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East Cobbers love their homes and gardens. The EAST COBBER home and garden blog features awesome home and garden happenings, ideas, deals and tips to improve your living environment. Do you have an idea for the H&G blog? Email submissions and photos to hg@eastcobber.com.

Get out and garden! Spring plant sale this weekend!

Georgia Native Plant Society’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 18, 10am-2pm.

Select from thousands of sun and shade loving native plants: trees, shrubs, perennials and ferns for all growing conditions and to help attract wildlife. Knowledgeable sales staff to assist in making selections. Over 600 native azaleas.

Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Bring wagons or carts to carry plants.  Sale held at McFarlane Nature Park, 280 Farm Road SE, Marietta/East Cobb.  More info: www.GNPS.org.

 

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Decorators’ Show House & Gardens begins April 18 at Château Soleil

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Show House Entry Photo courtesy Mary Powell Photography

 

The Atlanta Symphony Associates (ASA), the all-volunteer guild of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), will host a series of special events that will take place during the 45th Annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens – Château Soleil – beginning April 18 and through Mother’s Day on May 10.

In addition to touring the 14,500 square foot grand estate where designers showcase individual talent and design styles, attendees are invited to enjoy unique events that complement Show House tours.

Special events are complimentary with ticket purchase on the day of attendance and tickets are now for sale at dozens of Advanced Ticket Locations in metro Atlanta. All proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community outreach initiatives.

For a schedule of special events, including the Mother’s Day Tea, visit http://www.decoratorsshowhouse.org/events/

Show House tickets are $30/person and available immediately at Advanced Ticket Locations across metro Atlanta. For a full list of retailers selling Show House tickets, please visit http://www.decoratorsshowhouse.org/info/tickets/.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Show House door beginning April 18, 2015.

 

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Recycling Day to benefit Pope Band

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Recycling Day at Pope High School will be held on Saturday, May 2, 9am – 4pm.  Metal, electronics, paint, paper shredding will be accepted. A $10 donation per car is requested for unlimited electronics and metal – additional fees for TV & CRT monitors, paint and paper shredding.

Pick up available within 10 miles of Pope High School for an additional fee with reservation.

For more information visit popeband.com/recycle.  Questions? Please email mjg6@bellsouth.net and state RECYCLING in subject line for quick response.  Proceeds benefit Pope High School Band.

Pope High School is located at 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062.

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Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting

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The Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting for April will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7-8pm, at Cobb County Switzer Library (formerly Central Library), 266 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060.

Linda Woodward Geiger, Certified Genealogist, will present “Indian Records Prior to Removal.”

Linda is a nationally-known speaker, author, and historical researcher.  Certified since 2005, Linda has served as a coordinator and staff member of a variety of courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR).  She currently serves as president of the Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region (FNAS).  She specializes in federal records, Georgia’s state and county records, and training researchers in methodology standards.  She has also been recognized for her work documenting Cherokee Heritage.

There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public.

 

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Cobb Master Gardener’s Lunch and Learn is Friday

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Attend the Cobb County Master Gardeners Lunch and Learn: Ask the Master Gardener panel on Friday, April 10.
Bring your garden related questions and ask the panel! Trees, turf, flowers, vegetables, pests, diseases will all be answered.
Attendance is FREE, bring your lunch. 12-1pm. Cobb County Water Lab, 662 S. Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-4070 or cobbmastergardeners.org.

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Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Treat. Traveling Exhibit comes to East Cobb

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Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, is a traveling exhibit that will be displayed at McFarlane Nature Park in East Cobb from February 27 to June 28. The exhibit seeks to increase public awareness of the precarious future of the world’s endangered trees and show how trees enrich our lives. Giant Panda or Wollemi Pine: Which one is more endangered in the wild? The answer may surprise people. There are less than 100 mature Wollemi pins in the wild, compared to 2,500 mature wild giant pandas.

McFarlane Nature Park, at 280 Farm Road., is an 11.5 acre passive park owned by The Cobb Land Trust.  The exhibit is in keeping with the Park’s intent to move toward becoming a small native tree arboretum.  Mitigation trees have been made available through Keep Cobb Beautiful and trees have been donated by the Georgia Native Plant Society and others.

An Eagle Scout project identified and tagged over 100 Piedmont-native trees throughout the Park and a listing of the trees at the Trust’s website (www.cobblandtrust.org) makes it possible for scouts and others to have a scavenger hunt for them at the Park. The Trust has made lesson plans available to nearby schools to extend the reach of the trees education. The plans were developed by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.

  • During the 16-week exhibit, other activities are planned to include:
  • Walk N Talks with county arborist David Griffin on April 25 and May 31 starting at 10am
  • Tree plantings with volunteers
  • Plein air artist days at the Park
  • The native plant sale of the Georgia Native Plant Society April 18.

Scheduled activities with times and reservation information will be available at the Trust website.

The Vanishing Acts exhibit is on loan from The Morton Arboretum. Morton developed and produced the  Exhibit in association with the Global Trees Campaign, a partnership between Fauna and Flora  International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Morton is a world-renowned leader in tree science and education. The 1,700-acre outdoor museum is outside of Chicago and features 4,117 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world.

Reservations are required at guzy@mindspring.com. A donation is suggested.

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Extension Services free open house and gardening workshops

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Residents are invited to discover everything the UGA Cobb Extension Office has to offer at an open house 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 7. From 4-H camps to radon testing, canning classes to lawn care help, Extension staff offers expertise on a plethora of topics. Interactive displays will be set up on the second floor classroom at 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, and experts will be on hand to answer questions. Free publications on topics of specific interest for home, yard and family care will be available and there will be special giveaways. For more information, call 770-528-4070.

Extension staff will also host the “Vegetable Garden Basics” workshop 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at its office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta. Learn about site selection, soil preparation and choosing, planting and maintaining your favorite garden crops. Free and open to the public. For more information and to pre-register, call 770-528-4070.

Enjoy the “From Your Garden to Your Table” workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, at the Extension office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta. Learn information how to provide food for your family, from starting the garden to canning a bountiful harvest. The cost is $5 and pre-registration is required by calling 770-528-4070 or emailing uge1067@uga.edu.

 

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Clear the Clutter and Find Your Freedom!

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Make the most of your organizing time with the right tools. You’ll be better able to dedicate your time to
progress without distraction. Here are the TOOLS you will need:

 Trash Bags – Have plenty at the ready and avoid overstuffing to prevent tearing. Thick plastic leaf bags work best for heavy and bulky items.

 Sorting Labels – Write out a label for each action you want to take, such as KEEP, DONATE, SELL, RECYCLE, SHRED, and TOSS.

 Plastic Bins, Boxes, and/or Paper Leaf Bags – Use large plastic containers, oversize boxes, or paper leaf bags (which are easy to write on and can stand up on their own) to hold sorted items. You’ll need one for each action.

 Laundry Basket – Don’t stop sorting to put away items in other areas of your home—simply put them in a single container and return them when current task is complete.

 Notepad, Pen, and Measuring Tape – Make a list of any items you need to replace as well as  organizational supplies that might help improve functionality. Note important shelf or closet measurements to smooth the shopping process later.

 Paper Towels and Cleaning Supplies – Even if items themselves aren’t dusty, shelves and tabletops usually are. When you clean as you clear, you’re one step closer to reassembly.

 Timer – If you’re struggling to get motivated, strike a deal with yourself: Work without interruption for 15–30 minutes, then reward yourself with a break. Once you’re on a roll, you WILL want to continue.

This information is provided by Kathy Householder, owner and founder of On The Move Organizing.

 

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Homestead exemption deadline this Wednesday

Homestead exemption is a tax savings on homestead property available to eligible homeowners. In Cobb County, the Tax Commissioner’s Office processes exemption applications. Exemption applications are accepted year round; however, the original (faxed or emailed copies are not accepted) must be received or U.S. postmarked by April 1, 2015, to affect the 2015 taxes. Applications not received by the deadline will be processed for the following year.

Homeowners must own, occupy and claim the property as their legal residence on Jan. 1 to be eligible for exemption that tax year. Homeowners must apply for each exemption for which they are eligible. The applicant’s name must appear on the deed to the property in order to qualify. Rental property does not qualify. Legal evidence of residency and U.S. citizenship, such as a copy of a Georgia driver’s license of Georgia ID card, must be provided. A non-citizen must provide legal authorization from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, such as Alien or I94 number. A current registration or receipt of motor vehicle taxes paid in Cobb County must be provided for all personal vehicles owned at the time of application. The applicant may claim exemptions on only one property. A husband and wife constitute one “applicant” and may claim only one exemption.

Exemptions are automatically renewed and the applicant need not reapply if the home has been refinanced; however, the Tax Commissioner’s Office must be notified in the event the applicant no longer qualifies. Homeowners will be billed for any unqualified exemption received. Tax bills are mailed by Aug. 15 and payment must be received or U.S. postmarked by Oct. 15. A metered postmark is not accepted as proof of timely mailings for applications

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Walton Band Metal/Electronics/Paint Recycling and Garage Sale is Saturday

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The Walton Band will be collecting electronics, appliances, metal, and old paint for recycling this Saturday, March 28. 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. Metal/electronics/paint recycling will be available in Lot D from 9am-3pm. Garage sale is in both gyms from 8am-3pm.
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.
Walton High School is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta. 

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