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DON’T SWALLOW ANOTHER DOSE UNTIL YOU READ THIS REPORT Dr. Doris Rapp, M.D warns all her patients about falling for the “Cholesterol Hoax”. Dr. Rapp is unforgiving of those who prescribe statin drugs and says “Over half the folks on statin drugs get coronary artery disease anyway, plus these drugs set them up for Alzheimer’s, impotence, suicide, cancer and an avalanche of druginduced nutrient deficiencies that propel them toward accelerated aging.” YES you read that right, CANCER! Research shows Statins cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); a condition which in time may cause cancer. And if that weren’t bad enough, research also points out that statin drugs WIPE OUT Co-Q10 levels, a vital nutrient without which the heart can literally STOP BEATING.

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MARIETTA ART WALK: Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour that celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural art scene, showcasing local artists and performers along sidewalks throughout Historic Downtown Marietta. The first Friday of every month, the evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeate every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings and free admission to Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Guests can grab a drink at one of many local restaurants and walk around, enjoying late night shopping at the many one-of-akind boutiques and a unique variety of Art and performance.

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MUSIC 7 ARTS CAMP AT NEW BEGINNINGS UMC: June 4-8, from 9am to noon at New Beginnings UMC. Ages 5-12. Music, arts and crafts, games, Bible stories and snack time for grades K-5. There is no fee for this camp and it is open to all. To register, call the New Beginnings UMC office at 770.421.9980, or visit www.nbumc.org.

GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: The Glover Park Concert Series takes place on the last Friday evening of each month from NOW thru September. Enjoy music under the stars and be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 pm (no tarps or tents). Friday, June 29th brings Bogey & The Viceroy (Classical Soul to today’s hits). Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 5:30 pm but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 pm rain or shine. Call 770.794.5601 for table reservations.

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KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: Now in it’s 14th season, the Kennesaw Farmers Market takes place every Monday afternoon from May through September.  The market is open from 3 pm to 7 pm, and features an average of over 30 local farmers and merchants offer fresh tomatoes, flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, plants, herbs, and a variety of local food and products. Be sure to get there early for the best selection.  The Kennesaw Farmers Market (3:30 pm to 7:30 pm) joins Dinner at the Depot Dinner  (5:30 pm to 8:30 pm), also at Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, 30144.

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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 www.mariettafoodtours.com. 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 www.mariettahistory.org. KENNESAW SALUTE TO AMERICA CELEBRATION: Tuesday, July 3rd from 6-10pm. Live music, entertainment, food and kid’s activities as well as one of the biggest fireworks displays in North Georgia. 2828 Cherokee Street, at the Depot, downtown Kennesaw. MARIETTA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND PARADE: The city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration begins Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. and includes a parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks finale.  For more information, call Marietta Parks and Recreation at 770-794-5601. (Continued on page 22)

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Do you just love the season changes in Georgia? We go from crisp fall to icy winter to... sort of... kind of...skip over spring and dive straight into SUPER HOT melt your face SUMMER! When it comes to the heat of summer don’t forget that your wardrobe is not the only thing you need to switch out for the season... T-shirts, tank tops, swim suits and flip flops-YES, bring them on but don’t forget some other summertime essentials as well.

AND NOW WE’RE DELIVERING! Look for a “new” Our Town coming to mailboxes in July! • One publication, direct mailed to 30,000 targeted homes in Cobb County. Mailing to Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Powder Springs, Smyrna, Vinings and Vinings Estates. A distribution increase of 10,000 homes. • A fresh, new format debuts next month, as well! Inspired creativity and all things “local” will be neatly packaged in a 9” x 10.75” book along with your favorite friends and features. • OurTownmonthly.com joins in with an updated website showcasing current and past issues. We’re introducing a user-friendly calendar to keep Cobb readers “in the know” and much more! • Our “Shop and Live Local” print campaign will continue to be supported via our social media platforms. We love where we live and know that you do too!

1. Sunblock isn’t only for the beach. PLEASE use it everyday from your head to your toes and don’t forget your ears and lips. Sun damage is one of the hardest issues to get rid of and unfortunately can cause long term damage, not to mention also over time can make you look older. 2. As the seasons change so does the color of your skin. Please make sure to make sure that the foundation you are using matches your current skin tone. Even if you try to stay clear of the sun skin typically is lighter in the winter and darker/ warmer in the summer. 3.  Tinted moisturizer is a nice light option for foundation. If you are someone who is more active or perspires more in these warmer months you may want to try a lighter option. 4. Also, if you tend to be a “sweater” blot papers may be a better option then powder for touch ups. Remember flour (powder) + water (sweat)=dough...yuck! 5. Try cremes to keep your face looking its freshest. Foundation, blush, and eye shadows all come in creme form and tend to be a perfect texture for this hot time of the year. 6. If you have a problem with your make-up running and smudging, switch to waterproof. You can now get liner, brow color, mascara and lips in waterproof formulations. 7. If you feel like your makeup is melting off of your face thanks to the heat and humidity primers may be your new best friend! Foundation primers and eye primers create a wonderful base for the makeup to stick to. It also helps protect your pores from becoming clogged. 8. If you are like me then your hair tends to grow in the heat and not in a good way (think Garth from Wayne’s World), pony tails, messy buns, braids and hats can help you keep your hair looking neat and in place and are also a cooler option. Summer is so fun for so many reasons; Beaches, barbecues and good old fashion fun in the sun, but hair and make-up sometimes tend to suffer. However, implementing these tips above can help you look your best while you are enjoying this amazing season! 

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Dave and Tina Ellsworth have been friends since middle school and just recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. They moved their family to West Cobb from Chesapeake, Virginia thirteen years ago and immediately fell in love with all the area had to offer. Dave has spent the last twenty years in various roles in the biotechnology sector, currently serving as a reimbursement manager focusing on orphan and rare diseases. Tina is a speech-language pathologist with ABC Pediatric Therapy in West Cobb. She enjoys helping patients and their families with a wide variety of speech and language delays and disorders. In their free time, Dave and Tina both love supporting the local running community and have been coaches for both middle school and high school athletes in the Hillgrove family. Grace will be a junior at Hillgrove High School in the fall where she is an All-State performer in both cross country and track. When she’s not running the trails of Kennesaw Mountain, she enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and exploring as many national parks as possible. Kyle is a rising freshman at Hillgrove High School and also competes in cross country and track. He is a huge Atlanta sports fan and loves going to support the Falcons, Hawks, Braves and United. In his free time he enjoys cycling the Silver Comet Trail and assisting with anything animal related.

Andrew has been a professional photographer with his studio on the Marietta Square since 1994. He has been published locally and nationally with several awards along the way. His success has been made possible because he has been able to provide his clients with fresh, creative photography with an emphasis on client satisfaction. Andrew truly enjoys photography and it shows in his work. He specializes in a wide range of photography including commercial, family portraits, senior portraits, weddings, professional headshots and has a great reputation with kids. His fun personality, artistic vision and tech-nical knowledge have kept clients coming back through the years. Andrew’s style is a blend of traditional photography, lifestyle and photojournalism. Whether his clients want studio portraits, location or just something unique and different, Andrew is known for capturing the essence of the moment, which in his own words is the true measure of a great pho-tograph. Andrew has also done extensive work with professional modeling and talent agencies in and around the metro area.

Grace and Kyle can be found most weekends volunteering with the Humane Society, where they have been active in the Foster Care Program for over a year. They also give their time by assisting at local 5k road races and being a part of the Kashi Atlanta Meal Service Program and other Hands on Atlanta social projects.

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FOR THE SUPERHERO DADS IN OUR LIVES If you’ve been reading this column over the last eight months you know who it’s written for... The superheroes. The warriors. The MOMS. But what about the dads? Is anyone writing for them? This past month, I was able to celebrate one of my favorite days of all time: Mother’s Day. I’ve always loved it, simply because my mom is the most amazing woman on the planet and I experience so much joy celebrating her and all she’s done for me. But this Mother’s Day was my third as a mom myself (one while I was pregnant and two since my son was born), which made it that much more special. And I can say without hesitation that it was an amazing day. I felt appreciated, cherished, and loved and was able to give the same sentiments to my sweet mama and mother-in-law. Now here we are in JUNE, the month of the dads! Father’s Day is only weeks away and that got me thinking about all the men behind us simply thriving mamas. I will be totally honest here and tell you all that my husband, the father of my sweet Henry, is not a natural with children. Before he became a Dad he had never held a baby under a year old, never changed a diaper, never fed a bottle, had no clue how to burp a baby, swaddle, put him to sleep, or really anything else that pertained to a human under the age of 10. The entire experience was brand new to him. Now, for a woman who’s lived her life to be a mom, it is extremely challenging to parent a newborn with someone who literally has no clue what he’s doing. What makes me smile, though, is that even though he was clueless about how to take care of him, Dan loved Henry more than life itself from the moment he saw him. We so often brag on all the moms out there because of how much they do for their families and especially their kiddos. But one thing I think a lot of us forget (or maybe it’s just me?) is that behind most amazing mothers is a father who loves his kids just as much as she does. In a different way, absolutely, but still loves them just as much.

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For my husband Dan, loving me and Henry means working tirelessly to provide for our family so I can stay home full time. Even with a doctorate of Chiropractic and years of advanced schooling under my belt, when I became pregnant and expressed my desire to stay home full time with our babe, Dan didn’t give it a second thought. We both knew it was right for us. No, he doesn’t change a lot of diapers. He rarely does baths or bedtime. He certainly doesn’t clean up the food that gets thrown all over the kitchen during every meal. But he plays, he wrestles, he reads books, he build forts, he goes for walks, he kicks the soccer ball… Then he goes back out and works some more so that I don’t have to. He encourages, supports, and inspires me to be an amazing mother. So even though he may not be doing some of the “dirty work,” I wouldn’t be the superhero mama I am without my superhero hubby by my side.

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What do the dads in your life do that make them incredible? How do they help you be the best mom you can be? I know sometimes (okay, a lot of times) it’s easy to overlook those things and feel like as a mom you’re the only one working your tail off 24/7, but try not to think that way this month! Try to recognize all the ways the men in your life make you a better mama and then thank them for it! They might act like they don’t need the recognition, but I can almost guarantee you they’ll appreciate it.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the daddies! Y’all are pretty great too. Dr. Kimberly would love your feedback! Please email any questions, comments, or suggested topic ideas to kimberlyhuckdc@gmail.com and visit Simply Thriving Mama on Facebook to join her private group!

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Family Friendly Fun in the ATL by Heather Meliski Congratulations, you survived Maycember and summer is finally here! No homework, no carpool and no school projects. Summer is a great time to take a traditional vacation, but even if you have to stay local for work, sports, finances, or vacations planned for another time of year there are plenty of fun “staycation” options.

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No summer vacation plans? No problem! Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or adults-only, here are some fun and unique ideas in the Atlanta metro area or just a short drive away. • Try some of the well-known spots around town – Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, Tellus Science Museum, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Center for Puppetry Arts, High Museum of Art • If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, make the hour and a half drive down to Wild Animal Safari. This drive-thru animal park is 3.5 miles long and has 75 species of animals including camels, zebra, giraffes and bison. You can drive your own vehicle, ride on the complimentary bus or rent a Zebra Van. When you’re finished with the drive-thru animal viewing check out the park walkabout to see other animals (tigers, peacocks and more) and their petting zoo. You can even make a weekend of it by staying at nearby Callaway Gardens. They have over 2,500 acres with gardens and activities such as hiking, bike trails, fishing, zip lines and golf. • Catch a movie at the Starlight Drive-In (starlightdrivein.com), an art deco style drive-in theater first opened in 1949. They have a digital projection system for great video quality and the audio runs through your vehicle’s radio. They’re open 7 days a week and tickets are $9 for adults and $1 for kids ages 5-9. • TinyTowne Drive Safely (tinytowne.com) features two tracks with different levels of difficulty for kids to ‘drive’ on with three different types of cars. They also have the Tiny Towne Express train and an arcade room with about 30 games. Perfect for a rainy day! • Head up to Cartersville to visit Pettit Creek Farms (pettitcreekfarms.com), an 80acre farm that features the Farmland Petting Zoo, bouncy houses, nature walks and picnic tables. They also offer a one-hour guided tour, The Hay Ride Farm Tour. For an additional $25 friendly ponies can go with you on the tour including saddles so the little ones can ride.

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• For an animal experience that supports a good cause head up to Ellijay and visit Build An Ark Animal Rescue. This nonprofit animal rescue organization saves all kinds of animals and gives them a loving place to call home. Their barn was destroyed by a tornado and rebuilt by 9/11 firefighters and their story is so compelling there is a movie being made about them in 2019. They’re open Thursday-Monday and your price of admission includes food you can feed to the animals. • Acworth Beach at Cauble Park on Lake Allatoona is a great place for a fun day in the sun. There is a white sand beach, picnic area, boating, fishing, public restrooms and a volleyball net. Perfect for a quick day trip to the lake!

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7 Incredible Results You’ll Get From Walking 30 Minutes A Day by Meghan Rabbitt Taking a walk a day is kind of like that proverbial apple: There’s a good chance it’ll keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases, going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health”, says Melina B. Jampolis, MD, author of the book The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients because it is very easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of tennis shoes, and has tremendous mental and physical benefits,” she says. Here’s what you can expect when you start walking for just 30 minutes every day, most days of the week.

1. YOUR MOOD WILL START TO IMPROVE You know how sometimes it takes a glass of wine or a square (or three) of dark chocolate to blunt the edge of a rough day? Well, going for a walk is a zero-calorie strategy with the same benefits. “Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says. “What’s more, when you make your walks social –striding with your partner, a neighbor, or a good friend—that interaction helps you feel connected”, says Jampolis. Finally, walking outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, which can help stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder.”

2. YOUR CREATIVE JUICES WILL START FLOWING Whether you’re feeling stuck at work or you’ve been searching for a solution to a tricky problem, research shows it’s a good idea to get moving. According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can spark creativity. “Researchers administered creative thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters,” says Jampolis.

3. YOUR JEANS MAY GET A LITTLE LOOSER This one may seem obvious, but it’s certainly a happy benefit for those who start walking regularly. Jampolis says, “As you continue to walk, you may notice your pants begin to fit more loosely around your midsection, even if the number on the scale isn’t moving much. That’s because regular walking can help improve your body’s response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat.” Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is particularly important, as we get older. The best part? You don’t have to slog it out on a treadmill at the gym to see these benefits.

4. YOU’LL SLASH YOUR RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE. The statistics are impressive: The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee found that regular walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%. One of the most cited studies on walking and health, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002, found that those who walked enough to meet physical activity guidelines (30 or more minutes of moderate activity on 5 or more days per week) had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.

5. YOU’LL KEEP YOUR LEGS LOOKING GREAT As we age, our risk of unsightly varicose veins increases—it’s just not fair. However, walking is a proven way to prevent those unsightly lines from developing. Luis Navarro, MD explains, “The venous system includes a circulatory section known as ‘the second heart,’ which is formed by muscles, veins, and valves located in our calf and foot. This system works to push blood back up to the heart and lungs—and walking strengthens this secondary circulatory system by strengthening and preserving leg muscles that boost healthy blood flow. If you already suffer from varicose veins, daily walking can help ease related swelling and restlessness in your legs”, says Navarro. “Also, if you are genetically predisposed to have varicose and/or spider veins, walking daily can help delay the onset.”

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6. YOU’LL START TO GET MORE “REGULAR.” If you currently praise coffee for keeping your digestive system going strong, get ready to start thanking your morning walk instead. That’s because a regular walking routine can greatly improve gastric mobility. Tara Alaichamy, DPT, a physical therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America says, “One of the very first things an abdominal surgery patient is required to do is to walk because it utilizes core and abdominal muscles, encouraging movement in the GI system.”

7. YOUR OTHER GOALS WILL START TO SEEM MORE REACHABLE When you become a regular walker, you will have established a regular routine and are more likely to continue with the activity and take on new healthy behaviors.

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Kennesaw State University is proud to announce a new summer Shakespeare company developed by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies: “Shakespeare Kennesaw.” The first play, scheduled for mid-June, is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to be performed under the stars at the outdoor Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater on the Kennesaw campus. The Gazebo will be transformed into an Elizabethan outdoor playhouse for the production, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Directed by Rick Lombardo, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the play portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke

A Shakespeare scholar will deliver a nightly preshow introduction to the play at the venue at 7:30 p.m. Patrons may purchase VIP tickets close to the stage with tables and chairs provided, or may purchase general admission tickets to sit on the tiered lawn on blankets or low-backed beach chairs. Picnicking is highly encouraged, and there will also be concession options. “An outdoor, summer professional Shakespeare theatre substantially adds to the cultural life of the region, and we are thrilled that KSU is a cultural center for our friends and neighbors in the community. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is one of Shakespeare’s happiest comedies, featuring crossed loves, fairy spells and strange transformations. I hope that patrons will bring family and friends and enjoy a spectacular evening,” said Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts.

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Lombardo said, “We developed ‘Shakespeare Kennesaw’ to bring powerful and engaging outdoor, professional productions of William Shakespeare’s work to metro Atlanta. We believe these plays can bring together our diverse community to explore our common humanity. We do this work by bringing together the finest talents in our region working alongside Kennesaw State University faculty, alumni, and our undergraduate intern company.” The actors include local professional favorites, several of whom are members of Actors Equity Association. The play will be performed June 13-16 and June 20-23, Wednesdays through Saturdays, at 8 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, performances will move indoors to the Stillwell Theater, or patrons may exchange their ticket(s) for a different outdoor performance date. Ticket prices range from $10 to $27 and may be purchased at ticketing.kennesaw.edu or by calling 470-578-6650.

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Like my own boys, their friends have their own summer schedules, and it can be almost impossible sometimes to try and coordinate a suitable day and time with another child’s parents (or multiple children’s parents). Have you ever started a text-storm by texting the simple question “What day works for you next week?” to six other parents? By the time the text-storm simmers down, you’ve got six kids, four different days, five different times, and a headache. I found a solution for this a LONG time back, but I stopped using it because I like headaches, I guess. I don’t know why I stopped using Doodle.com, but it’s time to put it back into action. Here’s how it works. First, Doodle.com is free to use. 100% free. They have paid plans, but for most parents you’ll find the free version works just fine. Create an account at Doodle.com and then click the Create a Doodle button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You’ll go through three steps to create a Doodle – a simple tool for connecting multiple contacts with a shared Day/Time board and seeing which day and time works best for the most folks. For step 1, just create a title, provide the event’s location, and finish with a small note. Step 2 allows you to select the Day and Time of your event, but Doodle allows you to select multiple options. This is the power of Doodle – giving your contacts multiple choices to try and maximize the number of attendees. Step 3 is where you provide the email address where you’ll get notifications about signups.

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• Visit the North Georgia Mountains for a nice day trip or an overnight get-away. There are a number of small towns to visit from Blue Ridge to Helen to Ellijay, all with breath-taking views of the mountains. • Just South of Atlanta you can visit Serenbe, a wellness and nature community. They offer a wide variety of activities such as wine dinners in the garden, a farmer’s market and goat yoga, as well as year-round cultural events such as artist lectures, culinary classes and outdoor theater. The Inn at Serenbe is a great choice for a relaxing night or weekend away. • If you want to stay in the city check out TopGolf at either their Midtown or Alpharetta locations. This high-tech golf experience is for everyone and features various games (TopGolf, Quick 9, TopShot, etc.), food and drinks, as well as complimentary Xbox, foosball and shuffleboard for kids. You can reserve bays in advance and a variety of clubs are available for use for free (men, women, kids, toddlers, lefties, righties). They also feature Family Fun Passes which are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day and include unlimited TopGolf for the whole family (up to 6 people) on weekdays until 5PM. • Splurge a little and stay overnight in a swanky local hotel. A great option downtown is The Glenn Hotel which has a great location for concerts and events at Mercedes Benz Stadium or Phillips Arena, good food and an amazing rooftop lounge, SkyLounge. In Midtown the Georgian Terrace is perfect if you’re catching a show at The Fox Theatre and the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta has a great lounge and fabulous service. If you’re looking for something in Buckhead you can’t go wrong with either The Mandarin Oriental which features a contemporary Asian vibe and amazing spa or The St. Regis which has a 40,00-square-foot pool, spa, wine room and great dining options.

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this year’s July 4th celebration off at 10am on Wednesday with the Marietta Freedom Parade. The parade begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square Past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. The end of the parade marks the start of the festival that will feature food concessions, arts and crafts, and a carnival providing fun for the whole family. The always-spectacular fireworks display will be the finale to this fun filled holiday. www.marietta.com

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KENNESAW FIRST BAPTIST MOTHERS OF PRE-SCHOOLERS (MOPS): Looking for Mom friends? MOPS is just what you need! MOPS give you: time with friends, delicious brunch, relevant speakers, and creative activities, all with fun, safe childcare during meetings! Our MOPS meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30am. For more info, contact Jenn Dennison at 770-842-9926 or KFBCMOPS@gmail.com. RIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY: If you are the primary caregiver for a child or adults with Developmental Disabilities, it’s important to know that there is help for you. Right in the Community offers programs and services for children and adults with Developmental Disabilities including Respite Care, Crisis Care, Residential Services, Workshops, Information, Referral and more. Serving Cobb and surrounding counties for over 50 years as Cobb Association for Retarded Citizens, Right in the Community carries on with the same and more services. For more information, visit our website at www.rightinthecommunity.org or call 770-427-8401. KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Climb Aboard! With over 300 members, the KBA has been around for over 30 years. Monthly luncheons are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Kennesaw State University Center on Busbee Drive. Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 am and costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Alive After Five is an evening mixer held on the third Tuesday, and the Wake-up KBA morning mixer is held at Bar B Q Street on the fourth Tuesday of selected months. For more information, check their website at www.kennesawbusiness. org or call 770.423.1330. MARIETTA TROLLEY TOURS: The Historic Marietta Trolley offers tons of fun for everyone this spring and summer. From Scary-etta Ghost Tours, to a great ride to and from the Braves games’. For details and complet tour schedules, please visit www.mariettatrolly.com.

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WEST COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: WHO DO YOU KNOW? Monthly luncheon meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month (except for November) at the Lost Mountain Baptist Church. Doors open at 11:30 am. Find out about West Cobb happenings and become involved with other businesses interested in giving back to the community. Register on line at www.westcobbbusiness.com. THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTH COBB: Weekly meetings are held on Thursdays 7:30 a.m. at Pinetree Country Club. Find out how we support our groups individual projects in SERVICE ABOVE SELF. We provide humanitarian service that encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will here and internationally. Become involved with other businesses who are interested in giving back. Visit our web site @ www.northcobbrotary.org/index.htm.

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On Father’s Day we take time to appreciate the contributions of good fathers. While there is no definite list of the qualities of a great dad, there are some consistent themes. These ideas are important because the value of a good dad to a child can never be over emphasized. Fathers do matter….very much!! A child’s relationship with a father impacts the development of specific skills and there is clear evidence showing that emotionally present and supportive fathers contribute meaningfully. Research shows that children with involved fathers are more confident and less anxious in unfamiliar settings, are better able to deal with frustration, better able to respond with flexibility to change and have a better sense of independence. Daughters with involved and emotionally engaged fathers are less likely to engage in sexually promiscuous behavior and are more likely to have healthy relationships as adults. Research shows that the role of the father is distinctly different from that of mothers and that embracing a fathers’ significance in the lives of children is a benefit to all. Advice on raising children is everywhere, and some of it is flatly contradictory. A balanced approach of learning from others, doing some reading and research and then decide for you and your family. Don’t accept advice that doesn’t feel right in your gut. If it feels wrong to you, it’s probably wrong for your child. In my reading for this article, some consistent thoughts emerged on qualities of a good dad. • Being a good dad starts with being a good husband. Great husbands become great dads. The first thing a baby needs is a parent with a loving and healthy relationship. Good dads treat a child’s mother with respect….always. • There need to be limits and boundaries for children to feel safe and grow into responsible human beings. Be a good disciplinarian and provide guidance when mistakes are made. Children are human, and making mistakes is part of growing up; but balance this with unconditional love and acceptance. • Show affection and be physically nurturing. A father’s loving touch is just as valued as mothers. Children need to feel loved, always. • Make spending quality time with children a priority. Play with your children and cherish time with them. Teach them how to have fun. Read to them. Kids don’t care what kind of job you have, or how many awards or accolades you’ve enjoyed, or what kind of degree you have. What they want most is your time. They want to be with you. They want your attention, and to feel they are important to you. • A sense of humor is required. Understand that you won’t have all the answers, and be willing to laugh about it. • Model good behavior. Show the behavior you’d like your child to learn. Lead by example. Don’t ever forget that children watch everything and learn most by what is seen rather than what is said. • Teach independence and the skills to do things for themselves. This is important in the development of a positive self-esteem.

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• Teach children to appreciate the many blessings in life and live with gratitude. • Give children the freedom to be who they are. Children, like all humans, have quirks and different personalities. Let those personalities develop and thrive. Love your children for who they are, not who you may imagine they should be. Accept that children are never exactly like their parents. Challenge children to be their best self. Strive to be the best, most present Dad you can; and forgive yourself when you fall short. Children don’t need perfection; they just need “good enough”. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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So you’ve finally made the big decision to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom. Perhaps you’ve decided to finish your basement or want to create a new outdoor living space. You know you’re ready to take the plunge. That’s half the battle! Whether you’ve decided to freshen up the space or do a complete remodeling project, you’ll need a little guidance to get (and keep) you on the right track. Remodeling projects can be overwhelming any way that you look at them. Before you launch into a demolition, as fun as that can be, it’s a good time to consider the importance of picking the right remodeling contractor. The following insider tips guaranty that your project will run a little smoother.

PLAN AHEAD Making your product and fixture selections early on in the process will help prevent delays and also help to keep you on budget. Consider your family’s needs and be realistic about the remodeling project that you are about to embark upon.

THINK ABOUT THE “BIG PICTURE” Evaluate long term maintenance, energy loss and repair expenses when comparing prices.

HIRE A REPUTABLE CONTRACTOR Look for contractors and remodelers who have more than 3 years of experience, are members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Contacting references will always give you additional confidence in your selection. Happy customers are usually willing to provide references or testimonials for a job well done. A good contractor will have plenty of references. Visiting current job sites is also advisable. The best contractors maintain clean and organized work sites.

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INSIST ON A DETAILED CONTRACT. Get off on the right foot, with a contract that includes the correct address, start date, completion date and a detailed description of what is going to be done.

PACK AWAY YOUR VALUABLES AND PROTECT IMMOVABLE FIXTURES Often a remodeling project affects every room in your home. It’s a good idea to pack away any valuables, remove pictures, vases, etc. Cover your floors, built- in cabinets and chandeliers to protect them.

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Contractors can’t read minds so it’s important that you discuss any concerns with them that you may have. It’s better to bring up your concerns immediately rather than wait to the end of the project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for clarification. A good contractor will be very adept in dealing with your questions and concerns and making things right. Remember that no contractor has x-ray vision or a crystal ball to tell him or her exactly how your particular remodeling project will go. There will most likely be surprises regardless of how carefully you plan.

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West Cobb's Family Lifestyle Magazine

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