Cherokee County

AUDITIONS FOR “EVERY CHILDS A STAR” PERFORMANCE THIS MONTH

advocatesThe next American Idol star may be in our midst! A great way to take that first step towards stardom is by auditioning for Advocates for Children’s Every Child’s a Star talent show.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Expedition Church, 32 Center Road, Cartersville, Georgia 30120.

Auditions are open to anyone in kindergarten, primary, elementary, middle or high school in Bartow County and surrounding areas. Those wanting to audition should attend one of two audition dates, bring a cd of accompaniment and be prepared to perform a two minute act of dance, drama, music (vocal or instrumental) or gymnastics. Music and performance must be age appropriate, G-rated.

A panel of three judges will select thirty one acts (twenty one individual and ten group acts) to perform at Every Child’s a Star talent show to take place on March 20, 2015 at Cass High School Performing Arts Center. Participants are required to attend all rehearsals and are responsible for their own costumes.

Regina Gilbert and her son Thomas Gilbert have once again stepped up to volunteer their time and talents to help Advocates for Children bring this show to fruition for the 22nd year in a row. Regina serves as producer while Thomas serves as the director. The Gilberts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the production and ensure every detailed is covered.

For more information about Advocates or Every Child’s a Star go to www.AdvoChild.org or contact Thomas Gilbert, thomas23gilbert@aol.com, 678.276.5521, Regina Gilbert, reginagilbert@aol.com or Advocates for Children, ECAS@AdvoChild.org.

Advocates for Children strengthens our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms. To learn more about Advocates and the services they offer, call 770.387.1143 or visit www.AdvoChild.org.

Alert – Kennesaw/Acworth Deadline – Fri. Nov. 21

turkeyrunTo all of our Bright Side readers and advertisers — just a quick note to remind you that our deadline for the Kennesaw/Acworth December issue is this Friday, Nov 21.  Don’t miss out on sharing your good news, or letting folks know about your Christmas specials.  Your news is important to us.  For more information about our ad rates visit www.brightsidenews.com/adrates.html or call us at 770-851-5469.

School is out on Friday and parents will be up to their shoulders with kids (I know, been there).  The holidays are the best time for family, so let us hear from you before Friday. Stay warm.

Commemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

burningCommemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War  with a real-life experience of devastating Burning of the Historic Square  Saturday, November 8.

The City of Marietta will continue its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Marietta throughout the rest of the year, culminating with a real-life experience of General Sherman’s devastating Burning of the Historic Square and the City’s triumphant rebirth on Saturday, November 8.

Marietta effectively surrendered when Confederate General Joseph Johnston was forced to abandon the town on July 2, 1864. Even though the Union Army and federal troops had been occupying Marietta since July, Southern citizens who had remained saw no real activity until early November when trains began running at all hours of the day and night carrying wounded Union troops and various supplies. The trains’ only destination was North, and fast. The reason for the urgency was simple and harsh – once the last train had gone north, the railroad and City would be burned and destroyed by General Sherman.

In the days and weeks that followed, history would record the destruction of Downtown Marietta as one of the first steps towards General William Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Schedule of Events for November 7th and 8th

On Friday evening (Nov 7) there will be active rehearsals for the Burning of Marietta event. (Expect some booms and pops!)

The Farmer’s Market will be relocated to East Park. Artist Market will remain on Mill Street. East Park Square and North Park Square (streets) will be closed at 5:30am Saturday morning and remain closed all day for the event.

cannonCivil War Festival on the Square 10am-9pm

10am – 7pm There will be several activities going on such as re-enactors in Glover Park, carriage rides, children’s games, 2 inflatables, touch-a-truck, a dunk tank, pin the devil horns on Sherman, music, included are kids’ Games & Activities 12pm-5pm (Games include a Bucket Brigade, Sherman DunkTank, Civil War era games, and various other fun events, plus Marietta Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck Event 12pm-5pm

Extra excuse to shop as Merchants are welcome to set up on the sidewalk to sell merchandise or refreshments like they do for the sidewalk sale that Karen Heard coordinates.

Burning, Rebirth & Live Battle Skirmish at 8pm  The “burning” show will begin at 8:00pm. It will include a performance by the Symphony on the Square and a re-enactment of what happened 150 years ago when Marietta burned. This will include special effects to replicate the burning and will occur on East Park on the County buildings.

Symphony on the Square

Re-enactor Camp on the Square

More information available at www.mariettacivilwar.com.

Community Events for October 11, 2014

Make yourself tripletts do enjoy Saturday October 11, 2014.  Below are some of the events listed for Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta — Enjoy.

SAT OCT 11 – HILLGROVE NJROTC 5K – Hillgrove NJROTC will be hosting a fundraising run, a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Shepherd’s Men. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will be held on the campus of Hillgrove High School. This Peachtree Road Race qualifier (# GA14067WC) Early registration, up to Sept. 28, is $20, late registration, from Sept. 29- Oct. 5, is $25, and race day.

SAT OCT 11 – OPEN HOUSE AT GREENRIDGE STABLES – 12-3 pm.  Come for fun, food, face painting, special music and prizes for all.  Check their website: www.greenridgestables.com for schedule of demonstrations, which include: Dressage and Jumping, Tackless Riding, Natural Horsemanship, Sword Fighting on Horses and more.  The Stables are located five minutes north of Cedarcrest Rd, off Hwy-41 at 55 East Greenridge Rd., Cartersville.

SAT OCT 11 – TASTE OF ACWORTH – 10am-6pm, Hosted by the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth, the festivities will allow 150 booths from local restaurants and businesses demonstrate what they do best.  two live entertainment stages providing live music and demonstrations from local talent. The infamous dog show is scheduled at 3:00pm and a fun fashion show at noon.  Children will have plenty to do with inflatables, quad bungee, and challenging games located in the kid zone. And new this year is the High School Team Culinary Cooking Challenge. Admission is FREE!  An array of diverse restaurants will be offering food samples from $1:00 to $4.00. Visit www.acworthbusiness.org for more info.

SAT OCT 11 – FALL-O-WEEN – The City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Fall-O-Ween Fest starting at 5 pm. Swift-Cantrell Park will be transformed into “Spook-Central Park.” Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy activities including inflatables and amusements, carnival games, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, children’s crafts, and impressive pumpkin displays. Concessions will be available for purchase. Monster Mash Dance Party from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Zombie judges will be awarding prizes every half-hour to their favorite costumed participants. After sundown, the City of Kennesaw’s 2014 Outdoor Movie Series concludes with a free screening of The Goonies (Rated PG). Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway. Parking is available inside the park, and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. For more information, visit contact Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714 or visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov.

SAT OCT 11 – FAMILY HISTORY DAY – 10am to 2pm, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2595 New MacLand Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127 will provide Free help with finding an ancestor(s) through government records, published genealogies, and other historical information. Free access
to Ancestry.com and other family history search engines. Open house format.

SAT OCT 11 – 165TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 7PM – Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest historical church in Kennesaw and is celebrating its 165th anniversary.  Concert featuring local artist and Mount Zion’s Music Director, Ahmad Hall.  The celebration continues on Sunday, October 12th with two worship services at 7:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with dinner following in the chapel.  Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church is located at 4163 Wade Green Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144(770) 499-8126.  The public is invited to attend.

SAT-SUN OCT 11-12 – MARIETTA CHALKFEST – Presented by the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, ChalkFest has been expanded to feature over 40 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the country, who will draw in front of spectators from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission to Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will be free during Marietta ChalkFest. The Chatov Retrospective: 100 Years of Painting and Atlanta Fine Arts League exhibitions will also be on display inside the museum during Marietta ChalkFest. For more info visit www.MariettaCobbArtMuseum.org.

SAT OCT 11 – OKTOBERFEST – St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church on Ben King Road in Kennesaw is hosting a fun filled evening with something for every member of your family!  Bingo, face painting, pumpkin decorating, music, jump castles, and more!  Traditional Oktoberfest food available for purchase as well! Come on out and enjoy our 2nd annual Oktoberfest from 5:00-9:00pm.  Proceeds benefit “Thanks for Giving” Ministry – which allows us to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas for those less fortunate in our community.

SAT OCT 11 – VIDEO GAMES LIVE! – Cobb Energy Centre in partnership with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra presents: Video Games LIVE at 8:00 pm at the Cobb Energy Center. Picture the excitement and energy of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined
together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide! Special offer: Use promo code “GASYM” for a 20% discount! Tickets on sale now! Visit georgiasymphony.org to purchase tickets.

First Friday Art Walk – October 3

Art_WalkFirst Friday Art Walk on the historic Marietta Square will be held on October 3, from 5-9 p.m., with over 30 artists showing their work in front of numerous merchants, restaurants and galleries hosting them.  This is the last Art Walk for this year.
In Atherton Square, behind Cool Beans and Hemmingways, Art Walk presents Tavern in the gARTen, selling beer and wine. Additional musicians and performing artists will be found throughout the Square, hosted by participating merchants.  Ask an Art Walk Ambassador for a map and directions.  You can identify them by their distinct white Art Walk aprons.
Kick-off your weekend with First Friday Art Walk. First Friday Art Walk is sponsored by The Branding Project, a membership organization representing merchants, arts, restaurants, entertainment and all professionals who work together to promote the Marietta Square as thriving, culturally-rich, shopping and entertainment destination for metro Atlanta, daily.For additional information, contact Kee Carlisle.  404-668-8210.  kee.carlisle@att.net

FRI OCT 3-NOV 21 PRESSING MATTERS V, 2 Rules Fine Art of Marietta is pleased to host Pressing Matters V, the 5th annual exhibition by the members of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio (APS). This fine art exhibition recognizes the quality and diversity of work being generated by APS members. The works shown will be original prints using hand-pulled printmaking processes. Opening reception and printmaking demonstrations on Friday, October 3, 5-9pm during Marietta’s First Friday Art Walk. The reception is free and open to the public. The 2 Rules Fine Art gallery is located at 85 Church Street in the historic Marietta Square district. Visit www.2rulesfineart.com for gallery hours and events, or call 404-355-6897.

FRI OCT 3 POP/REALISM PAINTINGS Avery Gallery presents Pop/Realism Paintings by Clifford Land.  This entertaining show opens on Friday, October 3 from 5 – 9 pm at Avery Gallery, 390 Roswell St. in Marietta. Mick Kinney & The Georgia Crackers will be playing live 1920’s era Appalachian mountain music with string instruments; fiddle, banjo and guitar.   GG’s Creole Cuisine will be providing an excellent sampling of delicious creole food.

FRI OCT 3 DK GALLERY 5-9 features Shields and Boundaries: Shellie Lewis-Dambax Solo Show for First Friday Art walk.  dk Gallery is located at 25 West Park Square.  

FRI OCT 3 MARIETTA HISTORY MUSEUM. 5-9 Join us during ArtWalk for An Eerie Evening at the Museum. The Museum will be hosting a variety of “special” guests, who will offer tales of Marietta’s past. This event is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.  1 Depot St., Marietta.

Download the complete map for Oct 3rd Art Walk here:ArtWalkMapOct2014

Taste of Smyrna – Sat. Sept 13

logoTaste of Smyrna “Festival of Delectable” presented by Superior Plumbing is coming to satisfy palates, quench your thirst, fulfill your need for music & entertainment and please the kids, all in one day!!!  We are very excited to announce that you will be able to sample all Smyrna restaurants have to offer on Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna.

Admission is FREE and samples may be purchased from 1 dollar up to 4 dollars.  We are expecting over 25 restaurants including those that participated in 2013, like- Atkins Park, Fuddruckers, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Marietta Fish Market, Zucca, Meehan’s Public House, Jock’s and Jill’s, Wing Zone, Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Siam Square and more to tempt your taste buds and fill your senses.

There will be acoustic music from Scott Thompson entertaining patrons from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. adjacent to the Veteran’s Memorial.  The evening will be topped off with a live concert featuring the Francisco Vidal Band from 7:00-9:00.

There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and much more.

The anticipated attendance, weather permitting, is expected to be over 20,000 people.  The Smyrna Education Foundation will be handling and benefit from water and soft drink sales.  Plan to sample all Smyrna’s finest restaurants, visit the beer garden and wine tasting, and listen to music all day long all on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village award winning properties.

For more information about the 2014 Taste of Smyrna Festival of Delectable, please contact Bill Watson or Peter Jezerinac at JRM Management Services, Inc. at 770-423-1330 or   pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com.

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Marietta’s Bright Side Deadline – Sept 5

fp.ncFall is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about promoting your business for September in Marietta/Powder Springs.   Join our advertising family as we reach 21,000 homes by direct mail with the Bright Side Community Newspaper for Marietta/Powder Springs, plus we publish the same paper online at www.brightsidenews.com.  Our ad rates are reasonable and if you stay with us three months in a row, we will publish a story about you and your business.

Our deadline for ad copy and articles is this Friday September 5 , 2014. This issue will be delivered September 12th.

Check us out at www.brightsidenews.com and then give us a call at 770-851-5469.  Find out why advertising in the Bright Side Community Newspaper is the most cost effective way for your business to reach your target market and let your customers know you are very much a part of this community.  Enjoy your day.

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Looking for Something Fun to Do this Weekend

Lots of fun in Kennesaw.FRI/SAT AUG22/23 PIGS & PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL.Adams Park, Kennesaw. This free event will be held rain or shine. Dozens of vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbeque, beer and other festival foods; as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. The SCANA Energy stage, featuring area dance ensembles and other family entertainment, will be located in the festival’s Kid Zone, along with free and pay-to-play inflatables, interactive games and other child-friendly activities. Adams Park is located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For more information about the festival, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

FRI.SAT.SUN AUG 22-24, AUG 29-31 NCG HOSTING FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Our Acworth NCG theater is hosting free films for the family on August 22, 23, 24 and August 29,30,31. The fun begins at 9:30 and the shows start at 10:00 am. Come see Mr. Peabody & Sherman or The Lego Movie. Tickets are available at the theater on the day of the show on a first come first serve basis. Visit www.ncgmovies.com/acworth/ for more information.

SAT AUG 23 – HUMMINGBIRD BANDING – 8-11 Smith Gilbert Gardens. Visit smithgilbertgardens.com or call 770-919-0248 for complete details. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw.

SAT AUG 23 – RECYCLE DAY – hosted by Harrison High School Band. 9-5 in school parking lot. Visit www.federalrecyclers.com for a complete list of accepted items.

SAT AUG 23 ACWORTH CULTURAL ARTS EXPO 11-8 at Roberts Community Center. A fall showcase of Arts and Cultural opportunities. FREE mini-festival open to the public.

SAT/SUN AUG 23/24 TASB CUT-A-THON FOR AUTISM. Clients will receive a professional hair care cut with a 50% discount while helping to raise funds and awareness for autism. Nelda Ayers and her staff at Heads Up Hair Salon on Cherokee St, Kennesaw, are active participants of the TASB Cut – A Thon. Need a hair cut? It’s half price starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Roasted at The Strand

On September 7, 2014 the Earl Smith Strand Theatre will be awash with sizzling sounds, the clang of pans, and possibly the scent of a culinary setback or two. Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, benefitting the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand, is a cooking competition between public figures of Marietta to decide who will go home the champ and who will go home roasted.

Guests of the event will be greeted with h’orderves prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the competition unfold live on The Strand stage.

The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef: Mayor Steve Tumlin (City of Marietta) with Shan Cooper (VP, Lockheed Martin);  Chairman Tim Lee (Chairman, Cobb Commissioners) with Elaine Armster (Special Projects Chief, GDOT); Attorney General Sam Olens (State of Georgia) with Kim Gresh (President, SA White Oil Co); and Mayor Max Bacon (City of Smyrna) with Faye DiMassimo (Director, Cobb DOT)

Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s bakery and restaurant in Marietta, Ga, will be hosting the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theatre stays intact.

“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” says Cassi Costoulas, general manager of The Strand Theatre, “this will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our ‘celebrity chefs’ create.”

Silent Auction will take place in lobby prior to the show. Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and h’orderves. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit: www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Roasted at the Strand

100 Wheels Fundraiser – Wheelchairs for Vets.

SUN-MON AUG 31/SEPT1 – 100 WHEELS – 100 Songs for Soldiers 1:00 PM -12:00 am  at Paddy’s Pub, Kennesaw.  This two day Music event is a fundraiser to purchase wheelchairs for disabled U.S. Veterans, and our goal is to purchase 25 wheelchairs with the proceeds from this event. 100% of the donations that we receive from the event will be used to purchase wheelchairs. Visit www.100wheels.org.
100 Wheels Fundraisers