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Moms and dads from East Cobb talk about issues that are important to families. Family-friendly events are also featured. Join in and share.

Local 5th Graders will receive copies of U.S. Constitution to honor Constitution Day

Constitution Day was established to encourage communities to conduct programs that assist community members in reflecting on the importance of active citizenship, recognizing the enduring strength of our Constitution and reaffirming our commitment to the rights and obligations of citizenship in our great nation. The US Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. In recognition of this event, the Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation to the Constitution Day Committee. The Committee is comprised of business and civic leaders and elected officials who work to ensure every 5th grader in Cobb County and Marietta City Schools receive a copy of the US Constitution. Nearly 25,000 booklets have been distributed in the past four years.


CHADD offers Parent Support Groups


Looking for a Peer Parent Support Group? Does your child have one of the many acronyms that is covered under Behavioral Issues? (ADD, ADHD, ODD, EBD, etc…) This Group is for parents, caregivers, or guardians of these special kids. Topics will cover kids from PK to College.

Parent Support Group Upcoming Meeting Dates:

September 25th - Back to School a Formula for Success / What Every Parent Needs to Know

October 23rd - Different Therapies to Help with ADHD / ADD

November 20th - IEP vs. 504, Parental Rights

All meetings are from 6:30-8pm at Sprayberry 2.0, 2670 Kinjac Dr, Marietta 30066.  For more information contact Joy Olson at 404-337-6255.


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Be a part of the 2014 EAST COBBER Parade and Festival!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details and how to register, click HERE!


Cobb County Schools launch100 Days 100 Mentors Campaign

Cobb County School Districts school-based mentoring program is excited to launch their “100 Mentors in 100 Days Campaign “ for this school year. Cobb Mentoring Matters (CMM), the districts flagship mentoring program is campaigning to recruit individuals, businesses, and faith-based organizations to” join the movement” for the 2014-2015 school year. For one hour per-week, during the school year, you can change the life of a student.

A number of Cobb County schools will be displaying their own recruitment banners for visitors, family and friends of their school in hopes of developing interest to mentor a student at their school.

Schools that have requested a “Recruitment Banner” will also place a message on their outdoor marque, requesting mentors.

Aarons, Inc. will be placing countertop displays in 25 stores in Cobb County for their staff and patrons to see and hopefully “join the movement.” With Aaron’s generous gift to Cobb Mentoring Matters CCSD has created a recruitment training video and commercial that is visible on .

Please visit and click on “I Want to Be a Mentor” or call Maryellen Gomes, Mentor Coordinator for more information at 770-819-5804 x 233, or email

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Are you a Cobb schools mentor? Click “Chime In” to comment on our Facebook page, We’d love to hear from you!

Tickets available online for Greater Atlanta Hadassah

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Greater Atlanta Hadassah is excited to announce a fun-filled and community heart health education event for the entire family, their first ever Touch A Truck Family Festival to Benefit Heart Health on Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Severe Weather Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014), 11am – 5 pm. There will be an hour set aside for special needs children from 11am to noon, giving those children and their families a chance to explore without horns, sirens and flashing lights.

Touch A Truck is an educational hands-on family event for kids of all ages. Children love to climb aboard a fire truck, police car, big rig or bulldozer. Touch A Truck provides a unique opportunity for them to explore and interact with vehicles of all types –public service, crime fighting, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place! Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Children will meet the people who build, protect and serve the metro Atlanta community. Accompanying personnel will teach them about the equipment displayed and how these machines help us and our community.

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment including crafts, activities, appearances by local mascots, kid-friendly food venders, and more to make this a perfectly entertaining day for the entire family! Health and public safety information round out the fun.September 7th is also National Grandparents Day. What better way for every generation of the family to explore, play and learn together? Cars and trucks fascinate children, and they can explore all different types of vehicles in a safe, controlled environment from noon to 5pm. Food, entertainment, kid-friendly activities and demonstrations for healthy living are all a part of this festival. It is part of Hadassah’s Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™ as we will be focusing on heart health for the entire family and raising funds for Hadassah’s heart health programs in Israel and the United States.

Admission is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family for tickets purchased in advance online at (Buy Tickets), or $20 at the event. Children under 2 are free. Food will be available for purchase at the festival.

Parking is available at Centennial High School. Additional parking is at Kohl’s across from Centennial High School.

Centennial High School is located at 9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076. Visit for more details.



This isn’t about us; it’s about you—the people of East Cobb County. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you know of a person, group, or event that should be featured in the pages of or event that should be featured in the pages of the EAST COBBER for any reason, please call 770-640-7070 or e-mail to let us know.




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Special after school program for children this week

Enjoy after school snacks, monsters and fun during the “Booked After School” event 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20. This Cobb Library Foundation fundraiser is a special after school program for children and adults. Award-winning author Danny Schnitzlien will be on hand with his book “The Monster Who Ate My Peas.”

Schnitzlein is a Marietta-based author of three books that address people’s inner monsters who procrastinate and put off the unknown. “The Monster Who Ate My Peas” has received several awards and represented Georgia in the 2004 National Book Festival. It was recently adapted to a musical play that is being performed all over the country.

The “Booked After School” event will be held at the Mansour Center, 995 Roswell St. NE, Marietta. Children 12 and younger are $5 and adults are $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.


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Playground at East Cobb Park is under renovation


The lower playground at East Cobb Park is in the midst of a total renovation! The finished playground area will include new equipment with larger umbrellas to provide more shade, a cargo net and more! One thing that won’t be missing? Swings! The new space will feature updated swings along with the new equipment. Completion date is slated for late August or early September, depending on the weather. The upper playground will remain open during the renovation.




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There’s Still Time to Be a Home Run Reader with Cobb Libraries

Cheers greeted Freddie Freeman’s arrival for the Home Run Readers event on July 23 at Switzer Library

All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and SUBWAY Restaurants spokesman Jared Fogle greeted nearly 100 Cobb County students during a special event for Home Run Readers at Switzer Library on July 23. The special guests took turns reading Dan Gutman’s “Casey Back at Bat” to the students in third through fifth grade, answered questions, played a word game with them and gave away Braves-related prizes to the winners.

Cobb County students are eligible to participate in Home Run Readers, the Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Partnership with Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), presented by SUBWAY Restaurants.

Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout Georgia with a free Braves ticket and a free SUBWAY “Fresh Fit For Kids Meal” for reading books and completing an online activity.

Designed to encourage a love of reading, as well as strengthening reading skills during the summer months, Home Run Readers was launched in 2013. Freeman is the Braves’ ambassador for the program’s second year.

The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through August 24. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at


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Local Consignment Sales Recycle by Reselling


Are you a bargain hunter when it comes to your kids’ wardrobe or toys? Consignment sales offer everything from strollers, bouncy seats, cribs, any kind of toy you can think of, to diaper bags, bedding, infants’ and kids’ clothes, and maternity clothes. You can also find winter coats, boots, and Halloween costumes. Shoppers can find a wide variety of children’s items that are usually screened for quality, all under one roof. You don’t have to drive around town to different garage sales where it’s a hit-or-miss on what items you might find and in what shape, as the local consignment sales have quality standards. We’ve scouted and scoured our sources to provide EAST COBBER readers a list of upcoming local consignment sales.

August 21-23
Due West Treasure Chest Children’s/Junior’s Consignment Sale. Thursday: 9:30am-7pm. Friday: 9:30am-6pm. Saturday: 8am-Noon. Many items half price on Saturday. Due West United  Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. More info: 770-427-3835 or

Mt. Bethel UMC Fall/Winter Consignment Sale. Preview Shopping for volunteers and first time moms Thursday, Aug. 21. Friday: 9:30am-7pm. No children allowed on the sales floor until 12pm. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info:
August 22-23
All 4 Kids- East Cobb. Friday: 9:30am (or 8:30am w/$5 Cash for Missions) -8pm. No strollers prior to 11am. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Accepting Cash, Debit ($1 fee), MasterCard and Visa ($2 fee). No checks. Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road,  Marietta. More info:

The Blessing Line Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am-6pm. Sat: 9am-Noon. First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock. More info: 770-926-4428 or

September 4-5
Divine Children’s Show Boutique Overstock and Consignment Sale. Preview show Wednesday, September 3, for volunteers, consignors, and new moms. New moms need to register online for Wednesday preview show. Thursday: 9:30am-9pm. Friday:  9:30am-2pm. The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info:

September 5-6
Kids’ Consignment Sale. Thursday (volunteers only): 5-7pm. Friday: 9am-4pm. Saturday: 9am-Noon. Everything 30% off on Saturday. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-7473 or

Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten (RUMCK) Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am-2pm. Saturday: 8am-12pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. More info: 770-853-2333 or

Tots to Tweens Consignment Sale. Multiple Club & those with a Friends and Family Pass Friday: 7pm-9pm and Saturday: 8:30am. Open to public: Saturday: 9am-2pm. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 678-453-6993 or

September 11-13
Lil’ Lambs Closet. Thursday: $5 Public preview: 6-8pm. Friday: 9am-7pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Many items half off on Saturday. Proceeds go to the Good Samaritan Fund, Children’s Ministry, and Weekday Ministry. First United Methodist Church of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. Childcare available with reservations. More info: 770-429-7850 ext. 7860 or 7858, or

September 12-13
KinderMart Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9:30am- 8pm. No strollers before 11am. Saturday: 9am-Noon. Many items ½ price on Sat. Benefits Smyrna FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten. Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. More info:

The Children’s Garden Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am- 6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. East Cobb Church of Christ, 5240 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-587-5999 or


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