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New Art Exhibit at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

dragonJoin the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art for the opening reception for the newest MCMA exhibitions- Yarbrough: 53.9 Years & Still Unpredictable and Vignettes of America. Yarbrough: 53.9 Years & Still Unpredictable highlights the work of Jim Yarbrough, an artist with a wide array of subject matter, including Carnival, portraiture, & mythology. Vignetets of America displays highlights of the American landscape, all from our permanent collection. The event is a week from today, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments will be provided. $8 admission, free for members- Everyone is welcome!

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art • 30 Atlanta Street • Marietta.  Call 770-528-1444 for more information.

Yard Sale to Benefit HOMELESS Animals

mmlogoMostly Mutts is heading up their 5th annual indoor yard sale at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, 1125 Roberts Blvd., Kennesaw, GA 30144 during the weekends of Feb. 15-17, Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3.  Gently used and new items will be sold by about 10 area animal rescue organizations in approximately 20,000 square feet of space donated by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the animal rescues in their efforts to provide care and vetting to some of the 70,000+ homeless animals in the Atlanta area.

“Our volunteers merchandise the items that are graciously donated by our community,” says Paige O’Neill, Founder of Mostly Mutts. “Last year’s sales generated more than $43,000 for the animals.”  Items for sale include antiques, furniture, electronics, jewelry, collectibles pet supplies, home and garden décor, baby & children’s clothing, games, toys, collectibles, sporting goods, small appliances, seasonal decor, storage and organizational items etc.  To donate, volunteer or other questions email: market@mostlymutts.org.

Participating organizations include Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption, Our Pals Place, Homeless Pets Foundation, Spay/Neuter Coalition, The Sterile Feral, Road Trip Home, PAWSitive Partners, You Lucky Dog Rescue, and Ferret Business of GA.  Pet Buddies Food Pantry will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired dry and canned dog and cat food during the sale.

About Mostly Mutts
Mostly Mutts is an all volunteer-based, licensed shelter and 501(C)3 organization that has placed nearly 3,500 animals since its inception inrascal 2004. The mission of Mostly Mutts is to work closely with animal control officers and other rescue organizations to reduce the number of animals euthanized at local shelters. Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training, plus physical and emotional care to adoptable animals until they find a new home. Visit www.Mostlymutts.org or call 770-325-7387 for more information.

Kennesaw Skatepark – Construction to Begin


Ground breaking on the first phase of the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park will take place on Thursday, January 10 at 11 a.m., according to project leader and Assistant City Manager Jeff Drobney. The facility will be the first ever permanent skate park to feature elements modeled on a competitive street skate park plaza design. It will be capable of hosting large and small size skateboarding events. The first phase will consist of two projects: the skatepark plaza, and additional parking, lighting and restrooms at Swift-Cantrell Park. The flow course and bowl will be built during the second phase for which fund raising is in progress.

“We’re excited that construction on this long-anticipated project is beginning,” said Mayor Mark Mathews.  “Representatives from our two keys partners on the project, the SITE Design Group and contractor California Skateparks, will be on hand to mark the occasion.” The design provides elements for skateboarders of all skill levels. Spectators will be able to view the activities in a family-friendly setting for free.

The estimated total project cost, including both phases, is $1.8 million; $1.4 million was approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST and the remainder will come from corporate or private donations or grants, not the city’s general fund.  The Phase I estimated construction time is six months.  Phase II will begin as soon as funding is secured.

Bullard Elementary School News – Mrs. Newcomb’s class wins Pizza Party

DSC00691aThe Freedom Challenge Cup, a competition between local elementary schools to collect food for Tackle Hunger, collected over 17,500 non-perishable food items this year to help those in need during the holiday season. The competing schools were Acworth Intermediate, Bullard Elementary, Kennesaw Elementary, Lewis Elementary, McCall Primary, North Cobb Christian and Pitner Elementary. The food collected went to stock the food pantries at Acworth United Methodist, Mars Hill Presbyterian, Redemption Baptist and MUST Ministries.
The competition was presented by Freedom Church, Piedmont Church, NorthStar Church and the City of Acworth. The winner of the first annual Freedom Challenge Cup was Bullard Elementary with 9,000 items.  Bullard received the Freedom Cup to display at their school. Congratulations to all of the participating schools for taking the Challenge and helping our community Tackle Hunger!

Mrs. Newcomb’s class at Bullard collected the most cans during the first Freedom Challenge canned food drive. Bullard collected 9000 of these cans.  Principal, Dr. Patrice Moore holds the trophy. Great job Bullard. More Photos from the pizza party  are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightnews/sets


reeceGrab your family, friends, neighbors, pick up a toy for someone between the ages of newborn and 15 years, and jet over to California Dreaming 745 Chastain Rd near I-75. Free photos with Santa, free face painting, live music. California Dreaming is partnered with the Kennesaw Police and the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund – so  if you bring a gift you receive a card for a free appetizer or dessert. Starts at 6:00 pm – ends at 9:00 pm. Call (770) 428-2055 for reservations.

EC Baseball gives Toys

East Cobb Baseball Academy

East Cobb Baseball Academy

East Cobb Baseball Academy Gives Toys Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

East Cobb Baseball Academy President Chance Beam announced Sunday morning that the Academy has donated over 100 new toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “Teaching our young athletes important life lessons is one of the cornerstones of our program, and there’s no life lesson more important than the act of giving to those in need,” said Beam.  “We’re very proud of the broad participation we had from our athletes this year, and exceeding our goals for toys contributed.”



The public is invited to bring a toy to California Dreaming on Monday, December 17 6-9 pm. All toys will benefit the children of the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund. Come visit Santa, free photos, and if you bring a toy you receive a ticket for a free appetizer or dessert. California Dreaming is located on Chastain Rd at I-75. Toys can be dropped off all weekend.  Presents needed for newborn through 15 yrs of age

Pictured at left: Sgt Luther explains the value of giving to Carson and Jack.