MEET LEO MAZZONE On April 13 in Acworth

Greg Carter, Manager of Gabriels Old Mill in Acworth, invites the public to a meet and greet for Leo Mazzone on Thursday, April 13 at 4:00 pm..  Mazzone was the pitching coach for the Braves during the time of Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddox.  He has been heralded by Sports Illustrated as the greatest assistant coach.  Leo will be signing autographs and wants folks to know that a small donation to the Companion Animal Connection (Waleska, GA) would be deeply appreciated.

Parents this is an awesome opportunity to have your young baseball players meet Leo Mazzone. We know he would love to see some baseball players!

This is the day before Braves opening day at SunTrust Park.  Come to Gabriel’s Old Mill in Acworth and let’s  celebrate the Braves!  Gabriels is located at 4271 Southside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101.  Call (470) 891-5969 for more information.

The Kennesaw Grand Prix Series Kick-Off Party is April 11.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:00-7:00PM
Big Peach Running Co. – Kennesaw
•    Group Run with 1-5 mile options begins at 6:30PM, all levels welcome!
•    Register for all 6 races of the Series and receive a discount of 1 Series race FREE that night only!
•    Register for the Series and earn a golden ticket into the raffle of having your Series registration fee refunded.
•    Take advantage of Big Peach Running Co. special discounts of 20% off apparel, 15% off shoes (regular priced), and 10% off accessories that night only!
•    Race Directors from all 6 races will be there to handle all your registration and race questions.
•    Party with us to music, food, and RAFFLES!
KGP Series Race Registration Form
Complete the below 2017 Series Registration Form and bring to the Kick-Off Party to receive the DISCOUNTED Series Registration Fee.
Downloadable Discounted KGP Series Entry Form
•    Other friends/family can bring your form with payment during party hours.
•    Discounted forms with payment can be brought to Big Peach Running Co. early on MONDAY, 4/10 or TUESDAY, 4/11 ONLY.
•    Deadline for all discounted forms and payments is 4/11/17 at 7:00PM, no exceptions.


Holiday Festivities – Dec. 10-19

Holiday Festivities: Theater, Symphony, Arts and Crafts Show, Nativity Scenes, Santa, and more are jam packed into the next nine days.

Christmas Carol CastTHU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thursdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air.  Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at Visit for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church ( would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SANTASAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.  Thank you Johnny Walker Photography.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit or e-mail or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw

THU-SAT DEC 17-19 – NATIVITY ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE – Stroll through the Historic Marietta Square and listen to the sounds of the season celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  Performances by local church choirs, musicians and puppetry arts.  Sponsored by Citizens for Christian Christmas Celebration on the Marietta Square.  Please join us for free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and on the 19th the festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  

FRI DEC 18 & SAT DEC 19 “5th Annual LIVE NATIVITY CELEBRATION” 6-9P – St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church’s Gift to the Community.  Come see and hear the story of the Nativity – LIVE animals, including a CAMEL!!! FREE parking and admission. Outdoor presentation every 30 min. Complimentary Musical Entertainment & Refreshments. For more info, go to or call 770-590-9040.  5725 Fords Rd, Acworth, GA.

homeforholidays2012FRI-SUN DEC 18-20 – 10TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. Tickets: $15, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm. For more info and tickets call 770-528-8490

FRI-SAT DEC 18 -19 – AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS – presented by Marietta First United Methodist’s Jubilation Drama Ministry. Full orchestra and professional dancers. For tickets, call the church office at 770-429-7800. For more information, email

NCG Acworth Hosts Free Family Film Festival

ffff2015v2Looking for something fun and free to do with your children? NCG Cinema in Acworth is hosting their annual FREE Family Film Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings during August through September 13th! Doors open at 9am and shows begin at 9:30am. Tickets available the day of the movie showing at the theatre on a first come, first serve basis. NCG Cinema is located at 4421 Cinema Dr, Acworth, GA 30101.

Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who!  – August 14, 15, 16

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – August 21, 22, 23

Space Jam – August 28, 29, 30

Dolphin Tale 2 – Sept. 4, 5, 6

Yogi Bear – Sept. 11, 12, 13

KSU to Host Free Career Training Expo April 2

Lyn CohenKSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will host a Career Training Expo on April 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The free event will provide individuals the opportunity to sharpen their competitive edge by learning from several information sessions covering multiple industries.

“This is another example of our commitment to those who desire to make a change to enhance their personal and professional growth,” said Barbara Calhoun, dean of the College. The Expo will spotlight more than 50 professional certificate programs, allowing attendees to meet instructors and recent graduates at the information sessions. Highlighted programs include, Payroll, Culinary, Information Systems Security, Medical Assisting, Paralegal, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management and Web Design.

As a special incentive, all attendees will receive a 10% discount coupon valid through April 9. However, those who register on-site will receive a student gift pack. There will also be an opportunity to enter and win an iPad mini.

John LongCareer coach John Long returns to lead sessions on job interviewing and professional branding.  He brings more than a decade of experience and a wealth of relevant knowledge to his presentations.

The Expo will also be staffed with financial aid advisers. They will provide assistance on payment plans, VA Education Benefits, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and scholarships. Registration is required and can be completed online at or by calling 470-578-6765.


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 or contact Thomas Gilbert,, 678.276.5521, Regina Gilbert, or Advocates for Children,

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

We Endorse Bob Weatherford For Cobb Commission District 1

bob2Today is Tuesday, July 22 and it is the last day for our Cobb County residents who live in Commission District One to decide the future of our County. We are supporting and endorsing Bob Weatherford for Cobb Commission District 1 as we believe that Bob is the most qualified person running for this position.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love politics, especially politics that move forward in a positive manner, where our community is benefitted. In the twenty three years of publishing the Bright Side Newspaper, I have never publically endorsed a candidate until now.
I believe that Bob Weatherford, candidate for Commission District One is the most qualified person running for this position.
He is a consensus builder, he listens, he works well with others, and he is fully aware of the ins and outs of our County government.
Bob is a proven conservative and has a record of cutting taxes and balancing budgets.  As a former law enforcement officer Bob is totally aware of the needs of our public safety and has the support of former Sheriff Bill Hutson, Retired Acworth Chief, Mike Wilkie, and Retired Cobb County Chief of Police George Hatfield to name a few.  In addition his real-world business experience of managing employees and a budget of nearly $30 million is an asset.
Bob is the leader we need to promote the highest quality growth, following the land use plan while protecting the homeowners.  Bob listens.
I urge you to help Cobb County move forward by voting for Bob Weatherford in the July 22, 2014 run-off .

Don’t Miss Elvis in Acworth

ELVIS…elivs is coming to Acworth.

Giving out scarves, teddy bears & hugs, taking pictures with the fans, Elvis Preston will be appearing at the VFW located at 4764 Cobb Parkway Acworth on Saturday, May 9.  This show starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 423-544-2567 or at the door.

Elvis Preston is a professional Elvis tribute artist, entertainer, singer, and songwriter that has appeared on TV, FM and Internet radio with great success.
There is nothing quite like the experience you will get from attending an Elvis Preston show, and you can rest assured that you’ll be amazed with what you hear and see. With his purely astounding vocal ability, high energy, and Elvis-style dance moves all wrapped within a uniquely electrifying light show (with a few surprises throw in for fun), this is a show of true entertainment that all ages are sure to enjoy and never forget.

Grab your blue suede shoes, your best friends, and plan on spending a great evening with Elvis… the VFW is much closer than Memphis.

Santa Claus is Coming to Marietta, Acworth and Kennesaw – starting Thursday


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. 5, 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.

Santa’s Workshop

The workshop will be open to visitors Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24. Be sure to have your picture taken with Santa.  Santa’s hours: Saturday, December 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, December 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Last day to see Santa on the Square!!!! – Tuesday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation and the Marietta Business Association sponsor this event each year.

Santa’s Arrival in Acworth – Dec. 6

ACWSantas_ArrivalIt’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances to help Santa kickoff the holiday season.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the Tree on Main Street.
Enjoy pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit.

Arrive at the Depot at 5:15 p.m. to schedule your picture time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictures begin at 6:45 p.m.  Time slots for pictures are limited and only those who have reserved a time will be able to take pictures with Santa, so be sure to arrive early to schedule your picture time.  This year we will not have a photographer onsite, so plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment.

For more information visit or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

Kennesaw Hosts  Santa All Day  – Dec. 7

ADaywithSanta_(2)The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, December 7.

The festivities begin at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The entertainment will continue with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot.  Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m.

Children’s activities include FREE snow tubing down “Depot Hill”, a FREE snow playground, FREE and pay-to-play inflatables, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more.

Organizers are accepting parade entries online at Participation is free. Entry forms will be evaluated and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants is reached, or until November 17 (whichever comes first).
Parade entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in categories including Most Humorous, Most Colorful, Most Unusual, Most Spirited, Most Musical, Best Entry with Animals, and Best Overall. All judging takes place from a reviewing stand located in front of the city’s Commemorative Park. Winners will be announced during the Christmas tree lighting program.

For more information, visit, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

From Bon Jovi Tribute to the Gobble Jog — Busy Few Days!

FRI NOV 22 – SLIPPERY WHEN WET 8:30 PM In 2007 the band was officially authorized by Bon Jovi. Their drive, musical ability, showmanship and dedication to duplicating the Bon Jovi live experience makes this show a must see for any Bon Jovi fan!  At the Strand, on the Square, Marietta. Tickets fare on sale now.  Tickets are $15.  Call the box office at 770-293-0080 or reserve online at

FR-SUN NOV 22-24 GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW, in Marietta, GA. Find amazing rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils from all over the world!  Choose from a large selection of beautiful beads, jewelry and jewelry making supplies.  Fun for the whole family, with faceting and jewelry making demonstrations and many interesting displays.  Hourly Door Prizes.  Free Admission and Free Parking.   Cobb County Civic Center, 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA.  Hours: 10am -6pm November 22-23, 10am-5pm November 24.

FRI-SUN NOV 22-24 THE TOYMAKER TAKES MANHATTAN Join IMPACT Dance on November 22, 23 or 24 for their brand new production of “The Toymaker Takes Manhattan”, where their very own Toymaker is invited to NYC to guest host the most popular parade in the world. The production is at the Murrary Arts Center at Mt. Paran Christian School.  For tickets call 770-974-8653 or purchase at the door.

turkeyrunSAT NOV 23 – ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE 9:00 a.m. 5K Fun Run and 2K Walk.  Bring a non perishable food item to benefit the Tackle Hunger Program. Presented by:  The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department  For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit


SAT. NOV 23 SWIFT CANTRELL SKATEPARK OPENS.  Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Opening Day will be a festive atmosphere. Members of local outfitter Ambush Board Company’s skate team will be on hand as well as Red Bull’s MXT event vehicle. There will be music, merchandise giveaways and raffles along with food vending on-site. A limited edition of Swift-Cantrell Skatepark t-shirts will also be available for purchase.  Kennesaw’s Swift-Cantrell Skatepark, located at 3140 Old 41 Highway, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  There is no charge to use the facility. In the case of severe weather, Opening Day will take place on Monday, November 25.

THUS NOV. 28 GOBBLE JOG 10K starts at 8:00 am; 5K starts 9:30 am.  On the Square Marietta.  For more information or to register: go to , or call the Gobble Jog hotline: 678-218-4521.