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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.

KSU offers Journey through Space and Time

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has announced an addition to its Summer University Camps designed for kids interested in outer space. “A Journey Through Space and Time” will be offered to youngsters in grades 4-6 from June 29 through July 2.

The new camp will run for four days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a registration fee of $199. “We located an instructor who’s very enthusiastic about teaching space exploration,” said Carla Green, Summer University program manager.

“His personality fits our camps perfectly, and we’re excited to add this unique class.” The hands-on camp will explore our solar system and the entire universe – including our galaxy, stars, black holes and the entire cosmos. Attend a free Career Expo on April 2 and save 10% on registration!

More information can be found at summeru.com or by calling 470-578-6765.

 

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In case you missed it: A round-up of East Cobb-area Easter Egg Hunts

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The Easter egg hunt is a combination of Christian and spring celebrations and is a popular tradition throughout the United States, and especially East Cobb County. Be sure to bring your Easter basket to collect the eggs. Here’s a short list of some local egg hunts for you to enjoy.

 

March 27: 6:30pm
Laurel Park
151 Manning Road, Marietta
770-794-5601 • www.marietta.com/laurel-park-easteregg-hunt
March 28: 10am
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road, Marietta
770-528-8875 • www.marietta.com/marietta-easter-egg-hunt

Easter egg hunt, art activities, inflatables, live entertainment, concessions, visits with the Easter Bunny
and the Mad Hatter Contest.
March 29: 1:30pm
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA
1050 East Piedmont Road, Marietta
770-977-5991 • www.ymcaatlanta.org/mcy

April 1: 6:15pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta
770-971-1465 • www.mtzionumc.org


April 4: 12pm

East Cobb United Methodist Church
2325 Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-3643 • www.eastcobbumc.org
April 4: 10:30am
Eastside Baptist Church
2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2323 • www.ebcfamily.org
April 4: 9am
Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church
4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
770-971-2880 • www.mtbethel.org
Reservations required for this hunt. The Egg Hunt is for ages 2 through 2nd grade. There will also be a Petting Zoo and the Easter Bunny.

April 4: 9am
Mountain View United Methodist Church
2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta
770-928-0050 • www.mvumc.org
Free pancake breakfast preceding hunt.

April 4: 10am
Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop
Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-423-1330 • pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com

April 4: 1pm
Sandy Plains Baptist Church
2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
770-971-8525 • www.sandyplains.org
April 4: 9am
St. Andrew United Methodist
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and egg scramble
$5/Adult, $2.50/Children (2-11)
3455 Canton Rd, Marietta
770-926-3488 • www.thepumpkinchurch.org.

 

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Start your Spring Break at CNC

Back to Your Roots Farm Fair at Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday, April 4th from 10am-3pm.

Kick off your spring break stay-cation at this green themed event designed as a ‘festival centered on our suburban community garden at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. The Captain Planet Foundation, AJC, City of Roswell, and GoGo SqueeZ are sponsoring this event to kick-off Earth Month (replacing Earth Day Kids Fest).  We’ve invited local groups to make this a full day of green-thumb; farm activities that will get you ‘back to earth’ to enjoy the sunshine.

So bring your kids (and big kids), wear your boots, get in touch with your roots and celebrate these first days of spring while playing in the dirt as we kick off Earth Month!  This festival is all about the fun of connecting to gardening and farm fundamentals!

Learn more about the farm-to-table movement and meet….

  • Adorable Farm Animals from Farmer Sue’s The Art Barn
  • Farmer Jason performing Nature Jams Music
  • Purchase Native Plants: vegetables, perennials, shrubs groundcovers or trees
  • Shop and Meet Eco-Friendly Vendors including Skolex Biotechnologies; Nature Products of America; Big Time Tea Company; Webbington’s Jams, Jellies and Preserves; Creekview Family Chiropractic; Slow Food Atlanta/Lexicon of Sustainability; Kathy Walton Arts: Fidelity Farm & Garden ; Gorman Chiropractic; City of Roswell/Keep Roswell Beautiful ; Kudzu Kottage ; Centennial Group Sierra Club; Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters; Nature’s Veranda and  Right2KnowRight2Grow
  • PLUS Captain Planet Foundation; Zoo Atlanta; Moore Farms and Friends; Mushroom Club of Georgia; Clay Collective; and Dances with Bees
  • Tour the Unity Garden* where produce is donated to the local food pantry
  • Enjoy Science of Spring Activities in the Discovery Center
  • Farm Fun with Hands-On Activities
  • Face Painting, Composting Demos and Outdoor Games to play

Whole Foods Market; King of Pops; Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen and OnTapa the World Food Trucks will be on hand serving delicious cuisine, so prepare to picnic!

Learn about the Unity Garden where community volunteers plant and harvest tons of produce for the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry.  If you have a surplus of produce this year, consider donating it to the needy. [We’ve already donated over 16 TONS of produce!  In fact, just this week, 55 lbs of Collards; Bok choi; Arugula and Mizuna were harvested by volunteers from Life University and YMSL Milton.  Your group can volunteer here to plant or harvest in this high producing community garden; contact our horticulturalists.  We’d like to keep the ‘love’ of gardening momentum growing; while contributing to keeping our community healthy.]

When you come, help stock North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry and be entered to win our Spring Fun Giveaway Contest!  Please bring a bag of dried beans or canned fruit to donate!  For every food item you bring in – you get a chance to enter a Spring Fun Giveaway Package from CNC!

Spring Fun Giveaway Packages:

  • Guided Canoe Trip for 2
  • 2 Tickets to Sunset Sips
  • Garden Starter Kit (includes vegetable Seedlings)

All of this is included with General Admission/CNC Members Free

For additional Information, contact Rebecca Gilbert: r.gilbert@chattnaturecenter.org. or 770-992-2055 x 236 or visit http://chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/family-fun-days/.

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McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA Invites Families to YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day®, March 29

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On Sunday, March 29th from 1:30 – 4 p.m., the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA  30062.  Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.

 

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NCG Cinemas offer sensory movie experience for special needs patrons

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Next month, when NCG Cinemas in Georgia and five other states host a special showing of the movie Home at 10am on April 4, the biggest stars won’t be on the big screen. They’ll be in the audience. That’s because people with special needs, like autism and cerebral palsy, will fill the seats as NCG Cinemas kicks off a series of sensory-friendly movie screenings designed just for them.

 

Many individuals with special needs cannot attend regular movie screenings, because they have trouble with things like loud noises, dark theaters, and sitting quietly. When a sensory-friendly movie begins, the theater isn’t completely dark, and chances are, the audience isn’t very quiet.  The movie’s soundtrack is turned down a bit, and it’s no big deal if children make a little noise and wander in the aisles now and then.

 

The decision to host monthly sensory-friendly movies is an example of NCG Cinemas’ ongoing commitment to cater to customers with special needs.   Recently, the employees at the company’s 17 theaters in six states underwent training developed by Special Needs Certified of Atlanta, GA.  The online training educates businesses how to better serve customers with special needs.

 

“The training provided by Special Needs Certified was easy to learn, watch and share with our employees,” said Tim Dilts, Marketing Director and Regional Manager for NCG Cinemas. “Our staff now feels more empowered than ever to provide a great experience for everyone, regardless of their abilities.”

 

Special Needs Certified owner Lindsey Turner is thrilled that NCG is reaching out to individuals with special needs and disabilities.

 

“NCG’s commitment to wanting to better serve their customers with special needs is an example all businesses and organizations should follow,” said Turner.  “Knowing we have helped educate employees at 17 locations across 6 different states means there will be more environments where individuals with special needs and disabilities will be welcomed. This is a great testament that we’re moving closer to our vision of creating a society where everyone, regardless of their abilities, feels love and acceptance.”

 

NCG will host sensory-friendly movies on one Saturday each month at all of its theaters. Tickets will be the matinee price and can be bought online at

 

www.ncgmovies.com, as well as at the box office.  NCG Cinema operates theaters in Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana and Georgia.

 

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Call for entries: EAST COBBER Mother of the Year Contest!

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Nominate a deserving East Cobb mom for our Mother of the Year contest! Deadline is April 6. Email your essay to contests@eastcobber.com.

 

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A Little Bit O’ History

A St. Patrick’s Day video from The History Channel.

 

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Cobb County Eggstravaganza under the stars

Children of all ages can enjoy something new and exciting this year as Cobb PARKS staff host the “Cobb County Eggstravaganza Under the Stars” Saturday, March 28, at Jim Miller Park. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and feature an evening glow-in-the-dark egg hunt under the stars.

This will be a fun-filled event with lots of activities for the entire family. There will be children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula hoop contest, egg toss, storytelling and glow-in-the-dark best dressed contest. The five egg hunts will be broken down into age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs.

Schedule of events:

6 p.m. — Opening of park
6:30 p.m. — 3 years old and younger egg hunt
7 p.m. — 4-5 years old egg hunt
7:15-8 p.m. — Break for games, activities and entertainment
8:15 p.m. — 6-7 years old egg hunt
8:45 p.m. — 8-10 years old egg hunt
9:15 p.m. — Tweens and teens egg hunt (11-17 years old)
Admission for the Eggstravaganza is free. Be sure to bring flashlights. For more information, call 770-528-8875 or 770-528-4333.

 

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Human Trafficking seminar to be held at Lassiter High School

On March 17 at 7pm in Lassiter High School’s small theater, Attorney General Sam Olens will lead a panel discussion regarding “Human Trafficking.” This program is sponsored by Rocky Mount Counseling Department, PTA and Foundation. For details see, Human Trafficking Presentation and link to video, Video.

Lassiter High School is located at 2601 Shallowford Road in East Cobb.

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Host a French exchange student this July

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Twenty-five French teens from professional French families (ages 14-18) will be coming to the Atlanta area from July 7-27 and retired French teacher Linda Farmer is looking for host families who will show their student warmth and hospitality. These French teens from Paris to Provence want to experience American life first-hand and to be totally immersed in the English language. Farmer, along with a French chaperon, will oversee the program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” says Farmer, “for Atlanta-area families to add an international dimension to their lives.”

LEC (Loisirs Culturels à l’étranger), the Paris-based sponsor, provides these students with comprehensive medical insurance and gives host families compensation for room and board. All come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home and each has had three to six years of English depending on age. An excursion bus will take the French teens on sightseeing trips once per week while they are here. No French language skills are needed!

For more information, contact Linda Farmer at lgfarmer@aol.com or 770-973-2452. Also, see www.lec-usa.com.

 

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