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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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Christmas Toys for Our Local Service Men and Women

toys1THE THINK MELISSA TEAM is collecting toys and gift cards to support our local military families through The Georgia National Guard Family Program Office.  Thank you in advance for your contributions and making this an amazing Christmas for these well deserving families, who sacrifice for us all.

Please help spread the word.  The donation deadline is 12/14/16.

With all the financial cutbacks, we are seeing more and more of our Service Members and Families struggling to make ends meet. Now more than ever we are really relying on volunteers and your kind donations. The Christmas Assistance Program is designed to be a supplemental program for Service Members that are struggling financially (due to unemployment, underemployment, illness, wounded or a single parent, etc.) and are not able to provide for their children. Those in need may be deployed, have recently returned from overseas, are classified as a wounded warrior or are a traditional National Guardsman.

You can deliver your donations (UNWRAPPED PLEASE) to my office (Atlanta Communities, 3405 Dallas Hwy #720, Marietta, GA 30064 – Attention Melissa Krudwig) in Marietta;  to BounceU, 1634 Cobb International Blvd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152; Aqua-Tots, 2655 Cobb Pkwy NW Suite 102, Kennesaw, GA 30152; or contact me to coordinate another option at 770-310-3269 (M) or Melissa@ThinkMelissa.com.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to help our Men and Woman who selflessly serve our county.

All the Best, Melissa, Angie, Kristie, and Kim

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Winter Wonderland, Holiday Express and More

aidensiceskatephotoFRI NOV 18 – WINTER WONDERLAND RETURNS TO MARIETTA – First day to ice skate on the Square in Marietta. Winter Wonderland. The merchants on the square will host their Holiday Open House and Candlelight Shopping. Open House will be held from 6-9.  For more information for ice skating hours and the Santa hours on the Square and online bookings for Santa, please visit the Winter Wonderland website www. winterwonderlandmarietta.com

bravoFRI-SUN NOV 18-20 – HOLIDAY EXPRESS: A NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE – Bravo Dance Center invites you to come aboard as their train journeys north from the Blue Ridge Mountains to New York City to deliver the Christmas Tree to Rockefeller Center. Four shows will be held at the Strand (on the Square, Marietta): Friday Nov 18 at 8pm, Saturday Nov 19 at 3pm and 7pm, Sunday Nov 20 at 3pm. Tickets: $15 or $18 and are available at www.Tututix.com/bravodancecenterga.com

SAT NOV 19 – ACWORTH’S TURKEY CHASE – Enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Begins at 9am. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit  www.acworthturkeychase.com.

TUE NOV 29 – KENNESAW TREE LIGHTING –  Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the pedestrian underpass plaza directly across from Revival on Main in downtown Kennesaw as they “flip the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free program begins at 6 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.

What’s on the Calendar through Nov 12

Our community is celebrating our vets in the coming week along with many other things.  Take time out to thank a veteran or active military serving for taking care of us.patriotspoint2

MON NOV 7 – MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON 11:00 – 1:00 Radisson Hotel, Marietta.  Guest Speaker Donna C Rowe, US Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969. To make a reservation visit www.mariettabusiness.biz

TUE NOV 8 – ELECTION DAY – Get Out and Vote! It is your civic duty! Visit www.cobbelections.org to find your voting precinct if you live in Cobb.

TUE NOV 8 – KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON 11:00 – 1:00 KSU Community Center. Come meet the Braves manager: Brian Snitker.  To make a reservation visit www.kennesawbusiness.org.

WED NOV 9 – BLOOD DRIVE – McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Road, Powder Springs, is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in Oaks Hall. To schedule an appointment, www.redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code mmumc, or call 1-800-Red-Cross. For more information, contact Nancy Folds at (770) 943-3008, x5002 or nfolds@mceachernumc.org.

WED NOV 9 – GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on “Let the Holiday Season Begin! Ideas for holiday decor”. This meeting is also our annual bake sale so come prepared to purchase delicious edibles. The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs meeting will be held at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

FRI NOV 11 – VETERANS DAY PARADE – The City of Marietta and the Kiwanis Club of Marietta’s will host the 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade at 11am on the Marietta Square. Grand Marshall for the 2016 Veterans Day Parade is Captain Ed Gallrein, United States Navy SEAL (retired).

FRI NOV 11 VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and American Legion Post 304.  Lunch is complimentary to all veterans and active military personnel.  The event will be held from noon – 2 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw.

FRI NOV 11 VETERANS DAY CEREMONY sponsored by the City of Acworth.  Join us on Friday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial to honor our nation’s veterans.  This year’s keynote speaker is State Representative Ed Setzler, Mr. Setzler served on active duty for nine years as an officer in the US Army.

FRI NOV 11 MARTINIS AND MUSIC – Marietta Cobb Museum of Art 5:30-8:30 pm. Entertainment by Boozer McClure & Friends. Light Hors D’oeuvres & Cash Bar Free to members; $10 for non-members Contact Sally Macaulay at smacaulaymcma@bellsouth.net for more information!

SAT NOV 12 – WOMAN’S HEART LUNCHEON – Kennesaw First Baptist Church Women’s Ministry presents the 15th annual “Woman’s Heart Luncheon” at 1:00 pm.  Yvonne Conte, a Christian comedienne, will be the guest speaker.  You can check her out at www.yvonneconte.com.  Tickets are $10 and include admission and meal.  For tickets or more information contact Debbie Rivera at 770-427-3109 or drivera@kfbc.org.

SAT NOV 12 – HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Friends in Faith Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9:00-3:00 at Kennesaw United Methodist Church in our Christian Activity Center. Start your holiday shopping here! If you are an individual or direct sales vendor who would like to participate, we are still accepting applications. Please contact Lynnewatts@comcast.net for an application.

SAT NOV 12 – ELECTRONICS & PAINT RECYCLING – Hosted by Harrison High School Bands in the upper parking lot of Harrison High School from 9am-5pm. There is a $10.00 requested donation per car load. 100% of the donation goes to the HHS Bands program. There is a $20.00 processing fee for 1 TV/monitor and $15.00 each for 2 or more. A portion of this amount goes to HHS Bands as well. We are now offering large item pick-ups for an additional donation fee. Contact us at harrisonrecycling@gmail.com to get details or schedule a pick-up.

SAT NOV 12 – CHEROKEE HEIGHTS ARTS FESTIVAL – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Etowah Drive between Freyer and Seminole Drives in Marietta. There is no admission charge and all parking is free. Enjoy a wide variety of local arts and crafts, entertainment and children’s art-play booths.

SAT NOV 12 – INDOOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR – 10am-4pm; Cartersville Civic Center 435 W. Main St.  Over 70 vendors with handcrafted items. Food and drink available for purchase.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping & have some lunch.  Free admission and parking. Sponsored by Friends of Bartow County Library.

SAT NOV 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Join us as we plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery at 8:30am. The parking/sign-in address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. In case of bad weather please call 770-424-4664 for weather updates and rain date.

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