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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.

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

 

JOB FAIR SATURDAY, SEPT 17 ~ KENNESAW

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Come meet our Employment Team during our Job Fair at the Holiday Inn Express, 2485 George Busbee PKWY, Kennesaw this Saturday, September 17, 2016, in the Oak Conference room from 8:30 to 2:30!

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NCG Marietta Hosts Free Family Film Festival

ffff2015v2Looking for something fun and free to do with your children? NCG Cinemas in Marietta is hosting their annual FREE Family Film Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings during August through September 13th! Doors open at 9am and shows begin at 9:30am. Tickets available the day of the movie showing at the theatre on a first come, first serve basis. NCG Marietta Cinemas is located at 1050 Powder Springs St. Marietta, GA 30064.  For Showtimes 678-303-4845. For office Office 678-303-4844.
Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who!  – August 14, 15, 16
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – August 21, 22, 23
Space Jam – August 28, 29, 30
Dolphin Tale 2 – Sept. 4, 5, 6
Yogi Bear – Sept. 11, 12, 13

NCG Acworth Hosts Free Family Film Festival

ffff2015v2Looking for something fun and free to do with your children? NCG Cinema in Acworth is hosting their annual FREE Family Film Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings during August through September 13th! Doors open at 9am and shows begin at 9:30am. Tickets available the day of the movie showing at the theatre on a first come, first serve basis. NCG Cinema is located at 4421 Cinema Dr, Acworth, GA 30101.

Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who!  – August 14, 15, 16

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – August 21, 22, 23

Space Jam – August 28, 29, 30

Dolphin Tale 2 – Sept. 4, 5, 6

Yogi Bear – Sept. 11, 12, 13

News Updates for Cobb and Surrounding Areas

carolcropWe love to share the latest positive news and events for our community and we invite you to submit your news. All About Cobb and More provides short updates on individual upcoming events that may be of interest to our readers in Cobb County and also Bartow and Cherokee Counties.

The Bright Side Community Newspapers have served Cobb County since 1992, with over 90% of its articles submitted by our readers. You are welcome to submit an event to us by filling out the form on our Contact Page.

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Attention – Runners, Walkers – Lovers of 5K Races

runnerOur community has been blessed with a bushel of 5K races.  Knowing how popular these are we have gathered together all of the ones that we are aware of and are listing below.  We even have an evening race listed. If you have a race happening in Acworth, Kennesaw or Marietta — send it to us through our Contact Page on this site.  Have fun and remember to stretch.

SAT MAY 2 – MAVERICK 5K – The McClure Middle School Foundation is excited to announce our 1st annual Maverick 5K! Enjoy an exhilarating, chip timed, 5K run or 1 mile walk through the track & trails of Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS). Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Online registration – visit www.runsignup.com/race/ga/kennesaw/maverick5k. Running events start at 9am.

SAT MAY 2 – POKER RUN – Please join us for our first ever Poker Run, which is being held to help combat PTSD by raising funds for Service Dogs for Warriors. Registration starts at 8 AM to 10 AM at North Star Church at 3413 Blue Springs Rd., Kennesaw. Entry fee is $25 per bike and $10 for a passenger. Questions or Concerns please contact Steve Gantt at combatPTSD@post304.org.  Rain date is May 9. If interested in participating in the ride, visit www.post304.org to download your application. If you would like to sponsor a mile or make a donation you may mail your check to American Legion Post 304, PO Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015

SAT MAY 9 – SWIFT CANTRELL 5K – Join us for the 6th annual Swift Cantrell Classic at 8:00am. The one mile race will begin at 7:30am and starts at Kennesaw First Baptist Church. The 5k will begin at 8am.  Register online at www.SwiftCantrellClassic.com or in person at Big Peach Running Company.  Call (770) 429-9733 for more information.

SAT MAY 9 – DURHAM DERBY 5K – The Durham Middle School Foundation is excited to announce their 2nd annual Durham Derby 5K. The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 7:45 am. The 5K Run will begin at 8:00 am. Online registration – at www.active.com. Park at the school. Make sure to wear your running gear and bring a water bottle. Guaranteed T-shirts if you are registered by 04/24/2015.

SAT MAY 9 – LIGHT THE WAY 5K – The Kiwanis Club of Marietta is hosting the 5k race (a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier) at Marietta High School. Race day registration is at 6pm with the 5k race beginning at 8pm. For more information or to register visit www.LighttheWay5K.com

SAT MAY 23 – VETERANS MEMORIAL 5K – The American Legion – Post 29, Marietta will be sponsoring this 5k to honor our heroes past, present, fallen. Register online at www.Active.com.  Race is at the Marietta Square. Start time is 7:30am.

SAT MAY 30 – SWEET TEA 5K – West Cobb Church is hosting the Sweet Tea 5K at 8:00am, which will occur on the beautiful 149 acre Still Family Farm, 5630 Macland Rd., Powder Springs, GA 30127. ALL proceeds will benefit local and international missions. The entire race will be off-pavement, and wind through farmland and beautiful woods. Registration is $25 through May 28 and $30 thereafter. Register online at www.sweettea5k.com.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATIONS

Celebration Martin Luther King, Jr.Both the Cities Acworth and Kennesaw, and Cobb County have celebrations planned to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The details are listed below.

CITY OF KENNESAW CELEBRATION – SUNDAY JANUARY 18

The City of Kennesaw celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a community event Sunday January 18, 2015, 5pm at Kennesaw Mountain High School on Kennesaw Due West Rd.  Kennesaw, Georgia 30152.
The 5th Annual Celebration will focus on youth and will feature interpretive dance, youth essayists, a community choir, city officials and more.  As done in prior years of the celebration, local youth will receive the Trailblazer Award.  
Named for the man we honor as a trailblazer for racial equality and unity among all men through non-violent means, these cash awards are given to high school seniors who will matriculate into college for the fall semester.  
For more information please email mlkjrdaycelebrate@tbkministries.org or call Thankful Baptist Church of Kennesaw at 678).797.0611  This event is Sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and local area churches.

Acworth’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration

The Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department will be hosting the 3rd annual MLK Day Celebration and 5th Annual Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at the Acworth City Hall.  One of this year’s presenters was a participant in the 1968 Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, TN and we are honored to have her with us! Immediately following the ceremony, the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program will be hosting their Annual Day of Service.  They will be working on a service project in the Acworth community.  Come and join us!  All volunteers are welcome! For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call 770-917-1234.

Cobb County Celebration at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

Honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special celebration Monday, Jan. 19, at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. This year’s theme is “50 Years Later: Believe It, Achieve It” and the celebration begins at 10 a.m.
The community event is free and open to the public and will include the annual presentation of the “Living the Dream” award to a community member who demonstrates the ideals King exemplified. This celebration is sponsored by the Cobb County Branch NAACP and Cobb County Government. Anderson Theatre is located inside the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. For more information, call the Cobb NAACP office at 770-425-5757.

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.