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Local Author Releases Children’s Book

Sucheta Rawal is a Vinings resident and award-winning food and travel writer, cooking instructor, philanthropist and now an author! She is the founder of Go Eat Give, a non-profit that seeks to raise cultural and diversity awareness through meaningful travel, ethnic food, and community interaction. She has educated people through international tours, cooking classes, speaker events, her blog, and now has added a brand new children’s book to her repertoire.

Rawal released Beato Goes to Greenland through Mascot Books. This children’s book is about a multi-cultural curious Norwegian Forest Cat who travels around the world to learn about what is beyond his suburban home in Atlanta. As he makes his way to Greenland, he meets local kids, who become his tour guide for the rest of his stay. Together, they gather information about the country’s landscapes, historic sites, food, animals, religion, music, dance, and sports, as they embark on fun and educational adventures. The stories are based on real life events and actual pictures taken by the author during her journeys.

Beato Goes to Israel is scheduled to release this fall and Beato Goes to Indonesia in winter 2016. For more information about the Beato series, please visit BeatoGoesTo.com.

The Cobb Chamber Seeks Nominations for the Novelis International Commerce Spotlight Award

The Cobb Chamber is seeking nominations for an outstanding Cobb-based company to be recognized through the Novelis International Commerce Spotlight Award. This award gives recognition to a company that excels in global commerce and shows their commitment to the vitality of Cobb County.

A qualifying candidate is a Cobb-based company that has demonstrated achievement in the global market, making an impact both economically and socially in the business community. Nominations may be submitted by an individual who feels a company is deserving of the award, or directly from a company who qualifies. Once all applications are received, a panel of judges comprised of international business professionals will review the applications and select a winner. Nominations must be completed by Monday, Oct. 3. For more information, contact Amanda Blanton at ablanton@cobbchamber.org or 770.859.2336 or go to CobbChamber.org.

Learn to Play Tennis Opportunities for Adults and Youth

Cobb Tennis Centers and USTA-Atlanta are teaming up to provide an opportunity for beginner adults and youth to learn how to play tennis.Sponsored by USTA-Atlanta, the ‘Tennis Apprentice’ program provides instruction to teach beginning tennis players to play tennis and work towards the goal of competing in beginner USTA leagues. Students will take six weeks of instruction beginning the week of Sept. 12. Students enrolled in the program will receive a free tennis racket and free USTA membership, and six weeks of professional instruction for only $49. Each of Cobb Tennis Centers will offer this program for adults and a youth program is offered at Sweetwater Tennis Center. For information, contact your closest Cobb Tennis Center or go to Atlanta.USTA.com/TennisApprentice

Cobb County 5K Returns for 16th Year

Lace up those running shoes because the 16th annual Cobb County 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia returns to Marietta Square 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. All ages are welcome to participate. The 2015 event raised $38,000. Event organizers are hoping to increase the number in 2016 so they are able to grant even more wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Registration is open at active.com, and closes Wednesday, Sept. 28. Mailed in registration forms must be post-marked by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Pre-registration before Sept. 20 is $20 untimed and $25 timed. After Sept. 20, registration fees are $25 untimed and $35 timed. Group discounts are also available for participants and students, teachers and school groups only pay a special rate of $10 per runner. Visit CobbMakeAWish5K.org for more information about registration and race details.

Innovative Cobb Traffic App 
Wins Honors

Looking to get around Smyrna, Vinings, and all of Cobb County a little better? Check out the new web-based application, CobbCommute.org. Georgia Technology Authority recently awarded it top honors in Georgia’s 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase. The app provides up-to-date traffic conditions for local commuters. It is the only county project to earn top honors in the showcase and will be among eight projects recognized at the Georgia Digital Government Summit this month. Projects were evaluated  on level of innovation, improving business processes, efficiency, financial savings and service delivery to customers.

Don’t Miss the 2016 Cobb Chamber/WellStar Business Open

Be sure to save the date for the 2016 Cobb Chamber/WellStar Business Open Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 19! Known as one of the largest and best golf tournaments in Cobb, the Business Open provides members the opportunity to enjoy a day on the links with business friends, clients or prospects. Money raised goes to the Cobb Chamber Foundation to fund leadership training, education programs, building maintenance and equipment needs. Registration is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot today.

The event will be held at Indian Hills Country Club in Marietta. For more information on the 2016 Golf Tournament, contact Jeanette Sybert at 770-859-2360 or jsybert@cobbchamber.org.