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East Cobb Baseball Marlins selling Mistletoe to benefit Socks for Seniors


East Cobb Baseball 15u Marlins will be selling fresh mistletoe tied up in a red bow from now until Friday Dec 12. $5 for 1 or $20 for 5, for every 5 sold the team will donate a pair of socks to Socks for Seniors.

Delivery available within the EAST COBB area.  Please contact: Laren at


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Shop MarketPlace 120’s Holiday Show and Sale for Home Decor and More


MarketPlace 120 Holiday Show and Sale is Friday, November 21, from 10am-10pm. MarketPlace 120 is a 14,000-square foot gallery space offering a diverse collection of art, antiques, gifts and decor from more than 50 local artisans.

MarketPlace 120, 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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Cobb Zoning Division meets Tuesday

Every month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permit and land use permit requests. These items are presented to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners for their review, recommendation and consideration.

The Board of Commissioners will hear zoning cases 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18.

To view a list of cases scheduled to be heard visit

All meetings begin at 9 a.m. at the Board of Commissioners building at 100 Cherokee Street, second floor meeting room, Marietta.


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Large household recycling event just in time for fall cleaning


Celebrate America Recycles Day with Keep Cobb Beautiful 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. There will be two Community Recycling Center locations in Cobb to do your recycling: Jim Miller Park and Sewell Park. Here is a list of the items that will be accepted:

  • Electronic Recycling: Electronics accepted at no charge include: personal computers, monitors, servers, routers, switches, network boxes, printers, circuit boards, floppy drives, UPS’s, keyboards, testing equipment, modems, cell phones, telephones, typewriters, fax machines, copiers, LCD monitors, VCR’s, DVD players, stereos, cassette players, cameras, camcorders, alarm clocks, game systems and projectors. Please remove all cords and cables from devices and place in a separate bag. There is a $10 recycling fee for televisions (cash only).
  • Textile Collection: Shoes, clothing and other textiles accepted.
  • Document Shredding: Free, secure, on-site shredding of household documents. Paper products only. Not accepted: CD’s, DVD’s, floppy disks, cardboard and any large binders with metal rings/clips.
  • Latex Paint Recycling: There is a $2 per gallon offset disposal fee (cash only). No oil or alkyd paints allowed. Paints must be in original, clearly-labeled, non-leaking containers and cannot be mixed with anything, including other paint.
  • Battery Recycling: Car, UPS backup, laptop, power tool, cell phone and household batteries accepted. Please tape over the battery connectors.
  • Appliances: Stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, washers, dryers, water heaters, mixers, ovens, blenders, freezers and toasters.
  • Metals: Steel, aluminum, cast iron, car parts and wheels.
  • Lawn Equipment: Lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and lawn edgers. Fuels must be removed and a hole created in the tanks.

Jim Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Sewell Park is located at 2085 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-1135 or visit the KCB Web site.

Register today for “Writing About Keepsakes” workshop at Book Exchange

Pad of Paper & Pen

The Marietta Book Exchange has scheduled a “Writing About Keepsakes” workshop led by author Amber Lanier Nagle for Sunday, November 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Nagle will help a small group of participants write about the histories and powerful memories associated with their keepsakes.

“I believe that everyone has a keepsake, and every keepsake has a story to tell,” Nagle says. “That belief is the premise of my book, Project Keepsake, an anthology that celebrates the objects people keepa pocket knife, a ring, a cake pan, a hat, a book, a quilt, etc.”

The Adairsville author says she usually asks one question: Why do you keep this?

“There’s usually a pause, and then a beautiful story comes pouring out,” she says. I help writers of all skill levels get their keepsake stories on paper.”

She encourages participants to bring a small keepsake to the workshop along with a pad of paper and a pen. From brainstorming to organizing thoughts to writing the first draft to revising, Nagle guides writers through the process of writing short, creative nonfiction stories about keepsakes. She discusses developing strong “hooks” for stories, adding interesting dialogue, and much more. For participants who continue to develop their stories after the workshop, Nagle says she’ll gladly critique their stories via email.

“We only have two hours, but we’ll cover a lot in those two hours, and I’ll provide handouts too,” she says. “We’ll have a blast, and everyone who attends will get a signed copy of Project Keepsake.”

The workshop is open to beginning to intermediate writers. The fee is $40 for writers who register on or before November 11 and $45 after November 11. To attend the “Writing About Keepsakes” workshop call the Marietta Book Exchange at (770) 427-4848.

Grand Opening 15% Off at The Ivory Company

Visit The Ivory Company and enjoy a special offer of 15% off your first purchase through November 30.  Discover their premium Omni-channel home décor lifestyle brand that focuses on one color: ivory. A modern classic style is represented in The Ivory Company’s exclusive merchandise, offering affordable luxury to the contemporary home.
Offer valid through November 30, 2014 at The Avenue East Cobb location only. Not valid with other offers or on previous purchases.
Visit for details.

Genealogy Society of Cobb County meets monthly


The next Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7-8pm at Provino’s Italian Restaurant, 440 Ernest W Barrett Parkway Northwest, Kennesaw, GA.

For the November 2014 monthly meeting Linda Woodward Geiger will give a presentation titled “Photographs Revisited: Was It Staged or Photoshopped?”  This presentation will delve into some of the things to consider when “Cousin Tilly” sends you copies of family photographs.

Linda Woodward Geiger is a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. She has lectured at national and regional genealogical and historical conferences and trains others in current genealogical standards and methodology.  This is a Dutch dinner meeting and it is open to the public.

For more about the Genealogy Society of Cobb County, visit or email


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Gardeners’ Night Out: Adaptive Gardening at Mountain View Library

Joe Washington

Adaptive Gardening – How to Keep Gardening on Your Lifetime Can-Do List is the topic for the Gardeners’ Night Out program at Mountain View Regional Library on Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presented by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, the program will be led by former HGTV host Joe Washington. The program is free; registration is requested.

Washington, a former sports anchor for WXIA-TV, will speak on his “one-stop shop” of special tools, techniques and tips for adapting your environment for gardening over a lifetime. The Adaptive Gardening program is geared toward seniors and others with arthritis, back problems and other health challenges, people with disabilities and caregivers. He will give away a free tool at the end of the program.

To register or for more information, please call (770) 509-2725or click here.

(Source: Cobb County Library System) 

Secret Garden Children’s Art Series: Tile Painting – Leaves by O’Keefe

Leaves Promo


Leaves! Leaves! And more leaves! A guided walk through the forested Gardens in Fall is a beautiful sight as colors of red, gold, green, and brown dance above our heads and crunch below our feet. Children will be encouraged to choose the perfect leaf (or two) of their own along the way to bring to the art zone where they will draw and paint their findings onto a 4” x 4” tile in the style of artist Georgia O’Keefe. Guests will be treated to face painting, as time permits, as well as cookies and lemonade. No artistic experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating. Reservations required.

Workshop is limited to 15 children age 4 – 12. Suggested attire is casual clothing, flat close-toed shoes, please.

For more information visit Smith-Gilbert Gardens online.

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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