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Brenda Rhodes Founder Simple Needs GA

Holiday Break Camps PAGE 12 | Holiday Happenings PAGES 18-29 Bring One For The Chipper PAGE 36 | Health & Wellness PAGES 42-51

THIS ISSUE P.O. Box 680455 • Marietta, GA 30068 770-640-7070 • FAX: 770-559-3185 Volume 25| Number 3 Founder | Publisher CYNTHIA ROZZO Account Representatives: East Cobb Businesses - Merchant’s Walk - Roswell Road MICHELLE O’SHAUGHNESSY 678-357-9384 •



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PUBLISHER’S NOTE When I was young, my Christmas excitement was wrapped up in what presents I was going to get from Santa. Now, whenever I think about what meant the most to me in past Christmases I don’t think of the gifts received, but the experiences and emotions shared. An outstanding memory for me is the tradition my parents (both teachers) created for the families from a Head Start summer program. My parents were hired for a few summers to implement the academic program for underprivileged families in a rural area in Ohio. For years, my parents would open up our home and put on a Christmas party for those Head Start families. In advance of the party, they would ask for donations from local businesses so the visiting Santa could pass out gifts to those attending. My parents did not do this as part of a civic club or for their church, they were just ordinary folks finding a way to help those less fortunate. Their selfless acts of kindness showed me the true spirit of Christmas. Like Santa Claus, they dispensed not just Christmas presents but gifts of good works— never expecting repayment in “thank-yous” or financial reimbursement. That Christmas memory inspires me to this day. I created the EAST COBBER magazine 24 years ago so I could spotlight people like my parents: those ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the community. This issue continues that editorial tradition: from featuring Brenda Rhodes, founder of Simple Needs GA on the front cover, to Earl Smith’s generous donation to The Strand Theatre (see page 6). As modeled by my parents, I truly believe that helping others and giving of oneself is the greatest thing we can do with our lives. Giving helps us feel a sense of purpose and connection to the rest of the human race. And around Christmas time it feels even better! People do extraordinary things at this time of the year that they wouldn’t normally and they do it because the holidays feel like a time to share and love. Whatever you celebrate—Christmas or Hanukkah--I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on and be inspired by the joy and generosity that you see going on around you. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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On the Cover This month’s front cover features East Cobb resident Brenda Rhodes, President and founder of the nonprofit, Simple Needs GA. After many years of volunteering at MUST Ministries, Special Olympics, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hands on Atlanta, Wellstar Foundation and The Center for Family Resources, she witnessed some “gaps” that these worthy nonprofits were not able to fulfill. As Brenda shares, “there are so many agencies doing great work, but most focus on the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and job training. Simple Needs GA was created to “fill in the cracks” by meeting other unmet, but important, needs. It is in these simple acts—bringing a tent to a person living in the woods, providing uniforms to elementary students, or providing birthday gifts to a homeless child—that we help connect people in need with the services that can improve their lives.” In addition to running a non-profit, Brenda is also able to maintain a full-time job as a business analyst for Genesys. In her spare time, she sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church and is a board member of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Brenda has been recognized as a YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s 2012 Tribute to Women of Excellence. She is also a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Cobb and the winner of the 2016 W. Wyman Pilcher Jr. Memorial Grant for community service from the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association. A resident of East Cobb for the past 20 years, she enjoys the easy access to “everything you need” and the generous spirit of her fellow East Cobbers. For more information on Simple Needs GA, you can visit www. To find out specific requests for help, visit their Facebook page @simpleneedsga. Front cover photo taken by Michael Drewitz of Michael’s Photography.



ast month, East Cobb businessman, Earl Smith, donated $500,000 to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. The money benefitted the nonprofit organization’s Capital Campaign. Formerly known as the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, it has now been renamed the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre in their honor. The Smiths were instrumental in making the dream of The Strand as we know it today a reality. Earl and Rachel Smith were the champions of the Save The Strand effort in the early 2000s, leading fundraising efforts which transformed the dilapidated building into an eye-catching historic architectural landmark and performing arts mecca on Marietta Square. Smith credits his late wife, Rachel, his partner in business, politics and community service, in leading the efforts to raise money for the renovation of the Strand. His latest donation, in an effort to close the debt on the Strand construction loan, was done in memory of her. The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Earl Smith stands with his late wife, Rachel, in front of The Strand Theatre.

organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Box Office hours are from 11am-6pm, Monday through Friday, and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Earl and Rachel Smith launched their heating and air conditioning company, E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Company, in 1962, with one employee and a truck. More than fifty years later, E. Smith is still located in Cobb County and E. Smith remains family-owned.


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obb Christmas, staffed 100% by volunteers, provides three toys to each child in need. Gifts are provided to the children ages infant through fifteen. A box of food is provided when available. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, Cobb Christmas is able to spread and keep alive the true spirit of Christmas—not to just their clients, but also to their donors and volunteers. For one week each December you can actually see, hear, and touch Cobb Christmas during the Annual Distribution. From December 12-14, donations and purchases of over 16,000 toys are delivered to Cobb County’s Jim Miller Park and over 400 volunteers sort and distribute these toys to approximately 1,000+ families. Cobb Christmas partners with Cobb County Department of Transportation and Cobb Community Transit (CCT) to create the county’s most unique and memorable holiday program, Stuff-A-Bus. Think of Stuff-A-Bus as the opposite of Santa’s sleigh, Santa uses his sleigh to deliver gifts and Cobb Christmas makes a CCT bus our sleigh for collecting gifts.

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The week prior to Cobb Christmas’ Annual Distribution, a CCT bus travels through the county to Stuff-A-Bus host sites gathering donations of food and toys. Host sites can be businesses, schools and other entities that have organized toy and food drives. This program would not be successful without the help of local businesses, schools, and other organizations that serve as host sites for Stuff-A-Bus. Volunteers at these locations organize food and toy drives and begin promoting and collecting in November. A Cobb Christmas representative schedules a date and time for the bus to make a stop at their location to collect the items which have been donated. All donations are stored and transported to Jim Miller Park— the Cobb Christmas Distribution Site-during distribution week. Individuals are encouraged to drop off donations at any of the “Stuff-A-Bus” scheduled stops. To find a stop near you, look at the Stuff-A-Bus schedule on their website stuff-a-bus. E-mail if you would like more information on becoming a Stuff-A-Bus host site.

FILLINGS, ROOT CANALS, AND CROWNS – WHAT BLESSINGS! A few weeks ago, I took my children to the toy store with their “Samaritan’s Purse” shoeboxes in hand. I hoped to teach them how blessed we are, as there are less fortunate children who would be receiving only one of those shoeboxes for Christmas filled with whatever my children decided to put in it. I explained that the needy shoebox recipients often feel blessed when they are able to obtain clean water to drink and one or two good meals a day. Dental treatment, or simply the tools needed for basic dental hygiene, is out of reach for many of those kids. But poverty is a hard concept for my children to grasp living in the affluent East Cobb area. It is easy to take your smile for granted when you have access to good dental care and were raised by parents who encouraged you to have good oral hygiene. But even

here in East Cobb there are those among us who are not so fortunate and live with daily dental pain and embarrassment. Right or wrong, we often make assumptions about people from the way they look, and teeth are an important part of one’s appearance. If you are fortunate enough to have your teeth and are able to afford dental care, be grateful! Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist every six months for regular check-ups. And consider yourself blessed if you deal with only the occasional cavity, crown, bridge, or root canal. This means you still have teeth to treat, and what a boon healthy teeth are for chewing, speaking, image, and selfconfidence! Being able to meet the dental needs of people in our community is truly a joy to me and my dental

team. And whenever a charitable organization has asked our office to volunteer to take care of a needy resident, we are more than happy to use the gifts we have been given to do so. A simple filling, crown, or extraction that eliminates a person’s pain or restores an unsightly tooth may truly change the world of that person. So if you have to spend a few hours at the dentist this holiday season getting a root canal or crown, remember Dr. Cristi Cheek is the owner of Cheek Dental to be here in East Cobb. You grateful for may contact her at good dental 770-993-3775 or visit care and for your teeth!

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WE ARE THE SAFETY NET By Nicole Mason, Community Outreach Chair, East Cobb County Council of PTAs “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill


in 6 kids in America is poor enough to face hunger, and live in every kind of community, from cities to rural towns to affluent suburbs.

I think that most, if not all of us would agree that “WE” are an affluent suburb, wouldn’t you? Did you know that in our affluent suburb we have approximately five title 1 schools? That is five schools within a ten mile radius that our kids are effected by hunger…five schools. Title 1 school programs receive funding based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Elementary schools need to be at 50% free/reduced lunch while Middle School and High School needs to be at 75% in order to receive such funding. Kids who are hungry can’t focus and do well in school. 46% of children from low-income families say hunger hurts their performance in school. 12% say that sometimes at night they’re too distracted by hunger to do their homework. Imagine having to cut the portion size of your children’s meal because you simply cannot afford to buy food each month. Imagine working paycheck to paycheck, sometimes multiple jobs and never being able to get ahead of the monthly expense. Imagine the feeling of getting that unexpected bill or medical expense and wondering how you were going to feed your family because that bill needs to get paid. Imagine wondering how your child is going to eat substantially during the Holidays.

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Imagine. Not all communities are as fortunate as ours, we have the means in place to be impactful, helpful and create a “safety net” for these children. By being a “safety net,” we can provide protection against the harmful effects of economic insecurity and level the playing field so that our students are successful. How do we become a “safety net”? We immerse ourselves in our community, we ask the hard questions, we take the time to really wait for the response, we take action, we donate, we become aware, we get involved. We do what our community does best...WE RISE UP! I’ve seen it, I believe it, and I know WE CAN DO IT! As the holiday season approaches, please consider contacting one of the schools below to donate much needed items. All maintain food pantries or donation centers on site. Needed items include non-perishable canned goods, blankets, warm jackets, socks, soap, paper towels, toilet paper and water bottles. Powers Ferry Elementary - 403 Powers Ferry Road East Cobb Middle School - 380 Holt Road Dodgen Middle School - 1725 Bill Murdock Road East Cobb Christian Academy - 4616 Roswell Road Let’s be that “safety net” for our children. Let’s show our graciousness, generosity, support and giving. Let’s break that cycle. LET’S DO THIS! Nicole Mason serves as Community Outreach chair for the ECCC PTA. She resides in the Tally Green Subdivision with her husband Sam and two children.

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Holiday Break Camps Cobb County School District has scheduled the holiday break from December 21 until January 3. That’s two weeks off of school! To fend off winter break cabin fever, it’s time to make plans to keep your kids busy for that long stretch off of school. To ensure a jolly season for all, here are some holiday camps in and around East Cobb.

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Mrs. Jackie provides an adventure for campers while they learn the life skills of friendship, manners, discipline, and responsibility. Enjoy a field trip every day. Where: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Robin Wood Building, 4814 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta/East Cobb When: December 21-22 & January 2-3, 8:30am-6:30pm. Who: Kindergarten-8th grade Price: $75/day per camper More info:, 727-729-9829

This camp will cover all aspects of baseball/softball training -- using Hittrax, fielding with Fungoman, games and more. Where: Titans Sports Academy, 755 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw When: December 21-22 & December 27-29, 9am-1pm Who: Ages: 5-12 Price: Cost: $40/day. Early drop off is available $5/day 7:30-9am. Afternoon care available for $10/day 1-5pm Bring a friend for 50% off. More info: Beam, 404-441-1400

British Swim School Winter Break Camp

Kids will enjoy dry and in-water activities in a heated pool. Includes swim lesson time as well as fun and games Where: Fitness 1440, 2745 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta When: November 21 & 24, 11am-3pm. December 22 & 27-29, 11am-3pm. January 2-3 & 15, 11am-3pm Who: Ages 5-10 Price: $30/day More info: www.britishswimschool/, 770-927-8900

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Day campers will hike, play outside, spend time in the Starlab and romp around the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell When: December 27-29, January 2-4 & 2-6, 9am-4pm Who: Grades K-7 Price: Prices vary per session More info:, 770-992-2055

A beginner’s programming Christmas camp for kids Where: The Coder School, 3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta When: December 27-29, 9am-3pm Who: Ages 7-18 Price: $179 More info:, 678-948-8632

Curling Camp for Kids

This camp will focus on the fundamentals of throwing a stone, curling terminology, rules, and scoring. Where: Marietta Ice Center, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta When: December 26-29, 1-4pm Who: Ages 12+ Price: $120 More info:, 678-812-4000

Dynamite Days of Camp

During the school holidays, join the McCleskey YMCA for activities including swimming, crafts, sports and group games. Where: McCleskey YMCA, 1055 E Piedmont Road, Marietta When: December 21-22 & 26-29, January 2, 9am-4pm (extended care from 7:30am-6pm) Who: Ages 5-12 Price: Members $40/day and Program Members $60/day More info: 770-977-5991

High Meadows Winter Camp

Campers go home happy, tired, dirty, and inspired! Since 1973, girls and boys have been experiencing our rich, traditional outdoor day program with unique facilities on more than 40 acres of meadow and woodland. Where: High Meadows Camp, 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell When: December 26-29, 9:15am-4pm Who: Preschool-9th grade Price: $280 More info:, 770-993-7975

School’s Out Camp

This program offers the chance to enjoy a wide variety of fun-filled activities. Camps focus on swimming, sports, art, drama and more. Where: Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody When: December 21-22, 26-29 & January 2-5, 8am-4pm Who: Children Preschool-8th grade Price: Check website More info: camps-school-s-out-camp, 678-812-4000

Young Chefs Academy Winter Camps

Prepare some awesome recipes your family will love. Great for game nights and movie nights. How about some gourmet camp fire recipes?! You’ll be excited to bring your recipes home to prepare some awesomely delicious and fun foods for your family! Where: Young Chefs Academy, 230 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 368, Sandy Springs When: December 21-22, 27-29 & January 2-5, 9am-12pm or 12:15pm-3:15pm Who: Ages: 3-18 Price: $65 for the first day of camp and $60 any additional day. Sibling rate is $60. More info: camps, 404-255-9263 EAST COBBER is your source for the best summer camps in East Cobb! Check back in January to find our guide to summer camps for 2018.


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s the holidays are upon us and planning for Christmas arrives, it’s also time to think about doing something special for children in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is again underway giving local residents an opportunity to purchase a toy for a boy and girl outside their family. Toys for Tots started 70 years ago when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Hendricks’ idea caught on and was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots the following year and expanded it into a nationwide program. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.

Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes. Toys for Tots is the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense which reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the communities. Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate America plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a program which brings all elements of a community together in a common cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of our nation’s most valuable natural resource: our children. The shiny new toy at Christmas lets these youngsters know that someone cares.

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he Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center opens to the public for the first time on Monday, December 4. Constructed at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library inside Sewell Park, the Sewell Mill Center is a joint use facility of the Cobb County Public Library System and Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PARKS). “We’re opening with great excitement and tremendous energy,” said Sewell Mill Library Manager James Mitchell, the librarian credited with developing the concept for the facility offering space for people of all ages to develop and practice artistic skills.

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Library and PARKS officials are reaching out to organizations – public and independent schools, arts organizations and more – throughout Cobb County as part of a strategy to offer creative space for engaging the community. “Community participation is vital for making Sewell Mill a destination for all of Cobb County,” Mitchell said. “We are very open to community input on how to shape the programs offered and events staged at Sewell Mill.” The 28,000-square-foot Sewell Mill facility includes unique children and teen spaces, study rooms, recording studios, a conference room, a digital maker space commons, a community room, an art gallery and art classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater and a black box theater. “Sewell Mill is decidedly about creative space and collaboration, from individuals concentrating on expressing their artistic skills to crowds enjoying musical and theatrical performances alongside traditional library space,” said Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer. “This is a major and unique community asset that all of Cobb County will be proud to use and visit.”

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A range of programs for Sewell Mill are scheduled for the next several months, including free musical performances, writers group meetings, photography classes, and screenings of classic films, Mitchell said. The library’s Sewell Mill events schedule is posted at

Helen Poyer, Cobb County Library Director

James Mitchell, Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center Manager

The location is the site of the East Marietta Library, which was closed in mid-November after 50 years and demolished. The former library site has been cleared and will be turned into the entrance and parking space for the Sewell Mill facility and Sewell Park. The design-build contactor for the $10.6 million Sewell Mill project is Batson-Cook Company and CAS Architecture. Funding included $8.6 million from Cobb County’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and $2 million from the Georgia Board of Regents. Art Gallery 16 December 2017

For more information about Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, call 770-509-2711.

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Holiday Happenings Metro Atlantans celebrate the holiday season by continuing old traditions, decorating public spaces and putting on plays. The EAST COBBER is happy to provide a sampling of those special events to help you get in the holiday spirit.

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS THROUGH JANUARY 3 Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday in the Park More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory. Select days Ticket prices vary with discounts, check website for pricing on your day. Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell 770-948-9290 | special-events/holiday-in-the-park

DECEMBER 1, 8 & 15 Holidays at the Avenue Enjoy complimentary horse drawn carriage rides, holiday music and visits with Santa at The Avenue! 3-7pm. Free. The Avenue of East Cobb 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-971-9945 |

DECEMBER 2 A Day With Santa Santa’s arrival begins at noon with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, and colorfully-costumed characters. The celebration continues at Depot Park with a holiday host of activities including FREE snow tubing, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite. 12-6pm. Free. Downtown Kennesaw 2838 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw Depot Park 2828 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw 770-422-9714| 18 December 2017

DECEMBER 2-3 The Marietta Pilgrimage A Christmas tour of six private historic homes all lovingly restored and decorated for the season. Saturday: 9am-6pm. Candlelight tour: 7-9:30pm. Sunday: 10am-6pm. $25 in advance; $30 the day of the tour. Candlelight tour: $20 in advance; $25 the day of the tour; Combo Ticket: $30 in advance; $35 the day of the tour. Marietta Welcome Center 4 Depot Street, Marietta 770-429-1115 |

SATURDAYS: DEC 2, 9 AND 16 Botanical St. Nick at Atlanta Botanical Garden Meet Saint Nick clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos. 10am-2pm. Free with garden admission or membership. Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta 404-876-5859 |

DECEMBER 3 Christmas Packages Check out over 20 venues featuring timeless Christmas traditions including carriage rides, music, face painting, freeze tag, puppets, trains, reindeer, food trucks and crafts. 4-7:30pm. Free. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-795-3256 |

DECEMBER 3 Holiday Lights Celebration This special evening features holiday music, special guest appearance by Santa Claus, and the lighting of the live East Cobb Park tree. 5-7pm. Free. East Cobb Park 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb

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Light the Night Tree Lighting WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts its 12th annual tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for a photo with you and your family. There will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances, refreshments and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 4:30pm and will be on hand for photo with you and your family. 4-6pm. Free. WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Blue Parking Deck – Top Level 677 Church Street, Marietta 470-644-0300 |

Christmas at Piedmont Church This free 2-day event features local school choruses, orchestras, and bands performing holiday music, inflatable jumpies for kids, crafters offering hand-made gifts, and the only Snow Tube slide in Cobb County. Friday: 5-9pm. Saturday: 10am-5pm. Free. Piedmont Church 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta 770-422-2566 | christmas-at-piedmont

DECEMBER 5, 7, 12, 14 Christmas High Tea At Bulloch Hall served by ladies in period clothing. 4pm. Reservations: $50. Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell 770-992-1731 |

DECEMBER 9 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser for Mutt-Maddness. Enjoy a delicious complete breakfast. There will be some adorable, adoptable dogs on site. 9:30am-12:30pm. Tickets: Adult(13+): $25; Child (4-12): $7; children 3 and under Free. Ticket price includes: complete breakfast and keepsake picture with Santa. Raffle items available and Valet parking is complimentary. Classic Subaru of Atlanta 7700 Roswell Road, Atlanta 770-394-9100 | Tickets:

DECEMBER 9 17th Annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K/1K/Tot Trot sponsored by the Cobb County Bar Association to benefit their Children’s Emergency Fund. Peachtree qualifier. 8:30am. $30/advance. $35/race day. Historic Marietta Square |

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Holiday Happenings CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS DECEMBER 9 Breakfast with Santa Presented by Mt. Zion Youth. 8:30-10:30am. $5/person; $20/family. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-971-1465 |

DECEMBER 9 Christmas for Kids Yule log and candy cane hunt, snacks, craft, stories, and a visit from the Snow Queen and Winter Princess as well as Mr. & Mrs. Claus. For ages 5-11. 10am-12pm. $15. Reservations required. Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell 770-992-1731 |

DECEMBER 9 Kennesaw’s Breakfast with Santa Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club to host an “all-youcare-to-eat” pancake breakfast with Santa. Two seating options available: 8-9:15am; and 10-11:15am. Advance tickets are $6 per person, purchased in advance at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap. Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw 770-422-9714

DECEMBER 9 Southern Museum Polar Express Adventure Immerse yourself in the classic story told throughout the museum, with vignettes highlighting the plot and interactive performers bringing the story to life. The highlight of the event is a theatrical performance by the British Academy of Performing Arts dancers and performers that culminate in a visit from the big guy himself…Santa Claus! There will be readings of The Polar Express book between performances and The Polar Express movie showings in the theater at 3pm and 5pm. 2:30-7pm. Adults: $7.50; Seniors(60+): $6.50; Children(4-12): $5.50; Free for children 3 and under. Free for Museum members. The Southern Museum 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw 770-427-2117 |

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DECEMBER 10 Cookies with Santa All ages are invited to come for a relaxing, fun-filled afternoon of holiday activities. Kids will be able to talk to Santa in a casual environment. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday treats, cocoa and tea. 2-4pm. $5/child. Parents are free but must accompany children to this event. Register online: Class ID: 429394 or at either Y branch. McClesky-East Cobb Family YMCA 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-977-5991 |

DECEMBER 10 Enchanted Woodland Wonders Come out for this unique new holiday tradition. Live reindeer will be making a special holiday appearance. Create reindeer crafts and warm up with campfire treats, find fairy houses and gnome homes, and food trucks. 3-7pm. Members Free. Adults: $10. Children(3-12): $6. Under 2 Free. Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 770-992-2055 |

THROUGH DECEMBER 12 Christmas at Callanwolde You’ll be transported into a magical world in the twinkling of an eye as you enter the magnificent GothicTudor mansion. Transformed by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, the historic Callanwolde estate captures the spirit and charm of the holidays. 12-8pm. $20/online $25/at the door. Free/children 3 and under. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta 678-701-6114 |

DECEMBER 16 Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball Treat that special starry-eyed child in your life this holiday season at The Strand. You and your prince or princess will start the evening with Christmas royals Prince Good tidings and Princess Joy at the The Strand’s fourth floor banquet chamber for High Tea. Afterwards, guests are invited to retire to 2nd floor minstrel’s hall where the Prince and Princess will teach young guests a few simple royal dances at the Grand Yuletide Ball. 1pm and 4pm. $15. Limited space available. The Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 117 N. Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 |

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Tacky Sweater Party Break out those sweaters or vests from the back of your closets, blow off the age-old dust and sport those tacky nightmares over to Six Flags Over Georgia for the biggest tacky sweater party in Georgia! All guests who arrive at the park wearing a tacky Christmas sweater will be given a half-priced General Admission ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia’s Holiday in the Park celebration. 2-8pm. General Ticket Admission. Six Flags over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell 770-948-9290 | special-events/tacky-sweater-party

Stone Mountain Christmas More than two million lights and an abundance of performances and activities. Prices and times vary by day. Stone Mountain Park U.S. Highway 78, East Stone Mountain 770-498-5690 | Stone-Mountain-Christmas


The Botanical Express at Atlanta Botanical Garden 10am-4pm. $5/passenger; $3/member. Climb aboard as the conductor takes you on a scenic holiday journey around the Garden. Train does not run in inclement weather. Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta 404-876-5859 |

Winter Wonderland at The Marietta Square This Holiday season, The Marietta Square transforms into a nostalgic Winter Wonderland featuring open-air ice skating, Santa’s Workshop, multi-story Christmas tree and more! Holiday entertainment will fill the air and the season will include New Year’s Eve Celebration and Square Drop. During school: Monday-Thursday: 4:30-9pm. Friday: 4:30-11pm. Saturday: 10am-11pm. Sunday: Noon-8pm. When school is out: Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm. Friday-Saturday: 10am-11pm. Sunday: 12-8pm. $12 includes entrance and skate rental, bring your own socks. Marietta Square Glover Park 4 Depot Street NE, Marietta



Pink Pig A holiday tradition for the whole family, ride Priscilla along the train tracks under the Pink Pig Tent and experience storybook fantasy in real life. Macy’s Lenox Square Mall. Closed Christmas Day. Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-8pm. Saturday: 10am-9pm. Sunday: 11am-7pm. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 11am-6pm. $3/ride. Macy’s Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 404-231-2800

Holidays at The Battery Atlanta The Battery Atlanta is ringing in the holiday season with the opening of its seasonal ice skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, the first lighting of its Christmas tree and a live DJ that will perform on various nights throughout the holiday season. Sunday-Thursday: 11am- 9pm. FridaySaturday: 11am-11pm. The Battery Atlanta 800 Battery Avenue, Atlanta



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Holiday Happenings CONCERTS DECEMBER 2 Holiday Fine Arts Showcase Presented by the Joseph Wheeler High School band, chorus, and orchestra. Prelude concert: 2pm by the Symphonic and Concert Bands, Philharmonia and Sinfonia Orchestras and Chorale Choir. Finale Concert: 4:30pm by the Full Orchestra, Bel Voce Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. $10/adults, $5/students and senior adults (60+), $25/family of 5 (2 adults, 3 students). Wheeler Performing Arts Center 375 Holt Road, Marietta/East Cobb

DECEMBER 2 Holiday Pops! Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday spectacular featuring seasonal favorites performed by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 3pm & 8pm. Tickets: $10-$30. Marietta Performing Arts Center 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta 770-429-2390|

DECEMBER 2 Cobb New Horizons Concert Band Annual Christmas Concert Directed by Dr. Charles Jackson, enjoy Hanukkah and Christmas favorites. 3pm. Free. Lassiter High School Performing Arts Center 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta/East Cobb

DECEMBER 3 Christmas Light Michael O’Neal Singers usher in “the most wonderful time of the year” with a program of holiday favorites from days gone by. 3pm. $23/Adult. $18/Seniors & Students. Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 770-594-7974 |

DECEMBER 8 Song of Atlanta and Atlanta Vocal Project at KSU Special holiday performance featuring Song of Atlanta and Atlanta Vocal Project. This pair of award-winning Atlanta-based a cappella vocal ensembles share their passion for harmony in this special seasonal performance. 8pm. Tickets: $18-$25. Morgan Concert Hall at KSU 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw 22 December 2017

DECEMBER 8 The Sounds of Christmas Presented by Symphony on the Square. Bring the family for a trip down Christmas memory lane. 8pm. $15. Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta

DECEMBER 8 & 10 Carols for Christmas: The Gifts We Bring Stirring narration, much-loved carols, beautiful music, and an exciting light show will bring to life a tale of gifts: the gifts of the three kings to the baby in the manger, the gift of Christ to the world, and the gifts that He birthed into each of our hearts. 7:30pm. 6pm. Free. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 770-971-2880 |

DECEMBER 8 & 10 Christmas Festival Concert With the 100-voice Roswell United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir and 60-member Georgia Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Michael O’Neal; Celebration Ringers under the direction of Lisa Stover; and organist, Tom Alderman present a concert filled with favorite holiday music. 7:30-9pm. 3-4:30pm. Free, but tickets required to ensure seating. Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 770-594-0512 |

DECEMBER 9 A Happy Holiday with the Atlanta Wind Symphony A holiday concert featuring jazz influences and holiday favorites. 7:30pm. Free. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. Centennial High School 9310 Scott Road, Roswell

DECEMBER 9 & 10 The Johnson Ferry Christmas Festival Christmas concert featuring the Johnson Ferry Choir and Orchestra. Preschool childcare available. 4pm & 7pm. Free. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-973-6561 |

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Big Chicken Chorus 2017 Christmas Show: Have Yourself A Merry-etta Christmas. This show features special guest, Vintage Mix. 3pm. Tickets: $0-$30. Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School 1171 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta

A Christmas Tradition This song and dance revue is guaranteed to make the entire family dance, clap, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays - from Santa loving six year olds to out of town in-laws. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 8pm. Sundays: 3pm. $30. The Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 17 N. Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 |

DECEMBER 14 “In The Spirit” Presented by Atlanta Pops Orchestra with John Driskell Hopkins. This performance features a very special holiday collaboration between John Driskell Hopkins, founding member of three-time GRAMMY® Award winning Zac Brown Band, and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. John and the Orchestra collaborated to write and record the 2015 release “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays” which combines the classic sound of holiday favorites with new, modern arrangements written by KSU jazz faculty member Wes Funderburk. 8pm. Tickets for this performance are $25-55. Morgan Concert Hall at Kennesaw State University (KSU) 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw

DECEMBER 16 Cobb Wind Symphony Holiday Concert Conductor Alfred Watkins, Assistant Conductor Bob Cowles present holiday classics. 8pm. Free. (Donations accepted.) Lassiter High School Performing Arts Concert Hall 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta 678-305-7148 |

DECEMBER 17 Atlanta Concert Band Annual Holiday Festival Concert Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church presents the Atlanta Concert Band. 4-6pm. Free. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church 471 Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Atlanta R 404-358-1966

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Lessons in Carols A Christmas Cantata by the Chancel Choir. 8:30am & 11am. Coffee hour in between. Nursery provided. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 770-971-1465 |

Mommy, Menorahs, and Me! Join MJCCA East Cobb/Roswell for this Hanukkahthemed playgroup at the East Cobb Library. Bring your friends and family, and enjoy stories and crafts about the Festival of Lights. 10:15am. Free. East Cobb Library 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb 678-812-4086 |

DECEMBER 17 Messiah Sing-Along Join voices with the Michael O’Neal Singers in this annual community event. 3pm. $10. Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 770-594-7974 |

DECEMBER 21 The Strand Ole Opry’s Country Christmas The very best of a down-home holiday gathering with a bluegrass flair for Strand Ole Opry’s Country Christmas! This back-porch special featuring Travis Cottle and his One Horse Band and a host of guest vocalists is sure to please country fans of all ages! Following in the footsteps of a great southern tradition, this concert will transport patrons to the old south with beautiful vocals and live band accompaniment, as well as traditional southern storytelling. Join the performers in the Lumiere Lounge for some drinks and maybe even some sing-alongs after the show! 8pm. Tickets: $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 117 North Park Square, Marietta

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DECEMBER 18 Menorah Lighting on Marietta Square Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage at Marietta Square to light a Menorah as part of a Hanukkah Celebration which will include holiday music, hot chocolate and jelly donuts. 6:30-7:30pm. Rain Date December 19. Free. Marietta Square Glover Park 4 Depot Street NE, Marietta 678-264-8575 |

Holiday Happenings LIGHT DISPLAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 31 Lights of Life Millions of holiday lights throughout the campus. Santa Claus will be visiting on weekends for photographs. Sunday-Thursday: Dark-9pm. Fridays & Saturdays: Dark-10pm. Monday-Thursday: $5/car, Weekends and December 15-31: $10/car; $20/bus. There will also be pony rides ($5 per rider), train rides ($3 per rider), a petting zoo ($3 per person), and a concession stand offering seasonal drinks and snacks for purchase. Life University 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta 678-331-4342 |


THROUGH JANUARY 3 Holiday in the Park Six Flags Over Georgia is continuing its holiday tradition as it extends its season with the addition of Six Flags Entertainment’s annual holiday festival — Holiday in the Park. More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees will create the perfect magical atmosphere this holiday season from November 18 through January 3 on select days. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia. Includes sparkling lights, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory. Guests can enjoy the park’s most popular rides including Goliath, as well as rides for the entire family to enjoy. Holiday in the Park will be topped off with its most iconic image at the historic Riverview Carousel, which will create a glowing light and walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta and the Southeast region. Check website for times. Ticket prices start at $48.99. Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell holiday-in-the-park

The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Invites You to Spend Advent and Christmas with us! Advent Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 10th at 4:00pm. Special worship service that marks the quiet season of Advent. Advent Organ Music begins at 3:30pm. Christmas Eve Family Holy Communion: Sunday, December 24th at 3:00pm. Children and youth in a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story. Nursery available. Christmas Eve Holy Communion: Sunday, December 24th at 5:00, 9:00 & 11:00pm. Traditional Christmas Eve services. Mild incense at 11:00pm. Nursery available for 3:00pm and 5:00pm only. Christmas Day Holy Communion: Monday, December 25th at 10:30am. No Nursery available.

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Magical Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Take a driving tour through more than 7 miles of giant illuminated characters and millions of twinkling lights. Daily (including holidays). 5-10pm. $35/car; $70/van (1120 people); $175/bus (21+ people or more) in advanced, additional charge applies at the gate. Lake Lanier Islands 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford 770-945-8787 |

Live Nativity and Bethlehem Walk. 5-8pm. The walk through Bethlehem will open at 5pm with performances of the nativity at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and 7:30pm. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-971-2880 |

THROUGH JANUARY 6 Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens Enjoy the scenic five-mile drive, featuring over eight million lights with holiday tunes. $28/Adults. $14/Children 6-12. Ages 5 and under: free but require a “free child� ticket. Prices vary with prime and value days. Check for times and purchase tickets in advance for best rates. Christmas Village opens at 4pm. Callaway Gardens 4500 Southern Pine Drive, Pine Mountain 844-512-3826 |

THROUGH JANUARY 7 7th Annual Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden The annual extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. All nights Friday & Saturday: 5-11pm. Sunday-Thursday: 5-10pm. Ticket prices vary based on Non-Peak and Peak nights. Discounted tickets are available online before 4pm on the day of the show. Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta 404-876-5859 |

DECEMBER 13 Live Nativity 6:15-6:45pm. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb 770-971-1465 |

DECEMBER 16 An Evening in Bethlehem The Bethlehem Village (a simulated first-century marketplace) will be in the Dining Room in the Chapel Building. Journey through an indoor reenactment of an authentic 1st century marketplace before we witness the joyous birth of our new King, Jesus. 4-6:30pm. The Presentation of the Nativity will be at 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Free ($10 family donation appreciated). Reservation required for seating of the Nativity. Roswell UMC: Fellowship Hall in the Chapel Building 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 770-993-6218


LIVE NATIVITY DECEMBER 2-3 & 8-9 Bethlehem Walk Walk through the streets of Bethlehem to a live nativity scene. 7-9pm. Free. Mountain View United Methodist Church 2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta 770-928-0050 |

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Lenox Square Mall Make an appointment for holiday photos by visiting 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta More info: 404-233-6767

MON-SUN THROUGH DECEMBER 24 North Point Mall Monday-Saturday: 11am-8pm. Sunday: 12-6pm. Special hours: December 15-23: 9am-9pm Christmas Eve: 9am-6pm 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta More info: 770-740-9273

Holiday Happenings SANTA SIGHTINGS MON-SUN THROUGH DECEMBER 24 Perimeter Mall Monday-Saturday: 11am-8pm. Sundays: 11am-6pm. Special Hours: December 15-23: 9am-9pm December 17: 10am-8pm Christmas Eve: 9am-6pm (Break: 12:30pm-1:30pm) 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta More info: 770-394-4270 Santa on the Marietta Square Reserve your time with Santa in advance. See website for available dates/times. Marietta Square - Glover Park 50 North Park Square, Marietta Town Center Mall Check website for hours. 400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw More info: 770-424-9486

DECEMBER 2: 5-7PM Atlanta Swim Academy 732 Johnson Ferry Road Marietta/East Cobb More info: 770-973-3120

DECEMBER 1, 8 & 15: 3-7PM The Avenue at East Cobb 4475 Roswell Road Marietta/East Cobb More info: 770-971-9945

MON-SUN THROUGH DECEMBER 24 Cumberland Mall Monday-Saturday: 12-8pm. Sundays: 12pm-6pm. Special hours: December 15-23: 9am-9pm December 17: 10am-8pm Christmas Eve: 8am-6pm (Break: 12:30-1:30pm) 2860 Cumberland Mall SE, Atlanta More info: 770-435-2206

DECEMBER 3 & 10: 2-4PM Edward-Johns Jewelers 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 124 Marietta/East Cobb More info: 770-977-2026

DECEMBER 9 & 16: 1-3PM Santa and Mrs. Claus at Historic Town Square Sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. Take photos and just enjoy the holiday season with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1-3pm. FREE. 610 South Atlanta Street, Roswell More info: 770-641-3705

DECEMBER 16: 12-2PM Pet Photos with Santa Bring your furry friends to pose with Santa. No reptiles or exotic animals please. The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team of Keller Williams 2249 Roswell Road, Marietta

DECEMBER 16: 9AM-1PM Sweets with Santa Free pictures with Santa, rides in a trackless train and a create-your-own hot chocolate station. The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team of Keller Williams 2249 Roswell Road, Marietta

THEATER & DANCE THROUGH DECEMBER 31 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Based on the classic television special. Ticket includes the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Show times vary by date. No Show on Christmas. $25. Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta 404-873-3391 |

DECEMBER 1-3 The Nutcracker Presented by The Georgia Ballet, featuring dancing snowflakes, giant toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, and a delectable land of sweets. Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7:30pm. Sunday: 2pm & 5:30pm. $12-$48. Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta 770-528-8490 |

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Holiday Happenings THEATER & DANCE DECEMBER 1-3 The Story Christmas at Eastside Baptist Church A play about the story of Christmas. Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 1pm. Sunday: 3pm & 7pm. Free. Eastside Baptist Church 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb

DECEMBER 1-16 Santa After Hours 2017: Holiday Party Crashers Presented by Out of Box Theater. This adult only show brings you Holiday Party Crashers, and it promises to be their best show yet. Each season, Santa After Hours is a completely new show written by a bunch of local playwrights/actors who are certainly on the naughty list and are collectively known as “The Usual Gang of Idiots.” Fridays & Saturdays. 9pm. $15. Out of Box Theatre, Artisan Resource Center 585 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta 678-653-4605 |

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DECEMBER 1, 2 & 3 The Gift of the Magi Presented by Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. Based on the 1905 story by O. Henry. This touching story of the sacrifice for true love is a classic tale for the whole family. Holiday activities and Santa visits an hour before the show. 7:30pm. 2:30pm. $12-$35. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square 11 Whitlock Avenue SW, Marietta 770-426-4800 |

DECEMBER 7-23 A Christmas Carol A traditional holiday classic for the entire family guaranteed to fill you with the Christmas spirit and warm your heart. Show times vary by day. Adults: $18; Students/ Seniors: $16. Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell 770-992-1731 |

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Frosty! A Very Merry Musical A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love wintertime classic is frozen fun for the whole family! Join a snowman named Frosty for holiday adventures, merry music, and more. Show times vary by day. $15-$35. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square 11 Whitlock Avenue SW, Marietta 770-426-4800 |

A Christmas Tradition This holiday song and dance revue is guaranteed to make the entire family dance, clap, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays – from Santa-loving six-year-olds to out of town in-laws! Tickets: $20- $30. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre 117 N. Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 |

DECEMBER 8-24 A Christmas Carol Join the Alliance Theatre for one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions. Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge encounters the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this holiday classic story. Showtime varies. $20-$80 plus applicable fees. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta 770-916-2800 l

DECEMBER 24 It’s a Wonderful Life Marathon In this true holiday classic, an angel (Henry Travers) helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (James Stewart) by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Get here half an hour early for a holiday preshow and sing along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. 1pm, 4pm, 7pm. $8/adults. $7/seniors, students, and military. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre 117 N. Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 |

DECEMBER 8-28 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Fairies, princes, and dancing snowflakes. The magic of the holiday season is alive again at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and feel the warmth that has been enchanting audiences in Atlanta for over 50 years. See website for dates and times. Tickets start at $16. Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 404-881-2100

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Free Mulch. Cobb EMC offers free mulch from the clearance maintenance of Cobb EMC power lines. It is available throughout the year and can be delivered when crews are in your area. More info: 678-355-3413.


Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 Adult, $6/Child (3-12), $7/Senior 65+, $7/ Student (Ages 13 -18), Children 2 & under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or


The Gritters Knitters. Do you knit, crochet, or work with yarn in anyway? If you would like to get together to craft, get inspired, and make new friends, then this group is for you. All skill levels are welcome the only requirement is your enthusiasm! Just bring your yarn and yourself. Fridays: 11am-1pm. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2524.

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Marietta Square Farmers Market features products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. Saturday 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or


Christmas Tree Lot. Featuring North Carolina fresh fraser firs. All proceeds benefit Lassiter Band Booster Association. Mon-Thurs: 4-8pm; Fri-Sat: 12-9pm; Sun: 12-8pm. Corner of the Highlands Plaza Publix shopping center on the corner of Sandy Plains and Shallowford Road, Marietta. More info: Andrew Halloran at 770-490-9182.


Artist Attic Holiday Show & Sale. Unique handmade items by students, instructors and staff from The Art Place. Monday – Thursday, 10am-5pm. The Art Place – Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2700.


Good Mews Décor Market. Get started on your holiday shopping at the Good Mews annual Holiday Décor Market. Choose from festive fall décor, collectibles, ornaments and tree trimmings, knick-knacks and so much more! Proceeds go to Good Mews Animal Foundation, a cage free no-kill shelter for cats. Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 12-6pm. Free admission. Sandy Plains Shopping Center, 1860 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 202, Marietta/East Cobb. More info:


Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival. Meet over forty fine arts artisans. The market contains local vendors selling their handmade, eco-friendly goods for your holiday gift giving. 10am-5pm. Free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or


St. Nicholas Charity Soccer Event hosted by the Northwest YMCA and the Cobb Adult Soccer League. 7 aside playing format - junior fields - junior goals, 3 games, 25-minute halves. Candy canes, hot chocolate and water for everyone. Prizes for Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Best Christmas Hat and Best Team Costume. All donations go to MUST Ministries to fill their Toy Box for Cobb families in need. Entry fee: Toy (new & unwrapped), valued at $25 or greater – please include batteries if required. 8am-6pm. Tramore Soccer Park, 2150 E West Connector, Austell. More info: Karon Beyer at or call 404-317-9245.


Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday Breakfast. A special presentation by Sam Olens, President of Kennesaw State University and former Attorney General of Georgia about a few issues near and dear to his heart. At the breakfast, attendees will also learn how the Cobb Community Foundation is making an impact. Also, the 2017 Sam Olens Business Community Service Awards and Health Hero Award will be presented. 7:30–9am. Cost of the breakfast: $30/ members; $60/general admission. Cobb Galleria, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/ RSVP: 770-980-2000 or


Little Listeners. Through music, finger-plays, and the reading of one or two stories, preschoolers are introduced to pre-literacy skills and socialization at the library. This structured program lasts 30 minutes and is for children ages of 3-5 years of age and their parent or caregiver. 11am. Mountain View Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2725. Celebrate the Holidays Business Mixer. Sponsored by Marietta Business Association, East Cobb Business Association, and Northeast Cobb Business Association. 5-8pm. WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info:

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DECEMBER 5, 7, 12 & 14


Cobb Executive Women Cabaret Holiday Social. Socialize and celebrate the year with Cobb Executive Women (CEW) at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Performances will take place throughout the evening as attendees enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and good company at the final event of the year. 5:30-7:30pm. $20/CEW members; $30/guests. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. More info: Maddie Nachtmann at or High Tea, a delightful way to spend an afternoon in the 1839 childhood home of Mittie Bulloch. Visit includes a delicious 2-course tea served by ladies in period clothing and a tour of the house decorated for Christmas. 4pm. $50/person. Reservations required. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. More info: 770-992-1731, ext. 2 or


Artsy Smartsy: School Age Art Club. Fun for ages 5-10. Children are invited to use their imagination as they learn about art and explore paintings, sculpture, and architecture. Each class includes a story, analysis of works of art, and a hands-on art-making experience with a project to take home. 3:30-4:30pm. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2524 or

DECEMBER 8-10 & 14-16

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum presented by CenterStage North Theatre. Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. This performance is a nonstop laughtfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. 8pm. $20-$25. Check website for showtimes. The Art Place – Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-331-0079,


International Adoption Info Session presented by CCAI Adoption Services. A 501c(3) charitable, non-profit child placement agency. CCAI offers participants the opportunity to explore adopting a child from China, Bulgaria, Latvia, or Ukraine. This information session provides details including qualifications, fees, services, timelines, and travel requirements. Free. 2-3:30pm. Panera Bread Company, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/RSVP: 678-560-5863 or


Making Comics Workshop. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own comics? Now you can with the exciting free two-hour workshop “Creating Comics.” This workshop is led by comics writer Ananya Vahal and comics artist Carlos Perez. They will take you through the basics of creating characters, storylines, and art. 3-5pm. Free, limited to first 15 people. Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/To register:

Annual Empty Bowl Brunch. Includes a bowl made by a local artist (you choose and keep) filled with soup or chili. Advance tickets on sale now. 11am-1:30pm. $15. Proceeds will benefit Must Ministries. The Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More Info: 770-509-2700 or Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Concert (AYWS). 4pm. Free. Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 404-367-5163 or St. Nicholas Holiday Market hosted by the Ladies Philoptochos (friend of the poor) Society of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Come shop unique gifts, crafts, jewelry and specialty Greek foods and pastries. 12-4pm. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Parish Life Center, 3431 Trickum, Marietta. More info: 770-924-8080.


Christmas with Kelly Clarkson & Bleachers Live. Kelly will perform all her hits, plus Jack Antonoff and Bleachers will play a special acoustic set and show us why Taylor Swift and so many others cannot wait to work with him. Plus, Marietta’s own Alex Guthrie will show off the talents that have helped make him a star alongside Jennifer Hudson in the American Family Insurance campaign. 7:30pm. $44-$115. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Avenue Southeast, Atlanta. More info:


Museum Mice Tours: Following Murray’s Treasure Map. Geared towards children ages 3-5 and their parents to introduce them to history. 10:30-11:30am. $5/family (one adult and up to 3 children). Additional adults or children $5/each. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Suite 200, Marietta. More info: 770-794-5710 or


READing Paws. Come read with a therapy dog! This oneon-one program for children in grades K-5 is designed to promote self-confidence and to encourage independent reading skills. Registration is required. 3:30-4:30pm East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2730 or


Understanding Birth. Expecting mothers and their partners take a two-day journey through childbirth including labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation, hospital procedures and Cesarean birth. Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. $55. WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-956-STAR (7827).


Civil War Music Program. Music during the Civil War served many functions. Not only did it help to organize and rally, but also went a long way to boost morale amongst the soldiers. Come join musician and living historian KD Sellers as she demonstrates this using the fife. Free. 11am-3pm. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Visitor Center. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive NW, Kennesaw. More info:


A Civil War Christmas. While Christmas is usually a time for celebration, it was not always so for the soldier on the campaign trail. Come join our Ranger for a 30-minute interactive program detailing what Christmas could have been like for the common soldier of 1864. Free. 11-11:30am. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Visitor Center, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. More info:


The Georgia Bridal Show. Meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams. 12-5pm. $10 in advance online or $15 cash only at door. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets:

Georgia Southeast Bowl (CSE), Georgia Southwest Bowl (GSW), Georgia Northwest Bowl (GNW), and Cobb Senior Bowl (CSB). Four football games that feature the best high school football players and their coaches from the metro Atlanta area. Kickoff times, GSE: 9am; GSW: 12:30pm; GNW: 4pm; CSB: 7:30pm. Tickets: $10 at the gate; Skybox: $50. Marietta High School, Northcutt Stadium, 121 Winn Street, Marietta. More info:


Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment. Step back in time as a guest at this important wedding which ultimately produced our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. $15/adults. $10/children (6-18). Tours on the half hour: 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm & 8:30pm. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-992-1731 or

DECEMBER 21, 2017-JANUARY 3, 2018 Cobb County schools closed for winter break.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS The Atlanta area offers a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. Here are some of the big ones. For more New Year’s events and local restaurant specials and church festivities, visit or check out the EAST COBBER Facebook page for last-minute listings.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Peach Bowl, Parade and FanFest

New Year’s Eve at The Strand

Monday, January 1: 8am Watch the parade, complete with bands, cheerleaders, mascots and more! Starts at 8am. The parade ends at the Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Boulevard). The FanFest will be held inside the Georgia World Congress Center. FanFest tickets: $15. $10 (with game ticket). 404-586-8500. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game starts at 12:30pm. Tickets available for purchase at door or at

Sunday, December 31: 9pm A NYE Tribute: Queen & Tom Petty. A tribute to the music of Queen and Tom Petty, performed by the amazingly talented Georgia Player’s Guild (GPG)! The GPG is thrilled to be honoring the incredible musical legacy of rock supergroup Queen and American legend Tom Petty in a concert that is guaranteed to bring in the New Year right. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 starting on December 25. This show is assigned seating Tickets: $35. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080,

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Battery Atlanta

Since Auld Lang Syne

Sunday, December 31 Kids/family party 5:30-8pm Adult party 9pm-12:30am The kids/family party will feature circus acts, giveaways, and ice-skating. Stage show performances, ice-skating. The adult party will feature aerialists and acrobats, countdown to New Year’s, and fireworks. The Battery Atlanta, 755 Battery Avenue, Atlanta.

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Sunday, December 31: 6pm The Marietta Square Rings in the New Year with two celebrations. New Year’s Eve will kick off with family activities at 6pm with a drop at 7pm. At 8pm, a wonder filled evening celebration begins to welcome in the new year together at the stroke of midnight and runs through 1am on New Year’s Day. Local restaurants and venues will stay open late and live entertainment will continue throughout the night. Historic Marietta Square, Marietta.

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BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER The following Cobb County Parks will accept dropoffs from December 26, 2017 until January 7, 2018: > Noonday Creek Park 489 Hawkins Store Road Kennesaw, GA 30144


id you know that your old Christmas trees can be recycled and that one twenty pound tree takes up valuable landfill space comparable to a washing machine? Recycling trees creates mulch, fuel, wildlife habitats and other useful material. You can help “Keep Cobb Beautiful,” by recycling your old tree after the holiday season. Keep Cobb Beautiful will sponsor free recycling drop-offs. Keep Cobb Beautiful is inviting everyone to “Bring One for the Chipper,” and recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays. As a part of a statewide effort to reuse Christmas trees, Keep Cobb Beautiful is hosting convenient sites where area residents can drop-off their trees. No other items will be allowed to be dropped off at sites. Cobb County Parks sites will accept trees from December 26 until January 7. All Home Depot sites will accept trees ONLY on Saturday, January 6. To volunteer at a site location, look on the web site at and go to the volunteer section for more information.

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> Sewell Park 2085 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30066 > Fullers Park (Lower Field) 3050 Robinson Road Marietta, GA 30064 Trees will be accepted only on January 6 at the following Home Depots: > Home Depot 3605 Sandy Plains Road Marietta, GA 30066 > Home Depot 4101 Roswell Road NE Marietta, GA 30062 > Home Depot 2450 Cumberland Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339 Davey Trees at 770-451-7911, as well as the Cobb Parks locations will have free mulch available to citizens after January 8. For more information and/or to receive a mulch request form, contact Keep Cobb Beautiful at 770-528-1135 or visit:

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Asian Express

Café Life at Life Grocery

Chicago’s Restaurant

Edible Arrangements

Basil Wraps

>Mediterranean Serving the best Mediterranean food in Marrietta/Kennesaw area. Chicken/beef gyros, kabob, shawerma, kofta, falafel, and much more. 2800 Canton Road Marietta 30066 Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm 770-514-9990 .......................................................

>Vegetarian Healing, Wellness, & Healthy Food for the Mind, Body & Soul. Choose from a variety of organic vegan foods. 1453 Roswell Road Marietta 30062 Mon-Sun: 12-5pm 770-977-9583 .......................................................

Capozzi’s Pizza

>Italian Neighborhood pizzeria with a family friendly atmosphere. 4285 Roswell Road Marietta 30068 Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm 770-321-5550

Bradley’s Bar & Grill

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Cookies By Design

>Cookies Cookies by Design created the world’s first cookie arrangement more than 20 years ago and continues to provide customers with gift-giving arrangements of individually hand-decorated cookies for every occasion. 3101 Roswell Road Marietta 30062 Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm Sat: 10am-3pm 770-578-0200 .......................................................

Corner Pizza

>Pizza Fast casual, full service neighborhood pizzeria utilizing only the finest ingredients. In store made dough, bread, sauce, and dressings equate to an exceptional experience. 4651 Woodstock Road NE Suite 305 Roswell 30075 Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm 770-518-1701

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>Fruit Delicious, high quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements that are practical and healthy gifts and centerpieces for everyday occasions and events. • Parkaire Landing Shopping Center 4880 Lower Roswell Road Suite 820; Marietta 30068 • Target Shopping Center 1125 Woodstock Road, Suite 300 Roswell 30075 Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm; Sat: 8am-5pm; Sun: 8am-1pm 770-579-7081 .......................................................

Eggs Up Grill

>Traditional Breakfast & Lunch A family oriented breakfast and lunch only restaurant. Specializing in homemade, fresh ingredients with a focus on hospitality. 4401 Shallowford Road, Suite 126 Roswell 30075 Mon-Sun: 6am-2:30pm 770-559-9057 .......................................................

Fat Lady Baker

>Take and bake meals and artisan bread Homemade meals for 2 that you can bake and reheat at home. Chicken pot pies, Chicken salad, baguettes, ciabatta and sourdough bread. Take out. • 2995 Johnson Ferry Road Marietta 30062 • 2951 Shallowford Road Marietta 30062 Tues-Fri: 10am-6pm 770-587-3005 ......................................................

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>American The friendliest neighborhood dive bar in East Cobb with great bar food, great customers & great staff! 4961 Lower Roswell Road Marietta 30068 Mon-Sat: 11:30-2am 770-321-0108

>American Celebrating 25 years in the neighborhood, eat where the locals eat! Relaxed dining, warm hospitality, offering a wide selection of entrees, hand crafted cocktails and terrific wine list. Cozy bar. Live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 4401 Shallowford Road Roswell 30075 Open daily 5pm; 770-993-7464 .......................................................


>Chinese New York style chinese food, dine-in and take out. 4880 Lower Roswell Road, #110, Marietta 30068 Mon-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 12-9:30pm 770-675-9369 .......................................................

Steak, Sushi, Thai >Japanese & Thai $1 Sushi every Monday night dine-in only. Hibachi Early Bird Special from $10 every day before 6pm. Voted Best Asian Restaurant in East Cobb. 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 1 Marietta 30068 Mon-Sun: 11:30am-10pm 678-560-8071

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Harry’s Pizza and Subs

New Lucky China

>Pizza Family owned and run, Harry’s is an excellent place for any occasion from a business meeting to an outing with your family. Not only do they serve real New York style pizza, but they are also known for their chicken wings, oversized salads, and mouth watering sandwiches! 2150 Powers Ferry Road Atlanta 30339 Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Friday: 11am-11pm; Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 12pm-10pm 770-955-4413 .......................................................

J. Christopher’s

>Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch J. Christopher’s is a neighborhood daytime breakfast and lunch eatery featuring traditional house-made favorites, healthy choices, and creative menu options in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. 1205 Johnson Ferry Road Marietta 30068 Daily: 7am-2pm 770-579-6800 .......................................................

Jersey Mike’s Subs

>Submarine Sandwiches Jersey Mike’s Subs serves the most authentic submarine sandwich available. The Certified Angus Beef top rounds are cooked right in the store. The meats and cheeses are all top-quality premium brands. The bread is fresh-baked every day on the premises. Everything’s prepared right in front of you. 4400 Roswell Road, Suite 148 Marietta 30062 Mon-Sun: 10am-9pm 770-321-3998 .......................................................

Keegan’s Public House

>Irish-American Authentic Irish pub with old world atmosphere, great food, and extensive beer and wine selections. 4401 Shallowford Road, #136 Roswell 30075 Sun-Thur: 11am-12am; Fri & Sat: 11am-2am 770-640-1100




>Chinese and Sushi The Best Chinese and Sushi in East Cobb. 3045 Gordy Parkway Roswell 30062 Sun-Thurs: 11am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm 770-565-9666 .......................................................

Teriyaki Madness

>Asian Grill Teriyaki Madness is a fast casual Asian inspired restaurant serving Seattle-style Teriyaki. Guests enjoy made to order teriyaki dishes that are prepared with all natural fresh ingredients, with sauces made in-house. 2960 Shallowford Road Marietta 30066 Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm; Sun: 11am-8pm 770-693-2091 .......................................................

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

>Modern Southern Comfort Food The quintessential Southern neighborhood restaurant is a down-to-earth spot, where the casual vibe is heightened by the mouth-watering cuisine, the culinary inspired cocktails, large selection of craft beers and the thoughtfully selected wine list. Live music and entertainment Thursdays and Saturdays. Kids eat Free only on Tuesdays. 590 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell 30075 Brunch: Sun: 10am-3pm Lunch: Mon- Sat: 11am-3pm; Mid-day Menu: Tues-Sun: 3-5pm Dinner: Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm; Fri-Sat: 5-10pm; Sun: 5-9pm 770-817-9345 .......................................................

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Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

>Tex Mex Tin Lizzy’s is a taqueria known for its unique flavors and fresh margaritas. Come enjoy live music on the patio or watch your favorite game on the many flat screens! Taco Tuesdays: $2 taco menu after 2pm on Tuesdays. 4475 Roswell Road, #1510 Marietta 30062 Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-Midnight 770-609-2689 December 2017 39

Should Your Pet Be Our Pet of the Month?

PET OF THE MONTH: IAN Submitted by Elinore B. Meadows

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to: EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680455, Marietta, GA 30068. Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to: Pet’s Name:_________________________________________ Animal/Breed:_____________________________________ _ Age & Gender:______________________________________ Favorite Food:_______________________________________ Animal/Breed: Dog - Havanese

Favorite Person:_____________________________________

Age & Gender: 5-year-old male Favorite Food: Ian loves his dog treats and chew bones Favorite Person: Next to me his favorite person is Becky Best Trick: Lying on his back and waiting to get his belly rubbed

Best Trick:___________________________________________ Turn Ons:____________________________________________

Turn Ons: He loves to chase his squeaky toys

Turn Offs:____________________________________________

Turn Offs: Doesn’t like when his cousin Ella, takes his chew bone

Favorite Toy:________________________________________

Favorite Toy: Anything small with a squeaker in it

Last Seen:___________________________________________

What makes your pet so special: My pet is extremely special. He was left out on the highway and was hit by a truck. I adopted him from Homeless Pets Foundation. The first time I picked him up he nuzzled up to my neck and stole my heart. P.S. He is a Braves Fan! :-)

What makes your pet so special:_____________________ Owner’s Name:_____________________________________

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Low Cost Pet VaCCination CLiniC 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Dec 3 * Jan 7 * Feb 4

Save money and lives! Prices average 50% off of retail. All funds collected will be donated to Homeless Pets Northside Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Foundation, making this a 100% tax write-off for those Honored for Years of Service purchasing. 1 dog is saved for every $50 collected. Northside Hospital honored its Atlanta Auxiliary volunteers at the 43rd annual Auxiliary Luncheon last month. More than 110 Auxilians attended the event, which recognized the volunteers for their dedicated service to the hospital.

to fund Northside’s annual Camp Hope for adult cancer patients, additional online resources for maternity patients, scholarships to those interested in the medical field, support programs and services for cancer patients and families in the Special Care Nurseries, the hospital’s Healing Sounds (music therapy) program and much more. In all, the Auxiliary money supported more than 25 departments of the hospital.

2249 Roswell Road • Marietta, GA 30062 (404) 585-8881 • Northside’s

s Michaelle Arkin, Northside Auxiliary President-elect with Lisa Angel, current President.


obb County Public Safety Department staff has partnered with to offer digital identification tags to help increase the chances of finding lost pets. This new licensing program launched last month. Only animals living in the Cobb County service area are eligible. Anyone who registers a new pet license through will receive the new digital ID tag. Cobb is home to an estimated 300,000 dogs and cats and statistics show that 96 percent of animals returned by PetHub are home in less that one day, before they enter shelters. “That’s the kind of powerful tool we want to give pet parents in Cobb County,” Capt. Craig Owens, animal control director, said. “Such great return results will support our goal of getting pets back to families more quickly and helping reduce the number of animals in the shelter.” PetHub’s system links a physical ID tag to an animal’s online profile that can be accessed through an encrypted connection by anyone with a mobile phone. The profile can be updated for free, allowing owners to list emergency contact information. Optional upgrades include “found pet” alerts, GPS notifications and a way to broadcast a missing pet’s profile to local shelters and businesses. PetHub will donate a portion of proceeds from optional premium services to Cobb County Animal Control. For more information, visit

Auxiliary began serving the Atlanta hospital and community in 1969 with 100 volunteers. Today, the organization has 325 active volunteers, from ages 14-99 years, who work in more than 30 departments and have given more than 47,800 hours of service to Northside in the past year.

This year’s luncheon, themed “Volunteers are the key to success,” honored volunteers celebrating anniversaries and other very special milestones. The event also recognized the Auxiliary’s newly-elected officers, who are eager to continue the organization’s sterling reputation.

s Jane Moore

Additional accomplishments of the Auxiliary over the last year include: • The Auxiliary hosted 105 “volunteens” in various areas of the hospital. • Volunteers delivered 3,559 flower arrangements and 2,728 pieces of mail to patients, and transported 5,752 patients. • The Auxiliary’s Community Health Education Program (CHEP) performed 42 puppet shows to more than 4,000 children.


Jane Moore, of East Cobb, was recognized for her 15 years of service to the Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary. Moore volunteers as an escort, delivering flowers to patients and transporting them to their rooms and cars. East Cobber Michaelle Arkin, also was recognized at the event as the Auxiliary’s president-elect.

“Again this year, we have accomplished our mission to provide compassionate support and quality service to patients, families and visitors, as well as funding for special projects which benefit the hospital,” said Lisa Angel, Auxiliary president and East Cobb resident. “I am humbled by the dedication of our volunteers. It is a privilege and an honor to work with such a conscientious group of caring people.” Angel presented Northside with a check for $344,289, raised from all of the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts in 2012-2013 including sales in the Gift Shop, commissions on baby photo sales and several other sales to employees. The money was used

• Happy Tails (pet therapy) volunteers made more than 550 visits to patients and their families in the High-Risk Perinatal and Medical-Surgery units. • Volunteers made 2,655 items, including baby blankets, caps, baby booties and scarves, for babies in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery and patients receiving cancer treatment. • Network of Hope volunteers visited with and offered support to 540 breast and other cancer patients. They also made 423 follow-up calls to recently discharged breast cancer patients.

“The Northside Hospital Auxiliary has always been and remains an essential component to hospital’s longstanding success,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO of Northside Hospital. “There are no limits to the extraordinary contributions our volunteers make to our patients, visitors and staff each and every day; we greatly appreciate all that they do.”

For more information about the Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary, call 404-851-8707 or visit

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HEALTH & WELLNESS ACUPUNCTURIST Acupuncture and Wellness Center

Dr. Li Hua Shu, TCMD – Licensed Acupuncturist 3535 Roswell Road, Suite 37 • Marietta 30062 678-560-7978 • Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 9am-4pm 25 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine treating pain management, respiratory system, emotional/mental health, nervous system, digestive system, smoking/weight loss, wrinkle reduction, high blood pressure, and much more.


1950 Spectrum Circle, Suite 505 • Marietta 30067 678-303-4420 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Flowers Medical Group creates individualized care plans for every aspect of your health. The center offers specialized testing, comprehensive lab work, and examinations that are designed to keep you feeling energetic and healthy as you age. Contact them for your free consultation today.

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CARDIOLOGY Sibley Heart Center

Katina Hunter 2835 Brandywine Road, Suite 400 • Atlanta 30341 770-488-9218 • Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm Sibley Heart Center Cardiology is composed of more than 50 pediatric cardiologists providing comprehensive services for patients with acquired or congenital heart disease.

CHIROPRACTOR Lifeworks Chiropractic

2840 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 100 • Marietta 30062 678-926-9300 • Open Weekdays and Saturdays Has your body been asking for a change? Ready for a shift? We can help. Whether we are seeing a newborn for a well visit or handling a difficult case that others have given up on, we go the distance with individuals and families to see them through to results.

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2872 Johnson Ferry Road • Marietta 30062 770-993-3775 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm An all female dental team provides quality comprehensive dentistry to adults and children. Our high-tech office provides same day crowns and implant restorations and uses intraoral cameras and digital x-rays. Read our consistently 5-star reviews on our website and see why so many East Cobbers trust us with their smiles!

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Great Expressions Dental Center

3823 Roswell Road, Suite 205 • Marietta 30062 770-973-9275 • Provides access to affordable dental care without sacrificing quality or convenience for the entire family. In-network with most major insurance programs. If you don’t have dental insurance, you can enroll in the Smile Protection Plan or utilize CareCredit financing on many preventive and cosmetic dental procedures.

Mansouri Family Dental Care

4720 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta 30068 770-973-8222 • Mon-Fri: 7:30am-6pm Implants, root canals, cosmetic and family dentistry for all ages. Oral sedation available for fearful patients. Rest assured that everyone you meet here will be courteous, warm and exceptionally helpful. Please call the office for more info.


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Merchants Walk Dental

1344 East Cobb Drive, Suite 100 • Marietta 30068 770-691-5051 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Family-oriented private practice aims to provide comprehensive care and quality dentistry to patients of all ages. Their team is compassionate and energetic ensuring that there is time spent educating patients on their oral health needs. Offers many services including, but not limited to: implants, extractions, root canals, and more.

Wohlers Family Dentistry

3733 Canton Road • Marietta 30066 770-926-9914 • Mon-Thurs: 8am -5pm, Fri: Call for hours. Offering a variety of dental services for the entire family in a warm, friendly environment. If you are looking for preventive care or a smile makeover, call to learn how Wohlers Family Dentistry can help.

Lee Haney Personal Training Services

1950 Spectrum Circle, Suite 505 • Marietta 30067 678-303-4420 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Creates individualized exercise and nutrition programs to help manage age and increase physical function of the body. Programs that are created to stimulate not annihilate!


1453 Roswell Road • Marietta 30062 770-977-9583 • Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm; Sun: 11am-6pm Life Grocery and Café features a healthy selection of organic produce, nutritious foods, extensive supplements serving those with health challenges and dietary needs.

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DERMATOLOGISTS Dermatology Consultants

1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 100 • Marietta 30062 770-971-3376 • Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Delivering excellent customer service and excellent dermatological care for the entire family. Their board-certified dermatologists utilize cutting-edge technology and equipment and strive to provide expert consultations to their patients.


>2476 Canton Road • Marietta 30066 770-966-2205 >4774 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta 30068 770-509-0000 • Tues-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 9am-5pm Amerejuve Medspa and Cosmetic surgery offers a wide range in cosmetic procedures to make you feel young and look beautiful. They are leading experts in laser hair removal, Coolsculpting, eMatrix Skin Rejuvenation, IPL Photofacial, Velashape cellulite treatment, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

Milan Eye Center

3775 Roswell Road, Suite 150 • Marietta 30062 678-381-2020 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm Milan Eye Center provides quality ophthalmology care to help patients achieve better vision through various treatments. With five convenient locations, patients are able to schedule an appointment to treat conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, dry eye, oculoplastics, cosmetic, corneal transplant, and eye infections.


1111 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 100 • Marietta 30068 770-222-2322 • Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: by appointment Braces Braces strives to go above and beyond providing orthodontic services. They offer a variety of financial options that make orthodontic care as affordable as possible. You can even get affordable braces for as low as $50 a month, or receive multi-family member discounts.

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2155 Post Oak Tritt Road, Suite 180 • Marietta 30062 770-977-0377 • Mon & Wed: 8am-5pm; Tues: 7:20am-4pm; Thurs: 7:20am-2pm Our orthodontic practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, modern and comfortable environment for children and adults.

PAIN MANAGEMENT Acupuncture and Injury

3823 Roswell Road, #201 • Marietta 30062 678-217-2115 • Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm We provide pain management services primarily using acupuncture and physiotherapy. We treat chronic and acute pain and injuries. We also use herbal medicine to treat a number of ailments. We treat narcotics addiction using Buprenorphine (Suboxone) and herbal remedies. We also use bioidentical hormone pellets for hormonal problems.

PEDIATRIC DENTIST Nia Pediatric Dentistry

1111 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 200 • Marietta 30068 770-479-9999 • Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm; Sat: by appointment Dr. Azi Nia is dedicated to providing excellent pediatric dental care and building confidence in her patients. Dr. Azi’s greatest goal is helping a child overcome their fear and anxiety, getting them to a point where they actually enjoy their appointments.

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Some members of the Peachtree Curling Association Board of Directors (l-r): Bob Hogan, President; Meaghan Thomson, Director; Cameron Dunn, Director; and Cal Oxford II, Treasurer.


o you’ve seen curling on television, but what exactly is this sport of curling all about? “Curling is a combination of bowling, shuffleboard and croquet…kinda like bocce on ice,” explains Bob Hogan, the current Peachtree Curling Association president. The Peachtree Curling Association is based in East Cobb (right behind the Marietta Ice Center), and its members are eager to share their love of this unique sport. “The sport has a little bit of everything,” says Bob. “There’s strategy, shot making and exercise. Curling is a sport for all ages, from 5 to 85, with women athletes on an equal footing with men.” Four person teams take turns as each member of opposing teams throws two stones. Points are scored for the closest group of rocks slid onto a bullseye painted into the ice. Understanding and using the laws of physics is a major component of curling, according to Hogan. When rock meets the ice surface stones often hit each other, sometimes setting off a chain reaction. The sport often resembles a game of pool where physics comes

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into play. Also, by releasing the stone either clockwise or counter clockwise and making it “curl,” or take an indirect path. Bob believes the club’s 70 members keep coming back because of the “the camaraderie or the ‘spirit of curling’ A common love of the game is what brings everyone together,” Hogan says. Their 32-week session of league play starts in October and ends in May. The public is invited to check out the only ice rink dedicated to curling in Georgia. The club holds clinics giving newcomers a chance to try out the sport. Curling 101 classes are offered Friday nights, 7:30-9pm and Saturdays, 2:30-4pm. There’s even a Curling 201 class on Saturdays, 1-2:30pm. The club also holds birthday parties and corporate events. They are also planning a holiday camp to introduce kids to the sport of curling. org.

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Morgan White, Cobb County natural resource teacher, holds up a hawk wing.

parking children’s imaginations since 2004, the Wright Environmental Education Center has hosted nearly 2,000 people a year. Most of these are elementary school students, including private and home school groups, and scout troops; the public can visit only on specified dates. The Natural Resource Management Unit of the Cobb County Parks Department leads programs in 14 schools. They conduct three in-class visits, as well as field trips to a nature center. The Wright Center recently hosted a fall field trip for third graders from Murdock Elementary School. The highlight of the trip was a hike through the woods led by one of the Center’s naturalists, followed by a picnic on the park grounds.

In addition to teaching children about the environment, the Wright Center also features over 19 wooded acres with a variety of native plants. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (MGVOCC) have been working there for two years, and host “open garden days” for the public.

Koby Wilson, Marissa McEckron, Olivia Lewis, Jenna Kobin, and Cooper Thomas learn about local wildlife habitats.

This unique urban forest began as pasture land the Elwood Wright family bought in the mid 1940’s. Jean Wright slowly transformed their family’s property by rescuing native plants from construction sites and replanting them. She created a haven for endangered plant species as well as wildlife. This protected property became a nature center after Cobb County bought it in 2003. They renovated the Wright house into classrooms which were soon filled with a new generation of children learning about our environment. The Wright Environmental Education Center is located at 2661 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb. Parking is on Post Oak Tritt Road next to Chestnut Ridge Christian Church. This property is opened only for scheduled programs and is not opened for daily public access. For more information, contact John Purcell at 770-528-8825. 52 December 2017

Jenna Kobin looks for wildlife in the trees and sky above.

Peyton Reed looks at a skunk pelt.

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EAST COBB SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. The following is a list of activities scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details. Phones for the Hard of Hearing Friday, December 1 • 10-11am Free; Registration required Come to this seminar to learn more about caption phones. These phones will help you with any form of hearing loss and also bridge the gap of missed communication in a most effective way. Wiggin’ Out 101 Tuesday, December 5 • 10:30-11:30am Free; Registration required Learn basic head prep for wearing wigs, choosing the right wig type, washing and roller setting wigs, wig styling, and wig maintenance. Presented by Erica Gamble with The Wig Boutique. Healthy Living for Your Brain Wednesday, December 6 • 10 -11:30am Free; Registration required The health of the brain and body are connected. Join Kara Johnson with the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about research in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Christmas Dinner-a-Round: Muss and Turner’s East Cobb Wednesday, December 13 • 5:30-7pm Separate checks for dinner; Registration required. Everyone meets at the restaurant. Eggnog and Mittens Friday, December 15 • 3-4:50pm Admission: mittens, a scarf or a hat Come celebrate the winter holidays and this magical time of year. Enjoy Donna’s famous eggnog, cookies, and Good Time Band. We will set a tree up where you hang new mittens, scarves, and hats, which will be given to MUST Ministries. Sponsored by The Solana East Cobb. AARP Smart Driver December 28 • 9am-4pm $15 AARP members/$20 Non-members (cash or check only) The course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Learn age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Check with your insurance agent about possible discount. Bring a lunch.


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Laureen Johnson

Water exercise is only one of the many activities we offer to help residents pursue a healthy independent lifestyle.

When Laureen Johnson moved to St. George Village last March, she had been suffering from the debilitating nerve pain caused by sciatica for two years. “There were times when the pain was so bad, I almost couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. And I was having a lot of trouble taking care of my house and yard after my husband died,” she said. “Even after moving to St. George, I needed my meals delivered to my apartment at first.” Laureen kept thinking about her doctor’s continued suggestion that water exercise might help improve her mobility. It took a little time, but in July, she decided to try out the indoor pool and hot tub at St. George. “That’s when my sciatica went away!” she said. Laureen makes good use of the pool five to six days a week. She does water walking, works out with water weights and participates in water aerobics classes. She also says that the hot tub with its water jets has been great therapy for sore muscles. Just two months after she began exercising in the water, Laureen was able to discontinue the pain medication she’d been prescribed for sciatica.

“Getting into the pool was the answer for me,” she said. “I haven’t had any problems with sciatica since.” With her mobility restored, Laureen feels she has a new lease on life. She enjoys spending time with her best friend and all of the new friends that she has made at St. George, as well as her daughter and grandchildren, who live nearby in East Cobb and are frequent visitors. She particularly relishes working in her raised garden bed, where she grows vegetables that she shares with her neighbors. This summer, she pickled 22 pints of cucumbers. “I had a garden at my home before I moved here, and I missed it. There’s nothing like a tomato fresh from the garden,” she said. “This is only one of the things I can do now that I can be active again.” Come see how a life plan community like St. George Village can help you achieve an active retirement, with a plan for the future. Water exercise is only one of the many activities we offer to help our residents pursue a healthy, independent lifestyle. Call us at 678-987-0402 for more information or to schedule a tour. You can also find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents on our website, Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too!

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CLUB CALENDAR AARP Chapter 2830. First Thursday of the month. 1:30pm. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: Joan Farentino, 770-579-5191. American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Cobb County. 2nd Tuesday of the month. 7pm. East Cobb Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: American Needlepoint Guild. 2nd Tuesday of the month. 6:45pm. Tiny Stitches, 2520 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-394-0065. Anne Hathaway Garden Club. 3rd Wednesday of the month (except July and August). Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Avenue NW, Marietta. More info: Nancy Martin, 770-428-7056. Atlanta Illini Club. Professional and social networking for University of Illinois alumni, families and friends in the Atlanta area. Game watches at the Rose & Crown, 1931 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: or


Atlanta Metropolitan Council Navy League. 2nd Tuesday of the month. 7pm. Navy Recruiting District HQ, 2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 410, Smyrna. Membership open to all civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and associated youth programs. More info: 678-234-2310 or Big Chicken Chorus. Every Monday evening. 7:00pm. Marietta High School, Chorus Room, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. Male a cappella harmony chorus. More info: Frank, 770-587-1264,, or Bridge Club. Four free lessons; $7 thereafter. Wednesday 10am, and Thursdays 7:30pm. Singles are welcome. 1809 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-7717. Business Network International (BNI). The World’s largest referral organization. Multiple chapters in the area, please refer to the website: for listings. More Info: Anita York, 678-888-0200. Cobb County Democratic Committee. Monthly breakfast 2nd Saturday each month. 9am. Marietta Fire Museum, 112 Haynes Street, Marietta. More info:

Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society. 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm at their Clubhouse, 516 West Atlanta Street, Marietta 30060. More info: Cobb County Genealogical Society. 4th Tuesday of the month. 7pm. First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta. More info: or Cobb County Republican Women. 4th Friday of the month. 11:30am. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. More info: 770-785-2522 or Cobb Marietta Retired Educators Association. 2nd Thursday of the month. 11:30am. Luncheon reservations required. First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info: Cobb Photographic Society. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. First and 3rd Monday of the month. 7-9pm. American Business Center, Bldg. 700, Suite 702, 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: or Colored Pencil Society of America. Atlanta District Chapter 107. First Monday of the month. 7pm. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Room 2 (second floor in the back), Dunwoody. More info: Nancy Guerine, 678-354-3590. Dog Hikers of Georgia. Every Sunday. 10am. Various locations. Non-dog owners welcome. More info: Dr. Dan Batchelor, 770-624-7660. East Cobb Bass Club. Visitors, boaters and non-boaters are welcome. First Tuesday of the month. 7pm. Free admission. Attendees pay for dinner. The Rib Ranch, 2063 Canton Road, Marietta. More info: 770-364-3036 or East Cobb Business Association. Luncheon and featured speaker. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 11:30am-1pm. Indian Hills Country Club, 4100 Clubland Drive, Marietta. More info: Susan Hampton, 404-218-6216,, or East Cobb Civic Association. Last Wednesday of the month. 7pm. East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info:

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East Cobb Civitans. 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at noon for lunch at The Olde Town Athletic Club, 4950 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-578-9901 x201.

East Cobb Democratic Association. 4th Tuesday of the month. 6pm - Social. 7pm – Program. Whole Foods, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: Tom Barksdale, 770-715-1218 or East Cobb Jewish Networking Group. Every Wednesday. 7:30am. Sugar Benders Bakery, 255 Village Parkway, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: Vic Anapolle 404-432-0626 or East Cobb Kiwanis Club. Every Wednesday evening. 7pm. Paradise South of the Border, 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: Johnny Johnson, 770-977-2026 or East Cobb Lions Club. Second Thursday. 6:30 PM. Come and Get It restaurant, Church Street extension, Marietta. More info: Steve Hughes, 770–378–0095. East Cobb New Horizons Band. Monday mornings, 11am. If you are 50 or older, play a musical instrument and have been looking for a great place to make music, come join! To learn more go to: or email webmaster@ East Cobb Rotary Club. Every Wednesday. 7am. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta. More info: East Cobb Woodcarvers Club. Every Thursday. 9-11am. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-420-3820. Georgia Nature Photographers Assoc. 3rd Thursday of the month. 7pm. Nature photographers of all skill levels are welcome to our monthly meetings. The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info: or Georgia Perennial Plant Association. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 7:30pm. Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. More info: Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance. 3rd Thursday of the month. Social hour: 6pm. Meeting: 7pm. American Legion Post, 921 Gresham Road, Marietta. More info: Al Heflin, 404-317-5201. Georgia Tea Party. Thursdays. 7pm. 900 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info: Jerry Kotyuk 404-374-0580 or Golden “K” Kiwanis Club. Every Thursday. 10am. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: Joe Vanhorn Jr., 770-424-6654. Happy Tails Pet Therapy. Orientation for prospective members First Thursday or Saturday of the month. 10:30-11:30am and 7-8pm. Blue Pearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 455 Abernathy Road NE, Atlanta. Check dates: 770-740-8211 or

CLUB CALENDAR IMPS Bridge Club. An offshoot of the former Newcomers Club of East Cobb, looking for new members. Various formats, dates and times available. For more information contact Roni Fink at 404-310-3448 or Libertarian Party of Cobb County. First Thursday of the month. 7:30pm. More info: or call 770-795-1331. Marietta Kiwanis Club. Every Thursday. 12pm. Hilton Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. More info: Pat Huey, or Marietta Lions Club. 2nd Thursday of the month. 7pm. First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave SW, Marietta 30064. More info: mariettalions@aol. com or Marietta PFLAG. 4th Sunday each month. 1-3pm. Newcomers are welcome. Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, 3755 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: Marietta Rotary Club. Every Wednesday. 12 noon. Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. More info: Adele Grubbs, 770-424-8212 or Marietta VFW Post 2681. Dinner with VFW Ladies Auxiliary. First Thursday of the month with separate meetings following dinner. 6:15pm. 140 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: Martha Stewart Bulloch Society of Children of the American Revolution meets one Sunday per month from September through May, 2-4pm. Osage Terrace Room and Pavilion at Bulloch Hall 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. More info: Tammra 770-696-4806 or Moms in Prayer for East Side Elementary parents. Fridays 11am. More info: Rachel Bloom 770-973-4705 or National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NAARFE), 2nd Wednesday of the month. 11:30am. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More Info: 770-971-1719. Newcomers Club of Cobb County. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 10am. Sept-May Various social activities throughout the month for those new to Cobb County or just looking for new friends. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: North Metro Mothers of Multiples Club. 3rd Monday of the month. 7pm. Chicago’s, 4401 Shallowford Road, Roswell (corner of Johnson Ferry & Shallowford). More info:

Northeast Cobb Business Association. Luncheon meeting 3rd Wednesday of the month. 11:30am-1pm. $15. Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-423-1330. Northwest Atlanta Mothers of Multiples A parent’s club for families with or expecting twins, triplets, or quadruplets. Second Tuesday of each month. Date and time may change; check our website. More info: www.nowamom. org or 678-404-0034. Peach State Depression Glass Collectors’ Club. 2nd Tuesday of the month except December. Guests welcome. 6:30pm social; 7pm meeting. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta. More Info: Polk Street Speakers Toastmasters. First and 3rd Tuesday of the month. 6-7:30pm. St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church Street, Marietta. More info: Retired Old Men Eating Out (R.O.M.E.O.) Every Tuesday, 8-10am. Meet for friendship, conversation and sharing a variety of antique cars, street rods and muscle cars. Marietta Diner, 306 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta. Shakespeare Reading Group. First and 3rd Thursday of the month. September-May. 2-4 pm. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Road, Marietta. More info: Lynne Johnson, 770-591-3474. Song of Atlanta Show Chorus. Women’s four-part harmony chorus. Every Tuesday. 7:30pm. Northbrook UMC, 11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell. Visitors welcome. More info: or 770-696-6502. Sope Creek Garden Club. First Wednesday of the month (Sept-June). 10am. Locations vary. More info: Karin Guzy, 770-955-1303 or The Foxtrotter’s Dance Club. 4th Friday of the month (no dance in May, Nov. & Dec., the 3rd Friday). 7:30-10:30pm. If you enjoy ballroom dancing, come and dance. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-587-1160. Toastmasters International. Rising Phoenix Club. Every Saturday at 9:45-11am. A great way to improve your speaking and leadership skills. Guests always welcome. East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta. More info: www. Y Business Network. Every other Friday. 7:30-8:45am. Local business networking and referrals. Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. Guests always welcome. More info:, Michelle Hutchinson, 770-518-0010.

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SUPPORT GROUPS A.A./Al-Anon/Al-Anon Beginners/Alateen. Every Monday. 8pm. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2881 Canton Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-5347 or Al-Anon. For family and friends of alcoholics. Thursdays. 7:30-8:30pm. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 345, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-587-0483. Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group Meeting. First Monday of each month. 10:30am. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one both inside and outside of the home. Free respite care is provided for your loved one while we meet. Aloha to Aging/Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info or to RSVP: 770-722-7641. Anxiety Anonymous for people who suffer from anxiety, meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. 6:30-7:30pm. Cobb County Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-633-1023 or A.W.A.K.E. Program stands for “Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic.” A support group for adults who have sleep apnea, their family members and friends, and anyone interested in learning more about sleep apnea. First Thursday of the month. 5:30-7pm. WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: 770-644-1755. Babywearing Group. Koalamommas, North Atlanta’s resource for help, support, and information about baby carriers of all kinds. Meets monthly. Meeting dates/time vary. More info: Jennifer Worrell, jenniferworrell@ or Bereavement Support. Every Wednesday of the month. 5pm. Counseling Room in Parish Office, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-552-6400, ext. 6020. Career Transition. 3rd Monday of the month. 6:30pm. Personal resume reviewing, interviewing, networking, and career assessment help. First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. More info: Lee Pence, 770-428-9350, or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084, or visit Caregiver Support Group. First Monday of the month. 6-7pm. Arbor Terrace, 886 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-4420 or

Caregiver Support Group. 2nd Thursday of the month, 12-1pm. Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-7473 or eharres@ Compassionate Friends. First Tuesday of the month. 7pm. Assists bereaved families following the death of a child of any age and from any cause. First Baptist Church, 148 Church Street NE, Marietta. More info: Ria 770-973-4921 or Depression/Bipolar Support Group. First and 3rd Thursday of the month. 7-8:30pm. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 339, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-794-2978. Divorce Care. 13-week course beginning the 3rd Wednesday of August, 6:30-8pm. Open to all ages. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-794-2978. Divorced/Separated Support Group. First and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 7:30pm. St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Mary’s Chapel, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018. Divorce Support Group by Visions Anew for women who are contemplating or going through the divorce process. First Thursday of the month, 7-8:30pm. East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: Divorce Support Groups Adults and M/HS Students. All or welcome. Every Wednesday through May 10. 6:20-8pm. Mt. Bethel UMC, Room B111, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Closed CCSD Winter and Spring breaks. Free with free childcare. For more information, registering, or counseling: call Judith Reichenbach, Licensed Counselor at 770-597-9882 or email Domestic Violence Support Groups. Sessions in English and Spanish. Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45pm. Childcare available for children 6 weeks-12 years. Children over 12 may attend and learn childcare skills. More info: 770-427-3390. East Cobb Satellite of CHADD (Children & Adults w/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Parental Support Group. 2nd Tuesday of the month. 6:30-8pm. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church (Room B109) 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: Cappie Suttle, 404-368-9394,, or

Emotions Anonymous. A fellowship of people who come together to work toward recovery from emotional difficulties and discover a new way of life. Tuesdays & Fridays. 7pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 614 Mimosa Boulevard, Counseling Building, Roswell. More info: 770-330-1991. Families Anonymous (FA) for families who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Every Tuesday. 7:30-9pm. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Youth Center, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465. Fractured Families for Parents Estranged from their Children. 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. 6:30pm. Call for location. More info: Sandy, 404-446-6093. Georgia Parkinson’s Association. Parkinson’s Support Group Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. 1pm. Northside Hospital Cherokee Education Building, 130-B Oakside Court, Canton. More info: James Trussell, 706-413-3264 or Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group. 2nd Tuesday of the month. 7:15pm. Special guest speaker. Transfiguration Church, Room 102, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. More info: Jeannie, 770-919-9275. Grief Support Group. Every Wednesday. 6:30-8:30pm from mid-Fall to mid-Spring. An educational grief support group facilitated by two nationally recognized grief experts, a licensed clinical psychologist and an ordained pastor. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: Grief Support Group. 3rd Thursday of the month. 7pm. Unity North, 4255 Sandy Plains Road. More info: Kathy Kelcourse, Grief Share. 13-week program beginning the 3rd Monday of August from 7-9pm. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-794-2978. JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent and Significant Others). For Jewish members of 12 Step groups. 7-8pm. First and 3rd Tuesdays of the month except on Jewish holidays. Congregation Etz Chaim, in the library, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-928-2523 or Loneliness Bereavement Support Group. Every Wednesday except holidays. 11am. Heritage Hospice, 3315 Hilltop Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-423-5959.

Marietta Moms. For all kinds of moms – new to the area, looking for new friends, or just needing support. Daily events for babies, toddlers, and older kids. 770-956-0318 or 678-357-3661. Mothers Circle Group. Are you a mother raising Jewish children but you are not Jewish? Free education and support through a 16-week course. Groups are held in Marietta, Intown and North Fulton. More info: Suzette Cohen, or Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS). Wednesdays. 6:15-7:15pm. A place where moms can come to build friendships and receive mothering support, practical help and spiritual hope. Childcare provided. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465 or Overeaters Anonymous. A support group for those who suffer from the need to compulsively overeat. Monday-Wednesday-Friday. 10am. St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: Betsy: 404-226-4931. Parents of Prodigals. For parents of struggling teens and young adults. 2nd and 4th Thursday. 7-8:30pm. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: Fair Brocard, 770-612-1197 or Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. For persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. 2nd Sunday each month. 4pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Building A, Roswell. More info: Robin Cleveland, 678-819-3915. Spousal Support Group. 3rd Thursday of the month. 12-1pm. Arbor Terrace, 886 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-4420 or Veteran’s Information Referral Office (VIRO). Free help and information for all veterans with VA Disability, VA Healthcare, Employment and Counseling. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. First and 4th Saturday of the month, 11am2pm. American Legion, Post 29, 921 Gresham Avenue, Marietta. More info: 770-427-5900. Widowed Helping Others (WHO). Dinner social. 3rd Wednesday of the month. 6pm. St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Nolan Hall, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: St. Ann’s Pastoral Care, 770-552-6400 ext. 6018.

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