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DINNER AT THE DEPOT FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Every Monday through October, Kennesaw’s Downtown Development Authority is partnering with local food trucks in Kennesaw’s Depot Park, from 5:30 to 8:30pm, weather permitting. Patrons will be able to purchase food to grab-and-go or to enjoy while picnicking in the park. Check the Dinner at the Depot Facebook page for details! KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: NOW through October, rain or shine, from 3:30 to 7:30pm at Kennesaw’s Depot Park. Sponsored by the KDDA, the Farmers Market features a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown by local farmers, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies, landscape plants, flowers and other assorted goods. For more information on the Farmers Market, check out the Kennesaw Farmers Market Facebook page. For vendor information or support, call Julia McPherson at 770-794-7075 or email MARIETTA CAMPMEETING REVIVAL: July 14th - 23rd recurring daily. Campmeeting is a non-denominational revival where everyone is invited to join in the glorious celebration of our Lord. Services are at 11am and 7:30pm everyday and Children’s Church is held Monday through Friday. 2300 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062. See website for full schedule.

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GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: The Glover Park Concert Series features local and national acts on the last Friday night, April through September on the Marietta Square. The concerts are free but if you are looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee. Table reservations are taken on a first come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. Blankets are welcome in the park but no personal tables are permitted. Bring your picnic dinner (beer & wine are permitted) or dine in one of the many restaurants in the downtown area. Free parking. July 28th brings The Breakfast Club (1980’s tribute band). NAUTIQUE WWA WAKEBOARD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: August 3rd – August 6th at Dallas Landing Park, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth, GA 30101. Enjoy watching professional wakeboarders from around the world compete for the top prize! For more information, visit MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK: The 2017 season of Marietta Square Art Walk, every first Friday of every month through November. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines. The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeates every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings, live music, original photography, painting, sculpture and more on display along the sidewalks throughout town. Art lovers will also enjoy late night shopping at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques. MARIETTA FOOD TOURS: The Marietta Square Food Tour takes you on a 3 hour guided tour of 7 locally owned and operated eateries. The walking tour allows you the unique ability to explore Marietta, all while gaining knowledge about its history, culture and architecture, at the same time savoring the appetizing culinary selections available on the bustling square. Every Saturday from 11am – 2pm. For more information, please visit POP-IN FOR POP CULTURE: Every 2nd Tuesday at The Marietta Museum of History, Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Pop-in from 5-8pm and explore different topics of pop culture from the 1950’s and 60’s. All activities are FREE with regulare admission. For more information, please visit

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My Independence and Theirs by Mark Orler

As a nation we celebrate July 4th as a collective recognition of Independence. We gather around pools, lakes, baseball diamonds and other sites to enjoy hot dogs, sunburns and freedom until darkness falls at which time we risk life and limb with Chinese-made explosive devices. Yep, that’s what it means to be ‘Merican, as a friend of mine with an overly-tan neck pronounces the word.

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Independence. That’s a scary word these days. This fear came up in a conversation with my mother in which she mentioned that “some” of her neighbors had their adult children moving back home and that she was glad that none of her kids did that. I told her that the feeling was mutual, REALLY MUTUAL, and that those parents must have just been a lot nicer to their kids when they were growing up for them to want to come back and endure life in a bunk bed and only being allowed to play their Atari 2600’s video games as an adult. She agreed, but then thought about what I said and got mad at me. This led to an additional conversation with my wife over dinner that night, in which I mentioned that my mother had said something about adult children moving back in with their parents and she stopped me before I could get another syllable out and said, “Little ears are around us, but let me say for the record that a VERY Biblical and VERY hot place would have to freeze over before I would ever consider moving in with your parents!”

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We are officially into our hot Georgia summer and the name of the game, when it comes to hair and makeup is LESS IS MORE!!!!! Trying to keep up with summer maintenance is so stressful-UGH! First the hair removal, from head to toe...that is a battle in itself. Staying on top of it is a FULL TIME JOB. Then trying to keep the make-up from dripping off your face is definitely a delicate balancing act. So I am going to give you a few tips that I hope will help you keep it pulled together when the days heat up. My rule of thumb for any time of the year, but especially when it’s hot is: Self Maintenance! SKINCARE-WASH, EXFOLIATE, MOISTURIZE (KEEP IT SIMPLE) Make sure you are using an appropriate skincare line for YOUR specific needs. Remember skin can change with the seasons. You may be dry during the winter months and oily during the summer. EYEBROWS-2...ALWAYS 2! Don’t let life happen and forget your brow upkeep. It doesn’t matter if you go to a salon or choose to deal with it yourself at home; having well groomed brows is definitely a game changer. Take it from me, unfortunately extra hair below your brows is never cute and no amount of make-up can cover it up. FACIAL AND BODY HAIR Embarrassing...but only if you don’t do something about it. We all get a random hair here and there and some unfortunately get more than others. However, there are many ways to remove it and trust me-it NEEDS to be done!

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Letters from Abroad by Kelly Dean One Sunday last month, I was playing around on Skyscanner. net, a flight search page that allows you to search flights by month or destination. I entered May flights from Manchester Airport to ‘anywhere’. The page sorted the destinations by price by country. The first ones that always appear from Manchester are Ireland and Spain, as these are the cheapest destinations for British travelers. I kept scrolling down past Belgium and Germany, and saw that there were surprisingly decent prices to Sweden the upcoming weekend. I’d wanted to see more of Scandinavia after my trip to Copenhagen, Denmark the year before. The flights were that Friday afternoon, returning late Sunday night. I don’t normally plan trips on such short notice, but all the other weekends in May and June were not near as reasonable. Within minutes of finding the flights, I was messaging my friend from Munich (the one who went with me to Dublin in March). She, like myself, rarely turns down an opportunity to go somewhere new. The plan was to meet up in the Stockholm central train station Friday night.


My first impression after landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport was that it was stereotypical of what you would imagine Scandinavia to be. It was very modern-looking and super clean. And everyone spoke perfect English. Not five minutes after arriving at the train station, two guys stopped me and asked me for directions. This would be the first of many people mistaking me for being Swedish. This kind of thing never happens to me in Spain. Per our usual routine, we signed up for the free walking tour. If you read my May column, you will remember we did the free walking tour in Spanish on our last trip to Dublin. We didn’t see a Spanish option this time, but oddly enough, there were some Spanish people in our group. On our tour we learned a lot about famous Swedish brands like Ikea, H & M, and Skype. I can’t verify if this is actually true, but our guide told us that due to national rivalry with neighboring Denmark, the Ikea owners named all carpets and rugs after Danish towns and all furniture after Swedish towns. That way Sweden was always over Denmark. Next time you are in Ikea at Atlantic Station, google some of the names and see if it’s right! During the tour, we visited the Stockholm Concert Hall, the location of the Nobel Prize ceremony and the Kreditbanken, the site of the infamous “Stockholm Syndrome” hostage situation. The tour ended outside the Opera House and we walked across the Lilla Värtan River to the Royal Palace, just in time to see the changing of the guard. Other highlights of our trip included wandering through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) where the capital was founded, eating Swedish meatballs in Södermalm district, taking in the views of the city’s islands from the Gondolen tower, and seeing an intact ship from 1628 in the Vasa Museum. I would definitely recommend Stockholm for a visit, but you might want to avoid winter unless you like really long nights- the sun sets around 3:00pm!

Kelly Dean is a Marietta native and former Miss MHS. Kelly lives in northern England with her Spanish husband. Her travels through Europe have taken her as far as Turkey and Morocco, with many mishaps and laughs along the way. Currently, she is working in the International Student Recruitment Office at Lancaster University.

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In South Carolina, Homeowners’ Associations are often referred to as REGIMES. In Georgia it often feels like they should nearly all be called by that name or worse.

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At closings I have often heard sellers tell buyers, “Watch out for the HOA. They can be pains in the…” It does seem that most HOAs are fairly even-handed over time with the management of amenities and the enforcement of rules designed to keep the association funded and the properties as presentable as possible. Sometimes they can be a bit overbearing in those efforts, though. What has become even more of a nuisance of late is how long the HOA management companies can take to send a dues/fees/fines status on behalf of a seller who is selling their home. Recently we have received responses in our office from HOA management companies stating their typical turnaround time for an HOA letter is 2 or even 3 weeks. On top of that, the vast majority of HOA management companies require prepayment of the inquiry fee for the letter and sometimes the transfer fee as well. Often those fees are several hundred dollars. Thankfully, the 2017 Georgia Association of Realtors forms are clear as to who should pay these fees (whether or not they are disclosed.) However, be forewarned that as a seller, if you do not disclose these fees, you will have to pay them. As always, at Ganek, PC we have trained and helpful attorneys and staff to assist you with questions on this or any other topic related to real property purchases in Georgia. 678-247-1157 MARIETTA OFFICE 678-265-8078 KENNESAW OFFICE


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Be prepared for crazy. I have a friend who said the minute the engagement was announced, the crazy would start. And she was right. It came in different forms, from strange advice, to proph. of imminent doom for any marriage, to strange family behavior and unusual and not always esies logical requests from the bride.

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Stand up for the Bride. You are going to have to interact with quite a few service providers and you will have to step in at least once to make sure that the experience of wedding preparation is. a good one. My chance to do this came when we went wedding dress shopping. We went to a beautiful, but tiny boutique and when we entered, the woman who was in charge of taking care of us, did not greet us or tell us her name. She immediately said, “There are too many of you to go back to the viewing area.”, to which I replied “I guess this is a bad time to tell you that the maid of honor isn’t here yet.” She said “Four of you can come back (we had 9) and the rest of you will have to stay up here.” Um no. Everything worked out after some boundaries were established.

Break with Tradition When Necessary. When my daughter asked me to speak at the reception, my first thought was I think it’s just supposed to be the father, but I spent hours in excru. pain bringing her into the world, and then experienced every emotion known while bringing ciating her up. I think that I can find a few things to say.

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We’re sure that everyone has heard of warts, but not everyone knows the cause behind them. Warts are a viral infection and are contagious by contact. There are multiple types of warts as well as multiple types of treatments. Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is a viral rash that is in the wart family, usually found on children. Molluscum usually appears as small (less than a half a centimeter) domed, white or pink, papules; some parents confuse it with an acne bump. These bumps are most commonly found on the trunk or arms of children under the age of six; however, they can occur at any age. Molluscum Contagiosum is highly contagious and spread by skin-to-skin contact. Summer is the most prevalent time of MC, due to children spending a lot of time at swimming pools. Although it can be spread at any time during the year, summertime usually finds children wearing less clothing and spending more time swimming. The virus can be spread by skin contact, as well as, sharing towels or washcloths. If you have multiple children, bath time should be taken separately to decrease the chances of transmission. Because warts and MC are viruses, our immune systems should fight them off and alleviate the rash; however this is not always the case. Doing nothing might eventually cause the rash to fade in a few months or even years. On the other hand, there are treatment options to lend the body a helping hand. Verasol, or “bug juice”, is the first; this involves a topical liquid being applied in your doctor’s office. Verasol is a blistering agent that, when applied to the skin, swells up and after a few days, peels off and removes the bump. This is a great option when there are only a few lesions to treat or when other treatment options have failed. This isn’t painful and the blistering should only last for two to three days; the only possible side effect is a possible white mark left behind on the skin. The other treatment is the use of liquid nitrogen. By applying LN2 to the wart (or “freezing” it), the entire lesion is essentially killed and destroyed. While it’s very cold on the skin for a few seconds, this treatment is highly effective.

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by Pat Prosser, OrthoAtlanta Boasting over 1,000 tennis centers and clubs across the greater Atlanta area, and some of the largest local tennis chapters in the nation, it’s easy to see, Atlanta loves tennis! We play year-round, indoors and outdoors, all levels and ages.

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Atlanta is host to one of the top championship tennis events of the year, the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open, running July 22 – 30 in midtown’s Atlantic Station. An ATP World Tour 250 event, the tournament is a mix of young upstarts and former and current ATP World Tour top-20 players. This year, the BB&T Atlanta Open brings women’s championship-level tennis to the Atlanta event with the Venus Williams vs. Genie Bouchard Women’s Exhibition Match. OrthoAtlanta orthopedic and sports medicine specialists proudly serves as the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of the BB&T Atlanta Open. In its 8th year serving the tournament, OrthoAtlanta physicians are the key medical point of contact for the visiting players, coaches and officials during the event. The OrthoAtlanta sports medicine team serving the tournament includes two OrthoAtlanta physicians serving as co-medical directors, additional OrthoAtlanta physicians from multiple orthopedic specialties, plus physical therapists, athletic trainers and administrative staff. Orthopedic services provided by OrthoAtlanta include physical therapy, examinations, non-operative treatments, consultation with the athletes and their coaching staff and referral to outside specialists when necessary. Sharing the excitement of world-class tennis with the Atlanta community, OrthoAtlanta is holding its own BB&T Atlanta Open Ticket Giveaway online through July 16. Georgia residents have a chance to win top match seats including the Williams vs. Bouchard Women’s Exhibition Match, Finals Match and more. Go to

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The pool is packed, the grill is sizzling and a shady spot to park your car has become prime real estate at the grocery store. Summer has officially arrived in Atlanta. As families head to the beach and leave their four legged family members to play and stay, we want to make sure you know the top 5 ways to keep your dog safe this summer. Go ahead and put on sunscreen, pack that passport and make your boarding reservations, as we have all the latest info to help keep your pup healthy, happy and hip to all things doggie! 1. Canine Influenza has made a return to Georgia so vaccinate. The “canine flu” is a highly contagious, respiratory infection of dogs that is spread by direct contact with infected dogs, by coughing and sneezing dogs and also on surfaces touched by an infected dog. The virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours! So, what can you do to keep your pup and others safe? Vaccinate your dog fully against H3N2, including the booster that follows the initial vaccine and avoid any free-play areas or nose-to-nose greetings on walks, etc… where the health and vaccine status of a dog is unknown. A dog that looks healthy may not be and canine flu can strike very quickly in a dog that was seemingly healthy 24 - 48 hours earlier. Speak to your veterinarian to help make the best choice for your dog and their health.

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Our Town West Cobb July 2017  

West Cobb's Family Lifestyle Magazine HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !

Our Town West Cobb July 2017  

West Cobb's Family Lifestyle Magazine HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !