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Run for Wounded Heroes 5K

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Run for Wounded Heroes 5K is the fourth 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, and takes place on Saturday, August 1 in downtown Kennesaw.  The race for adults and children benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Same-day registration and packet pickup at Kennesaw First Baptist Church opens at 6:30 am; a one mile fun run for children starts at 7:30 am with the 5K race beginning at 8 am.  Price is $25 until July 23, $30 til July 30, and $35 on the day of the race – Aug 1.

Thanks to the 1700 runners who participated in the race last year. $20,000 dollars was donated to Wounded Warrior Project, and $1,000 to Kennesaw’s Veterans Luncheon. Over $75,000 has been donated to WWP in 5 years. You have made it very successful. We look forward to seeing everyone again.  Let’s make this 2,000 runners this year.

The race follows a fast, flat route through historic downtown Kennesaw and Swift-Cantrell Park and is fun for beginners and accomplished runners and walkers alike. The route is a USA Track and Field Certified course. Traffic control is coordinated by local law enforcement. The race is electronically timed for fast, accurate results. Race day refreshments are provided for all participants.

Registration is open now at active.com and is available at the Kennesaw Big Peach Running Company location. All registered 5K participants will receive an official race shirt, runner/walker number, and goodie bag. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of this year’s sponsors: title sponsor R&D Mechanical Services, Inc and other sponsors including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; ClickHost; State Farm – David Grant; Big Peach Running Company; the City of Kennesaw; Prestigious Cleaning Team; Life University; Trackside Grill; Mountain Motorsports; great gig DANCE co.; and State Farm – Dave Grant.

What’s Happening the week of July 18-26

Looking for some family fun events, before you finish your back to school shopping.  Only two more weeks before the doors of our hallowed learning halls our open.  Not ready for summer fun to end.

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A Strand Musical Revue
The Strand is celebrating its fifth annual Motown musical revue with fan favorite The Motown Sound in July 2015! With each passing year, the praise for the Motown revue grows, making each year a bigger smash hit that the last. With an extensive catalog of Motown hits to choose from, The Motown Sound whisks audiences back to the 1960s and 70s with the feel-good hits of the much celebrated Motown era.
Audiences are sure to enjoy the big hair, colorful fashions, and soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight & The Pips in this high-energy, high-excitement musical revue that is unlike any other experience in the area.
The Motown Sound will run from through July 26th on Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Shows tend to sell out so secure your tickets fast!

NOW – JULY 26 – THE MOTOWN SOUND – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, come enjoy the sounds of Motown.  Tickets available online at www.earlsmithstrand.org or by calling the box office at 770-293-0080.

Harvest-vegetablesFresh fruit, fresh vegetables, breads, plants and more are in abundance at our local Farmer’s Markets.  Nothing is better than fresh and local.  Several vendors are certified organic farms, while others are selling their home grown bounty for sale.

EVERY MONDAY – Kennesaw Food Truck Rally and Farmer’s Market at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw.  Farmer’s Market open from 3-7.  Food Trucks serving from 6-9.

EVERY FRIDAY ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET 7-12.  Located in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking lot on Main St., Acworth.

SAT & SUN – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Takes up residence on North Park Square on Saturday and opens 9-12. And on Sundays on Mill Street starting at noon. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus lots of the 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.

Family Fun Day at the Factory Church

The Factory Church is launching a new series on August 2nd called “Everything Must Change” and immediately after their 11:15am service (from approx 1pm to 3pm), the public is invited to a Family Fun Day that will include free food, inflatables, games for the kids and adults, giveaways and more!

The Factory Church is a church that’s about making disciples the other six days.  Our website is www.thefactoryministries.org.  We are located at 9872 Main Street (near the intersection of Highway 92 and Highway 5) in Woodstock and we have services at 9:15am and 11:15am.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July all Weekend!

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FRI JULY 3 KENNESAW’S FOURTH OF JULY – The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America, Independence Day celebration will be held on Friday, July 3, and will feature FREE, high-energy live music and  talented entertainers, plus one of the biggest and brightest star-spangled firework displays in North Georgia. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Kennesaw. From 6 – 7:30 pm on the DEPARTUREfeature stage in Depot Park, the United States Air Force Band of the West’s Concert Band will perform. This 45 member ensemble of Air Force professional musicians have a music repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring classical and Broadway music as well as Sousa marches and popular hits. From 8 – 9:30 pm, DEPARTURE, arguably the best, most respected Journey tribute band in the nation, plays all the hits of the ‘80s rock super group. The Atlanta-based band was voted “Best Local Entertainer” in 2014 by Gwinnett Magazine. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.  This event is free.

flashbackSAT JULY 4 – ACWORTH’S FOURTH OF JULY, Let Freedom Ring Live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. Live music with the Shreeps from 4-5; Paul Hand Band will start at 5:15 p.m. leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 8:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Stay for more FLASHBACK until 11:00 pm. Admission to the concert is free; however tables are available for the July 4 concert. Tables are $50 each for City of Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. With the table you get 6 chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park as long as spots remain available. Parking at Cauble Park is by pass only on July 4 but you are not guaranteed a parking spot at Cauble Park with this pass so please plan on arriving early.

audienceSAT JULY 4 MARIETTA’S FOURTH OF JULY 10-10. Grab your American flag, put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate America’s independence July 4, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and Superior Plumbing fireworks finale. Throughout the day, more than 80,000 people are expected to celebrate on the Square with great food, fun activities, the best arts and crafts around and free entertainment from different local entertainers and even Universal Republic Nashville Records country star- David Fanning presented by 94.9 The Bull.  Plan on spending the day and enjoy shopping over 100 craft vendors, food concessions, a Kid’s Zone, concerts and fireworks.  Fireworks scheduled for 9:30 pm.

SAT. JULY 4 POWDER SPRINGS FOURTH OF JULY 4:00 PM. Festivities start in downtown Powder Springs at 4:00 p.m. Free Admission, Free Parking, Free concerts, and Free Fireworks. Patriotic Program and Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Go Skateboarding Day – June 21

goskateposter1Kennesaw Parks & Recreation and Ambush Board Company are partnering to host Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 from noon to 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark.

Local rippers, veteran shredders, and spectators are invited to help celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day, held every year on June 21. The free, public event this Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark will feature open skate sessions, contests with cool prizes, giveaways, games, music, and food vending. Winners of a father-son and father-daughter best trick contest will be awarded a pair of $50 Ambush gift cards and two skateboard decks; and winners of the best trick contest on the skatepark’s impact section will receive a $100 Ambush gift card and skateboard deck. Pre-registration is not required to enter the contests.

Kennesaw Skatepark is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw. For more information, visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Cobb County Well Represented at Miss Georgia Pageant

This is the 71sth anniversary celebration for the Miss Georgia Pageant

Once again Cobb County has amazing young women in Columbus – Patricia Ford, Miss Cobb County 2015, and  Tyler Reese Tritt, Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen 2015. They arrived in Columbus today and will attend a meet and greet session at 4 pm, followed by a parade today.  Preliminary nights are June 17, 18, and 19 with the finals on June 20.

We have a goal for them to receive more cards and wishes of encouragement than any other contestants and we need your help.  Please send your card today!!!
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Patricia Ford, Miss Cobb County

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Tyler Reese Tritt, Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen

Direct any mail of cards, letters and gifts to them with their title at Rankin Events Office, 1004 Broadway,  Columbus,  GA 31901. Flowers may be sent to them at:   25 West Tenth Street, Columbus, GA 31901

We also want to salute and thank their families.  We have been so blessed through the years to have fabulous representatives  every year for Cobb County and a supportive family has made the journey to Columbus even more special.  We appreciate all that each family has done throughout the history of the pageant.

Our Cobb number #1 families for this year are: 

PatriciaFamily1Miss Cobb County: Patricia Ford, age 21, a 2015 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her parents are Ruby and Skip Ford and her brother Donny is also a graduate of Georgia Tech and attends the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta studying to become a physician.

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Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen: Tyler Reese Tritt, age 17, is a senior at Mount Paran Christian School.  Her parents are Theresa and Travis Tritt.  She enjoys the responsibility of driving both brothers to school each day as they also attend Mt. Paran.  They are Tristan and Torian.

The road ahead is bright for both Patricia and Tyler Reese.  We salute both of them for their outstanding year of service to the community.

We know all of our past winners of the Miss Cobb County title and our Miss Cobb Teen representatives have wonderful and special memories of their year on the Miss Georgia stage. We very much appreciate the fabulous job that each of you did representing Cobb County.

Spydercup is Going Down at Kennesaw Skate Park

POSTER1Go ahead an clear your calendar this weekend, June 13 & 14. The @spydercup Is going down! Saturday will feature a demo from the largest concentration of pros and legends the park has ever seen. Check out that list of participants! Then on Sunday an am contest! Email stevesteadham@gmail.com for details and to enter. Additionally there’s a street and pool camp being held on Friday. If you’re interested reach out to Steve Steadham at the same address. A big shout to @tmilliondk for helping to make this event possible.

Broadway Comes to Cobb County

Oklahoma! at Jennie T. AndersonThe talented performers from the Cobb County Center  for Performing Arts will perform OKLAHOMA! at the Jennie T Anderson Theater on May 1-3.

Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Oklahoma! is set in the robust world of territory life populated by a dynamic cast of talented young performers from the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. With Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless music Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy.

Performances are May 1: 8:00 pm; May 2: 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm; May 3: 3:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.  For ticket information go to www.cccepa.com.

Attention – Runners, Walkers – Lovers of 5K Races

runnerOur community has been blessed with a bushel of 5K races.  Knowing how popular these are we have gathered together all of the ones that we are aware of and are listing below.  We even have an evening race listed. If you have a race happening in Acworth, Kennesaw or Marietta — send it to us through our Contact Page on this site.  Have fun and remember to stretch.

SAT MAY 2 – MAVERICK 5K – The McClure Middle School Foundation is excited to announce our 1st annual Maverick 5K! Enjoy an exhilarating, chip timed, 5K run or 1 mile walk through the track & trails of Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS). Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Online registration – visit www.runsignup.com/race/ga/kennesaw/maverick5k. Running events start at 9am.

SAT MAY 2 – POKER RUN – Please join us for our first ever Poker Run, which is being held to help combat PTSD by raising funds for Service Dogs for Warriors. Registration starts at 8 AM to 10 AM at North Star Church at 3413 Blue Springs Rd., Kennesaw. Entry fee is $25 per bike and $10 for a passenger. Questions or Concerns please contact Steve Gantt at combatPTSD@post304.org.  Rain date is May 9. If interested in participating in the ride, visit www.post304.org to download your application. If you would like to sponsor a mile or make a donation you may mail your check to American Legion Post 304, PO Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015

SAT MAY 9 – SWIFT CANTRELL 5K – Join us for the 6th annual Swift Cantrell Classic at 8:00am. The one mile race will begin at 7:30am and starts at Kennesaw First Baptist Church. The 5k will begin at 8am.  Register online at www.SwiftCantrellClassic.com or in person at Big Peach Running Company.  Call (770) 429-9733 for more information.

SAT MAY 9 – DURHAM DERBY 5K – The Durham Middle School Foundation is excited to announce their 2nd annual Durham Derby 5K. The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 7:45 am. The 5K Run will begin at 8:00 am. Online registration – at www.active.com. Park at the school. Make sure to wear your running gear and bring a water bottle. Guaranteed T-shirts if you are registered by 04/24/2015.

SAT MAY 9 – LIGHT THE WAY 5K – The Kiwanis Club of Marietta is hosting the 5k race (a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier) at Marietta High School. Race day registration is at 6pm with the 5k race beginning at 8pm. For more information or to register visit www.LighttheWay5K.com

SAT MAY 23 – VETERANS MEMORIAL 5K – The American Legion – Post 29, Marietta will be sponsoring this 5k to honor our heroes past, present, fallen. Register online at www.Active.com.  Race is at the Marietta Square. Start time is 7:30am.

SAT MAY 30 – SWEET TEA 5K – West Cobb Church is hosting the Sweet Tea 5K at 8:00am, which will occur on the beautiful 149 acre Still Family Farm, 5630 Macland Rd., Powder Springs, GA 30127. ALL proceeds will benefit local and international missions. The entire race will be off-pavement, and wind through farmland and beautiful woods. Registration is $25 through May 28 and $30 thereafter. Register online at www.sweettea5k.com.

ALERT! ALERT! KBA EXPO POSTPONED TODAY!

EXPO2015 KBA Business EXPO POSTPONED!!!

Due to the inclement weather in the Kennesaw and surrounding area, the KBA Business Expo scheduled for today has been postponed until: Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Same Time 4:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. and Same Location : KSU Continuing Education Center.  MORE info will be posted at www.kennesawbusiness.org.