Kennesaw’s Free Book, CD & DVD Swap

BookCDDVDSwap1Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies at the Ben Robertson Community Center on Thursday and Friday, January 9-10 from noon to 8 pm and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday, January 11 from 8-11 am.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted. After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase. Assistance is needed during the event with receiving, sorting, counting and bagging items. Volunteers must have the ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift up to 20lbs.

The Ben Robertson Community Center is located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For more information, visit or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Santa Claus is Coming to Marietta, Acworth and Kennesaw – starting Thursday


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.

Santa’s Workshop

The workshop will be open to visitors Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24. Be sure to have your picture taken with Santa.  Santa’s hours: Saturday, December 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, December 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Last day to see Santa on the Square!!!! – Tuesday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation and the Marietta Business Association sponsor this event each year.

Santa’s Arrival in Acworth – Dec. 6

ACWSantas_ArrivalIt’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.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the Tree on Main Street.
Enjoy pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit.

Arrive at the Depot at 5:15 p.m. to schedule your picture time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictures begin at 6:45 p.m.  Time slots for pictures are limited and only those who have reserved a time will be able to take pictures with Santa, so be sure to arrive early to schedule your picture time.  This year we will not have a photographer onsite, so plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment.

For more information visit or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

Kennesaw Hosts  Santa All Day  – Dec. 7

ADaywithSanta_(2)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 festivities begin at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The entertainment will continue 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.

Children’s activities include FREE snow tubing down “Depot Hill”, a FREE snow playground, FREE and pay-to-play inflatables, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more.

Organizers are accepting parade entries online at Participation is free. Entry forms will be evaluated and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants is reached, or until November 17 (whichever comes first).
Parade entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in categories including Most Humorous, Most Colorful, Most Unusual, Most Spirited, Most Musical, Best Entry with Animals, and Best Overall. All judging takes place from a reviewing stand located in front of the city’s Commemorative Park. Winners will be announced during the Christmas tree lighting program.

For more information, visit, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Calling all Veterans in Kennesaw and Acworth – Nov 11

Kennesaw Offers Free Lunch to Honor Vets

vetslunchIn recognition of Veterans Day, the City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a complimentary lunch on Monday, November 11 from noon to 2 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.

“Veterans Day is a special day we set aside to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served in our military and their families,” said Kennesaw City Councilman Tim Killingsworth, a former US Marine. “This is one small way to acknowledge their contribution in protecting and defending American freedoms.”

North Cobb American Legion Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch.  Thanks to additional sponsors California Dreaming Restaurant, Whole Foods Market, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Papa John’s Pizza, SCANA Energy, Jim Tidwell Ford, Amason Family Dentistry, and Think Melissa Real Estate Team.

All veterans and active duty military are invited to attend and no identification will be required.

Join the “One Ton Until We’re Done” Campaign- Sun, Nov 10 in Kennesaw.

Eagle_Project_Proposal_003Kennesaw Mayor in Jail??? Life Scout, Sky Vinson is coordinating 2000lb community food drive for his Eagle Scout Project! Join the “One Ton Until We’re Done” campaign! Mayor Mark Mathews has agreed to be “incarcerated” by local law enforcement until city residents donate one ton of food!

Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Daily Bread Food Pantry, 3860 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw, Sunday, November 10th from 12:30pm-4:pm for drop off, rain or shine. Please go to facebook link to see a list of most-needed items, and join this history-making event!

Contact Sky Vinson if you would like to volunteer or your business would like to help by becoming a designated collection point prior to the event.

What’s on the Agenda for this Weekend?

October is the month that I wish Mother Nature would add three more weekends.  The weather is fantastic and there are so many things to chose from, one has to be tripletts to enjoy them all — and these are just our very own community events.

THU/FRI OCT 17-18 – EAST HAMPTON HOLIDAY GIFT SALE –  2055 Kinsmon Dr, Marietta, Thur 5-9pm, Fri. 9am-4pm.  Shop unique gifts from local vendors.  Proceeds will be donated to local charities.  Vendors contact Janice at

FRI. OCT 18 – 80’S NIGHT THROWBACK PARTY – 6-10pm at SkyZone Kennesaw!  Dress in your favorite costume and receive a discount coupon for your next visit.  Prizes awarded for best costume.  Portion of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.  Bring a pack of diapers and receive a FREE 30 Minute jump pass for a future visit.  For more info visit or call 678-426-4400.

SAT. OCT 19 – Superheroes Vs. Villians 5K – West Cobb near Required* Fitness.  Sign up at, in store registration at Required* Fitness or Big Peach Running Company.

SAT OCT 19 – NORTH STAR’S BOLD 5K – The event begins at 9:00 am and will be held at Allatoona High School.  A fun exercise through the wooded areas of the school — a little different than most courses and fall is the perfect time of the year for this type of run/walk.  For more information and to register visit or register in person at Big Peach Running Co., Kennesaw.  Cost is $25 for 5K through Oct 10.

SAT. OCT 19 – FIRST AID/CPR CLASS – from 9am-12pm at Kennesaw Primrose School of Kennesaw North.  $25 registration for the 3 hour class.  Become certified, valid for two years.  Registration is limited.  Call 770-218-3500 or email to register.

SAT OCT 19 – HISTORY OF CAMP MCDONALD LECTURE – event to be held in the City of Kennesaw’s Council Chambers, presented by Michael Shaffer, Asst. Director of KSU’s Civil War Center.  Lecture begins at 10am.  Free to the public.  Email or visit for more info.

SAT OCT 19 – BIRD WATCHER SUPPLY COMPANY – 25th Anniversary Celebration. 10-6 at the Kennesaw Store. 2615 George Busbee Pkwy. Kennesaw. GA 770-499-7597.  Free refreshments, hourly drawings. Register for a change to win a $1000 Visa Gift Card and one of five $100 Bird Watcher Gift Cards.  Bring your friends.

SAT OCT 19 – MARIETTA HARVEST SQUARE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – 9am-5pm on the Marietta Square.  Featuring local artists with a variety of products from paintings, pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs.  Halloween happenings for children featuring games and kid friendly activities starts at 1:00 pm.

SAT OCT 19- ZOMBIE WALK – The undead are coming back to help MUST Ministries!  Zombies will take over Glover Park at 5pm for a not so brisk 0.8 mile stumble that begins at 6pm.  Bring your best zombie look and food donations (or cash/credit card donations) to the Marietta Square.

SAT OCT 19 – GREAT GIG DANCE CO. ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE – Shop a huge selection of gently used dance costumes, leotards, jeans, tutus, shoes, hairbows and more!  Great for dress up and/or halloween costumes.  Great Gig is located at 4200 Wade Green Road (in the Big Lots shopping center).

SAT OCT 19 – HAPPY TRAILS PET CENTER ANNIVERSARY PARTY – 4-8PM, Celebrating one year anniversary.  Great party with treats and prizes.  Fun for the whole family!  For more info call Ben at 678-402-5025.

SAT. OCT 19 – BATTLE OF KENNESAW MARTIAL ARTS AND FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIPS – at Chattahoochee Technical College, 5198 Ross Road, Acworth.  This is the 11th annual battle hosted by ETO.  For more info, call 770-528-9821 or visit

Fall-O-Ween Fest – Sat Oct 12 – Kennesaw, GA

Kennesaw’s Fall-O-Ween Fest Features Trick-or-Treating, Costume Contests

carsonkarter.halloween2012On Saturday, October 12, Swift-Cantrell Park will be transformed into “Spook-Central Park” for a Fall-O-Ween Fest and outdoor movie. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and will include free and pay-to-play inflatables and a trackless train, carnival games, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, children’s crafts, scarecrow displays, and handcarved, illuminated pumpkins.

Costumed trick-or-treaters can win some great prizes in a costume contest open to all ages — and dogs too! Costume judging categories will include: Cutest, Funniest, Scariest, Most Original, Most Heroic, Best Duo/Group, Best Canine, and Best Canine/Owner Dress-A-Like. One category winner and one runner-up will be selected from each age group, with the exception of the Duo/Group and Canine categories which will have one overall winner and one runner-up.  Judging begins at 5 p.m. and different categories will be judged every 20 minutes; winners will be announced at approximately
7:15 p.m.

kprLocal businesses, schools, community groups and residents are also invited to drop-off carved pumpkins at the park’s picnic pavilions between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Jack-O-Lanterns will be judged by the public.

At 7:30 p.m., the City of Kennesaw’s 2013 Outdoor Movie Series continues with a FREE screening of Hotel Transylvania. For your seating comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase. Parking is available inside the park and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. The event may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions.

For more information, visit, or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.

Bring a Friend to Church

bringchurchKennesaw United Methodist Church invites you to join them for their “Bring a Friend to Church” event on Sunday, September 22.  We want to celebrate our community and welcome you to our church.  Our traditional services are at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., and our contemporary service is at 9:55 a.m.  Childcare is available in our nursery during all services. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., we will host a luncheon that will benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home.  Donations are welcomed but not required. For this event, you don’t need to wear your “Sunday best.”   Come casual, enjoy the fellowship and food, and let us make you feel at home as we worship together.

Bring one friend or a hundred with you!  We look forward to seeing your smiling face in one of our services on September 22! If you have questions, contact the church office at 770-428-1543. We are located at 1801 Ben King Road.

Bird ‘n Butterfly-a-thon

butterflyBird ‘n Butterfly-a-thon  – Sept. 21-22nd at Leone Hall Price Park, 4715 Stilesboro Road in Kennesaw – Hosted by the Friends of Price Park and the Atlanta Audubon Society.  Timed for the peak of fall bird migration and with the meadow in full bloom, this is the best time of year to visit Price Park!  Take advantage of bird and butterfly walks in the park with the Atlanta Audubon Society, Master Birders and butterfly experts, scheduled throughout the weekend.  Binoculars and identification charts will be available to borrow.

This event is free  but is also a fundraiser that works like a walk-a-thon.  Details and schedules for this year’s event are posted  on  Participants may register online or at the park during the event.  All proceeds will benefit the Pollinator’s Paradise Project.

Paws in the Park

9-17-12_064Responsible dog ownership will be the focus of the Dreamland Pet Memorial Center Paws in the Park Kennesaw free interactive event. The 3rd annual presentation of the event will take place on Saturday, September 21, 9 am – noon, rain-or-shine, at Swift-Cantrell Park. It is designed to promote good behavior when walking dogs in public areas and to remind owners of the importance of proper waste disposal.

The event is co-hosted by Keep Kennesaw Beautiful and the Georgia K9 National Training Center and will feature service dog demonstrations as well as exhibits by local businesses focused on pet feeding, obedience, and adoption as well as other related services.  Free samples of pet foods and products and discount offers for services will be available.

“Dog owners sometimes need to be reminded that pet waste contains harmful bacteria that can be picked up in storm water runoff and washed into drains, lakes, or ponds, causing significant water pollution,” said Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Director Miranda Jones. “This event celebrates the joy dogs bring to our lives, but also reminds us of our responsibility to pick up after our dogs and not spoil the environment for others.”

Primrose School of Kennesaw North will be inviting pet owners to take the Primrose Paw Print Pledge, vowing to scoop and properly discard waste and make the city safe and clean for everyone. For information about becoming an event sponsor or vendor, visit

Kennesaw: One Last Mountain Movie Premier

cannonTo commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War a movie premiere of Kennesaw: One Last Mountain will be presented on September 22

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the Battles of Marietta, Georgia 150th committee present the premiere of the new movie “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre September 22. This will be the first showing of the new movie created by the National Park Service for the Battlefield’s Visitor’s Center.
It includes recreations of the battles around Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta and is narrated by the well-known actor of more than 100 films, Emmy-winning narrator Peter Coyote.

Concessions will open at 6:30 p.m. with Civil War artifacts on display in the Strand lobby and on the fourth floor. Live period music will be played by members of Symphony on the Square and a performance on the Strand organ by Marietta’s own Ron Carter. At 7:30 p.m. the program will begin with introductions and a presentation of the history of the battlefield by national park historians. The movie will follow and is 35 minutes in length.

Tickets are $8 per person and available at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitors Center and the Earl Smith Strand Theater:

Bleeding Gray and Blue Weekend has several events planned for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 20-22.  Included is the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Confederate Cemetery along with Living History, the Marietta Street Festival, Guided Tours, Music, and the Movie Premiere.  More information is located at