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Zach Seabaugh Needs Your Votes!

Zach Seabaugh on The Voice

We need your votes for Zach Seabaugh and  The Voice app is the simplest way to vote. If you haven’t done so, download The Voice app to your smart phone and vote vote vote to keep Zach on the Show.  Tonight,  Monday, November 16, 2015 – tune into NBC’s The Voice at 8:00 pm.  We want this talented young man to take it to the top!

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.

Celebrations and Events the week of November 9-15

Celebrations and Events the week of November 9-15 Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

veteransdayparTUE NOV 10 – MARINE CORPS 240TH BIRTHDAY – The Marine Corps turns 240 years old on November 10 and the public is invited to attend a celebration at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center on Powder Springs St., Marietta.  The celebration will start at 6:00 pm with a traditional cake cutting ceremony at 8:00 pm.

WED NOV 11 – VETERANS DAY CEREMONY – The city of Acworth will honor our veterans at their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Patriots Point at Cauble Park at 2:00pm. Keynote speaker: Cobb Commissioner Bob Weatherford. For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call 770-917-1234.

WED NOV 11 – VETERAN’S DAY LUNCHEON – North Cobb American Legion Post 304, along with Kennesaw city officials and staff, will honor America’s service men and women with a complimentary lunch. All veterans and active military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center. No charge.

WED NOV 11 – VETERAN’S DAY PARADE – Begins at 11am. Grand Marshal/Keynote Speaker will be Major General Stayce Harris, Commanding General of the 22nd Air Force based at Dobbins. Ceremonies on the Square commence at Noon and conclude around 1pm. Hosted by the City of Marietta and Kiwanis Club of Marietta. For more info, contact Scott Chadwick 404-308-5420 or Betsy Kelly in Mayor Tumblin’s office at 770-794-5502.

WED NOV 11 – GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING – The upcoming Garden Club meeting is at 9:30am.  This month’s program on  “Decorating for the Holidays with Fresh Greens”.  This meeting is also our annual bake sale so come prepared to purchase delicious edibles. Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

THU NOV 12 – VETERANS LUNCHEON – In honor of all Veterans, Georgia Funeral Care invites all veterans in our area to attend a Veterans Luncheon, 11:30-1:30 at Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main Street, Acworth. Please RSVP by calling the funeral home 678-574-3016 or Darrell Waits 404-218-2906.

martinisandmusicFRI NOV 13 – MARTINIS & MUSIC 5:30-8:30 Marietta/Cobb Art Museum.  Exhibiting PERCEPTION with artists David Kessler, John Petrey, Issac Payne and Portrait Society of Altanta.  Admission $10, Members free.  Hor d’oeuvres, cash bar. 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

FRI-SAT NOV 13-14 – MINISTRY & MARKETPLACE – Please join Riverstone Church for a wonderful shopping experience. Find great gifts and shop in a pleasant indoor atmosphere with your friends  at RiverStone. The event takes place at the church located at 2005 Stilesboro Rd., Kennesaw, 30152 on Friday from 9am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-1pm.  

SAT NOV 14 – COBB IDOL & COBB IDOL JR – Come out and enjoy the music of local talents looking to be crowned 2015’s Cobb Idol! $10 admission for the show. Cobb Idol Jr (under age 16) begins at 3pm, Cobb Idol (ages 16+) begins at 8pm.  The Strand Theatre in Marietta.  Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

SAT NOV 14 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Laurel Park on Saturday, November 14 at 8:30am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather. Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road, Marietta, GA 30064. Manning Road is off Whitlock Rd. near the Rite-Aid. For more information, please call 770.424.4664

SAT NOV 14 – KEEP KENNESAW BEAUTIFUL RECYCLE DAY – Keep Kennesaw Beautiful will host its fall community Electronics/Metal Recycling and Document Shredding Event from 9 am – 1 pm at the Kennesaw Public Works facility on 3080 Moon Station Road. Visit kennesaw-ga.gov for a flyer containing details about the event or call 770-424-8274 with questions.

SAT NOV 14 – DAY OF BONSAI – Smith Gilbert Gardents will host Day of Bonsai from 10-4.  Rodney Clemons will teach how to prune and plant on a rock for a future Bonsai tree (starts at 10:30 am and continues all day).  General public is $7 per person, SGG members free.  The Gardens are located at 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  More info at www.smithgilbertgardens.com

SAT NOV 14 – PHOTO WITH SANTA AND MOVIE EVENT – Hosted by the Think Melissa Team, all local military (active and veterans) are welcome to attend a complimentary movie and photo with Santa at the NCG Cinemas in Acworth.  Must be present by 9:15am. Please bring military ID or DD214.

photoSAT NOV 14 THE CHEROKEE HEIGHTS ART FESTIVAL is on Etowah Drive between Freyer and Seminole Drives, just a mile north of the Marietta Square and just a block off Cherokee Street.  Free entry, free parking, free music, free children’s art experiences, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday is a rain day.) You can check out CHAF and our artists at  www.cherokeeheightsartsfestival.org or on our Facebook page.

SAT NOV 14, SAT NOV 21 – TURKEY SHOOT – The Allatoona HS Precision Air Rifle Team will be hosting their annual Turkey Shoot Nov 14th and Nov 21st from 9 am–4 pm. Beside the Southland Greenhouses, in Acworth, just south of Third Army Road on Hwy 41.  All ages welcome to participate.  Cost is $5 per target.  There will be various prizes. Proceeds benefit the Precision Air Rifle Team.

music-notesSUN NOV 15 – FREE OPEN HOUSE AND VARIETY SHOW – On Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 pm a Variety Show featuring Ron Carter and the very talented Strand singers and dancers including Catherine Mouton, Taj Stephens, Joe Arnoti, Shelbea Own, Sterling McClary, with a special appearance by Cassi Costulas (General Manager of the Strand).
Featured will be the great music from Broadway and the American Songbook – which include songs from 42nd Street, Bye Bye Birdie, Titanic and solos — all accompanied by Ron Carter on the Strand’s mighty Allen Theater Organ. Stay after for a self guided tour of the theatre.  No ticket required, general seating – FREE EVENT.  The Strand is located on the Square at the corner of North Park Square and Cherokee St.  Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Congratulations ZACH SEABAUGH – You Made the Top Twenty

Zach Seabaugh, The Voice“Are you Superman? You look like Superman and that’s not a 16-year-old’s voice. That’s Superman’s voice,” stated Adam Levine, one of the judges on NBC’s “The Voice” said to Zach Seabaugh at the end of his Blind Audition song on “The Voice” that aired September 22.

Since that day, Zach Seabaugh has won his Battle Round round and his Knock Out Round.  He will be performing live starting next Monday, November 9 in the Top 20 Live Show Playoffs.  This young man has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams – competing against 50,000 auditioners for the Voice and Zach is in the top 20.  We urge everyone to follow Zach and cast your vote either by using The Voice App (easiest way), text or by calling the toll free phone number.

Zach’s  songs are available on iTunes at http://apple.co/SBHB  for purchase —  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music.  Visit his website www.zachseabaugh.com.

Zach is the son of Devan and Beth Seabaugh and the brother of Heidi, Abby, Olivia, and Sophia.

Happy Fall You All – Oct 17-28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zach Seabaugh is on the Voice

Zach Seabaugh, The Voice“Are you Superman? You look like Superman and that’s not a 16-year-old’s voice. That’s Superman’s voice,” stated Adam Levine, one of the judges on NBC’s “The Voice” said to Zach Seabaugh at the end of his Blind Audition song on “The Voice” that aired September 22.

As a friend of the Seabaugh family, I have had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and watch Zach Seabaugh grow and mature into an accomplished singer.  He started playing the guitar as a little kid and was introduced to Johnny Cash by his granddaddy.  He was five years old when a neighbor, Cheryl Berry, gave him a guitar at a garage sale.  The guitar was larger than he was. His dad would call and say “Come on, Zach is singing at our local coffee shop tonight” – he was about eight at the time. He has always been in our church choir at Marietta First United Methodist Church. The first time I saw Zach perform (outside of church) was at Hayes Elementary School in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he was Charlie Bucket and in the fifth grade.

By ninth grade he was performing on stage at the Strand Theater in every musical Earl Reese put on – At Kennesaw Mountain High School, he was one of the lead singers in several of Coy Dunn’s productions.  It was exciting to sit in the audience and watch these productions.  In March of this year, Zach Seabaugh won the state champion in Boys Solo and was part of the state champion quartet also including Jesse Connor, Dylan Kalafut, and Adam Stegall as Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Literary Team won the State 6A Competition. Choosing performing over football, last Spring Zach hung up his football gear and jumped into dance lessons at Bravo Dance Centre to round out his performing abilities.

The experience of performing in front of live audiences gave Zach the confidence and stage presence he evidenced in his Blind Audition on “The Voice”, September 22. Three chairs turned and Zach, being a country singer at heart, picked Team Blake.  His next appearance on the Voice will be sometime during the Battle Rounds which start the week of October 12.  You will have to watch every episode since no one knows when he will appear.
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On the home front, Zach will be performing at this weekend’s Chalk Festival in Glover Park on the Square in Marietta.  His acoustic guitar performance will start at 6:00 pm and last about an hour.   This event is FREE.

Zach’s Blind Audition song is available on iTunes at http://apple.co/1Wl02yz for purchase — And if you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for Episode 2 on NBC.com.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music. Zach is the son of Devan and Beth Seabaugh and the brother of Heidi, Abby, Olivia, and Sophia.

Pictured above: Zach Seabaugh — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Elton John Tribute – Aug 1

craigSouth Cobb Arts Alliance and Atlanta Pops Orchestra presents The Elton John Tribute at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm.  Come hear our own Craig A. Meyer perform the music of Elton John, joined by the amazing 30-piece Atlanta Pops Orchestra under the direction of Jason Altieri.  The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126.

Celebrate the Fourth of July all Weekend!

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FRI JULY 3 KENNESAW’S FOURTH OF JULY – The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America, Independence Day celebration will be held on Friday, July 3, and will feature FREE, high-energy live music and  talented entertainers, plus one of the biggest and brightest star-spangled firework displays in North Georgia. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Kennesaw. From 6 – 7:30 pm on the DEPARTUREfeature stage in Depot Park, the United States Air Force Band of the West’s Concert Band will perform. This 45 member ensemble of Air Force professional musicians have a music repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring classical and Broadway music as well as Sousa marches and popular hits. From 8 – 9:30 pm, DEPARTURE, arguably the best, most respected Journey tribute band in the nation, plays all the hits of the ‘80s rock super group. The Atlanta-based band was voted “Best Local Entertainer” in 2014 by Gwinnett Magazine. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.  This event is free.

flashbackSAT JULY 4 – ACWORTH’S FOURTH OF JULY, Let Freedom Ring Live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. Live music with the Shreeps from 4-5; Paul Hand Band will start at 5:15 p.m. leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 8:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Stay for more FLASHBACK until 11:00 pm. Admission to the concert is free; however tables are available for the July 4 concert. Tables are $50 each for City of Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. With the table you get 6 chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park as long as spots remain available. Parking at Cauble Park is by pass only on July 4 but you are not guaranteed a parking spot at Cauble Park with this pass so please plan on arriving early.

audienceSAT JULY 4 MARIETTA’S FOURTH OF JULY 10-10. Grab your American flag, put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate America’s independence July 4, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and Superior Plumbing fireworks finale. Throughout the day, more than 80,000 people are expected to celebrate on the Square with great food, fun activities, the best arts and crafts around and free entertainment from different local entertainers and even Universal Republic Nashville Records country star- David Fanning presented by 94.9 The Bull.  Plan on spending the day and enjoy shopping over 100 craft vendors, food concessions, a Kid’s Zone, concerts and fireworks.  Fireworks scheduled for 9:30 pm.

SAT. JULY 4 POWDER SPRINGS FOURTH OF JULY 4:00 PM. Festivities start in downtown Powder Springs at 4:00 p.m. Free Admission, Free Parking, Free concerts, and Free Fireworks. Patriotic Program and Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Osmond Brothers Concert This Weekend

Osmond Brothers in concertEnjoy a great concert Saturday, April 4, as the Osmond Brothers hit the stage at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. This family has been performing in front of worldwide audiences for almost 50 years. They have broken records for sellout performances, once held by The Beatles and Elvis. Their accolades are numerous and include a People’s Choice Award for best vocal group and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Take a journey through their many hits at the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. To purchase, visit ticketmaster.com. Anderson Theatre is located in the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

Calendar for Dec 11-Dec 18, 2014

Santa and CarsonLooking for a fun free activity for you and your family — in Acworth, Kennesaw, or Marietta for the next seven days?  Take a look here – chose from concerts, Nativity scenes, Arts and Crafts, Wreaths Across America, Santa visits and the lighting of the MENORAH in Acworth.  Enjoy your time with your family.  Create traditions they will remember for a long time.

THUR DEC 11 – FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Blue Skies Ministries, headquartered in Marietta, will be hosting a free Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm at North Metro Church.  The concert will feature Christy Nockels and Kenn Kington.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by visiting the website www.whereskiesareblue.org.

THUR DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE – 7:00pm, entitled “Marietta’s Holiday Pops Concert.”  The concert will be held at the historic Strand Theatre on the Square and will include lots of holiday favorites including the wildly popular music from Frozen. Tickets are available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Strand box office. www.symphonyonthesquare.org.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13- BETHLEHEM WALK – Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta invites everyone  to Experience the sights and sounds of the City of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus was born  from 7 – 9 p.m.  Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road, Marietta. 30066. Visit www.mvumc.org for more information.

FRI-SUN DEC 12-14 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM 6PM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your  family to experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. This is an outdoor event. Listen to live music and have some hot chocolate as you wait for your tour to begin. The location is Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta Ga. 30064. If weather does not permit, an alternate weekend will be December 19th, 20th, and 21st. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy. Free for the whole family!

FRI-SAT DEC 12, 13 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT CHURCH.  Loads of activities for the whole family including a FREE Kid’s Zone, unique arts and crafts, local entertainment, great food, petting zoo on Saturday.  FREE Giant Snow Tubing Slide on Friday & Saturday (compliments of C & S Paving).  FREE photos with Santa on Friday 6-9 and Sat 12-3. FREE ADMISSION and Parking.  Call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmonthchurch.tv.  The church is located at 570 Piedmont Rd. Marietta, GA 30066.

FRI DEC 12 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park,1306 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.  

SAT DEC 13 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – No Mall line for Santa Claus as the Kennesaw Optimist Club will host Breakfast with Santa at the Ben Robertson Community Center from 8am  until 11 am. The club will be serving pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee for Mom and Dad.  In addition to a visit with Santa, children will enjoy making crafts. Tickets are  $5.00 for children under 10, $6.00 for kids 10 and older and adults. For families with special needs children, tickets are complimentary for our special kids.  Purchase tickets on line Kennesaw optimist.org or at the door.

SAT DEC 13 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Come volunteer and assist the Marietta Tree Keepers as they plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Birney Park (475 Birney St, Marietta).  Arrive at 8:30am.  All ages are welcome.  Dress warmly.  For more info, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 13 – WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Ga National Cemetery and Marietta National Cemetery.  Ceremony begins at noon in honor of our veterans.  The public is invited to attend either location.  This ceremony will take place at the same time at every national cemetery across the U.S.  More information is available at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

SAT DEC 13 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – The Acworth Downtown Development Authority is excited to present, “Christmas in Acworth”! We have many wonderful festivities planned so that you can shop local, while enjoying the season of Christmas in a quaint downtown setting. For the complete schedule of events, visit  www.acworthtourism.org  Please join us for “Christmas in Acworth”and enjoy your holiday shopping without the crowds!

SAT DEC 13 – SECRET GARDEN CHILDREN’S ART SERIES – Wooden Photo Frame – Starry Night by Van Gogh  – 10:30am to 12Noon. Children will learn how this painting came to be and learn step-by-step on how to recreate their own version of it on a wooden picture frame, perfect for the gift giving season. No artistic experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required. Participation fee: SGG-Member Child : $20 ; Non-Member Child: $25 Age: 4 – 12 years old

SAT DEC 13 – CAFE NOEL CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW – Hosted by Powder Springs UMC and the City of Powder Springs.  Two performances at 5pm & 7pm. All proceeds will be donated to support Sweetwater Mission, who serves low income neighborhoods in our area. Show will be at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center, 4181 Atlanta Street in downtown Powder Springs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.psfumc.org or call 770-943-5130 to purchase tickets.

SUN DEC 14 – CHRISTMAS FROM DUBLIN – The Kennesaw State University Retirees Association is partnering with one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, Paul Byrom, to present a unique fundraising concert event beginning at 7pm! Tickets are $35 Contribution per person or  $50 Contribution – per person with Preferred Seating, guarantees access to the closest available seats to the performance stage. Quantities are limited.To buy tickets: visit Paul’s website at www.PaulByrom.ie or go to brownpapertickets.com and type in his name.

SUN DEC 14 – GREAT GIG DANCE CO “SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” – Musical Christmas variety show at NorthStar Church beginning at 5pm. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble, professional singers, musicians and promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood!  Tickets are $10 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 $12.50. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw.

SUN DEC 14 – AN EVENING OF SACRED CHRISTMAS MUSIC – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5055 Holt Road NW, Acworth 30101 invites the public to this free hour of Christmas music that will be presented through vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles and scripture readings related to the birth of Christ. After the program, light refreshments will be served as guests mingle and view a variety of Nativity displays.

MON. DEC 15 GONE WITH THE WIND MOVIE – Celebrating 75 years. This event will be held at The Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064.  Tickets are $10 per person, reserved seating.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.MPAC.Marietta-City.org or purchase tickets at the MPAC Box Office.

WED DEC 17 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – The City of Acworth invites everyone to its third annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the second night of Hanukkah, at 6:00 p.m.  The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting.

THURS DEC 18 SANTA AT CALIFORNIA DREAMING 6-9 What a fun way to get in the Christmas Spirit — California Dreaming, 745 Chastain Rd in Kennesaw has invited Santa to visit on Thursday, December 18 from 6-9 and you and your family are invited to come have dinner with Santa.  Plan on visiting Santa at California Dreaming, where he will take the time to listen to all the kids wishes and pose for photos.  Stay for dinner and make this an extra special night for the family. Bring  a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund sponsored by the Kennesaw Police Department and you will receive a card good for a FREE basket of Croissants.