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Contributing Writers: Katie O. Anderson Edmund Brunetti Melissa M. Cornay Roberto De Jesus Jennifer Little, PhD Richard R. Maguire, MD Our Town Media Group, Inc. Lynn Powers Stephanie Reck Mary Carol Sheffield Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2018, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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About the Cover: The Little Mermaid, Jr. – NPHS Family Focus: Play Prevents Boredom in Children Medical: Forearm Fractures Community Spotlight: High School Spring Musicals Calendar of Events Health: 10 Reasons to Go Nuts Seasonal: Tornado Weather Finance: What to Know About Recent Volatility? Faith: Disciplining Your Mind Gardening: Fresh Vegetable Season is Here! Home Improvement: Spring Cleaning Tips Home & Design: 2018 Remodeling Trends Community Spotlight: Music in Our Schools Feature Photographer: G&E Studios Pets: Cat DNA Can Tell You a Lot What’s Cookin’: Lobster Salad Cocktail

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ourney “under the sea” this spring with North Paulding High School’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a delightful production adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture. For ONE NIGHT ONLY, join Ariel and her aquatic friends in their magical underwater kingdom as she learns what the world above is like and the sacrifices she must make for love and acceptance.

Madi Kelly is a senior and plays ‘Ariel.’ She’s been involved in theatre since she was seven and loves that “when you’re on stage, nothing else matters. All you can do is be present in the moment and I think that’s beautiful.” Madi has performed in numerous shows including A Doll’s House, High School Musical, Shrek the Musical and directed The Cripple of Inishmaan. Also at NPHS, Madi is in the National Thespian Society, BETA, and the National Honors and National Spanish Honors Societies. In the fall she plans to attend LSU and study Theatre and Psychology. Madi is the daughter of Ashlea and Shawn Kelly.

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dults view play as something to fill time in ways that are pleasurable and enjoyable. For adults, play is not a “serious” activity but a way to distract us from the rigors of responsible living and work demands. For children play has a different function. Play is a child’s way of “working” and preparing the body for the skills it will need as an adult.

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Play stimulates the brain to develop gross and fine motor skills and coordination among body parts. Play develops skills between the eyes and body parts. Play teaches a child the relationship between self and others, and self and the environment. Play uses language to direct behavior and carry out thought processes. Play stimulates and uses a child’s creativity and imagination. Play gives a child opportunities to interact with peers and develop social skills. Play is the setting for teamwork and collaboration. Group play leads to moral and ethical behavior so children learn to view events and situations from another’s point of view. Play is an opportunity for a child to refine his/her language skills so others understand his/her meaning.

How Much Play Does A Child Need To Develop Properly? Before entering kindergarten, a child learns many school readiness skills. Young children need to learn to run, jump, skip, hop and gallop. They need to learn to cut with scissors, move small and large objects around in space and color within the lines. They need to learn to listen to sounds and discriminate between those sounds. They need to learn to discriminate among colors, shapes and sizes. They need practice in counting and writing on paper. They need to learn to take turns and settle disagreements without anger and resentment. For a child younger than 4 years, all of this usually takes their entire day. For a child between 4 and 6 years, this takes all but about 2 hours of their day. Children in school need their recess times mid-morning, at lunchtime and mid-afternoon in addition to after school. It takes a lot of work for them to sit in one place and be quiet. Concentration is hard work, and learning to read, do math and write takes a lot of effort. Imagine how often an adult wants to take a break on his/her given tasks. Adults get to choose most of their tasks, or at least the order in which they are done, but children don’t have that option. Their life is not under their control, and following others’ rules is also hard work.

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How Much Play? The simple answer is: a lot. Of course, the play can be interactive with adults in learning situations (language and communication is work but it can be done in fun settings). Just because you, the adult, see a child’s activity as fun and having little or no purpose, doesn’t mean it is.

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Forearm Fractures


pring brings out the bicycles, active outdoor play, team sports, and even spring cleaning. If one too many quick moves results in a fall, forearm fractures are one of the most common limb fractures. There are different types of forearm fractures, all of which occur as a result of trauma to the forearm. Understanding the causes and symptoms of forearm fracture will give you a better idea of what to expect should you sustain one. A forearm fracture is the result of a severe trauma affecting one or both of the bones in the forearm, the radius and ulna. Some of the common causes include: Breaking a fall with an outstretched arm Direct trauma to the forearm l Twisting the arm beyond its range of motion l

The following are some of the most common forearm injuries: Greenstick fracture: This is common in children, and occurs when either the radius or the ulna is completely fractured. Children’s bones heal quickly, so it is important to seek medical attention the moment your child fractures his or her forearm to ensure that the bone is set properly. Nightstick fracture: In this type of injury, the ulna is fractured. It usually occurs as a result of a direct blow to the forearm.

Pain and swelling in the forearm Difficulty moving or rotating the arm l Deformity near the wrist or elbow l l

Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment can involve anything from shifting the bone back in place to surgery. During the healing process, it is important to keep the arm immobilized so that the bone can heal properly. This is done with the help of a cast or splint. After the bones have healed and most of the pain is gone, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to assist you in regaining mobility in your injured arm.

Radial shaft injury: This is also known as a Gallaeazzi fracture. This type of fracture is an isolated one that happens to a third of the radius bone. It often occurs as a result of indirect trauma while the wrist is pronated.

OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeon, Richard Maguire, MD, is fellowship trained in sports medicine. His interests include knee, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery, fracture care and general orthopedics. Dr. Maguire serves as the team physician for East Paulding High School.

Monteggia injury: This is an isolated fracture that occurs when a third of the ulna bone is broken and the radial head is dislocated. This type of injury is often caused by trauma to the arm while the elbow is pronated and extended.

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Sometimes, the symptoms of a broken forearm may be subtle. However, in most cases, a forearm fracture is excruciatingly painful. Consider these common symptoms:

Certain health conditions can predispose some individuals to forearm fractures. Age, poor nutrition, congenital bone conditions, and participation in contact sports are all factors that contribute to the likelihood of forearm fractures.

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Paulding County High School presents Cinderella, April 19 – 22, 2018 This contemporary take on the classic tale is sure to Bibbity-bobbity-boo its way into your heart! Performances of Cinderella will be held April 19 – 22, Thursday – Saturday nightly at 7pm and Sunday matinee performance at 3pm in the PCHS auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $8.00 each or you can order online or for group reservations email Paulding County Theatre Director Matt Pavlak and Music Director - Ginger Corley. For more information call PCHS at 770-443-8008.

East Paulding High School presents All Shook Up, May 4 – 6, 2018 All Shook Up is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town comes a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy. Don’t be cruel and miss East Paulding as they bring this story to life on their stage, May 4 – 6, Friday – Sunday nightly at 7pm. Tickets are $8.00 each and available at the door. East Paulding Theatre Director - Britt Hensley. For more information call EPHS at 770-445-5100.



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April 2018

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Events for the Our Town Calendar are listed FREE (Restrictions Apply*-see pg 22 for instructions) **Dates, times and locations are always subject to change prior to printing. Please confirm with the event coordinator. For the full Calendar visit

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Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! l Spring Break Camp on April 2-6, from 7am-6pm (Few spots available) l School’s Out! Summer Camp (Registration begins in May) l Summer Classes – 8 week Session (Registration begins in May, NO registration fee for Summer Classes) 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Registration for Paulding Parks & Rec Camps! Going on NOW through May call 770-443-7540 or visit

Planning something special such as a wedding, social or corporate event?

Cruise the Coop VW Show and Swap – Little Tallapoosa Park April 7-8; Saturday and Sunday Gates open at 10am A fun gathering of old and new VWs – New/Used parts for sale; Food Vendors; Hand Crafted awards; and Prizes. Spectators $5. More info 11th Annual Dallas City Yard Sale – Main Street Dallas  April 9; Saturday 8am – 3pm For more information visit Annual Earth Day Event at Georgia Highlands College April 11; Wednesday 12pm – 2pm on the Dallas Square Free event! Learn about Environmentally Friendly practices to make your world greener-Pollinator Gardening, Water Conservation, Recycling and more.

Let us help you make it memorable! With a unique blend of innovation and elegance, the Douglasville Conference Center is the perfect choice for social and corporate events! The exquisite facility includes a 7,672-square-foot grand ballroom, a business center, two green rooms, a 150-seat auditorium, two pre-function areas, a 15-person boardroom and three meeting rooms, as well as a gorgeous rear terrace. As an added benefit, the Conference Center is adjoined by a 300-space parking deck that offers free, convenient parking. Plus, our on-site caterer, Proof of the Pudding, offers superb food options for guests to enjoy. For a truly unique experience, host your next event at the Douglasville Conference Center!

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Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic at Kritters Country Club* April 14; 2nd Saturday of the month Kritters Country Club is located at 7377 W. Strickland Street in Douglasville. Call 770489-7500 for hours and more information. Opening Day of The Dallas Farmers Market April 14; Saturday 8am – 12pm, Downtown Dallas, Regions Bank Parking Lot West Georgia ArtFEST at MILL Amphitheater in Villa Rica April 14; Saturday 10am – 5pm Georgia Renaissance Festival April 14 – June 3; Every Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Visit for times and ticket information. Touch a Truck Day at Veterans Park at the Watson Government Complex April 21; Saturday 10am – 12pm *FREE* EVENT: Everyone is invited to get up close and personal with vehicles and equipment used in Paulding County such as police cars, fire trucks, and much more! Questions? 770-443-7540


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1st Annual Out of the Darkness Legion Ride for Operation Not Forgotten April 21; Saturday 11am Registration at Hooters in Hiram Kickstands up at noon. Ride ends at America Legion Post #111. $15/bike, $5/rider. Raffels, BBQ, Music and Entertainment. Operation Not Forgotten serves veterans suffering with PTSD and other issues. Questions? Email CASA Volunteer Spring Training Classes April 23 – May 23; Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Must be at least 21, pass a criminal background check, and complete an application and interview by CASA staff. For more information or application request, contact Rachel Lundy at or call 770-505-0065. 2018 BLD Golf Classic presented by the Paulding Chamber of Commerce April 25; Wednesday 8am – 3pm at Bentwater Golf Club For information or to register your team call John Grey at 770-445-6016 Ultimate Block Party - Main Street - Douglasville April 27; Friday 5pm – 9pm This FREE event features ‘touch-a truck’, hosted by the Douglasville Police Department, face painting, music, entertainment, food trucks, and a large kids zone!


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or the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boomer generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.

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Roussell’s recommendation? Nuts. In particular, pistachios. “Pistachios are a multitasking nut with fiber, healthy fats, and three specific types of antioxidants that may help fight the onset of age-related conditions that lead to poor health in these 10 ways.” 1. Heart health Large population studies show that people who regularly eat nuts, such as pistachios, have a lower risk of dying from heart disease or suffering a heart attack. Pistachios provide 360-degree cardiovascular support in that they can promote improvements in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood vessel function. 2. Anti-inflammatory Excessive inflammation is one of the root causes of age-related conditions, such as arthritis. Pistachios contain a special form of vitamin E called gamma tocopherol, which has unique anti-inflammatory properties. Gamma tocopherol levels have also been shown to decrease as we age. 3. Weight loss Being overweight can also contribute to a number of age-related illnesses. Studies show pistachios positively promote weight maintenance as the dietary fiber, fat and protein all work together to make us feel fuller and satiated longer, plus removing them from the shell slows down eating. Pistachios are also the lowest-fat nut. 4. Digestion The fiber in pistachios also can help with digestion. Research shows that the fiber in pistachios works as a prebiotic and feeds the good bacteria in our digestive tract to improve the health of our digestive system. A single serving of pistachios contains as much as 3 grams of dietary fiber. 5. Blood glucose level Developing adult onset diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes, is a common fear for boomers. The American Diabetes Association praises the health benefits of nuts, including pistachios, calling them a diabetes superfood because they improve how the body’s cells use glucose and how insulin responds to a carbohydrate-containing meal, namely, stabilizing blood glucose levels. 6. Skin health and appearance UV light from the sun promotes damage and accelerates the aging of our skin. Pistachios contain two carotenoid antioxidants that are concentrated in the skin and work to filter out and protect it against the damaging effects of UV light. 7. Eyesight Pistachios contain lutein, a nutrient known to help improve eye health, especially in older individuals. Lutein has been shown to prevent and slow down macular degeneration by providing more pigment for the eye, thereby reflecting more of the sun’s light, preventing damage to the retina. 8. Memory Preliminary research shows that the fatty acids and antioxidants found in pistachios can help support brain health. The antioxidants in pistachios can help ward off excessive inflammation in the brain, a major cause of accelerated cognitive decline. Another study found that eating pistachios stimulated brain waves that aid the formation of ideas and memory processing. 9. Sleep Nuts, including pistachios, are rich in minerals such as magnesium. One benefit of magnesium is that it may aid sleep because it assists in helping the muscles relax and quiet activity in the brain by working as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. 10. Energy Pistachios have been shown to promote energy, which is why so many professional athletes consume them while training. More energy means we’ll commit to getting enough exercise. But what is Dr. Mike’s main reason for having his clients eat pistachios? “They taste good. People are much more likely to stick to a healthy diet when the food is tasty and fun to eat.” (BPT)


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ere in the South, tornado weather runs from the spring to mid-summer. By their very nature, tornados come at us fast and furiously and often with little notice. You and your children should know basic information about what kind of conditions are favorable for tornado formation and be prepared if and when you need to seek shelter. It’s a good idea to spend some time talking about and practicing storm safety with your family. Go through these guidelines with your children in case they’re home alone or with a babysitter when bad weather hits. Designate a “safety” area in your basement that all your family will know to go to. If you don’t have a basement, find the safest part of your home, either a centrally located hall closet or bathroom. Prepare a home emergency kit and keep it located in this area. Make sure it contains: Flashlights for every member of the house. Each person in your family should have a flashlight in their room. Check the batteries when you change the batteries in the smoke detectors. l If you have small children, buy light sticks in the camping section. They are very affordable and last up to 12 hours. l First aid kit l Canned food and a can opener l Bottled Water l Protective clothing and blankets l Batteries and a battery operated radio or weather scanner. l Baby Wipes l A small toy or a few books for your children. l A list of all credit cards, insurance policy information and a family picture in case you get separated.

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You will also want to include your pet in the family’s practice session. Make sure your safety area is pet friendly, and remove dangerous tools or toxic products. The best way to safeguard your pet is to be prepared by having their own emergency supplies on hand in your safety area:

Does Your Family Know What To Do?


Teach your children what county they live in and where it’s located in your state. Children need to know how to locate it on the news station’s weather map so they can tell what weather alerts they are under. Also, teach your child the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning.

Make sure your pets have proper identification should they get lost afterwards. Also, identify your home with a pet rescue window sticker. Attach pet rescue stickers on prominent windows in your home. If a disaster strikes when you’re not home, the stickers will alert rescue workers that pets are inside. Be sure the stickers are visible to rescue workers and include the types and number of pets in your household. If you and your pets evacuate (and time permits) write “Evacuated” across the stickers.



Keep pet food, water, and treats in sufficient quantities. Keep sanitation items i.e., littler box, litter or puppy pads. Crates can provide a cozy, secure hiding place for your pet to weather the storm.

When a tornado watch is issued, listen to the radio and TV stations for further updates. If you have a 911 Emergency System in your county, you’re likely to hear the alarms. If a tornado is reported in your area and you’re inside, get your family and go immediately to your safety area. This will protect you from glass and other flying objects. If you’re outside, rush to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. Do not stay in your vehicle.

Being in a storm, no matter the magnitude, is scary. Knowing all your family members, two-legged and fourlegged, are prepared will help everyone stay calm and keep everyone safer.

In the aftermath of the storm, you will want to teach your children to keep an eye out for fallen power lines, and listen to the radio for information and instructions.

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finance What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility? Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments, Dallas/Acworth


s you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What’s behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let’s look at the first question first.  What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?  Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted negatively to these expectations of higher interest rates. The second cause of the market volatility appears to be simply a reaction to the long bull market. While rising stock prices lead many people to continue buying more and more shares, some people actually need to sell their stocks – and this pent-up selling demand, combined with short-term profit-taking, helped contribute to the large selloffs of recent days. Now, as for the question of how concerned you should be about this volatility, consider these points: • Sell-offs are nothing unusual. We’ve often experienced big sell-offs, but they’ve generally been followed with strong recoveries. Of course, past performance is not a guarantee of future results, but history has shown that patient, persistent investors have often been rewarded. • Fundamentals are strong. While short-term market movements can be caused by a variety of factors, economic conditions and corporate earnings typically drive performance in the long term. Right now, the U.S. economy is near full employment, consumer and business sentiment has risen strongly, manufacturing and service activity is at multi-year highs, and GDP growth in 2018 appears to be on track for the best performance since 2015. Furthermore, corporate earnings are expected to rise this year. So, given this background, what’s your next move? Here are some suggestions: • Review your situation. You may want to work with a financial professional to evaluate your portfolio to determine if it is helping you make the progress you need to eventually achieve your long-term goals. • Reassess your risk tolerance. If you were unusually upset over the loss in value of your investments during the market pullback, you may need to review your risk tolerance to determine if it’s still appropriate for your investment mix. If you feel you are taking on too much risk, you may need to rebalance your portfolio. Keep in mind, though, that by “playing it safe” and investing heavily in vehicles that offer greater protection of principal, but little in the way of return, you run the risk of not attaining the growth you need to reach your objectives. • Look for opportunities. A market pullback such as the one we’ve experienced, which occurs during a period of economic expansion and rising corporate profits, can give long-term investors a chance to add new shares at attractive prices in an environment that may be conducive to a market rally. A sharp market pullback, such as we’ve seen recently, will always be big news.  But if you look beyond the headlines, you can sometimes see a different picture – and one that may be brighter than you had realized.  This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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iscipline your mind; otherwise it will be out of control. You cannot just think whatever falls into your mind. You must take every thought captive into the obedience of Christ. What are your thoughts generally like? Do you just allow whatever comes to your mind and start believing it and then eventually feeling it? Every minute we have about 38 thoughts. That means we have a different thought every 1.2 seconds. The average person has about 50,000 thoughts per day. What we choose to accept as truth in our thoughts, we will eventually begin to feel that way. Our thoughts are powerful and they can encourage us or destroy us. The battlefield is in the mind, and that is where satan plants his seeds. As these “seeds” are planted into your mind, do you water the seeds and let them take root? You cannot help how you feel, but you can choose what you think and in turn what you choose to think about will affect how you feel. Your thoughts produce feelings. What are you agreeing with when the enemy plants a seed in your mind? It could be a seed of doubt or a seed of fear. Do you agree with what enters in your mind, because you believe it must be true if IT is in your mind?

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We are to have the mind of Christ, and any thoughts contrary to the Word of God we must get rid of immediately.

We must discipline our minds, not only to take every thought captive but also to replace the negative mind-set with positive, faithfilled thoughts. If you have a negative mind-set and you take every thought captive, you might be taking a lot of thoughts captive in the beginning. If we on estimate have 38 thoughts per minute and most of them are negative we will be up for a challenge. However, in time you can break this habit if you keep at it and totally rely on God’s help.

*Editor’s Note* – Stephanie Reck has written a new book called, “Disciplining Your Mind: 30 Days to a Better You!” Changing our thought processes takes time and discipline, but is a worthwhile investment of energy in our lives. With Stephanie’s new book, readers will be able to develop a more disciplined thought life by replacing negative thoughts with positive, faith-filled thoughts. Her practical encouragement can lead to greater contentment, peace, happiness and overall better health and energy.

God cares about what we are thinking about because what we think about eventually becomes what we do. Our rotten thinking will eventually become our rotten attitudes. We will become what we think. Our thoughts are tied to our behavior. Most of us just think about whatever comes into our minds. Is your mind like a wilderness? All over the place and barren, not producing anything of value.

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strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5% from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While the choice to remodel is individual, there are many studies that show some projects return more on your investment than others. Fortunately, some of 2018’s leading remodeling trends also have great ROI.

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ast month we featured the events for March and April held by the Fine Arts Programs in the Paulding County School District. Here is a list of their upcoming events for May. All events are open to the public. Won’t you come out and support your local schools’ fine arts programs? If you have any questions or to find out more information about the fine and performing arts in Paulding County School District, contact Katie Anderson, the Fine Arts Coordinator at KAnderson@paulding. or at 770-443-8000, extension 10135

5/1 - HHS Band Spring Concert at HHS at 7p.m. 5/1 - PCHS Spring Concert at PCHS PAC at 7p.m. 5/1 - McClure Middle Spring Band Concert at 6:30p.m. at McClure 5/3 - NPHS Spring Band Concert at NPHS at 7p.m. 5/2 - Hutchens Elementary Student Art Show at Hutchens from 6-8p.m. 5/3 - Northside Elementary Chorus at Chick-fil-A in Dallas at 6p.m. & 7p.m. 5/3 - Scoggins Middle Chorus Spring Concert at Scoggins at 7p.m. 5/3-5/4 - Moses Middle School Spring Musical Singin’ In the Rain, Jr. 7:00/ $3 per ticket 5/4 - 5/6 - EPHS Spring Musical, All Shook Up at EPHS Theater at 7p.m. nightly/$8 per ticket 5/8 - HJMS Chorus concert at PCHS Theater at 7p.m. 5/8 - HHS Spring Chorus Concert at Pleasant Grove Baptist in Hiram at 7p.m. 5/8 - Moses Middle Spring Chorus Concert at Moses at 7p.m. 5/10 - Dobbins Middle Band Spring Concert at Dobbins at 7p.m. 5/10 - HJMS Spring Band concert at PCHS at 7p.m. 5/10 - McClure Spring Chorus Concert at McClure Cafeteria at 6p.m. 5/10 - EPMS Spring Band Concert at EPMS at 7p.m. 5/10 - Northside Elementary Chorus Spring concert at Northside at 7p.m. 5/10 - Moses Middle Spring Band Concert at Moses at 7p.m. 5/10 - 5/11 - P.B. Ritch Middle School Musical Production of Annie at East Paulding High School Theatre at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 for students, $7 for adults. 5/11 - NPHS Shakespeare in the Spring at NPHS in the theater at 7p.m. 5/12 - P.B. Ritch Middle School Musical Production of Annie at East Paulding High School Theatre at 2:00 pm. Admission is $5 for students, $7 for adults. 5/14 - P.B. Ritch Middle School Spring Chorus Concert at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Admission is free. 5/14 - EPMS Spring Chorus Concert at 7p.m. 5/15 - SPHS Spring Band Concert at SPHS Theater at 7p.m. 5/15 - EPHS Spring Chorus Concert at EPHS at 7p.m. 5/15 - SPMS 6th Grade Band Concert at SPMS Gym at 7p.m. 5/17 - Dallas Elementary Music Makers at Dallas at 6p.m. 5/17 - P.B. Ritch Middle School Band Concert at P.B. Ritch Middle School in the gym at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

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54th Annual Cedar Valley Arts Festival in Historic Peek Park, Cedartown April 28 – 29; Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm Visit for information. Crapfest Annual Non-Celebrity Yard Sale, 18 Chipley Way, Hiram May 3-6; Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Opens daily at 8am 20-25 Families selling in one yard! Midnight Madness Sale Friday night: Bring your flashlights! Sale ends 3pm on Sunday. Most items 1/2 off on Sunday. See ad this page! Paulding County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 5; Saturday 8am – 1pm Grown perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, shrubs, trees and of course Second Hand Rose, gently used gardening items. Cash or checks accepted. Paulding County Extension Office, 530 West Memorial Drive, Dallas. 770-443-7616 “EMBRACE”- A Worship Celebration for Women with Babbie Mason May 5; Saturday 1pm – 3pm at Northwest Christian Church Experience Christ-centered worship music led by Babbie Mason, God-honoring testimonies, and encouragement as we celebrate Jesus. $20/tickets available at www. NWCC - 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth. 14th Annual Golf Tournament presented by Rotary Club of Dallas May 9; Wednesday 9am Shotgun Start - The Frog at The Georgian The tournament benefits Helping Hands of Paulding. To register visit: http://2018 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Keep Paulding Beautiful You can help Keep Paulding Beautiful create a clean and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. To volunteer call 770-443-0119. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Pearl of Dallas Help is needed with the resident’s activities. You’ll be rewarded with smiling faces! To volunteer call Alie Ayers, 678-350-4445. 100 Westminster Court, Dallas ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS- Confirm dates/times with coordinator: Dallas Georgia Writers Guild Every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:30pm At Starbucks - Crossroads 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas Paulding Photography Club – Downtown Dallas* 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit *Email events to, by the 12th of the month. *Follow sample in calendar; 50 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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a senior, and his parents are Jane Watkins and Patrick Gilbert. Alex has been performing in theater since he was nine, and “likes the idea of fleshing out a character, giving them personality, and becoming that persona on stage.” At NPHS he’s been in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Footloose, directed High School Musical, and participates in the NPHS Choir. Alex has also performed in Mary Poppins and Oklahoma at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville. After graduation, he plans to attend college to study Theatre.


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aaa The Little Mermaid’s ensemble of performers and crew are very excited to bring this show to life with the use of vibrantly colored sets, talented actors and puppetry arts. They are led by NPHS Theater Director - Dianna Long; Student Director - Mya Mimoso, Stage Manager - Emma Chalmers; Music Directors - Hannah Selvaggi and Madison Hamilton; Choreographers - Emma Bush and Victoria Marsha; Backstage Director – Katie Bush; Sound Tech – Kenny Cooley; and Light Tech – Emily Williams. The show is ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, April 13th at 7pm in the auditorium of North Paulding High School. Tickets are $5.00 each and sold at the door. NPHS is located at 300 N Paulding Drive, Dallas. For more information call 770-443-9400.


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The good news is that today’s technology has brought us a new option if we want to learn more about the cat we share a home with, feed the best food and play with using a stuffed mouse. When it comes to cat ancestry, there is definitely a lot to learn.

Hello Sweetums! I’m CANDY (DOB ~8/19/2017), a female Snowshoe mix, and I am as sweet as candy! I made my way to FFRS from an animal services facility in North Carolina. I had a pretty rough go of it shortly after coming in to FFRS. I contracted URI, but am now over it and searching for my ‘purr’fect ‘fur’ever home. I am a typical kitten - full of kitten antics - curious, playful, fun-loving, mischievous, love to follow you around like a puppy, and just can’t get enough attention from my humans who have been caring for me. If you will provide me with a loving home, I promise to provide you with years of love, laughter, loyalty, and companionship. I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of my adoption. My adoption fee is $125.

Small Cats are Bigger than We Knew Cats have a regal bearing, a way of stalking through the house and pouncing on toys, or unsuspecting human companions, in a way that makes you think of the tigers and lions at the zoo. In an interesting bit of information, scientists have found that house cat DNA is a 95% match to tigers. So, the next time you watch your cat stalk his or her favorite toy and pounce for the kill, think about the fact you have a miniature tiger in residence - with a few small genetic differences.

Learn Your Cat’s Pilgrimage Story Cats have a long history of keeping sailors company on long voyages. They helped to keep the rat population on a ship down and also were a friendly face to those men who spent months away from their families and home and probably got tired of their human shipmates during the long treks across the ocean. Cats were a great addition to the sailing crew, since they are small and useful. They were also thought to be a good luck charm to a ship crossing the great ocean.


To see some of our cats available for adoption, please visit; then complete our online Adoption Application,, or email us at And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook,! ***Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is in dire need of foster families, and volunteers to help with cleaning, feeding, and socializing our cats at the Rescue Center and/or helping at our weekend adoption events two weekends a month at the Kennesaw Petsmart. If you are willing to give of your time and your heart to help our kitties, please complete our online Volunteer Application at The gratification of knowing you make a difference in the lives of these deserving cats is overwhelming.***

Knowledge Is Power, and Kitty Will Thank You One big trend in today’s world is finding out more about your family tree. Families have genealogists, there are websites to visit to see what family connections you can make and most children have to do some type of project outlining their family lineage. Granted, your cats are never going to have a homework assignment to trace their family tree, but your cats are your babies. Like children who have been adopted, it can be valuable to your family to understand where your cat came from, and a cat DNA test helps outline your feline’s cat ancestry in depth.

Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a licensed, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to individual attention and excellent care to homeless cats, working hard to find them good permanent homes.


When it comes to helpful information like a marker for an illness that can be dangerous to kitty’s long life, the cat DNA test becomes a valuable tool to protect your loved one. Even the four-legged members of your family deserve to have protection and be understood based on their family history. Give everyone access to this valuable information and be amazed at the story your cat’s DNA can tell you.

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GA shelters have kill rates from 30-90%! YOU can help save these dogs!

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There are many more dogs out there in need of homes than we can take in with a limited number of foster homes. With much heartbreak, we must turn away numerous requests for rescuing dogs daily due to lack of foster space. If you are interested in fostering and want more information, please go to our website and submit a foster application. Foster homes provide food, shelter and most important LOVE. All vetting is provided. We also help with food and can loan crate or puppy pen. Must be able to drop off pet at Petco, Acworth GA on Saturdays from 11am-4pm for our adoption event and keep pet until adoption.


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Lobster Salad Cocktail By Melissa M. Cornay


appy April and Happy Spring! I was so excited to find out that our feature this month is the musical “The Little Mermaid,” truly one of my favorite Disney productions. Of course, being that this was our feature, I did not have to think or search long for the recipe I wanted to share this month. So in homage to the little creatures of the sea and on the stage, I present Lobster Salad Cocktail.

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Lobster Salad Cocktail

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16 ounces cooked lobster tail meat, cut into bite size pieces 2 stalks celery, minced fine 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives Zest of 1 lemon Juice of ½ lemon ¼ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning ½ cup mayonnaise Lemon wedges for garnish, optional

48. No Clue 50. Game piece 52. About to explode 53. Rhodes of Rhodesia 54. Runs through 55. “Dig?” 57. ___ brat 59. Canceled 60. “Absolutely!” 61. Harp’s cousin 64. Director’s cry 65. “For ___ a jolly ...”

Combine all ingredients, except the lobster, in a bowl. Once the “dressing” ingredients are well combined, gently fold in the lobster tail meat. Refrigerate for at least an hour to overnight. Garnish with sprigs of parsley and lemon wedges, if desired. MELISSA’S MEASURE: This can be served as an appetizer, a side to the main dish, or a great refreshing lunch option. You can put it in a lettuce leaf for a healthy version or you can generously butter a toasted, top-split hot dog bun and enjoy a New England style lobster roll. So many ways to change this simple, but delicious and versatile recipe to make it your own.

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Celebrating our local High School's Spring Musicals!

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Celebrating our local High School's Spring Musicals!