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A Variety of Activities in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta,

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MAY 11-12, 2018

The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, 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 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. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

You can smell the North Cobb Rotary Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival from miles around. This event offers 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! 100% of this event’s net proceeds go directly back into our community.

The Georgia Players Guild, featuring the music of “Alabama” and “The Eagles”, takes the stage on Friday night at 8:00 p.m., for the Concert Under the Stars. All ages will enjoy this show as they will be playing all your favorite songs. 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 through taster tickets sold to the public are used for multiple Rotary charity efforts. Your support is highly encouraged and needed – and it’s fun!

Admission: Parking downtown, shuttles and event admission are all FREE. Visit www.smokeonthelake.org for lots more information!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! .

CALENDAR OF EVENTS THROUGH MAY 17

Thur, May 10 ABA Alive After Five- 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members

FRI MAY 11 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS SIP N STROLL. 5:00 pm. For this Sip n’ Stroll, we will stroll around the Marietta Square’s Glover Park and adjoining streets. Certified arborists and landscape architects will lead the tour of the neighborhood, pointing out the many treasures and challenges that exist among our valuable stock of trees. Location is Marietta Square’s Glover Park and we will meet at 50 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30064. Parking around the square or in the parking deck off Cherokee and Lawrence St. For more information, please call 770.424.4664.

FRI MAY 11 MARTINIS AND MUSIC 5:30-8:30 at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. The cost of admission will be ten dollars, with the exception of members who will enter for free. The event aims to create a fun and light atmosphere while enjoying American art and benefiting the local community. There will be a cash only bar with light hor d’oeuvres. An art auction will be held to benefit Hickory Hills Elementary. All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Hickory Hills Elementary to help benefit the needs of students.

FRI/SAT MAY 11-12 SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL. The Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 11, from 5:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 12, 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 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. This is the Rotary Club of North Cobb’s 9th Annual Smoke on the Lake in partnership with the City of Acworth.

SAT MAY 12 SWIFT CANTRELL 5K -Downtown Kennesaw. The fun begins at 7:30AM with the 1 Mile Fun Run. At 8:00AM the 5K Run/Walk. And at 8:55AM – Tot Trot. The early registration fee is $25. $30 starting May 1 and $35 cash the day of the race. Register online https://kennesawgrandprix.com/.

SAT SUN MAY 12/13 NEW BEGINNINGS UMC BBQ FUNDRAISWER. Hours are 11-6 both days. Whole Pork Butts/Ribs or BBQ Plates, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad Pre-order Deadline, May 6, order forms available on line at www.nbumc.org.

MON MAY 14 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 14 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 15 MARIETTA COUNCIL OF GARDEN CLUBS OPEN HOUSE. 6:30 PM. The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs will host a wine and cheese open house, “How to Seed a New Garden Club”. This free event is open to all community members on Tuesday, May 15th and will begin at 6:30 pm at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA, 30060. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-tickets-45218186814 or contact Kate Millholland at mgardenc@bellsouth.net or call 770-427-3494 on MWF between 9:30 am and 2:30 p.m.

TUES MAY 15 KBA Alive After Five – 5:30 PM-7:30 PM event in the parking lot of our sponsor Hester Dental in downtown Kennesaw.  With catering provided by Carrabba’s, you won’t want to miss this chance to mingle with other KBA members and friends.

THURS MAY 17, Marietta Museum of History 6:30pm, the Marietta Museum of History hosts its first Evening with History lecture of 2018. In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Haverty’s founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery’s Westview Abby mausoleum is one of the nation’s largest with more than eleven thousand crypts. We are pleased to host author Jeff Clemmons as he recounts some of the fascinating details of this cemetery’s history highlighted in his newest book, Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery. After the program, Mr. Clemmons will be signing his books including his previous one, Rich’s: A Southern Institution. Both books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

FAMILY FUN ACTIVITES FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY

Never a dull moment in our community – looking for something fun, entertaining, educational in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta — See our suggestions below.

MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS AND CRAFTS – MAY 5 & 6
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite our readers to the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

May-retta Daze is an annual, two-day arts and crafts festival held the first weekend in May. The festival draws artists and craftspeople from many Southern states, as well as local Georgia artists. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival also includes children’s activities and free entertainment on the stage.

The show setting is at Glover Park in the historic Marietta Square. The Square is the home of many antique and specialty stores, excellent restaurants and interesting things to do.

MORE MAY EVENTS THROUGH MAY 10

FRI MAY 4 – MARIETTA ART WALK – 5:30-9:00.  Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing avariety of artistic disciplines. To learn more contact Stephanie Coston at stephaniecoston07@gmail.com or visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

FRI MAY 4 MARIETTA SPRING POPS CONCERT 8:00 PM presented by Symphony on the Square at the Strand Theatre, on the Square in Marietta. Tickets are sale at www.sotsmusic.org for $20.00. Enjoy a wonderful evening of music listening to popular favorites including a tribute to Henry Mancini .

SAT MAY 5 OUTDOOR MOVIE. Come see Oscar winning Coco at Swift Cantrell Park. It doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.

SAT MAY 5 “EMBRACE”- A Worship Celebration for Women Featuring Babbie Mason Live 1-3 Northwest Christian Church. We invite you to join us for this special event for women on Saturday, May 5th from 1-3pm at Northwest Christian Church. You’ll experience Christ-centered worship music led by Babbie Mason, God-honoring testimonies, and a huge dose of encouragement as we celebrate what Jesus has done for us. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nwcc.net/embrace. Northwest Christian Church is located at 3737 Dallas Acworth Hwy. NW, Acworth, GA 30101.

SAT & SUN – MAY 5-6 MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS. The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites our community to attend the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5.
More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival. Admission to the festival is free.

MON MAY 7 KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET 3:30-7:30 PM. Offering a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, james, jellies, local honey and more

MON MAY 7 DINNER AT THE DEPOT 5:30-8:30 A variety of food trucks will rotate throughout the season. Both at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.

TUES MAY 8 KBA Luncheon 11:30 am. KSU Community Center. Register online at www.kennesawbusiness.org. Sponsored by Desktop Office and Meeting Space, Catered by Adriane’s Delectables. $15.00 members, $20.00 non-members.

TUE MAY 8 KENNESAW BLOOD DRIVE 2-7 PM at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Donating blood is a safe, simple and satisfying… and it helps save lives. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

THUR MAY 10 ABA ALIVE AFTER FIVE – 5:30-7:30pm. Cedar Plantation- 4610 Northside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101 Open social networking that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Free for members.

CHECK OUT THE REST OF MAY ON OUR CALENDAR PAGE

MARIETTA INVITATIONS

Spring is just around the corner and two of Marietta’s popular events are accepting applications to participate.  And MTK’s always welcomes helpers.

REGISTER NOW FOR MAY-RETTA DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS

The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites artists to participate in the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018.

More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival.

To register to sell items at the event, please review the requirements and print out the form and mail it to the Parks and Recreation Department located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA, 30061. The form is online at http://www.mariettaga.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=1540.

Applications should be postmarked on or before the registration deadline on March 29th. Please review the application to see the booth space fees. Admission to the festival is free. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS for Metro-Montage-XVIII.

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is calling all artists to submit an original work that has been created within the past 10 years and has not been shown at MCMA. Deadline for submissions is April 20 at 11:59. Works will be exhibited at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art from July 7 until September 9, 2018. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org for submission requirements and entry forms. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located at 30 Atlanta Street, SE, Marietta, GA

MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS
Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in the Marietta City Cemetery on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather.
We will be planting trees in the Marietta City Cemetery. The parking address is: Brown Park, 358 West Atlanta St., Marietta, 30064, look for the green signage. You can also drive into the middle of the cemetery and look for our sign-in table at the small white building. The date is Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00am.

 

 

City to Host 5k Shamrock Shuffle March 17th to Benefit City’s Police Athletic League

The City of Marietta will host the 2nd Annual 5K Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00am on the Marietta Square benefitting the Marietta Police Athletic League.

This event will raise money to support the Marietta Police Athletic League’s (PAL) youth athletic programs with needed supplies and equipment. Awards will be given for top qualifiers in each race age group and for best costume. This is also a qualifying AJC Peachtree Road Race event.

The cost to register is $20 for kids 12 and under, $25 for early registration until March 10, 2018 and $30 after March 10th. T-shirts are included in your registration fee but only guaranteed for early registration.  To register visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta

About the Marietta PAL Program

The Marietta Police Department began the Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL) chapter in 2007. Marietta PAL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities which create trust and build understanding between law enforcement and youth.
Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta
Link to PAL: http://www.mariettapal.org

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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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A Basket full of events July 7-July 17

Looking for fun family events to enjoy, before school starts.  Check out what’s available in Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta.  Enjoy!

FRI-SUN JUN 29-JUL 16 – JUKEBOX GIANTS – Jukebox Giants: Motown & More returns to The Strand for its best show yet featuring music from greats such as The Temptations, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis and more. Tickets are $25. Specialty pricing of $20 is available for seniors, students, and military. Group pricing is also available for group purchases of 10 or more. For more information or tickets, visit www.EarlSmithStrand.org or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

FRI JUL 7 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK – Marietta Square Art Walk continues from 5pm to 9pm. The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeate every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings Jenny King, Artist Gallery & Studios, dk Gallery, Marietta Square Artists Attic, Avery Gallery and Markay Gallery. Event-goers will enjoy live music throughout The Square, including at Hemingway’s Bar & Grill and Stockyard Burger & Bones.  For more information visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

SAT JUL 8 – SPORTS FANATIC 5K RACE – Come run/walk our fast and flat well-marked and certified race course down Main Street and through Swift Cantrell Park. Proceeds to benefit The Dave Krache Foundation. In store registration available at Big Peach Running Co Kennesaw or Online at  www.kennesawgrandprix.com. For more details email help@davekrache.com or call 678-009-3202

SAT JUL 8 – CIVIL WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT EVENT – Join the William Root House Museum & Garden as we travel back to July 1864, when the Root family fled from Marietta, leaving their home to the advancing Union Army. Head outside to meet with Union soldiers as they take over the house, constructing a headquarters and attempting to recruit new soldiers. 10:00am – 4:00pm at the William Root House Museum & Garden; 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060. For information about the Root House, hours of operation, and admission, call 770-426-4982.

SAT JUL 8 – METRO MONTAGE XVII EXHIBITION – Metro Montage is the MCMA’s annual juried exhibition featuring all types of genre, medium, style, subject matter, concept and/or technique.  Metro features works of fine art by contemporary artists that showcase the diversity within our nation’s culture.  Light refreshments served ~ Cash Bar ~ Opening reception is a benefit of museum membership ~ All future members and other guests are welcome at $10 per person. The Museum is located at 30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta 30060.

MON-FRI JUL 10-14 – SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS AT THE STRAND – Theatre Intensive (July 10-14, 9am-12:30pm)-Great opportunity to get deeper into the ins and outs of theatre. A well-rounded student of the arts makes for a better performer — both offstage and on. Parents are invited to the last hour of class on Friday for a showcase of what the students have learned in camp. Ages 11-15 | Price: $125. Peformula (July 10-14, 1pm-3pm)-In the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s musical theatre laboratory, young performers will focus entirely on music, dance, and drama, discovering the formulas for performing success! The week-long camp will yield a Saturday performance on The Strand stage. Tuition price includes attendance to the Saturday performance and a Performula t-shirt. Performance is Saturday, July 15 @ 12pm. Ages: 6-12 | Price: $150

TUE JULY 11 – KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON – Join KBA members for networking and hear productivity strategist Wendy Ellin speak. The luncheon begins at 11:30 for networking and is held at the KSU Continuing Education Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. Visit www.kennesawbusiness.org for more info and to register.

JUL 10-14 SPEED & AGILITY CAMP JUL 18-20 This summer Acworth Parks and Rec is hosting a Speed and Agility Camp and a Kid’s Football Camp. Both camps are extremely affordable. Every camper will also receive a camp t-shirt and water bottle! For more information on each camp or to register, please visit www.acworthparksandrec.org.

TUE JUL 11 – “EARLY PIONEERS OF ACWORTH” – Hosted by the Save the Acworth History group. Davis McCollum will present a history of early Acworth Pioneers. Roberts School at 7pm.

WED JULY 12 – FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER – Sardis Baptist Church is hosting a free Spaghetti Dinner the first and third Wednesdays of both June and July. The community is welcome to enjoy dinner from 5:45-6:45 and invited to stay for Bible Study at 7:00 pm (for both adults and children). Sardis Baptist Church is located at 2741 S Main St, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

THU JUL 13 – ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON – 11:30 at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, kennesaw. Guest Speaker: Jim Wilgus with GA DOT. RSVP at www.AcworthBusiness.org.

SAT JUL 15 – RAILROAD RENDEZVOUS – Railroad Rendezvous is scheduled from 9:30am until 5pm rain or shine. There will be a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including model train layouts, railroad-themed activities, and crafts. The event will feature live music by local bluegrass musicians. Southern Museum is located on Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw. For more information, visit southernmuseum.org.

MON-FRI JUL 17-21 – BRICK CAMP FOR LEGO LOVERS – 9am-Noon at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main Street, Kennesaw. Cost is $75.00. We’re partnering with bricks4kids in Marietta to host an amazing fun filled Brick Camp where we will learn to be creative and learn about The Creator!! Register online at www.kfbc.org

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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.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WEEKEND?

piedmontchristmasThere is a variety of activities to chose from the weekend of December 8 (yes Thursday is part of the weekend) through December 12 in North Cobb and West Cobb.  Take a look, we are sure you will find something that tickles your fancy.

christmas-harpTHU-FRI DEC 8-9 – CHRISTMAS MEMORIES CONCERT – Presented by Symphony on the Square at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T Anderson Theatre. Performances at 8pm. State Solicitor, Barry Morgan, will read “The Night Before Christmas”.  Enjoy a concert full of fun and beloved Christmas songs. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

FRI, SAT, SUN DEC 9-21 CHRISTMAS TRADITION at the Strand, a Musical Production on the Square, Marietta.  Tickets are $25 and available at The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, online at EarlSmithStrand.org, or at 117 North Park Square.  Visit Website for times.

FRI DEC 9 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY – 7pm, Kennesaw Memorial Park invites the public to attend this service for an uplifting and meaningful way for families who suffered a loss to start the holiday season. 1306 Whiltock Ave, Marietta

FRI-SAT DEC 9-10 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Presented by Superior Plumbing, enjoy loads of activities for the whole family: FREE kid’s zone, arts and crafts, local entertainment, great food and petting zoo (Saturday only). Friday hours: 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. Call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv for more info

breakfastsantaSAT DEC 10 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Daddy’s Country Kitchen invites families to have breakfast with Santa from 9-Noon. Adults: $9; Kids 10 and under $5.00.  We suggest you call (770) 974-2281 and make reservations. . Daddy’s is located at 3485 Acworth Due West Rd #200, Acworth.

SAT DEC 10 – KENNESAW’S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club to host an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast with Santa at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Two seating options available: 8 to 9:15 a.m.; and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Advance tickets are $6 per person, purchased in advance at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap. For additional information, call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 10 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – Southern Museum from 2:30-7pm. Immerse yourself in the classic story told throughout the museum, with vignettes highlighting the plot and interactive performers bringing the story to life. Pre-sale tickets are available online at SouthernMuseum.org/tickets. Get $1 off event pre-sale tickets only using coupon code “BRIGHTSIDE” at checkout! Regular admission tickets purchased at the event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+), $5.50 for children (4-12), and FREE for children 3 and under. This event is FREE for Museum members.Call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058 for more information, and visit SouthernMuseum.org for event details.
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AT DEC 10 – SLEIGHBELLS ON THE SQUARE 5K – The Cobb County Bar Association will host the 16th Annual Sleighbells on the Square 5k/1k/Tot Trot. Benefiting the Cobb Children’s Emergency Fund. The Fund provides emergency grants to Cobb County households facing financial emergencies or crises. More information can be found on the Sleighbells on the Square page at Active.com or at http://www.cobbcountybar.org.

greatgigSUN DEC 11 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Great Gig Dance Co. presents “Sights and Sounds of the Season,” a musical Christmas variety show to get you in the holiday spirit at NorthStar Church. This is a fundraiser for the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, to help offset their expenses as they perform through out the Southeast. Tickets are $12 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $15. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

MON DEC 12 – MARIETTA MAYOR STATE OF THE CITY – Marietta Business Association Luncheon to be held at the Radisson Hotel 1775 Parkway Place SE, Marietta, Georgia from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. To register visit www.mariettabusiness.biz, click on Events.

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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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Family Fun Events – Oct 6-10

chalktoberfestSAT-SUN OCT 8-9 CHALKTOBERFEST – on the Square in Marietta.  Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art  presents its annual Chalktoberfest that takes place around the Marietta Square and down Atlanta Street to the museum. This year, the Chalktoberfest theme is “Old Masters” and will feature over 80 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the US, Mexico and Canada. Artists will draw in front of spectators during both dates from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to MCMA is free for the duration of the festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th, Chalktoberfest includes their annual Craft Beer Festival in conjunction with the Chalk Festival.  This Craft Beer Festival allows visitors to walk around and enjoy the Chalk Art while drinking samples. Chalktoberfest will feature an after hours concert in the Park with live music by A1A the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band starting at 6:00pm.  Check the Chalktoberfest Website for the purchase of concert tables.
On Sunday, Oct. 9th, Chalktoberfest will bring in their Creative Kids craft-making section 1:00pm – 5:00pm, geared toward children of all ages – and host their non-professional Chalk Competition with Youth, Teen, School, and Adult Divisions.  Competition starts at 10:00am.  Winners announced at 3:00pm.  The Professional Chalk area will be available to view until 8:00pm Sunday night.

THU-SUN OCT 6-16 – “HAMLET” – at Theatre in the Square, Marietta. The show, directed by Emil Thomas, is set in a contemporary world.‘I am excited to be bringing a contemporary version of Hamlet to Marietta,’ says Thomas. ‘I think it will put a new twist on the play and really entertain’. Tickets are available at www.theatreinthesquare.net The theater is located at 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064. Phone: (770) 422-8369.

FRI OCT 7 – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK – Enjoy the fall season with colorful works of art at the square. This is a self guided tour from 5-9pm. Visit the art galleries, museums, boutiques and restaurants!

FRI-SAT OCT 7-8 – ALLATOONA BOOK FESTIVAL – Award-winning author Janisse Ray will keynote the Allatoona Book Festival at the Roberts Community Center in Acworth which will include speakers, panels and workshops featuring area authors specializing in a variety of genres. Saturday includes a full day of workshops, panels and speakers starting at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast hosted by Acworth Tourism. The event is sponsored by the Acworth Cultural Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

img_2924FRI-SUN OCT 7-9 – “ON THE RADIO” PERFORMANCE – Presented by CCEPA (Pebblebrook’s ComPA). Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Show times: Fri. and Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 3:30pm. Join us for a high-energy, non-stop hour of fun recalling the great hits of the past featuring the 24 talented singers, dancers, and actors of CCCEPA’s premier musical theatre troupe, ComPAny 2017. In addition to a whole section of jazz standards, this year’s show features many of your favorite pop songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Tickets are $10.00 and available online at http://cccepa.tix.com only and cannot be purchased by calling the Anderson Theatre box office.

SAT OCT 8 – TIM CRUNK MEMORIAL 5K – The event starts at 8AM with a 1 Mile Fun Run for Kids beginning at 9AM. Registration begins at 7AM.  The course is spread out around Cedarcrest Church and includes running through neighborhoods bordering Lake Allatoona. Parking at Cedarcrest Church, 4600 Cobb Parkway, Acworth. Register online at www.cdedarcrestchurch.com/tim-crunk. Funds raised are used to provide schools and educators with the training, supplies, and support they need to create a successful environment for hundreds of students around Haiti.

SAT OCT 8 – SHREDDING DAY – City of Marietta and Keep Marietta Beautiful invite you to participate in their Shred Documents Saturday.  The event will be from 9:00 am till Noon at 591 N. Marietta Pkwy, just east of Fairground on the N. Loop.  For more information contact KMB at 770-794-5606.

SAT OCT 8 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS DAY – Calling for volunteers of all ages to come out and assist as we maintain Hill Park. Hill Park is a pretty little pocket park that was transformed from a once vacant lot just a few blocks off the northeast corner of Historic Marietta Square. Please arrive by 8:30am. For more info, please call 770-424-4664.

SAT OCT 8 – NCHS ORCHESTRA YARD SALE – 8:00 am-2:00 pm – North Cobb HS Cafeteria. Come out and support the North Cobb Orchestra. All proceeds from this event will help offset the cost of the Chamber Orchestra’s invitation to the Music for All Orchestra America Festival in Indianapolis, in March

SAT-SUN OCT 8-9 CHALKTOBERFEST – on the Square in Marietta.  Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art  presents its annual Chalktoberfest that takes place around the Marietta Square and down Atlanta Street to the museum. This year, the Chalktoberfest theme is “Old Masters” and will feature over 80 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the US, Mexico and Canada. Artists will draw in front of spectators during both dates from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to MCMA is free for the duration of the festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th, Chalktoberfest includes their annual Craft Beer Festival in conjunction with the Chalk Festival.  This Craft Beer Festival allows visitors to walk around and enjoy the Chalk Art while drinking samples. Chalktoberfest will feature an after hours concert in the Park with live music by A1A the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band starting at 6:00pm.  Check the Chalktoberfest Website for the purchase of concert tables.
On Sunday, Oct. 9th, Chalktoberfest will bring in their Creative Kids craft-making section 1:00pm – 5:00pm, geared toward children of all ages – and host their non-professional Chalk Competition with Youth, Teen, School, and Adult Divisions.  Competition starts at 10:00am.  Winners announced at 3:00pm.  The Professional Chalk area will be available to view until 8:00pm Sunday night.

SAT-SUN OCT 8-9 – GEORGIA BALLET’S “PETER PAN” – The Georgia Ballet brings it season opener “Peter Pan” to the J. Alton Keith Theatre, 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. To purchase tickets visit www.georgiaballet.org or call 770-528-0881.

This Weekend in Cobb – Aug 18-21

Summer is over and activities abound from Networking to Auctions to Martinis and Music – below is a little sampling that is going on in Cobb County Aug 18-21.Image 6-22-16 at 5.58 PMTHU AUG 18 – MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION NETEXPO – 4-7 PM at White Water on Cobb Parkway. The business expo is an open event, available to all local Marietta and Cobb County businesses. All businesses that are interested in attending or being an exhibitor, please visit www.mariettabusiness.biz to register and for more details of this event.  The fee for exhibiting: for Marietta Business Association members the fee is $100, for non-members the fee is $150.00.  The business community, not exhibiting, is invited to attend (FREE) and meet and mingle with other local businesses.

THU AUG 18 – BOOK SALE – Civil War Round Table of Cobb County Inaugural Book Sale: 6:00 p.m. at the Gone With the Wind Museum in downtown Marietta. Help support the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County while stocking-up your library! Bonus: free admission and tours of the Gone With the Wind Museum! No reservations necessary. For additional information, e-mail brannan53ga@gmail.com.

FRI AUG 19 – “SENIORS GOT GROOVE” DAY TRIP – Seniors will visit the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville! After exploring the Museum guests will have the chance to go out and explore downtown Cartersville on their own. This trip does include walking. We will depart from Logan Farm Park at 9:00 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. The cost for a City resident is $10 and the cost for a non-City resident is $15. Register online at  www.acworthparksandrec.org or in person at 4762 Logan Rd. Acworth, GA 30101.

martinis&musicFRI AUG 19 – MARTINIS & MUSIC – 5:30-8:30pm at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. This fun art event features Horsd’oeurves and a Cash Bar while you enjoy the Metro Montage XVI Annual Juried Exhibition of Artists sponsored by MCMA. Call 770-528-1444 or visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org.

PHILSAT AUG 20 – TAI CHI SEMINAR – Phil Robinson, Tai Chi master, invites you to attend his seminar at Lake Point Sports Community Building, 755 Georgia Hwy 293, Emerson, 30137 from 10-1.  There is a $20 registration fee. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that has evolved into a low impact form of exercise.  It is characterized by its harmonious, slow, deliberate movements. To register email Bre Johnson at bre.johnson@lakepointsports.com.  For more information call Phil Robinson at 678-789-3547 or email him at phil@robinsontaichi.com.

SAT AUG 20 – 5TH ANNUAL ALOHA LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION – Benefitting Aloha to Aging, Inc. beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Mansour Center (995 Roswell St. NE, Marietta, GA 30060). Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and entertainment from the Parrot Island Band. A cash bar will also be available. Purchase tickets online at www.alohatoaging.org or by calling 770-722-7641. For those who are unable to attend, but would like to support the organization, donations can be made online or mailed to Aloha to Aging, Inc., 4608 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068.

SAT AUG 20 – COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR – Hosted by Allen Temple AME Church, includes free health screenings: vision, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood press and more. 9am-2pm at the church 232 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Public invited. Visit www.allentempleame.org for more info.