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Fulton County State of Seniors Symposium to Hear from Seniors about Their Needs

Fulton County State of Seniors Symposium to Hear from Seniors about Their Needs

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Housing and Human Services, Office of Aging will host a State of Seniors Symposium to hear from Seniors about their needs to age in place, and to remain healthy, vibrant and safe.   The symposium will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 10:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility located at 677 Fairburn Road in Atlanta.

 The Symposium follows a State of Seniors Survey conducted in April and May by Fulton County in collaboration with the A. L. Burrus Institute for Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- After taking the lights and ornaments off your Christmas tree, do some good for the environment and recycle it into mulch.

Georgia's Bring One for the Chipper program turns used Christmas trees into useful natural materials. Trees will be accepted at several locations throughout Cobb County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7.

Locations include:

Kennesaw
* Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road

Marietta
* Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road
* Harrison Park, 2650 Shallowford Road
* Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road

Powder Springs
* Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway

For more information about Christmas tree recycling in Cobb, visit the Keep Cobb Beautiful website at cobbcounty.org/kcb.

Happy holidays from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Happy holidays from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

ATLANTA -- The National Park Service is rolling out videos carrying holiday greetings from parks across the United States throughout December.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, a metro Atlanta park was the featured location -- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Watch the park's holiday greeting in the embedded video above.

"We welcome more than 280 million visitors to . . . national parks every year," said National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis. "The videos are a great way to send our best wishes for the holidays to those folks who spent time in a national park this year or may be thinking about a trip in the future."

KENNESAW: World-class skate park slated for city

KENNESAW: World-class skate park slated for city

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw plans to build a 40,000 square foot skate park in Swift-Cantrell Park, the city announced Friday.

The state-of-the-art project with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation will be one of the largest skate parks in the Southeast. Its design is based on those at competitive skate park plazas.

"A facility of this scope and quality will be great for local skateboarders, but will attract events from the entire Southeast region, bringing substantial potential economic benefit to Kennesaw," Mayor Mark Mathews said in a statement.

The skate park is expected to cost $1.2 million, $750,000 of which was approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST. The remainder of the money will come from donations and grants.

SITE Design Group and California Skateparks will complete the project.

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

The entry deadline is nearing for the 2011 'Fun in the Park' photo contest.

As you are out enjoying Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' parks and activities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks, and anything else that shows why you enjoy your day at the park.

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite being among the top three killers of Americans under age 21, many parents do not seem to realize that underage drinking is a major problem.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is partnering with the PTAs at local schools to give parents an important skill set to prevent teen drinking. A meeting for all Cobb parents will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cobb Central Library.

Several local experts will give insight into this growing issue, including Cobb Alcohol Taskforce coordinator Cathy Finck.

"The brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term brain growth processes," Finck said. "The research is compelling, but more parents need to know about it. We hope arming PTAs will help get the facts and useful tips to more parents for saving teen brains."

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For low-income families with young children, a few diapers can turn into a priceless gift.

Many people do not realize that food stamps cannot be used to buy hygiene products, including diapers. The average family with small children spends about $100 a month on diapers -- an expense that some low-income families cannot afford to shoulder.