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Girls 2 Women Leadership Symposium

Shan-and-girls-waving-2If you’ve got a daughter, ages 11-18, listen up. Here’s a FABULOUS chance for a girls’ day out with your best gal.

On Saturday, May 7, the local non-profit Destiny’s Daughters of Promise will be hosting their annual Girls 2 Women Leadership Symposium that you don’t want to miss. 

The goal of the mentor and leadership program: to prepare teen girls for college, careers and a life of bold success. At the Symposium, girls will have a chance to hear from a wide array of women in leadership on how to shatter that glass ceiling and make a difference in the world and the local community.


Keynote speakers who will be sharing in a small group setting include Major General, Stayce Harris, and Georgia State Representative, Stacey Godfrey Evans. 

Sign up for this amazing event and help your daughter become a part of the next generation of successful women.

the guide:

when: May 7, 2015, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

where: Embassy Suites Atlanta-Kennesaw, located at 620 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

For more information,

Master Builders in the Making

Playing Legos is a childhood rite of passage. (Stepping on one—and enduring the massive amounts of pain that follows—is a parent’s rite of passage. Yeah, we’ve all been there, and the struggle is real.)

Recently, Cobb EMC, along with Etowah High School and Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy, upped the ante on this childhood favorite pastime by sponsoring a LEGO® building competition for second through eighth-graders and high school students.


To compete, students were given identical LEGO® kits to assemble. Contestants were judged based on both speed and accuracy, with grand prize winners receiving $125, runners-up receiving $100 and door prizes given out for all others. Even the adults got in on the fun, with winners in these rounds receiving LEGO® kits to take home.

If all of that doesn’t sound amazing enough, the event was Star Wars themed, no less.


Between competitions, robotic displays and demonstrations by the Etowah High School and Walton High School robotics teams wowed the 600 competitors and attendee. Additionally, Holly Springs hosted several interactive breakout sessions that showed onlookers how to put together balloon rockets and helicopters.

Guessing by the skill of the students and the proceeds raised from the eventa total of $5,000 was raised at the event will benefit Etowah High School Robotics and Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academythe force was DEFINITELY with these guys.

Taste of Marietta – April 24, 2016

If you’ve never been to Taste of Marietta, you’re in for a real treat on April 24th. Actually, you’re in for dozens of them.

Sixty four restaurants, two food carts and ten food trucks will converge on The Square for THE event of the spring season ’round these parts. The best of the best from Marietta, Atlanta and the surrounding areas will be serving up their trademark dishes; you’ll find everything from deep fried brownies to street tacos and ribs.


But try not to eat yourself into a food coma too early to enjoy shopping on the Square and all of the other fun offerings. Activities include a Kid’s Alley, the Sports’ Corner, cooking demonstrations, live music (including a sunset concert!), food awards, and much more.


This 23rd annual event is FREE, and will be held, Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Word to the wise: don’t miss this Marietta spring staple–it’s one of the most successful and well-attended Taste events in the entire country–but do break out your fat pants and don’t even think of counting calories.

Bon Appétit!

the guide:

date: Sunday, April 24, 2016

time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

location: The Historic Marietta Square

cost: free admission, food ranges in price from around $1 to $5 per taste

for more info:


Center for Puppetry Arts Unveils Summer Schedule

center for puppetry artsThere is something extra-magical about summer memories. It’s the perfect time to catch some rays by the pool, catch fireflies at dusk and catch a show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

If you haven’t discovered it already, we’re here to let you in an a summer lifesaver: the Center is the perfect spot for getting out of the house this summer to make memories and, well, escape the stir-crazies bound to set in after a few too many lazy summer days.

At the Center, the atmosphere is comfortable and totally kid-friendly. The theater is filled with low, cushioned benches just right for little ones, wide rows big enough to set down brother or sister’s infant car seat and–this is the clencher–plenty of other kids. (So you’ll never have to worry about your kids talking laughing hysterically at the wrong parts of the show because there is bound to be another kid a few rows up doing the exact same thing. Three cheers for parent solidarity!) Oh, and two more words, y’all: air conditioning. (Because Georgia.)

For all these reasons, we may be just as excited as our kiddos about the new lineup. The 16-show schedule features an all-new production, a few returning favorites and a number of notable new and returning guest touring artists, including Thistle Theatre’s Tales of Peter Rabbit (in honor of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday.)

For the little ones, there is a production Beauty and the Beast, a fun and funky adaptation of the classic tale, in which trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails in a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos.

For the two-and-under crowd, the  Theatre for the Very Young is putting on a production of Old MacDonald’s Farm, a sure-to-delight barnyard bonanza of fun and furry animals.

For teens and adults, the Center’s New Directions Series is expanding the perception and expectations of puppet theater for older audiences. There will be a National Puppet Slam 2016, an evening of curated, short-form puppetry pieces, The Ghastly Dreadfuls show that returns in October, and a puppet performance of Oliver Twist.

As always, the Create-A-Puppet Workshops will offer visitors the opportunity to build and decorate a puppet that is inspired by the style of puppetry in or characters from the Family Series production being presented. And now, new this year, kids ages 9-12 can join the Junior Explorers Series workshops for kids and the ever-popular Puppet Camp. Parents can get in on the fun, too, with the Explore Puppetry Series, which offers adults almost a dozen professional development workshops in all things puppet.

Without further ado, here is the full Family Series schedule for summer (& beyond) below:

The Swan (Ages 3+) | May 24 – June 5, 2016 | By Théâtre de Deux Mains of Montréal, Québec, Canada

The Little Pirate Mermaid | June 7 – July 17, 2016 | Adapted by Jon Ludwig

Sleeping Beauty | July 19- 31, 2016 | By National Marionette Theatre of Erie, Pa.

Old MacDonald’s Farm (Ages 2+) | August 2 – September 11, 2016 | Adapted by Amy Sweeney

Tales of Peter Rabbit | September 14-25, 2016 | By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, Wash.

La Cucarachita Martina (Martina the Little Roach) | September 28 – October 9, 2016 | By Teatro SEA of New York, N.Y.

The Jungle Book: The Story of Mowgli’s Fire | October 12 – 23, 2016 | By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, Ohio

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow | October 25, 2015 – November 6, 2016 | By Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (returning for its 7th season!) | November 8 – December 31, 2016 | Adapted by Jon Ludwig

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf | January 3-22, 2017 | By Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City, Mo.

The Adventures of Mighty Bug | January 24– March 12, 2017 | Adapted by Jon Ludwig

The Dragon King | March 14 – April 2, 2017 | By Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass.

Pete the Cat | April 4 – May 21, 2017 | Based on the book series by James Dean and 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.


JCLM Foster Care Party with a Purpose

MAR - FCP 3If there is anything we love at LBD | LRW, it is hearing about the good things going on–particularly when they happen in our small corner of the world. That’s why we are loving the news that the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta hosted a “Foster Care Party for a Purpose” on March 19th.

As a group of women committed to building better communities, the JCLM has hosted the party six years running. It began as a small way to positively impact some of the 500 foster care children in Cobb County.

“The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta is committed to making an impact in our community, and participating in events like the foster care party is just one way we put our mission into action. Serving our community and making an impact is a goal we continue to focus on year after year,” states League President, Carey Merritt.

This year, 60 children ranging in age from infants to 17-years-old, came together with their families and members of the JCLM to enjoy a day of fun at the Cobb County Safety Village. Crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, frozen yogurt and goodie bags were in order, along with fire safety training at the Cobb County Safety Village, where children and adults gain knowledge of safety awareness through hands-on experiences during special events throughout the year.

MAR - FCP 2All children received a stuffed backpack donated by Cobb EMC. (Giving back to the community is nothing new for Cobb EMC; their Cobb EMC Community Foundation has given back over one million dollars to local communities since its inception in 2013.)

The backpacks were filled with goodies from The School Box, Costco, Calhoun Management Corporation Wendy’s, and R. Gleen Reese, D.M.D Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, as well as books donated by the Primrose School of Kennesaw North and Communities in Schools.

Keep up the good work, JLCM!



Run For Good | LGE Foundation 5K 2016

LGE FoundationWant to show your support for some great local charities? Run, don’t walk–literally–to the upcoming LGE Foundation 5K on March 19 at 8 a.m at Barrett Summit in Kennesaw.

Founded in 2009 and based on the principle of “People Helping People,” the 501c(3) non-profit LGE Foundation organizes and conducts fundraisers to raise money to contribute to local non-profit organizations.

Think you’ll be dragging your feet come Saturday morning? Just remember this: your efforts will go to support worthwhile organizations like Safepath, Calvary Childrens Home, MUST Ministries, and City of Refuge (to name a few).

Another bonus: Every dollar raised by the LGE Foundation is generously matched* by LGE Community Credit Union. So your donation goes twice as far. (But, don’t worry, you don’t have to–the 5k is totally enough.)

Haven’t kept up with your New Year’s Resolutions and feeling a tad out of shape? No worries. The course is flat and fast, making it the ideal race for runners and walkers of all ages. Even your (leashed!) four-legged friends are welcome.

Mark your calendars, dust of your running shoes and get ready to rock the 5k run (or walk) for a great cause.

the guide:

Date | Saturday, March 19, 2016
Venue | Barrett Summit | 1990 Vaughn Road in Kennesaw

Race Day Schedule

6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. – packet pick-up and race day registration

8:00 a.m. – 5K start (strollers and dogs start behind other runners)

Post-Race – awards ceremony, music, sponsor booths, activities

To learn more about the big day, click here. To get your registration on (you go-getter, you!) click here.


The American Craft Council Show—a mecca of handmade goodness—is coming to the Cobb Galleria March 11-13, and we want all the things. The Southeast’s largest indoor juried craft show brings together over 225 of the country’s most talented contemporary craft makers. 

Considered to be a premiere marketplace, fine craft lovers and collectors can shop one-of-a-kind, quality crafts in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor all under one roof. In addition to the juried selection of handmade goods, show-goers this year will have a chance to experience the “Style Slam” exhibit in which Atlanta’s most savvy stylists pair up with fashion wearable, accessory and jewelry artists to showcase cutting-edge fashion. 

Other return exhibits include:

“Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft,” a collection of designer-created room vignettes that visually communicate styles in the North, South, East or West.

Hip Pop, a showcase of the creative works of the best and brightest emerging craft artists.

Let’s Make, a group of “Inspiration Stations” that encourage visitors to experience the hands-on creative process.

While browsing all the goodies and exhibits, you’ll have the opportunity to rub elbows with the show’s talented artisans—artisans like Marietta mixed media artist PJ Floyd. She uses piles of fabric, wire and yarn to create a high-end line of “fiber art” animals. (shown below) 

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And, these stuffed animals made for adults (step aside, kiddos!) are in good company alongside other gorgeous pieces like these:


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Remember what we said about wanting all the things?

the guide:

when | 

Friday, March 11, 2016 from 10am – 8pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10am – 6pm

Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 11am – 5pm
where | Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta
tickets | 

On-site Admission: $16 one-day pass; $36 three-day pass

Advance Tickets Online: $14 one-day pass; $34 three-day pass

$5 after 5pm Friday night on-site purchases only!
Admission is FREE for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under.
For information and to purchase tickets visit: 


Easter Events Roundup

Easter is coming early this year and bringing lots of spring-themed fun. We’ve rounded up a list of the most egg-citing Easter events around. So grab your Peeps-lovin’ kiddos and hop on over to one (or all!) of these fun events. (Note: additional events will be added as dates are posted – so check back often!)

North East Cobb Community Egg Drop 

where | Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

what | 50,000 eggs and over 100,000 pieces of candy  will drop from a helicopter onto the Sprayberry Highschool field. Other perks include a FREE photo with the Easter Bunny, food, live music and a kid zone with unlimited rides for $7.

when | March 16, 2016; ages 3 and under egg hunt at 11:30 a.m.; helicopter drops eggs at 1:30; ages 4 to 7 egg hunt at 1:45; ages 8 to 10 egg hunt at 3:30

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Acworth Easter Egg Hunt 

where | Acworth Sports Complex, 4000 South Main Street, Acworth

what | After the Easter Bunny parachutes into this event, the hunt will be on for 50,000 eggs filled with toys, candy and prizes. Other perks include face painting, balloon animals, inflatables and a petting zoo.

when | March 18, 2016; Easter bunny arrives at 7:15 p.m.; ages 0-2 at 7:30 p.m.; ages 3 to 4 egg hunt at 7:45 p.m.; ages 5 to 7 egg hunt at 8 p.m.; ages 8-10 at 8:15 p.m.


Bunny Breakfast 

where | Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw

what | Fill up on pancakes, bacon and sausage, fresh fruit and sweet treats while visiting with everyone’s favorite cottontail.

cost | $6/person. (Children 2 years of age and under do not need a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap.) Tickets can be purchased online (click here) or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Advance purchase is required. Tickets are non-refundable after March 11.

when | March 19, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Seatings are from 8 to 9:15 a.m. or 10 to 11:15 a.m.)

Smith-Gilbert Gardens

where | 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw; Additional parking and a complimentary shuttle will be available at the Ben Robertson Community Center at 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw.

what | an Easter egg hunt; crafts, relay games and more. Easter eggs will be filled with tickets, which can be redeemed for goodies at the Prize Table. Note: open only to pre-registered guests. No walk-up registrations will be accepted.

cost | $10/non-member children; $7/adult entry. Smith-Gilbert Gardens members may register beginning February 22. Non-members may register beginning March 1.

when | March 26, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Easter egg hunt

Living Hope Church

where | 3450 Stilesboro Rd NW, Kennesaw

what | an Easter morning celebration that includes an egg hunt; puppet show, free photo with the Easter bunny; butterfly release, crafts and games.

when | March 27, 2016; family brunch at 9:45 a.m.; puppet show at 10:15 a.m.; butterfly release at 10:45; egg hunt at 10:55 a.m.; Bible story, crafts and games at 11:15.

New Adventures —> Straight Ahead

Always wanted to play an instrument? Learn to paint? Actually enjoy working out? Here are 5 places in Cobb to explore adventures in music, fitness, art and gardening. It’s time to unlock that dormant potential!


The adventure | Get fit (and bring your kids!)

The place | Stroller Strong Moms Atlanta.

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There’s no reason to leave your kids at home or in daycare when you work out. With two BRAND NEW locations in East Cobb and West Cobb, Stroller Strong Moms brings women together for FUN, challenging, total body workouts – with their children! Workouts are done outdoors at East Cobb Park off Roswell Road and Oregon Park near the West Cobb Avenue, with indoor options during inclement weather. Kids come along (both in strollers and older) and are engaged in inspiring, active ways while their mamas learn to S.L.A.M. (“Sweat Like A Mother). This is supportive, social fitness at its finest!

Stroller Strong Jump PicFitness fun | Each 60-minute class includes: 5 minute warm-up, running or walking route with fitness stops throughout the park, and 10 to 15 minute core strengthening and stretching close. Jam-packed with butt-kicking nonstop action, this program will get you strong, lean, energized and S.L.A.M.-in’. Plus, modifications are implemented for prenatal and new-fitness mamas.

Start the adventure | Call 470-388-5197 to chat with Atlanta owner Lindsey Caballero, who is a nationally certified fitness instructor (plus CPR certified). Or visit and click Atlanta.

Email Join the Stroller Strong Moms Atlanta Facebook community.

BD | RW PROMO: Try your first class FREE. One per client; cannot be combined. Mention offer when booking.


The adventure | Garden scavenger hunt!

The place | Smith-Gilbert Gardens – a City of Kennesaw Botanical Garden.

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The 16-acre garden that radiates out from the historic Hiram Butler Home includes plenty of space to explore and expand your horticultural horizons.

Garden explorations | You can call to set up a personalized program for your class, scout troop, or neighborhood playgroup (minimum of eight children). Or, just stop by the home with your kids and borrow an Adventure Backpack, filled with binoculars, a magnifying glass, crayons, activity book, seasonal scavenger hunt, and Fundana Bandana game to play together in the garden.

Smith-Gilbert Garden Adventure PicAlso coming this year: Smith-Gilbert is opening a butterfly house! It will be filled with pollinator-attracting plants to showcase sustainable gardening practices. Look for it to open during butterfly season, which is August through September.

Start the adventure | Smith-Gilbert Gardens is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; admission is $7 adults, $5 children (5 and under free). 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw.

BD | RW PROMO: Free Adventure Bag rental. Just stop by the Hiram Butler Home and leave collateral in exchange for borrowing an adventure pack.


The adventure | Musical exploration!

The place | Dirt Cheep Music.

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Dirt Cheep Music is a 31-year-old family-owned music store that offers a tasty blend of new and used musical instruments and equipment for the best value. They handle top name brands plus niche and boutique products, and they really know the used market. They do business in a good, honest, straightforward way … with a touch of Southern charm.


Musical options | From band instruments to ukuleles and from recording studios to live sound, you can experience it at Dirt Cheep.

  • Buy, sell and trade
  • Band and orchestra instruments for less than renting
  • Keyboards
  • Drums
  • Guitar and bass
  • World and folk instruments
  • Recording equipment
  • Microphones, amplifiers, sound system installation
  • DJ gear and lights


Start the adventure | Call 770-433-0196 or pop by the store and talk to one of their seriously experienced staff members: 2415 South Cobb Dr. SE, Smyrna. No one at Dirt Cheep is paid on commission, so they won’t try to sell you anything you don’t need – but they might show you something that is insanely fun to use. Visit

BD | RW PROMO: 15% off any retail purchase (some exclusions apply). Must present coupon by 5/5/16. One per customer; cannot be combined.


The adventure | An immersion into wellness

The place | Independent Fitness Consulting (IFC).


Don’t be fooled by the purposefully unassuming warehouse that IFC calls home. This place is one serious powerhouse of wellness that is transforming women from the inside out – literally. Founder and certified personal trainer Amy Fendley has a vision for reaching women physically, spiritually and emotionally through the team of elite experts she has recruited to IFC. “We are a complete wellness center focused on whole body health for women,” says Amy.

Amy Fendley HeadshotWellness transformations | The vision at IFC is to lay a foundation of good practices that become solid habits. Offerings include:

  • Nutrition counseling and meal planning
  • Private, semi-private, and group fitness sessions with certified personal trainers.
  • Bootcamps and open gym hours for flexible workout times.
  • Yoga and Pilates for strength and centering.
  • Onsite licensed professional counseling and also weekend workshops addressing self-esteem, shame and guilt, food and eating issues, stress management and healthy self-care.
  • VIP relationship (and rate) with Dr. Rob and Dr. Cris of Eaton Chiropractic.
  • VIP rates for massages, facials and aesthetic medispa treatments.

Start the adventure | Call IFC at 770-310-6110 or stop by 3620 Kennesaw North Industrial Pkwy, Kennesaw. Visit; Rates: Drop-in gym and bootcamp: $10/session. Monthly open gym rate (non-private clients): $69. Monthly VIP open gym rate (private clients): $39.

BD | RW PROMO: Try your first class FREE. Present coupon at IFC by 5/5/16. One per client; cannot be combined.


The adventure | Unlocking your inner artist

The place | The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.

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Located on the Historic Marietta Square, The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art  (MCMA) occupies a renovated Classical Revival building that originally opened as the Cobb County United States Post Office in 1910. Today, the museum houses a rotating collection of American art and offers classes for both the budding and mature artist.

Artistic inspirations | Classes for children, youth and adults are scheduled monthly. Adult classes include:

  • Art of acrylics
  • Studio oils
  • Charcoal drawing
  • Introduction to papermaking
  • Dry pastel painting laboratory
  • Beginning & intermediate watercolor
  • Pottery wheel
  • Portrait drawing
  • Modern calligraphy
  • Open studio (drawing & painting)

Start the adventure | Register for a class at, or call 770-528-1444. Visit the MCMA at 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. For hours and admission, visit

BD | RW PROMO: $1 off daily admission at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art. Must present coupon by 5/5/15. Limit one per person; cannot be combined.

Arbor Day Adventure

Photo credit: Andreas Wienemann

Photo credit: Andreas Wienemann

Help your kids grow a little greener this month by bringing them to the Arbor Day celebration at the Wright Environmental Center.

Kids, ages 2-5, are invited to Toddler Time on Friday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The environmentally-themed event will include story time, songs, and a craft (all tree-themed, of course!) followed by a nature hike. At the end of the lesson, each child will receive a sapling to plant in celebration of Arbor Day.

Because a portion of the lesson will be spent outdoors, dress appropriately for the weather and in clothing you don’t mind getting messy.

Come ready to learn about trees, explore the outdoors and nurture your and your children’s love of nature.

the guide:

when: February 19 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

where: Wright Environmental Center | 2661 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

ages: Children ages 2-5 are invited to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

cost: Registration is required and the cost is $2 per child.

For more information and to register your child, email or call 770-528-8803.

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