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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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Cobb County November & December Holiday Events

All of the holiday events happening in Cobb County this season.

WED NOV 11 – VETERAN’S DAY PARADE – Begins at 11am. Grand Marshal/Keynote Speaker will be Major General Stayce Harris, Commanding General of the 22nd Air Force based at Dobbins. Ceremonies on the Square commence at Noon and conclude around 1pm. Hosted by the City of Marietta and Kiwanis Club of Marietta. For more info, contact Scott Chadwick 404-308-5420 or Betsy Kelly in Mayor Tumblin’s office at 770-794-5502.

WED NOV 11 – GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING – The upcoming Garden Club meeting is at 9:30am. This month’s program on “Decorating for the Holidays with Fresh Greens”. This meeting is also our annual bake sale so come prepared to purchase delicious edibles. Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

THU NOV 12 – VETERANS LUNCHEON – In honor of all Veterans, Georgia Funeral Care invites all veterans in our area to attend a Veterans Luncheon, 11:30-1:30 at Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main Street, Acworth. Please RSVP by calling the funeral home 678-574-3016 or Darrell Waits 404-218-2906.

FRI NOV 13 – MARTINIS & MUSIC 5:30-8:30 Marietta/Cobb Art Museum. Exhibiting PERCEPTION with artists David Kessler, John Petrey, Issac Payne and Portrait Society of Altanta. Admission $10, Members free. Hor d’oeuvres, cash bar. 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

FRI-SAT NOV 13-14 – MINISTRY & MARKETPLACE – Please join Riverstone Church for a wonderful shopping experience. Find great gifts and shop in a pleasant indoor atmosphere with your friends at RiverStone. The event takes place at the church located at 2005 Stilesboro Rd., Kennesaw, 30152 on Friday from 9am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-1pm.

SAT NOV 14 – COBB IDOL & COBB IDOL JR – Come out and enjoy the music of local talents looking to be crowned 2015’s Cobb Idol! $10 admission for the show. Cobb Idol Jr (under age 16) begins at 3pm, Cobb Idol (ages 16+) begins at 8pm. The Strand Theatre in Marietta. Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

SAT NOV 14 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Laurel Park on Saturday, November 14 at 8:30am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather. Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road, Marietta, GA 30064. Manning Road is off Whitlock Rd. near the Rite-Aid. For more information, please call 770.424.4664

SAT NOV 14 – KEEP KENNESAW BEAUTIFUL RECYCLE DAY – Keep Kennesaw Beautiful will host its fall community Electronics/Metal Recycling and Document Shredding Event from 9 am – 1 pm at the Kennesaw Public Works facility on 3080 Moon Station Road. Visit kennesaw-ga.gov for a flyer containing details about the event or call 770-424-8274 with questions.

SAT NOV 14 – DAY OF BONSAI – Smith Gilbert Gardents will host Day of Bonsai from 10-4. Rodney Clemons will teach how to prune and plant on a rock for a future Bonsai tree (starts at 10:30 am and continues all day). General public is $7 per person, SGG members free. The Gardens are located at 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. More info at www.smithgilbertgardens.com

SAT NOV 14 – PHOTO WITH SANTA AND MOVIE EVENT – Hosted by the Think Melissa Team, all local military (active and veterans) are welcome to attend a complimentary movie and photo with Santa at the NCG Cinemas in Acworth. Must be present by 9:15am. Please bring military ID or DD214.

SAT NOV 14, SAT NOV 21 – TURKEY SHOOT – The Allatoona HS Precision Air Rifle Team will be hosting their annual Turkey Shoot Nov 14th and Nov 21st from 9 am–4 pm. Beside the Southland Greenhouses, in Acworth, just south of Third Army Road on Hwy 41. All ages welcome to participate. Cost is $5 per target. There will be various prizes. Proceeds benefit the Precision Air Rifle Team.

SUN NOV 15 – FREE OPEN HOUSE AND VARIETY SHOW – The Strand Theatre is hosting this event featuring Ron Carter and the talented Strand singers and dancers, to thank our community for their support. 3pm, located on the Square at the corner of North Park Square and Cherokee St.

FRI NOV 20 – OPEN AIR ICE SKATING RINK ON THE SQUARE! – Beginning Nov. 20th, come out and ice skate on the outdoor rink located in the southwest corner of Glover Park. Open daily! $12 admission, includes skate rental. Visit www.WinterWonderlandMariettaSquare.com

SAT NOV 21 – ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE 5K – Enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit www.acworthturkeychase.com.

SAT-SUN NOV 21-22 – HOLIDAY EXPRESS 2015 – Bravo Dance Center invites our community to attend their Christmas Production, Holiday Express at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on Saturday3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Ticket links are available on Bravo’s website: www.bravodancecenterga.com OR purchase tickets directly from www.tututix.com/bravodancecenterga

THU NOV 26 – GOBBLE JOG – Run wild for a great cause at the annual Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving day 2015 in Marietta. The event benefits MUST Ministries and takes place in historic Marietta Square and features a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, a 1K run/walk, and a tot trot (for kids 5 and under). The Gobble Jog 10K is certified as a qualifier for seeding in the Peachtree Road Race. For more information, call (678) 218-4521 or visit Facebook.com/GobbleJog.

TUE DEC 1 – KENNESAW’ S TREE LIGHTING – Join the Mayor and other City officials at the tunnel plaza in beautiful downtown Kennesaw as they “flip the switch” to illuminate the City’s official Christmas tree. The free program begins at 6 p.m., and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information, visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

THU DEC 3 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery invite you to their Holiday Candlelight Service – a fitting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season, beginning at 7pm. 2950 North Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw. For more information, call 770-422-7299.

FRI DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Kennesaw Memorial Park, 1306 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, invite you to their Holiday Candlelight Service – a fitting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season, beginning at 7pm. For more information, call 770-428-0502

FRI DEC 4 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN ACWORTH – Depot in downtown 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.

FRI DEC 4 – PADDY’S PUB 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Join in the fun celebrating six years of Paddy’s Pub and Eatery! Giveaways, specials and live music! 2196 Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw. www.paddyspubandeatery.com

FRI DEC 4 – HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center’s invites the public to attend their Holiday Open House on Friday December 4, 2015 from 9:00 am-10 am. The Center is located at 736 Whitlock Ave. Suite 600. Marietta, 30064.

SAT DEC 5 – KENNESAW SANTA PARADE & FESTIVITIES – The annual parade will begin at noon and fun will continue with festivities near the Depot until 6pm. Event organizers are accepting entries for the parade at www.adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. Participation is free. For more information, visit www.adaywithsanta.com, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 5 – POLAR EXPRESS AT THE SOUTHERN MUSEUM – Bring the whole family to enjoy popcorn and the movie The Polar Express as well as a fun, interactive winter themed train layout at the Museum! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show in the Museum’s theater (showings: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm). Movie is free with paid admission to the museum. Visit www.southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 for more information.

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

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WEEKENDS:

Lumiere Lounge – (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm starting during the winter months. Check the calendar for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.

Santa House- Fridays-December 5, 12, 19; Saturdays-December 6, 13, 20; Sundays-December 7, 14, 21; Monday-December 22. From 6-8 p.m. No charge. Young Children and the young at heart may hand deliver Christmas Wish Lists to Aunt Fanny’s Cabin (located on Atlanta Road across the street from the Market Village) and have a private conversation with the jolly old elf himself.  Santa will be available each weekend in December before Christmas.  This event is co-sponsored by the Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna.

Santa in the Square

GHOSTS OF MARIETTA WALKING TOUR (7:30pm) Walk the streets of our haunted city by lantern light, guided by one of our talented storytellers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes and the walk is under a mile. Ghost tours are at 7:30pm every Thur, Fri & Sat. Paid reservations required in advance. 770-425-1006. www.ghostsofmarietta.com
TOURS: Historic Marietta Trolley Join us for a one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of our historic city. Experience Marietta’s rich heritage, from the vibrant Downtown Square, past grand Antebellum homes, to the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain. Tour Times Thurs – Sat 11:00 am, & 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm, 2:30 pm Trolley Departs From Historic Marietta Trolley Co. 131 Church Street Phone 770-425-1006 www.mariettatrolley.com

WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market. 18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574
FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH – MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK is the first Friday of each month through November. Art lovers enjoy an evening stroll through the charming streets of Marietta Square during this free, self-guided tour featuring local art and live music. The Beer Garden nestled behind Cool Beans continues during this 2015 season. Guests may purchase cold beverages and enjoy live music while watching art come alive in Atherton Square. Visit www.artwalkmarietta.com for more information.

SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH – MARIETTA ARTIST MARKET begins the 2015 season on Saturday, April 11th and continues each 2nd and 4th Saturday through November. The Artists Market is a charming, open-air market located on Mill Street adjacent to Historic Marietta Square and runs from 9am to 2pm.

SAT & SUN – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Takes up residence on North Park Square on Saturday and opens 9-12. And on Sundays on Mill Street starting at noon. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus lots of the staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves.

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October Smyrna & Marietta Events

It’s that time of the year again; that time when spookiness, pumpkins, tricks, and treats abound. Our town is ready to celebrate Halloween and Fall. Are you? Join your local community at these fantastic events.

Saturday 10/10: Rev Coffee presents Rev Fall Fest. Rev Fest is a one-day music and arts festival held twice a year that features local artists and musicians. It will take place in the front and side parking lots of Rev Coffee. The motivation behind the event is a merging of artists, musicians, and businesses from Smyrna and surrounding communities. Rev Coffee wishes to provide a venue for local artists to display and sell their talents and passions while at the same time inviting the community to observe and enjoy in a comfortable and entertaining environment. Rev Coffee is located at 1680 Spring Rd., Smyrna.

Sunday 10/11: Live music, dog parks, food trucks, vendors, kids’ village, inflatables, and more! All to benefit Atlanta Boxer Rescue (www.boxerstock.org). From 12-6 p.m. at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. SW, Marietta 30008.

Saturday 10/10-Sunday 10/11: Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will present its annual Chalktoberfest. This is a chalk art festival that will take place around Marietta Square and down Atlanta Street in from of the museum. This year Chalktoberfest will continue to feature over 40 contracted, professional chalk artists from around the country. Artists will draw in front of spectators during both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday the tenth, Chalktoberfest will be expanding to feature a beer festival with it. This “Locals Only” craft beer festival will allow you to walk around enjoying the chalk art. There will be a selection of over 100 different kinds of craft beer. On Sunday the eleventh, Chalktoberfest will include a kids’ craft-making section from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that is geared toward children of all ages to try their hand at different crafts. There will also be an antique car show and competition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For detailed information, please visit www.chalktoberfest.com

Saturday 10/17: The fifth annual Marietta Zombie Walk will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., and the zombies are to bring donations to support MUST Ministries. The Infestation (gathering) starts at 5 p.m. in Glover Park after the festival. The feeding (walk) starts promptly at 6 p.m. Makeup artists will be on hand during the festival to help bring out the undead for a monetary donation, or you can arrive already in character using your own creativity. www.mariettazombiewalk.org   www.mustministries.org

Saturday 10/24-Sunday 10/25: Fall Jonquil Festival has a history of over twenty years. It will feature handmade arts and crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children’s activities. There will also be local entertainment of the stage in front of the library. Artisans are from all over the Southeast and feature their own handmade crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and much more. Friends of the Smyrna Library will have their book sale during the festival, so plan on getting some phenomenal deals on all types of books. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will be distributing Jonquil bulbs and promoting a cleaner Smyrna. The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the twenty-fourth, and 12-5 p.m. the twenty-fifth. Admission is FREE. Eat delicious food, shop, check out the puppet show, play, and then relax on the lawn while you enjoy the acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson. The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family! Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle.

Wednesday 10/28: Free Trunk-or-Treat event from 6:30-8 p.m.in the West/Sanctuary parking lot at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. Get a two-fer out of your kids’ Halloween costumes; dress them in the costumes and bring collection bags as they trick-or-treat from car trunk to car trunk!  All are invited. 1315 Concord Rd., Smyrna 30080. 770-436-4108. www.smyrnafumc.org

Friday 10/30: Casper’s Friendly Castle is Halloween fun for pre-school aged children. It will be a morning of carnival games, a moon walk, a giant inflatable slide, magic shows, arts and crafts, face painting, hay rides around the Village Green, and more. Will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle. For your convenience you can register online for the event at www.smyrnacity.com, or call 678-631-5541.

Saturday 10/31: Free fun for the whole family! Inflatables, game truck, children’s bicycle giveaway, pony rides, costume contest, and more! From 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Life Church, 4100 King Springs Rd. SE, Smyrna, 30082. 770-435-5478. www.lifechurchsmyrna.com

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