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Greek Festival This Weekend in Marietta and more

posted May 18, 2018

28th ANNUAL MARIETTA GREEK FESTIVAL

Want to experience Greece, but don’t have time for the flight?

Come to the Marietta Greek Festival on May 18th, 19th & 20th, and leave your suitcases behind!
The largest cultural event in Northwest Georgia attracts a diverse crowd and will delight all of your senses! You’ll pick up the scent of delicious Greek dishes as your palate is tempted by heavenly Greek pastries. Your ears will perk up at the live music, while your eyes gaze upon the authentically costumed dancers as they perform in the South’s only Greek amphitheater! Inside the Agora (marketplace), you’ll have a unique shopping experience courtesy of a multitude of merchants. Outside, your children can participate in various games, activities and crafts in the Kid’s Area. Niko’s Pub offers adults the opportunity to quench their thirst with Greek wine, beer, and liqueur, and the new Greek Street Food tent offers delightful portable food options. Be sure to take a guided tour of the Byzantine style sanctuary to see the beautiful iconography and learn more about the Orthodox faith!

Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. This year the festival is offering special pre-sale packages that include free admission, as well as other substantial coupon deals.  The festival donates a portion of its proceeds to the local community through two wonderful organizations: Habitat for Humanity, and the Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society.

The festival is held on the church grounds located at 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta. It will be open from 3pm – 11pm on Friday, 10am – 11pm on Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday, with FREE parking and continuous FREE shuttle service.

Visit www.MariettaGreekFestival.com or call the Church Office at 770-924-8080 for more information.

Come be Greek for the day…OPA!

A Variety of Activities in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta,

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MAY 11-12, 2018

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around. This event offers lots of cash and prizes for the BBQ competition, the Lord of the Wings and the People’s Choice. Over 8,000 people are expected to visit! 100% of this event’s net proceeds go directly back into our community.

The Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of “Alabama” and “The Eagles”, takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite songs. General Admission is free on Friday night and tables of six can be purchased for $100, price includes your table and six chairs for the whole crew. Reserve online at https://smokeonthelake.org/concert-under-the-stars/.

Inflatables will be in place for kids of all ages. Slide down a giant 24-foot inflatable slide, jump on a huge obstacle course, shoot hoops in the bouncy basketball jumpy and others. Face painting will be available as well.

Visit the beer and wine tent as adult beverages will be available for the concert Friday night and Saturday during the BBQ competition.
Lord of the Wings and People’s Choice Pork BBQ Competitions are judged by the Public. These two competitions have the largest direct impact on our community. The funds raised through taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Admission: Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE. Visit www.smokeonthelake.org for lots more information!thru taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun! .

CALENDAR OF EVENTS THROUGH MAY 17

Thur, May 10 ABA Alive After Five- 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members

FRI MAY 11 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS SIP N STROLL. 5:00 pm. For this Sip n’ Stroll, we will stroll around the Marietta Square’s Glover Park and adjoining streets. Certified arborists and landscape architects will lead the tour of the neighborhood, pointing out the many treasures and challenges that exist among our valuable stock of trees. Location is Marietta Square’s Glover Park and we will meet at 50 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30064. Parking around the square or in the parking deck off Cherokee and Lawrence St. For more information, please call 770.424.4664.

FRI MAY 11 MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30 at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. The cost of admission will be ten dollars, with the exception of members who will enter for free. The event aims to create a fun and light atmosphere while enjoying American art and benefiting the local community. There will be a cash only bar with light hor d’oeuvres. An art auction will be held to benefit Hickory Hills Elementary. All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Hickory Hills Elementary to help benefit the needs of students.

FRI/SAT MAY 11-12 SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL. The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

SAT MAY 12 SWIFT CANTRELL 5K -Downtown Kennesaw. The fun begins at 7:30AM with the 1 Mile Fun Run. At 8:00AM the 5K Run/Walk. And at 8:55AM – Tot Trot. The early registration fee is $25. $30 starting May 1 and $35 cash the day of the race. Register online https://kennesawgrandprix.com/.

SAT SUN MAY 12/13 NEW BEGINNINGS UMC BBQ FUNDRAISWER. Hours are 11-6 both days. Whole Pork Butts/Ribs or BBQ Plates, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad Pre-order Deadline, May 6, order forms available on line at www.nbumc.org.

MON MAY 14 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 14 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 15 MARIETTA COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS OPEN HOUSE. 6:30 PM. The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs will host a wine and cheese open house, “How to Seed a New Garden Club”. This free event is open to all community members on Tuesday, May 15th and will begin at 6:30 pm at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA, 30060. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-tickets-45218186814 or contact Kate Millholland at mgardenc@bellsouth.net or call 770-427-3494 on MWF between 9:30 am and 2:30 p.m.

TUES MAY 15 KBA Alive After Five – 5:30 PM-7:30 PM event in the parking lot of our sponsor Hester Dental in downtown Kennesaw.  With catering provided by Carrabba’s, you won’t want to miss this chance to mingle with other KBA members and friends.

THURS MAY 17, Marietta Museum of History 6:30pm, the Marietta Museum of History hosts its first Evening with History lecture of 2018. In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Haverty’s founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery’s Westview Abby mausoleum is one of the nation’s largest with more than eleven thousand crypts. We are pleased to host author Jeff Clemmons as he recounts some of the fascinating details of this cemetery’s history highlighted in his newest book, Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery. After the program, Mr. Clemmons will be signing his books including his previous one, Rich’s: A Southern Institution. Both books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

FAMILY FUN ACTIVITES FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY

Never a dull moment in our community – looking for something fun, entertaining, educational in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta — See our suggestions below.

MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS AND CRAFTS – MAY 5 & 6
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite our readers to the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

May-retta Daze is an annual, two-day arts and crafts festival held the first weekend in May. The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many Southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage.

The show setting is at Glover Park in the historic Marietta Square. The Square is the home of many antique and specialty stores, excellent restaurants and interesting things to do.

MORE MAY EVENTS THROUGH MAY 10

FRI MAY 4 – MARIETTA ART WALK – 5:30-9:00.  Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing avariety of artistic disciplines. To learn more contact Stephanie Coston at stephaniecoston07@gmail.com or visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

FRI MAY 4 MARIETTA SPRING POPS CONCERT 8:00 PM presented by Symphony on the Square at the Strand Theatre, on the Square in Marietta. Tickets are sale at www.sotsmusic.org for $20.00. Enjoy a wonderful evening of music listening to popular favorites including a tribute to Henry Mancini .

SAT MAY 5 OUTDOOR MOVIE. Come see Oscar winning Coco at Swift Cantrell Park. It doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.

SAT MAY 5 “EMBRACE”- A Worship Celebration for Women Featuring Babbie Mason Live 1-3 Northwest Christian Church. We invite you to join us for this special event for women on Saturday, May 5th from 1-3pm at Northwest Christian Church. You’ll experience Christ-centered worship music led by Babbie Mason, God-honoring testimonies, and a huge dose of encouragement as we celebrate what Jesus has done for us. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nwcc.net/embrace. Northwest Christian Church is located at 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

SAT & SUN – MAY 5-6 MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS. The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites our community to attend the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5.
More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival. Admission to the festival is free.

MON MAY 7 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 7 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 8 KBA Luncheon 11:30 am. KSU Community Center. Register online at www.kennesawbusiness.org. Sponsored by Desktop Office and Meeting Space, Catered by Adriane’s Delectables. $15.00 members, $20.00 non-members.

TUE MAY 8 KENNESAW BLOOD DRIVE 2-7 PM at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Donating blood is a safe, simple and satisfying… and it helps save lives. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

THUR MAY 10 ABA ALIVE AFTER FIVE – 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members.

CHECK OUT THE REST OF MAY ON OUR CALENDAR PAGE

Kennesaw’s Touch A Truck and other FAMILY events

Imagine a playground that allows families to get up-close and personal with big trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles… that’s Touch-A-Truck! Have a blast watching your kids touch levers, flip switches, and shift gears that make their favorite vehicles whir and rumble at this one-day-only “museum” of local transportation.

Admission is FREE. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
This is a FREE event and it will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 10-2 at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw (its on Cherokee St across from the museum).  
Touch-A-Truck is an exciting and educational annual community event hosted by the City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Police Departments. If you or your company has a unique vehicle that you’d like to bring out, please contact Kimberly Flores at kdflores@kennesaw-ga.gov.

MORE THINGS TO DO!!

THURS MAR 8 ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AA5 5:30-7:30 Join us Thursday, March 8th for our Alive After Five hosted by Brix on Main & Sponsored by Brookwood Christian School!

SAT MAR 10 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS PLANTING Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather.We will be planting trees in the Marietta City Cemetery. The parking address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. You can also drive into the middle of the cemetery and look for our sign-in table at the small white building. The date is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am.

SAT MAR 10 SHREDDING EVENT 9-12. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the City of Marietta and Keep Marietta Beautiful will hold a shredding event from 9am-12pm at 591 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta, GA 30060. While the event is free, donations are greatly appreciated. If you have confidential or sensitive documents that need to be safely discarded, Keep Marietta Beautiful will shred will allow you to watch your documents as they are shredded on site. Paper items only will be accepted.

SAT MAR 10 TOUCH A TRUCK 10-2 This is a FREE event which will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 10-2 at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw (its on Cherokee St across from the museum).  Touch-A-Truck is an exciting and educational annual community event hosted by the City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Police Departments. If you or your company has a unique vehicle that you’d like to bring out, please contact Kimberly Flores at kdflores@kennesaw-ga.gov.

TUES MAR 13 KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON Net working begins at 11:00 am Join us March 13th for our monthly luncheon featuring our guest speaker Agnus Berenato – The KSU Women’s Basketball head coach. Our lunch will be sponsored by Universal Windows Direct & Catered by BBQ Street. RSVP at Kennesawbusiness.org.

TUES MAR 13 ROBERT JONES, SPEAKER- 7:00 pm Robert Jones, Author, will be the March 13 speaker for the Save Acworth History Foundation at 7:00 P.M. He will be speaking on the “Lost Gold of the Confederacy” at Roberts Community and Education Center 4681 School Street, Acworth GA 30101. Robert C. Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015).

THUR MAR 15 AND FRI MAR 16 BRAVO DANCE COMPANY presents CONNECTED at the Dallas Theater. Solo and group works highlight a range of fun themes and exciting ideas! Our talented young artists inspire and light up the stage. Each show is unique and has a different assortment of dances. Connected is presented by Bravo Dance Company with guest performances by great gig DANCE co. Any questions or inquiries other than ticketing should be directed to-770-426-5328 or office@bravodancecenterga.com. Tickets on sale at www.dallastheaterga.com/shows.

MARIETTA INVITATIONS

Spring is just around the corner and two of Marietta’s popular events are accepting applications to participate.  And MTK’s always welcomes helpers.

REGISTER NOW FOR MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS

The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites artists to participate in the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018.

More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

To register to sell items at the event, please review the requirements and print out the form and mail it to the Parks and Recreation Department located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA, 30061. The form is online at http://www.mariettaga.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1540.

Applications should be postmarked on or before the registration deadline on March 29th. Please review the application to see the booth space fees. Admission to the festival is free. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS for Metro-Montage-XVIII.

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is calling all artists to submit an original work that has been created within the past 10 years and has not been shown at MCMA. Deadline for submissions is April 20 at 11:59. Works will be exhibited at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art from July 7 until September 9, 2018. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org for submission requirements and entry forms. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located at 30 Atlanta Street, SE, Marietta, GA

MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS
Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather.
We will be planting trees in the Marietta City Cemetery. The parking address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. You can also drive into the middle of the cemetery and look for our sign-in table at the small white building. The date is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am.

 

 

City to Host 5k Shamrock Shuffle March 17th to Benefit City’s Police Athletic League

The City of Marietta will host the 2nd Annual 5K Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00am on the Marietta Square benefitting the Marietta Police Athletic League.

This event will raise money to support the Marietta Police Athletic League’s (PAL) youth athletic programs with needed supplies and equipment. Awards will be given for top qualifiers in each race age group and for best costume. This is also a qualifying AJC Peachtree Road Race event.

The cost to register is $20 for kids 12 and under, $25 for early registration until March 10, 2018 and $30 after March 10th. T-shirts are included in your registration fee but only guaranteed for early registration.  To register visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta

About the Marietta PAL Program

The Marietta Police Department began the Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL) chapter in 2007. Marietta PAL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities which create trust and build understanding between law enforcement and youth.
Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta
Link to PAL: http://www.mariettapal.org

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MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – ALERT!

Marietta Tree Keepers are currently scheduled to plant trees tomorrow, Feb. 10th at 9am sign in, then followed by planting.  We realize that it might be raining but how much or how severe we are not certain at this time.

The following extreme conditions will cancel the planting:
1. Thunderstorms including lightning
2. Steady downpour of rain
3. A light drizzle or light rain will NOT cancel the planting

Please dress appropriately for wet conditions.  We will meet at the Marietta Middle SCHOOL  parking lot off Maple and Winn St. by the gym.  Address is 121 Winn Street, Marietta, GA. 30064.  Our exact planting locations will be varied so we will meet there and then be assigned to the locations around the Square and at 2 other places.

Please check in with our message machine at 770-424-4664 before you leave your home in the morning to see if anything has changed from the above.  The message will be changed at 8am tomorrow morning with an update.

If the planting does get cancelled our rain date is next Saturday, Feb. 17th at 9am signings, planting at 9:30am same location as above.

What’s Happening This Weekend!!

Trains, Trains, Trains is this Weekend

Trains, Trains, Trains presented by Dixie Precast!  will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28 at the Southern Museum, Kennesaw.

Bigger and better than ever, the Museum has pulled out all the stops for two incredible, fun-filled days of family oriented activities. “Model trains are a wonderful way to bring families together,” remarks Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, “Each year we see many repeat families, many of whom stay and enjoy the event for the greater part of the day.”

This year’s Trains, Trains, Trains! will include model railroad layouts of different scales and gauges from regional groups including North Georgia Tinplate Trackers, Athens Bend Track, North Georgia Garden Railroad Society, and more! DixieLUG LEGO® User Group returns with their extremely popular Lego model train layout.  With over 25,000 square feet of intricate and elaborate train layouts for train enthusiasts, exhibits, and interactive activities, the whole family can enjoy this extraordinary event while making memories that last a lifetime.

An expanded Museum Gift Shop will offer new train items, lots of children’s books, and exquisite, new-to-the-museum gifts, toys, and collectibles, perfect for the train enthusiasts, kids, and fans of history!

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. This event is FREE for members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SouthernMuseum.org/TTT today or call (770) 427-2117.

 

Clear Out Old Books, Videos at Media Swap

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Saturday, January 27 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Here’s how it works: Drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 25 – 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 27.

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.

MORE FUN EVENTS

WED-SUN JAN 24-28 – “HAIRSPRAY” MUSICAL – Presented by Allatoona High School’s Musical theatre. Showing Wednesday, 1/24 @ 7pm, Thursday, 1/25 @ 8pm, Friday, 1/26 @ 7pm , Saturday, 1/27 @ 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, 1/28 At 3pm. Tickets are $12 at the box office. PG-13  Allatoona High School is located at 3300 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

THU JAN 25 – ACWORTH WOMEN’S BUSINESS LUNCHEON – WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – Thursday January 18. Calling all women in business or management position. Come join the newest group to inspire and inform local women in business will be January 18th, at 11:30 am, catered by the always delicious Henry’s Louisiana Grill! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF ABA TO ATTEND. The fun begins at 11:30 at Logan Farm, 4756 Logan Road Acworth, Ga 30101. Our speaker is Kim Watts with Acworth Parks and Recreation. RSVP at acworthbusiness.org.

SAT JAN26-27 & FEB 2-3. IN THE HEIGHTS. Marietta High School presents “In the Heights,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of “Hamilton” fame) January 26-27 and February 2-3.  “In the Heights”is the story of three days in the lives of residents of Washington Heights, New York City.  25 member cast, live band and members of the dance and chorus departments are featured.  Tickets $12-18.  For tickets and more information visit bluedevilthreatre.com

SAT JAN 27 – LOCKER ROOM MEN’S BREAKFAST – Jason Romano of Sports Spectrum will serve as the featured speaker for the Locker Room Men’s Breakfast event at NorthStar Church at 8:00am. The event marks the first of the church’s series of “Locker Room” events which aims to blend sports and faith, and is open to all men (middle school aged and older) throughout the Atlanta area. The first 100 men to register for the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover the cost of a gourmet breakfast provided by Arise Kitchen. Registration for the event is now open at northstarchurch.org/breakfast.NorthStar Church’s address is 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

SAT JAN 27 – KENNESAW’S BOOK, CD & DVD SWAP – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, from 8 to 11 a.m. Drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 25 – 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 27. 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. To sign up for a volunteer shift, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation and click on “Volunteers.”For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call (770) 422-9714

SAT-SUN JAN 27-28 – TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS EVENT – The eighth annual Trains, Trains, Trains presented by Dixie Precast at the Southern Musuem, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Activities will also include the opportunity to speak with collections staff about our many railroad artifacts on display for visitors to hold, touch, and discover how they were used. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. This event is FREE for members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SouthernMuseum.org/TTT today or call (770) 427-2117.

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Christmas Festivities and Celebrations Dec 7-12. 2017

THU DEC 7 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home and Kennesaw Memorial Park invite the public to attend their Holiday Candlelight Service – an uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season. Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home will hold their service on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. Kennesaw Memorial Park will hold their service on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm.

 

 

FRI-SAT DEC 8-9 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – This arts and crafts show will be buzzing with activity! Unique arts and crafts exhibitors will display their products. There will be delicious festival food to warm your insides, local entertainment, FREE rides on the 50-foot Snow Tube ride Friday and Saturday and FREE Petting Zoo on Saturday. All weekend there will be FREE photos with Santa, FREE children’s activities, roasting marshmallows & smores and much, much more. Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.

FRI DEC 8 – THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS – Join the Symphony on the Square back at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre for our 8th Annual Holiday Concert at 8:00 PM. Get your tickets early as this will be a sell out event. Bring the whole family for this wonderful Christmas performance and meet Santa Claus, who will be attending the concert and will be available for pictures and selfies before the show! Don’t miss this concert, get your tickets now, ONLY $15. Tickets online at www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

FRI-SUN DEC 8-10 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – A Hands-on Holy Land Experience! Come and experience Bethlehem during the census! Visit shopkeepers in the marketplace and learn about their trades. Sample breads and sweets on your journey through the streets of Bethlehem. Follow your guide to the stables and meet Joseph, Mary and newborn baby Jesus. Hear the singing shepherds and pet the animals. Enjoy a Night in Bethlehem with us from 6:00 PM- 8:00PM. Alternate weekend in case of bad weather Dec. 15,16,17. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church is located on 287 Mt.Calvary Rd., Marietta, Ga. 30064. Visit www.mtcbc.net for more information.

SAT DEC 9 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – KENNESAW – 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 Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera. Two seating options are available: 8 to 9:15 a.m.; and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Advance tickets are only $6 per person, and can be purchased online at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets can also be purchased 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 (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 9 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Northwest Family YMCA is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 10 am until 12 PM at the Northwest YMCA. This is a FREE community event for all ages. Register in person at the Y or online at ymcaregistration.com (use class ID 438484) Everyone is welcome. The YMCA is located at 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, 30152.

SAT DEC 9 – PICTURES WITH SANTA IN ACWORTH – Saturday, December 9 there will be pictures with Santa, as well as horse and carriage rides on December 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Plaza on Senator Russell Avenue. Visit www.acworthtourism.org for more information.

SAT DEC 9 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – Explore the magical world of The Polar Express at the Southern Museum’s Polar Express Adventure event from 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Immerse yourself in the classic story retold throughout the Museum, with vignettes highlighting the plot and performers bringing the story to life. Pre-sale tickets are available online at SouthernMuseum.org/tickets, beginning November 9. 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.

SAT-SUN DEC 9 – 10 – BRAVO DANCE PRESENTS “HOLIDAY EXPRESS” – Bravo Dance Center will perform its 4th annual holiday production, Holiday Express, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. Join us on a journey from Georgia to New York City to deliver the prized Christmas tree to Rockefeller Center! Holiday Express stars Bravo Dance Company with performances by Bravo’s Ensemble and Advanced Hip Hop Team. There are two shows on Saturday, December 9, at 3pm & 7pm and two shows on Sunday, December 10, at 2pm & 6pm! Tickets are available online at www.tututix.com/bravodancecenterga.

SUN DEC 10 – GREAT GIG presents Sights and Sounds of the Season at North Star Church. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble, professional singers, musicians and more. “Sights and Sounds of the Season” promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood! This is a fundraiser for the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, to help offset their expenses as they perform through out the Southeast. A catered reception featuring appetizers, holiday desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate, begins at 5:00pm and includes a holiday-themed silent auction, followed by the show in the theater at 6:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112 or online at greatgigdance.com. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw. This is a family Christmas event you won’t want to miss!

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Santa Sightings and Tree Lightings-Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Our community loves Christmas and all the festivities that go with it.  Kicking off this week are the following in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta — if you are magic you could make them all, as for me – will be in Acworth for Santa and Kennesaw for the parade for sure.  Carol Thompson

Kennesaw Tree Lighting
Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the Depot on Cherokee St (across from the museum) downtown Kennesaw on Tuesday, November 28 for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free hour-long program begins at 6:00 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.

Santa Arrives in Style

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO MARIETTA –  NOV 30

The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

The fun begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 30 with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his exciting grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm. Additionally, children can meet Santa until 8pm that evening, as Santa must leave. to make his way back to the North Pole!
Families will now have the option of booking their Santa visit online (not available December 1st), while walkups will still be welcome. This year Santa will also be visiting with our furry friends, details are available on the website.

Starting December 1, 2017, the Santa Experience is brought to you by the Marietta Square Branding Project. Through their http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/, you can book appointments with “The Classic Santa” or with “Santa.” While both Santas are the real deal, “Classic Santa” is the jolly fellow who has been on the Marietta Square for almost 20 years! “Santa” is the jolly fellow who may interact on a personal level with your children if you provide some details in the booking process.

This “Santa” is also lovingly known as Santa Paws! For more detailed information, please visit the Winter Wonderland website at http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/santa-2 or email santaonthemariettasquare@gmail.com.

Acworth’s Santa’s Arrival

It’s that special time again! The City of Acworth is excited to be partnering with NorthStar Church to make this year’s Santa’s Arrival the best yet!  Santa will be reaching downtown Acworth on Friday, December 1st.  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.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the tree on Senator Russell Avenue. This year’s festivities will take place in front of Acworth City Hall and on the Plaza.

Enjoy pictures with Santa, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit. Plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment, as there will be no photographer on-site. There will be train rides, marshmallow roasting, and hot chocolate.  Don’t forget to visit Frana Brown Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful Festival of Trees!
For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234

 

Kennesaw’s Santa Parade and Holiday Activities

The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 2 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at noon near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, proceeding south and east down Main Street, marching past Cherokee Street toward Cemetery Street.
The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with A Day with Santa presented by WellStar Health Systems. Activities include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.
Event organizers are seeking vendors, as well as accepting entries for the parade at adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The best overall float will win a cash prize of $250. Participation is free.For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Raminator to visit Scottish Rite Hospital – Nov 2nd.

RAMINATOR visits Scottish Rite.

On behalf of the Ram Truck brand, the Hall Brothers Racing team and monster truck Raminator are making a pit stop at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd from 10:30AM – 11:30AM to brighten the day of patients. Raminator, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record holder for the Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck, hitting a record speed of 99.10 miles per hour will make a special stop in the front parking circle of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. Patients, families and hospital guests will be able to get an up close and personal look at the monster truck and meet its owners and operators – the Hall Brothers Racing Team.  The Hall Brothers will answer questions and sign autographs. The Ram monster trucks compete in races such as Monster Nationals and tour the country, making appearances at dealerships to offer ride-along and car-crushing spectacles for fans of all ages. The Ram Truck brand monster truck lineup includes Raminator and Rammunition, sponsored since 2002. The entire line of Ram monster trucks are owned and operated by the Hall Brothers Racing Team.