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ATLANTA CYCLING 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!

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. 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!


JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: “The Prettiest Native Plants” Master Gardner and Master Gardener Volunteer of Cobb County garden tour docent, Carmen Cudd, will present a visual program of the prettiest of the native plants; including trees, shrubs, and perennials that will encourage all of us to “ go native.” 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 770-9496640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at: TASTE OF SMYRNA: Festival of Delectable, Saturday, September 14th from 11am to 8pm on the Village Green. Admission is FREE. Sample Smyrna’s finest restaurants and listen to music all day. There will be a Kids Zone with inflatables, a rock wall and a roller coaster obstacle course. NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR: Thursday, September 19th – 29th at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. SW, Marietta, GA. Admission is $7, children 10 and under are free. For more information, visit or

MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT AT TAYLOR-BRAWNER PARK- Movie to be announced: Saturday, September 21st and September 28th at dark. Featuring family-friendly movies and activities each time. Gather the kids and kin to watch and enjoy movies on a big screen in the open air. Movie begins at dark. Taylor-Brawner Park is located at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Please carpool as parking is limited. Call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842 for information, or visit LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: It’s that time again. Clean out your closets and get ready for our 44th consignment sale! Please join us for The Lil’ Lambs Closet Fall Consignment Sale September 6-7, 2013. (Our Fall Sale is a week earlier this year.) A pre-sale is open to the public on September 5, 2013, from 6-8pm with a $5 admission fee per adult. Public registration begins on August 7, 2013. (Members of Marietta First United Methodist Church may begin registering on July 31.) We allow 300 sellers to consign with our sale, and the seller numbers go quickly. We hope you’ll mark your calendar and make plans to join us for our fall sale. For more information, please visit

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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

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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.

KINDERMART CONSIGNMENT SALE: The Smyrna First United Methodist Church Kindermart Fall sale will be held Sept.13, 9:30 am-8pm & Sept. 14, 9 am-12 pm with many items half off that day. Great chance to stock-up on baby and children's Fall/Winter clothing, shoes and outerwear as well

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Kirk, Christy, Christian, and Cameron Hewling have lived in Smyrna for the past 6 years. Kirk and Christy moved to Georgia shortly after completing medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where they were classmates. They met in 1999 and quickly became friends and study partners. By 2003 they were married and choose to move to Atlanta to complete their residency training in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine at Emory University.

Today, Christy is an Emergency Physician working at Kaiser Permanente in Kennesaw, and Kirk is a Family Physician working at WellStar in Powder Springs. They have been blessed with two wonderful boys, Christian and Cameron, ages 9 and 6. The boys, active and energetic, are the best of friends. They attend Mount Paran Christian School and during their free time enjoy running track for the Boys and Girls track club. The Hewling’s love living in the Smyrna area because it provides convenient access to several parks and wonderful restaurants in downtown Smyrna, Vinings, and Marietta. They live in a neighborhood with direct access to the Silver Comet Trail. The trail provides a means of exercise fun and adventure for the entire family. Christy spends her free time running and is training for her first marathon this fall. The kids enjoy riding their bikes and venturing down to a local stream off the trail where they skip rocks. Kirk enjoys landscaping, gardening, and going for long walks with the boys and Bobby, the family dog.

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It all started over a bowl of Rice Krispies. As I turned the final page of my dog-eared copy of Black Beauty, I suddenly envisioned myself astride a saddle, galloping through the mist of an early morning meadow. “Hey Mom? Can I take horseback riding lessons?”

Not three miles from our subdivision sprawled a red-brick plantation-wannabe on six acres of land. A three-rail fence bordered the road and followed the drive up to the Doric columns. On the way back from the grocery store one day, Mom made a sharp left onto the property and pulled up to the front door. Snatching the keys out of the ignition, she said, “C’mon, it never hurts to ask.”



Tom Sawyer had nothing on us. With wire bristles in one hand and paintbrushes in the other, we stared down three hundred yards of peeling, mildewed post-and-rail fence. Just on the other side, Shaq O’Neal raised his head from grazing and eyed his future rider. The irony of the white horse’s name, not to mention the stud factor, was lost on my 9-year old naiveté. But we set out that first of countless frostbitten mornings, painting the fence in exchange for horseback riding lessons.

Despite the Dunkin Donuts coffee and hot chocolate, our fingers froze around the wire brushes we used to scrape the peeling paint and mildew off both sides of each rail. But that was nothing compared to the 35-degree water gushing from the hose onto our gloved hands, coat sleeves, and brushes caked with cold, sticky paint. To this day, a whiff of any Sherwin Williams flat acrylic is enough to send me back to that fence, pretending that each stroke of my paintbrush was actually a pass of the currycomb across the flanks of my thoroughbred. In reality, the only thing that passed over the horse’s flanks was me as I flew off the back of a skittish and impatient Shaq O’Neal. In a futile attempt to regain control of the situation, I refused to let go of the reins. My seventy-five lbs. proved no contest for the irritated steed, who dragged me fifteen yards before realizing I wasn’t on his back anymore. At least he didn’t hurdle the spanking white fence. Tom Sawyer profited from his fence-painting adventure. So did I, but it wasn’t the horse lessons. Anything worth having is worth working for. Not one to frivolously shell out impulsive gifts, Mom worked alongside me as I earned my lessons. I remember little about riding. The memories of the fence, though, are whitewashed in my mind, and to this day I’m willing to work for what I want. Sometimes it is greener on the other side; don’t be afraid to take on the fence. Diana and Holly Parks are 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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Grimm’s Fairy Tale I have never believed in fairy tales, happily ever after, and all that foolishness. However, I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Michael Grimm, season five’s winner of America’s Got Talent, a few days ago. An amazing singer, whose soulful voice and southern charm is destined to make him a legend in his own time. Michael’s childhood was far from enchanted. His grandmother stepped in to prevent him from going to children services, and raised him in the tiny gulf shore town of Waveland Mississippi. Currently the town boasts a population of 6,518 with the average household income is $31,623. Nevertheless, Michael’s grandmother showered him in the things that matter most. Stability, love, faith, morals, and the undying belief in him that he could one day become a star. When I asked Michael, what was it that kept him motivated to make it as a musician, he didn’t hesitate.” My grandmother. Pretty much everything I do in the music business is to give back to her one day what no one else has been able to give. Really, that was my goal—I had fun singing and she was always saying, ‘Man. You can be a star, Michael!’ She supported [my music] and encouraged me to do it. That was much needed-if I didn’t have the encouragement and support from her, I don’t think I would be doing music today. I really, strongly believe that. My goal in life was to one-day give back to her, and I am glad that I was able to do that. I promised her as a kid ‘ I’ll grow up and be a star, Grandma, and get you a big house.’ The house isn’t that big, but at least I got her a house, and she doesn’t need a real big one anyway. She’s up in age and she needs one where everything is conveniently close to her. I bought a piece of land and built a house for her, I made it just for her, too.” He designed the house to be handicap accessible and elderly friendly. “I put her in one of those walk in tubs in one of the bathrooms. She’s all set up.”

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When asked how he stayed grounded with his newfound celebrity he answered, “It’s not hard for me, I’ve had 30 some odd years of not being famous, Struggling, paying dues in this business. Though it’s built up a lot of knowledge… there is a lot of pain that goes with it. [Pain] that can knock you down, [and] a lot of suffering. The suffering, I’ve noticed builds somewhat of a character. If you can stand up and face it when you’re in that battlefield alone …it’s not a nice business, you have to have a really tough skin and let the bad stuff roll right off of you.” He also said that letting the “bad stuff roll off ” was how he kept the ideologies and morals engrained in him by his grandmother forefront in his mind and stayed focused on what is right and wrong. “[I grew up in a] blue collar family-no money growing up, my grandfather worked off shore, so I saw all my family in this lower class state. There isn’t anything wrong with that at all, I think you can learn a lot more in a family like that… that is a lower financial state. More morals and you definitely learn to appreciate things more when you are raised in a poor house[hold]. Thanks to my grandmother, I never knew we were poor until I moved out; she always made us feel like we had everything, even though we didn’t. We didn’t have the toys, we didn’t have material things; and we knew what loss was. We lost everything a couple of times, you know [we lost everything in] Katrina. But before that, as a child I remember losing our house to a fire and everything in it. I was 12 at the time. Its moments like that, I guess, that makes us who we are. My grandmother encouraged me to maintain music, and all the life lessons I learned along the way, I would interpret [them] through music. Just my interpretation of life through songs.” On Septembers 15, 2010, Michael won America’s Got Talent and his life was forever changed. In 2011, he headlined for Stevie Nicks and debuted his first (of many) major label releases, titled Michael Grimm. Presently, he is on his own cross-country tour, aptly named, Grimm’s Fairytale Tour. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe with enough hard work and perseverance, fairy tales do come true. Because this Grimm’s fairy tale certainly has a happy ending. More information on Michael Grimm and his tour can be found on his website or on my website Mercedes has had a passion for writing since she was a small child. A high school English teacher secretly submitted one of her short stories to a contest, which she won. Mercedes is a member of the Georgia’s Writing Association and has written short stories, fanzines, and articles. She is currently working on a supernatural thriller.

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Put Peace of Mind on Your To-Do List for Fall: Let Distinctive Petsitting Keep Your Pets Comfy at Home Early evenings, busy days, back to school…autumn is in the air! As you juggle the family’s fall calendar and work/travel schedule, there’s no need to stress over who’s looking after the pets in your household. A professional pet sitter can bring peace of mind as the season goes into full swing. Your wellloved pets can be happy at home, reassured by the comfort of familiar surroundings and routines. An ever-growing number of pet parents in the NW Atlanta area rely on Distinctive Petsitting to care for their animal family while they’re away. The company rests its reputation on integrity, professionalism, and superior service. Clients confirm that the team delivers on that promise with each visit: “You will not find better quality service. They take the time to get to know you and your pets and it is obvious the pet sitters genuinely and passionately love animals. Trustworthy, reliable, responsive, extremely professional, loving…I can't say enough good things about Distinctive Petsitting!” [] Trust, Integrity, and Superior Service Begin with Putting Your Pet First Building a bond of trust does not happen by chance. It begins with the understanding that pets are beloved family members with individual personalities and physical needs that may require special consideration. “Caring for animals is a ‘labor of love’ for all of us at Distinctive Petsitting,” says President Lisa Howard. “Once we are your pet sitting company, we are no longer strangers. You can count on us as caregivers to your precious pets and home.” Distinctive Petsitting brings its philosophy to life by offering a checklist of the best features and services available to pet parents. To list a few examples:

• Professionals who make their living caring for animals. Each Distinctive Petsitter is carefully screened, bonded, insured, and veterinary recommended. All have had the experience of being pet parents. “A work ethic centered on pets’ well-being is a prerequisite for the job,” says Lisa. • A knowledgeable team. “With almost 20 years and 100,000 visits under our belts, to say that we are experienced is an understatement.” • Customized, round-the-clock pet sitting or dog walking schedules for puppies, dogs, cats, fish, birds, most crated exotics, and medicated pets. On-demand service is available to clients with unique scheduling requirements. • Distinctive Petsitters are experienced in administering oral, topical, and subcutaneous injections and fluids and caring for special needs pets. • A community spirit. The Distinctive Petsitting team expresses its passion for pets and the unconditional love they provide through giving back to the animal community. Advocating for pet


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More about Distinctive Petsitting… Lisa Howard began pet sitting as a hobby when she was a young adult living in Vinings. She turned her pastime into a full time “labor of love” in 1993, leaving a successful but increasingly unfulfilling corporate career to open her first pet sitting service in the Washington DC metro area. With her supportive husband, Quinn, Lisa has now returned to her roots and serves the Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, and NW Atlanta communities. If you would like to inquire about Distinctive Petsitting services or becoming a Distinctive Petsitter, visit the website at or call the office at 770-431-0088.

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Have you ever been such a mess of emotions over something that you can’t sleep and have a sore throat? Yep, that’s me. It’s because I’m taking the plunge into homeschooling this year. Well, more like I’m jumping into the shallow end. I found a program where my 2nd grader will go to school two days a week, and the other three days I’ll homeschool him. I still can’t believe I’m doing it. My schedule is going to be crazy, especially because my other son will be in half-day kindergarten in public school. For one child, I’m on the PTO. For the other, I am the PTO. Oh right- and I have a two year old. So here I am, a mess of emotions with bags under my eyes and a throat lozenge perpetually under my tongue. Great way to embark on a new adventure, wouldn’t you agree? In some strange way though, being a mess of emotions is making me feel connected with some of you mamas whom I don’t know, like you mamas who dropped off your child at college this fall. Congratulations, you did it! You crossed a huge finish line! But you returned home to an empty room filled with high school trophies and memories of rocking your newborn baby. And you mamas who stayed brave and smiled while you put your baby on the school bus for the first time, but as soon as the bus drove out of sight, let tears flow down your cheeks. And you mamas who are sending your child to school hopeful that this will be the year the bullies will leave him alone and he’ll find a friend. For you, my heart breaks. I wish I could reach out and give all of you a big hug. But since I can’t I’ve come up with something better that I can do for all the mamas who are starting off this school year a mess of emotions. This school year, I’m posting the names of my sons’ classmates near my sons’ beds. Then every night when we say our bedtime prayers, we’ll pray for one of their classmates. We’ll devote a whole week to each classmate, and we’ll pray for them by name. We’ll pray for each classmate’s safety, for their friendships, for their heart, for their home life, and for their families. Just think of what could happen if every praying mama devoted herself to doing this. Wouldn’t you feel a little less messy knowing your child was being prayed for? And selfishly, I hope that our prayers will teach my sons to think of their classmates as God’s children who should be treated with kindness, instead of weird kids who pick their noses and smell funny. I also hope it reminds me to extend kindness to other moms because I’m not the only one out there who is sucking on throat lozenges. Shasta Clark, a former writer for CNN Headline News is a freelance journalist who writes about her most challenging job yet, motherhood. You may contact her at


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Remembering Suicide Prevention Week by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. I was recently contacted by an Our Town reader who shared with me the tragic story of her precious son. He was a creative, bright college sophomore when he attempted suicide by a gunshot to his head. He survived but his physical and emotional recovery has been tenuous, complicated and painful….for him and his family who loves him. His brave mom wrote asking that I help spread the awareness of the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th – 14th, 2013. This year’s theme is “Challenging Our Assumptions and Moving Forward Together.” Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 14.2 minutes. Additionally, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 - 24 year-olds. Approximately 922,725 Americans attempt suicide each year (often leading to serious injury) and an estimated 4.73 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. These survivors struggle with lifelong grief and trauma. Suicide is a national tragedy and any stigma associated with it, or reluctance to directly address this issue needs to be ended. Experts in the field of suicide believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die…they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. Most suicidal individuals give warnings of their suicidal intentions, but because of lack of recognition by family, friends, or even health professionals of the significance of these warnings, the cries for help are not recognized.

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Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide – more than 90% of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders. Other risk factors for suicide are substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, and unemployment. Depression is the leading mental health issue associated with suicide. While most people feel sad and worried at some time in their life, severe sadness with disruptions in daily living, such as eating, sleeping, working and enjoying life are indications of a serious clinical depression. Depressive disorders are medical illnesses and require treatment. Fortunately, when treated with psychotherapy, medications, and other interventions, most (60-80%) clinical depressions improve. However, if undetected and untreated, clinical depression can destroy quality of life leading to withdrawal, and sometimes suicide. Learning to spot the signs of depression is like learning to spot signs of cancer. It can save a life.

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When these warning signs are present, seek professional attention. In our community there are excellent psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals to assist in evaluating the risks and provide appropriate support and treatment. Additionally, there is Ridgeview Institute (770.434.4567) and Peachford Hospital (770.455.3200) who can evaluate to determine a path to safety. In September you may see the purple and turquoise ribbon pin symbolizing suicide awareness and prevention. This ribbon represents both the survivors of suicide and suicide itself. The ribbon is a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. I will be proudly wearing my ribbon! 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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Keeping our Children and Four-Legged Friends Safe by Amber Burckhalter Summer is over, kids are back in school, and suddenly, new friends and playmates are running through your home. Perhaps you take your pup to the soccer fields for games and practices or your child wants to spend the night with a new friend who has a dog in their home. Sadly, children are the most likely victims of dog bites and they most often require medical attention. So how do we, as parents with or without dogs, keep our children safe? Thankfully, there are several things we can do to make sure everyone is kept safe - including your four-legged family member. 1) Teach your children the rules. Studies show that education and awareness are the most important tools in dog-bite prevention. Children that understand how to behave around dogs, how to play with dogs, when to leave dogs alone and how to meet a dog are much less likely to be injured. Never touch a strange dog. Never touch a dog that is sick, old, eating or chewing a treat. Never touch a mother dog with puppies. Always ask an adult permission before you touch any dog. Never touch a dog behind a fence or who is tied up. A restrained dog is 3 times more likely to bite. Do not stare at a dog in the eyes. This behavior is very threatening to a dog and may cause them to react fearfully or defensively. 2) Ask new play friends if they are afraid of dogs or have dogs themselves. Fearful or inexperienced children may display inappropriate behaviors or styles of play that may cause the family dog to show fearful or threatening displays. Or, these children may not know to close doors or fences or basic canine family rules. Place your dog in their locked crate with a special chew or take them to playcare when these friends visit.


3) If your child is going to a new friend’s home to play, ask if the family has a dog. If so, it is completely appropriate for you to explain your child’s experience or lack of experience with dogs, ask to meet the dog, voice your concern or level of comfort and make a request that the dog be placed away from your child, if necessary. As a mom and a dog owner, I send my German Shepherd to playcare when our child’s friends come to play because some of the parents have expressed concern over her size and breed. While I am not at all worried about my dog’s behavior, I respect the other parents enough to honor their wishes. I also do not want my dog to get frightened of children due to different play styles or behaviors, so it is a win-win situation for all involved. 4) If your dog is showing behavioral issues in relation to children, get help from a qualified professional immediately. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. 5) Train and socialize your dog appropriately. Well-trained and socialized dogs are less likely to have aggression issues and more likely to be able to cope with new playmates. 6) Spay or neuter your dog. According to the American Humane Society, intact dogs are more than 2.6 times more likely to bite than altered dogs. Talk to your veterinarian to schedule an appointment, or contact your local humane organization or animal shelter for information on low-cost spay/neuter assistance. For additional resources and to learn more about keeping children safe around dogs, visit the Blog at our website Amber Burckhalter, CNWI, CPDT, CDBC is the owner of K-9 Coach, APDT Board of Trustees, IAABC Certified Member, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and Business U Task Force, Cobb Chamber. K-9 Coach is located at 4870 South Atlanta Road, Ste 200, in Smyrna. 404.603.9744

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Cumberland Community Church is located at 3110 Sports Avenue, Smyrna, GA 30080. For more information, please contact, or call 678.941.9197.

KIDS KINGDOM CONSIGNMENT SALE: Kids Kingdom is a high quality, well organized children's consignment ministry featuring children and teen clothing, baby items and equipment, toys, DVDs, baby furniture, books and educational items, maternity, and much more. We offer name brand clothing from well-known brands such as Oshkosh, Gap, Gymboree, Limited Too and have developed a reputation for allowing only quality, stain free items at a fraction of the original cost. Thursday, September 12th 6pm-9 pm, Friday, September 13th 9am-1pm, 4pm-6pm, Saturday, September 14th 9am12pm. Orange Hill Baptist Church is located at 4293 Austell Rd., between Cobb Hospital & South Cobb High School.

2nd ANNUAL VININGS RESTAURANT WEEK: It’s back! After enjoying a week of food and fun last fall, we are excited to do it all again. You’re invited to sample the best restaurants the Vinings Neighborhood has to offer during the second annual Vinings Restaurant Week. From October 5th to 13th, restaurants all over Vinings will be offering special prix fixe menus priced from $15 to $30. Visit for details and follow our page for special news, updates and an updated list of participating eateries.

4TH ANNUAL SMYRNA HEROES GALA: Friday, September 13, 2013 Join us as the community sets aside one evening to celebrate, honor, and remember Smyrna’s police officer and firefighter heroes. Put on your festive attire and dance to live entertainment by Glow. Watch as renowned contemporary artist Eric Waugh creates art live to the musical inspiration of Wesley Cook. Mingle with your neighbors, community leaders, and our heroes. Enjoy fabulous food from local restaurants as you sip on beer, wine, and specialty-themed cocktail drinks. Bid on exciting auction items including foreign travel, fabulous jewelry, and helicopter rides. Proceeds benefit the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (, a non-profit organization committed to supporting the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments while also improving the quality of life for all those who live and work in the City of Smyrna. Tickets available at “Like” us on Facebook at “Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala” for up-to-date information. Patron & Sponsor pre-party 6:00 pm ($120 tickets). General admission 7:00 pm ($50 tickets). Historic Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.

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

CCC MOPS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Friday, September 27, from 9:30am – 7pm, and Saturday, September 28th, from 9am – 1pm. Cumberland Community Church MOPS offers a fantastic seasonal consignment sale in the Spring and Fall! We offer high quality, gently used clothing in sizes newborn through 10 years, maternity clothes, toys, baby gear, books, bedding and much more.



Managing Diabetes with Insulin: 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 on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. Cholesterol Screening: Thursday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Do you know your numbers? It is important to be aware of your cholesterol numbers to insure you are doing all you can do to keep your heart healthy. This screening includes total cholesterol, HDL/LDL breakdown, triglycerides and glucose. An 8-hour fast is recommended. Results will be mailed within 2-3 days. Cost is $10.00. Registration is required. Call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment.

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WEST FEST: Agape presents West Fest, a Westside Festival celebrating the neighborhoods of NW Atlanta. Please join us Sunday, September 15th, 2-6pm. Free Admission. Outdoor Festivities include: Food Trucks, Craft Beer, Artist Market, Children's Area, Music & Dancing and Local Vendors. Agape Community Center, 2353 Bolton Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-367-3947. For more information on Sponsorship or Volunteer Opportunities, please contact Jared Sulc at 404-367-3947 or

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Daisy is 13 years old and still lives every day to the fullest! As a lifetime resident of Smyrna, she loves watching the baseball games at Brinkley Park, and taking strolls through Smyrna Market Village. She brightens the day of all who come in connection with her through her happy spirit and affection. She’s an amazing dog!!

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by Pam Walker I love to travel….internationally and domestically. Having never been to Washington State, Seattle seemed like a good destination. Well…if you like clouds shrouded mornings and cool weather (enough to wear fleece every day), go to Seattle. Even in the middle of July, the temps here are in the 50’s. Conversely, summer afternoons can get as high as the upper 80’s. I guess this is why they have such good wine growing areas. Just 15 miles out of the city you can visit more than 45 wineries. OMG! Large and small, they all have wine tastings! But why spend your time tasting wine where there is so much more to do? Visit the San Juan Islands for a day and kayak within 20 feet of whales. Drive to Mt. Rainier and hike down the mountain after a gondola ride to the top. I personally liked the side trip to Olympic National Park where from the top of Hurricane Ridge you can see the Pacific, as well as, a range of snowy mountains and where Elk Mountain rises from the ocean to 6764 Ft. In Seattle itself there are tons of things to do with ferry boats leaving about

every half hour to get you where you want to go. A visit to the Tillicum Village will get you a ferry ride, a salmon bake and a show about the local tribes on a pristine island setting.


EXPLORING SEATTLE The Chihuly Garden and Glass is a huge complex where the artist displays his monumental sculptures including a 1,340 piece, 100-foot-long sculpture. It’s located near the base of the Space Needle, another must see in Seattle. Pike Market on Sunday morning (or any morning) is something you won’t want to miss. Perhaps the second most famous attraction in Seattle, huge crowds gather around the fish stalls. Workers unpack fresh shipments and then throw the fish… large fish…. across the crowds so they can be placed on the ice and sold. The fresh flower stalls are also unbelievably breathtaking. It must be fantastic to live in an area where these beautiful arrangements can be purchased so inexpensively. There are many other things to see in and around the Seattle area. Chinatown, the Seattle Aquarium and oh yes, the Seattle Underground (kind of sounds like Atlanta!). However, when you only have one long weekend to enjoy, you have to pick and choose cautiously. On my way to the airport for my flight home, I made one final stop to visit the Museum of Flight on the grounds of the Boeing Aircraft Factory. Board the 1st supersonic Concord, or US president’s Eisenhower & Kennedy’s Air Force One. Don’t miss the museum filled with antique planes from Orville Wrights’ first flight to a NASA Space Shuttle. There is even a replica of a Control Tower to “play” in. So along with Seattle’s famous coffee houses on every block and all the other things to do here, I could have spent a lot more time exploring this great city.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford SPRING IS NOT THE ONLY GREAT TIME TO SELL!!! Historically, the best time to sell your house is in the Spring. However, this is not the case in today's market. Now is the best time to sell due to rising interest rates. Rates have risen in the last 90 days and will continue to rise over the next year. Rates are still at an all time low, and you can still buy a home and get more for your money and more house now- rather than later. There is mounting evidence that buyers are coming out earlier than they have in the past. The current inventory is so low that sellers are receiving multiple offers on their homes. This is a great reason to list your home now, rather than wait when the inventory level is higher. It’s a perfect time to consult a local Realtor to get a FREE market analysis to see where you may stand in


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On September 28, 2013, at 9:00 AM, the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation cordially invites you to a special event at Smyrna Market Village. Local businesses, Smyrna first responders, and Emergency Management officials, will be onsite displaying their products and services best suited to support you in times of natural disaster.


Entrance to the Survival Festival requires the purchase of at least 1 raffle ticket per family/couple/individual. You may purchase as many raffle tickets, as you like. All ticket sales are conducted online through Brown Paper Tickets. Each raffle ticket, prior to submission for drawing, will require unique stamps from ALL of our vendors on site at the Survival Festival. Once you have received a stamp from ALL vendors, turn in


For those of you that enjoy riding your motorcycle, you are invited to join them early for the inaugural Kickoff Ride for The Survival Festival! The ride will start with a breakfast biscuit of your choosing in front of Muss & Turners. The group will head west along the East-West Connector and pass through Powder Springs, Hiram, and Marietta. We'll end our scenic journey at the Village Green in Smyrna, where The Survival Festival will open at 9:00 AM. Ride registration starts at 7:30 AM in Front of Muss & Turner's restaurant at 1675 Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna, GA. Motorcyclists and riders are asked to enter from the Atlanta Road Entrance of the complex to facilitate line up. Your entry also provides you with a Raffle Ticket for The Survival Festival. The Survival Festival is located at the end of the ride in the Smyrna Market Village. The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation's Board of Directors is currently leading a fundraising drive to support their public safety heroes – 911 Communications officers, law enforcement officers and firefighters. Established in 2009, the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation exists to help sustain operational and community initiatives of Smyrna’s public safety heroes.

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