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over 135 restaurants and grocery stores that only serve sustainable seafood.

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On May 5, share plates from notable local restaurants with your significant other as eateries gather to compete for the title of “Best of Taste of East Cobb.” 955 Johnson Ferry Rd. TasteofEastCobb.com

Help a student in need. Be a host family from July 6-26 for pupils (ages 14 to 18) from France for LEC Atlanta. The participants are eager to enhance their English language skills and experience life in America. Plus, you can learn more about their culture too! For additional information, email Linda Farmer at: LGFarmer@aol.com or visit: LEC-USA.com

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life jacket and a cooler filled with refreshments to tug along during your float down the Chattahoochee River. The East Cobb Library is proposed to close due to budget cuts. It’s been reported that the recently opened Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center will meet community needs. Share

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Laura Bean Tenuto (left) and Melissa Bean (right), owners of the East Cobb-based 5th Generation Contracting, Inc., grace the March/April 2018 cover of one of Atlanta Best Media’s flagship publications, My Home Improvement. The motherdaughter duo talk family business and what it takes to succeed in our “Women in Remodeling” feature. 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd. 5thGenerationContracting.com

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The Cobb Antique Mall may house aged goods, but its 45,000-square-foot location in the Piedmont Village shopping center is brand new. Discover memorabilia like this 1950s Zenith radio (see right), vintage clothing, and more from over 120 vendors. 2800 Canton Rd. CobbAntiques.com

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2018 Roswell Azalea Festival

Bradley’s Doggy’s Day Out

617 Atlanta St. Times vary Free entry Enjoy a variety of activities from art exhibits to the Azalea Festival Gala—all in celebration of this spring blossom. RoswellAzaleaFestival.com

4961 Lower Roswell Rd. 3-7pm Free entry Relish a day out on the patio with a cold brew and your furry friend at this bar and grill. While here, local shelters will also have animals up for adoption. BradleysBarAndGrill.com/Calendar

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Bourbon Tasting 6690 Roswell Rd. NE. 7-9pm $30 Sample a variety of high-end bourbon with the experts at The Savvy Cellars. TheSavvyCellars.com

MAY 1 Tuesday Speed Workout 152 Columns Dr. 5:45am Free entry Burn extra calories executing high-intensity sprints with the East Cobb Road Runners. Facebook.com/EastCobbRoadRunners

East Cobb High School Graduations SPRING 2018

East Cobb Business Association Monthly Luncheon Olde Towne Athletic Club 11am-1:30pm Free entry Network with professionals and make career connections. Facebook.com/EastCobbBA

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Locations and times vary Free entry See the graduates of Walton (May 22), Sprayberry and Wheeler (May 23), Kell (May 24), Lassiter and Pope (May 26) high schools, strut across the stage and receive their diplomas. CobbK12.org/GeneralInfo/Graduation

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Sope Creek Garden Club Plant Sale

Project 82 Kenya 5K

Eastside Baptist Church 11am-6pm Free entry Shop flora grown by the Sope Creek Garden Club and peruse other outdoor décor. FrogsNCats.com

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Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church 6am Prices vary Support Project 82 Kenya at its inaugural 5K and Safari 1-miler for kids. All proceeds from the run will provide education and aim to meet healthcare needs for orphans in Kenya. Project82Kenya.com/5K

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Franklin Fair 2018 707 Franklin Gtwy. SE. 1-4pm Free entry Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving, Inc. and Marietta Police Athletic League partner to put on this community celebration of cultural diversity complete with face painting, games, and food. Eventbrite.com

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East Cobb Red Run

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2825 Sandy Plains Rd. 7am Prices vary Enjoy this 5K, 1-mile fun run, and family festival to support RISE UP! and Care for Aids. EastCobbRedRun.com

180 Bulloch Ave. 9am-4pm Free entry The North Fulton Master Gardeners have partnered with Bulloch Hall and the Roswell Azalea Festival to bring garden lovers this epic plant sale. NFMG.net/Garden-Faire.html

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Taste of East Cobb

28th Annual Marietta Greek Festival

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 11am-5pm Free entry, prices vary for tastings Savor the best East Cobb restaurants have to offer at this annual Walton High School fundraiser. While there, celebrate the retirement of Mike Back, the school’s director of bands. TasteOfEastCobb.com

3431 Trickum Rd. Times vary $5 for adults, free for children under 12 Opa! This Greek festival is filled with food, shopping, entertainment, and cooking demonstrations. MariettaGreekFestival.com

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Keep Our Children On Course Golf Outing

2018 Raider Summer Camp

Mindfulness for Teens Summer Intensive

Indian Hills Country Club 7:30am Prices vary Family Promise of Cobb County provides support to homeless families in Cobb County. Aid the cause by participating in its third annual golf fundraiser. FamilyPromiseCobbCounty.org

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Walton High School 9am-1pm $195 Walton High School varsity athletes will host fun games and coach attendees ages 5-12 in a variety of sports. WaltonYouthFootball.com

850 Indian Hills Pkwy. NE. 10am-Noon $150, $200 after May 1 Teens will learn several mindfulness practices from the Mindfulness in Schools Project curriculum including “stop and be,” which helps with anxiety. BeHereNowMindfulness.com

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Dr. Azi attended the Georgia State University, graduating with her undergraduate degree in mathematics and chemistry. She continued on to the Medical College of Georgia where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. In order to become a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Azi completed a three-year residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she also served as chief resident. During these three years, Dr. Azi treated a diverse population of medically compromised patients and people with special healthcare needs and was an active participant with the craniofacial lip and palate team. Shortly thereafter, she received the status of Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Dr. Azi is dedicated to providing excellent pediatric dental care and building confidence in her patients. Creating a positive dental experience customized to each young patient is central to Dr. Azi’s practice philosophy. She believes in supporting her patients and their families by finding realistic solutions and preventing problems before they arise. Dr. Azi’s greatest goal is helping a child overcome their fear and anxiety, getting them to a point where they enjoy their appointments. “We want to change [the typical child’s] fear of dentistry.” We focus on preventative care using the latest technology and a fun

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home for me,” Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) says. “Being here makes perfect sense.” She moved to East Cobb over 20 years ago. She and her family transitioned easily thanks to the welcoming environment of their new neighborhood. For years, Dr. Azi could be found working part-time at the Parkaire Kroger pharmacy while attending Georgia State University and developing the customer service expertise she’d bring with her as she studied pediatric dentistry and established her own practice.

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friendly environment that takes that fear away. We want kids to have fun in a relaxing environment. Our goal for our office is to be far from the traditional dental offices.” In addition to standard pediatric dental services, Dr. Azi also offers hospital dentistry and laser treatment for lip/ tongue ties to help infants with breastfeeding and toddlers with speech issues. Her mission becomes evident the moment visitors walk through the front door of Nia Pediatric Dentistry and into the whimsical wonderland of Dr. Azi’s fully-customized clinic space (or possibly prior to that if they’ve spotted the hippo-emblazoned vehicle parked outside). More than bright colors or thematic displays, this entire office feels like a giant playroom—life-sized cartoon animal figurines perch throughout, lively murals feature impish creatures to spark the imagination, game and video terminals hover above exam chairs, baskets of toys and books delight curious little ones, and there’s even a quiet private work area for parents. Every element of the design incorporates the child’s perspective and caters to their needs while boasting the most advanced technology and involving parents in the treatment whenever desired. “A lot of times I think the kids read the fears of their parents,” Dr. Azi reveals. “And parents always ask me, ‘Where were you when I was growing up?’ and ‘Can you see me as well?’” The amusement at the office carries over into Dr. Azi’s personal life as well. “We have such a haven here in East Cobb. Great schools, true family-focused environment, parents who stay really involved with their children, and a strong community.” Dr. Azi and her husband, Dr. Farshid Nia DMD, MSD, who is the clinical director at BB Braces Braces and an advisory board member at North American Dental Group, spend time enjoying a variety of activities that include their two children, Shervin and Leena, and their three family dogs. “We go to East Cobb Park,” Dr. Azi says. “And there are so many wonderful places to eat too! We love Camps Kitchen & Bar and Moxie Burger in Paper Mill Village, or Tijuana Joe’s for Mexican food, or Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar for seafood.” NiaDentistry.com, 1111 Johnson Ferry Rd., 770-479-9999. The content for this article is brought to you by Nia Pediatric Dentistry.

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Words of Wisdom from Dr. Azi Nia Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) strives to teach kids superior dental care, and she enlists parents to aid. “Parents should supervise brushing until kids can tie their own shoes and write in cursive,” Dr. Azi asserts. Adults should monitor the process to make sure the child brushes at least twice a day for two minutes each time. “Also, floss every day,” Dr. Azi instructs. “Rinses are good but they don’t replace flossing.” And what treats make her naughty list? “Drinking soda and juice constantly is soaking teeth in acid and crunchy fruits and vegetables more and sticky candy less!” Dr. Azi says,”A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician for overall oral health. All kids

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Good-For-You Getaways •Mountains •Lakes •Rivers •Coast

Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun! By Jennifer Colosimo

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Live The Lake Life Perhaps most well visited by Atlantans is the massive Lake Lanier with lake life classics like high-end residences, rentable water sports and wide channels for larger-than-life boats. Find a bevy of marinas and boat rentals with plenty of parking at Lake Allatoona. Its 12,000 acres of lake offers lots of water fun. For more entertainment, enjoy 14 parks for day trips and camping, family-friendly cabin rentals and restaurants to refuel for more fun in the sun.

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ife’s busy calendar keeps us occupied, so it’s no surprise the vacation bug hits more than once a year. A little time away from everyday life does wonders for the soul. It refreshes you, relaxes you, and helps you refocus on what’s important—your health, family and friends. The Southeast offers plenty of ways to escape within a half-day’s drive from Atlanta. Whether unwinding for the weekend or seeking a week of adventure, here’s your road map for where to go and what to do when you get there.

Sharing borders with South Carolina, Lake Hartwell has plenty of swimming, fishing and recreation, rivaling perhaps Georgia’s best-kept lake secret all the LAKE LANIER

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On the mainstream Chattahoochee River, find canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and fly fishing. In fact, there are several fly fishing schools that offer courses–quite literally–on the fly. Rent cabins on the river or pitch tents in one of the campgrounds along the banks to experience nature as intimately as your party wants.

way at the other end of the map. Built in 1925, Lake Blackshear sparkles near the Florida line as a water sport lover’s paradise and a freshwater fishing destination.

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Whether jumping off the roof of a boathouse on private, pristine Lake Burton, water skiing between North Carolina and Georgia on blue-green Lake Chatuge, or taking a dip in Lake Rabun, these northern lakes offer postcard-worthy snapshots, and plenty of fun things to do. Perhaps most picturesque is the crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge. This family-friendly area offers access to picnic and campsite accommodations, plus a home base for bike rides, easy shoreline hikes, fishing, kayaking, paddleboards and more. Spend a day hiking, antiquing, visiting wineries and popping into unique eateries.

Take (Us) to The River The 93-mile Toccoa/Ocoee River runs from Tennessee into North Georgia and boasts roadside rafting headquarters every few miles for experienced (or more adventurous) rafters. The river also provides plenty of can’t-miss stops like the swinging bridge along The Benton MacKaye Trail. The rapids of the 25-mile-long Chattooga River begin near the tristate area where Georgia meets both North and South Carolina, and is considered to be one of the best whitewater runs in the world. Another worldly nod is the Niagara of the South, or as locals know it, Tallulah Falls. North Carolina’s Nantahala River offers rafters of all ages and experience levels 8 miles of sparkling water and varying rapids to tackle, as well as exhilarating Jeep tours, hiking, mountain biking and more.

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Toes in the Sand

Head to Georgia and Alabama’s southern beaches, Florida’s panhandle and northeast coastline or the South Carolina coast. Alabama’s beaches offer small-town charm with entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up the arts scene, history, adventure parks and white sand beaches. Try stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing. End your day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for beachside cocktails, live music and fun. Along Florida’s 30A, you’ll find some of the most sought-after residences for blue-green water and white sand beaches. Spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Seagrove and Seaside are packed with all kinds of family-friendly adventure. Spend your days parasailing, jet skiing and shell collecting on the beach or shopping, golfing and seafood sampling in town, and at night, pack the itinerary with Putt-Putt, amusement park thrill rides and dinner by sunset along the water. Go east for Florida’s Forgotten Coast. From retro beaches like Carabelle and

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Just outside of Athens, Georgia and located in historic Greene County, visitors of Lake Oconee can choose to stay in adorable accommodations in town to explore the history still preserved, or book a suite at an upscale resort. The region offers cozy campgrounds, access to plenty of on-the-water activities, a renowned food and wine festival, outdoor concerts and more.

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Across the state, South Georgia meets Florida’s northeast coastline to offer classic beach destinations with fun, quirky towns like St. Simons and Jekyll Island in Georgia or Fernandina and St. Augustine below the state line. St. Augustine is ripe with history and small town Fernandina serves to-die-for seafood. In St. Simons, rent bikes for hours of exploring before dinner by the pier. On South Carolina’s coastline, play a round of golf on the gorgeous Kiawah Island or take an easy walk across the beach on quiet, wildlife-rich Fripp Island. Opt for adventure and take a banana boat ride or go parasailing at Myrtle Beach. Or take a sunset dolphin river cruise around Hilton Head Island.

Escape to The Mountains In this region, bed and breakfasts abound, as do quiet, secluded cabins, family campsites, a handful of luxury resorts and even a casino. You can choose super, small-town vibes in cities like Blairsville, Helen, which has Tray Mountain, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina’s Hayesville, Franklin and more. Larger map dots, like Blue Ridge boast a bevy of breweries, walkable shops and eateries, plus a drive-in theater and access to plenty of river activities or day hikes. Chattanooga is a classic destination with traditional stops like Lookout Mountain, the Choo Choo, the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City and more. Or visit the tiny Tennessee town of Roan Mountain and walk through its beautiful hardwood forest. In Asheville, fill your itinerary with art museums, eclectic eats, chocolate shops and countless brewery tours before or after your day spent at nearby Biltmore Estate.

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From countless waterfalls to day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

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Blue Ridge SouthernComfortCabinRentals.com (706) 258-3737 For the perfect mountain getaway, choose all the comforts of home with spectacular views of properties skimming the Blue Ridge Mountains’ ridgeline, or just steps away from the hustle and bustle of a charming downtown scene.

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Chattanooga, Tennessee TVRail.com (423) 894-8028 The only regularly scheduled, fully operating train ride in the state, this railroad museum offers a standout day of interactive history to entertain and educate people of all ages. All aboard!

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

St. Simons Island   KingAndPrince.com (912) 638-3631 Enjoy upscale poolside rooms, spectacular villas with ocean-view balconies and more, providing the entire family with a comfortable home away from home, just steps away from plentiful beach recreation, rich history and natural beauty on the island.

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St. George Island to remote stays on Alligator Point, St. Theresa and more, there’s an address to book a stay on what may seem like your own private beach. Nearby Apalachicola—aka the land of friendly people—is world-famous for fresh oysters served any way you can dream up, plus the charm of local shops, galleries and rich maritime history make the ambience as good as the freshly shucked delicacies.

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long-term Cobb County residents and record their stories. This project, which will be kept at the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center, helps to keep special memories alive. You can also assist by shelving books or teaching specialized classes. 2051 Lower Roswell Rd. CobbCat.org/Venue/Sewell-Mill-Library-Cultural-Center

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Volunteer at WellStar East Cobb Health Park and lend a hand to those who need it most. From helping out at the front desk, working at the gift shop, or assisting the nursing staff, your time is appreciated. 3747 Roswell Rd. Wellstar.org/About-Us/Volunteers

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Start your weekend on the right foot with the East Cobb Red Run on April 28. This stroller-friendly race will support the Atlanta after-school program RISE UP!, and Care for Aids, which assists HIVpositive individuals (think medical and financial support) who live in Kenya. After breaking a sweat, be sure to stop by the family festival. 2825 Sandy Plains Rd. EastCobbRedRun.com

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In celebration of Earth Day, join the Cobb Electric Membership Corporation for a free Recycling Day on April 21. Gather

your old cellphones, laptops, and outdated electronics and bring them in for eco-friendly recycling. The organization will also provide secure document shredding and more. 1260 Cobb Pkwy. N. CobbEMC.com/Content/Recycle

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Adopt a section of land with the Towhee Trail Program and help clean up one of East Cobb’s natural gems. Uproot invasive plants, clear debris, and plant native species with friends and family. Your efforts allow others to take advantage of these peaceful paths. 3322 Roswell Rd. EastCobbPark.org/Volunteer-Opportunities

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