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TAYLOR-BRAWNER PARK WITH ART - Fine Art Exhibit: The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation and the City of Smyrna are excited to announce the first annual Fine Art Exhibit, to be held at Smyrna’s historic Taylor-Brawner House from April 4th through April 13th. This complimentary exhibit will feature the work of 14 of the region’s most talented artists, and nearly all of the paintings on display will be one-of-a-kind originals. This group of award-winning artists have hand selected some of their best work, and every creation will be available for purchase or admire. Join us for the opening day reception Friday April 4th between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. The house will also be open daily from April 5th to April 13th, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm. Each day a different artist will be in attendance to demonstrate their craft and answer your questions. Don’t miss it! Call 678-631-5545 for more information. FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT AND MOVIE BY MOONLIGHT: Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 12th, from 7-9:30pm. Advanced registration is $5 per family/$10 per family at the gate. The event wlll be at Tolleson Park, 3515 McCauley Road, Smyrna, GA 30080. Join us for a new twist to a beloved holiday tradition. Children up to age 10 years are encouraged to bring a flashlight and Easter basket to the hunt. Children will be divided into age groups. Youngest age group (children 5 years and younger) begins their hunt at 7:30 p.m. Children age 6 to 10 years begin their hunt at approximately 8:00 p.m. Immediately following the hunt everyone is invited to stay and watch a full length feature film (TBD). Register online at, in person at the Smyrna Community Center or the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. For more information call (678) 631-5541. In the event of a rainout cancellation this event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 19th. EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA: LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God will host an EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA for the entire community on Saturday, April 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm. There will be candy, prizes, inflatables, a cake walk and games. Free fun for the whole family!. The Easter Egg Drop (from a Smyrna fire truck) for infants through 5th grade (begins at 10:30 sharp). LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God is located at 4100 King Springs Road SE in Smyrna. For more information call 770.435.5478 or visit www. SERVICES AT CUMBERLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Cumberland United Methodist Church, 2375 Paces Ferry Rd., Smyrna, GA 30080 will have a Good Friday service at noon on April 18 in the sanctuary with lunch following the service in the fellowship hall. On Saturday, April 19, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM on the front lawn of the church. There will be two services on Easter Sunday, April 20. The first will be a sunrise service at 7:45 AM at Pace Cemetery off of Mt. Wilkinson Pkwy. on the Vinings Mountain overlook. Breakfast will be served at the church at 9:45 AM. The second service will be a celebration service at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary. JONQUIL CITY JOG 5K: Saturday, April 26th, at 8am at Smyrna City Hall, 2800 King Street, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Walk, Jog, Run or FLY - for Fun, Education and Pie! At the Jonquil City Jog 5K participants run (or walk) for fun, education, and PIE at this annual race for education held in downtown Smyrna. Proceeds benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc. - a non-profit organization that provides financial and community support to Campbell High School students. Campbell High School is a recipient of a Georgia School of Excellence award and has an outstanding International Baccalaureate program. Registration begins at 7am or you can register at

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SMYRNA SPRING JONQUIL FESTIVAL: The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of April 26 & 27. The Spring Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, Georgia next to the fabulous Market Village. The festival has a history of over 25 years and will feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profits, sponsors, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children’s activities. We will also have local entertainment on the stage in front of the library. The festival hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Admission is FREE. Eat delicious food, shop, check out the puppet show, play and then relax on the Village Green. The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family! For more information, please visit CAT CARE OF VININGS OPEN HOUSE: Cat Care of Vinings is having an OPEN HOUSE on May 3rd, from Noon until 3:00pm. Come say HI to their fantastic team and tour the hospital. You will also have the opportunity to meet cats up for adoption through Good Mews, LifeLine Project, and Atlanta Pet Rescue! There will be door prize raffles, pet caricatures (bring a picture), pet emergency preparedness information, balloons and tattoos for the kids, and MORE! There will also be a MICROCHIPPING CLINIC FOR CATS AND DOGS (proof of current Rabies vaccine required)! Please call to RSVP for a microchip. We hope to see you there! Visit our website at (Continued on page 29)

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free community class, “Give Foot Pain the Boot” on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. After a long winter, Dr. Andrea Cass wants to help you keep the “spring” in your step! Get advice on how to care for your feet, including how to select the perfect shoes for a variety of activities and how to get a pedicure safely. These helpful pointers are sure to keep you and your family in step with good foot health. We will also discuss some of the most common ailments that affect our feet, and how to know when you need to see a podiatrist. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. Call 770-319-2025 or visit to register. The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free Charitable Planning seminar, Tuesday, April 29 from 7-9 p.m. Can charitable gifting be good for the soul and your relationship with the IRS? There are many charitable gifting strategies available which can make it difficult to determine the best way to benefit the charities you care about and the right time to contribute. Whether charitable donations are already a part of your estate plan or even if it isn’t but you would like it to be, join us for this session. Amy Yarkoni, BA, JD, will discuss the basic rules of charitable giving and share popular gifting strategies. Amy will also discuss how to determine your donor profile and how lifetime gifting may benefit your overall giving strategy. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. Please call 770-319-2025 or visit to register. Emory-Adventist at Smyrna will host a free community class on hand pain Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. In recognition of May as National Arthritis Awareness month, Susan Dorgan OTR/L of PT-Solutions will discuss hand pain and arthritis. If your hands show common signs of arthritis such as inflammation, pain and stiffness of the joints, join us for a discussion on the causes, symptoms and treatments of hand pain. Susan will also give tips and instructions on splinting, orthotic procedures, and pointers for using orthotics correctly. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, please call 770-319-2025 or visit Free bone density screening at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m. Bone density screenings can help determine the strength of your bones and the chances of fractures for people that might be at risk of osteoporosis. By taking a painless, low-powered x-ray of your heel, we can show you the current density of your bones. Results are given on site. (Pregnant women should not have this screening.) Please call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment for this FREE screening. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free stroke prevention seminar Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year- that’s 1 of every 19 deaths. With someone in the US having a stroke every 40 seconds, being able to quickly identify a stroke could save someone’s life. In this free seminar taught by Director of Education, Barbara Kilgore, RN, CPN, learn ways to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke as well as prevention for you and your loved ones. This class will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, please call 770-319-2025 or visit

THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE DIABETES EDUCATION CLASSES AND THEY ARE HELD ONCE A MONTH FOR $25 A SESSION. THE DATES ARE APRIL 10 AND MAY 2. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a free diabetes education and self-management class April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Whether you have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or have had to live with diabetes for a while, this class is for you! The class is conducted by a Registered Nurse, and Registered Dietitian. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, foot care, medications, balanced diabetic meals, carbohydrate counting, label reading, dining out and sick day management. The classes are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Cost is $25.00 per diabetic student. A support person—without diabetes—may attend without charge. Fee is payable on day of class, by cash or check. Call 770-801-4616 or 770-438-4373 for more information or to register. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a free diabetes education and self-management class May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Whether you have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or have had to live with diabetes for a while, this class is for you! The class is conducted by a Registered Nurse, and Registered Dietitian. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, foot care, medications, balanced diabetic meals, carbohydrate counting, label reading, dining out and sick day management. The classes are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Cost is $25.00 per diabetic student. A support person—without diabetes—may attend without charge. Fee is payable on day of class, by cash or check. Call 770-801-4616 or 770-438-4373 for more information or to register.


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REAL ESTATE in OUR TOWN by Deb Ratchford

WHY IS HOME INVENTORY SO LOW? Most homeowners historically live in a house for 5 to 7 years before they sell and buy another home. A down swing in the market will bring property values down, and can quickly dip below what is owed on the mortgage. When this occurs, in order to sell, you must bring money to the table to get out of your home. If you do not have the funds to bring to the table, you should consult with a local Realtor to discuss a possible short sale. If you have experienced financial hardship and you meet certain guidelines then you may want to consider short selling your property. In reality, you cannot just short sale because you are upside down in your mortgage. You must have evidence of some type of hardship such as a loss of a job, sickness, divorce etc. It’s important that the Realtor you speak with has a CPDE designation. This stands for a Certified Distressed Professional Expert. Unfortunately, if you are planning on purchasing another home soon, a short sale will more than likely not be an option for you. If you do not have enough money to buy your way out of your home, then you are more than likely going to need to stay in your home for some time to ride out the storm. This is primarily the largest reason that home inventory is so low, as homeowner’s do not have enough equity to move. Lack of inventory, however, allows some sellers to get more from their property. Given this information, now is a great time to sell your home! When additional inventory becomes available, buyers are given more homes to select from and prices become more competitive. Low inventory creates multiple and full price offers, if your home is priced correctly. Again, consulting a Realtor is a wise decision, as he or she can advise you on the correct price to list your home. The second issue that we have noticed in the market is that many banks are still holding off on releasing inventory that they have foreclosed on. Many banks have suffered major losses because of these defaulted loans. Banks appear to be holding on to inventory in hopes that prices will continue to increase over the next few years. Several banks have even hired property managers to oversee these properties. If you are not sure of your exact situation, feel free to call today for a FREE Comparative Market Analysis. It never hurts to speak to a Realtor to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

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Our community pool is divided into three parts: the baby pool, the middle pool and the lap pool. A few summers ago, I spent long days with my toes dipped into the unusually warm baby pool. Incidentally, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s heating the baby pool water when you see a dozen toddlers clad in swim diapers. Those suckers are a useless waste of money, and I envy our parents’ generation who let their babies’ diapers blow up like air bags then laughed at their big bubble butts. The moms at the baby pool worked together to look out for one another and for each other’s children.Without a spoken word, a mom fetched a toy for a kid who isn’t hers because the kid’s mom was nursing her younger baby. Another mom will escort a group of kids to the snack bar, while another will flag down a lifeguard for a Bandaide. It’s women at their best, moving in a lovely choreographed dance to care for one another. Having survived the experiences of childbirth, 2 a.m. feedings, countless diaper changes, potty training, and temper tantrums, the baby pool moms had formed an unspoken camaraderie of motherhood. We were all in love with our little ones, but exhausted by them at the same time. We had all been up the night before nursing or rocking or walking the floor. We all knew that earlier that morning, each woman had gone through an obstacle course of packing and lugging diapers, juice boxes, dry clothes, towels, sunscreen, and snacks…tons of snacks. And as for our bodies, we were forgiving of each other’s freshly made stretch marks, varicose veins and sagging skin around our belly buttons. We even compared them, but in a loving, “you’re not the only one,” way.

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One day during the dance, a friend’s husband walked in and made a comment that stopped us in our tracks. He said, “Wow, I’ve been hanging out at the wrong pool. The middle pool moms have it going on,” referring to their toned bodies. We all looked across the fence at the middle pool moms who were lying on lawn chairs, occasionally peering from behind their books to check on their children. They had no fear of drowning, no diapers to change, no duffel bag full of supplies. And he was right, they looked good. We all shrugged it off by saying, “Their kids are older so they have time to work out.” Then we resumed our dance. That comment, unwise as it was, stuck with me. Since then, I’ve crossed over to the middle pool, and I’ve realized a few things about middle pool moms. They are in the sweet spot of motherhood. Their kids are old enough to swim on their own, but young enough to want them sitting close by. They still chat poolside with other moms, but the dance is over. They mostly manage motherhood on their own now.

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Don’t be fooled by their lawn chairs, they are still busy but it’s swim meets and summer camps instead of sippy cups and nap times. They still compare themselves to one another, but not in the same compassionate way. Their bodies are stronger now because they’ve learned to carve out time to take care of themselves. Many are competitive; they gain notches in their belts by running half-marathons, triathlons or WarriorDashes. Some of them look longingly at the baby pool and miss those days. They want to walk over and tell the baby pool moms, “Your dance is beautiful. Take heart and know you look a lot more graceful than you think you do. And enjoy every twirl and turn because the music will fade and you’ll be sitting in my seat sooner than you think.” And they will, right after they soak up some more sunshine and read another chapter in their books.

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Spring Sports: Prevention and Treatment of Elbow Injuries by Matthew Jaffe, MD As you gear up for enjoying spring sports, such as tennis and golf, it’s important to be aware of some of the most common elbow injuries and how to prevent them and treat them, if they do occur. “Tennis Elbow,” also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a very common condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that results in elbow pain. It develops when either an abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle, and tendon around the outside of the elbow, occurs. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. It most commonly strikes people in their dominant arm, though it can also occur in the non-dominant or both arms. You don’t have to be a tennis player to be affected by tennis elbow. In fact, anyone who participates in activities that require repetitive arm, elbow, and wrist movement, such as baseball players, bowlers, gardeners or assembly line workers, may be at risk for tennis elbow. Common symptoms are experiencing pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow, with pain worsening when shaking hands or squeezing objects. Another common elbow injury is medial epicondylitis, also referred to as “Golfer’s Elbow” or sometimes

even “Pitcher’s Elbow.” Although it’s less common, this condition is similar to tennis elbow in that it’s an overuse syndrome. However, the affected muscles and tendons are on the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside. Repetitive flexing, gripping or swinging is what causes the tiny tears in the tendons, which contribute to this form of elbow tendonitis. There are several ways you can decrease your risk of tennis or golf elbow. Though it may sound simple, it is vital that you engage in simple stretches to warm up your muscles before playing a game of tennis or a round of golf. It also helps to strengthen the forearm muscles by doing exercises such as squeezing a tennis ball for five minutes at a time or doing wrist curls with a light dumbbell. If you’re diagnosed with tennis elbow or golf elbow, your doctor will likely advise that you take a break from your sport, or whatever the activity may be that’s causing the overuse of your elbow. Ice, physical therapy and anti inflammatory medications may also be recommended. In some cases cortisone injections are required, and in severe cases, surgery, though that is rare. While tennis elbow and golf elbow are some of the more common diagnosis, there are a number of conditions that can contribute to elbow pain. Therefore, if you’re suffering from elbow pain, it is important to have your orthopaedic surgeon examine the elbow in order to give you the proper diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment if you. So best of luck as you hit the courts, or the course, and enjoy your favorite sports this spring!

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As a travel consultant, I have sent many people to this beautiful city on the Eastern Coast of Spain. Personally, I had never been there. Through my confession, you are probably wondering how a true professional could do this. But with on-line webinars and tips from other counselors, I knew what to do, where to stay and what there was to see. February is usually a rainy month on the northern coast of Spain but it is always a great time for me to explore the world. The holidays are over and Spring Break trips are planned and even with the rash of horrible weather in the US, my flights departed and arrived on time. On arrival, we flew over Barcelona with its neat tree lined streets and squares and the grand “Diagonal” splitting the city down the middle. The plane landed alongside the sea at the huge empty El Prat Airport. At home it was 42 degrees and one of the worst winters on record. At 8AM in Barcelona it was 60 degrees. I have long held a rather dim opinion of the Spanish people as somehow they seemed arrogant and aloof. When growing up, my parents used to rent a house on the southern coast of Spain, and I recall the ugly words spoken to them in the markets and public places.....all because they were Americans. I guess, that is why I’ve never spent too much time in Spain. But Barcelona is proving totally different. The city is lovely, the people happy and very glad to host foreigners in their city. It is an amazing city from the beautiful seaside beaches (topless no less) to the outlying snow covered Pyrenees in the background. Hotels are modern and extremely service oriented. Historic facades give way to ultra lux interiors. I loved the Mandarin Oriental, directly on the


Pasig de Gracia in the heart of this historic center. Converted from an old bank vault, this hotel offers a myriad of amenities, including a “connectivity box” in each room with an overwhelming supply of plugs, adaptors and chargers for all types of phones, computers and tablets. Designer shops are steps away and tapas bars line every street nearby. At tapas bars, you can sit down for an “Estrella” (beer), Rioja wine, and tons of small dishes from croquettes to sardines, fresh from the oven or sea, called Tapas. The food and restaurant scene in Barcelona is second only to Paris in my humble opinion. Most hotels proffer roof top pools, or patios, with fantastic views of the Sagrada Familia and other historic sites. Antonio Gaudi, began this giant drip castle of a church in 1882. He was hit by a public tram in 1956, before its completion. Even today, work continues on the famous spires. He called himself a “geometect” rather than an architect as his design was so tremendously difficult to construct. Today the church is open to visitors and boasts an amazing museum where his experiments with weight and balance are on display. Beautiful weather, historic sites, great eats, nice people, walking, walking and more walking.... what better way to spend a long weekend during the cold dreary month of February? Why did I take so long to get to Barcelona?

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SPRING/SUMMER 2014 TREND REPORT I, for one, will be glad to say goodbye to this crazy winter and give a great big shout out to spring and summer! Here are a few trends to look forward to and hopefully, wear - if it ever warms up. Color - Pantone’s colors for spring/ summer 2014 are Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Sand, Cayenne, Freesia, Celosia Orange, Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue. Use color to refresh and revive your existing wardrobe by experimenting with new color combinations. Silhouettes – Cuts can be cropped, wide, boxy, voluminous, or pleated. Structural styling and architectural designs are in. Crop tops, boxy jackets, wide-legged pants, full tea-length dresses, and folded skirts are the shapes of the season. Proceed with caution when trying this trend. Depending on your shape and height, some of these may be a big no-no. Tribal - A Global meld of fringe, threadwork, beadwork and bone is woven into beautiful patterns and fabrics. You can dress like a world traveler without ever leaving home. Shop on the wild side for fringe bags, bone necklaces, and Jungle prints. Artsy - Wear a canvas of brush strokes on sheath dresses, skirts or tees. You don’t have to be an artist to look like a masterpiece with these creative and colorful items in your wardrobe. Sporty - If you like your Birkenstocks, you can keep your Birkenstocks – just buy some light, bright ones. Summer’s sporty styles include sweat shirts, tennis style skirts and jogging pants in fabrics like silk and satin. Shiny - Light up the room with metallic. Sparkle is not just for evening. Wear this trend with white jeans in the daytime. Buy a metallic jacket to wear with a pencil skirt or pair gold or silver pumps with a solid color dress for a bit of drama. Just remember, shine can add pounds so strategically place your sparkle. Floral - The garden party you wear is inspired by a mixture of flowers, bees and bugs. Delicate or tropical floral patterns are blooming all over dresses, skirts, shoes and handbags. 770-432-0070 PatrickFD-Jan13_Layout 1 11/29/12 8:55 AM Page 1

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That awkward moment when words fly, he’s grounded for life, and you catch a glimpse of that doggone smirk before he recaptures his penitent look. The absurdity of your rash punishment is obvious to both of you. There’s nothing worse than losing the upper hand and having to backpedal in a critical moment of discipline. It is so satisfying to see his reaction when you take his keys and declare he’ll be walking the five miles to school for the rest of the year, or when you send him to his room to list his Xbox One on Craigslist. It’s less satisfying to have to retract the ridiculous and sheepishly start again. If you didn’t wait to cool down before imposing a penalty, you can actually teach two lessons. He did wrong, and there still needs to be a consequence, but your initial response can be softened. Explain that you overreacted. Critical to this conversation, though, is that it should be your idea and not his. If he comes to you and manipulates a shorter sentence, then you’ve lost credibility and respect. If you did take a deep breath before striking the gavel, you’ve already imposed a punishment by making him anticipate your verdict. Don’t you remember the agony of the wait? And speaking of waiting, whatever you finally settle on, accept the likelihood that you will probably pay for your child’s actions as much as he does. Taking the keys away often puts you back behind the wheel, and the loss of his phone can mean an extra twenty minutes in the school parking lot. Take a good book. As the authority figure, you get to write the ending. Edits are your privilege too; just try as often as possible to make them before you present the final draft.


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It is small consolation to know your Artful Dodger is not the only precious pick-pocket roaming the aisles at Publix. However, it’s not something you can shrug off; in fact, it should be dealt with before you even leave the store, unless of course, you don’t hear the crackling of the candy wrapper being stuffed between the seats until you pull into the garage. Wipe the chocolate and caramel off her pudgy fingers and sit down face to face. Before you start the lecture, remind yourself that it’s much easier for her to accept being told what she did than it is for her to admit doing it. Once you confront her, don’t let awkward silence lure you into speaking for her. After she confesses, there’ll be plenty of time to explain that she will be returning to the store in the morning to apologize and either hand it back or pay for it. As tempting as it is to relent and speak for her when the tears start flowing in front of the store manager, don’t. Her apology will have a far greater impact. Equally important is to let her stand on her own two feet…literally. Don’t hold her in your arms. Don’t let her hide behind your legs. For this brief moment, she’s on her own. Hug her all you want to in the parking lot afterward. This lesson is easier to teach when their fingers are too small to take enough to cause much damage. Habits are formed early, so make them good ones. Just know that it’s not always candy they’re after; be aware of your child’s passions. One of my sons’ downfalls was Home Depot. I discovered the shiny new carabiner hooked to his 4T belt loop as I tossed the little jeans into the wash. He was nailed, but our dreaded visit later that afternoon drove the point home.

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And the Three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh…….. by Mark Orler


One of my daughter’s Sunday school teachers recently brought something to my attention because she was concerned about how we were teaching our children the scriptures. Knowing which daughter she taught, I steeled myself for a dirty laundry list of family secrets she was about to tell me she had shared. The teacher explained that they were talking about the gifts that the Wise Men brought to Bethlehem to honor the newborn baby Jesus, and that when she asked the class what those gifts were my precocious little progeny poked her hand to the ceiling with such verve that the teacher allowed her to have the floor with her response. She stood up boldly and answered, “They brought gold, frankincense and Myrrrrrrrrh-der!” The teacher could barely contain her laughter because apparently my daughter had learned the power of voice inflection and elongated “Myrrrrrrrh-der” out in such a way that the whole class of 5-year-olds thought they were in the midst of a Stephen King novel. Suddenly, what was a nice lesson on the birth of Jesus complete with crayons and crepe paper, turned into a classroom of children paralyzed by fear… courtesy of my daughter. In my typical cucumber-cool fashion when faced with difficult issues with our children, I stammered, “I’ll talk to her mother about it.”

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In the 2nd chapter of the Book of Matthew we read about the birth of Jesus and the visit he received from the Wise Men bringing these precious gifts to welcome him into the world. What we sometimes forget, or gloss over, is the part where an angry and psychotic King Herod orders all newborn male children to be killed in Bethlehem to eradicate this new threat to his power. So in my daughter’s eyes, yes, a baby being born is a big deal, and it’s especially nice that the baby was God’s son and that the Wise Men were kind enough to come all that way for a baby shower. But did you just say babies were MURDERED? Actually, I was impressed that she made the connection that it was the Wise Men who had tipped Herod off to the location of this miraculous event and further instigated his ire by informing him that this was a King that was being born and didn’t perceive that might be taken as a threat to him…so much for being wise. Maybe they were just book-smart. This is where we need to be careful when sharing such a momentous and layered book with the children we are trying to raise as good Christians so they can understand both the beauty and sorrow that accompanied Christ’s miraculous journey on earth. Maybe we can cover that as we hunt for the eggs that a magical bunny has left for us in the yard this month?

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AAACCCHHHHOOOO!!! 9 Signs Your Dog May Have Allergies by Amanda Burckhalter Spring is in the air and the trees and flowers are exploding with beauty and blooms! Flowers, trees, grass... everywhere we look, color is splattering everything and is such a welcome change from our brutal winter. With all this beauty, we all know what is coming: pollen and dreaded allergies!! I suffer every year from allergies and many people do as well. But, did you know that pups can suffer from seasonal allergies too, just like their human companions? This month, we look at 9 signs that your dog may have allergies.

6) Skin problem are very common in dogs with allergies and can vary from mild to severe. Look for red, irritated skin, crusty or scaling skin, etc... An odor may occur and the irritation can come with secondary infections of the skin. Any area may be affected but under the legs, near or on the belly and the feet are common. Pay close attention if your dog has a thick or super fluffy coat that may hide irritation and infections.

1) Itchy skin is a common symptom. Have you noticed your dog scratching and itchy much more than usual? If so, watch for these other symptoms listed below as well. 2) Constant licking or chewing of the feet. Often, dogs will chew or lick their feet, causing irritation, redness and even infection. Red/brown discoloration of the fur on the paws or between the toes can sometimes be seen as well.

7) I cough and sneeze. for almost 3 solid months in the springtime, even with a plethora of allergy medications! So does my French Bulldog. Watering eyes, a mild cough and sneezing are common in our house for the humans and the dogs during spring. Look for these symptoms in your dogs as well and remember that allergens from outdoors can travel on your dog’s coat, so grooming them regularly will help them AND you.

3) Red, waxy discharge and/or odor from your pup’s ears can signal allergies as well. Gently inspecting your dog’s ears on a regular basis, as well as keeping the ears clean, is important and will help you notice any changes. Speak to your vet or a groomer if you need instructions on how to safely clean and inspect your dog’s ears.

8) The dreaded hotspots! Hotspots are areas of the skin that have become infected and are very itchy and painful to your dog. These areas are typically red, irritated, oozing and can appear moist and have hair loss. They can occur suddenly or overtime and in only one area or in several areas of your dog’s skin. Hotspots require a vet to treat them so catch these early!

4) Redness around the eyes, muzzle and chin, as well as hair loss can accompany allergies. Often, dogs will rub and scratch their face on the ground, with their paws or on your furniture. We have affectionately named this behavior Face Surfing. NOTE: ANY dog with swelling of the face, eyes, nose, mouth, etc... should see a veterinarian immediately as this can be a sign of a severe allergic reaction.

9) Finally, some dogs even get nauseous and have tummy troubles during allergy season. Take note if your dog is vomiting or having loose stools and make an appointment to see your vet.

5) Have you noticed your pup going bald? No, it is not genetic male pattern baldness, but it may be allergies! Bald spots and red/ brown discoloration where the dog has been licking or chewing may appear over time or quite quickly. Hair loss is often accompanied by the next symptom: skin issues.


The dreaded allergy season can cause your dog to do strange things like scratch endlessly, chew their feet or Face Surf across the living room rugs. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you are noticing any of these symptoms so they can help your dog through this allergy season. Regular grooming and bathing to rid your dog’s coat of allergens is key to a happy, healthy dog during allergy season. If you do not have a professional groomer or have questions, please feel free to stop by our newly remodeled grooming salon and speak to Aurelia or our general manager, Kerry, to see how we can help get you and your dog through springtime!

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FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays May 3 through September 27, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Here’s a great market in your backyard! Visit our local farmers market on Saturdays and stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies at the Fresh Produce Market. Market opens at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between Smyrna First Baptist and the Market Village (1275 Church Street SE Smyrna, GA 30080-3595). Enjoy and be healthy! To participate as a market vendor, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863.

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MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA/VININGS WEST: Are you looking for a support group of other at-home moms and their children? If so, the MOMS Club of Smyrna/Vinings West would love to meet you! We are a chapter of MOMS Offering Moms Support International, and we organize fun, daytime social activities and play dates for the moms and kids in our club. We even have a monthly Moms Night Out! Contact us at or visit for more info. Our chapter is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes.

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SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and non-members alike. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: The Jonquil Garden Club meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but in public places as well. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at: SMYRNA FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS WILL START BACK ON MAY 6TH! Join us for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays each Tuesday from May 6 through September 30 at Taylor-Brawner Park from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga, 30080). The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power and Cobb Travel & Tourism (Atlanta’s Sweet Spot) have “powered” up to bring you Food Truck Tuesday along with lots of entertainment and fun. We look forward to weekly announcements. Stay tuned to for the latest and the weekly lineups, too. This event is the best Food Truck event series around! Enjoy the offerings from a weekly gathering of quality mobile gourmet trucks and a bit of sweet mixed in and music, too. Please follow parking directions and remember to park legally. After 5:00 p.m. you may find additional parking at Community Bank of the South on Atlanta Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Concord/Spring.


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Help Snyder’s of Hanover celebrate National Pretzel Day!!! Stop by the Snyder’s of Hanover booth and sample their great pretzels and embrace the crunchiest holiday ever! Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to hear Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performing all the songs you know and love on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Spring Jonquil Food Court. Bring a blanket, sing-a-long, and relax in a beautiful setting with the family. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk. The jog will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green (registration required call 770-319-5401 or on-line at The festival hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 26, and noon - 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 27. Admission is FREE.

April 26 & 27, 2014 The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival presented by Superior Plumbing features over 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. The Jonquils will be in bloom in the midst of springtime in Smyrna. Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink and just have a great day together.

The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family! The Village Green is located just off I-75 to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Rd.) head west approximately 3 miles to Atlanta Rd., turn left onto Atlanta Rd. and the festival will be one mile on the right.

Artisans are from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The huge interactive children’s area presented by LGE Community Credit Union includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more. So whether it’s your child or the child in you, there are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Peter Hart will be back in 2014, bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Spring Jonquil Festival presented by Superior Plumbing. Peter’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage! Stop by the Wildlife Wendy Tropical Bird Show to see Wendy show off the amazing tricks these birds can do. Talk to them, watch them shoot baskets and even see them ride a bicycle! Not only will you be entertained, Wildlife Wendy will even teach you all about these exotic birds.


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Smyrna/ Vinings Our Town April 2014  

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