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Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

the gig:

Easter Egg HuntCobb County is totally upping the Easter egg hunt game this year. For the first time, the egg-hunting extravaganza will take place in the dark! But, don’t worry, little hands will still be able to find plenty of goodies thanks to glow-in-the-dark eggs. (As an aside, the website still advises attendees to bring flashlights.)

The fun starts this Saturday evening, March 28, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. In addition to the main event, there will also be children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, egg toss, storytelling, glow-in-the-dark best-dressed contest, food vendors and more.

To keep things fair and fun for all ages, the five egg hunts will be broken down into age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs.

Happy hunting!

the guide:

Schedule of events:

  • 6 p.m. — Opening of park
  • 6:30 p.m. — 3 years old and younger egg hunt
  • 7 p.m. — 4-5 years old egg hunt
  • 7:15-8 p.m. — Break for games, activities and entertainment
  • 8:15 p.m. — 6-7 years old egg hunt
  • 8:45 p.m. — 8-10 years old egg hunt
  • 9:15 p.m. — Tweens and teens egg hunt (11-17 years old)

Admission

Free (bring a flashlight)

Parking
Free

Location:
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Rd
Marietta, GA 30008

For more information, please call the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at (770) 528-8875 or (770) 528-4333.

Callaway Gardens Fitness Series

the gig:

Gardens TriathalonGetting fit is a good thing. Getting fit in a gorgeous garden setting? Even better. 

Enter: the 2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series.

Starting in May and running (pun intended!) through November, the Gardens will be hosting a series of fitness events to challenge your body in one of the most soothing spots in Georgia.

Check out the schedule below then click the link at the bottom of this post to register:

  • Duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) and 5K on May 10. 
  • Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run) on June 21. Now the biggest event of its kind in the Southeast, this one is is perfect for first-time triathletes and young athletes.
  • Triathlon (1K swim, 30K bike, 8K run) and 5K on September 6. (Neat-to-know trivia: The Callaway Gardens event is the longest running triathlon in the continental United States.)
  • Twilight 10K race on November 7. Certified by US Track and Field, this event is a qualifier for the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race.

And because being well-rested is a must before some serious physical exertion like a 30k bike (our musclesGarden Tri 2 feel sore–but super accomplished–just thinking about it!), Fitness Series participants can request a special rate for overnight lodging that includes admission to Callaway Gardens. 

Of course, having friends and family cheer on your super-healthy-self is half the fun, so spectators accompanying Fitness Series Event participants can enter the Gardens for half-price (or $30* per vehicle whichever is less).

the guide:

To register, visit active.com. Participants’ registration fee includes admission to the Gardens.

For more information on the Fitness Series, contact Dave Johnson Enterprises at 770-565-5208.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

For general Garden information, call 800-463-6990 or visit callawaygardens.com.

 

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).

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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

WHEN:

Saturday, May 30

WHERE:

Mountain Park, Georgia

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

Parking: Please plan to park at Mountain Park Elementary School and take the shuttle: 11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075

TO REGISTER: 

Click HERE to register through active.com.

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

PARKING & SHUTTLE:

Due to limited parking at the race site, participants are asked to park at Mountain Park Elementary School (approx. 1.25 miles away):

11895 Mountain Park Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

A shuttle will be provided between the race site and the school. Please arrive with enough time to catch the shuttle.

RACE CONDITIONS:

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.

RACE DETAILS:

Times:

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 Race@BlackDressRedWagon.com for info or to help.

Cost:

$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

SPONSORS:



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St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Callaway Gardens

Go Green at Callaway Gardensthe gig:

For a fun, new way to “go green,” join the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Callaway Gardens this Saturday, March 14th.

Amidst the gorgeous setting that is Robin Lake Beach, there will be everything you’d expect for a sham-rockin’ St. Patty’s Day party, from live music and great food to drink specials and prizes.

With a pint of Irish green beer or glass of Irish Whiskey in hand, rock out with to the bluesy southern sound of Daniel Lee and the Barstool Prophets. (Tip: Wear green and enjoy $2.50 drafts!) Go all out with head-to-toe green for a chance to take home a prize in the St. Patty’s Day outfit contest. And, when you’re finally ready to kick off your dancin’ shoes, don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to relax in the sand.

Or, make a weekend of it and snag a room at the Mountain Creek Inn on-site. (Don’t forget to take advantage of access to the nature trails, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, and chapel during your stay.) Packages start at $119 a night and include lodging, two event tickets and admission to the Gardens.

We’re feeling luckier already.

the guide:

where: Callaway Gardens is located at 17800 US Hwy 27. Pine Mountain 31822-2000.

when: Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the gate. Click here for advance ticket purchase or call 800-463-6990.

For additional information or reservations, visit callawaygardens.com or call 800-852-3810.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Blend Art, History and Horticulture

the gig:

gardenSpring is just around the corner–and there was much rejoicing!–and we’ve got the perfect suggestion for a sunny day outing: Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Sixteen beautiful acres filled with thousands of species of plants, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Kennesaw.

Follow wooded paths through the emerald grounds to a Bonsai exhibit, a rose garden, a tea house and a camellia garden. During your visit, take a break near the waterfall to let the relaxing sounds soothe your soul.

Be on the lookout for the collection of contemporary sculptures thoughtfully positioned throughout the Gardens. End your visit with a tour through the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880). For the ultimate experience, come on a Saturday for one of their scheduled tours.

Whether you’re on the lookout for an educational nature walk with your kiddos (a special “gather ‘n grow” garden includes vegetable beds and whimsical elements like chime arbors, bubble pools and animal topiaries) or a quiet afternoon with just your thoughts (and some gorgeous scenery), Smith-Gilbert Gardens is sure to be your go-to happy place this spring. 

But, wait! There is more.

aliceOn March 21st, the Garden is hosting “Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland.” Your child can become a guest at a “very, merry un-birthday”-style tea party hosted by one of their most beloved storybook characters, Alice in Wonderland! Mini-cupcakes, cookies, and “tea” (served in mis-matched teacups, of course), will be the treat of the day as Alice mingles with guests and shares her wildly unusual experiences while lost in Wonderland! Each guest will also make a small craft to take home in memory of their visit. (Note: Limited seating. Reservations required.)

And, if tea parties aren’t you’re child’s, well, cup of tea? Check out Garden Stories, a chance for children to enjoy stories in a garden setting. Your child will discover the wonderful outdoor world through movement, music, and play. At the end of the program, a craft will allow young sprouts to take home a piece of their outdoor adventure. (Kids and caretakers are welcome to explore the garden after story time.) 

And, because why should the kids have all the fun, there is a Tower Gardening Workshop tower gardenhappening on Saturday, March 28. Experts will help turn even the brownest thumb green with their advice on how to grow a farmer’s market (really!) on your back patio. During the class, the folks at Smith-Gilbert Garden will show you how, with limited space, you can grow vegetables, herbs and even fruit with a vertical, aeroponic garden. Fresh fruits and veggies within arm’s reach with minimal dirt required? Sign us up!

the guide:

General Garden Info:

where: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152

hours: Operating days are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm. 

cost: Adults, $7;  Seniors (age 60+) or Active Military (with ID), $6; Children, ages 6-12, $5; Children, ages 5 and younger, free.

For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit their website. 

 

Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland

when: March 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 PM
recommended ages: 4 – 12 years old
attire: As dressy or un-dressy as you like, but flat close-toed shoes, please.

 

Garden Stories

when: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning in February, at 10:30 AM.

Recommended ages: 3 – 6 (caregiver must stay with child).

Cost for SGG member child is $5. Cost for first non-member child is$7, with additional participating children being $5. Pre-registration is recommended.

 

Adult Tower Gardening Workshop 

when: Saturday, March 28 from 10 am to noon.

cost: SGG Members: $8, Non-Members: $15

{cast your vote!} Family of the Year Search

Family of Year Family ImageWe have selected 10 AMAZING family finalists! We can’t possibly narrow it down between these 10, so now we need YOUR help to name a 2015 Family of the Year. 

To “vote”:

1. Click the family’s name below to read all about them:

The Bloom Family

The Findley Family

The Hutson Family

The O’Dell Family

The Perry Family 

The Poe Family 

The Richardson Family

The Sparkman Family

The Spell Family

The Tillery Family

2. ON THAT FAMILY’S POST (not this one), leave a comment, sharing your thoughts and love for your favorite fam. Quantity of comments doesn’t matter; we’re looking for quality here … so share the love! Tell why this family rocks. Feel free to “vote” for more than one family, too. 

 A panel from the community is also viewing all entries and will weigh in. The winning family plus THREE runner-up families will be announced on March 30. To see the slew of prizes the winners will receive from our generous sponsors, scroll down. 

The winning family must be available for a photo shoot with Mia McCorkle of JTM Photography between April 3-12. Photos will appear on our summer covers. 

The 2015 Family of the Year Search is sponsored by Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, JTM Photography Atlanta, Callaway Gardens, and all the sponsors below.

loot loot!!

Little Black Dress Little Red Wagon Magazine

Previous Cover Search Winners, the Hasbrouck family

The grand prize family will receive:

A photo shoot with Mia McCorkle of JTM Photography Atlanta. Photos will appear on LBD|LRW summer covers!

A two-night stay in a two-bedroom Southern Pine Cottage at Callaway Gardens, including garden admission PLUS TreeTop Adventure for four.

A Day of Beauty for the winning mom from Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique (facial, massage, mani/pedi, color, design & finish), plus family styling for cover shoot.

$50 gift card to Dyer & Posta Salon

$50 Visa gift card from North Cobb Christian School

$50 Visa gift card, courtesy of Transitions Property Management & Real Estate

60 minute facial + massage from  j.Spa, courtesy of Melissa Krudwig, The Bear of Real Estate, and The Think Melissa Team

Prize basket from Rossitch Pediatric Dentistry

$100 gift card to All-Star Chem-Dry

$50 gift card to The Marietta Local

$50 Visa gift card, courtesy of Resurgens Orthopaedics

$50 gift card to Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, or Love Street Gifts & Gardens

$50 gift card to Ivy Lane Boutique

$50 gift card to B. Watts & Co.

Month of FREE swim lessons for EACH CHILD in the family from Aqua-Tots Swim Schools (multiple locations)

$50 gift card to Woodstock Market

Three runner-up families will also receive:

COVER_LRWSummer11THUMBNAIL$15 gift cards, courtesy of Resurgens Orthopaedics

$15 Woodstock Market gift card

Free swim caps for each child from Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Georgia

$15 B. Watts & Co. gift card

$25 Visa gift card, courtesy of Melissa Krudwig, the Bear of Real Estate and The Think Melissa Team

$15 Ivy Lane Boutique gift card

$25 gift card to Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, or Love Street Gifts & Gardens

$20 gift card plus cleaning supplies from All-Star Chem-Dry

$20 gift card to The Marietta Local

$25 restaurant gift card, courtesy of Transitions Property Management & Real Estate

$20 Visa gift card, courtesy of North Cobb Christian School

fabulous sponsors:

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Party with a Purpose: Food + Music Festival

Songs for Kidsthe gig:

Songs For Kids, a charitable organization which introduces musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship, is hosting its inaugural Songs For Kids Foundation Food and Music Festival Sunday, March 29th. 

The organization works with kids both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.

Doing your part to help out these kiddos is as easy as 1-2-3: 

1) Buy a ticket. (They’re $75 in advance and at the door.)

2) Show up.

3) Party for a purpose (i.e. listen to cool tunes and nosh on fabulous food).

Easy-peasy, right?

The fun is going down at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta where the Yacht Rock Review (think: ‘70s light rock) will take the stage to entertain the crowd.

Adding to the good times, ticket holders will have the chance to indulge in complimentary food and drinks from some of Atlanta’s most notable restaurants, including The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, Gunshow, Bantam + Biddy, The Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Twin Smokers BBQ, Metro Fresh, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Lure and Rosebud.

A good cause + good music + good food = a must-go outing. That’s the kind of math we like.

songs-for-kids-logothe guide:

What: Songs For Kids Foundation Food and Music Festival

When: Sunday, March 29th from 1 p.m . until 5 p.m.

Where: Monday Night Brewing at 670 Trabert Ave. NW, Atlanta 30318

Cost: A $75 ticket allows each attendee complimentary food and drinks as well as the live performances. Children 16 and under cost $10 and must be accompanied by an adult.

 

To buy tickets: https://www.freshtix.com/events/songsforkidsfoodfest

For more info: For more information, contact the foundation at 404-541-9231.

photo cred: Sara Hanna Photography

Encourage Your Budding Artist with Art Classes from Marietta Cobb Art Museum

the gig:

mcma2If the freezing cold temps have you–and your munchkins–going a little stir crazy, we have the cure. Did you know the Marietta Cobb Art Museum hosts art classes? They’re the perfect way to keep your little ones’ hands and minds busy, and they’re starting soon (praise be!). 

Here’s a rundown of their March offerings: 

what: Art Mania (half session). Young artists will create fun pieces of art while learning about artists throughout history. Students will have the chance to draw, paint, sculpt and more!

ages: 6-8

when: March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 10am-11:30am 

cost: $50 Members/ $90 Non-Members (supplies included!)

mcma3what: Saturday Studio. Same gig as above, just for an older crowd. Your kids will have the chance to explore a different media, technique and skill from week to week. Who knows, you might just find out you have a budding Picasso on your hands!

ages: 9-12 

when: March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 12pm-1:30pm

cost: $60 Members/ $100 Non-Members  (supplies included!)


what: Youth Drawing. Give your child a new way to see the world: through drawing! The class will cover basic traditional drawing techniques, aimed at helping young children interpret what they see, as well as illustration and cartooning. 

ages: 6-12

when: March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 4:30pm-6:00pm

cost: $75 Members/ $115 Non-Members (supplies included!)

 

mcmawhat: Youth Studio Painting. Young painters are encouraged to develop their creativity while learning and applying different styles and techniques of acrylic and watercolor paints. 

ages: 8-12

when: March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 5:00pm-6:30pm 

cost: $100 Members/ $140 Non-Members (supplies included!)

 

what: Mosaics for Kids. Each student will mosaic a mirror frame during the course of this class. There is instruction on cutting techniques, using various materials, patterns and more. The class concludes with grouting and other finishing touches to make your mosaic complete. 

ages: 7-14 

when: April 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 4:30pm-6:30pm 

cost: $110 Members/ $150 Non-Members (supplies included!)

 

what: Teen Drawing & Portfolio Development. Students work in a project-based format to create 3 & 4 dimensional drawings! The basic tenets/principals of drawing and rendering are incorporated within the process & each project moves students further along in their artistic development.

ages: 12-19

when: March 7th, 14th and March 21st from 10am – 12pm

cost: $55 Members/ $75 Non-Members (supplies included!)

 

what: Beginning Wheel Throwing. Learn the basic of working with clay on the wheel, including how to throw, trim, and glaze a pot and will end the course with at least one finished piece. 

 ages: 15 +

when: March 10th, 17th, 24th and March 31st from 7:00pm-9:00pm 

cost: $150 Members/ $190 Non-Members (supplies included!)

the guide:

Click here to register.

Registration also available via phone and in-person. Call (770) 528-1444, ext. 16 or visit the museum at 30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta 30060.

Henry’s Lousiana Grill All-Day Mardis Gras Celebration

the gig:

Mardi Gras 2015Let the good times roll! Fat Tuesday is just around the corner … and you know what that means: it’s time to eat, drink and be merry! And, now, you can do all of the above at Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth all day on February 17th during their first-ever All-Day Mardi Gras Celebration.

The dawn-till-midnight celebration will begin at 7:45 a.m., when for the first time ever, doors open to greet patrons with offerings of biscuits, beignets, Bloody Marys and a full bar. At 8:00 a.m., Fox 5 cameras will shoot live from the restaurant, taking in the fun for the early crowd.

The restaurant will be serving lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m., with traditional Louisiana favorites like gumbo, étouffée and Henry’s specialty, Louisiana Ooh La La. And, because you’ll need a little somethin’-somethin’ to wash it all down–Hurricanes are $5 and shots are $2 all day long.

During dinner, the entire family can compete in costume contests for kids and adults, with judging at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., respectively, and great prizes for the winners. Roving Bacardi girls will be handing out promotional items, like t-shirts and shot glasses to guests. Of course, there will be plenty of King Cake and Mardi Gras beads for all.HLG_Mardi-Gras_web

Starting at 9:00 p.m., adults are invited upstairs for Henry’s 21+ Pardi Gras, featuring local favorite “DJ Cajun Chris,” who will be spinning Mardi Gras and Louisiana music. Upstairs guests can order drink and appetizer specials and cash prizes for best costumes—all with no cover charge.

“This is the biggest day of the year for us, and we do our part to celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras every day,” said Chef Henry Chandler, owner and founder of Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth. “Henry’s is founded on that very philosophy: enjoy life with exquisite Louisiana dishes and many friends. So there’s no better place to celebrate this holiday in metro Atlanta than here, with an unbelievable day and night of food, fun and music.”

It’s guaranteed to be the biggest and best party this side of New Orleans.

the guide:

where: 4835 N. Main St., Acworth 30101

when: February 17th, 7:45 a.m. to midnight.

contact: 770-966-1515

 

Mardi Gras Run on Marietta Square

the gig:

Mardi Gras Run 2If just thinking about all of the chocolate and Valentine’s candy that’s going to be piling up in your house (and on your hips) starting tomorrow, get a head start on burning those extra calories by joining in the 6th annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Saturday, February 14th. 

Before you get your tush in gear, throw on a tutu, beads, a mask or all three and enter the Mardi Gras Costume Contest.

Not only will you be doing your body good and having a ton of fun by participating, you’ll also be benefitting the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and their numerous and worthwhile community projects. (For same-day giving satisfaction, the JLCM is asking that runners bring any shoes they no longer need to drop in provided shoe bins. Shoes will be donated to those in need in the community after the race.)

If a 5k isn’t up your alley, there is a 1k option, as well as a Tot trot–so you can get your little loves good and tired out before the sugar high ever even starts. 

Post race, expect food, fun and fluids–and a kick booty sense of satisfaction.

Mardi Gras Run

the guide:

Where: Marietta Square

When: Saturday, February 14th. 5K starts at 8 a.m. | 1K starts at 8:45 a.m. | Tot Trot starts at 9 a.m.

Cost: 5K & 1K: $30

Tot Trot: $15

Click here to register before the race. (You can also arrive early and register same-day.)

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