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MOM’S WALKING GROUP: Meets Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Rd., SE, Smyrna, GA 30080. Come meet other moms and enjoy a walk by the river. Contact Deb Cook, or email for more information. ATLANTA CYCLLING RIDES-SATURDAY VININGS LOOP: Year round on Saturdays, at Atlanta Cycling Vinings, 4335 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Meet at 9am for a 55 mile ride and at 10am for a 22 mile in-town ride. Pace on all rides is optional, so ride at your own pace and enjoy the route or ride with the group. The painted routes are very well marked and easy to follow. For more information, call 770.952.7731 or visit SMYRNA FRESH PRODUCE MARKET: Saturdays, through Fall, 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!

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 F.A.R.M. FARMERS ATLANTA RD. MARKET: Every Tuesday at 4:30pm at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Rd., SE, Smyrna. St. Benedict's Episcopal Church as a weekday source for Cobb Co. and Atlanta residents to buy fresh local produce and other foods. Local means we eat seasonal items that will taste better and be better for you while supporting farmers in our own community. Weekly Seasonal Produce from Georgia Farmers. FARM is a "Georgia Only" Market. Our vendors either grow their own produce or their creations are from Georgia ingredients. FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS: Food Truck season is upon us! Taylor-Brawner Park will roll out the dinner bell each Tuesday from 6pm-9pm beginning in in April. From April to October nine trucks with dinner options and three trucks featuring deserts will be serving it up to Smyrna familes. 10% of the proceeds are given to a non-profit charity. Make it a weekly family event! OPEN MIC NIGHT AT REV COFFEE: You're invited to play your music every Wednesday night in an open mic forum in front of a cozy, supportive crowd. Performers are encouraged to bring their own instruments however, partly in due to Rev’s community atmosphere, but mostly due to the friendliness of our fellow Rev-goers, just because you forgot your instrument doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to play. A musician sign-up board will be set up near the coffee counter, so you’ll know when you’re up. Though a lot of the music played at Rev is acoustic, don’t be afraid to crank up the dial. People can read the newspaper and play chess between 8:00am-8:00pm. The hours of 8:00pm-10:00pm are for music. No purchases are necessary. But we hear caffeine is good for dexterity and teas are great way to warm up your vocal chords. 1680 Spring Road SE, Smyrna.

Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a free class on “Managing Diabetes with Insulin” the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. If you are knowledgeable about diabetes, but want more information about insulin or are having problems with your insulin, this would be an excellent review class for you. This free class is held in the hospital cafeteria. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. Expires 8/31/2013.

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL: Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers Diabetes Education Classes. 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, a Registered Dietitian, a Podiatrist, and a Pharmacist. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, exercise, medications, a personalized meal plan, carbohydrate counting, label reading, eating out and sick day management. The classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Cost is $45.00 for three classes. A support person—without diabetes—may attend without charge. Fee is payable the first night of class. Call 770-437-6913 or 770-438-4373 for upcoming dates or to register. You may also register on-line at

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Smallcakes of Marietta opened in December and has been growing every day. Shortly after, she purchased the store in Buckhead and recently opened her third store in Augusta, GA but Lori longed to come home and bring these amazing treats to Smyrna. After finding a great location and making renovations, Lori is opening her fourth store in Smyrna at 4624 Camp Highlands Rd in shopping center next to Twisted Taco and Firehouse Subs. Smallcakes features an ever changing menu of succulent cupcakes accompanied by satisfying Smallcakes branded coffee and other refreshing drink choices. Smallcakes also features other dessert items from time to time including amazing Smallcakes whoopee pies and moist tempting brownies! The warm inviting cupcakery provides complimentary wifi and comfy seating for guests to stay and visit with Lori and the staff. A separate party room is featured and cupcake parties may be booked anytime! Consider these amazing cupcakes for your next office or school function too! Smallcakes of Smyrna has the official grand opening on Saturday June 22nd and will begin serving the best cupcakes in Smyrna! Plan to include these moist delicious treats in your summer fun! Smallcakes of Smyrna will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM and on Sunday from noon to 5 PM. Lori can’t wait to meet you and see all her old friends from home! Lori now resides in West Cobb with her husband, Jonathan, and two kids, Abby and Austin. When Lori is not behind the counter, you may see her out in the West Cobb community. She loves playing ALTA tennis, singing at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, and cheering on her kids at Oregon Park and Lost Mountain Park. Lori invites everyone to come see for themselves why she says Smallcakes are “the best cupcakes I have ever tasted!” Lori’s favorite cupcake is Smallcakes Red Velvet!

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The Vinings, Smyrna, Cumberland and Mableton areas have seen many milestones for the Muller Family. After graduating from The Citadel, Todd moved to Atlanta and worked in the Cumberland area where he met Kirsten who graduated from Vanderbilt University. Todd grew up on Long Island in Ronkonkoma, New York and Kirsten in Darien, Connecticut but found one another in Vinings. Soon after they got married , they bought their first home in Smyrna and started raising their family. Kirsten taught kindergarten at Teasley Elementary for six years and is now a teacher at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School where the family also attends church. Todd is a Senior Builder with John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods where he has worked for eleven years. They built their current John Wieland home in the Providence neighborhood in Mableton. "Your neighborhood paperback book store!"

For the Muller kids, July is filled with countless hours at their neighborhood pool, exciting camps, and traveling to see family. July also kicks off a string of birthdays. Cole, a third grader at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School turns 9 this month. Henry, who attends Sunbrook Academy at Barnes Mill, will be 2 in August. Ellie, a 1st grader at St. B’s, will be 7 this September.

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Find Your Second Act by Stephanie Hayes Is your passion caring for others but you have been too scared to make the change to a new career? Find your motivation from two Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna employees who took the leap of faith and went with their passion in the second act of their careers. Ebonie Hardman worked for 10 years as an accountant/financial analyst. She says, “I realized after having children that my passion was not in numbers. I wanted to tangibly touch the lives of individuals and feel a sense of purpose.” Her children made her look at life differently. Ebonie said, “I wanted my children to see a mom that loved going to work daily and not dread it. I decided to make a career change to become a registered nurse.” The path to become a registered nurse was not easy as Ebonie traveled back and forth to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, while having two babies at home in Smyrna, Georgia. Ebonie said at that time Ebonie Hardman Vanderbilt University was the only college that offered a degree as an informatics registered nurse. She would leave Smyrna at 3:00 AM each Monday and arrive in time for her 8:00 AM class. Each week her husband and mother-in-law took care of the girls while she attended classes. She felt like giving up many times but knew she would be rewarded when she completed her degree. Now Ebonie works as an Informatics Nurse at Emory-Adventist Hospital and enjoys coming to work each day. Her family sees a woman that is passionate about her work and enjoys being able to help others. Another Emory-Adventist Hospital employee that found her passion in her second act is RN Katie Pearson. Katie’s first career was working as a product manager in the software industry which was very stressful and demanded a lot of time. After having children, she took some time off. Katie was ready to return to work when the kids started school but knew that she needed a career that matched her top priorities which was family and health. She decided to become an RN. When offering advice to others considering making a career change, Katie says “Changing careers is an opportunity to redefine your priorities. You spend a lot of time at work – make it something you truly enjoy and can see yourself doing for the rest of your life.”

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HOW TO SHOP WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO SHOP What do you do when you feel like you have the urge for something new, but no time to shop? Everyone's busy! The following solutions may help to keep you feeling good when time is tight.

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3. Shop while you're traveling, but only if you stick close to your style formula. Some things bought in Ecuador might look great in Ecuador, but when you get them home, you may have a "What was I thinking" moment. If you travel with a companion to larger cities and have time on your hands, shopping can actually be relaxing. Even if you just window shop, when you get back home your eyes will be able to edit what's in the stores much faster because of your earlier shopping field trip.

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Many people think they cannot have an attractive garden because they have too much shade in their yard. However, that is a misconception because some of the most beautiful gardens are found in the shade. Shade gardening is unique in that it lends itself well to a peaceful, serene and cool landscape setting.

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A stylish approach to dining in your home by Meredith Warnock, RID Whether you entertain often or only during special occasions, a dining room should be functional and well-designed. The dining room usually occupies a prime location in your home and thus, may be one of the first areas to show-off your design aesthetic. Aside from dining, this room is often tasked with additional duties for other occasions, perhaps as a buffet set-up for a large cocktail party. All-in-all, the dining room is a space that deserves your design attention.

Select Your Furniture with Seat-Count in Mind Some dining rooms generously allow a large headcount. In one South Texas ranch home, my clients requested two round tables that sat about 14-people each. The room was so large, at full capacity, there was still room to mix-and-mingle around the tables during a cocktail hour with ease. However, most of the time, we are limited by space. When you begin making your furniture selections, think about your ideal headcount. Most dining rooms allow seating for 8-12 people. Let this be the guide for choosing the right sized chairs and a table that allows you to expand or contract according to your headcount. Not only will an additional table leaf allow this flexibility, but also the style and legs of the table may affect your ability to add additional guests.

Be Realistic about Furniture Selections Though buffets and case pieces may be fabulous additions to your design, the size of your dining room may only allow for a dining table and chairs. If the floor plan does not accommodate additional pieces, don’t sacrifice your desired seat-count and table size. Most of the time, there are other areas of your home to set up your food and cocktails or display your family heirlooms.

Jazz it Up! Drama. Ambiance. Special. Unique. All of these are words clients often use to describe the way they want their dining room to feel. This room demands a little more flair than other rooms in your home and whether your style dictates this in a subtle way or something grander, think outside of the box. A standout chandelier, art piece or sculpture, rug, or special wall upholstery will make your space memorable and unique.

Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the U.S., including Georgia, Texas, California and New York.

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Leg Room When selecting your dining table, keep in mind the location and quantity of your chairs so that your usual seating arrangement does not put your guest against the base of your table.

Take a Seat Often times, it is appropriate to mix your chair styles. The host chairs can be different from the guest’s chairs. Or, in the case of a round table, a chic mix of two chair styles may be just the trick to making your room stand out. Regardless of the scenario, if you use different chair styles, the seat heights must not be more than a 1/2” off from one another.

Dress it Up, Dress it Down Unless your entertaining style is formal at all times, design your room to accommodate both an elegant evening as well as a more casual event. This involves knowing when to stop embellishing the design. Your china, glassware, flatware, linens and floral arrangements can always set the differentiating tone.

Up in Arms An approach most often seen with dining chairs is that the host chairs have arms and the guest chairs do not. However, this is not the rule. You can do all with arms, none with arms, or a completely different mix. Regardless of your preference, make sure the arm height will allow the chair clearance when pushed under the table.

Mood-Lighting As always, lighting plays an important role in the design of your room. In the dining room all lighting must be on dimmers. Soft lighting always makes the evening more charming and relaxing. Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Georgia, Texas, California and New York.


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What are the Benefits of Healthy Eating? by Farhad Dodar

When it comes to general fitness levels, we are all aware of the benefits of eating healthy. In today's hectic society, it is often much easier to grab a quick bite at a fast food joint than to cook a healthy meal that is rich in vitamins and nutrients. Yet, beyond weight loss and general health, there are many benefits of healthy eating, so what are they?

Fight and Prevent Disease A balanced diet that represents all the food groups will be rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and other important substances that help us fight and prevent disease. Indeed, most of the major chronic illnesses seen in North America today, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are all attributed in part to an unhealthy diet. We need to eat well to maintain healthy cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune systems, and to prevent the ill effects of chemicals and trans fats found in processed foods.

More Energy Eating well ensures you have higher energy levels so you can enjoy increased productivity and motivation. In addition, eating healthy foods allows you to be more socially active so you can enjoy all your favorite activities.

confidence. Moreover, as you learn about and develop new eating habits, you can set yourself attainable goals. As you change from your old, unhealthy diet that is rich in processed and fatty foods to a new, healthy diet you'll gain confidence in your ability to make important life changes.

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Stress can have significant, negative effects on your physical and emotional health. Fortunately, a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, can help you reduce your stress to a manageable level. Ultimately, this will allow you to gain more enjoyment out of life as you'll no longer be bogged down by unnecessary stress.

A healthy diet is the best anti-aging solution available today. Eating healthy nutritious foods can keep you looking young and vibrant. The nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains not only give us energy, but they help maintain healthy skin by promoting good cell growth and eliminating free radicals and other toxins.

Increased Confidence When you eat healthy, you look and feel better too. Indeed, accessing the vitamins and nutrients found in fresh, non-processed foods will act as a natural mood enhancer so that you can achieve new levels of


Mental Alertness Many of the foods we eat today are high in calories and fats, but offer little other nutrition. This means that we may feel a quick boost in mental alertness immediately after a meal, but this dissipates quickly and leaves us feeling fatigued and lacking focus. On the other hand, healthy diets are rich in foods that gradually release energy so we benefit from increased mental alertness throughout the day.

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Honesty is More Than a Virtue – It’s Good for You by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Honesty is a uniquely important human quality which has been valued and celebrated for all of recorded history. The Roman goddess Veritas was known as “the mother of virtue”; Confucious considered honesty to be “the essential source of love, communication, and fairness”; and the Bible’s Old Testament prohibited “bearing false witness.” However, some assert that in our current culture, the commitment to truthfulness is no longer assumed. There is an acceptance that students (and even teachers) cheat in our schools; and there is a placid acceptance than politicians and business leaders will “color” the truth to meet their goals. The “Science of Honesty” project was presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual convention in August, 2012. This research conducted by lead author Anita E. Kelly, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, found that telling the truth when tempted to lie can significantly improve a person’s mental and physical health. Dr. Kelly asserts that Americans average about 11 lies per week, and that when participants in the study purposefully and dramatically reduce lies, there was significantly improved health. The study also revealed positive results in participants’ personal relationships, with those in the no-lie group reporting improved relationship and social interactions. Other researchers have confirmed significant benefits to becoming more honest. These include: improved relationships, better physical and mental health, lower levels of stress, improved sense of peace, improved character and reputation, and better sense of trust from others. When you are more open and honest in your relationships there is an improved sense of connection and feelings of love. Honesty improves relationships because it allows problems to be addressed and solved. If issues are avoided, there may be less conflict in the short-term but in the long-term the unre-


solved issues will interfere with the connections and sense of happiness in the relationship. However, brutal full disclosure is both unnecessary and unkind. Relationships require a delicate balance of honesty and compassionate restraint from criticism, cruelty and contempt. In important relationships, it is essential to express feelings by avoiding criticism and rather focus on complaints or a request for change. If you are frustrated with an untidy spouse, it is better to express “I don’t like it when you leave your dirty clothes on the floor and I really want you pick up after yourself ”; rather than “honestly” label them an “inconsiderate jerk”. Honesty should be expressed with respect for the other, with appreciation for the point of view of the other. Friendships, family, and work relationship all suffer whenever dishonesty is discovered. Dishonesty causes many significant problems. It is a vicious circle as one dishonest act typically leads to another. Dishonesty is a manipulation of others and eventually will always catch up and cause problems in relationships. It is only when we reveal ourselves fully that the deepest, purest, most soul-nourishing love can be exchanged. Once trust is damaged with dishonesty, it is a difficult and painful process to rebuild. While it clearly can be accomplished, it is not easy. Building trust is not an instant process and it can take weeks, months, or even years to develop. As the popular saying expresses: “Honesty is the best policy”. Not just because someone in authority asks for it….. not because you will likely be caught in deceptions. Honesty is important because it is the path to the most intimate and fulfilling relationships and because it has many emotional and physical health benefits. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Water – The Earth’s Best Sports Drink by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP

Water is crucial for survival. Our bodies are made of two-thirds water. Water ensures every bodily function from temperature management, waste disposal and nutrient transport. Most of us don’t consume enough water on a daily basis. It is estimated that 75% of the population lives in mild dehydration on a daily basis. Dehydration occurs in three ways – not consuming enough water (due to nausea, illness or being too busy), losing too much fluids (due to sweating, fever, illness or medications) or a combination of both. Children are especially sensitive to dehydration because of their smaller size. A small change in water consumption or fluid loss makes a proportionately bigger impact and thirst is not an early sign of dehydration.

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A 2% loss of body weight due to dehydration negatively impacts athletic performance. A 3-5% loss impairs reaction time, concentration, judgment, and results in fatigue or dizziness. A 10% or more loss can be dangerous or even life threatening. Parents should seek emergent treatment if their child has a dry, sticky mouth, muscle cramping, fatigue, extreme irritability, shallow and rapid breathing at rest or produces significantly less urine. There is no better treatment for dehydration than prevention. We have all heard adults should consume 64 ounces of water daily. A child older than 10, should aim for 64 ounces of water daily in addition to 2-3 cups of milk. The average two-year old should consume 2 cups of water and 3 cups of milk daily. An average five-year old should consume 3 cups of water and 3 cups of milk daily. Heat, humidity and activity levels may increase demands, as well as consumption of salty foods. It is important to drink fluids before, during and after activities, especially when hot and humid. Consuming fruits and vegetables high in water, such as watermelon, broccoli, and pineapple, are nutritionally imperative. Plan ahead and always have plenty of water available when outdoors, during activities and during daily life. Pack a bottle of water in backpacks and lunch boxes. Not all fluids count toward daily water intake. Caffeinated beverages can lead to a higher risk of dehydration due to more trips to the restroom. Avoid sugary juices, sweetened teas, lemonades and other beverages including energy drinks and sports drinks. Excessive sugar can pull water into the bowel and away from the body. Electrolyte supplementation, through sports drinks, is generally only necessary when exercising in hot weather or for prolonged activities. If your child is showing signs of mild dehydration, remove him or her from the heat and sun, if possible. Have your child lie still to prevent further exertion or fainting and start giving fluids in small amounts. Fluids are absorbed through thin skin rather quickly and placing cool moist cloths to wrists, around the neck, armpits and inner thighs are helpful. If signs of severe dehydration are present, such as those listed above, seek emergency treatment. As always, lead by example. Drink plenty of water, limit purchases of sweetened beverages, and pack water in your child’s lunch box, as well as yours. Stay safe and well hydrated.


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by Deborah Ratchford

KEEP YOUR ENERGY BILLS LOW WHILE TEMPERATURES RISE The days of summer are upon us here in the “Hotlanta” area. It may be sweltering outside, but there are many things you can do to keep your home cool and save energy (and of course, money) during these hot months. Here are some energy saving and cost cutting tips for summer: 1. Set your air conditioning units to 78 degrees. For every degree lower than 78 degrees, you add 3-5% to your energy bill. 2. Change your air conditioning filters every 4-6 weeks. Dirty filters limit airflow and cause the unit to run much less efficiently. Keeping the filters clean can lower your air conditioning unit’s energy consumption by 5-15%! 3. Seal your ducts. Leaking ductwork accounts for approximately 25% of cooling costs in an average home. Have your ducts tested and have any leaks (or blockages) repaired by a qualified and licensed HVAC technician. 4. Install window shading. On a typical home, windows account for nearly 50% of heat gain inside. Untreated windows will allow about 20 times more heat into your home than an equal amount of insulated wall space. While keeping the heat out, the right shades also protect your furnishings and floors from fading and discoloring. 5. Insulate and cool your attic. Have a licensed contractor determine whether or not you have the proper level of attic insulation in place. Once you do, you will begin saving money that very day. Keeping hot air from building up in your attic is very important in keeping your summer cooling bill under control. Installing a solar-powered attic fan can help keep your attic cool without any additional energy costs, and that makes it a true winner. Tinted film on your attic window can also help lower the temperature. Check with your HOA about what color tints are acceptable. 6. Fill in the gaps. Check your windows and doors for gaps or cracks. Fill them with caulking or weather stripping to keep the summer heat outside, where it belongs! If your windows need replacing, be sure


to go with Energy Star rated products. 7. Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can actually make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler and they are relatively inexpensive. Most ceiling fans circulate air up or down, so make sure your fan is blowing air down in the summer. 8. Use of appliances. Avoid using the stove and oven on extremely hot days. Opt for the outdoor grill or the microwave instead. Avoid placing appliances that throw off heat like televisions near thermostats. Run your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer during off peak hours (early morning or later at night) when temperatures are cooler. When using the dryer, be sure to run full loads and clean the lint screen after each use. 9. Plant some trees. Planting a few shade trees around your home can save you money and improve your home’s energy efficiency while boosting its curb appeal. Trees will block your home from the sun’s rays that would otherwise warm the exterior walls and increase the temperature inside the home. 10. Don’t forget the water! Water consumption, along with water bills, increase during the hot months. Be sure to monitor local weather forecasts and override sprinkler settings on days when rain is forecasted. Also, capture the rain! Invest in a 50 gallon rain barrel. The savings in water can be huge, and the extra water can come in handy for watering those plants, flowers, and vegetable gardens. Check with your HOA about where rain barrels may be kept on your property.

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by Mark Orler There is an old saying that states, “ You will capture more flies with honey than you will with vinegar”, and while I don’t have a “fly” issue that would require the need to bait them with a sticky-sweet goo for any reason, I do have four kids. Like many of you fellow suburbanites, we live in an area where our children are free to roam the confines of our yard with relative ease where it is incredibly easy to lose track. “Hey, where’s the one that still wear’s diapers?” During the winter months, this is not a big deal as they tend to herd around each other for warmth, but in the summer as the days get longer and they begin to smell funkier, we tend to give them more “pasture” time where they tend to meander; into streets, into cranky neighbor’s yard, into the weird guy’s van etc. Thus the “honey” analogy, as in “Honey, can you build the kids a playhouse so I can keep track of them and keep them out of Mr. Grant’s van?”

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And in typical “my wife” fashion none of the off-the-shelf domains that you could purchase at our local Mega Mart would do. Because and let’s be honest here, those gaudy Made-In-China Plastic mini-monstrosities will look like they belong at the top of a garbage heap instead of your back yard in just a couple years. No, my wife designed a neo-classical mini-house that would be American Made and built to last. And by American-made I mean one particular American…me. Thus, I spent four weeks with a Skill Saw and my trusty Thumb-crushing hammer to construct the greatest “honey” trap I could to lure our wandering kids from death’s door at the end of our driveway. The structure is built on elevated posts so water will never destroy its foundation. It has a pitched roof covered in asphalt shingles so not a drop of rain will spoil their imaginative play. It is vented to capture any wafting breeze to cool their foreheads so that their brows suffer no sweat during their time in the structure. The windows are double paned so warm light enters while bugs cannot. It is, in a word, RIDICULOUS.


By the time I added up all the Home Depot and Lowes receipts, after my finger and thumb had healed enough to operate a calculator, I gave my wife the total cost of our new “children’s prison.” “YOU SPENT WHAT? We could have sent them away to camp for the entire summer for that much money.” She was right. I was so distraught over the financial drain Casa Kid-dom had caused that I was almost tempted to call Mr. Grant to let him lease some space in our yard for his van to defray the cost…but he smells too much like vinegar.


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Much like the house in the Hansel and Gretel this structure was designed for the sole purpose of luring little bodies into its domain and then snaring them until dinner. (Of course, we are not planning on eating them. Did I mention the smell?)

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Our Town loves that there are so many people in our communities that give their time and effort to support people in need. Here are just a few things folks have been doing to show their support and goodwill! Join in on the fun while giving back to your COMMUNITY.

ATLANTA’S 30TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR KIDS SUCCEEDS! by Caroline Karnatz The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hosted its 30th annual fundraiser “Ride for Kids” on Sunday, June 2nd in Alpharetta and Dahlonega, Georgia. Donations for the 2013 Ride totaled over $161,000.

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Ride for Kids is a road ride in which volunteer motorcyclists carry pediatric brain tumor survivors (called “STARS”) either on their motorcycles or in sidecars along scenic road routes. The Ride raises both awareness and money for researching pediatric brain tumors, one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. “Every dollar makes a difference,” said Mary Ratcliffe, the Foundation’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “There are kids out there that need your help, and you might think there’s not much you can do, but there absolutely is. We’re making a difference, but there’s so much more to do. We encourage everybody to get out there and do their part, because it makes such a huge difference to our Stars and their families.”

This year Stars and their drivers began at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia and rode to Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega. Riders received a police escort during the Ride, which closed down Georgia 400 so Stars could safely enjoy the Ride. The Ride lasted from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m. after which, the STARS shared pieces of their story onstage with WSBTV’s Jocelyn Dorsey during the post-ride ceremony. Ride for Kids originally began in Atlanta in 1983 and has branched out to many states. The Atlanta Ride for Kids occurs annually the first Sunday of June and celebrates its 30th annual ride this year. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will continue to hold events throughout the year. For more information about the Ride For Kids, visit or call the PBTF at (800) 253-6530.

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The Vinings Village Woman’s Club presented $13,000 to local groups recently. Co-presidents Margaret Bramwell and Sandy Christian presented the awards at the club’s May luncheon at the Vinings Club. A $6200 award to the club’s Vinings Beautification committee provided landscape design and maintenance for Vinings public areas. Several local groups shared $6800 in awards. Elizabeth McRae, President of the PAWS Foundation of Teasley Elementary School, and school principal Leslie Mansfield purchased science education materials. Gillian Greer and Karen DeRuyter of The Vinings Historical Preservation Society selected banquet tables and a coat rack for the historic Pace House. Pastor Beth Dickinson of Vinings United Methodist Church bought a portable PA system. A donation of pine straw improved the landscaping at Vinings Library. Cobb County Fire Station No.4 received a new television and Fire Station No. 5 received a new grill, with an upgrade by Home Depot. All shifts at Cobb County Police Precinct No. 3 enjoyed a Memorial Day meal from Low Country Barbeque. The Club funded these awards with year-round pine straw sales, membership dues and the annual sale of We Love Vinings Part- Vinings Village Woman’s Club award recipients (l-r): Margaret ner Cards offering discounts at sev- Bramwell, Gillian Greer, Karen DeRuyter, Elizabeth McRae, enty Vinings businesses. Leslie Mansfield, Rev. Beth Dickinson and Sandy Christian

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Summer can be challenging for moms. It’s three months of freedom—no more packing lunches, no more yelling, “The bus is here! Hurry!!!” in the morning, no more homework and expectations. Ahhh… a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of school. But with that freedom comes a whole lot of togetherness. Siblings start to bicker, moms lose their patience, and dads get an earful when they get home about, “these kids!”

My unsuspecting husband walked right into the thick of it one day in early June. He was being the saint that he typically is by coming home from work early so that I could go to a furniture painting class. My goal was to paint the upright piano that my parents gave me. It’s the piano that my mom tortured me with for 11 consecutive years, forcing me to take lessons week after week when I clearly had no musical talent at all.

Still, she had high hopes for me. She often told me that on the day I was born, she looked at my long fingers and said, “She’ll be my piano player.” I was doomed from day one.

As a kid, I often wondered if she secretly thought my long fingers were perfect for dishwashing too. I washed so many dishes growing up that I used to tell her, “The only reason you had me was to wash your dishes.” She’d shoot me a devilish grin and not say a word, which sent me through the roof. Now that I’m a mom, I realize how well played that was. Bravo, Mom. Now, I’m painting the piano because I plan to torture my kids with it too. Cue the devilish grin. So that brings me to the June day when my husband came home early from work so that I could go to the furniture painting class. He pulled into the driveway just as I was ready to pull out my hair. The kids had been out of school two weeks, it rained five days straight, and we had been stuck inside. I spent days following them around, cleaning up messes and saying, “No!” to a gazillion requests for junk food and the Wii. Something had to give. I couldn’t spend the entire summer like this. Now, I’ve never been a mom who dreads summer. I’ve always looked at it as a time when I can teach my kids practical life skills—like how to plant and harvest a garden. I’ve never filled our schedules with camps, classes and activities. I’ve wanted my kids to have free time wade in a creek, ride bikes to the ice cream shop or climb a tree they’d never discovered before, and you can’t do those things if you’re always rushing to the next activity. That sounds idyllic, and it worked when they were younger but I’m learning that we need more. Not so much more that we lose summer’s leisure and spontaneity, but a little bit more so that we don’t lose our minds. So here’s my new strategy: First, give them responsibility. Make a chore chart. Every morning, my kids wake up and wash their faces, comb their hair, brush their teeth, and make their beds. Every mealtime, they set the table and clear it. They are 7 and 5-years-old so I don’t expect perfection, just their best. They don’t get paid. Its just part of pitching in as a family. Still, money management is a necessary skill, so I give them a few age-appropriate chores that they get paid for. My 7-year-old son can load the dishwasher, run the sweeper, or clean the bathroom sink for cash. My 5-year-old son can water flowers, clean glass with Windex, or empty the trash for cash. They get paid every Friday, and they can put it in one of three envelopes marked, “save, spend or give.”

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Second, give them stability. Assign Wii days and junk food days. My kids constantly ask for the Wii and junk food, and I finally realized it’s my fault that they ask all the time. Sometimes I’d say yes and sometimes I’d say no. I had good reasons each time for my answer, but they didn’t know that. To them, my answer probably seemed like a whim. So they kept asking and asking, figuring I’d say yes eventually. Now, Mondays and Saturdays are Wii days, and Tuesdays and Fridays are dessert days. Done. No more asking. No more arguing. Third, give them purpose. Both are playing baseball, and the oldest is on swim team. They are accomplishing something, but we still have time for spontaneous fun. Fourth, give them goals. Seven and five-year-olds are good at making goals for themselves so we sat down as a family to develop goals in three areas, physical, mental and spiritual. My oldest son’s goals are to place first in swim team, read the second book in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and pray for his friends. My youngest son’s goals are to ride his bike without training wheels, learn more sight words, and read the Bible. And when fall starts, their goal will be to learn to play piano. Cue the evil grin again.


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Enjoy “Summer inby Amber theBurckhalter City” with Your Dog As the hot summer months are upon us, it can be difficult to keep our dogs both active and safe in the extreme Atlanta heat. This month we will discuss fun activities to keep your dog both active and safe this summer around Atlanta! Explore some of the local walking and hiking trails here in Atlanta. We are lucky Atlanta has many places that you can walk and hike with your dog. Check out the Paces Mill Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area off Cobb Pkwy, Heritage Park, Sweetwater Creek, Sope Creek or Kennesaw Mountain. The Chattahoochee Nature Preserve offers miles of trails as well. Have fun and allow your dogs to explore, safely splashing in clean water and checking out wildlife. Make it a family event and take a picnic and spend the day together. Safety tip: Take these hikes and walks during the cooler hours of early morning or early evening, hydrate your dog, bring them water to drink and watch for any signs of overexertion or heat exhaustion. Take your dog to the lake. Many dogs love to swim, play and frolic in the water. Play fetch with floating toys, relax on the dock or go for a boat ride. Many dogs enjoy playing with other dogs so bring along a good play pal. Safety tip: It is a good idea to purchase a life jacket for your dog if you're going to be boating with them or if they're going to be swimming in large bodies of water. Remember, a dog can be overcome in the water just as humans can or they can be thrown from a boat. Keeping your dog in a life jacket can keep them and you safe. Never swim alone with a dog as he can panic and drag you under water. Make your backyard a doggy water park. Turn on a sprinkler and let your dog enjoy the spray, purchase a small baby pool from a local toy store and allow your dog to swim, splash and play in it. Another great idea is to take your dog's favorite chew toys or treats and


freeze them inside a Tupperware container full of water. Once frozen, remove the ice treat from the Tupperware container and take it outside. Your dogs will play with and mouth the frozen treat, keeping themselves well-hydrated as well as entertaining their minds as they forage for their treat. Remember, dogs are natural hunters and this game allows them to be a true dog. Safety tip: Make sure whatever toys or treats you give your dog are safe to be consumed. Summer is a good time to try out some new doggy classes or training as well. Involve your whole family, including your children, and enroll in a fun indoor doggie class such as treibball, nosework, agility-for-fun or "bone" up on obedience skills. These classes will allow your dog to stay active, safely cool, work their minds and increase their training knowledge. Fun classes help with your relationship with your dog and make them a better-behaved family member. Get the whole family involved and brush up on your dog relationship skills while the kids are out of school! Safety tip: Pick a trainer who uses positive reinforcement techniques and allows all members of the family to participate. Remember our dogs, like people, can overheat and become very sick very quickly and, in rare cases, lose their lives due to the heat. Speak to your veterinarian if you have questions about how to keep your dog safe in hot weather or about the signs of heat exhaustion or stroke. Providing adequate hydration, a cool place to relax and safe activities goes a long way. Pay close attention to elderly dog, ill dogs, puppies and brachycephalic breeds (dogs with “pushed in” faces including Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzu), who can have exceptional difficulty in hot weather. Lastly, remember to NEVER leave your dog in your car. They are much safer at home. Now go play with your pup! Amber Burckhalter is the owner of K-9 Coach located at 4870 South Atlanta Road, Suite 200,Smyrna, Georgia 30080 404.603.9744

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pet of the month Parker is 4 years old and is such a positive inspiration to all he meets. Parker Barker is a cancer survivor at such a young age of 2 (lymphoma). Parker, his owner and his pet sitters are so in love with this little guy and inspired by his strong spirit and his will to stay strong and survive. He is 22 months free of treatments and seems to be recovered completely.

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“Migraine Prevention and Treatment” class will be held at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. Choosing to PREVENT your migraine headaches from occurring is preferable to having short term relief from your pain. Treating migraines with quick fix over-the-counter medications can sometimes trigger rebound migraines. Learn about the latest in migraine prevention and treatment by attending this free informative talk by Dr. Jawaid Ahsan, board certified neurologist. Call 770-319-2025 to reserve your space. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers free class on preventing abdominal pain on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. If you are having abdominal discomfort, learn to “Trust Your Gut” to find out the cause. Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and constipation are common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable or spastic colon, or IBS, affects some 10-15% of the population in North America. Don’t miss Dr. Michaele Brown’s discussion of IBS symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. Make your reservation by calling 770-319-2025. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers free class for caregivers called “Caring for the Caregiver” on Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. Caring for a sick, disabled or elderly loved-one can cause stress and even sickness for the caregiver. Discover ways to care for yourself physically and mentally when placed in the role of caregiver. This workshop by Jennifer Almand of Northside Psychological will teach you stress management, coping techniques and offer helpful resources to care for yourself. Take time out to attend this free workshop. Call 770-319-2025 to make reserve your spot.

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Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will offer a free class called “Understanding and Preventing Reoccurring Childhood Earaches and Sinus Infections” on Tuesday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. Young children are prone to infections of the nose, sinus, and ears, especially in the first several years of life. These are most frequently caused by viral infections (colds), and they may be aggravated by allergies. However, if your child remains ill beyond the usual week to ten days, a sinus infection may be the cause. Dr. Thomas Guffin, Otolaryngologist, will discuss the causes and treatment of upper respiratory disorders in children. Make reservations for this class by calling 770-319-2025. SARAH’S SCHOOL OF FISH NEW CLASSES: Sarah's School of Fish is proud to offer a brand new group lesson track. This group will focus on broad skills over precise technique. Recreational Group Lessons $200 for July/August session-signup now limited spots available! Beginner levels available. Baby and Me is a parent/tot swim class which helps teach parents how to teach their child the fundamental skills of swimming. We strongly recommend this class for any child who is 3-24 months of age who is afraid of the water. Baby & Me June/July session now open. Call for details!! See you at the pool this summer! 770-434-6914 SMYRNA PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIDAY FILM FUN: Every Friday at 3pm (all ages) In the Smyrna Public Library, Meeting Room. Bring snacks for your family to enjoy during the family-friendly movie! For more information, call 770-431-2860.

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