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Henry’s Louisiana Grill Hosts First Ever Four-Day Mardi Gras Celebration!

February 3, 2016

henry1Starting Friday, February 5, Henry’s Louisiana Grill will throw its biggest—and longest—party of the year in honor of Mardi Gras. The four full days of celebration will continue over February 5, 6, 8 and 9, culminating in a bigger-than-ever Fat Tuesday party. The dawn-till-midnight celebration begins at 8:00 a.m. when doors open to greet patrons with special menu options including piping hot biscuits, bacon, beignets, Bloody Marys and a full bar. Paul Milliken of Fox 5 will be joining in the fun, so guests who want to participate in the live broadcast should arrive by 7:45 a.m. All four days feature food and drink specials, a festively costumed staff and parade coverage streaming straight from New Orleans!

On Fat Tuesday, February 9, the restaurant will be serving lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. with traditional Louisiana favorites like gumbo, etouffee, and Henry’s specialty, Louisiana Ooh La La, which will be offered all day long, as well as the catch of the day; Mardi Gras blackened wolf fish served over whipped potatoes with New Orleans Pontchartrain sauce. Drink specials are also available all day such as $5 Hurricanes and $2 shots along with free king cake while it lasts and plenty of Mardi Gras beads for all.henry2

During dinner the entire family can compete in costume contests for kids and adults with judging at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. respectively with gift card prizes for the adult winners and a kid friendly prize for the young contestants. Roving Abita girls will be handing out promotional items, like t-shirts and shot glasses to guests while Chef Henry, always a part of the restaurant’s fun, will be giving out unique lagniappe (Cajun for “something extra”) to guests this year.

Starting at 9:00 p.m. that evening adults are invited upstairs for Henry’s 21+ Pardi Gras featuring local favorite “DJ Cajun Chris” who will be spinning Mardi Gras and Louisiana music for a lively crowd, many of them repeat attendees who’ve been waiting all year for this night. Upstairs guests can order drink and appetizer specials and win gift card prizes for best costumes—all with no cover charge.

Chef Henry Chandler, owner and founder of Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, is a Louisiana Native, whose mission is to share the food and culture of his home with the guests who visit his restaurant. Henry is a charismatic, energetic chef, passionate about bringing his specialty Southern and Cajun recipes to Georgia, for which visitors have been known to drive hundreds of miles to taste. Chef Henry is not just a world-class chef, trained in London, but an expert host, and a consummate pro at showing people a good time, especially on the restaurant’s biggest night of the year, Mardi Gras.

henry3“We are all about the spirit of Mardi Gras every day of the year,” said Chef Henry Chandler. “So for us, the Mardi Gras celebration is the culmination of our mission: to enjoy outstanding food and create unforgettable memories with the people you care about. Each year we try to outdo what we’ve done before, and Mardi Gras 2016 will be the biggest ever in metro Atlanta. Amazing dishes, live streaming video of NOLA parades, music, costumes, beads—what else do you need? We can’t wait, baby!”

Holly Quinlan, CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism looks forward to the NOLA experience that the Henry’s celebration brings every year. “It’s a treat for Cobb residents to have such an authentic, chef-driven Louisiana restaurant right here in our community,” said Quinlan. “Henry’s is renowned for throwing the best Mardi Gras parties in Atlanta and Cobb, and now it’s the biggest too! I would recommend making dinner reservations early, because no one is going to want to miss the great food, good music and the one-and-only Henry’s experience!” For reservations, call: 770-966-1515.

About Henry’s Louisiana Grill                                                                                          

 Henry’s Louisiana Grill, which debuted in 2000, is an award-winning community-gathering place with local and national acclaim. The menu is designed by award-winning Chef Henry Chandler, sparked by the Southern-inspired food he loved and prepared with his Nanny Castell as a child. With an emphasis on world-class hospitality and dishes using the finest ingredients, Henry’s Southern comfort cooking has people driving cross-country just for a taste.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill is located at 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA 30101. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

waterSmartSM Honors 12 Cobb County Elementary Students in 11th Annual Allatoona Ally & Friends Artist Challenge

January 27, 2016

The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) and Cobb County Water System congratulate the 12 Cobb County elementary school students selected as this year’s winners of the 11th Annual Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge.

Cobb County fourth- and fifth-grade students were invited to create coloring book illustrations depicting Lake Allatoona’s own ambassador, Allatoona Ally, in her efforts to educate her newest friend, Tappy the Turtle, about water conservation. The challenge received nearly 660 entries from 20 participating schools.

The coloring book featuring the top 12 entries will be distributed throughout the community and available for free download at

Additionally, an autograph party will be held to honor the winning artists on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Mable House in Mableton, Ga. Park Rangers from Allatoona Lake will swear in the artists as new Junior Water Deputies and will discuss the importance of water.

The winners of the 2016 Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge include:

 Abigail Marr, fourth-grade, King Springs Elementary

Annika Mehta, fifth-grade, Keheley Elementary

June Lindroth, fifth-grade, Big Shanty Intermediate

Lauren Travis, fifth-grade, Bells Ferry Elementary

Macey Curby, fifth-grade, Vaughan Elementary

Madison Cade, fifth-grade, Harmony Leland Elementary

Markee Laney, fourth-grade, Mt. Bethel Elementary

Mira Ugwuadu, fifth-grade, Kemp Elementary

Oscar Belman, fifth-grade, Green Acres Elementary

Sasha Reed, fifth-grade, Hendricks Elementary

Shawn Tristan Lloyd, fifth-grade, Davis Elementary

Zoie Gunter, fifth-grade, Frey Elementary

The illustration by Zoie Gunter of Frey Elementary was selected as the cover art for the 11th Anniversary Edition of the “Adventures with Allatoona Ally & Friends” coloring book.

“Educating students about water conservation at an early age is crucial to the future of our water resources in Georgia,” says Becky Mixon, program director for waterSmart. “Now in the 11th year of this program, we are thrilled with the quality and creativity of the artwork that will encourage others to save water.”

 A panel of judges – including Walter Reeves, Host of “The Lawn and Garden Show,” Sophia Choi, WSB-TV Anchor, and Heather Thornton, Lake Allatoona Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger – selected the winning illustrations.

“The future looks brighter when younger generations express such enthusiasm about helping to save water,” says Kathy Nguyen, senior project manager at Cobb County Water System. “We are very proud of all those who participated while spreading this important message.”

About waterSmart

The waterSmartSM program was initiated by CCMWA in 2000 to educate their service area residents of all ages about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation and to help encourage sustainable, year-round conservation, regardless of climate conditions. CCMWA is in its sixteenth year of providing the waterSmart program to the community. For more information on water conservation and waterSmart, visit

Mac Powell and Mark Lee of Third Day Announce Concert Benefiting MUST Ministries

January 26, 2016

Mark LeeWorld-renown Christian singers Mac Powell and Mark Lee of Third Day are hosting an “Unplugged” concert Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. to benefit MUST Ministries, a faith-based charity devoted to helping those in poverty. The event is being presented by Glory Haus and hosted at Roswell Street Baptist Church, and tickets are only $10 through

“Mac and Mark are Cobb County residents who sing all over the world and are coming home to help those in need in their own community. It’s a remarkable blessing.” said Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST. “These men have won four Grammy Awards, 26 Dove Awards and an American Music Award. Their music has captivated Christians for 20 years and now they are coming to sing to help MUST clients.”

Mac and Mark are part of Third Day, an internationally known Christian rock band famous for 12 outstanding albums, numerous videos and countless radio hit singles like Show Me Your Glory, Call my Name, Cry Out to Jesus, I Need a Miracle and You are So Good to Me. Their current hit, Soul on Fire, was #1 for 10 weeks and comes from their new album Lead Us Back. Mac Powell headshot

A generous sponsorship from Glory Haus allows the concert to be available at a low cost and opens itself to youth groups, school groups, FCA, campus ministries and others interested in an acoustic night of praise and worship with these standout musicians. Doors open at 6 p.m. and concert-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket – new or gently used – to donate to those in need.

A private Meet and Greet followed by VIP seating is available for only $20, but is almost sold out. Guests can chat with Mac and Mark from 6 – 6:30 p.m., and then get premium seating for the concert. Parking is free too.

For tickets, go to


Life University’s Dr. Mark Kovacs Presents at 2016 Major League Soccer Symposium

January 20, 2016

Dr. Mark Kovacs, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE) presented data on Periodization and Scheduling for Elite Level Soccer at the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) Medical Symposium during the 2016 MLS Player Combine. The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted the 2016 MLS Medical Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale alongside the 2016 MLS Player Combine. This is one of the biggest annual events in the U.S. for individuals who work in elite soccer, and specifically with MLS teams throughout the country.

“This was an outstanding symposium that brought together the top minds working in professional soccer in the United States,” says Dr. Kovacs. “The Chief Medical Officers for U.S. Soccer, the MLS and NCAA all spoke during this symposium, and every MLS healthcare staff (chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches and medical doctors) was represented to help improve the quality of training and rehabilitation in the soccer industry.” 

The purpose of the symposium was to provide medical teams with guidance on the identification, prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to the soccer athlete. The team approach was emphasized, using case presentations; injury updates of current recommendations; and methods for return to sport in common areas affecting the soccer population, including injuries to the knee and ankle. Emphasis was also placed on the medical care of athletes, with attention to concussion management, arterial injuries and exertional compartment syndromes.

Dr. Kovacs presented information based around his work over the past few years in soccer, which involved work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and also work he has done with national teams leading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and soccer teams in the English Premier League and La Liga (Spanish League).

“The ability to share the information is one aspect of the symposium, but an even greater privilege is to be able to bring back to the LIFE campus the latest information in these areas and build upon the applied research we are doing at the LSSI and also add to the curriculum that is being taught to the students that we mentor here in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Health Science,” remarks Dr. Kovacs. “It also provides great contacts for students who may have an interest in working in soccer in different areas of health care, performance and injury prevention.”

 For anyone interested in more information on the Sport Health Science Department and the degrees offered at Life University, visit or call 800.543.3202.

 About Life University

Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.


Registration Is Now Open for the Workshop Building an Engaged Board

January 19, 2016
Your board is more than just a collection of warm bodies filling seats who said “yes” to your request. It is a combination of individuals who provide support, integrity, influence, teamwork, motivation, management, contribution, responsibility, and communication that create the LEADERSHIP team to STEER (i.e. govern) your agency into a sustainable future.

Who Should Attend:

  • Board Chair
  • Governance Committee Chair
  • Nominating Committee Chair
  • Executive Director

Learning Objectives: 

  • To understand the purpose and value of a governance committee
  • To understand the 3 phases (9 steps) to building and engaging an exceptional board
  • To learn ideas, activities, and tools for the three phases
  • To identify resources for recruiting board members
  • To engage in peer-to-peer learning around barriers to success

When and Where:

March 8, 2016 (once filled, a second date will open)

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Mansour Center, Marietta, GA


Registration includes your attendance at the inaugural Nonprofit Networking EXPO on May 10, 2015 to mix, mingle, and meet up to 80 graduates of my Certificate in Nonprofit Board Governance course, looking to serve on a nonprofit board.

CLICK HERE for all the details and to register.glenda hicks

As a Consultant, Certified Governance Trainer, and Certified Public Accountant — I specialize in working exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them implement “Best Practices for Becoming the Best Nonprofit” in the areas of Board Development and Governance and Financial Management and Leadership.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions – I hope to see you there!


Glenda Y. Hicks, CPA



Life University English Professor Wins International Award for Screenplay

January 14, 2016

LifeUniversity_Brandmark[4]Though Life University (LIFE) is primarily associated with the health sciences, its core undergraduate curriculum contains traditional communication and humanities courses you’d see at a liberal arts college. Dr. Michael Montgomery, English professor at LIFE, is one of the hidden artistic gems at the University, having taught at the institution for more than 19 years in the Natural Sciences and General Education Department.

An avid writer, Dr. Montgomery has published several books, ranging from fiction and poetry collections to film criticism. But recently, it was one of his scripts, titled “Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid,” which was named Best Original Feature Screenplay at the Back in the Box Competition in Los Angeles. The international competition is sponsored by Fernleif Productions. All Back in the Box screenplay winners can be seen here.

“‘Neema and Sid’ is sort of a ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for Millennials,” says Dr. Montgomery, “but the characters also have their serious side. Sid is kind of a Juno MacGuff, and Neema has the social conscience of a Malala Yousafzai.”

The win at Back in the Box was not the only first-place finish last year for Dr. Montgomery. His feature script “The Chaos Makers” won the medal for Best Screenplay – Sci Fi at Fandom Fest Comic-Con in Louisville, one of the largest science fiction gatherings in the U.S. He has since turned “The Chaos Makers” into a series which he hopes one day can make it on the small or big screen.

LIFE is proud of Dr. Montgomery and the recognition he has received for his creative endeavors.

About Life University

Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

Georgia Ballet’s Youth America Grand Prix Training Program Debuts with 23 at Atlanta Regionals

January 13, 2016

New School Director, georgia balletAshleyanne Hensley of The Georgia Ballet will be leading an exemplary group of students and instructors to the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Regional competitions January 21-24, 2016 at the Georgia Institute of Technology Ferst Center for the Arts. This group will be representing The Georgia Ballet’s new YAGP program implemented by Mrs. Hensley as a part of the school’s curriculum enhancement and expansion efforts.

“The Georgia Ballet is unique in this opportunity for hand-selected dancers from the School to work with 4 highly trained faculty, having over 55 years of combined professional careers and experience. This creates a very strong unified vision for technical mastery and artistry. Orlando Molina, Margit Peguero and Daet Rodriguez, studied and graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba where the notoriety of their quality of dancers internationally is gaining huge appeal. We are proud to have s uch esteemed faculty in our inaugural year of The Georgia Ballet’s YAGP Training Program.” said Hensley.

georgia ballet1YAGP Atlanta will have Pre-competitive, Junior and Senior level age divisions. Dancers who place are then eligible to compete in the national competition held in New York City in April. Many highly noted professional dancers have had their careers launch with the opportunities awarded through participating in YAGP.

Mrs. Hensley and the Associate School Director, Orlando Molina, selected 23 students who exemplified advanced skills based upon age division, hard work, dedication and artistry. This program started with classes and rehearsals back in September and continued over the holidays. These students include: Mayuri Pradhan (9), Mia Crumly (10), Rachel Row (10), Lacy Kluck (10) and Andrew Wang (11) representing the Pre-Competitive Division students; Jessica Sullivan (12), Leanna Wagner (12), Koren LaPlant (12), Sonali Pradhan (13), Talina Rodriguez Peguero (13), Grace Rose (13), Emily Grace Fleck (13), Skylar Moton (13), Milner Patterson (13), Gwyneth Johnson (13), Claire Hensley (13) and Cameron Acree (14) representing the Junior Age Category; and Britta Albertson (15), Tessa Castellano (17), Kasey Hernandez (17) and Leiza Kelley (19) representing the Senior Division. The Ensemble piece includes all the students selected for YAGP and will be on stage Saturday night January 24 in the time slot of 4:15-6:30 at The Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech campus. These students have worked very hard for many months and have shown great progress.

gergia ballet2Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest global network of dance. YAGP’s mission is to support and develop world-class dancers, ages 9-19, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions, performance and education opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dance companies, dancers, and audiences.  It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. YAGP aims to develop new audiences by bringing dance into mainstream culture. In 2010, it became the subject of First Position – an award-winning documentary which followed six YAGP participants on their journey to YAGP’s New York City Finals. In 2013, YAGP produced “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” – a filmed Gala performance showcasing excerpts from six of the most beloved classical ballets. Narrated by Nigel Lythgoe, the film combines live performances with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with dancers, historical background and rare archival footage.

The School of The Georgia Ballet is also proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality of ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

To register for summer intensive auditions and master class (February 6, 2016) with Milwaukee Ballet’s School/ 2nd Company Director, Rolando Yanes, and find more information, visit or call 770-528-0881.


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