Festivities

Acworth’s Back to School Family Movie Night

gooniesThe City of Acworth along the Acworth Business Association will be holding a FREE “Back to School Family Movie Night” on Friday, July 31.  Come out to the football fields at the Acworth Sports Complex after a long week and watch The Goonies.  This classic from 1985 sends a group of misfits on a journey to find a pirate’s ancient treasure to save their home from foreclosure.

The gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at dark.  So bring out your lawn chairs, a blanket and cooler…a great night is guaranteed!  Concessions will be available.

For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department’s office at 770-917-1234 or www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.

Run for Wounded Heroes 5K

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Run for Wounded Heroes 5K is the fourth 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, and takes place on Saturday, August 1 in downtown Kennesaw.  The race for adults and children benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Same-day registration and packet pickup at Kennesaw First Baptist Church opens at 6:30 am; a one mile fun run for children starts at 7:30 am with the 5K race beginning at 8 am.  Price is $25 until July 23, $30 til July 30, and $35 on the day of the race – Aug 1.

Thanks to the 1700 runners who participated in the race last year. $20,000 dollars was donated to Wounded Warrior Project, and $1,000 to Kennesaw’s Veterans Luncheon. Over $75,000 has been donated to WWP in 5 years. You have made it very successful. We look forward to seeing everyone again.  Let’s make this 2,000 runners this year.

The race follows a fast, flat route through historic downtown Kennesaw and Swift-Cantrell Park and is fun for beginners and accomplished runners and walkers alike. The route is a USA Track and Field Certified course. Traffic control is coordinated by local law enforcement. The race is electronically timed for fast, accurate results. Race day refreshments are provided for all participants.

Registration is open now at active.com and is available at the Kennesaw Big Peach Running Company location. All registered 5K participants will receive an official race shirt, runner/walker number, and goodie bag. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of this year’s sponsors: title sponsor R&D Mechanical Services, Inc and other sponsors including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; ClickHost; State Farm – David Grant; Big Peach Running Company; the City of Kennesaw; Prestigious Cleaning Team; Life University; Trackside Grill; Mountain Motorsports; great gig DANCE co.; and State Farm – Dave Grant.

A Classic Car Show on the Marietta Square

Join us for our second annual car show located on the historic Marietta Square! The Creeper’s Car Club and The Strand Theatre have teamed up for a day of cars, music, and festivities. Don’t have a car to bring, but still want to check out all the sweet rides? Come on by! Bring the family, grab some cokes, and check out all the action – there’s no cost to hang out.

The car show will be held from 2:00pm to 8:00pm on the square. Brew With A View will be open to the public starting at 3:00pm. Awards will be held at 7:00pm sponsored by local merchants. Music and door prize drawings all day.

If you want to register a car, there is a registration fee of $20. Your registration also includes a 50% discount to ‘The Motown Sound’ show at 8:00pm!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July all Weekend!

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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.

Go Skateboarding Day – June 21

goskateposter1Kennesaw Parks & Recreation and Ambush Board Company are partnering to host Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 from noon to 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark.

Local rippers, veteran shredders, and spectators are invited to help celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day, held every year on June 21. The free, public event this Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark will feature open skate sessions, contests with cool prizes, giveaways, games, music, and food vending. Winners of a father-son and father-daughter best trick contest will be awarded a pair of $50 Ambush gift cards and two skateboard decks; and winners of the best trick contest on the skatepark’s impact section will receive a $100 Ambush gift card and skateboard deck. Pre-registration is not required to enter the contests.

Kennesaw Skatepark is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw. For more information, visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Farewell Dinner for Dr Kevin Daniel

kmhsfoundation kevindaniel1The KMHS Foundation invites our community to California Dreaming as we honor Dr. Kevin Daniel with a Farewell Dinner.  This is our opportunity to show him how thankful we are for all he has done for our children and Kennesaw Mountain High School.  He will be taking the position of Area 2 Superintendent.

The dinner is at California Dreaming on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 770-428-2055.  California Dreaming will be donating 15% of the proceeds back to KMHS Foundation to support Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Martinis & Music – Fri. Nov 14

martinismusicJoin us in the museum galleries on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are: Chatov Retrospective: 100 Years of Painting Marc, Roman, Constantin, and Charles & Atlanta Fine Arts League
Live music performed by Douglas Cameron, Hits of the Big Band Era with a Blend of Swing Free for MCMA Members. $10 General Admission.

Commemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Events for November 7th and 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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Re-enactor Camp on the Square

More information available at www.mariettacivilwar.com.

First Friday Art Walk – October 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

KMHS Mustangs Hosting Fall Sports Kick Off

mustangOur community is invited to Kennesaw Mountain High School on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm to meet and greet the students involved in the school’s fall athletic program.  The fun will take place in the KMHS Courtyard with Bouncy Houses, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Food, and best of all  Mustang Autographs For the Kids. (Bring your camera).  Let’s show our students we have the Mustang Spirit.

All of these sports will be involved.

Football: Come out and meet the Mustang Football Team and Coaches.  Players will be signing autographs and throwing the ball around with our future Mustangs!  Jeep Raffle Tickets, Stampede Discount Cards, Football Season Passes and Spirit Wear will be available for purchase.

Cheerleading The Mustang Cheerleaders will be onsite cheering and will provide face painting for the kids!

Cross Country One of the largest athletic teams at KMHS will be on site to meet and greet their fans!

Softball The Mustang Softball Team is one of the KMHS’ most successful athletic teams. The girls will be on site signing autographs and playing catch with our future mustangs.  Bring you glove!

Volleyball The Mustang Volleyball team will be available to sign autographs and instruct on the basics of volleyball.