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20 Cobb businesses honored for communtiy contributions

20 Cobb businesses honored for communtiy contributions

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Chamber has announced the winners of its 2013 Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.

The honor is presented to companies that support local non-profits. Each non-profit that nominated an award winner was given a $500 gift card to Home Depot.

This year's awards were given during the chamber's December First Monday Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The winners include:

524 Creative
Nominated by Cobb Community Foundation and Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Assurant
Nominated by American Cancer Society

B+C Studio, Inc.
Nominated by Fountain Gate Life and Wellness

Chattahoochee Technical College
Nominated by Cobb Library Foundation and Cobb County Community Services Board

Ed Voyles Automotive Group
Nominated by Marietta City Schools

Chanukah celebration and LEGO menorah lighting

Chanukah celebration and LEGO menorah lighting

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The message of Chanukah is a universal one, celebrating religious freedom for all and light over darkness.

The construction of a giant LEGO Menorah will highlight this year’s annual Chanukah celebration.

The public celebration, now in its sixth year is co-sponsored by the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, the Cherokee County area business community and the Chabad Jewish Center. Festivities will begin with the Menorah build at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, followed by the lighting ceremony and Chanukah celebration at 5 p.m.

“We are always looking for new ideas to keep the kids on the edge of their seats. The LEGO Menorah was perfect,” said Rabbi Zalman Charytan, director of the Chabad Jewish Center. “The uniqueness of the Menorah is what the child remembers. Not only are we trying to give the children a unique and exciting Chanukah experience, we are teaching them that Judaism is fun and exciting.”

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

Eat at Chili's to support Wounded Warrior Project

(WXIA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, Chili's is giving customers an easy way to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Chili's diners have the option of donating 10 percent of their checks to the charity, which supports injured military personnel and veterans.

Simply download the flyer from the Chili's website and present it to a server to make a donation.

Vets and military members who eat at Chili's on Veterans Day -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- will be treated to free entrées.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

The Called Woman to help women reinvent their careers

The Called Woman to help women reinvent their careers

MARIETTA, Ga. -- You know you've been here before, asking yourself what you should do with the rest of your life.

Or maybe you're already realizing you have some great ideas, but you just don't know where to start making any of them happen.

Maybe you are just getting back into the work force, or maybe you are stuck in an unfulfilled career just wishing you did something you loved, something that made a difference, something that made you excited to get up in the morning and get started living your dream, realizing your purpose and making your passion happen.

That can all change on March 15, 2014!

Does this sound familiar? Recent studies revealed that only 53% of Americans were content with their jobs and less than 10% were truly satisfied. But what if you could actually spend a whole day learning how to reinvent yourself? You can and it's happening this March at the Called Woman Conference in Marietta.

GOTTA SEE VIDEO | Cancer patients perform 'Cups'

GOTTA SEE VIDEO | Cancer patients perform 'Cups'

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Earlier this year, 11Alive profiled Mary Tankersley, a Cobb County girl who had a rare surgery to treat cancer.

Mary had a rotationplasty, where doctors removed the part of her right leg with cancer and reattached the lower portion of the leg, allowing her ankle to be used as a knee.

PHOTOS | Mary Tankersley

Recently, Mary got together with some friends to make a video of them performing "Cups," a song made popular by the movie Pitch Perfect.

Others in the video include Bailey Moody of Johns Creek, as well as young people from Kansas City and Minnesota. All four have had rotationplasty surgery.

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Have you ever driven through the Georgia Mountains? It is an amazing experience. The drive to Helen through the mountains is breath taking. You have to be comfortable driving around curves and getting a little light headed now and then, but the view is picture perfect every single mile. Then once you get down to Helen, make sure to take your appetite with you because the food is delicious and the sceneray is a place you want to make sure you take in. 

The last time I went down to Helen we went Horse Back Riding and Tubing. The tubing was even $5. Fun for $5. That is what I always look for, or free if I can get it. 

In addition to Helen,there are literally hundreds of awesome spots in the North Ga. Mountains that so few people know about. Small Ma & Pop owned diners, cabin rentals, specialty campgrounds and much more. Stop by and see what to do in the North Ga Mountains.

Residents invited to celebrate 10 years with East Cobb Park

Residents invited to celebrate 10 years with East Cobb Park

MARIETTA, Ga. -- East Cobb Park will soon reach its tenth anniversary, when all local park goers are invited to help celebrate. 

The green space is located in the heart of East Cobb, at 3322 Roswell Road in Marietta. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

The Friends of East Cobb Park will honor the park's founders and the Cobb Civitan Club with food, refreshments, inflatable toys, guest speakers and a DJ playing live music. 

All ages are welcome.