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The celebration continues at Ivy Lane! 

Ivy Lane is celebrating their one year anniversary this week with daily savings and a “Grand Happy Birthday Celebration” this Saturday, April 26. The celebration will include fashion shows throughout the day and promotions, contests and sales throughout the store .

Visit Ivy Lane at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 185, in the Publix Shopping Center. You can also shop Ivy Lane online at For more information call (770) 578-0506 or find them on Facebook at

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Safety Beats Speed for Children’s Bicycle Rodeo & Races in Roswell

Historic Roswell Kiwanis will conduct its 13th annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo on Sunday, April 27, 2014 while the Roswell Criterium Bicycle races are taking place nearby.  The Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo will be co-sponsored by the Key Clubs of Centennial High School and Roswell High School and the Builders Clubs of Crabapple Middle School and Elkins Pointe Middle School.

The rodeo is free and open to all youngsters aged 6 to 12.  Registration begins at 2 pm.  The Rodeo runs from 3 to 5 pm. It will be held at the Roswell United Methodist Church parking lot on the corner of Mimosa and Magnolia.

Historic Roswell Kiwanis believes that bicycle safety is one of the most important skills that can be taught in order to keep children who ride safe on the roads.

The Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo is an organized “class” where children learn about cycling safety and bicycle handling skills. After the “class” portion, the children hit an obstacle course to navigate in order to “graduate” from the class and be eligible to race in the Kids’ Races to be held on the same course as the Pro race!

All bicycles will be inspected and “tuned-up” by the mechanics of Roswell Bicycles, and all helmets will be checked. Roswell Bicycles is sponsoring the Roswell Criterium, and supporting the Bike Rodeo and the Mayor’s Ride.

All participants must provide his or her own bicycle and helmet.


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FREE HIV Testing at Cobb & Douglas Public Health

On Wednesday, April 30, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) will provide free HIV testing & counseling to highlight STD Awareness Month.

Testing will be offered at the CDPH Marietta Public Health Center from 10am-2pm at The Marietta Public Health Center is located at
1650 County Services Parkway.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimatesthat 1,148,200 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 207,600 (18.1%) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has  increased, while thevannual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level—particularly among certain groups. CDPH is committed to ensuring the community understands that they are not powerless in this fight, by offering education and assistance.

“Events such as this one provide residents with critical information and resources to help fight this epidemic”, said Marie Paul-David, District STD Program Manager, Cobb & Douglas Public Health. 

This free event is open to everyone. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.

For more information about this event, call 770-514-2815.


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School of Rock opens in East Cobb


Adam Lavinsky

School of Rock announced a grand opening of its newest location from 1 to 5 p.m. April 26 at 2515 East Piedmont Road in Marietta. The event will feature a guitar-smashing ceremony, live performances, trial lessons, guided tours, refreshments and giveaways.

School of Rock is a concept that gets kids and adults rocking out to the classics and on-stage performing with their peers. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn. In addition to individual private music instruction on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, students also learn how to jam with their peers in a weekly rehearsal session.

School of Rock East Cobb is owned and operated by Adam Lavinsky, who discovered his love for music when he started playing his first drum set at the age of 9.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he studied Music Business and was the original drummer for the band, Passion Pit. Upon graduation, he returned to Atlanta where he played drums for both Lexi Street and Waller. He now is the drummer for the Asheville, N.C.-based band Ryan Sheffield and the HighHills.

Through School of Rock’s Guest Performer Series, students have the opportunity to learn from and jam with some of music’s most iconic names, including Jon Anderson, lead vocalist from the legendary rock band Yes; Earl Slick, who is David Bowie’s guitarist; seminal post-punk bass player Mike Watt; and Dave Stewart, collaborator of the groundbreaking, pop-rock duo The Eurythmics.

School of Rock East Cobb will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, April 20, 2014)

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Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group at Aloha to Aging

Alzheimer’s/Caregiver Support Group: Monday, May 5th at 10:30 a.m. Open to family members who are assisting an aging loved one both inside and outside of the home. Special guest Kim Franklin from the Alz. Association will discuss your loved ones safety at home, wondering and getting lost,etc. Free respite care is provided for your loved one while we meet, but must call in advance for care to 678-439-1177 or email Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068.


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Braves EVP to speak on move to Cobb County

On Thursday, April 24, Mike Plant, executive vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves will be the featured speaker at the Georgia Tea Party Meeting. Plant was named the Braves’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations in November of 2003. His responsibilities include overseeing stadium operations, security, finance, personnel, special events and the operations of the minor league clubs. He is currently the Braves Project Leader of the new $672M stadium and mixed use development in Cobb County.

Since joining the Braves, Plant has implemented over $50M of improvements at Turner Field including the installation of the largest high-definition display in the world, and the upscale SunTrust Club. He also oversaw enhancements to Turner Field concessions, parking and traffic patterns. Plant also led the successful relocation of two Braves minor league teams to new stadiums in Pearl, Mississippi and Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Plant joined the Braves after having served as Executive Vice President of Turner Sports since February of 2002. In that position, he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the division, a $500-million acquisition, promotion and production company that broadcast approximately 1,200 hours of sports programming on various Turner networks.

Before becoming Executive Vice President of Turner Sports, Plant was President of The Goodwill Games and Vice President of Events for Turner Sports. He was responsible for the overall direction and management of The Goodwill Games, Ted Turner’s multi-sport international Olympic style event.

Plant was a member of the 1980 U.S Olympic Speedskating team in Lake Placid, NY, and a six-time member of the U.S. World  Championship Speedskating teams. Since 1980, he has served on numerous committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S. International Speedskating Association, and USA Cycling.

Plant served on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG) Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee for the 2002 Winter Games. Plant served an eight-year term on the USOC’s Board of Directors and  Executive Committee (1984-1992) and as Chairman of the Athlete Performance Group (1992-1996), and worked on a number of other USOC Committees.

The meetinfg will be held at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square, starting at 7pm.


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Good Mews Animal Foundation Spring Flea Market starts this weekend

Good Mews

Good Mews Animal Foundation will be holding its annual Spring Flea Market starting Friday, April 25 and continuing weekends until Sunday, May 25. Hours on opening day, Saturdays, and Friday May 10th are 9am-5pm; hours on Sundays are Noon-5pm. New merchandise will be on display each weekend. The Flea Market will be held at Sandy Plains Exchange Shopping Center, 1862 Sandy Plains Road at Scufflegrit Road in Marietta, behind Quick Trip -the same Publix shopping center where the Good Mews Holiday Décor Market was held.

Good Mews also needs your help collecting items to make the flea market a success. Donated items will be accepted at the storefront on Saturdays from 10 am-2pm and Sundays from 12-3pm through Saturday, May 10. Check the website ( for all the latest Spring Flea Market information, including what items are being accepted. All donated items are tax deductible with receipts provided and 100% of the proceeds benefit the cats and kittens of Good Mews.

To help with planning, please notify Kelly ( of your planned donation drop-off time. Items must be in good condition and working order. Not being accepted: Tools & Automotive Items, Large Exercise Equipment, Mattresses/Box Springs, Drop Side Cribs, Used Baby Car Seats, Fax Machines, Printers, Large Appliances, Computers, Keyboards, Overhead Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Clothing (Adult/Children), or Holiday/Christmas Items.

The Spring Flea Market benefits Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization, which operates a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter for homeless, abused and abandoned cats. Located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, the shelter provides a cagefree environment for its residents, offering them comfort and security while assertive adoption programs find them happy, loving homes. Good Mews has a strong commitment to the practice of spaying and neutering as the most important step in reducing the pet overpopulation problem. Good Mews also promotes public  awareness regarding the value of pets, animal welfare and quality human-animal companionship through educational and outreach programs.

To join this growing organization, or to find out more about what you can do to help, call 770-499-CATS (2287) or visit


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Spring Cleaning Sought for Our Local Cemeteries


Helga Hong

We pass by them on a regular basis causing us to stop and adjust our perspective, they are often the setting for a late night campfire story, and history buffs spend hours in these places of long-forgotten beauty and heritage – the older cemeteries located in Cobb County.

Due to vast growth and development, many of the old cemeteries and family burial grounds in Cobb County have been lost and the few that remain are in need of pre-spring care such as brush removal, weeding, trash collection and leaf raking. Want to help preserve this rich part of the history of Cobb County? Gather friends, families, scout organizations or groups to support the efforts of the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission. This all-volunteer commission comprised of Helga Hong, Mike Jones and Elizabeth Parker provides guidelines for the identification, preservation, protection, and maintenance of Cobb County cemeteries, graveyards, and burial grounds; all of which are non-renewable cultural resources.

Several cemeteries in East Cobb are available as part of the Adopt-A-Cemetery program offered as service opportunities for individual or group consideration. Currently, the Noonday Baptist Extension Cemetery (located on White Circle), the Mount Beulah Cemetery (located near the intersection of Shallowford Road and Gordy Parkway), the Davis #1 Family Cemetery (located on Davis Road) and the Antioch Cemetery (located on Roswell Road, near the intersection of Roswell Road and Old Canton Road) are all in need of adoption.

It’s easy to participate in this program – organizations/individuals simply need to complete an application found on the CCCPC’s website ( or contact Helga Hong at 770-993-
2970 and then perform general clean-up once a month November through March and twice a month April through October for one year.

In return for the adoption of a cemetery, the Cobb Country Cemetery Preservation Commission will provide preliminary procedures for cleaning non-perpetual cemeteries, coordinate removal of litter bags and brush and provide signage after the first clean-up. Additionally, one of the commission members will be on-site for the first clean-up. Together we can keep these records of our roots beautiful!


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Dine out Tonight for Open Hand at Common Quarter


Tonight, April 23, Common Quarter is donating 50% – YES – 50% of your bill to Open Hand. Common Quarter is located at 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd,    Ste 101 in East Cobb  30068. Their phone number is : (678) 809-4040


Dining Out for Life (DOFL), one of Open Hand’s largest annual fundraising events, traditionally draws thousands of people from all over the metro Atlanta area to their favorite participating restaurant to dine out — knowing that 25% or more of their bill will be donated
by the restaurant to benefit the community nutrition programs of Open Hand.

Find out more about Open Hand here!  Make your Common Quarter reservations at


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Registration Open for 2014 Brian Bohannon Football Camps at Kennesaw State


Registration for the 2014 Brian Bohannon Football Camps at Kennesaw State opened on Monday, April 21. The Owls’ head coach and staff will host four different levels of camps throughout the summer.

The levels include Elite Prospect Camp for rising 11th and 12th graders, Future Owls (Youth) Camp, Varsity Team Camp and 7-on-7 Team Passing Camp.

Elite Prospect Camp
Sunday, June 15th
Saturday, July 12th
Participants: Rising 11th and 12th Graders

Future Owls (Youth) Camp
Monday, June 16th
Monday, July 7th
Participants: Kids entering 3rd – 8th Grade

Varsity Team Camp
Wednesday, July 9th
Thursday, July 10th
Friday, July 11th
Participants: Varsity High School Football Teams (Rising 9th – 12th Graders) – (Individuals Cannot Register)

7 on 7 Team Passing Camp
Tuesday, July 8th
Participants: Middle School Football Teams (Rising 6th – 8th Graders) - (Individuals Cannot Register)

Detailed information on the camp and how to register can be found at

For additional information contact Kennesaw State Football by phone at 770-794-7940 or by email at


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