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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.

Cooking Camps for Kids | Marietta Young Chefs

YoungChefsAcademy-440x267_galleryIf having your kids cook YOU dinner for a change sounds like a dream, listen up. Young Chefs Academy in Marietta, a local culinary school that aims to teach kids how to cook, will be hosting the Young Chefs Academy’s Camp-Can-I-Cook during all of those upcoming school breaks.

At each camp–there are winter, spring and summer sessions–kids and teens will learn their way around the kitchen, as they are introduced to healthy ingredients and essential cooking techniques. In addition to teaching basic skills and yummy recipes, each camp features fun cooking “challenges.” Think Food Network tv for the younger set.

Here’s a rundown of the camps that are happening over upcoming school holidays and summer break.

for winter break

Dessert Palooza Camp | February 15 – February 19 | Three sessions available: Session 1: 9 – noon; Session 2: 1 – 4 p.m.; Session 3: 9:00-4:00 (Lunch is provided at no additional cost in the full-day session.)

COST: 1/2 Day Sessions are $200; Full Day Sessions are $350.

for spring break

Baking Beyond the Borders | April 4 – April 8 | Three sessions available: Session 1: 9 – noon; Session 2: 1 – 4 p.m.; Session 3: 9:00-4:00 (Lunch is provided at no additional cost in the full-day session.)

COST: 1/2 Day Sessions are $200; Full Day Sessions are $350.

for summer break

Summer camp runs Monday through Thursday. Two differently-themed camps are offered each day during morning and afternoon sessions. (See below for specific themes.)

COST: $200 per week

Week 1: May 31 – June 3

Session 1: “Summer Roadtrip 2016”
Session 2: “YCA Cookbook Now”

Week 2: June 6 – June 10

Session 1: “Global Gastronomy”
Session 2: “Kitchen Mysteries with Chef Pierre Poulet”

Week 3: June 13 – June 17

Session 1: “The Mixed Up Kitchen”
Session 2: “Pantry Panic”

Week 4: June 20 – June 24

Session 1: “Candy Bar Expertise”
Session 2: “YCA Gets Chopped Again”

Week 5: June 27 – July 1

Session 1: “Summer Road Trip 2016”
Session 2: “Global Gastronomy”

Week 6: July 5 – July 8

Session 1: “YCA Cookbook Now”
Session 2: “Kitchen Mysteries with Chef Poulet”

Week 7: July 11 – July 15

Session 1: “The Mixed Up Kitchen”
Session 2: “Candy Bar Expertise”

Week 8: July 18 – July 22

Session 1: “Pantry Panic”
Session 2: “The Mixed Up Kitchen”

Week 9: July 25 – July 29

Session 1: “YCA Gets Chopped Again”
Session 2: “YCA Cookbook Now!”

Week 10: August 1 – August 4

Session 1: “Candy Bar Expertise”
Session 2: “Summer Road Trip 2016”

the guide

Young Chefs Academy Marietta | 2769 Chastain Meadows Pkwy Ste. 95 Marietta

To register, call 770-427-COOK or visit the Young Chef websiteMoney saving tip: Call to register before February 15 to receive $25 off camp costs. Mention promo code CAMPCOOKPROMO.

GNO Networking Event | Crush the Glass Ceiling

Women Networking

Join us. 

Black Dress | Red Wagon Magazine is teaming up with Flourish Networking and Cambria Gallery at Buckhead to host a “smashing” good time in support of prospering women in business. 

Glass ceiling? All we see are shards below and blue skies above.

Glass Ceiling.

WHO | All female professionals and business owners

WHEN | March 10, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE | Cambria Gallery – Buckhead | 3096 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30305

WHAT | Enjoy drinks and bites in the swank Cambria Gallery at Buckhead while networking with like-minded female professionals and business owners.Cambria Gallery

The format of the evening will include laidback social networking, a fashion show, and practical mini-sessions highlighting apply-right-now tips to grow your business, strategize for the future, and improve your social networking skills – all in an inspiring environment.

– Fashion show
– Drinks & bites
– Networking
– Business mini-sessions
– Select vendors with merchandise for sale

COST | $10 per person

RSVP | Space is limited. Register to save your spot:


Percentage of proceeds benefits Lady T’s Homeless Ministry to feed the homeless of Atlanta.






Art + Beer = A mighty fine night out

Local ExchangeNestled on the Marietta Square is one of our happy places, The Local Exchange. This modern-day general store has garnered a cultish following for its locally made fresh food, beverages, gift items, artisan beers, fine wines, local art and vintage antiques.  (As in: Red Hare Root Beer on tap and King of Pops.) Best part? All of their products are local, fair trade, organic, made in the USA and/or recycled or recyclable. 

Plus — as if you needed more encouragement — upstairs is The Marietta Square Artist’s Attic, a gallery/art shop featuring an impressive roster of local talent, with new art coming in almost daily. They are open seven days a week, with frequent special events, such as BlueTarp Brewing’s Beer Tasting this Friday and Saturday night. See? Happy place. We totally told you so.

the gig

BlueTarpBrewingEvent |
BlueTarp Brewing Co. of Decatur beer tasting (while enjoying local art in the attic!)

Dates |
Friday, January 22, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 23, 4 pm -6 pm

Cost |
Only $10 per person!

A little tip: HURRY. Spaces are limited and WILL fill up. RSVP  770-298-9207 or

the guide

Marietta Square Artist’s Attic |
120 South Park Square Suite 207 Marietta GA. 30060

Visit The Local Exchange and the Artist’s Attic online.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count

the gig:

Blue-Jay-4889_Mark-J-Eden_FL_2013 If these chilly days are giving your family cabin fever, here’s good reason to make a break: On, Saturday, February 13th, from 10 a.m. to noon, Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Gardens is hosting their very own “Backyard Bird Count.”

Started in part by the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a global, citizen-run effort to collect data on wild birds. At the Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the goal is also to spark kids’ curiosity, fuel their interest in the outdoors and engage with science.

During the event, participants will learn about birds, record how many birds and what kinds of birds they see for at least 15 minutes. Also, the Garden’s favorite resident birdwatcher, Pat Pepper, will be there to help identify birds and regale guests with her birding stories! While you are at the Gardens, you’ll have the chance to make a natural bird feeder, discover the garden and go on a “birdhouse picture scavenger hunt.”

the guide:

image003General Garden Info:

where: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152

when: Saturday, February 13th, from 10 a.m. to noon

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. 

Food + Music Festival 2016: Songs for Kids Foundation

the gig:

Time to ink a new date on your calendar: On February 28, the second annual Songs for Kids Food + Music Festival 2016 is going down at the Park Tavern in Atlanta.

The “food” part of the Food + Music equation includes a glorious spread put on by an array of local favorites, including Bantam + Biddy, ONE Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks and Parish, plus nearly a dozen more. Drinks and tastings are included in the price of the ticket.


Between noshing and sipping, you can watch your kids have a blast taking part in the entertainment for the younger set, which includes a bouncy castle, face painting, magic and more.

Elle (3) and Brooke (5) sisters credit to Jessica Granger Photo credit

Live music by Yacht Rock Review will set the soundtrack for the night. (If you’re not familiar with this polyester-clad crew, they label themselves as “the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to ’70s light rock to ever perform anywhere.”) Although, it may be the performances by kids from the SFK programs that steal the show.

sfk main logo BLUE_PINK_YELLOW_WHITEOf course, all proceeds benefit Songs For Kids Foundation and their work integrating musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship.

Rock on, guys!

the guide:

when: 1-5 pm on Sunday, February 28, 2016

where: Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE, Atlanta

cost: tickets are $75 each | $10 for kids 16 and under

For more info, click here.

The race is on: Mardis Gras run

Marietta Mardi GrasThe gig:

On Saturday, February 6, the good times will be rolling (running?) once again at the 7th annual Junior League’s Marietta Mardi Gras 5K on the historic Marietta Square. This is one of our favorite runs all year: super fun atmosphere, great course through the streets of historic Marietta, and all in support of one of our favorite do-gooder groups in the county, the Junior League of Cobb Marietta

You know those New Year’s resolutions you’re making to exercise more, give back more, etc.? This is your chance to make good on both resolutions in one fell swoop.

Bonus: you can snag a cool t-shirt to wear to the gym and prove your bad-ass-ish-ness.

Marietta Mardis Gras people

In part as a result of the race, the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta awards over $200,000 in annual grants and volunteer hours to Cobb County community projects, including The Center for Family Resources, The Center for Children and Young Adults and the Cobb County Youth Museum.

The annual Mardi Gras Run is officially certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in numerous age categories.

Marietta Mardis Gras runningWhether you’re an avid runner or more like us and really good at walking, the JLCM has got you covered. Following the 5k main event, there is a 1k and even a tot trot for the kiddos. So dust off those running shoes, mark your calendars and round up your friends and fam for a day of healthy fun.

the guide: 

Sign up here.

Race start times:

5k starts at 8 a.m.

1K starts at 8:45 a.m.

Tot Trot starts at 9 a.m.


5K & 1K registration fees are $25, due by Sunday, January 25

After January 25 (include race-day registration), the registration fee increases to $30.

Tot Trot registration is $15.

T-shirts can be purchased for $25.

Packet Pick-Up:

You can pick up your packet on the day of the race or on Wednesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 4, from at 5 – 7 p.m. at Big Peach Running Company in Kennesaw.


Celebrate NYE on the Marietta Square

the gig:

The Marietta Square is all dolled up for the holidays and ready for families to ring in the New Year with an all-day celebration on December 31.

The Marietta Square NYE

Family-friendly festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with ice sculpting, a resolution wall, cosmic golfing and–pucker up!–a kiss cam. A “Children’s Cow Drop” at 7 p.m. will allow the smallest visitors to take part in New Year’s fun without missing bedtime.


Then, the fun continues into the wee hours as Whiskey Gentry keeps the party going with live music in Glover Park. An array of high-quality food trucks and restaurants featuring grab-n-go meals on the sidewalk will keep you well-fed until the one-of-a-kind Midnight Square Drop.

the guide:

Entrance into the NYE celebration is free. VIP spots for the midnight drop are $500 to $1,000, with front row tables available for Whiskey Gentry for $150.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends in the covered decks adjacent to the Earl Strand theater.

For more information, visit The Marietta Square Winter Wonderland website.

Holiday Events Round Up

the gig:

Santa photoThe clock is ticking down towards the most wonderful day of the year, but there are still plenty of things to do and see OTP. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite local festivities guaranteed to keep you feeling merry and bright.

What: A horse-drawn carriage ride and free pictures with Santa. Win-win!
Where: The Avenue at West Cobb and East Cobb
When: December 16, 3 to 7 p.m. at the West Cobb location. December 18, 3 to 7 p.m. at the East Cobb location.
Click for more info on the the West Cobb eventClick for more information in the East Cobb event.

What: Stuff your face with Santa (a.k.a. dinner with the Big Guy), then enjoy free pictures with St. Nick, live holiday music, face painting and treats for the kids. (Tip: Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the Jerry Worthan Foundation and receive a free appetizer or dessert.)
Where: California Dreaming at 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw
Where: December 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Click for more info.

What: The classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Hermey the Elft and the merry misfits— told through puppetry
Where: The Center for Puppetry Arts
When: Now through December 27th
Click for more info.

What: Nativity on the Marietta Square. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas while sipping on complimentary hot cocoa and cider to the sounds of live performances by local church choirs and musicians.
Where: The Historic Marietta Square
When: December 17-19
Click for more info.

What: 5th Annual LIVE Nativity Celebration. The kids are going to love this one. See and hear the re-telling of the birth of Jesus with live animals (camel included!). Live music and refreshments.
Where: St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church at 5725 Fords Road, Acworth
Where: December 18 and 19, 6 to 9 p.m. (Performances every 30 minutes.)
Call 770-590-9040 for more information.

What: 10th Annual Home for the Holidays. Forget Broadway (or even traveling downtown to The Fox). This holiday extravaganza is the perfect mix of stand-up comedy and musical talent. 
Where: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy
Where: December 18 and 19, 8 p.m. December 20, 3 p.m. (Performances every 30 minutes.)
Click for more info.



Bike Share System Launches in Town Center

CID Bike Share- (Lto R)Santa’s got a new ride, y’all!

At least, that’s the conclusion we came to after viewing the photo (at left) of the recent launch of Town Center’s new bike share program.

Sorry, Rudolph! Santa’s going to be riding in two-wheeled style this year. And, now, the rest of us can, too.

On November 20, the Town Center Community Improvement District (CID) opened up access to system–the first of its kind in Georgia. The new program will give The Big Guy (and us little guys) year-round, 24-hour-a-day access to eco-friendly transportation. 

If thinking about helping out the environment isn’t *quite* enough to make you want to trade your four wheels for two, just think of all the calories you’ll burn and those killer calf muscles waiting to be uncovered.

And the best part? You won’t have to go out of your way to access the system. Working closely with the Cobb DOT, the Town Center CID placed the bikes at locations that are convenient, compatible with the environment and provide easy access to prime destinations in the district. The bikes are parked at three convenient docking stations located along the Noonday Creek Trail, a seven-mile concrete path system in the Town Center Community in Kennesaw. (Currently, the three locations are:  1) The future home of Town Center Park, on Town Center Drive, behind Town Center Mall; 2) Bells Ferry Trailhead, between Cobb Parkway and the intersection of Barrett Lakes Boulevard and Duncan Road; and 3) The future home of Aviation Park, at Cobb Place Boulevard and Barrett Lakes Boulevard.

CID Bike Share-Sharon MasonAnd, because the Town Center CID wants you to test out the new system–thereby falling in love with it!–they’re offering the first hour of riding for freeee. (Each additional hour is $3, with a maximum cost of $24 per day.)

The bikes can be accessed after setting up a membership with Zagster (a leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems in the U.S.), which is free and open to anyone over the age of  18 with a valid credit or debit card.

After setting up an account, you’ll receive a text with the unique ID of a bike to receive an access code that unlocks it. You can then use the code for the duration of your rental to lock and unlock the bike anywhere along your trip. Once the bike is returned to a Zagster location (the bike can be returned to any of the three docking stations in the CID), the touch of a button ends the rental and releases the bike for the next rider.

Pretty fancy stuff, eh?

CID Bike Share-bikesAnd, if you think the technology system is on point, wait til you set your eyes on the bikes. Santa’s sleigh has got nothing on these guys! The system features the “Breezer Uptown,” an award-winning, lightweight cruiser bike specifically designed for city riding. Your new ride will come with baskets, adjustable seats, seven gears, an attached lock and front and rear lights for night riding.

Get your eco-friendly, cardio-boosting ride on STAT by visiting the link below.

the guide: 

For more information on Zagster, the station locations, and updates on the program, including membership registration and docking station map, visit Town Center’s bike share program website:



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