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Don’t miss Healthy Kids Day at the Y

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On Sunday, March 29th from 1:30 – 4 p.m., the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA  30062.  Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.

 

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In case you missed it: A round-up of East Cobb-area Easter Egg Hunts

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The Easter egg hunt is a combination of Christian and spring celebrations and is a popular tradition throughout the United States, and especially East Cobb County. Be sure to bring your Easter basket to collect the eggs. Here’s a short list of some local egg hunts for you to enjoy.

 

March 27: 6:30pm
Laurel Park
151 Manning Road, Marietta
770-794-5601 • www.marietta.com/laurel-park-easteregg-hunt
March 28: 10am
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road, Marietta
770-528-8875 • www.marietta.com/marietta-easter-egg-hunt

Easter egg hunt, art activities, inflatables, live entertainment, concessions, visits with the Easter Bunny
and the Mad Hatter Contest.
March 29: 1:30pm
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA
1050 East Piedmont Road, Marietta
770-977-5991 • www.ymcaatlanta.org/mcy

April 1: 6:15pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta
770-971-1465 • www.mtzionumc.org


April 4: 12pm

East Cobb United Methodist Church
2325 Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-3643 • www.eastcobbumc.org
April 4: 10:30am
Eastside Baptist Church
2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2323 • www.ebcfamily.org
April 4: 9am
Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church
4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2880 • www.mtbethel.org
Reservations required for this hunt. The Egg Hunt is for ages 2 through 2nd grade. There will also be a Petting Zoo and the Easter Bunny.

April 4: 9am
Mountain View United Methodist Church
2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta
770-928-0050 • www.mvumc.org
Free pancake breakfast preceding hunt.

April 4: 10am
Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop
Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-423-1330 • pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com

April 4: 1pm
Sandy Plains Baptist Church
2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-971-8525 • www.sandyplains.org
April 4: 9am
St. Andrew United Methodist
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and egg scramble
$5/Adult, $2.50/Children (2-11)
3455 Canton Rd, Marietta
770-926-3488 • www.thepumpkinchurch.org.

 

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Don’t be an April fool, have fun this week! Community Events March 27 – April 2.

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Pollen season has arrived and March is heading out the door. Bring in the Spring fun with these East Cobb area events. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

 

March 27

Walton High School Drama Presents The Crucible. March 26 – 28. Tickets available at www.waltondrama.com and at the door. The Crucible, written by American playwright, Arthur Miller, is a story of a young farmer, his wife and a servant girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit her lie. But it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The Broadway production won the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play and the show has become an icon of American Drama.

24th Annual Tossed Out Treasures. Sandy Springs Society event annually attracts metro’s savviest shoppers to bargain hunters and is the ultimate flea market. Friday: 10am-5pm. Saturday: 10am-6pm. Marshall’s Plaza, 6337 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30328. More info: www.sandyspringssociety.org.
The Foxtrotters Dance Club, East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30062, (770) 509-4900 Theme: “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” Doors open at 7:00 pm, Dance: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Dancing to The Continentals Band. Refreshments included, Attire: Cocktail, Dressy or Formal, Admission: $10.00 at the door Singles and couples over the age of 55 years are welcome. More info: foxtrottersdanceclub.wordpress.com\
March 28
Down The Street Bead & Jewelry Supply Show. Materials, supplies and classes for all things bead.$5. Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 11am-4pm. Cobb Galleria, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.thedownthestreetbeadshow.com.
Farmers Market at High Meadows School. Festival featuring organic and sustainably-grown foods from more than 40 local farmers, artists, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, music, and family activities. Open to the Public. 10am-2pm. 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-993-2940 or www.highmeadows.org.
Walton Band Metal/Electronics/Paint Recycling and Garage Sale. The Walton Band will be collecting electronics, appliances, metal, and old paint for recycling. Suggested donation $10/car with additional charges of $20/tv, $15/computer monitor, $2/under one gallon of paint, $3/1 gallon, $5/2 gallons,$10/5 gallons of paint. Drop off your recyclables and shop at the garage sale while you are there! 2 gymnasiums will be filled with furniture and small appliances, household items, toys and clothing, books/dvds/cds, and sports equipment, and more. Metal/electronics/paint recycling will be available in Lot D from 9am-3pm. Garage sale is in both gyms from 8am-3pm.Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta. Garage sale donations drop off location: Every Saturday through March 21 at Parkaire Shopping Center #640 between Weight Watchers and Enterprise Rental Car. More info: Susan Corley at 614-378-2071 or to schedule a pick up for large garage sale donation items, wbop.garagesale@gmail.com
1st Annual Gator Gallop 5K and Fun Run benefits Addison Elementary School Foundation. Open to all students, friends, family and community members. 5K Run: 8am. Tot Trot: 9am. Fun Run: 9:15am. $30/5K and $20/Fun Run/Tot Trot. $30 Phantom. Addison Elementary School, 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-2700 or www.addisonrace.com.
March 29
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day, 1:30-4pm, FREE. Join the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA 30062. Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Teen Victim Impact Program: It Won’t Happen To Me an educational initiative to reduce teen deaths due to car crashes. A presentation for teens and their parents, sponsored by the Phillip Michael Silverman Endowment at Congregation EtzChaim. Recommended ages 15-22. 2:30-4:30pm. Free (a $5 donation would be greatly appreciated to continue to bring this program to the community). Congregation EtzChaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info/RSVP: 770-973-0137 or perry@etzchaim.net.
March 31
Aging in Place at 10:30am. If your goal is to remain at home for a lifetime, this educational presentation from the Greater Atlanta Aging in Place Council is a MUST! Find out what you need to know to be successful with Aging in Place. Assess your own life, home and community situation and learn how to remain connected and engaged throughout every decade of your life. RSVP for the program by March 26 to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org.
April 1

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.
April 2
Rain Garden Work Day. Learn how rain gardens protect local waterways by decreasing the volume of runoff entering surface waters during rain events. Rain gardens provide a unique landscape feature by adding color and interest to the landscape. Meet most Thursdays (call to confirm) from 9-11am to explore and maintain the rain garden. Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-1482 or www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov.

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Cobb County PENS begins collaboration with Nextdoor.com

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Nextdoor.com is a social network site that is set up as a private network for the neighbors in your neighborhood to talk online and share posts with the community. A neighborhood “lead” sets it up on the website. Once the boundary map is set up the lead invites residents in the neighborhood to join the site. Once you personally are signed up, you may share as much or as little about yourself as you wish. Then, similar to other social networking sites, you may receive notifications on your mobile device and/or to your email. This can be a relief for that person in your HOA who is responsible for sending out emails on everything from garage sales to lost pets. All of that information may be shared right on Nextdoor.

More details regarding the privacy, safety and guidelines for Nextdoor.com can be found at this link.https://nextdoor.com/about_us/

PENS was started in 2006 when the supervision at Cobb Police Pct 4 realized a need to communicate with the public and let them know to close their garage doors and lock their vehicles at their residences overnight to prevent a rash of car break ins. We knew that the subdivision and home owner associations of East Cobb had set up email groups within their communities. PENS was set up to link into that existing email network to communicate with the citizens of East Cobb in the hopes to enhance crime prevention and safety. Similar to how we linked in to the existing network of email groups, PENS has recently joined Nextdoor.com, which was also an existing communication network in Cobb County.

We are broadening and enhancing our networking capability with PENS in coordination with Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor.com is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local crime and safety updates from the Cobb County Police on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your Nextdoor.com website remains private. Cobb County Police and its officers will NOT be able to see any of the content on your Nextdoor.com website except for the direct replies to our posts.

Nextdoor.com facilitates a virtual neighborhood watch. For example, is a burglary or other crime occurs in your neighborhood and there is important information regarding the suspects that would benefit the safety of the surrounding community, any neighbor on Nextdoor.com would have the ability to share the pertinent information under the category crime and safety. You are able to choose to share it only in your neighborhood or expand out to adjacent neighborhoods. This information is available as soon as you post it and neighbors may receive it as a notification on their mobile devices. Now everyone knows about the incident soon after it happens and they may ensure the safety and security of their homes and family.
Armed with the knowledge of any provided suspect information, people can CALL 911 if the suspects are seen again.

Please note: Any emergencies or reports of current suspicious activities need to go through our 911 dispatch. Nextdoor.com will not be constantly monitored.

You will be able to send a direct message to us to clarify any inconsistencies and receive an official update from Cobb County Police. We will be located under “City Agencies” on the left column. “Cobb County Police CIU Precinct4” will be the name for your Pct 4 East Cobb Precinct. You will also receive posts from our public information office at headquarters. Their Nextdoor name will be “Cobb County Police Department.”

Nextdoor.com also enables us to send a post to a single subdivision or expand to one specific patrol beat area, one entire precinct or out to Cobb County as a whole. It will be immediate information that we can post to the affected area. An example of police notification using Nextdoor.com is while you may be asleep, Morning Watch Officers catch a group of persons entering autos. They recover property but cannot locate all of the victims, or potential victims. We can then send out a post to that neighborhood with instructions or a lookout. If we had a crime and have a description of the vehicle, we can send out that description to enable you to call 911 if you see it.

The Precinct 4 PENS monthly bulletin will also be posted on Nextdoor.com in addition to being sent out to our PENS email group.

There are currently 5,801 residents on Nextdoor.com in the Pct 4 “East Cobb Precinct.”
We look forward to connecting to our community using this additional resource to augment the PCT 4 PENSPolice EmailNotification System.

(Source: Cobb County PENS)

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Cobb Schools adding hundreds of new teachers, Hiring fair is April 15

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For the first time in 8 years, Cobb County Schools is holding a major hiring fair to recruit new teachers to the District. The District Hiring Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 2-6pm at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080.

“This is an amazing district in which to work. As the 2nd largest school system in the state we offer teacher candidates a great place to live, work and play,” said Kevin Kiger, Executive Director of Employment. “Our teacher support programs are second to none and our staff development and New Teacher Institute provide the professional foundation for a long and successful career in education.”

Kiger says several hundred new, certified teaching positions will be available at all levels of instruction. The Educator Hiring Fair puts teachers face to face with school administrators in a relaxed, personal setting giving both the opportunity to talk directly about teaching and learning in the diverse, dynamic district. Cobb County schools have more than 111,000 students, in thriving, suburban neighborhoods. The Cobb County School District is the county’s largest employer, with more than 13,500 employees.

“All schools will be attending the Hiring Fair,” according to Kiger, “so it’s an ideal time for potential members of the Cobb teaching family to make a great first impression on principals, who will be there to meet the candidates first hand and to set up interviews. It’s still a competitive market; we’re looking for the best educators in the state to join the Cobb team.” Kiger adds that new hires will benefit not only from the opportunity to work with what he considers the best school district in the Southeast but also from the support of the well-respected and highly-regarded teaching staff. “Our mission is Creating and Supporting Pathways for Success and our teachers do that every day – it’s evidenced by our educators’ commitment to the district focus: One Team, One Goal: Student Success. Our teachers are the key to putting our students on a pathway to success now and in the future.”

Kiger says if potential teacher candidates need more incentive, they can consider that Cobb teachers are consistently recognized as leaders in education. Over fifty percent of the teachers in Cobb County hold advanced degrees and approximately one hundred teachers are National Board Certified. CCSD’s commitment to 21st century digital and multimedia learning is well-known, with technology-rich classrooms, the latest education technology in the hands of every student and teacher as well as personal laptop computers for teachers to support cutting-edge classroom instruction. “It just doesn’t get any better than teaching in Cobb,” Kiger says, “so we’re very excited to meet the next group of exemplary educators who are ready to join the Cobb family!”

More information about teaching for Cobb County Schools can be found at http://www.teachcobb.com/index.html.

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Register for Sope Creek’s 30th Annual 5K /1 mile Spring Fever Run

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The 30th annual Sope Creek Elementary Spring Fever Run is set for Saturday, April 25. Combined, the 5K and 1mile runs average over 650 participants made up of current students, alumni, and community runners who pound the pavement in support of improving the school. The 30th year promises to play homage to the first fundraiser run held in 1985 with t-shirt designs and DJ music reflecting that decade.

Produced by the non-profit 501 (c) 3 Sope Creek Elementary Foundation, 100% of the funds raised will go toward a much needed Library/Media Center transformation into a 21st Century Learning Commons.  When asked about the importance of the project, Sope Creek Principal Martha Whalen said,  “This project will directly impact every student and allow the area to be used to its fullest potential.  We are committed to creating the school’s largest classroom space allowing an opportunity to accelerate learning for our 1,149 students.   The area is designed to increase student engagement, help students connect, and encourage all of our students to:  ASK. THINK. CREATE. Parent support through the PTA and the Sope Creek Foundation has allowed us to begin the first stages of the project.   This race will be instrumental in our efforts to furnish the space and focus on purchasing new technology to complete our next phase for the 2015-16 school year.”

The 5K run, a certified race, is a popular qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race as it takes place in one of East Cobb County’s beautiful residential neighborhoods and provides participants and spectators alike the opportunity to directly support Sope Creek students.  The one-mile is planned for the elementary students  to go at their own pace as they begin with their grade level and receive a finishing medal for their effort.  Sope Creek is adding an alumni division to the One Mile Run and is hoping that many former students return to participate and show support

Sope Creek Foundation race co-chairs Kristy Flowers and Jill Hans added, “This is the 30th anniversary of the Sope Creek Foundation Spring Fever Road Race to benefit the school and in turn the whole community.   We are fortunate to have the support of our school family, many local businesses who sponsor the race, and the greater community who come out to run or just enjoy the fun.  The first event took place in 1985 with a vision to provide our community a way to support our school beyond what the county provides.  As the largest elementary school in Cobb County, we are always looking for ways to give our students an educational edge.”

To register and for more information visit www.sopecreekfoundation.org.

 

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Grab a Discount at Ivy Lane this week

 

Join the celebration! Ivy Lane is celebrating two years in East Cobb! Shop March 26-28 for discounts, giveaways and specials. Grab a discount on Thursday and Friday. Plus receive a FREE tote with any purchase of $100 or more! Happy Birthday 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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Shop the High Meadows Farmers Market this weekend

Shop the Farmers Market at High Meadows School this Saturday, March 28. This festival features organic and sustainably-grown foods from more than 40 local farmers, artists, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, music, and family activities. Open to the Public. 10am-2pm. 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-993-2940 or www.highmeadows.org.

 

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Northeast Cobb Business Expo is Thursday

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The Northeast Cobb Business Association will have its 2015 Business Expo from 4 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Piedmont Church at 570 Piedmont Rd, Marietta 30066.

To learn more visit: http://northeastcobbba.com/

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KSU seeking Summer Camp Instructors

KSU’s Summer University is in need of instructors for the following camps: Fashion Design (July 20-24),Tiny Chefs Academy (June 29-July 2), and Improv for Teens (June 15-19). Camp instructors will lead sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Continuing and Professional Education for youth in first through 12th grades. Working with assistants, instructors will provide an engaging yet safe environment for campers.

Fashion Design (grades 7-9) will give participants opportunities to develop, design and display fashion projects. Tiny Chefs Academy (grades 1-3), will incorporate healthy dining with basic math and science concepts. In Improv for Teens (grades 7-12), students will learn warm-ups, exercises and games, concluding with a comedy showcase.

Camp instructor responsibilities include developing and implementing a creative, age-appropriate and engaging camp curriculum for campers 5-18. Instructors will also have to oversee effective classroom management and remain positive and enthusiastic with staff, parents and children. Preferred qualifications: current or previous experience teaching or advising students in an educational setting; strong communication skills; and first Aid and CPR certified.

Resumes can be sent to Carla Finklea Green, Summer University program manager, at cgree101@kennesaw.edu.

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