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Comic and Toy Show at Kennesaw Mountain High School

COMIC AND TOY SHOW AT KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL

Saturday August 12; 10-5 pm

Kennesaw Mountain High School will host their third annual Kennesaw Comic and Toy Show Saturday, August 12 at the school’s Fine Arts Building.  The event will have vendors selling, buying and trading comics, cards, toys, action figures, GI Joes, original art, jewelry, vintage records, video games, books, and more.  In addition, there will trivia games, costume contests, card tournaments, discussion panels, special demonstrations, and a concession stand.

“Last year we had over 400 people attend, so we are hoping to grow even more this year” Carson Colenbaugh, senior on the Drama Leadership Team stated.  “I know a lot of my friends are excited about it.  It was so much fun last year!”
The event is a fund raiser for the school’s theater’s lighting and sound equipment.
“It’s a unique way for us to raise some money for our school and for the students and community to have the own little ‘Dragon Con’.” Added senior Nick Haddad.

“Last year, we had a wide range of vendors selling new and new items, as well as artists, and people promoting their websites and other events.  This year we have a special effects makeup session, and a cos play workshop.”  Noted the event coordinator and theatre director, Coy Dunn.

“It’s a great event for people of all ages.   With the popularity of all the comic book television shows and movies that are currently being produced, we thought we would try it. We have been extremely proud of the results!  It has now became a popular annual event.”   Dunn added.

The show is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and admission for the event is five dollars. Go to kmhsdrama.com for more details.

CALENDAR EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND

SAT AUG 12 – SHREDDING EVENT – Keep Kennesaw Beautiful (KKB) will host a community shredding event at the Kennesaw Public Works facility on 3080 Moon Station Road from 9 am – noon (or until the shred truck is filled). There will be absolutely NO glass, metal, or electronics accepted at this event – only personal documents for shredding. The event is free and open to all; donations to support KKB educational programs will be accepted. Visit the Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Facebook page for further information or call 770-424-8274 with questions.

SAT AUG 12 – PROGRAM PALOOZA – Area residents are invited to attend Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s ‘Program Palooza’ at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 10 am – 1 pm. All ages are welcome. Admission is free. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet program instructors, observe and participate in a variety of demonstrations, and learn all about dozens of new and exciting recreation activities that will be offered this fall — from sports, dance and fitness programs to arts & crafts and adult enrichment classes. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call 770-422-9714.

SAT AUG 12 – COMIC AND TOY SHOW AT KMHS – Kennesaw Mountain High School will host their third annual Kennesaw Comic and Toy Show at the school’s Fine Arts Building.  The event will have vendors selling, buying and trading comics, cards, toys, action figures, GI Joes, original art, jewelry, vintage records, video games, books, and more.  In addition, there will trivia games, costume contests, card tournaments, discussion panels, special demonstrations, and a concession stand. The show is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and admission for the event is five dollars. Go to kmhsdrama.com for more details.

SAT AUG 12 – 60TH MISS COBB COUNTY PAGEANT – Jennie T Anderson Theatre, Cobb County Civic Center, 7pm. Along with this years competition, past winners have been invited to grace the stage once again. Tickets are $20 for regular seating, $30 for special reserved patron tickets. Email ticket requests to misscobbcounty@yahoo.com or call Gene Phillips at 770-435-6378.

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A Basket full of events July 7-July 17

Looking for fun family events to enjoy, before school starts.  Check out what’s available in Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta.  Enjoy!

FRI-SUN JUN 29-JUL 16 – JUKEBOX GIANTS – Jukebox Giants: Motown & More returns to The Strand for its best show yet featuring music from greats such as The Temptations, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis and more. Tickets are $25. Specialty pricing of $20 is available for seniors, students, and military. Group pricing is also available for group purchases of 10 or more. For more information or tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

FRI JUL 7 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK – Marietta Square Art Walk continues from 5pm to 9pm. The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeate every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings Jenny King, Artist Gallery & Studios, dk Gallery, Marietta Square Artists Attic, Avery Gallery and Markay Gallery. Event-goers will enjoy live music throughout The Square, including at Hemingway’s Bar & Grill and Stockyard Burger & Bones.  For more information visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

SAT JUL 8 – SPORTS FANATIC 5K RACE – Come run/walk our fast and flat well-marked and certified race course down Main Street and through Swift Cantrell Park. Proceeds to benefit The Dave Krache Foundation. In store registration available at Big Peach Running Co Kennesaw or Online at  www.kennesawgrandprix.com. For more details email help@davekrache.com or call 678-009-3202

SAT JUL 8 – CIVIL WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT EVENT – Join the William Root House Museum & Garden as we travel back to July 1864, when the Root family fled from Marietta, leaving their home to the advancing Union Army. Head outside to meet with Union soldiers as they take over the house, constructing a headquarters and attempting to recruit new soldiers. 10:00am – 4:00pm at the William Root House Museum & Garden; 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060. For information about the Root House, hours of operation, and admission, call 770-426-4982.

SAT JUL 8 – METRO MONTAGE XVII EXHIBITION – Metro Montage is the MCMA’s annual juried exhibition featuring all types of genre, medium, style, subject matter, concept and/or technique.  Metro features works of fine art by contemporary artists that showcase the diversity within our nation’s culture.  Light refreshments served ~ Cash Bar ~ Opening reception is a benefit of museum membership ~ All future members and other guests are welcome at $10 per person. The Museum is located at 30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta 30060.

MON-FRI JUL 10-14 – SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS AT THE STRAND – Theatre Intensive (July 10-14, 9am-12:30pm)-Great opportunity to get deeper into the ins and outs of theatre. A well-rounded student of the arts makes for a better performer — both offstage and on. Parents are invited to the last hour of class on Friday for a showcase of what the students have learned in camp. Ages 11-15 | Price: $125. Peformula (July 10-14, 1pm-3pm)-In the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s musical theatre laboratory, young performers will focus entirely on music, dance, and drama, discovering the formulas for performing success! The week-long camp will yield a Saturday performance on The Strand stage. Tuition price includes attendance to the Saturday performance and a Performula t-shirt. Performance is Saturday, July 15 @ 12pm. Ages: 6-12 | Price: $150

TUE JULY 11 – KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON – Join KBA members for networking and hear productivity strategist Wendy Ellin speak. The luncheon begins at 11:30 for networking and is held at the KSU Continuing Education Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. Visit www.kennesawbusiness.org for more info and to register.

JUL 10-14 SPEED & AGILITY CAMP JUL 18-20 This summer Acworth Parks and Rec is hosting a Speed and Agility Camp and a Kid’s Football Camp. Both camps are extremely affordable. Every camper will also receive a camp t-shirt and water bottle! For more information on each camp or to register, please visit www.acworthparksandrec.org.

TUE JUL 11 – “EARLY PIONEERS OF ACWORTH” – Hosted by the Save the Acworth History group. Davis McCollum will present a history of early Acworth Pioneers. Roberts School at 7pm.

WED JULY 12 – FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER – Sardis Baptist Church is hosting a free Spaghetti Dinner the first and third Wednesdays of both June and July. The community is welcome to enjoy dinner from 5:45-6:45 and invited to stay for Bible Study at 7:00 pm (for both adults and children). Sardis Baptist Church is located at 2741 S Main St, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

THU JUL 13 – ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON – 11:30 at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, kennesaw. Guest Speaker: Jim Wilgus with GA DOT. RSVP at www.AcworthBusiness.org.

SAT JUL 15 – RAILROAD RENDEZVOUS – Railroad Rendezvous is scheduled from 9:30am until 5pm rain or shine. There will be a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including model train layouts, railroad-themed activities, and crafts. The event will feature live music by local bluegrass musicians. Southern Museum is located on Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw. For more information, visit southernmuseum.org.

MON-FRI JUL 17-21 – BRICK CAMP FOR LEGO LOVERS – 9am-Noon at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw. Cost is $75.00. We’re partnering with bricks4kids in Marietta to host an amazing fun filled Brick Camp where we will learn to be creative and learn about The Creator!! Register online at www.kfbc.org

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SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MAY 12-13 2017

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. Over 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 12, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 13, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and fireworks and all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around.  This event is in its eighth year offering lots of cash and prizes for the BBQ competition, the Lord of the Wings and the People’s Choice.  Over 8,000 people are expected to visit!

The best Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Sons of Sailors takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the LGE Community Credit Union Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite Parrot Head songs. Fireworks will finish the night – shot over beautiful Lake Acworth.  General Admission is free on Friday night and tables of six can be purchased for $100, price includes your table and six chairs for the whole crew. Reserve online at https://smokeonthelake.org/concert-under-the-stars/.

Inflatables will be in place for kids of all ages. Slide down a giant 24-foot inflatable slide, jump on a huge obstacle course, shoot hoops in the bouncy basketball jumpy and others. Face painting will be available as well.

Visit the beer and wine tent as adult beverages will be available for the concert Friday night and Saturday during the BBQ competition.
Lord of the Wings and People’s Choice Pork BBQ Competitions are judged by the Public

These two competitions have the largest direct impact on our community. The funds raised thru taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Lord of the Wings: Take part in the crowning of the Lord of the Wings Competition on Friday night as cook teams cook up their best recipe of the good old chicken wing!

People’s Choice Award: Come enjoy barbecue you can’t buy at any old store and help us decide who makes the best backyard BBQ Pork around. For a nominal charge you can purchase tastes of all the backyard teams competing in the competition all day on Saturday.
Admission:    Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE.

Pictured above:  2016 North Cobb Rotary President, Matt Riedemann (yep the one with the visor) presents Pork U by Service Master, first place award for their chicken and third place for their BBQ pork. in the BBQ competition.

Visit www.smokeonthelake.org for lots more information!

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MEET LEO MAZZONE On April 13 in Acworth

Greg Carter, Manager of Gabriels Old Mill in Acworth, invites the public to a meet and greet for Leo Mazzone on Thursday, April 13 at 4:00 pm..  Mazzone was the pitching coach for the Braves during the time of Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddox.  He has been heralded by Sports Illustrated as the greatest assistant coach.  Leo will be signing autographs and wants folks to know that a small donation to the Companion Animal Connection (Waleska, GA) would be deeply appreciated.

Parents this is an awesome opportunity to have your young baseball players meet Leo Mazzone. We know he would love to see some baseball players!

This is the day before Braves opening day at SunTrust Park.  Come to Gabriel’s Old Mill in Acworth and let’s  celebrate the Braves!  Gabriels is located at 4271 Southside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101.  Call (470) 891-5969 for more information.

The Kennesaw Grand Prix Series Kick-Off Party is April 11.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:00-7:00PM
Big Peach Running Co. – Kennesaw
•    Group Run with 1-5 mile options begins at 6:30PM, all levels welcome!
•    Register for all 6 races of the Series and receive a discount of 1 Series race FREE that night only!
•    Register for the Series and earn a golden ticket into the raffle of having your Series registration fee refunded.
•    Take advantage of Big Peach Running Co. special discounts of 20% off apparel, 15% off shoes (regular priced), and 10% off accessories that night only!
•    Race Directors from all 6 races will be there to handle all your registration and race questions.
•    Party with us to music, food, and RAFFLES!
KGP Series Race Registration Form
Complete the below 2017 Series Registration Form and bring to the Kick-Off Party to receive the DISCOUNTED Series Registration Fee.
Downloadable Discounted KGP Series Entry Form
•    Other friends/family can bring your form with payment during party hours.
•    Discounted forms with payment can be brought to Big Peach Running Co. early on MONDAY, 4/10 or TUESDAY, 4/11 ONLY.
•    Deadline for all discounted forms and payments is 4/11/17 at 7:00PM, no exceptions.

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Trains, Trains, Trains – January 28 and 29!

dsc02702trainsWhether you are a lifelong model train enthusiast or you don’t know your O-gauge from your N-scale, model trains are for everyone! Come to the Trains, Trains, Trains event at the Southern Museum to see the best collection of model and modular train layouts in the area! The seventh-annual installment of Trains, Trains, Trains will be held on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 9:30am to 5:00pm both days.

Come to the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, to enjoy the nostalgia and classic joy of model trains. Children of all ages will be fascinated by all things “choo-choo” so attend and share this great pastime with the younger generations. There will be a variety of model scales represented at the event, set up by hobby groups from around the Southeast. The Chattanooga Modular Modelers will bring an N-scale model with details so tiny you can’t even imagine how they make it work. The Georgia Garden Railway Society will set up their Garden scale layout, a returning favorite with a camera on the front to get a trains-eye view of the children watching.

Trains, Trains, Trains 2017 will bring back some of last year’s favorite bluegrass musicians, an expanded General Emporium gift shop with new shirts and toys, and several interactive layouts for kids of all ages to enjoy!

Museum admission for the event is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under as well as Museum members. Pre-sale tickets will be available online beginning in January, so save time and skip the line by buying tickets early! For more information, call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058 or visit southernmuseum.org.

Kennesaw’s Book, CD & DVD Swap

Clear Out Your Bookshelves and Swap Your Old Stories for New Adventures

bookcddvdswap_kidsKennesaw Parks & Recreation’s is hosting its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Saturday, January 28 from 8 to 11 a.m.

You still have time to  drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies  Friday, January 27 from 12 to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 28.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted.

After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase.

Assistance is needed during the event with receiving, sorting, counting and bagging items. Volunteers must have the ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift up to 20lbs. To sign up for a volunteer shift, visit kennesawparksandrec.com and click on “Volunteers.”

For more information, visit kennesawparksandrec.com or call (770) 422-9714.

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WEEKEND?

piedmontchristmasThere is a variety of activities to chose from the weekend of December 8 (yes Thursday is part of the weekend) through December 12 in North Cobb and West Cobb.  Take a look, we are sure you will find something that tickles your fancy.

christmas-harpTHU-FRI DEC 8-9 – CHRISTMAS MEMORIES CONCERT – Presented by Symphony on the Square at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T Anderson Theatre. Performances at 8pm. State Solicitor, Barry Morgan, will read “The Night Before Christmas”.  Enjoy a concert full of fun and beloved Christmas songs. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

FRI, SAT, SUN DEC 9-21 CHRISTMAS TRADITION at the Strand, a Musical Production on the Square, Marietta.  Tickets are $25 and available at The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, online at EarlSmithStrand.org, or at 117 North Park Square.  Visit Website for times.

FRI DEC 9 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY – 7pm, Kennesaw Memorial Park invites the public to attend this service for an uplifting and meaningful way for families who suffered a loss to start the holiday season. 1306 Whiltock Ave, Marietta

FRI-SAT DEC 9-10 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Presented by Superior Plumbing, enjoy loads of activities for the whole family: FREE kid’s zone, arts and crafts, local entertainment, great food and petting zoo (Saturday only). Friday hours: 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. Call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv for more info

breakfastsantaSAT DEC 10 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Daddy’s Country Kitchen invites families to have breakfast with Santa from 9-Noon. Adults: $9; Kids 10 and under $5.00.  We suggest you call (770) 974-2281 and make reservations. . Daddy’s is located at 3485 Acworth Due West Rd #200, Acworth.

SAT DEC 10 – KENNESAW’S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club to host an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast with Santa at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Two seating options available: 8 to 9:15 a.m.; and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Advance tickets are $6 per person, purchased in advance at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap. For additional information, call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 10 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – Southern Museum from 2:30-7pm. Immerse yourself in the classic story told throughout the museum, with vignettes highlighting the plot and interactive performers bringing the story to life. Pre-sale tickets are available online at SouthernMuseum.org/tickets. Get $1 off event pre-sale tickets only using coupon code “BRIGHTSIDE” at checkout! Regular admission tickets purchased at the event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+), $5.50 for children (4-12), and FREE for children 3 and under. This event is FREE for Museum members.Call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058 for more information, and visit SouthernMuseum.org for event details.
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AT DEC 10 – SLEIGHBELLS ON THE SQUARE 5K – The Cobb County Bar Association will host the 16th Annual Sleighbells on the Square 5k/1k/Tot Trot. Benefiting the Cobb Children’s Emergency Fund. The Fund provides emergency grants to Cobb County households facing financial emergencies or crises. More information can be found on the Sleighbells on the Square page at Active.com or at http://www.cobbcountybar.org.

greatgigSUN DEC 11 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Great Gig Dance Co. presents “Sights and Sounds of the Season,” a musical Christmas variety show to get you in the holiday spirit at NorthStar Church. This is a fundraiser for the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, to help offset their expenses as they perform through out the Southeast. Tickets are $12 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $15. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

MON DEC 12 – MARIETTA MAYOR STATE OF THE CITY – Marietta Business Association Luncheon to be held at the Radisson Hotel 1775 Parkway Place SE, Marietta, Georgia from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. To register visit www.mariettabusiness.biz, click on Events.

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Christmas Toys for Our Local Service Men and Women

toys1THE THINK MELISSA TEAM is collecting toys and gift cards to support our local military families through The Georgia National Guard Family Program Office.  Thank you in advance for your contributions and making this an amazing Christmas for these well deserving families, who sacrifice for us all.

Please help spread the word.  The donation deadline is 12/14/16.

With all the financial cutbacks, we are seeing more and more of our Service Members and Families struggling to make ends meet. Now more than ever we are really relying on volunteers and your kind donations. The Christmas Assistance Program is designed to be a supplemental program for Service Members that are struggling financially (due to unemployment, underemployment, illness, wounded or a single parent, etc.) and are not able to provide for their children. Those in need may be deployed, have recently returned from overseas, are classified as a wounded warrior or are a traditional National Guardsman.

You can deliver your donations (UNWRAPPED PLEASE) to my office (Atlanta Communities, 3405 Dallas Hwy #720, Marietta, GA 30064 – Attention Melissa Krudwig) in Marietta;  to BounceU, 1634 Cobb International Blvd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152; Aqua-Tots, 2655 Cobb Pkwy NW Suite 102, Kennesaw, GA 30152; or contact me to coordinate another option at 770-310-3269 (M) or Melissa@ThinkMelissa.com.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to help our Men and Woman who selflessly serve our county.

All the Best, Melissa, Angie, Kristie, and Kim

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Winter Wonderland, Holiday Express and More

aidensiceskatephotoFRI NOV 18 – WINTER WONDERLAND RETURNS TO MARIETTA – First day to ice skate on the Square in Marietta. Winter Wonderland. The merchants on the square will host their Holiday Open House and Candlelight Shopping. Open House will be held from 6-9.  For more information for ice skating hours and the Santa hours on the Square and online bookings for Santa, please visit the Winter Wonderland website www. winterwonderlandmarietta.com

bravoFRI-SUN NOV 18-20 – HOLIDAY EXPRESS: A NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE – Bravo Dance Center invites you to come aboard as their train journeys north from the Blue Ridge Mountains to New York City to deliver the Christmas Tree to Rockefeller Center. Four shows will be held at the Strand (on the Square, Marietta): Friday Nov 18 at 8pm, Saturday Nov 19 at 3pm and 7pm, Sunday Nov 20 at 3pm. Tickets: $15 or $18 and are available at www.Tututix.com/bravodancecenterga.com

SAT NOV 19 – ACWORTH’S TURKEY CHASE – Enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Begins at 9am. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit  www.acworthturkeychase.com.

TUE NOV 29 – KENNESAW TREE LIGHTING –  Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the pedestrian underpass plaza directly across from Revival on Main in downtown Kennesaw as they “flip the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free program begins at 6 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.