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Dig Deep Ceramics Exhibition Reception

MarketPlace 120 will host a Dig Deep Ceramics Exhibition Reception on Saturday, October 25, 4-6pm. The event will feature functional and sculptural work by the seniors of Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design.

MarketPlace 120 is located at  562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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Vionic trunk show at Abbadabba’s


Check out Abbadabba’s in East Cobb for the Vionic Trunk Show. There will be fittings by a board certified pedorothist, a gift with the purchase of a pair of Vionics, and a drawing to win a free pair of slippers! The event will be on October 23rd from 1-6 pm. The store is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd in the Market Plaza shopping center. For more information call 770-565-3569 or visit


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Halloween Happenings around East Cobb

Hand raising from pupmkin lantern

It’s almost Halloween! Don’t miss the silly, spooky fun happening all around town! The EAST COBBER has collected a few local magical events and haunted happenings for you to enjoy this Halloween season.


October 1- 31
Owned and operated by East Cobbers, the Roswell Ghost Tour is a community staple. Unlike some tours and haunted houses, these Ghost Tours tell stories of real hauntings without costumes to enhance imagination. Tours are available nightly in October. Demand is high. Private group tours offered as well. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under. Walking tour is 2 ½ hours.  To reserve: 770-649-9922. 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell.

October 23 – November 1
A haunted house packed with murdering maniacs, ghostly ghouls, and unexpected horror around every turn. Thursdays and Sundays: 7-11pm. Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm-midnight. October 26-30: 7-11pm. $20/ticket, $25 combo or Paranoia Pass $40. 261 Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114. More info:

Fridays and Saturdays starting October 5 through November 1
Step aboard the trolley for a spirited 90-minute fully narrated ride through Marietta. The ghost tours are all 90 minutes of thrills and chills based on history and documented accounts of ghostly encounters. There is a walk of about 2 blocks. Tours start at 8pm. $27 (plus tax)/Adults. $14 (plus tax)/Children (12 and under).  $25 (plus tax)/seniors. Limited space. Advance reservations required. More info: for  available times, some dates are already full or call The Historic Marietta Trolley Co., 770-425-1006 or

October 3-31
St. Andrew United Methodist Church hosts their pumpkin patch for the 29th year. Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and more for
purchase. Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-8 pm. Sundays: noon-8 pm. All proceeds from the patch support the Youth Ministry and
Missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. St. Andrews UMC, 3455 Canton Hwy, Marietta. More info: 770-926-3488 or

September 28– October 31
Buy a pumpkin here, plus stickers, candy and a great photo spot. Monday-Friday: 12-7:30pm, Saturdays: 9:30am-7pm, Sundays: 12-7:30pm until October 13. Oct. 13 9:30-7:30pm – Oct. 31st. Oct. 31st the patch closes at 5pm. Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465. Ask for Deborah.

October 4-31
Buy pumpkins for decorating, pies and Jack-O-Lanterns. Monday-Saturday: 10 am-8 pm. Sundays: 1-8 pm. BBQ on October 19:
11 am-3 pm. October 19: Fall Festival: 11 am-1 pm. Yard sale all day on October 19: 9 am-3 pm. October 31: Trunk or Treat in parking lot from 5-8 pm. Powers Ferry UMC, 245 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-5271.

October 24-25
Get ready to take a walk on the wild side and meet some wonderful costumed woodland creatures at night! Experience the mystery of a short half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Create crafts in the gym such as bat puppets, mysterious masks, and more. Tickets are $8 for first weekend and $9 for the second weekend, children two and under are free. Hikes start at 7 pm and end at 10. The trails are not suitable for strollers and children must be accompanied by adults at all times. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 ext. 236 or

October 24
Come dressed up in your spookiest costume. For ages 12 and under (Parents are free, but must accompany children to this event). Costume and dance the night away with a DJ. carnival, games and crafts. Best costume wins a prize. 6-8pm. $5 per
child. Game tickets are included in the registration fee. Food items can be purchased for a nominal fee. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991.

October 25 & 26
This Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring amazing balloon glows, trick-ortreating, tethered balloon rides, harvest beer tents, vendor marketplace, sports bar, artist market, amazing food trucks, roving entertainment, kid’s area, a concert stage, and more! Advance Pricing: Adults: $12, Kids (3-12): $5, Under 3: FREE. After October 17: Adults: $15, Kids (3-12): $8, Under 3: FREE. Kennesaw State Sports & Recreation Park, 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW, Kennesaw. For more info:

October 28, 29 & 30
Pope High School will be hosting their annual Haunted Theater: Insane Asylum Starts at 7 pm, last group is thru at 9:30. Admission is $5, if you bring in 5lbs of canned goods and non-perishable items your second ticket is free. Celebrate Halloween in a less contemporary manner but still just as frightening. Canned good and non-perishable items will be accepted at the door as part of Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat and MUST Ministries. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta. For more information or

October 26
This track meet is unique because runners will be competing in their costumes. Divisions are in place for age groups and distance. A Skirt Sprint will also be happening to honor women. There will be prizes and activities tables for supporters. $8  entry Fee (Register by Labor Day – 9.1.2014). $15 Entry Fee (Register by 10.23.2014). $20 Entry Fee (Race Day Registration).  benefitting the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Domestic Violence Shelter, “Sheltering Hands”. 1:45pm. Swift Cantrell Park, 3140 Old US Highway 41, Kennesaw 30144. More info:

October 31
Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing at The Strand on October 31st, 2014. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the night of. Seats are general admission and are available through The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080 or online at

September 13 – January 10
The Howlpharetta Ghost Tour is a 2 hour walking tour of historic, downtown Alpharetta. This tour features great storytellers that  combine the actual history of particular spots with their spooky counterparts. Tickets are $15 for all ages. Friday and Saturday
nights throughout the autumn. All tours meet at the corner of Milton Ave. and Roswell Street in front of the deli and salon at the
old Dodd Hotel (physical address is 120 Milton Ave., Alpharetta) For more information:

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Calling all East Cobb Moms ready to get in shape!


If you’re an East Cobb mom age 35-55 ready to tackle a six week Back to School Challenge, contact Fitness Together at 770-321-1347.

Only eight spots available, serious inquiries only. Cost is $399. Find out more at

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Dickerson orchestra practice.

Should your pet be our pet of the month?

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to:
EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to:

Pet’s Name:
Age & Gender:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Person:
Best Trick:
Turn Ons:
Turn Offs:
Favorite Toy:
Last Seen:
What makes your pet so special:
Owner’s Name:

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Discover Spirits of the Great American West at East Cobb Senior Center

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Spirits of the Great American West
Friday, October 31
Free; Registration required

Quentin Thomas will present a 3 hour session covering the “Spirits of The Great American West.” The seminar will briefly review the theories of original migrations into the Americas, early cultures and exploration by groups such as Lewis and Clark and mountain men. From there the discussion will move to the 1830’s with Indian removal and the Texas Revolution and War with Mexico.

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Cobb County 2016 SPLOST Vote Scheduled November 4

On November 4, Cobb voters will be asked to approve whether or not to extend the county’s SPLOST for six more years. This article outlines Cobb County’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) as adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 22, 2014. The following briefly describes the purpose of each capital improvement and the anticipated corresponding funding. The 2016 SPLOST is intended to address the immediate needs of Facilities, Technology, Parks, Libraries, Senior Centers, Public Safety, and Transportation that affect the future of Cobb County. The SPLOST will be in effect for a six (6) year period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021.

Projects include replacing Animal Control equipment, vehicles and parking lot repairs; upgrades for 800Mhz Radio System, new radio towers, replacement of emergency weather sirens, improvements to Court Facilities, Public Health clinics, a new Medical Examiner laboratory and replacement of building systems, renovations, security cameras and equipment for Sheriff’s Office.

Projects include infrastructure preservation (resurfacing, drainage, bridges and culverts), pedestrian improvements, safety and operational improvements (intersections, roadways, and school zones), and congestion relief and mobility improvements (thoroughfares, traffic management, traffic signals, and planning). SPLOST funding will be leveraged to receive additional funding from other sources, including Federal, State, and Community Improvement Districts.

Public Safety enhancements include the replacement of Police Headquarters and Evidence Unit, renovation and expansion of training facilities, construction of a new fire station, purchase of essential vehicles and equipment, and  improvements/upgrades/renovations to various Public Safety facilities.

Funding for these projects will be used for upgrades, enhancements, and renovations to existing park buildings, fields, and facilities.

Projects include construction of two new Library facilities and upgrades to other existing Library facilities including technology enhancements and improvements that will allow for more efficient and effective use of space.

Projects include expansion of the existing North Cobb Senior Center and upgrades to other facilities to allow for more efficiency and greater use of space.

FACILITIES – $17,940,380
Projects include infrastructure improvements of existing facilities, and the construction of a new millwork shop and new fleet maintenance facility to support the increase in public safety vehicles.

TECHNOLOGY – $30,079,000
Enhancements will provide many upgrades to existing applications, create an eGovernment presence (web and mobile access to key county services), the construction of a new data center, and the creation of a disaster recovery site.

This component, comprising a variety of projects, has been identified by each Cobb City and accounts for approximately 26% of SPLOST revenue remaining after county-wide projects.

Readers can review in greater detail the proposed 2016 SPLOST projects, by visiting Users can search existing SPLOST projects, as well as proposed projects, by area, commission district or category, such as transportation, parks, and roadway and pedestrian improvement. Each link contains a fact sheet about the project.

The mobile map application can be used on desktop computers, smartphones or tablets. It is compatible with both Android and Apple iOS devices. For more information, or to utilize this tool, visit

(Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of EAST COBBER)

KSU dominates at regional education conference


KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education won six of the nine awards presented at the UPCEA South Conference in Baton Rouge, La., from Oct. 15-17.

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) was presented with six of the nine awards presented at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association South conference in Baton Rouge, La. on Oct. 16.

CCPE won the following awards:
Outstanding Service to Continuing Education – Brenda Lora, marketing production manager
Professional Continuing Educator Award – Michelle Girage, assistant dean
Program of Excellence, Noncredit – Paralegal Certificate
Emerging Continuing Education Leader – Karen Smith, strategic initiatives manager
Engagement Award – Training for International Educators (TIE) Program
Continuing Education Student Award – Moises Arroyo

Congratulations KSU!

Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County!


Loving Arms Cancer Outreach presents “Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County” on November 1, 2014, 7pm at the Lassiter High School concert hall. Watch local heroes strut their stuff on the dance floor at the Loving Arms fundraiser.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc is a non-profit organization whose focus is to make the cancer journey a little easier for those afflicted with this cruel disease. Their mission is to provide hope and joy as well as education and support to empower patients and their families throughout the journey. They provide financial assistance, free wigs, hats, scarves, medication assistance, gas/ grocery cards and support groups. The patients pay nothing because of donations from community-minded people. Loving Arms could not assist people “where the rubber meets the road” if not for people and businesses donating their time and money.

They are funded by sponsors, donations and fundraisers. Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County is a fundraiser where local celebrities/heroes in the community will be trained by professional dancers to perform at the event on November 1st. General admission tickets are $10 each and VIP tickets are $20 each. The audience will also cast votes for their favorite Star/dancer which will cost $1 per vote. The Star who raises the most money will receive the People’s Choice Award. The competition will be judged and the Star with the most points will win the Judges Choice Award.  All funds raised will go directly to Loving Arms Cancer outreach to assist cancer patients in their time of need.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach was established in 2011 by two Oncology Nurses. They have a heart for cancer patients and saw a need to assist them “where the rubber meets the road.” After researching to find financial help for patients they soon discovered their options were few. That’s when Loving Arms was created. All services are available at no cost to the client.

For more about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, visit