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FREE Electronics Recycling this Saturday


East Cobb Eagle Scout Rob James will host a FREE community-wide electronics recycling event on Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm in the parking lot at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068.

The motto is “If you can plug it in, we can recycle it.” All electronics will be recycled free of charge with the exception of thick TVs and CRT monitors – a fee of $10-$25 will be charged for those.

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Halloween treats for your furriest friend


A lot of money is being spent on candy for kids on Halloween, but your dog doesn’t have to be left out of the fun of getting a treat.  You can get healthy and fun treats at the Dog City Bakery in East Cobb.   I love going in the shop to say hello to Marcia Lain, the Pack Leader and chef.   You can’t miss the smell of the fresh treats in the oven.  Olive and Lilly, her two Boston Terriers, come up and say hello before retreating back to their beds.

Marcia opened the bakery in 2008.  She had lost 2 dogs to cancer and after she looked into why they may have died, she realized some dog food and treats have things in them that aren’t real good for dogs.   “I decided to make my own, so I’d know what was in them, she said.  “After my kids went off to college I had the time and set up the Boutique here in East Cobb.”

You can see the ingredients for each of the treats so you can avoid something that your pet is allergic to or can’t eat.  “This is a fun way for the dogs to join in and have fun with the family,” said Marcia.  The best sellers are the personal sized woof cakes and the most popular cookies are the Apple Soft Bites and the Cheesy Beggin’ Twists.  And if your pooch needs something special to wash the treat down with, you don’t have to rely on water.  They have Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic beer for dogs.

Marcia doesn’t make food to sell, but she has a wide selection of healthy pet foods for sale, for both dogs and cats.

She’s been providing treats for me to give as gifts for new clients for more than a year.  They are always well received.  Don’t leave your dog out on Thursday night when the tasty treats are being passed around!

(Reprinted from, written by East Cobber Mike McMackinFetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides pet sitting, dog walking and cat care services for Roswell, East Cobb, Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA.  You can see the happy pets by following them on Pinterest at

Have a hauntingly good time! Community Events October 31 – November 6.

Hampton House photo of the day

It’s Halloween weekend! Check out this spooky soiree going on in the East Hampton subdivision! Have a spook-tacular week!


There’s no trick to it, this week’s calendar is full of treats for the whole family! 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 or visit 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.


Every Saturday

Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or


October 31

Halloween is BIG at Bradley’s. It’s an adult party with live music, bobbing for apples for Bradley’s Bucks, best costume contest for $50 Bradley’s Bucks, and a pumpkin toss at midnight where $25 in Bradley’s Bucks goes to the female and male who throw their pumpkin the furthest. Bradley’s Bar and Grill, 4961 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 30068 770-321-0108
Halloween Concert at the Strand – Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing at The Strand on October 31st, 2014. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the night of. Seats are general admission and are available through The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080 or online at
ECBN Mornings, an East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) event, are held every Friday at 7:30am at Capossi’s NY Deli, 4983 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062. Come for open business networking. Cost is $3 for entry, $5 with coffee $8 for coffee+breakfast. For more about ECBA visit
November 1
Lyric Theatre presents Chicago. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. *Not suitable for young children. Thursday – Saturday: 8pm; Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, SE, Marietta 30060. More info: or 404-377-9948.
All Saints Mission Run 5K and 3K Fun Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit The ChrisTeen Mission trip to Nicaragua and the Stephen Nolasco memorial fund. 3K: 7:30am. 5K: 8am. 3K Admission: $25 for adults; $15 for youth; Free 5 and under. 5K Admission: $30 to register on race day, $25 pre-registration. Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-1442 x.125 or
Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County to benefit Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, 7PM at Lassiter High School Concert Hall. Tickets $10, VIP $20. Each vote is $1. More info at
Looking for a unique hand-crafted item for a friend, yourself, or your home? Come to the 23rd Ribbons and Holly Craft Show, Mt. Bethel Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Rd in Marietta, GA 30068. 9am-5pm.
East Cobb Eagle Scout Rob James will host a FREE community-wide electronics recycling event, 9am-1pm in the parking lot at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068. The motto is “If you can plug it in, we can recycle it.” All electronics will be recycled free of charge with the exception of thick TVs and CRT monitors – a fee of $10-$25 will be charged for those.
Good Mews annual Holiday Décor Market, Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 12 – 5pm from October 25th through November 23rd. Find the perfect gift and shop a wide variety of merchandise to celebrate the holidays! Choose from festive fall décor, collectibles, ornaments and tree trimmings, party platters and serving ware, knick-knacks and so much more! It will be held at the Sandy Plains (Publix) Shopping Center, 1860 Sandy Plains Rd at Scufflegrit Rd. Marietta, 30066 (Suite 202, 2 doors down from Publix). Admission is free. Visit for the latest about the Market and Good Mews.
November 2
Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2, at 2am. Make sure you set your clocks back an hour.
Good Mews vaccination and microchip clinic for cats and dogs, 10am-4pm at the Good Mews office, 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068. Pet owners can choose from individual services and packages. To make an appointment, please contact Robbin at or 678-520-4735. All dogs and cats must be on a leash or in a carrier. Accepted methods of payment are cash, American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Discover. All proceeds will go towards the care of Good Mews’ kitties.
November 5
‘An Autumn Beauty Affair’, 5:30-7:30pm, featuring live demos and consultations on all of their skincare products and VISIA. Enjoy an evening of door prizes, gift bags, discounts on skincare products and procedures. Dermatology Consultants, P.C. is located at 1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30062. To attend rsvp to 770.971.3376 or email

November 6-8

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, presented by Lassiter Theatre. 7pm nightly, LHS Theatre, 2601 Shallowford Road. Tickets $7 at the door.
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Add some Halloween fun to your family prayer


Halloween means an abundance of candy around the house. Put some of that sugar to a sweeter use with this Fun Family Prayer idea from the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Use M & M’s candy to help focus your family’s prayers of intercession for others.

Pass around a bag or bowl of M & M’s the next time your family is gathered for prayer. Let each person take a handful, but don’t let anyone eat the candies yet. Explain that the color of the candies will indicate the direction of the families’ prayers. Lead your family in prayer using this guide and stopping for prayer after explaining each color.


  • For every green M & M you chose, pray for your spouse (present or future) or some other significant person in your life. This is a great way to get kids thinking about what qualities they want to find in a future mate. Encourage them to pray for this person’s safety, spiritual and physical growth, and so on).
  • For every red M & M you chose, pray for a member of your family by name (a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin, aunt, uncle, and so on).
  • For every orange M & M you chose, pray for a teacher in your life (a co-worker, a professor, a pastor, a Bible study leader, a child’s school teacher, a mentor, or another teacher).
  • For every yellow M & M you chose, pray for one of your neighbors (a neighbor near your home, an office-mate, a person whose desk is near yours at school, or a neighbor close to your church).
  • For every dark brown M & M you chose, pray for a leader in your life (a politician, a local businessperson, a celebrity, a member of your church’s staff, the President, or another leader).
  • For every light brown M & M you chose, pray for Christians in other countries.

This might be best used as an after dinner prayer time. Repeat this process as often as you family’s calorie intake allows!


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Fall back this Sunday. Don’t forget to change your clocks.


Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2, at 2am. Make sure you set your clocks back an hour. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep East Cobbers!


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Advance Voting ends Friday


This is the last week to take advantage of Advance Voting for the Nov. 4 General Election. All of the Advance Voting locations and information is below. Cobb County voters can advance vote at any of the following locations:

  • Main Elections Office (736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 31
  • East Cobb Government Service Center(4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 31
  • South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center (Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Noonday Baptist Church Sanctuary (4120 Canton Road, Marietta)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Windy Hill Community Center (1884 Roswell St. SE, Smyrna)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • NorthStar Church (3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

There will be no voting on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information, visit or call 770-528-2581.

MBCA wins two volleyball championships


MBCA A TEAM—Back row: Coach Rachel Odom, Alyssa Linde, Mackenzie Kahill, Coach Brian Bergius, Jordan Rush, Caroline Cheney. Front row: Gracie Womack, Katelyn Bond, Adair Hutchinson, Grayson Byrd, Bekah Cary, Catherine Cheney, Faith Daniel


MBCA B TEAM—-Back Row: Sara Grace Kimery, Chandler Parker, Elizabeth Murphy, Elizabeth Shultz, Coach Brian Bergius, Coach Rachel Odom. Front row: Sarah Lang, Dory Wheeler, Caroline Hayes, Scarlett Reilly, Payton Lackey, Keegan Jones, Paige Collins, Ashlynn Goolsby, Coach Melissa Sneed

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) won the North Atlanta Metro League’s (NAML) Volleyball Championship for both their A and B teams in the AA division.  MBCA’s A Girls Volleyball Team has won the trophy for six of the nine years they have been a part of the league (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014). The B Girls Volleyball Team has won the championship four times in the past nine years (2006, 2009, 2011, and 2014).  The A and B teams were 16-0 in matches this season. They never lost a set.

The North Atlanta Metro League (NAML), founded in 2001, is a middle school league consisting of 31 private schools. Each school’s classification is related to the population of the school’s student body.

“I am proud of what the volleyball teams have accomplished,” said Jim Callis, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s Head of School. “They worked hard on the court and in the classroom and they represented our school exceptionally well,” continued Callis.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy was founded in 1998 and provides a Christ-centered education in an environment that develops and encourages academic excellence, spiritual growth and a lifelong love and desire for learning.  For more information on Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, please call (770) 971-0245 or visit

Have a festive Fall! Add seasonal decor throughout your home.













Say goodbye to summer and bring in the rich colors of fall with these quick and easy decorating ideas.

Etch your pumpkins-why not add a little twist to your pumpkin carving?  Etching pumpkins is an artistic way to display your house number, initials or any other design you like without the mess of carving a pumpkin.  You can display a combination of traditional and heirloom pumpkins on your front steps, and then top with your etched design.

Line your steps-there’s a reason you see mums each fall-they work.  Once buds begin to open, you’re guaranteed blooms whether your display is in the sun or the shade.  To prolong the show, water when dry and remove spent flowers.

Pile them on-for a quick and easy approach, group your favorite tiny pumpkins on a side table and let the collection speak for itself.  There is no right or wrong way to create this display.  The arrangement looks unintentional, adding a carefree, casual seasonal touch.

Fancy pumpkin display-it’s very simple to decorate pumpkins with just a few supplies from the craft store.  Create some stylish seasonal décor with gold and black paint.  Paint the pumpkins with different designs, such as stripes or a checkerboard, and place them throughout the house.

Mix the colors-don’t limit yourself to just traditional orange in your display.  Orange and yellow pumpkins really pop when mixed with bright greens.  Try using small green plants as well as gourds and squash with green tones.

Dried flower and herb-make or purchase a small wreath made from dried flowers and herbs.  To illuminate your table, just add a glass hurricane and candle to the middle of the wreath.  The savory scents of the dried herbs will subtly enhance the aroma of a special meal.  After displaying it flat as a centerpiece, you can later hang it from a pretty ribbon to enjoy it from a different perspective.

Fall colors—change out your pastel rugs, pillows, and throws for richer deeper colors.  Gold, burgundy, and eggplant are all colors that are evocative of the coming season.

Autumn inspired bar-create a simple look by piling small pumpkins and gourds in a champagne bucket and weave branches of berries around the rim.  To avoid pumpkin overload, add a cut flower bouquet arranged in a pitcher.

Colorful fall foliage-rake in the compliments with a vase featuring brilliant autumn leaves.  This works with maple, oak, sweet gum, hickory, dogwood- whatever is putting on a show in your yard.  You can also make it with preserved leaves purchased at a crafts store or online.

Add fresh flowers-nothing brightens up your home for the season like vases full of fall flowers.  Sunflowers and alstromeria are great choices because they’ll remain beautiful for up to a week.  The key to keeping flowers fresh is to remove the leaves below the water line and change the water every few days.

 (Source: Enhance Floors & More) 

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Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat at IHOP this Halloween


As Halloween approaches, be very afraid—and also a little hungry—because participating IHOP® restaurants in the Atlanta area are bringing back one of their most beloved traditions for kids:  the “Scary Face” pancake joins the “Just For Kids” menu, beginning October 1 and lasting throughout the month.

And as a special Halloween treat, on October 31, participating IHOP restaurants will offer kids 12 and under a “Scary Face” pancake free–and that’s no trick!

Kids 12 and under can order a “Scary Face” pancake and be able to make it into as scary—or funny— a face as they want.  The Scary Face pancake comes with one of IHOP restaurant’s world famous buttermilk pancakes, a whipped topping mouth, a glazed strawberry nose and a set of delicious decorations: two mini-Oreo® cookies to create eyes  and eight pieces of candy corn to add teeth or fangs… Let your imagination run wild!

And kids over 12—and grownups—will get a treat too, when the most popular seasonal favorite, pumpkin pancakes return to the menu at participating IHOP restaurants.

“We’re excited to bring back one of our most requested holiday promotions, the “Scary Face” pancake—and even more excited to celebrate Halloween with our guests 12 and under by giving them a free “Scary Face” pancake when they visit us on October 31,” said Natalia Franco, Vice President, Marketing, International House of Pancakes, LLC.

“Whether we’re your first stop on Halloween to fortify your kids for a day of costume parades and trick or treating or your kids want to end the day by celebrating with a “Scary Face” dinner, you’ll want to spend at least part of the day at your local IHOP restaurant,” said Franco. “The place that brings you “Everything You Love About Breakfast℠” is happy to bring you “Everything you love about Halloween!”

The “Scary Face” pancake will only be available through the month of October.  Hurry before they vanish…like ghosts!

Located at 3130 Johnson Ferry Rd., IHOP is open for business from 7am-10pm on Sunday-Thursday and 7am-12 midnight on Friday-Saturday.


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Wheeler students attend the 2014-2015 ADDO Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy

Wheeler students and faculty at the CFA Leadership Conference


On October 9, 2014 a group of Wheeler students, accompanied by Dr. Crooks and Mr. Barnes, attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy during the Fall Kick Off conference at McEachern High School.  Chris Darley served as the local Chick-Fil-A Operator Sponsor.

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