Mark Your Calendars – Events through Aug 24.

Now thru AUG 24 CATS presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater. The show that revolutionized musical theatre is opening Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Now that it has been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family and create a special ‘memory’ one more time. Tickets for CATS are priced from $22 – $57.  For reservations and information call (404) 377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

THURS AUG 14 – SAFEPATH’S GOOD EATIN’ GREAT CAUSE. 6-10 at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall. Attendees will enjoy culinary treats featuring signature appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks from the event’s restaurant participants. local celebrity chefs will serve as mentors in a team cook-off competition between Cobb County Police Department, Sherrif’s Office, Fire Department, and Marietta Fire Department. Tickets are $75. Please call 770-801-3469 about a discounted rate for Public Safety employees.

FRI AUG 15 MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30 pm Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Join the Museum for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free for MCMA Members and $10 for general admission. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org.

FRI. AUG 15 – SIP FOR THE TRIP – PAWSitive Supporters (who help Cobb County homeless and shelter animals) invites you to come  have fun, have a beer and plan on attending the Sip for the Trip – a beer tasting event hosted by Wise Owl Growlers and Top Dogs Pet Boutique.  This family friendly event includes beer, cider, snacks, music and fun.  The party is Friday, Aug 15 from 6-9 at Wise Owl Growlers, 2605 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw.  The suggested donation is $10.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Southern Journey Transport Program.  For more information call 678-723-5644.

FRI.SAT.SUN AUG22-24, AUG 29-31 NCG HOSTING FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Our Acworth NCG theater is hosting free films for the family on August 22, 23, 24 and August 29,30,31. The fun begins at 9:30 and the shows start at 10:00 am. Come see Mr. Peabody & Sherman or The Lego Movie. Tickets are available at the theater on the day of the show on a first come first serve basis. Visit www.ncgmovies.com/acworth/ for more information.

FRI/SAT AUG22/23 PIGS & PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL.Adams Park, Kennesaw. This free event will be held rain or shine. Dozens of vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbeque, beer and other festival foods; as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. The SCANA Energy stage, featuring area dance ensembles and other family entertainment, will be located in the festival’s Kid Zone, along with free and pay-to-play inflatables, interactive games and other child-friendly activities. Adams Park is located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For more information about the festival, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

SAT AUG 23 – HUMMINGBIRD BANDING – 8-11 Smith Gilbert Gardens. Visit smithgilbertgardens.com or call 770-919-0248 for complete details. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw.

SAT AUG 23 – RECYCLE DAY – hosted by Harrison High School Band. 9-5 in school parking lot. Visit www.federalrecyclers.com for a complete list of accepted items.

SAT AUG 23 ACWORTH CULTURAL ARTS EXPO 11-8 at Roberts Community Center. A fall showcase of Arts and Cultural opportunities. FREE mini-festival open to the public.

SAT/SUN AUG23/24 TASB CUT-A-THON FOR AUTISM. Clients will receive a professional hair care cut with a 50% discount while helping to raise funds and awareness for autism. Nelda Ayers and her staff at Heads Up Hair Salon on Cherokee St, Kennesaw, are active participants of the TASB Cut – A Thon. Need a hair cut? It’s half price starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014.