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MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: Every Saturday from 9am to noon. The market has an average of 60 vendors and hundreds of customers each week. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available in grocery stores. Customers can also take home many live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. The Marietta Square Farmers Market will again be located on the Historic Marietta Square, taking up residence on North Park Square, between Shillings Restaurant and The Strand Theater. For more information, please visit www.mariettafarmersmarket.net.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: Where all the arts come alive! First Friday Art Walk is creating an art community of excellence on the Historic Marietta Square. Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square's eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5pm to 9pm on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues. September 6, and October 4th. www.artwalkmarietta.com. CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: Career Transitions Ministry: Chuck Hrushka is a successful sales and marketing professional in the medical products/pharma field who experienced a two year period of being out of work in his career path. His story of survival and return to his career is inspirational and encouraging. Monday, September 16th at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 6:30 p.m. – Help with resume, interviewing, networking, and career assessment, followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bill Lins 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or visit http://fpcmarietta.org

FREE SEMINAR ON ADHD: LearningRx is excited to announce our free upcoming seminar on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm. In honor of National ADHD Awareness month, we will be discussing ADHD and what it means, how to diagnose it, symptoms & characteristics and treatment options. We are honored to have a special guest speaker, Dr. Clark Cantrell of Summit Pediatrics. With his extensive medical training and special focus on learning disabilities, behavioral problems and adolescent medicine, Dr. Cantrell will be able to provide seminar attendees with valuable insight and information. Hurry and make your reservations today ~ space is limited! 770-5294800 kennesawdfi@learningrx.net GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: It’s that time again! The Glover Park Concert Series is the place to be in Marietta for summer concerts each month April through September. The park is the perfect setting for families and friends to enjoy a picnic and listen to music under the stars. Friday, Sept. 27: Kasper and the 911 Band (Soul and Motown). For table reservations and more contact 770.794.5601. All concerts are FREE. Presented by the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Marietta Development Authority. LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: It’s that time again. Clean out your closets and get ready for our 44th consignment sale! Please join us for The Lil’ Lambs Closet Fall Consignment Sale September 6-7, 2013. (Our Fall Sale is a week earlier this year.) A presale is open to the public on September 5, 2013, from 6-8pm with a $5 admission fee per adult. We allow 300 sellers to consign with our sale, and the seller numbers go quickly. We hope you’ll mark your calendar and make plans to join us for our fall sale. For more information, please visit www.lil-lambs.org. KIDS KINGDOM CONSIGNMENT SALE: Kids Kingdom is a high quality, well organized children's consignment ministry featuring children and teen clothing, baby items and equipment, toys, DVDs, baby furniture, books and educational items, maternity, and much more. We offer name brand clothing from well-known brands such as Oshkosh, Gap, Gymboree, Limited Too and have developed a reputation for allowing only quality, stain free items at a fraction of the original cost. Thursday, September 12th 6pm-9 pm, Friday, September 13th 9am-1pm, 4pm-6pm, Saturday, September 14th 9am-12pm. Orange Hill Baptist Church is located at 4293 Austell Rd., between Cobb Hospital & South Cobb High School.

DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S/TEEN CONSIGNMENT SALE: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. The sale is located at the corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. Sale dates are Thursday, September 12th 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, September 13th 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, September 14th 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Many items are ½ price on Saturday ONLY. Like us on Facebook! We offer high-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Find gently used children’s, junior’s and teen’s clothing, accessories and shoes. We also offer Formal Wear, school uniforms, baby items/furniture, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs, toys and more! For more information, find us at duewest.org/community/consignment sale, or email us at duewesttreasurechest@yahoo.com. Volunteer email is treasurechestvolunteer@yahoo.com. JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES IN WEST COBB: Moving to Kennesaw mid-September, Reform Jewish Congregation Ner Tamid, member Union for Reform Judaism, invites you join them for the High Holy Days this year, to be held starting Wednesday evening September 4 in rented space at Christ Lutheran Church, Dallas Highway and West Sandtown Road, Marietta. $72 per person for all services, must be purchased in advance at www.mynertamid.org Childcare available for children ages 2-6 at a small additional fee. Info: highholydays@mynertamid.org or 678.264.8575

YOUTH MUSEUM’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL BBQ AND SILENT AUCTION: Held on Saturday, September 14th from 5 -8pm. Delicious BBQ by Dave Poe’s BBQ, live music by Old Mill Road Band, tours of the Museum’s current exhibit, “America’s Pathways to Independence” and a fabulous Silent Auction will be the highlight of the evening. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children under 12. Please call the museum office Monday – Friday 8:30am to 1:30pm at 770.427.2563, or email youthmuseum@aol.com. You can visit www.theyouthmuseum.org for more information. WEST FEST: Agape presents West Fest, a Westside Festival celebrating the neighborhoods of NW Atlanta. Please join us Sunday, September 15th, 2-6pm. Free Admission. Outdoor Festivities include: Food Trucks, Craft Beer, Artist Market, Children's Area, Music & Dancing and Local Vendors. Agape Community Center, 2353 Bolton Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-367-3947. For more information on Sponsorship or Volunteer Opportunities, please contact Jared Sulc at 404-367-3947 or jsulc@agapecc.org THE BIG WEEKEND - BIRD 'N BUTTERFLY-A-THON 2013 Sept. 21-22nd at Leone Hall Price Park in Kennesaw - Hosted by the Friends of Price Park and the Atlanta Audubon Society. Timed for the peak of fall bird migration and with the meadow in full bloom, this is the best time of year to visit Price Park! Take advantage of bird and butterfly walks in the park with the Atlanta Audubon

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WELLSTAR FOUNDATION 20th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC: The WellStar Foundation will hold the 20th Annual WellStar Foundation Golf Classic at Marietta Country Club on Monday, September 9, which is during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In the past three years, this event has raised more than $500,000 dollars for programs to help community members in need. All proceeds from the 20th Annual Golf Classic will benefit the WellStar Foundation’s cancer initiative, A Campaign Today for More Tomorrows. The initiative seeks to align all cancer services under one roof; to ensure that WellStar physicians are involved in the latest research with the most up-todate technology; provide needed patient and family support services along with patient assistance and expand early detection programs for cancer. For Annual Golf Classic sponsorship and other information, please visit www.wellstar.org/giving and view upcoming events.

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Holly Lauer is a portrait photographer who captures the timeless images of children and families. She works on-location at local parks, client’s homes, and around Marietta. Every session is different, unique to you and your family. “Photography has always fascinated me. I love capturing the connections between siblings, friends, and family members; what links them and what is precious to them, those memories that they will treasure for years to come. I love that each session has a story, a mood, a moment in time to be treasured! I love the challenge of pulling a shy child out of their shell and capturing their personality.” She also enjoys photographing events for the Junior League of Cobb Marietta, Children’s Birthday Parties, and her most recent obsession: newborns. Holly’s work is also displayed at Rhinos and Rhinestonez at Marietta Square.

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Minh and Kasey Diep are the proud parents of twin four year old boys, Christopher and James. Minh is from Houston Texas, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and works at CCI Europe, Inc. in Kennesaw. Kasey was born and raised in Marietta, a graduate of The State University of West Georgia and works at First Presbyterian Church Weekday Preschool in Marietta. She also serves as a board member for Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples (NOWAMOM). They met in Atlanta and were married at Cathedral of Christ The King. In 2006, they moved to Chicago for a career opportunity. In 2008, they found out that they were soon to be parents of twin boys. They knew that they had to move back “home” to West Cobb to be with family and friends. They attend church at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta. Chris and James attend preschool at First Presbyterian Church Weekday Preschool. They enjoy playing with their friends, building with Legos, and being outside. James is known to give the best hugs and Chris has an infectious laugh. The Diep’s love to be as active as possible. On weekends they can be spotted walking Kennesaw Mountain, playing at Swift-Cantrell Park, or strolling around Marietta Square. The whole family enjoys living in West Cobb.

Holly and her husband Tim, have 3 girls - Annie, Ava, and Sophia. To view more of her work, or to contact her, visit: www.hlauerphotography.com

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Owing a pet can generally bring incredible joy along with great responsibility. The benefits of pet ownership are well documented for adults, including better health, longevity, stress reduction and the improved ability to resolve conflicts. Studies are beginning to show incredible benefits for children as well, especially through the constant emotional changes of growing up. A child’s pet ownership can contribute to his self-esteem and self-confidence and the development of trusting relationships with other people. While all kinds of pets can bring pleasure, it is important to choose a pet that is right for your family, your home and your lifestyle. It is equally important to choose a pet that your child can help care for because a good relationship with a pet can aid in developing non-verbal communication, compassion and empathy. Pets can meet many different needs for children. In addition to developing responsible behavior, pets teach respect for other living things. Providing a connection to nature, pets can also provide lessons about life including reproduction, birth, illness, death and bereavement. A pet’s love, loyalty and affection can provide a safe haven for your child’s secrets and private thoughts. A pet’s physical needs can also lead to increased physical activity for your child indoors and outdoors – meeting a need for less screen time and more sunshine and fresh air, making for better attitudes and sleeping for both. If you are considering pet ownership, it is a good idea for you to allow your child to help research the pet’s needs, physically and emotionally. Determine what your responsibility for the pet will be and exactly what your child realistically do for pet’s care. Be sure these are achievable tasks for the child based on his schedule and age. Finally, determine if you, as a family, afford an animal, including food, necessary equipment and enclosures, and veterinary bills. A task list for caring for your pet should be individualized according to your child’s age but don’t underestimate your child’s abilities to be good care takers. Even a young child can accompany the pet on walks or to the veterinarian. However, never let a child of any age walk a pet alone if he is not strong enough to control the animal because this can lead to injuries for both the child and the pet. Allow your child to comfort the pet through gentle contact and soothing talk or through daily grooming. Have your child call the pet during feeding time or if able, to feed the pet or put food down for the pet. If your child is assisting in cleaning of cages or picking up after a pet, be sure to reinforce good hygiene and hand washing. Most in home animal bites occur during feeding times. It is important to keep children away from pets while the animals are eating. It is also important to teach good hand washing and limit handling of turtles and other reptiles and amphibians due to salmonella risk, which causes diarrhea, fever, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and headache. Young children have a knack for infecting themselves and the infections could be severe in this population. With proper preparation, one could teach their child responsible pet ownership and allow for rewarding and lifelong relationships. You and your child could benefit from lower blood pressure, ward off depression and boost immunity just by giving your furry friend a hug. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. Call 678-384-3480 for your appointment today.

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Which Of These Neuropathy Symptoms Do You Suffer From? If You Suffer From A Single One Of These Torturous Symptoms – Numbness, Tingling, Or Sharp Nerve Pain – THEN THE FACTS BELOW MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YOU HAVE EVER READ IN YOUR LIFE! Neuropathy affects every part of your life -- walking, sitting, and even sleeping. Maybe you've had multiple tests, only to find out no one has any idea what you have. Maybe you've even been put on a drug with heavy side effects.

Do you have any of the following symptoms... • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains If so you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, and I've been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for years. More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves that supply your arms and legs. This painful condition interferes with your body's ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. If ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health conditions. Why not get help by those trained to correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy? Data from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners' Job Analysis of Chiropractic lists arm and leg neuropathy as the second most common nerve problem treated by chiropractors. Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tail bone.

The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neuropathy By using gentle techniques, I'm able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away.

Listen to what some of our patients have to say about it: “Low back pain and leg numbness was what originally brought me to the office. Before my care here, I wasn’t able to hold my son for longer than a minute, but now I can hold him and play with him more often. I can walk with no problems or assistance and my wife is especially happy that I can spend time with the family. The atmosphere has really added to the experience because the staff helped me to get better through their care and friendliness.!” Thanks-John Ratledge “Pain and numbness on my left side originally brought me into the office. Now that I am receiving care I have the ability to feel hot and cold in my left hand which I could not do before. I have decreased pain and increased feeling on my left side. What amazed me the most about chiropractic care is feeling more improvements than through medications.” Thanks again, - Shannon Dillard

How To Find Out If This Will Work For You It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic will be your neuropathy solution. For 14 days only, $20 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $250 for! What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive: • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where I will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like it has been for so many other patients. The appointment will not take long at all. And you won't be sitting in a waiting room all day either.

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in the Suburbs by Mark Orler There is a show that I have heard of called Survivor in which a group of individuals is placed in some remote location with little food or clothing (or so I’ve heard) and then allowed to compete in a series of trials to determine who is the best at conniving and surviving in these primitive circumstances.

and #3 were forced to serve her every whim. Immediately #2 decided that being a domestic servant involved a lot of work and she quickly convinced #3 to take over that position while she became “the Baby” of the family, complete with whining and demands for “mik’ in a baba.”

I can honestly say that I have never watched this show, but I don’t need to…I have kids.

Number 1 was displeased with this because #3’s idea of domestic servant involved throwing rocks at his employer every time she barked a command. Immediately #1 convinced #3 that #2 had a “stinky” diaper and needed to be disciplined and that if a rock should land on #2 no one would be the wiser. Number 2 heard this and immediately broke into tears over the accusation that she had lost control of her bodily functions.

If ever you wanted to enjoy a spectacle of human interaction where gamesmanship, trickery and false allegiances are at play in the most primitive of settings, just come over to our house one Saturday afternoon and experience all of this without commercial interruption. I was enjoying a recent weekend starting, but not completing, my regular “Honey-do” list and was able to watch our children run amok in the back yard whilst I attempted to make my wife believe I was truly working. What I witnessed would put any island, or jungle tribesman to shame. Initially the “tribe” fanned out across the yard and was content to forage and meander independent of one another. Then Contestant #1 (seven-year-old) decided that everyone should join her in the playhouse for a game of “family. “In this game the contestants choose their roles as members of a nuclear family and then proceed to impersonate certain individuals other than themselves. Of course Contestant #1 immediately decided that she would be the “mommy” whilst Contestants #2 and #3, (my five-year-old and three-year-old, respectively) would fall into the roles of either domestic servant or miscreant child. Apparently the father figure in their lives is so distant that none chose that particular role, even though he was 20-feet away from them. At this point I began to witness the ever-changing alliances and betrayals as Contestant #1 attempted to dictate the game while Contestants #2

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Number 3 stood there with a rock in his hand dumbfounded because he had not even thrown it at #2 but she was acting as if she had been stoned. Number 1 then slid over to where Contestant #4 (3-month-old) was resting in the hammock and pretended to be the most adoring sister in an effort to mask her participation in the chaos that was now unfolding in her wake. Suddenly The Judge (my Wife) came onto the back porch to witness both #2 and #3 crying uncontrollably while #1 and #4 were lounging on the hammock next to someone who was supposed to be cutting the grass. I tried to reach for the remote so I could mute the verbal assault unleashed on the innocent father by The Judge in this episode, but let’s just say we will have to wait until next season to see whether he “survives.” Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com

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Feature attractionS include: Sea Lion Splash! – You’ll laugh and stare in amazement as these unique creatures balance balls, catch rings, do handstands and perform gymnastics tricks! The Tiger Encounter with Teen Tiger Mom, Felicia Frisco “Teen Tiger Mom” made headlines for sharing her bed with her tiger. At 19 years old, the 9th generation animal trainer is the youngest female tiger trainer in the United States. See her present her five Bengal tigers in “The Tiger Encounter.” Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show This hilarious show features Rowdy Rooster and his best friend, the mischievous Diesel the Weasel. This uplifting barnyard kid’s adventure will make you want to join in the fun shouting out what they should do.

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All Heroes Day!! On September 20, All active, reserve or retired military veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters and first responders are admitted free with valid identification. Returning acts in 2013 include Horses, Horses, Horses! featuring Lisa Dufresne who will delight and entertain the entire family. She has taken her life-long love and passion for animals and transform it into a stunning show of animal mastery. Also back this year are Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth the Master of the Chainsaw, Wit Carson’s Petting Zoo and Pony Rides and the Local Entertainment Stage. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine, including appearances by great country and contemporary Christian artists. Headlining the Georgia Lottery Concert Series this year are: Phillips, Craig and Dean on Friday, September 20; Lauren Alaina on Saturday, September 21; Lee Brice on Wednesday, September 25; Loretta Lynn on Thursday, September 26; Colt Ford on Friday, September 27; Jerrod Niemann on Saturday, September, 28. All concerts begin at 8p.m. and they are free with fair admission. Admission is $7.00 admission. Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20.00 for 21 tickets, $50.00 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Parking is $3. (770) 423-1330 or (770) 528-8989 after September 2. Jim R. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road SW in Marietta. For more information visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com or facebook.com/the northgeorgiastatefair

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MOMMY MOMENTS by Shasta Clark

“School Started: PleaSe PaSS the throat lozengeS” Have you ever been such a mess of emotions over something that you can’t sleep and have a sore throat? Yep, that’s me. It’s because I’m taking the plunge into homeschooling this year. Well, more like I’m jumping into the shallow end. I found a program where my 2nd grader will go to school two days a week, and the other three days I’ll homeschool him. I still can’t believe I’m doing it. My schedule is going to be crazy, especially because my other son will be in half-day kindergarten in public school. For one child, I’m on the PTO. For the other, I am the PTO. Oh right- and I have a two year old. So here I am, a mess of emotions with bags under my eyes and a throat lozenge perpetually under my tongue. Great way to embark on a new adventure, wouldn’t you agree? In some strange way though, being a mess of emotions is making me feel connected with some of you mamas whom I don’t know, like you mamas who dropped off your child at college this fall. Congratulations, you did it! You crossed a huge finish line! But you returned home to an empty room filled with high school trophies and memories of rocking your newborn baby. And you mamas who stayed brave and smiled while you put your baby on the school bus for the first time, but as soon as the bus drove out of sight, let tears flow down your cheeks. And you mamas who are sending your child to school hopeful that this will be the year the bullies will leave him alone and he’ll find a friend. For you, my heart breaks. I wish I could reach out and give all of you a big hug. But since I can’t I’ve come up with something better that I can do for all the mamas who are starting off this school year a mess of emotions. This school year, I’m posting the names of my sons’ classmates near my sons’ beds. Then every night when we say our bedtime prayers, we’ll pray for one of their classmates. We’ll devote a whole week to each classmate, and we’ll pray for them by name. We’ll pray for each classmate’s safety, for their friendships, for their heart, for their home life, and for their families.

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Just think of what could happen if every praying mama devoted herself to doing this. Wouldn’t you feel a little less messy knowing your child was being prayed for? And selfishly, I hope that our prayers will teach my sons to think of their classmates as God’s children who should be treated with kindness, instead of weird kids who pick their noses and smell funny. I also hope it reminds me to extend kindness to other moms because I’m not the only one out there who is sucking on throat lozenges. Shasta Clark, a former writer for CNN Headline News is a freelance journalist who writes about her most challenging job yet, motherhood. You may contact her at clarkshasta@hotmail.com.

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

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Save the Date- September 7th: The Taste of Kennesaw The Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw invite you and your family to sample more than 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Who doesn’t like to eat? This is a great way to sample all your favorite restaurants again and again! Come out on Saturday, September 7th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM in downtown Kennesaw. Admission is FREE and samples may be purchased from 1 dollar up to 4 dollars. They are expecting more than 30 restaurants including The Melting Pot, Wing Stop, Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Big Shanty BBQ, Mr. Burrito, Copeland’s of New Orleans, McAlister’s Deli, Ray’s NY Pizza, Carrabba’s & California Dreaming and more to tempt your taste buds and fill your senses. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with Sons of Sailor’s- A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band in concert at 6:00 p.m. The Taste of Kennesaw beer garden will feature acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and much more. The anticipated attendance, weather permitting, is expected to be over 20,000 people. Check out the Depot Stage as four local high school seniors will compete in the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off at the Taste of Kennesaw for a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of choice. The first two will go head to head from 10:30 a.m. – Noon and the second two from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Taste of Kennesaw will benefit five local charities: Shop with a Mustang (Kennesaw Mountain High School) Shop with a Warrior (North Cobb High School) Shop with a Longhorn (Kell High School) MUST Ministries Jerry Worthan Community Christmas Fund For more information about the 2013 Taste Kennesaw, please contact Peter Jezerinac at JRM Management Services, Inc. at 770-423-1330 or pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com

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Football season is here! Whether you consider yourself a fan of Pro, College, High School, or all of the above, it’s that time of year to have a good ole fashion tailgate. Either around the stadium, at home, early mornings, or in the afternoon, food will always be set-up across tables as fans prepare to watch their team take home the victory. Below are some quick and tasty recipes that your family and friends will enjoy while chatting about their favorite player or reminiscing about previous games. These recipes and more can be found in copies of the JLCM’s cookbooks, Georgia On My Menu and Southern On Occasion. Place your order by visiting the JLCM Website at www.jlcm.org. All proceeds from these award-winning books will be utilized to promote JLCM’s mission of improving the lives of women and children in Cobb County through collaboration with community partners. The JLCM also provides training to its members that teach lifelong volunteer leadership skills in the charitable and nonprofit arenas.

Tailgate Salad Georgia on my Menu, page 83 Yield: 7 cups 2/3 cup vinegar 2/3 cup salad oil ¼ cup onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon basil leaves 1 teaspoon oregano leaves ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 (16-ounce) can whole small carrots, drained 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, halved and drained 1 cup ripe olives, pitted and halved 1 cup celery, sliced 1 (2-ounce) jar sliced pimiento, drained and diced Combine first nine ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a large boil. Pour hot marinade over vegetables, stirring to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for four hours or overnight. Sausage Pinwheels Southern on Occasion, page 138 Makes one and one-half dozen pinwheels 1 (8-count) can Crescent Rolls

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BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO HOMEWORK 25 TIPS TO HELP YOUR STUDENT SUCCEED THIS YEAR by Kristen Thompson, Executive Director of LearningRx Kennesaw Transitioning from a summer of sleeping in, playing all day and staying up late, to a strict school regime with homework and tests is tough for anyone. Factor in things like ADHD, multiple extracurricular activities and a new teacher (and, sometimes, a new school!), and you’ve got the recipe for homework struggles. So what’s a parent to do? Before you get resigned to another year of tutoring, stimulant medications for ADHD, or late-night homework marathons, consider these 25 tips to help your student succeed. 1. Practice what you preach. “You’re going to rot your brain with all that TV!” Do you think that only applies to your offspring? Set a good example by spending your free time reading, playing an instrument, gardening, exercising¬—you name it! 2. Make homework technology-free. Unless they need to type a paper or do research on the internet, require that all phones, tablets and computer be off. 3. Designate a regular homework time. Some kids need to come home from school and unwind. Others do best if they complete homework right after school. Either way, give them a healthy snack to sustain their energy. 4. Celebrate their achievements. Put their best work on display or let them overhear you “boasting” about their efforts or accomplishments to others. 5. Get them brain training. Unlike tutoring, personal brain training strengthens the cognitive skills that make up the foundation of ALL learning. These include brain skills like memory, auditory processing, attention, processing speed, logic & reasoning, and visual processing. 6. Check their work. Go through their assignments every night and review their homework. 7. Let them make mistakes. Don’t do any of their work for them, but rather be available to answer questions. If the homework is out of your comfort zone, ask the school for extra help. 8. Set up a specific study area. A comfortable area stocked with school essentials can help keep your student focused on their work. 9. Talk to the teachers. Make sure you understand what the teacher is looking for and discuss how you can work as a team to help your student succeed. 10. Create a calendar. Keep track of upcoming tests, writing assignments and projects and check in with your student to make sure they’re preparing early. 11. Ensure they’re taking the correct level classes. Advanced placement classes can help prepare your student for college, but not every class is a good match for every student. Talk

to the teacher and evaluate if it’s the right fit. 12. Feed them brain food. Sugars, food dyes and highly processed foods can wreak havoc on kids’ brains. Opt for foods that help keep the brain at peak function: blueberries, salmon, sardines, eggs, nuts and leafy green vegetables. 13. Reevaluate medications. Allergy medications can put your student in a fog. Stimulant medications for ADHD can have side effects and don’t do anything to help cure the attention weaknesses. Consider allergen immunotherapy and one-on-one cognitive skills training, a natural alternative that addresses the root cause of learning struggles. 14. Ensure they get plenty of quality sleep. Sleep helps recharge and “reboot” your brain. Too few winks and your memory, attention and processing speed all suffer. 15. Learn to recognize signs of frustration. They are lots of reasons that kids procrastinate or take forever to do simple homework. Find out if the work is boring, too hard or too confusing and address those concerns immediately. 16. Acknowledge progress. Point out when they’re moving through multiplication problems faster or reading with fewer mistakes. 17. Have them do the hardest work first. Do the most difficult work when their brains are primed. Once it’s behind them they’ll feel relieved to breeze through the easier homework. 18. Make learning fun. Incorporate math, history, English and science into everyday tasks and weekend excursions. Let them work with fractions in recipes, visit a museum on the weekend or (Continued on page 33) speak another language at home.

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Make Exercise Easier…Starting Today! by Jason Goggans Exercise can be hard…sometimes very hard. That’s the way it should be if you are serious about your results. However, knowing exercise is difficult, why is it that so many people insist upon making it even harder on themselves? I hear it all the time, “I’m too tired to exercise”, or “By the end of the day I’m too exhausted to go to the gym”, or “I just don’t have the energy to workout”. I use to think that these were just excuses people used to convince themselves it was okay to not exercise but I see now that in many circumstances I was wrong. Over the years I have learned that some people truly do not possess the energy needed to dedicate themselves to a consistent and ongoing exercise program. It really is tough to get to the gym when you feel like crap. And if you do make it to the gym it’s even more difficult to have any intensity in your workouts when you’re running low on energy. I am convinced that a lack of energy is the number one thing that keeps people from committing to and sticking with an exercise program. So, what’s the solution? How can you make exercise easier? As one of my favorite sayings goes, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better”. If low energy is your issue then there are some things you can do to feel better and be better to alleviate the situation. Like I wrote in last month’s article, true energy comes from what you put in your body and how you rest your body. When you consistently eat the wrong foods and/or fail to get enough sleep you are never, and I mean never, going to be in a place where exercise seems easier and less daunting. In fact, unless you make some changes soon, exercise is only going to get harder and harder. As a result, sticking to an exercise program and getting the health and aesthetic results you have always wanted will continue to evade you.

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On the flip side, when you begin eating the right foods, and enough of the right foods (when it comes to energy under eating is as big of an issue as eating the wrong foods) some amazing things begin to happen. You actually feel like being active. You want to move your body because you have pent up energy that needs to be used. You no longer feel sluggish and run down all the time. Many people have truly forgotten what it feels like to have this kind of real, child-like energy. When you feel like this it is actually EASY to get to the gym and once you get there it is EASY to push yourself and work hard. Live this way consistently and you will have no choice but to experience life changing results. So, if you’re one who never, or rarely, feels like going to the gym I would be willing to bet that lack of energy due to poor (or below average) nutrition is one of the primary culprits. Cutting out the processed carbohydrates, soft drinks (regular AND diet), the sugar, etc and replacing them with whole foods that are dense in nutrients like vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and proteins should be step one. Getting enough quality sleep (7-9 hours) is step two. After a few days you should notice a huge boost in energy…as long as you are eating enough of the healthy foods. Give it a shot and let’s see if that trip to the gym starts to seem a little less terrifying! Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness CrossFit on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website www.WarriorPrideFitness.com. Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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Remembering Suicide Prevention Week by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. I was recently contacted by an Our Town reader who shared with me the tragic story of her precious son. He was a creative, bright college sophomore when he attempted suicide by a gunshot to his head. He survived but his physical and emotional recovery has been tenuous, complicated and painful….for him and his family who loves him. His brave mom wrote asking that I help spread the awareness of the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th – 14th, 2013. This year’s theme is “Challenging Our Assumptions and Moving Forward Together.” Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 14.2 minutes. Additionally, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 - 24 year-olds. Approximately 922,725 Americans attempt suicide each year (often leading to serious injury) and an estimated 4.73 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. These survivors struggle with lifelong grief and trauma. Suicide is a national tragedy and any stigma associated with it, or reluctance to directly address this issue needs to be ended. Experts in the field of suicide believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die…they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. Most suicidal individuals give warnings of their suicidal intentions, but because of lack of recognition by family, friends, or even health professionals of the significance of these warnings, the cries for help are not recognized. Mental health diagnoses are generally associated with a higher rate of suicide – more than 90% of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders. Other risk factors for suicide are substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, and unemployment.

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Depression is the leading mental health issue associated with suicide. While most people feel sad and worried at some time in their life, severe sadness with disruptions in daily living, such as eating, sleeping, working and enjoying life are indications of a serious clinical depression. Depressive disorders are medical illnesses and require treatment. Fortunately, when treated with psychotherapy, medications, and other interventions, most (60-80%) clinical depressions improve. However, if undetected and untreated, clinical depression can destroy quality of life leading to withdrawal, and sometimes suicide. Learning to spot the signs of depression is like learning to spot signs of cancer. It can save a life. Common symptoms of depression, present most days: • Sad mood • Lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities • Significant weight loss or gain, or decrease or increase in appetite • Insomnia or hypersomnia • Agitation, restlessness, irritability • Fatigue or loss of energy • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt • Inability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal thoughts, or previous attempt Predicting when the depressed person is suicidal is not easy. However, the American Association of Suicidology provides this mnemonic device: IS PATH WARM? as a guide to identify the warning signs of suicide.

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When these warning signs are present, seek professional attention. In our community there are excellent psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals to assist in evaluating the risks and provide appropriate support and treatment. Additionally, there is Ridgeview Institute (770.434.4567) and Peachford Hospital (770.455.3200) who can evaluate to determine a path to safety. In September you may see the purple and turquoise ribbon pin symbolizing suicide awareness and prevention. This ribbon represents both the survivors of suicide and suicide itself. The ribbon is a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. I will be proudly wearing my ribbon! Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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THE CHALLENGE OF HYPERHIDROSIS (OR EXCESSIVE SWEATING) Hyperhidrosis can be a difficult condition for many individuals. A recent survey found that as many as 33% of adults feel that they do sweat excessively, specifically in the underarm area. Surprisingly only 5% seek help. Perhaps this is because not many people realize that there is now a lasting solution to this problem, miraDry.

What is miraDry? MiraDry (microwave thermolysis) is a non-invasive office procedure for treatment of excessive underarm sweat. The device delivers microwave energy to the dermal-fat interface to destroy sweat glands.

What does the actual miraDry procedure entail? The miraDry procedure is very direct. Dr. John Kayal can identify the areas of excessive sweating. These are usually the entire hair bearing area of the underarms. A then sized template is used to mark the area to be treated. A local anesthesia is administered to the identified area and after this effect takes place, a licensed, trained physician moves a specifically designed hand piece from zone to zone. The hand piece is directed in a specified pattern until the entire designated area is treated. The overall procedure usually takes just over an hour to treat both underarm areas. Two procedures are required for optimum results. It is recommended that these be scheduled three months apart.

What can I expect after miraDry? Most patients experience a level of tenderness with minor swelling and bruising. There is, however no designated downtime in terms of limited movement or apparent restrictions. You should expect to experience a level of discomfort, but only to the degree that your underarm area has been treated. Any discomfort or swelling should subside in a relatively quick period per the individual patient’s reaction to most procedures.

Will I be satisfied with the results? Most patients are very satisfied with the miraDry treatment. Two year clinical studies have shown over 90% efficacy and 90% patient satisfaction. miraDry has been available for over a year and it is FDA approved. miraDry is the only FDA approved device that provides a lasting solution to excessive underarm sweating.

How do I schedule a miraDry treatment and what is the cost? miraDry is now available through Dr. John Kayal. There is no cost for a scheduled consultation should you consider the procedure. The total cost of the procedure is priced to include two treatments, three months apart. Just contact our office with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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

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comparable properties. It would also be advisable to get an agent to suggest items that need attention and should be taken care of prior to listing. Rotten wood around windows, pressure washing, and home staging are just a few things that may need attention. It is very important to speak to an agent before over spending (especially with staging) because you may or may not recoup your investment. Realtors normally have stagers they can recommend if needed. Remember to de-clutter and de-personalize your home prior to listing. Particularly important in the process, is to remove your emotions when you are selling your home. When selecting your Realtor, be sure to choose someone familiar with your area. Also make sure that your Realtor has a good reputation and a good marketing plan to sell your home. If you are thinking of trying a “For Sale By Owner” you many want to re-think this process. If you are not familiar with the market, you may not get top dollar for your home. Agents are able to work to bring over- asking prices in today’s market through techniques not available to homeowners. Call today to get a free market analysis. at 678-570-4779 or visit my website www.debdiditagain.com

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YMCAs Partners with Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department The yMCAs in Cobb County are partnering with the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department to start free walking clubs at local parks with soccer complexes. The goal is to keep parents engaged while their kids attend soccer practice. These walking clubs are part of 2020 healthy living strategic plans for the y and Cobb County.

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The walking clubs will be held Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., and are open to everyone. The clubs will focus on the time spent walking rather than distance or speed, so people of all fitness levels are encouraged to participate. Research shows social support is one way exercise can become a regular, healthy habit. The participating parks include Tramore Park, in the city of Austell; Hubert Park, in the city of Acworth off of Cobb Parkway; and, in the city of Marietta, Custer Park. For more information, contact Tom Bontrager, (770) 514-4368 or thomasb@ymcaatlanta.org.

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Society, Master Birders and butterfly experts, scheduled throughout the weekend. Binoculars and identification charts will be available to borrow. This event is free for everyone, but is also a fundraiser that works like a walk-a-thon. Instead of raising funds per miles walked, participants raise funds per bird or butterfly species identified. Anyone who raises at least $10 will be eligible for some fantastic prizes such as a three month membership to the Northwest Family YMCA or passes to Smith-Gilbert Gardens. There are many categories of competition so that everyone from children to beginners to expert birders will have a chance to win something. We will also have an all-ages photography contest and a children's art contest again this year. Please note that the art contest will be conducted ahead of time with winners artwork displayed at the event and online. Details and schedules for this year's event will be posted as soon as possible on www.friendsofpricepark.org and Friends of Price Park facebook pages. Participants may register online or at the park during the event. All proceeds will benefit the Pollinator's Paradise Project.

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HILLGROVE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE: Come out and support Hillgrove High School on Friday Sept. 27th. Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. After the parade come watch the Hawks take on the Spartans. Game starts at 7:30 and tickets are on sale for $7 available at the Hillgrove Stadium gate. Parade starts at Still Elementary and ends at Hillgrove High School. Don't miss out on the fun and festivities for the whole family!! MARIETTA READS: Passport reading to Marietta Reads! on the Square SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 10-2 PM MARIETTA SQUARE MARIETTA READS! A good book can take you on quite a journey. For ten years, Marietta Reads! has taken children on a reading adventure. Marietta Reads! is a citywide initiative to foster reading and literacy in our community. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage Marietta City School students to read more, read better and read widely. Research suggests that students who read improve vocabulary, develop an excellent background for future learning, improve academic performance, and develop a lifelong habit that will enrich experience. To mark the birthday of Mari-Etta and the Marietta Reads! program ten years, we are celebrating the spirit of adventure reading provides at Marietta Square. On September 29 from 10-2 PM, get ready for a Passport to Reading. All around the square, there will be special stations to stamp your reading passport. Highlights Include: • Local celebrity readers, • The announcement of the One Book Marietta project book, • “A Great Place to Read” Reading vignettes created by local designers on Marietta Square. Students can get their reading passport stamped at each location, • A new program in the spirit of “Flat-Stanley”. Students can now take “Mari-Etta” around the community and photograph our mascot in cool places to read. WHOLE HAWG HAPPENIN BBQ AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: The great barbecue of the South is the focus of the Annual Whole Hawg Happenin’ – a BBQ & Music Fest taking place on the Marietta Square on September 29, 2013 from 11am to 6pm. All proceeds of the Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ and Music Fest benefit the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, The Gone with the Wind Museum and The Marietta Museum of History. The best metro Atlanta area restaurants and caterers will be on hand offering samples of their tasty bbq and other dishes while a variety of bands will be playing throughout the day. Attendance is free and tastes of BBQ range from $.50 – $5.00. There will be live music all day, a Classic Car Show, Arts and Crafts, a Beer Garden, and a huge Kids Corner! EYES OF FREEDOM EXHIBIT: Lima Company Memorial. Host, Kevin Marcy of Georgia Funeral Care is proud to bring this traveling memorial, which depicts the fallen of Lima Company 3/15, one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom. These 23 life-size portraits have become a powerful traveling military tribute honoring all those who answered the call to service, in every branch of our armed forces. These Eyes reflect the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have sacrificed defending our Freedoms. Visit www.EyesofFreedom.org for more information. Exhibit Hours are Monday, 9/30 from 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm, Tuesday, 10/1 from 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm, and Wednesday, 10/2 from 10am -2pm and 4pm – 7pm at Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 South Main St. Acworth, GA.

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NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR: Thursday, September 19th – 29th at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. SW, Marietta, GA. Admission is $7, children 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com or facebook.com/thenorthgeorgiastatefair.

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TASTE OF KENNESAW: The Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw invite you and your family to sample more than 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Who doesn’t like to eat? This is a great way to sample all your favorite restaurants again and again! Come out on Saturday, September 7th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM in downtown Kennesaw. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with Sons of Sailor’s- A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band in concert at 6:00 p.m. The Taste of Kennesaw beer garden will feature acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and much more! Check out the Depot Stage as four local high school seniors will compete in the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off at the Taste of Kennesaw for a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of choice. The first two will go head to head from 10:30 a.m. – Noon and the second two from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

COBB COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL HOSTS FALL ADOPTATHON: Saturday, October 5th, from 10am to 4pm, at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, GA 30008. This event is part of CCAC’s continuing efforts to help find homes for the homeless animals of Cobb County through public awareness and working closely with the community to find more fur-ever homes for the homeless and abandoned animals at the Shelter. There will be vendors, food, Police K9 demonstrations, raffles for prizes, and special adoption rates. Bring a cat or dog food donation to help the community (unopened and unexpired foods please). For more information, please visit www.cobbanimascontrol.org, or call Billy Mayfield at 770.590.5614. BLUE DEVIL HOMECOMING & BLOCK PARTY: A Marietta Schools Foundation Event, October 11 from 5pm7:30pm. Bring a blanket and chairs and join the party of Winn Street! The Food Truck Fest will be on site so you can grab a bite before, during and after the parade! Meet up with former classmates, celebrate with young and old! Music will be provided by Bert Reeves. For more info contact vhunt@mariettaschoolsfoundation.com or call 770.427.1012. www.mariettaschoolsfoundation.com , www.facebook.com/bluedevilblockparty HOLIDAY MARKET: Due West UMC Preschool's Holiday Market, Silent Auction and Bake Saturday November 2, 20139-2pm. Admission and parking are FREE! We host more than 40 vendors with a wide variety of products, most of which are handcrafted and an enormous bake sale with homemade treats. You will find hand sewn items, jewelry, pottery, monogramming and much more. The silent auction features items from each vendor as well as local businesses. The Holiday Market is located at Due West UMC Family Life Center 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064. 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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Keeping our Children and Four-Legged Friends Safe by Amber Burckhalter Summer is over, kids are back in school, and suddenly, new friends and playmates are running through your home. Perhaps you take your pup to the soccer fields for games and practices or your child wants to spend the night with a new friend who has a dog in their home. Sadly, children are the most likely victims of dog bites and they most often require medical attention. So how do we, as parents with or without dogs, keep our children safe? Thankfully, there are several things we can do to make sure everyone is kept safe - including your four-legged family member. 1) Teach your children the rules. Studies show that education and awareness are the most important tools in dog-bite prevention. Children that understand how to behave around dogs, how to play with dogs, when to leave dogs alone and how to meet a dog are much less likely to be injured. Never touch a strange dog. Never touch a dog that is sick, old, eating or chewing a treat. Never touch a mother dog with puppies. Always ask an adult permission before you touch any dog. Never touch a dog behind a fence or who is tied up. A restrained dog is 3 times more likely to bite. Do not stare at a dog in the eyes. This behavior is very threatening to a dog and may cause them to react fearfully or defensively. 2) Ask new play friends if they are afraid of dogs or have dogs themselves. Fearful or inexperienced children may display inappropriate behaviors or styles of play that may cause the family dog to show fearful or threatening displays. Or, these children may not know to close doors or fences or basic canine family rules. Place your dog in their locked crate with a special chew or take them to playcare when these friends visit. 3) If your child is going to a new friend’s home to play, ask if the family has a dog. If so, it is completely appropriate for you to explain your child’s experience or lack of experience with dogs, ask to meet the dog, voice your concern or level of comfort and make a request that the dog be placed away from your child, if necessary. As a mom and a dog owner, I send my German Shepherd to playcare when our child’s friends come to play because some of the parents have expressed concern over her size and breed. While I am not at all worried about my dog’s behavior, I respect the other parents enough to honor their wishes. I also do not want my dog to get frightened of children due to different play styles or behaviors, so it is a win-win situation for all involved.

BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO HOMEWORK 25 TIPS TO HELP YOUR STUDENT SUCCEED THIS YEAR (Continued from page 25) 19. Give them the tools to stay organized. Help your child or teen choose a color system for binders and/or find apps that help students stay organized by sending email alerts. 20. Have a study buddy. Having a friend or sibling to do homework with can help students stay focused and accountable. Just make sure you monitor progress to make sure the work isn’t being replaced with play (or talking). 21. Make them accountable to bring books home. Every kid is going to forget something at school once in a while. But regular occurrences may signal a deeper problem. Create an end-of-day checklist for them to review at school if the problem is memory. If it’s intentional, you’ll need to address the reasons behind it. 22. Learn from mistakes. Go through test problems that came back marked as incorrect and explain how to get the correct answer. 23. Do weekend homework on Friday. By doing their weekend homework Friday afternoon or evening, the material is still fresh from what they were taught in school. Waiting until Sunday night can cause added frustration when their memory has faded a bit. 24. Don’t let their brains go on vacation. The Summer Slide is a real thing, as is the loss of knowledge that occurs over Christmas and Spring Break. Keep your student learning by encouraging reading, writing and brain games over long breaks. 25. Use games and apps that build brain skills. Not all video and board games are created equal. Look for games that build skills like memory, processing speed, attention and logic and reasoning. RESOURCES: 1. For a free downloadable “Games for Skills” chart, visit: www.UnlockTheEinsteinInside.com 2. For a list of 12 free brain-building apps for kids, visit: http://media.learningrx.com/ 12-free-brain-building-apps-for-kids/ 3. To learn more about one-on-one cognitive skills training, visit: www.LearningRx.com/kennesaw

4) If your dog is showing behavioral issues in relation to children, get help from a qualified professional immediately. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. 5) Train and socialize your dog appropriately. Well-trained and socialized dogs are less likely to have aggression issues and more likely to be able to cope with new playmates. 6) Spay or neuter your dog. According to the American Humane Society, intact dogs are more than 2.6 times more likely to bite than altered dogs. Talk to your veterinarian to schedule an appointment, or contact your local humane organization or animal shelter for information on low-cost spay/neuter assistance. For additional resources and to learn more about keeping children safe around dogs, visit the Blog at our website www.k-9coach.com.

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