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McFarlane Nature Park is a hidden gem. There are numerous

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With SunTrust Park now open, Billy Joel will take over the field on Friday, April 28 at 8pm for a night filled with music. Known for his hit song, “Piano Man,” the performance is a perfect sing-along date night sure to please your significant other. M.MLB.com/Atl/Tickets/Concerts/Billy-Joel

Transport yourself to the Middle Ages with a visit to The Viking Alchemist Meadery for free tours and $5 mead (fermented beverage) sampling. 703 Fairgate Rd. SW. VikingAlchemist.com

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Pick up a bouquet for your best friend or brighten up any table setting with an arrangement from Carithers Flowers. Since 1973, the company has been delivering carefully crafted flowers to those you love most. Use their Helping Hands program to donate $2 to a charitable organization when placing your order. 1708 Powers Ferry Rd. SE. Carithers.com

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1. Tin Lizzy’s opened at The Avenue in East Cobb this past fall bringing the Atlanta chain’s beloved tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas (think Thai basil) to our own backyard. Bring the kids for dinner and order an appetizer of guacamole and queso blanco to share. 4475 Roswell Rd. TinLizzysCantina.com

3. Saying goodbye to Common Quarter was bittersweet, but East Cobb is pleased to welcome Muss & Turner’s to the ‘hood. Billing itself as “flexcasual,” the joint is a counter service deli by day and fullservice establishment by night. The Smyrna favorite is known for its convivial atmosphere and craft cocktails. 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd. MussAndTurners.com 4. The trendiest frozen treat has arrived: shaved snow. For those not in the know, SnowVille Shavery runs ice cream through a shredding machine resulting in a fluffy mound of flavored “snow.” Standout flavors include taro and matcha. Top it off with a variety of candies and a drizzle of condensed milk. 2100 Roswell Rd. SnowVilleShavery.com 5. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue offers seasonal items gathered from fishermen, farmers and more. The restaurant’s oysters are an obvious must-have, but the scallops, which sit atop hearty grains and a basil purée, are a secret gem. 4475 Roswell Rd. DriftOysterBar.com

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2. The Wing Cafe & Tap House is hosting its Annual Oyster Roast on April 15. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and of course, delicious oyster platters! 2145 Roswell Rd. TheWingMarietta.com

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3rd Annual Azalea Festival Various locations and times Prices vary Enjoy the bounty of spring all over the city of Roswell. From plant sales to house tours, there is something for everyone during this monthlong string of events. RoswellAzaleaFestival.com

Laurel Park, 151 Manning Rd. 6:30pm Free Children 10 and under are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and “scramble” to find all the hidden eggs. MariettaGa.gov

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The city of Marietta was mostly burned three different times in the 1850s.

1851 Roswell Rd. 12pm-11pm Free Meet fellow “Star Wars” lovers for a full day of tabletop strategy games. Giga-BitesCafe.com

Did You Know?

The Paper Mill Village has a sidewalk, which links 33 businesses with shopping, dining and other services.

MAY 30-JULY 30 Mount Paran North Mountain Sports Camp 1700 Allgood Rd. 8am-6pm $110 per child, plus a one-time $50 activity fee Children can enjoy a weekly camp with special field trips on Tuesday and Wednesday. MpnSports.MtParan.com

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Artscape!

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East Cobb Park 9am-1pm $175 Create art projects, go hiking and delve into art history at this fiveday camp. ArtScapeAtlanta.com

East Cobb Park 4-6pm Free Gather with neighbors to watch The Loose Shoes Band as they play blues and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a great end to the weekend. EastCobbPark.org

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An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert

Taste of Marietta

Unity North Atlanta, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd. 7:30pm $65 Get creative insight from the famed author of “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia” and “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” UnityNorth.org

Marietta Square 11am-7pm Free admission, tastings range from $1-$5 Over 75 restaurants in Cobb County will participate in the 24th annual Taste of Marietta. Marietta.com/Taste-Of-Marietta

MAY 7 Marietta Square Farmers Market

Rockin’ at the River Chattahoochee Nature Center 6:30-11pm Donation-based tickets starting at $25 Attend an elegant gala featuring both silent and live auctions. Proceeds will help CNC connect people with the environment and protect water resources. ChatNatureCenter.org/RATR

MAY 20 The Georgia Ballet Spring Concert 1255 Field Pkwy. 2pm and 6pm $8 Enjoy a night of talent presented by the dancers of The Georgia Ballet. GeorgiaBallet.org

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MAY 29 - JUNE 2 Beginner Horse Camp 4580 Roswell Rd. 9am-1pm $375 Horse around with the Oak Creek Equestrian Center where they have camps for all levels and ages. OakCreekEquestrianCenter.com

JUNE 27 Yoga East Cobb Health Park 12:15pm-1:15pm $83 Take this 11-week class and learn to perfect your yoga positions. WellStar.org

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Did You Know?

The Marietta National Cemetery is the resting place of more than 10,000 veterans.

JUNE 28-29 East Cobb Academic Showcase East Cobb Baseball Complex 4617 Lee Waters Rd. 3pm Free to watch, $250 to play Cheer on East Cobb’s best and brightest as they perform for prospective colleges. EastCobbBaseball.com

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65 Church St. 12pm-3pm Each Sunday, this Marietta farmers market will return with over 60 vendors. MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.com

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To say that these two women are close is a bit of an understatement. “We’ve known each other for 16 years. We went to church together, played tennis together, changed each other’s kids’ diapers and even vacationed together with our husbands and kids,” Kirsten explains. The CycleBar business is the next logical extension of that friendship—Lee is a former certified public accountant and software consultant, and Kirsten has extensive fitness-studio management experience. “The kids are older now, so it made sense to look for a business opportunity

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The pair decided to bring a CycleBar studio to their hometown and opened their doors in March with future plans to open locations in Vinings and Midtown. The East Cobb facility houses 48 state-of-theart Schwinn Carbon Blue bikes and features a sound system that’s sure to keep the room pumping with energy. “I just turned 52 and I’m a breast cancer and leukemia survivor, so my health is really on my mind. I’m convinced that the more active you are now, the better you’ll be when you get older,” Lee says. “I truly believe most of the population wouldn’t need antidepressants if people would just exercise. You feel so much better when you’ve had a good sweat,” she explains. “I’m really looking forward to this. I can’t wait to put smiles on people’s faces and start their day off right.”

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Kirsten says she looks forward to helping people overcome obstacles and changing their perception of exercise. “It changes your life when you make it a lifestyle and not something you have to do. Bringing that change to people is a big goal for me.” To take advantage of the new CycleBar experience, users can go online to select and reserve the bike they want in the class that interests them most and then select their shoe size. “We provide the shoes—when you clip into the pedal with our shoes, you use more of your hamstrings than if you are in shoes that slide into a normal bike pedal cage. And our bikes have a full display so you can see your revolutions per minute and heart rate, among other things. The music playlist will be different in every class. We want to rock your ride,” Kirsten says. “Nitty-gritty music that people love—it’s the biggest motivator. We will have fun rides such as Beyoncé versus Lady Gaga, themed rock ’n’ roll rides, a ’70s disco ride or a Broadway musical Hamilton ride. When you leave the class, you get an email with your stats and a link to the playlist so you can download it if you want.” “We feel deeply embedded in the community,” Lee adds. “My family is at The Avenue every weekend, and we’re always eating at Seed Kitchen & Bar or Marlow’s Tavern or shopping at Lizard Thicket boutique and Straw Dog. When we’re not cycling, we love Empower Yoga right down the street from us. East Cobb is a great place for our families and our new business.” EastCobb.CycleBar.com

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We moved out here from North Carolina 29 years ago, and we chose East Cobb almost by accident. We lucked out with the fantastic neighborhood, great schools and good shopping areas.

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Many houses have two stories here, with bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. If you want to stay in your home—“age in place”—you need single-level living with a master suite downstairs. Then you can keep upstairs bedrooms for guests or grandkids. We widen doorways, retrofit elevators in homes and, in bathrooms, add taller toilets and curbless showers with benches. We customize closets so they’re more reachable. We recently filled in a sunken living-room floor for a client. We move laundry rooms and mudrooms closer to the master suite.

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You have a large vegetable garden. Any tips regarding a garden remodel for East Cobb homeowners?

It’s all about the soil. I repurposed old lumber to make raised planter boxes instead of trying to amend the clay soil. I purchased good dirt and compost and got horse manure from a horse farm. With this healthy soil, I’m growing four-pound sweet potatoes and zucchinis that are 24 inches long!

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Aspens Signature Steaks or Cazadores, a little neighborhood restaurant with great margaritas. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, of course, and AJ’s Famous Seafood and PoBoys has fantastic Cajun food. My wife, Keely, is a Trader Joe’s disciple! After watching our neighborhood swim or tennis teams with our daughters, we go to LA Fitness for a workout. AtlantaDesignBuild.com

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One of East Cobb’s most popular tennis instructors, Rob Carver, narrowly avoided a career in the corporate world—a place where he was headed right out of college. “I landed an entry-level job in finance,” he explains, “and I was struggling to make money. So I took a week off at one point and drove to Marietta to work at a tennis camp to earn some extra money. Some kids at the camp asked if I could coach them on weekends and I said, ‘Sure!’ Soon, I spent all my free time teaching. My parents were supportive and told me, ‘Hey, maybe this corporate thing isn’t for you; maybe you should be teaching.” It didn’t take much to persuade Rob to take a chance on building a business, Rob Carver Tennis, Inc. He moved to Marietta and, within five months, “I was able to tell the corporate world, ‘See ya!’” he chuckles.

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East Cobb was the perfect place to build a career as an instructor. “Everyone is so active here. Wherever you look, there’s a biker or a runner. I love it because, even if tennis isn’t a No. 1 priority for some of them, my clients want to be active and they have fun with it.” And he’s busy raising his own kids, Ella, 15, and Dean, 11, with his wife, Heather. “I love doing anything sports-related with them,” he says. He’s also been involved with the Special Olympics. “That is just about the most rewarding way to give back,” he says. “They appreciate it so much.” In his spare time, Rob likes to go to D-BAT for batting practice or take his family to Aurelio’s for pizza. “And I love that the Braves stadium is going to be down the street,” he smiles. “We’re a lucky community here.” Facebook.com/Rob.CarverTennis

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The Lady Raider Swim and Dive team of Walton High School swam their way to victory as state champions this past winter. The win was made even sweeter by the fact that they hadn’t won a state championship since 1988. Congrats to the Lady Raiders for making a big splash!

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Everyone can enjoy a day of fun-filled events at the free Live Love Easter Community Fun Day! Join other families at East Cobb Park for food trucks and lots of lawn games. Be sure to snag a photo with the Easter Bunny while you’re there. 3322 Roswell Rd. ProjectLiveLove.com

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