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Santa’s Sleigh is on the Way! Community events December 19 – 25.

East Cobber Harper Wentz whispering her list to Santa.

Naughty or nice? Don’t have to think twice! Santa’s sleigh is on the way – it’s almost Christmas Day!

The big week is here and the man in red is heading to town. Whether you’re ready to celebrate the season or it’s business as usual, check out our roundup of activities happening all around East Cobb. For even more to do, visit our online calendar HERE.

 

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email iJapanesey@Gmail.com or visit www.MariettaChess.com for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.

 

December 19

Comic Book Sale. A large collection of comic books (most boarded and bagged). 10am-9pm. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta. More info: Patricia Latch, latchp@cobbcat.org or 770-528-2331

CenterStage North presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) By Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez. Original Music by Will Knapp. December 12-20 at The Art Place Mountain View 3330 Sandy Plains Road Marietta, GA 30066. Tickets: $15 in advance. $17 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.centerstagenorth.com.

ECBN Mornings, an East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) event, are held every Friday at 7:30am at Capossi’s NY Deli, 4983 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062. Come for open business networking. Cost is $3 for entry, $5 with coffee $8 for coffee+breakfast. For more about ECBA visit www.eastcobbba.com.

 

December 20

Celebricktion Lego Show. Celebrate the Lego Building System complete with an entire city built by Harry and Austin Nijenkamp with 1 million Lego pieces. All proceeds benefit the Drake House. $10/person. 9am-6pm. High Meadows School Community Center, 1055 Willeo Road Roswell. More info: Karen Pye, 770-587-4712 x.307 or www.celebricktion.com
Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball. Treat that special starry-eyed child in your life to an afternoon of Royal Tea this holiday season at The Strand. You and your prince or princess will start the evening with Christmas royals Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy at the The Strand’s fourth floor banquet chamber for High Tea. Afterwards, guests are invited to retire to 2nd floor minstrel’s hall where the Prince and Princess will teach young guests a few simple royal dances at the Grand Yuletide Ball. $15. Limited space available. December 20 and 21. 1-2:30pm and 3-4:30pm, doors open at 12:45pm. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta.770.293.0080 | www.earlsmithstrand.org
Georgia Parkinson’s Association Canton Parkinson’s Support Group Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month 1:00pm – 3:00pm Northside Hospital Cherokee Education Building 130-B Oakside Court Canton, GA Contact: James Trussell 706-413-3264 or james@gaparkinsons.org
December 21
Sleigh Bells Swing: A Holiday Family Extravaganza. Celebrate the holidays with the big band sounds of the Atlanta Lyric Orchestra and the area’s finest entertainers! Featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and dozens of holiday hits made famous by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Brenda Lee, Gene Autry, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, and many more! Swing into the new year with this big band song and dance holiday extravaganza for the entire family. All performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.
Messiah Sing-Along. Bring your own score and join voices with the Michael O’Neal Singers in this annual community event. December 21: 3pm. $10. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. 770-594-7974 | www.mosingers.com.
December 22 – January 5
Cobb County schools closed for winter break.
December 22
Community Hanukkah Celebration. Join Jewish Federation, MJCCA, and Cobb and North Fulton County congregations for a Community Hanukkah Celebration. Festivities begin at 7pm at Congregation Etz Chaim located at 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Bring a gently used costume to send to the Israeli partnership region of Yokneam-Megiddo for Purim. This event is free of charge and open to the community. RSVPs are appreciated; contact Stephanie Wyatt at swyatt@jfga.org or click here to register.
It’s a Wonderful Life Marathon. In this true holiday classic, an angel (Henry Travers) helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (James Stewart) by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Get here half an hour early for a holiday preshow and sing along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. $8/adults.$7/seniors, students, and military. December 22. 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm.The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta.770.293.0080 | www.earlsmithstrand.org
December 23
Tonight is the Eighth Night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah East Cobb!
Winter Break Camp at Camp Kingfisher, a taste of summer camp fun with some unique twists. Kindergarten – 7th grade. 9am-4pm. Free extended care available from 8-9am & 4-6:15pm. No camp DECEMBER 25 and January 1. Members: $180 for 3 days, $60 for day 4. Non-members: $200/non-members for 3 days, $60 for day 4. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055, ext. 222, or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
Dynamite Days off Camp. During the school holiday breaks the McCleskey YMCA is providing healthy fun activities for children 5-12. Activities include swimming, crafts, sports and group games. 9am-4pm (extended care from 7:30am-6pm). Members: $40/day. Program Members: $60/day. McCleskey YMCA, 1055 E Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 678-569-9622.

 

 

 

December 24

Christmas Eve at Sacred Tapestry. 7pm, guest singer Adam McKnight. Dessert Table/Candle Lighting. 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, www.sacredtapestry.com
December 25
Merry Christmas! Wishing you a happy holiday filled with joy.

For more great area events (both holiday and everyday) visit our online calendar.

 

Atlanta Swim Academy celebrates the season with Underwater Tree Lighting and Canned Food Drive

Cans and Tree

On December 6, Atlanta Swim Academy (ASA) brought back an old company tradition! A 7 ½ foot live pine tree was submerged in their Jr. Olympic pool, where families with kids of all ages joined to decorate the tree with glow sticks. Participants brought canned goods to receive a glow stick,  generating over 500 canned food donations benefiting Marietta’s MUST Ministries.

ASA double matched the can contributions, bringing a total of 1,500 canned food items to families in need for the holidays. Santa Claus and his Polar Bear friend mingled with guests poolside while overseeing the “water elf” instructors assisting the kids decorating the tree. Everyone also enjoyed open swim and holiday refreshments leading up to 6:45pmwhen all the lights were shut off to observe the tree light up in the water, decorated with 300 glow sticks.

Facebook comments from event attendees included “Definitely Unique!”, “We had a blast! Thanks for having this!” and “Great event! The kids loved it! Thank you!”

Atlanta Swim Academy is located at 732 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.

 

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Still shopping? Save time with our Holiday Gift Guide!

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‘Tis the season to shop local! Save time and skip the mall with our 2014 Gift Guide. Select the perfect presents from local sources for everyone on your list.

Click HERE to read the 2014 Gift Guide and get a handle on that holiday shopping list!

With all the amazing merchants in East Cobb it’s easy to shop local and support small business.

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Ho ho ho….Holiday Happenings all around town!

Santa’s sleigh has arrived at Town Center Mall and all around East Cobb. Find out more in our 2014 Holiday Happenings Guide.

Metro Atlantans celebrate the holiday season by continuing old traditions, decorating public spaces and putting on plays. The EAST COBBER is happy to provide a sampling of those special events to help you get in the holiday spirit. For more great area events (both holiday and everyday) visit our online calendar.

 

 

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‘Twas the Night Before Finals

‘Twas the night before finals,
When all through the house,
Came the sounds of the flu,
To the dismay of my spouse.

The feverish children were tucked in their beds,
My constant harping lingering in their heads:
“Drink your Gatorade! Finish your soup!”
All playing in an endless loop.

Now Tamiflu! Now, Motrin! Now Tylenol and Aleve!
A temp less than 102 we will achieve!
More Popsicles! More Saltines! More Jello and Toast!
Yet another trip to Publix after all have been dosed.

I heard them exclaim as the garage door came to rest,
“To our friends at school, best of luck on every test,
enjoy the class parties, the snacks, and good cheer.
enjoy your Christmas. We’ll see you next year!”

Original Poem by Elizabeth Clancy Wagner

 

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Photo of the Day

12.18.14

Hang in there Elf parents – less than a week to go!

 

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High School Final Exam Dismissal – Buses to run at 11:30am

Student

On December 18-19, CCSD will offer an early bus run at 11:30 a.m. for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who have completed their final exams. Some high schools may be offering a special activity later in the school day or perhaps final exam tutoring, so please check with your local school for specific details.

(Source: Cobbk12.org) 

 

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County airport continues growth and expansion

 

Workers successfully competed against high winds this week to place the 67,000-pound top on the new air traffic control tower at McCollum Field.

The $2.9 million tower, scheduled to be completed in January, will improve visibility, provide proper layout of equipment and offer an improved work environment for controllers. The construction is part of many improvements at McCollum Field, including the planned building of a U.S. Customs inspection facility.

Cobb County airport is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia and is home to 250 aircraft, while generating an annual economic impact of more than $112 million to the local community and supporting 842 local jobs, according to county officials.

 

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Christmas 365 Serving Seniors Year Round

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Cobb Senior Services is excited to launch Christmas365 (formerly known as Senior Santa) as a way to connect the needs of seniors in Cobb County with the generosity of  his great community…on a year round basis! Your gift to Christmas365 may be made any time during the year, not just during the holidays. How can you help? Donate New generic items or make a $30 donation to assist seniors year round.

Sugested Items to Donate Include:

  • Adult diapers: all sizes
  • Adult pull-ups: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Bath sets: Male & Female
  • Bath towels & wash cloths
  • Bed Sheets: all sizes
  • Compression stockings: all sizes
  • Diabetic socks: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Disposable wipes (such as baby wipes)
  • Ensure & Glucerna
  • Gowns: button down the front (need 3x, 4x, 5x)
  • Grocery gift cards: Kroger, Publix, Walmart
  • Blankets: all sizes
  • Hat & Gloves sets: Male & Female
  • Pajamas: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Slippers (non-skid): Male & Female
  • Socks: Male & Female (all sizes)
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

 

For additional information please call 770-528-5364 Donation sites: Mon- Fri 8:30am-4: 30pm

East Cobb Senior Center 3332  Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066
Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna, GA 3008
North Cobb Senior Center 4100 Old HWY 41, Acworth, GA 30101
Senior Wellness Center 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064
West Cobb Senior Center 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, GA 30127

 

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Donate to Toys for Tots at Red Sky this Thursday

Child watching a cool firework

On Thursday, December 18th, starting at 5pm, Red Sky Tapas and Bar is hosting their Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive. A few members of the United States Marines will be on hand to collect donated new, unwrapped toys, in order to support families in need this holiday season. Red Sky’s goal is to provide 150 new, unwrapped toys, so that we can support the nationwide efforts of the United States Marines.

As a benefit to people who donate toys, for every new, unwrapped toy of any value donated, guests will receive a $5 coupon good towards Red Sky’s new Weekday Lunch Menu.

During Thursday evening’s Toys for Tots Drive, Red Sky will offer food and drink specials and an acoustic guitar performance by Chip Jones.

Red Sky is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16 in Marietta. For reservations and more information please call 770.973.0100.

 

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