Powder Springs

Holiday Cards for Soldiers at Holiday Market

CAM038211Logan Mosser, student at Lovinggood Middle Schools and Chair of Holiday Cards for Soldiers,  shares this information about the program:  Holiday cards hand drawn by Lovinggood Middle School students will be available for purchase for $1.00 each at The Hillgrove High School Marching Band’s Holiday Market on Saturday, November 14th  from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Come select from a variety of designs, write a personal message, and sign your name.  Your card will then be sent to a deployed American soldier or to a disabled American Veteran and his/her family along with a stocking filled with goodies!

Proceeds from sales of the cards will be donated to Disabled American Veterans, the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in America.  DAV provides free, professional assistance to disabled veterans and their families through a variety of programs dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity.

Let your Dollar Do Double Duty!!  Come buy a card to send a message of Holiday Cheer to an American soldier or veteran!  Your purchase will go towards helping other veterans in need!

HILLGROVE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND will host their Holiday Market from 10-2. The Hillgrove Bands Holiday Market is their band fundraiser and will be in the Hillgrove High School Cafeteria. Come shop 20+ Vendors and enjoy Entertainment. Free Admission. The school is located at  4165 Luther Ward Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127.


An Evening with Navy SEAL Senior Chief Rob O’Neill

Hearts for Heroes will host an evening with Navy SEAL Senior Chief Rob O’Neill on Saturday, August 15th, 7:00 pm at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064.

Rob ONeillRob was Team Leader of “SEAL Team 6” on the raid when they caught Osama Ben Laden. He is also one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans (i.e., 2 “Silver Stars” and 4 “Bronze Stars with Valor”) alive, with over 400 combat  missions across 4 theaters of war! In addition, he was recently chosen as a “FOX NEWS Military Contributor”. His talk will be on: “Never Quit: The Story of a Life Built on Successful Missions”.

Tickets are $45 for General Admission; $35 – Active Military/Veteran General Admission. VIP Admission and After Party Tickets: $145; Active Military/Veteran VIP Admission and After Party  $100.

The After Party will be held at the Hilton/Marietta Convention Center with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. This will also be an exclusive Meet & Greet with Navy SEAL Senior Chief Rob O’Neill

Tickets may be ordered at www.HeartsForHeroesInc.org! (All net proceeds support select military and Veteran organizations, and their families, in Georgia)




Celebrate the Fourth of July all Weekend!

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.

Fun Events for Through May 4!

Art_WalkLooking for a fun free activity for you and your family — in Acworth, Kennesaw, or Marietta for the next few days?  Take a look here – chose from an Arts and Crafts show, Marietta Cobb Arts Museum, Oklahoma at the Jennie T. Anderson, Walking Tour, at least three 5K’s, Kennesaw’s  Outdoor movie, and Acworth’s Golf Tournament- you name it, and we have it happening.  Don’t forget Kennesaw’s Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Night. See listings below.

THU APR 30 – SOLAR ENERGY 101 – Cobb EMC invites you to learn how solar energy systems work and enter for your chance to win prizes! Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. Registration is required – register at www.cobbemc.com/solar101. Begins at 6pm in the Cobb EMC community room.

FRI, MAY 1, Martinis & Music Night at Marietta Cobb Arts Museum. 5:30 – 8:30pm  Walk through the galleries, meet new people, and enjoy some fantastic drinks. We will have hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Entertainment: Manouche Jazz & Moore.Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are: Mid-Century Revival: The works of Carl Holzman and Sally Tharp  & Jere Allen: Ebb and Flow. Admission: Non-Members: $10 Members: FREE.

FRI MAY 1 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK The 8th Annual Marietta Square Art Walk continues on May 1, 2015, and is held each first Friday through November. Art lovers enjoy an evening stroll through the charming streets of Marietta Square during this free, self-guided tour featuring local art and live music. Art Walk is currently accepting applications. Artists interested in participating may apply online throughout the year at www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.  Be sure to stop by dk Gallery for the mother/daughter exhibit featuring Susan Easton Burns and Julia Burns.

Oklahoma! at Jennie T. AndersonFRI, SAT, SUN – May 1-3 OKLAHOMA presented by the Cobb County Center for Performing Arts at the Jennie T Anderson Theater.  With Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless music Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy.  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.

SAT MAY 2 – CEMETERY CLEAN UP – The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission is hosting a clean-up and beautification day calleThe cemetery is located at Main and Cemetery Streets downtown.  Cleaning materials (except gloves) will be supplied.  Free lunch and drinks as well as live entertainment are also provided.  All are welcomed to come and participate. If cancelled due to rain, the event will be held on May 16.

SAT MAY 2 Marietta Civil War Hospitals Walking Tour, hosted by Marietta Museum of History. Join noted Civil War Historian, Brad Quinlin on a tour of the Marietta Square like you have never before experienced.  Step back in time to what Marietta was like over 150 years ago.  Explore the Square when it was occupied first by the Confederate and then the Union Armies.  Learn about the buildings that became hospitals, the businesses that supplied the armies, and the citizens who lived during these dramatic events. Cost: $15 per ticket. Where: Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History. When: Saturday, May 2 from 2-3:30 p.m.

SAT MAY 2 – OUTDOOR MOVIE – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation announces the return of its free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park with The Book of Life. The 2015 series is presented by WellStar. Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

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.

runnerSAT 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 2 – AGING BY DESIGN SUMMIT & EXPO – All are welcomed ($5 per person and includes lunch) to learn about issues that impact older adults. The expo runs from 8am-2:30pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. Pre-register at any Cobb Senior Center. Call 770-528-5355 with questions or visit www.CobbSeniors.org for more information.

SAT&SUN May 2-3 MAY-RETTA Daze Arts & Craft Festival hosted by Marietta Parks and Recreation. MARIETTA – More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glass, floral designs and much more at the annual festival. The festival will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and there is free parking available in the Cobb County parking garage.

MON MAY 4 – ABA GOLF TOURNAMENT – The ABA is set to have the Ft. Lauderdale Scramble start at 9 a.m. at the beautiful Bentwater Golf Club. Registration for golfers is $100 or $400 for each foursome. Includes greens fees, carts, goodie bags, breakfast and snacks, lunch and a silent auction at the conclusion of the round of golf. Register online at www.acworthbusiness.org, click golf tournament under the events menu.

Harvest-vegetablesMON MAY 4 till FALL FARMER’S MARKET AND FOOD TRUCK NIGHT Mondays just got better in Kennesaw as  the Farmer’s Market will move to Monday nights combining the Market with Food Truck Mondays at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw. The two events will coincide each Monday starting May 4th and will continue every Monday night through the fall. The event times are staggered so that those wanting to get in and out of the Farmer’s Market without visiting the Food Trucks will be able to do so, while those looking to attend both events will be accommodated as well. The Farmer’s Market will run from 3 pm to 7 pm and the Food Trucks will operate from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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.

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easterbunnyOur  Kennesaw/Acworth and Marietta/Powder Springs papers are stuffed full of activities for the family — most of them free.  And our advertisers help us make this information available for everyone.

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fp.wcIt might be a rainy day today (good day to read the paper) – but we promise Spring is just around the corner.  Marietta comes alive with Art Walk, Artists’ Market, Glover Park Concerts and much more in April.  Browse the paper and load your calendar with lots of fun things to do.  Have an event you would like to share  – send it to us at brightnews@aol.com.  Enjoy your day – there is sunshine behind those clouds.

Fun and Entertainment this Week in Cobb

Chase the cold away, let the sun come out, cheer us up and give us good energy to enjoy one or more of the following events:

FRI JAN 23 THE PRINCESS BRIDE – MOVIE at the Strand.  Sing-along at 7:30 pm, Movie at 8:00.  Tickets: $8 for Adults, $7 for students, seniors and military.

SAT JAN 24 – TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Ga., will host “Trains, Trains, Trains” from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The railroad-themed event will feature expanded model train layouts and activities for families. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and under and Museum members; coupons and discounts will not be accepted for the event. The Museum is at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75). For more information, call (770) 427-2117 ext. 3058 or visit southernmuseum.org.

SAT, JAN 24 “The PARADOCS” (8pm) at the Strand Theatre  Is there a hole in your concert schedule that is just begging for some classic rock mixed in with some Motown, country, and a few surprises? Are you missing some doc rock in your life? This January 24th, you’re in luck. The PARADOCS, founded by Dr. Larry Clements and Dr. Joe Havlik, is comprised of healthcare professionals from the metro Atlanta area who have a passion for music. The mission of the band is to have fun, play great music and make a positive difference.  Tickets are available online at www.earlsmithstrand.org, and at the Strand Box Office by phone (770.293.0080) or in person during box office hours (11am-6pm, M-F)

SAT JAN 24 KEN MEDENA – Marietta FUMC – Family Life Hall. Doors Open at  6:30 p.m. Program Begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 (available through the church office) First United Methodist Church of Marietta will host Ken Medema in concert, celebrating with songs and stories honoring the legacy of Lindell and Ann DeJarnett. The event is a fundraiser for our Youth Choir, marking its 50th anniversary concert mission tour in 2015, for its trip to England.

THURS-SUN JAN 29,30,31 & FEB 1st.  Pebblebrook High School presents their CCCEPA Winter Musical – TARZAN at the Jennie T Anderson Theatre. Tarzan: The Musical is based on the Disney film of the same name, which is, in turn, adapted from the 1914 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The songs are written by Phil Collins with a book by David Henry Hwang.  Tickets are available at Ticket Master
or call 770-528-8490 for more information.

FRI, JAN 30 ” James Gregory- Funniest Man in America” (7:30pm) at the Strand Theatre.  He’s back! The Funniest Man in America, James Gregory is back at the The Earl Smith Strand. James does not ‘tip-toe’ through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, ‘If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.’ For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt un-tucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. Tickets are available online at www.earlsmithstrand.org, and at the Strand Box Office by phone (770.293.0080) or in person during box office hours (11am-6pm, M-F)

Calendar for Dec 11-Dec 18, 2014

Santa and CarsonLooking for a fun free activity for you and your family — in Acworth, Kennesaw, or Marietta for the next seven days?  Take a look here – chose from concerts, Nativity scenes, Arts and Crafts, Wreaths Across America, Santa visits and the lighting of the MENORAH in Acworth.  Enjoy your time with your family.  Create traditions they will remember for a long time.

THUR DEC 11 – FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Blue Skies Ministries, headquartered in Marietta, will be hosting a free Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm at North Metro Church.  The concert will feature Christy Nockels and Kenn Kington.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by visiting the website www.whereskiesareblue.org.

THUR DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE – 7:00pm, entitled “Marietta’s Holiday Pops Concert.”  The concert will be held at the historic Strand Theatre on the Square and will include lots of holiday favorites including the wildly popular music from Frozen. Tickets are available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Strand box office. www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13- BETHLEHEM WALK – Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta invites everyone  to Experience the sights and sounds of the City of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus was born  from 7 – 9 p.m.  Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road, Marietta. 30066. Visit www.mvumc.org for more information.

FRI-SUN DEC 12-14 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM 6PM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your  family to experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. This is an outdoor event. Listen to live music and have some hot chocolate as you wait for your tour to begin. The location is Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta Ga. 30064. If weather does not permit, an alternate weekend will be December 19th, 20th, and 21st. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy. Free for the whole family!

FRI-SAT DEC 12, 13 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT CHURCH.  Loads of activities for the whole family including a FREE Kid’s Zone, unique arts and crafts, local entertainment, great food, petting zoo on Saturday.  FREE Giant Snow Tubing Slide on Friday & Saturday (compliments of C & S Paving).  FREE photos with Santa on Friday 6-9 and Sat 12-3. FREE ADMISSION and Parking.  Call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmonthchurch.tv.  The church is located at 570 Piedmont Rd. Marietta, GA 30066.

FRI DEC 12 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park,1306 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.  

SAT DEC 13 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – No Mall line for Santa Claus as the Kennesaw Optimist Club will host Breakfast with Santa at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 8am  until 11 am. The club will be serving pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee for Mom and Dad.  In addition to a visit with Santa, children will enjoy making crafts. Tickets are  $5.00 for children under 10, $6.00 for kids 10 and older and adults. For families with special needs children, tickets are complimentary for our special kids.  Purchase tickets on line Kennesaw optimist.org or at the door.

SAT DEC 13 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Come volunteer and assist the Marietta Tree Keepers as they plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Birney Park (475 Birney St, Marietta).  Arrive at 8:30am.  All ages are welcome.  Dress warmly.  For more info, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 13 – WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Ga National Cemetery and Marietta National Cemetery.  Ceremony begins at noon in honor of our veterans.  The public is invited to attend either location.  This ceremony will take place at the same time at every national cemetery across the U.S.  More information is available at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

SAT DEC 13 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – The Acworth Downtown Development Authority is excited to present, “Christmas in Acworth”! We have many wonderful festivities planned so that you can shop local, while enjoying the season of Christmas in a quaint downtown setting. For the complete schedule of events, visit  www.acworthtourism.org  Please join us for “Christmas in Acworth”and enjoy your holiday shopping without the crowds!

SAT DEC 13 – SECRET GARDEN CHILDREN’S ART SERIES – Wooden Photo Frame – Starry Night by Van Gogh  – 10:30am to 12Noon. Children will learn how this painting came to be and learn step-by-step on how to recreate their own version of it on a wooden picture frame, perfect for the gift giving season. No artistic experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required. Participation fee: SGG-Member Child : $20 ; Non-Member Child: $25 Age: 4 – 12 years old

SAT DEC 13 – CAFE NOEL CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW – Hosted by Powder Springs UMC and the City of Powder Springs.  Two performances at 5pm & 7pm. All proceeds will be donated to support Sweetwater Mission, who serves low income neighborhoods in our area. Show will be at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center, 4181 Atlanta Street in downtown Powder Springs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.psfumc.org or call 770-943-5130 to purchase tickets.

SUN DEC 14 – CHRISTMAS FROM DUBLIN – The Kennesaw State University Retirees Association is partnering with one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, Paul Byrom, to present a unique fundraising concert event beginning at 7pm! Tickets are $35 Contribution per person or  $50 Contribution – per person with Preferred Seating, guarantees access to the closest available seats to the performance stage. Quantities are limited.To buy tickets: visit Paul’s website at www.PaulByrom.ie or go to brownpapertickets.com and type in his name.

SUN DEC 14 – GREAT GIG DANCE CO “SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” – Musical Christmas variety show at NorthStar Church beginning at 5pm. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble, professional singers, musicians and promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood!  Tickets are $10 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $12.50. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

SUN DEC 14 – AN EVENING OF SACRED CHRISTMAS MUSIC – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5055 Holt Road NW, Acworth 30101 invites the public to this free hour of Christmas music that will be presented through vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles and scripture readings related to the birth of Christ. After the program, light refreshments will be served as guests mingle and view a variety of Nativity displays.

MON. DEC 15 GONE WITH THE WIND MOVIE – Celebrating 75 years. This event will be held at The Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064.  Tickets are $10 per person, reserved seating.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.MPAC.Marietta-City.org or purchase tickets at the MPAC Box Office.

WED DEC 17 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – The City of Acworth invites everyone to its third annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the second night of Hanukkah, at 6:00 p.m.  The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting.

THURS DEC 18 SANTA AT CALIFORNIA DREAMING 6-9 What a fun way to get in the Christmas Spirit — California Dreaming, 745 Chastain Rd in Kennesaw has invited Santa to visit on Thursday, December 18 from 6-9 and you and your family are invited to come have dinner with Santa.  Plan on visiting Santa at California Dreaming, where he will take the time to listen to all the kids wishes and pose for photos.  Stay for dinner and make this an extra special night for the family. Bring  a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund sponsored by the Kennesaw Police Department and you will receive a card good for a FREE basket of Croissants.

Calendar listings for Dec 4-Dec 9 – Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Polar_Express_Adventure_2013_126_-_Version_2So many things to chose from in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta for this weekend.  See Listings below

THUR-SAT DEC 4-6 – DINNER THEATER “THE CHRISTMAS POST” – Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, 5145 Due West Road, Powder Springs, will present the musical. Dinner is at 6pm and the performance begins at 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets for this fun family event, go to www.burnthickory.com.

THUR. DEC 4 – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 5:00 And he is coming on a firetruck. What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 4, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

THUR DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.

THUR. DEC 4 DINNER WITH SANTA. Pitner Elementary School invites you to ring in the holiday season with “Dinner with Santa and Basket Raffle” on Thursday, December 4 from 5-8pm at Pitner Elementary School. The school is located at 4575 Wade Green Rd NW in Acworth, near Wildwood Baptist Church. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa — all for just $1! There will also be a basket raffle with tickets available for $1. You can also enter to win an Atlanta Braves jersey autographed by Marquis Grissom!

FRI DEC 5 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN ACWORTH – 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. For more information visit  www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

SAT & SUN DEC. 6 & 7 MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE HOME TOUR The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115, or 800-835-0445 or visit www.marietttapilgrimage.com

SAT DEC 6 – FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Helping One Guy (H.O.G.) invites you to help us celebrate the Horizon League (Special Needs) Field! Join us for a FREE Pancake Breakfast at Fast Eddies (Butler Creek Shopping Center – 3300 Cobb Pkwy NW, Suite 100, Acworth, GA 30101) from 6:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Donations are welcome! For more information, contact Bob at 770-639-7694. or visit http://helponeguy.com and click on “Events”

SAT DEC 6 – KENNESAW’S DAY WITH SANTA – Festivities begin at noon with a Main Street parade featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The celebration continues near the Depot with a holiday host of activities and seasonal entertainment. Attractions will include FREE snow tubing courtesy of Wellstar, the event’s presenting sponsor; as well as inflatables and amusements, a kid’s craft station, visits with Santa, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.  Festivities will carry into the evening with a musical program and a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.adaywithsanta.com, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 6 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw, is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure. The special holiday event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. The museum is offering special pricing for the event. Tickets for adults and seniors are $5, children (4-12) are $3 and Infants (3 and under) are free. For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or southernmuseum.org.

SAT DEC 6 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – The Acworth Downtown Development Authority is excited to present, “Christmas in Acworth”! We have many wonderful festivities planned so that you can shop local, while enjoying the season of Christmas in a quaint downtown setting. For the complete schedule of events, visit www.acworthtourism.org Please join us for “Christmas in Acworth”and enjoy your holiday shopping without the crowds!

SAT DEC 6 – FOUR WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES – Enjoy the art of Palma Rhoades, Kaye Mero, Ann Wallin & Rachel Bick as Gallery 4463 presents Four Women’s Perspectives for their December Show.  The show opens Dec 3 and runs through Jan 4. The public is invited to a reception and fashion show scheduled for December 6 – 6-9 pm.

SAT-SUN DEC 6-7 – BETHLEHEM WALK – Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta invites everyone to Experience the sights and sounds of the City of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus was born from 7 – 9 p.m. Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road, Marietta. 30066. Visit www.mvumc.org for more information.

SUN DEC 7 – HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Join us from 9:00-2:00 at Kennesaw United Methodist Church on Ben King Rd in Kennesaw in our Christian Activity Center. There will be a variety of vendors including those with jewelry, home decor, pottery, kitchen products, food and gift items and many more. Start your holiday shopping here!

SUN DEC 7 – WELLSTAR’S LITE THE NIGHT TREE LIGHTING – 4:30-6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos. There will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are our special musical guests. Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

SUN-MON DEC 7-8 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – The Carols by Candlelight, 15th annual Concert is at 7:00pm, presented by First Baptist Church of Marietta’s choir and orchestra. This is a free concert and will feature traditional Christmas carols along with newly composed Christmas music. 148 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.  (770) 424-8326   www.mariettafbc.org

TUE DEC 9 – TOM + CHEE WELCOMES SANTA – Santa is coming to visit!!! From 5-8pm get free pictures with Santa and a .99 cent kids meal (with purchase of an adult sandwich and drink) Tom + Chee is located at 1200 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Ste 208 in Kennesaw.