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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.

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Do you have an upcoming event taking place? The editorial staff at EAST COBBER is happy to consider your event submission for our print publication and/or to post online. Send a brief description of the event along with the date, time and location to Entries must be received by the 15th of the month for events taking place the following month. For example if your event takes place in March your submission must be received by February 15.

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Pre-divorce seminar: What You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce


This pre-divorce seminar is for anyone who is contemplating divorce but does not know what to expect. Over 20 subjects are covered including alimony, child support, custody, property division, enforcement and modification. Also learn both legal and practical ways to protect yourself, your children, and your property. The seminar is taught by Beverly Cohen, a practicing divorce attorney with over 22 years of experience. Tuesday,  February 3, 2015, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Marietta Community School, 1171 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064 Cost: $49

To register, go to Marietta Community School – Languages and Personal Enhancement
or call 770-429-3170, extension 3306. For questions or more information about the seminar, Beverly Cohen, or 770-998-5988.


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Spend Saturday Night at the Etz

Saturday Night at the Etz, a benefit for Etz Chaim Preschool, will be held on Saturday, January 24

Activities include a “Screen on the Green” for the kids and “Schmoozin’ at the Shul” with adult beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, DJ and trivia for the adults. 7-10pm. Admission to the event is $6 per person in advance/$8 at the door. Event, concession, adult beverage, and raffle tickets are available for purchase by pre-registering online or you can purchase at the event.

Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-977-3384 or


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MJCCA’s East Cobb Preschool Hosts Open House

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA’s) East Cobb preschool, The Sunshine School, invites the community to a Morning of Fun, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23. Visitors to the preschool, which is located at Temple Kol Emeth (1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, Ga., 30062), will have an opportunity to take part in several activities that showcase the preschool’s welcoming and creative atmosphere.

The Morning of Fun will feature music, PE, and tours of the facility. Guests are also invited to attend the school’s weekly Shabbat Sing, prior to the event, at 9:45 a.m.

Director of The Sunshine School, Raye Lynn Banks explains, “We are opening our doors to the community so that parents can experience the warm and inclusive atmosphere of our preschool.” Guests will see how happy and engaged our current students are, and see our wonderful staff in action,” she said. Priority online registration for current students begins Wednesday, Jan. 21, and registration opens to the community Wednesday, Feb. 4.


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Earn extra money at the SPSP Kids Consignment Sale! Seller registration now OPEN.

Seller registration is now open for the Spring Kids Consignment sale at St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church. Sale dates are Friday,January 30, 2015 9am – 4pm (No Strollers before 11am) and Saturday, January 31, 2015 9am – noon. 

Sellers receive 70% of the selling price with ALL items being reduced by 30% on Saturday.  A $5 marketing fee will be deducted from your total to cover advertising.  There is a 25 item minimum to participate.  The maximum number of items you can sell is 300.

Sell your season-appropriate children’s clothing (newborn to size 16), toys, baby equipment, bedding, shoes and accessories.

Go to for more information. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul is located at 1795 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with a walk through his history


What better way to show your kids (and yourself) the man behind the day than a visit to the historic landmarks of the 35 acre Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site, This free site is comprised of historic landmarks as well as modern-day monuments and facilities.

At this free-parking, no-fee attraction, take a journey through the underlying historical struggles of the South as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here, visitors can pay their respects at Dr. King’s original gravesite and current tomb.

Take a tour of his boyhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and historic Fire Station No. 6 – one of the South’s first desegregated fire houses, which now serves the community with free exhibits. Walk in the footsteps of a hero at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the only walkway to feature authentic shoe prints of civil rights pioneers.

Also found within this community is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The Center continues to spread the radical, nonviolent ministry through educational and inspirational materials including audio, video and the preserved writings of Dr. King himself.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located within Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district. Within these few city blocks African-American businesses flourished, where wealthy residents coined the name “Sweet Auburn” in honor of their financial success. Paschal’s Restaurant, one of the first African-American owned eateries, became the unofficial headquarters for civil rights leaders. During the 1960s, Sweet Auburn became a haven for political activists, providing a spiritual center for the country’s first nonviolent revolution.


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Look what’s coming in our February issue

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EAST COBBER is the only magazine that publishes a comprehensive and complete list of child care
facilities and preschools in East Cobb: The 17th Annual Child Care & Preschool Guide! Look for the Child Care & Preschool Guide in our February issue!

Promote your preschool! Advertising deadline is January 15. Call EAST COBBER at 770-640-7070 to advertise!


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KSU Offers New Spring Break Camps for April


For the first time, KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will offer Spring Break  Camps. Youngsters will have four different camps to choose from during the week of April 6-10. All camps will be held at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw) from 9 to 3 p.m.

“We are thrilled to offer children and parents a fun and safe option during the week of spring break,” said Carla Green, program manager. “The four new camps are designed to provide a memorable and creative experience.”

App Game Design (7-12 grade) teaches students how to create game apps for Android or iOS utilizing newer and better software. Chet Austin Team Leadership Academy (6-8 grade) instills students with character, self confidence, ethics, styles of leadership and the importance of community service. Junior Chefs Academy (4-6 grade) teaches aspiring young chefs advanced measuring, mixing, cutting, cooking and baking skills, and the importance of fresh ingredients and healthy choices. LEGO® Robotics Engineering & Programming with EV3 (5-7 grade) encourages students to use teamwork, problem-solving and creativity as they build, test and evaluate their bots.

Each camp is $299 and those who register on or before March 9 will receive a 10 percent discount. The Spring Break Camps will serve as a lead-in to an extensive list of Summer University camp offerings  beginning on June 1. More information can be found online at or by calling 470-

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Happy Ending for Young Cancer Patient


Fred, Knox and Kim Bishop


No parent wants to hear these four words, “Your son has cancer.”

For Kim and Fred Bishop, this news was delivered shortly after their only child Knox’s second birthday.
Kim had a mother’s  intuition that something wasn’t right with her son.

“I took him to numerous specialists without any resolution. After our pediatrician ordered an MRI, we were told the unimaginable; Knox had a rare spinal tumor called neuro-epithelial,” recalled Kim. This
type of cancer has abnormal cells wrapped around normal cells, which makes removal nearly impossible.
At the time of his diagnosis, Knox attended Ray Thomas Memorial Preschool Mother’s Morning Out Program, but after the diagnosis, Kim and Fred decided to take him out of the program to keep him healthy. Kim, thankful to be a stay-at-home mom, dedicated her time to Knox’s physical care and his educational development.

Knox’s brave battle included a seven-hour spinal surgery and 11 months of chemotherapy, which was completed this past June. According to Kim, the tumor will always be there, but the chemo has kept it from metastasizing. Knox currently is in remission and back in preschool. He will continue to be monitored and receive periodic MRIs.

Kim grew up in East Cobb and attended Walton High School. Fred grew up in south Georgia. They both
have tremendous faith, and it’s that faith that has seen them through the darkest of days. “We have seen His work and grace upon our family as Knox is healthy and thriving,” said Kim.

Now, three years-old, Knox received the honor of serving as the marshal for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Christmas parade this past December.

“We were so humbled and grateful that our little boy was chosen to represent all the children at CHOA who fight with bravery and courage. Knox’s story is one of hope, faith and love!” exclaimed Kim.

Kim has dedicated herself to advocating for pediatric cancer patients and works with organizations such
as CURE Children’s Cancer ( and CHOA, both non-profit organizations. People can donate in honor of Knox at

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Making a Good Day Camp Decision For Your Child


If you’re a parent considering summer camp opportunities for your child, you might consider a day camp
rather than (or in addition to) a sleepaway camp experience. Parents often view sending their kids to day camps as a “stepping stone” to overnight camp. They might think day camps are for “younger kids” and sleepaway camps are for older ones. In some cases this might be true, but not always.

One of the advantages you have as a parent when comparing day camps to overnight camps (or even
day camps to day camps) is that a day camp’s customer base is generally restricted to its local geographical area. This makes things easier for you to learn more about the camp. For example, you can contact the camp’s current or former customers for references, and you can even visit the camp before making a decision.

So how do you know you’re picking the right day camp for your child? Here’s a three-point checklist to help ensure the day camp you choose is the right one for your child.

1. Check references. Since day camps primarily serve local customers, it should not be difficult to find a few families who’ve attended the camp before. Talk to them about their impressions of the program. If you hear good things, you might have a winner. Mixed reviews, on the other hand, could be a “red flag” alerting you to research the camp further. But if everyone you speak with has only negative things to say, then rule that day camp out, pat yourself on the back for taking the time to conduct a thorough investigation and keep looking for a different camp.

2. Involve your child in the decision making process. Research shows that kids enjoy camp more when they’re included in the decision-making process. Since there are so many different types of day camps to choose from, it’s important to match your child’s interests and personality with the activities the day camp offers. Accordingly, it’s advisable to take a tour of the camp and/or attend an open house together with your child. After you’ve toured the camp, ask for your child’s opinion. This can be a much better approach than unilaterally deciding which day camp your child will attend without consulting them ahead of time, as asking for their input means they’ll probably have a more positive camp experience in the end.

3. Tour the camp and meet the staff. Most day camps hold open houses or organized facility tours during the prime camp enrollment season (generally springtime). These events are great opportunities for you
to meet the staff, ask questions and see how the camp operates on a day-to-day basis. You might even decide to attend several camps’ open houses for a point of comparison and to see where you get the best “vibe.”

Attending a day camp open house or touring the facility is the single BEST way to see what you’re getting into ahead of time.

Camp is such a personal experience. You want your child to connect with his or her counselors on a personal level and admire them as leaders and role models. You owe it to yourself and your child to pick a day camp that your child will look back on later in life and say, “I remember that camp, and it was the best experience of my life!” Your child deserves the best. It’s your responsibility as a parent to put him or her in an environment where they can thrive, and choosing the right day camp can make this happen for you. Happy day camping!

Get a head start on choosing your child’s camp when you check out our 2015 Summer Day Camp Guide from the January issue of EAST COBBER.