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Kennesaw News for June

TreeMendous Play Houses

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is pleased to open a new exhibition for Summer 2018, on June 30 with face painting and food vendors from 11-2. “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your imagination climb” features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs from Saturday, June 30, through the end of September, and is included in the price of garden admission.

TreeMendous Play Houses began in January 2018, as a design/build competition. Students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature. The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction. “We are excited to offer Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a new stage for creativity and thinking green,” said Ann Parsons, Executive Director. “This exhibit will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages!”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw. Our mission is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. Through the TreeMendous Play Houses exhibition, we hope to begin a community conversation about sustainability in a fun, engaging and creative way.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located on Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  Visit www.smithgilbertgardens.com for more information.

Pictured above: Two KSU students framing “Under The Rainbow.’

City OF KENNESAW
Government 101 Class

The City Manager’s Office is proud to introduce a new class called “Government 101: Kennesaw Government Academy.” The 6-week course is scheduled to start July 2018 and is designed to provide an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the City, how it forms partnerships and how management approaches long-range planning.

The class is open to City of Kennesaw residents and business owners and is slated to begin July 17, 2018. Each week the class will focus on one of Kennesaw’s strategic priorities listed in its strategic plan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities, network and hear updates from city staff.
Registration for the inaugural class is limited to the first 15 registrants. The class is open to adults ages 18 and over who are residents of the City of Kennesaw or are business owners within the city limits. Class will meet weekly at City Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. The inaugural class will culminate with a graduation on August 28, 2018. Candidates running for office are ineligible to participate in the class.
To register, please download the application from the “What’s Current” section of the city website, www.kennesaw-ga.gov, or call Miranda Jones at (770) 424-8274 ext. 3017.

KENNESAW TEEN CENTER

The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center tells us they had a great turnout for their major fundraiser, the Dream Dash, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. This was a perfect event for the whole family.

The Kennesaw Teen Center hosts both an after school enrichment program and a summer program. It is run under the umbrella of the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which is chaired by Rev. John Harris of Thankful Baptist Church.
During the 2017/2018 school year the Teen Center partnered with Pine Mtn Middle school and rising 6th graders from Hayes Elementary school, with help from the KSU Volunteer Program.

The Kennesaw Teen Center is located at Thankful Baptist Church, 928 Due West Rd., Kennesaw. They are currently accepting enrollment in their summer program and if you are interested in attending you need to contact ajohnson.ktc@gmail.com
For more information about the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and how you might become a sponsor contact Rev. John Harris at revjharris@tkbministries.org.

Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot
BY TRACEY VIARS 

The Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot are on Monday evenings at the Depot. The season will go until September 24th with no events on the week of July 4th or Labor Day. The Farmer’s market will offer a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, prepared goods, jams & jellies, locally produced honey and more! The market will be in the circle this season with the food trucks. Some vendors require cash but many take debit/credit cards. Hours for FM are 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Depot will start at 5:30 pm and go until 8:30 pm. A variety of food trucks will be rotating throughout the season. Food trucks take cash, credit and debit cards.There are tables and chairs for guests on site or they are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets.

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

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.

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.