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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent "technician" that offers "quick" solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won't cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Austell for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
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As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you're looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Austell are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It's just the way we do business!
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Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn't defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Austell is so important - to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home's locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it's time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we're done, we'll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you're interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses' assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Austell install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it's too late - your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it's always better to be proactive about your businesses' security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

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Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Austell:

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Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

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Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses' locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it's always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

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Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

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Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses' roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

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Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses' locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

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Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

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ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock's grade:

  • Strength Cycles - How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational - This refers to a door's ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security - The effectiveness of the lock's security
  • Material - What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish - Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today's day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you're worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Hello autumn: 7 fun fall activities for kids in metro Atlanta

In Georgia, there is truly nothing else like the fall season. When there’s cooler weather and the leaves change into a variety of vibrant colors, it makes for the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to enjoy all sorts of family-friendly fall activities.Whether it’s a pumpkin patch, apple picking or going on a scenic hike (in your Halloween costume!) to explore the fall foliage, there are many exciting fall activities to choose from around metro Atlanta. We’ve highlighted 7 activities below to check out with yo...

In Georgia, there is truly nothing else like the fall season. When there’s cooler weather and the leaves change into a variety of vibrant colors, it makes for the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to enjoy all sorts of family-friendly fall activities.

Whether it’s a pumpkin patch, apple picking or going on a scenic hike (in your Halloween costume!) to explore the fall foliage, there are many exciting fall activities to choose from around metro Atlanta. We’ve highlighted 7 activities below to check out with your little ones this fall:

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival (Play by Day, Glow at Night)

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival is jam-packed with fall festivities for all ages. First, hop aboard the Scenic Railroad train, then check out the character meet and greets, story-telling with Mother Goose, Emerald City jugglers and participate in a (pumpkin) pie eating contest. At night, enjoy plenty of glow-in-the-dark experiences around the festival, like glow-in-the-dark Dinosaur Explore, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, the Pumpkin Light Show and a Glow-A-Long Parade to end the night. The autumn décor is unmatched with thousands of glowing lights, giant jack-o-lanterns and a massive lit-up pumpkin tree. Everyone will love the not-so-spooky family-friendly entertainment and the festive photo-ops to capture those perfect fall memories.

Location: Stone Mountain - 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd.; Dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 30; Website: stonemountainpark.com; Contact: 770-498-5690

Boo Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia

For those mini thrill-seekers, Six Flags Over Georgia is definitely the place to go this fall for family rides and fun at Boo Fest. Along with exciting kids rides, there will be scarecrows, hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins to put you in the spirit of Halloween. Be sure to dress in your favorite costume to enjoy games, surprises and trick-or-treating.

Location: Austell - 275 Riverside Pkwy.; Dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 30; Website: sixflags.com/overgeorgia; Contact: 770-739-3400

North Georgia State Fair

As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the 90th annual North Georgia State Fair offers carnival games, amusement rides, a petting zoo, delicious food and free concerts (with ticketed admission). There are plenty of entertaining shows for the whole family to enjoy like The Puppy Pals - Comedic Stunt Dog Show (as seen on America’s Got Talent), educational wildlife entertainment, pig racing, robo cars, comedy, magic shows and much more. Pro tip: Half-price tickets are available for purchase at any Atlanta-area O’Reilly Auto Parts Store.

Location: Marietta - 2245 Callaway Rd. SW; Dates: Sept. 22 - Oct. 2; Website: northgeorgiastatefair.com; Contact: 770-528-8875

Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Calling all little nature explorers! Chattahoochee Nature Center invites you to experience the mystery of a guided night hike (in your Halloween costume)! Starting at 6 p.m. each night, a guide will lead a 45-minute hike on a lighted trail to meet different woodland creatures and learn how they live as well as special characters in costumes along the way. This is a non-scary family-friendly event with music, crafts, a campfire and more!

Location: Roswell - 9135 Willeo Rd.; Dates: Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29; Website: chattnaturecenter.org; Contact: 770-992-2055

Boo at the Zoo

Get ready for some Halloween family fun with over 1,000 animals from around the world at Zoo Atlanta’s “Boo at the Zoo.” There’s a whole lineup of entertaining events with trick-or-treating, kids’ crafts, carnival games, candy thief patrol and a magic illusion show. Make sure to show up dressed in your costume and ready for some photo ops with special characters making appearances throughout the day.

Location: East Atlanta - 800 Cherokee Ave. SE; Dates: Oct. 22, 23, 29 & 30; Website: zooatlanta.org; Contact: 404-624-5936

Apple Picking

A terrific way to spend quality time with your family and create fall memories is apple picking, especially in Georgia. Less than two hours from Atlanta, you can find several U-pick apple orchards where kids (and adults!) can pick their own juicy, crisp apples. Here are just a few apple orchards worth visiting: B.J. Reece Orchards (Ellijay), Hillcrest Orchards (Ellijay), R & A Orchards (Ellijay) and Jaemor Farms (Alto). During your visit to an apple orchard, make sure to try some apple cider, fried pies or spiced donuts.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Visiting a pumpkin patch is an unbeatable classic fall activity for kids, and a great way to spend some time outdoors. There are many pumpkin patches in metro Atlanta that also feature other fun activities like hayrides, petting zoos, rubber duck races, navigating corn mazes and more. Here are a few farms that offer both pumpkin patches and corn mazes: Southern Belle Farms (McDonough), Randy’s Pumpkin Patch (Lawrenceville), Sleepy Hollow Farm (Powder Springs) and Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (Dawsonville). No matter which pumpkin patch you visit, every single one provides an unforgettable experience where you’re sure to capture some great photos of your little ones.

In the State of Georgia “Juice Me Too™” Health/Juice Bar Is the Main Squeeze

AUSTELL, GA, UNITED STATES, August 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The new go-to spot for healthy eating enthusiasts in the Atlanta area. Mother and daughter dynamic duo, Bondine Leonard and Patrice Landers, keep it all in the family with their health/juice bar, Juice Me Too™. This culinary team is at the helm of a tasty enterprise that started with the idea of meeting the needs of the communi...

AUSTELL, GA, UNITED STATES, August 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The new go-to spot for healthy eating enthusiasts in the Atlanta area. Mother and daughter dynamic duo, Bondine Leonard and Patrice Landers, keep it all in the family with their health/juice bar, Juice Me Too™. This culinary team is at the helm of a tasty enterprise that started with the idea of meeting the needs of the community and serving those who were seeking healthy diet options. Bondine is an RN/BSN nurse with over thirty years of experience in health and wellness. Patrice is an entrepreneur and raw foodist who has a desire to create amazing and healthy foods for their customers.

According to an article from brandongaille.com, “In the United States, over 30% of Americans do not get their recommended number of servings in the fruits and vegetables category. One of the easiest ways to improve this statistic is to enjoy the products offered from a local raw juice bar.” Juice Me Too™ has the answer. Their motto is “In pursuit of your health,” which they support by offering a non-processed menu that helps the body to cleanse, refresh, and revive. The menu at Juice Me Too™ is extensive and has items to please every discriminating palate. Cold-pressed juices to get the day started, energizing smoothies, and healthy eats, including salads, wraps and açaí bowls, are available. Their friendly staff can help you power up and beat stress.

People are excited about Juice Me Too™ and give a hearty five stars. “Never had cold oatmeal till today… and it was so tasty! Almost made me forget about my peach, pineapple, strawberry, and guava smoothie I also ordered, which was equally awesome. So glad I tried this place. Will definitely be trying everything on the menu.” Ebony M.

The sky is the limit for the innovative team at Juice Me Too™ as they set their sights on enlarging their territory with more locations in the future. In addition, catering and vending services are on the horizon.

For more information, please contact Nathenia “Patrice” Landers at phone: 678-483-6145 or Email: info@juicemetoo.com or logon www.juicemetoo.com.

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Ken Mandich From Marietta, Georgia Is Offering Tips On How To Find A REALTOR

Marietta, Georgia –Georgia REALTOR® and Team Leader at Complete Realty Team, Ken Mandich is providing tips on how homeowners and commercial property owners should go about picking a real estate agent or broker to represent them.A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a century-old American trade association with over 1.4 million members who work in the nation’s real estate industry. The term REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark that identifies a real...

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Georgia REALTOR® and Team Leader at Complete Realty Team, Ken Mandich is providing tips on how homeowners and commercial property owners should go about picking a real estate agent or broker to represent them.

A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a century-old American trade association with over 1.4 million members who work in the nation’s real estate industry. The term REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who subscribes to the NAR’s strict Code of Ethics.

All real estate professionals have to be licensed by the state to serve their customers. However, not all licensed real estate agents or brokers are REALTORS®. According to statistics from the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), of the over 3 million people who hold active real estate licenses in the country, only a little over half are REALTORS®. If a real estate agent or broker claims to be a REALTOR® and they don’t have the proof to back it up, they are engaging in fraud.

The criteria that an applicant has to meet to become a member of the NAR are rigorous. This demanding vetting process requires applicants to show their experience within the industry and finish courses that add to their knowledge. This exclusivity and discerning intake process are why the trademarked designation is well-respected within the real estate industry. REALTORS® are sought after for their skills in the real estate market as well as their pledge to always serve their clients with integrity and honesty.

Ken Mandich, who is a REALTOR® himself, talks about why homeowners and commercial property owners should always look for others like him when buying, selling, or leasing property by saying, “For most Americans who invest their hard-earned money in real estate, buying and selling property are the biggest expenses and potential sources of income in their lives. You will rarely deal with such large sums of money again. Would you trust the safety and security of hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars to someone who is not experienced or well versed with the system? When you work with REALTORS®, you get the peace of mind that the most astute and honorable professionals in the real estate industry are on your side. If you are participating in a real estate transaction in the United States today, you shouldn’t go ahead with it unless you have a REALTOR® in your corner looking out for you.”

Ken Mandich then offers some industry advice on the best ways in which property owners can go about choosing a REALTOR® to represent them. The first piece of advice from Ken is to ask family members and friends for recommendations. Getting a referral through word of mouth is one of the strongest indicators that a professional offers excellent service and delivers on what they promise. If one goes the online route, internet reviews are a great way to gauge the quality of services offered by a REALTOR®.

Next, the REALTOR® should ideally have most of their experience within the area of the country where a homeowner or business owner is looking to buy, sell, or rent a house or commercial property. This ensures that the REALTOR® is intimately familiar with local rules and regulations and is also a sound judge of the prices that local properties are fetching in the current market.

Finally, one should plan on meeting with at least a couple of REALTORS® in person to find out more information such as their years of experience, the time they would be able to dedicate to the case, their specialty, and their strategy to market the property and to negotiate a better price.

Readers looking for the best REALTOR® in Marietta, Georgia, and other cities located in Cobb County including Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Mableton, Powder Springs, and Smyrna, can contact Ken Mandich at (404) 410-6465 or write to Complete Realty Team at admin@completerealtyteam.com.

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The Cobb Public Library isn’t just for checking out books

I’m publishing this as a From the Editor rather than a news article because I’m going to intersperse the quotes from the Cobb Public Library with my own observations about how I use the library.I’m a daily user of the Cobb County Public Library. I listen to downloaded audio books to keep me entertained while I’m washing dishes, I use the library for research in the many databases they host, I occasio...

I’m publishing this as a From the Editor rather than a news article because I’m going to intersperse the quotes from the Cobb Public Library with my own observations about how I use the library.

I’m a daily user of the Cobb County Public Library. I listen to downloaded audio books to keep me entertained while I’m washing dishes, I use the library for research in the many databases they host, I occasionally watch movies on their streaming services, and I participate in a monthly Graphic Novel Book Club.

I sometimes even pick up a hard copy book, as I describe in an example you can visit by following this link.

Recently, the library posted a list of 10 Things to Do With Your Library Card.

Here’s the list, interspersed with my comments on whether I regularly use that specific service.

1 | TAKE THE INTERNET WITH YOU

Need to take the internet with you? You can check out a hotspot or a Chromebook to use anytime, anywhere. All Chromebooks can be checked out for a 3-week period and are equipped with built-in cellular Wi-Fi service. All hotspots can be checked out for 7 days and can connect up to ten devices at a time. AWE Early Learning Tablets for kids with preloaded educational games for the little ones are also available at the library.

cobbcat.org/connectingcobb

LJ: The chromebook checkout is not something I’ve used. I have a chromebook of my own that I carry.

2 | READ A NEWSPAPER

Whether you want to read a local newspaper or an international one, the library has many databases like America’s News, Black Life in America, and Hispanic Life in America where you can read your favorite and digital image editions of the AJC, MDJ, WSJ, and more.

cobbcat.org/databases

LJ: I use the library’s databases of newspapers frequently in researching and fact-checking articles.

3 | SCHEDULE A CREATIVE STUDIO

The Creative Studios in Sewell Mill Library, located east of Marietta, has many studios for you to learn, create, and collaborate. Schedule a spot for access to soundproof suites and/or equipment for audio and video recording, digital editing, design, and collaboration.

LJ: This is a service I’ve just started using, and it’s awe-inspiring. I’m partnering with another Cobb resident on a podcast, and about a week ago we did our first test session in the Sewell Mill Library Creative Studios. My podcast partner had portable recording equipment, but we used the studio’s quiet space and a few accessory items. The studio has all the equipment you need for a video, a podcast, or a musical demo though.

4 | GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Libraries are a place for entrepreneurs and innovators. Grow your business with learning resources from the library including LinkedIn Learning, Business Source Complete, DemographicsNow, and Weiss Financial Rating Series Online.

LJ: This is another thing I use frequently, and there’s one the library forgot to mention: Data Axle, where you can get comprehensive lists of local businesses for sales lists. Demographics Now can give you most of what you need for a formal business plan, and LinkedIn Learning is a treasure trove of training videos.

5 | GO ON AN ADVENTURE

Through partnerships established by Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), all Georgia public library cardholders have access to free passes to visit Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites in addition to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Go Fish Education Center, and Zoo Atlanta .You can also receive a discounted entry to the Georgia Aquarium.

cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures

LJ: This is another service I should use, but haven’t utilized yet.

6 | LEARN THROUGH ART

Museums and theaters are great for learning about history and cultures as well as to bring people together in conversation. Thanks to various partnerships by GPLS and CCPL, cardholders have free or discounted access to the Alliance Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, Macon Area Museums, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Southern Museum, and William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.

cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures

LJ: Ditto my previous comment. I should be using the free or discounted tickets more.

7 | STREAM MOVIES, TV SHOWS, & CONCERTS 24/7

You can access countless streaming content from movies to concerts for all ages straight to your mobile device no matter where you are, with resources including Kanopy, IndieFlix, and Qello.

cobbcat.org/streamingvideo

LJ: I’ve gotten a bit addicted to Kanopy. It has things you’re not going to find on the standard streaming services. I wrote about it previously, and you can read it by visiting this link.

8 | COOK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WORLD

Learn about cultures around the world while cooking with online classes taught by professionals through The Great Courses, like “Cooking Across the Ages”. Find other courses in business and finances, health and mindfulness, history, professional growth, and more!

LF: I haven’t done this out yet, but I love to cook, so I definitely should check it out!

9 | TACKLE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

Find trustworthy online automotive repair and maintenance guidance or prep yourself for the Delmar ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) with available quizzes to help with the ASE certification exam with Chilton Library.

cobbcat.org/databases

LJ: This is another feature I haven’t used, but I’m certain could be useful.

10 | HOST YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB

Can’t find a Book Club that fits you? No worries. You can reserve Book Club Kits to host your own club from anywhere. Choose from a list of various titles. All kits come with 12 copies of the book and discussion questions when available.

LJ: As mentioned earlier, I’m a regular at one of the book clubs the library runs, and I can imagine self-organized clubs could be a lot of fun too.

BONUS: SOMETHING YOU DON’T NEED A LIBRARY CARD TO DO

11 | BUY A BOOK

You read right! While libraries are all about checking books out, you can also buy books. Most locations have special areas throughout the year where they have books for sale. Additionally, the library has not one but TWO large book sales with hundreds of books, music, games/puzzles, DVDs, and magazines. All proceeds go back to the library.

About the Cobb County Public Library

Cobb County Public Library is a 15-branch system headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, where its staff members serve a diverse population of over 750,000 people. Cobb is one of Georgia’s fastest-growing counties, and Cobb County Public Library is dedicated to being a resource center in the community by providing equal access to information, materials, and services.

The first public library in Cobb County was opened in the home of Sarah Freeman Clarke in Marietta. The first standalone library building, opened on Church Street in 1893 and was named for Clarke.

Libraries were opened in Acworth and Austell in subsequent years, and in 1959, the city of Marietta and several other Cobb County libraries combined to form a countywide system that began the Cobb County Public Library as we know it today.

You can read more about the history of the Cobb County Public Library by following this link.

Labor Day celebrations, Dragon Con and more: 15 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

Labor Day weekend usually means an extra day off from work and school, so why not attend one — or more — of the many fun events being held around metro Atlanta this weekend?Several Labor Day celebrations are scheduled, so if you’re looking for fireworks, barbecue, games and other holiday fun, you’re in luck. Or if you’d rather, visit Dragon Con, a multimedia pop culture convention that celebrates science fiction, gaming, comics and more.Check out the following 15 things to do in metro Atlanta this ...

Labor Day weekend usually means an extra day off from work and school, so why not attend one — or more — of the many fun events being held around metro Atlanta this weekend?

Several Labor Day celebrations are scheduled, so if you’re looking for fireworks, barbecue, games and other holiday fun, you’re in luck. Or if you’d rather, visit Dragon Con, a multimedia pop culture convention that celebrates science fiction, gaming, comics and more.

Check out the following 15 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

Intown Atlanta

Continues Friday, Sept. 2-Monday, Sept. 5. $40 and up. Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-669-0773.

Celebrate science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film at this multimedia pop culture convention.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. $36 and up. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299.

Enjoy a hilarious high-speed romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays — and 153 sonnets — in just two hours.

9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free. Woodruff Park (lawn in the center of the park), 91 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta.

Take an all-levels vinyasa flow class and leave feeling peaceful yet invigorated. Bring your own mat and water.

Cobb

Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free admission. Jefferson Street, downtown Austell. 770-944-4300.

Enjoy live music, delicious barbecue, craft vendors, inflatables, fireworks and more at Austell’s first BBQ Blues & Brews Festival.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 5. Admission is two canned goods per family, which will go to MUST Ministry. Temple Kol Emeth parking lot, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta.

Join in the fun at the 10th annual Noshfest, which celebrates Jewish food and culture food from around the world, unique crafts and goods, and interactive exhibits. Dancing, live music and a kids’ zone with inflatables, games and face painting will also be featured.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 5. Free admission. Marietta Square in Glover Park, 50 Park Square, Marietta. 404-966-8497.

Have some outdoor fun on Labor Day weekend at the 36th Marietta Art in the Park, which is best known for its fine art. Shop at the Artist Market and get the chance to talk with the artists, some of whom will also hold demonstrations. Activities for kids include the Children’s Art Alley, which has several free make-and-take crafts, as well as the Chalk Spot, which also welcomes adults.

DeKalb

10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. attractions hours, 9:30 p.m. Lasershow Spectacular. Saturday, Sept. 3-Monday, Sept. 5. $34.95 attractions pass, $44.95 for attractions pass plus Lasershow pass including one Coca-Cola beverage and unlimited popcorn, $10 Lasershow Admission. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain.

Enjoy attractions including the new King BMX Stunt Show and stay for the world’s largest laser light show and a flame cannon reaching over 200 feet in the air. A fireworks display honoring hard-working heroes will be held nightly after the Lasershow.

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. 770-394-3322.

Visit Dunwoody Nature Center to learn everything you need to know about butterflies. A hike and activity are included (strollers and walkers are not recommended).

4 p.m. event starts, fireworks start at dark. Sunday, Sept. 4. Free admission. 101 E. Court Square, Decatur.

Celebrate Labor Day with a live DJ, lawn games, local food vendors, activities, fireworks, and free popcorn and bottled water (while supplies last).

North Fulton

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. $45 per person (not including tax and tips), $20 for children ages 6-12, $5 drinks. Palmer Plaza at Avalon (greenspace between Oak and Colletta), 950 3rd St., Alpharetta.

Indulge in an all-you-can eat Labor Day feast including pork butt and ribs and all the sides. Children’s games and activities are available.

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3281.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to live music from the Ansley Stewart Band and Lilac Wine. Food trucks will be onsite, and beer and wine will also be available to purchase. The venue will open at 6 p.m. to allow everyone time to set up.

8 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. American Legion Alpharetta Post 201, 201 Willis Road, Alpharetta.

Laugh along with comedy from Jim Dailakis and Maria Walsh in this fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dailakis has headlined in major comedy clubs and shared the stage with comedians including Jerry Seinfeld and Larry the Cable Guy. Walsh is known as “America’s Naughtiest Mommy” and takes on parenting using her quick wit.

Gwinnett

6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. $30. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St. NW, Norcross.

Celebrate African food, dance, fashion and more with local restaurants, the Manga African Dancers and fashion designers from Liberia and Nigeria.

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. $6 per person. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford. 678-277-0850.

Kick off Labor Day weekend with games, activities, a scavenger hunt and a slice of watermelon.

9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free. Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0902

Come fish on Lawrenceville Lake, with fishing gear and bait provided on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can bring your own. All ages are welcome, and no fishing license is required.

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