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Braves ballpark builders to hold meeting on bidding opportunities

Atlanta Braves

Anyone interested in an opportunity to be a part of building the new Atlanta Braves ballpark is invited to join American Builders 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 11 at Riverside EpiCenter in Austell. At that meeting, interested parties will receive information on bidding opportunities for the project, learn more about American Builders 2017 and hear an overview of the project. RSVP at

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by MDJ staff, July 30, 2014. View the original article HERE.)


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Vascular Surgical Associates opens location in East Cobb


Vascular Surgical Associates, P.C. and Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia proudly announces the addition their newest location in the East Cobb Wellstar Health Park. The address of the new location is 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta, GA 30062. The practice welcomes the public to visit the new office on October 10 from 3-5pm for an Open House/Meet and Greet. During this time we will also be offering a free vascular screening. Call today for your appointment 678-626-5420.

Vascular Surgical Associates is a large vascular surgical practice with 10 Board Certified Vascular Surgeons and 8 Physicians Assistants. They currently have 8 locations in the Northwest Georgia area. Locations include, Austell, Canton, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Woodstock and two locations in Marietta. Please visit their website for more information at

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Kindergarten, First Grade Ride Along this Friday


Cobb County Kindergarten and First Grade students along with their parents are invited to ride the bus on Friday morning, August 1, 2014, as a practice run. Buses will run at regular scheduled morning pick up times and parents and students should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early. Due to limited space, we ask that you limit the number of additional family members riding. Only school-age children are allowed to ride as our regular buses are not equipped with car seats. The bus will follow the planned route to school, then return back to the bus stop. Passengers will remain on the bus for the duration.

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“ABC’s of Style” Event at Town Center this Saturday

Town Center Mall Towne Center at Cobb

With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back to school events at more than 80 shopping centers across the country to get young people prepped to head back to class. Town Center at Cobb’sABC’s of Style” festivities take place in the Sears Court during Tax Free Weekend on August 2 from 2- 4 p.m., helping families have fun while shopping for seasonal must-haves.


Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August. The event is also supported locally by and Chrysler.


“This is an exciting time of year and as Town Center at Cobb is the center of fashion in Cobb County, teaming up with Teen Vogueelevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Shelly Weidner, director of mall marketing and business development for Town Center at Cobb.


Town Center at Cobb’s ABC’s of Style events will include various elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Featured event activities were created by keeping young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind:

Exclusive Style Guide: ABC’s of Style event attendees and back-to-school shoppers have the chance to pick up an exclusive Simon and Teen Vogue style guide, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Beyond the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Town Center at Cobb’s Guest Services or access it online at

Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Event attendees can engage in free interactive activities and pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last) from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips, and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY.

Georgia Sales Tax Holiday: This event also takes place during the busy Georgia Sales Tax Holiday, which will be heldAugust 1-2, and with extended mall hours, shoppers can stay until 10 p.m.

Receipts & Rewards for Back to School: From July 26 – August 2, shoppers who spend $150 at a minimum of two Town Center at Cobb stores can receive a $15 Simon Giftcard at Guest Services, while supplies last. See Guest Services for details.

“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen VogueVice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”

In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to gear up for school and stay connected to Town Center at Cobb.

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit


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Hike, Bike and Tee Up At Georgia State Parks This Fall


There are more than just fall festivals and hayrides available this year at Georgia State Parks. What better way to enjoy the arrival of autumn than spending time outdoors? From golf course packages and hiking, to spending time with family at a fall celebration or two, Georgia State Parks are the best place to be while saying farewell to summer.

Welcome the cool, crisp fall air with a round of golf at some of the best golf courses in Georgia. Stay and play at eight Georgia State Parks’ courses that are offering overnight accommodations featuring two day, two night stay packages. These bargain packages range from $58 to $180 and include accommodations in lodges, cottages or nearby hotels, cart and greens fees for 18 holes per day. Want a challenge? Visit The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor State Park appropriately named as “the 4th sweetest deal in the United States” by Golf Digest Frugal Golfermagazine and tackle what is voted as “the hardest starting hole in Georgia.” The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park is also a challenging yet fun test of golf. Settle overnight at a lakeside cottage and enjoy the views of the stunning peninsula and partake in the course selected as “the 7th best municipal course in the nation” by GolfWeek.

Biking and hiking trails are some of the best ways to explore Georgia State Parks this fall. Bike enthusiasts are encouraged to find the challenge they seek and enjoy the beautiful scenery on an array of available biking trails. Whether biking recreationally or on a more vigorous terrain, visiting the trails at Georgia State Parks is a great way to get outdoor exercise and take in the vibrant autumn color of the leaves while quietly rolling through the scenic woods. Recreational bikers are free to roam miles of paths at Panola Mountain, Red Top Mountain, Hart, Smithgall Woods, and Victoria Bryant state parks. With dynamic grades and terrains, grab a bike and strap on a helmet to visit eight state parks that will test your talent. Fort Mountain, Tallulah George, Unicoi, Richard B. Russell, Mistletoe, Fort Yargo and Hard Labor Creek state parks are loaded with steep grades, bridges and fast berms that are designed to provide a challenge for the more experienced cyclers.

Enjoy exploring the outdoors on foot? Hikers can ease their mind and stretch their legs when visiting some of the most diverse and scenic hiking trails in the state. The challenging backcountry trails of Black Rock Mountain State Park and paved trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers at Mistletoe State Park are available for all ages and fitness levels. Take fall fun to new heights with hiking excursions that include breathtaking waterfalls of the North Georgia Mountains at Fort Mountain State Park, Vogel State Park and Amicalola Falls. For guests who prefer to explore the trails after sunset, Tallulah George State Park even offers full moon hikes during the fall. To begin or expand hiking adventures at Georgia State Parks, join the Canyon Climbers Club and experience some of the system’s most spectacular landscapes.

Fall at Georgia State Parks would not be complete without a little celebration to bring in the cooler weather and festive activities that await after summer. Seize the autumn day and come out to the many fall-themed events available. Harvest on the Homestead at Red Top Mountain State Park in September is perfect for families to enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. Florence Marina State Park will offer a family-friendly Oktoberfest festival complete with a haunted hayride, games for kids, and a costume contest as well as the annual Silent Auction. There is something for the art lovers too, F.D. Roosevelt will host the first Little White House Craft Festival and Cloudland Canyon state parks will hold the Second Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in November.

Visitors will enjoy watching the kids chase each other around and expend their energy the good ole fashioned way—in the outdoors surrounded by the gorgeous fall foliage. For more information on activities offered at Georgia State Parks in the fall and ways to welcome the cooler weather, visit


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EAST COBBER Frugal FunMom Field Trip of the Day: Wii!

Gritters Library – Wii Gaming Event Come and play Wii games with your friends! No registration required. Ages 8-18

Cost: FREE

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Where: 880 Shaw Park Road Marietta, GA

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Jennifer Mashburn, bank manager, LGE- East Cobb location at the Cobb Chamber’s Business Jam on July 16.

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$100 off N-Hance wood renewal


Check out page 9 in our June/July issue for a coupon worth $100 off N-Hance wood renewal. Call 678-324-6135 for a free estimate.


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EAST COBBER Pet of the Week: Coco


Coco. Submitted by Stephanie Durham.

Animal/Breed: Cat/Ragdoll

Age & Gender: 6 year old female

Favorite Food: Whiskas treats

Favorite Person: Mommy, she scratches under Coco’s chin

Best Trick: : Jumping really high to catch the “mouse” dangled above her head

Turn Ons: Cuddling with Brother Blue,  chasing  string around the house when humans trail them on the ground, being scratched under the chin and behind the ears, sleeping, sitting on a window perch and watching the birds and squirrels play outside.

Turn Offs: Being chased around the house by young humans.

Favorite Toy: Laser pointer or mouse toy

Last Seen: Sleeping curled up in her human’s bed.

What makes your pet so special: Coco is soft, has beautiful blue eyes, talks a lot and is so lovable.

(Reprinted from the May 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)

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