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Teaching Generosity: Engaging our Children in the Act of Giving

No one has ever become poor by giving.
– Anne Frank

Our local schools play a vital role in our communities. Not only are they centers for learning, but they also employ our residents, link our various neighborhoods together, and invite businesses and churches to partner with them as they pursue the look and feel of true neighborhood schools. It’s this sense of community that gives our children security as students and us, their parents, position and purpose. What better place for our children to learn the act of giving. Schools offer an ideal setting for our children to practice empathy and generosity. We all benefit from being valued and supported.

What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.
- P.D. James

Whether they are called community service, outreach projects or partnerships, acts that reach and impact others in a positive manner uplift and encourage the recipients. They build bridges and transform facts and figures into faces and futures. Acts of service are both relatable and relational. And relationship lays the foundation for trust, influence and growth.

5 ways to teach generosity to our children:
1. Find out what outreach activities your school(s) participates in and get involved! Employ your children to help.  They respond immediately to the needs of other children: clothing, food, toys, books, toiletries, school supplies, etc. Angel Tree programs and Thanksgiving food drives are readily available.

2. Often times “in”reach is needed; families within your own school(s) who need assistance. School social workers and counselors can provide pertinent information and provide ideas.

3. Several schools have “Sister School Programs” in place. Check to see what activities they have slated and jump on board. Make a difference.

4. Start small: a single classroom within a school can “adopt” another classroom in another school, do food and toiletries drives, assemble donated backpack supplies, put together “goody” bags for student achievement awards, donate books, valentine cards, etc.

5. Go big: Organize a school-wide campaign. Identify a need within our community, recruit your school(s) Partners in Education and local churches and make it happen. People are usually eager to help; they just need someone to tell them specifically what to do.

Don’t forget Summer Giving:

MUST Ministries www.mustministries.org Even the youngest child can help make sandwiches for the summer lunch program. Organize a sandwich party in your home. Many churches participate in programs benefitting MUST; check websites, volunteer, encourage your children to volunteer. Do it together as a family.

The benefits of children helping children & families helping families:
• Outreach builds strong communities through caring, kindness and encouragement.
• Our children learn to be “others focused.” Children who are participating in providing and receiving assistance learn empathy, generosity and grace.
• Serving as a family brings us together, bonds us, reinforces the importance of teamwork and generates a strong sense of leadership and problem solving.
• Skills within our children are unveiled, hearts for the needs of others deepen and mature.

Generosity can be taught, modeled and practiced for a lifetime. Parents, teach giving. Help your children leave a legacy of serving others.

(Written by Shay Antoniades, East Cobb County PTA Community Outreach Chair.  Shay and her husband, Tony (a lifelong resident of Cobb County) have lived in East Cobb since 1995. She has three children, a son at Wheeler High School, a son at Eastside Christian School, and a daughter at Eastvalley Elementary. Currently serving as the Community Outreach Chairperson for ECCC PTA, she previously chaired Community Outreach for East Cobb Middle School PTSA for three years. She also serves as the Art Appreciation Chair for Eastvalley Elementary PTA and leads two Moms in Prayer groups. (www.momsinprayer.org))

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Nominate your favorite dad for EAST COBBER’s Father of the Year!

Caroline Hall with her “Daddy of the Year”, G.W. Hall

EAST COBBER’s 2013 Father of the Year G.W. Hall with his daughter, Caroline

All EAST COBBER readers are encouraged to nominate a father who either lives or works in East Cobb County to be this year’s EAST COBBER Father Of The Year.

In 200 words or less explain why this man should receive this honor. The Father Of The Year will appear on the front cover of the June/July edition of the EAST COBBER, participate in our annual Parade, and be eligible to receive gifts from our local merchants. Nomination form can be found on our Contest blog or by clicking HERE.

Mail your essay along with photo to:

EAST COBBER, P. O. Box 680455,
Marietta, GA 30068

All entries must be postmarked by May 8, 2014.

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It’s an Egg-cellent week for everyone! Community Events April 18 – 24.

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Celebrate the season all around East Cobb this week.

Easter eggs, Earth Day. the end of Passover and events for everyone! It’s another wonderful week all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email iJapanesey@Gmail.com or visit www.MariettaChess.com for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.

 

Every Saturday
Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or www.lakeshorelearning.com.

 

April 18
The Wiz presented by Christian Family Theatre is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Thursday-Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $10. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 678-824-2381 or tickets@christianfamilytheatre.org.

The Cobb County Public Library System is highlighting the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers to the Cobb County community. National Library Week is observedApril 13-19, 2014 throughout the United States with the theme “Lives change @ your library.” Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by public, school, academic and special libraries. With the local observance of National Library Week, we encourage you to explore the many resources and programs offered by your libraries.

Annie. The sun will come out at The Lyric when the legendary musical Annie returns to delight a new generation of theatre goers. Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm. Sundays: 2pm. $32-52/front floor seat. $32-42/Orchestra seat. The Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 404-377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.

 

April 19

For a complete list of East Cobb Egg Hunts happening today, click HERE. 

DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band. Departure has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. Featured lead vocalist, Brian Williams, has an amazing singing voice flawlessly matching Steve Perry’s vocal range and movements. 8pm. $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770.293.0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Emmy’s Putt Putt Classic. A family miniature golf tournament benefiting Corrigan Care, Inc. will be held from 9am-noon at The Fringe Miniature Golf at Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Parkway Roswell, GA 30076.

Partners in Philanthropy: Lunch with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Benefits Cobb Community Foundation’s mission to create charitable giving resources that support the new partnership with the Cobb Collaborative. 11:30am. $100/ticket. Marietta Hilton Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta 30064. More info: 770-859-2329.

 

April 20
Happy Easter East Cobbers! Wishing you food, fun, family, friends and festivities all day long!

 

April 21
League of Women Voters April Meeting. Lin Tatum, Director of Volunteer Services at Homestead Hospice, will speak on hospice care at the League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb general meeting. The meeting will be held Monday, April 21 at 7pm at the Marietta Firehouse Museum conference room – 112 Haynes Street NE Marietta, GA 30060. This event is free and open to the public.

A Post 6 Forum for the race for the Cobb County Board of Education will be held from 6-7:30pm at Sope Creek Elementary. The Forum will host candidates Kevin Nicholas and Scott Sweeney. Moderator will be Cynthia Rozzo, founder and publisher of EAST COBBER magazine. Sope Creek Elementary School is located at 3320 Paper Mill Road, 30067. The event is collaboratively hosted by the Sope Creek Elementary School Council, PTA, and Foundation. Complimentary on-site childcare provided by Sensible Sitters, sensiblesitters.com/. Childcare reservations are recommended, though not required. To reserve a childcare spot, visit forum.childcare.RSVP@gmail.com. A maximum of 60 childcare spots have been generously donated by the SCES PTA & Foundation.

 

April 22
Earth Day. 
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and honor the Earth everyday.

Passover ends this evening.

The Genealogical Society of Cobb County, 7pm. The meeting will feature Ruthanne Warnick discussing “Writing Your Family Story.” Warnick holds a master’s degree in geography, is a former travel industry professional and has worked on numerous special projects to capture people’s stories. All of these were driven by a desire to learn about and learn from people’s experiences, whether they live across the street or across the world, featuring their everyday life as well as exotic adventures. Warnick’s own story is featured in the book Thin Threads: Real Life Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments. The meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St, Marietta, GA 30064. For more about the Genealogical Society of Cobb County, visit http://www.cobbgagensoc.org/index.htm.

Women’s Premier Fitness Open House event and one day membership sale. Women’s Premier Fitness offers FREE childcare, 60 group fitness classes per week and affordable small group and personal training, plus a luxurious spa. Visit Women’s Premier Fitness at 4961 Lower Roswell Road or online at www.womenspremierfitness.com.

 

April 23
Booked for Lunch. The Cobb Library Foundation Presents award winning author June Hall McCash at the Marietta Country Club. Registration opens at 11am, program runs 11:30 to 1pm. Tickets for April’s Booked for Lunch are $25 per person, with proceeds going to continue the mission of the Cobb Library Foundation. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Curb Your Cholesterol, 11am – 12pm Free Registration required It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true, too — changing what you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the amount of fat floating through your bloodstream. Learn strategies to improve your cholesterol from Cindee Sweda of the Cobb Extension Service. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

 

April 24
Walton High School Drama Spring Revue April 24 – 26th www.waltondrama.com

The Wiz presented by Christian Family Theatre is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Thursday-Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $10. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 678-824-2381 or tickets@christianfamilytheatre.org.\

Georgia Democrats will hose the 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Georgia World Congress Center. This year’s special guest speaker is none other than the Ragin’ Cajun himself—Political Strategist and Professor of Practice at Tulane University James Carville. The general reception begins at 6:30 pm and the dinner program begins at 7:30 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. General admission tickets are $250 and can be purchased at http://www.georgiademocrat.org/jj2014/. Current members of the Yellow Dog Club can purchase a ticket for $200. Current members of the Young Democrats of Georgia or the Emerging Leadership Council can purchase a ticket for $125. To purchase a ticket at a discounted rate, email JJ@georgiademocrat.org.

Rain Garden Work Day. Come learn more about the garden and get your hands dirty! 9-11am. Quality Laboratory, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info/to register: 770-528-1482 or www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov/files/rainbarrels.

Personal Safety in your Home and Community presented by the Neighborhood Safety Commission Community Awareness Committee. Panel: Cobb County Public Safety Director, Sam Heaton; Cobb County Police Detective, Street Grace; Kim McCoy, Moderator. 7pm. Cobb County Government, Building A, 100 Cherokee Street, Commissioners Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Marietta 30060. More info: 770-565-2343 or tsteiner@mindspring.com.

 

Do you know of an event happening around East Cobb? Email the details to events@eastcobber.com. Include “Event Listing” in the subject line. Stay on top of all the local fun and festivities when you “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EASTCOBBER.

 

 

 

Atlanta Braves & Chick-fil-A present All-Star Student Achievers Program

Atlanta Braves

The All-Star Student Achievers Program rewards students in grades K-12 for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence. In recognition of their accomplishments, All-Star Student Achievers will receive two complimentary tickets to a 2014 Braves regular season home game and a Chick-fil-A coupon.  Students are eligible to participate in the All-Star Achievers Program if they met one of the following criteria for the 2013 fall semester:

  • Straight As (including A-‘s)
  • A-B Honor Roll
  • Perfect Attendance

Every student participating in the program will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to participate in a special pre-game presentation. Students may register for the program at www.braves.com/achiever. The program guidelines and ticket order form is attached HERE.

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Celebrate Library Week: April 13-19

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The Cobb County Public Library System is highlighting the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers to the Cobb County community. National Library Week is observedApril 13-19, 2014 throughout the United States with the theme “Lives change @ your library.”

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by public, school, academic and special libraries. With the local observance of National Library Week, we encourage you to explore the many resources and programs offered by your libraries.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day is this Sunday!

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The YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day is this Sunday, April 13, at McCleskey YMCA from 1:30-4:30pm.

This FREE Family-Friendly event inspires more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, demonstrations, a kids 1K and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Come out and enjoy a giant Inflatable obstacle course, healthy food samples, fire trucks, life safety houses, and lots of other fun and healthy activities for the whole family. The Easter Egg hunt begins at 1:30 pm, a 1K kids’ run is at 2:30 pm and Family Zumba begins at 3:30 pm.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director of YMCAs in East Cobb “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA 30062 from 1:30 pm – 4 pm and features an Easter Egg Hunt (at 1:30 pm) a kids 1K at 2:30 and activities which encourage fun and active play.

 

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12th annual Earth Day Fest is this weekend at CNC

Earth In Grass

On Saturday, April 12, celebrate Earth Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center from 10am-3pm. The whole family will discover fun ways to connect to nature and help our watershed and the planet.

Admission is $10 adults, $7 students and seniors, $6 children – ages 2 and under free.

Explore the Eco-Village, enjoy hands-on activities, make eco-crafts to take home plus watershed-themed face painting, eco-friendly vendors, wildlife encounters, canoe paddling and good eats from food trucks. Special guest Emmy-winning artist Farmer Jason! Dance and sing along to his rockin jams.

Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, Georgia 30075. For more about the CNC, call(770) 992-2055 x236, email programs@chattnaturecenter.org or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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Have a hopping good time! Community Events April 11 – 17.

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Enjoy Easter Egg Hunts and more all around East Cobb this week!

It’s time for egg hunts, outdoor entertaining and good old springtime fun! So dust off the pollen and get ready for a good time. For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

 

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email iJapanesey@Gmail.com or visit www.MariettaChess.com for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.

 

Every Saturday
Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or www.lakeshorelearning.com.

 

April 11
Stitches South. Classes, fashion show, presentations for knitters. Friday & Saturday: 8:30-11:30am, 2-5pm. Sunday: 8:30-11:30am, 1:30-4:30pm. $10/1-day pass. $14/2-day pass. $18/3-day pass. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.knittinguniverse.com/South.

Atlanta Ballet Presents Stephen Mills’ Hamlet. Set to the pulsating and spellbinding music of Philip Glass and performed live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Stephen Mills’ Hamlet provides a full sensory, riveting performance. Friday: 8pm. Saturday: 2pm& 8pm. Sunday: 2pm. Tickets: starting at $20. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: 800-745-3000 or www.cobbenergycentre.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.

Spring Native Plant Sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer questions. Thursday April: 3, 5-7pm member exclusive sale. April 4-5 & April 11-12: 10am-5pm. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Annie. The sun will come out at The Lyric when the legendary musical Annie returns to delight a new generation of theatre goers. Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm. Sundays: 2pm. $32-52/front floor seat. $32-42/Orchestra seat. The Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 404-377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.

Exhibition Opening Reception – One: Alexi Torres & Wilbur G. Kurtz: Inspired by Southern History. Join us for the openings of the One: Alexi Torres & Wilbur G. Kurtz: Inspired by Southern History. $8/Adult admission at the door, cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres. 6-8pm. Exhibitions are on display until July 3rd. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta St SE, Marietta. More info: 770 528-1444 or www.MariettaCobbArtMuseum.org.

Egg Hunt at Laurel Park. 6:30 – 7:30pm Laurel Park 151 Manning Road, Marietta • 770-794-5601 www.marietta.com/laurel-park-easter-egg-hunt

The St. Ann Players, composed of parishioners and friends from the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta, will enact their 18th annual production of the “Living Stations of the Cross” on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Players are a group of Christians brought together for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of God through the performing arts. The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm in the main sanctuary of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, located at 4905 Roswell Road. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Cobb County Master Gardeners Lunch and Learn: The Beauty of Bulbs! From Amaryllis to Zephranthes! Debra Stockton, MG. Debra will give the ABC’s of bulbs with a focus on Georgia favorites: daffodils, gladioli and tulips. Bring the beauty that comes from these small packages into your garden. Free. Bring your lunch. 12-1pm. Cobb County Water Lab, 662 S. Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-4070 or cobbmastergardeners.org.

Veteran’s Benefits presented by Larry Roberts, VITAS Veteran Liaison. Roberts will review resources available to provide additional financial support to surviving vets and spouses to help cover the cost of assisted or supportive living services. Light refreshments served. Free. 11am -12noon. Atria-Johnson Ferry, 9 Sherwood Lane, Marietta/East Cobb 30067. More info:/RSVP: 770-859-0570.

 

April 12
Big Shanty Festival combines the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with fun-filled activities with arts and crafts, food and live entertainment. The festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday at 9:30am, starting at Adams Park and continuing down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 12-5pm. Downtown Kennesaw near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw. More info: 770-424-8274 or www.kennesaw.com/big-shanty-festival.

Accident Avoidance Workshops presented by Marietta/Cobb Driver’s Education. Open to any permitted/licensed driver with basic vehicle control. At least one parent required to attend the entire program with their students. Classroom session, April 8: 6:40-9:40pm. Driving Session, April 12 or 13: 7:45am-12:45pm or 1:30-6:30pm. $359 per parent-student team. All attendees eligible for Defensive Driving Certificates. Siblings 10-13 welcome to attend both sessions at no extra charge. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road NE, Marietta. More info/to register: 770-262-7009.

Marietta Square Artists Market. Hosted by the Historic Marietta Square, it is a juried open-air market featuring vendors of all the arts. From jewelry to sculpture, paintings and more, there is something for everyone. 9am-2pm on Mill Street between Church Street and the railroad tracks. More info: www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com or Connie@ArtistsMarketMarietta.com.

Walk MS: Marietta 2014. Friends, families, individuals and corporations unite to raise funds for programs and research, while promoting public awareness of multiple sclerosis. Registration (free): 7am. Walk: 9am. Marietta Square, 50 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 678-672-1000 or www.nationalmssociety.org/gaa.

Car Wash and Yard Sale benefiting the missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Find household items, furniture, clothes and other treasures at great bargain prices. Yard Sale: 8am-2pm. Car wash: 9am-2pm. St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta, 30066. More info: 770-926-3488.

Powers Ferry United Methodist Church will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt and pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 12, from 9:30-11am and the community is invited. There will be an egg hunt, an inflatable bouncer, popcorn, face painting and fun. All children through 5th grade are welcome to this free event. The church is located at 245 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta. Please call the church office at 770-973-5271 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10am until 3pm for further information regarding church services and activities or go to the church website at www.powersferryumc.com.

Earth Day Kids Fest. Get ready for Earth Day by discovering how you (and your family) can be eco-heroes! The whole family will find out ways to connect to nature and learn fun new ideas on how to help our watershed and the planet. $10/Adults, $6/Children, Free/Children 2 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 ext. 236 or programs@chattnaturecenter.org.

 

April 13
McCleskey-East Cobb Y Egg Hunt. 1:30-4:30pm McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1050 East Piedmont Road, Marietta 770-977-5991 • www.ymcaatlanta.org/mcy

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

 

April 14
Cobb Chamber Business After Hours.
5:30-7:30pm. General admission: $20 online or $30 at door. Cobb Chamber Members: Free online or $20 at door. Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1600, Marietta. More info: 770-980-2000 or www.cobbchamber.org.

Cobb Connections presented by Kennesaw State University. Attendees will give their 30-second elevator speeches and break-out into roundtable discussions, in which they will give referrals and discuss business challenges. This networking event is complimentary for Cobb Chamber members and will meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Mansour Center from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Registration required. Deadline April 11 by noon. Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Suite 100, Marietta. More info: www.cobbchamber.org/events/Cobb-Connections-4469/details

 

April 15
Tax Day! Don’t forget to file your taxes East Cobbers – Uncle Sam has his eye on you!

Cooking Classes with Chef John Wilson. Chef Wilson will present a full array of classes based on classic European cuisine and cooking skills. 6:30-9:30pm. $50/person. Reservations are required and space is limited. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr, Roswell. More info: 770-640-3855.

 

April 16
Attend the grand opening of Zounds Hearing from 10am-2pm. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30am. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to this event by calling Patti at 770-693-4509 by April 11. Zounds is located at 440 Ernest Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.

 

April 17
The Wiz presented by Christian Family Theatre
is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Thursday-Friday: 7pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7pm. Tickets: $10. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 678-824-2381 or tickets@christianfamilytheatre.org.

There will be a political forum panel discussion on education financing in the Hightower Trail Middle School auditorium, 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road. State and local political leaders will be in attendance and speaking at the forum. The focus of the discussion will be the practical realities of the budget shortfall for students, teachers, parents and schools, as well as potential short-term and long-term solutions for education funding and ensuring the high quality of education for students now and in the future. In addition, organizers will focus on the voting process and the upcoming May 20th primary.

Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop presented by Cobb County Watershed. This workshop is designed to teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct the chemical tests using hand-held field equipment. 6-8:30pm. Cobb County Water Quality Laboratory, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-1482 or www.cobbstream.org.

Tough Talk to Tender Hearts Workshop. An informational program that teaches children accurate and realistic information about the biological process and physiological changes to their body. 9:30-11:30am. $20/Person. VOICE Today, 3855 Shallowford Road, Suite 110, Marietta/East Cobb 30062. More info: chris@voicetoday.org.

 

 

 

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Plans for children’s home in East Cobb greeted by opposition from neighbors

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Rachel Naddor, executive director of Deserving Peace International Inc., and her husband, Ahmed El Makki, adjust the County Land Use Permit Notice sign at their home in Marietta.
MDJ Staff/Jeff Stanton

An east Cobb woman eager to start a group home for neglected children was shocked Tuesday by opposition from neighbors and the unanimous recommendation for denial by the Planning Commission.

Rachel Naddor, 48, appeared before the Planning Commission on Tuesday morning to request a special land use permit to open an orphanage in a home she purchased in 1997 on Clearwater Drive, between Powers Ferry Road and Lower Roswell Road.

Naddor, who was raised in Baltimore, said she was neglected as an infant and child. Still, the group home endeavor really took hold after Naddor met her Saudi Arabian husband, Ahmed, 35, an IT engineer in computer repair.

“It is all God’s will,” Naddor said.

The couple, members of the Islamic faith, married in November 2012 and do not have any children.

Rachel Naddor gave a 10-minute presentation about her passion to help at-risk or abused children.

“This is really a calling, a mission,” Naddor said as she choked back tears and paused a few times. “It has taken a lot to get here.”

In November, Naddor formed a nonprofit organization, Deserving Peace International, which is affiliated with Unity North Atlanta Church and the Islamic Circle of North America’s Outreach Division.

“The children will learn about faith and they’ll learn how to find peace,” Naddor said. “They’ll be guided and empowered” through prayer, meditation and contemplation.

At this point, Naddor is navigating government approvals and is not sure how children would be placed in her home.

The goal is to take in international refugees, but with money constraints, Naddor said the children could be from Georgia.

The children will attend public school initially at Powers Ferry Elementary, with home schooling arranged if needed down the road, Naddor said.

A home by any other name

Naddor told the Planning Commission the home will not have any signage outside to attract attention to the house.

In fact, the goal is to place the children in the family-friendly neighborhood to allow the misplaced kids to feel normal.

“This is just a home with kids in it,” Naddor said.

Naddor’s home has four bedrooms. Upstairs are a master bedroom, an office and meditation room.

There are also two full bathrooms upstairs, one full bathroom downstairs and a “beautifully finished” basement Naddor said.

The plan would be to house two children per room, for a total of six kids as well as Naddor and her husband.

That is the maximum amount of children allowed in the home, based on the Office of Residential Child Care with the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Each child will have his or her own bed and place to store belongings, with separate boys’ and girls’ bathrooms, Naddor said.

Naddor said Cobb Fire has approved of the plans and building permits have been granted. The Naddors are only waiting on zoning approval.

If the group home is started, Naddor said the children will be provided with medical care and 24-hour supervision, with three workers rotating shifts and a few volunteers.

The Naddors personal vehicles will be stored in the enclosed carport, with only two cars at any one time parked in the driveway by staff and no street parking, Naddor promised.

A negative recommendation

Three residents from the Freywood Estates neighborhood spoke against the proposed group home Tuesday.

Louie George, who lives off Robin Lane, said the area is an established single-family residential neighborhood.

“How can eight people live in a 1,500-square-foot house?” George asked, pointing to the small-sized bedrooms of the homes built in the 1950s.

George also expressed concern about Naddor expanding the group home operation into the back of her secluded and wooded property in the future.

“I think this is an effort to get the foot in the door,” George said.

Denise Merritt, who lives off Freydale Road, said most of the people living in the quiet community are older residents and she hopes to keep it that way.

“I think the neighborhood is the best neighborhood in Cobb,” Merritt said.

The Planning Commission unanimously denied the special land-use permit, 4-0, with Planning Commissioner Christi Trombetti absent.

Despite the eye contact from the members on the board, Naddor said she did not feel her case was heard.

“They denied it before they even listened,” Naddor said. “Maybe my vision is so big it blows people away and they can’t handle it.”

Naddor also said she felt misled in the process, especially by Chairman Mike Terry, who represents her area.

“(Terry) led me to believe he was on my side,” Naddor said.

Terry said he had numerous discussions with Naddor “at length” and came out for a tour of the home.

During the hearing, Terry said he had been inundated with emails from people against the permit being granted, with at least a dozen in the last few days.

It is hard to approve a special land use permit “if there is wide-spread opposition” by the neighbors, Terry said.

The only group home for children approved in Cobb is The Calvary Children’s Home off Lost Mountain Road, which sits on 13 acres and is home to 23 children in multiple buildings.

“That is not at all what we are talking about here,” Terry said. “There is just no precedent for this.”

In the end, Terry suggested the Naddors check into the state’s foster-care program or consider international adoption to bring a couple children into the home.

“Their hearts are in the right place,” Terry said.

 

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Rachel Gray April 03, 2014.)

 

SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN IN EAST COBB

MDE SCHOOL and Greater Atlanta Speech & Language Clinics in Marietta are pleased to announce their schedule for Summer Enrichments Camps for 2014 for children ages 3-16 with communication disorders or developmental disabilities. The camps will run from June 2nd until July 18. All camps will be held at the school at 1517 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. This year’s camp offerings include several options for various age ranges and disabilities. All camps will be led by certified teachers from the MDE School with many years of experience working with children with special needs.

“Step-it-Up” is geared towards children ages 5-16 years with communication disorders or developmental disabilities. It will give them a chance to enhance their basic academic skills including math, language arts, phonics, handwriting, music and art. All of this will be done in a fun, creative and interactive way and is meant to keep them engaged during the summer. The 5 sessions of camp run daily from 9 AM to 3 PM and the cost is $350 per week.

“Camp Exploration” is designed for children ages 3 -5 and will incorporate social skills and language concepts with art, games and more with various themes running through the week. This camp is offered one week only, June 16-20. Cost is $350.

“Cooking with Friends” will involve children ages 8-16 in fun cooking activities where they will learn social skills, measuring, sequencing and much more while making healthy food to enjoy. New recipes and fun every day! This camp is offered one week only, June 9-13. Cost is $350.

“Gifted Hands” is a craft building camp. Campers ages 8-16 will create various crafts during the week. The camp focuses on following directions, measuring, sequencing, hand-eye coordination, social skills and proper use of tools. Come home with amazing creations from this fun camp, which runs July 14-18 only. Cost is $350.

Please contact the MDE School at 770-971-4633 for additional information or to register, or visit www.greateratlantaspeech.com or www.mdeschool.com . There is no camp the week of July 4th. Space is limited so register soon!

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