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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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CERT training open for new participants

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. Initial CERT training will take place in November at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The classes are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Students must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. If you would like to register, please contact Kimberly Schneider at kimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or at 770-499-4567.

Sunday Funday Halloween Celebration at East Cobb Park!

 

Get out your costumes and get ready for some East Cobb Family Fun at Sunday Funday at East Cobb Park on Sunday, October 26, 3-6pm!

Come in costume and enjoy music by The Loose Shoes Band, food from Zaxby’s, games, inflatables, face painting, jumpies and more! Costume contest begins at 5pm. Categories include: Scariest, Funniest, Most Imaginative and Best Dog Costume.

Sponsored by Dorsey Alston Realtors, Pro Martial Arts, WellStar Health System and Zaxby’s Marietta will be on-site. Overflow parking will be available at the new WellStar facility on Roswell Road with shuttle service to the park.

For your own safety, as well as the safety of others, please don’t park along Roswell Road.

 

8 Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

Festive party decorations, these flower/pumpkin combinations add a happy touch.

 

Searching for some inspiration for your Fall decor? Check out these ideas from Southern Living and go beyond the jack-o-lantern.

(Source: SouthernLiving.com

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Register for Tuesday’s Gun Safety Seminar

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There are many reasons citizens own firearms. Those reasons vary from individual to individual. Some may own them for the purpose of home or self defense while others may hunt, participate in organized sport shooting events or merely enjoy recreational shooting. Regardless of an individual’s reason for owning a firearm, the fact remains that education in gun safety is critical.

Gun ownership is a great responsibility that falls on the shoulders of all of those who choose to own a firearm either in their home or place of business. The Cobb County Police Department in partnership with Cobb County School District Department of Public Safety will be hosting a “Gun Safety Seminar” at Lassiter High School.
In this seminar, you will learn about gun safety and the updated Georgia carry laws. Guest speaker will be Sgt. Wayne Delk, Cobb County Police Department Weapons Training Unit. Please plan to attend this informative seminar which will be held on October 21st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lassiter High School auditorium. Attendance will be free of charge but will have limited seating. Please R.S.V.P Sgt. Craig Dong at craig.dong@cobbcounty.org or call 770-499-3971 to reserve your seats.

Create Holiday Crafts at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

 

Learn to make Homemade Holiday Gifts in a jar at Smith-Gilbert Gardens on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 10am-noon.

Cindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, will share some excellent advice on how to make yummy home-made gifts in a jar based on apples and peaches. Each participant will go home with a jar of yumminess.

Participation fee is $15 for SGG Members, $20 Non-members. Registration is required. A late registration fee of $5 applies after 10/27.

To register, call 770-919-0248 or visit smithgilbertgardens.com. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw.

 

 

Genealogy Society of Cobb County to meet October 28

The October monthly meeting of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7-8pm at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060.

For the October 2014 monthly meeting Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia member Chris Schleier will be discussing scanner technology and the ways it may be applied to genealogy research and documentation. For genealogists scanning documents, book pages, and even personal notes has become an important tool in genealogical research. Chris will be discussing various scanning devices, techniques, and digital formats best suited for genealogists.

Attendance is FREE and open to the public.

 

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The Fall Atlanta Home Show is this weekend, Oct 10-12

Due to the popularity of the North Atlanta Home Show, a second Home Show has been added at the Gwinnett Center. The all new Fall North Atlanta Home Show will be October 10-12 at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097.

More than 150 companies will be displaying the latest in home improvement products and services. Check out what’s new this Fall. For a list of participants, ticketing information and admission discounts, click HERE.

For full details go to www.AtlantaHomeShow.com.

 

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Volunteers are needed for Saturday’s Mabry Park Preview

Mabry Park Preview Day will be 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Oct. 11. Enjoy a walking tour of the property and learn more about this park. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming park preview. Please email contact@mabrypark.org if you can help out for 1 to 4 hours.

Park at Wesley Chapel UMC, 4495 Sandy Plains Road and take the shuttle to the park.

To learn how to become a part of District 3’s newest passive park, visit www.MabryPark.org and to remain updated and sign up for their monthly newsletter.

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Mabry Park Preview is this Saturday

Mabry Park Preview Day will be 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Oct. 11. Enjoy a walking tour of the property and learn more about this park.

Park at Wesley Chapel UMC, 4495 Sandy Plains Road and take the shuttle to the park.

To learn how to become a part of District 3’s newest passive park, visit www.MabryPark.org and to remain updated and sign up for their monthly newsletter.

 

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