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

Register for SHS Little Jacket Cheer Camp


Sprayberry High School will host a Little Jacket Cheer Camp July 20 – 24, 9am-1pm, for kids ages 5-12. Cost is $100 per camper. Camp will be held inside at Sprayberry High School.

For more information or to register, contact Coach Lane Floyd at 678-591-3585 or


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Marietta Derby Darlins Announce Fourth Home Bout of the Season

Local favorites the Marietta Derby Darlins will be hosting their fourth home bout of their fourth season at Hot Wheels Skate Center in Woodstock, Georgia, on July 19th, 2015.

The Marietta Derby Darlins Allstars will be facing off against the Chattanooga Rollergirls from Chattanooga, Tennessee. This will be the first time these teams have competed against each other, so it’s anyone’s game!

The modern sport of roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport that requires athleticism, speed, and strategy. The athletes take it very seriously, and dedicate a large portion of their time to practice and training. There are official sanctioning bodies with regional, national, and even international competition. Play is governed by a defined rules set and enforced by referees and officials.

The bout will begin at 7:30 P.M. Doors open at 6:45 P.M.

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Kick-off your 4th with Indian Hills Fireworks on Friday!

Start your weekend off with a bang when fireworks light the sky over Indian Hills and East Cobb on Friday, July 3!

Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) hosts a Membership Appreciation Day which features fireworks at  dusk. IHCC invites the community to come by and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the fireworks  extravaganza. Indian Hills Country Club is located at 4001 Clubland Drive in Marietta/East Cobb.

Please note: For the safety of members, guests, and community, Indian Hills Country Club is enforcing a strict policy of no personal fireworks. Anyone shooting off personal fireworks will be escorted off the property by Cobb County police who will be on duty Friday night. 


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Lassiter High School to honor late Auburn football star

After graduating from Lassiter, Lutzenkirchen went on to star at Auburn University where he’s still the school’s all-time leader in touchdowns by a tight end.

Lassiter High School in East Cobb will re-name its football field after Philip Lutzenkirchen, who died in a car accident last summer.

The Cobb County School Board voted unanimously Thursday to name the new turf field at Frank Filmann Stadium “Lutzie 43 Field.”

After graduating from Lassiter, Lutzenkirchen went on to star at Auburn University where he’s still the school’s all-time leader in touchdowns by a tight end.

He was captain on the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team.  Lutzenkirchen caught 59 passes and a school-record 14 touchdowns in four seasons.  He signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

The new turf field at Lassiter will be ready for the new season this August.   It’s expected to cost $332,000, and will be paid for with money from Lutzenkirchen’s charity foundation.



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Volunteers needed at CNC


The Chattahoochee Nature Center is starting up “Pond Restoration Days” this summer for adult volunteers. They can use some help in ridding the Center’s lovely ponds of Eurasian milfoil.
This invasive non-native aquatic plant spreads quickly – even from broken off stems – and can form dense mats that interfere with recreational activity and can be detrimental to the fish and turtles by blocking oxygen exchange through the water.

Organizers are looking for some adult volunteers (ages 18+) who are comfortable in a canoe or the water’s edge to help clear out Eurasian milfoil. They will supply tools, life jackets, etc.
Currently scheduled dates are:

  • Saturday, July 11 from 9-12
  • Saturday, July 25 from 9-12

They have about 20 open spots for this habitat restoration event. Join CNC Wildlife director, Kathryn Dudeck, in CNC ponds to remove Eurasian milfoil.

Registration required by one week prior to the event. CNC has a maximum size of around 20 – please do not schedule a group without checking with on availability.

Contact Libby Lintel by email or at 770-992-2055 ext 223 with questions or to sign up.


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East Cobb’s Lisa Stone featured on Huffington Post

Lisa Stone

East Cobber Lisa Stone’s article from her ParentingAces blog was reprinted in the Huffington Post. Way to go, Lisa! Here it is:


The End of the Road . . . Sort of

My son and I are supposed to be in Mobile, Alabama, right now at the Southern Closed tennis tournament. We were supposed to leave yesterday for what was going to be his last junior tournament. He and I both had done all the pre-tournament prep. You know what I mean. He strung and re-gripped his racquets and did his laundry. I stocked up on snacks and drinks.

He went to hit. I went to yoga. We were ready to pack our suitcases, load up the car, and drive the 5+ hours from Atlanta to South Alabama. I was already thinking about how I was going to structure my post to share this final junior tourney experience.

About 2/3 of the way through my yoga class, I looked in the mirror and saw my son’s reflection as he motioned for me to come talk to him. I had a moment of panic. Any time your teenage son shows up at yoga unannounced, you can’t help but go to the worst-case scenario. The expression on his face didn’t help my nerves. Something was up.

Now, please understand that I had been trying to talk my son out of playing both our state qualifier and the sectional closed ever since he first mentioned signing up for them. He has committed to college. His junior ranking is irrelevant at this point. His Tennis Recruiting Star Rating is irrelevant. The only thing that matters now is continuing to improve and develop his game for college. My feeling was that he could better accomplish that by playing some Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Men’s Open events. But, he insisted that he wanted to finish out his junior “career” with these last two tournaments. Much as I tried, there was nothing I could say to change his mind.

When I walked out of yoga, he said, “I need to talk to you about Mobile.” We were scheduled to head down there in about two hours.

My son has had some lingering back pain over the past few weeks. He had been treating it with visits to a chiropractor, maximum doses of Ibuprofen, and lengthy icing sessions after playing. All of that seemed to help a little, but, still, the pain was there. What he really needed was several days of rest, but his tournament schedule was such that that wasn’t an option.

While he was warming up yesterday morning, the pain was pretty bad which made him start reconsidering his decision to play a 160-draw junior tournament a couple of weeks before he was heading out to SoCal for some intensive training and tournament play. After he hit he called my dad, an orthopedic surgeon, to talk to him about his pain level and whether playing in this event would interfere with the healing process. My dad told him the most important thing at this point was to be pain-free and healthy for his time in California, both this summer and once his college career began. My son asked, “If I were your patient, what would you tell me to do? Play in the tournament or pull out?” My dad answered, “Withdraw from the tournament.”

Thankfully, my son took his grandfather’s advice and then came to my yoga class to let me know that we would not be driving down to Mobile. He was clearly distraught, still not convinced he had made the right decision no matter how many times I confirmed that he had. I hugged him, and he told me with a sad smile that I should go back and finish yoga and that he would see me at home.

While I was in Legs Up The Wall and Shavasana, my son was at home taking care of business. He called then emailed the tournament director to let him know he was withdrawing (luckily, he caught the TD before the draws were posted so an alternate player could take his spot). He called his doubles partner to let him know so he could find another guy to play with. And he started plotting out his rest/training schedule for the next couple of weeks until he leaves for Los Angeles.

He actually apologized to me, saying that he felt bad we weren’t going to formally have our Last Junior Tournament Experience. Then he headed over to a buddy’s house to hang out in the pool for a bit. There was still this aura of sadness around him, but he seemed to be coming to terms with his decision.

A little while later, I got a notification on my phone from Instagram. Here’s what I found underneath a photo of my son with my husband and me when I opened the app:

So, while I didn’t get to experience the definite closure I had imagined of knowingly watching my son play his last junior tennis match, I got something greater.

Reading the above words brought tears to my eyes. Not tears of sadness but rather tears of pride and happiness when I realized my son recognized — and was truly grateful for — all the gifts tennis has bestowed upon him.

My son and I have traveled a long road together these past 10 years. It hasn’t always been easy. In fact, I would say there have been at least as many ruts and potholes along the way as smooth patches. Nonetheless, it has been a beautiful journey, one I wouldn’t trade for anything. And the destination is certainly worth any hardships we’ve had to endure. My son is living his life-long dream, and I have gotten to be an integral part of the process. How lucky am I!

While we’ve now reached the end of Junior Tennis Road, it’s not really The End. Rather, it’s more akin to the roads in Atlanta that suddenly change names. Just like that, Junior Tennis Road has become College Tennis Boulevard. And from my current vantage point, the Boulevard looks pretty inviting though I suspect there will be many S-curves along the way.

I will be travelling this new path more as a passenger as opposed to my role as the primary driver and navigator throughout the Juniors. That will take some getting used to. I’m up for the challenge. Please excuse me as I climb into the back seat.


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Father’s Day fun and more! Community Events June 19 – 25.

Celebrate summer fun at this weekend’s Cobb County Rodeo


Find the fun this Father’s Day weekend all around East Cobb. For even more to do visit our online calendar HERE

June 19

Cobb Classic Rodeo. Bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, barrel racing, trick riding and rodeo clowns! Proceeds go to Cobb County Sheriffs department. 8pm. $15/adults. $12/children. Children under 5: free. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. More info: 770-684-7277.
ECBN Mornings, an East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) event, are held every Friday at 7:30am at Capossi’s NY Deli, 4983 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062. Come for open business networking. Cost is $3 for entry, $5 with coffee $8 for coffee+breakfast. For more about ECBA visit
June 20
Dream Dash 5K benefiting the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and their Kennesaw Teen Center. Late registration: 6:30am. Race start: 8am. $25 in advance. $35 race day. Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main Street, Kennesaw. More info/to register: or
The Flag Project. Flags are installed by Marietta Kiwanians who place the flags around Cobb County on six nationally recognized holidays each year – Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, September 11 and Veteran’s Day. The proceeds from this project fund Kiwanis Scholarships and other Club programs, projects, and grants of the Marietta Kiwanis Foundation. Call to get flags displayed at your home or business. $25/year/flag. More info: 770-432-1760,, or
Art, Barks & Purrs. Featuring animal related crafts made by local arts and crafts vendors! Please bring a cat or dog food donation to help the community. FREE. 10am-4pm. Cobb County Animal Control Shelter, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-499-4136 or
June 21
BARNUM presented by Atlanta Lyric Theatre. This production follows the legendary showman’s life under the big top as he finally teamed up with J. A. Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus-the Greatest Show on Earth! Thursday-Saturday: 8pm. Saturday, June 27: matinee at 2pm. Sunday: 2pm. $34-$60. Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info/tickets: 404-377-9948 or
Rhythms on the River Concert Series. Big Band Swing shows featuring “The Reflections” on June 21 and “Capital City Xpress” on July 19. 6pm. Admission: $15. Tables for 2-8: $40-$145. Bring some food and friends and enjoy a night of music. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info/tickets: or
June 22
Trojans on the Links Golf Tournament benefitting the Lassiter football program. The 2015 Trojan Football Golf Tournament promises to be the most exciting ever with events and contests for golfers of all skill levels. Top 3 Winning Teams, $10,000 Putting Contest, Closest to the Pin, Hole In One, Longest Drive, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Registration: 10am; Shotgun Start: 12:30pm. $125/player; $450/team. Sponsorships available. The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm, 3030 Bradshaw Club Drive, Woodstock 30188. More info: 770-592-2222 or
June 23
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 and students 13-18. $6/ages 3-12.Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: or 770-992-2055.
June 24
Kids Can Tri, Swim, Bike, Run: Tri Training Class. For kids ages 6-15. Class structure will consist of fundamental and endurance training. Schedule will be handed out at first training session. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. July 8-August 12. Class ID 171942. Must be signed up for the Atlanta Kids Triathlon to participate in these FREE trainings. McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: Lorna at 678-569-9622 or To register visit:

June 25

Summer Movie Nights weekly from June 4 through July 30. Movies are Christian-based and rated PG-13. Room 272 (June 4 will be in the Fellowship Hall). Touched by Grace, Confessions of a Prodigal Son, Redemption of the Heart, Last Flight Out, Grace of God and more. No registration required. 7pm. Free. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-6561
Foxtrotters Dance Club. This month’s theme is “Country Time”. Singles and Couples over the age of 55 are welcome. Come dressed up or upscale casual to dance to The Junction band. 7:30-10:30pm. $10/person. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-509-4900 or

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Calling all Braves fans: Kids can meet Homer at East Cobb Library

Homer, the Atlanta Braves mascot, is scheduled to visit East Cobb Library on Monday, June 22. Kids can meet Homer, play Braves BINGO and win prizes at this FREE event from 3:30-4:30pm. 

The Atlanta Braves are again joining with the Georgia Public Library Service, SUBWAY Restaurants and Cobb County Public Library System to offer the Home Run Readers program, which allows students in grades K-12 to earn certificates and free game tickets by reading and participating in online writing activities. For more information, visit
For more information on the Homer event, call the East Cobb Library at (770) 509-2730.


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Lots of Fun Summer Reading Ahead at the Library

The Cobb County Library System and our community partners are welcoming people of all ages for the diverse range of 2015 Summer Reading Program events and activities at the libraries.

Hundreds of SRP events are on the library calendar and many recent events have drawn capacity crowds. Among the events are storytime for young children, movies for all audiences, tech workshops, crafts, book discussions, special appearances by public safety heroes and more.

Themes for the Summer Reading Program for 2015 are “Every hero has a story” for children, teens’ “Unmask!” and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program at the library, please call or visit our librarylocations and visit our events calendar. Also watch for details in upcoming e-newsletters and on the Summer Reading Program webpage.


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East Cobb Friends, family aim to remember fallen football star


A push to rename an East Cobb high school football field in honor of a player killed in a car crash has been delayed.

Family, friends and classmates would like to honor the legacy of Philip Lutzenkirchen.

The Lassiter High School alum went on to play football at Auburn University. He was killed in a crash last year.

A foundation created in honor of Lutzenkirchen raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, but many are now worried a school board vote could put their plan in jeopardy.

The Lassiter High School stadium is worn out and the group was hoping to replace the turf and rename the field before the upcoming football season, but the item was taken off the agenda at the board’s last meeting.

“It has become our Field of Dreams where we are all working to live, laugh and love together like Lutz did,” parent Kim Cross told the board.

The group says the effort is about a lot more than just replacing the turf.

“That is what this project is about – letting the lessons that Phil Lutzenkirchen taught to young men, like my son, live on,” said parent Rodney Adams.

Lutzenkirchen, 23, and Joseph Ian Davis, 22, died when their car flipped several times in a DUI-related crash in 2014. Lutzenkirchen, of Marietta, was a former Lassiter High School and Auburn University football player.

Davis, from Dunwoody, was a former Dunwoody and University of Georgia baseball player.

Lutzenkirchen was a passenger in the car. The football star left such a legacy at Lassiter that groups banded together to raise $370,000 to redo the Lassiter turf and rename it Lutzie field.

“How Philip died, I don’t think is the reason for the delay in this project. I think how Philip lived should be the impetus to move this thing forward,” said Gary Zingler.

Even though the money was raised by those wishing to honor the athlete’s legacy, the board still must sign off on the procedures and bidding.

Chairman Randy Scamihorn said the only holdup was simply the fine print.

“It’s very difficult to be proactive or to reject something when you don’t even know anything about it,” Scamihorn said.

Scamihorn says the project will be put on the school district’s agenda in two weeks. The head of the Lutzie Foundation says the group was hoping to begin work on Monday but will still try to make it work if the project is approved in two weeks.



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