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Meet Your Neighbors

A Child Advocate, a Jewelry Maker, and a Flooring Expert

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Dear East Cobb Neighbors, I’m just not sure where the time goes but it’s flying by. I joined the Atlanta Best Media team a little over 2 years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. The team here has been busy producing eight of Atlanta’s top lifestyle magazines, which include our flagships, My Home Improvement (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement) and Best Self Atlanta. We also have six hyperlocal publications underneath our ever-growing umbrella— My East Cobb, My Alpharetta, My Intown, My Buckhead, My Sandy Springs, and My Vinings/Smyrna. Each My Neighborhood magazine is community driven and area-specific. You will find key advice provided by home service pros regarding everything from lighting and roofing to flooring and foundation repair beginning on page 26. You will also find our three-month calendar of events is filled with fun happenings my Calendar of Events for you and your family to enjoy.

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East Cobb Open Networking

East Cobb Cinco de Mayo Auto Show

Egg Harbor Café 7:30-8:30am Free entry Tell fellow professionals in the area about your business and make career connections over breakfast during this East Cobb Business Association event.

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Taste of East Cobb

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. TasteOfEastCobb.com

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East Cobb Cinco de Mayo Auto Show

Bradley’s Bar and Grill 3-7pm Prices vary Enjoy this outdoor car show and festival complete with live music, food and drink, a large bouncy castle, carnival games, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit United Military Care. Facebook.com/BradleysBarAndGrill

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10495 Woodstock Rd. 7-8:30pm Free The experts of the North Fulton Master Gardeners address common gardening misconceptions and provide scientific facts concerning the best home remedies for pest control, what mulches are ideal for urban gardens, and much more. RoswellGov.com/Register

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Relay for Life of Cobb County

Jim Miller Park 6pm Free, donations are encouraged Support the efforts of the American Cancer Society during this team fundraising event where community members take turns walking around a

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Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games

Emory University Times vary Free entry As a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics, Engel & Völkers invites you to see over 3,000 athletes compete in badminton, swimming, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, and more. SpecialOlympicsGa.org

Locations and times vary Free entry with ticket See the graduates of Kell (May 21), Wheeler (May 22), Lassiter (May 23), Pope and Walton (May 24), and Sprayberry (May 25) high schools receive their diplomas. CobbK12.org/GeneralInfo/Graduation

3431 Trickum Rd. Times vary $5 for adults, free for children under 12

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Wild Hare Yoga

Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) 10am-3pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday $8 for CNC members, $12 for nonmembers At this celebration of pollinators, enjoy educational sessions, participate in a butterfly release, and more at this event to benefit the CNC. ChattNatureCenter.org

Red Hare Brewing Company 6pm Prices vary BYOM (bring your own mat) and enjoy a one-hour practice with The Rolling Mat. Afterward, say cheers with a complimentary beer.

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152 Columns Dr. 6am Free Burn extra calories executing high-intensity sprints with the East Cobb Road Runners. Facebook.com/EastCobbRoadRunners

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True Gem

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Flooring Expert

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2. The delicious salads and sandwiches at Café at Pharr by Sugar Benders attract a steady health-conscious crowd. Stop in for lunch and enjoy the popular walnut chicken salad. Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat (think mint brownies) from the bakery the restaurant is located in. 255 Village Pkwy. NE., Ste. 240A. CafeAtPharrEastCobb.com 3. Kids’ Nights at Hoyle’s Kitchen + Bar! are far from ordinary. Held on Tuesdays from 5-7pm, youngsters can enjoy activities like face painting and balloon making. Plus, children age 12 and under eat free with each adult entrée purchased. Go for the classic Hoyle’s burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, provolone cheese, and housemade tomato jam. 1440 Roswell Rd. HoylesKitchenAndBar.com 4. The SMASH at Smallcakes: Cupcakery and Creamery is a sweet sensation. Owner Grant Prata describes the signature, Instagram-worthy confection as the best of both worlds— homemade ice cream sandwiched between a gourmet cupcake and covered with toppings. Delight your taste buds with 300 revolving cupcake varieties and 130 rotating flavors of ice cream to create limitless possibilities. 4475 Roswell Rd., Ste. 1550. Smallcakes.Kitchen 5. Houston-based salad bar, Salata, has made its way to East Cobb. The eatery’s emphasis on simplicity extends beyond its minimally processed ingredients and into its sleek design with a vibrant green and magenta color scheme. Here, create a custom bowl made from five lettuce mixes and 50 toppings. 4101 Roswell Rd., #1100. Salata.com

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1. Faris Mousa, of Mediterranean Grill, says the secret to the restaurant’s fresh from New Zealand, fall-off-the-bone lamb shank is “love and patience”— sometimes taking as long as half a day to prepare. A heaping serving of basmati rice and a Greek salad complete this hearty dish. 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. MediterraneanGrill.com

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla APRIL APRIL 1-30 2019 Roswell Azalea Festival 617 Atlanta St. Times vary Free entry Peruse art exhibits, participate in scavenger hunts, and much more to celebrate this beautiful blossom. RoswellAzaleaFestival.com

APRIL 19 East Cobb Open Networking

East Cobb Cinco de Mayo Auto Show See MAY 5 for details

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Egg Harbor Café 7:30-8:30am Free entry Tell fellow professionals in the area about your business and make career connections over breakfast during this East Cobb Business Association event. EastCobbBA.com

APRIL 23 Gardening Myths 10495 Woodstock Rd.  7-8:30pm Free The experts of the North Fulton Master Gardeners address common gardening misconceptions and provide scientific facts concerning the best home remedies for pest control, what mulches are ideal for urban gardens, and much more. RoswellGov.com/Register

MAY MAY 3 Relay for Life of Cobb County Jim Miller Park 6pm Free, donations are encouraged Support the efforts of the American Cancer Society during this team fundraising event where community members take turns walking around a

designated path till 11pm. Register to join a team or stop by to show some love. Relay.ACSEvents.org

MAY 4 Taste of East Cobb 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. TasteOfEastCobb.com

MAY 5 East Cobb Cinco de Mayo Auto Show Bradley’s Bar and Grill 3-7pm Prices vary Enjoy this outdoor car show and festival complete with live music, food and drink, a large bouncy castle, carnival games, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit United Military Care. Facebook.com/BradleysBarAndGrill

MAY 17-19 Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games Emory University Times vary Free entry As a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics, Engel & Völkers invites you to see over 3,000 athletes compete in badminton, swimming, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, and more. SpecialOlympicsGa.org

MAY 17-19 29th Annual Marietta Greek Festival 3431 Trickum Rd. Times vary $5 for adults, free for children under 12

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Get your fill of Greek food, shopping, entertainment, and cooking demonstrations. MariettaGreekFestival.com

MAY 21-25 East Cobb High School Graduations Locations and times vary Free entry with ticket See the graduates of Kell (May 21), Wheeler (May 22), Lassiter (May 23), Pope and Walton (May 24), and Sprayberry (May 25) high schools receive their diplomas. CobbK12.org/GeneralInfo/Graduation

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JUNE 17-21 Super Hero Training Northeast Cobb Family YMCA 9am-4pm $260 for members, $310 (plus $40 membership fee) for the public For a full week, your child can live out their superhero dreams by creating their own costume and special abilities during daily themed activities. YMCAAtlanta.org/Summer-Camp

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Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) 10am-3pm on Saturday, Noon-5pm on Sunday $8 for CNC members, $12 for nonmembers Enjoy educational sessions, participate in a butterfly release, and much more at this event to benefit the CNC. ChattNatureCenter.org

Red Hare Brewing Company 6pm Prices vary BYOM (bring your own mat) and enjoy a one-hour practice with The Rolling Mat. Afterward, say cheers with a complimentary beer. Facebook.com/RedHareBrewing

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As Nancy Whitesides walks her rescue pup, London, down the street in East Cobb, she reflects on the volunteer work she has undertaken since 2014, advocating for children who find themselves in Georgia’s foster-care system. Every week, Nancy visits children and their foster families to check on them, attends court hearings to report on their behalf and provides a friendly face as the kids navigate their new surroundings. “I’m honored to do it,” she says. “I have a master’s degree in counseling and thought it was a good fit for me now that my three sons are older. These foster kids—many of whom were neglected or abused—need somebody to advocate for them.”

ANYONE CAN DO THIS. WHETHER YOU’RE A YOUNG ADULT OR A SENIOR CITIZEN, THE JOB IS TO ENSURE KIDS ARE SAFE, PROTECTED, AND PLACED WITH ADULTS WHO CAN CARE FOR THEM. —NANCY WHITESIDES

Nancy says she’s met these children at school during lunch, at the park for a walk or at their home to play a game. “Anyone can do this,” she says. “Whether you’re a young adult or a senior citizen, the job is to ensure kids are safe, they’re protected, that they’re placed with adults who can care for them and consistently meet their needs.” She laughs, “I’ve gone to school concerts, graduations and dance recitals. I want that kid to look out in the audience and say, ‘Oh! That lady is here again!’” Stress management for Nancy isn’t a problem—she frequently visits CycleBar East Cobb and Sculpted Body Fitness Center for a workout on the Megaformer™. You’ll also see her at Cobb County CASA’s wine-tasting fundraiser on April 20 at the Marietta Wine Market from 2-4pm. Facebook.com/CobbCASA

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“Children are traumatized when they’re put in foster care,” she explains. “They’re not just placed with strangers in a new home, they’re faced with different food, a different bed, a different school—it’s terrifying. They don’t know what the future holds. That’s why court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers are so important. We’re a consistent face for them. I meet with each child at least once a month until they are placed in a permanent ‘forever’ home. There are 21,000 children in foster care this year in Georgia and over 11,000 have a CASA volunteer. But there are more than 100 children in Cobb County still waiting for one. We need volunteers!”

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Will Graham JEWELRY MAKER • MASSAGE THERAPIST • MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER By Stacy Moser

Will Graham has made it his life’s work to seek the bright side of things. As a matter of fact, the motto on his Facebook page is “Life’s not about seeking shelter from the storm, but learning how to dance in the rain.” At 8 years old, Will was diagnosed with a brain tumor, requiring a series of surgeries to save his life. In 1996, following the sixth surgery, he awoke to a total loss of vision. “My parents and I had to accept that I wasn’t going to see again,” he says. “So I got involved at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and decided not to worry about losing my sight because I’ll see in heaven,” he says. “I felt God gave me an opportunity.”

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—WILL GRAHAM Though he spent much of his time in hospitals as a kid, he graduated from Pope High School in 2002. “I decided that if God wasn’t going to heal me physically, he would heal me spiritually,” he says. “Now I speak to groups, saying that no matter what happens, you can do amazing things. Accept what you have, move on and trust God to provide for you.”

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In 2015, Will was diagnosed with kidney disease, requiring chemotherapy to WILL GRAHAM HELPS HIS CLIENT, BRIAN BERGIUS, keep it at bay. Will admits he feared he would never find true love as he faced RELAX WITH A 20-MINUTE CHAIR MASSAGE. yet another medical challenge. But in 2017 he met a young special-needs teacher, Wendy Gray. “A friend, who is legally blind, and his wife took Wendy and me to dinner one night to introduce us,” he recalls fondly. “We’re married now and can say we met on a truly blind date!”

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To help Will heighten his sense of touch when he first lost his sight, his mom (he refers to her as his “hero”) encouraged him to make jewelry, now a skill at which he excels, selling his pieces at her boutique in East Cobb, Signatures Gifts & Interiors. Will is also a certified massage therapist, with a list of clients who meet him at the Christian Activities Center at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church for a relaxing chair massage. And you can find Wendy and Will at Capozzi’s Pizza sharing baked ziti on date night. For more on Will’s jewelry, call: 678-699-8780 or visit: SignaturesEastCobb.com.

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Elisabeth Stubbs FLOORING EXPERT • PET RESCUE MENTOR • MARKETING SPECIALIST By Stacy Moser

Elisabeth Stubbs proudly explains that her ancestors put down roots in Cobb County back in the mid-1800s, when her great, great grandfather, Robert Garrison, served here in local government. Elisabeth herself has lived in East Cobb with her husband, Don, since 1982. She describes what she loves about the area. “You’re close to shopping and nice restaurants—Marlow’s Tavern being a favorite—but I can sit in my backyard with the trees and birds. It’s the best of both worlds!” She and Don are a fixture in the community, owners of Enhance Floors & More on Roswell Road. What started out as a carpet-cleaning company eventually morphed into a 6,100-square-foot flooring sales and installation showroom, complete with room-like vignettes displaying thousands of flooring products.

I KNOW THAT FLOORING IS A BIG DEAL. IT’S YOUR HOUSE! YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE.

—ELISABETH STUBBS

Elisabeth and Don run the business together, successfully blending their personal and professional lives without driving each other completely crazy. “Don manages sales and installation and I handle the showroom and marketing,” Elisabeth explains. “What works for us is each having different areas of expertise and responsibility.”

When asked what flooring she chose for her own home, Elisabeth explains that she has wood laminate flooring, which is very durable and easily maintained. “There’s a good reason for that. I volunteer with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc., writing their newsletter and mentoring foster ‘parents.’ But we’re what they call ‘Foster Fails,’ a few times over,” she laughs. “We have five dogs that were supposed to go to other homes. They wormed their way into our hearts and now we’re family.” She says their affinity for animals makes them experts about the best flooring for homeowners with pets. “We steer them toward products that will hold up and perform. You may love shiny hardwood floors, but within a week of your dog chasing tennis balls across them, they’ll look like they’re 20 years old!” To learn more about Enhance Floors & More, turn to page 27. EnhanceFloors.com

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Elisabeth, who’s served on the national advisory boards for Mohawk Flooring and Wilsonart, is philosophical about her role as a female owner of a large construction-related business. “I can empathize with the industry’s mostly female customer base. I know that flooring is a big deal. It’s your house! You don’t want to make a mistake.”

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Spring Cleaning: The Men’s Health Checklist By Scott D. Miller, MD

Set up your annual wellness exam if you have not yet done so. Remember, it can often take a month or two to set up this lengthy appointment. Schedule a dentist appointment. Poor dental hygiene is associated with cardiovascular disease. Your mouth harbors bacteria that— when the gums are not healthy—can travel through your bloodstream and damage the vessel walls. Don’t forget about your yearly eye exam, even if you see fine. Your eye doctor can detect early signs of eye diseases before they become noticeable. This exam not only includes a vision test, but also measurement of eye pressure and examination of the retina (back wall of the eye). An eye doctor can also detect early signs of other diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Take inventory of your mental health boosters. Streamline your daily routines, especially at the beginning and end of each day. Also, set aside some time to foster the relationships you have with friends and family.

As the occasional warm and sunny day comingles with those late winter weeks, the anticipation of spring draws us to the outdoors. Although the new year is well underway, spring marks the renewal of our favorite lifestyle activities. But have our good habits hibernated for the winter? Clearing the clutter in our health routines should be at the top of the spring cleaning list. Here are a few suggestions to start you on your way: Spending more time outside will hopefully increase your activity level. Now would be a good time to revamp your exercise routine to include a balance of strength, aerobic, and flexibility training. Check all of these boxes and you’ll be sure to have a spring in your step. Look for my article on “Men’s Health Recipe: The Secret Ingredient” in the next issue.

Make a good night’s sleep a priority. Spring is also a good time to rotate and clean your mattress per the manufacturer’s instructions. Check your medicine cabinet for expired medications.

April – June 2019

Stock up on sunscreen. Even when the sun is not glaring, we need to protect our skin. Buy a pair of new shoes. You don’t realize that your athletic shoes have exceeded their lifespan until you buy your next pair. A new pair will also motivate you to exercise a little extra.

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