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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.

New Dates: Simpson drama presents Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.



Due to rescheduling from this week’s weather issues, Simpson Middle School Drama Club will present Disney’s High School Musical Jr, Saturday February 28 and Wednesday March 4 at 7pm. Tickets are only $8 Adults and $5 Students & Teachers at the door. Every ticket purchased enters you in our nightly gift card door prize drawings! Be sure to purchase a rose or write fan mail to your favorite stars. We’ll have great concessions too. We hope you can join us for the show!

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Parents – What Are Your Kids Doing With Their Phones?


The new online social programs and APPs available to young people have created a new dynamic of dangers from strangers, and in some cases from those who are not strangers in the form of Cyber-Bullying.

The GBI’s Georgia CyberSafety Initiative, presents this free parent education program:

“Our Kids Are Doing WHAT With Their Phones?!!!!”

Receiving enthusiastic response from parents and school counselors in the Atlanta area, this program supplies parents with information they can use to initiate conversations with their kids designed to strengthen trust and respect.

A GBI agent will be joining the discussion – available to answer questions from parents.

Join us for an eye-opening – PARENTS ONLY – presentation!

Thursday, February 26
7:00 p.m.

Sandy Springs
Holy Innocents Episcopal School – Fine Arts Building
805 Mount Vernon Highway Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30327

This is a free Parent Education Seminar – for PARENTS ONLY!

This reservation system is simply to help us get an accurate headcount for the event so that we can bring the proper number of take-home materials. Please remember – this is a PARENT ONLY event. Children are not allowed in the presentation.

The GA Cyber Safety Initiative (GA CSI) educational program is made possible by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which is housed within the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACCU) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) – and is part of the ICAC Task Force Program.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Malenka Warner, Certified GBI CSI Presenter

Company: GBI CSI Initiative

Phone: (770) 671-0213




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Register for the Gator Gallop at Addison Elementary

Support the Addison Foundation and register for the 1st Annual 5K/Fun Run at Addison Elementary.  Learn more about the Addison Foundation at Registration and details at

Addison Elementary is a Cobb County School located at 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, GA 30066 in East Cobb.

The 2015 5K Race and Fun Run is open all students, friends, family and community members. The 5K run begins at 8am with the Tot Trot to follow at 9am and the Fun Run at 9:15am. Awards will follow at the conclusion of the event.

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Cold Weather Reminder for Students


The National Weather Service and local meteorologists are forecasting unusually cold temperatures and wind chills in our area. Please be advised that all students, especially those who ride school buses, should take extra precautions before going outside to come to school.

Students should consider dressing warmly with gloves, head-covering and multi-layered clothing to protect themselves against the cold.

Cobb County bus drivers will work to ensure morning pick-up remains on schedule. Please visit Cobb County Schools’ website for updated information regarding Cobb Schools as the weather developments occur at and continue to monitor local media for forecast details.



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Babies Can’t Wait Provides Early Intervention To Infants and Toddlers

Man Holding Up an Infant

Babies Can’t Wait is a statewide early intervention program for children (birth to 3 years of age) with  developmental delays and their families. Babies Can’t Wait can assist families in identifying needed resources and services within our community to meet a child’s developmental needs. Agencies and individuals provide services from both the public and private sector that includes speech, occupational, physical therapy and special instruction.

BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development. BCW staff and providers provide information and therapeutic services to parents about their children’s medical/developmental conditions. They train the parent to provide services to their child in the natural environment on a daily basis.

For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Babies Can’t Wait Coordinator at 770-514-2462.  For developmental screening and enrollment call 770-514-2759.

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List your event with the EAST COBBER


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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Who is St. Valentine?


Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th. Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

(Thanks to the East Cobb office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services for this information) 

Choosing childcare or preschool? Check out your East Cobb options.

Child Care 17th button

Have you registered your child for preschool or child care for the 2015-16 school year? Schools across East Cobb are actively accepting registrations but the choices can be daunting! To help you find the right school for your early learner, EAST COBBER has compiled the 17th annual Child Care and Preschool Guide.

Our 2015 guide is a comprehensive, impartial, listing of all child care centers, Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) programs and preschools available to children five and under in East Cobb County. We of course encourage readers to thoroughly evaluate any potential caregiver.

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Glamour Girls Day Spa’s Kids Night Out this Friday



Parents enjoy a date night out on the town on Friday, February 13, while your kids have their own special kids night out at Glamour Girls Day Spa! This coed event will be held form 6-11:30pm.

The cost is a $25 registration fee that includes fresh food, tasty snacks, kid-friendly movies, fun games (Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, board games) rockin’ karaoke, crafty coloring and more. Fee includes the first two hours then it’s $12.00 each additional hour.

GGDS will also offer their regular spa services mani, pedi, makeup, facials, hair-do for dolls for an additional fee. If you want spa services, please note that when you RSVP.

Must RSVP by February 10th. To RSVP, email

Glamour Girls is located at 551 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068. For more information call 404-919-GLAM (4526), email or visit


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Kids’ Valentine’s Day Programs at Cobb Libraries


Several children’s Valentine’s Day themed programs and activities are on the calendar for Cobb County Public Library System in February.

Upcoming Valentine’s Day-themed programs include:

Terrific Twos @ Mountain View, I Love Valentine’s Day at Mountain View Regional Library on Tuesday, February 10, 10:15-10:45 a.m.. Toddlers are introduced to pre-literacy skills and socialization.

Wiggle Worms! Toddler Story Time at Gritters Library on February 10, 10:05 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Stories and songs for you and your toddler.

Be My Valentine, Preschool Pollywags! at East Cobb Library on Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11, 11 a.m., both dates. Stories, songs, fun activities and a short film.  Ages 3-5.

Toddler Time at Switzer Library on February 11, 11-11:30 a.m. Everyone 18 months to 3 years old with a caregiver will have a great time with age appropriate books, rhymes, songs, activities and more!

Valentine Make and Take at East Marietta Library onSaturday, February 14. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will make a valentine for either someone special or a character from favorite books.

For all of the Valentine’s Day theme programs, please visit the library calendar or contact any Cobb library location.


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