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Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

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UGA Extension Services staff has a way fun way to help you avoid weight gain over the holidays. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge and newsletter will provide tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active. Sample topics include dealing with the restaurant frenzy, 10 ways to lose weight, modifying recipes, exercising safely, stress eating, healthy snacks and keeping healthy while traveling.

Seventy-eight percent of last year’s participants reported that they normally gained weight over the holidays. However, at the end of last year’s challenge, 56 percent did not gain any weight and 22 percent said they gained only a little weight. The majority of participants planned to use the information to help them control their weight after the holidays. To receive the newsletter, contact Cindee Sweda at 770-528-4070 or cindee.sweda@cobbcounty.org.

Facebook Friday Freebie! Enter to Win 4 Front Row Tickets to the Big Chicken Chorus’ Christmas Concert “Have Yourself a Merry-etta Christmas”!

Now that everyone has had their fill of Thanksgiving yumminess, EAST COBBER is kicking off the Christmas season with tickets to a holiday tradition: Big Chicken Chorus’ Christmas Concert  “Have Yourself a Merry-etta Christmas. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to attend a Christmas Concert brought to you by our local a cappella chorus group Big Chicken Chorus! For this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie, we are giving away 4 front row tickets to their performance of “Have Yourself a Merry-etta Christmas” on Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 PM.

 

The Freebie:

4 front row reserved tickets to the Big Chicken Chorus’ performance of  “Have Yourself a Merry-etta Christmas” on Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 PM at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.

The Big Chicken Chorus is a 45 voice male a cappella chorus, based in Marietta  and named after the famous landmark of our home town. The Big Chicken Chorus is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1986 and more than 90% of our revenues stay in the local community. A portion of the proceeds of this years performances will be donated to the Marietta Mentoring For Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhance the lives of the youth of Marietta by providing a caring mentor who can serve as an advocate and life skills navigator, so that each student may achieve personal and academic success and will become a contributing member of the greater community.

For more information about the Big Chicken Chorus, visit their website www.BigChickenChorus.org.

Here’s How To Enter this week’s Friday Freebie!

Answer the following question on our Facebook page: Tell us your favorite Christmas song! Winner is chosen using Random.org. Check back on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastcobber after 9 pm to see if you’re a winner!

 

MORE RULES:

•    You must be a follower of EAST COBBER to win. Click HERE

•    You must “LIKE” EAST COBBER on Facebook. Click HERE

EXTRA CHANCES:


* One extra entry if you follow EAST COBBER on Twitter. Click HERE


* One extra entry if you share this giveaway on Facebook!

* Please leave a comment telling us how many entries you have! (1 for following and liking EAST COBBER, and 2 optional entries) That’s 3 more ways to win!

 

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Thanks to Big Chicken Chorus for this week’s freebie!

Marietta Performing Arts Center

1171 Whitlock Avenue

Marietta, GA 30064.

www.BigChickenChorus.org

www.Facebook.com/BigChickenChorus

Gift with Purchase at The Avenue on Black Friday

Spend $150 or more at The Avenue and receive ONE $25 gift card. Spend $300 or more at The Avenue and receive TWO $25 gift cards. Beginning at noon on November 28, 2014, stop by the management office and present receipts from any store or restaurant at The Avenue, dated November 24 – 28, 2014, to pick up your free gift(s). Limit of two free gift cards per adult with valid receipts while supplies last.

On Black Friday, November 28, the Avenue will host extended shopping hours from 9am – 9pm. Retailers hosting additional hours will be listed here.

6am store openings:
American Eagle
Banana Republic
GAP
Peachmac
Victoria’s Secret

7am store openings:
Ann Taylor
LOFT
Michael’s
Origins
Soma Intimates
Talbots
White House Black Market
Yankee Candle

8am store openings:
Jos. A. Bank

 

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Black and Blue Friday: Stay Safe this Shopping Season

As stores gear up for the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, it may be easy to forget that Black Friday isn’t always a sign of holiday cheer. A new poll reveals that personal safety inside stores and outside in store parking lots is the No. 1 holiday safety concern for Americans – particularly women and seniors.

Nearly half of the more than 800 respondents (49 percent) who participated in a national survey reported that personal safety in stores and parking lots is their primary safety concern this holiday season. For holiday shoppers, the worries over personal safety outpaced concerns over merchandise being stolen and children going missing in the store.

The survey was conducted by Signal 88 Security, a private security company with more than 90 franchises services over 700 locations throughout the US and Canada, including offices in  Atlanta.

“While Black Friday should be a fun day for holiday shoppers, the threat to personal safety and security is very real,” said Kris Withrow, owner at a Signal 88 Security franchise  and former department store loss prevention specialist. “Shoppers may become combative while in pursuit of a popular holiday item, and that may compromise the safety of other shoppers.”

Withrow says that electronic items, such as gaming systems, computers and televisions, often cause the most confrontations in a store.

“Getting your hands on a Black Friday deal is great, but it isn’t worth becoming involved in a verbal or physical altercation,” Withrow said. “Oftentimes, merchandise can be replenished.”

In order to remain safe inside the store, Withrow suggests remaining aware of your surroundings.

“Shoppers tend to let down their guards once inside the doors, but that may make them more vulnerable – especially when it’s crowded,” said Withrow. “It’s not uncommon for thieves to follow shoppers out of the store in order to steal the merchandise once in the parking lot. Report any suspicious activity to a store employee or manager.”

In addition to store safety, nearly one-quarter of survey respondents (23 percent) indicated that having gifts stolen from their vehicles or homes was their biggest holiday shopping concern. To keep your purchases safe in the parking lot, take the time to follow common sense steps such as locking your car doors and keeping purchases out of sight.

“Shoppers are often in a hurry to get into the store and may forget to lock their car doors,” Withrow said. “Double- or even triple-check to make sure your vehicle is secure.”

If you’re traveling from store to store, keep your purchases out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk.

“Make sure nothing of temptation is left in the car,” Withrow said. “Even items such as backpacks, which may not contain anything valuable, could be alluring to a thief and make you vulnerable to a break-in.”

Nearly one in five survey respondents (19 percent) said their primary safety concern is having their children go missing in a crowded store.

“If possible, leave the kids at home as you do your holiday shopping,” Withrow said. “Crowded stores make it easy to lose track of children. Plus, they may create distractions for you that could put you in a position to become a victim of theft.”

 

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Santa is coming to Parkaire!

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Santa’s sleigh is on his way to East Cobb this Sunday, November 30! Head to Parkaire Landing Shopping Center from 2:30-4:30pm to see Santa in his sleigh with live reindeer! Kids will enjoy a face painter, balloon artist and more!

Don’t forget your camera!

Parkaire Landing Shopping Center is located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road at the corner of Johnson Ferry.

 

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By the numbers: Hidden Costs of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner

 

Did you know:

  • 16lb. turkey costs $22.23
  • Flights leaving on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving are 16 % more likely to be delayed than Thursday flights.
  • Takes 4 hours to cook a 16 lb. turkey.
  • Takes 5-7 hours to prepare an entire home cooked Thanksgiving dinner.
  • An estimated 2,000 fires happen on Thanksgiving Day.

(Source: BrightNest)

Are you cooking the bird this year or leaving that up to another family member?

Share your best Turkey Day tips and tricks on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/EASTCOBBER.

Honor those who foster diversity by nominating for award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Creating Community Awards, which will be presented by the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the Cobb Community Relations Council. The purpose of the awards is not only to recognize good works in the county but also to provide a model and inspiration for the rest of the community.

Nominees may be an individual, team or organization that has made possible the inclusion of Cobb’s diverse communities. Diversity could be identified as race or ethnicity, age, religious, disable or gender. An independent committee will be formed to choose one recipient from each commission district. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17, and nominees from previous years may be re-nominated. To download the nomination form, click here or visit the Community Relations Council Web page by clicking here. Nominations should be emailed to ccrc393@gmail.com.

 

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Foster a pet and save a life

Without fosters, there is NO rescue.  Fosters are You Lucky Dog Rescue’s saving grace, life blood, beginning, backbone and relief.  Most importantly a foster is the beginning of a new life for a rescue dog leaving a kill shelter.
Not everyone can fill this role.  It takes dedication, patience, understanding and commitment.  If someone tries to foster a dog and gives up after a short period of time, it leaves YLDR with a dog with nowhere to go.  The poor dog is already lost and confused, still not knowing if they can trust.  In all likelihood, they will have to go to boarding until a replacement foster can be secured.  Now YLDR is in the difficult position of having to spend donated dollars on boarding, and finding a foster for the dog now under their care – often a challenging task.
Please consider fostering. It is a generous gift that not only saves a shelter dog’s life, but also gives the dog a chance at a long and healthy life in a loving home. Even if you’re not interested in fostering the dogs that currently need a foster, get your paperwork and home check done now, so you’ll be ready to help in the future. YLDR has a wonderful foster network to support you.  YLDR covers all costs with the exception of food. When you give the gift of time and your heart to a shelter dog, you’re paid back tenfold.  The YLDR foster application can be found online at http://youluckydogrescue.org/help/foster-application/.
(Source: You Lucky Dog Rescue) 

 

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St. Ann’s Christmas Tree Sale starts Friday

Christmas Trees

The Knights of Columbus Council #8376 heralds its annual Heavenly Christmas Trees sale at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 2905 Roswell Road in Marietta.

The fresh-cut, Fraser Fir trees, in six heights from 4’-5’ through 10’-11’, will be sold beginning at noon on Friday, November 28, through 8pm. The sale also includes 20”, 24” and 30” Heavenly Christmas Wreaths.

Subsequently, the lot will be open Monday through Friday 4-8pm, and on weekends from 9am-8pm until mid-December. Red, pink and variegated poinsettias in 61/2” and 10” pots will be available December 4-6 only.

All proceeds go to charitable causes.

The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, is a Catholic fraternal benefit society with 1.8 million members worldwide serving the church and the community under the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. During 2012, in addition to raising and donating more than $167.5 million to charitable needs and projects, Knights volunteered more than 70 million hours of their time to charitable causes.

Our Lady of LaSalette Council #8376, established in 1983 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Marietta, GA, is one of the largest councils in the Southeast.

 

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Tis the season for fa la la fun! Community Events November 28 – December 4.

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Tolbert Yilmaz and The Roswell Dance Theatre will present The Nutcracker through December 7.

Celebrate the holiday season and enjoy a week of family fun all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email iJapanesey@Gmail.com or visit www.MariettaChess.com for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.

 

November 28

The Knights of Columbus Council #8376 heralds its annual Heavenly Christmas Trees sale at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, 2905 Roswell Road in Marietta. Sale held through mid-December.

The Nutcracker through December 7. Sugarplums will surely be dancing in your head as you witness over 300 cast members from the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and The Roswell Dance Theatre in this annual production. $15-$55. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest Street, Roswell. More info:770-998-0259, 1-855-222-2849, or www.tututix.com.

 

 

November 29

Ralphie May. 8pm. It will be an amazing night of history at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre as comedian Ralphie May films his next comedy special. $22-$81.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

 

November 30

Here Comes Santa! Come join the fun with Santa and his live reindeer, face painter, balloon artist and gifts. Bring your camera! 2:30-4:30pm. Parkaire Landing Shopping Center, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: Christine Tuton at 404-255-3493.
December 1
Comic Book Sale. A large collection of comic books (most boarded and bagged). 10am-9pm. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info: Patricia Latch, latchp@cobbcat.org or 770-528-2331.
December 2
Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.
December 3
GriefShare, a 13 week educational support group, is held each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:15 pm through Feb. 4, 2015 except for holiday weeks at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church (4385 Lower Roswell Rd) for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group is facilitated by two grief experts, Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, licensed clinical psychologist, and Dr. Robert DeVries, pastor and seminary professor, who also appear on the DVDs. Call 616-780-1082 for more information and to register.
Wednesday Walks in the Garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info: 770-640-3855 or www.roswellgov.com.
December 4
Holiday Tree Lighting. Join Santa Claus to kick off the holiday season. Festivities begin at 5pm with performances by local school choruses. Santa will arrive at 5:20pm and light the giant Christmas tree at 6pm. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8pm. Historic Marietta Square. More info: 770-429-1115 or www.mariettaga.gov.

 

Do you know of an event happening around East Cobb? Email the details to events@eastcobber.com. Include “Event Listing” in the subject line. Stay on top of all the local fun and festivities when you “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EASTCOBBER.