Ali and Jamie Salimi THE AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS GROUP With their daughters Juliet and Madilyn
East Cobb Cityhood Pro and Con PAGES 10 & 11 | Pet of the Month PAGE 20 Community Calendar PAGE 12 | Health + Wellness PAGE 22
EAST COBB ARTIST CREATES PERSONALITY PLATES
EAST COBB CITYHOOD PRO AND CON
PET OF THE MONTH
HEALTH + WELLNESS
4 TIPS TO RE-ENGAGE IN A POST-COVID WORLD
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On the Cover This issue’s front cover features the husband and wife legal team, Ali and Jamie Salimi, founders of the personal injury firm, The Auto Accident Attorneys Group. They are pictured with their daughters, Juliet and Madilyn. The Auto Accident Attorneys Group is a personal injury firm based in East Cobb. The couple went in together as business partners to make a difference in their community and the industry at large. An East Cobb native, Ali is excited to raise his family here while also building a law practice that is “a local source for justice” as well as “a trusted resource for any and all legal matters in the county providing their own personal injury assistance along with credible referrals for those seeking experts in other areas of law.”
Family. Friends. Community.
The Auto Accident Attorneys Group not only supports local causes but is also creating its own special events to build community in East Cobb. “We feel blessed to be in the heart of the East Cobb community, and our next big event for the locals is ‘Food Truck Friday,’ which is a food truck event held in our parking lot every Friday from April 8 through June 24. With the weather getting warmer, we hope this brings a lot of smiles and good food to East Cobb.”
The Auto Accident Attorneys Group is located at 1454 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb. For more information, you can read their story on page 6 or visit
www.TheAAAGroup.com. If you are in need of legal advice, call 404-600-0941. Front cover photo taken by Jeremy Adamo from Adamo Photography.
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THE AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS GROUP CARES FOR ITS CLIENTS AND COMMUNITY When someone suffers a personal injury due to careless activity on the road, they deserve swift justice and fair compensation for their hardship. That is exactly what The Auto Accident Attorneys Group fights to provide for its clients day in and day out. Founded by husband and wife team, Ali and Jamie Salimi, the personal injury firm thrives as a prominent law business based in East Cobb. The couple went in together as business partners to make a real every day difference in their community and the industry at large.
planning and creating procedures for how we would conduct our practice. While you can’t foresee and plan for all issues that will arise from a personal injury case, we felt like we had a really good grasp on how to handle a variety of cases,” Ali said. “With my trial experience and Jamie’s corporate and in-house background, we approached our personal injury cases with the best of our different paradigms and hit our first million-dollar settlement for one of our very first clients.”
“There’s a misconception about plantiff ’s attorneys and compensatory damages in general. So it is important for us to show what sort of good that plantiff ’s attorneys can do instead of just advertising settlements and verdicts. Plantiff ’s work is fulfilling to us because it provides access to justice for everyone. It levels the playing field,” said Ali Salimi, one of the firm’s partners and co-founders. “Also, personal injury law is one of the few practice areas where clients don’t have the extra burden to pay a tremendous amount of legal fees upfront…we earn our fees by providing zealous advocacy.”
Having amassed some of the most talented people in the industry, the firm’s revenue has doubled year-over-year since its start. To date, the group has helped recover over $30 million in injury compensation for the community. They hope to continue growing at the same rate as they become a trusted resource for any and all legal matters in the county providing their own personal injury assistance along with credible referrals for those seeking experts in other areas of law.
Ali and Jamie met in 2002 while attending law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. After finishing school, they got married and moved to Orange County, where Ali started his criminal defense practice. After building notoriety in private practice as a corporate and securities lawyer, Jamie became an in-house advisor in the technology sector to established and start-up companies. As their family grew, they made the challenging decision to leave their established careers and move to East Cobb to create a stronger environment in which to raise their children. Being an East Cobb native, Ali was excited to return to his friends and family while Jamie made a difficult adjustment after leaving her own community in Southern California. It was then they decided to open a personal injury firm together to work directly for the community. They created the law partnership in 2016 and opened their physical office in August 2018. Since then, they have made a name for themselves as a local source of justice.
“The most satisfying thing for us, as business owners, is knowing that we have a team that shares our philosophy on taking care of our clients. From the beginning, Ali and I agreed to hire for culture,” Jamie said. “Our culture is so important because we don’t just see ourselves as taking care of our own clients, we also want to change the perception of the entire plaintiffs’ law industry.” The firm continues to integrate itself through its involvement in free local events including blood drives, arts-related activities, and spring and fall festivals to further give back to the community. “We are purposefully located in a retail location as opposed to a high-rise office building because we want to be easily accessible to the community,” said Ali. “We feel blessed to be in the heart of the East Cobb community, and our next big event for the locals is ‘Food Truck Friday,’ which is a food truck event held in our parking lot every Friday from April 8 through June 24. With the weather getting warmer, we hope this brings a lot of smiles and good food to East Cobb.”
“Before we ever opened our doors or signed our first client, we spent over a year business
The Auto Accident Attorneys Group is located at 1454 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb. For more info, visit www.TheAAAGroup.com or call 404-600-0941.
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EAST COBBER AMY REES CREATES PERSONALITY PLATES
omen are at the heart of AmyWynne Designs’ newly launched brand, Personality Plates. Artist Amy Wynne Rees created Personality Plates as a tribute to the women that have helped, motivated, and inspired her throughout her life – in both happy and more turbulent times. These limited-edition stoneware appetizer and dessert sized plates are brightly colored, bold, and full of personality. Personality Plates are stoneware, food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Each piece is individually hand-painted with an original design. Amy includes a sentimental note in each set. “My hope is that women will connect with the plates and the sentiments as much as I do,” explains Amy. “Each collection of plates will also have an insert card reflecting the sentiment and meaning behind the plates.”
The first limited edition set of plates, “Sisters Edition” is so much more than uniquely decorative stoneware. It represents ‘sisterhood’ to Amy. Our sisters hold a special place in our hearts. They are our best friends and confidantes. They are there for us in times of laughter and in times of tears. They are by our side for the good times and the bad. Whether she was born into your family or adopted, or you grew up together in the same house; maybe you are an only child and the only sisters you have are the ones you have chosen. No matter how or why you call her sister, she is your family and always will be. These plates are in honor of all our sisters out there. “’Sisters Edition’ is the first set of many yet to come,” explains Amy. “I have other sets in the works including a special edition of Personality Plates for Mah Jong Ladies and Christmas 2022. I will also be partnering with several artists to create a diverse collection of plates which will be available in 2022 as well.”
Amy Wynne Rees
In 1995, Amy found her creative passion, pottery, while struggling in her first marriage.
Amy continues, “Part of our mission is to help support women who don’t have their own support system. Each year, AmyWynne Designs will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit of the artist’s choice.”
The evenings spent in the pottery studio among other creative women trying to find a way to express themselves was the perfect sanctuary. One day in the studio, Amy’s first plate was born. The first of many to embody a collection of women with different names and stories. These initial plates were the inspiration for what is now the Personality Plates collection.
Amy Wynne Rees was born in New York City, but spent her childhood in a small town outside of Syracuse. Two weeks after graduating college, Amy found herself accepting a job at CNN. She moved to Atlanta in 1988.
Today, Amy still lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her third husband, Jim, and her Goldendoodle, Cleo. Their blended family includes four beautiful daughters. For more information, visit www.personalityplates.com.
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STRAIGHTENING TEETH WITH CLEAR ALIGNERS If you could change one thing about your smile, what would it be? One of the most common answers we hear in our practice is that patients want a “straighter” or “whiter” smile. Perhaps you feel the same, and if so, have you considered clear aligner therapy? Clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign or Sure Smile, is a popular orthodontic alternative to traditional braces that uses custom aligners to move teeth into their proper positions gradually and gently without the use of unsightly brackets and wires as are necessary with conventional dental braces. While many people may think the main reason for straightening their teeth is to achieve a more attractive smile, having straight teeth has been shown to yield many health-related benefits as well. When teeth are misaligned (crowded, gapped, or rotated,) it is harder to remove the plaque and bacteria that form around them. The presence of this plaque and bacteria can lead to inflamed and/ or receding gums, pockets developing between the teeth and gums (which can harbor more bacteria resulting in further gum disease), bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss. When teeth are properly aligned, it is easier to brush and floss the teeth and gums effectively, resulting in better removal of the plaque and bacteria that contribute to gum disease, tooth decay, and even heart disease.
Besides simply straightening misaligned teeth, clear aligner therapy can also correct many abnormal bite relationships, such as open bites, overbites, underbites, or crossbites. In all of these abnormal bite relationships, the upper and lower teeth fail to come together properly causing the teeth to collide rather than glide against each other. Aligning the teeth and correcting the bite puts the teeth in their most stable position reducing their risk of wear and trauma. Unlike conventional dental braces, clear aligner therapy is designed to be comfortable and convenient. After an examination with your dentist (which should include x-ray evaluation to ensure the bone around the teeth is healthy), a series of custom aligners are created. Each aligner is worn for one week for approximately 22 hours a day before advancing to the next aligner. Because the aligners are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth normally and can remove your aligners to eat and drink. And an additional benefit of clear aligner therapy is that the aligners can be used as a custom bleach tray allowing you to bleach your teeth while straightening them! Close monitoring by your dentist is critical to ensure the teeth are moving as planned. Typically, your dentist will want to check your progress every 6 weeks or so. There are mail order clear aligners
out there (like Smile Direct) that SOUND easy and may cost a little less, but without direct dentist involvement in your care, there is a much higher risk of bone loss during treatment or improper movement of the roots of the teeth which can be seen only in x-rays. Unfortunately, some patients who have had mail order aligner therapy have had to be retreated in a dental office because they had tooth movement that resulted in a “bad bite,” or they ended up with unattractive “black triangles” at the gumline caused by teeth being tilted by the aligners instead of actually being moved into the correct position. If you are interested in seeing if clear aligner therapy is right for you, please visit Dr. Kristy Chandler at Cheek Dental for a consultation. Whatever your age, misalignment, or bite problem is, straightening your teeth can boost your self-confidence by giving you the smile of your dreams all Dr. Kristina Chandler while knowpractices at Cheek Dental ing you are here in East Cobb. You also improvmay contact her at ing your oral 770-993-3775 or visit and physical www.cheekdental.com. health!
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Editor’s Note: This past February, a bill authorizing a local referendum on whether the area of East Cobb (HB 841),could incorporate as a city was approved by the Georgia General Assembly. The legislative bill is available for viewing on the Georgia General Assembly legislation website. The East Cobb bill contained a provision that would put the appropriate version of the question “Shall the Act incorporating the City of East Cobb in Cobb County according to the charter contained in the Act be approved?” on the May 24 General Primary ballot. Registration deadline to vote in the primary is April 25. A non-partisan information webpage, “Cityhood Resource Center” on each of the Cityhood proposals (East Cobb is one of four communities in Cobb County trying to establish itself as a city) including maps, has been set up by Cobb County Government. For more information, visit www.cobbcounty.org/communications/info-center/cityhood). To help East Cobb County citizens make an educated vote, the EAST COBBER invited the East Cobb Cityhood group and the East Cobb Alliance to present their opposing stances on East Cobb becoming a city.
VOTE YES FOR EAST COBB CITYHOOD! By Cindy Cooperman, East Cobb Cityhood Committee
he time has come to ask yourself this question. HB 841 is a bill to allow the residents in the proposed City of East Cobb to vote in a referendum to decide whether we should incorporate. Since 2018, a group of concerned East Cobb residents has been exploring this question to provide you with the information and framework needed to determine the best path forward. As part of this exploration, the group has commissioned two feasibility studies with Georgia State, benchmarked thriving new cities in the vicinity, and engaged the community to understand the needs and benefits. The conclusion is that the time has come to vote Yes for East Cobb to become a city. Representatives living closer to the residents means more responsive, engaged leadership and accountability. East Cobbers currently vote for 2 of 5 of the Cobb County representatives making all the decisions for East Cobb (approx. 1 rep/180K residents). Cityhood would give residents representative government and local control, voting for 100% of the councilors and mayor, who must live within the city (approx. 1 rep/10k residents). Cityhood will bring representation closer to the community for services that most affect the daily quality of life. Zoning created and approved by East Cobbers preserves suburban neighborhoods. Doing nothing means it is just a matter of time before you see mid-rises popping up through East Cobb’s tree canopy. The service of Local Ordinance addresses short-term rentals, like Airbnb, and treetops/canopy, to name a few. We believe applicable revenue from fees and permits should stay in the neighborhoods to benefit the residents. What will the redevelopment of East Cobb look like in the future?
Redevelopment is coming to East Cobb one way or another. A locally elected council can and will maximize the benefit to the community with plans to reflect the needs of the people who live here. Redevelopment can happen in East Cobb without increasing density and urbanizing single-family home neighborhoods. A locally elected council of East Cobbers is the most reliable insurance to make sure our interests are best served. A City of East Cobb will offer our own Public Safety services that can be maximized to meet the needs of our community of interest. East Cobb does not have excessive violent crimes, gang activities, or frequent bomb threats. However, we have a troubling increase in street racing, fatal motor vehicle crashes, and theft. Cityhood means we can introduce community policing to address these types of concerns and issues most prevalent in East Cobb. Fire services will continue to be delivered to the community with the same fire stations, equipment, and possibly personnel that serve East Cobb with excellence today. East Cobb does not have an Interstate, airport, high-rises, or industrial areas like other parts of Cobb that need a different type of fire protection. We have an aging population; seniors make up over 17% of the population. East Cobb can benefit from an increased focus on EMT services and improving ambulance transport times. A City of East Cobb can redirect resources and explore other efficient models for deploying resources focused on East Cobb’s needs. Take control of our zoning, local ordinance, parks, and public safety. Cityhood allows East Cobb to serve its residents better as we enter the next chapter of our community.
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KEEP TAXES LOW, VOTE NO FOR EAST COBB CITYHOOD! By Robert Lax, Board Member on the East Cobb Alliance Committee
ast Cobb Alliance is a grassroots organization formed in June of 2019 to educate residents and stakeholders on the community impacts of cityhood. We are opposed to cityhood because it will mean higher taxes and fees for residents and businesses, and a likely decline in the excellent safety services we currently receive from Cobb County. With approximately 90% of our area residential and only 10% commercial, East Cobb will be challenged to create the necessary revenues to support a city. Eventually, all cities are forced to raise taxes to continue their services and East Cobb will be no exception, as the Feasibility Study has not budgeted for fire equipment, training, park maintenance, raises in city officials’ salaries, and pension funds. The cityhood bill gives a city council of six people and a mayor broad powers to change zoning and levy taxes, including special assessments and franchise fees. Businesses, especially small businesses, will have to raise prices under the burden of these fees. In fact, all cities in Cobb County, as well as Fulton cities, have raised taxes in order to be financially sustainable. In addition to increasing taxes, other cities have increased commercial development in order to increase the tax base. If you don’t want to see more development in East Cobb, vote NO on cityhood. Cityhood presents an even deeper threat to our public safety. Our highly regarded Cobb County Police Chief and Fire Chief have both expressed legitimate concerns about cityhood. They highlighted their current quick response times, highly-trained response teams,
specialized medical teams attached to firehouses, and excellent 911 services. When they reviewed the support structure proposed by cityhood proponents, they expressed concern about only having two firehouses resulting in slower response times, no medical support teams for each firehouse, no specialized highly-trained teams in the police department, and fewer police officers in the proposed city. Cobb County Fire currently has the highest Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which lowers our homeowners’ insurance premiums. Only one of the ten other cities incorporated in Georgia since 2005 has this top rating. While cityhood proponents have stated that their primary objective is local zoning control, they have not provided any written details on their vision or plans for zoning as compared to the Cobb County Comprehensive Plan. There is no language in the city charter that limits high-density development. By contrast, our county commissioners regularly solicit input on zoning decisions and planning from the East Cobb Civic Association as well as local communities. You can make your voices heard. What we do know for a fact is that cityhood will cost us more in taxes and fees and that our highly rated safety services will suffer. What we don’t know is how a city council will change zoning, or whether they will ever seek public input on their development decisions. Visit EastCobbAlliance.com for more information and reasons to VOTE NO in the May 24th primary election. We don’t need a city to keep East Cobb suburban!
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR EVERY TUESDAY
MARCH 5-6 & 12-13
Preschool Storytime. Bring your preschooler to read books, sing songs, play games, and make crafts while focusing on a different letter of the alphabet. 10:30-11am. Free; registration required. Ages 3-5. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/ Registration: 770-509-2711. The Gritters Knitters. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your self-contained craft project (it doesn’t have to be knitting!) and chat with other members of your community while you work. Ages:10+. Fridays: 10am-1pm. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2524 or cobbcat.org.
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, Marietta. More info: 770-499-9393 or mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.
EVERY SATURDAY THROUGH DECEMBER Marietta Square Artisian Market an open-air showcase of locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods, including paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods including fire pits, cutting boards, terraria, pens, and fine jewelry. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Located in the parking lot beside the Marietta Square Market, 68 North Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. More info: artistsmarketmarietta.com/about.
12 March/April 2022
Walton Band Recycling Day. Clear out the clutter and bring your recyclable metal, electronics, appliances, and paint. All proceeds to benefit the Walton Band program. 9am-3pm. $10donation per car plus disposal fees. Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: email@example.com. Mamma Mia! presented by Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. This family-friendly production uses ABBA’s greatest hits to tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show with nonstop laughs and explosive dance numbers. $10-$35. Saturday: 7:30pm; Sunday: 1pm, with an additional 6pm show on March 16. MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. More info/tickets: 678-812-4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/habima.
MARCH 5, 8, 11 & 13
Barber of Seville presented by the Atlanta Opera. Everyone’s favorite barber pulls all the levers in this comedic romp featuring a fiery young girl, her lecherous old guardian, and a smitten young nobleman. It’s all up to the wily Figaro to stay one step ahead of the shenanigans and see to it that true love wins in the end. Saturday: 8pm; Tuesday: 7:30pm; Friday: 8pm; Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $41-$146. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 8
East Cobb Cookbook Club. March theme: bread. The group reads and reviews a wide range of cookbooks to include: various cooking techniques, specific chefs, and ethnic cooking styles. Each month members choose a themed recipe and prepare a dish to share. Registration is required. Free. 4-5:30pm. East Cobb Libray, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/registration: 770-509-2730 or cobbcat.org.
No Tears eReaders: Digital Resources at the Library. Want to take full advantage of the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, and other services? Come visit and we can help you find what you’re looking for. The program will discuss the digital resources that you can access on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There will be an introductory presentation followed by a Q&A session. Free; Registration Required. 4:30-5:30pm. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/registration: 770-509-4988 or cobbcat.org.
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MARCH 11-13, 17-20, & 24-27
A Chorus Line presented by City Springs Theatre. A stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. This production contains adult language and themes. Thursday-Saturday: 8pm; Sunday: 2pm. Tickets: $40-$100. Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. More info: www.cityspringstheatre.com or 404-477-4365.
MARCH 11 & APRIL 8
Cobb County Master Gardeners’ Thyme to Read Book Club will be discussing in March: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray; in April: Things New and Strange: A Southerner’s Journey Through the Smithsonian Collections by G. Wayne Clough. Both are available through the Cobb County Public Library system. 10:15-11:15am. Free. Virtual via Zoom, check website for specifics. More info: 770-528-4070 or cobbmastergardeners.com.
6th Annual Marietta Shamrock Shuffle 5K Walk/Run proceeds will support Marietta Police Athletic League’s (PAL) youth sports and recreation programs. This is Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. $35. 8am: on-site registration. 9am: race begins. Marietta Square, 75 East Park Square, Marietta. More info: mariettashamrockshuffle.com. Sensory Friendly Concert presented by Georgia Symphony Orchestra. This event is designed uniquely for sensory sensitive listeners. As a component of the GSO educational and outreach programs, this concert will provide the opportunity to experience great orchestral music in a low-pressure environment. 2pm. $10. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info/ tickets: 770-429-2390 or www.georgiasymphony.org.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 12
St. Patrick’s Day Parade. At noon, the parade officially steps off on Peachtree Street in Midtown. Be sure to arrive by 11am for best viewing opportunities along the route. It finishes at Peachtree Street and 5th Street. 12pm. Free. Starting: Peachtree Street at 15th Street, Atlanta. More info: www.atlantastpats.com.
Chasing Moonlight, the 5K in Paradise hosted by Town Center at Cobb to spring forward with a tropical themed 5K with a photo booth, music, t-shirts and more. The race will start at 1 am, giving participants one hour to beat the time change. After participants cross the finish line, they will be able to enjoy tropical themed photo opportunities, lively steel drum music and more! All finishers will receive a shirt and medal, and awards will be given for specific categories. $30. 1am. Town Center at Cobb, 400 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. More info: towncenteratcobb.com. Family Fun Days: Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come ready to learn about flying animals and test your tinkering skills with our STEM-themed partners and activities, crafts and activities that will test your knowledge. 12-4pm. Free/Members; $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 chattnaturecenter.org. The Georgia Bridal Show. Meet wedding professionals and find everything you need in one place and in one day! Meet the photographer behind the photos, taste the cake, listen to the DJ’s music, see the gowns and tuxedos in person, talk to a honeymoon specialist about the right trip for your budget, and more. 12pm-4pm. $10. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. More info: www.georgiabridalshow.com.
Spring Bird Seed Fundraiser Pre-Orders. Just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count, fill your feeders with Cole’s premium birdseed and benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Pick-up in store April 22-24. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.
MARCH 13 - MAY 31
Eco-Tinker: Interactive Exhibits. Head outdoors for a nature-inspired tech and tinker stations where you can experiment and explore. There’s plenty to play with while you learn at STEM stations. Mon.-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 125pm. Free/Members; $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 chattnaturecenter.org.
14 March/April 2022
Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit. A unique, interactive “museum on wheels” that is traveling across the United States on a mission to bring America’s military service members and local communities together, while honoring our veterans and teaching patriotism. During the interactive tour, you’ll learn how the wreaths are made and why Wreaths Across America plays such a vital role in serving veterans and their families across our country. 9am-4pm. Free. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: cobbveteransmemorial.com.
11th Annual Booked for the Evening Gala presented by the Cobb Library Foundation. Featuring New York Times best-selling children’s author Brian Lies. 6:309:30pm. Atlanta Country Club, 500 Atlanta Country Club, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: Sandra Morris at 770-528-2196, firstname.lastname@example.org or cobb library foundation.org.
Rhea Lana’s A Children’s Consignment Event. Shop for children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, baby equipment, gently used maternity clothes and more at affordable prices. March 17: $35, 6-9pm; March 18: $10-$35, March 19: Free-$5, 10am-9pm; Pre-purchase tickets for pre-sale. March 20-26: Free; 10am-9pm. Town Center at Cobb (Next to JCPenny, 2nd floor), 400 Ernest W Barrett Parkway NW, Kennesaw. More info: email@example.com or www.rhealana.com.
5th Annual Adult Spelling Bee presented by Commuitites in School. a night of laughs, some really unusual on-stage antics, and truly funny attempts at spelling difficult words – that’s the “Bee,” a once-a-year event. The “BEE” benefits the communities In schools of Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County. 7pm. Tickets: $20-$75. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.
Atlanta Home Show. Features hundreds of home improvement exhibitors, live radio broadcasts, product demonstrations and presentations by experts including HGTV’s Mina Starsiak Hawk. Friday: 10am-6pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm. $8/adult online; $10/ adult on-site; free/seniors & children under 12. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.atlantahomeshow.com.
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Giselle presented by the Atlanta Ballet. After a young peasant girl named Giselle is deceived by her true love, Albrecht, she falls into a fit of despair and dies of a broken heart. A woman scorned, she is destined to rise from the grave with the vengeful otherworldly beauties known as the Willis, entrapping men who unwittingly cross their paths. At once beguiling and maleficent, the Willis capture Albrecht and condemn him to dance until his death, but the power of Giselle’s enduring love protects him and ultimately sets them both free. Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 2pm & 8pm; Sunday: 2pm. $25-$134. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com.
MARCH 18-20, 25-27 & APRIL 1-3, 8-9
Five Guys Named Moe. An exuberant tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer and alto saxophonist, Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe is an international sensation. Five Guys Named Moe is about our hero, Nomax – he’s broke, his lovely Lorraine left him and he’s listening to the radio at 5:00 in the morning. Out of the radio, five guys named Moe appear. Set to Jordan’s iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score, the Moes encourage Nomax to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her. Friday & Saturday: 8pm; Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $22-$57. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info: 770-426-4800 or theatreinthesquare.net.
10th Annual Water Drop Dash 5K is a fast, flat course along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Roswell. This event will kick-off national Water Sense Fix a Leak Week and encourages metro Atlanta residents to conserve water and check their plumbing fixtures for leaks. In person and virtual options. 7am: Packet Pickup; 8am: Water Drop Dash 5k; After 5K start: Kid’s Fun Run; 9am: Awards and Family Water Festival. Individual 5K – $35, $45/race day. Kid’s Fun Run - $15. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 404-463-3254 or waterdropdash.com.
19th Annual Civil War History Symposium: A Tribute to James I hosted by Kennesaw State University. It will feature several authors and professors who have written books and taught classes on the Civil War, Free; donations appreciated. 9am-12:30pm. KSU Center at 3333 George Busbee Parkway, Suite 400. More info: radow.kennesaw.edu/cwc/news-events/symposia.php.
MARCH 19 & APRIL 16
Pop in for Family Fun. Gives children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Marietta Museum. March theme: Music; April theme: Bugs & Flowers. 10am-4pm. FREE. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta. More info: www.mariettahistory.org/pop-in-for-family-fun. www.eastcobber.com
COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 21
Q.U.E.S.T. College Fair East. Q.U.E.S.T. stands for QuestionUnderstand- Explore-Search-Target. Various college representatives from colleges and universities throughout Georgia and the greater southeastern region will be in attendance. This event is open to all students and parents. 6-8pm. Free. Hillgrove High School, 4165 Luther Ward Road, Powder Springs. More info: Hillgrove High School Counseling Office, 678-331-3961.
MARCH 24-26 & APRIL 1-2
Spring Native Plant Sale. Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. Over 100 species of plants, horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers on site to help you plant the garden of your dreams. Herbs and veggies for the edible garden and more. Thursday: 4-7pm; Friday & Saturday: 10am5pm. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.
MARCH 31-APRIL 3, APRIL 6-10 & APRIL 13-17
The Pretty Pants Bandit – a new musical presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. In 1930s Miami, Marie Baker, her gang, and an infamous pair of guns made headlines by leaving the men she robbed with their pants down. A thrilling true story inspired this vibrant, fun new musical. Various showtimes. Tickets: $39-$44. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info: get.org/21-22-season.
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Date Night Canoe Trip. Bring your own picnic dinner and arrive early at 4:30pm so you can enjoy it on our grounds. Then at 5pm, guides will lead you on a 2.5-hour trip. All equipment is provided. General public: $40, CNC members: $35, Ages 21+. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. For registration/scheduling: 770-992-2055 x237 or www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/ experience/canoeing/.
3 Redneck Tenors. These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh ‘till we double over, reminding us that in life, it is not the destination, it’s the journey. Get ready for one sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Red Neck Tenors could have had, delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from Gospel, to Country, to Broadway, Pop and Classical. You’re going to love them and so will anyone with a sense of humor and an appreciation for incredible voices. Friday & Saturday: 7:30pm; Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $5-$40. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.
Pope HS Band Mattress and Sheet Sale Fundraiser. A complete mattress showroom featuring name brand options in all sizes and mattress types. Firm, pillow-top, orthopedic, latex and gel memory foam sets will be included. Other items will also be available, such as adjustable bed systems, luxury pillows and mattress protectors. All mattress sets will come with full factory warranties. Credit card, checks, cash and financing. 10am-5pm. Pope High School Cafeteria, 3001 Hembree Road NE, Marietta. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swan Lake presented by Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. Saturday: 7:30pm; Sunday: 2pm. Tickets: See website for price. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info/tickets: 678-287-9020 or georgiametrodance.org.
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GSO Jazz! Presents “Basie & Beyond”. A night celebrating the legacy of Sammy Nestico (1924-2021) and recreating his iconic album collaboration with Quincy Jones from 2000. Relive the swinging days of a bygone era as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra team of jazz giants delivers powerful performances and soulful memories. 8pm. Tickets: $12-$35. The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-615-2908 or georgiasymphony.org.
Cobb County Schools’ Spring Break. State House Special Election to fill State Rep. Matt Dollar’s position. His successor will serve through the end of the year, when Dollar’s term expires. The candidates competing in a “jungle” election in District 45: Mitchell Kaye, a Republican; Pamela Alayon, a Republican; Dustin McCormick, a Democrat; Darryl Wilson, a Republican. Voters can check their eligibility for the special election by visiting the Secretary of State’s office My Voter Page. For additional questions or information, please call 770-528-2581, or email email@example.com.
42nd Annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival combines the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with fun-filled activities with arts and crafts, food and live entertainment. The festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday at 9:30am, starting at Adams Park and continuing down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Saturday: 9:30am-6pm. Sunday: 12-5pm. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-423-1330 or kennesaw.com/big-shanty-festival.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 13-17 & 21-24
The Wizard of Oz presented by The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. This playful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s celebrated novel has the award-winning score full of famous songs. Wednesday, Thursdays, & Fridays: 8pm; Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm; Sundays: 2pm. Tickets: $38-$63. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: atlantalyrictheatre.com.
Master Gardener Garden Plant Sale & Expo. There is something for everyone – including more than 80 vendors from around the southeast. Rain or shine. Check website for times. Free. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. More info: www.cobbmastergardeners.com.
Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Two-day outdoor festival bringing art to the streets of the city. Children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. More info: sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.
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Atlanta Antique Gun and International Military Show. Antique Guns & Arms & Memorabilia of the Civil War, Indian Wars, WWI, WWII, etc. will be exhibited, bought, sold & traded. Friday: 12-5pm. Saturday: 9am-4pm. Daily admission: $7; Ages 7-12: $1. IAMAW Union Hall, 1032 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 704-282-1339 or Richard@thecarolinatrader.com.
Recycle Day to benefit Pope High School Band. Clear out the clutter and bring your recyclable metal, electronics, appliances, paint and paper for shredding to Pope. A $10 donation includes all you can bring metal, appliances and computers. Additional fees apply for monitors, TVs, paint and shredding. Pick-up available. 9am-2pm. Northeast Cobb YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: www.popeband.com/ recycle or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste of Marietta. Enjoy samplings from local restaurants, live entertainment and kids’ activities. 11am-7pm. Festival admission: Free. Food tastes: $1-$5. Historic Marietta Square, 4 Depot Street, Marietta. More info: tasteofmarietta.com.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 25
30th Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by East Cobb Lions Club. Proceeds to benefit local charities. 8am: Registration, continental breakfast and range balls. 9am: Shotgun start. Four-person team, Ft. Lauderdale format. Lunch and awards follow golf. $155/player. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta. More info/to register: Don Garrow at 770-955-6914 or email@example.com or eastcobblions.club.
APRIL 30, MAY 3, 6 & 8
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs presented by the Atlanta Opera. Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, one of the most influential people of the modern age, is transformed into a dramatic character in this compelling 2017 opera by DJ and composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. Cast in an appealing electro-acoustic soundscape generated by Mac laptop (of course) and live musicians, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs cycles through key moments in his lifelong–and futile–pursuit of perfection and control over everything that matters to him. Saturday: 8pm; Tuesday: 7:30pm; Friday: 8pm; Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $341-$146. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: 770-916-2800 or cobbenergycentre.com.
38th Annual Cobb County Prayer Breakfast. Join leaders from Cobb County and surrounding areas as they join to pray for our nation, state, and county. Tickets include a delicious breakfast and program. 7-9am. $30+. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. More info: cobbcountyprayerbreakfast.org.
Free Comic Book Day. Each year, participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores. Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore, 3372 Canton Road, Suite 104, Marietta/East Cobb and Great Escape Comics & Games, 1050 East Piedmont Road, Suite 106, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-422-4642 and 770-973-2253 or freecomicbookday.com. Taste of East Cobb. Enjoy samplings from local restaurants, live entertainment, silent auction and kids’ activities. Fundraiser for the Walton High School band. 11am-5pm. Festival admission: Free; Food tastes $2-$5. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, South Parking Lot, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, East Cobb. More info: tasteofeastcobb.com.
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PAPAYAGO RESCUE HOUSE PROVIDES CARE AND AWARENESS FOR LOCAL PARROTS
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ince January 2015, Papayago Rescue House (PRH) has supported the maintenance and wellbeing of the community’s local parrot population. Through rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming, the nonprofit continues to provide knowledge and awareness of these exotic birds for public ownership. This is made possible by the skilled mentoring and training of interested owners to ensure a suitable living situation for each and every bird they encounter. Despite its seven-year existence, the rescue house has been in the making for the past 50 years. With support from their Board of Directors, volunteers, and adopters, CEO Maria Sullivan and Executive Director Brianna Stoddard co-founded the nonprofit rescue venture together to improve overall parrot care. Their mission is to provide relevant knowledge and information about the species to eliminate parrot homelessness, abuse, or neglect. “Parrots are surrendered to us due to normal cycles of life; passing, cancer, divorce, kids growing up, losing a job and/or home,” Stoddard said. “Volunteers can look forward to enriching the lives of parrots, learning more about parrot care, and making a real difference. Being a small organization, every hour put in makes a huge difference to the parrots.” PRH is a home for over 140 homeless parrots ranging from parakeets to Macaws while also being only one of two parrot rescues in Georgia and less than 70 in the United States. With parrots making up the third-largest pet community in America, the organization works hard to help troubled birds stay with their families. Parakeets are made available for adoption to families who do not own cats, ferrets, or bird dogs. When it comes to aiding owners in maintaining their birds’ health and wellbeing, Papayago provides bathing, nail clipping, wing/beak trimming, and cage cleaning services for all parrot parents both in-home and on-location. In terms of housing, they’ll also board and foster birds for owners who are going out of town or experiencing personal hardship. Allergy testing is also included for those interested in possibly raising a bird of their own. However, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for their experienced staff of volunteers. “I’m at the rescue several times a week to wash dishes, clean parrot cages, sweep, etc.,” said Tullan Avard, a volunteer for over two years. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other like-minded people and learn www.eastcobber.com
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4 TIPS TO HELP US RE-ENGAGE IN A POST-COVID WORLD
he COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how we live our lives. From where we work, to where we go to school, to the people we surround ourselves with, COVID has brought once-in-a-generation challenges that have affected us all physically, socially and emotionally. While more people get vaccinated and life slowly returns to “normal,” many people now feel the stress, fear and anxiety of figuring out how to re-enter public life after living in isolation during the pandemic. Keep reading for four tips on how to feel safer and more comfortable re-engaging with the outside world.
TIP #1: EXPLORE THE ROOT OF YOUR FEAR
It’s important to take a step back and look at the true roots of your fear. Do you feel anxiety about the state of the global pandemic broadly or is your fear based on your own experience? Taking the time to think can offer fresh answers and perspective. Many East Cobbers have in some way experienced the ravages of COVID. As a result, many have dealt with heightened fears and worries that can sometimes be difficult to manage. By taking the time to reflect and have an idea of why you’re afraid, you can slowly begin to take the necessary steps to address it. Here are some daily strategies to help manage your fear: • If you have lost a loved one to COVID, give yourself permission to grieve; consider therapy with a professional if needed • In addition to allowing yourself to grieve, give yourself permission to move forward in life • Practice meditating and slowing your breath; you might even try an app like Headspace. • Enjoy activities that calm and inspire you such as dancing, music, and art. • Notice nature around you; smelling flowers can be an instant mood shifter and mindfulness moment.
TIP #2: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
With all the challenges of COVID restrictions, and consequences—like lost jobs, isolating at home – life can feel quite overwhelming. It’s important to remember to focus on the present — right now, right here, and what you can control in the moment.
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Here are a few techniques to use before engaging with people: • Review up-to-date safety practices from trusted sources like the Cobb and Douglas County Department of Public Health; find out what they recommend about wearing a mask, washing your hands, keeping six feet apart, etc. • Plan your strategy for self care; for example, if you feel more comfortable carrying hand sanitizer, then bring it! • Call ahead to wherever you’re going and ask what protocols they’re following to keep people safe; you can then decide to go based on how comfortable you feel.
TIP #3: GET YOUR BODY MOVING
Physical movement helps calm the nerves and ease anxiety. When you choose to focus on a new activity such as exercise or a bike ride, you shift negative thinking into a positive action. You’re rewarded with endorphins that make you feel happy. If practiced enough over time, your old habits will be replaced with new ones. Here are a few activities to get going: • Get outdoors and into the sun; choose to take frequent breaks and walks for an investment in your health. • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and notice the difference in your physical and mental wellbeing.
TIP #4: REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are causing an increase in stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. The need for mental health support is greater than ever. People right here in Cobb County are ready to help you. National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia offers a non-crisis HelpLine that can provide information about COVID concerns and resources for persons with mental illnesses and their family members in Georgia. Their HelpLine Number is 770-408-0625. HelpLine is available Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm. Please leave a message if a resource specialist is not available and you will receive a callback as soon as possible. You may also reach the HelpLine by email at email@example.com. Please leave a phone number if you would like to be contacted by telephone. www.eastcobber.com
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FREE TAX-AIDE AT EAST COBB LIBRARY
ARP volunteers provide FREE tax filing assistance at the East Cobb Library on Tuesdays starting February through April 12.
The AARP Tax-Aide program was created to help low- and middle-income taxpayers prepare and file their income tax returns with the IRS, free of charge. Trained and certified volunteers will prepare your federal tax return, and file it electronically. AARP Tax Help will be available by appointment only Tuesdays, from 10am-3pm at the East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information, call 770-509-2730.
SHARE THE CARE
hare the Care (STC) is a new financial assistance program for Cobb County residents 60+ living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury or other neurological condition. Share the Care can aid with prescriptions, medical supplies, hearing, dental and vision services. STC will provide limited financial assistance with vouchers up to $2,000 based on requested services. To see if you are eligible for the program, fill out the initial contact form at seam.ly/WVClcEBp or call (770) 528-5364.
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RESOURCES FOR OLDER CITIZENS
Here are some links to some information-filled websites. We do not endorse any of these organizations or guarantee the accuracy of their content. However, you may find resources that are helpful here. Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) - Georgia’s ADRCs serve older individuals, individuals with disabilities of all ages, families, caregivers and professionals. www.georgiaadrc.com
Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman - The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities. www.georgiaombudsman.org
Alzheimer’s Association- GA Chapter - The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. www.alz.org/georgia
Good Pill Pharmacy - Good Pill Pharmacy is a Georgia nonprofit that provides affordable medicine to people with high medication costs, whether your insurance copays or deductibles are too high or you don’t have insurance. Good Pill is stocked with surplus medicine and asks patients to contribute $6 for a 90-day supply of most generic medications to help cover our operating costs. www.goodpill.org
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Leading Age Georgia - The trusted voice for not-for-profit and other mission-driven organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, healthcare and communitybased services for Georgia’s seniors. www.leadingagega.org
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