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Free Book, CD & DVD Swap Returns on January 9

Book CD DVD SwapKennesaw Parks & Recreation’s annual Book, CD, and DVD Swap returns on Saturday, January 9 to the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.

Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 7-8 from noon to 8 pm and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday from 8-11 am.

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.

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

Paul’s Pot Pies Grand Opening

PAUL's Pot PiesPaul’s Pot Pies is celebrating their Grand Opening tomorrow, Saturday October 17 from 10-4.  Stop by and welcome Paul and enjoy a free sample.  Take home a pie or two. No cooking dinner tonight when you purchase one of Paul’s Pot Pies, just add a salad.  Each savory pie is handmade with only the finest and freshest ingredients.  Paul is located  at 2750 Jiles Rd., Kennesaw (behind Publix).  Not just your ordinary chicken pie, Paul provides a wide variety to choose from, including turkey, beef, sausage and of course chicken.  Pies come with instructions for baking. Open Mon-Fri at 11, Sat at 10.

Happy Fall You All – Oct 17-28

Saturday, Oct 17

Calendar events with brief descriptions of fun events for the whole family in the next few days, in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta!.

SAT OCT 17 – TASTE OF ACWORTH – 150 booths from local restaurants and businesses demonstrate what they do best.  There will be a local entertainment stage, complete with a dog show, a High School Team Cooking Challenge, children’s activities, lots of food, and more! Free Admission, $1-$4 food samples. 10am-6pm

SAT OCT 17 – MARIETTA ZOMBIE WALK – The gathering of Zombies begins at 5pm with the walk beginning promptly at 6pm. Proceeds and collected food items go directly to MUST Ministries. For more information, visit

SUN OCT 18 – ANNUAL YOUTH TRACK OR TREAT RUN – Benefitting the YWCA of Northwest GA’s “Sheltering Hands” Domestic Violence Shelter. Register online at Fun activities for the family at Swift Cantrell Park in Kennesaw! Check in beginning at 1:45am, first race at 2:20pm. For more info visit the website above or call 770-427-2902.

FRI-SUN OCT 23-25 – HALLOWEEN CHARITY TENNIS TOURNAMENT – Hosted by Lost Mountain Community Tennis Center to benefit Pets for Vets. All players welcomed. For more information visit

SAT OCT 24 – ACWORTH’S HALLOWEEN JAMBOOREE – Come out for a spooky good time to Logan Park from 3-7pm. Children’s activities (minimal charge), costume contests, free hayride. For more information, email Michelle Berryman at or call 770-917-1234.

SAT OCT 24 – CLASSIC CAR CRUISE – Halloween themed car show from 4-9pm on Main Street in Acworth. Free event to the public. For more info, call Acworth Parks and Recreation 770-917-1234

SUN OCT 25 – ACWORTH HISTORY & SOUTHERN CHARM – A tour of Acworth with wine and cheese. Begins at 4pm at 4671 Collins Ave, Acworth. Tour a victorian home, Cedar Plantation Event Venue, Acworth Caboose, Beach house and more. $40 per person, proceeds benefit Brookwood Christian School’s building fund. Visit to purchase tickets.

MON OCT 26 – CANDIDATE FORUM – The Kennesaw Business Association will host a Candidates Forum for all candidates running in the City of Kennesaw at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Doors open at 6. Moderator: Joe Kirby, Editor of the Marietta Daily Journal

WED OCT 28 – HEALTHY. NEW.YOU TALK – 7pm, hosted by Brain Connections, 5150 Stilesboro Rd, Ste 515, Kennesaw. The doctors will share how to experience optimum health and getting in the best shape of their lives. Please call 678-401-4566 to RSVP.

Ready for the Weekend and Beyond? Sept 24-Oct 4

WAVESWINGERAnother time that you need to be tripletts.  Of course topping off the fun is the North Georgia State Fair which starts tonight and runs through Oct 4. So mark your calendars and see how many of these fun filled events you can visit.

THU-SUN SEPT 24-OCT 4 – NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR – Mark your calendars! Concerts, rides, food! Fun for everyone. Visit

SAT SEPT 26 – WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY – 9am-noon. Get off the couch and over to Swift-Cantrell Park for a FREE celebration of all things ACTIVE! Activities will include playground games, relay challenges, and “old-school” yard favorites. (Parents are welcome to join in the fun.)

SAT SEPT 26 – DRUG “TAKE BACK” DAY – 10am-2pm, hosted by the Kennesaw Police Department at CVS, 2782 Cobb Pkwy.  Properly dispose of unused prescription or over the counter medicines.

SAT SEPT 26 – FREE ADMISSION AT THE SOUTHERN MUSUEM – As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! annual event, the museum will offer free admission for participants who register online. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people and can be obtained by registering online at For further assistance or questions, please contact the Southern Museum at 770-427-2117.

SAT SEPT 26 – PLANT SALE & BUTTERFLY RELEASE – Plant sale from 9 am-noon. Butterfly release 1-3pm. Smith Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. Admission required. Visit or call 770-919-0248 for more information.

SAT SEPT 26 – “DANCING WITH THE STARS” COBB COUNTY – Hosted by Loving Arms Cancer Outreach at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. Ticket prices begin at $20 per seat and are available by calling Loving Arms – 770-590-5153.

SAT SEPT 26 – CLASSIC VEGAS CASINO NIGHT – 6:30PM – The Strand will be transformed into a classic Vegas styled casino. Tickets are $75 and include the live Rat Pack tribute show, games, a raffle ticket, and dinner and a drink. All proceeds from this event go to support to operational programming of The Strand. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

SAT SEPT 26 – RIGHTEOUS ROLLERS CAR SHOW – Come enjoy classic cars at Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 1801 Ben King Rd, Kennesaw. Free show admission. Entry fee per car is $20 or $25 day of show. Call Sonya at 770-856-7704 to register your car.

WED-SUN SEPT 30-OCT 18 – MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY – International hit comedy will be at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Tickets available at, phone 770-293-0080 or visiting the box office. For more information about this show visit

SAT OCT 3 – 7th ANNUAL GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE 5K – downtown Kennesaw. Register at the Southern Museum, any Big Peach Running Co. stores or online at or

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! (All net proceeds support select military and Veteran organizations, and their families, in Georgia)




Calendar of Events – July 31-Aug 9

Calendar of Events – July 31-Aug 9

Sharing family fun and free events for Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta.

gooniesFRI JULY 31 – FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE – Hosted by the City of Acworth and Acworth Business Association at the Acworth Sports Complex football fields. Gates open at 7pm, movie “The Goonies” begins at dark. For more info, visit or call 770-917-1234.

FRI JULY 31 FREE CONCERT on the Square in Glover Park.  Come listen to the music of the Mike Veal Band as they play a wide variety of music.  Fun starts at 8:00 pm.  Bring a chair, a blanket, your friends and family.

RunForWoundedWarBackSAT AUG 1 – HERO RUN 5K – downtown Kennesaw beginning at 7am. Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Register at or Big Peach Running Company. Visit for more information.

SAT AUG 1 – FAMILY FUN DAY – Hosted by the UGA Cobb County Extension at Green Meadows Preserve, 3780 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs. Begin with a tour at 8am followed by fun activities and outdoor classes at 10am. Bring a picnic lunch

SUN AUG 2 – SILENT COMEDY SHORTS – Earl Smith Strand theatre, 3pm, Featuring films from the 1920’s.  Fun for all ages. Visit for more information.

SUN AUG 2 – RUMMAGE SALE – hosted by Congregation Ner Tamid Synagogue & Religious School, 1349 Old Hwy 41, Ste 220, Marietta. Find great deals on clothing, toys, books, household items. Cash or credit. No checks.

TUE AUG 4 – MARIETTA CITIZENS’ POLICE ACADEMY – This ten week series provides citizens the city of Marietta an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a police officer.  Tuesdays at 6pm at 240 Lemon Street in Marietta. For more info, contact Officer D. Baldwin at 770-794-5356 or email

THU AUG 6 – FREE SOLAR 101 SEMINAR – Hosted by Cobb EMC at the community room 1000 EMC Parkway in Marietta beginning at 6pm. Learn how solar energy systems work! Register at

Wendel_DeanaFRI AUG 7 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK is the first Friday of each month 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. The Beer Garden nestled behind Cool Beans continues during this 2015 season. Guests may purchase cold beverages and enjoy live music while watching art come alive in Atherton Square. Visit for more information.

Sailing LessonsSAT AUG 8 SAILING CLASS FOR BEGINNERS.  Adults and teens.  Class will meet from 9-12 through Sept 12.  Cost $200. On Lake Allatoona.  Instructors from the Atlanta Yacht Club.  To register: email sailingclass@atlanta

SAT AUG 8 – KMHS MARCHING BAND YARD SALE – 8am-2pm at KMHS, 1898 Kennesaw Due West Rd in Kennesaw. Furniture, kitchenware, books, sports equipment, clothing, and more!

SUN AUG 9 – JASON CASTRO IN CONCERT – hosted by Wildwood Baptist Church. Jason was a finalist on season seven of American Idol. He will leading worship at 9:30 and 11:30 services as well as in concert at 6pm. 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth. Visit for more info.

What’s Happening the week of July 18-26

Looking for some family fun events, before you finish your back to school shopping.  Only two more weeks before the doors of our hallowed learning halls our open.  Not ready for summer fun to end.


A Strand Musical Revue
The Strand is celebrating its fifth annual Motown musical revue with fan favorite The Motown Sound in July 2015! With each passing year, the praise for the Motown revue grows, making each year a bigger smash hit that the last. With an extensive catalog of Motown hits to choose from, The Motown Sound whisks audiences back to the 1960s and 70s with the feel-good hits of the much celebrated Motown era.
Audiences are sure to enjoy the big hair, colorful fashions, and soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight & The Pips in this high-energy, high-excitement musical revue that is unlike any other experience in the area.
The Motown Sound will run from through July 26th on Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Shows tend to sell out so secure your tickets fast!

NOW – JULY 26 – THE MOTOWN SOUND – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, come enjoy the sounds of Motown.  Tickets available online at or by calling the box office at 770-293-0080.

Harvest-vegetablesFresh fruit, fresh vegetables, breads, plants and more are in abundance at our local Farmer’s Markets.  Nothing is better than fresh and local.  Several vendors are certified organic farms, while others are selling their home grown bounty for sale.

EVERY MONDAY – Kennesaw Food Truck Rally and Farmer’s Market at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw.  Farmer’s Market open from 3-7.  Food Trucks serving from 6-9.

EVERY FRIDAY ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET 7-12.  Located in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking lot on Main St., Acworth.

SAT & SUN – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Takes up residence on North Park Square on Saturday and opens 9-12. And on Sundays on Mill Street starting at noon. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus lots of the staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves.

Ad Deadline for April Bright Side Newspaper

tulipsHappy Spring — LOVE all the flowers and trees in bloom – don’t love the pollen.

Our  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.

Want us to include your business  in our April Kennesaw/Acworth paper? The papers will be delivered starting April 2. Send your ad  material to A map of the areas we cover and our ad rates are at While you are there, check out our papers online and see our publications for our community. Contact us at 770-851-5469 or by email at

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Alert – Kennesaw/Acworth Deadline – Fri. Nov. 21

turkeyrunTo all of our Bright Side readers and advertisers — just a quick note to remind you that our deadline for the Kennesaw/Acworth December issue is this Friday, Nov 21.  Don’t miss out on sharing your good news, or letting folks know about your Christmas specials.  Your news is important to us.  For more information about our ad rates visit or call us at 770-851-5469.

School is out on Friday and parents will be up to their shoulders with kids (I know, been there).  The holidays are the best time for family, so let us hear from you before Friday. Stay warm.

150th Anniversary the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – June 27-29

Battlefield datesThe National Park Service announces the details of the upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will offer three days of commemorative programs, battlefield tours, and living history demonstrations at sites throughout the park from June 26–29, 2014.

June 27, 2014, marks 150 years since Union Major General William T. Sherman launched his frontal assault at Kennesaw Mountain against the Confederate Army of Tennessee, led by General Joseph E. Johnston. The battle was a tactical defeat for the Union army, and was General Sherman’s last frontal assault of the Atlanta Campaign..

Evening programs will be available every night during the commemoration.  On Friday June 27 at 7:30 p.m. popular musical historian and composer, Bobby Horton, will open for Claire Lynch, Female Vocalist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  On Saturday June 28 at 8:30 p.m. the park will rededicate the Illinois Monument at Cheatham Hill; this program will include speakers from Georgia and Illinois, a wreath laying, and 3,400 luminaries representing the lives lost during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Finally, a closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Burns, author and lecturer on Southern and Atlanta history and Dr. Oral Moses and the Georgia Symphony Choir.

The Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club has partnered with the National Park Service to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the 150th Anniversary Commemoration.  The group has also created a special website for the event, where visitors can learn about events leading up to the commemoration, commemoration events, frequently asked questions, and how to support the 150th events.  More information on the group’s efforts can be found on   Dates, times, and events are listed under events on the website.
CANNONS part of the 150th Commemorationencampment at kennesaw mtn battlefield