Music Entertainment

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.

Celebrate the 4th on Marietta Square

fireworks2Grab 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 presented by Superior Plumbing, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and the City of Marietta 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 Zach Seabaugh, a hometown boy who was a finalist on the hit television show The Voice. His popularity continues to flourish as he begins performing to growing audiences on bigger stages. Opening for Seabaugh is Presley Sullivan, a featured artist on 94.9 The Bull’s Backyard Country. Concerts are presented by 94.9 The Bull.

Parade
The Marietta Independence Day parade is scheduled to include more than 115 entries with more than 40 floats and approximately 2,000 participants. Entries include marching units from the City of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

Crafts, food and carnival
Visit the Arts and crafts show with nearly 100 unique handcrafted vendors: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Enjoy lunch or dinner, or just snacking at the Food concessions: Anything to please the palate from ice products to cool you down to corndogs and BBQ to satisfy your appetite. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Great place to bring the kids! Kid’s Zone – huge interactive kids play area: 10 a.m.-dark; tickets for games available at booths located throughout the park

  • Entertainment schedule on the Stage in Glover Park
    12 noon – Scott Thompson
    2:00 – Bell ringing ceremony
    2:15 – Float Award Ceremony
    2:30 – 3:30 Atlanta Concert Band
    7- 8:00 – Presley Sullivan
    8-9:30 – 94.9 The Bull presents Zach Seabaugh
    9:30ish – Fireworks

Superior Plumbing LogoThe City of Marietta Fireworks
The City of Marietta fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot. If bad weather is expected, the fireworks may begin a few minutes early, to ensure the entire display is completed. If you want to watch the fireworks, make sure you get there early to grab a spot because traffic is expected to be heavy.

Concert Tables: Concert tables are available for purchase in 8-tops and 6-tops for $100 and $80 respectively. Tables can be claimed beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth and you can purchase one by calling 770.423.1330., or email Peter Jezerinac at pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com.

For more information contact the City of Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities at (770) 794-5601 or Peter Jezerinac at 770-423-1330; pjezerinac@jrmmanagement.com or www.mariettaga.gov.  Sponsored by Superior Plumbing.  #ThinkMariettaSquare

Zach Seabaugh in Concert – July 4th

Zach JacketHEADS UP Zachary Taylor Seabaugh Fans. Zach’s next local concert will be 4th of July on the Marietta Square. Bring your family, friends, in-laws and out-laws and let’s give our own Country Star a warm welcome to his home town. Madison Park takes the stage at 7:00 PM and Zach Seabaugh and his band takes the stage at 8:00 pm. Fireworks about 9:30ish. This concert is free to the public and is sponsored by 94.9 The Bull. Thanks guys.

Seabaugh has been busy since his appearance on Season 9 of the hit NBC show The VOICE co-writing with Emmy winning song writer Bruce Burch and others to put together this EP of original music. He played the songs for the first time to a packed house at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA and received great reviews. The EP was produced by Paul Schoen of County Q Studios in Nashville in conjunction with Open Roads Highway Entertainment. Check out Zach’s music on iTunes.  Great songs.

Marietta’s Zach Seabaugh is fast becoming a star, known for his classic country voice, exciting stage performance and handsome charm. At 16, his talent landed him a spot on Blake Shelton’s team during Season 9 of the hit NBC television show, “The VOICE.” Seabaugh was a standout fan favorite and he finished in the top 5 out of 50,000 contestants. The show exposed him to millions of fans all over the world and his concerts have been drawing sold-out crowds ever since.  So now is your chance to see Zach in concert – on the Square, Marietta – celebrating the Fourth of July!  #ThinkMariettaSquare.  www.zachseabaugh.com

A Whirlwind of Activities this Weekend!

So much to chose from – where to start!

SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ FESTIVAL ~ MAY 6-7 2016

smokeThe Barbecue season kicks off the year with one of the first competitions in north Georgia. More than 30 teams will fill up Cauble Park in downtown Acworth on Friday May 6, from 6:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday May 7, from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and free parking can be found downtown with free shuttles running Friday night for the concert and fireworks and all day Saturday.

fireworks1Superior Plumbing is presenting the event which kicks off with a free concert and fireworks in conjunction with the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth on Friday May 6, The Mustangs will delight everyone, playing your country favorites on the CobbEMC Concert Stage at 8:00 p.m., presented by Day’s Chevrolet. Fireworks will shoot high in to the sky following the concert, so bring the whole family for a night you won’t soon forget! Reserved tables that seat six can be purchased for $100. Teams will compete on Friday night to see who will be crowned the Lord of the Wings Champion. This is judged by patrons of the concert Friday night, so bring the whole family and make sure you are all hungry!

Visit the teams and taste all the BBQ you desire, as the Taster’s Choice award will also be decided by patrons of the event on Saturday morning at starting at 10:00 a.m.   Tickets to taste the backyard teams BBQ will be on sale for a nominal charge. Vote with your stomach early and often to crown the winner of a Primo Grill and the title of the 2016 People’s Choice Champion.

Activities for the kids will be in the Northwest Family YMCA Kids Zone and local entertainment fills the stage from 11:00 a.m., to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday with the awards given out at 4:00 p.m.

The Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Club of North Cobb as proceeds of the event go to the charities of the North Cobb Rotary Club, including the Acworth Special Needs Field, End Polio Now, Mountain Top Boys Home, The Men’s Extension, The Women’s Extension, MUST Ministries, Cobb Christmas, local Cobb schools and more.  For information visit www.smokeonthelake.org and follow us on facebook.

artteen1MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK
Marietta Square Art Walk continues Friday, May 6 from 5pm to 9pm. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing all the Arts.  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 at Red Door Art Gallery & Studios, dk Gallery, Marietta Square Artists Attic, and 2 Rules Fine Art.

Event-goers will enjoy live music throughout The Square, including at Hemingway’s Bar & Grill and Stockyard Burger & Bones.   Local, original photography, painting, sculpture and more will be on display along the sidewalks throughout town.  For more information visit visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY FOR AUTISM

autismtrainwill be held Saturday May 7. – The Southern Museum will host a National Train Day for Autism! The Museum will have several types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs to tinker and play with, including wooden toy trains and remote controlled trains. There will also be in-depth circuitry workshops for those who want to learn to build their own train layouts at home. Other features include open-ended discovery stations with Legos, blocks, gears, ramps, and more! Additional questions can be directed to the Museum at 770-427-2117, or events@southernmuseum.org.

maydazeMay-retta Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 40th Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square will be held on May 7-8, 2016.
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.
Admission to the festival is free. Saturday’s hours are 10-5, Sunday’s hours are 11-5. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601

LIGHT THE WAY 5K5k
The Kiwanis Club invites our community to participate in their Light the Way 5k on Sat. May 7 at 7:00 pm. Wear your glowing, flashing, sparkling, blinking running gear for this nighttime race!
Packet pickup and race-day registration begin near the track at Marietta High School at 6:00 p.m. This fun family event will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a parade of entrants for all the participating Marietta City Schools.  The Star Spangled Banner will be at 7:25 p.m. followed by a FREE Tot Trot at 7:30 for ages 4 & Under.
The 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on the Marietta High school track at 7:35 – the fee is $20. The Light the Way 5K will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is a Peachtree Qualifier – the fee is $25. Put on your glow gear and join in the fun!  There will be music and fun for the whole family!
Run, walk, or push a stroller in the 5K or 1-Mile and help the Kiwanis Club of Marietta raise funds to support literacy and “Light the Way” to Graduate Marietta! Register online at www.active.com. Marietta High School is located at 1171 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064

KENNESAW’S OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT – SAT MAY 7 –

insideoutCome Meet the Little Voice Inside Your Head.  The City of Kennesaw is excited to announce the return of its free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park with Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out (rated PG). Arrive at 6 pm for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways, and outdoor fun. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies, or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.

Many more events are listed on our Calendar Page.

Are you Triplets? Might Need to be this Weekend!

Sharing the many events in our community for April 29, 30 and May 2 — you have to be triplets to enjoy it all.

strawberriesFRIDAYS: ACWORTH FARMER’S MARKET – Every Friday morning starting April 8 and ending October 28. The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking Lot on the north end of Main Street. Market customers will have a wide variety of garden ripe Georgia grown vegetables, eggs, cheese, bedding plants, fresh baked bread, pies, cakes, honey and jams to choose from each week. This year’s market will be bigger and better than previous years and shoppers won’t believe the selection of home grown goodies! The market is located in Historic Downtown Acworth in the Acworth First Baptist Church Parking Lot on the north end of Main Street.

catchthewave1FRI APR 29 MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART: MARTINIS AND MUSIC -5:30-8:30. Celebrate the Catch The Wave exhibit of the Coca-Cola Company and Mason Fine Arts Exhibit – contemporary history through the eyes of Coca-Cola and enjoy the sounds of Douglas Cameron playing hits of the Big Band Era and swing.  Admission is $10; Members free.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Call 770-528-1444.

concertFRI APR 29 GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES 8:00 pm.  This season’s series kicks off with Still Swinging, Big Band music.  The event is free, however tables are available to rent. Table reservations are taken on a first come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. www.mariettaga.gov/concerts. Blankets and lawn chairs may be set up in the park. Personal tables and plastic ground coverings are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on the street after 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square.

SAT APR 30 – NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marietta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Marietta Police Department at 240 Lemon St Marietta, Ga 30060.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is also being hosted by the Kennesaw Police Department and Acworth Police Department at their respective stations.

SAT APR 30 – AGING BY DESIGN SUMMIT AND EXPO – 9am-2pm at Roswell Street Baptist Church. Featuring keynote speakers, Coach Vince and Barbara Dooley. Free health screening from 10am-2pm. Early registration at any Cobb County Senior Center is $5 until Friday April 22nd. After deadline is $10 per person.

SOLD OUT!! SAT APR 30 Georgia Symphony Orchestra 8:00 pm.  The final concert of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Season will be a presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Guest conductor Duilio Dobrin is the third and final candidate in the organization’s search for its new music director. The concert will be held at The Marietta Performing Arts Center located at 1171Whitlock Avenue, adjacent to Marietta High School in Marietta. Tickets are $20-$30. To reserve tickets, call, (770) 429-2390 or visit www.georgiasymphony.org.

SAT APR 30 – CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT –  The city of Acworth will host a Classic Car Cruise from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth.  The Lake City Cruisers partner with the city and the downtown Acworth merchants to hold these Classic Car Cruises. The event is free to the public. A $2 entry fee is requested for all vehicles in the cruise.  All proceeds go to the Horizon Field, an all-inclusive special needs sports facility in Acworth. For more information contact Jeff Chase at jchase@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

SAT APR 30 – COMPLIMENTARY MOVIE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES – The Think Melissa Team is honored to help celebrate our current and past military families with a COMPLIMENTARY movie event, in honor of April being the Month of the Military Child. All military (active, veterans, National Guard and Reserves) families are welcome to attend. We are working with the Georgia National Guard Family Program and Silverton Mortgage, to host this event. Sign in begins a 9 AM, and the movies begin at 10 AM at NCG Cinemas in Acworth. Movie options: The Jungle Book, Ratchet & Clank, The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Please register by 4/26/16 at Admin@ThinkMelissa.com or 404-793-BEAR (2327).

brightside ad may 2016.inddMON MAY 2 – FARMER’S MARKET AND DINNER AT THE DEPOT – Back in Kennesaw for the season! Depot Park in downtown Kennesaw.  Farmers market: 3:30-7:30pm, Food trucks: 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy live music each week and other entertainment and surprises throughout the season. A good variety of rotating savory and dessert trucks.

Calendar postings for Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

soundsofpeace1Check out what is going on for the next seven days starting Sat Feb 27!

SAT FEB 27 SOUNDS OF PEACE 7:30 PM The Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus presents Sounds of Peace with Bryan Black, Music Director Enjoy this powerful serenade to peace as the 90+ voices of the GSO Chorus are featured in this inspirational celebration of choral masterpieces. The event will be held Saturday, February 27 at the Marietta First United Methodist Church. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.georgiasymphony.org.

SAT FEB 27 – DANCING WITH THE STARS OF MARIETTA – Local “celebrity” dancers will show off their best dance moves in this “fun”raiser. To purchase tickets, please visit the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s website at www.earlsmithstrand.org. Event begins at 7pm at the Strand Theatre. Fundraiser for Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre.

TUE MAR 1 – PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY – Registered Voters, Make Your Vote Count! Advanced voting begins Monday, Feb. 8th. Visit www.cobbelections.org or call 770-528-2581 for more information.

WED MAR 2 – NORTHWEST COBB CHAMBER SPECIAL PRESENTATION – 7:30-9:00am, Tracy Rathbone, Executive Director of the Town Center Area Community Improvement District will speak. Register online at www.cobbchamber.org. For questions about Area Councils, please contact Ashley Warner at awarner@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2346.

THU MAR 3 – SONS OF JUBAL CONCERT – Presented by Georgia Baptist Convention at Macland Baptist Church, 3732 Macland Road, Powder Springs beginning at 7pm. Open to the public.

FRI MAR 4 – ART SHOW AT dkGALLERY – We will celebrate the Kick-off of the 2016 Art Walk season with the continuance of The Romance of the Nude and Figure Art show from 5-9pm. For more information about the gallery and dk Gallery artists, please visit www.dkgallery.us.

FRI MAR 4 – FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK – Marietta Square from 5-9pm. Art Walk brings artists, businesses and community together, creating a unique and vibrant cultural event. Art Walk was created by the local merchants of Marietta Square.  For more information visit www.artwalkmarietta.com.

“All Shook Up” at Jennie T. Anderson

All Shook Up at Jennie T AndersonThe Jennie T. Anderson Theater will be Rockin’ and a Rollin’ when it presents “All Shook Up” performed by The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) from Pebblebrook High School. Pebblebrook students in ComPAny will dance and sing their way through ALL SHOOK UP. Performances will be held January 28-30, 2016 – 8PM and on Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 3PM

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” ALL SHOOK UP is written by Tony Award winner, Joe DiPietro.

All tickets are $20 and available at www.ticketmaster.com. Parking is FREE.  Call 770-528-8490 for more information..  The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre is located at 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060.

Jennie T. Anderson Concert – Jan. 16

youvegotafriendSAT. JAN 16.  JENNIE T. ANDERSON THEATRE 8:00 PM presents YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, a genuinely moving, nostalgic concert performance –  the music and legacy of Carole King and James Taylor. Performers, Kristi Manna and Jonathan Birchfield, take audiences back in time with favorites like “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and of course, the incomparable, “You’ve Got a Friend.”  More information and Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1PKwgjU.

Holiday Festivities – Dec. 10-19

Holiday Festivities: Theater, Symphony, Arts and Crafts Show, Nativity Scenes, Santa, and more are jam packed into the next nine days.

Christmas Carol CastTHU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thursdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at www.theatreinthesquare.co. 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air.  Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SANTASAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.  Thank you Johnny Walker Photography.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit www.mynertamid.org or e-mail info@mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw

THU-SAT DEC 17-19 – NATIVITY ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE – Stroll through the Historic Marietta Square and listen to the sounds of the season celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  Performances by local church choirs, musicians and puppetry arts.  Sponsored by Citizens for Christian Christmas Celebration on the Marietta Square.  Please join us for free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and on the 19th the festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  

FRI DEC 18 & SAT DEC 19 “5th Annual LIVE NATIVITY CELEBRATION” 6-9P – St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church’s Gift to the Community.  Come see and hear the story of the Nativity – LIVE animals, including a CAMEL!!! FREE parking and admission. Outdoor presentation every 30 min. Complimentary Musical Entertainment & Refreshments. For more info, go to www.stteresasacworth.com or call 770-590-9040.  5725 Fords Rd, Acworth, GA.

homeforholidays2012FRI-SUN DEC 18-20 – 10TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. Tickets: $15, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm. For more info and tickets call 770-528-8490

FRI-SAT DEC 18 -19 – AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS – presented by Marietta First United Methodist’s Jubilation Drama Ministry. Full orchestra and professional dancers. For tickets, call the church office at 770-429-7800. For more information, email Bryanblack@mariettafumc.org

Zach Seabaugh in The Semi-Finals for the Voice

Zach Seabaugh, The VoiceWe are so excited that Zachary Taylor Seabaugh, Marietta, GA is competing on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 in the Semi-Finals for The Voice.  Nine singers will be competing, five will go home on Tuesday night.  Let’s all make sure that Zach reaches the finals after his long journey that began at open auditions, in Atlanta last February.

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It is important that everyone vote for Zach in order to keep him in the competition.  It is even more important that we purchase his song of the evening from iTunes ($1.29) as each purchase multiplies his votes by ten, if his song makes it in the top 10 of the 200 chart.  There are four ways to vote:  Download the Voice App into a smart phone and vote 10 times.  Vote online at NBC.COM and vote 10 times. Vote on www.facebook.com/NBCTHEVOICE and vote 10 times. Purchase his song of the evening on iTunes.  If the song makes it to top 10 on the top 200 chart, his votes get multiplied by 10.  Only one download per Eligible Song is counted.  You can use all four ways if you have a separate email from your Facebook account.

You and your family are invited to join us as we support ZACH SEABAUGH on THE VOICE, MONDAY NIGHT, DEC. 7.  Two viewing sites are available – one in the theater at KMHS and the other at The Strand on the Square.  Zach has performed on the stage at both of these sites many times.   The VIEWING PARTIES starting at 7:00 pm.  Come mingle and network. The show will be broadcast on the large movie screens at each location – it starts at 8:00 pm. Please come out and join us for the fun!!!  Let’s put a Cobb County native in the top four!!!!  EVERYONE IS INVITED AND THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE.

If you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for his videos on YouTube.com – search for Zach Seabaugh.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music.

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