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Advance Voting begins next week

Advance Voting for the May 20 General Primary will be available beginning Monday, April 28, at the Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Voting will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 28-May 16, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 10. Additional satellite voting locations will open in May. Any voter in Cobb County may vote at any of the advance locations and no “reason” is required.

A sample ballot is available online. To view the ballot, visit http://www.cobbelections.org/SampleBallot.php.

 

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*It’s Where in the World Wednesday!* Play to WIN an I Heart East Cobb t-shirt!

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Where in the world (well, East Cobb) was this photo taken?

Submit your guess as a comment below or on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Be the first person with the correct answer and win an I HEART EAST COBB t-shirt! Good luck!

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Video of the Week: East Cobb’s New Horizons Band performing at Glover Park

Flashback to 2011 when East Cobb’s New Horizons Band performed at Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s annual American Pop Music Celebration. Catch the New Horizons Band on May 1 at the first Brown Bag Concert of the season on the Marietta Square , Glover Park. The FREE concert begins at noon. Bring your brown bag lunch and hear a variety of old favorites performed by this premier concert band.  For more info about the band, please see www.ecnhb.com.

 

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Happy Birthday Ivy Lane! Celebrate with savings!

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Stop by The Ivy Lane Boutique April 21-26 to save at their First Birthday Celebration Sale! Daily deals and discounts of 10%, 15% and 30% throughout the week. Two lucky shoppers will win $100 shopping sprees at Ivy Lane!

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

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Retired teacher seeks families to host French students this summer

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Former Lassiter teacher Linda Farmer sits at her dining room table in Marietta with applications from French foreign exchange students. Farmer is coordinator for the program that brings the students to the area and is looking for 25 host families.
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Cobb families can get a taste of European life by volunteering to host French exchange students this summer.

Linda Farmer, a retired Lassiter High School teacher, is looking for about 25 families in the Atlanta area to host the students, who range in age from 14 to 19, from July 8 to July 28. All students have studied English.

“They want to see what American life is like,” Farmer said. “They see so many television shows and movies.”

There is no formal exchange of French and American students, she said, but many host families become inspired to travel to France and learn just as much about French culture from their student as the student learns in America.

“So, many of the Americans, either the teens or the whole family, will visit the French family in an informal way,” Farmer said.

Host families are compensated for room and board at the end of the program, Farmer said, and all students come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home.

Excursions take the students on sightseeing trips once a week while they are in the area.

Families begin communicating before the students arrive, Farmer said, to make sure both the American and French families are comfortable with the assignment. Host families are also given a profile of the student they will host, including family photos, hobbies and a letter written to their American family.

No French language skills are needed to become a host family. Empty nesters and retired couples are welcome to host students, but Farmer said families with children are desired.

“It really gives the American family an international dimension to their lives,” Farmer said. “They now have a son or daughter in France.”

If you are interested in hosting a French exchange student from July 8 to July 28, contact Linda Farmer at lgfarmer@aol.com or (770) 973-2452.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Nikki Wiley, April 20, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Retired teacher seeks families to host French students this summer)
 

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Residents can participate in emergency preparedness training

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Cobb County will hold its Community Emergency Response Team training for three sessions on Saturdays in June and registration is available now. The CERT program trains people to be better prepared for emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. The classes will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 7, 14 and 21, at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center. Members must attend all sessions to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The class size is limited, so if you would like to register for the program, contact Kimberly Schneider atkimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or 770-499-4567.

 

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Dispose of unwanted medications safely at free event

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in drinking water comes from the improper disposal of unused medication flushed down the drain. Residents are encouraged to safely dispose of outdated or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

This Medication Disposal Day will take place at the Cobb County Super Station 8/Police Precinct 1 at 2380 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be at this location to collect medications and properly dispose of them in accordance with federal law.

Medicines do not have to be removed from their containers or labels removed to assure privacy. Everything collected will be immediately sealed in boxes and destroyed. Items accepted will be liquid and pill form medications, sharps and needles, diabetes materials, catheters and tubing. No durable medical equipment (CPAP, nebulizers, etc.) Nothing will be accepted at this address or by any Cobb County staff person before or after the scheduled drop off day. This event is sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, in partnership with Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Water System. For more information, call KCB at 770-528-1135.

 
 

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Swim-a-Thon to support Sunshine on a Ranney Day

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Atlanta Swim Academy will host a USA Swimming sanctioned Charity Fundraiser Swim-A-Thon on Saturday, May 3, from 9am-3pm at 732 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30068. 100% of donations raised by Swim-A-Thon participants will be donated to Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a non-profit organization creating dream room makeovers for children with long term illness or disability.

The event will feature swim team members ages 6-18 and Atlanta Swim Academy staff swimming laps in consecutive sessions. Channel 2 News will be on-site along with representatives from Sunshine on a Ranney Day including Ta, an 8yr old swimming enthusiast with cerebral palsy, and his family who will be receiving a room makeover from the organization.

For additional information contact Brad Grzelka at 770-973-3120×555, brad@atlantaswimacademy.com

 

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An Earth Day Prayer

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An Earth Day Prayer

Let us pray for: trees, plants, crops, and forests.
Let us pray for: water, oceans, rivers, streams and ponds.
Let us pray for: air, wind, climate and weather.
Let us pray for: sun, clean energy and prevention of global warning.
Let us pray for: animals, especially endangered species.
Let us pray for: humankind.
Let us pray for: recycling and moderate personal consumption.
Let us pray for: proper use of chemicals and disposal of toxic waste.
Let us pray for: Earth and unity.

“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to
do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6: 8

Creator God, we thank you for all of creation. We ask Your forgiveness where we have
failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for Your guidance in restoring the face of the
earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and just sharing of resources among all
so that we achieve the kingdom of God.

The Earth is bountiful, but it’s hurting. Have you written a prayer for the Earth that soothes you when all the environmental news is frightening? Or one that helps you remember to be grateful for all the blessings we still have? Please consider sharing it here with others.

 

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Polk Street Players present “At First Sight” May 9-24

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Polk Street Players wonderful ensemble of actors for its May production of “At First Sight” by Anne Pie, directed by Lane Teilhaber. The cast includes Barbara Rudy, Colleen Kilts, Drew Bennett, Shelley Barnett, Greg Fitzgerald, Pat Perera and Mary Nimsgern.

Polk Street Players proudly present their production of the hilarious romantic comedy “At First Sight” by Anne Pie, directed by Lane Teilhaber, on the Stellar Cellar stage May 9-24.  It shows that romantic encounters can involve the young at heart as well as the merely young!  This production also celebrates the landmark 35th anniversary of Polk Street Players. Fun and much laughter are certain to ensue!

Performances will be at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St. Marietta GA 30060, on:

  • Fri. May 9 (8 pm)
  • Sat. May 10 (7pm dinner, 8pm show)
  • Fri. May 16 (8 pm)
  • Sat. May 17 (7pm dinner, 8pm show)
  • Sun. May 18 (2:30)
  • Thurs. May 22 (8pm)
  • Fri. May 23 (8pm)
  • Sat. May 24 (8pm)

Parking available off Polk Street, behind the church. Tickets are $12.50-$20.00 for Saturday Dinner Shows. For reservations, call the box office at 770-218-9669. This production is not suitable for young children.

 

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