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Kennesaw’s Salute to America – July 3

The City of Kennesaw kicks off our Independence Day Celebration of freedom, music and fireworks on Tuesday, July 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm in downtown Kennesaw. Admission to the event is FREE.

Salute to America will feature two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors, and kid’s activities. The evening will be capped off with a brilliant fireworks finale at 9:30 pm.

On the Main Street stage from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The School of Rock, a student lead band will impress the crowd with their music. The American Flyers, an Atlanta-based party band, will perform music spanning from the classics of yesterday to the top hits of today on the Main Street Stage beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. and on the Depot stage, Fantabulous, a 5-piece party band will perform Top 40 hits from the 1960’s to today from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 pm, Head Games – The Foreigner Tribute Band will perform all of the legendary rock band’s classic songs, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Juke Box Hero.”

In addition to street vendor and sponsor booths, attractions will include free and pay-to-play inflatable amusement park games and mechanical rides. A wide selection of entrées, cold beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring picnic baskets or coolers. Grills will not be allowed.
A six-foot rectangular table with chairs will be located in front of the Depot Stage. This area seats six and can be reserved for $75. With the exception of reserved tables near the Depot Stage, all seating will be general admission, so bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chairs.

Kennesaw city parks are “Breathe Easy Zones”; tobacco products, smoking, and e-cigarettes are prohibited in Depot Park. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) will be available for convenient cash withdrawals. The event may be cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

For more information and to reserve a table, visit kennesawjuly3.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714.

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.

Marietta March Bright Side Edition online Now!

fp.wcIt might be a rainy day today (good day to read the paper) – but we promise Spring is just around the corner.  Marietta comes alive with Art Walk, Artists’ Market, Glover Park Concerts and much more in April.  Browse the paper and load your calendar with lots of fun things to do.  Have an event you would like to share  – send it to us at brightnews@aol.com.  Enjoy your day – there is sunshine behind those clouds.

Fun and Entertainment this Week in Cobb

Chase the cold away, let the sun come out, cheer us up and give us good energy to enjoy one or more of the following events:

FRI JAN 23 THE PRINCESS BRIDE – MOVIE at the Strand.  Sing-along at 7:30 pm, Movie at 8:00.  Tickets: $8 for Adults, $7 for students, seniors and military.

SAT JAN 24 – TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Ga., will host “Trains, Trains, Trains” from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The railroad-themed event will feature expanded model train layouts and activities for families. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and under and Museum members; coupons and discounts will not be accepted for the event. The Museum is at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75). For more information, call (770) 427-2117 ext. 3058 or visit southernmuseum.org.

SAT, JAN 24 “The PARADOCS” (8pm) at the Strand Theatre  Is there a hole in your concert schedule that is just begging for some classic rock mixed in with some Motown, country, and a few surprises? Are you missing some doc rock in your life? This January 24th, you’re in luck. The PARADOCS, founded by Dr. Larry Clements and Dr. Joe Havlik, is comprised of healthcare professionals from the metro Atlanta area who have a passion for music. The mission of the band is to have fun, play great music and make a positive difference.  Tickets are available online at www.earlsmithstrand.org, and at the Strand Box Office by phone (770.293.0080) or in person during box office hours (11am-6pm, M-F)

SAT JAN 24 KEN MEDENA – Marietta FUMC – Family Life Hall. Doors Open at  6:30 p.m. Program Begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 (available through the church office) First United Methodist Church of Marietta will host Ken Medema in concert, celebrating with songs and stories honoring the legacy of Lindell and Ann DeJarnett. The event is a fundraiser for our Youth Choir, marking its 50th anniversary concert mission tour in 2015, for its trip to England.

THURS-SUN JAN 29,30,31 & FEB 1st.  Pebblebrook High School presents their CCCEPA Winter Musical – TARZAN at the Jennie T Anderson Theatre. Tarzan: The Musical is based on the Disney film of the same name, which is, in turn, adapted from the 1914 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The songs are written by Phil Collins with a book by David Henry Hwang.  Tickets are available at Ticket Master
or call 770-528-8490 for more information.

FRI, JAN 30 ” James Gregory- Funniest Man in America” (7:30pm) at the Strand Theatre.  He’s back! The Funniest Man in America, James Gregory is back at the The Earl Smith Strand. James does not ‘tip-toe’ through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, ‘If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.’ For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt un-tucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. Tickets are available online at www.earlsmithstrand.org, and at the Strand Box Office by phone (770.293.0080) or in person during box office hours (11am-6pm, M-F)

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.

Calendar listings for Dec 4-Dec 9 – Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Polar_Express_Adventure_2013_126_-_Version_2So many things to chose from in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta for this weekend.  See Listings below

THUR-SAT DEC 4-6 – DINNER THEATER “THE CHRISTMAS POST” – Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, 5145 Due West Road, Powder Springs, will present the musical. Dinner is at 6pm and the performance begins at 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets for this fun family event, go to www.burnthickory.com.

THUR. DEC 4 – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 5:00 And he is coming on a firetruck. What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 4, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

THUR DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.

THUR. DEC 4 DINNER WITH SANTA. Pitner Elementary School invites you to ring in the holiday season with “Dinner with Santa and Basket Raffle” on Thursday, December 4 from 5-8pm at Pitner Elementary School. The school is located at 4575 Wade Green Rd NW in Acworth, near Wildwood Baptist Church. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa — all for just $1! There will also be a basket raffle with tickets available for $1. You can also enter to win an Atlanta Braves jersey autographed by Marquis Grissom!

FRI DEC 5 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN ACWORTH – Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be a host of live performances until 9:00 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. For more information visit  www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

SAT & SUN DEC. 6 & 7 MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE HOME TOUR The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115, or 800-835-0445 or visit www.marietttapilgrimage.com

SAT DEC 6 – FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Helping One Guy (H.O.G.) invites you to help us celebrate the Horizon League (Special Needs) Field! Join us for a FREE Pancake Breakfast at Fast Eddies (Butler Creek Shopping Center – 3300 Cobb Pkwy NW, Suite 100, Acworth, GA 30101) from 6:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Donations are welcome! For more information, contact Bob at 770-639-7694. or visit http://helponeguy.com and click on “Events”

SAT DEC 6 – KENNESAW’S DAY WITH SANTA – Festivities begin at noon with a Main Street parade featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The celebration continues near the Depot with a holiday host of activities and seasonal entertainment. Attractions will include FREE snow tubing courtesy of Wellstar, the event’s presenting sponsor; as well as inflatables and amusements, a kid’s craft station, visits with Santa, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.  Festivities will carry into the evening with a musical program and a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.adaywithsanta.com, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 6 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw, is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure. The special holiday event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. The museum is offering special pricing for the event. Tickets for adults and seniors are $5, children (4-12) are $3 and Infants (3 and under) are free. For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or southernmuseum.org.

SAT DEC 6 – 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 6 – FOUR WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES – Enjoy the art of Palma Rhoades, Kaye Mero, Ann Wallin & Rachel Bick as Gallery 4463 presents Four Women’s Perspectives for their December Show.  The show opens Dec 3 and runs through Jan 4. The public is invited to a reception and fashion show scheduled for December 6 – 6-9 pm.

SAT-SUN DEC 6-7 – 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.

SUN DEC 7 – HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Join us from 9:00-2:00 at Kennesaw United Methodist Church on Ben King Rd in Kennesaw in our Christian Activity Center. There will be a variety of vendors including those with jewelry, home decor, pottery, kitchen products, food and gift items and many more. Start your holiday shopping here!

SUN DEC 7 – WELLSTAR’S LITE THE NIGHT TREE LIGHTING – 4:30-6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos. There will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are our special musical guests. Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

SUN-MON DEC 7-8 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – The Carols by Candlelight, 15th annual Concert is at 7:00pm, presented by First Baptist Church of Marietta’s choir and orchestra. This is a free concert and will feature traditional Christmas carols along with newly composed Christmas music. 148 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.  (770) 424-8326   www.mariettafbc.org

TUE DEC 9 – TOM + CHEE WELCOMES SANTA – Santa is coming to visit!!! From 5-8pm get free pictures with Santa and a .99 cent kids meal (with purchase of an adult sandwich and drink) Tom + Chee is located at 1200 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Ste 208 in Kennesaw.

July 4th Starts the 3rd in Cobb County, 2014

fireworks1Staying in Town?  Lots to do to celebrate our Country’s Independence in Cobb County

THURS JULY 3 KENNESAW’S FOURTH OF JULY – The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America, Independence Day celebration will be held on Wednesday, 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. The “Night Fever” of the 1970s disco era meets the “British Rock Invasion” of the 1960s when Stayin’ Alive and Satisfaction take the stage on Thursday, July at the City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America. Stayin’ Alive takes the state at   6:00 p.m., followed by Satisfaction.  Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.  This event is free.

FRI JULY 4 – ACWORTH’S FOURTH OF JULY, Live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. Live music with the Paul Hand Band will start at 5:00 p.m. leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. 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.

FRI 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- Greg Bates 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.

FRI. 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.

Looking for Something Fun to do this Week?

FRI MAY 9 – ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW – Giving out scarves, teddy bears & hugs, taking pictures with the fans, Elvis Preston will be appearing at the VFW located at 4764 Cobb Parkway Acworth. This show starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 423-544-2567 or at the door.

FRI & SAT MAY 9 & 10 = SMOKE ON THE LAKE BBQ Festival Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. 6-10 on Friday with FREE concert and Fireworks. 10-4 on Saturday. Come hungry and participate in the Taster’s Choice. Visit www.smokeonthelake.org or follow on Facebook. Free shuttle from downtown Acworth.

SAT MAY 10 – SWIFT CANTRELL 5K CLASSIC – Beginning at 8am downtown Kennesaw. Enjoy a pancake breakfast courtesy of Kennesaw First Baptist Church after you complete your run. Register on line at www.SwiftCantrellClassic.com or in person at the Big Peach Running Co. For more info, call 404-787-1010.

SAT. MAY 10 An American Experience – Bluegrass, Banjos and Brass,  5:00 pm on the Marietta Square in Glover Park. Bluegrass and Early American music performed by the Marietta First Baptist choir and orchestra and featuring the well-known Chuck Nation Bluegrass Band. If rain, will be held same day/time at Marietta First Baptist Church, on Church Street, one block north of the downtown Marietta Square.

MON MAY 12 – CINCO DE MAYO SPRING SOCIAL – Join us for an evening of food, fun and dancing!  at the KSU Center, dinner 6-7pm, entertainment 7-9pm.  $10 per person for ages 50+.  Visit www.ksuolli.com for more info or call 770-499-3340.

TUE MAY 13 – BLOOD DRIVE – The City of Kennesaw is hosting a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/makedonation and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, contact the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

WED MAY 14 – MARIETTA EDUCATIONAL GARDEN CENTER MEETING – Beginning at 9:30am.  Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on  ‘Marietta & the 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War’.  The speakers are Brian S. Willis, Ph.D Professor at Kennesaw State University & Joe Kirby, Historian & Editor at the Marietta Daily Journal.  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

FRI-MON MAY 16-26 – 72ND ANNUAL YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR  – Many new acts for 2014, and the return of all your favorites including the Red Devil Clowns, the Shriners Circus and Fair is sure to amaze and entertain kids of all ages! For the First time in Marietta, Rick Wallenda of the world-famous Wallenda Family will be walking the tight rope, Shawn Ives performing incredible motorcycle jumps and Robinson Cortes will be performing trapeze and aerial stunts high above the arena for crowds each day. Tickets on sale at any Atlanta area Walgreen’s beginning April 26th! For more information call 404-419-6755 or 1-800-360-5818, or visit the circus website at www.circus2014.com.

SAT MAY 17 – PRO WAKEBOARD TOUR – Making its return to Dallas Landing Park the main event will take place from 10am-7pm. Lots of water sports actions, great food and music, athlete autograph signings, and more! Purchase tickets in advance for a discount at www.prowakeboardtour.com. Tickets will be available at the park. For more info visit www.prowakeboardtour.com or call Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department at 770-917-1234.

SAT MAY 17 РNORTH COBB VOLLEYBALL YARD SALE Р8:00 AM-2:00 PM at North Cobb High School Parking Lot, 3400 Old 41 HWY NW,Kennesaw, Ga 30144. Lots and lots of items to choose from!  Books, clothing, kitchen items, furniture, household items and much, much more!  Come check us out for some real bargains on some great items!

SAT MAY 17 – SPRING ADOPTATHON –  from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This fun, free family event is part of CCAC’s continuing efforts to help find homes for the homeless animals of Cobb County through public awareness and working closely with the community to find more fur-ever homes for the homeless and abandoned animals at the Shelter.  The shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, GA 30008, just ½ mile from Jim Miller Park.    For more information about Cobb County Animal Control, please visit  www.cobbanimalcontrol.org.

SAT MAY 17 NASCAR SHOW CAR AT JIM TIDWELL FORD – 1-7 pm. sponsored the Plemons Insurance Agency, Nationwide Insurance.  Giveaways, raffle, Nascar simulator.  FREE event.  2205 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Kennesaw, 30144.

Kennesaw State Festival of New Music

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Kennesaw State Festival of New Music Slated for February 17-21

Festival features three concerts, lectures, seminars and master classes

Spring brings new growth, and the students at Kennesaw State University School of Music are ready to blossom at the Kennesaw State Festival of New Music Feb. 17-21.

Three nights of concerts at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center will highlight the talents of composers and musicians creating new music in today’s world with a special focus on female artists. Chinese composer   Chen Yi is the featured guest composer for this year’s Festival of New Music.

Born and raised in Guangzhou, China, Chen began studying piano at age three, but the onset of the Cultural Revolution almost ended her studies. She was forced to practice the piano with a blanket stuffed inside to dampen the sound and play her violin with a mute. When she was 15, she was sent to perform compulsory labor in the country, and she learned to appreciate Chinese folk culture. She later returned to Guangzhou as the concertmaster for the Beijing Opera Troup orchestra.

Chen’s compositions will be featured on Wednesday, Feb. 19th, with KSU’s   Symphony Orchestra performing a duo of her pieces, including Symphony No. 3 and the world premiere of Chinese Rap for Violin and Orchestra, commissioned as a celebration of KSU faculty violinist,  Helen Kim. Also performing will be the  Men’s Ensemble and   Chamber Singers presenting a selection of new works, including several of Chen’s Chinese folk songs.  KSU’s Wind Ensemble will close the evening with selections including Chen’s Tu and the Georgia premiere of a Marimba Concerto by Christopher Theofanidis featuring KSU Director of Percussion Studies, John Lawless.

Another great artist and composer in the new music landscape,  Maria Schneider, will lend her compositions to the   KSU Jazz Ensemble for their performance on Thursday, Feb. 20th. Schneider is widely considered one of the most important figures in jazz music today, having earned vast critical acclaim and multiple GRAMMY® awards for her groundbreaking compositions, which blend sounds to form a musical tapestry unique among big-band jazz vocabulary. The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of KSU Director of Jazz Studies Sam Skelton, will perform her works that were originally performed by the genre-bending  Maria Schneider Orchestra.

The week culminates on Friday, Feb. 21st with pianist  Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter  Tift Merritt joining forces to perform a unique collaboration uniting the folk/Americana and classical worlds from their recent release, Night. Dinnerstein and Merritt explore the common terrain between their two worlds and uncover new musical landscapes as the featured guest performers closing out the 2014 Festival.

In addition to the concert performances, the festival’s visiting artists will offer a myriad of seminars and master classes, all of which are free of charge and many open to the public.  Notable among these are a lecture by Chen Yi on Cultural/Educational exchange programs, a panel discussion on Creative Women in Music and Art featuring Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt, and a Skype conversation with composer Maria Schneider.  A full schedule of these events is available   online.

All concerts will be held in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center and will begin at 8 p.m. For more information and the full schedule of festival events, including lectures, seminars, master classes, panel discussions, and more with KSFNM featured artists and composers, please visit  www.kennesawfestivalofnewmusic.com. Tickets are available online at   ticketing.kennesaw.edu, by phone at 770-423-6650 or at the door.

The week of December 2, 2013 – Lots of fun Family Activities

DEC 6- DEC 22 A CHRISTMAS TRADITION.  This song and dance revue will show off The Strand’s awe inspiring sets and effects like has never been seen before, as well as the diva voices and high energy dances that Strand patrons have come to know and love. This is the Strand’s first Christmas Show and 30 holiday favorites will be featured in the 90 minute show. Tickets for A Christmas Tradition are on sale now.  Seating is assigned and tickets are $25.  Call the box office at 770-293-0080 or reserve online at www.earlsmithstrand.org.

TUES. DEC. 3 ACWORTH’S MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY 6:00 PM The City of Acworth invites everyone to its second annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, the seventh 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. 

THU DEC 5 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 5:00 PM. And he is coming on a firetruck.  What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 5, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

THU DEC 5 HOLIDAY CONCERT 7:30 The Symphony on The Square Orchestra will present its fourth holiday concert on the first Thursday in December 5th at 7:30 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Marietta at 148 Church Street, Marietta, 30060. The concert is free to the public. and will feature mostly Christmas music favorites such as Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride from Leroy Anderson along many other Christmas favorites—with over 30 Christmas carols performed in a concert lasting about an hour.

FRI DEC 6 DONUTS AND NOTES 10-Noon. Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is set to host its 12th annual Donuts & Notes event on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free festive holiday concert and student art show will be held in room 400 of KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144). Refreshments will be served including coffee, juice, milk and donuts. Registration is required to attend this free event. To sign up, call 770-423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com and register for course number 142SORI0030A.

FRI. DEC 6 ACWORTH SANTA ARRIVAL Come Early.  It’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 7 HOG’S FREE BREAKFAST BENEFITS SPECIAL NEEDS HOG(Helping One Guy/Group)is doing a FREE breakfast at Fast Eddies in Acworth Kroger Shopping Center on 41 Hwy North. Across from the Chick.Fil.A.In honor of our Special Need Kids and field at Kennworth Park.Pancake’s Bacon and Coffee OJ are all free. Donations will be accepted at the door. Please join HOG(Helping One Guy/Group)for a great morning. 6:45/10:00am.God Bless

SAT DEC 7 Jingle Jog 5K  The 3rd Annual Jingle Jog 5K and 1K Family Fun Run will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The race will start at Ford Elementary School, located at 1345 Mars Hill Road in Acworth The 1K Family Fun Run starts at 7:30 am and the 5K begins at 8:00 am. Awards will be given to male/female race winners in grade school categories. Register online at www.active.com or download a registration form at www.fordesf.org and mail your entry in to the address provided

SAT. DEC 7 KENNESAW SANTA DAY PARADE The festivities start at noon with a parade down Main st. The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, December 7. The entertainment will continue all afternoon with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot.  Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit   www.adaywithsanta.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 7 POLAR EXPRESS – The Polar Express Adventure embarks at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History on Saturday, December 7 from 6-10 p.m. following the City of Kennesaw’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Depot Park. For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or www.southernmuseum.org.

SAT DEC 7 CHRISTMAS CONCERT 8:00. The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir presents ‘Twas the Night, a Christmas concert to benefit MUST Ministries Toy Shop, Saturday, December 7th at 8 P.M. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. KSU Bldg. 30, at the intersection of Prillaman Dr. and Campus Loop Road). Tickets are $15 ($12.75 for students) and can be obtained at the door, online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts/boxoffice/ or www.ksucac.org or by calling the KSU box office at 770-423-6650.

SAT & SUN DEC 7 & 8 MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR Hospitality and a festive atmosphere greet visitors as they tour historic homes ranging from Victorian Mansions to a 1920’s cottage, all located in the Northwest Marietta/ Kennesaw Avenue Historic District. Pilgrimage hours are Saturday, 9am-6pm; Candlelight Tour, 7pm-9: 30pm; and Sunday, 10am-6pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the day ticket.  The tour is sponsored by the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society.

SUN DEC 8 HANDMADE CRAFTS AND GIFTS 1:00 pm The Harrison Indoor Percussion Ensemble (HIPE) is getting ready for the holidays, and they invite you to join them at a Holiday Craft Show.  A great assortment of hand-made crafts and gifts are scheduled to be available to help ease you holiday shopping pains.  Come join us on Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Harrison High School Gyms (4500 Due West Road Kennesaw, GA 30152).  This is a fund raising effort for HIPE.  For more information visit: HipeUpTheHolidays.Weebly.com