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JUNE 24 Toughest Dad Contest

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JUNE 26-30 Travel Around the World Summer Camp Smyrna Community Center Large Gym 9am-5pm Residents $150, Non-residents $175 Travel the globe from the comfort of Smyrna at this fun summer camp for children ages 5-13. SmyrnaCity.com

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AUG. 18-20 Access the Leader Within 2857 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. 9am-8pm $497 early bird, $697 individual Learn the art of leadership and propel your success into the future. AccessTheLeaderWithin.com

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General William Tecumseh Sherman planned his siege of Atlanta while occupying the Pace House during the Civil War.

Atlanta Regional Polo Center, 4563 Polo Ln. 11am-2pm $20 This four-legged friendly event will benefit Animal Law & Legislation, an organization working to stop animal cruelty and domestic violence. PonyUpForACause.org

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JULY 10-14 Art Camp Vinings School of Art 9am-3:30pm $275 Children learn Frida Kahlo’s acrylicpainting style and how to create a lighthouse sculpture. ViningsSchoolOfArt.com

UG. AAUG. 5 Smyrna Birthday Celebration 2017 Village Green 6-10pm Free Celebrate the birth of Smyrna with a giant cake, fireworks, food, and live music. SmyrnaCity.com

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AUG. 12 The Vinings Down Hill 5K 2800 Overlook Pkwy. 8am Prices vary Dare to dash downhill at this annual 5K that benefits several local children’s charities. ViningsDownHill5K.com

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Nicknamed the Duchess of Vinings, Ruth Carter Vanneman, the great-greatgranddaughter of Hardy Pace (one of Atlanta’s settlers), once tied herself to a historic oak tree to prevent it from being cut down.

JUNE 20 Judson Women’s Leadership Conference Cobb Galleria Centre 7:30am-4pm Prices vary Female professional powerhouses will share their advice for success and network with attendees. JCIFoundation.org

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#IMomSoHard – Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour

Village Green 7-10pm Free Bring a picnic blanket and sing along to soulful summer tunes from this Nashville musician. SmyrnaCity.com

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 8pm Tickets start at $36 Laugh along with comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley as they talk about everyday motherhood struggles. IMomSoHard.com

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2nd Annual Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council Annual Town Hall Meeting Smyrna City Hall 7-9pm Free Discuss the past year’s achievements, goals for the coming year, and sign up for volunteer opportunities. SmyrnaACC.org

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I was in the process of selling my practice in Houston while living in Vinings and commuting back and forth to Houston. After two years of an extensive commute, I did not want to commute any longer. At the time, my husband, a radiation oncologist, was working on the south side of town. One of us had to be close to home and our children. I wanted to be involved in the community my practice was in, and our kids until recently, grew up in the Vinings and Buckhead communities.

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Women have always dominated the field of dentistry. Think about it. Who is the receptionist? A woman. Who is the office manager? A woman. Who is the assistant? A woman. Who is the hygienist? A woman.

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I graduated from The University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston in 1991. Fifty percent of my class was female. Statistics are showing that women are approaching the 50/50 ratio of entering freshmen in dental schools. Dentists who are 35 years old and younger now show the largest gender change. Many people have a very real anxiety of dental procedures. We believe women are naturally more sympathetic and nurturing to those concerns. Our team is always striving to make our patients feel comfortable and reassured with a smile, laughter, and the highest levels of hospitality, all while being extremely competent and professional.

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You and Dr. Kovitch have a unique approach to delivering care to your patients. What is your philosophy?

We believe in a conservative approach to dentistry. We have many tools to not only check for decay, but to really assess the depth and degree to which it has penetrated a tooth. Along with digital X-rays, we have high-tech devices such as laser fluorescence detection and transillumination equipment. Cosmetic dentistry is an art. There are many different aspects, possibilities, and combinations of treatment options that we consider for every patient.

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How do you define what you do every day?

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In what ways does your practice serve the community?

DR. MARIANNA KOVITCH AND DR. DINA GIESLER.

We change lives. The best way I can describe it is a blend of biomedical and structural engineering with a paintbrush—a combination of artistry and architecture. Dentistry is not just drilling, filling, and restoring holes in teeth. You have to be artistic. You have to be willing and able to see different shades, shapes, and colors while designing a treatment plan that will have the best prognosis and longevity. Dentistry is extremely rewarding. It truly is an amazing feeling to make a difference in someone’s life and see them look in the mirror for the first time and see the smile they have dreamed of for so many years.

We participate in and contribute to many charities and foundations in the community, along with local schools, churches and temples. We sponsor events in our community and we recently held a women’s self-defense evening.

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The area has proven to be a wonderful place to start a family. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds within walking distance, tons of family-friendly activities, and restaurants. Plus, we’re a quick drive away from Marietta, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown Atlanta. I couldn’t imagine a more convenient location for a young family.

Dr. Kovitch and her husband are definitely foodies. This is obviously a great neighborhood for good food. One of my favorite restaurants is Muss & Turner’s and Eleanor’s [the restaurant’s hidden bar] for a date night. The Crafty Hog is perfect for a fun evening out with the kids and drinks with friends. Shopping is a breeze here because you can usually find a shop that has what you need within a one- to two-mile radius. And, of course, we love the fact that The Home Depot here is probably the best in the country.

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When Bacon isn’t debating politics, he’ll stop into Village Sushi and Gourmet, where his favorite eight-piece sushi roll is named after him. There’s a Smyrna Roll on the menu too! “You’ll never starve in Smyrna,” he laughs. “Some of the best food in the world is right here.” And he loves to sneak off to Wyoming for vacation several times a year. “I even named my dog Wyoming. She’s my constant companion—she loves Smyrna as much as I do.”

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Adam Zimmerman is living a baseball dream. After 16 years with CSE (formerly Career Sports & Entertainment), most recently as president, he was hired by the Atlanta Braves as their vice president of marketing in January 2016. “I had a fantastic opportunity to join the storied Braves franchise at a remarkable point in its history. To be a part of closing Turner Field and opening the new SunTrust Park—it doesn’t get better than that,” he says.

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Why did you want to join the team during their transition to SunTrust Park?

I grew up near Tampa, Florida—that’s where the Toronto Blue Jays held spring training. There were no pro baseball teams there then, so my dad and I would watch the Braves. Like a generation of Southerners, the Braves were my team growing up. It’s great to come full circle by working for them now.

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What brought you to Vinings before your move to the Braves?

I’ll give you an example—you can use our app to buy a game ticket. Then you can purchase your parking on the app. Input your zip code and it will choose exactly what parking lot will be most convenient on your route to the park. Our app has an interface with Uber, too, so the driver can find you instantly.

I’m a Civil War buff. The importance of Kennesaw Mountain as a strategic battleground is fascinating to me—its altitude, the river, the railroad. I came to explore and fell in love with the village. I had the chance to move to One Vinings Mountain and I’ve been there a few years now. I’m a runner and enjoy the trails here, too. I go with friends to Canoe—it has a phenomenal outdoor bar. I also love Paces & Vine in Vinings Jubilee. And when I need a Guinness, Meehan’s Public House hits the spot.

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Take a break from the Georgia heat and go skating at Sparkles Family Fun Center. Kids and adults of all ages can throw on a pair of roller skates and jam out to sweet tunes. And when you’re ready to eat, snacks are available. 666 Smyrna Hill Dr. SparklesSmyrna.com

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On your mark, get set, go! The first day of school in Cobb County is Monday, July 31. Head to the Cobb County School District’s website to read up on all that your child needs to be equipped with before the start of a new school year. CobbK12.org my

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Let the Southeast Homeschool Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre help you with your homeschooling needs. From July 27-29, you can ramp up for the new school year by listening to inspiring speakers, purchasing education materials and more. 2 Galleria Pkwy. CobbGalleria.com

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Assist shoppers, check and clean donated items, set up merchandise

and more at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Smyrna. By selling gently used furniture, home décor, appliances and building supplies, Habitat is able to provide affordable housing to local residents in need. 3315 S. Cobb Dr. SuburbanAtlantaReStores.org

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waste reduction. Don’t just throw things away, bring appropriate items to The City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center. Open Tuesday through Saturday, everything from books to glass jars will be accepted. 3475 Lake Dr. SmyrnaCity.com

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Volunteers are crucial to the Cobb County Public Library System. Do your part by leading book discussions, organizing shelves, assisting in classrooms, working as a greeter or a checkout person. 4290 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. CobbCat.org Furkids needs help with its cat adoption program. The organization, which has set up shop inside of PetSmart, is looking

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clean and maintain the adoption center, and play with cats and kittens. Volunteers are asked to commit one and a half to two hours a week, if possible. 2540 Cumberland Blvd. SE. For more questions, email: volunteer@furkids.org

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