Calendar ~ Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Cobb Cty GA

JAN/FEB 2018  EVENTS FOR ACWORTH, KENNESAW, MARIETTA, GA

The details of the events are available in our Kennesaw/Acworth paper and Marietta/West Cobb paper – both published online at www.brightsidenews.com.  Select the paper from the menu on the left, when the page opens, click at the top and download as a pdf.

NOW – FEB 2 – KENNESAW GIRLS SOFTBALL REGISTRATION – Register online now for the Spring season! Fees range from $5 to $90 for Kennesaw residents, depending on age. Visit www.KennesawSoftball.com to register. In person registration on January 27th at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 8-11am. Skills evaluation day is Sat Feb 3rd. 

TUE-SUN JAN 16-21 – MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL – GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre (117 N. Park Square, Marietta, Ga.) for seven performances from Tuesday, January 16 through Sunday, January 21. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre Box Office, online at earlsmithstrand.org, or by calling 770-293-0080. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling 770-293-0080.

THU JAN 18 – 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 Claudia Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill. RSVP at acworthbusiness.org.

THU JAN 18 – ACWORTH HUMMINGBIRD SOCCER – Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department is excited to partner with Jump Start Sports to bring you the spring session of Hummingbird Soccer! Children ages 3-6 will have fun and learn the basics of soccer in an age-appropriate program including participation in fun drills designed to teach skills and fun, low-key, non-competitive games. The spring session will be held on Thursdays, January 18 – March 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Logan Farm Park (4762 Logan Road, Acworth, GA 30101). Cost is $80 for city residents and $90 for non-residents. Register at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org!

THU JAN 18 – CIVIL WAR IN GEORGIA COURSE – Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will offer this course at the Booth Museum in Cartersville. Class will meet on January 18, 25, and February 8 and 15, all on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00. This course, with instructor Michael K. Shaffer, will explore the various wartime events in our state. $99 registration fee; register online at http://bit.ly/2AAEPP4 or call 470.578.3508.

THU JAN 18 – OPEN HOUSE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – The community is invited to attend open house at First Baptist Christian School, 2958 North Main Street in Kennesaw! Three dates to attend: Jan 18 – 6:30pm, Jan 24 – 10am and Jan 27 – 10am. Visit FBCSKENNESAW.COM or call 770-422-3254 to schedule your tour!

SAT JAN 20 KSU BASKETBALL GAME – 2:00 pm KBA is partnering with Kennesaw State University for a family fun afternoon on January 20th. KBA members are invited to the women and/or men’s basketball games at a special price of $15.00 for both games. This is a family fun function and there will be food before the game. The women’s game starts at 2pm and there will be food before that. The men’s game starts at 4:30pm. Purchase your tickets at http://bit.ly/2DibwCB.

SUN JAN 21 – FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY AT KUMC – This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated at Kennesaw United Methodist Church will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. Class begins Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM meeting each Sunday through March 18.  A class preview is scheduled for Sunday January 14 at 12:15 PM at the church.For more information and to register, visit: http://www.fpu.com/1055239. You may contact David Kapchinske at fpukumc@gmail.com with questions

TUES JAN 23 – COBB GENEALOGY SOCIETY 7:00 pm. will meet Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Plan to attend this informative session to know if you just borrowed your family genealogy information, stole it, or obtained it legally. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information visit www.cobbgagensoc.org/

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

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.

FRI FEB 2 – SCOUT SHABBAT – Congregation Ner Tamid at 7:30 pm. mid, 1349 Old Hwy 41, Suite 220, Marietta GA 30060. Boy & Girl Scouts and Scouters (BSA adult volunteers) attending this service in uniform will receive a special patch. Plan to arrive in uniform at least 30 minutes before the service to check in. After the service, there will be a Scout sponsored Oneg Shabbat. RSVP as soon as possible to ensure you will get a patch.  E-mail rsvp@mynertamid.org or leave a message at 678-264-8575 with the name of the Scout and whether a Boy or Girl Scout as there are different patches for each.  Scouts of all faiths are welcome.

SAT FEB 3 – KENNESAW HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Kennesaw Historical Society presentation series will be starting up again soon. Andrew Bramlett, our Vice President, will give a presentation entitled “A Brief History of the City of Kennesaw.” This event will be held at 2 pm, in the Council Chambers at Kennesaw City Hall. Plan to stop by and learn some interesting facts about our wonderful city! We hope to see you there!

TUES FEB 6-MAR 13: ‘Civil War Leaders: Politicians & Officers,’ a special six-week course with instructor Michael K. Shaffer. The course begins on Tuesday, February 6, and will meet on six consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Classes held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell, Ga., 30075. Course fee $125; call 770-640-3855 to register.

SAT FEB 10 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS 9:00 AM. Give back to your community and get some good exercise by coming out and joining us for our FEBRUARY Tree Planting.  We will be planting trees at Marietta Middle School in Marietta. Dress for outdoor weather. For more information, please call 770.424.4664

SAT FEB 10 – LITTLE MISS COBB & TEEN MISS COBB PAGEANT Young ladies are invited to participate in the 27th anniversary Little Miss Cobb-Teen Miss Cobb Pageant set for LaBelle Elementary School, 230 Cresson Drive, Marietta, GA 30060 starting with the Tiny Miss Cobb division at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10. Winners are announced after each division. Six divisions for ages 2 until 18.Further information and applications are available by contacting Gene Phillips (770-435-6378) or misscobbcounty@yahoo.com .

SAT FEB 10 – KENNESAW’S VALENTINE’S DANCE – Tickets are now on sale for Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s annual Valentine’s “Fiesta” themed Dance Party, which will be held at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The banquet hall will be transformed into a colorful and vibrant village filled with music, dancing, and laughter. Spend the evening with your amigos experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Mexico. Feast, play, and dance the night away as you enjoy the fiesta atmosphere. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Advance purchase is required. Tickets are non-refundable after February 2. For more information, call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT FEB 10 – ACWORTH’S DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE – The Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department will be hosting our annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at North Cobb High School in the Cafeteria. This year we will be hosting a Hawaiian Luau! Registration for this event is now underway! The cost per couple for City of Acworth residents is $30.00 and $40.00 for non-City residents. Additional daughters cost $10.00 each. Make sure to pre-register for this event! Day-of Registration will only be held if space is available and increased rates will apply. For more information or to register visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org

SUN FEB 11 – MARIETTA Daddy Daughter Dance 2:30-5:00pm. The event is open to girls ages 5 to 12 and their fathers or other special man in their life.The afternoon is filled with music, dancing, games and activities. Dress is semi-formal to formal, and each year the dance has a different theme.  This year’s theme is “Out of This World”. The dance will be held at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center, 545 Kenneth E Marcus Way, Marietta, 30060 on Sunday February 11 starting at 2:30 pm. The cost is $30 per couple, $5.00 for each additional daughter. Register online at www.mariettaga.gov. Type Daddy in the large search box to locate all the information.

TUE FEB 13 – HOG DINNER – The “Helping One Guy at a Time” charitable organization will hold their monthly dinner at 6:30pm. Dinner is held at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw. Please find our organization on Facebook to register for this dinner.

SUN FEB 18 PRINCESS FOR A DAY – Smyrna Community Center. 12:00-5:00 pm. The Nanny/Manny Brigade and Down 7 Up 8 Incorporated are calling all Princesses who are foster, adopted or living in a foster or adoptive home in Cobb County to attend the 1st Annual “Princess for a Day” Event to be held February 18th, 2018 from 12:00-5:00 pm at the Smyrna Community Center. The event is FREE. Must register to attend. Contact us by email at nannybrigade2015@gmail.

SAT FEB 24 – POLAR PLUNGE – For the second year, Plungers will “bear” the cold waters at Acworth Beach at 11am (plunge is at 1:30pm) to support the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia in the ninth annual Polar Plunge fundraiser. Participants/Teams of all ages are welcome and must raise a minimum of $50 to plunge. All plungers will receive a commemorative Plunge long sleeve t-shirt. For more information and to register, please visit www.plungega.org.

SAT MARCH 3 FREE TREES AT Marietta Farmer’s Market – In an effort to promote awareness of Georgia’s Arbor Day, Marietta Tree Keepers will give away “Free Trees” on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9am-12noon or until we run out of free tree seedlings at the Farmer’s Market on Marietta Square (weather permitting). The variety of trees are Dogwoods, Northern Red Oaks and Redbuds. Free literature will also be available on selecting trees, caring for trees and maintaining trees. This event is free to the public.

FARMER’S MARKETS – LOCAL
SAT/SUN  – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Year round on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Sundays: May-October – 12 pm till 3 pm. Takes up residence on N. Park Square. Market customers have a variety of produce to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Contact Market Director Johnny Fulmer at 770-499-9393 or Jfulmer@churchstreetmarket.com or visit mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com

ONGOING EVENTS
FRIDAY/SATURDAYS 

“Lumiere Lounge” (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm. Check the calendar at www.earlsmithstrand.org for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.

GHOSTS OF MARIETTA WALKING TOUR (7:30pm) Walk the streets of our haunted city by lantern light, guided by one of our talented storytellers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes and the walk is under a mile. Ghost tours are at 7:30pm every Thur, Fri & Sat. Paid reservations required in advance. 770-425-1006. www.ghostsofmarietta.com

SATURDAYS 

MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISAN MARKET is on Second and Fourth Saturdays.  April through November. The Marietta Square Artisan Market is an open-air showcase of locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm from April to November. Enjoy the paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods including fire pits, cutting boards, terraria, pens, and fine jewelry. Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park, this art ecosystem connects local fine artists and artisans with the community adding culture and charm to the Historic Marietta Square experience.  More info at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com.

SECOND TUESDAY EACH MONTH – POP IN FOR POP CULTURE – Join us at the Marietta Museum of History from 4pm-8pm. We will have foot tastings, activities, and vintage commercials. All included in the price of regular admission. For more info visit www.MariettaHistory.org
WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market.  18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574

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