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In a world where powerful females lead the charge, inspiring examples abound, from political candidates to journalists, CEOs, bank presidents, and teachers, each working tirelessly to make the world a better place for everyone. Yet, for many of us, Mom was our first and most enduring inspiring female role model. Our mothers are the foundation of our lives—shaping, inspiring, and loving us unconditionally.

I have been profoundly shaped, inspired, and loved unconditionally by my mother and nine grandmothers. For most of my life, I have always found myself somewhere in the line of five generations. These powerful women not only raised families but did so while holding at least one, if not more, of those titles mentioned.

As we approach Mother’s Day on the 12th of this year, I reminisce about spending a Mother’s Day two years ago in Labor & Delivery with my daughter, beginning her journey as a mother. This past fall, she added to our line of women by having a daughter. Watching her balance her role as a mother, career, and family has been the most impressive and humbling gift.

At the EAST COBBER, I am surrounded by a team of powerful females. In addition to caring for their families, these women nurture our community while utilizing their professional skills to help publish the EAST COBBER, manage social media, organize special events, and much more.

Our community is also shaped, inspired, and loved unconditionally by our mom friends and neighbors. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you powerful females. Your strength, dedication, and love make the world a better place for us all.

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Pictured are the 643 12U Tigers and coaches. This baseball team is one of almost 30 teams that support the 6-4-3 Foundation, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children and families through sports. With a mission to serve the community, it has reinvested $270,000 through scholarship assistance programs and community improvement projects. Each year, the 6-4-3 players and their families proudly don pink jerseys, shirts, and hats, especially over Mother’s Day weekend, to shine a light on breast cancer care, prevention, and research.

6-4-3 Foundation also awards scholarships and grants to worthy individuals and groups aligned with the mission. Countless hours of volunteer service and product donations have allowed the foundation to support Cobb County’s vulnerable youth. These efforts teach a culture of philanthropy to the families it works with and serves. Started in 2013, the 6-4-3 Foundation aims to do good deeds for families and children in need. For more information, visit www. the643foundation.org.

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In the heart of Marietta, where baseball diamonds and community spirit converge, the 6-4-3 Foundation and the 6-4-3 DP Baseball families weave a legacy of compassion and support. The 6-4-3 Foundation proudly announces its ongoing commitment to backing this noble cause aimed at raising breast cancer awareness and supporting those fighting the battle. This tradition, honoring mothers and advocating for an issue close to many, stands as a symbol of solidarity within the community.

The genesis of this initiative was sparked by an East Cobb couple, DJ & Marla Huyck, whose son played at 6-43. Moved to action by the fight against breast cancer, they initiated fundraising efforts in support of a couple of moms within the 6-4-3 family who were battling breast cancer. What started as a small endeavor has flourished into a monumental movement. What was initially referred to as “It’s The Journey,” is now known as the Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer.

Each year, the 6-4-3 players and their families proudly don pink jerseys, shirts,

and hats, especially over Mother’s Day weekend, to shine a light on breast cancer care, prevention, and research. The 6-4-3 Foundation ensures that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these items go directly to the Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to breast care and reducing disparities in cancer outcomes.

Mary Litman, Executive Director of the 6-4-3 Foundation, expressed her gratitude, saying, “We are thrilled to have had the support of the 6-4-3 baseball families for this initiative over the past 14 seasons. It is heartwarming to see all of the pink jerseys on Mother’s Day each year and know that we are supporting an organization whose work is important to so many people.”

The annual two-day walk is scheduled for September 28 – 29, 2024.

Last year alone, the 6-4-3 Foundation raised an impressive $8,000 for the cause, thanks to the generosity of families across thirty 6-4-3 teams. Since its inception in 2013, the 6-4-3 Foundation has raised over $60,000 in the battle against breast cancer and nearly $15,000 raised and donated by 6-4-3 teams before the foundation’s existence. With $75,000 in funds raised, the impact made within the community is profound, showcasing the unwavering support given by 6-4-3 families.

The 6-4-3 Foundation, the charitable arm of 6-4-3 DP Athletics, is a 501(c) (3) Georgia not-for-profit corporation. The foundation focuses on three primary areas of charitable support: scholarship assistance programs, community improvement and outreach efforts, and volunteer service projects. Through its unwavering commitment, the 6-4-3 Foundation stands as a beacon of hope, rallying the community in the fight against breast cancer, one step at a time. For more information, visit www.the643foundation.org.

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Since 2010, 6-4-3 baseball teams have worn pink to honor moms, raise awareness of breast cancer, and raise funds for breast cancer research and prevention. The team honors their mothers on Mother’s Day 2014.



This consolidated sample ballot contains contested races for the May 21st General Primary/Nonpartisan Election, including some races you may not be eligible to vote on. The Republican ballot is listed in red. The Democratic ballot is listed in blue. Nonpartisan in black. Readers are encouraged to visit cobbelections.org for a complete sample ballot. Please check online for your Personal Sample Ballot www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

US Representative - District 6

 LUCY MCBATH (Incumbent)



State Senate - District 32



State Senate - District 33



Commission Chairperson

 LISA N. CUPID (Incumbent)




 CRAIG D. OWENS, SR. (Incumbent)





Clerk of Superior Court




 CONNIE TAYLOR (Incumbent)

District Attorney - Cobb Judicial Circuit


 FLYNN D. BROADY JR. (Incumbent)

Judge of Probate Court


 KELLI L. WOLK (Incumbent)

State Republican Party Questions

1. For future elections, do you want hand-marked paper ballots scanned and verified by hand count on a livestream video?

 YES  NO

2. Should the legislature enact the FairTax, replacing the state income tax and state sales tax with a consumption tax equal to current state funding and taxing no legal citizen or family up to the poverty level of spending?

 YES  NO

3. Should the legislature ban registered lobbyists from serving on the State Elections Board?

 YES  NO

4. Should the Georgia Republican Primary have a closed primary, meaning that only registered Republicans would be allowed to vote in the Republican Primary?

 YES  NO

5. Should public officials who allow illegal migration to occur be held responsible for crimes committed by illegal aliens?

 YES  NO

6. Would you support a statewide vote to allow gaming in Georgia so the voters can decide this issue instead of politicians in Atlanta?

 YES  NO

7. Currently, hundreds of thousands of hours and dollars are spent every year cleaning up voter rolls. Would you support an amendment to the National Voting Rights Act requiring registered voters to renew their registration every four years?

 YES  NO

8. Do you believe unelected and unaccountable international bureaucrats, like the UN-controlled World Health Organization (WHO), should have complete control over managing future pandemics in the United States and authority to regulate your healthcare and personal health choices?

 YES  NO

Cobb County Democratic Party Questions

1. Due to the rising cost of living, do you agree that all levels of Cobb government should prioritize making Cobb provide more affordable housing for renters and home-buyers?

 YES  NO

2. Do you agree that Cobb’s public school’s administrators have a duty to focus on research-based curricula and teachings that prepare our children for 21st century jobs and that they should avoid wasting taxpayer funds on personal, political vendettas that undermine their professionalism and credibility with our children and divide our community?

 YES  NO

3. Mental Health Services are in dire need in the county and throughout the state of Georgia, should Georgia increase yearly funding to address the mental health crisis?

 YES  NO

4. Should Georgia accept federal funding to expand Medicaid for over 400,000 Georgians?

 YES  NO

5. Should marijuana be legalized, taxed, and regulated in the same manner as alcohol for adults 21 years and older with proceeds going towards education? (or you could also add in healthcare programming)

 YES  NO

6. Should every 3 and 4-year-old be given the opportunity to attend high-quality preschool free of charge?

 YES  NO

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7. Should Georgia have a state-funded paid family leave program for people who need to care for a seriously ill family member or the elderly?

 YES  NO

8. Should there be a tax on nicotine products (including cigarettes, liquid for e-cigarettes or vape pens, nicotine pouches and nicotine gum) that goes towards education?

 YES  NO

9. Should incarcerated people have the ability to obtain HOPE grants for education?

 YES  NO

State Democratic Party Questions

1. Should the United States and the State of Georgia protect Georgians from gun violence by banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, closing background check loopholes, and passing other common-sense gun safety reforms?

 YES  NO

2. Should the State of Georgia incentivize clean energy production as part of a climate policy that recognizes the urgent threat that climate change poses to Georgians’ health, lives and future?

 YES  NO

3. Should the State of Georgia expand voter access by allowing same-day voter registration, removing obstacles to voting by mail, and making secure ballot drop boxes accessible at all times through Election Day?

 YES  NO

4. Should the State of Georgia protect reproductive freedom by repealing the current six-week abortion ban, restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade and ensuring access to contraceptives, IVF, abortion and other reproductive health care?

 YES  NO

5. Should the State of Georgia stop using taxpayer dollars intended for public education to pay for private school vouchers?

 YES  NO

6. Should the State of Georgia raise the minimum wage to a living wage?

 YES  NO

7. Should the portion of the Georgia state constitution allowing for involuntary servitude of prisoners and others convicted of offenses be repealed, thus prohibiting all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude statewide

 YES  NO

8. Should the State of Georgia improve access to safe, affordable housing by increasing the supply of affordable housing, protecting tenants’ rights to habitable living conditions, and cracking down on negligence or abuse by property management companies or landlords?

 YES  NO

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Every year, the Georgia Department of Education honors students who carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school, performed excellently in all courses, successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities, and assumed leadership roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.

GaDOE’s Office of Communications coordinates the Georgia Scholar Program in partnership with local school districts and schools.

“These 177 Georgia students have made our state proud through their stellar efforts in the classroom and in their communities,” State Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The Georgia Scholar designation is a recognition of their leadership and diligence. I wish them great success as they continue into their futures, and know they will continue to contribute to their communities and to our state.”

19 Cobb Schools seniors earned the high distinction of Georgia Scholar in 2024—the most of any school district in the state—and represent six different high schools around the District.

“Being named a Georgia Scholar is an elite honor and requires an extremely rare level of focus and perseverance for all four years of high school,” said Cobb Schools Board Chair Randy Scamihorn. “For Cobb to have the most Scholars of any school district in the state proves once again that what we are doing is working. Results like this reinforce the fact that Cobb is the Best Place to Teach, Lead, and Learn.”

With eight Scholars, Wheeler had the most of any school in Cobb. Walton was right behind with seven, and Campbell, Hillgrove, Kennesaw, and Sprayberry each had one. East Cobb schools have 16 Scholars.

Here’s the full list of Cobb’s 2024 Georgia Scholars:

Marissa Copeland (Campbell HS)

Zeina Rmaile (Hillgrove HS)

Lilian Tow (Kennesaw Mountain HS)

Isabella Sternagle (Sprayberry HS)

Emily Baker (Walton HS)

Omer Inan (Walton HS)

Daniel Lee (Walton HS)

Collin Marbutt (Walton HS)

Olivia Packer (Walton HS)

Lydia Zeng (Walton HS)

Stephen Zhu (Walton HS)

Haya Fatmi (Wheeler HS)

Venya Gunjal (Wheeler HS)

Aashna Kshirsagar (Wheeler HS)

Romil Mehta (Wheeler HS)

Misha Patel (Wheeler HS)

Sameeh Pottayil (Wheeler HS)

Shreya Prakash (Wheeler HS)

Suchita Vanguri (Wheeler HS)

Congratulations to each of these outstanding Cobb Schools seniors and Georgia Scholars!

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Auditions For FAll 2024 seAson now open

More than just an orchestra—The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestras (GYSO) is a community where young musicians connect with peers who share their love of making music. Students form lasting friendships and have the opportunity to broaden their horizons beyond their own communities.

Established in 2006 as part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, GYSO is among the largest youth orchestra programs in the Southeast, serving students from 17 metro counties in elementary through high school. Through five orchestras (beginner to advanced) and seven instrumental chamber ensembles, including jazz and percussion, GYSO provides a place for everyone.


Cellist Antonia Patel is a member of GYSO’s Camerata orchestra and a fifth-grader at Mount Bethel Elementary School who joined GYSO three years ago. She has advanced to a higher-level ensemble each school year since, all while making new friends with shared interests from different schools. “I love the challenge of playing harder and harder music and seeing my friends each week,” said Antonia.

Older-brother Aidan Patel, a violinist in GYSO’s Philharmonic orchestra, is a freshman at Walton High School. He first auditioned for GYSO five years ago. “We had just moved to the East Cobb area and I felt GYSO would provide an opportunity to play as part of an orchestra and help me make new friends, too,” said Aidan. Like his sister, he, too, has advanced to playing in a higher-tier orchestra each school year.

Sprayberry High School junior and violinist Zehari Williams is a two-year member of GYSO’s Philharmonic orchestra and Strings Symposium. “I wanted to audition for GYSO so I could play higher-level music with band and other instruments in a symphonic setting. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’m honored to be in GYSO,” she said.


Will Weaver, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, has been a violist and violinist with GYSO for the past six years. He currently is a member of the GYSO’s most-advanced Symphony orchestra, as well as its Honors String Quartet and Honors String Symposium. “One thing I’ve really enjoyed about GYSO is how many different ensembles there are, so you have opportunities to focus on things that might not be offered in school orchestral programs, like chamber music,” he said. He plans to attend college next year as a music major and credits his GYSO experiences as being influential in receiving several scholarship offers.

What sets GYSO apart is its dedication to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for young musicians to develop their skills and perform at the highest level. Led by professionals in their fields, each ensemble works tirelessly to prepare for performances throughout the year, giving students a comprehensive music experience that fosters excellence on both an individual and collective level.

Auditions are now in progress for the fall 2024 season. For more information about the GYSO program, audition process or need-based scholarships, visit georgiayouthsymphony.org.

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The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestras provide young musicians with a community of peers who share their love of making music. Pictured: GYSO Symphony orchestra. Photo credit: Chris Savas Photography


The Walton Robotics team, lead by coach Heather Guiendon, has made East Cobb proud with their outstanding performance at the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) Worlds Competition held in Houston, Texas in April. Competing among 3,500 teams worldwide, the team holds the 25th rank in this international high school robotics competition.

Every year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors collaborate during a six-week period to construct robots weighing up to 125 pounds capable of competing in that year’s game. This year’s challenge, Crescendo, required teams to shoot game elements into a speaker and place them in an amp.

Throughout the season, Walton Robotics accomplished remarkable feats. They set a Worlds Record for the autonomous points scored, temporarily holding the high score for the entire game. Additionally, Walton’s alliances clinched the first position in the Georgia States competition and secured the third position on the Newton Field at Worlds.

It’s noteworthy that the winner of the Newton Field became the runner-up at Einstein (the Finals Field), show-

casing the strength of the Newton Field. This year marked Walton’s best-ever finish for the team, and they are already planning to build on this success by interviewing students for next year’s team.

Walton Robotics thanks its parents, mentors, coaches, and sponsors for their unwavering support throughout the year. Their success exemplifies the incredible talent and dedication present within the East Cobb community. With this remarkable achievement, the Walton Robotics team has set the stage for even greater accomplishments in the future.


Kell High School • Thursday, May 23 • 2:30pm

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Lassiter High School • Friday, May 24 • 10am

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Pope High School • Wednesday, May 22 • 7:30pm

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Sprayberry High School • Saturday, May 25 • 7pm

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Walton High School • Wednesday, May 24 • 7:30pm

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Wheeler High School • Tuesday, May 21 • 7:30pm

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

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The Walton Robotics team at the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) Worlds Competition in Houston, Texas in April.


Memorial Day is a national holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Here are the Memorial Day events held locally to honor those military men and women who died while serving our country.


Saturday, May 25  10 am

Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park 4425 Beach Street, Acworth  770-917-1234

Ceremony to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country with music, speakers and the recognizing of new bricks to be placed at the memorial.


Monday, May 27  9:30 am

20th Century Veterans Memorial 2800 King Street, Smyrna  770-434-6600

This ceremony honors and appreciates the strength and sacrifice of our veterans.


Saturday, May 25  8 am

Marietta National Cemetery

500 Washington Avenue NE, Marietta  866-236-8159

Assist in placing flags at each grave stone ahead of the Memorial Day Ceremony


Monday, May 27  12 pm

Marietta National Cemetery

500 Washington Avenue NE, Marietta  866-236-8159

Honoring both past and present veterans with patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute and inspiring speakers. American Flags are placed on every grave.


Monday, May 27  10 am

The Park at City Center 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock  770-592-6000 x1952

The City of Woodstock honors those who fought and died to keep us free.


Monday, May 27  11 am

Roswell City Hall

38 Hill Street, Roswell  www.roswellmemorialday.com

The Largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia. Featuring a variety of guest speakers, ceremonies and presentations. It takes place on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at the Faces of War Memorial.

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Summertime is fast approaching, and along with a number of summer camps being offered, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a favorite summer activity for many local families. Vacation Bible School offers children a chance to immerse themselves in a weeklong camp with a biblical theme. Crafts, games, songs, and fun are common threads in VBS programs. The following is a sampling of Vacation Bible Schools in (and close to) East Cobb.

Covenant Presbyterian Church 2881 Canton Road • Marietta 30066 770-422-5130 • www.covepres.com

East Cobb Church of Christ

5240 Roswell Road • Marietta 30062 770-587-5999 • www.eastcobbcoc.org

Eastminster Presbyterian Church

3125 Sewell Mill Road • Marietta 30062 770-977-2976 • www.epres.org

Eastside Baptist Church

2450 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta 30068 770-971-2323 • followeastside.com

Holy Family Catholic Church

“Knights of North Castle” (Rising) 1st-5th grade

“Breaker Rock Beach: God’s Rock Solid Truths in a World of Shifting Sands”

June 10-14 9am-12pm Free

- 4th

“SCUBA diving into friendship with God” 4 yrs-5th grade (Rising)

“Start the Party” K (Rising)5th grade (Completed) Monday-Thursday June 3-6 9am-12pm Free

3401 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta 30068 770-973-0038 • www.holyfamilycc.org “Hometown Nazareth Where Jesus was a Kid”

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

2922 Sandy Plains Road • Marietta 30066 770-971-4600 • www.holytrinitymarietta.org

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church 955 Johnson Ferry Road • Marietta 30068 770-794-2986 • www.johnsonferry.org

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

4814 Paper Mill Road • Marietta 30067 770-953-3193 • www.lcrmarietta.org

Mt. Bethel Church

4385 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta 30068 770-971-2880 • www.mtbethel.org

Mt. Paran North 1700 Allgood Road NE • Marietta 30062 770-578-9081• www.mountparannorth.com

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30062 770-971-1465 • www.mtzionumc.org

Noonday Baptist Church 4121 Canton Road • Marietta 30066 770-926-6138 • www.noondaychurch.org

“Super SCUBA Adventure” PreK5th grade Monday-Friday June 8-12 9am12:30pm $5/child

VBS Backstage Pass K (Completed)5th grade Monday-Thursday June 24-27 9am-12pm Free

“Camp Firelight” 3yrs-5th grade (Rising) Monday-Thursday July 3-6 9am-12pm Free

“SCUBA diving into friendship with God” 4K (Rising)(Rising) 6th grade Monday-Thursday June 3-6 12:30pm3:30pm

Free/child if parent volunteers $40/child

“SCUBA diving into friendship with God” 4yrs-(Rising) 6th grade Monday-Thursday June 10-13 9am-12pm Free

“Blast off with Jesus” 3yrs (potty trained) - (Rising) 5th grade Monday–Thursday June 10-13 9:30am12:30pm

$30/child; $90 max/ family

“The Great Jungle Journey: An Epic Cruise from Genesis to Revalation” 4yrs-6th grade(Rising) Monday-Friday July 8-12 9:30am12pm Free

Church, Address
Contact Info Program Name Age Dates Time Cost
grade Sunday-Wednesday
June 2-5 6-8pm
M: 4-5:30pm T-F: 9am–12pm $30/child
Monday-Friday June 17-21
4yrs-7th grade
June 17-21 10am-12pm $25/child
Next Issue: Jume/July • Deadline: May 15 Call East Cobber: 770-640-7070

Piedmont Church

570 Piedmont Road • Marietta 30066 770-422-2566• www.piedmontchurch.tv

Pilgrimage United Church of Christ

3755 Sandy Plains Road • Marietta 30066 770-971-0007 • www.pilgrimageucc.org

Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Boulevard • Roswell 30075 770-993-6218 • www.rumc.com

Sandy Plains Baptist Church

2825 Sandy Plains Road • Marietta 30066 770-971-8525 • www.sandyplains.org

Shallowford FWB Church 1686 Shallowford Rd • Marietta 30066 770-926-1163 • sfwb1686@gmail.com

St. Andrew United Methodist Church 3455 Canton Road • Marietta 30066 770-926-3488 • www.saumcmarietta.org

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 571 Holt Road • Marietta 30068 770-971-2839 • www.stcatherines.org


“Build: Build your Life on Jesus” 2yrs-5th grade (completed) Monday-Thursday July 8-11 9am-12pm Free

“Mysteries of the Bible 3yrs-5th grade Monday-Friday June 22-26 9:30am12pm Donation requested: $25/child; $50/family

“Breaker Rock Beach: God’s Rock Solid Truths in a World of Shifting Sands” 4yrs-(Rising) 5th grade Monday-Thursday June 10-13 9am-12pm $15/child

“Breaker Rock Beach: God’s Rock Solid Truths in a World of Shifting Sands” 5yrs - (Rising) 6th grade Monday-Friday June 3-7 9am-12pm Free

“Voyage of the Ark” 3-12 years Sunday-Wednesday June 9-12 6-7:30pm Free

“Camp Firelight” 4yrs-6th grade(Rising)

Monday-Thursday June 24-27 9am-12pm $40/child

“Just Like Me” (Rising) PreK (potty trained)3rd grade (Rising) Monday-Friday July 15-19 9am-12pm Free

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Eco-Tinker: Interactive Exhibits. Head outdoors for 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: 12-5pm. Free/Members; $20/Adult; $14/Child (3-12); $16/ Senior 65+ & Student (Ages 13 -18); Free/Children 2 & under. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.


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.


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.


Date Night Canoe Trip. Bring your picnic dinner and arrive early at 4:30pm so you can enjoy it on the grounds. Then at 5 pm, guides will lead you on a 2.5-hour trip. All equipment is provided. Ages 21+. General public: $45; CNC members: $40. Advance registration by the Thursday prior is required. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. For registration/scheduling: 770-992-2055 x237 or www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/ experience/canoeing.


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 set up shop each week 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.

MAY 4, 11, & 25

Family Canoe Day. This introduction to canoeing on Beaver Pond is for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults returning to the sport. CNC’s canoe guides will spend extra time discussing paddling techniques and equipment and leading races and games to practice. Admission to CNC is included, so bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the nature center grounds afterward. 10:30am12pm. Ages 5+. General public: $25; CNC members: $12.50. Advance registration by the Thursday before is required. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. For registration/scheduling: 770-992-2055 x237 or chattnaturecenter.org/visit/experience/canoeing.

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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 enters their stores. Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore, 3372 Canton Road, Suite 104, Marietta/East Cobb; Great Escape Comics & Games, 1050 East Piedmont Road, Suite 106, Marietta/East Cobb; and Syndicate Comics & Collectibles, Cobb Antique Mall, 2800 Canton Road, Vendor 034, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-422-4642/770973-2253/770- 364-2376 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 $1-$5; activities, drinks and cotton candy: $2-$5. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, South Parking Lot, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: tasteofeastcobb.com.

MAY 4-5

May-retta Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival. The twoday art, crafts & music outdoor festival is held annually and features local artists exhibiting all handmade work: pottery, paintings, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles, and more. Saturday: 10am-7pm (Arts & Crafts and kid activities until 6pm, music until 7pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm. Glover Park in the Marietta Square, 50 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: mariettaga.gov/1262/ May-Retta-Daze.

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MAY 5 & JUNE 2

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.

MAY 10-12

55th Annual Mother’s Day Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show presented by the Georgia Mineral Society. Educational exhibits, club displays, mineral and fossil specimens. Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 10-5pm. Free. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. More info: www.gamineral.org.

MAY 10-12

Detroit ‘67 presented by Marietta New Theatre in the Square. Tells the story of conflicting siblings against a backdrop of the race riots that shook Detroit, Michigan, in the summer of 1967. $10-$40. Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 3pm & 8pm; Sunday: 3pm. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info/tickets: 770-426-4800 or theatreinthesquare.net.

MAY 10-12

Liquid Motion presented by the Atlanta Ballet. An inspiring evening of two innovative works by the next generation of choreographers. Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 2pm & 8pm; Sunday: 2pm. Tickets: $27-$144. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: cobbenergycentre.com.

MAY 10-12 & 16-18

Drinking Habits by Tom Smith presented by CenterStage North. Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. Thursday-Saturday: 8pm; Sunday: 2pm. Tickets: $15$27. CentreStage North at The Art Place-Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/ tickets: 770-331-0079 or www.centerstagenorth.com.

MAY 11

Atlanta Wind Symphony High School Concerto Contest Winner. 3pm. Free. Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. More info: www.atlantawindsymphony.org.

The Planets performed by the Georgia Philharmonic. 7pm. Tickets: $10-$50. Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. More info/tickets: 404-500-9276 or www.georgiaphilharmonic.org.

MAY 11 & 18

Tamil Storytime. Read books, sing songs, and play games all in the Tamil language. This program is intended for children ages 5-8 and a participating adult. 3-4pm. Free; registration required. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info/registration: 770-5094988 or www.cobbcounty.org/events/tamil-storytime-6.

MAY 16

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.

MAY 17

Kennesaw Outdoor Movie Series-Shrek (PG) hosted by Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Swift-Cantrell Park. Movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen on a large field at the park after sundown. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, and chairs for their own comfort. There will be activities for the kids and vendors on site. 6pm; Movie starts between 8-9pm. Free. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. More info: Kennesaw-ga.gov/ outdoormovieseries/#info.

MAY 17-19

Marietta Greek Festival. A community celebration of Greek culture and food sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Church of Marietta. Enjoy food, entertainment, dancing, shopping, children’s activities and more. Friday: 4-10:30pm; Saturday: 11am-10:30pm; Sunday: 11am-4pm. $5/person; Free/under 12. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770–924–8080 or www.mariettagreekfestival.com.

MAY 18

21st Annual Garden Tour. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County want you to learn and be inspired as you visit our six beautiful and unique gardens selected for the Tour. This year they will showcase we will showcase pollinators and how we can provide for and protect them. The garden tour map is available to download online. 9am-4pm. Tickets: $21/online; $25/ day of the event; Free/Children 17 and under. More info/ tickets: www.cobbmastergardeners.com.

Pop in for Family Fun. Provides children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Marietta History Center. The theme is Music. 10am-4pm. Free. Marietta History Center, 1 Depot Street, Marietta. More info: www.mariettahistory.org.

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MAY 18-19

Beethoven’s Universe presented by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra with the GSO Chorus. Discover the vastness of space and the bonds of humankind. Saturday: 8pm; Sunday 3pm. Tickets: $15-45. Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. More info: www.georgiasymphony.org.

MAY 18-27

Yaarab Shrine Circus & Fair. In addition to the twenty-two circus performances under The Big Top, there are more than forty exciting carnival rides and attractions. Enjoy decadent foods such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more! Circus & Midway Times: See Website. Admission (includes circus) $9, rides are extra. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. More info/tickets: www.yaarabshrine. net/shrine-circus.html.

MAY 19




6th Annual Golf Tournament to support Marietta’s Theatre in the Square. 8am. $150/person; Club Marietta Golf Course, 510 Powder Springs Street SE, Marietta. More info/ registration: www.mariettatheatresquare.com.

Atlanta Radio Club Hamfest. One of the longestrunning gatherings of radio amateurs for buying, selling, demonstrating, exhibiting, and swapping equipment with new and used equipment as well as parts. Please check website for times and ticket information. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta. More info: www.atlantahamfest.org.

JUNE 1-2

Music in the Park: The Dark Star Brothers. Come for an afternoon of music & fun at East Cobb Park! Get ready for a great show with Ian Nathanson of Men in Blues and Perry White of Hoosier Daddy. The musical mix will have you dancing around the park! Bring the family and a picnic, a blanket, or a chair. Free; 4-6pm. East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: www.eastcobbpark.org/calendar.

MAY 22

Last Day of School for Students in Cobb County Schools.



Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series presents Emily Nemni, who balances her delicate songcraft rife with honky-tonk spirit spiked with just the right amount of soul. 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.

MAY 31

Glover Park Concert Series: Ladies of Soul - Soul, Funk and Motown. Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed inside of Glover Park. Tables, tarps and plastic ground coverings are prohibited. 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 regular business day of the month beginning at 8am. Free. 8pm. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga. gov/concerts.

24th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Visit with live butterfly at the butterfly encounter. The festival will also include plants available for sale in addition to games, education and fun. Tasty food and live entertainment. Ticket sales open May 1. Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 12-5pm. $25; Free/ Ages 2 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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Submitted by Beth & Scott Francis

Breed: Biewer Terrier

Age & Gender: 3yrs, Male

Favorite Food: Grilled salmon, Sweet potatoes

Favorite Person: Mom

Best Trick: Rollover

Turn ons: Anyone coming to visit, fish treats

Turn offs: Bath time, Large dogs

Favorite toy: Squirrel & ball

Last seen: Rolling on anything smelly

What makes pet special: He likes to cuddle next to you or sleep on you.


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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

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.


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.

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May is dedicated to Physical Fitness Month, a time to emphasize the importance of regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. It’s an opportunity to prioritize our physical well-being by incorporating various forms of physical activity into our daily routines. From cardio workouts to strength training and flexibility exercises, there are countless ways to stay active and improve our overall health.

Physical Fitness Month encourages individuals to discover activities they enjoy and make them a regular part of their lives. Whether walking, jogging, swimming,

dancing, or playing sports, finding enjoyable ways to stay active is key to maintaining long-term fitness goals. Regular exercise offers numerous benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, increased energy levels, enhanced mood, and better sleep quality.

Throughout May, communities, schools, and workplaces often organize events and initiatives to promote physical fitness and encourage participation. By embracing Physical Fitness Month and committing to regular exercise, individuals can take proactive steps towards a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

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Ever felt like you’re missing out on a good night’s sleep but can’t quite put your finger on why? You’re not alone. Sleep disorders, especially those linked to breathing, affect more people than we realize. What’s concerning is that many folks may be oblivious to their condition. That’s where we dentists step in, armed with insights into oral health that can uncover signs of potential sleep issues.

Picture this: you’re at your dentist’s office for a routine check-up. As they peer into your mouth, they might notice telltale signs like teeth grinding, worn enamel, or a parched mouth—hints that something might be amiss with your sleep.

These signs act as silent alarms, prompting further exploration into your sleep health.

But here’s the hitch: when it comes to addressing sleep problems, many of us drag our feet. The thought of navigating doctor’s appointments, referrals, and specialist visits feels like an uphill battle. It’s no wonder many folks opt to grin and bear it, even if it means sacrificing precious sleep.

Now, imagine this: instead of jumping through hoops, you can kickstart your journey to better sleep right from your dentist’s chair. No need to navigate the maze of healthcare bureaucracy or wait endlessly for referrals. It’s as simple as saying “yes” to a small

device that monitors your sleep patterns overnight, all within the comfort of your own home.

Home sleep studies are a game-changer— convenient, non-invasive, and wallet-friendly. They give us a peek into our sleep quality by tracking things like breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Armed with this data, we can catch sleep disorders early and take steps to address them.

We dentists are making sleep health more accessible and approachable. It’s not just about diagnosing sleep disorders; it’s about reclaiming our right to restful nights and vibrant days. Because when we sleep better, we live better.

So, if you’ve been nodding off during the day or waking up feeling more tired than when you went to bed, maybe it’s time to chat with your dentist. Together, we can transform restless nights into restorative sleep and wake up ready to conquer the day!

You may contact her at 770-993-3775 or visit www.cheekdental.com.

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Dr. Cristi Cheek is the owner of Cheek Dental here in East Cobb.
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Boo Gibson and Anna Gibson Harrell tell us about being in Sparkle together.

Boo could not lose weight on her own. Originally, she joined Weight Watchers, but paid them for gaining weight. She ate their recommended snacks full of additives and preservatives. After a competitive push from her friend Martha, they joined Sparkle in August of 2016. By February of 2017, Boo lost 30 pounds.

Boo and her family, husband Don and two daughters Anna and Sarah Kate, would eat processed junk food while watching Star Trek Next Generation after school and eat Swanson’s TV dinners nightly. Once the girls were in high school and Star Trek ended, the clean eating began. The perimeter of the grocery store became Boo’s favorite place. “I do not love cooking. I throw together a lot of healthy chicken, fish, or steak and vegetables that did not come out of a can. With Sarah Kate in college, it took Don and Anna a while to come around to all the veggies.”

Boo’s biggest challenge has been maintaining her weight loss. It was a mindset change. “Losing weight was easy; keeping it off was hard. When I derailed, I would get back on track. For me, that had to be immediately with the next bite. I had to make the right changes right away. I did not use My Fitness Pal at first. It was not until Jacynta told me to make My Fitness Pal my friend that I became consistent. I have tracked the good, bad, and ugly every day since.”

After Boo injured her back, she tried exercising again. She would walk 9 miles weekly. Physical therapists assisted with other post-injury workouts, but the exercises were difficult. Boo joined Sparkle Fitness in March of 2022. She would strength train 3-4 times per week. She felt stronger and could visibly see muscle. Anna’s gym membership increased beyond affordability, and she noticed Boo’s love for Sparkle Fitness. Anna jumped into Sparkle Fitness in January of 2023.

Anna enjoys competing with her dad in obstacle course races. “I did not think Sparkle Fitness would be enough. I needed upper body strength to increase my pull-ups on the obstacles. Jacynta instructed me to use heavier weights and do harder modifications. I fell in love with Sparkle Fitness. Mom brought the health and wellness.”

Boo’s life changed. “I am a back patient. I am treated like glass. But I can and will pick up

something. If I tweak my back, I recover quicker since strength training. My chiropractor calls me an athlete. My massage therapist calls me strong and spends time with me every 3-4 months. I have gained 10 pounds of muscle, but miraculously, my clothes still fit. It is hard to wrap my head around being heavier, but clothes fit the same, or even better.”

Anna’s wellness changed, too. “I am stronger for obstacle courses and daily activities, like carrying grocery bags up flights of stairs. I am faster and stronger in races. My gut issues disappeared, since I am now gluten-free. If I fall off the fitness wagon after a race, Jacynta calls me to ask where I have been. I am in less pain after the obstacle course races.”

Since Anna joined Boo in Sparkle Fitness, it has enhanced the mother/daughter bond. Boo says, “Doing Sparkle Fit together is fun. We push each other. We flex together.”

For more information on Sparkle Wellness, visit www.sparkleanewyou.com or call Jacynta Harb at 404-242-062.

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Pictured both as bridesmaids (l-r); daughter Anna Gibson Harrell, Sparkle coach Jacynta Hard, and mother Boo Gibson


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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If you are interested in serving your community and earning a little extra cash, the Cobb County Board of Elections is looking for people to work at voting precincts during the 2024 elections cycle. They are looking for applicants who take pride in their work, are patient, take direction well, and who pay attention to detail. A poll worker must be a U.S. citizen, Cobb County resident, at least 16 years old, be able to read, write and speak English and not have any felony conviction in the past 10 years.

Poll workers must attend at least one mandatory training class before working at the poll. New workers are paid for Election Day, for the training class and for helping to set up the poll. Workers must arrive at 6am on Election Day and stay until all voters leave and closing procedures are completed. You must provide your own transportation to your scheduled training class and to the poll on Election Day.

If you would like to add your name to the list of potential poll workers, or for more information about becoming a poll worker, call 770-528-2581 or visit www.cobbelections.org.


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The “Catch’em Fishing Club” is looking for new members to share stories and friendship. Meetings start at 10am on the first Monday of each month, except holidays, at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. There is no cost. For more information, contact Hank Klarzuk, 770-971-5240.
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