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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

Community Calendar – April 5-13.

communityFRIDAY, APRIL 5th -20th Next Stage Theatre Company Presents “You’re A good Man Charlie Brown- the Broadway Musical” All performances take place at The Alley Stage and seats are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Contact the box office at 678.744.6398 for any special assistance you might require.

TUES APR 9 KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – 11:00-1:00 Monthly luncheon.  This month’s meeting will be held at the Kennesaw Community Center, Watts Drive, Kennesaw.  RSVP www.kennesawbusiness.org.

TUES APR 9 Starting Your Spring Garden – sponsored by The Green Meadows Preserve Community Garden will be presented by Amy Whitney, Cobb Cooperative Extension Program Assistant in Horticulture, Master Gardener,   Based on Amy’s years of experience and teaching, this class will provide gardeners with the basics of what, how, when, and where to plant in the areas available to them.  Amy and other Cobb County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and field comments from the audience.  “Starting Your Spring Garden” is free and will be held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 9th, in the smaller Parks & Recreation Building near the Boots Ward Recreation Center at Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, 30127.

WED APR 10 MARIETTA COUNCIL OF GARDENS 9:30 am.The Marietta Council of Garden Clubs invites you to their monthly meetings. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener looking to get involved in community projects, all are welcome. . Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on  ‘Introduction to Ikebana’.  The speaker is Donna Scott, a Certified Instructor from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana.  The meeting also informs you on what the garden clubs are doing in the Marietta area. The meeting will be held at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

THU APR 11 MBA Luncheon at the Mansour Center (11:30am-1pm)- Join the MBA each month on the second Thursday of the month at the Mansour Center at 995 Roswell Rd NE, Marietta, Ga. 30060 from 11:30am until 1:00pm. Lunch is free for members, $15.00 for “No-Frills” members and $20.00 for guests.

FRI APR 12- 28  The Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents “Ragtime” at the Strand Theatre (8pm) At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, “Ragtime” weaves together three distinctly American tales – that of a stifled suburban mother, an inventive Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician – Tickets are available online at www.atlantalyrictheatre.com or through the Atlanta Lyric Theatre box office at 404.377.9948

SAT APR 13 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS APRIL TREE PLANTING. 8:30 AM Calling for volunteers of all ages to come out and assist Marietta Tree Keepers as we maintain Hill Park on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Meet at Hill Pocket Park, 144 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA 30060 (corner of Lemon Street and Waddell St. behind the Bank of America on Cherokee St.) The event begins at 8:30am with sign-in and refreshments and we will plant trees from 9:00-11am.  Large groups please call ahead and let us know how many volunteers are attending. For more information call Holly at 770-484-4464.
 
SAT APR 13 Life of the Common Soldier in the Civil War.  The Kennesaw Historical Society and the Southern Museum are sponsoring a lecture entitled “Life of the Common Soldier in the Civil War”, with David Chastain.  The program will start at 2:00, and will be in the Kennesaw Depot. It is free to the public. Parking is available behind the Museum if the Depot lot is full.

SAT APR 13 Marietta Square Artists Market: Where All the Arts Come Alive! The Marietta Square Artists Market is excited to begin its 3rd annual market season, opening April 13th, 2013.    The Artists Market is a juried, open-air market located on Mill Street between Church Street and the railroad tracks, Open every 2nd and 4th Saturday from April to November, 9:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine. All fine artists are encouraged to apply! All works must be handcrafted by the artist. Applications be submitted to Connie Nelson, Market Manager: Connie@ArtistsMarketMarietta.com.

SAT, APRIL13 “Exhibition Opening at the Cobb Marietta Museum of Art” (6-8pm)   Join us at the Museum for the opening of American Academy of Equestrian Artists in Galleries 1-3 and In the Mind’s Eye :Chattahoochee Hand Weavers Guild Free to members, $8 for guests, Cash Bar, Light Hors D’oeuvres.

Events for this week – enjoy

WED MAR 13 “Right Plant in the Right Place” 6:30-7:30 Sponsored by Cobb County Master Gardeners Drought Tolerant Gardening with Smart, Easy Choices with Master Gardener Joe Washington. Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-7:30 pm. Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066. www.cobbmastergardeners.org

THUR, MAR 14 MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (11:30am-1pm)- At the Mansour Center at 995 Roswell Rd NE, Marietta, Ga. 30060 from 11:30am until 1:00pm. Speaker this month is David Connell, CEO Cobb Chamber. Lunch is free for members, $15.00 for “No-Frills” members and $20.00 for guests. Register online at www.mariettabusiness.biz.

THUR. MAR 14 ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ALIVE AFTER 5 -5:30-7:30. Henry’s Uptown, 4835 N. Main St., Acworth. Great Prizes, Great Opportunity to Network. RSVP to aba@acworthbusiness.org for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

THURS. MAR 14. 7:00 PM. District One Commissioner Helen Goreham will have her next town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the North Cobb Senior Center, 4100 Highway 293, Acworth.

THUR MAR 14 YARN BOMBING Marietta Cobb Museum of Art will be holding a
second workshop on March 14. Feel free to come and knit and crochet with us! Bring your own yarn and knitting/crocheting materials, or reserve a spot and use ours. Please only reserve a spot for the workshop if you wish to use our supplies. Visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org for more information.

SAT MAR 16 TOUCH-A-TRUCK 10-2 at the depot, downtown Kennesaw.
Get up-close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles at the City of Kennesaw’s annual Touch-A-Truck. Over 40 vehicles on display, along with a variety of other children’s activities. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
For more information, call (770) 422-9714 or visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkre

SAT MAR 16 Breakfast with Bunny at the Northwest Y 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Parents and kids, join us for a morning of family fun with the Easter Bunny! We will have a yummy breakfast, a bounce house, bunny crafts, and exciting egg hunts. Children 7 and under will hunt for eggs outside, while those 8 and up will dive into the pool to find their eggs. Cost $5.00 for members, $7.00 for general public.

SAT. MAR 16 – GSO CELEBRITY LUNCHEON. 12-3. Come sit with your favorite Southen Notable, enjoy a fellowship and friends as we support the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Marietta Country Club. Award winning Dick Yarbrough, speaker. Silent Auction. Reservations may be made online at www.georgiasymphony.org.

SAT & SUN MAR 16 & 17 – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way at a real IRISH Pub. Paddy’s Pub is celebrating St.Patricks day Saturday March 16th from 11 a.m. till 3 a.m. and Sunday March 17th from 11a.m till midnight. Two live bands both days. No cover. Free Valet. Family friendly all ages. Lots of Food and drink specials. Real Irish Pub. All food housemade including traditional cornbeef and cabbage..The staff dressed up Irish style. Some Irish Music too. You will find the Luck O’the Irish at a true Irish Pub. Paddy’s Pub is located at 2196 Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. For more information call 770-421-1234

UPCOMING EVENTS

FP.NCJust sharing a few things that are happening in the few days. 

THURS. MAR 7 – ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Luncheon. 11:30-1:00.  NorthStar Church.  Panel discussion by WellStar. Catered by Fuscos.  Register online at www.acworthbusiness.org.  Click on Event Payment.

THURS. MARCH 7   MBA After Hours (5:00-8pm) at Active Financial Group 2655 Cobb Parkway, Ste 107, Kennesaw, GA 678-574-0080. John and Sue Picardi always do a fabulous job.  Great food.  Please check the website at www.marietabusiness.biz

SAT MAR 9 The NC&StL Railway Lecture 2:00 The Kennesaw Historical Society and the Southern Museum are sponsoring a lecture entitled “The NC&StL Railway”, with author Joe Bozeman.  The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway ran through Kennesaw from 1891-1957. The program  will be in the Kennesaw Depot.  It is free to the public.  Parking is available behind the Museum if the Depot lot is full.

TUES MAR 12 – KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION.  KSU CONTINUING ED BLDG.    Reservations required.  Networking starts at 11:00.  Visit www.kennesawbusiness.org to reserve your seat. Speaker is Mark Butler of Department of Labor — come learn the what the facts are with the Georgia job market. Call 770-423-1330 for more information.