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Sports Fanatic 5K! – July 7

Register TODAY for the Sports Fanatic 5K!

Join us on July 7th for the 3rd race in the 2018 Kennesaw Grand Prix Series!
The Sports Fanatic 5K will be held on Saturday, July 7th, 2018. Dress in your favorite sports team swag!!! PRIZES for individuals and teams representing their favorite sports team! Come run/walk our fast and flat well-marked and certified race course down Main Street and through Swift Cantrell Park. Perfect for the whole family!

Pre-registered participants will receive a super-soft blended shirt.

Post race food and refreshments!

7:30AM – 1 Mile Fun Run; 8:00AM – 5K Run/Walk; 8:55AM – Tot Trot

This race benefits the Dave Krache Foundation whose goal is to help local kids in need play the sports they love.

Kennesaw News for June

TreeMendous Play Houses

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is pleased to open a new exhibition for Summer 2018, on June 30 with face painting and food vendors from 11-2. “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your imagination climb” features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs from Saturday, June 30, through the end of September, and is included in the price of garden admission.

TreeMendous Play Houses began in January 2018, as a design/build competition. Students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature. The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction. “We are excited to offer Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a new stage for creativity and thinking green,” said Ann Parsons, Executive Director. “This exhibit will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages!”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw. Our mission is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. Through the TreeMendous Play Houses exhibition, we hope to begin a community conversation about sustainability in a fun, engaging and creative way.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located on Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  Visit www.smithgilbertgardens.com for more information.

Pictured above: Two KSU students framing “Under The Rainbow.’

City OF KENNESAW
Government 101 Class

The City Manager’s Office is proud to introduce a new class called “Government 101: Kennesaw Government Academy.” The 6-week course is scheduled to start July 2018 and is designed to provide an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the City, how it forms partnerships and how management approaches long-range planning.

The class is open to City of Kennesaw residents and business owners and is slated to begin July 17, 2018. Each week the class will focus on one of Kennesaw’s strategic priorities listed in its strategic plan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities, network and hear updates from city staff.
Registration for the inaugural class is limited to the first 15 registrants. The class is open to adults ages 18 and over who are residents of the City of Kennesaw or are business owners within the city limits. Class will meet weekly at City Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. The inaugural class will culminate with a graduation on August 28, 2018. Candidates running for office are ineligible to participate in the class.
To register, please download the application from the “What’s Current” section of the city website, www.kennesaw-ga.gov, or call Miranda Jones at (770) 424-8274 ext. 3017.

KENNESAW TEEN CENTER

The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center tells us they had a great turnout for their major fundraiser, the Dream Dash, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. This was a perfect event for the whole family.

The Kennesaw Teen Center hosts both an after school enrichment program and a summer program. It is run under the umbrella of the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which is chaired by Rev. John Harris of Thankful Baptist Church.
During the 2017/2018 school year the Teen Center partnered with Pine Mtn Middle school and rising 6th graders from Hayes Elementary school, with help from the KSU Volunteer Program.

The Kennesaw Teen Center is located at Thankful Baptist Church, 928 Due West Rd., Kennesaw. They are currently accepting enrollment in their summer program and if you are interested in attending you need to contact ajohnson.ktc@gmail.com
For more information about the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and how you might become a sponsor contact Rev. John Harris at revjharris@tkbministries.org.

Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot
BY TRACEY VIARS 

The Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot are on Monday evenings at the Depot. The season will go until September 24th with no events on the week of July 4th or Labor Day. The Farmer’s market will offer a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, prepared goods, jams & jellies, locally produced honey and more! The market will be in the circle this season with the food trucks. Some vendors require cash but many take debit/credit cards. Hours for FM are 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Depot will start at 5:30 pm and go until 8:30 pm. A variety of food trucks will be rotating throughout the season. Food trucks take cash, credit and debit cards.There are tables and chairs for guests on site or they are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets.

What’s Happening This Weekend!!

Trains, Trains, Trains is this Weekend

Trains, Trains, Trains presented by Dixie Precast!  will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28 at the Southern Museum, Kennesaw.

Bigger and better than ever, the Museum has pulled out all the stops for two incredible, fun-filled days of family oriented activities. “Model trains are a wonderful way to bring families together,” remarks Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, “Each year we see many repeat families, many of whom stay and enjoy the event for the greater part of the day.”

This year’s Trains, Trains, Trains! will include model railroad layouts of different scales and gauges from regional groups including North Georgia Tinplate Trackers, Athens Bend Track, North Georgia Garden Railroad Society, and more! DixieLUG LEGO® User Group returns with their extremely popular Lego model train layout.  With over 25,000 square feet of intricate and elaborate train layouts for train enthusiasts, exhibits, and interactive activities, the whole family can enjoy this extraordinary event while making memories that last a lifetime.

An expanded Museum Gift Shop will offer new train items, lots of children’s books, and exquisite, new-to-the-museum gifts, toys, and collectibles, perfect for the train enthusiasts, kids, and fans of history!

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.

 

Clear Out Old Books, Videos at Media Swap

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Saturday, January 27 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Here’s how it works: 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.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted.

After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase.

MORE FUN EVENTS

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.

THU JAN 25 – 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 Kim Watts with Acworth Parks and Recreation. RSVP at acworthbusiness.org.

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.

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Santa Sightings and Tree Lightings-Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Our community loves Christmas and all the festivities that go with it.  Kicking off this week are the following in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta — if you are magic you could make them all, as for me – will be in Acworth for Santa and Kennesaw for the parade for sure.  Carol Thompson

Kennesaw Tree Lighting
Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the Depot on Cherokee St (across from the museum) downtown Kennesaw on Tuesday, November 28 for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free hour-long program begins at 6:00 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Santa Arrives in Style

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO MARIETTA –  NOV 30

The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

The fun begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 30 with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his exciting grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm. Additionally, children can meet Santa until 8pm that evening, as Santa must leave. to make his way back to the North Pole!
Families will now have the option of booking their Santa visit online (not available December 1st), while walkups will still be welcome. This year Santa will also be visiting with our furry friends, details are available on the website.

Starting December 1, 2017, the Santa Experience is brought to you by the Marietta Square Branding Project. Through their http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/, you can book appointments with “The Classic Santa” or with “Santa.” While both Santas are the real deal, “Classic Santa” is the jolly fellow who has been on the Marietta Square for almost 20 years! “Santa” is the jolly fellow who may interact on a personal level with your children if you provide some details in the booking process.

This “Santa” is also lovingly known as Santa Paws! For more detailed information, please visit the Winter Wonderland website at http://www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com/santa-2 or email santaonthemariettasquare@gmail.com.

Acworth’s Santa’s Arrival

It’s that special time again! The City of Acworth is excited to be partnering with NorthStar Church to make this year’s Santa’s Arrival the best yet!  Santa will be reaching downtown Acworth on Friday, December 1st.  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.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the tree on Senator Russell Avenue. This year’s festivities will take place in front of Acworth City Hall and on the Plaza.

Enjoy pictures with Santa, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit. Plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment, as there will be no photographer on-site. There will be train rides, marshmallow roasting, and hot chocolate.  Don’t forget to visit Frana Brown Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful Festival of Trees!
For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234

 

Kennesaw’s Santa Parade and Holiday Activities

The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 2 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at noon near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, proceeding south and east down Main Street, marching past Cherokee Street toward Cemetery Street.
The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with A Day with Santa presented by WellStar Health Systems. Activities include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.
Event organizers are seeking vendors, as well as accepting entries for the parade at adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The best overall float will win a cash prize of $250. Participation is free.For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Raminator to visit Scottish Rite Hospital – Nov 2nd.

RAMINATOR visits Scottish Rite.

On behalf of the Ram Truck brand, the Hall Brothers Racing team and monster truck Raminator are making a pit stop at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd from 10:30AM – 11:30AM to brighten the day of patients. Raminator, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record holder for the Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck, hitting a record speed of 99.10 miles per hour will make a special stop in the front parking circle of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. Patients, families and hospital guests will be able to get an up close and personal look at the monster truck and meet its owners and operators – the Hall Brothers Racing Team.  The Hall Brothers will answer questions and sign autographs. The Ram monster trucks compete in races such as Monster Nationals and tour the country, making appearances at dealerships to offer ride-along and car-crushing spectacles for fans of all ages. The Ram Truck brand monster truck lineup includes Raminator and Rammunition, sponsored since 2002. The entire line of Ram monster trucks are owned and operated by the Hall Brothers Racing Team.

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MAY 12-13 2017

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. Over 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 12, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 13, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and fireworks and all day Saturday. Cauble Park and Lake Acworth has to be one of the most beautiful venues in our area – what better place to hold a family friendly backyard, BBQ competition.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around.  This event is in its eighth year offering lots of cash and prizes for the BBQ competition, the Lord of the Wings and the People’s Choice.  Over 8,000 people are expected to visit!

The best Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Sons of Sailors takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the LGE Community Credit Union Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite Parrot Head songs. Fireworks will finish the night – shot over beautiful Lake Acworth.  General Admission is free on Friday night and tables of six can be purchased for $100, price includes your table and six chairs for the whole crew. Reserve online at https://smokeonthelake.org/concert-under-the-stars/.

Inflatables will be in place for kids of all ages. Slide down a giant 24-foot inflatable slide, jump on a huge obstacle course, shoot hoops in the bouncy basketball jumpy and others. Face painting will be available as well.

Visit the beer and wine tent as adult beverages will be available for the concert Friday night and Saturday during the BBQ competition.
Lord of the Wings and People’s Choice Pork BBQ Competitions are judged by the Public

These two competitions have the largest direct impact on our community. The funds raised thru taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Lord of the Wings: Take part in the crowning of the Lord of the Wings Competition on Friday night as cook teams cook up their best recipe of the good old chicken wing!

People’s Choice Award: Come enjoy barbecue you can’t buy at any old store and help us decide who makes the best backyard BBQ Pork around. For a nominal charge you can purchase tastes of all the backyard teams competing in the competition all day on Saturday.
Admission:    Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE.

Pictured above:  2016 North Cobb Rotary President, Matt Riedemann (yep the one with the visor) presents Pork U by Service Master, first place award for their chicken and third place for their BBQ pork. in the BBQ competition.

Visit www.smokeonthelake.org for lots more information!

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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.

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Trains, Trains, Trains – January 28 and 29!

dsc02702trainsWhether you are a lifelong model train enthusiast or you don’t know your O-gauge from your N-scale, model trains are for everyone! Come to the Trains, Trains, Trains event at the Southern Museum to see the best collection of model and modular train layouts in the area! The seventh-annual installment of Trains, Trains, Trains will be held on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 9:30am to 5:00pm both days.

Come to the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, to enjoy the nostalgia and classic joy of model trains. Children of all ages will be fascinated by all things “choo-choo” so attend and share this great pastime with the younger generations. There will be a variety of model scales represented at the event, set up by hobby groups from around the Southeast. The Chattanooga Modular Modelers will bring an N-scale model with details so tiny you can’t even imagine how they make it work. The Georgia Garden Railway Society will set up their Garden scale layout, a returning favorite with a camera on the front to get a trains-eye view of the children watching.

Trains, Trains, Trains 2017 will bring back some of last year’s favorite bluegrass musicians, an expanded General Emporium gift shop with new shirts and toys, and several interactive layouts for kids of all ages to enjoy!

Museum admission for the event is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under as well as Museum members. Pre-sale tickets will be available online beginning in January, so save time and skip the line by buying tickets early! For more information, call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058 or visit southernmuseum.org.

Kennesaw’s Book, CD & DVD Swap

Clear Out Your Bookshelves and Swap Your Old Stories for New Adventures

bookcddvdswap_kidsKennesaw Parks & Recreation’s is hosting its popular Book, CD & DVD Swap at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Saturday, January 28 from 8 to 11 a.m.

You still have time to  drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies  Friday, January 27 from 12 to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 28.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted.

After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase.

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 kennesawparksandrec.com and click on “Volunteers.”

For more information, visit kennesawparksandrec.com or call (770) 422-9714.

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