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Atlanta Neighborhoods and Districts

The City of Atlanta is composed of 25 neighborhood planning units, with 242 neighborhoods officially recognized by the city government.  The term “district” in Atlanta is generally used for small areas within the official neighborhoods. If you’re moving to Atlanta, or are currently here and simply want to explore your city, check out these better-known neighborhoods and districts.

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About the Jonquil City: Smyrna, Georgia

Smyrna is in northwest Metro Atlanta, with its center about 10 miles from Atlanta. It’s a short drive to Atlanta, without all the congestion. Its total area is about 15 square miles. It’s known as the Jonquil City due to all of its jonquil flowers that bloom in early Spring.

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June Events in Cobb County

With the start of Summer on June 20th, there’s a lot going on in Cobb County to take part of and experience with your family.

Smyrna Rotary: Meets at Brawner Hall every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. for one hour of fellowship, info about great service projects in Smyrna, nationally, internationally, and excellent speakers. Upcoming speakers include Judge Ann Harris, Bob Barr, Otis Brumby, and Ron Fennel. Smyrna Rotary is made up of neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens who unite for the common good, and with a passion for community service. To attend a meeting, contact f13@nfiweb.com.

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays: at Taylor-Brawner Park (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, 30080)  from 5:00 -9:00 p.m. The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power, and Cobb Travel & Tourism have powered up to bring you this event, along with lots of entertainment and fun. Visit www.facebook.com/cityofsmyrnaga for latest news, and weekly lineups.

Tween Time at Smyrna Public Library: Every Tuesday through June and July at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. Tween Time activities are designed for children 8-12. Each child must have a responsible adult who remains inside the library for the duration of the program. Sponsored by the Smyrna Public Library and the Friends of Smyrna Public Library.

Smyrna Business Exchange: At Smyrna Community Center every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. It’s Smyrna’s premier close-contact networking group that represents over 30 local businesses and growing. It has met weekly for almost a decade, and its members pass business referrals to one another over a light continental breakfast. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for a complimentary visit, contact current President Jeff Smith at jeff.smith@yourdesignonline.com.

Smyrna Fresh Produce Market: In the Smyrna First Baptist Church parking lot (1275 Church Street, Smyrna, 30080) on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. It’s a local farmers’ market where you can stock up on all your fresh fruits and veggies. To participate as a market vendor, contact Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863.

The Marietta Square Farmers Market: Gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday April through December from 9 a.m.-noon, and on Sundays May through October, from 12-3 p.m. For more information, visit their website at: www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariettasquarefarmersmarket or call (770) 499-9393.

Marietta Square Art Walk: (formerly the First Friday Art Walk) The Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local original art. Enjoy late-night shopping, patio dining, fine art and live music around every corner. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues and boutiques; participating venues display an official Art Walk banner in their window. Takes place in historic Marietta Square on the first Friday of each month from March to November (June 3rd this month). 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, please visit www.artwalkmarietta.com or call (770) 429-1115.

Dixie Highway Yard Sale: At the Marietta Museum of History, June 3rd and 4th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be books, home décor, vintage items and more. Everything will be priced to sell and the Museum loves to play “Let’s make a Deal!” The Marietta Museum of History’s mission is to preserve, provide, promote and partner with our community to make it a desirable place to work, live and play. Included in this year’s sale will be items that have been removed from the collection that do not fulfill our mission. All proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit the direct care of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Mable House Complex Food Truck: At the Mable House Arts Center (5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, 30126) June 8th and July 13th, from 5-8 p.m. Presented by the South Cobb Alliance. Enjoy great food, entertainment, and the arts. For more information, call 770-819-3185.

Smyrna Summer Concert Series-The Retreat: At Village Green Circle, Smyrna, on June 11th from 7-10 p.m. This band has entertained audiences across the Southeast with a unique, organic take on the hits of yesterday and today. Whether it’s a DMB-style sax solo on “Some Nights”, a punk-rock singalong of “Country Roads”, a raucous bluesy take on “How Sweet It Is”, a dance floor-shaking rendition of “Get Lucky”, or unexpectedly awesome mashups like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “With or Without You” or “Wagon Wheel”, “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Cruise”, it all still sounds like the Retreat.

Kaiser Permanente Free Movie Series at Mable House Ampitheatre: At 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, 30126 on June 17th; doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie Hotel Transylvania 2 begins at dusk. Rain or shine. Bring your own food or purchase from concessions. Free event!

Glover Park Concert Series: Enjoy music under the stars, and be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 pm (no tarps or tents). Takes place on the last Friday evening of each month from April to September (June 24th this month). Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 6 p.m. but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 p.m. rain or shine. June 24th show: Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute band. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.

Movies by Moonlight: At Taylor-Brawner Park (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, 30080). On Saturday, June 25th will be Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 770-431-2842. cobb county cobb county cobb county  cobb county cobb county cobb county cobb county 

Courtesy of Our Town Monthly magazine, June 2016 edition

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May Events in Cobb County

All of the Cobb County events in May:

The Marietta Square Farmers Market: Gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday April through December from 9 a.m.-noon, and on Sundays May through October, from 12-3 p.m. For more information, visit their website at: www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariettasquarefarmersmarket or call (770) 499-9393.

Brown Bag Concert Series: Grab your lunch at one of the many great restaurants around the square and meet your friends and co-workers at Glover Park for the Brown Bag Concert Series. The event features free music and takes place in the Historic Marietta Square Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Marietta Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 794-5601.

Marietta Square Art Walk: (formerly the First Friday Art Walk) The Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local original art. Enjoy late-night shopping, patio dining, fine art and live music around every corner. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues and boutiques; participating venues display an official Art Walk banner in their window. Takes place in historic Marietta Square on the first Friday of each month from March to November (May 6 this month). 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, please visit www.artwalkmarietta.com or call (770) 429-1115.

Smoke on the Lake: The annual backyard barbecue festival features a Friday night concert under the stars and a Lord of the Wings competition. On Saturday, the BBQ competition takes place from 10-4. Teams from all over the Southeast will compete in professional and amateur divisions. Each participating BBQ team will be preparing their own special flavor of chicken wings and you get to be the judge. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth. Takes place at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth (2293 Beach St., Acworth, GA 30101) May 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. & May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit smokeonthelake.org or call (770) 423-1330.

Taste of East Cobb: Enjoy some music, food and fun. The event features delicious dishes from the some of the most popular restaurants in the area. While there, you can also enjoy great live entertainment, the Kid’s Zone with giant inflatables and hands-on activities, unique products from local vendors, and a silent auction. On Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (south parking lot): 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068. For more information, please visit TasteOfEastCobb.com or call (770)518-6441.

May-retta Daze: An annual arts and crafts festival that features exhibitors and artists showcasing handmade goods including painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, glass, fabric, soap, candles and more. All work is made and displayed by the artists, and the event draws both local Georgia artists and artists from around the Southeast. takes place the first weekend in May. The 40th annual festival takes place Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Glover Park in Marietta Square. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.

Marietta Greek Festival: The The 26th annual event celebrates Greek traditions, culture and delicious Greek food. The Hellenic Dance Program will be performing throughout the festival. The event also features a Greek marketplace with more than a dozen vendors with food and hand-crafted items. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church tours are available throughout the weekend and last approximately 10 minutes. The Byzantine style sanctuary and church tour showcases the rich color, distinctive iconography and beauty of the interior of the Orthodox church. May 13 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the following locations: Simpson Middle School- 3340 Trickum Rd. Marietta, GA 30066 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- 3195 Trickum Road Marietta, GA 30066-4666 (Friday and Saturday only) Lassiter High School- 2601 Shallowford Road Marietta, GA 30066-3038 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Admission: Adults $4. Children 12 and under free. Adult Weekend Pass $5. For more information, please call (770) 924-8080.

Mableton Day: It’s a time to to bring the community together to have some fun, celebrate the end of the school year, and raise funds to help build or expand non-profit programs that enrich our South Cobb County community. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and then continues with a Car Cruise-in, Entertainment, Arts and Crafts, vendor booths, food, Kids Corner and more. Come meet your neighbors and learn more about your community. The 11th Annual community celebration is May 14th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton, Georgia.

Yaarab Shrine Circus: The circus is coming to town, and it happens to be the biggest Shrine Circus in North America. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and daredevil acts. Plus, enjoy a giant Carnival midway featuring over 40 rides and attractions. The circus begins on Saturday, May 21, and ends on Monday (Memorial Day) May 30. At Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. For more information, please visit yaarabshrine.net/yaarab-shrine-circus.html or  call (404) 872-5818.

Glover Park Concert Series: Enjoy music under the stars, and be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 pm (no tarps or tents). Takes place on the last Friday evening of each month from April to September (May 27 this month). Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 6 p.m. but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 p.m. rain or shine. May 27 show: The Tams, Carolina Beach. For more information, call (770) 794-5601.

Cobb County Memorial Day Ceremonies:

  • Marietta: The National Memorial Day Association of Georgia is hosting the annual event that honors our Veterans, both past and present, who served as well as those who gave their life for our country’s freedom. The ceremony features patriotic music, posting of the colors, prayers, a gun salute, as well as inspiring speakers. All Veterans as well as the general public are invited to attend. The event takes place at noon on May 30, 2016. At the Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Avenue Northeast, Marietta, GA 30060. For more information, please call (404) 510-4668.
  • Smyrna: The Smyrna ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee and it is those members of the community who officiate. The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and Smyrna Rotary. It’s a public event and all are invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. At 20th Century Veterans Memorial (2800 King Street) on May 30. Seating will start at 8:30 a.m. and pre-ceremony/ceremony activities will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Smyrna Community Center (200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080). Cobb County Cobb county Cobb County Cobb County Cobb County Cobb County  Cobb County 
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April Events in Smyrna

Spring is in the air here in Smyrna! The events taking place here in April are sure to be a joy for the town, and for your entire family. Check them out!

Spring Rev Fest: Rev Coffee is proud and excited to announce Rev Spring Fest 2016. Rev Fest is a one-day music and arts festival held twice a year that features local artists and musicians. The event will be on Saturday, April 16th, in the front and side parking lots of Rev Coffee. The motivation behind Rev Fest is a merging of artists, musicians, and businesses in Smyrna, and surrounding communities. Our hope is to provide a venue for local artists to display their talents and passions, while at the same time inviting the community to observe and enjoy in a comfortable and entertaining environment. The festivities begin at 10:00 am. A variety of artists will have booths set up for viewing their work. The music gets going at 10:00 and will continue until 8:00 pm. Rev is located at 1680 Spring Road, Smyrna, Ga 30080.

Jonquil City Jog 5K: Saturday, April 23rd at 8 am. Participants run (or walk) for fun, education, and pie at this annual race for education held in downtown Smyrna. Proceeds benefit the Campbell High School Educational Foundation, Inc.- a non-profit organization that provides financial and community support to Campbell High School students. Campbell High School is a recipient of a  Georgia School of Excellence award, and has an outstanding International Baccalaureate program. Register now: www.active.com

Spring Jonquil Festival: The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of April 23 & 24. The Spring Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the fabulous Market Village. The festival features over 175 arts and crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink, and just have a great day together. Visit the Crawfish Boil hosted by the Merchants in the Market Village on Saturday from 1 pm-10:45 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm-8 pm. Friends of the Smyrna Library will have their book sale during the Spring Jonquil Festival, so plan to get some phenomenal deals on all types of books.

50th Jubilee Spring Festival: Saturday, April 30th, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4300 King Springs Road, Smyrna. All are welcome from 11 am to 4 pm! Enjoy entertainment, food, crafters/vendors, a rock wall, giant slide, carnival games, Knights of Columbus “Knights on Bikes” motorcycle display, Smyrna Fire and Police Departments, a dessert contest, and more! For more information, contact Nina at nad105@live.com

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays: Starts Tuesday May 3rd! At Taylor-Brawner Park from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA 30080) The City of Smyrna, Georgia Power, and Cobb Travel & Tourism (Atlanta’s Sweet Spot) have “powered” up to bring you Food Truck Tuesday along with lots of entertainment and fun. We look forward to weekly announcements. Stay tuned towww.facebook.com/cityofsmyrnaga for the latest news, and the weekly lineups too.

Courtesy of Our Town Monthly magazine, April 2016 edition

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Holiday Attractions and Events in Atlanta and Metro Atlanta

Holiday Attractions and Events in Atlanta and Metro Atlanta

Ice Skating: At Centennial Olympic Park, Park Tavern, St. Regis, Atlantic Station, & Avalon on Ice

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Puppet Show: At the Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown. Now-December 27

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Events: In Buckhead. Now-December 31

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Park: Downtown. Now-January 3

Macy’s Pink Pig: At Lenox Mall in Buckhead. Now-January 3

Christmas at Stone Mountain: At Stone Mountain. Now-January 3

Six Flags’ Holiday in the Park: At Six Flags Park in Austell. Now-January 3

Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: In Midtown. Now-January 9

Alpharetta Christmas Farmers Market: In downtown historic Alpharetta District. December 5

Alpharetta Tree Lighting: In downtown historic Alpharetta District. December 5

Children’s Christmas Parade: Downtown. December 5

Fortieth Annual Hanukkah Bazaar: In Atlanta. December 6

Christmas at the Mansion: At the Governor’s Mansion. December 7-18

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker: At the Fox Theatre, Midtown. December 11-27

Ugly Sweater Walk/Run: At Piedmont Park. December 19

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at Topgolf: At Topgolf in Alpharetta. December 19

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectaculare: In Downtown at Philip’s Arena. December 20

New Year’s Eve at Topgolf: At Topgolf in Alpharetta. December 31

NYElectric 2016 Westin: At the Peachtree Plaza Downtown. December 31

Second Annual Cleopatra’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Ball: At the Fox Theatre in Midtown. December 31

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