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“I want to check out Spanish in Atlanta to learn Spanish because I’ve always wanted to be bilingual.”

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Kudos to Marietta singer-songwriter and former My East Cobb cover star Alex Guthrie, who wowed the

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2. A true nod to Southern cooking, The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell tickles taste buds with all kinds of culinary delights, including the Pimento Cheese Fritters. A favorite of customers, the dish’s housemade pimento cheese is hand-breaded with panko crumbs and drizzled with “Comeback Sauce” and bacon marmalade. 590 Mimosa Blvd. themillkitchenandbar.com 3. Barbecue lovers, rejoice! Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q recently opened its 10th Georgia location at Sandy Plains Marketplace in East Cobb. Gather ’round the table and enjoy the smoky goodness of baby back ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, barbecue chicken, turkey breast and more at this Southern institution. 20 Sandy Plains Rd., Ste. 100. jimnnicks.com/menus/east-cobb/bar-b-q 4. Stop by Duck Donuts inside Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center for delectable made-to-order doughnuts. Customers go crazy for the iced-out maple bacon confection with chopped meat atop. Not to mention, one bite of the s’mores doughnut with chocolate icing covered in graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow drizzle will transport you to a campfire with friends. 1281 Johnson Ferry Rd. duckdonuts.com 5. Craving a burger and fries? Since opening, the family-owned Everything Burger has become a popular spot for meat lovers and vegans alike. Topping the menu: the NY Beef Burger, made of Grade-A Angus beef, seasoned to perfection, and accompanied by goat cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, roasted onions, artisan lettuce, tomatoes and sweet barbecue sauce. 3372 Canton Rd., Ste. 120. everythingburger.org

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla JANUARY NOW THROUGH FEB. 29 Enchanted Woodland Trail Chattahoochee Nature Center 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sundays $6-$10 (free for children age 2 and under) At Chattahoochee Nature Center, magical fairy houses and gnome homes have sprouted up along Kingfisher Pond Trail. The diminutive dwellings were designed by volunteers, donors, and local artists for a whimsical walk through the woods. chattnaturecenter.org/event/ enchanted-woodland-trail

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Monthly Tabletop Night at Treehorn Cider 1395 S. Marietta Pkwy. SE. 4:30-10pm Free entry Battle it out during a night of strategy and chance. Bring your own board games (and food) or partake in the house offerings. Expect giveaways and much more. treehorncider.com

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JAN. 18, FEB. 15, MARCH 21 Open Mic Showcase 2932 Canton Rd. 9pm-1am Free entry Jam with fellow musicians, perform spoken word, tell jokes, rap, sing or otherwise share your talent at this entertaining night, with food and beverages available for purchase. facebook.com/ xtractionsmoothies

FEBRUARY FEB. 1 The Color Purple: A Concert Roswell Cultural Arts Center 8pm $35 Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece comes to life with soaring music and unforgettable characters, as Actor’s Express debuts the concert version of the hit musical “The Color Purple,” telling the uplifting story of a woman who struggles through adversity to find strength, love, and the power of her own voice. roswellgov.com/discover-us/ cultural-arts-center

FEB. 7-9 DNOW 2020 Mt. Bethel UMC East Cobb Campus Times vary $125 Sixth- to 12th-grade students grow their faith and learn from college leaders while staying overnight at nearby host homes. mb.church/dnow

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Walton High School 8am Prices vary Take part in this 5K and help raise money for Walton High School cross-country and track-and-field teams. waltontfxc.com

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East Cobb Baptist Church 7-10pm Award-winning musician Mark Trammell has been singing gospel music for 40-plus years. He now integrates music and preaching with his traveling quartet. facebook.com/marktrammellministries

Sandy Plains Baptist Church 9am-2pm Free entry Hosted by the Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club since the 1970s, this sale is run by volunteer moms raising twins, triplets, or more. Shop for name-brand clothes in preemie through junior sizes, as well as nursery and toddler furniture, equipment and more. nowamomsale.org

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National Institutes of Health illustrated how she could change lives through hearing, and the rest is history. She opened Peachtree Hearing in 2016 and has been helping patients—young and old—ever since. “As a new mother, it was important for my work to feel meaningful if I wasn’t staying home with my kids,” says Dr. Wikoff, a mom of two young children. “In my field, I get the chance to change lives. I get to help people stay connected, active, and live happier lives. That makes a big difference to me. Owning my own practice allows me to maximize what I think is important.”

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RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.” With her finger on the pulse of technology, patients have more options for hearing aids. Practically invisible and able to connect to your iPhone, they double as headphones, fitness trackers, and microphones. They’re remotely programmable, meaning Dr. Wikoff, who is on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, can help patients living in Mexico, vacationing on 30A, or stuck on the other side of town.

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Dr. Wikoff exercises her passion outside the realm of her immediate patient Rolodex. As a certified yoga instructor, she teaches chair yoga to improve core strength and balance in seniors and caretakers. Since 2017, she’s fitted 25 (and counting) Holocaust survivors with high-end hearing aids through her nonprofit, Hearing for Holocaust Survivors, giving them not only the gift of hearing, but care for life. “The bottom line is, I don’t want my patients to go through life feeling like they have a loss,” Dr. Wikoff says. “I want them to overcome that loss so that they can reconnect with friends and family and the things that are important to them. To be able to hear is to participate in life, and nobody should go without that. For instance, hearing a funny joke from a grandkid, attending a performance, having a conversation with family over dinner ... I don’t want anyone to miss important moments like these.” In East Cobb, the Wikoffs frequent Camps Kitchen & Bar for its Spaghettini Pomodoro and Rhythm Dance Center for tap dancing. Plus, they also volunteer at Aloha to Aging where they spend time with seniors. Peachtree Hearing, peachtreehearing.com, 4939 Lower Roswell Rd., #107, Marietta, 470-485-4327. The content for this article is brought to you by Peachtree Hearing.

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“My patients get someone who really understands how hearing science works,” Dr. Wikoff says. “They also have access to the most technologically advanced and highly customizable options, largely because we offer the widest range of different hearing DR. MELISSA WIKOFF (LEFT) WITH A PATIENT. aid manufacturers, models, and price ranges. We also spend time getting to know our patients so that we can make a recommendation that is right for every part of their lifestyle and hearing loss. Your hearing loss may look the same as someone else’s on paper, but every patient perceives sound differently. Their needs are different, their brains process sound differently, and they’re going to want and need different things out of their hearing aids.”

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Thirty-four. That’s the number of Brazilian Wax by Andreia salons there are throughout the Southeast. Andreia Guilmet founded her first salon in 2005 after spending five years making house calls and working out of her home. As an emigrant from Brazil with less than $500 in her pocket when she arrived, Andreia had to overcome everything from navigating red tape to learning a third language, but the East Cobb resident says throughout those challenges, one thing remained steadfast—her faith. “The reality is that there are day-to-day challenges out of our control that present themselves and must be navigated. When one realizes that it is not possible to control every situation, you begin to rely on faith. It is my faith in God that keeps me and my business moving forward.”

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East Cobb residents can thank a tight-lipped neighbor for Rhonda Hunt’s “insanely good” pecan shortbread cookies. “I grew up eating them, and I loved them,” says Rhonda. “I asked my neighbor who used to bake them, ‘Can you please just give me the recipe?’ And she wouldn’t do it! So, I just figured it out myself.”

WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE ARE A VERY TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY. WE LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER. —RHONDA HUNT After a brainstorming session with her husband, Randall, Rhonda settled on the business name Lucille’s Confections, after her maternal grandmother. She launched Lucille’s Confections in February 2019. In just one month, she had expanded her shortbread line to four flavors: the Original Pecan Shortbread, Chocolate Chip Toffee Pecan Shortbread, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pecan Shortbread, and Lemon Shortbread (does not contain pecans). “I always sell out of the lemon. People love that flavor!” Rhonda says. She has plans to expand her offerings to include other items in the future. Lucille’s Confections items are currently sold at the Marietta Square Farmers Market (only on Saturdays), local festivals, and additional spots around town. Rhonda and her family have lived in East Cobb for five years and have no intention of moving. The area’s excellent schools, inclusiveness, and family-friendly environment are what she values the most. “Plus, the residents are by far the nicest people you’d ever want to meet,” Rhonda says. “We love our neighborhood. We are a very tight-knit community. We look out for each other.” When Rhonda isn’t perfecting new products in the kitchen, you can find her grabbing a bite to eat at Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant. She also enjoys working out at East Cobb Park and shopping at Funky Flair Boutique. etsy.com/shop/lucillesconfections

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Handmade with all-natural ingredients, such as butter, flour, and confectioners’ sugar, Rhonda’s cookies had always been a holiday hit with family and friends. However, building a baked-goods empire was never her plan, even though she’d always wanted to own her own business. An unsuccessful job search after the birth of her son, Alexander, finally jump-started her dream. “I said, ‘You know what? I’m going into business for myself,’” Rhonda says.

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The instrumental, choral, and theatrical talents of over 200 Walton High School students were showcased on Sept. 16. The performances were part of the grand opening celebration for the school’s new performing arts center. In November 2019, the drama program hosted its first production, “Matilda the Musical,” at the center. 1590 Bill Murdock Rd. waltondrama.com

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Families now have a new way to share their positive experiences with The Boy Scouts of America, thanks to the BSA Parents program. Local parents Dan and Meaghan Timko recently helped launch the program in the metro Atlanta area. The Timkos also started a Scout Troop for girls at The Walker School. 700 Cobb Pkwy. N. bsaparents.com

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Encourage your youngster to fall in love with literature by taking advantage of the Library PASS (Public library Access for Student Success) program by Cobb County Public Library. Available to all Marietta City and Cobb County School students, the program allows pupils to use their student identification number to check out books, access digital resources and databases, and utilize the internet at all 16 library branches. cobbcat.org/librarypass my

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