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In This Issue

POPP Club Launches at Harrison High School ....... 10

Life Style Report

Andrew Edwards Photography .................... 10

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Feature Photographer

by Tara Hannover Tara Hannover introduces us to the fabulous Wilkens’ Family

What is the American Legion by Wade S. Lnenicka, Commander POST 160 ..... 12


Our Town Community ............... 14 Summer Cocktails .......................... 18 Pets of the Month ........................... 20 The Signs of Spring by Amanda Harris ................................................ 22

The Yaarab Shrine Circus is Coming to Town! ................. 24


The Science of Beauty Peptides: How Are They Changing The Skin Care Industry

Our Local Farmers Markets are in Bloom

by Madison Haubeck ............................................ 28


3rd Annual Must Summer Lunch Supply Drive

Global Entry by Heather Meliski Global Entry Can Save You Time and Frustration When Traveling Abroad

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For the Love of Georgia Peaches

PopRox Mobile Karaoke A Fun Mobile Karaoke Business Hits the High Notes All Around Town .......... 31

The Power of Stop by Patrick Wilson.................................................. 32

Metro Atlanta’s Favorite Hiking Trails to Share With Your Pup by Amber Burckhalter .................................36 & 40

Real Estate In Our Town Selecting the Right Price to Sell Your Home by Deb Ratchford ........................................41 & 46

May Crossword............................. 46 and the beginning of Summer!


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Do you feel like you’ve seen our cover family in the community - at school functions, the ballpark, the grocery store…? I’m sure you have, because they are one of the busiest and big-hearted families in Cobb.

Meet the Wilkens’ Family They have lived in Smyrna for seven years, but this is not the first times they’ve called Georgia home. Randy and Mirtha first met in Atlanta nearly 16 years ago. Although they moved early in their marriage, their positive experiences in the ATL practically guaranteed they’d eventually find their way back to the Peach State. Randy is the son of legendary Basketball Hall of Famer Coach and Player, Lenny Wilkens and Marilyn Wilkens. Without a doubt, he has carried on his parents’ legacy and inherited their generous spirit in giving back to the community in which they live. Community service is where Randy and Mirtha feel at home and its present in everything they do. Randy is the Southeast Regional Direction for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta. In his free time, you can find him volunteering on the soccer field and basketball courts coaching all three of his kiddos, Isabelle, Leo, and Allisandra. Mirtha is an “army brat” and former broadcast journalist who recently joined the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s fundraising team. She also makes time to sing in the choir at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Isabelle, 12, Leo, 10, and Allisandra, 6 are all about having fun, being on the go, and hanging out with family and good friends. The two oldest kids attend Master Park’s Tai Kwon Do class once a week and their youngest participates in Mrs. Rita’s gymnastics class at the Smyrna Community Center. This family’s list of favorite things to do include potlucks with friends, long hikes on the many local trails in our area, weekly visits to the library and shooting hoops or kicking goals. Mirtha and Randy know how giving back is essential for our future generations who in turn watch, learn and follow a path that is filled with compassion and kindness. They lead by example and invest their time and hearts into community. My Mamaw always said, “Charity starts at home”. And you know what? She was right! There are individuals and families that live in our neighborhoods and attend our schools that can benefit from small acts of goodness and a charitable heart. Something as simple as sending a sweet


thank you card to a teacher, taking a slice of lasagna from the family dinner to the senior citizen who lives three houses down from you or even paying it forward for a stranger’s cup of coffee. You never know what another person is going through, but one act of kindness could change someone’s life in a dramatic way.

“From what we get we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life!” Winston Churchill

It really does take a village and it’s people like you and the Wilkens’ family that help bring HOPE and Promise to so many lives.

REMEMBER, KINDNESS IS A GIFT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD! Get up, dress up, show up and NEVER give up.

*Please join me on Sunday, May 19th for the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Supply Drive in Smyrna at Love Street Heart and Sole. Visit Page 26 for further details. Our Town



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WHAT IS THE AMERICAN LEGION? by Wade S. Lnenicka, Commander Post 160

People often ask about the American Legion. What is it?  What does it do?  Who can join?  Where is it? Such questions are a great starting point for a conversation to educate citizens about the American Legion.  I always welcome the opportunity to talk about who we are and what we do. The American Legion is the largest wartime Veterans service organization with almost 2 million members.  Founded 100 years ago in the immediate aftermath of World War I, it has a long and proud history. In 1921, the American Legion led the national effort to create the US Veterans Bureau.  Today it is known as the Veterans Administration.

Once a person is a member of any of these 3 Legion Family organizations, their membership privileges extend to any Post in any location. Post 160 operates a Social Quarters with a full commercial kitchen, trained Chef, and a Lounge. Community members are encouraged to drop by, look at our facility, and meet our members.  Normal operating hours begin at 4 PM on Wednesday through Saturday. Space in the Ballroom, Conference Room or other areas is rented to local groups and individuals for meetings or social functions. Every year the Post rents space for birthday and anniversary parties, family and class reunions, weddings and wedding receptions, quinceaneras, company training and many other events.  The Post is the “best deal” in town! Post 160 partners with the City of Smyrna to conduct appropriate military ceremonies to honor Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We also provide assistance with the Veterans Memorial on the Village Green. Working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Post 160 operates a Food Pantry.  Each month many families in need are provided important food assistance.  A person does not have to be a Veteran to access this help.  Homeless Veterans and Veterans in need are also assisted in every way possible.

An early task was to create a US Flag Code to educate and standardize flag etiquette and protocols. The first draft was put together in 1923 and Congress adopted it in 1942.

Cobb County is home to over 60,000 Veterans. If you are a Veteran, or have a Veteran in your family, you should consider membership in the American Legion Family.  More information can be found on the National website:

Support for Veterans is a core principal for the organization. When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was proposed the American Legion raised over $1 Million towards its cost, becoming the largest single donor.

Membership in the American Legion is a great way to become involved in the local community. Veterans help Veterans every day and share the camaraderie of their service while doing so. Our service to the nation does not end when we leave active duty.

Today there are over 12,000 American Legion Posts in every State and the District of Columbia. Posts also exist in France, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands.

Post 160 is located next to Brinkley Park and McEntyre’s Bakery in downtown Smyrna, at 160 Legion Drive off of Concord Road. Everyone is welcome to come in and check out the facility.  Meet the members and get to know us.  More importantly, consider joining and helping Post 160 help our community.

Post 160 in Smyrna was founded in 1942 and has served the local community for over 75 years. Located at the Smyrna Post is not only the American Legion (AL) but also the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) and the Sons of the American Legion (SAL).

Our Town would like to take this opportunity to thank all US Veterans and active military personnel for their service in defending our freedoms and our nation.

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Our Local Farmers Markets Offer a Bounty Filled with Goodness The Historic Downtown Acworth Farmers Market is relocating to the 18-acre Logan Farm Park Expansion, 4405 Cherokee Street in Acworth. The market offers a traditional mix of vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies, beauty products, bedding plants, locally roasted coffee, mushrooms and goat cheese. Open on Fridays from 8 am until noon.

The Kennesaw Farmers Market located at 2829 Cherokee Street opens on Monday, May 6th from 3:30-7:30 pm. Enjoy your favorite food trucks while attending Dinner at the Depot. Visitors can dine, shop and enjoy live entertainment on Mondays from May through August.

The Mableton Farmers Market will open on Thursday June 13th from 8:30am to 12:30 pm at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. The market opens for its 10th season this year with fresh produce from local small farmers, fresh baked items, honey, handmade soap, personal care items and cooking demonstrations that show shoppers quick and easy ways to prepare the produce at the market. Thursdays thru August what-mic-does/

Smyrna’s Fresh Produce Market will open on Saturdays beginning May 7th through September 24th from 8:00 am to 12 pm. Stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies at the Fresh Produce Market in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village -1275 Church Street SE. To participate as a market vendor, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863

The Marietta Square Farmers Market located at 65 Church Street in the Historic Marietta Square is open Saturdays year-round from 9 am to noon. On May 5th the markets will open on Sundays from noon to 3 pm. The Marietta Square Farmers Market has more than 65 vendors offering fruits and vegetables, cheese, honey, pork, beef plus jams and jellies. Leave with everything you need to make from-scratch meals at home. mariettasquarefarmersmarket. com

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Sassy & Sadie were rescued almost 2 years ago. They are very entertaining. They play and chase each other and other animals that come in their yard. They love to snuggle before bedtime. If you would like your pet to be Our Townʻs Pet of the Month, then email a photo with a short bio to:

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STOP! We see and obey this word countless times in our daily commutes. It’s used in our daily conversations, ranging from playful gentleness to even panic. However, in its ample usage this word may becoming desensitized regarding its powerful purpose. Imagine the unfortunate chaos and damage if only a few people made the detrimental decision to ignore STOP on our roads. When we travel it’s with the purpose and desire to come to a rightful place or conclusion. This is similar to our daily communications. Communication at our jobs is intended to meet a particular goal, profit and success. Communication in marriage is to affirm and confirm a measure of respect and love, and communication between parent and child should impart needed respect. However, without obvious and sensitive awareness to the message(s) of STOP we can miss or damage our relationships. There’s nothing more important than family and intimate relationships. Relationship is always the standard for a quality life. Although the power of STOP functions in all aspects of our lives, it has no bigger purpose then in relationships. Therefore, when looking at STOP we must focus on TOP…TOP meaning priority. STOP is always conveying a message. Often times, especially regarding relationships, it signifies our thoughts towards others. When we are arguing with a spouse or in a power struggle with our kids, there’s one common denominator- self before relationships. In other words, we get out of order. Habitually, we should STOP and make relationships the priority. Although everyone’s different, overlooking STOP message(s) can cause us to be a quick-burster or a slow-melter. Women are typically more communicative and express more readily. When a woman is confused by a man’s struggle to communicate to her feelings, hurts and needs, it can cause pain and a quick-bursting of thoughts and words. Unfortunately, this approach may not STOP, and they miss the opportunity to kindly and openly walk the relationship into more understanding. This quick-bursting can also distance the man and melt his confidence and even his desire for future intimacy. Men typically fall into the category of slow-melters. When men struggle with communication and have difficulty making relation-


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Metro Atlanta ‘s Favorite Hiking Trails to Share With Your Pup May is such a wonderful month. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and the dreadful Atlanta heat has not quite yet set in. Memorial Day officially kicks off summer and we also celebrate Mother’s Day with moms everywhere. This month, we celebrate moms by looking at some of the best spots in metro Atlanta to spend time with your pup and your family. 1. Arabia Mountain - Set within the granite mountains of Lithonia and once home to numerous native American tribes, Arabia Mountain includes various hiking trails leading through the mountain and preserve, as well as the pedestrian-friendly PATH that encompasses more than 30 miles of walking/hiking/cycling space. It also offers a stunning view of Georgia’s amazing skyline. NOTE - Dogs must be leashed at all times. 2. Chattahoochee River Trail Cochran Shoals - Located just off of 285 and new Northside Drive, this 3-mile hiking loop begins along the Chattahoochee River and winds back through the wetlands. An extremely wide and well-maintained trail, parts of this trail are under shade and other parts or not.


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Global Entry by Heather Meliski While my international travel for work has left me spending too much time in customs and immigration lines around the world, I recently watched a friend with Global Entry wave at me as she breezed through customs in under five minutes. I was left waiting for a highly frustrating hour. At that moment I decided I absolutely had to get Global Entry. I recently applied and was approved in less than two weeks and found the process incredibly simple and efficient. Global Entry is a pre-clearance program that allows you to essentially bypass the customs and immigration lines when re-entering the United States.  There is no waiting and no paperwork. Through this program you also receive expedited entry at select airports around the world. The process was surprisingly simple. Creating a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account and completing the application process takes under 30 minutes. At the time of application, you will need to provide your passport information, driver’s license information, as well as some background details. You are also required to pay a $100 non-refundable fee. This starts the process of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol performing a rigorous background check to ensure that you qualify for the program. It typically takes less than two weeks to find out if you have received your conditional approval. Once you receive this, you can schedule an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center to finalize your approval. The interviews book up well in advance but there are cancellations and if you check frequently you can often grab an interview more quickly. I was able to get an interview for the day after I received my conditional approval. For the in-person interview you will need to bring your passport and either a driver’s license or ID card and you will be fingerprinted and asked a few questions. As the website said it would, my interview started on time, lasted 10-15 minutes, and the whole process took under 30 minutes. For re-entry at airports, you simply scan your passport and your fingerprints. If you are re-entering via vehicle at the Mexican or

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4. Kennesaw Mountain Cheatham Hill / Kolb Farm Loop - 5.8 miles of dog-friendly trails through beautiful meadows, forests, and Civil War battlefields near Kennesaw Mountain. One great feature for pups is that the trails consist mainly of compacted dirt and sand and are easy on the paws. Also, there’s a mid-hike fountain with a built-in dog bowl! 5. Morningside Nature Preserve - Located inside Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood, Morningside Nature Preserve offers over two miles of scenic trails located in a quiet intown forest. One cool feature of this hike: there’s a sandy beach on South Peachtree Creek that’s earned the nickname “dog beach.”



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6. Silver Comet Trail - Just down the street from K-9, this paved path has no cars and just a few hills. The Silver Comet Trail follows an old rail line for 61 miles from just outside of Atlanta to the Georgia-Alabama state line and continues as the Chief Ladiga Trail. One of the longest paved pathways in the U.S., the trail cuts a scenic route through preserved forests, rural countryside and historic downtowns. If you participate in one of our Heelin’ Hounds (leash walking) classes, you’ll probably join us there! 7. Sope Creek Trails - Located just off Johnsons Ferry Road, with over 3 miles of hiking trails winding through a natural Georgia forest, this is one of our favorites. Even in the heat of summer, the well shaded hiking trails allow for a pleasant walk with your family and your pup. Additionally, the trail winds down to a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, with large pools and rocks for splashing and sun bathing. 8. Sweetwater Creek - Located about 20 minutes from downtown, Sweetwater Creek has several trails to hike winding through rock terrain or simple paths to the creek below. There are plenty of areas for the kids and the pup to splash around once you reach the creek bed. Additionally, after a nice hike with the pup, you can picnic, rent fishing gear and fish or even go out in a paddleboat while a family member relaxes shoreside with the pup. One of our favorites as it is well shaded year-round and not too busy during the week. 9. Vickery Creek Trail - Just over 5 miles of trails wind through pine and hardwood forest. Make sure to pack a lunch and enjoy the covered bridge, two Civil War-era mills, now in ruins, and a towering, cascading spillway waterfall. The sandy swimming beach at the bottom of the spillway makes for a great swim! We hope you take the time to enjoy these with your family and your pup. Make sure to take plenty of water and to enjoy all these areas have to offer.You deserve it! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your family. We look forward to helping you and your pup build a lifetime of memories together. Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. @K9CoachLLC – Facebook • K9CoachAtlanta - Instagram • @K9CoachAtlanta – Twitter


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Selecting the Right Price to Sell Your Home If you’re thinking of selling your home, one of the first steps you’ll take is setting an asking price, a maneuver that requires the ability to find the perfect balance between attracting solid offers and ultimately receiving top dollar. If you’re working with a Realtor or other industry professional, you’ll probably hear talk of fair market value, which typically means the highest value an educated buyer will pay. Fair market value is usually not the asking price. Many agents will begin by conducting a competitive market analysis of your house and give you an estimate of the fair market value of your home. The analysis takes into consideration comparable home sales, typically over the last year, taking into consideration similarities and differences between the other homes and yours. It will also consider the housing market in your area. If you’re in a hot seller’s market, like several communities throughout metro Atlanta, you’ll have the advantage. Over the last several months, the market has been gaining steam and the seller is in the driver’s seat. In certain areas, the average number of days on the market went from 30 days to 7 days or less. This is great news for sellers, but you’ll still want to be careful and avoid pricing your home too high, which almost always means your house will stay on the market longer. As you work with your agent and set your price, you’ll want to ask yourself (and your agent): • What are the facts relative to my house for this market? Be careful when you consider pricing to focus on the factual data available versus emotional connections. • What are the market conditions for your specific neighborhood and community? Not all communities are created equal in this market. And, not all


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Perfectly ripe peaches are truly one of the joys of summer. This month in anticipation of the arrival of this year’s crop, we celebrate Georgia peaches with a few simple recipes and activities for the entire family. Fresh, delicious Georgia peaches are only available a short 16 weeks out of the year (from mid-May to August). We hope you take the opportunity this season to enjoy one of life’s sweetest pleasures! Bon Appetite! For the Kids!

How to plant a peach pit (also works with nectarine & apricots). Save a peach pit and you can grow your own fruit tree. 1. Clean the pit and store it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag until September or October. 2. Place the pit about five inches beneath the soil surface. 3. In the spring, your tree will start to grow and be visible by July. 4. Keep the tree watered and fertilized (use fruit tree spikes from your garden center) and you’ll have fruit in 2-3 years! Seven Reason to Love Peaches Peaches are virtually fat free. A medium size peach contains less than one gram of fat. Peaches are naturally sodium free. Peaches have no cholesterol. Peaches are a low calories snack. A medium size peach contains only 40 calories. Peaches contain vitamin A which helps us see in dim light. Peaches are considered a good source of fiber. Freezing Peaches The experts tell us that the easiest way to store peaches is by freezing them. Canning is also a great option but requires a bit more work. Prep Time 5 minutes. Cook Time 5 minutes. Servings 4 INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup lemon juice preferably from freshly squeezed lemons 2 cup water 4 peaches that are slightly soft to touch but not too mushy. Mushy peaches do not freeze well INSTRUCTIONS 1. Rinse the peaches off under cool water, gently scrub off the dirt. 2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and gently place your peaches in the hot bath for about 40 seconds, then remove them with a slotted spoon into a bowl with ice water. The peach skins will easily be peeled off when in the ice bath. Leaving the skin on is also an option, and this step can be skipped. 3. Cut the peaches. Slice the peaches in half, quarter them, or cut them in slices. 4. Toss the cut peaches in a lemon/water bath with a 1:4 ration of lemon juice to water. This will prevent the peaches from developing that yucky brown appearance. 5. Place your freshly bathed peaches on a cookie sheet. Be sure they each have their own spot on the sheet to prevent peaches from sticking together. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for approximately 1 hour. 6. Once frozen on the cookie sheet, use a spatula to separate the peaches from the sheet. Place the peaches in your freezer-friendly container of choice and enjoy all year long!


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Peach Crostata

Fresh peach slices are tossed in delicious flavors like brown sugar, cinnamon and rum. Placed into a simple dough tart and baked into a rustic and delicious desert! Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Servings 8 INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp brown sugar ½ tsp cinnamon ½ cup prepared salted caramel sauce Your favorite vanilla ice cream 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat grill for medium heat. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

2 lbs fresh peaches ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp spiced rum 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tbsp flour 1 standard pie crust 1 tbsp heavy cream 2 tbsp turbinado sugar

Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Peach Salsa 4 servings SALSA

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the peaches into quarters. Then cut the quarter into quarters for a total of 16 slices per peach. Toss the peaches in a large mixing bowl with the brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced rum, vanilla extract, lemon juice and flour. Set this mixture aside. Roll the pie crust out into a big circle approx 12 inches in diameter. Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect circle. Transfer the pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet. Dump the peaches, along with any of the liquid in the bowl, onto the center of the rolled out pie crust, leaving a 2 inch rim on all sides of the peaches. Distribute the peaches evenly to form a relatively flat layer. Fold the sides of the pie crust up and over the peaches, then brush with heavy cream. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the heavy cream brushed pie crust. Bake the crostata for 40 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the peaches are bubbling. Serve with a big scoop of ice cream- Enjoy! Courtesy of

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Fresh peaches are halved then grilled to perfection, finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce and a sprinkling of chopped nuts. Prep time 5 minutes Cook time 10 minutes INGREDIENTS

4 peaches, halved and pitted 1/8 vegetable oil

and salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil and set aside. Cut cheese into 1-inch pieces and gently toss with peaches and basil leaves. Whisk mint into dressing and toss about 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) with salad. Season with freshly cracked pepper and serve. For a greener salad, toss with baby arugula or spinach. Courtesy

Brush cut halves of peaches with oil and place face down on the rill. Brush the outside (skin side) of the peaches with oil while the other side cooks. Grill for about 3 minute or until peaches are just beginning to develop grill marks. Using tongs, carefully flip the peaches. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixtures over the cut side of the peaches and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove peaches from the grill and cool slightly. Place one or two peaches in an individual serving dish. Top with vanilla ice cream, slated caramel sauce and toasted pecans! Enjoy! Courtesy of peaches

Georgia Caprese Salad with Lime Vinaigrette 4 servings


Juice and zest of 1 lime 1 tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon honey ½ teaspoon salt 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint SALAD

2 (4-ounce) balls fresh, water-packed mozzarella 4 ripe peaches, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges ½ cup fresh basil leaves To prepare dressing, combine lime juice, zest, vinegar, water, honey,


1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 ½ pounds fresh salmon, halibut, catfish, or your favorite fish Corn tortillas avocado, peeled and sliced thin Lime wedges Combine salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use. NEXT Prepare grill to medium-high heat. In a small bowl, combine cumin, sugar, and coriander. Brush fish with olive oil and sprinkle with spice mixture. Grill fish on oiled grill grates for 3-5 minutes per side until cooked to your liking. Char tortillas on grill about 10 seconds on each side. LAST Serve tacos with fresh salsa and desired toppings. Courtesy of

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Point in Cauble Park. Veterans and current servicemen will pay tribute to brave men and women who have fought and died for our nation. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces that have been purchased since the previous Veterans Day will be presented at the event. For more information on the event please call 770-917-1234. Cauble Park is located at 4425 Beach Street in Acworth. LIFE CHURCH SMYRNA MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: Sunday, May 26th, at 10:30am at Life Church Smyrna, 4100 King Springs Rd. SE in Smyrna. Special guest, Captain Jim Hightower, and Chaplain US Navy (retired). There will be Honor guard presentation of colors, a wreath laying ceremony, and presentation to families that have lost a loved one in service to our country. GLOVER PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Marietta community will again be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series. The series features local and national acts on the last Friday night, April through September in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Friday, May 31st, presents 7 Sharp 9 (rock and roll) at 8pm. The Series is presented in part by the Downtown Marietta Development Authority, the City of Marietta and Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities. The concerts are free but if you are

looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. concerts. SMYRNA TREE SCARVES ART PROJECT: Calling all knitters! Help needed from Knitters/


Artists to knit or crochet scarves around trees. Community groups and individual knitters are welcome.  The Smyrna City Tree Board is organizing an Art Installation in late summer at the Smyrna Arboretum adjacent to the Community Center.  The project involves colorful  “yarn-bombing” of  trees to educate the importance of sustaining our tree canopy and to highlight the beauty of Smyrna’s trees.  Knitting is happening now through August.  A ceremony will be held to commemorate the event and highlight the groups involved.   If you are interested please email us  GARDENING IS FOR THE BIRDS TOUR: May 11th, from 10am – 5pm at The Center for Children and Young Adults, 2221 Austell Rd., SW, Marietta, 30008. Join the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County for the 17th Annual Garden Tour! There are six gardens featured this year, with four private home gardens, one working daylily farm, and one Master Gardener project, the Center for Children and Young Adults. Children 17 and under are free! For ticket information, visit or WEST COBB COMMUNITY FUN FEST: Saturday, May 4th, from 2 – 6:30pm with Family Movie Night to follow. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd in Marietta. There will be carnival games, inflatables, live music, food trucks, entertainment, face painting and more! BOOTHS and SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE. Rain or shine! KENNESAW OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES: Family friendly flicks at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. The inflatable screen lights up at dark, so arrive early (around 6 pm) for games, activities, fun, and more. Admission is free, but concessions and some activities have an extra charge.  The animated feature will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol or glass containers) and relax “on the green” for an outdoor movie night the whole family will enjoy. June 1st (rain date, June 8), and July 27th. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old US Highway 41 in Kennesaw. 770.422.9714.

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Another common issue may be that your home’s value has decreased since you purchased it. Many sellers expect to recoup as much of their original investment as possible with housing sales trending upwards. This can also be a slippery slope. Make sure you have objective, comparable and recent data – sold comps, pending sales and other data - to prove what the true market value is. Research shows that listing your house for as little as 1%-3% above market value can actually reduce the buyer’s perceived bargaining power causing your house to stay on the market longer.

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Evaluate and be honest about your priorities. Are you more concerned with selling quickly or getting the most money possible? Unfortunately, this is a case where it is one or the other, rarely is it both. You’ll also want to contemplate your price and determine objectively whether you would pay that amount if you were a buyer.

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