EAST COBBER June/July 2024

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DR. KERISA HARRIOTT Willow Orthodontics
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This June/July issue is another monthly effort to spotlight East Cobb residents who excel in their fields or contribute to our quality of life. The outstanding people featured in this edition—from Mike and Mary Lutzenkirchen, who, after losing their son in a car accident, made it their life’s mission to educate our children on safe driving (see page 6) to the Rotary Club members putting together their annual Dog Days Run (see page 34) to the high school valedictorians and salutatorians on pages 12 &13 are right here in our backyards.

Summer is a season of warmth and is characterized by longer days, sun-kissed adventures, and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a time when people embrace outdoor activities, bask in the sunshine, and create lasting memories with loved ones. A time to do just that is June 18th, Father’s Day. Thank you to all the incredible dads, and Happy Father’s Day! Summer also brings us July 4th, a cherished day of celebration, symbolizing the country’s independence. Get ready for the excitement of this year’s festivities and fireworks, detailed on pages 22 and 23.

I hope that after reading this edition, like every edition, you will not only learn a little bit more about what is going on in our community but also be inspired by the people who make East Cobb such a great place to live. Your support and engagement make this publication possible, and we are truly grateful for that.

Have a great Summer!

On the Cover

This issue’s cover features Dr. Kerisa Harriott, inspired by her childhood in Kingston, Jamaica, and her own transformative orthodontic journey, who leads Willow Orthodontics in Marietta with 12 years of expertise. A Randolph-Macon College cum laude graduate and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine alumna, she embraces advanced digital technologies and a compassionate approach to care. Dr. Harriott, who recently relocated from New York with her husband and children, joined Willow Orthodontics in June 2023, continuing her commitment to patient-focused, state-ofthe-art orthodontic treatment. Willow Orthodontics is at 1111 Johnson Ferry Road, Unit 100, Marietta/East Cobb. For more information, please visit willowsmiles.com or call 770-863-8592.

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Dr. Kerisa Harriott reminisces about her childhood days in Kingston, Jamaica, playing pretend dentist with friends. She was in awe of the transformative power braces had on her teeth over the course of four years. Today, Dr. Harriott is the primary care provider at Willow Orthodontics in Marietta, located at 1111 Johnson Ferry Road. She brings 12 years of experience and a lifetime of compassion to East Cobb residents.

Dr. Harriott’s studies began at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry on scholarship.

She then earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, also on scholarship. Following dental school, she completed a general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she was awarded resident of the year. Dr. Harriott practiced briefly as a General Dentist before starting an orthodontic residency at Stony Brook University.

Under Dr. Harriott’s leadership, Willow Orthodontics embraces a family-centered culture that reflects the East Cobb community’s values. “We’re present, we’re listening, and we really do care about our patients,” says Dr. Harriott.

The office offers state-of-the-art solutions in a convenient and vibrant space. The front reception area is inviting and filled with natural light, green plants, and soft seating. A unique rainbow chandelier made from recycled orthodontic ties hangs from the ceiling, which was handcrafted by the previous provider and remains displayed as a symbolic torch. A chalkboard wall beyond the lobby displays inspiring chalk artwork by one of Willow Orthodontics’ talented orthodontic assistants.

Willow Orthodontics specializes in straightening teeth and jaw alignment, and welcomes both kids and adults. Services include metal and ceramic braces, as well as Invisalign treatments as a Diamond Tier provider. To improve accuracy and efficiency Willow Orthodontics uses digital scans, eliminating uncomfortable mouth molds! Dr. Harriott is excited about Willow Orthodontics’ digital dental monitoring technologies. Patients can now be monitored more closely and communicate through an app on their phones, offering flexibility in appointment scheduling and shorter treatment time.

Dr. Harriott recently relocated from New York with her husband, Dr. Ebunoluwa Onafalujo, and their children, Isaiah (2), and Zuri (1). She joined Willow Orthodontics in June 2023 after returning from maternity leave. “I do unto others as I would have them do unto me,” she explains. “I want my patients to feel heard and valued, so when I treat patients, I take a lot of time in the consultation to understand the goals they are hoping to achieve.”

In addition to the Marietta practice, Willow Orthodontics has a second location at Madison Yards in East Atlanta. For a free consultation, call 770863-8592 or book online 24/7 at www.willowsmiles.com.

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Dr. Kerisa Harriott

EAST COBBER Parade & Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2023

Parade Route: The EAST COBBER Parade will step off at 10am, starting at 1223 Johnson Ferry Road, travel 1 mile south ending at Olde Towne Parkway in Marietta/East Cobb 30068. Festival Site: The EAST COBBER Festival will be in the south parking lot of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, immediately following the EAST COBBER Parade. From 11am-3pm, the admission-free Festival will feature arts and crafts, local businesses, food concessions, carnival games, and an entertainment stage. More Info/Application: 770-640-7070 or eastcobber.com/parade

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On Saturday, April 27th, the Lassiter High School Marching Band stepped into the spotlight at the 2024 Fiesta Flambeau Parade held in San Antonio, Texas. Recognized for its exceptional musical talent and marching precision, the band secured this invitation through unwavering dedication, skill, and relentless hard work.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade, acclaimed as the world’s largest illuminated night parade, draws nearly a million spectators annually and is a focal point of San Antonio’s renowned Fiesta San Antonio festivities. Featuring vibrant floats, mesmerizing lights, and enthralling music performances, the parade embodies San Antonio’s rich cultural heritage and artistic vibrancy.

The band is under the esteemed direction of James E. Thompson, Jr., Director of Bands; Jeff Harper, Associate Director of Bands; Kimberly L. Snyder, Associate Director of Bands; Kyle Parciany, Director of Percussion Studies; Megan Phillips, Color Guard Director; and Trey Gaines, Color Guard Assistant Director.

“We were incredibly honored to be a part of the 2024 Fiesta Flambeau Parade,” said James E. Thompson, Jr., “This invitation is a testament to the dedication and talent of our students, as well as the unwavering support of our school and community. It was an amazing opportunity to bring our passion for music and electrifying energy to the streets of San Antonio.”

The trip was not just about the parade; it was a chance for band members to create life-long memories with their friends. For some, it was their first time traveling on an airplane. The students enjoyed exploring San Antonio’s iconic landmarks, such as the Riverwalk, the Alamo, Historic Market Square, and SeaWorld. Band staff and chaperones enthusiastically joined in the festivities, even partaking in the thrill of riding roller coasters at SeaWorld.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade provided an unparalleled opportunity for Lassiter High School students to represent their school and community nationally. As they marched through the heart of San Antonio, the band carried the spirit of Lassiter High School and the pride of their achievements.

The Lassiter High School Marching Band extends its heartfelt gratitude to the organizers and volunteers of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade for extending this prestigious invitation. The band also thanks its community of supporters, parents, and school administration for their unwavering encouragement and support.

For information about the Lassiter Marching Band, visit www.lassiterbands.org.

For ways to support the band, visit www.lassiterbands. org/support. Or follow on Facebook at www.facebook. com/WheresTheLassiterBand and Instagram at www. instagram.com/lassiterbands.

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The Lassiter High School Marching Band delivered a stellar performance, capturing the hearts of spectators along the parade route of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade in San Antonio, Texas.


Dina McMichael swaps smiles and warm hellos with Big Sky Construction Services clients while shopping for her family at the Publix Super Market at East Cobb Crossing on Roswell Road. This sense of community connection is what she envisioned when she joined the business.

Big Sky Construction Services, a local and family-owned company, was founded by husband-and-wife team Susan Ovens and Nick Ovens in 2009. Dina, initially a kitchen remodel client, joined the business as a Project Manager in 2022 and has since advanced to Assistant General Manager. Susan serves as President and Nick as CEO.

Both Dina and Susan are proud Walton High School alumni who grew up in East Cobb. Their deep roots in the area fuel their passion for serving fellow East Cobb families through Big Sky Construction Services.

Big Sky Construction Services is founded on integrity and honesty, principles that guide their interactions with customers, crews, and suppliers. Over a decade of success in commercial and residential construction is a testament to their commitment to customer satisfaction. This

family-led team has earned a loyal base of repeat and referral clients.

Big Sky offers professional installation of high-quality interior and exterior products, including siding, windows, bathrooms, and basements. Whether you envision a new screened-in porch or a remodeled kitchen, Big Sky Construction Services can make it a reality. Their team and crew are extensively trained to meet and exceed manufacturers’ installation requirements, ensuring top-notch results for every project.

“We do not take it lightly that clients have invited us into their homes,” explains Dina. “We always do what we say we will do, ensuring a positive experience that is on time and within budget.”

Big Sky’s team guides clients through the entire planning process, ensuring they understand each step of the project. Communication is timely and transparent, guaranteeing a smooth construction

experience from start to finish. Big Sky’s mission is to bring every client’s unique vision to life, aided by the company’s custom communication software, which stores all project plans and materials.

Big Sky’s dedication to quality extends to maintaining a safe work environment for crews. They strictly enforce all jobsite requirements and safety recommendations from product manufacturers, and conduct weekly safety meetings.

Big Sky Construction Services actively sponsors local schools and sports teams. They have supported events and teams such as the Jingle Jog at East Side Elementary, Lassiter High School Soccer, and Walton High School Football and Softball. This summer, Dina is excited to sponsor her daughter’s swim team in Penhurst. Big Sky also donates to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In addition to their Atlanta-based headquarters, the company has locations in Tennessee, Montana and Arizona, with plans to expand into New York in 2024.

To schedule a consultation and receive a quote from Big Sky Construction Services for your upcoming project, call 678-4017067 or email info@bigskybuilt.com.

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The East Cobb County Council of PTAs (ECCC PTA) named its 2024 recipients of the Margie Hatfield Scholarship at its general meeting at Kell High School in April.

Hatfield is a former ECCC PTA president, and the ECCC PTA scholarship was named on her behalf due to her diligent work and tireless commitment to the students of East Cobb.

Every year, ECCC PTA offers a $1,000 service-based scholarship to deserving seniors at each of the six high schools in the East Cobb area. Each recipient has worked hard to be successful, not just in their scholastic endeavors, but also by giving back to the community through their service and their time.

Selected from 30 applicants across five schools, the scholarship recipients are:

Andrew Herrera, Kell High School, who will attend Kennesaw State University to study Mechanical Engineering. When Andrew isn’t winning BMX races, he can be found maintaining the local BMX track, being a role model to the next generation of young racers, and volunteering at food drives for veterans.

Julia Randall, Lassiter High School, who will study Accounting at University of Georgia. Guided by the Maya Angelou quote, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,”, Julia has been that rainbow for her peers in starting The Joy Mission Club that supports students in the community grieving the loss of a loved one.

Ella Jeffres, Pope High School, who will attend Georgia Tech where she will study History, Technology, and Society. Ella’s passion for making the world a better place knows no bounds, as she has organized meals for families dealing with food insecurity and provided hygiene care packages for the homeless.

Timy Dang, Sprayberry High School, who will study Marketing at Georgia State University. Timy’s commitment to acts of service is drawn from his Vietnamese American culture that thrives on community and includes painting murals with pop culture references that will adorn the halls of Sprayberry for years to come.

Jennifer He, Walton High School, who will attend Princeton University to study Operations Research Financial Engineering. Through her work distributing school supplies to the homeless, Jennifer hopes to humanize their experience and build relationships with kids to inspire their academic growth regardless of income barriers.

As the largest council within the state of Georgia, the East Cobb County Council of PTAs promotes the academic achievement and well-being of all students within the 35 schools within East Cobb.

Micheal is the Scholarship Chair of the East Cobb County Council of PTAs as well as the Co-President of the Keheley Elementary PTA.

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Pictured from L to R: Jennifer He (Walton), Timy Dang (Sprayberry), Ella Jeffres (Pope), Margie Hatfield, Julia Randall (Lassiter) and Andrew Herrera (Kell).

“For the Future”… a film by Riya Kumar (7th grade Simpson Middle School) has received the National PTA Award of Excellence in Film Production (Middle School division) in the 20232024 National PTA Reflections program. The Award of Excellence includes a $200 Young Artist Scholarship, Silver Medal, Certificate of Excellence, and her work will be featured in the National PTA Reflections virtual exhibition.

To be awarded the National PTA Award of Excellence, the piece must be one of the 3 or 4 top-scoring entries for its division/arts category in the nation! School winners move to the East Cobb County Council (ECCC) PTA round. Georgia PTA then judged the artwork by division, each of which encompass multiple grade levels, making these recognitions extremely selective. The first place winners advanced to the National PTA Reflections competition.

Congratulations to Riya on this incredible accomplishment!

About Reflections: The National PTA Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K-12 create original works of art in response to a student-created theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

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Kell High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Physics

KELLY WU (GPA 4.786)

Lassiter High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Biomedical Engineering


Sprayberry High School

College: University of Georgia

Major: Biology


Walton High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Computer Science


Pope High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Industrial Engineering


Wheeler High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Electrical Engineering

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Kell High School

College: Rice University

Major: Biology


Lassiter High School

College: Cornell University

Major: History

JAY NATU (GPA 4.779)

Pope High School

College: University of Georgia

Major: Biochemistry


Sprayberry High School

College: University of Pennsylvania

Major: Economics and Computer Science


Walton High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Industrial Engineering


Wheeler High School

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Electrical Engineering

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The Lutzie 43 Foundation is hosting the tenth annual Road Race 5K run. The Road Race was the first event the foundation hosted after Philip Lutzenkirchen’s passing in 2014. Since the first race, it has become a staple event in the Marietta community and to Auburn and Lutzenkirchen fans across the country. This event will be held at Lassiter High School in East Cobb--Philip’s hometown, at Lutzie 43 Field on Saturday, August 3. The race will begin at 8am.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation aims to encourage and empower all drivers to be positive ambassadors for safe driving through character development, mentorship, and real-world application. The Lutzie 43 Foundation was established in loving memory of former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen, shortly after he lost his life in a car crash in 2014. In his memory, the foundation’s 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative aims to create the first nationally recognized symbol for distracted, impaired and unsafe driving awareness and prevention.

“The Road Race is special to the Lutzie 43 Foundation and my family as it was one of the first events the foundation hosted shortly after Philip’s passing”, says Mike Lutzenkirchen, father of Philip. The Road Race allows the local community to gather and run in honor of Philip and the legacy he left. Additionally, there is a virtual runner option that allows supporters and those that knew Philip to participate in the Road Race by running from wherever they reside. The funds raised for this event help support the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s Prepared for Life (PFL) Scholarship program and the 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative. “We are grateful for the support we have seen over the years from the community and local businesses and hope that this year is our biggest event yet as we celebrate its milestone tenth anniversary.”

Lassiter High School has memorialized Philip by giving the football field the title “Lutzie 43 Field.” In addition to running the Road Race on-site, runners from across the country have the opportunity to participate in the Road Race. Runners can register as a virtual runner and run

Mike and Mary Lutzenkirchen

from wherever they are. Runners have joined virtually from across the country over the years.

Early bird discounted registration ends July 4 at midnight. All runners will receive an official Road Race t-shirt and on-site runners will be chip timed. Virtual runners should register by July 24 to ensure the Road Race shirt arrives by August 3. All funds from the Road Race benefit the Lutzie 43 Foundation and the mission of ending distracted, impaired, and unsafe driving.

The foundation’s motto is to “Live like Lutz, Love like Lutz, and Learn from Lutz,” reflecting its desire to help others live out the many positive character attributes that Philip displayed while learning from the circumstances that led to his death. For more information, visit lutzie43.org.

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You probably clean the lint trap in your dryer with every use, but when was the last time you cleaned the exhaust vent that leads outside? Highly flammable lint and debris build up in this overlooked dryer vent over time, leading to a less efficient dryer and an increased risk of fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, clothes dryer fires in the United States result in 15,500 fires annually, 10 deaths, 310 injuries, and over $84 million in property damage.

Steven Peter founded Mama Bear Dryer Vent Care in February 2024 to help East Cobb families prevent unnecessary dryer fires and improve dryer efficiency. The Peters moved to the area from South Florida in 2010, drawn by the family-friendly community and topnotch schools. Outside of work, Steve and his wife Sally enjoy exploring local parks and mountain biking at Sope Creek with their three children: Doug, 16; John, 13; and Julianne, 10. The Peter family is rounded out by their two five-year-old cats, Hoggle and Ludeaux.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends having your dryer vents cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Steve receives many referrals from dryer repair professionals who discover that clogged vents, rather than broken dryers, are often the issue.

Here are the most common warning signs that it’s time to schedule a dryer vent care appointment:

● Damp laundry after a full dryer cycle

● High heat or humidity near the dryer

● A musty or burning odor

● Excessive lint behind dryer or along vent

● D80 or D90 error codes

Mama Bear Dryer Vent Care offers upfront, honest, and fair prices for professional dryer vent inspections, cleaning, and repairs. Appointments are easy and efficient. Steve thoroughly inspects the dryer vent, identifying any blockages, damages, or potential hazards. He takes digital airflow measurements to assess the severity of blockages and other issues, such as leaks and disconnections. Imagine years of lint buildup and abandoned animal nests clogging your dryer vent—Steve ensures they are thoroughly removed.

Every Mama Bear Dryer Vent Care customer receives before-and-after photos of the inside of their dryer exhaust vent. Steve uses a camera that can reach up to 35 feet into the vent, uncovering any blockages and showing the dramatic results of the cleaning.

Steve, Mama Bear Dryer Vent Care’s primary technician, is an insured Certified Dryer Vent Technician (CDET) and a US Navy veteran with 19 years of HVAC experience. He feels honored to serve East Cobb. “We take pride in being part of this vibrant community and are committed to enhancing safety and well-being through our services,” he says.

Schedule an appointment with Mama Bear Dryer Vent Care by visiting mamabeardryerventcare.com or calling 404-491-1531 to learn more about their services.


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Steven Peter helps East Cobb families enjoy safety and peace of mind with faster dry



Kennesaw Farmers Market features an average of over 20 local farmers and merchants offering vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and specialty items. Be sure to get there early for the best selection. 3:30-7:30pm. Free. Main Street Underpass Plaza near Depot Park, Big Shanty Drive parking lot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: facebook.com/KennesawFarmersMarket.


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Museum Tour. It’s more than just the artifacts! Join for two special tours of the Visitor Center Museum where Rangers take you on a journey through the entirety of the Civil War (with heavy focus on the Western Theater and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain). Discuss the causes, biggest battles, blunders and how the war still affects us today over 150 years later. 2pm. $5/parking (includes everyone in vehicle). Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. More info: 770-427-4686 or www.nps.gov/kemo.


Avenue Active at Avenue East Cobb. In partnership with Lululemon, and barre3. Each class will provide a full-body workout that combines strength + mindfulness, leaving you feeling balanced and empowered! Be sure to sign up for the loyalty program at check-in, earn 5 stamps (1 class = 1 stamp) on your loyalty card and receive exclusive swag items. After class, present your “Wine Down” Voucher (received at check-in) to New York Butcher Shoppe for a complimentary glass of wine and 20% off the bottle. Bring your own mat. Weather permitting. 6-7pm. Free. Avenue East Cobb, The Plaza, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: avenueeastcobb.com/events/avenue-active-2.


Avenue Live at Avenue East Cobb. Groove into the weekend with tunes from local artists. Grab a bite and drink to enjoy during the show from Avenue Restaurants. Guests are encouraged to bring their own tailgate chairs for seating. Coolers and outside beverages are not permitted. Weather permitting. Check website for band schedule and dining discounts. 6-8pm. Free. Avenue East Cobb, The Plaza, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: avenueeastcobb.com/events/avenue-live.


Dog Days at the Gardens. It’s time to let your furry friend experience the beauty of Smith-Gilbert Gardens with our Dog Days at the Gardens program. 9am-4pm. $3/pups or $20/Pup membership; $10/adults; $8/Seniors (65+); $5/ Youth (3-17), Military or University Students. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. More info and Dog Rules: smithgilbertgardens.com/dogdays.

Marietta Square Farmers Market featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, and cheese. 9am12pm (noon). Free. Historic Marietta Square, 41 Mill Street, Marietta. More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com.

Marietta Square Artisan Market an open-air showcase of locally created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods, 35 artists every week. Saturday: 9am-2pm. Rain or shine. Located on Mill Street, just across from the Marietta Square Farmers Market. Historic Marietta Square, 41 Mill Street, Marietta. More info: mariettasquareartisanmarket.com.

Sandy Springs Farmers Market has unique vendors each week set up shop providing an open-air opportunity to purchase fresh produce and artisan foods. Many bring their farm to your table, others offer deliciously prepared specialty foods. 8:30am-12pm. Rain or shine. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. More info: citysprings. com/farmersmarket.


Caffeine & Octane Car Show. Do you have a car enthusiast? Spend the morning at one of the largest monthly car shows. 9am-Noon. Free. Town Center Mall, 400 Ernest W Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. More info: caffeineandoctane.com/about-caffeine-and-octane.


Lights, Camera, Avenue at Avenue East Cobb. Gather in East Cobb’s hometown hangout to kick back, relax, and enjoy movie classics on the jumbo LED screen Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. Coolers and outside beverages are not permitted. See Website for discount from restuarants and movie selection. Weather permitting. Starts at 6pm. Free. Avenue East Cobb, The Plaza, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: avenueeastcobb.com/ events /lightscameraavenue.

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The Blade Show presented by BLADE Magazine. The world’s largest knife show will feature the most diverse array of knife manufacturers, custom knife makers, collections and products as well as unique educational seminars and competitions. Friday: 11-6pm. Saturday:9am-6pm. Sunday: 9am-2pm. $25/1-day pass; $60/3-day pass; Ages 12 & under free with paid adult admission. Parking: $10/day. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More Info/tickets: 877-746-9757 or www.bladeshow.com.

JUNE 7-9; 14-16, & 21-23

Rock of Ages. A Musical that takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and more. Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 3pm & 8pm; Sunday: 3pm. $29-$39. More info/tcikets: earlsmithstrand.org.



Civil War History Day. The Museum will have a host of living historians. A variety of activities will be available for visitors to enjoy such as, Civil War Music, Life of a Soldier, Sewing Demonstrations, and an Artifact Showcase. 9am-5pm. Adults: $10; Seniors (65+): $8; Military, Students, Children (3-17): $5; Under 3: Free. The Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw. More info: 770-427-2117 or southernmuseum.org/event/civil-war-history-day-3.


Bollywood Dance Dil Se. a fun and enjoyable activity that combines various styles of dance into a heart pumping workout. Sway your hips to the beat as you learn some basic Bollywood dance moves. Discover the benefits of aerobic exercise and how it can lead to improved strength, balance, and coordination. For ages 18+. 6:30-7:30pm. Free. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2730 or cobbcounty.org/events/bollywood-dance-dil-se-7.


12 & 23

Game Day. Stop in for board games, puzzles, coloring, and more! This program is intended for children in grades K-5. 2-3pm. Free. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-4988 or www.cobbcounty.org/events/kids-game-day-0.

JUNE 13 & 27, JULY 11 & 25

Sunset Sips presented by Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC). Enjoy a night out with families and friends for a fabulous concert. Bring a picnic (beer and wine available for purchase). This is a laid-back, family friendly series and CNC’s grounds are open for you to explore. 6:30pm. Free/members; $20/adults; $16/seniors and students ages 13-18; $14/ages 3-12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.


Cosplay fans arrive in full dress.

Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center welcomes back MiniCon, a free fan convention, on June 22nd, 2024, from 10am-5pm. Fans of all ages are invited to celebrate everything fantasy, Sci-Fi, and anime with their community.

MiniCon 2024 is set to be the best one yet! “We are all so excited to see MiniCon return once again in an even bigger “mini” fashion…[E]very corner of Sewell Mill will be buzzing with activity,” says Recreation Program Coordinator Christopher McDoniel.

Young fans can start their day with an intergalactic themed story time and craft before walking in the Children’s Costume Parade. Throughout the day, fans of all ages can attend a variety of panel discussions, watch live entertainment, and shop the Artist Alley that features 30 local artists. Cosplay enthusiasts are invited to enter the cosplay contest in one of three categories: Youth, Teen, or Adult. Guests can wrap up the day singing along in Cosplay Karaoke.

Local food trucks, C’est Tou Bon 2 Eat and Pelican’s Snowballs, will be next to the flagpole with delicious food and treats.

Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center located at 2051 Lower Roswell Rd Marietta/East Cobb are under Cobb County Libraries and Cobb PARKS, and they offer creative programming through their gallery, arts classes, and Creative Studios in addition to other library resources. For more information regarding MiniCon 2024, email smcc@cobbcounty.org or call 770-509-2711.

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Music on the Hill presented by City of Roswell. Get ready to spread out your blanket on the lawn at City Hall, unpack your picnic, uncork a bottle, and unwind by listening to some of the best live music in Atlanta! Check website for band schedule. Food, Beer, Wine, and Sangria available for purchase. 7-9pm. Free. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. More info: www.roswellmusiconthehill.com.

JUNE 14-16

Cobb County NAACP Juneteenth Celebration. A weekend full of Celebration and Cultural festivities. See website for full information. Hours vary by day. Free. Historic Marietta Square, 50 Park Square, Marietta. More info: cobbnaacp.org/flyer.


Possum Trot 10k and Fun Run. Proceeds from the race benefit environmental education programs focused on the Chattahoochee River and watershed 10K:$45-$50. Fun Run: $15-$20. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: www.chattnaturecenter. org/special-events/possum-trot-10k-event.

JUNE 15 & JULY 20

Pop in for Family Fun. Provides children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Marietta History Center. Themes are June: Cultures of Cobb; July: Summer Crafts. 10am-4pm. Free. Marietta History Center, 1 Depot Street, Marietta. More info: www.mariettahistory.org.


Smyrna Blanket Concert Series presents Edgewood String Quartet. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. The Reed House Garden, 3080 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna. More info: www.smyrnaga. gov/departments/departments/parks-recreation.


JuneTeenth Celebration an exuberant tribute to freedom and liberty. Attendees can anticipate an extraordinary experience, the Celebration will showcase a captivating performing arts production, a STEAM digital art gallery, educational activities, an array of food vendors, and more! 5-8pm. Free. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. More info: citysprings.com/juneteenth?utm_ source=Enewsletter&utm_medium=Hero+Item&utm_ campaign=Announce.


20 & JULY 18

Alive in Roswell. The festival is held concurrently on Historic Canton Street and the Roswell Antique and Interiors Lot. Free regular trolley service connects the free parking at Roswell City Hall and Woodstock Park to the event. 5-9pm. Free. Historic Canton Street, Roswell. More info: www.roswell365.com/categories/alive-in-roswell.

JUNE 21 & JULY 19

Outdoor Movie. Bring blankets, chairs, etc for their comfort. No high-backed chairs, umbrellas, tents, popup canopies, etc that could block the view of the movie for others are allowed. Food vendors and family-friendly activities. June movie: Disney’s Lilo & Stitch (PG), July movie: Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13). 6pm. Free SwiftCantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. More info: www.kennesaw-ga.gov/kennesaw-event/outdoor-movie.



MiniCon 2024! Celebrating all things fantasy, sci-fi, and anime! There will be prizes, karaoke, retro video games, an artist alley, live music, cosplay contests, and more! 10am-5pm. Free. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2711 or www.cobbcounty.org/events/minicon-2024.

JUNE 22 & JULY 27

Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series presents for June: Paul McDonald and July: Rissi Palmer. 7:30pm. Free. Food, beer, wine and Sangria available for purchase. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. More info: 770-641-3705 or www.roswellriversidesounds.com.

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JUNE 25 & JULY 30

Avenue Kids. Bring your tots to Avenue East Cobb for an afternoon they won’t forget at Avenue Kids! Each month will feature themed activities, crafts, games + more to help their imagination grow. Recommended for children under 7. June theme: Aloha Summer. July theme: Under the Sea. Weather permitting. 4-6pm. Free. Avenue East Cobb, The Plaza, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: avenueeastcobb.com/events/avenue-kids.

JUNE 26, JULY 3, 10, 17, 24

Disney Movie Series. Check website for Movie selection. Most dates have 2 times 10am (sensory friendly) and 1pm. $12/adults; $7/under 12. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info/tickets: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.

JUNE 28 & JULY 26

Concert Series in Glover Park. Enjoy some live music with a lunch or evening concert. June band: Her Majesty’s Request (British Invasion) and July: G Clef and The Playlist (Variety Party Band). Tables, tarps and plastic ground coverings are prohibited. For the 8pm concert: Tables and chairs may be brought and set up in the street on North and East Park Square after 6pm. Tables may be reserved on the first normal business day of the month beginning at 8am. 8pm. Free. Glover Park, Marietta Square, 50 Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-794-5601 or www. marietta.com/brown-bagconcert-series or www.mariettaga.gov/concerts.



Acworth Summer Downtown Classic Car Cruise. The Lake City Cruisers partner with the City and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises. All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. 3-7pm. Free. $5 to cruise. Logan Farm Park, 4405 Cherokee Street, Acworth. For more info: acworth-ga.gov/event/summer-downtownclassic-car-cruise.



Cops ‘N Cars Car Show a charitable event fostering positive interaction between our community and the police officers that serve them, all while enjoying unique cars and motorcycles! 11am-3pm. Free. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell. More info: www.roswell365.com/ event/cops-n-cars-car-show-2024.


JULY 12-21

Marietta Campmeeting. For nearly 200 years, fellow Christians have come together on this sacred ground, to share their experiences with God. Campmeeting is a non-denominational revival where everyone is invited to join in the glorious celebration of our Lord. Services at . 11am & 7:30pm. Free. Marietta Campground, 2300 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: mariettacampmeeting.org.

JULY 19 & 20

Antique Gun & Military Collectibles Show & Sale. Antique Guns, U.S. and Foreign Military Arms, Civil War Collectibles, Books, and Military Collectibles of All Periods. Exhibited, Bought, Sold, and Traded. Friday: Noon-5pm; Saturday: 9am-4pm. $7/adults; $1/ages 7-12. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 709, Union Hall, 1032 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 704-282-1339 or richard@ thecarolinatrader.com.

JULY 19-21

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo. A weekend full of familyfriendly gaming fun! Attendees can enjoy over 500 arcade, pinball machines, and video game consoles on free play, which for one weekend comprise “Georgia’s Largest Arcade.” Additional areas of interest include celebrity guests, hundreds of tabletop board and roleplaying games, over 150 scheduled events including popular eSports tournaments. Friday: 3-11:45pm, Saturday: 10am-11:45pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm. Friday: $40/adults, $20/kids; Saturday: $50/adults, $25/kids; Sunday: $25/adults, $15/kids; 3-day pass: $85/adults, $40/ kids, 6 and under free. Cobb Galleria, 2 Galleria Pakrway SE, Atlanta. More info: gameatl.com.

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JULY 26 & 27

Southeast Homeschool Expo. The expo is devoted entirely to the display, sale and discussion of educational materials with entire exhibit hall displays of material by the best Christian, secular and specialty publishers. Friday: 10am-7pm; Saturday: 10am 5pm.$20/ online; $30/at the door; Children under 18: Free. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com.


Cobb Idol. A live concert competition featuring the best voices in Cobb. Proceeds support The Strand Theater. Check website for price. 8pm. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info/tickets: strandmarietta.org.


First Day of School for Cobb County public schools.


National Park Free Day. National Parks that charge a fee will be free in honor of the Great American Outdoors Act. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is included. More info: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.


Dog Days Run produced by the East Cobb Rotary. Dog Days 5K honors the heat and humidity of summer. The Rotary Club of East Cobb has donated more than $600,000 from race proceeds benefit Rotary charities. 7:30am. $30 (pre-register). McCleskey East Cobb YMCA, 1055 E. Piedmont, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/ registration: dogdaysrun.com.

Lutzie 43 Road Race 5K. Honoring the memory of Lassiter and Auburn football player, Philip Lutzenkirchen. All proceeds benefit the Lutzie 43 foundation. The race start/ finish line will be at Lutzie Field at Lassiter High School and features a fast, smooth run through the streets of East Cobb. Registration: 7am; Race: 8am. Pre-registration: $30-$43. Lassiter High School, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: lutzie43.org.


Georgia Bridal Show. You’ve been online searching for wedding ideas and trends. Now it’s time to see all of this come to life. Don’t leave your dream wedding to chance. Meet face-to-face with wedding professionals and find everything you need in one place and in one day! 12-3:30pm. Free if registered in advance; $10/door. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.georgiabridalshow.com.

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Our nation’s birthday is celebrated coast to coast with fireworks, picnics and festivals. Metro Atlanta is no different. Several cities have Fourth of July events that offer a fun time for your family. Here are some great ways to celebrate Independence Day that are just a short drive away:

ACWORTH – July 4

JULY 4TH CONCERT AND FIREWORKS. Live music will start at 5:30pm. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Free admission. If parking is full or you don’t have a pass; parking is available in downtown. No shuttle service from downtown. Handicap parking will be available at McCall Primary School and there will be a shuttle provided for handicap attendees. Handicap shuttles begin at noon. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach Street, Acworth. More info: 770-917–1234 or acworth-ga.gov.


JULY 4TH FIREWORKS AT WILLS PARK. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park! Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, including blankets and chairs. The spectacular fireworks display begins at 9:15pm. If weather delay the latest start is at 10:40pm. Wills Park, 11925 Willis Road, Alpharetta. More info: 678-297-6130 or www.alpharetta.ga.us.


DUNWOODY 4TH OF JULY PARADE features marching bands, local celebrities and floats. Parade starts at 9am at the Intersection of Mt. Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road (West side of the street), follows west on Mt. Vernon to Dunwoody Village at 5483 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Spectators are encouraged to set up chairs along Mt. Vernon and circle around Dunwoody Village Parkway. Spectators will be blocked from viewing on the east side of Jett Ferry on Mt. Vernon due to the staging. The festival begins immediately after the parade, approximately 11:30am. The festival area is in front of the US Post Office in Dunwoody Village. This year’s theme: Red, White & YOU. More information: 770-354-7653 or www.dunwoodyga.org.

EAST COBB – July 4

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DAY hosted by Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) featuring fireworks at dusk. IHCC allows the community to come by and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the fireworks extravaganza. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta/ East Cobb.


SALUTE TO AMERICA, a pre-Independence Day celebration, will feature high-energy, live music and family entertainment from 6-10pm in Downtown Kennesaw. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale. Historic Train Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-422-9714 or www.kennesawjuly3.com.


4TH IN THE PARK CELEBRATION Parade starts 10am at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta, ends at North Marietta Parkway. Followed by concerts, art and crafts show, food and carnival games. Fireworks finale at dark in Glover Park/Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.


POWDER SPRINGS 4TH OF JULY featuring music, Kids area, vendor booths, food, car show and fireworks at 9:30pm. 6pm-10pm. Thurman Springs Park, Home of the Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater, 4485 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. More info: 770-943-1666 or cityofpowdersprings.org/873/4th-of-July-Celebration.

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ROSWELL – July 4

ANNUAL FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA. Live music, entertainment, and food trucks. Bring your chairs and blankets to spread out at one of several fireworks viewing areas throughout the park. Fireworks will start at sunset. Check website for start time. Free. Roswell Area Park,10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. More info: Roswell365.com.


STARS AND STRIPES CELEBRATION See website for information about this event. Free. 6pm. City Green at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. More info: citysprings.com/starsandstripes.


JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR begins at 7am with the annual Freedom Run (start and finish on Elm Street). Parade begins at 10am at Woodstock Elementary, 230 Rope Mill Road, traveling down Main Street to Sam’s Club at Hwy 92. After the parade, a festival with food, children’s activities, musical entertainment, and crafts from 11am-3pm at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, downtown Woodstock. Fireworks begin at dusk behind the Lowes Shopping Center at Hwy 92 and I-575. Parking maps and more info: www.woodstockga.gov.


Cobb County Code bans fireworks from 9pm-10am. This is spelled out in the county’s code under the noise ordinances. Violations are a misdemeanor offense.



Pyrotechnics are prohibited at ALL county parks per County Ordinance § 90-63.

Sec. 90-63. – Restricted or Prohibited Uses of Park Facilities

1. Pyrotechnics prohibited - It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, display, use, set off, or ignite any firecracker, fireworks, smoke bombs, rockets, or other pyrotechnics.


The state legislature has spelled out several exemptions to county code in O.C.G.A. § 25-10-1 et seq. This allows exemptions to county ordinances for the use of fireworks on specific dates and times.

December 31 (New Year’s Eve) - Fireworks may be discharged until 1am.

January 1 (New Year’s Day) - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

On the last Saturday and Sunday in May - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

July 3 - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

July 4 - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

On the first Monday in September - Fireworks may be discharged until midnight.

To view the Georgia code section regarding fireworks, visit: O.C.G.A. § 25-10-2.

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It is never easy when a close family member receives a devastating health diagnosis, especially a child. During infancy, Josephine Poe was diagnosed with pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS), a rare congenital heart condition. But through love and support through numerous surgeries and medical procedures, Liz and Benjamin Poe currently live with a renewed sense of hope knowing that their daughter is fighting hard and successfully managing her life-threatening diagnosis.

In 2022, the couple founded the Lady Josephine Foundation to serve as a beacon of hope for other children and families experiencing a difficult health journey with PVS. Their mission is to show others that the condition can serve as a manageable chronic condition rather than a terminal diagnosis. Offering their support in several ways, the nonprofit facilitates PVS research to ensure an easier life for children with their families.

“We offer support to PVS families through prayer, connection, and financial means,” said Liz Poe, the organization’s Co-founder. “The foundation is 100 percent volunteer-based; all proceeds go to PVS families and PVS specific research.”

To help raise funds for their ongoing cause, the family hosts an annual golf tournament as a fun opportunity to garner awareness for PVS and engage with others experiencing similar challenges. All the funds raised provide families of

children with PVS the means and support to receive treatment. The popular event also supports research through various centers that are striving to better understand, develop, and implement life–saving treatments for PVS. With the outing continuing to remain a success, the Poe family is excited for their third annual tournament.

“We are so thankful for our local community of East Cobb for the financial support through the golf tournament,” said Co-founder Benjamin Poe. “We recognize the critical role of dedicated medical teams and the power of love and support from family, friends, and even strangers.”

While this annual event will continue to be a tradition, the foundation has big plans for the future. Liz and Benjamin hope to establish monthly PVS family support groups and develop the foundation as a platform garnering awareness so that other families can host events of their own and raise funds for PVS research and support.

“Families will have a platform to share their stories and learn from experts on how to support their children on their PVS journey,” Liz said. “We also strive to reach our annual goal of raising $150,000.”

The Lady Josephine Foundation’s third annual golf tournament fundraiser will be held at Cobb County’s own Atlanta Country Club on Monday, Sept. 16. To learn more about the foundation and how to become involved, visit their website at www.ladyjosephinefoundation.org. To participate as a golfer or become an event sponsor for the tournament, call 770-580-0978.

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Hey neighbor!

My name is Evan S. Porter. I live in East Cobb with my wife and two daughters, and just by knowing that, you can probably guess a few things about me.

Yes, I drive a white Honda Odyssey minivan (with absolutely no embarrassment at all). I love date nights in downtown Roswell — especially Deep Roots wine tasting room and dinner at Osteria Mattone. My family and I spend an absurd amount of time at Mabry Park and strolling the shops at The Avenue. If you ask me, summers are for High Noons at the Mountain Creek Pool pool and lazy afternoons at School House Brewing, but when it’s rainy or cold, you might find us taking shelter at Altitude Trampoline Park instead.

One thing you might not know about me, though, is that in addition to being a typical East Cobb Dad, I’m also a local author!

In 2021, after having been stuck in the house with my kids for way too long, I felt the itch to start a creative project — something to keep my brain from turning into jelly more than it already had. I also had a lot of complicated feelings about parenting swirling around inside me. So, more or less on a whim, I sat down and started writing a book about being a dad.

That first rough draft eventually became my debut novel, Dad Camp. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming story about a loving dad who drags his eleven-year-old daughter to ‘father-daughter week’ at a remote summer camp—their last chance to bond before he loses her to teenage girlhood entirely. It’s everything I think and feel and know, and wish I knew, and everything I love and am afraid of about fatherhood. But I also think the book will speak to moms, and caregivers of all kinds, or anyone that grew up with a great dad.

I hope you’ll pick it up, and you might even find a signed copy hiding among the shelves at Bookmiser or Barnes & Noble!

In the meantime, I’ll probably be in the Starbucks drive-through line getting cake pops for my kids or spending half my salary on the claw machine at Westfield Tavern. See you around!

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Animal/Breed: Miniature Schnauzer

Age & Gender: 1.5 Years Old / Female

Favorite Food: Eggs

Favorite Person: Her human siblings

Best Trick: Moving the blinds to watch outside.

Turn Ons: The doorbell and bath time.

Turn Offs: Being alone and Geese!

Favorite Toy: Everything is a toy!

Last Seen: Peaking out the window.

What makes your pet so special: Chloe is high energy, hops like a cute little deer, and always the attention grabber.


Please provide the the information below and a photo in jpg to: petomonth@eastcobber.com

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Yay! Summer time is here!

Summer time is puppy time! Puppies are so cute, and full of love and energy. But don’t be fooled by those puppy dog eyes—puppies are work. There is a lot that goes into raising a puppy to be a happy, confident, optimist, and calm dog.

If you plan to add a puppy to your family, prepare in advance. Do your research. You want a puppy with the right energy level and temperament for your family. Puppy-proof your home and get the essentials in advance.

And don’t forget training.

One of my specialties is puppy training. I use a holistic approach in which we meet your puppy’s developmental, emotional, and learning needs using positive reinforcement and enrichment.

Navigating a puppy with children can be particularly challenging. I am here to help.

My puppy package is intended to help your puppy grow into the best dog they can be and thrive as a member of your family!

If you have recently adopted a puppy, or plan to, please give me a call 770-971-6093 or email me kris@bestindog.com.

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and a Certified Dog Parkour Instructor with the IDPKA—the only one currently in the Southeast. I provide individualized training in the East Cobb/Marietta area in your home.

I offer a 10% discount on all services for clients who have adopted their dog from a shelter, the Humane Society, or a reputable rescue organization.

Bring out the best in your dog, with Best in Dog!

To learn more about Best in Dog visit www.bestindog.com


Mount Paran Christian School hosted “Family Serve Day” in which students and their families focus on serving a specific area of their community.

Local real estate owner Janice Overbeck hosted one of the Family Serve Days. Janice has hosted this event for several years with the school. Many families worked together to upcycle plastic bags into dog leashes for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. These leashes come in handy when police officers come across stray dogs from time to time.

The families each saved and collected their used plastic grocery bags and made numerous leashes. In upcycling these plastic bags into dog leashes, families could recycle plastic bags that otherwise would have gone into the trash. Upcycling creates a better secondary use for a product than its initial intended use.

Deputy E. Harlin and Deputy J. Roberts came to The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team Office in Marietta to pick up the leashes and show their gratitude to the families that made them. The recycled leashes align with the team’s initiative to end the plastic crisis. The team is working towards limiting plastic usage and enjoys finding different sustainable options for items typically made from petroleum-based plastics.

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Kris Hale Janice Overbeck and her team presented Deputy E. Harlin and Deputy J. Roberts with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department the upcycled dog leashes.



Boundless Behavioral

131 Village Parkway NE, Building #4 • Marietta 30067

470-787-2242 • www.BoundlessBehavioral.com

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

25-word description: Boundless Behavioral provides center-based and home-based behavior analytic services to children with autism, along with consulting and training services to families.


Cheek Dental

2872 Johnson Ferry Road • Marietta 30062 770-993-3775 • www.cheekdental.com

Mon & Fri: 7am-1pm; Tues-Thurs: 8am-5pm

An all female dental team delivers compassionate, quality, comprehensive dentistry to adults and children with a focus on overall health. CAD/CAM same-day crowns, implant restorations, and beautiful cosmetic veneers, as well as Invisalign, Botox, and Fillers, are all done in a modern, hightech office. Cheek Dental has been caring for their East Cobb friends and neighbors for over 20 years.

Waldron + Lee Dentistry 2419 Roswell Road • Marietta 30062 678-498-1992 • waldrondentistry.com

Waldron + Lee Dentistry is committed to providing caring dental services for you and your family. Their practice has been in operation for over thirty years in East Cobb.


Dermatology and Surgery Specialists of North Atlanta 4800 Olde Towne Parkway, Suite 250 • Marietta 30068 770-971-3376 • www.DESSNA.com

Mon-Fri: 7am-4:30pm

Dermatology and Surgery Specialist of North Atlanta PC (DESSNA) is composed of a group of board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants and medical aestheticians. Our clinic has been proudly serving the East Cobb community for over 30 years.


Dermani Medspa

1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 129 • Marietta 30068 404-905-5099 • www.dermanimedspa.com/eastcobb

Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm

Providing the best evidence-based aesthetic treatments at a great value with stellar customer service, specializing in laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic injectables at a price that is appealing to everyone.


Nia Pediatric Dentistry 1111 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 200 • Marietta 30068 770-479-9999 • www.NiaDentistry.com

Mon-Thurs: 8am-5pm; Fri: 8am-4pm; Sat: by appt. 9am-2pm

Nia Pediatric Dentistry focuses on preventative care using the latest technology and friendly environment that takes the typical child’s fear of dentistry away.

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Ever wondered why your dentist is always emphasizing gum health? It turns out, it’s not just about having a great smile—it’s about your overall health too! Let’s dive into why gum disease is a sneaky troublemaker that can affect your whole body.

The Hidden Connection: Gums and Your Overall Health: Did you know that there’s a strong link between your gums and your overall health? Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body, and it’s full of bacteria. If your gums are unhealthy, these bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation in various organs and systems. Research has connected gum disease to serious health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Taking care of your gums is crucial for your overall well-being!

Treating Gum Disease:

The Basics: Treating gum disease often starts with a procedure called “scaling and root planing”. This non-surgical treatment involves deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smoothing the roots of your teeth to help your gums heal. Usually done under local anesthesia, this meticulous cleaning targets the root cause of gum infections and promotes healthy tissue regeneration.

Keeping Your Gums

Healthy: Ongoing Care:

Initial treatment is just the beginning. Maintaining gum health requires regular check-ups and care. These “periodontal maintenance” visits, typically every three to four months, are essential.

During these visits, your dentist will thoroughly assess your gum health, provide professional cleanings, and offer personalized oral hygiene tips. Regular monitoring and care help prevent the recurrence of gum disease and catch potential issues early.

The Takeaway: Your Gums Matter! The next time your dentist talks about gum disease, take note! It’s not just about a bright smile—it’s about keeping your whole body healthy. With the right care and a little teamwork, you can control gum disease and keep smiling for years to come. Here are some quick tips for healthy gums.

• Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste

• Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth

• Eat a balanced diet and limit sugary snacks

• Don’t smoke—it’s a major risk factor for gum disease

• Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings

Taking these steps can help you maintain healthy gums and support your overall health. So, listen to your dentist and keep up with your oral hygiene routine—your body will thank you!

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Dr. Cristi Cheek is the owner of Cheek Dental here in East Cobb. You may contact her at 770-993-3775 or visit www.cheekdental.com.


Yetunde Lawal brings life-changing IV hydration therapy to East Cobbers

Yetunde Lawal envisioned a business rooted in wellness, leading her to discover IV hydration therapy. This IV therapy treatment deliver fluids mixed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. IV treatments enable the body to absorb almost 100% of the nutrients it needs to feel and perform better.

In September 2023, Yetunde opened Prime IV Hydration & Wellness at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 103, in Marietta. The spa offers a peaceful environment featuring private rooms and zero-gravity massage chairs. Certified nurses ensure that all medical treatments are expertly administered to Prime IV clients.

Prime IV Hydration & Wellness offers affordable memberships and customizable packages. Following an initial consultation with a nurse and physician, members choose an IV treatment from a menu of over 14 blends. Nurses carry out the treatments while patients relax in a spa-like setting, enjoying an “hour-long vacation” in zero-gravity massage chairs.

Prime IV members quickly experience the life-changing benefits of hydration therapy. Treatments can combat fatigue and enhance athletic performance. Clients often seek solutions for needs such as anti-aging, hangover recovery, and weight loss.

Laren Brown, publisher of East Cobber magazine, shares her experience with The Glow treatment.

“Even after over a week, I noticed a difference in my skin,” says Laren. “I plan on taking my teenage son to Prime IV over the summer for extra hydration due to playing football and baseball.”

Yetunde’s dream of opening a wellness business came true. She is thankful for the support of her husband, Wale, and their three children: Oyin, Ajibola and Adeniyi.

For optimal results, Yetunde recommends Prime IV members receive treatments at least once a month. To schedule an appointment, visit primeivhydration.com/locations/ georgia/marietta or call 470-946-6916. Prime IV offers a special introductory deal for all new clients.

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East Cobb Banking VP, Traci Newman, had a serious injury when she weighed 207 pounds. Since joining Sparkle a New You in 2021, she has maintained a weight loss of 60 pounds. Here is her story:

I have been married to Sam for 27 years. We have two children, Rachel and Adam. I have been in banking for 36 years. In my free time, I strength train, hike, dance, take nature walks, read, and study the Bible.

I was introduced to Sparkle by my friend, Angela Searcy. I noticed changes in her after a couple of months. I had recently completed a year-long recovery from a broken leg. The excess weight contributed to the severity of the injury and the lengthy recovery. I did not want to go into my older years with that burden, and I also wanted to stay off medication. I was prediabetic and had lost both my dad and brother to heart disease from diabetes complications.

I did not know how to cook, except for a few meals. Spaghetti, scrambled eggs, and Crock-Pot roast were staples. We were always on the go; our son played travel baseball. We ate fast food constantly. Concessions at the ballpark, Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Moe’s, Chipotle, or pizza were typical meals. Now, I never eat that food. The first thing I learned on my journey was how to cook at home. I focused on simple things: lean proteins like chicken, salmon, ground turkey, grass-fed beef, and vegetables. I started using flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. I started tracking my food with MyFitnessPal. I eliminated cream in my coffee. I broke up with sugar, only to be had on rare occasions and judiciously. I feel much better and have more energy. I sleep 7+ hours most nights.

Second, I began walking every day, usually one mile after lunch and another mile after dinner. I strength train for 40 minutes, four times a week at home. Once a week, I jog a 12-minute mile for 3 miles. When I am injured, I use resistance bands or walk.

The biggest challenge was staying motivated at a plateau 2/3 into the journey. It seemed like nothing was working. Even though the weight was unchanged, I was committed to a healthy lifestyle, so I continued to do what I was doing. I got more specific in measuring my food, and I lowered my carb intake. Eventually, the rest of the weight came off.

It is incredibly frustrating to focus only on weight

loss since the loss is very volatile and subject to many different factors. My weight still fluctuates for no reason. I keep my “WHY” in mind: staying off medications and living an active, healthy life. My mindset is that this is forever, and every day, I need to make positive choices to benefit my health.

The third thing that helps me is the Sparkle community. Sparkle is the most supportive group of women I have ever met. They inspire me to challenge myself, participate in fun activities, and attend meetings, which helps me stay focused on what is important for my health.

My life is completely different now. I enjoy shopping for clothes. Having my picture taken is not a dreaded experience. I feel healthy and confident. All my health stats/tests are normal. My blood sugar is within normal range, and my doctor took “overweight” off my chart in February at my annual exam. My family eats better and is healthier and happier.

For more information on Sparkle Wellness, visit www.sparkleanewyou.com or call Jacynta Harb at 404-242-5062.

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Traci Newman before and after her Sparkle success.


Body20 East Cobb

1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 270 • Marietta 30068

770-450-6127 • www.eastcobb@body20.com

A personalized, technology-based workout experience that achieves results in just minutes per week.

Fitness Together

1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Bldg. 400, Ste. 412 • Marietta 30068 770-321-1347 • www.fitnesstogether.com/eastcobb Hours by appointment.

The leader in private, personal training. We help our clients achieve, if not exceed, their lifelong wellness goals in a clean, professional and friendly environment.

East Cobb Fit Body Boot Camp 1344 E Cobb Drive, Suite 300 • Marietta 30067 770-818-6080 • EastCobbFitBody.com

Signature 30-minute Afterburn workouts combine High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Active Rest Training to produce fun workouts that burn twice the calories in half the time and keep your metabolism running at a higher rate for up to 36 hours post workout. Every Fit Body Boot Camp session is led by a certified coach to ensure that you get the best workout, most fat burn while keeping you safe and injury free!



147 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 4110 • Marietta 30068

770-573-4010 • strongvibefit.com

Mon-Fri: 7am-3pm; 5-7pm and by appointment

Strongvibe is a woman-owned personal training studio that gets you stronger faster without the wear and tear of traditional training by using EMS (electro muscle stimulation).


Vascular Surgical Associates 3747 Roswell Road, Suite 316 • Marietta 30062

770-423-0595 • www.vascularsurgicalatlanta.com

Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm

Vascular Surgical Associates has been treating veins in Marietta and Atlanta since 1986. Our staff provides expert care by successfully diagnosing vein issues, discussing the condition of your veins, and thoroughly explaining all treatment options. The surgeons and staff are committed to improving the health and youthfulness of your legs. Vein procedures are designed to improve the health and quality of your life.

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Honoring the heat and humidity of late summer, the public is invited to the 19th annual Dog Days 5K Run on Saturday, August 3. Produced by the Rotary Club of East Cobb, the big event kicks off at 7:30am. Everyone is welcome to run, jog or walk the race. There will be good music, great food and lots of prizes and giveaways! There will be activities for the kids and plenty of food and fluids for all entrants, plus lots of awards and a cool commemorative 17th Annual Dog Days shirt! This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly race so the public is encouraged to bring their families and dogs to enjoy the race.

Over the years, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has donated more than $800,000 from the race proceeds to local and international service projects. 100% of the Dog Days Race proceeds support more than 20 local/international non-profits, including YMCA, Center for Family Resources, School Mates Literacy Project, Camp Horizon, Aids Awareness, Walton Robotics, Project Mail Call, Recognition Awards for Cobb County Public Safety and Kids2Leaders, just to name a few. “Join us for a fantastic race and fun activities, while at the same time making a difference in our community,” says Rotary Club President Butch Carter.

This year’s Dog Days 5K Race once again returns to the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road in Marietta/East Cobb and is once again a USATF certified 5K course. Cash prizes will be given to top male and female finishers.

The pre-registration fee is $30 and must be received by July 31, 2023, ($35 Race Day). There is a $35 fee to be a “Phantom” Runner. If you are unable to run, but want to support this event, please register as a “phantom” runner. A t-shirt will be mailed to you after the race. To register for the 18th Annual Dog Days Race, visit www.DogDaysRun.com and click on the “Sign Up” link. Rotarians are business and community leaders who take an active interest in service to our community. The motto of Rotary International is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF,” and the members of the Rotary Club of East Cobb exemplify this statement in their business activities and daily lives. The Rotary Club of East Cobb meets every Wednesday at 7am at the Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive in Marietta/ East Cobb. For more information about the club, visit EastCobbRotary.com.

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The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority will dedicate Johnny Gresham Circle at Cobb Galleria Centre in honor of the late, long-serving Authority board member. The dedication will be at 9:30 a.m. on June 12, 2024, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Gresham was a longtime East Cobb resident who served as a Cobb County political and civic leader who passed away in 2020. He was devoted to both Cobb County and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Having served on more than 50 non-profit, civic and corporate Boards of Directors, Gresham’s life’s work was in service to others. A member of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, Gresham played running back at Georgia Tech from 1962-64. Gresham served on the Authority since 2002 and was the board’s secretary for many years.

“We are grateful to Johnny for the positive spirit he brought to this Authority and for the never-ending support he demonstrated through his leadership on the Personnel Committee,” said Jerry Nix, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority.

Johnny Gresham Circle is a road on the Cobb Galleria Centre campus that intersects with Galleria Drive and is between the Red and Green Parking Decks. The dedication ceremony and sign unveiling will take place at the street sign.

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