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We Have a Winner! *Facebook Friday Freebie*

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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 $50 Gift Card to Which Wich of East Cobb is ………Tanya Wine Perry!!! Congrats Tanya!! Please email to claim your awesome freebie!!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and every Wednesday and Friday on our contest blog and Facebook page. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

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Domestic Violence Support Groups meet weekly

Domestic Violence Support Groups are offered each Wednesday from 6:45-8:15pm. Sessions offered in English and Spanish. Childcare available for children six weeks to 12 years. Children over 12 may attend and learn childcare skills.

For more information and meeting location, call 770-427-3390.


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View inspirational film; Cobb County Senior Games upcoming

Cobb Senior Services staff will host a free viewing of the new documentary titled “Age of Champions,” Monday, July 28. This film is the inspiring story of a group of athletes — a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers and a pair of swimming brothers — all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The 9:30 a.m. showing will be held at Cobb County’s Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta, with a special appearance by neurologist Dr. Marshall L. Nash and one of the film’s producers, Tad Ochwat. Nash will give a brief presentation on steps to take to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. A continental breakfast will be provided. Registration is required to attend. Contact a nearby Cobb County senior center to register. For more information, click here.

Registration for the 2014 Cobb County Senior Games is open until Aug. 8. Events will include basketball (three point shot and free throw), billiards, bocce ball, bowling, field events, golf, pickleball, putting, swimming, table tennis and track events. Registration is $20 for Cobb residents and $25 for non-residents. Bowling has an additional fee of $5 and includes three games and shoe rental. Golf has an additional fee of $40 and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast and lunch. Opening ceremony will be held Aug. 20 and closing ceremony Sept. 16. There is a $10 guest fee for each ceremony. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl James at 770-528-1447. To download the registration form, click here or


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Back to School Sale at Ivy Lane!

Shop the Back to School sale at Ivy Lane on Sunday, July 27, 5-8pm.

Visit Ivy Lane at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 185, in the Publix Shopping Center.



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Dance Stop Studios to hold Open House August 2


Dance Stop Studios, 4400 Roswell Road in the Merchants Exchange Shopping Center, will host an Open House on August 2, 10am-4pm. Dance Stop offers classes for all ability levels, beginner through professional, ages three to adult. Classes include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Zumba, yoga and barre sculpt.

Call 770-578-0048 for more information.


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PENS Program helps keep residents informed

The Police Email Notification System, or PENS Program, is an excellent way for the community to stay informed of crime trends in the area and tips on measures to take to keep you and your family safe.

To view the Precinct One PENS program (which covers northwest Cobb, including the Town Center area, Kennesaw and Acworth), click here.

To view the Precinct Four PENS program (which covers northeast Cobb, including the Sandy Plains and Johnson Ferry Road areas), click here.



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She Ames to succeed

Lisa Ames works in her home office on Monday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter


Lisa Ames, an East Cobb resident and owner of Catalyst Consulting Group, aims for the positive and helps others do the same. As a Gallup certified professional strengths coach, Ames helps her clients achieve greater success in their lives, careers and businesses. Ames utilizes the StrengthsFinder Assessment produced by Gallup, an industry leader that has studied human behavior for over 50 years.

According to Ames, the StrengthsFinder Assessment translates a person’s natural patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors into a language of talent. Identifying and developing talent is essential to build towering strengths that bring exceptional performance.

More than 9 million people have taken StrengthsFinder. Ames is one of only a hand-full of Gallup certified coaches in the Southeast, so business is good. “Although many people and businesses have used StrengthsFinder, the problem for many is knowing how to bring their results to life,” said Ames, who is trained to help each individual get the most from their results and put their strengths into action.

Organizations wanting to improve their business outcomes, as well as the wellbeing of their people, often turn to Ames. For organizations, “Gallup has found the strongest path to employee engagement is to invest in strengths development. When managers develop the strengths of their teams, employee engagement goes up and drives increases in productivity, profitability, sales and employee retention,” Ames said.

It’s not only organizations that benefit from a strengths focus, but individuals benefit as well. “When a person starts doing more of what they do best, it creates optimism, confidence, and provides a sense of direction — it can lead to great things,” Ames explained.

Ames was introduced to StrengthsFinder in 2003 at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, where she worked as a Sales Director and implemented what she learned with many of her sales teams. “StrengthsFinder really changed me as a leader and how I led our team. It had profound impact. Performance soared as our culture strengthened in trust, teamwork and appreciation for each other,” she said.

Ames is so passionate about her strengths work that, after 16 years at Pfizer, she founded Catalyst Consulting Group. “I really wanted to give my best to help others. (This work) taught me to be the best leader I could be. It’s transformative, it’s empowering and I want others to benefit from my experiences,” said Ames, who had her “Aha” moment when she heard a past teammate that she strengths coached speak at his father’s funeral.

“In his eulogy, he beautifully spoke about his personal strengths (in StrengthsFinder terms) and shared how those particular strengths came from his father. It was powerful. It was moving. In paying homage to his father, he chose to frame his message with insight from our StrengthsFinder coaching. I couldn’t believe our coaching time years prior continued to have meaning for him, especially at that level,” she explained.

“That was when I knew that strengths coaching was in my future. I’ve started a new chapter in my life and I’m excited. I believe in this,” Ames said.

With her daughter, Emily, entering Walton High School this year, Ames learned about Gallup StrengthsQuest, a tool similar to StrengthsFinder, but in a context specifically designed for young adults in high school and college. Word has been getting out about Ames’ work with StrengthsQuest and requests keep coming in. “Our offerings are certainly not inexpensive, and it is amazing to see the dedication parents have to help their college-bound children excel,” Ames added.

For more information, contact Ames at

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Click HERE to read the original article.) 

*Facebook Friday Freebie! Enter to Win $50 Gift Card to Smallcakes East Cobb!


Today’s giveaway may come in small packages but they are packed with BIG flavorful sweetness! We are giving away a $50 Gift Card to Smallcakes East Cobb! Enter to Win $50 Gift Card to Smallcakes East Cobb.

The Freebie:

One lucky East Cobber will enjoy a $50 Gift Card to Smallcakes East Cobb.

Melissa Dean, a resident of Woodstock and owner of Smallcakes East Cobb, has always dreamed of owning her own business. When the economy economy took a dive, and Melissa lost her job in the financial sector, she decided to take an adventure she had always dreamed of. “I love to bake and be in the kitchen and now I get to make a living doing it. I could not be happier.” states Melissa.

Smallcakes features an ever changing menu of delicious gourmet cupcakes, featuring 15 core flavors daily and 3 to 5 specials. These delicious cupcakes are baked fresh daily. The motto is “Maybe a Cupcake Will Help?” Come by and try these delicious cupcakes!

Smallcakes is located at the intersection of Roswell Rd and E. Piedmont. For more information, please visit their website at


How to Enter:

Go to, and provide a short answer to this: What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Winner will be chosen using Check back on our Facebook page at after 9 pm to see if you’re a winner!


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

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


* 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!

Thanks to Smallcakes East Cobb for this week’s freebie!

2424 Roswell Rd Suite #2

Marietta, Georgia 30062


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


Peachtree Dekalb Airport Park – Play on airplane themed playgrounds and watch planes land and take off. Pack lunch and have a picnic in the gazebo!

Cost: Free

Time: All day

Where: 2000 Airport Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341

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Did you do something fun and frugal today? Email details to You could inspire our next field trip!

East Cobb Restaurant Health Inspections: Who made the grade?


East Cobbers love to eat out, there’s no arguing that. And judging from these scores, there’s no shortage of great options for whatever your family is craving.
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Did your favorite restaurant make the grade? Click “Chime In” to comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!