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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 300803595). 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

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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.

JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Saturday, June 8th from 8am to noon. You must see this, the largest inventory of plants that the JGC has offered in recent years! Sun and shade blooming perennials, hard-to-find shrubs, hostas, ferns, small trees, annuals, groundcovers, natives, herbs and tomato plants will all be for sale. Creative container gardens, garden accessories, books and art to sell for a song. Let our “little red wagon” brigade help you get your plants to the car. Rain or shine, we have great plants and even better prices! Most gallon containers: $4-$6. Smyrna Farmer’s Market, King Street in the lower parking lot of First Baptist Church of Smyrna. 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

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL: EmoryAdventist 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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by Chris Lash If you were asked what the most memorable year for sharks is, many would say 1975, the year the movie “Jaws” came out. But for a small band of 50 somewhat aging swimmers, they would fondly list 1974, the year the Smyrna Sharks swim team was formed. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the City of Smyrna’s swim team. The team has grown from its original 50 members to an impressive 490 swimmers and divers for the 2013 season. The Smyrna Swim & Dive Team have 2 competitive swim teams each with 160 members, 1 rookie program with 120 beginners and 50 competitive divers. They proudly swim for the City of Smyrna representing the best of what swimming has to offer for the summer swim competitor. Several original Sharks have not strayed far from a pool. Steve Hendrix was on that inaugural team and is currently the Training Coordinator (lifeguarding) for Cobb County and the Programmer for Central Aquatics Center. Fellow Shark, Peter Conrady, the current Aquatics Coordinator for Cobb County, joined the team a few years after Steve. So it would seem this sport stays with you. Also evidenced by the fact, many of the 2013 team has parents who swam for their summer league teams in their youth, swam in college, one who grew up swimming with Michael Phelps and even one who was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team.

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THE SMYRNA SHARKS: Top Row: Emily Lash Middle Row/L-R : Nile Phillips, Edward Van Nort, Patrick Tilt, Robby Young Bottom Row/L-R: Chloe Van Nort, Adam Ruehle, Elizabeth Tilt, Susan Ruehle, Gracie Young, Brooks Ruehle, Alaina Van Nort on the roof. The covering was removed and the pool has remained that way. The pool sports one of the few 3 meter diving boards in the Metro area, which gives the Sharks dive team a wonderful advantage against their opponents. The dive team is also relatively new compared to the original shark’s team and earned their own league championship title 2 years ago. The Smyrna Swim & Dive Teams still refer to themselves as the Sharks, but when it comes to competition day they all split up and get down to business. The original swim team competes as the Hammerheads in the gold division for the Cobb Summer Swim League, and their newest team, Makos, competes in the silver division for CSSL. Both had impressive 5-O records last season earning them each division champion status. This win for the Makos advanced them from the bronze division to the silver, while the Hammerheads still reign in the top division. When asked what makes such a large organization so successful, you will find all involved singing the praises of their great coaches, committed leadership, dedicated swimmers and parents, mixed with a wonderful partnership with the City of Smyrna. If you have young ones who may be ready for a fun and exciting summer activity, come to Tolleson Park any Monday night in June and watch a swim meet. You will see firsthand what team sportsmanship and camaraderie is all about at the Shark’s home pool. And if you’d like to join, you can be assured that is will be safe to get in the water with these Sharks! Chris Lash is the President of the Smyrna Swim and Dive Team.

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you know”. Since that time, no other piece of public land or park land has ever been “given” or purchased by anyone. This wonderful family has now opened their estate to the public for several months of the year. Winter in Patagonia can be quite unbearable, and so like most people who live there, they return to Buenos Aires for the winter months. Remember that in the southern hemisphere, their summer is our winter and our winter is their summer. This means that when it is cold and dreary in Atlanta; why not escape to beautiful Patagonia for a summer vacation of fly-fishing, boating, swimming, golf and all those wonderful things that we can’t do from December to March. Arroyo Verde, located on the Traful River is also home to land-locked salmon, brown and rainbow trout and more. This is a catch and release river with a season from November through April. In this remote setting, the fish, (some reaching 28 inches for salmon and 29 inches for Rainbows and Browns) swim right up to you in the crystal clear water. Best of all; bring only your favorite fly rod. Everything else is available on site. Imagine standing in the river surrounded by the Andes…what more could you ask for? Miles of nothingness surrounds this pristine spot. Rooms are cozy (all with private baths) and meals served family style. If lucky, you may be able to join the family for an Argentine style barbeque (Parillada) cooked outdoors by one of the resident gauchos. Fishing, horseback riding even mountain bikes are here for enjoyment. Did I learn to fly-fish… .sort of ? Too bad I had to come home! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures You can follow her travels by visiting Pam's blog at

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So, you have decided to list your home – what’s next? You definitely want to engage the buyer emotionally, because the decision to buy is very much an emotional decision. There are certain needs a buyer has in terms of function, but more often than not, an emotional connection to the home supersedes logic. So, accentuating your home's positive attributes and not drawing attention to any of the negative aspects is called “staging”. Lasting First Impressions You have heard it all your life – you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your home is the same way. Set the stage from the front curb into the front door. Cover all of the senses. Buyers have a lifestyle they want to achieve by living in your home and you want to set the stage for that. • Absolutely leave your house for every showing. They can’t picture themselves owning the home if they feel like guests. • Of course, the yard should be manicured, bushes trimmed, driveway cleaned and there should be a clean pathway to the front door. Maybe a few flowers in a pot by the entryway. • Once the buyer opens the front door, it should be welcoming and clean, clean, clean. It’s often difficult to determine what to do with an entry space but clean, organized and useful works every time. • Also, make sure that your home has a clean smell. You have heard the stories about a pie baking in the oven, but that isn’t necessary. Just make sure that pet odors are non-existent, no food odors linger and that there is a fresh smell to welcome potential buyers. All the senses come into play to make an emotional connection with your home. It’s Getting Hot in Here • When selling your home, your utility bill may be a bit high to keep buyers comfortable. That’s okay. Look at it as an investment in selling your home, to move on to your new home, and your new lifestyle. • During these hot summer months, turn on the air conditioning and keep it a degree or two below normal. This will make buyer’s linger longer. This will also minimize A/C from kicking on when the buyer is present, because some HVAC systems can be a bit noisy. Show a Buyer How They Can Expect to Enjoy Your Space • Turn on peaceful, neutral music at a low volume – just in the background. • Set the stage. Place the latest best seller on a nearby table. Buyers will envision themselves having time to read and a less hectic pace in their new home. • Declutter and organize. People want to imagine themselves as turning over a new leaf in their new home. Demonstrate that your home is just the home to help them do that. If you are selling in the summer, put winter items in storage to free up garage, closet and storage space. • Remove personal items and photographs. You don’t want potential buyers admiring your family photos instead of your home’s best qualities. • If you have water fountains, turn them on. They are especially useful for drowning out traffic noise. You Light Up My Life (or Lifestyle) • Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. • Open all curtains and shades. Consider addition additional lamps in rooms that might seem particularly dark. • Make sure the television is off! We don’t want buyers focused on the Braves game and not on your home’s features. Highlight Your Homes Features • If a feature is not absolutely evident – such as soft clothes drawers, pull out storage or custom closet organizers. Attach simple, printed cards to items in rooms that provide further information that the buyer might miss or might not know. You have so little time to make an impression. • If you have an antique chandelier in your dining room, put a card on it that discloses its age and other important details – if you are leaving it. If it is a family heirloom and not included in the sale then you may want to just indicate that it’s not included because it’s been in your family for 5 generations. But, be careful with “not included in the sale” messaging because it can turn buyers off. • Point out additional places for storage or upgrades you have done to the house to let the buyer know you take good care of your home. All This House Hunting Has Me Parched • Also, put a note on the refrigerator indicating that bottle waters are available in the door of the refrigerator for the buyer’s enjoyment or leave some out on a table in the entrance way. 770.436.2299 • If you really want to go above and beyond, you can also leave a bowl of wrapped candy or other treats near the front door with a small note thanking the buyer for coming to view your home. If all of this seems a little overwhelming, your real estate professional can help. Real Estate professionals know what appeals to most buyers and can separate fact from fiction. Most can also refer you to a professional home organizer or stager. The key to showing your home is to create a lifestyle the buyers want to believe they will live, when they buy your home. 210.464.2366

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KNOWING YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE TERMINOLOGY by Faye Vargas Morris, MD Have you opened your mail to find a bill from your doctor? After speaking with the financial officer, you are made aware that you have a co-insurance. You think to yourself... “I thought I had a co-pay? What is the difference?” It is very important to become familiar with the basic health insurance terminology. This allows one to understand their health insurance benefits. Listed below is some of the terminology. As always, be sure to review your health insurance policy to see what benefits you have. Premium - This is the amount you or your employer must pay, usually on a monthly basis, in order to maintain health insurance. An employer may cover some or the entire premium for employees who have group coverage through the company. The premium depends on a variety of factors such as the type of coverage you select and your age and gender. If you have individual coverage, your premium is likely also a function of your health history and the risk class to which your insurance company assigned you. Premiums can range from less than $100 a month to more than $1,000 a month, depending on all of these factors. This is the amount you pay for coverage, even if you never see a doctor or file a claim. Deductible - This is the amount that you must pay before the insurance coverage kicks in. Most insurance policies will have a deductible. Some policies will allow for limited service such as routine wellness examinations and physician visits whether or not you have met the deductible. Other policies, including some high deductible policies, will not provide benefits until you have paid for health services yourself in an amount equal to the deductible. In general, a premium for a policy with a low deductible will be greater than a policy with a high deductible.


Co-Insurance - Some insurance policies may require you to pay a percentage of your health care costs. This can occur when you have met your deductible, or in some cases, when you don’t have a deductible. This is the co-insurance. There are some policies that will cover 100% of the costs after the deductible is met. Others can pay anywhere from 70-90% of the costs. The remainder is left for you to pay. There are yet other policies that can include a maximum lifetime out-of-pocket that limits the amount you pay for the co-insurance. After you reach that maximum, your policy covers 100% of covered costs up to your annual or lifetime maximum. Co-Payment - For some services, especially routine doctors' office visits and prescriptions, your insurance requires a co-payment or co-pay. A co-pay is a fixed amount for a specific service or medication. Typically, you pay the service provider directly. The provider then bills the insurance company for the remainder of the cost. Co-pays for prescriptions may depend on whether the medication is brand name or generic, while co-pays for medical services can vary based on the type of provider and type of service. These are just some of the terms you should understand in regards to health insurance policies. You can find more information on this website http:// Faye Vargas Morris, MD is a board certified physician and co-founder of Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates. Atlanta Vanguard Medical Associates is located at 3692 Highlands Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30082, 678.305.1700

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We Create Beautiful Smiles

We grew up without TV. Yes, we were that family in the neighborhood. Although it worked for us, we are by no means suggesting that you haul your flat screen to the curb for next week’s pickup. We do believe, though, that there are benefits you can reap by keeping the TV off ‘til the sun goes down during the summer months. We realize that often, especially with younger ones, the television allows a few moments of respite from constantly entertaining your brood. Our ideas are intended to spark creativity in little minds while relieving you of hands-on participation. •Scavenger hunts – Who needs Dora the Explorer and her trusty map when you can create your own expedition? Set boundaries, and supply paper and crayons to your kids. Suggest that they create their own quests for each other. Stairs become mountainous slopes, couches become ships, and hallways become underground passages they must navigate to discover the hidden treasure, or in this case, the mini box of animal crackers. •Washing the car – (for especially hot days) Back your car out of the garage and into the driveway, hook up a hose, squirt a little Dawn dish detergent into a bucket with sponges, and let them have at it. Don’t forget to leave a stack of towels at the door for soaked attendants. •Paper bag puppets – For a full-blown production, provide one for each hand. Yarn, glue sticks, markers, and buttons create hilarious characters that are not complete until they’ve been named. When the puppets appear from behind the back of the couch, pretend you don’t hear the giggles that interrupt the spontaneous dialogue. •Cookies – Google no-bake recipes. When you remove the oven from the equation – I mean, what could go wrong? Only taste-tests allowed, though, until the kitchen is clean. •Clubs – A subject-specific club and its mandatory fort are perfect, inside on rainy days or outside under the trees when the ground is dry. Lego Club, Reading Club, Mystery Club – the options are limitless. •Make a movie – iCarly has nothing on your kids when it comes to filming and directing their own feature film. Commercials allow everyone a chance to direct. If the end result is appropriate in Mom’s eyes, a premier on YouTube provides additional entertainment for aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

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•Homemade t-shirts – Walgreen’s sells a 3-pak for four bucks. Fabric paint or Sharpies out on the driveway may reveal the next Lily Pulitzer or Marc Jacobs. •Pay-TV – Establish a system that earns television time after supper. The easiest scenario is that each minute of reading equals a minute of television. Whether or not you choose to honor carry-over minutes is up to you. When the kids return to school in the fall, they’ll have no lack of material for the “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” assignment. However, you’re not an endless supply of entertainment ideas. The first time they reject your suggestion and whine about being bored, occupy their next twenty minutes with a not-an-option chore. We bet you don’t hear “I’m bored” more than twice. Diana and Holly Parks are a mother-daughter duo who have co-authored the book I Didn’t See Me Do It. Visit their website at or go to Amazon to order.


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Naming Number 4 My wife and I had a deal. As long as she would agree to carry, labor and deliver our children I would name them. Seemed like a fair deal to me, I mean all she had to do was wear bigger clothes for nine months while I had to sweat and worry about what we would call the children from the first time they breathed oxygen and we quit …talk about stress. For our first child I had chosen a powerful Bible-based name that would instill immediate confidence and would be more of testament to the child’s character than just a moniker. Then the sonogram failed to show a fairly significant piece of equipment, and I had to change his name to something much more feminine.


So Goliath became Marie Christine. For the second child’s name I waited until we had some determination of the sex before I predetermined their name and was pleasantly surprised when the nurse told us that it looked like we weren’t going to have to buy any new clothes because barring any miraculous changes we were going to have another girl. This time I did more research because my wife told me it had to come from the Bible and it couldn’t be either Hannah or Esther. And since I had already used a Mary derivative I was going to be extremely limited on my New Testament choices. What cinched it was when I was reading the Gospel of Mark and noticed a name I hadn’t even considered. I quickly did some research and felt compelled by the Spirit to name our second daughter Salome. Now most of you will mistakenly associate that name with a bad dancer, but here is the interesting thing about that name - the only Salome named in the scriptures is of one that visited Christ’s tomb after he was crucified. The dancer is NEVER named, just “Herod’s daughter.” Be that as it may, judging by the temperament of our Salome you could go either way and it would still fit. For our third child I had an easy decision, it was finally a boy. So when the doctor brought him into the light I exclaimed, “GOLIATH, will absolutely NOT be your name, I dub thee Gabriel.” That was a close one. I could sense my wife’s sense of fear that we would have to spend the rest of our lives saying, “Goliath, if you don’t be quiet and act right you going to get it, right between the eyes!” After number three, I thought I was out of the naming business, but God had other plans. So for number four I was truly stumped. I asked our daughters for help and they came back with Stinker, Justin Beiber and Hard-Boiled Egg…I kid you not, Hard-Boiled Egg. It literally wasn’t until the moment that the nurse gave him to me in the delivery room that I ignored their advice and chose his true name. He looked at me, scrunched his face into a red ball of anger and let out a wail that signaled to everyone in the room that he was not a happy camper!

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The Jonquil City Jog was held on April 27th in downtown Smyrna. A good time was had by all! Here are some highlights from the race. ner Women's Overall Win Stephanie Jacob, West Stride

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How to Prevent Dog Bites by Amber Burckhalter In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, K-9 Coach Owner and Head Trainer Amber Burckhalter offers guidance on what you can do to keep yourself and your children safe and what, as a dog owner, you can do to help prevent bites. Proper socialization - The key word here is “proper.” Introducing a dog to other dogs, animals, people, environments and the world at large is crucial. Dogs who are stressed by their inability to handle new people, loud noises or other animals, have few choices on how to react. One choice is aggression. Keep your dog healthy and pain-free - Ear infections, arthritis, tooth inflammation, etc. can hinder your dog’s ability to cope with his environment. Injured or sick dogs are more likely to feel threatened and to react with force and aggression. Make sure your dog is healthy and feeling good to avoid aggression caused by illness. Make a yearly visit to your vet and if you notice illness, see your vet immediately. Know your breed – Responsible dog owners recognize that certain breeds are less tolerant of children, chase and nip at fast moving objects, require extensive exercise and training or do not like to be held or touched. Ideally, you should select a breed of dog that is a good fit for your family. However, even if this is not the case, working with a trainer that can design training and exercise programs around your dog’s breed traits can help prevent aggression. Mixed breeds should be watched for their natural tendencies, and their training and exercise should be reflective of their personal needs. For example, a border collie mix may display herding traits and can be sensitive and neurotic if their need to "work" is not addressed. Obedience work - A well-trained dog is a safer dog. A dog that responds to commands such as Sit, Leave It and Off is safer to the community at large and able to work as a team with his owners. Dogs who have no leash manners or basic obedience skills are more likely to suffer with issues regarding self-control and body lan-


guage and react inappropriately to stress. Investing time in your dog through training can pay off in huge rewards. Dogs can start formal training as young as 8 weeks, so do not delay. Games we play - Avoid tugging with your dog and teach children never to play tug with a dog. Rough games, such as wrestling, should be avoided, as should any games where your dog is allowed or encouraged to act on aggression or predatory actions. Any game that teaches your dog to place teeth on humans should be off limits. Fetch, agility and hide-and-seek teach your dog skills such as self-control, appropriate human play and proper problem solving skills. Proper exercise - A tired dog is a good dog. Properly exercising your dog prevents aggression that may result from a bored dog creating games/exercise. Fence/window aggression, for example, is not an issue for dogs receiving proper mental and physical exercise as the dogs have no need to run fence lines or from window to window in the home, barking. Exercising a dog both physically and mentally can be achieved with fetch and stuffed Kongs, for example. Address behavioral issues - As a responsible dog owner, you are obligated to address any and all behavioral issues your dog may be dealing with for both the safety of your family and the community at large. Behavior issues are a symptom of what your dog is struggling with internally and helping ease your dog?s stressors will help prevent him from showing outward aggression. Set an appointment with your veterinarian or local trainer if you notice concerning behaviors. Additionally, parents should teach children NEVER to approach an unfamiliar dog AND if an unfamiliar dog comes to them, they should hold very still and not look the dog in the eye. If knocked down by a dog, the child ? or adult for that matter ? should roll into a ball and be as still as possible. Teach children that dogs learn through smell and a dog should always be allowed to both sniff and see the child BEFORE the child touches or pets the dog.

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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. 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! 770434-6914

Michael D. Friedlander, D.V.M. Cat Care of Vinings Services Early Morning Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up Services Annual Examinations, Vaccinations, Behavioral Consultations Surgery, Dentistry, Ultrasound and Digital X-ray

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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DONUTS WITH DAD AT SMYRNA PUBLIC LIBRARY: June 8th, at 11am in the meeting room. All ages welcome, FREE admission. Bring your dad to celebrate Father’s Day at the Library!

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SMYRNA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Saturday, June 8th at the Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080. There is plenty of fun, great music and good vibes on the Village Green (200 Village Green Circle) as we kick off the Smyrna Summer Concert Series. The Cumberland Collective is a community of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the U.S. It's American sound at its best. Call it "Americana," or call it an artful and powerful mix of amazing talent with the soul of all great music of this land, but don't miss it. Learn more at The City of Smyrna concerts are Litter Free events. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will have recycling bins next to the garbage bins throughout the concert area for all concerts. You can recycle your glass, plastics, and aluminum cans. Thanks for helping us keep Smyrna clean, green and beautiful! For information call 770-434-6600, or for sponsor information email

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LENOX SQUARE CELEBRATES 54TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Preparations are under way for one of the city’s favorite summer traditions – Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square. For over half a century, Lenox Square has celebrated stars and stripes in grand tradition with activities for the entire family. Presented by The Atlantan, this year’s activities will include musical entertainment, food concessions and the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. This year Lenox Square will host its inaugural talent search, 'Atlanta's Next Legend' where the crowned winner will perform in front of crowds filled with family and friends. Everyone is invited to experience Atlanta’s patriotic celebration as Lenox Square lights up the sky on the Fourth of July! For more information, please visit POST YOUR OWN EVENTS our website at AND post Events on our FACEBOOK page!

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