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Good Mews celebrates ‘ground scooping’ of cat shelter

Good Mews capital campaign committee members commemorate the start of construction of its new shelter with a ground scooping.


Good Mews Animal Foundation, a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter, “scooped” ground on its new state-of-the-art facility on Robinson Road in East Cobb on Saturday, Nov. 15. The shelter will feature 5,600 square feet of open space, large windows with views of gardens and plans for a surgical suite are underway. The group houses 100+ cats available for adoption. Construction begins in December. For more information visit


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The Walker School Increases Campus Size by 50 Percent with Major Land Acquisition

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Walker’s Head of School, Jack Hall, signing forms during the closing.

The Walker School, located at 700 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta, today announced the acquisition of approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to its current campus, the largest physical expansion of the current campus to date. This new property will allow the school the flexibility to enhance greatly the quality of its facilities, positively impacting its academic, fine arts and athletics programs.

Walker School Land Acquisiton Nov 2014When added to the school’s existing 32 acres, this acquisition brings the school’s total property to approximately 50 acres and increases the total property by 56 percent. Located at 815 Allgood Road, the newly purchased land is contiguous to the area occupied by the Preschool building and the baseball field, Warren Field. The Walker School purchased the property from Tatung Company of America, Inc. for $4.6 million.

“Investing in land and facilities is critical to the long-term health of our school,” said Jack Hall, The Walker School’s Head of School.  “It is important to note that our ability to purchase this land was based on committed and identified philanthropic giving from a small group within the Walker community.”

Hall added: “Our school has been steadily growing for decades, growth built on the efforts and commitment of a community that entrusts us with the education of their children and gives us the tools and resources to support that important work.”

Board Chair Cheryl Barre, who led Walker’s Board of Trustees through a strategic planning process two years ago, said, “Adding property to our existing campus is one of the four strategic initiatives identified by the board and lays the groundwork to achieve a second initiative, upgrading facilities for academics, fine arts and athletics.”


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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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Cobb County offices will close for Thanksgiving Holiday

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County offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holidays.


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Photo of the Day


Georgia peaches pay homage to our home state at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia. More than 1 million LED lights create a glittering backdrop for Six Flags fun through January 4.


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Calling all East Cobb Moms ready to get in shape! Deadline extended thru November 25!



If you’re an East Cobb mom age 35-55 ready to tackle a six week Back to School Challenge, contact Fitness Together at 770-321-1347.

Only eight spots available, serious inquiries only. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 25! Cost is $399. Find out more at

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EAST COBBER Gift of the Day: Handmade Pottery and Jewelry


Inspired by nature, Barbara Johnston’s unique handmade pottery and silver jewelry make the perfect gift for your special  someone!

Frameworks Gallery
1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 110, Marietta 30068


Tis (already!) the shopping season! Save time and skip the mall with our 2014 Gift Guide. Select the perfect presents from local sources for everyone on your list. Click HERE to read the 2014 Gift Guide and get a handle on that holiday shopping list! With all the amazing merchants in East Cobb it’s easy to shop local and support small business.

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Thanksgiving Week Certified Teen Driving Course: It’s not too late to enroll


Do something productive with your Thanksgiving break and learn to drive! Sign up for the Certified Teen Driving Course from Safe America Foundation, licensed by the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services. Course offered November 24-29, 2014, 9am-330pm daily. No classes Thanksgiving Day.

Students will attend the state-required 30 hours of classroom training after which they must complete the required behind-the-wheel training individually within 6 months. Cost is $150/30-hour classroom only, $474/classroom + 6 hours behind the wheel training, $574/classroom + 10 hours behind the wheel training.

For more information or to enroll, contact The Safe America Foundation, 2480 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-7223 or


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Coasters, Holiday Lights and SNOW Debut at Six Flags Over Georgia

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More than one million LED lights will turn on at once, as Santa Claus and his reindeer ride their sleigh for the first time to Six Flags Over Georgia for the debut of Holiday in the Park® on November 22. This all-new celebration transforms the park into a winter wonderland with dazzling Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides from November 22 through January 4, 2015 on select days.

“Our Six Flags Over Georgia family is proud to present a holiday spectacular sure to create memories for guests of all ages for years to come,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties park president Dale Kaetzel. “Holiday in the Park, coupled with the largest expansion in park history with the all-new Hurricane Harbor water park, has made for a special 2014 season, with many more special celebrations to come.”

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia features 10 holiday-themed sections, many of the park’s most popular rides, specialty holiday food and live shows. Event highlights include:

  • A Main Street Christmas park entrance experience with a light canopy featuring 165,000 lights, more than 15,000 feet of garland, artificial snow and a huge Christmas tree with holographic ornament technology;
  • A magical train ride through 140,000 twinkling lights on the North Pole Express, destined for the North Pole to see Santa Claus where every child can leave their wish-list for the season;
  • Peppermint Plaza, featuring red and white holiday lights and fresh scents of peppermint, special holiday Peppermint Funnel Cakes and the chance to ride the Georgia Scorcher roller coaster;
  • A 130-foot high cable-wired lit Christmas tree, special Military tribute, Hometown Holiday’s new live show, two of the park’s most popular rides – Goliath and Dare Devil Dive – and a 15-foot Snow Globe walk-through experience in Retro Christmas USA;
  • A brilliant display of peach-colored lights paying homage to Georgia’s roots as the Peach State in A Georgia Christmas, along with the event’s signature live show, “Because It’s Christmas” in the historic Crystal Pistol Music Hall, Peach-flavored Holiday Pies at Big Mo’s and Monster Mansion;
  • A one-of-a-kind stained-glass Nativity Scene in Rejoice! which depicts the reason for the joyous season and the Dahlonega Mine Train which has been at the park since opening day in 1967;
  • The opportunity to warm up by the open fire, ride the classic Georgia Cyclone roller coaster and roast s’mores in S’mores Village;
  • A kaleidoscope of lights choreographed for a brilliant display in the innovative British Arbor;
  • A garland-archway featuring dozens of mistletoes, more than 100,000 lights and chandeliers that make up the most beautiful outdoor holiday ball of all in Georgia in A Merry Mistletoe;
  • And, the iconic topping of the event – the historic 1908 Riverview Carousel at Candlelight Carousel featuring more than 100,000 lights, artificial snow, more than 150 Christmas trees and more than 250 luminary candles for the ultimate family holiday experience.

Many of the park’s family rides in Bugs Bunny World will be open during Holiday in the Park, along with a new live show “Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas” in the Bugs Bunny World Theater. In addition, this special event will provide guests with more than a dozen spots to snap a photo for their family holiday card with vivid lights shining all around.

Six Flags Over Georgia 2015 Season Passes are now on sale and provide unlimited visits to Holiday in the Park and all of 2015. For a limited time, with the purchase of a Season Pass four-pack or more, guests will receive free admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, along with free season parking and visits to any Six Flags Theme Park with every pass.

Georgia’s State Parks Open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day


This holiday season, walk off that extra slice of pie with a heart-pumping hike. All of Georgia’s state parks are open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day for visitors to enjoy peaceful scenery and active outings. While the park entrances are open, most offices will be closed as park staff enjoy the holidays with their families as well.

State parks are a great way to showcase Georgia’s natural beauty to your out-of-town visitors. For just $5 parking, guests can take a stroll around a sunlit lake or enjoy the horizon from mountain overlooks. Trails range from paved paths to challenging all-day treks. On New Year’s Day, nearly all Georgia State Parks will host guided “First Day Hikes” to kick-start healthy resolutions.

Georgia also has numerous state historic sites that make relaxed family outings this season. While closed on major holidays, most are open before and after these days. Dahlonega Gold Museum, Etowah Indian Mounds and Fort King George are just some of the locations that tell Georgia’s rich history. At New Echota, learn about the Cherokee nation’s capital, and at Roosevelt’s Little White House, see the cars FDR drove with hand controls.

During November and December, be sure to stop by state park gift shops for a selection of outdoor gear, books, toys and clothing. Parks even sell gift cards which make perfect stocking stuffers for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list.

If the holidays find you needing a longer escape, spend a few days in a fully equipped cabin, funky yurt or modern campsite. Some parks are offering winter specials such as stay-and-play golf at Richard B. Russell or yurt discounts at High Falls. For a list of all deals, visit To find a park or historic site near you, visit Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. For a free brochure, call 1-800-864-7275.


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