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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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Zach Seabaugh is on the Voice

Zach Seabaugh, The Voice“Are you Superman? You look like Superman and that’s not a 16-year-old’s voice. That’s Superman’s voice,” stated Adam Levine, one of the judges on NBC’s “The Voice” said to Zach Seabaugh at the end of his Blind Audition song on “The Voice” that aired September 22.

As a friend of the Seabaugh family, I have had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and watch Zach Seabaugh grow and mature into an accomplished singer.  He started playing the guitar as a little kid and was introduced to Johnny Cash by his granddaddy.  He was five years old when a neighbor, Cheryl Berry, gave him a guitar at a garage sale.  The guitar was larger than he was. His dad would call and say “Come on, Zach is singing at our local coffee shop tonight” – he was about eight at the time. He has always been in our church choir at Marietta First United Methodist Church. The first time I saw Zach perform (outside of church) was at Hayes Elementary School in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he was Charlie Bucket and in the fifth grade.

By ninth grade he was performing on stage at the Strand Theater in every musical Earl Reese put on – At Kennesaw Mountain High School, he was one of the lead singers in several of Coy Dunn’s productions.  It was exciting to sit in the audience and watch these productions.  In March of this year, Zach Seabaugh won the state champion in Boys Solo and was part of the state champion quartet also including Jesse Connor, Dylan Kalafut, and Adam Stegall as Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Literary Team won the State 6A Competition. Choosing performing over football, last Spring Zach hung up his football gear and jumped into dance lessons at Bravo Dance Centre to round out his performing abilities.

The experience of performing in front of live audiences gave Zach the confidence and stage presence he evidenced in his Blind Audition on “The Voice”, September 22. Three chairs turned and Zach, being a country singer at heart, picked Team Blake.  His next appearance on the Voice will be sometime during the Battle Rounds which start the week of October 12.  You will have to watch every episode since no one knows when he will appear.
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On the home front, Zach will be performing at this weekend’s Chalk Festival in Glover Park on the Square in Marietta.  His acoustic guitar performance will start at 6:00 pm and last about an hour.   This event is FREE.

Zach’s Blind Audition song is available on iTunes at http://apple.co/1Wl02yz for purchase — And if you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for Episode 2 on NBC.com.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music. Zach is the son of Devan and Beth Seabaugh and the brother of Heidi, Abby, Olivia, and Sophia.

Pictured above: Zach Seabaugh — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Local Events Aug 14-Aug 22 for Acworth Kennesaw Marietta

I do believe our community of Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta has more events to chose from than any other place on Earth.  Most are free and geared toward fun and the family.  Several to chose from this week:

ffff2015v2WEEKENDS IN AUGUST THRU SEPT 13 – FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL – NCG Cinema in Acworth and NCG Cinema in Marietta will be hosting their annual family film festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings during August until September 13th. Doors open at 9am, movies start at 9:30am. Free tickets available at the theater on the day of the show, first come first serve basis.

FRI AUG 14-SUN AUG 30 PETER PAN Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. At the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060. Tickets at the atlantalyrictheatre.com.

FRI AUG 14 – MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30. At the Marietta Cobb Art Museum. Featuring Metro Montage XV, with entertainment by Tom Woods, Jazz Pianist.  This event is open to the public at $10 per person and is free for museum members.  Mariettacobbartmuseum.org. 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

lewisFRI-SUN AUG 14-16 – BILL OBERST, JR AS LEWIS GRIZZARD – Bill is back with a humorous show at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.  Tickets are $25 each.  Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org for more information.

SAT AUG 15 – HARRISON BANDS RECYCLE DAY – 9AM-5PM at upper parking lot of Harrison HS. Bring your electronics and paint that need to be recycles. $10 requested donation per car load. Processing fees extra for tv’s, computer monitors and paint. For more info email harrisonrecycling@gmail.com.

SAT AUG 15 – ALL-IN CASINO NIGHT – Hosted by Greater Kennesaw Kiwanis Club at Pinetree Country Club from 6-10pm. $40 per ticket includes food and K-Money. For more info, email amy@etssolutions.com or call 678-504-1041 to RSVP.

Rob ONeillSAT AUG 15 – MEET NAVY SEAL ROB O’NEILL – An Evening with Navy SEAL Senior Chief Rob O’Neill” at 7:00 pm at Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School. Rob was Team Leader of “SEAL Team 6” on the raid when they caught Osama Ben Laden. Tickets are $45 – General Admission; $35 – Active Military/Veteran General Admission. Visit www.heartsforheroesinc.org to purchase tickets.

SAT AUG 15 – The Lynching of Leo Frank.  Senior Assistant Attorney General and former Marietta City Councilman Van Pearlberg will be presenting a free lecture on the Leo Frank Case on the 100th anniversary of his lynching. The lecture will be held Saturday, August 15, 7pm, at Congregation Ner Tamid, 1349 Old Hwy 41, Suite 220, Marietta GA 30060. All are welcome. More information at http://wp.me/p3lnjT-WN.

SUN AUG 16 – KENNESAW STATE FALL FESTIVAL – Open to the public. Begins at 1:30. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the football team. Soccer game at 4:00.  Ticket holders may pick up tickets.

MON AUG 17-NOV 29 Southern Museum To Host Leo Frank Exhibit The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will explore the 100th anniversary of the infamous Leo Frank lynching with a series of special programs and a three-month-long exhibit interpreting the event, from Aug. 17- Nov. 29.  The museum is located at 2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 (770) 427-2117. More information at http://wp.me/p3lnjT-WN.

TUES AUG 18- The Lynching of Leo Frank Senior Assistant Attorney General and former Marietta City Councilman Van Pearlberg will be presenting a free lecture on the Leo Frank Case on the 100th anniversary of his lynching.  The lecture will be held Aug 18, 7:00 pm at the Marietta Museum of History 1 Depot St., Marietta.

pigsFRI-SAT AUG 21-22 – PIGS & PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL – Free admission! Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 10am-10pm. BBQ, beer and other festival foods, live entertainment. For more info, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Rec at 770-422-9714.

SAT AUG 22 – NORTH GEORGIA REGIONAL SILENT ART AUCTION – Benefitting art programs in Acworth will be at the Acworth Gallery, 4531 Lemon St, Acworth from 6-9pm.  Continues at 30 businesses in Acworth throughout the month.

SAT AUG 22 – HAPPY HARVEST CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR – 9AM-5PM at Redemption Baptist Church. Crafts, Embroidery, Thirty One, Jamberry, Younique and more will be on hand.  Email redemptionbaptist4160@gmail.com for more info.

departureSAT AUG 22 – CONCERT AT THE STRAND – Featuring Departure, a Journey Tribute Band. Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org.