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Escape to Sunny California for Fun, Adventure and Relaxation

Vacation with The Ritz-Carlton and visit the whale capital of the West in Dana Point or the Castle on the Coast in Half Moon Bay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Known as the Whale Capital of the West, scientists believe that Dana Point may serve as a reference landmark for the whales and is a famous gathering area for feeding.

Experience the art of renowned marine life artist Wyland while enjoying the discovery of the most amazing creatures on the earth. Only through April, our Whales, Wonders and Wyland package includes artistic elements with the World’s Premier Ocean Artist – Wyland. Your journey includes:

  • Whale Watching for Two
  • A Wyland Art Exhibit
  • Special Amenities and more

To book your Laguna Niguel vacation, click HERE.


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay 

Infusing a fresh, comfortable elegance into its interiors, our Northern California resort, best known as the “Castle on the Coast,” reveals an extensive refurbishment of its 261 guest rooms, guest house rooms and guest house luxury suites.

Inspired by the cool tones of grey and blue from the neighboring Pacific Ocean, mixed with beachside accents such as pickled wood entry floors and driftwood inspired headboards, the enhanced guest rooms provide a California coastal estate living experience.

Come visit sunny California and luxuriate in the newly refurbished guest houses for yourself.

To book your Castle on the Coast vacation, click HERE


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Cobb Schools Foundation presents 3rd Annual Leaders & Legends Ball


The Cobb Schools Foundation will host the 3rd Annual Leaders & Legends Ball Presented by Cisco at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center on February 7, 2015. Co Chairs Ji Hyun Kim and Earl Reece, along with Honorary Chairman, Chris Ragsdale, Interim Superintendent, Cobb County School District, will host the black tie event celebrating public education in Cobb County School District by honoring outstanding Cobb County School District alumni and individuals who have made a significant impact on education in our community.

The evening will include dinner, live and silent auction, entertainment, dancing and honorees!

This year’s honorees are Governor Roy Barnes, Ryan Cameron voice of the Atlanta Hawks, Earl Reece former Executive Director of The Strand and educator, Fred Sanderson former Cobb County School District Superintendent and Dr. Betty Siegel, former President of Kennesaw State University.

Reserve your table today! Individual tickets are $225 or Table of 10 for $2,000. Sponsorships available. Contact Sheri Brante at 404-903-9192

Proceeds benefit the Cobb Schools Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the schools, staff and students of Cobb County School District.



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Help for victims of domestic violence

Domestic Violence Support Groups occur every Wednesday. Sessions offered in English and Spanish. Wednesdays. 6:45-8:15pm. Childcare available for children 6 weeks to 12 years. Children over 12 may attend and learn childcare skills. More info: 770-427-3390.


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Sell your used dresses at 5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale


Strength in Stilettos (SIS) a non-profit student organization will be hosting the 5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale on Saturday, February 28 from 10am-2 pm at Allatoona High School in Acworth.  Come shop our fabulous selection of gently loved prom dresses, shoes and handbags!

“This is a great opportunity to find the perfect dress for prom, as well as earn some extra cash by giving your gently loved dress a second date,” stated Anya Brante, President of Strength in Stilettos.  “We hope to make prom affordable and memorable for all girls. Last year we had an inventory of more than 400 dresses.  There is something for everyone at a price they can afford.”

The consignment sale will accept long and short formal dresses, shoes and hand bags.  Sellers set their own prices and receive 70% of the sale price.  Register to sell by February 22, 2015.  Sellers may choose to donate any unsold dresses to Becca’s Closet, a local organization that provides prom dresses to girls in need.

Vendor tables will be available for businesses to promote their products and services for only $50. Sponsor fee includes a 6 ft table, company name on volunteer t-shirts and the option to include coupons/give-a-ways in the shopper gift bags.

The consignment sale is made possible by Strength in Stilettos, a non-profit student organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and empowering girls by promoting academic achievement and community service. Proceeds from the sale benefit college scholarships for girls and programs at local schools.  Since 2011, Strength in Stilettos has awarded $3,000 in scholarships, awarded $2,500 in program grants to local schools and donated more than 350 dresses to girls in need.

Sellers and volunteers needed.  Volunteers shop early at 9am.  For seller registration, vendor/sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit us at or email us at


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Flu advice from Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Sore throat

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe  illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) offers annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at the Acworth, Douglasville, East Cobb and Marietta Public Health Center locations. Appointments are not required to receive the flu vaccine and the cost is $25. Local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people who are interested in having flu vaccines administered should call Lisa Shadrix at 770-514-2307.

This season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

In addition to the flu vaccine, CDPH also recommends pneumonia shots for persons over 65 years old, or  anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. Medicare pays for the flu and pneumonia vaccines. The shingles vaccine is also recommended for anyone over 60 years of age. While you are getting your flu shot, be sure to ask your provider if you are up to date on your Tetanus vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce the risk of getting the flu by following a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put used tissues in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

For more information: visit or call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2300.

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More Spring Sports deadlines in East Cobb


Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to register for two more Spring sports in East Cobb.

East Cobb Cheetahs running club. Meets at Wheeler High School, 375 Holt Road, Marietta 30068. Ages 5-18. More info/to register: 678-653-2282 or

YMCA Lacrosse registration. Boys 6-13. McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991 or


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We Have a Winner! *Facebook Friday Freebie*


Is everyone ready for our favorite time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Freebie winner! The Lucky East Cobber who wins a 60-minute massage at Midtown Athletic’s spa PLUS a t-shirt, mug, water bottle, and a FREE smoothie is ………Ashley Brown. Congrats Ashley!! Please email to claim your awesome freebie!!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and ever

Red Sky Tapas To Hold Art Classes


Start Your New Year With a New Hobby! Every other Tuesday Red Sky will be hosting a great Painting Class taught by Canvas by U! It’s a fun and relaxing night out and you will learn some great painting techniques.  Paint while enjoying great tapas and your favorite beverages! Come alone or with a group. February dates are Feb  3rd and 17th.March dates are March 3rd and 17th. Call 770-973-0100 or click here to make your reservations.

Superbowl Sunday: Game Day grub!


Credit: Bergy,

Once halftime hits, you need reinforcements. The snacks you enjoyed during the first two quarters can only take your team so far. Now’s the time for more substantial fare: Meaty chili, saucy ribs, deep-dish pizza and mile-high subs will keep your football fans cheering until the final whistle. Add some spice with these Jalapeno Poppers, then visit for more Superbowl snacks!

Jalapeno Poppers

Yield 20 poppers

10 fresh jalapenos
8 ounces cream cheese
10 pieces thin-sliced bacon, cut in half

Cut jalapenos in half and remove seeds and veins.

(Use gloves to work with peppers).

Fill jalapenos with cream cheese and wrap a slice of bacon around each one.

Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 425 degrees until bacon appears to be done, about 15-20 minutes.

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A Prayer for Super Bowl Sunday












Here’s a prayer for Super Bowl weekend, penned by scholar and prophetic voice Walter Brueggemann, from his book Prayers for a Privileged People:


Super Bowl Sunday

The world of fast money,

and loud talk,

and much hype is upon us.

We praise huge men whose names will linger only briefly.


We will eat and drink,

and gamble and laugh,

and cheer and hiss,

and marvel and then yawn.


We show up, most of us, for such a circus,

and such an indulgence.

Loud clashing bodies,

violence within rules,

and money and merchandise and music.


And you – today like every day –

you govern and watch and summon;

you are glad when there is joy in the earth,

But you notice our liturgies of disregard and

our litanies of selves made too big,

our fascination with machismo power,

and lust for bodies and for big bucks.


And around you gather today, as every day,

elsewhere uninvited, but noticed acutely by you,

those disabled and gone feeble,

those alone and failed,

those uninvited and shamed.

And you whose gift is more than “super,”

Overflowing, abundant, adequate, all sufficient.


The day of preoccupation with creature comforts writ large.

We pause to be mindful of our creatureliness,

our commonality with all that is small and vulnerable exposed,

your creatures called to obedience and praise.


Give us some distance from the noise,

some reserve about the loud success of the day,

that we may remember that our life consists

not in things we consume,

but in neighbors we embrace.


Be our good neighbor that we may practice

your neighborly generosity all through our needy





—Walter Brueggemann