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BurgerFi® Opens in Kennesaw – July 10

burgerfi1Michael Diamond Opens All-Natural Burger Franchise BurgerFi® in Kennesaw on July 10

The BurgerFication of the Nation® continues to spread through the metro-Atlanta area with BurgerFi® opening its doors on Wednesday, July 10 in Kennesaw. The fast-casual restaurant offers a menu of all-natural, farm-raised beef, specialty hot dogs, fresh-cut-daily french fries that are cooked when an order is placed, as well as desserts, craft beer and wine. This is the third BurgerFi® to open in the Atlanta area.

BurgerFi® was born from a fast-casual concept that evokes the hamburger stands of the 50s and 60s, when Americans enjoyed the all-American meal of a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke.  Picking up where the other “better burger” franchises left off, BurgerFi® differentiates from other restaurants of today by focusing on fresh, healthier choices and environmentally sustainable practices all in an urban setting. The 90 plus-seat Kennesaw location gives guests both indoor and outdoor seating options,  with an upstairs, open deck. The covered deck keeps guests cool with a huge fan while they dine, and is the perfect place to relax at any time, day or night.

BurgerFi® Kennesaw offers more than just great food – it lends a unique dining experience where guests can feel good about the fresh, all-natural options they are eating. The restaurant can be enjoyed by everyone from students and families to those doing business in the area and those that come to enjoy all of downtown Kennesaw’s offerings. The menu and atmosphere make for the perfect weekend meal with the family or a quick late-night bite.

“I am excited to bring the next BurgerFi® restaurant to Kennesaw,” said Michael Diamond, franchise owner of the Kennesaw location. “We think the residents and students in the area will love the all-natural approach to our menu, and they can always expect the freshest food when dining with us.”

All BurgerFi® burgers are cooked the moment a guest places his or her order. The made-to-order menu also includes a variety of specialty items like Wagyu Kobe beef hot dogs, hand-cut French fries and onion rings made daily, specialty toppings, frozen custards, natural cane sugar sodas, craft beer and wine and more. In addition to serving meat, the restaurants keeps vegetarians in mind by offering  the VegeFi quinoa burger made from fresh, natural ingredients including lentils, mushrooms, zucchini and carrots.

BurgerFi® Kennesaw is in the heart of downtown Kennesaw at 2844 South Main Street. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available by the building, as well as street parking and in the Depot lot behind the restaurant. For more information, call 770-635-2800.

Kennesaw Cemetery Clean-Up Day Rescheduled

The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission is hosting a clean-up and beautification day for Kennesaw’s historic cemetery originall scheduled for  Saturday, May 4 has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 18, from 10 am to 2 pm. “Each year, we show our respect for those that have passed by sprucing up family gravesites, planting flowers, and cleaning grave markers,” according to Mary Helyn Hagin, Committee chair.  “It is a day of friendship and fellowship as we honor our heritage.”

The cemetery is located at Main and Cemetery Streets downtown.  Cleaning materials (except gloves) will be supplied.  Free lunch and drinks as well as live entertainment are also provided.  All are welcomed to come and participate.

You Need to be Tripletts this Weekend

Our community has so many events going on May 3, 4, and 5 – you need to be Tripletts to enjoy them all.  Enjoy your time.  Most are FREE.  And don’t forget the Shrine Circus at Jim R. Miller Park.

FRI MAY 3 FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK 5-9. Held the first Friday of the month, April-October, Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour to Marietta’s diverse art scene.  Art galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their stores and are open 5pm-9pm. The next date is Friday May 3, .  Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues.  Pick up an Art Walk map, which denotes what locations are featured and what artists will be spotlighted and choose your own route.  Maps of the venues are available at each participating merchant, the Marietta Visitors Bureau, at the Art Walk sandwich board signs and online at For more information, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115 or visit

FRI MAY 3 – ART WITH HEART FUNDRAISER. This one-night event will be a lot of fun and they are hoping  to raise the $10,000 needed to fund the children’s programs. Each of the celebrity artists will have their paintings auctioned at the end of the evening along with art that has been donated. 12 of Marietta’s top leaders in the community will do live painting, and a jazz band, food and beverages add spice to the night. The fun starts at 5pm on Friday night May 3rd at Arts of Cobb, just off the Square. Live auction is at 7:30PM. It’s a free event and open to the public. This is the same evening as First Friday Art Walk – drop by and take a look. Guest celebrities include Cassandra Buckalew, Mayor Steve Tumlin, Vaughn Williams, Neil Warren, Penny Warren, Meral Clarke, John Loud, Brenda Borden – to name a few.  More at

FRI MAY 3 YARN BOMBING AT MCMA. You are invited to join the Open Studio We invite knitters/crocheters/fiber artists to work on a project(s) at the museum, from 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, during Art Walk. All ages are welcome! There will also be a lecture from 7-8 that night by the Chattahoochee Handweaver’s Guild. Call Katie for more information 770 528 1444 x16. This free to the public.

FRIDAY, MAY 3rd (5-9pm). 2 Rules Fine Art hosts opening reception for “Dolls in the City,” a group exhibit by members of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia to raise awareness about human sex trafficking. The reception is free and open to the public, and visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a group art project. Location: 85 Church St. More information at or call 404-355-6897.

FRIDAY, MAY 3rd   “First Friday at dk Gallery”  (6pm-9pm) First Friday at dk Gallery gives art lovers a chance to meet the featured artists of the monthly art shows. A great date night, family night or friends’ night out, an evening of contemporary fine art, live jazz and a little wine is sure to be a hit for all.

FRI, MAY 3   “First Friday at Avery Gallery” (5pm-9pm)Join us as we kick off Artwalk 2013. Avery Gallery is proud to welcome Scott MacQuarrie. Scott is an international photo-journalist from Ontario, Canada.  He is currently focused on large format fine art photography and extreme landscapes in particular. His latest body of work from Antarctica has .  five national and international awardsWe look forward to seeing you at this wonderful exhibit and book Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available.  Parking is free in our parking lot next to our building (390 Roswell Rd.)  770-427-2459

FRI MAY 3 J.KING ART GALLERY & STUDIO 5-9. The studio will reveal the second hint to unlock J. King Art Gallery & Studio’s 2013 season’s theme…Human Touch. Local artists Jenny King, Jenny Lathem, Carrie Ellington, Lisa Rosenthal and Donna Shiver will be contributing their respective works for the Human Touch show. The personable little gallery and working studio is tucked above the Australian Bakery, overlooking the historic Marietta Square. It features an eclectic collection of unique and colorful original artwork. Visit for more information

FRI & SAT. MAY 3 & 4 Spring Plant Sale at the Root House. 10 to 5. Corner of Polk Street and North Marietta Parkway, just off the Marietta Square.  On hand will be Cobb County Master Gardeners, offering for sale a wide variety of shrubs, Perennials, and heirloom tomato plants.

SAT MAY 4 Kennesaw Cemetery Clean-up Day.  The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission is hosting a clean-up and beautification day for Kennesaw’s historic cemetery on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 2 pm. The cemetery is located at Main and Cemetery Streets downtown.  Cleaning materials (except gloves) will be supplied.  Free lunch and drinks as well as live entertainment are also provided.  All are welcomed to come and participate.

SAT MAY 4 – LOVE A BUNCH ~ COME TO BRUNCH 10-Noon.  Sponsored by 10 Women of Hope.  The Brunch will be held at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon St., Marietta.  Keynote speaker is Rona Roberts, PhD and author of “Greater Acts than These.  Wear your favorite “stylin’ shoes” Prizes to be awarded.  Tickets are $20 and available at the door.

SAT MAY 4 Aquafina Pitch, Hit, & Run Noon-2:00 pm The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the Aquafina Pitch, Hit, & Run competition on Saturday, May 4th from 12noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Acworth Sports Complex Field 3, located at 4000 S. Main Street in Acworth. This competition is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, age 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting, and running abilities. For more information please call the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department 770-917-1234.

SAT, MAY 4 “Helicopter Day at Marietta Museum of History’s Aviation Wing” (10am-4pm) Located at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Atlanta Road. The public is invited to see helicopters currently used by law enforcement, emergency medical services and the U.S. military in the metropolitan Atlanta area and learn about the various roles these aircraft play in saving lives and protecting our cities, counties, state and nation.

SAT, MAY 4 “Brumby Hall and Gardens Tour” (10am-4pm) at Brumby Hall and Gardens – 500 Powder Springs St.  The event is part of National Preservation Month in May. Brumby Hall and Gardens will be free during the tour, and docents will be on site if you have questions or want more information  about Brumby Hall or the gardens

SAT, MAY 4  “St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery Tour” (11am-4pm) at  St. James’ Episcopal Church Cemetery – 161 Church St.  The event is part of National Preservation Month in May. The St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery will be free during the tour, and docents will be on site if you have questions or want more information about the church or cemetery

SAT, MAY 4  “Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society Spring Garden Party” (4-8pm)Located at  Oakton – 581 Kennesaw Ave. The event is in honor of the 175th anniversary of Oakton House and is open to the public. Tickets Adults: $75 , Couples: $140,Families: $200.  The garden party will include a garden and barn tour, Civil War camp with reenactors, horse and carriage photo op, buffet and bar.

SAT MAY 4 PARADOCS at the Strand. Come enjoy great music on Saturday, May 4 at the Strand.  The concert starts at 8:00 pm. The PARADOCS are a group of Wellstar physicians, nurses and medical personnel who have formed a great 15 piece rock and roll band! And let me tell you they do rock and roll!! For tickets, visit,  call the  770-293-0080 or drop by Box Office: Monday- Friday, 9am-Noon and 1pm-4pm.

SAT MAY 4 Outdoor Movie Disney/Pixar’s Brave. Swift Cantrell Park, Kennesaw.  Movie starts at dark. All movies will start at dark. Children’s activities featuring both free and pay-to-play inflatables, giveaways and outdoor fun are offered beginning at 6 pm Parking is available inside the park, and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway.

SAT, MAY 4 -5   “37th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival” (10am-6pm) In Glover Park on the Square  More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work at the 36th annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Glover Park. Exhibitors include painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric, floral designs, demonstrations and much more.  Admission is free, and free parking is available in the Cobb County parking garage, which can be accessed using the Waddell Street entrance. Handicapped parking is also available.

FRI MAY 3-SUN MAY 12 SHRINE CIRCUS The circus will be held Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 12, 2013,  at Jim R. Miller Park, Callaway Rd., Marietta 30008.  Monday through Friday the Midway opens at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Sunday at Noon.  Best Deal in Town! Purchase discount tickets at any Atlanta-area Walgreens from April 12, through the end of the Circus. Weekend Mega Pass- $19.95 per person, good Friday through Sunday, includes gate admission, circus admission and unlimited carnival rides for any one day from open to close. Visit

Taekwondo Kicks it into Gear to Start Off Georgia Games

fp.nc1The Georgia State Games will host their taekwondo championship on May 4, and also play host to the Georgia Taekwondo State Qualifier, which will be held on May 5. Both events will be held at Allatoona High School.
This tournament is largest that the Georgia State Games hosts. It also happens to be one of the largest tournaments on the east coast, as well as the largest one in the state of Georgia. The Georgia State Games also provides 12 international referees in order to ensure a fair and impartial competition. This season, the Georgia Games expects to see around 400 top level participants from over 12 different states.
Any Georgian can participate in these events, no matter age, ability level or location. In the past, participants have ranged in age from 3 to 87, and represented over 139 counties and 549 cities in Georgia. Each participant has the opportunity to advance to the national games, also known as the State Games of America (SGA), in Hersey, PA from July 31 to August 4.
The first matches will begin at 9:00 AM on May 4. This championship consists of five different types of matches, which include daedo e-hogu sparring, double elimination sparring, three rounds of sparring, sport poomsae and double elimination bracket poomsae. These different matches are based on age as well as skill level.
In order to register for this year’s events, please visit our website at Participants must be early registered on the website no later than Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Georgia Games will take day of registration too, but a late fee will be added to the cost.
For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the tournament, please contact the Georgia Games via email at or by phone at 770.528.3580.

Pediatric Imaging Center hosting groundbreaking

fp.nc1Children’s will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new pediatric imaging center at Children’s at Town Center. This facility currently provides urgent care, sports medicine and specialty care services on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The event will take place at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Town Center,  2985 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Cobb Police Accepting Applications

cobbctypoliceshieldThe Cobb County Police Department, a nationally-accredited law enforcement agency, is seeking ambitious men and women for police officer positions. Currently certified officers, as well as officer candidates with no previous law enforcement experience, are welcome to apply. Successful candidates will patrol the county and respond to calls for service, investigate crimes and render assistance to residents as necessary. 
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, be a United States citizen and have an honorable discharge if they served in the military. Applicants will be subject to a physical fitness test, pre-placement medical examination, drug screening, polygraph test, oral interviews and a comprehensive background investigation. Work shifts are varied and include evenings, weekends and holidays. The starting salary for police officer candidates is $38,355 per year.
Generous benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts Program and paid leave and holidays.

Application Process:
Entry level tests will be administered April through November and applicants must submit an application on the first Monday of every month prior to the test. Online applications are available at:


Enews Letter from The Bright Side Newspapers

We publish and email enews letters twice a month to keep our readers updated on the very latest fun events, the newest calendar, our latest publication and the next deadlines.  Sign up for our newsletter by visiting www.brightsidenews.comfp.nc1 – the signup box is on the front page!


flashmob2It’s the Big Shanty Festival and time for the  Flash Mob again! This event will take place directly following the parade at the annual Big Shanty Festival in downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, April 20st. The parade starts at 9:30am, so just meet on Main Street at the intersection of Cherokee Street for the parade. As soon as the parade ends, the music will start and then…we DANCE! You can learn the dance by watching the choreography video at

Great Gig will have a live rehearsal for anyone who wants to go to their studio on Friday, April 19th at 6:00pm at great gig DANCE co.  On Wade Green Rd. next to Big Lots.  Visit or for directions


NECobb_Egg_Drop2Bring the whole family  for the Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop presented by Piedmont Church, Superior Plumbing and Cobb County Schools Be ready as more than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy are spread out and dropped from a helicopter at the football fields at Sprayberry High School March 30, 2013!
The event begins at 10 a.m., and in addition to gathering up all the eggs, there will be candy, face painting and the Three-13 Salon, Spa and Boutique Kids Zone with inflatable slides and bounce houses for the toddlers and the older thrill seekers alike, unlimited rides can be purchased for only $5 per child.  Also plan to have your photo taken for free with the Easter Bunny courtesy of LGE Community Credit Union.  Capture the memories for a lifetime!
Free admission and ample free parking will be available at Sprayberry High School. Food will also be available to purchase from the Sprayberry Football Booster Club and all other proceeds from the event go to support both the Shop with a Yellow Jacket and the Shop with a Longhorn programs for Sprayberry and Kell High Schools respectively.
The Egg Hunts will get started around the football field at 11:30 a.m., the fire truck’s siren will go off and children ages three and under will begin their egg hunt. At 12:30 p.m., a helicopter will fly over and drop thousands of eggs for the four to seven year olds to hunt. At, 1:30 p.m., children eight to 10 will be instructed to go on the fire trucks siren.  Visit


DSC00844aYeah – even though the rain washed this event last week, it is on for tomorrow.  Grab your Easter Basket, don’t forget the kids and head on over to Adams Park in Kennesaw.  Activities begin at 10:00 a.m., Sat March 30 and include inflatables and crafts,.  And the hunt begins at 11:00.  Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.  The hunt will be held on the girl’s softball fields and divided into age groups.