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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.

IHOP Restaurants Partners with No Kid Hungry


Continuing their “Summer of Smiles” celebration, IHOP®restaurants has joined forces with No Kid Hungry to bring an end to childhood hunger. IHOP and No Kid Hungry share the philosophy that starting the day with breakfast, and a smile, is extremely important, and have targeted a goal of providing 2.5 million meals this year.

No Kid Hungry’s mission is to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. IHOP is joining that effort by offering guests the opportunity to donate directly to No Kid Hungry,August 24 through September 20.  On August 25, participating IHOP restaurants will offer short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Dubbed “Share a Smile” Day, 50 cents from each $1 short stack sale will benefit No Kid Hungry.

“One in five American children struggle with hunger, which can have serious long-term effects on their development and success,” said Darren Rebelez, President of International House of Pancakes, LLC. “We are so proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to bring smiles to children’s faces as we fight to end childhood hunger.”

IHOP’s “Summer of Smiles” celebration is devoted to celebrating individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to making the communities they serve better.  No Kid Hungry’s initiatives to feed children will benefit not only from the $1 short stack program on August 25, but also a month-long online and social media campaign, as well as a donation line on all IHOP receipts.

The IHOP-No Kid Hungry promotion will continue into September, helping kick off No Kid Hungry Month and the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program where brands nationwide help raise funds to end childhood hunger.

“The simple act of feeding kids a healthy breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health and economic futures,” said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share our Strength, the national nonprofit that runs the No Kid Hungry campaign. “A leader in breakfast, IHOP is an ideal partner to help us raise awareness and end childhood hunger, and by Sharing a Smile IHOP guests and the brand will kick off Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in a rewarding and exciting way.”

To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger or to donate, please visit, or visit


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East Cobb Consignment Sales make fall shopping a breeze


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. There are still a number of East Cobb area Consignment Sales so grab your laundry basket and get ready to bargain hunt!




August 27-29
Due West Treasure Chest Children’s/Junior’s Consignment Sale. Thursday: 9:30am-7pm. Friday: 9:30am-6pm. Saturday: 8am-12pm. Many items half price on Saturday. Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. More info: 770-427-3835 or


August 28-29
Everything for Children ALL-IN-ONE Consignment Sale! Winter, spring, and summer items in this unique all-in-one sale! Gently used baby and children’s items including toys, children’s books, games, puzzles, and DVD’s. Saint Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Rd, Marietta 30066. No fees, complimentary childcare for volunteers, and we test everything for lead. Come sell and shop at our friendly sale. More info: 770-926-3488 or


August 28-29
East Cobb’s Finest Kids’ Consignment Sale. Thursday (volunteers only): 5-7pm. Friday: 9am-4pm. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Everything 30% off on Saturday.The Episcopal Church of St. Peter-Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-7473 or


August 30-September 3
Rhea Lana’s Premier Children’s Consignment Event. Shop all your children’s needs in one spot. Admission is always free. Sunday: 12-7pm. Monday: 10am-8pm. Tuesday: 10am-4pm. Wednesday: 10am-8pm (half price day). Thursday: 10am- 4pm (half price day). Sprayberry Square Shopping Center, 2550 Sandy Plains Road Marietta. More info 404-889-4173 or


September 11-12 
Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten (RUMCK) Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9am-2pm. Saturday: 8am-12pm. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Building B., Roswell. More info: 770-853-2333 or


September 18-19
KinderMart Children’s Consignment Sale. Friday: 9:30am-8pm. No strollers before 11am. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Many items ½ price on Saturday. Benefits Smyrna FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten. Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. More info:


Reprinted from the August 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read our August issue HERE.

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Sign-up Deadline for ‘Home Run Readers’ Program is Aug. 31

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 free Subway “Fresh Fit 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. All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is the Braves’ ambassador for the program’s third year.
The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through August 31. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at

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Come join the fun at the 20th Annual EAST COBBER Parade and Festival September 12


The 20th annual EAST COBBER Parade and Festival to be held on Saturday, September 12. Now in its 20th year, the EAST COBBER Parade and Festival is the only community-wide event in East Cobb, drawing 2,000 parade participants representing 110 different groups and a crowd of over 10,000.

The EAST COBBER Parade and Festival strives to build a sense of community by creating a special event and annual tradition for East Cobb County residents. In addition to the entertainment stage, arts & crafts exhibits, and carnival games, the Festival is an excellent venue for local civic groups, churches, synagogues, and other nonprofits to raise awareness about their organizations’ contributions to East Cobb County. The EAST COBBER Festival also provides an opportunity for local businesses to sell their goods and introduce their  services to East Cobb residents.

Mark your calendars now! The EAST COBBER Parade & Festival is September 12. This celebrated community event has something for everyone–unique artists and crafters, fun and entertaining children’s activities, delicious food, and so much more! Don’t miss  the 12th annual EAST COBBER Parade and Festival. The EAST COBBER Parade begins
at 10am with the EAST COBBER Festival immediately following from 11am-3pm, at its NEW location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

The EAST COBBER Parade & Festival is presented by corporate sponsor WellStar. For more information to participate in the parade or to exhibit at the festival visit, e-mail or call 770-640-7070.


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Innovative New Program for Kids

Photo With Daughters

Emilie O’Leary’s daughters know the rules for navigating the online world. O’Leary started her business to help keep children safe.

A mother’s concern has led to a new business aimed at keeping children safe online.

Emilie O’Leary watched as her three daughters and their friends played constantly on their phones and other devices that connected them to the outside world. At the time they were all in elementary school.

They would jump into all these games and social media sites knowing nothing about security,” says O’Leary. “They would share their passwords, their usernames and contacts as if it were public knowledge.”

Learning that other parents shared her concern, O’Leary did some research that led to Cyber Smart, an onsite training company that teaches kids how to protect themselves online.  Teachers use games and activities to help students understand what information to keep private and to identify potentially unsafe sites. A variety of other essential safeguards are spread out over a series of 12 lessons.

Plans call for after-school programs to be held in local elementary schools. Cyber Smart will bring laptops to the schools for kids to use in class.

Students can also sign up for a series of four hour-long classes to be held at the Cobb County Government Center Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 3:30 p.m.

The new program comes as studies show alarming trends in what children do online and how much of their activity is hidden from their parents. According a 2013 report by McAfee, a security technology company, nearly a fourth of preteens use browser tools to hide activity from their parents.

O’Leary didn’t have to look far to see the kinds of dangers children face. One of her daughters was playing a game online when a hacker posing as a friend’s mom asked for personal information on the chat feature of the game.

Asking around, she found that other parents had stories of their own, some involving cyber bullies and identity theft.  “Parents all know about the dangers but have very little knowledge on what to do to protect their children,” O’Leary says.

Her girls needed online access by second grade to get their school assignments done. She notes that “once they are online, they’re exposed to this world with very little training about avoiding the pitfalls.”

O’Leary and husband David are well equipped for the new venture. She has more than 20 years of experience in the training industry while he has spent the same amount of time in information technology.

In preparing the curriculum, the business owners used research and data from a variety of sources including news and government organizations. In addition, they got input from high school students to stay abreast of the latest trends that might pose online dangers. “They had an incredible perspective on apps, social media and games,” says O’Leary.

Topics covered include how to tell an ad from an informational site and what is meant by an “in app” purchase. Students will also learn how to handle cyberbullies and to protect themselves from hacking.

They’ll come away with a better understanding of why it’s vital to navigate the online world with care. Teachers will stress the permanence of postings and text messages. They’ll teach kids to look with a skeptical eye at sites that may contain information that’s not true, including pictures and videos that may have been digitally altered.

A variety of other topics will be covered as well.

For more information, visit or call 404-620-4864.


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Celebriktion coming to Cobb Galleria Centre

See a LEGO city with over one million Lego pieces featuring parks, 12-foot plus high skyscrapers, streets and even a parade containing thousands of LEGO minifigures. The whole city has now been lit up with over1000 LED lights. Celebricktion is coming to Cobb Galleria Centre October 10-11, 10am-5pm.

Also see:
• A replica of Nijenkamp’s LEGO Studio to provide insight into how they create their giant exhibits. • GA 501st Star Wars Garrison

• BRICKS custom MOCs including Helms Deep, Winter Village, Spooktacular Haunted Scene, and Pirate Island and LEGO Robotics demonstrations.

• Play various LEGO games, Hear LEGO Speakers, and win great prizes! Don’t miss the kids bounce house, kids freebuild area with over 100,000 LEGO Bricks, DUPLO area, pictures with Mr. Bricks and other LEGO-themed Mascots.

LEGO vendors will be selling new, used and custom sets, minifigures and more! And see creations by other LEGO fans.

For tickets to the event or to become an exhibitor visit: A portion of each ticket sales goes to support Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

Cobb Galleria Centre is located at 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.


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East Cobb PTAs help children reach for the stars and change the world


On behalf of the East Cobb County Council of PTAs (ECCC PTA), welcome to the 2015-16 school year. This year the ECCC PTA theme is “Reach for the Stars. Change the  world.” As parents, teachers, administrators, and as a community, we want our children’s education to prepare them to succeed. A high-quality education is  essential for our children in an increasingly competitive world and critical for the ongoing vitality of our families and communities.

Together we can help our children’s potential become reality. Together we will help  them reach for the stars and change the world. The ECCC PTA is made up of 35 East Cobb PTAs. There are nearly 28,000 PTA members in East Cobb. Our PTA members are parents, grandparents, students, teachers, school administrators, community members and business partners.

As PTA volunteers we offer time, energy and skill to improve the quality of our  children’s education and their overall wellbeing. The ECCC PTA and East Cobb PTAs encourage family engagement in our schools, celebrate diversity in our communities,  foster community service, enhance environmental education, share best practices on health and wellness and connect schools with youth service programs. PTA legislative teams remind our school communities to vote and educate members about policy issues impacting education. Through the Reflections Art Contest and the Honoring Our Heroes Essay Contest, students have the opportunity to develop their creativity and to write about an everyday hero. PTA membership teams work with generous business partners to offer PTA member discounts throughout the year.

The ECCC PTA Margie Hatfield Scholarship — which awards a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior from each of the six East Cobb public high schools — honors  community service and academic excellence. Additionally, East Cobb PTAs contribute towards learning opportunities that enrich academic achievement, such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, software that supplements  reading and math progress, and expanded offerings in media centers. PTAs organize activities, such as fall fairs, fun runs, class picnics, dances, multicultural events, book fairs and field days, that cultivate a spirit of school and family community.

We invite you to join us — to strengthen our children’s educational achievement and to expand their opportunities for a better future. We are so grateful for the incredible teachers, principals, school staff, community and business partners, and not least, the PTA volunteers and members in our school communities.

Let us know how we can help your school. Our goal is nothing less than to help our children reach the stars and change the world.


(Written by Anne Davidson and Cindy Goolsby, Co-Presidents, East Cobb County Council of PTAs. Reprinted from the August 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read our August issue HERE.) 

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Good Eatin’ Great Cause is Thursday


On Thursday, August 13, SafePath Children’s Advocacy presents their annual fundraiser,  Culinary Tour & Competition: Good Eatin’ Great Cause. From 6-10pm at the Cobb  Galleria Center, event attendees will enjoy culinary treats featuring signature  appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks from the event’s restaurant participants: Canoe, Capers, Chicken and the Egg, Figo Pasta, Seed—and more! The public is invited to join host, Chef Ryan McKay, two- time winner of the Good Eatin’ Great Cause competition and a contestant on NBC’S Food Fighters (which will air July 30th). In addition, local celebrity chefs will serve as mentors in a team cook-off competition  between Cobb County Police Department, Sherriff’s Office, Fire Department, and Marietta Fire Department. Be a part of an entertaining and energetic event with  incredible food, great company, and an amazing “cookingrelated” auction. The funds raised at Good Eatin’ Great Cause will help SafePath provide information, resources, and programs to help abused children throughout Cobb County. Tickets are $75.

SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center has been changing the lives of abused children for over 20 years. Located off of Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, SafePath provides intervention services including trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy to any child in Cobb County that has experienced abuse. SafePath also offers ongoing therapy to the children and their non-offending parents/caregivers, so that they can heal from the terrible trauma they have experienced. All of SafePath’s services are provided at no cost. For more information about SafePath and/or to buy tickets for the Culinary Tour & Competition: Good Eatin’ Great Cause, visit: or call 770-801-3465.


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Museum Mice: Learning fun for kids 3-5

Enjoying some time with the little ones now that the big kids are back in school? Head to Marietta Square on Wednesday, August 12, for Museum Mice Tours. This fun activity introduces toddlers ages 3-5 to history through very basic concepts like shapes, sounds, games, tools and jobs. 10:30 am. $5 per person. Reservations required. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta. More info: 770-794-5710 or


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August Publisher’s Note: Back to School in East Cobb

On August 3, approximately 36,000+ East Cobb children headed back to school.  Education is a top priority, a shared value, in East Cobb County. It is our community’s strength. The reputation of our public schools’ top test scores and quality learning environments draws people to East Cobb. Even if you don’t have a child in school we all have a stake in our community’s educational system— from our property values to future leaders to future employees.

On pages 12 -15, we pulled together those education stats, school by (East Cobb) school- which provides evidence for East Cobb’s great reputation for its schools. While the test scores offer a quick take that helps  parents and teachers measure a school’s success, it is important to note that beyond the rankings, each school needs to be assessed for other qualities, like: strong school leadership, parental and community support, creating an environment where students can learn and grow, access to up-to-date textbooks and technology.

Since my oldest Lee just graduated from Walton High School, I now have two children attending Walton High School: Nikos is a junior and Eleni is a freshman. So I have a very personal interest in the information presented in our Back to School Guide! I    understand the test scores and school’s stated goals are starting points to evaluate a good school for my child/children to attend. But more importantly, I am able to collect on-the-ground intelligence by attending PTA meetings, volunteering at the school, and/or bumping into moms at various extracurricular activities. Like a lot of moms and dads, I am constantly making sure my son or daughter is in a place where they experience the excitement — and the relevance — of learning, and where the next generation of intelligent, hard-working, disciplined leaders is being developed.

When deciding to dine out, I hope you’ll refer to our 18th Annual Dining Guide (pages 34-47) for inspiration. With every restaurant in East Cobb listed, you’ll discover that a special evening or a night out can be enjoyed right around the corner.

Here’s to a successful school year and delicious diversions!


Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher

Reprinted from the August 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the August issue HERE.

Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.