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Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to the Strand’s Theater in the Square

Ticket GiveawayWhat could be better than getting together for a night out with your best gal pal or hubby for a date night at the legendary Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square? How ’bout doing it for FREE?  

Simply comment on this post below by June 25 at midnight to win TWO tickets to Theater on the Square. 

The New Theatre in the Square hosts the Tony Award-winning production of Big River directed by Laura Beth Tanner. Big River is the family-oriented story of Huck Finn and adapted from the novel by Mark Twain. Come early for the fun, throwback organ pre-show at 6:30 p.m.

Winner will be announced on June 26 on and also notified via e-mail.

For more information, call 770-293-0080, or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060.

The Little Pirate Mermaid | Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry ArtsSummertime is the perfect time for days in the park and afternoons at the pool, but sometimes you just need a break from the sunscreen and the rays (and not to mention the extreme Georgia humidity!). Well lucky for you, the Center for Puppetry Arts has an entrancing performance currently playing that will transport your little ones from your neighborhood pool to the ocean’s depths.

the performance: The Little Pirate Mermaid 

The Little Mermaid, which runs now through July 17, is introduced by a large mermaid who snares the young audience’s attention straightaway. Seconds later, the stage is unveiled and the puppet magic begins!

the story

Sidewinding away from the traditional Disney rendition, this tale follows Molly, a beautiful mermaid, on her sixteenth birthday. Her loving parents allow her to swim to the surface on her special day, but not without specific instructions: Above all else, she must not come in contact with a pirate. She swims to the top only to see (blimey!) a band of pirates fighting the British Navy. Pirate Captain Calico Jim is thrown overboard, and Molly rescues him, bringing him back to life with a song and a kiss.

After returning to sea, she realizes that she wants nothing more than to be a pirate and marry Calico Jim. She runs away from home and sells her voice to the old sea hag (sound familiar, anyone?) so that she can become a pirate. Molly does indeed become a pirate on Calico Jim’s ship (even though she can only say “Arggh!”). Soon, she becomes the captain herself and reinvents the mission of the buccaneers.

(Spoiler alert!) In the end, Molly is turned back into a mermaid and marries Calico Jim; there is now peace between the mermaids and the pirates. And we can assume, like any of our other favorite fairy tales, that they live happily ever after.

FullSizeRenderthe experience

The plot of the show is easy to follow, even for young audience members (suggested age is 4 and up), and the cast is full of engaging characters. The Center for Puppetry Arts utilizes various types and sizes of puppets, fresh lighting techniques (strobe lights!), and set changes (pirate ships!) that will keep your restless children focused throughout the hour-long show. (It’s a summertime miracle!)

As if the humorous, rhythmic dialogue and battle scenes (with the aforementioned strobe lights) aren’t cool enough, the musical numbers throughout the performance keep things grooving along.

Before you are released to check out the museum or go to the create-a-puppet workshop, the cast explains the puppets and shows the audience how the set works. The entire experience takes about an hour and a half — the perfect amount of time to beat the heat and enjoy a little theatrical kiddie culture this summer.

The Little Pirate Mermaidthe guide

Dates | Now through July 17th

Cost | $20.50 for nonmembers and only $10.25 for members

Tickets | Call the sales office at 404-873-3391 or purchase online 

Center for Puppetry Arts |  1404 Spring Street Atlanta, GA 30309 | limited free parking at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Fit City | Kennesaw Parks and Recreation

FitCity2In the last 35 years, adult obesity rates have more than doubled, but the city of Kennesaw is making an effort to reverse the fat attack!

Fit City Kennesaw is a program the city adapted in 2012 to reduce the risks of chronic diseases and obesity on adults and children alike in our community. This initiative encourages individuals to live a healthier lifestyle and take care of their bodies through exercise and eating right.

Yes, we all know it … but now we have extra motivation to actually DO it. This summer you have the chance to join in on the fun and get fit! Fit City Kennesaw is offering something for everyone with the Dream Dash 5K on Saturday, June 18; regular skateboarding events, and free Yoga and outdoor workouts.

This program is led by Kennesaw Parks and Rec so check out their website or Facebook page for more information about the program and how you can get involved.



Kennesaw Parks and Recreation | 2529 J O Stephenson Ave Kennesaw, GA 30144 | 770.424.8274 |

Kennesaw Parks and Rec

The Art of Successful Stage Parenting |Catapult Acting Studios

Catapult eventWe all love our children to the point that we tell them they can become anything or anyone they want to be … but with the help of Catapult your child can actually become a successful actor or actress. 

the workshop 

Catapult Acting Studios, under the direction of Bonnie Wallace and Erik Lingvall, is hosting an upcoming workshop for parents of aspiring actors called “The Art of Successful Stage Parenting.”

This workshop will help steer you in the right direction as a parent seeking to launch your child’s career. Some of the topics that will be discussed include building a professional team, tips for the perfect audition, maximizing their specific market, finding the right coach (believe it or not, mom and dad don’t always know it all), and protecting your child in the crazy market.

This workshop will be taught by some of the most well respected experts in the field and in the country. Wallace is the mother of a Disney actress and Lingvall has years of experience training actors. This is an event you do not want to miss if you have a child who is pursuing acting or who wants to pursue acting!


the guide 

Registration | Register online at

Cost | The cost ranges from $25-$49

Where | ScadSHOW 173 14th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309

When | Saturday, June 25th from 12 pm until 3 pm


5 Year Anniversary Event | Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center | Dr. Seth Yellin

Women LaughingClear your schedule for Saturday, June 18, because you’re invited to a PARTY (where you *could* win free Botox)!

Grab your girlfriends and GO.

This event will be four hours of pure fun with live music, raffle prizes, small eats and much more. Drop by on Saturday for your chance to win a $5,000 gift for office surgery, fillers, Botox, and CoolSculpting. You can also schedule a mini-consultation with Dr. Seth Yellin, as well. (Mention this when you RSVP.)

The party is in honor of you need to celebrate Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center’s fifth year in Marietta and over 20 years in practice! 

This exciting event is made possible by Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center and The Skin Cancer Center.


Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center Anniversary Event


Dr. Yellin Doctor Coat Headshotthe guide 

What | 5 Year Anniversary (and over 20 years in practice…ahem!) celebration

Where | Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center 111 Marble Mill Road NW Marietta, GA 30060

When | Saturday, June 18, 9 am-1 pm

RSVP | Event is free to the public, but please RSVP by calling 770.425.7575.

Marietta Plastic Surgery

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!



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