree on Smyrna’s Village Green amid music, fun and food. on Nov. 29 from 5 - 9 p.m. for “Coming Home for the Holidays.” Enjoy holiday festivities and musical performances at the Smyrna Community Center and see Santa light the big Christmas Tree on the Village Green at 7 p.m. Bring the entire family for all of it and ring in the season downtown. This event marks the first official evening of holiday lights in the downtown. School choral groups will entertain on stages at the Community Center, there will be costumed characters for holiday photos and the Smyrna Business Association will offer hot Dogs, hot chocolate and other refreshments at “Donner’s Deli.” The Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna will welcome Santa again this year at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin on Atlanta Road across from The Downtown Smyrna
Village. Children are invited to visit between 6 and 8 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, and 23.
Santa will be at the Smyrna Welcome Center throughout December.
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Comments By Cathy THANKSGIVING: FOOD, FAMILY, FOOTBALL By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher Thanksgiving is one of those memory holidays. Whether good ones or bad ones, it’s one of those days you remember and reflect upon. When I was growing up, for example, my mother didn’t really care for turkey. Thanksgiving had the dressing and mashed potatoes and other good things, but no turkey. We always had a baked hen. Hen’s can be tricky birds and one year that old hen just wouldn’t get done. Hence, one tough old hen created a Thanksgiving memory. In addition to giving thanks for our blessings, food, family, and football seem to be the theme of this special American holiday. I’m not a football fan, but I do like preparing the meal and having my family and friends around me. Additionally, for many in our community, feeding the hungry is also a part of their Thanksgiving tradition. This year, more than ever, many people have a new personal theme to this day; that of hunger. The groups in our community who help those in need are seeing an increase in the number of folks coming to them for help. Many have never asked for help before, but loss of jobs, homes and income have brought them to the doorstep of the non-profit organizations. There is a new dilemma this year, however. The needs have increased but the numbers of people
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who are able to give have decreased. In too many homes throughout our county Thanksgiving will be just another day of too little food and too much hunger. With the donations of generous folks throughout Cobb, however, there will be food baskets filling empty pantries. In mentioning some of the groups offering help, I’m sure I will offend others who are not mentioned; just know that it is not intentional if a group is omitted. There is an abundance of generous people in our county and so many groups willing to lend their expertise and time to coordinating the donation efforts. One well known group that has been filling Thanksgiving baskets here for 25 years is the Center for Family Resources (formerly known as Cobb Family Resources.) If you would like to make a contribution to them or find out how to receive help, call them at 770-428-2601 or www.TheCFR.org. Another group of individuals who are often forgotten are those with mental health disabilities. The Cobb Community Services Board is furnishing baskets for several hundred individuals and families for Thanksgiving. To make a contribution for yourself or a group, call Mary Robeck at 770-819-9229, ext. 226. She will even come and collect your canned goods or grocery store gift cards for meats. She is also Continued on Page 15
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HOLIDAY HOME TOUR BENEFITS FOUNDATION The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna invites the public to attend the 10th annual Holiday Home Tour, Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon – 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. “Capture the Holiday Spirit as you visit seven festive homes,” said Gwen Baldwin, Director, Foundation & Volunteer Services. “Enjoy refreshments at the complimentary Tea Room, and finish your holiday shopping at the silent bid auction.” The Marietta Daily Journal, Harry’s Farmers Market and Community Bank of the South serve as co-sponsors for this year’s event. Proceeds from this year’s annual Holiday Home Tour go to the purchase of Digital Mammography equipment for Emory-Adventist Hospital, www.SmyrnaCares.org. Admission is $20 per person. The
ticket provides admission to the tour of homes, as well as a tearoom and silent bid auction at The Community Bank of the South. You may purchase tickets by calling 770-438-5233. Ticket are now on sale at Community Bank of the South; 3016 Atlanta Road SE; Love Street Gifts; 1295 Concord Road; G Scott Home Furnishings; 1125 Concord Road; The Honeybee; 2968 Atlanta Road; The Nest; 762 Concord Road SE; The Village Café; 2860 Atlanta Road, Market Village.
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AUDREY’S INTERESTING CASE
By Dr. Derek Conte reported a “lighter” sense in the left side Audrey (name changed), 36, was a of her body. She was able to taste her food passenger in a car when it was hit hard from and was no longer biting her tongue when behind by a truck. The impact produced talking or eating; the lisp significantly myriad symptoms including problems improved. The gagging and swallowing with vision, memory, concentration, bladproblems when eating and drinking had der control, difficulty swallowing, gagging ceased, and her airway was feeling more when eating, constant headaches, a open. The sense that there was dry, hard stool with constipation, a always “something” in the back of sense of airway constriction, and her throat was also gone. balance problems (especially when In the third visit (two days carrying things). later) she showed more improveShe noted a high level of irritament and we continued with spebility to sounds, to being touched, cific adjustments, this time adding and even to “enduring” long conthe upper-back and mid-neck. In versations; of being intolerant the fourth and fifth visits (five and when dealing with others, often Dr. Derek Conte twelve days later) we introduced cursing when frustrated. This was the ten-step CST protocol (Craniovery out of character for her, she said. The Sacral Therapy. See: upledger.com), after entire left side of her body, from head to which Audrey said, “I can breathe better, toe, felt heavy and weak with numbness now.” and burning sensations. As a result, she By the seventh visit (3 weeks) Audrey was using her left side much less in daily was really hitting her stride and all of the tasks and had developed a limp. On the aforementioned symptoms had resolved. left side, her scalp and skin became dry to She was walking normally, was using her the touch, and her hair became brittle and left hand, and her usual, gentle temperastopped growing. She acquired a lisp, had ment was back. We saw her twice more in trouble tasting food and feeling her tongue, the next five weeks and released her from regularly biting it, her left cheek and lip care. Audrey’s is a case that demonstrates when speaking. Not surprisingly, Audrey the incredible self-healing power of the was miserable. body and its drive to restore normalcy of She had lived this way for 2 ½ years function. She only needed a little bit of after the accident and was unable to find help to get the ball rolling. How many relief from the many doctors she had seen others out there are facing similar chalsince. lenges? How many out there just need that On the first visit we began our care little bit of help? with three specific chiropractic adjustDr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chiments to the upper neck and tailbone areas ropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. in and sent her home. Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784-6008 By the second visit (two days later) or visit Facebook: Chiropractor Smyrna the headaches had stopped and Audrey Ga | Derek Conte DC
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LIVING THROUGH THANKSGIVING
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By Robert Meyring the holiday. Beyond that, these tips may In this season of Thanksgiving, I help you live longer - which no amount of wish to provide pointed pieces of advice money can buy. for navigating and surviving through the First remember what your mother Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes said: “If you can’t say anything it’s hard to reflect and think of nice, don’t say anything at all.” It the blessings in your life if facing sounds simple but you know it’s the fear of foreclosure, unemploynot. Restrain yourself even if you ment, or uncertainty about the are under verbal assault. Realize future. Other times it may be easier that your non-nice words, even to be thankful for what you have. if correct, may have the effect of So, if life is like a bowl of chermaking the situation worse. Try ries or even if your “life bowl” is telling the offender something filled with something else not as nice even if it is not true; it may sweet, realize that in the end, what Robert Meyring be disarming and allow the subject people often value most is the time to change. Many people are just they have while they are alive - and money trying to make it through the day anyway. cannot buy more time. You can actually stroll around through Many people spend this holiday with life, outside of Thanksgiving, and apply family, often getting upset with relatives that expression about saying nice things, and resurrecting grievances with siblings and find you will experience less stress. rooted several years or even decades in the With less stress often comes a longer and past. Did you know that almost 10% of all more enjoyable life. None of this is new Thanksgiving deaths by heart attack are to you, but reminders can be helpful. Enjoy the result of family arguments? Well that’s your holiday. actually not true, but I want to capture your Robert S. Meyring, managing partner of attention to the fact that there are a couple the Meyring Law Firm in Vinings, offers free 10 of things you can do to stop from getting minute phone consultations at 678-217-4369. so upset when the family gets together for The Firm’s website is MeyringFirm.com.
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OPTIMISTS WILL BE ‘FLIPPIN FOR KIDS’
The Smyrna Optimist Club will hold it 10th Annual “Flippin for Kids” Pancake Breakfast. This breakfast has become a Smyrna tradition, according to co-chairs Richard Wingate and Ryan Pharr, providing a place for the community to get together in a reunion-like atmosphere and the members work very hard to insure its success. Shoppers can head out to get the bargains offered during the weekend after Thanksgiving and the ever faithful Bulldog and Yellow Jacket Fans can stop and partake of a good breakfast and fellowship before they continue on their way to the game. Breakfast will be served at The Smyrna First United Methodist Church at 1315 Concord Road in Smyrna from 7:30am until 11:00am. Ticket prices are $5 per person for all the Pancakes, Coffee, Sausage and Fellowship you want and Takeout will be available as well. Tickets can be purchased from any member or by contacting the club via the website Smyrnaoptimist.org and select the “Contact Us” button. Breakfast Ticket donations to benefit MUST will be accepted as well. Contact The Smyrna Optimist Club for details.
The Smyrna Optimist Club was chartered in 1962 serving the Kids of the Smyrna Community for 47 years. A few of the projects supported area as follows: • Partners in Education at the Haven Academy • Read by Grade Three in The Smyrna Elementary Schools • Santa House at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin • Scholarships for Osborne and Campbell High School Students • Tri-Star Sports Skills Tests for The Smyrna Basketball Assoc and Smyrna Little League • Calvary Children’s Home. There are many other projects and fund raisers scheduled throughout the year including The Annual Vidalia Onion Sale held in the spring. Visitors are welcome to attend breakfast on Friday mornings at 7 a.m. at the American Legion Post 160 on Legion Drive in Smyrna.
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The Smyrna Optimist Club installed new Officers and Board of Directors for the upcoming 2011-2012 term which begins on Oct 1. The installation took place at the regular breakfast on Sept 30, at the American Legion Post 160. The ceremony was conducted by former Georgia District Governor and Smyrna Optimist Club member Rodney Hogue. The new Officers are Betty Turley, President; Richard Wingate, First Vice President; Ron Huck. Second Vice President; Ken Smith, Treasurer; Ed Forscher, Secretary; Board of Directors – Ryan Pharr, Cam Jones, Monte Bruner, Sarah Monsour, John Morris, Cathleen Clayton. At the same meeting, members were recognized for their contributions to the Club and community. • Ron Huck ,Optimist of the Year for his work in making the annual golf tournament a great success • Richard Wingate and Ryan Pharr ,Service to the Community for their work with the annual “Flippin for Kids” pancake breakfast which has become a tradition in the Smyrna Community. • Bob Andrews, Service to the Smyrna Optimist Club in recruiting interesting and notable speakers including Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.
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EPIDEMIC THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEASON
Epidemic Theatre Group, Founded in 2007 by Lee D. Sanders and several friends, is poised to take over the area by storm as “The” Performing Arts destination in Smyrna. The theatre group will perform “Every Christmas Story Ever Told…And Then Some” Dec. 9 at 7:30 at the Smyrna Community Center. At October’s Jonquil Festival, many parents of young children lamented the huge void for the arts in Smyrna. The non-profit group originally intended to match the curriculum of local high schools, performing Moliere’s Tartuffe, and the 10-member ensemble show, Godspell. In the meantime this gypsy troupe is on the lookout for a new home. With three years and seven shows under their belt, Epidemic is running a capital campaign to raise the funds to move into a space they have sourced in Smyrna. As a non-profit organization, the funding comes completely from donations and ticket sales. In order to mount their upcoming season and educational opportunities, they need to move into the new space on Atlanta Road., near the Chattahoochee River, by Jan. 1. “Being in the community allows us to attract our audiences from outside the Smyrna area to our local businesses, retailers, and restaurants,” said Lee Sanders, artistic director. “That’s good business sense for our community partners and attracts new businesses to the area. We believe in Smyrna and the promise it holds for individuals and families looking for a place to call home.” They plan an adult season of four shows -- two musicals and two plays -that rival even some professional theaters.
Acting classes and an exposure to the arts for young children will be available through theatrical workshops and children’s productions. Log onto the website at www.epidemictheatre.org to find out how to become a donor, volunteer with the group, or become a supporter of the arts here in your back yard.
SMYRNA ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE MOVES TOWARD OPENING
A group of parents and educators are working to organize The Smyrna Academy of Excellence, scheduled to open in July 2013. The Smyrna Academy of Excellence is a K-12 STEM school being created, managed, governed, and led by Smyrna educators, parents, and residents. The school will be a “campus” with retail, residency, YMCA and Emory involvement, senior living, and a pre-school. “While it’s certainly disappointing that some recently proposed charter schools did not meet the standards set by the Cobb County Board of Education, this does not affect the ongoing planning grants, property development plans, and petition writing for The Smyrna Academy of Excellence,” said Kathryn Brown, one of the organizers. Informational meetings will be held Nov. 6, 13, and 20 at Rev Coffee.
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SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT An ADVENTure in Worship At SMYRNA PRESBYTERIAN Join us for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, PCA. We are a warm, welcoming congregation of believers. Our traditional Advent services are a soothing balm for those beleaguered by the hectic pace and moral dissipation of the current public discourse. Experience the “Peace that passes all understanding.” Sing the old hymns and share the comfort of the Lord’s loving presence. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. The church sponsoring this ad is Smyrna Presbyterian located on Atlanta Road in Smyrna. Come join us this Sunday. Bring this ad and receive a copy of the New Testament and Bible study aids.
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DELMAR GARDEN’S CASINO COUTURE RAISES $3,215
Delmar Gardens of Smyrna hosted Casino Couture Oct. 21, raising $3,215 benefiting the Junior League of CobbMarietta. The 1960s inspired evening saw the retirement facility transformed into a Vegas casino highlighting favorites such as roulette and blackjack. Lucky winners won thousands of dollars’ worth of magnificent raffle prizes. Guests enjoyed themed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while being swept back in time with melodies by Gary Squires. The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action of trained volunteers.” Delmar Gardens was honored to have the opportunity to support such an astounding organization based right here in our own community. For more information on future events at Delmar Gardens of Smyrna, a luxury independent assisted living retirement community, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center please contact Brittney Stroud, Marketing Specialist, at 770-432-4444.
Robert Meyring, center, of the Meyring Law Firm and a Bright Side columnist since 2006, played host to this year’s Vinings Business Association Oktoberfest. Leonard Witt, left, and John Fleming, right, of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange at Kennesaw State University were in attendance. The VBA was reestablished in 2008 by Meyring himself, and hosts this event annually. Meyring served as president from 2008-2009 and is now the organization’s pro-bono legal counsel.
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NOVEMBER 10: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL. Cobb Chamber event. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Smyrna Community Center at 7:45 a.m. Program: Smyrna Citizen of the Year. General Admission: $30; Members: $10 online; $20 at the door. Online Registration Closes: Nov. 8 at noon. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org. ••• 12: UPWARD BASKETBALLAND CHEERLEADING: First Baptist Church of Smyrna offers an exciting basketball and cheerleading league for children and youth where Every Child is a Winner. 2011-12 Upward Basketball league. Evaluations Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campbell Middle School New Gym. To register, go to www.smyrnafirst.org. For more information visit the church office at 1275 Church Street, Smyrna or call 770 435-3231. ••• 14: CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: Join us for our next Career Transition meeting Monday, Nov. 14th at 6:30 PM (Presentation 7:00 PM) at The Warehouse First Presbyterian Church 68 N. Marietta Pkwy. Marietta GA 30060. For more information, call Bill Lins, 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin, 770-795-9084. http.//fpccareersintransition.wordpress.com. Note that Career Transition Ministries will meet on the second Monday of the month during Nov., December, and January, February. ••• 26: PANCAKE BREAKFAST. The Smyrna Optimist Club will hold its 10th Annual “Flippin for Kids” Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast will be served at The Smyrna First United Methodist Church at 1315 Concord Road from 7:30 a.m. until 11. Ticket prices are $5 per person for all the Pancakes, Coffee, Sausage and Fellowship you want and Takeout will be available as well. Smyrnaoptimist.org and select the “Contact Us” button. ••• 29: HOLIDAY BAZAAR at Delmar Gardens, Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 2 p.m. to 6. Delmar Gardens of Smyrna retirement community, 404 King Springs Village Parkway, will be hosting an afternoon of holiday shopping galore! An array of talented local vendors will have a collection of beautiful merchandise for sale, including jewelry, cosmetics, cookware and more! Join us for this special event and take home something truly unique! Phone: 770-432-4444. ••• 29: SMYRNA TREE LIGHTING and activities. 5 p.m. to 9. On the Village Green, Smyrna.
WEEKLY EVENTS 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. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at
DECEMBER 2-23: SANTA. The Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna will welcome Santa again this year. Please visit between 6 p.m. and 8. Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23. Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s Cabin on Atlanta Rd. across from The Smyrna Market Village. ••• 1: EMORY-ADVENTIST TREE LIGHTING at the hospital 6:30 p.m. ••• 1: VININGS JUBILEE TREE LIGHTING on the Tower Stage 6 – 8 p.m. ••• 4: HOLIDAY HOME TOUR. The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will hold its 10th annual Holiday Home Tour, on Sunday, Dec. 4, noon to 6 p.m. . Purchase tickets by calling 770-438-5233 and area locations. ••• 5: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Chamber event. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Doug Hertz, CEO & president of United Distributors, Inc. Program: Business Community Service Awards. General Admission: $50; Members: $20 online; $35 at door. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 1 at noon. Registration at www. cobbchamber.org. ••• 8: BUSINESS-AFTER-HOURS. Cobb Chamber event. Thursday, Dec. 8. Location: TBA from 5 to 7 p.m. General Admission: $20 online, $30 at the door. Members: Free online, $20 at the door. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 6 at noon. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org. ••• 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! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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7 p.m. every Monday evening at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. New Scouts are welcome! Please visit our website: www.smyrnatroop11.com. ••• 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 www.orgsites.com/ga/troop88 ••• 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. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Smyrna Community Center ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA now meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SMYRNA GOLDEN K KIWANIS: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 811 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: interstatenorth.freetoasthost.net. ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. ••• MONTHLY OR MORE ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Caregivers Support Group- free 3rd Thursday of each month- 6:30 p.m. 4005 S. Cobb Drive. Smyrna, It is facilitated by a local physician. Call 770431-7055 or email woodlandridge@caravita. com for details. ••• AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8:am to 11a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more informa-
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tion, access AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We’re a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/ programs are free and open to the public. Call 770-432-3049 or visit our website, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us. ••• THE NORTHWEST ATLANTA BEAD SOCIETY meets the second Saturday of the month from 1:30 to 3;30 p.m. at the East Marietta Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA.
Information on beading techniques, bead shows and a monthly project are part of the meeting. For more information contact 404-918-8810. ••• 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. ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW ••• 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. ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Humanism is free from any belief in the supernatural and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for individuals on this earth through reliance on intelligence and the scientific method, democracy, and social sympathy. Monthly meeting is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. www.georgiahumanists.org ••• INTOWN ATLANTA PARENTS of Multiples Club (IAPOMC) is a support group for parents of multiples in and around the perimeter with meetings every odd month. We connect parents of multiples with others who not only understand similar parenting challenges, but can offer some tried and true solutions. We offer a great newsletter, informative speakers and fun social gatherings! www.atlantamultiples.com. Contact Christina at email@example.com. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. For further information, you may contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. ••• 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. www.nationalmemoryscreening.org. Call for info 770431-7055 ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna-East chapter includes zip code 30080 west of Atlanta Road and the Vinings Estates neighborhood. Please visit www.freewebs. com/momsclubofsmyrnaeast for more. The Smyrna-Northeast chapter includes zip code
Page 9, November 2011 30339 and zip code 30080 east of Atlanta Road. Please visit http://www.momsclubofsmyrnane. com for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit www.momsclubofsmyrnawest.com for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmyrnaviningswest@yahoo. com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-2223211, email@example.com for information. NAMI CONNECTION is a weekly 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. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. 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, John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. www.newcomersofcobbcounty.com ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join us! We typically meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at SFUMC. For more information, check out www.smyrnafirstmops.com ••• 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 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 email@example.com ••• VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members and guests are always welcome! A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to email@example.com. Deadline for the DECEMBER issue is NOVEMBER 23 with publication the week of Dec. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.
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TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM
Students at Campbell High School are continuing a program at called Trout in the Classroom. “It’s very exciting for the students,” said Vickie Mudd, biology teacher. Trout in the Classroom was started in Cobb County in 2009. It offers students an opportunity to raise trout from eggs to maturity. The students then release the trout into the Chattahoochee River. The students learn about water chemistry, ecology, taxonomy, and conservation. Keep up with the students’ progress at https://sites.google.com/site/ cobbcountrytroutintheclassroom. The fish, more than 300 eggs, arrived Oct. 2 and by Oct. 20 the hatchlings were released into the tank.
VININGS CIVIC CLUB SETS HOLIDAY PARTY
The Vinings Village Civic Club celebrated Columbus Day at the Italian restaurant Taverna Fiorentina Oct. 3 with more than 30 members present. The food was delicious, the ambiance relaxed and comfortable and the spirits of present were high. Everyone had a great time. In November the monthly meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the East West Bank, sponsor of this event. Depending on the weather, it will be either on the patio or in the lobby of the
office building. Marion Blackwell will be the featured speaker and signing his book, Blue Locust. The Christmas Party for the Vinings Village Civic Club will be held at South of La Paz on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Wonder what Santa will have in store? Certainly a lot of surprises. A beautiful VVCC “CHORUS” will be serenade the attendees and everyone is invited to join in the singing of carols and Christmas Songs.
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Kenneth O. Nix, retired Chief Judge of the Cobb Superior Court and long time Chamber member, participated in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Teacher for a Day Program Sept. 29 at King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna where all five of his children attended school. The principal of the school is Linda Keeney.
ware jewelry, Judith Giroux, Morrow, Ga. who brings newly designed knitted bracelets, and woodturner Steve Pritchard from Winston, Ga. The show runs Dec. 2 - 11, and hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Mable House Arts Center is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. For more information, call 770-819-3285 or for a taste of what is to come, “Like” us on Facebook. Mable’s Tea Room will again be offering homemade soups and desserts, salads and sandwiches. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 - 10 and closed on Sundays. Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit the art assistance program for local students. Be sure to call for reservations of six or more: 770-819-3285. Other activities on the calendar at the Mable House include a Silent Auction benefiting the Historic Mable House, Candy Cane Hunt on Dec. 3, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, and Mommy & Me Tea on Dec. 4 with two seatings at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Visit www. mablehouse.org for more information.
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GOBBLE JOG GEARS UP FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
It’s time to sign up for one of America’s best-loved family events! The annual Gobble Jog benefiting MUST Ministries on Thanksgiving Day attracts people from virtually every state. Join the fun and costumes surrounding the 10K, 5K, 1mile and Tot Trot starting and ending on the historic Marietta Square. This year, we’re expecting 9,500 runners and thousands more spectators… a celebration ideal for kicking off your holiday! You can even join the VIP Runners at the private Marietta Daily Journal tent with upgraded dri-fit race shirts, premium post-
race snacks and cold drinks. For only $50, you can get the VIP treatment while you’re helping others with your race entry fee. In the past, Gobble Jog has raised more than $1 million in eight years to help MUST provide groceries, hot meals, clothing, education and employment, emergency shelter, housing, Toy Shop, Summer Lunch, access to healthcare and more. Don’t miss the fun and help MUST stop poverty in its tracks! For more information, go to www. gobblejog.org , or call the Gobble Jog hotline: 678-218-4521.
THANKSGIVING DONATIONS NEEDED Thanksgiving food donations are needed more than ever this year for clients of the Cobb Community Services Board (Cobb CSB). The agency provides more than 250 Thanksgiving food baskets for individuals and families who face behavioral healthcare challenges each year. This is an excellent service project for students, companies, civic groups, families and individuals. Whether you would like to provide a complete dinner, or just a can or two, the food will be appreciated and your contribution valued. Grocery store gift cards, to purchase turkeys and hams, are also needed. “The vast majority of the clients we serve are either disabled or the working poor and have limited financial resources. Holiday food donations are a great way to say I care. I hope people will consider donating food to assist those facing struggles during the Thanksgiving season,” said
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CAMPBELL DUO ON FRENCH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Campbell High School International Baccalaureate teacher Mrs. Svetoslava Dimova and senior Andrew Forbes left Friday, October 14, 2011 for a week’s trip to northeast France as part of a Georgia Department of Education exchange program. Mrs. Dimova and Andrew are the only delegates from the Cobb County Public School System. Mrs. Dimova was one of seven teachers in metro Atlanta selected for the collaborative project between Georgia DOE and the Academy Nancy-Metz in the Lorraine, France region. During November, 2010, Campbell High School hosted a French student ambassador and signed an official Memorandum of Understanding. As a result of this partnership, collaboration began between the 2010-2011 junior IB class and an English language class in Saint-Avold, France. Since then, the two groups have exchanged written correspondence and participated in video conferences. Campbell High School IB French seniors will travel to France during spring break 2012 to meet their counterparts at the Academy of Nancy-Metz. IB French juniors will also continue to participate in a two year Georgia DOE initiative. Andrew Forbes, who studies both IB French VI and French VII on alternating days, has an A average in Mrs. Dimova’s class. The Georgia DOE excursion will be Andrew’s first trip out of the United States. As a student ambassador, Andrew is looking forward to learning about the local culture and how the French regard Americans. Mrs. Dimova has visited France many times but has never visited the Lorraine
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Children of the Vinings Community enjoyed a Halloween-themed cupcake decorating event at the Pavilion in October sponsored by the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. Above, Camille and Caldwell enjoy their cupcakes. Below, Natasha Johnson of CammiCakes helps the children frost their cupcakes.
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Continued from Page 2 looking for folks to provide special activities and/or Christmas gifts for individuals or families or groups served by Cobb/ Douglas Community Services Board. C.A.M.P. in Austell is seeking donations rather than actual food. A contribution of $10 will go a long ways toward feeding a family at the holiday or throughout the year. Their clothes closet provides approximately 12,000 gently-used clothing and household items, as well as essential items such as diapers, feminine hygiene products and school supplies. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 802, Austell 30168 or online at www.svcamp.org. They are located at 6289 Veterans Memorial Highway Building 12, Austell or call them at 770-819-0662. Last year our son and his wife, Peter and Ann-Bailey, came from Virginia to Marietta on Wednesday so they can run in the Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog. This is a fund-raising event for MUST Ministries. They are well-known in our community for the help they provide, including food at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. For information about MUST Ministries in Smyrna call them at 770-436-9514 or check their web site at MUSTMinistries. org or for the Gobble Jog: www.gobblejog. org , or call the Gobble Jog hotline: 678218-4521. On Nov. 24 we will gather together, thankful to God for our family, our home, food to eat and fellowship with those we love. For us and for many families throughout our county and country, it has been a year of belt-tightening and budgeting, but on Thanksgiving Day we will be grateful for all of our many blessings.
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Mrs. Denise Magee, Campbell High School principal, congratulations the first Campbell High School Spartans of the Week for 2011-2012, including, from left, Morgan Coleman, Lanie Rim, Mrs. Magee, Renzo Rivera, Delani Baker, D’ Asia Cain, Kevin Jones, and Zuri Stradford. Spartans of the Week are chosen by staff for qualities such as outstanding effort, character, and scholarship. Students this week are also honored with a certificate, letter to parents, pin, and picture. On Oct. 21, they attended to Friday’s football game free.
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First Baptist Church of Smyrna offers an exciting basketball and cheerleading league for children and youth where Every Child is a Winner. Registration is open for the 2011-12 Upward Basketball league. Evaluations are Saturday, November 5 and November 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campbell Middle School New (lower)
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