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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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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.

What’s on the Calendar through Nov 12

Our community is celebrating our vets in the coming week along with many other things.  Take time out to thank a veteran or active military serving for taking care of us.patriotspoint2

MON NOV 7 – MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON 11:00 – 1:00 Radisson Hotel, Marietta.  Guest Speaker Donna C Rowe, US Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969. To make a reservation visit www.mariettabusiness.biz

TUE NOV 8 – ELECTION DAY – Get Out and Vote! It is your civic duty! Visit www.cobbelections.org to find your voting precinct if you live in Cobb.

TUE NOV 8 – KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON 11:00 – 1:00 KSU Community Center. Come meet the Braves manager: Brian Snitker.  To make a reservation visit www.kennesawbusiness.org.

WED NOV 9 – BLOOD DRIVE – McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs, is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in Oaks Hall. To schedule an appointment, www.redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code mmumc, or call 1-800-Red-Cross. For more information, contact Nancy Folds at (770) 943-3008, x5002 or nfolds@mceachernumc.org.

WED NOV 9 – GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on “Let the Holiday Season Begin! Ideas for holiday decor”. This meeting is also our annual bake sale so come prepared to purchase delicious edibles. The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs meeting will be held at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

FRI NOV 11 – VETERANS DAY PARADE – The City of Marietta and the Kiwanis Club of Marietta’s will host the 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade at 11am on the Marietta Square. Grand Marshall for the 2016 Veterans Day Parade is Captain Ed Gallrein, United States Navy SEAL (retired).

FRI NOV 11 VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and American Legion Post 304.  Lunch is complimentary to all veterans and active military personnel.  The event will be held from noon – 2 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw.

FRI NOV 11 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY sponsored by the City of Acworth.  Join us on Friday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial to honor our nation’s veterans.  This year’s keynote speaker is State Representative Ed Setzler, Mr. Setzler served on active duty for nine years as an officer in the US Army.

FRI NOV 11 MARTINIS AND MUSIC – Marietta Cobb Museum of Art 5:30-8:30 pm. Entertainment by Boozer McClure & Friends. Light Hors D’oeuvres & Cash Bar Free to members; $10 for non-members Contact Sally Macaulay at smacaulaymcma@bellsouth.net for more information!

SAT NOV 12 – WOMAN’S HEART LUNCHEON – Kennesaw First Baptist Church Women’s Ministry presents the 15th annual “Woman’s Heart Luncheon” at 1:00 pm.  Yvonne Conte, a Christian comedienne, will be the guest speaker.  You can check her out at www.yvonneconte.com.  Tickets are $10 and include admission and meal.  For tickets or more information contact Debbie Rivera at 770-427-3109 or drivera@kfbc.org.

SAT NOV 12 – HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Friends in Faith Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9:00-3:00 at Kennesaw United Methodist Church in our Christian Activity Center. Start your holiday shopping here! If you are an individual or direct sales vendor who would like to participate, we are still accepting applications. Please contact Lynnewatts@comcast.net for an application.

SAT NOV 12 – ELECTRONICS & PAINT RECYCLING – Hosted by Harrison High School Bands in the upper parking lot of Harrison High School from 9am-5pm. There is a $10.00 requested donation per car load. 100% of the donation goes to the HHS Bands program. There is a $20.00 processing fee for 1 TV/monitor and $15.00 each for 2 or more. A portion of this amount goes to HHS Bands as well. We are now offering large item pick-ups for an additional donation fee. Contact us at harrisonrecycling@gmail.com to get details or schedule a pick-up.

SAT NOV 12 – CHEROKEE HEIGHTS ARTS FESTIVAL – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Etowah Drive between Freyer and Seminole Drives in Marietta. There is no admission charge and all parking is free. Enjoy a wide variety of local arts and crafts, entertainment and children’s art-play booths.

SAT NOV 12 – INDOOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR – 10am-4pm; Cartersville Civic Center 435 W. Main St.  Over 70 vendors with handcrafted items. Food and drink available for purchase.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping & have some lunch.  Free admission and parking. Sponsored by Friends of Bartow County Library.

SAT NOV 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Join us as we plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery at 8:30am. The parking/sign-in address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. In case of bad weather please call 770-424-4664 for weather updates and rain date.

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Taste of Acworth – October 15 10-6

tasteacworthSuperior Plumbing LogoThe Superior Plumbing Taste of Acworth will take place in the Historic District on Main Street, Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth sponsor this coveted event every year that benefits numerous local schools and charities in our community.  Approximately 20,000 visitors tasted their way through this collection of delicacies last year and it is expected to evolve tremendously this year.

jdbbqThe festivities will showcase 150 booths from local restaurants and businesses that demonstrate what they do best.  There will be a local entertainment stage, complete with a dog show which begins at 3:30 pm,, children’s activities, lots of food, and more!

Don’t miss the Taste of Acworth, Carrabbas Culinary Competition where teams of three or four students, representing North Paulding High School, North Cobb High School and Kell High School will be competing for cash prizes.  Judging will take place at 12:40pm and all prize money will be awarded immediately following. There is a total of $2000 in prize money.

williamsonbrosRestaurants include Henry’s Louisiana Grill (Yeah baby!), Dogwood Terrace, Fusco’s, Copelands, Roy’s Royal Dogs, Pita Mediterranean Street Food, Huey Luey’s, Williamson Brothers BBQ, Rico’s Mex Mex Grill, Taste of Jamaica,
Texas Roadhouse and many more.

Admission is FREE!  An array of diverse restaurants will be offering food samples from $1:00 to $4.00 to satisfy every palate.  Parking will be available throughout town, at McCall Primary School, Acworth Methodist Church, and Acworth First Baptist Church.  Come hungry, bring the kids, bring the pooch, and join in the fun!

Come listen to our students from our local dance studios and surrounding schools as they entertain us with dance and music plus the Shreeps and Ollie Duo on the Depot Stage.

greatgigOn the Main Stage in front of the post office: 11:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. – Great Gig Dance; 12:00 P.M.-12:45 P.M.-Impact Dance; 12:45 P.M-1:30 P.M.-Great Gig Dance 1:30 P.M-2:15 P.M.-Barber MS Chorus – 2:15 P.M.-3:00 P.M. -Durham Orchestra; 3:00 P.M.-3:45 P.M.-NCHS Orchestra; 3:45 P.M.-4:30 P.M. Allatoona Fiddlers (ps – catch a clip of Allatoona Fiddlers on twitter at:https://twitter.com/toonaprincipal.  Scroll down)

At the Depot Stage: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.- Shreeps; 12:30 P.M.-3:00 P.M.- Ollie Duo    3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.- Awards Presentation
3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M. – Dog Show

And always fun children’s activities with Fun Fare’s inflatables in the Kids Zone:  The Quad (bungee jump) is always popular with the kids.carsonbunjee

 

Family Fun Events – Oct 6-10

chalktoberfestSAT-SUN OCT 8-9 CHALKTOBERFEST – on the Square in Marietta.  Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art  presents its annual Chalktoberfest that takes place around the Marietta Square and down Atlanta Street to the museum. This year, the Chalktoberfest theme is “Old Masters” and will feature over 80 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the US, Mexico and Canada. Artists will draw in front of spectators during both dates from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to MCMA is free for the duration of the festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th, Chalktoberfest includes their annual Craft Beer Festival in conjunction with the Chalk Festival.  This Craft Beer Festival allows visitors to walk around and enjoy the Chalk Art while drinking samples. Chalktoberfest will feature an after hours concert in the Park with live music by A1A the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band starting at 6:00pm.  Check the Chalktoberfest Website for the purchase of concert tables.
On Sunday, Oct. 9th, Chalktoberfest will bring in their Creative Kids craft-making section 1:00pm – 5:00pm, geared toward children of all ages – and host their non-professional Chalk Competition with Youth, Teen, School, and Adult Divisions.  Competition starts at 10:00am.  Winners announced at 3:00pm.  The Professional Chalk area will be available to view until 8:00pm Sunday night.

THU-SUN OCT 6-16 – “HAMLET” – at Theatre in the Square, Marietta. The show, directed by Emil Thomas, is set in a contemporary world.‘I am excited to be bringing a contemporary version of Hamlet to Marietta,’ says Thomas. ‘I think it will put a new twist on the play and really entertain’. Tickets are available at www.theatreinthesquare.net The theater is located at 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064. Phone: (770) 422-8369.

FRI OCT 7 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK – Enjoy the fall season with colorful works of art at the square. This is a self guided tour from 5-9pm. Visit the art galleries, museums, boutiques and restaurants!

FRI-SAT OCT 7-8 – ALLATOONA BOOK FESTIVAL – Award-winning author Janisse Ray will keynote the Allatoona Book Festival at the Roberts Community Center in Acworth which will include speakers, panels and workshops featuring area authors specializing in a variety of genres. Saturday includes a full day of workshops, panels and speakers starting at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast hosted by Acworth Tourism. The event is sponsored by the Acworth Cultural Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

img_2924FRI-SUN OCT 7-9 – “ON THE RADIO” PERFORMANCE – Presented by CCEPA (Pebblebrook’s ComPA). Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Show times: Fri. and Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 3:30pm. Join us for a high-energy, non-stop hour of fun recalling the great hits of the past featuring the 24 talented singers, dancers, and actors of CCCEPA’s premier musical theatre troupe, ComPAny 2017. In addition to a whole section of jazz standards, this year’s show features many of your favorite pop songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Tickets are $10.00 and available online at http://cccepa.tix.com only and cannot be purchased by calling the Anderson Theatre box office.

SAT OCT 8 – TIM CRUNK MEMORIAL 5K – The event starts at 8AM with a 1 Mile Fun Run for Kids beginning at 9AM. Registration begins at 7AM.  The course is spread out around Cedarcrest Church and includes running through neighborhoods bordering Lake Allatoona. Parking at Cedarcrest Church, 4600 Cobb Parkway, Acworth. Register online at www.cdedarcrestchurch.com/tim-crunk. Funds raised are used to provide schools and educators with the training, supplies, and support they need to create a successful environment for hundreds of students around Haiti.

SAT OCT 8 – SHREDDING DAY – City of Marietta and Keep Marietta Beautiful invite you to participate in their Shred Documents Saturday.  The event will be from 9:00 am till Noon at 591 N. Marietta Pkwy, just east of Fairground on the N. Loop.  For more information contact KMB at 770-794-5606.

SAT OCT 8 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS DAY – Calling for volunteers of all ages to come out and assist as we maintain Hill Park. Hill Park is a pretty little pocket park that was transformed from a once vacant lot just a few blocks off the northeast corner of Historic Marietta Square. Please arrive by 8:30am. For more info, please call 770-424-4664.

SAT OCT 8 – NCHS ORCHESTRA YARD SALE – 8:00 am-2:00 pm – North Cobb HS Cafeteria. Come out and support the North Cobb Orchestra. All proceeds from this event will help offset the cost of the Chamber Orchestra’s invitation to the Music for All Orchestra America Festival in Indianapolis, in March

SAT-SUN OCT 8-9 CHALKTOBERFEST – on the Square in Marietta.  Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art  presents its annual Chalktoberfest that takes place around the Marietta Square and down Atlanta Street to the museum. This year, the Chalktoberfest theme is “Old Masters” and will feature over 80 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the US, Mexico and Canada. Artists will draw in front of spectators during both dates from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to MCMA is free for the duration of the festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th, Chalktoberfest includes their annual Craft Beer Festival in conjunction with the Chalk Festival.  This Craft Beer Festival allows visitors to walk around and enjoy the Chalk Art while drinking samples. Chalktoberfest will feature an after hours concert in the Park with live music by A1A the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band starting at 6:00pm.  Check the Chalktoberfest Website for the purchase of concert tables.
On Sunday, Oct. 9th, Chalktoberfest will bring in their Creative Kids craft-making section 1:00pm – 5:00pm, geared toward children of all ages – and host their non-professional Chalk Competition with Youth, Teen, School, and Adult Divisions.  Competition starts at 10:00am.  Winners announced at 3:00pm.  The Professional Chalk area will be available to view until 8:00pm Sunday night.

SAT-SUN OCT 8-9 – GEORGIA BALLET’S “PETER PAN” – The Georgia Ballet brings it season opener “Peter Pan” to the J. Alton Keith Theatre, 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. To purchase tickets visit www.georgiaballet.org or call 770-528-0881.

Celebrate the 4th on Marietta Square

fireworks2Grab your American flag, put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate America’s independence July 4, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square presented by Superior Plumbing, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and the City of Marietta fireworks finale. Throughout the day, more than 80,000 people are expected to celebrate on the Square with great food, fun activities, the best arts and crafts around and free entertainment from Zach Seabaugh, a hometown boy who was a finalist on the hit television show The Voice. His popularity continues to flourish as he begins performing to growing audiences on bigger stages. Opening for Seabaugh is Presley Sullivan, a featured artist on 94.9 The Bull’s Backyard Country. Concerts are presented by 94.9 The Bull.

Parade
The Marietta Independence Day parade is scheduled to include more than 115 entries with more than 40 floats and approximately 2,000 participants. Entries include marching units from the City of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

Crafts, food and carnival
Visit the Arts and crafts show with nearly 100 unique handcrafted vendors: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Enjoy lunch or dinner, or just snacking at the Food concessions: Anything to please the palate from ice products to cool you down to corndogs and BBQ to satisfy your appetite. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Great place to bring the kids! Kid’s Zone – huge interactive kids play area: 10 a.m.-dark; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park

  • Entertainment schedule on the Stage in Glover Park
    12 noon – Scott Thompson
    2:00 – Bell ringing ceremony
    2:15 – Float Award Ceremony
    2:30 – 3:30 Atlanta Concert Band
    7- 8:00 – Presley Sullivan
    8-9:30 – 94.9 The Bull presents Zach Seabaugh
    9:30ish – Fireworks

Superior Plumbing LogoThe City of Marietta Fireworks
The City of Marietta fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot. If bad weather is expected, the fireworks may begin a few minutes early, to ensure the entire display is completed. If you want to watch the fireworks, make sure you get there early to grab a spot because traffic is expected to be heavy.

Concert Tables: Concert tables are available for purchase in 8-tops and 6-tops for $100 and $80 respectively. Tables can be claimed beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth and you can purchase one by calling 770.423.1330., or email Peter Jezerinac at pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com.

For more information contact the City of Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities at (770) 794-5601 or Peter Jezerinac at 770-423-1330; pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com or www.mariettaga.gov.  Sponsored by Superior Plumbing.  #ThinkMariettaSquare

Zach Seabaugh in Concert – July 4th

Zach JacketHEADS UP Zachary Taylor Seabaugh Fans. Zach’s next local concert will be 4th of July on the Marietta Square. Bring your family, friends, in-laws and out-laws and let’s give our own Country Star a warm welcome to his home town. Madison Park takes the stage at 7:00 PM and Zach Seabaugh and his band takes the stage at 8:00 pm. Fireworks about 9:30ish. This concert is free to the public and is sponsored by 94.9 The Bull. Thanks guys.

Seabaugh has been busy since his appearance on Season 9 of the hit NBC show The VOICE co-writing with Emmy winning song writer Bruce Burch and others to put together this EP of original music. He played the songs for the first time to a packed house at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA and received great reviews. The EP was produced by Paul Schoen of County Q Studios in Nashville in conjunction with Open Roads Highway Entertainment. Check out Zach’s music on iTunes.  Great songs.

Marietta’s Zach Seabaugh is fast becoming a star, known for his classic country voice, exciting stage performance and handsome charm. At 16, his talent landed him a spot on Blake Shelton’s team during Season 9 of the hit NBC television show, “The VOICE.” Seabaugh was a standout fan favorite and he finished in the top 5 out of 50,000 contestants. The show exposed him to millions of fans all over the world and his concerts have been drawing sold-out crowds ever since.  So now is your chance to see Zach in concert – on the Square, Marietta – celebrating the Fourth of July!  #ThinkMariettaSquare.  www.zachseabaugh.com

A Whirlwind of Activities this Weekend!

So much to chose from – where to start!

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL ~ MAY 6-7 2016

smokeThe Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 6, from 6:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 7, 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.

fireworks1Superior Plumbing is presenting the event which kicks off with a free concert and fireworks in conjunction with the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth on Friday May 6, The Mustangs will delight everyone, playing your country favorites on the CobbEMC Concert Stage at 8:00 p.m., presented by Day’s Chevrolet. Fireworks will shoot high in to the sky following the concert, so bring the whole family for a night you won’t soon forget! Reserved tables that seat six can be purchased for $100. Teams will compete on Friday night to see who will be crowned the Lord of the Wings Champion. This is judged by patrons of the concert Friday night, so bring the whole family and make sure you are all hungry!

Visit the teams and taste all the BBQ you desire, as the Taster’s Choice award will also be decided by patrons of the event on Saturday morning at starting at 10:00 a.m.   Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Vote with your stomach early and often to crown the winner of a Primo Grill and the title of the 2016 People’s Choice Champion.

Activities for the kids will be in the Northwest Family YMCA Kids Zone and local entertainment fills the stage from 11:00 a.m., to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday with the awards given out at 4:00 p.m.

The Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Club of North Cobb as proceeds of the event go to the charities of the North Cobb Rotary Club, including the Acworth Special Needs Field, End Polio Now, Mountain Top Boys Home, The Men’s Extension, The Women’s Extension, MUST Ministries, Cobb Christmas, local Cobb schools and more.  For information visit www.smokeonthelake.org and follow us on facebook.

artteen1MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK
Marietta Square Art Walk continues Friday, May 6 from 5pm to 9pm. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing all the Arts.  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 at Red Door Art Gallery & Studios, dk Gallery, Marietta Square Artists Attic, and 2 Rules Fine Art.

Event-goers will enjoy live music throughout The Square, including at Hemingway’s Bar & Grill and Stockyard Burger & Bones.   Local, original photography, painting, sculpture and more will be on display along the sidewalks throughout town.  For more information visit visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY FOR AUTISM

autismtrainwill be held Saturday May 7. – The Southern Museum will host a National Train Day for Autism! The Museum will have several types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs to tinker and play with, including wooden toy trains and remote controlled trains. There will also be in-depth circuitry workshops for those who want to learn to build their own train layouts at home. Other features include open-ended discovery stations with Legos, blocks, gears, ramps, and more! Additional questions can be directed to the Museum at 770-427-2117, or events@southernmuseum.org.

maydazeMay-retta Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 40th Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square will be held on May 7-8, 2016.
The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many Southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage.

The show setting is at Glover Park in the historic Marietta Square. The Square is the home of many antique and specialty stores, excellent restaurants and interesting things to do.
Admission to the festival is free. Saturday’s hours are 10-5, Sunday’s hours are 11-5. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601

LIGHT THE WAY 5K5k
The Kiwanis Club invites our community to participate in their Light the Way 5k on Sat. May 7 at 7:00 pm. Wear your glowing, flashing, sparkling, blinking running gear for this nighttime race!
Packet pickup and race-day registration begin near the track at Marietta High School at 6:00 p.m. This fun family event will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a parade of entrants for all the participating Marietta City Schools.  The Star Spangled Banner will be at 7:25 p.m. followed by a FREE Tot Trot at 7:30 for ages 4 & Under.
The 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on the Marietta High school track at 7:35 – the fee is $20. The Light the Way 5K will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is a Peachtree Qualifier – the fee is $25. Put on your glow gear and join in the fun!  There will be music and fun for the whole family!
Run, walk, or push a stroller in the 5K or 1-Mile and help the Kiwanis Club of Marietta raise funds to support literacy and “Light the Way” to Graduate Marietta! Register online at www.active.com. Marietta High School is located at 1171 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064

KENNESAW’S OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT – SAT MAY 7 –

insideoutCome Meet the Little Voice Inside Your Head.  The City of Kennesaw is excited to announce the return of its free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park with Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out (rated PG). Arrive at 6 pm for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways, and outdoor fun. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies, or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.

Many more events are listed on our Calendar Page.

Are you Triplets? Might Need to be this Weekend!

Sharing the many events in our community for April 29, 30 and May 2 — you have to be triplets to enjoy it all.

strawberriesFRIDAYS: ACWORTH FARMER’S MARKET – Every Friday morning starting April 8 and ending October 28. The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking Lot on the north end of Main Street. Market customers will have a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams to choose from each week. This year’s market will be bigger and better than previous years and shoppers won’t believe the selection of home grown goodies! The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking Lot on the north end of Main Street.

catchthewave1FRI APR 29 MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART: MARTINIS AND MUSIC -5:30-8:30. Celebrate the Catch The Wave exhibit of the Coca-Cola Company and Mason Fine Arts Exhibit – contemporary history through the eyes of Coca-Cola and enjoy the sounds of Douglas Cameron playing hits of the Big Band Era and swing.  Admission is $10; Members free.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Call 770-528-1444.

concertFRI APR 29 GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES 8:00 pm.  This season’s series kicks off with Still Swinging, Big Band music.  The event is free, however tables are available to rent. Table reservations are taken on a first come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. www.mariettaga.gov/concerts. Blankets and lawn chairs may be set up in the park. Personal tables and plastic ground coverings are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on the street after 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square.

SAT APR 30 – NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marietta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Marietta Police Department at 240 Lemon St Marietta, Ga 30060.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is also being hosted by the Kennesaw Police Department and Acworth Police Department at their respective stations.

SAT APR 30 – AGING BY DESIGN SUMMIT AND EXPO – 9am-2pm at Roswell Street Baptist Church. Featuring keynote speakers, Coach Vince and Barbara Dooley. Free health screening from 10am-2pm. Early registration at any Cobb County Senior Center is $5 until Friday April 22nd. After deadline is $10 per person.

SOLD OUT!! SAT APR 30 Georgia Symphony Orchestra 8:00 pm.  The final concert of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Season will be a presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Guest conductor Duilio Dobrin is the third and final candidate in the organization’s search for its new music director. The concert will be held at The Marietta Performing Arts Center located at 1171Whitlock Avenue, adjacent to Marietta High School in Marietta. Tickets are $20-$30. To reserve tickets, call, (770) 429-2390 or visit www.georgiasymphony.org.

SAT APR 30 – CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT –  The city of Acworth will host a Classic Car Cruise from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth.  The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises. The event is free to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise.  All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

SAT APR 30 – COMPLIMENTARY MOVIE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES – The Think Melissa Team is honored to help celebrate our current and past military families with a COMPLIMENTARY movie event, in honor of April being the Month of the Military Child. All military (active, veterans, National Guard and Reserves) families are welcome to attend. We are working with the Georgia National Guard Family Program and Silverton Mortgage, to host this event. Sign in begins a 9 AM, and the movies begin at 10 AM at NCG Cinemas in Acworth. Movie options: The Jungle Book, Ratchet & Clank, The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Please register by 4/26/16 at Admin@ThinkMelissa.com or 404-793-BEAR (2327).

brightside ad may 2016.inddMON MAY 2 – FARMER’S MARKET AND DINNER AT THE DEPOT – Back in Kennesaw for the season! Depot Park in downtown Kennesaw.  Farmers market: 3:30-7:30pm, Food trucks: 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy live music each week and other entertainment and surprises throughout the season. A good variety of rotating savory and dessert trucks.

Calendar postings for Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

soundsofpeace1Check out what is going on for the next seven days starting Sat Feb 27!

SAT FEB 27 SOUNDS OF PEACE 7:30 PM The Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus presents Sounds of Peace with Bryan Black, Music Director Enjoy this powerful serenade to peace as the 90+ voices of the GSO Chorus are featured in this inspirational celebration of choral masterpieces. The event will be held Saturday, February 27 at the Marietta First United Methodist Church. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.georgiasymphony.org.

SAT FEB 27 – DANCING WITH THE STARS OF MARIETTA – Local “celebrity” dancers will show off their best dance moves in this “fun”raiser. To purchase tickets, please visit the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s website at www.earlsmithstrand.org. Event begins at 7pm at the Strand Theatre. Fundraiser for Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre.

TUE MAR 1 – PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY – Registered Voters, Make Your Vote Count! Advanced voting begins Monday, Feb. 8th. Visit www.cobbelections.org or call 770-528-2581 for more information.

WED MAR 2 – NORTHWEST COBB CHAMBER SPECIAL PRESENTATION – 7:30-9:00am, Tracy Rathbone, Executive Director of the Town Center Area Community Improvement District will speak. Register online at www.cobbchamber.org. For questions about Area Councils, please contact Ashley Warner at awarner@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2346.

THU MAR 3 – SONS OF JUBAL CONCERT – Presented by Georgia Baptist Convention at Macland Baptist Church, 3732 Macland Road, Powder Springs beginning at 7pm. Open to the public.

FRI MAR 4 – ART SHOW AT dkGALLERY – We will celebrate the Kick-off of the 2016 Art Walk season with the continuance of The Romance of the Nude and Figure Art show from 5-9pm. For more information about the gallery and dk Gallery artists, please visit www.dkgallery.us.

FRI MAR 4 – FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK – Marietta Square from 5-9pm. Art Walk brings artists, businesses and community together, creating a unique and vibrant cultural event. Art Walk was created by the local merchants of Marietta Square.  For more information visit www.artwalkmarietta.com.