Luv At First Bite Catering Wins Taste of Sandy Springs

Luv at First Bite CateringThere were more than 25 vendors, over 1500 spectators but only 1 winner. Luv At First Bite Catering, nestled in the same complex as the Sandy Springs government; was not only culinary impressive, they were spectacular. Marvin Gayle, the company’s media specialist theorized that their strong performance was due to “wide menu selections, proper food preparation, rigorous food selection procedures and the Café’s insistence on incorporating the suggestions of their loyal customers”.

Echoing similar sentiments was Jahan Washington, Founder and Creative Director at Luv At First Bite Catering; “they raved about my macaroni and cheese, I had a line of people who kept coming back for more. We won because our food looked as good as it tasted”. Washington surmised that her company’s strong showing reflected her years of experience in the food industry (as a Chef and Caterer). Washington hopes that Sandy Springs will continue to attract food enthusiasts through similar events; she believes that Sandy Springs has a lot to offer in the area of culinary arts.

Luv At First Bite is located at 7840 Roswell Rd., Suite 150, Sandy Springs, GA.  Call 770-399-5709.  Find them on FB


Martinis and Music

Join MCMA on Friday, May 16 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m.Martinis and MusicFeaturing the music of…
Boozer McClure and Company

Walk through the galleries, meet new people, and enjoy some fantastic drinks.
We will have hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are:

One: Alexi Torres
Wilbur G. Kurtz: Inspired by Southern History

Non-Members: $10
Members: FREE


Are You Ready for an Ice Storm?

map1Accumulated ice on power lines and trees means the inevitable — power outages.  Below are some tips on surviving without electricity.  Please note that your gas furnace needs electricity to start.  Found that out the hard way.

CONTACT POWER COMPANY – ONCE (everyone else will be doing the same thing).
Have your power company’s number stored. If and when the power outage does occurs, inform them (once will do) and they’ll give you an estimate of when you can expect to get electricity back. Knowledge is power.

Cobb Emc – CALL 770-429-2100 follow automated prompts.  Crews are instantly notified.  You will need your 10-digit account number or the 10 digit phone number listed on your account when calling.

GEORGIA POWER emergency number 888-891-0938.

Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, glowsticks, etc., and place them in an easily accessible area. Attach iridescent or glow in the dark stickers on flashlights so that they can be easily located in little or no light. Keep glowsticks in the freezer. The cool temperature in your freezer will slow the rate of reaction in the glowstick and make it last for 4-5 days instead of one or two. Stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long. That way, the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.

SELF-POWERED – get self-powered radios and self-powered flashlights. Self-powered radios and flashlights employ a hand crank to get the device going, so it’s a good alternative to have if you happen to run out of batteries. Radios will help you stay informed of what’s happening. Try to keep abreast of what’s happening in the case of severe storms, as the authorities might issue an evacuation notice or other pertinent information. Radios will also be a good distraction for when your other distractions aren’t up an running. When your TV and computer won’t turn on, you can always settle for a entertainment on the radio waves.

CAR CHARGERS Have car chargers for your cell phone. So the electricity won’t work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your car as one big battery. Be careful not to kill your car battery when you’re charging your phone. Not being able to start your car is probably more problematic than not being able to start your cell phone.

FOOD Stock your pantry with non-perishable (canned) foods and water. It’s always nice to know that if your food source runs out, for whatever reason, you have a backup nearby. As a general rule, keep enough food to last your family for a week. Soup, chili, vegetables, and fruits are all popular choices. Be sure to have a mechanical can opener nearby. Keep three weeks’ worth of water in storage. Humans can live without food for prolonged periods, but water is more essential. In dire situations, the water coming from the faucet may be tainted, and you’ll have to rely on a bottled source.

COOKING – Purchase a small gas camping stove. ONE THAT SAYS OKAY TO USE INDOORS. If your kitchen stove is all electric, it obviously won’t work during a power outage and you’ll have to rely on another means of cooking.  Keep propane tanks  in storage. In wet weather conditions, propane is probably preferable. Know how to fit the propane tank into the grill beforehand, so that you’re not learning the roles in a more serious situation. Never use a barbeque grill in an enclosed area, as it may cause carbon monoxide or dioxide poisoning.

Fill spare space in your refrigerator with water bottles. Frozen water bottles in your freezer will act like ice blocks and keep it frozen longer while the power is off. When they thaw out you will have a fresh supply of drinking water.  Have extra bottles on hand.

Use a landline Telephone instead of your cell phone. (IF YOU REMEMBER THE NUMBERS YOU NEED TO CALL).  Any one have the most important ones written down – if not do so.

Good Samaritan – Ellijay Teen Saves Woman in Winter Storm

carThe snow on January 28th brought frustration and danger to many Georgia drivers, but perhaps none as much as a woman who’s Ford F-150 slid off the side of a mountain in North Georgia.  16 year-old Daniel Stephens, a Civil Air Patrol cadet in the Ellijay Composite Squadron, witnessed the accident while hiking near his Cherry Log home that Tuesday afternoon.  The woman suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken hip, a lower-back injury, and a partially dislocated shoulder, when she attempted to vacate the vehicle, and tumbled nearly 100 feet down the side of the mountain.  Cadet Senior Airman Stephens quickly scaled the terrain, caught the woman, and prevented her from falling nearly another 150 feet to the bottom.  Stephens began to show the first signs of frostbite when he took off his coat and gloves, and used them to keep the woman warm, while he sent his younger brother Gage, also an Ellijay CAP cadet, back to their house to call 911 and bring several blankets.  By the time emergency personnel had arrived, Stephens had already immobilized the woman’s neck and spine, to prevent any further spinal and nerve damage.

“If I were in that situation, I would want help too,” said Stephens, who had just returned home Sunday evening from a weekend-long, cadet-led search-and-rescue training exercise in the mountains with the Cobb County Composite Squadron.  Civil Air Patrol performs more than 95% of all search-and-rescue operations in the United States, and assists FEMA and local Emergency Management Agencies in relief efforts after natural and man-made disasters.  CAP also teaches the nation’s youth about the science of aerospace, and transforms them into leaders in their communities.  The majority of the CAP Cadet Program is led by other cadets, ranging in age from 12 to 21 years old.  To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol, or for a unit near you, go online to

Trains, Trains, Trains at Southern Museum, Jan 25

Southern Museum Gets On Board with “Trains” Event

GloverInterested in railroading and trains, model and otherwise?  The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host the family friendly “Trains, Trains, Trains” event on Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., focusing on all aspects of trains and featuring a model train expo. Throughout the museum, displays will feature crafts, tips and techniques for building a home layout, and a variety of operating model train layouts. The daylong event will also consist of interactive activities, including a train-themed story time, railroad music and vendors selling a variety of train-related items.

In addition to the day’s special events, visitors have an opportunity to explore the museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. The museum also includes a full-scale replica of Glover Machine Works, a locomotive factory in nearby Marietta that helped rebuild the South after the war.

The museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75). Tickets are available for prepurchase at  Adults: 13 and older are $7.50; Children: 4-12 are $5.50; Children 3 and under are free; Seniors: 65 and older are $6.50. Call 770-427-2117 or log on to for details.

WordCamp Atlanta 2014 ~ March 14, 15

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 WordCamp Atlanta 2014

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Come and join over 450 WordPress enthusiasts to learn, share and grow. You’ll find all types of WordPress users, novice, advanced, designers, developers, and consultants.  The WordPress community in Atlanta is very giving and people are always ready to help and share their expertise.
WordCamp Atlanta, will be held March 14-15 at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

See here for more info: WordCamp Atlanta 2014.

National Day for Kids – Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

boysgirlsclubLunchables Lunch Combination and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered to promote National Day for Kids – a day dedicated to having fun with a child in your life and raising awareness and funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Atlanta is hosting the national kick-off event on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Piedmont Park from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Ne-Yo, alongside former Olympic track & field athletes Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers, will be attending, and the OSCAR MAYER Wienermobile Vehicle will be on-site for the morning.

Day for Kids celebrates and honors children throughout the month of September. Lunchables has pledged a donation of $200,000 per year over the next five years, up to $1 million, to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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Looking for Something to Do this Weekend. Don’t have to Look Far!

 What a variety of entertainment and fun things to chose from, two musicals, a bbq festival, an outdoor concert, or an artist market — all rolled up in the next three days. Chose one or two and enjoy your weekend.  Events are described below.

Picture1f9a72c510e83THU, FRI, SAT, SUN: 22, 23, 24, 25 “Footloose The Musical” (8pm) at the Strand Theatre One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. Earl Reece is working his magic once again here in Cobb County.  The executive director of the Strand has brought Footloose – The Musical to the Strand – Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun the weekend of August 23-25.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for is a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. The musical stars KMHS’S Zack Seabaugh as Ren McCormack, and fellow student, Shelbea Owen, in a featured part as WendyJo. Zack and Shelbea have performed together in several shows both at the Strand and at their schools as they have been growing up.  They are freshmen at KMHS and both are extremely talented. Tickets: On sale now! $35-$20 Assigned seating. Call the box office Monday – Friday between the hours of 9-12 and 1-4 at 770-293-0080 or order on line at


FRI, SAT, SUN, AUG 23-AUG 25 THE PRODUCERS Broadway Veteran, Cobb County Native Meg Gillentine Headlines The Producers. Atlanta Lyric Theatre announces the return of hometown actress Meg Gillentine in Mel Brooks’ hysterical Tony Award-winning THE PRODUCERS. THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!  THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” This is the last weekend: playing August 23rd through the 25th at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). Tickets and information available at or 404-377-9948.

A1AFRI, AUGUST 23 The Glover Park Concert Series (8-10pm) Jeff Pike and the A1AJIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE BAND. At an A1A performance you can expect to hear all of your Jimmy Buffett favorites and then some. You will also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music. All mixed together in one big Caribbean beach party musical gumbo!
Since 1992 Jeff Pike and A1A have been Internationally recognized as The Official and Original (Yes, the FIRST) Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. The band holds the crown as being the ONLY Tribute Show ever sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett himself.
The concerts are free of charge. Blankets and lawn chairs only may be set up in the park after 4 p.m. Personal tables are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on North Park Square after 6:00 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner (beer and wine are permitted) or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square.

jewelrySAT AUG 24 MARIETTA ARTIST MARKET 9-2 The Marietta Square Artists Market is each 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, conveniently located on Mill Street just across from the Farmer’s Market. The Artists Market features talented and unique artists from all the arts. Spend the day taking in all that Downtown Marietta has to offer and top it off by shopping local at The Artists Market; the perfect place to find locally handcrafted gifts and artworks.For more information about how to participate in the market, visit or contact Connie Nelson,



FRI & SAT AUG 23-24 PIGS&PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL. Grills and smokers of all shapes and sizes will be at Adams Park on Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 for the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.  More than seventy-five cook teams, comprised of pitmasters from across the southeast, are set to compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights in a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition and Backyard BBQ amateur contest. The KCBS event is also an official Georgia State Barbeque Championship. Over 150 booths will be on hand. Vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbeque, beer and other festival foods as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. Live music will be offered on both days. Friday’s lineup includes the Lefty Williams Band and Seven Handle Circus. Hannah DeLane, Rolling Nowhere and Slippery When Wet, an Atlanta-based Bon Jovi tribute band, are scheduled to perform on Saturday.
Festival hours are Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more information about the festival, visit, or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714. See front page of the Kennesaw/Acworth August paper

Four ex-governors, a widow, and Bill Shipp by Jim Galloway

jimgallowayAugust 14, 2013 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Four ex-governors, a widow, and Bill Shipp

Jim Galloway reports that as social affairs go, nothing draws a crowd like a funeral or a good hanging. Bill Shipp’s 80th birthday party was a little of both, and so was exceptionally well-attended on Tuesday. In the basement of a Smyrna bank, four former governors of Georgia, whose terms stretched from the early ‘60s to this new century, gathered to pay homage to the political columnist they loved to hate – and the man who chronicled much of their own careers. The magnitude of the crowd was startling. Max Cleland, the former U.S. senator, was there. Harris Hines, the new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, gave the opening prayer.

Read the rest of the article at Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider.

Not all Fireworks Legal in Georgia – Use EXTREME Caution

fireworksWhile sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries when using legalized fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
“Even legal fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision,” Hudgens said.   “For the sake of safety and seeing a spectacular display, your best bet is to attend a professional show.”
Consumers may be confused when they discover certain types of fireworks on sale at local retail outlets near our State’s borders, Hudgens said. Sparklers and fountains are not classified as fireworks by law and are legal and available for sale or use in Georgia.
What is legal: “Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are non-explosive and non-aerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes; snake and glow worms; trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture.”
The Commissioner said sparklers can burn at temperatures as high as 1800 degrees, and must be used properly and with adult supervision.
“Around 8,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for fireworks-related injuries,” Hudgens said, “and most of those incidents involve children.”
He added that in a typical year, two-thirds to three-fourths of all fireworks injuries occur during the four-week period surrounding Independence Day.  On the Fourth of July itself, fireworks usually start more fires nationwide than all other causes combined.
The sale and use of most consumer types of fireworks, including firecrackers, skyrockets, and cherry bombs, is still illegal in Georgia and punishable by a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.