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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.

Holiday lights celebration at East Cobb Park

Kick off the season to be jolly at East Cobb Park’s 2014 Holiday Lights Celebration Sunday, Dec. 7. This special evening will begin at 5 p.m. and feature the Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and Simpson Middle School choirs, live music by Loose Shoes band, special guest appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph and the lighting of the live 40-foot East Cobb Park tree.

Share in the holiday spirit by giving back to our community. The proceeds from this event will go toward refurbishing and enhancing the park. The Center for Family Resources staff will also be collecting donations for its food pantry. Items to donate may be placed in marked barrels at East Cobb Park beginning 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, through the holiday lights event Sunday evening. Suggested donations include canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, spaghetti sauce, cereal, breakfast items, beverages, canned fruit and dry beans.

For your safety and the safety of others, please do not park along Roswell Road for the Holiday Lights Celebration. If possible, consider walking, biking or carpooling to the park. Additional parking will be available at Fuller’s Park.


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Take time for toddlers with ‘Raindrops and Snowflakes’ workshop



Toddlers 2-5 years old and their caregivers are invited to the Raindrops and Snowflakes Toddler Time on Friday, December 5, at the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.’s Wright Environmental Education Center, 2661 Johnson Ferry  Road, Marietta, 30062.

This rain or shine event will include a weather story, time to dress several bears so they can play in the rain and snow, songs, crafting and a nature hike. Two sessions are offered: 10-11:30am and 12-1:30pm. Registration is required and there is 20 child maximum per session. Cost is $2 per child. Dress for the weather and activities, including the nature hike (children may get dirty).

To register or for directions or additional information contact or call 770-528-8803. When emailing to register, please include the time that is best for you.


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Ninth Annual Lite the Night Tree Lighting is Dec. 7


The community is invited to Lite the Night on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, from 4:30-6 pm as WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts its annual tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and there will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are special musical guests.

Jordan Graye, from B98.5 FM, will emcee the program and count down the minutes to once again light the great 60-foot Christmas tree atop WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

Event is held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, Lite the Night will be held within a covered level of the parking deck.


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Photos with Santa at Marketplace 120 this Saturday

Come Meet Santa Claus on Saturday, November 22, 10 am to 7 pm at MarketPlace 120.

From 10 am to 6 pm, visit the Holiday Room and have a picture taken with Ol’ St. Nick, himself. Photo prices start at $10.00. Reservations accepted. 678.540.7511

Also, from 10 am to 12 pm, Children’s Author, Gail Goldberg, will be reading from her books, “Animals A to Z, Poems for Young Readers” and “Months and Seasons: Poems for Young Readers”. Reading will last 30 minutes.

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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Shop Titan Tidings Christmas Gift Show Nov. 15-16


Shop the 3rd Annual Titan Tidings Christmas Gift Show at Blessed Trinity High School November 15-16 in the Main & Aux Gym, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075.

Shopping hours are Saturday, November 15, 9am-4pm and Sunday, November 16, 10am-3pm.

Admission is FREE. Shop over 100 vendors offering a large variety of unique and beautiful gift items including jewelry, wreaths, pottery, origami, fine art, holiday and home decor, monogramming, accessories, knits, children’s items, a huge bake sale and much more.

The event is inside and there will be plenty of free parking available. Don’t forget to enter the Titan Tidings Raffle to win prizes and stop by the concession stand for snacks while you shop.


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Preschool Kid And Baby Yard Sale at Sandy Plains Baptist

Shop the Preschool Kid And Baby Yard Sale at Sandy Plains Baptist Church on Saturday, November 13, 9am-2pm. Sale will be held in the gym, strollers are welcome.

They are cleaning out and redecorating the preschool area and have also received donations of items to sell, Shop baby equipment including cribs and mattresses, swings, walkers, jumpers, bouncers, rockers, kids chairs (wood or plastic), play houses, boat, slide, toys, clothes, train table, books, VHS and DVD movies. Even the green chain link fence is for sale!

Adult shoppers won’t want to miss their selection of books, home decor and clothes.

Sandy Plains Baptist Church is located at 2825 Sandy Plains Road.


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The History of Veterans Day


Marine Corps officers. (EAST COBBER file photo)

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs.

What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former servicemembers properly.

A Brief History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

Celebrating the Veterans Day Holiday

If the Nov. 11 holiday falls on a non-workday — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. State and local government closings are determined locally, and non- government businesses can close or remain open as they see fit, regardless of federal, state or local government operation determinations.

United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, 2001, as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime.

(Excerpted from For the complete article, click HERE.)

Cobb International Village Informational Meeting is Tuesday

Village Invite

Attend the Cobb International Village Informational Meeting on Tuesday, November 11, at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, 4:30-6:30pm. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Keith McSorley by emailing

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WellStar in Top 10 on Working Mother’s Best List

Mother magazine presented the Working Mother Award to WellStar Health System at its 2014 Work Life Congress at the New York Marriott Marquis last month.

WellStar Health System was one of the Top 10 Companies on the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. WellStar was recognized for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms,  including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. This is the fifth year WellStar has been in the Top 10 and the seventh year in the Top 100.

WellStar offers benefits to all employees, including two on-site day cares for children of employees and back-up care assistance for children and family members of employees who need last minute, in-home temporary care. Additionally, concierge service is offered to all WellStar employees to help with such tasks as dry-cleaning pick-up, car maintenance and grocery shopping.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50 percent of the workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees.”


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