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Showcases and spotlights local high school sports and sports leagues. Recreational resources are also reviewed.

Two Cage Special at EC Indoor Sports this Weekend

There’s plenty of rain in the forecast for Saturday. Don’t stay in the house, take advantage of the special cage rental pricing at EC Indoor Sports in East Cobb at get two 60-minute cage rentals for $60.
Open Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday 1-6pm.

EC Indoor Sports is located at 1666 Roswell Rd. Bldg. 300, Marietta, GA 30062.

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Roswell Cycling Festival is this Weekend

The Roswell Cycling Festival 2015 edition will feature off-road bicycle events to compliment the road races, which attract top male, female and junior cyclists from across the United States. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015.
Popular activities returning are the Roswell Mayor’s Ride, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo and festival expo. There are four ride options which all begin at 7:30am on Sunday. Registration fees are $30 for the 20-mile and 40-mile options, and $35 for the 62-mile option, which all include a post-ride meal. The family 6-mile option is free.
This is also the inaugural year for the Craft Beer Tasting. A different craft beer will be featured at each participating Historic Roswell restaurant from 12:30-7pm on Sunday. The cost per person will be $20 and each patron will receive a commemorative 5 ounce acrylic beer stein and a chance to sample 10 craft beers.
Festival held in Historic Downtown Roswell. For more information visit www.bikeroswell.com or www.roswellcyclingfestival.com.

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Pope Heavenly Hounds Relay to benefit Curing Kids Cancer

 

Pope High School’s Ladies Lacrosse team will be running a 100 mile relay at the Pope High School Track on Saturday, April 25th from 8am – 1pm to benefit Curing Kids Cancer. To register or donate to the event, visit www.popeladieslacrosse.com. The 33 players running the 5K relay hope to raise $10,000 to split event between the Pope Ladies Lacrosse program and Curing Kids Cancer.

The Ladies JV and Varsity selected Curing Kids Cancer, a Marietta based charity, with the Co-Founders and son that is a senior at Pope being a part of the PHS family. The Owen family lost their son Killian to childhood Leukemia in 2003 when he was nine years old. They turned this tragedy into a foundation that has donated over $6 million to help fund cutting edge research focused on finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Learn more about Curing Kids Cancer at www.curingkidscancer.org.

 

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Register online for Walton Football Golf Classic

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The Walton Football Touchdown Club is holding its annual Walton Football Golf Classic Tournament to benefit the Walton Raiders football team.

Registration starts at 11am with a shotgun start at noon. The cost for a single player is $125 which includes a sack lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bag and raffle tickets. Corporate sponsorships are $1,200 which includes registration for 4 players, hole sponsor, drink tickets, a mulligan and putting string, as well as all items in the single player package.

Tournament will be held at Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta. Register online at www.raidersfb.org. To donate raffle items, please contact Paty Holdmeyer at holdmeyer@comcast.net.

 

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Sope Creek Celebrates 30th Annual 5K Run

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The 30th annual Sope Creek Elementary Spring Fever Run is set for Saturday, April 25th. Combined, the  5K and 1mile runs average over 650 participants made up of current students, alumni, and community
runners who pound the pavement in support of improving the school.

The thirtieth year promises to play homage to the first fundraiser run held in 1985 with t-shirt designs and DJ music reflecting that decade.

Produced by the non-profit 501 (c) 3 Sope Creek Elementary Foundation, 100% of the funds raised will go toward a much needed Library/Media Center transformation into a 21st Century Learning Commons.
When asked about the importance of the project, Sope Creek Principal Martha Whalen said, “This project will directly impact every student and allow the area to be used to its fullest potential. We are committed to creating the school’s largest classroom space allowing an opportunity to accelerate learning for our 1,149 students. The area is designed to increase student engagement, help students
connect, and encourage all of our students to: ASK. THINK. CREATE. Parent support through the PTA and the Sope Creek Foundation has allowed us to begin the first stages of the project. This race will be instrumental in our efforts to furnish the space and focus on purchasing new technology to complete our next phase for the 2015-16 school year.”

The 5K run, a certified race, is a popular qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race as it takes place in one of
East Cobb County’s beautiful residential neighborhoods and provides participants and spectators alike
the opportunity to directly support Sope Creek students. The One Mile Run is planned for the elementary students to go at their own pace as they begin with their grade level and receive a finishing medal for their effort. Sope Creek is adding an alumni division to the One Mile Run and is hoping that many former students return to participate and show support.

Sope Creek Foundation race co-chair Kristy Flowers added, “This is the 30th anniversary of the Sope Creek Foundation Spring Fever Road Race to benefit the school and in turn the whole community. We are fortunate to have the support of our school family, many local businesses who sponsor the race, and the greater community who come out to run or just enjoy the fun. The first event took place in 1985 with a vision to provide our community a way to support our school beyond what the county provides.

As the largest elementary school in Cobb County, we are always looking for ways to give our students an
educational edge.”

To register and for more information visit www.sopecreekfoundation.org.

 

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Atlanta Braves Homestand Highlights Friday, April 10 – Wednesday, April 15

Atlanta Braves v NY Mets: Turner Field

Turner Field’s opening weekend highlights of the NEW YORK METS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (April 10-12)

Saturday, April 11 at 7:10 p.m.

  • Gate giveaway: Georgia Power Magnetic Schedule
    The first 45,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule presented by Georgia Power.
  • Pregame performance: Alex Guthrie Band
    The Braves 8th annual Band of the Year competition kicks off on Saturday of Opening Weekend with the 2014 winner, the Alex Guthrie Band, performing pregame in Fan Plaza.
  • MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers

o   Every 15th fan to check in will unlock an Atlanta Braves shirt (offer valid up to 800 check ins).

o   Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card: Every 115th person who checks in up to 460 fans (4 fans total per game) will receive an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. The offer will run at ALL April home games, which includes April 10-15 and April 27-30. Fans can redeem the gift card at Fan Central near aisle 132.

o   10% discount for game-used store: Every fan up who checks in (up to 1,000 check ins) will receive a 10% discount for select items at the Braves Game-Used Store. Some items are excluded from the discount. The offer will run every game during April 10-15. Fans can redeem the offer by finding a sales associate at the Game-Used Store.

  • Jackie Robinson Invitational presented by Delta Air Lines
    The Atlanta Braves are hosting the 4th Annual Jackie Robinson Invitational Tournament presented by Delta Air Lines, to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. The tournament is taking place at the Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages of Carver YMCA.

Sunday, April 12 at 1:35 p.m.

  • Alumni Sundays presented by Hyundai

Starting two hours before the game, fans can catch Braves alumni Chris Hammond and Mike Bell for autographs in Fan Plaza.

  • MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers

o   Every fan to check in will unlock an Atlanta Braves sticker.

o   10% discount for game-used store: Every fan up who checks in (up to 1,000 check ins) will receive a 10% discount for select items at the Braves Game-Used Store. Some items are excluded from the discount. The offer will run every game during April 10-15. Fans can redeem the offer by finding a sales associate at the Game-Used Store.

  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Kids 14 and under can line up and run around the bases at Turner Field just like the Braves. To participate, kids can line up at the Hank Aaron Ramp (Section 129) at the end of the game.

MIAMI MARLINS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (April 13-15)
Monday, April 13 at 7:10 p.m.

  • Leadoff Luncheon

The Atlanta Braves are hosting the 2015 Leadoff Luncheon in the 755 Club at Turner Field to benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation. The luncheon provides fans and sponsors the opportunity to get an inside look at the upcoming season by having lunch with Braves players, coaches and executives. Media are invited to cover the event, but must RSVP to Kelly Barnes in advance at Kelly.barnes@braves.com.

  • MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers

o   One randomly selected fan will unlock a seat upgrade for themselves and three guests.

o   Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card: Every 115th person who checks in up to 460 fans (4 fans total per game) will receive an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. The offer will run at ALL April home games, which includes April 10-15 and April 27-30. Fans can redeem the gift card at Fan Central near aisle 132.

o   10% discount for game-used store: Every fan up who checks in (up to 1,000 check ins) will receive a 10% discount for select items at the Braves Game-Used Store. Some items are excluded from the discount. The offer will run every game during April 10-15. Fans can redeem the offer by finding a sales associate at the Game-Used Store.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:10 p.m.

  • She Can Dream – Prom Makeover
    The Braves Wives will host 25 high school junior and senior girls at Turner Field from the Atlanta Public School System for an afternoon of prom preparation. The girls will get the VIP treatment as they browse through beautiful prom dresses and select their perfect gowns, courtesy of Fairytale Endings located in Kennesaw, GA. They will also receive Belk $50 gift certificates for the purchase of shoes to complement their gowns. The girls will participate in hair/make-up tutorials provided by K.P. Images, Inc. Each of the girls will be invited to stay for the Braves games following the event.

This is part of the “She is Brave” initiative, which educates, empowers and inspires girls through a series of initiatives that promotes self-esteem, healthy lifestyles and leadership skills.

 

  • MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers

o   Four randomly selected fans will unlock an Andrelton Simmons bobblehead.

o   10% discount for game-used store: Every fan up who checks in (up to 1,000 check ins) will receive a 10% discount for select items at the Braves Game-Used Store. Some items are excluded from the discount. The offer will run every game during April 10-15. Fans can redeem the offer by finding a sales associate at the Game-Used Store.

Wednesday, April 15 at 12:10 p.m.

  • Jackie Robinson Day

The Braves will honor the life and career of baseball legend Jackie Robinson on Wednesday, April 15. All Braves will take the field wearing number 42 as they take on the Marlins.

  • Civil and Human Rights Education Day
    The Braves will host the second annual Civil and Human Rights Education Day. Doug Shipman of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton, and Brave Alumni Brian Jordan will participate in a presentation to middle and high school students on the impact sports had on the Civil Rights Movement.
  • MLB.com Ballpark app check-in offers

o   Every 50th fan to check in will unlock access to the 755 Club for themselves and three guests (offer valid up to 800 check ins).

o   Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card: Every 115th person who checks in up to 460 fans (4 fans total per game) will receive an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. The offer will run at ALL April home games, which includes April 10-15 and April 27-30. Fans can redeem the gift card at Fan Central near aisle 132.

o   10% discount for game-used store: Every fan up who checks in (up to 1,000 check ins) will receive a 10% discount for select items at the Braves Game-Used Store. Some items are excluded from the discount. The offer will run every game during April 10-15. Fans can redeem the offer by finding a sales associate at the Game-Used Store.

 

Every week at Turner Field

 

  • Friday Night Fireworks presented by Georgia Lottery: Fans will be treated to a dazzling display of fireworks over Turner Field following every Friday home game throughout the season.
  • Alumni Sundays presented by Hyundai: Starting two hours before the game, fans can catch Braves alumni for autographs in the Plaza before every Sunday home game.
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: On Sundays, kids 14 and under can line up and run around the bases at Turner Field just like the Braves. To participate, kids can line up at the Hank Aaron Ramp at the end of the game.
  • MLB.com Ballpark app: Fans visiting Turner Field this season can connect with their Atlanta Braves using the new and FREE MLB.com Ballpark app, available for iPhone and Android users. Visithttp://www.braves.com/ballpark to download today!
  • Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays: Club Pavilion tickets are available for only $12 every Tuesday, fans save up to 57%
  • All You Can Eat Seats: For as low as $55 for group tickets on Super Value games and $65 at the gate, fans can enjoy unlimited smoked BBQ sandwiches, chicken wings, all beef franks, potato salad, peanuts, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola products, and draft beer.
  • College and AAA Discount: Two Upper Box tickets for the price of one with a valid college or AAA ID card. *Offer not valid 4/10, 7/4 & 8/29
  • Military Discount: Two Upper Box and Outfield tickets for the price of one tickets with a valid military ID. *Offer not vailid 4/10
  • $1 SkyLine Seats: Available two and a half hours before every home game at the Turner Field Ticket Office.
  • Sport Clips $8 Monday Night Chop: Terrace View tickets for only $8, a savings of up to $22
  • Chick-fil-A Kids Club: For $25, kids can get two tickets to a Braves home game, a Chick-fil-A sandwich, cool lunch bag, Braves water bottle and front of the line access for Kids run the bases. Plus free face painting, merchandise discounts, exclusive party invites and much more.
  • Chevron Family Value Plan: Save up to 40% and bring your family out to Turner Field with the Chevron Value Plan! Packages start as low as $69 and include four game tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, a parking pass, game program and a $10 Chevron gift card.
  • 50/50 raffle: Support the Atlanta Braves Foundation by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets at every Braves home game. Tickets start at $5 for 10 tickets and can be purchased from sellers in yellow aprons from the time gates open until the end of the sixth inning. The winning number will be announced in the 8th inning on the out of town scoreboard located above the 755 Club and throughout the ballpark. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket sales will go to one lucky fan and the other half will benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Prize claims are made at Guest Relations (Aisle 146) or by calling (404) 614-2305. For more information, visitbraves.com/5050raffle. All prize claims must be made within thirty (30) days of the raffle.

 

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East Cobb’s Morgan Stone Heads to Santa Clara

Morgan Stone has committed to Santa Clara © Bill Kallenberg, CapturedInAction.com

Going to University of Georgia Bulldog Tennis Camp for the first time at age nine was the catalyst behind Morgan Stone‘s realization that he wanted to play college tennis one day. “I was a camper when [John] Isner was there, and I got an opportunity to try and return his serve. But I was about four-foot-nothing, so it kinda just went right over my head.”

Even though he was born and raised in Atlanta, Stone committed to play tennis at California’s Santa Clara University, part of the West Coast Conference, which seems like a huge move for a Southern guy. He explained that his father was born and raised in Los Angeles, his mother moved there to attend UCLA, and his two older sisters were born there, too. “I’ve always told my friends that I grew up in the South but was raised in a California household. Our family has always seemed very California-like to me, not Southern so much. And, I think I’ve always kind of had that California mindset.”

When asked whether he ever dreamed about becoming a professional player, Stone took a moment before answering. “I’m not a huge guy, so I was always pretty realistically set on college tennis. I don’t think I ever had the aspirations to go pro. My main goal was always to play D-I college tennis.”

But Stone wasn’t always Division I material. His rankings in the younger age groups were “just okay” but nothing that would catch the attention of a top-tier college coach. It wasn’t until he started to mature a bit – he had a six-inch growth spurt between 8th and 10th grades – and began to train more seriously that he realized high-level college tennis was within his reach.

“I’ve had several coaches during my junior years. My first developmental coach, Noel Wadawu, got me ready for tournament competition. In the beginning of high school, I changed coaches because I realized I was losing matches that I should’ve won, probably due to needing help with the mental part of my game, and Julius Robberts was a real help in that area. About a year and a half ago, I moved again because I needed a higher level of competition during training which I found at Stephen Diaz‘s academy. I’m now working out with some of the top players in our section which has been really good for my development.”

Stone is playing tennis for his public high school this season. “I had always wanted to play high school tennis, so I played freshman year, but it was taking a lot of time away from my own training, so I decided that, for development and recruiting purposes, it was probably best if I didn’t play sophomore or junior year. I told my high school coach that if I committed to a college by the time tennis season came around then I would play again, and, luckily, I did commit to Santa Clara in time for that to happen. I get to play some really good opponents at line 1 and it’s a sliver of a glimpse of what college tennis will be like. We can’t get as rowdy but we get to cheer on teammates. Getting a state championship ring would be pretty cool!”

Stone liked the California and Florida schools © Bill Kallenberg, CapturedInAction.com

There was a pivotal experience in Stone’s tennis that occurred after the first semester of his junior year. His family traveled to California to visit his oldest sister. While there, Stone met coach Craig Cignarelli and made plans to come back to train with him during upcoming school breaks.

“I probably learned more in my first session with Craig than I had ever learned before. After feeding me a few balls and seeing me hit, he quickly saw what my strengths were and helped me develop patterns of playing points that suited my style. He didn’t really tweak anything physically but gave me specific things to do on court that would work well to my strengths which has definitely been a huge factor.”

Once Stone narrowed his search to Florida and California, he began working closely with Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes to figure out which schools would be a good fit. “Ross was a huge help in the recruiting process. He knows a ton of the coaches – especially the California ones – personally and was able to put us in contact with each other.” In the summer following his junior year, Stone took unofficial visits to UCF, FSU, and University of Miami, all in Florida, as well as UCSB, Pepperdine, LMU, and UCLA. It wasn’t until he took official visits to both University of the Pacific and Santa Clara that he felt like he had found the right schools. Making the final decision of which school to attend wasn’t one he took lightly.

“On my visits, I made a list of the pros and cons of both Pacific and Santa Clara, and I spent a lot of time thinking about those and talking about them with my parents. My gut instinct kept leading me toward Santa Clara. I really like the coaches and the direction the program is heading. I think it will be a great opportunity to see how good I can get.”

Stone will be one of six freshmen joining the Broncos next Fall. He shares that was one of the hardest parts of his decision, because on his other visits he had the opportunity to meet most of the guys on each team. On his visit to Santa Clara, though, he only met three of the players who will be returning next year. “I knew I’d be the 6th freshman coming in, and I hadn’t met any of them – we’re from different parts of the country. I was worried about that, but Stephen [Diaz] told me I had two ways to look at it: it could be bad because they could turn out to be people I didn’t like, or – and this is what’s actually happening – we’re all going to be entering this stage of life together and going through the same stuff for the first time and that’s going to help form the team and family bond.”

Stone decided to reach out to his future teammates through social media to try to get to know them a bit better. “We’ve all texted quite a bit – which has helped us all figure out what kind of people we each are, what we have in common, who wants to room together, and all that.”

After meeting three of his fellow recruits at Winter Nationals this past December, Stone texted the rest of the incoming freshmen to plan a group trip to Santa Clara later this month. It will be a good opportunity to get to spend time with his new coaching team, too.

“Coach Derek Mills seems like a very family-oriented guy. He has the players over for dinner with his own family. He’s the kind of coach who’s going to get the best out of us that he can. He sets up a really tough schedule for the team which I like. Rudy [Siwy] and Aaron [Paajanen], the assistant coaches, are great guys, too. They both played college tennis and both still compete in Futures, so it will be really helpful to have them on the coaching team.”

Stone plans to major in business with a possible emphasis in sports marketing. Given that Santa Clara is located in the Silicon Valley with companies such as Google and Apple nearby, he’s hopeful to have several career options once he graduates.

Right after college, though, Stone does see himself giving the pro tour a chance. “I think I owe it to myself to at least take a shot at it. Even if I lose first round in every tournament, at least I’ll know I tried. Then I’ll have gone through every stage of tennis.”

By committing to play at a Division I program, Stone is following in his grandfather, Carl Goodman’s, footsteps. Goodman played all four years at Tulane and was part of the SEC and National Championship team in 1959. When Stone was asked what he’s most looking forward to in his own college tennis experience, he replied, “I look forward to playing for something other than myself, having a team of brothers who are always around. Tennis is such an individual sport which is why I chose it to begin with. I played soccer then baseball but ultimately chose tennis because I liked that it was just me out there. But after ten years in the sport, it will be nice to play for something bigger than myself. I think that’s when my best tennis comes out – when I’m playing for a team.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to working my tail off, to pushing myself to my absolute limit to see how good I can get, what I can get out of the potential that is inside me.”

(Reprinted from http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=2136) 

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Lifeguard Training Available at Aquatic Centers

Lifeguard training classes are offered at the various Cobb aquatic centers and we are reducing the fees from the regular price of $200.00 to only $100.00.  Here is the schedule of upcoming classes:

Central Aqautic Center
April 13th – May 1st (Mon/Wed/Fri) 6:00pm-10:00pm
May 4th – May 22nd (Mon/Wed/Fri) 6:00pm-10:00pm
Mountain View Aquatic Center
April 13th – May  6th (Mon/Wed) 6:00pm-10:00pm
South Cobb Aquatic Center
April 6th – 101h (Mon-Fri) 8:00am-11:00am
May 18th -May 28th (Mon-Thurs) 5:00pm-9:00pm
West Cobb Aquatic Center
April 13 – April 30th (Mon-Thurs) 6:00pm-9:00pm
May 4 – May 21st (Mon-Thurs) 6:00pm-9:00pm

A  fee of $65.00 is due when you register for the class, payable to Cobb P.A.R.K.S. An additional $35.00 fee must be paid directly to the American Red Cross. Details will be given on how to pay this portion of the fee at the first class meeting. This course is designed to train participants to be safe and effective professional lifeguards. After successful completion of this course, participants will be certified for two (2) years in the following: Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (C-PRO).

 

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Register for Sope Creek’s 30th Annual 5K /1 mile Spring Fever Run

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The 30th annual Sope Creek Elementary Spring Fever Run is set for Saturday, April 25. Combined, the 5K and 1mile runs average over 650 participants made up of current students, alumni, and community runners who pound the pavement in support of improving the school. The 30th year promises to play homage to the first fundraiser run held in 1985 with t-shirt designs and DJ music reflecting that decade.

Produced by the non-profit 501 (c) 3 Sope Creek Elementary Foundation, 100% of the funds raised will go toward a much needed Library/Media Center transformation into a 21st Century Learning Commons.  When asked about the importance of the project, Sope Creek Principal Martha Whalen said,  “This project will directly impact every student and allow the area to be used to its fullest potential.  We are committed to creating the school’s largest classroom space allowing an opportunity to accelerate learning for our 1,149 students.   The area is designed to increase student engagement, help students connect, and encourage all of our students to:  ASK. THINK. CREATE. Parent support through the PTA and the Sope Creek Foundation has allowed us to begin the first stages of the project.   This race will be instrumental in our efforts to furnish the space and focus on purchasing new technology to complete our next phase for the 2015-16 school year.”

The 5K run, a certified race, is a popular qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race as it takes place in one of East Cobb County’s beautiful residential neighborhoods and provides participants and spectators alike the opportunity to directly support Sope Creek students.  The one-mile is planned for the elementary students  to go at their own pace as they begin with their grade level and receive a finishing medal for their effort.  Sope Creek is adding an alumni division to the One Mile Run and is hoping that many former students return to participate and show support

Sope Creek Foundation race co-chairs Kristy Flowers and Jill Hans added, “This is the 30th anniversary of the Sope Creek Foundation Spring Fever Road Race to benefit the school and in turn the whole community.   We are fortunate to have the support of our school family, many local businesses who sponsor the race, and the greater community who come out to run or just enjoy the fun.  The first event took place in 1985 with a vision to provide our community a way to support our school beyond what the county provides.  As the largest elementary school in Cobb County, we are always looking for ways to give our students an educational edge.”

To register and for more information visit www.sopecreekfoundation.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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