Monthly News & Updates

December 2021 | Issue 5

From the Co-Presidents

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As we come out of Thanksgiving and head into Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on our blessings, our community, and our support systems. I am so grateful for this group, as I’ve said before. It is the most supportive group I could have hoped to find upon moving to Georgia 7 years ago. I have learned so much from you ladies, found kindred spirits, friends with similar issues, and wonderful resources. I have told many friends about resources that I have discovered and learned about resources from many of you. I am also a big believer in discussing uncomfortable topics. I sincerely feel that when we talk to trusted friends about stresses, we not only get support but also in return, give support.

This time of year can be very stressful for people. I have learned how much mental health plays a part in our everyday lives, but yet, so often it is not discussed. There is a stigma. I ask that as a community, you reach out to your neighbors and friends to “check-in”. Some of our neighbors may be lonely without family able to visit them. Some might be struggling to provide the holiday they want, and some might be reeling from experiences they faced this year. Whatever they are facing, they just might need a little more compassion and support.

My hope is that we will keep an eye out for our neighbors, offer companionship, give what we can, and donate when possible. But honestly, let's give ourselves grace. We can be hard on ourselves by placing undue expectations on ourselves. I love the mantra “grace, grace all over the place”. Remember that it’s ok if the decorations are not perfect, the holiday meal is late, or there are fewer presents under the tree whether it is because of supply chain issues or you just didn’t feel like shopping.

Hug your family and friends, say nice things when you can, and flourish by celebrating yourself and all you do every day.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

Lesli and Jean Ann

Your CPWC Co-Presidents


December 3 First Friday

Join us for Dec. 3 Holiday First Friday at the home of Karyn and Nick Porter, 303 Rolling Rock Rd. Dress in your festive attire and bring an appetizer and favorite beverage. Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum? Come as a single or couple.

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

View Invitation Here

Hiking News


Come hike once again in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battleground Park!

Where: Cheatam Hill at Burnt Hickory Road, 1520 Burnt Hickory Rd. NW, Marietta

WhenDecember 14

Meet in the ACC Parking lot at 8:30 am sharp to carpool. Allow 30 minutes to drive to the trailhead.

What: This trail is a 4-5 mile easy to moderate hike. The trail is relatively flat and will take us by some Civil War Monuments including the Illinois Monument and the Grave of the Unknown Soldier.

RSVP to Jean.

See you on the trail!

Let's Play Bridge!


Please contact Melissa for Bridge Club updates or if you are a beginner or would like some refreshers. After the holidays, provided there is enough interest, there may be opportunities for a beginner class.


Daytime Program

December 9

Meet us on December 10, 10:30 AM-1:00 PM at McFarlane Park in your holiday scarf and hat for a festive "Holiday Flourish" celebration. We will have a gift exchange ($20 limit) around the fire pit and enjoy drinks and nibbles. Sterling Lanken, Charity Chair, will share about the upcoming Charity Event on Saturday, February 12 to benefit Great Prospects. RSVP is very important by December 6.

Event Registration

Save the Date!

Mardi Gras Masquerade February 12, 2022 

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

We invite you to our Mardi Gras Masquerade featuring hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and much more. Event proceeds will benefit our chosen charity, Great Prospects. 

Please join us on the evening of Saturday, February 12th. Mardi Gras masks are highly encouraged!


Yoga Interest Group

The yoga interest group will meet, weather permitting, on Mondays at 10AM, December 6, 13, and 20 in Janet Francesconi’s side yard. Her home is located at 323 Rolling Rock Rd.

Please park on the street and text Belinda Vogel at 404-632-8573 that morning before 9:30 if you plan to attend. Any weather updates will also be sent by 9:30 AM.

Check email and Facebook for updates. Contact Belinda if you'd like to be added to the distribution list.


CPWC Directories


The CPWC Directory is printed and currently being distributed to your mailboxes. Please keep an eye out for its delivery. 

Please be patient with me as it is the holiday season. I’m doing my best to get them all delivered quickly. 

If you have any questions, please contact me, Debbie Judd, at 404-444-1808. You can also email me at gjuddfamily@aol.com

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

A big thank you from our charity, Great Prospects


Gardening Interest Group

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Upcoming Events

The Gardening Interest Group produced some lovely floral arrangements at their gathering at McFarlane Nature Park in November. With greenery they brought from their own gardens and flowers supplied, they created fall fashioned designs to take home. 

After a winter respite, while the gardens sleep, the garden group will be invited to gather again on Wednesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. for a tour of the display gardens at McFarlane. Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County have created extensive gardens of native plants that reach into the woodland. The collection of about 150 native azaleas may begin blooming in time for this meeting and we will be looking for signs of life in the new back pasture meadow planted in October. Lots of spring growth and a little history as we tour the 11.5 acre Park. Sensible shoes are suggested. Bring a bag lunch if you wish.

April 13, 2022   10 a.m. A visit to the Goizueta Gardens of the Atlanta History Center. Group tickets will be arranged for a group of 10 paid visitors, with applicable rates for 65+ and adults - of course, History Center members are free. All the gardens and buildings are included in the self-guided visit.

Please contact Karin Guzy with questions or comments.

Book Clubs


Evening Book Club

The Evening Book Club will meet on December 14 at 6:30 PM at the home of Libby Nabors, 4760 Sologne Court, to discuss When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Please contact Trish with questions.


Daytime Book Club

The daytime book club will meet on Monday, December 13th, 10 AM at Judy Winchell's home to discuss The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede.

Please contact Susan with questions.

Family Activities


Yule Log & Santa Carl on Sunday, December 5

Please join us at McFarlane Park this Sunday, December 5 from 3 – 4 pm for our annual Yule Log celebration.


Santa will be joining us to read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' promptly at 3 pm and would love to take pictures with you and your family following the story.  Hot Chocolate and Smores will be served. 


Bring a blanket to sit on during the story and a letter to drop in Santa’s mailbox, if you like. (All return-addressed letters can be “returned” to you)


To RSVP (appreciated but not required) or if you would like to help, please contact Kristen Bernheim at: kbernheim@yahoo.com.


We look forward to seeing you,

Kristen Bernheim and Belinda Vogel

Family Activities Co-Chairs


Celebrating You!!! Happy Birthday to our December birthdays!

If you know of anyone that could use a little "Sunshine", please contact our ambassadors of sunshine, Kristine Ward and Lindsey Mabey.




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