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Groups partner with Whole Foods to fund teacher grants

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Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood and Cobb Schools Foundation Executive Director Sheri Brante bag groceries at Whole Foods in east Cobb, as the store’s Healthy Eating Specialist Stephanie Watson checks out their purchases. The trio was getting ready for the Oct. 30 fundraiser at Whole Foods and Harry’s Market, where 5 percent of proceeds from purchases will be donated to help fund teachers’ grants for special classroom projects.
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For every dollar spent at Whole Foods next Wednesday, 5 cents will go to supporting the dreams of Cobb County school teachers.

For the first time, The Cobb Community Foundation and the Cobb Schools Foundation will partner with Whole Foods Market to raise money to fund Teacher Impact Grants.

The grants help support creative and innovative classroom plans that Cobb County teachers come up with but have no means to fund themselves, said Sheri Brante, executive director for the Cobb Schools Foundation, a group that raises money for the county’s schools.

Each year, dozens of teachers apply for grants that range from $500 to $2,500, which they use to develop their own out-of-the-box lesson plans, Brante said.

In 2012, almost $22,000 was raised through various fundraisers to award 21 teachers grants, said Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, who also serves as the executive director of the Cobb Community Foundation.

Stephanie Watson, a healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods Market, said the funds raised from both Whole Foods locations Wednesday should total between $4,000 and $5,000.

Paul Watson, a teacher at Kincaid Elementary School, was awarded $500 to fund the Kincaid Gentlemen’s Society last year, which is a group of fourth- and fifth-grade boys who meet once a week to discuss leadership, community service and goal setting, with the occasional guest speaker, Watson wrote on the Schools Foundation website.

Dana Jones, a teacher at Mableton Elementary School, was awarded $2,500 for her project, “STEMing It at Mableton.”

Jones worked to develop STEM labs, filled with tools for students to problem solve with hands-on math, science and technology lessons, according to the foundation’s website.

Whole Foods Market at Merchant’s Walk off of Roswell Road in east Cobb and Cobb Harry’s, on Powers Ferry Road, across from Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q, will both be donating 5 percent of their total sales to funding the Teacher Impact Grants this year, Allegood said.

The Cobb Schools Foundation has received 80 grant applications this year, Brante said. The applications are now being reviewed by a committee of six people who will have the finalists chosen in the next two weeks.

A group of committee members and both foundations will ride out to each of the winning teachers’ schools during the week of Nov. 11 to surprise them and award them their grants in person.

“It’s the coolest thing,” said Allegood, who said he will be out shopping for fruit at Whole Foods on Wednesday night.

From 4 to 7 p.m. at both Whole Foods Market locations there will be Halloween-themed activities taking place, and from 5 to 6 p.m. at Cobb Harry’s, Allatoona High School’s advanced fiddler group will be performing, Brante said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hannah Morgan, October 27, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Groups partner with Whole Foods to fund teacher grants)

Make your reservation for the Whole Foods Farm to Table dinner

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On Friday, October 25th at 7pm, Whole Foods in Merchants Walk will host a Farm to Table dinner in the outdoor front cafe.

Reservations are $25 per plate and all proceeds benefit the Whole Kids Foundation Poverty is Unnecessary Fund. Pre-register by calling Customer Service (678) 996-9700.

Dinner will be served family-style and prepared by the Whole Foods chefs. Courses will feature locally grown, in-season items with wine pairings. A vegetarian alternative is available, notify Customer Service when reserving your spot.

 

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East Cobb kids can make a difference with Whole Foods & Harrys

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Whole Foods Market stores across the country are joining up with families in their community to celebrate a Kids Day of Service from September 1- 14. Whole Foods Market Merchant’s Walk and Harry’s Farmers Market Marietta store invite families to participate in the action right in their backyards.

Kids ages 10 and up and families will enjoy a two-hour volunteer project  when they roll up their sleeves and provide a community building, hands on volunteer opportunity to help the Chattahoochee Nature Center from 9am-noon on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Check-in begins at 8:30am.

Afterwards, Whole Kids Foundation will provide a salad lunch for the volunteers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Unity Gardens.

To sign up, visit this Eventbrite page: https://cnccleanup.eventbrite.com/. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell.

 

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Big Green Egg Grill Celebration at Cook’s Warehouse

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It’s a grill, it’s a smoker, it’s an oven and it’s the most versatile cooker ever. And local: Big Green Egg is based in Tucker, GA. The East Cobb store of The Cook’s Warehouse (www.cookswarehouse.com) will hold a Big Green Egg grill celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

There will be grilling demonstrations while Chef and the Fatman record their James Beard-nominated radio show to help celebrate this top-of-the-line ultimate grill. Whole Foods Market is donating Brasstown Beef and Thompson Farms Pork to cook on the Egg as well as two $25 gift cards to be included in the giveaways.

Special appearance, 12 to 2 p.m.: Jessie Lysiak, from Social Circle, GA, and on the current season of MasterChef, will be part of the Chef and the Fatman show. No doubt she’ll be cooking something on an Egg and pleased to have a meet’n’greet with fans of the show.

Springer Mountain Farms will be on site with its chicken, low-stress, humanely grown birds that are steroid-, hormone- and antibiotic-free. Money-saving coupons will be given to the public for Springer Mountain products.

The Big Green Egg celebration will include giveaways and special pricing on cookware inside the store.

Widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker, the Big Green Egg was derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a “kamado.” Originally a clay vessel with a lid, today’s Egg is a modern ceramic marvel known for producing amazing culinary results for novice and experts alike for more than 30 years.

The Cook’s Warehouse is located in Merchant’s Walk shopping  enter next to Whole Foods, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 568, Marietta 30068. More info: 770-565-8005 or www.cookswarehouse.com.

 

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EAST COBBER’s FunMom Frugal Family Field Trip of the Day: Hold that pose!

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Children were getting curious about the yoga classes held in the community room of Whole Foods Merchant’s Walk, so the store’s healthy eating specialist, Stephanie Watson, decided to hold a FREE yoga class for kids today, May 31, 2013. The session is designed to give children a feeling for the basic principles of yoga. Bring a towel or a mat. Snacks will be provided. 

Cost: Free, all ages

Time: 3 – 3:45pm

Where: Whole Foods Merchant’s Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road #580, Marietta, GA  30068

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Make Mom’s Day at Whole Foods!

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Honor Mom a few days early with help from Whole Foods Merchants Walk. On Thursday, May 9, from 10am-1pm, head to Whole Foods Merchants Walk for Mom-o-Rama.

The first 50 moms in attendance will receive a gift bag and a rose plus tasty samples, chair massages and cooking demonstrations by the Cooking East Cobb Coach. While Mom’s enjoying her treats sneak over to the floral department for a bouquet of 20 premium roses for $20. Flower special good May 9-12, 2013.

Whole Foods is located in the Merchants Walk Shopping Center.

 
 

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Shop Whole Foods April 10 and support Mutt Mad-ness

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On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Whole Foods Market Merchants Walk will celebrate Community Appreciation Day and donate 5% of the day’s net sales to Mutt Madd-ness Dog Rescue.

The funds generated from this event will assist Mutt Madd-ness Dog Rescue with ongoing medical bills, spay-neuter, food, vaccines and more! Mutt Madd-ness is an East Cobb based 501c3 No Kill Dog Rescue.

Whole Foods Merchants Walk is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road NE | Marietta Georgia 30068. Store hours are 8am to 9pm.

 

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Sweets for your sweet: Valentine treat of the Day

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Share your love with a decadent 3” triple Chocolate Mousse Cake this Valentine’s Day. $5/slice. 1.  Whole Foods Market, Merchant’s Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb. 678-996-9700. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/merchantswalk/

 

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Help your family fight the flu

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It’s the height of flu season and staying healthy is on everyone’s mind. Keep your family flu free this winter with these tips from Whole Foods:

Wash your hands
When you touch your mouth, eyes or nose after touching door handles, shared pens, etc. you could be setting yourself up for the sniffles. Flu can spread before symptoms even start.  Natural hand sanitizers can help keep hands clean, too.

Prevention Tip: Drink Up
Pure water (and lots of it) is the best choice when the Doc says “drink more fluids.” Cells need to be hydrated to engage their defenses. Warm liquids may provide similar soothing effects as steam. Try green tea, herbal tea or warmed juice! Juice (go organic) can be a good source of nutrients and antioxidants, but don’t overdo it; all types of sugar can inhibit the immune system.

Prevention Tip: Rest, relaxation…and regular exercise
Relaxation, sleep and stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga and massage positively affect the immune system. *Social activity is key. Avoid loneliness and isolation; seek out humor! Regular exercise may help strengthen immunity.

Prevention Tip: Use Your Nose
Neti pots are for nasal flushing with warm, salted water to wash away mucus that may cause congestion. Aromatherapy using 100% essential oils-eucalyptus, lavender, etc-on your pillow or in your bath or steam inhaler can help bring relief.

Whole Foods also carries a variety of nature products to help ward off the flu including:

365 Everyday Value(r) Hand Sanitizing Spray – Experts always say the most effective way to avoid illness is to keep your hands clean, so try an organic alternative to chemical based hand sanitizers with EO Hand Sanitizing Spray. This combination of invigorating peppermint oil (a natural antiseptic), vitamin and thyme sanitizes hands, leaving a refreshingly soothing scent. Suggested retail price… $3.99

Source Naturals Wellness Formula 45 tabs – A powerful combination of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Wellness Formula is the perfect pick to rebalance your well-being, whether you’re already feeling under the weather, or just trying to stay ahead of the storm this season. Suggested retail price…$11.99

Jarro-Dophilus EPS – Probiotics help support intestinal health and immune function. This shelf-stable formula is also vegetarian and gluten-free. Suggested retail price…$21.99

 

Entertaining? Please even the pickiest guests with this easy appetizer.

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Mini Potato-Carrot Pancakes with Festive Sour Cream

Mini Potato-Carrot Pancakes with Festive Sour Cream are perfect for vegetarian and those watching their sodium or sugar intake. Make these easy bites ahead, if you like. Once cooled, layer them between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container then re-crisp on a lightly oiled baking sheet in a 400°F oven just before serving. There are three choices for flavoring the sour cream—spicy, savory or sweet and sour. Choose your favorite or reduce the amounts to make all three and offer a variety. Thank you Whole Foods Merchants Walk for this delicious idea!

Yield: 2 dozen
Ingredients:
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 small chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced OR 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard OR 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 small yellow onion, grated
2 large carrots (about 1/2 pound), peeled and grated
1 large russet potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled, grated and squeezed to remove excess water
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

In a small bowl combine sour cream with your flavoring choice: chipotle pepper, mustard or cranberry sauce. Set aside. In a large bowl, fold together onions, carrots, potatoes, egg, flour, salt and pepper until well combined. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, form each pancake by dropping about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet. Space pancakes about an inch apart, flatten and cook, flipping once, until deep golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes total. (Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to skillet halfway through.) Transfer to a paper-towel lined baking sheet to drain briefly. Serve with a teaspoon of flavored sour cream on each.

Nutritional Info:
PER SERVING:Serving size: 1 each, 60 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 1g protein

(Source: Whole Foods Merchants Walk)

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