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Elf on the Shelf Book Signing at Local School Box Stores

Elf on the Shelfthe gig: 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it won’t be long before getting on Santa’s Nice List (and staying there) will become top priority for your kiddos—especially if you have a resident Elf on the Shelf.

Fortunately, we know of at least one sure-fire way of making the list—get your very own Elf on the Shelf book signed by illustrator, Coe Steinwart, at the Town Center or North Point School Box stores on October 25th.

Whether your Elf on the Shelf is like a family member or you’re just now considering starting your own Elf tradition, this is your opportunity to meet a local legend. Hailing from East Cobb, Steinwart’s award-winning work is now a cherished memento in millions of homes across the country. (And, if it isn’t part of yours already, there will be copies available in stores the day of the signing.)Coe Steinwart

So pack up the kiddos this Saturday and stop by the School Box store at Town Center or North Point to snag your … er,  your children’s spot … at the top of the Big Man’s Nice list this holiday season.

the guide: 

The School Box at Town Center, 425 Barrett Pkwy in Kennesaw

October 25 from noon – 2 p.m.


The School Box at North Point | 7591 North Point Pkwy in Alpharetta

October 25 from 3 – 5 p.m.



Wizard of Oz Comes to Center for Puppetry Arts

Wizard of Oz_group_courtesy of Frisch Marionettesthe gig:

There may be no place like home, but the Center for Puppetry Arts runs a pretty close second this month. After a sold-out first run at the Center, The Wizard of Oz is back by popular demand!

From now until October 26, Dorothy and the gang are back together in the Frisch Marionettes’ adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel. During the show, Dorothy celebrates our nation’s rich musical heritage as she travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman, and Strawman are all singing the Blues.

And speaking of the blues, we are positive those are something you won’t have if you snag a ticket to the fan-favorite event. For the very best trip to the Emerald City, snag the all-inclusive pass, which will gain you entrance into the Center’s Museum, where you can get up close and personal with the puppets. In the permanent hands-on exhibit, you and your kiddos can interact with hundreds of puppets from around the world.

The all-inclusive ticket will also include a chance for your littles to make their very own puppet to take home in the “Create-A-Puppet Workshop.” Kids can create a Cowardly Lion String & Rod Puppet, or pick up a Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit to continue the fun at home! (The workshop can also be purchased separately for $5.75.)

Ready to snag a ticket? Slip on your ruby red slippers, close your eyes, click your heels together three times, and say, “There’s no place like the Center Puppetry Arts.” (Or, just visit the Center’s Web site below.)

the guide:

When:  Now through October 26 | Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

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.


Support the Arts (and Have a Ball) at Cobb Arts Ball

Cobb Arts Ball 2the gig: 

Getting the chance to play dress-up, rub elbows with a gathering of artistic geniuses (don’t be intimated, they’re friendly artistic geniuses) and support the local arts scene? That’s the gist of the upcoming Cobb Arts Ball. (Talk about a win-win-win!)

The much-anticipated black-tile gala is the perfect opportunity to pull your favorite sparkly gown out of the closet, dry clean your husband’s tux and schedule sitter.

Cobb Arts Ball 3Thrown in support of the Endowment Fund of United Arts of Cobb, all proceeds from the Ball will go to encourage
community, business, and parental involvement with arts and humanities organizations in Cobb County.  The seen-and-be-seen affair promises to be a spectacular evening, with a seated dinner, cocktails, live music, and live and silent auctions.

So grab your tickets and spread the word. You’ll have a ball! (We promise!)

the guide:

when: Saturday, October 25

where: the Cobb Galleria John Williams Ballroom!

cost: Tickets are $180 each (or $1,800 for a table of 8)

For more information, visit

Downtown Acworth Hosts a Disney Night of Fun

the gig:

If your little ones had dreams of attending Disney’s Frozen on Ice, but your schedule (or wallet) had other ideas, we’ve got just the solution for you.

North Cobb High School invites you—and your Disney-obsessed mini-me’s—to their Homecoming Parade and Block Party on October 9th. (That’s tomorrow!)

The theme this year is “Where Dreams Come True,” and it’s no wonder why. The event is sure to make your kiddos dreams comes true with crafts, face painting, inflatables, and (drumroll, please!) a photo booth where kids can take pictures with their favorite “Disney characters.” (Totally beats the all-day drive to Orlando!)

For the over 5-foot crowd, there promises to be good food and good music—and melt-your-heart-moments watching your kid’s Disney dreams comes true.

the guide:

where: downtown Acworth

date: October 9 (that’s TOMORROW!)

hours: parade starts at 6 p.m.; block party starts at 7 p.m.

cost: Entrance is free. All proceeds from event purchases benefit North Cobb High School


Star-studded Atlanta Premiere of Amaluna | Cirque du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere NightAmaluna by Cirque du Soleil premiered in Atlanta to a packed house, and a slew of celebrity attendees, on Friday night at Atlantic Station.

the stars: 

Chloë Grace Moretz (currently in town filming Sony’s The Fifth Wave), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl, Complications), Frances Fisher (Resurrection) Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Campbell, Charles Michael Davis and Nathaniel Buzolic (The Originals), IronE Singleton (The Walking Dead), Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray (The Bachelorette), Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Charles Halford (Constantine) were among Atlanta’s elite who experienced the wonder and excitement of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil on Friday night.

“The Originals” cast member Danielle Campbell

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere Night

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman (right) and fiancee Josh Murray

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere Night

“The Originals” cast member Nathaniel Buzolic

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere Night


“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast members Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere Night

photo credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil ©2014 

the show:

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna Atlanta Premiere NightAmaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

the guide:

To celebrate the premiere in Atlanta and due to an overwhelming demand, additional show dates have been added with some tickets starting as low as $35.

ticket sales: Tickets are on sale as of Monday October 6 10:00 a.m. (ET) by visiting or by calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE.

run dates: Amaluna will run in Atlanta until November 30, 2014.



Raising Hope for Single Mamas | 10 Women of Hope’s 7th Annual Girl’s Night Out

the gig: 

It’s not easy being a mama, and being a single mom? Phew! There likely isn’t a harder job on the planet, but it surely feels a bit easier when you know you have someone in your corner.  

Letting single moms know that they (and their littles) have someone on their side, especially in tough financial times, is the mission of local organization 10 Women of Hope. And, now, it can be your mission, too.

The Brickyard in MariettaOn October 16th, grab your girlfriends and join 10 Women of Hope as they raise funds to give mom’s going it alone a hand up at their 7th annual Girl’s Night Out. It will be a night of delicious dining and drinks, fabulous shopping, and don’t-miss giveaways all in the super hip setting that is The Brickyard at Marietta Station. 

All of the funds raised will go to benefit a Cobb County gal and her kiddos in need. Since their founding in 2007, the organization has helped moms with everything from car repairs and utility bills to medical expenses and sports sign-up fees.

It’s guaranteed to be a good time for a good cause, so spread the word, bring your besties, and let’s show some mamas in need that we ladies know how to stick together.

the guide:

WHEN: October 16th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Brickyard at Marietta Station (129 Church Street, Marietta).

COST: $25 minimum donation

For more information, email


angels of life hair & fashion show | three-13 salon

Three-13 Salon Interiorthe gig: 

If you’ve lived in Cobb for long at all, you probably know of Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique. It used to be the huge pink-fronted building on Canton Road. (“Sometimes we’d get mistaken for a strip club from the outside, which would really disappoint the guys stopping in,” laughs managing partner Lester E. Crowell, Jr.) Well, no one would mistake their current swank digs — located down the street from the original building — for anything but what they are: a top-notch, fashion-forward salon and spa.

Plus, they’ve got heart.


313 Check photoLester is a two-time heart transplant recipient. Meaning: twice his heart failed. And twice he received a second lease at life through a heart donor. Thus, it’s only naturally that he now channels his influence at Three-13 to give back to the cause that has twice given him life. Every year since 2011, Lester and his team at Three-13 have put on a high-style hair and fashion show called Angels of Life, befinnitting the Georgia Transplant Foundation. To date, the show has raised $116,313.13.

They’re hoping to raise even more with this year’s show, which will be held at the Cobb Energy Centre on Sunday, October 5, at 6:00 p.m. The fourth annual event will once again wow the audience with a showcase of inspiring hair, makeup and fashion designs by the artistic team at Three-13. Cocktails, dancing, music and more will round out the festivities. It’s Angels Of Life Fashion Showsure to be a heart-pounding good time, in more ways than one.

the guide:

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 2013

5 p.m. VIP and HALO VIP Cocktail Hour

6 p.m. General Admission

WHERE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30339

TICKETS: All proceeds benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation

General admission tickets are $59 and include entry at 6:00 pm, served Hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails.

VIP tickets are $89 each and include an early preview to the silent auction at 5:00 pm, one complimentary drink ticket, served Hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails

HALO VIP tickets are $113 each and include an early preview to the silent auction at 5:00 pm, two complimentary drink tickets, served hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails.

For more information on Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique or to purchase tickets or make a donation to Angels of Life Hair & Fashion Show, visit 



Beauty & Wellness GNO | October 2

PartyWithaPurposeSmallthe gig:

Grab your girls and come to sip something fun, nibble something good, and learn a whole heap o’ tips and tricks for achieving inner and outer glow. 

Due West Integrated Health is hosting a fabulous Ladies’ Night Out on October 2, from 5-8 p.m., to promote beauty and wellness. After all, they are kind of “in the biz.”

Here’s why you should come:

  • It’s free.
  • There’s wine.
  • There’s munchies.
  • There are door prizes galore.
  • You can learn how to look and feel better. Insights (and lots of cool STUFF) will be offered by Trindia Skincare, Scentsy, YouFit Gym, Sew Adorable by Molly, Nerium, Juice Plus, Solar Dimensions, Facials N Such, It Works Wraps, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Medalyn Salon, Image Four: Twelve Photography, and more!

the guide:

cost: FREE. But please RSVP quickly; space is limited!

RSVP on the official Punchbowl invite 

**Please make sure to UPDATE YOUR NAME on the RSVP to confirm your spot!

location: Due West Integrated Health

6110 Pine Mountain Road, Suite 201, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

sweet summer send-off

the gig:High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet

We’ve got the scoop, and you’re going to want to hear this one! Picture this: It’s the last Saturday of the summer season. You’re surrounded by friends and family, and you’re scarfing down—err, politely indulging in—a scoop (or three!) of ice cream and a milkshake and a float aaaaaand an ice cream sandwich. And, you’re doing it all for FREE!

Sounds like a beautiful, glorious, so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it dream, right? Turns out, this totally-worth-it calorie-fest is real. And, it’s happening TODAY at the Grand Opening of the High Road Scoop Shop and Factory Store.

Now, we try not to be too bossy here at LBD | LRW. Because we love y’all, we regularly make suggestions about fun events we think you and your family wouldn’t want to miss. But, as a general rule, that’s what they are: suggestions.

This time we’re making an exception. We hereby command you to hightail it to High Road. Once you’re there, we promise there will be words of praise on your lips—along with some absolutely out-of-this-world creamy goodness.

get a taste of fame (High Roads, that is!)

They chef-created, gourmet ice cream and sorbet has been written up in press across the country, and now that it’s coming to your own backyard (Marietta, to be exact), get your tastebuds ready to party hardy.

High Road Ice Creambring your sweet tooth … and your appetite!

At the Grand Opening, you can satisfy your inner five-year-old by opting for one of the fun-to-order treats like Mr. Butterpants (dark chocolate chunks with lots of peanut butter in chocolate ice cream) or Jokester (caramel, chocolate chinks, peanuts and handmade nougat in malt ice cream). Or, indulge your inner foodie with all-grown-up flavors like Roasted Kaffir Coconut, Butter Toasted Brioche or Honey Ricotta. If you’re in need of something more hearty during your visit, they’ll even be busting out the grill.

leave your cash at home

We did mention all of these tastebud-tingling treats will be FREE, right? If you’ve checked Whole Foods lately, you know that a pint of this liquid gold retails for about a Hamilton.

Complimentary, cold, and creamy—sounds like the perfect summer send-off to us. See you there! (And, that’s an order!)

the guide:

Where: 1730 West Oak Commons Court

When: tomorrow (September 20) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Why: because you deserve a sweet lil’ something, something

cuisine for a cause

the gig: dine out for charity this week!March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs Auction

You know how they say, “If you can’t handle the heat stay out of the kitchen”? Well, we say, if you want to save some sweet babies stay out of the kitchen…and head to the foodie-palooza that is the upcoming March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs Auction.

At the September 18th event at the Marietta Country Club, you’ll taste over-the-top delicious treats, support a phenomenal cause, and you won’t have to wash a single dish! The annual highly anticipated event is a food-lovers paradise with over a dozen top-rated chefs serving signature nibbles to a cocktail-swank crowd.

a little namedropping … and a whole lot of good food! 

The 2014 restaurant roster includes The Butcher The Baker, Gabriel’s Restaurant & Bakery, Creations by Cookie, Fusco’s, Zeal, and more. The honorary chef chair is Marietta restaurant darling and Paula Deen’s cousin Johnnie Gabriel.

Last year, the event raised over $70,000 to support the March of Dimes mission to promote healthy pregnancies and babies. This year, the 2014 ambassador family is Andy and Staci Thompson, their son Cooper and daughters Charleigh and Savannah.

meet an inspiring family and hear their storyMarch of Dimes Ambassador Family

The Thompson’s family’s journey is an amazing story of hope. After Cooper’s birth, the couple experienced three tragic miscarriages and were told that another baby would be unlikely. So, they were floored to discover that Staci was expecting twin girls! Charleigh and Savannah were born early at 33 weeks and spent 16 days in the NICU. Amazingly, they celebrated their first birthday on May 13—happy and completely healthy.

Through their experience, Staci has become an ardent fan of the March of Dimes. “The research and support of this organization is life changing, literally,” she says.

do it for the kids … really

Changing lives for the better during a fun-filled night of noshing on some delish food? We couldn’t imagine a better way to spend an evening.

the guide: 

when: September 18, 6:30 p.m.

where: Marietta Country Club, 1400 Marietta Country Club Drive, Kennesaw

For tickets and info, visit

For sponsorship and table info, contact Claire Parker at 404.720.5302 or

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