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MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: Now open Saturdays and Sundays! The Marietta Square farmers market gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning—rain or shine—and on Sundays from 12-3pm from April through November. A little bit of “old town” south and fresh air awaits . . . with tasty lemonade, fresh foods—and much, much more—for sale at the local Marietta Square Farmers Market. MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISTS MARKET: takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from April through November. The open-air market is located on Mill Street from Church Street to the railroad tracks and is held in conjunction with the Marietta Square Farmers Market. The Artists Market is a juried exhibition showcasing the best local artists in a variety of mediums. Hours: 
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BIG SHANTY FESTIVAL: April 12th & 13th. The 38th Annual Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival will be held in downtown Kennesaw. The festival features over 200 arts and crafts booths, 20 food booths, and 20 general booth spaces. Admission is FREE. There are two entertainment stages, all types of children’s activities, and plenty of festival foods. The Big Shanty Festival will begin with a parade through downtown Kennesaw at 9:30 Saturday morning. Show hours are 10am – 6pm on Saturday, and 12noon – 5pm on Sunday. Also make plans to visit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. CINCO LOCO 5K WALK/RUN: Registration is now open for the 2014 Cinco Loco 5K Walk and Run to benefit Leone Hall Price Park, hosted by the Friends of Price Park. The race will be held at 2pm on Sunday, May 4th starting at The Brookstone Village Shopping Center on Mars Hill Road. The first 100 registrants will receive a free sombrero! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style after the race! Like “The Cinco Loco 5K Atlanta” on facebook for updates and register entries on For more information about the Friends of Price Park, please visit and like us on facebook. ALOHA TO AGING: BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Tuesday, April 22nd at 10:30a.m.. Join us for our grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing an elderly loved one. Facilitated by Hal Cole with Crossroads Hospice. RSVP by 4/21 at 678-4391177. Program held at Due West UMC, 3956 Due West Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 in Bldg. C room S213.Program provided by Aloha To Aging, Inc. www. FAMILY CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Thursday, April 17th at 10:30 a.m. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one both inside and outside of the home. Helpful tips and resources provide comfort and encouragement. Free respite care is provided for your loved one while we meet, but must call in advance for care to 678-439-1177 or email HEALTHY BRAIN GAME DAY FOR ACTIVE SENIORS: Wednesday, April 23rd 11:30 a.m. If you are 55+, come learn ways to revitalize your brain while having fun! There will be a healthy lunch served and multiple brain building games and prizes. RSVP by Tuesday before program to 678-439-1177. Cost is $15. Program facilitated by Aloha To Aging, Inc located in West Cobb. Location to be determined. ALOHA DAY CLUB: Thursdays from 10:30am – 2:00pm. Our dedicated staff (professional & volunteer) provide a stimulating, social and therapeutic program for seniors 55+ who have stopped driving. Program includes snack, lunch, music, exercise and interactive activities. Call 678-439-1177 for more information or email: CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: How To Handle Money Issues When In Transition. It can be a rough financial road when you’re seeking new employment. So what kind of financial steps can you take to help ease the journey? Lee Pence is President of AAMS Pence Financial Advisors, and he’s got some concrete ways to make your dollars go further. Monday, April 21, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 Track 25 Room 6:30 p.m.- Help with resume, interviewing, networking, and career assessment, followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or visit The Support Group for Career Transitions will meet after the presentation in Room 049. EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Sat., April 12th, New Beginnings UMC, 2925 MacDobbs Rd. in Kennesaw, will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 11:30-2:00, rain or shine. Free activities include jumpees, egg hunts, games, arts & crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Hot dogs & sodas for sale. The public is welcome. For more info., call the church office at: 770-421-9980 or check the church website: (Continued on page 22)


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Nature’s Mighty Macro-Minerals by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Minerals found in the foods we eat are essential for healthy bodily functions, including growth and development and day-to-day living. Minerals are necessary for the production of vitamins, enzymes and hormones; the maintenance of healthy blood circulation; efficient nerve conduction; muscle growth and contraction; and for the metabolic processes that turn the food we eat into energy. There are macro-minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Macro-minerals are necessary in larger amounts than other types of minerals. A single mineral will not work alone, but rather, is necessary to work synergistically with other minerals or nutrients for optimal health. Essential minerals are found in fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, legumes and dairy products. Produce and animals absorb nutritive minerals from water sources and from the earth’s soil. Some soil experts believe that most of the soil in which our produce is grown has been depleted of its nutrients. The processing of food may compromise the availability of minerals in our food. Calcium is necessary for good bone and teeth health and in the blood for metabolic functions. It is easily found in dairy products, canned salmon, dark green leafy vegetables and broccoli. There are also calcium-fortified manufactured foods, including cereal bars, oatmeal, juices, spaghetti-O’s and breads to help make up the difference if dairy products are not preferred. Iron is found in meat, fish, legumes, spinach, potato skins, molasses, and seeds. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen throughout your body in its red blood cells. Having a good iron level in your blood also helps produce energy and strengthen the immune system. Iron from plant foods, such as spinach, is not easily absorbed. Vitamin C, found in citrus, enhances iron absorption dramatically. Too much iron adversely affects the heart and new cell growth so beware of taking iron-rich supplements. Magnesium activates more than 300 enzymes in the body. Enzymes aid in the contraction and relaxation of all the muscles, including the heart thereby aiding in the control of one’s blood pressure; the metabolism of blood sugars, carbohydrates, and proteins; the absorption of calcium and the maintenance of the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows one to relax and keep calm. Mental and emotional imbalances including irritability, depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, premenstrual syndrome, memory loss, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have all been linked to magnesium deficiency. Some studies show that magnesium deficiency is suffered by approximately 70% of the US population. Magnesium is found in legumes, whole grain, nuts and seeds, shrimp, fish, bananas and green leafy vegetables. Deficiencies are difficult to detect through blood tests because 99% of the magnesium in the body is found in the bone, tissue and organ systems. Deficiencies are more often determined by paying attention to symptoms, including muscle twitching, cramps, tension, soreness, PMS, anxiety, tingling, numbness, insomnia, heart palpitations, memory loss, etc. Taking a magnesium supplement is a good choice for many, since it can be difficult to get enough in the diet. Magnesium is much better absorbed and more effective if taken with vitamin D and potassium. Phosphorus and calcium work hand-in-hand with calcium for teeth and bone formation and it also activates enzymes that break down food sources for energy release. Phosphorus is found in dairy products, meat, legumes, seeds, nuts and whole grains. Too much phosphorus can actually lead to weaker bones – a health concern of late due to too much soda consumption and not enough milk consumption. Also, antacids containing aluminum interfere with phosphorus absorption. Most supplements do not contain phosphorus because it is so easily obtained through the diet. Zinc helps the immune system fight off illnesses and infections. It also helps with cell growth, tissue repair, blood clotting and wound healing. It also regulates cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood. Good sources of zinc include red meat, liver, dairy products, whole grain, eggs, fish, shellfish, legumes, mushrooms, nuts and pumpkin seeds. Too much zinc will lower HDL cholesterol, leaving the body more vulnerable to clogged arteries. Minerals help the body grow, develop, and stay healthy. A wide variety in a healthy diet is always the best place to start for mineral acquisition but a supplement can make up for what may be missing. Be sure to check with your child’s healthcare provider if you are considering a supplement. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. Call 678-384-3480 for your child’s nutrition assessment today.


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The Powell Family

A quick glance at this month’s cover probably had our readers taking a second look. We’re certain that you recognized a familiar face or two of this local “celebrated family” who love to call West Cobb home. Meet the Powell Family. Mac Powell is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning Christian rock group, Third Day. Mac and his wife, Aimee are the extremely proud parents of five children. That’s correct-five children, and all with remarkable names and bit of a story behind each one of them. They’ve recently adopted two children, Emmanuel and Birdie Clare who have added joy to their loving family. We caught up with Aimee and Mac to give us the inside story about their great kids and what keeps their family running and playing like a finely tuned guitar. OT: Can you tell us about those great kids of yours? Aimee Powell: We are blessed to be the parents of five wonderful children. Our daughter, Scout (named after Scout from “To Kill A Mockingbird”) is 14 and a freshman at Pebblebrook High School’s Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts. She is a Vocal major and a Dance minor. Scout not only loves performing, but is an avid reader, as well. Cash (named after Mac’s mentor, Tim Cash) is eleven years old and in the 6th grade. He plays football in the fall and is currently playing lacrosse. He also just performed in his first play at school. If you are ever in need of a pocketknife, Cash is your man! Camie Love (Camie is Mac spelled backwards with a little bit of Aimee) Camie Love is ten years old and in the fifth grade. She loves to jump rope. In fact, she just finished raising money for “Jump for Heart” to help fight heart disease in America. Camie Love loves art and baking.

Emmanuel (Emmanuel means “God with us”). Emmanuel was the first child that we adopted, and we

knew he needed a very special name that would make people think of God. He’s five years old and loves being in Mrs. Evelyn’s class at preschool. Emmanuel loves Transformer’s Rescue Bots, especially “Chase” the police car guy. He also thinks riding his bike is a whole lot of fun! Birdie Clare (named after Mac’s great grandmother Birdie and my grandfather, Clarence Robinson) is 4 years old. She is very smart and very fast. Birdie Clare keeps us on our toes all day long. She likes running and gymnastics. Birdie Clare’s favorite place to visit is Disney World. OT: Two busy parents, five children- how do you guys do it all? Mac: Well, life does get hectic sometime! With five kids and school and extra curricular activities, and my travel schedule, it takes a Super Mama to make it all happen! Aimee is so great with managing the household and our crazy lives. But we are also very fortunate to have a lot of help from our parents, family, and friends! OT: We understand that you two have known each other for a long time. Can you fill us in on some of the details? Mac: Aimee and I have been married for almost 18 years, but we have been together even longer. We were high school sweethearts that met in marching band. Yes, we are band geeks. But, we were good friends for a while before we dated. Our relationship has always been rooted in a great friendship. She’s STILL my best friend. Aimee: I’ve lived in Marietta and the West Cobb area my entire life. Mac is originally from Alabama and moved to Marietta and attended Marietta High School his sophomore year. We met the following year when he moved to the McEachern High School district. We became fast friends and later started dating. We got married during the Atlanta Summer Olympics in July of 1996 and will happily celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary this summer. OT: Can you tell us why West Cobb is so special to you? Mac: I’m from a very small and rural town in Alabama and I DID NOT want to move to a suburb of the big town of Atlanta! But it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with West Cobb and for it to become “home”. We’ve had many opportunities to move to Nashville and other cool place over the years, but Cobb County is where we want to stay and raise our kids. Aimee: Both of our extended families live here. Mac’s parents and sister live close by. My mother and stepfather, two sisters, plus my grandfather, aunts and uncles all live minutes away. When we get together to celebrate holidays, there are lots of people to hug! It is especially wonderful to have both of our mama’s nearby. We see each other all the time. We are so blessed to have this wonderful family of ours that we love so much living nearby. OT: Can you share with us how important your Christian faith is to you and the family? MAC: Our faith is the most important thing in our lives. It is the foundation of how we live and parent. As a man, my faith is what I use to keep me grounded. It also gives me motivation to enjoy life to the fullest and to treat others with respect and love. That carries over into my role as a father and husband. It’s an important responsibility, and faith gives me the strength, wisdom, and love to carry out those responsibilities much better. OT: Mac, Third Day has been such a success and I’m sure a fascinating journey. Can you tell us what you and the band are doing today? We’d love for you to share it with our readers. Mac: There’s no doubt, that Third Day has been extremely blessed in so many different ways over the past 20 years. And there’s no slowing us down! Right now we are touring across the U.S. with international trips coming soon. We are also writing music for a new album with a tentative Fall release date. My journey into Country music has also been a lot of fun and a great challenge for me. I’m currently working on a new independent project to be released late this summer. Then I’ll be touring in the summer and fall of this year. I’m really excited about it! Aimee and Mac, thanks so much for sharing a glimpse of your life with Our Town and our readers. We wish you continued happiness in the years to come! Please visit for more information on Mac and his music. Third Day has recently announced that they will perform at FishFest on May 31st at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth. Visit for ticket information and additional concert performance dates.


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

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

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Middle Pool Moms by Shasta Kaselak Our community pool is divided into three parts: the baby pool, the middle pool and the lap pool. A few summers ago, I spent long days with my toes dipped into the unusually warm baby pool. Incidentally, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s heating the baby pool water when you see a dozen toddlers clad in swim diapers. Those suckers are a useless waste of money, and I envy our parents’ generation who let their babies’ diapers blow up like air bags then laughed at their big bubble butts. The moms at the baby pool worked together to look out for one another and for each other’s children.Without a spoken word, a mom fetched a toy for a kid who isn’t hers because the kid’s mom was nursing her younger baby. Another mom will escort a group of kids to the snack bar, while another will flag down a lifeguard for a Bandaide. It’s women at their best, moving in a lovely choreographed dance to care for one another.

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We all looked across the fence at the middle pool moms who were lying on lawn chairs, occasionally peering from behind their books to check on their children. They had no fear of drowning, no diapers to change, no duffel bag full of supplies. And he was right, they looked good.

That comment, unwise as it was, stuck with me. Since then, I’ve crossed over to the middle pool, and I’ve realized a few things about middle pool moms. They are in the sweet spot of motherhood. Their kids are old enough to swim on their own, but young enough to want them sitting close by. They still chat poolside with other moms, but the dance is over. They mostly manage motherhood on their own now. Don’t be fooled by their lawn chairs, they are still busy but it’s swim meets and summer camps instead of sippy cups and nap times. They still compare themselves to one another, but not in the same compassionate way. Their bodies are stronger now because they’ve learned to carve out time to take care of themselves.

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We all shrugged it off by saying, “Their kids are older so they have time to work out.” Then we resumed our dance.

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Having survived the experiences of childbirth, 2 a.m. feedings, countless diaper changes, potty training, and temper tantrums, the baby pool moms had formed an unspoken camaraderie of motherhood. We were all in love with our little ones, but exhausted by them at the same time. We had all been up the night before nursing or rocking or walking the floor. We all knew that earlier that morning, each woman had gone through an obstacle course of packing and lugging diapers, juice boxes, dry clothes, towels, sunscreen, and snacks…tons of snacks. And as for our bodies, we were forgiving of each other’s freshly made stretch marks, varicose veins and sagging skin around our belly buttons. We even compared them, but in a loving, “you’re not the only one,” way.

Many are competitive; they gain notches in their belts by running half-marathons, triathlons or WarriorDashes. Some of them look longingly at the baby pool and miss those days. They want to walk over and tell the baby pool moms, “Your dance is beautiful. Take heart and know you look a lot more graceful than you think you do. And enjoy every twirl and turn because the music will fade and you’ll be sitting in my seat sooner than you think.” And they will, right after they soak up some more sunshine and read another chapter in their books.

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What Ever Happened To…? by Mercedes Verhine

Do you ever wonder what happened to someone with whom you have lost touch? What path did they walk? I often wondered what happened to someone I went to high school with, Daniel Williams. We caught up through Facebook and I was amazed at the journey he is taking.

the yearly musicals, This sparked a love character. One day, his ballet class. He ended let and soon was dancmeans of performing,

Daniel went to North Cobb High School where he enjoyed being in the chorus of under the direction of Harris Wheeler. of acting and the challenge of getting into high school sweetheart dragged him to her up taking lessons at the Cobb Marietta Baling in a company. Dance gave him another and Daniel was a performer at heart.

However, life has a way of putting our hearts desires on hold. He graduated early from high school and followed his father’s example, joining the National Air Guard. His first assignment was with the Savannah unit where he became an air weapons controller. Then he transferred to Oregon and accepted a position as an Operations Training Officer. This afforded him the opportunity to transfer to Hawaii where he finished out his 20 years and retired as a Major in 1996. Leaving Hawaii, he married and moved to Taos, New Mexico, where he trained as a teacher and found work in the public school system and treatment centers, helping children with emotional difficulties. One fateful day the founder and director of the Taos Children’s Theater, Karen Thibodeau, came to the school to enlist students to join the summer productions. Daniel encouraged the children and helped at the theater. Before long, he had joined the staff. The universe finally aligned and allowed him to pursue his long suppressed dream. Daniel had the pleasure of acting in three stage productions in the children’s theater alongside his daugh-


ter. The father-daughter team also worked together in short films. Bubbling with pride, Daniel beamed as he told me his daughter actually had a paying part before he did. Daniel began auditioning and landed a part as a background actor on the television series, Longmire. This gave him indispensable experience in set work. It was during this time that he saw a post from Elizabeth Gable for casting an unnamed film directed by Wally Pfister. They were looking for background actors with real life medical experience. (Daniel maintains an Emergency Medical Technician license because he works with the search and rescue teams around the Santa Fe area.) He won the part and found himself in a large budget film named “Transcendence,” with super stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Daniel plays the part of a field surgeon. Since the director had actors with medical experience, he put their expertise to good use. He wanted authenticity, so he told the actors the medical goal and the scene outcome- then had them jump in as if it were an actual medical situation. During a break in filming, Daniel had a small dream come true. His idol, Morgan Freeman called him over, offering the benefit of his experience and giving valuable advice on scene flow. “Transcendence” comes to theaters April 17th. So what is next for Daniel? Certainly, not sitting idle. This month he starts working on a film called, “Money is King” in which he plays a cartel boss. He is also shooting a television pilot on a new thriller called “The Kammler Code,” in which he plays Senator Hansen. Daniel is following his heart, walking a path that is leading him toward his dream. I expect we will be hearing much more from him in the near future as he reaches his goals.

If you have someone (local) that you have lost contact with, email me with your information. He or she could be featured in my next article. Mercedes Verhine lives in Kennesaw, and is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association. Mercedes has written short stories, fanzines, and articles. More of her work may be seen on her website, www. You may contact Mercedes by email at

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The Challenge of Achieving Work-Life Balance by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Life is busy, and for most the ability to balance its many demands is an important challenge. While the admonitions to “Work to live…rather than live to work” are well known; Americans work longer hours, have fewer vacation days and leisure hours, and spend less time with friends and family than most other cultures. The ability to prioritize between work and personal demands is a skill which is necessary to maintain a sense of balance and health. Additionally, research shows that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity.


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The consequences of poor work-life balance include fatigue which can cause poor personal and work performance; and a lack of time with friends and family which may lead to decrease sense of connection with others and cause relationship problems. Also, when work hours are routinely increased; there can be significant changes in what an employer expects in productivity. The higher expectation “sets up” unrealistic goals which necessitate more hours to achieve. This vicious cycle can be very difficult to alter. Juggling the demands of career and personal life is an ongoing challenge. It is essential that each person make decisions based on what they truly want their lives to look like and then take the necessary actions to create it. While no single technique will work for everyone, these suggestions may be helpful to achieve the goal of better balance in life. • Carefully track your time to see how the hours are spent. Pay attention to daily tasks, including both work-related and personal activities. Examine this accounting to determine what is necessary and what satisfies you the most. • Prioritize honestly and ruthlessly. The key is finding out what’s most important - in work activities as well as in your personal activities – and making sure this is reflected in your daily schedule. Give up on the idea that one can do or have everything. • Give up perfectionism. Perfection can be guide, but recognize that it is unattainable. Obstacles and challenges will interfere unexpectedly. Mistakes will be made. • Take advantage of all available options. Flex hours, compressed workweek, job sharing, and telecommuting are becoming more available. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your support system. • Learn to say no. When you quit accepting tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, you’ll have more time for the activities that are meaningful to you. Before saying “yes” to anything, sleep on it. • Leave work at work. With the technology to connect to anyone at any time, there might be no boundary between work and home. This is a mistake. “Unplug” during meal times…keep your laptop out of your bedroom. Use technology to serve you, rather than abuse you. • Manage time well – even when it feels there is just not enough. At times it is ok to “squeeze it in”. If you don’t have the ability to have dinner with a friend…meet for coffee. Let yourself enjoy the time you do have, instead of lamenting the time you don’t. • Practice the skill of “being where you are” and focusing fully on whatever task you are currently engaged in. Most forms of multi-tasking ultimately increase stress, versus focusing on one thing at a time. • Nurture yourself. Eat a healthy diet, include physical activity in your daily routine and get enough sleep. Set aside time for an activity that you enjoy and time to discover new activities to share with family or friends. Creating work-life balance is an evolving process as your family, interests and work life change. Be open to the changes. What matters is the creation of a personally meaningful life that is happy and healthy.

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SILENT-LIVE AUCTION: Join Burnt Hickory Baptist Church for their 14th Annual Silent/Live Auction on Saturday April 26th. Hundreds of new and collectible items will be for auction. All proceeds benefit BHBC Student International Missions to the UK. Items for auction include Entertainment tickets, Restaurant gift cards, Home & Garden items, Sports tickets and collectible items, Vacation Rentals, Gift Baskets and much more! The silent auction is from 4:30 pm – 6 pm. There is a fundraising dinner from 6-7 pm and a Live Auction at 8 pm. Tickets are not required to bid, but are required for dinner. For more information and directions to the church, visit MARIETTA EASTER EGG HUNT AT LAUREL PARK: April 11, 2014 from 6:30 – 9pm. Manning Rd., Marietta GA 30064. Sponsored by the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department, the Easter Egg Scramble features plenty of great candy and fun prizes for all. The hunt is divided into groups based on age, and after the hunt you can visit with the Easter Bunny for great photo opportunities. For further information, please visit COBB COUNTY EASTER EGG HUNT: April 19th, from 10am – 2pm. The hunt will feature children’s art activities carnival rides, concessions, visits with the Easter Bunny and the Mad Hatter Contest. Egg hunts, parking and admission are free. 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. Information 770-528-8875 KENNESAW FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES: Kennesaw’s free outdoor movie series at Swift-Cantrell Park returns in 2014 with a trio of box-office blockbusters, beginning with the showing of the computer-animated comedy Despicable Me 2 on Saturday, May 3. The movie will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown. Arrive early for entertainment, free and pay-to-play children’s activities, giveaways and outdoor fun. For your comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway. Parking is available inside the park, and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. For a complete schedule, please visit GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: Glover Park on the Marietta Square will again provide the perfect setting for the 2014 Concert Series. Beaumont Products, the makers of Citrus Magic® Air Fresheners, Pet Products, and All Natural Cleaning Products based right here in Cobb County, is the proud title sponsor of the “Glover Park Concert Series”. The Citrus Magic® Glover Park Concert Series will continue throughout the summer, with concerts scheduled for the last Friday night of each month through September (with the exception of the August concert, it will be held on the August 22nd). Friday, April 25th kicks off with the 911 Band (R & B). For table reservations and other information, please visit 21st ANNUAL TASTE OF MARIETTA: Sunday, April 27th, in and around Glover Park, Marietta Square. The event features over eighty restaurants and caterers showcasing their best food. Tastes range in price from just $0.50 to $5.00. In addition, there are five live music stages and a sunset concert on the Main Stage in Glover Park. The event also features games for the kids in the Kid’s Alley, a sports corner as well as a cooking stage with celebrity cheifs’ cooking demonstrations. The Taste of Marietta takes place rain or shine, and admission is free. For detailed information, please visit MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: Saturday & Sunday May 3rd, and 4th from 10am to 6pm in Historic Marietta Square. May-retta Daze is an annual, two-day arts and crafts festival held the first weekend in May. The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many Southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage. EMAIL US WITH YOUR EVENTS! INFO@OURTOWNMONTHLY.COM. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the following month’s issue.

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From Intimidated to Incredible… The Poteat Family! by Jason Goggans When Wendy Poteat’s husband, William, suggested they begin training at Warrior Pride Fitness she thought he was crazy. She hated working out and at 43 years of age she thought she always would. While Wendy was adamant against giving Warrior Pride a shot, she also knew she wasn’t happy with herself. She was 165 lbs (the most she had ever weighed) and completely unhappy with how she looked and felt. Wendy is a busy massage therapist, recent entrepreneur (, a mother, step-mother, and has a lot on her plate. Due to her busy schedule and lack of enthusiasm for exercise she had fallen into the worst shape of her life. Not only was she at her heaviest weight but she had also gotten up to a size 10/12 in clothes. As Wendy describes it, she was “depressed” and “embarrassed” with how she looked.


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She knew something had to change but…what? She had already tried various diets and exercise routines with minimal success. After some consistent persuading from William, and the fact that one of our coaches used to play for the New England Patriots (her favorite team), she decided to give Warrior Pride Fitness a try. She was still scared to death but took a leap of faith. In Wendy’s own words her experience over the last year has been “life-changing”. She has lost 16 lbs and 10% body fat. She has lost 12 total inches and is now into a size 6 jeans…she has NEVER in her life been in a size 6 jeans! (See her before and after picture in the ad to the side). Her cholesterol numbers are also in the normal range for the first time since she was 24 years old. The icing on the cake is that Wendy now ENJOYS exercise. As a result, she knows she will be able to maintain these results for the long haul. Way to go Wendy! Those results are incredible but…that’s not the coolest part of the story.

“The success I have felt through CrossFit is my own. I’m proud of myself. And I needed this, I needed it to boost my confidence and gain back that person I lost. Since I started this new lifestyle I’ve lost almost 40 pounds and I have dropped 4 dress sizes! More importantly I feel so confident and proud of the person I have become. I lost a part of me over the years and now it’s back and I couldn’t be happier.” - Sarah Minick • Marietta, GA

Wendy’s step-daughter, Sarah, saw all the success Wendy and her dad (William) were having at Warrior Pride. At the same time Sarah was going through a particularly tough time in her life. Due to some unfortunate life circumstances Sarah had lost sight of who she was as a person and was not happy with what and who she had become. Due to the stress and unhappiness she was experiencing her weight had gotten up to 187 lbs and she was miserable.

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In an effort to help Sarah and brighten her spirits, Wendy and William suggested she give Warrior Pride a try. They knew what this type of exercise and nutrition had done for them so they knew what it would do for her. Sarah is just a few months into her training and Sarah has lost 43 lbs and has gone from a size 14/16 to a size 6! Perhaps more importantly, as she puts it “I feel so confident and proud of the person I have become. I lost a part of me over the years and now it’s back and I couldn’t be happier.” Just awesome, huh? (Sarah is pictured in the ad to the side as well) The moral of this story is that no matter what your life circumstances are, no matter how fearful you might be of exercise or just change in general, with a little faith, motivation, and family support anything is possible….anything. Just ask the Poteats. I want to also point out the success that William has had. William has lost close to 40 lbs and has gone from a size 38” waist to a size 32/34” waist! (He is also pictured in the ad with Wendy and Sarah). What an incredible transformation! As a family they have lost a combined 99 lbs…wow!

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A Fresh New Look by Dr. John Kayal Do you wake up looking tired – even after a good night’s sleep? Do yours eyes look heavy and droopy all the time? Do you have trouble with your vision from your eyelids drooping? If you are answered yes to any of these questions, then it might be time for you to consider blepharoplasty. What is Blepharoplasty? Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat found on the upper or lower lids. For most people this excess skin causes an aged or tired look to the eyes. In some people the eyelid sagging or drooping is so significant it interferes with their vision. Procedure description The actual procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, and is performed with local anesthesia, which means you will not be put to sleep. You will be given medication that will help you relax and then the area to be worked on is injected with local anesthetic. If the upper lids are the area of concern, then a small incision is placed in the crease of the upper lid, then the excess skin is removed and the incision is closed with a very fine suture. In lower lid surgery the “fatty” deposits that cause laxity of the lower lids is removed with the same technique as used above. The procedure usually last one to two hours, and you will leave with absorbable sutures that will dissolve on their own in one to two weeks. What can I expect after surgery? After surgery, the area around the eyes will be swollen and bruised for about five to seven days. It is best if you can keep your head up and keep cold compresses on the affected area. Antibiotic ointment is applied over the suture site. Patients who wear contact lenses will need to wear their glasses for the first two weeks until the eyelids have time to heal. Female patients can wear makeup usually after ten days. Schedule a consult If you feel like you are looking tired on a regular basis, it might be time to think about eyelid rejuvenation. Dr. John Kayal performs eyelid rejuvenation in his office and would be happy to discuss all treatment options for you. To schedule a cosmetic consult ($75 fee will be applied to procedure) today. 770-426-7177


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Redeem Your Ground It’s a fairly typical story. You buy a house with dreams of making it into a home. Then life happens – jobs, kids, finances, commitments…and the time you once had gets squeezed into nothing…and along with it your dreams. And your house, which once was full of possibilities, is now just a place where you come & go…and really just something else you have to take care of. But isn’t that why you’re working so hard in the first place – to somehow, someday achieve

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

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

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Our Town West Cobb April 2014  

The West Cobb Area's Family Lifestyle News Magazine April 2014

Our Town West Cobb April 2014  

The West Cobb Area's Family Lifestyle News Magazine April 2014