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Local Memorial Day Events

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It’s Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer, and the perfect time  to enjoying cookouts, sun and pool time with friends and family.

But amidst all the revelry, let’s not forget that paying tribute to the fallen soldiers who made our way of life possible is what Memorial Day is really all about. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of local events commemorating those who have given their lives for our freedom. 


Smyrna Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday at 9:30, 20th Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street, Smyrna

After a ceremony honoring local veterans, stick around for music by the 116th Army Band, Georgia National Guard, a cookout at the nearby American Legion post and other patriotic activities for the whole family, including a display of military equipment and vehicles.


Marietta Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday at noon, Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta 

To pay tribute to the more than 10,000 veterans who are buried at the 140-year-old Marietta National Cemetery–and all who have given their lives for our country–the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia will host a ceremony on the cemetery grounds. In addition the live music, the event will include a posting of the colors, prayers, and a gun salute.


Kennesaw Mountain Memorial Day Events, Sunday & Monday, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw

Wow your little ones (but warn them of loud sounds first!) with artillery demonstrations and cannon fire this Sunday and Memorial Day at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield. Military memorabilia, including a Veterans’ Uniform Display will also be on showcase from 9:30 am – 4pm on both Sunday and Monday. 


Woodstock Memorial Day Ceremony, May 25, 10 a.m., The Park at City Center, 101 East Main Street, Woodstock

A bevy of local veterans’ groups (including the American Legion and Marine Corp League) will join together in a ceremony, including live music, to honor the lost lives of military service members 




The Circus Is Coming to Town

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The largest shrine circus and fair is back for it’s 73rd year, and it’s coming to the Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair will kick off this Saturday, the 16th, for ten days of fun. (The Midway carnival rides will open starting Friday, the 15th.)

Kids (and kids at heart) will be wowed by acrobats, motorcycle demonstrations, daredevil clowns and, of course, lions, tigers, bears, and elephants, too.

Beyond the actual circus show, there will be 35 amusement rides with fun for all ages. PLUS, our favorite part of it all–the carnival foods with everything from corn dogs and funnel cakes to fried oreos and snow cones. (Tip: Don’t forget the Tums!)

the guide:

Location:  Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta

Midway times for carnival rides only:  

Monday – Friday, opening at 5:00 PM
Saturday, opening at 10:00 AM
Sunday, opening at Noon
Memorial Day, opening at 10:00 AM

Circus show times:  

Monday- Friday, 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Memorial Day, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM
*No circus shows on May 15, and no 11:00 AM circus on May 19 or 21

Gate Admission Cost (includes unlimited circus performances and access to carnival grounds):
Adults – $7
Children 10 and Under – FREE

Parking: $5/per vehicle

– At any Atlanta-area Walgreens, get adult admission tickets for half-off ($3.50 each) and 21 ride tickets for $11. Or, purchase a Mega Pass for $21.95 per person, which includes gate admission, circus admission and unlimited carnival rides. 

– At 29 metro-Atlanta Food Depot locations, get buy-one-get-one-free single-day adult admission coupons.

Click Here for More Info!

Ladies Tea Celebrating Women in Business

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Join us for a Ladies Tea Celebrating Women in Business on May 14!

Are you a woman in business in our community? If so, come enjoy a delicious lunch while keynote speaker Johnnie Gabriel, Paula Deen’s cousin and owner of Gabriel’s Restaurant and Bakery, inspires us with a motivational session.

Ladies Tea 2015

the guide:

date: May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

location: The Acworth Beach House, 2293 Beach St., Acworth, 30101

cost: $25 (proceeds benefit Brookwood Christian Language School)

for tickets/info: 678-401-5855

LBD | LRW is a proud sponsor of this event!


Where to Get Your Arts Fix OTP

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Whether you’re looking to add a new piece of art to your abode or just like to get an occasional culture fix (just to remind yourself there is art outside of “fridge art”), we’ve got just the thing.  

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite local spots to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s new and beautiful in the art world. 


Jazzy Artz

Filled to the brim with gorgeous and functional goodies awash in bright, cheery hues (including tons of pieces hand-painted by owner and artist Robert Rodenberger), Jazzy Artz is a your one-stop-shop for gifts. 

Need-to-know-info: Browse the colorful offerings at Jazzy Artz at 2851 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw. Call 678-230-9673 or visit 

Jazzy Artz


Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk 

If you’ve never attended Marietta Square’s First Friday Art Walk, you’re in for a free. Stroll through the charming streets of Marietta Square during this free, self-guided tour that highlights some of our city’s most talented local artists and musicians.

Need-to-know-info: Every “First Friday” of the month from April to November, visit Marietta Square from 5 to 9 p.m. for a look at some of the area’s best art offerings. For more information, visit 



Marietta Square Artist’s Attic

Opened last spring in the second story of the Local Exchanges (a must-visit modern-day general store), Marietta Square Artist’s Attic is a beautiful, light-filled space brimming with works from southern artists. (If it isn’t local, you won’t find it here.) 

Need-to-know-info: Marietta Square Artist’s Attic is located at 120 S Park Sq NE, Ste. 207, Marietta. Reach them by phone at 770-298-9207 or online at



Marketplace 120 

Your new go-to for artsy inspiration OTP, Marketplace 120 is a 14,000-square-foot artisan community with over 90 showrooms brimming with everything from original oil paintings and handblown glass to handcrafted wood pieces.

Need-to-know-info: For instant artistic inspiration, visit the gallery at 562 Wylie Road SE, Ste. 24, Marietta. Reach them by phone at 678-540-7511 or visit them online at

Marketplace 120

Center for Puppetry Arts Unveils a Smashing Summer Schedule

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With summer nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking ahead about ways to keep kiddos busy during those long, hot days of summer. One of our favorite go-to cures for the “I’m bored” blues is the Center for Puppetry Arts. They’ve just unveiled their 2015-2016 schedule, and let’s just say we may be as excited as our kids will be! The 16-show lineup features a brand new Center-produced show, a few returning favorites and a number of notable new and returning guest artist engagements.

Check out the full Family Series schedule for summer (and beyond) below:

My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling May 26 – June 7, 2015
By Open Eye Figure Theatre of Minneapolis, MN

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type June 9 – July 26, 2015
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Von Hinezmeyer

The Reluctant Dragon July 28 – August 9, 2015
By Tears of Joy Theatre of Portland, OR

The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables August 11 – September 20, 2015
Adapted by Michael Haverty

Peter Pan September 22 – October 25, 2015
Based on the book by J.M. Barrie
Adapted by Michael Haverty

The 3 Little Pigs & More October 27 – November 8, 2015
By Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, NC

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer November 10 – December 27, 2015
Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig

Pinocchio! December 29, 2015 – January 10, 2016
By Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox January 13 – 24, 2016
By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, WA

Space! January 26 – March 10, 2016
Written by Jon Ludwig

The Sound of Music March 12, 2016—One Day Only!
By Salzburg Marionette Theatre of Salzburg, Austria The Sound of Music tickets go on sale fall 2015

Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could March 11 – April 3, 2016
By Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, VA

Beauty and the Beast April 5 – May 22, 2016
Adapted by Jon Ludwig


the guide:

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts at 1404 Spring Street NW in Atlanta.

Cost: Tickets for patrons, ages two years of age and older, are $9.25 (Members) and $16.50 (Nonmembers) and include the performance, museum admission, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit).

To purchase tickets: visit or call 404-873-3391.

Taste of Marietta — April 26, 2015

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TastefromStrandRoof-300x200It’s not every day you can enjoy food from over 75 restaurants and food trucks, back-to-back live concerts, and activities to entertain the entire family. But, Sunday, April 26 is not every other day – it’s the day Taste of Marietta comes back to the Marietta Square!

With around 100,000 people expected to attend, this is the family event of the season in Marietta– and one of the most successful and well-attended taste events in the entire country. (That’s right, we know how to eat around these parts).

Taste_Banks-300x225Bring the family out for the afternoon and enjoy everything from sushi to chicken wings and {literally} everything in between, including plenty of options for dessert to finish off your eating extravaganza. Activities include a Kids Alley, Sports Corner, outdoor concerts, food awards and much more.

Mark your calendar and be prepared for a day full of fun and food!

the guide:

date: Sunday, April 26, 2013

time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

location: The Historic Marietta Square, rain or shine

cost: free admission; food ranges in price from around $1 to $5 per taste; some kids activities are pay-to-play

parking: The Cobb County Parking Deck (enter from Waddell Street), all county court lots and the Mill Street lot are available. The county parking deck and the Mill Street lot are free. County court lots are privately owned and parking fees may apply.

for more info: or (770) 429-1115

“Indulge” in a Night of Fashion + Fun for Moms

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If there is anything that we can all agree on, it’s that we love our kids. It’s the most given of givens. 

The second most given of givens? Every so often, we. need. a. break. Just a teensy one, mind you, from their adorable little faces (and requests … and homework … and constant, er, innocent invasions of personal space).

Enter: “Indulge” at Town Center at Cobb. A fabulous night of shopping and fun!

The ultimate mom’s night out experience, you’ll have a chance to experience everything from food sampling (yum!) to freeze modeling and fashion tips provided by the experts–all sans kiddos. 

You’ll also have the chance to snag a “swag bag” and get access to giveaways, special offers and promotions, and more! Two lucky ladies will be picked to have flash makeovers.

All the fun comes just a few days before Mother’s Day, so do yourself a favor and consider it your Mother’s Day gift to yourself. Or, if it makes you feel better about sneaking away, consider it a gift to your kiddos, too –“absence makes the heart grow fonder” and all that.

the guide:

where:  Town Center at Cobb

when: May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

cost: freeee


Cobb’s Spring Fling Event Schedule 2015

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Looking for the perfect family event to take your kiddies to this spring? We’ve got it: The Primrose Schools Spring Flings, happening at a Primrose School near you!

These events are open to the public, and feature games, raffles, prizes, bake sales, treats, a silent auction, and tons of wholesome, spring-y family fun … all to benefit a local charity.

See below to find a Spring Fling near you!

the guide:

Acworth / Dallas – Primrose School at Bentwater
FRIDAY, April 17, 2015
6:30 P.M.  –  8:00 P.M.

Kennesaw  / West Cobb – Primrose School at Brookstone
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Powder Springs  – Primrose School at Macland Pointe
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015
5 P.M. –  7 P.M.

East Cobb – Primrose School at Sprayberry
5 P.M. –  7 P.M.

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sneak peek:

Primrose School at Brookstone is building up excitement for their Spring Fling Under the Big Top! 

Primrose Brookstone Circus

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The Race is on at Diaper Derby at Town Center Mall

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Calling all crawlers!

There isn’t anything much cuter than a little baby booty scootin’ along–unless it’s a whole bunch of baby booties scootin’ along together. On April 18, the first Diaper Derby at Town Center Mall will bring together parents and babies in a fun, family-team atmosphere. 

Bring family and friends to cheer on your baby as they race to the finish line! Registration is free, and the top three babies will win a trophy and prizes from mall stores. All registrants will receive a goody bag at the event. In addition to the Diaper Derby main event, families will enjoy entertainment, prizes and more!

to register your baby: Registration will be held at  Simon Guest Services starting March 9, 2015.  They are located on the Upper Level Center Court, outside Macy’s Furniture and are open all mall hours.  Parents will need to read the rules and regulation and sign the event waiver/registration form and will be assigned a heat time and lane. There will be up to 12 heats of six babies each. There will then be two semi-final heats, which will bring us to the final round of up to six babies. Babies must not be walking, and cannot turn 12 months on or before April 18. Registrations are limited to the first 72 babies. 

For online registration, send an email to with the subject line DIAPER DERBY REGISTRATION.

the guide:

WHEN: April 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Sears Court at the Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, 30144


AGES: Babies younger than 12 months (on or before April 18)


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Miles for Mikey 2015

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the story

Mikey Built Tough Like Dadmeet mikey. he has MLD.

Michael Warechowski IV is the only son of Marietta residents Katie and Mike Warechowski. Michael was born a perfectly healthy, smart little boy who reached all his milestones. Katie and Mike had no idea anything was wrong until he still couldn’t walk by age 23 months.

After extensive tests, they received the unbelievable news that their son has Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) and only a few more years to live. This 11-Alive feature tells their poignant story (grab the tissues and click to watch).


MLD is a rare neuro-degenerative disease that affects the brain, nervous system, and muscles. There is no cure; it is fatal. Most kids with MLD live to be about 5 or 6. Since his diagnosis on Katie’s 31st birthday (March 27, 2012), Michael has lost all of his abilities: he cannot talk, eat by mouth, sit up or play. He is fed only through a feeding tube, and he is heavily medicated, as MLD is very painful.

the need

Katie MikeyKatie and Mike own Fitness Together in East Cobb and strive to provide everything Michael needs.

Unfortunately, they’ve been denied government assistance for Mikey’s medical care and their medical bills are outrageous.

They take a lot of time off work to care for Michael and spend as much time as they can with him.

So, LBD|LRW is teaming up with community partners and individuals to host this event:

Miles for Mikey 5K and FunRun ’15


Saturday, May 30


Mountain Park, Georgia

Race start: 118 Lakeshore Drive, Mountain Park, GA 30075

Parking & Shuttle:
Parking is limited at race start.
Please park at PUBLIX at MOUNTAIN PARK PLAZA: 4750 Alabama Rd NE Ste 107, Roswell, GA 30075

Take the Historic Marietta Trolley shuttle to the race. The shuttle will run between 9:00-11:00 a.m.




Can’t come, but want to help Mikey? Donate directly to the Warechowksi’s here: 

Donate Now

OR, for your donation to be tax deductible:

Address checks to The Golden Soldiers, LLC (the nonprofit partner for Miles for Mikey), and mail to:

Miles for Mikey c/o Warechowski Family

1645 Lake Holcomb Lane

Marietta, GA 30062


Click HERE to register through

You can also follow Fitness Together East Cobb and Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine on FB for race updates and links.


TrolleyFrontDue to limited parking at the race site, participants are asked to park offsite (address TBA) and take the free Historic Marietta Trolley shuttle the short distance to the course start.

A shuttle is being provided by the Historic Marietta Trolley between the race site and parking. Please arrive with enough time to catch the trolley.


This UNTIMED charity race will begin with a 1-mile Fun Run, followed by a 5K. Due to hilly conditions, the 5K course is considered moderate to strenuous. Stroller racers are encouraged to run the 1-mile Fun Run, which eliminates the steepest climbs.



9:00 a.m. Registration

9:35 Warm up

10:00 5K official start!

10:15 1-Mile Fun Run (strollers start in the back)

Post-Race: Top 3 males and females, plus top student, will be awarded with a commemorative hand-painted Miles for Mikey Race Plate, courtesy of Just Fired Pottery.

To Volunteer: Email for info or to help.

Dog Policy: Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and owners pick up after them conscientiously, per Mountain Park’s sanitation code. 


$15 for youth (18 and under)

$20 for adults (pre-registered) or $25 on race morning

Children 4 and under are FREE.

100% of proceeds from this untimed charity race will go to Michael.

Sponsored by: PTS Sports, PT Solutions, Little Black Dress|Little Red Wagon Magazine, Just Fired Paint Your Own Pottery

Michael’s Story: Watch an 11 Alive video about Michael


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