Sing Along with Mamma Mia!

Mamma MiaThe Strand – on the Square – invites you to Sing Along with Mamma Mia on Saturday, Feb 6 starting at 8:00 pm. Sing along to your favorite ABBA songs with a theatre full of your friends at Mamma Mia! Set on the colorful Greek island of Kalokairi, the plot serves as a lively background for a wealth of ABBA songs, and we’ll even put the lyrics on the screen for you! A young woman soon to be married discovers that any one of three men (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth) could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep). Watch the drama ensue in this feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.

Organ pre-show will start a half hour before showtime.  Tickets available at the box office or by calling 770-293-0080.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors.

LITTLE MISS COBB PAGEANT- Feb 6

Little Miss Cobb 2015There is still time to register for this year’s Little Miss Cobb County Pageant.

Young ladies ages 2 years through 18 years are invited to participate in the 25th anniversary Little Miss Cobb County Pageant set for the Marietta Campus, Kennesaw State University,  Joe Mack Wilson Theatre, Marietta, starting at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6th. Six beauty titles will be awarded that day.

The pageant is managed and conducted to support the Miss Cobb County Pageant, a preliminary for Miss Georgia in the Miss America system.  Emcees for the day will be Brooke Doss,  Miss Cobb County 2016, and Carley Vogel, Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen 2016.

The new Cobb representatives will be goodwill ambassadors and ride in several area parades including the Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival  in April and the Marietta Fourth of July.  A host of prizes include a tiara, banner, trophy, flowers, teddy bear and crown pin. Also the winners will be guests at the North Georgia State Fair and the Miss Cobb County Pageant. A photogenic session and modeling training also await the title holders. More details at www.misscobb.com.

Further information and an application are available by contacting Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378, or email at misscobbcounty@yahoo.com

PARADOCS: Rockin’ for 20 Years


Paradocs Rockin for 20 YearsIs there a hole in your concert schedule that is just begging for some classic rock mixed in with some Motown, country, and a few surprises? Are you missing some doc rock in your life? This Friday, January 29th, you’re in luck. The PARADOCS, founded by Dr. Larry Clements and Dr. Joe Havlik, is comprised of healthcare professionals from the metro Atlanta area who have a passion for music. During the past sixteen years, members have come and gone but the mission of the band has stayed the same – have fun, play great music and make a positive difference.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. General Admission. The CONCERT starts at 8:00 pm. For more information or tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. Box Office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-1PM on Saturdays. The Box Office opens two hours before showtime.

“All Shook Up” at Jennie T. Anderson

All Shook Up at Jennie T AndersonThe Jennie T. Anderson Theater will be Rockin’ and a Rollin’ when it presents “All Shook Up” performed by The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) from Pebblebrook High School. Pebblebrook students in ComPAny will dance and sing their way through ALL SHOOK UP. Performances will be held January 28-30, 2016 – 8PM and on Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 3PM

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” ALL SHOOK UP is written by Tony Award winner, Joe DiPietro.

All tickets are $20 and available at www.ticketmaster.com. Parking is FREE.  Call 770-528-8490 for more information..  The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre is located at 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060.

Free Book, CD & DVD Swap Returns on January 9

Book CD DVD SwapKennesaw Parks & Recreation’s annual Book, CD, and DVD Swap returns on Saturday, January 9 to the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.

Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 7-8 from noon to 8 pm and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday from 8-11 am.

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.

For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Jennie T. Anderson Concert – Jan. 16

youvegotafriendSAT. JAN 16.  JENNIE T. ANDERSON THEATRE 8:00 PM presents YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, a genuinely moving, nostalgic concert performance –  the music and legacy of Carole King and James Taylor. Performers, Kristi Manna and Jonathan Birchfield, take audiences back in time with favorites like “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and of course, the incomparable, “You’ve Got a Friend.”  More information and Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1PKwgjU.

Holiday Festivities – Dec. 10-19

Holiday Festivities: Theater, Symphony, Arts and Crafts Show, Nativity Scenes, Santa, and more are jam packed into the next nine days.

Christmas Carol CastTHU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thursdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at www.theatreinthesquare.co. 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air.  Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SANTASAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.  Thank you Johnny Walker Photography.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit www.mynertamid.org or e-mail info@mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw

THU-SAT DEC 17-19 – NATIVITY ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE – Stroll through the Historic Marietta Square and listen to the sounds of the season celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  Performances by local church choirs, musicians and puppetry arts.  Sponsored by Citizens for Christian Christmas Celebration on the Marietta Square.  Please join us for free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and on the 19th the festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  

FRI DEC 18 & SAT DEC 19 “5th Annual LIVE NATIVITY CELEBRATION” 6-9P – St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church’s Gift to the Community.  Come see and hear the story of the Nativity – LIVE animals, including a CAMEL!!! FREE parking and admission. Outdoor presentation every 30 min. Complimentary Musical Entertainment & Refreshments. For more info, go to www.stteresasacworth.com or call 770-590-9040.  5725 Fords Rd, Acworth, GA.

homeforholidays2012FRI-SUN DEC 18-20 – 10TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. Tickets: $15, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm. For more info and tickets call 770-528-8490

FRI-SAT DEC 18 -19 – AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS – presented by Marietta First United Methodist’s Jubilation Drama Ministry. Full orchestra and professional dancers. For tickets, call the church office at 770-429-7800. For more information, email Bryanblack@mariettafumc.org

Zach Seabaugh in The Semi-Finals for the Voice

Zach Seabaugh, The VoiceWe are so excited that Zachary Taylor Seabaugh, Marietta, GA is competing on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 in the Semi-Finals for The Voice.  Nine singers will be competing, five will go home on Tuesday night.  Let’s all make sure that Zach reaches the finals after his long journey that began at open auditions, in Atlanta last February.

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It is important that everyone vote for Zach in order to keep him in the competition.  It is even more important that we purchase his song of the evening from iTunes ($1.29) as each purchase multiplies his votes by ten, if his song makes it in the top 10 of the 200 chart.  There are four ways to vote:  Download the Voice App into a smart phone and vote 10 times.  Vote online at NBC.COM and vote 10 times. Vote on www.facebook.com/NBCTHEVOICE and vote 10 times. Purchase his song of the evening on iTunes.  If the song makes it to top 10 on the top 200 chart, his votes get multiplied by 10.  Only one download per Eligible Song is counted.  You can use all four ways if you have a separate email from your Facebook account.

You and your family are invited to join us as we support ZACH SEABAUGH on THE VOICE, MONDAY NIGHT, DEC. 7.  Two viewing sites are available – one in the theater at KMHS and the other at The Strand on the Square.  Zach has performed on the stage at both of these sites many times.   The VIEWING PARTIES starting at 7:00 pm.  Come mingle and network. The show will be broadcast on the large movie screens at each location – it starts at 8:00 pm. Please come out and join us for the fun!!!  Let’s put a Cobb County native in the top four!!!!  EVERYONE IS INVITED AND THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE.

If you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for his videos on YouTube.com – search for Zach Seabaugh.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music.

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Holiday Festivities Abound in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Polar_Express_Adventure_2013_126_-_Version_2The next two weeks in Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta are with jammed packed with fun filled activities, music and celebrations, from the Lighting of Menorahs, to Nativity Scenes, to a visit with Santa –

THU-SUN DEC 3-6 – LIGHTS AT WEST RIDGE – A free Christmas Light Experience weekends during December. December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 from 6pm-10pm. Visit www.westridge.com/lights for more information. West Ridge Church, 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas.

FRI DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Kennesaw Memorial Park, 1306 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, invite you to their Holiday Candlelight Service – a fitting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season, beginning at 7pm. For more information, call 770-428-0502

FRI DEC 4 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN ACWORTH –  Depot in downtown Acworth. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be a host of live performances until 9:00 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

FRI DEC 4 – PADDY’S PUB 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Join in the fun celebrating six years of Paddy’s Pub and Eatery! Giveaways, specials and live music! 2196 Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw. www.paddyspubandeatery.com

FRI DEC 4 – WHITE CHRISTMAS AND SMALL WORKS – dk Gallery’s December show will be a show featuring white works of art by all dk Gallery artists and small works will don dk’s white Christmas trees for the holiday season. Opening night December 4 from 6-9pm. Show ends December 26th. Visit www.dkgallery.us for more information.

FRI-SUN DEC 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 – A CHRISTMAS TRADITION MUSIC REVUE – The Strand hosts this fun holiday tradition weekends in December. mes the return of its third annual winter music revue, the highly successful A Christmas Tradition! A Christmas Tradition is a non-stop song and dance revue featuring classic Christmas tunes, as well as childhood favorites and contemporary gems. When the whole family is together for the holidays and looking for some Christmas cheer, A Christmas Tradition is the show to see!  It is family friendly and guaranteed to fill even the grumpiest Scrooge with the holiday spirit.Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-20. Tickets are $25. Purchase online www.EarlSmithStrand.org or through the box office 770-293-0080.

FRI-SUN DEC 4-6 – DRIVE THROUGH NATIVITY – Lithia Springs United Methodist Church invites our community to  a holiday tradition that will put you in the true spirit of Christmas. Drive through 11 Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Christ from the annunciation to the nativity 7 to 9pm at Lithia Springs United Methodist Church at 3722 Temple St. Lithia Springs. For more information call 770-948-5429.

SAT DEC 5 – KENNESAW SANTA PARADE & FESTIVITIES – The annual parade will begin at noon and fun will continue with festivities near the Depot until 6pm. Event organizers are accepting entries for the parade at www.adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. Participation is free. For more information, visit www.adaywithsanta.com, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 5 – POLAR EXPRESS AT THE SOUTHERN MUSEUM – Bring the whole family to enjoy popcorn and the movie The Polar Express as well as a fun, interactive winter themed train layout at the Museum! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show in the Museum’s theater (showings: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm). Movie is free with paid admission to the museum.  Visit www.southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 for more information.

SAT DEC 5 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Due West UMC will host Breakfast with Santa with two seatings 8:30 and 10:30 am. Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Calvary Children’s Home. To purchase tickets, visit www.santaatduewest.com

SAT-SUN DEC 5-6 – MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE HOME TOUR – Tour features six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season.  Along the route, many of Marietta’s historic public buildings are decorated and open for touring. For more information on tour times and to purchase tickets, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115,or visit www.marietttapilgrimage.com.

SUN-MON DEC 6-7 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – Marietta First Baptist Church invites the public to attend their annual Carols By Candlelight at 7:00 pm both evenings.  The program is free to the public.  The church is located at 148 Church St., Marietta, GA

SUN DEC 6 – LIGHT THE NIGHT TREE LIGHTING – WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season with festive children’s activities, musical holiday performances, hors d’oeuvres and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 4:30 and will be on hand for a photo with you and your family from 4-6 p.m. Free admission and parking. Blue Parking Deck – Top Level, 677 Church Street, Marietta 30060. Visit www.wellstar.org/LightTheNight for more information or call 470-644-0300.

TUE DEC 8 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – The city of Acworth invites all to the 4th annual ceremony at 6pm. Corner of Cowan Rd and Main Street. For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrec.org.

THU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thurdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at www.theatreinthesquare.co. 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit www.mynertamid.org or e-mail info@mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw.

Zach Seabaugh Needs Your Votes!

Zach Seabaugh on The Voice

We need your votes for Zach Seabaugh and  The Voice app is the simplest way to vote. If you haven’t done so, download The Voice app to your smart phone and vote vote vote to keep Zach on the Show.  Tonight,  Monday, November 16, 2015 – tune into NBC’s The Voice at 8:00 pm.  We want this talented young man to take it to the top!

If you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for his videos on YouTube.com – search for Zach Seabaugh.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music.