The week of December 2, 2013 – Lots of fun Family Activities

DEC 6- DEC 22 A CHRISTMAS TRADITION.  This song and dance revue will show off The Strand’s awe inspiring sets and effects like has never been seen before, as well as the diva voices and high energy dances that Strand patrons have come to know and love. This is the Strand’s first Christmas Show and 30 holiday favorites will be featured in the 90 minute show. Tickets for A Christmas Tradition are on sale now.  Seating is assigned and tickets are $25.  Call the box office at 770-293-0080 or reserve online at www.earlsmithstrand.org.

TUES. DEC. 3 ACWORTH’S MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY 6:00 PM The City of Acworth invites everyone to its second annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, the seventh night of Hanukkah, at 6:00 p.m.  The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting. 

THU DEC 5 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 5:00 PM. And he is coming on a firetruck.  What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 5, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

THU DEC 5 HOLIDAY CONCERT 7:30 The Symphony on The Square Orchestra will present its fourth holiday concert on the first Thursday in December 5th at 7:30 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Marietta at 148 Church Street, Marietta, 30060. The concert is free to the public. and will feature mostly Christmas music favorites such as Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride from Leroy Anderson along many other Christmas favorites—with over 30 Christmas carols performed in a concert lasting about an hour.

FRI DEC 6 DONUTS AND NOTES 10-Noon. Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is set to host its 12th annual Donuts & Notes event on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free festive holiday concert and student art show will be held in room 400 of KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144). Refreshments will be served including coffee, juice, milk and donuts. Registration is required to attend this free event. To sign up, call 770-423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com and register for course number 142SORI0030A.

FRI. DEC 6 ACWORTH SANTA ARRIVAL Come Early.  It’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances 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.

SAT DEC 7 HOG’S FREE BREAKFAST BENEFITS SPECIAL NEEDS HOG(Helping One Guy/Group)is doing a FREE breakfast at Fast Eddies in Acworth Kroger Shopping Center on 41 Hwy North. Across from the Chick.Fil.A.In honor of our Special Need Kids and field at Kennworth Park.Pancake’s Bacon and Coffee OJ are all free. Donations will be accepted at the door. Please join HOG(Helping One Guy/Group)for a great morning. 6:45/10:00am.God Bless

SAT DEC 7 Jingle Jog 5K  The 3rd Annual Jingle Jog 5K and 1K Family Fun Run will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The race will start at Ford Elementary School, located at 1345 Mars Hill Road in Acworth The 1K Family Fun Run starts at 7:30 am and the 5K begins at 8:00 am. Awards will be given to male/female race winners in grade school categories. Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form at www.fordesf.org and mail your entry in to the address provided

SAT. DEC 7 KENNESAW SANTA DAY PARADE The festivities start at noon with a parade down Main st. The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, December 7. The entertainment will continue all afternoon with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot.  Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit   www.adaywithsanta.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 7 POLAR EXPRESS – The Polar Express Adventure embarks at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History on Saturday, December 7 from 6-10 p.m. following the City of Kennesaw’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Depot Park. For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or www.southernmuseum.org.

SAT DEC 7 CHRISTMAS CONCERT 8:00. The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir presents ‘Twas the Night, a Christmas concert to benefit MUST Ministries Toy Shop, Saturday, December 7th at 8 P.M. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. KSU Bldg. 30, at the intersection of Prillaman Dr. and Campus Loop Road). Tickets are $15 ($12.75 for students) and can be obtained at the door, online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts/boxoffice/ or www.ksucac.org or by calling the KSU box office at 770-423-6650.

SAT & SUN DEC 7 & 8 MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR Hospitality and a festive atmosphere greet visitors as they tour historic homes ranging from Victorian Mansions to a 1920’s cottage, all located in the Northwest Marietta/ Kennesaw Avenue Historic District. Pilgrimage hours are Saturday, 9am-6pm; Candlelight Tour, 7pm-9: 30pm; and Sunday, 10am-6pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the day ticket.  The tour is sponsored by the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society.

SUN DEC 8 HANDMADE CRAFTS AND GIFTS 1:00 pm The Harrison Indoor Percussion Ensemble (HIPE) is getting ready for the holidays, and they invite you to join them at a Holiday Craft Show.  A great assortment of hand-made crafts and gifts are scheduled to be available to help ease you holiday shopping pains.  Come join us on Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Harrison High School Gyms (4500 Due West Road Kennesaw, GA 30152).  This is a fund raising effort for HIPE.  For more information visit: HipeUpTheHolidays.Weebly.com