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Searching for a Book Club? Groups forming now at Bookmiser.

Book Club anyone? Nothing enhances the impact of a book more than discussing it with others who have also read it. So, stop procrastinating and join up! Bookmiser is starting a host of new book clubs:

GENERAL COOKING BIOGRAPHY
BUSINESS MYSTERY SCI-FI FANTASY
TEEN (12-15) TWEEN (9-12) ROMANCE
OTHER ___________________________

And guess what? You never have to worry about “getting the house in order” for book club as all meetings are held at Bookmiser in Roswell (Sandy Plains @ Hwy 92). Days and times will be determined by majority of members in the group. Participation requires the purchase of the monthly selected new book from Bookmiser. There are no additional fees.

IF INTERESTED, CLICK HERE AND PRINT THE ATTACHED FORM, fill it out, and email it to bookmiser@bellsouth.net, OR DROP IT OFF AT THE STORE..

We will coordinate all the responses and contact you if at least five (5) other fellow readers are interested.

Bookmiser Book Club Du Jour

Don’t be an April fool, have fun this week! Community Events March 27 – April 2.

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Pollen season has arrived and March is heading out the door. Bring in the Spring fun with these East Cobb area events. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

 

March 27

Walton High School Drama Presents The Crucible. March 26 – 28. Tickets available at www.waltondrama.com and at the door. The Crucible, written by American playwright, Arthur Miller, is a story of a young farmer, his wife and a servant girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit her lie. But it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The Broadway production won the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play and the show has become an icon of American Drama.

24th Annual Tossed Out Treasures. Sandy Springs Society event annually attracts metro’s savviest shoppers to bargain hunters and is the ultimate flea market. Friday: 10am-5pm. Saturday: 10am-6pm. Marshall’s Plaza, 6337 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30328. More info: www.sandyspringssociety.org.
The Foxtrotters Dance Club, East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30062, (770) 509-4900 Theme: “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” Doors open at 7:00 pm, Dance: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Dancing to The Continentals Band. Refreshments included, Attire: Cocktail, Dressy or Formal, Admission: $10.00 at the door Singles and couples over the age of 55 years are welcome. More info: foxtrottersdanceclub.wordpress.com\
March 28
Down The Street Bead & Jewelry Supply Show. Materials, supplies and classes for all things bead.$5. Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 11am-4pm. Cobb Galleria, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: www.thedownthestreetbeadshow.com.
Farmers Market at High Meadows School. Festival featuring organic and sustainably-grown foods from more than 40 local farmers, artists, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, music, and family activities. Open to the Public. 10am-2pm. 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-993-2940 or www.highmeadows.org.
Walton Band Metal/Electronics/Paint Recycling and Garage Sale. The Walton Band will be collecting electronics, appliances, metal, and old paint for recycling. Suggested donation $10/car with additional charges of $20/tv, $15/computer monitor, $2/under one gallon of paint, $3/1 gallon, $5/2 gallons,$10/5 gallons of paint. Drop off your recyclables and shop at the garage sale while you are there! 2 gymnasiums will be filled with furniture and small appliances, household items, toys and clothing, books/dvds/cds, and sports equipment, and more. Metal/electronics/paint recycling will be available in Lot D from 9am-3pm. Garage sale is in both gyms from 8am-3pm.Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta. Garage sale donations drop off location: Every Saturday through March 21 at Parkaire Shopping Center #640 between Weight Watchers and Enterprise Rental Car. More info: Susan Corley at 614-378-2071 or to schedule a pick up for large garage sale donation items, wbop.garagesale@gmail.com
1st Annual Gator Gallop 5K and Fun Run benefits Addison Elementary School Foundation. Open to all students, friends, family and community members. 5K Run: 8am. Tot Trot: 9am. Fun Run: 9:15am. $30/5K and $20/Fun Run/Tot Trot. $30 Phantom. Addison Elementary School, 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-2700 or www.addisonrace.com.
March 29
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day, 1:30-4pm, FREE. Join the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA 30062. Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Teen Victim Impact Program: It Won’t Happen To Me an educational initiative to reduce teen deaths due to car crashes. A presentation for teens and their parents, sponsored by the Phillip Michael Silverman Endowment at Congregation EtzChaim. Recommended ages 15-22. 2:30-4:30pm. Free (a $5 donation would be greatly appreciated to continue to bring this program to the community). Congregation EtzChaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info/RSVP: 770-973-0137 or perry@etzchaim.net.
March 31
Aging in Place at 10:30am. If your goal is to remain at home for a lifetime, this educational presentation from the Greater Atlanta Aging in Place Council is a MUST! Find out what you need to know to be successful with Aging in Place. Assess your own life, home and community situation and learn how to remain connected and engaged throughout every decade of your life. RSVP for the program by March 26 to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org.
April 1

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: 770-640-3855 or www.roswellgov.com.
April 2
Rain Garden Work Day. Learn how rain gardens protect local waterways by decreasing the volume of runoff entering surface waters during rain events. Rain gardens provide a unique landscape feature by adding color and interest to the landscape. Meet most Thursdays (call to confirm) from 9-11am to explore and maintain the rain garden. Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-1482 or www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov.

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YWCA Women of Achievement Event this week

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The 30th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2015. This is a YWCA of Northwest Georgia major event to raise funds to benefit their vision of a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event includes a silent auction, dinner and awards presentation to celebrate outstanding women for their achievements, leadership and commitment to the advancement of women. The Woman of the Year will be selected and announced.

Event held from 5:30-9pm. $100/Dinner Ticket.$1500/Table Sponsor. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: Kristi Storey 770-423-3599or kstorey@ywcanwga.com.

 

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Walton Drama presents The Crucible

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Walton High School Drama Presents The Crucible March 26 – 28.  Tickets available at www.waltondrama.com and at the door.

The Crucible, written by American playwright Arthur Miller, is a story of a young farmer, his wife and a servant girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft.  The farmer brings the girl to court to admit her lie.  But it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.  The Broadway production won the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play and the show has become an icon of American Drama.

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Marching into Spring! Community Events March 20 – 26.

Don’t’ miss the Spring Atlanta Home Show this weekend at Cobb Galleria Centre.

 

 

The flowers are blooming and the pollen’s in full force all around East Cobb. Make the most of the first official days of Spring with these great events. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

 

March 20

Once Upon a Ballet presented by Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. This show spins the tales of three classical story ballets: Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. Watch your favorite fairy tales come to life! Friday: 7:30pm. Saturday: 2pm & 7:30pm. Sunday: 2pm. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info/tickets: 678-287-9020 or www.georgiametrodance.org.

Camino Real. The Atlanta Ballet presents a mind-twisting yet poignant world premiere from Atlanta Ballet’s resident choreographer. Friday: 8pm. Saturday: 2pm & 8pm. Sunday: 2pm. Tickets starting at$20. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: 800-982-2787, www.atlantaballet.com, or www.cobbenergycentre.com.
37th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show with over 350 local home improvement companies exhibiting their latest in home remodeling products and services. Demonstrations and seminars every day. Friday: 10am-6pm.Saturday: 10am-7pm. Sunday: 11am-5pm. $10/adults. Free/children 12 & under/adults 65 & older.Military and first responders-Buy one adult ticket, get one free (with ID).Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-798-1997 or atlantahomeshow.com. Click HERE for a coupon worth $2 off admission. 
March 21

All 4 Kids Consignment Sale with 400 sellers. Bring a laundry basket with along belt or rope tied to it to help carry all of your goodies while you shop as no baskets are provided. Adults who donate $5 cash for Missions will be given early admittance on opening morning. Friday: 9:30am-8pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Many items half off on Saturday. Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta. More info: www.all4kids.com.
7th Annual “Flea” Market. An indoor yard sale to benefit Mostly Mutts animal rescue. Gently used furniture, jewelry, collectibles, sales samples, antiques, pet supplies, household & garden décor, handbags, shoes & accessories, books, hardware & sporting goods, baby & children’s clothing & toys & supplies, bed & bath items, kitchen/small appliances, and storage/organizational items, and seasonal decor. Friday: 10am-4pm. Saturday: 10am-4pm. The Space Shop Self Storage – East Cobb, 3148 Johnson Ferry Road, Roswell/East Cobb. More info: 770-325-7387 or yardsale@mostlymutts.org. More info at www.mostlymutts.org.
3rd Annual Water Drop Dash 5K is a fast, flat course along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia! This event will kick-off national Water Sense Fix a Leak Week and encourages metro Atlanta residents to conserve water and check their plumbing fixtures for leaks. 7am: Packet Pickup; 8am: Water Drop Dash 5k; 8:45am: Kid’s Fun Run; 9am: Awards and Family Water Festival. Individual 5K – $25 pre-registration, $30 day of race. Kid’s Fun Run – $15 (Parents are welcome to walk/run with kids at no additional cost). Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 404-463-3256 or www. waterdropdash.com.
AJO4LAX Fest 2015 hosted by Pope High School in memory of Andrew J. Oswald, a Pope Lacrosse standout who died in 2005 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Ten top rated lacrosse teams will play each other starting at 10am. $7/adults.$3/children. Ticket is good for all 5 games. Proceeds will benefit the Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund, Ltd. and fund college scholarships, grants to youth and high school lacrosse programs, as well as a partnership with SafeAmerica in support of teen safe driving initiatives. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta. More info: 678-777-3041, the_oswalds@ajo4lax.com, or www.ajo4lax.com.
Prom Night for Lassiter and Wheeler High Schools. Have fun and be safe!
March 22
Atlanta National College Fair. Students and parents can meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, two- and four-year colleges and universities. Learn about admission requirements, financial aid, campus environment and discuss individual needs with onsite counselors. Free. Registration online encouraged. 12-4pm. Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park.More info: www.nacacnet.org or 703-299-6855.
March 23

The Kennesaw State University School of Music presents “Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert” at The Temple in Atlanta beginning at 8pm. The FREE musical program will include partisan, ghetto, and concentration camp songs, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Korngold, and “Sonata for Cello and Piano­­-Mir zaynen do!” a new work written by Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence at Kennesaw State, and inspired by poetry and music of the times.
March 24
2015 Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet sponsored by the Boys Scouts of America. Peach of an Athlete recognizes amateur and professional athletes who live their lives with the same values as Scouting. This awards dinner honors 15 collegiate athletes, a professional athlete, and a community leader. 7pm. $250. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-956-3177.
Pope High School PTSA is hosting J Tom Morgan, defense attorney, former DeKalb County District Attorney and author of “Ignorance is No Defense, A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law” at Pope High School in the Pope Theater at 7pm. Public is invited, and J Tom Morgan’s book will be available for sale.
March 25

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: 770-640-3855 or www.roswellgov.com.
March 26
Northeast Cobb Business Association Business Expo 2015. Enjoy great food and lots of great networking while connecting with NCBA members in a casual setting. 4-7:30pm. Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-423-1330 or ncba@northeastcobbba.com.
Wheeler STEAM Symposium. Wheeler High School students will be sharing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects with the community. All are invited for an exciting evening of seeing how students apply their work in robotics, DNA testing, technology in music, and more to the real world. 6:30pm in the Wheeler cafeteria. Free. Wheeler High School, 375 Holt Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3266
Healthy Brain Game Day at 12pm. If you are 55+, come learn ways to revitalize your brain while having fun! There will be a healthy lunch served and multiple brain building games and prizes. RSVP by March 24 to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org. Cost is $10.

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Area readers invited to Book Exchange Open House

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On Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-8 pm, Book Exchange will host an Open House that provides a great opportunity for local readers and local authors to meet each other up close and personal in a warm, relaxed and inviting Indie Bookstore environment.

Up to nine talented area writers, with books across all genres that are either published by a small press or self-published, will speak briefly about their books, mingle and chat with guests, and sign autographs. During the event, those attending can win several door prizes, and light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Take advantage of this opportunity to support local writers and read local and to support independent bookstores and shop local. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Book Exchange at 770-427-4848 or check the store Facebook page at BOOK EXCHANGE/MARIETTA, GA.

 

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From Drums to Symphonic Arts with Future Man, Roy Wilfred Wooten

On Saturday, March 21, 2-5pm 5 time Grammy Award winning percussionist Future Man, Roy Wilfred Wooten, will perform at MarketPlace 120, your local site for indoor year-round festivities.
An inventor and composer, Roy’s signature sound is created on his very first invention, the ground breaking “Drumitar.” Shaped like a guitar, the “Drumitar” allows Roy to replicate sounds of an entire contemporary drum kit with just a few fingers
MarketPlace 120, 562 Wylie Road Suite 24, Marietta 30062. Tickets $10/person.  More info: 678-540-7511 orinfo@marketplace120.com.

 

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FREE Holocaust Remembrance Concert at KSU

 

The Kennesaw State University School of Music presents “Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert” on Monday, March 23 at The Temple in Atlanta beginning at 8pm. The FREE musical program will include partisan, ghetto, and concentration camp songs, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Korngold, and “Sonata for Cello and Piano­­-Mir zaynen do!” a new work written by Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence at Kennesaw State, and inspired by poetry and music of the times.

In addition to the concert, two exhibits will be presented: “Never Forget: An Introduction to the Holocaust,” and “Georgia’s Response to the Holocaust.” Led by the Kennesaw State School of Music, the event is produced by The Temple, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and the Breman Museum.

Exhibits open at 7pm, the concert begins at 8pm and a small reception will follow. Attendance for this event is free, but registration is required. To register, please click here or call 470-578-3214.

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Leaping Leprechauns! Community Events March 13 – 19.

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Tritt Elementary School’s Fiddler on the Roof Cast: Nick Givens, Lucy Goodwin, McKenna Clary, Zoe Northcutt, Brooke Pondiscio, Mallory Thornton, Lucia Baumgartner.

 

Live performances, the Library Book Sale and plenty of local events will keep you busier than a Leprechaun looking for gold. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

March 13

American Craft Council Atlanta Show with more than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists from across the country. Preview party Thursday: 6-9pm. $75. Friday: 10am-8pm with a special price of $5 after 5pm (Friday only), Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 11am-5pm. $12/one-day pass. $29/three-day pass. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 612-206-3100, www.cobbgalleria.com, or www.shows.craftcouncil.org/atlanta.
Once Upon a Leprechaun presented by Christian Fellowship Theater has a classic fairy tale setting and is filled with mystery and adventure from the emerald isle! Thursday-Friday: 7:00pm. Saturday: 2pm. All seats $10. Three Taverns Church, 3575 Acworth Due West Road, Acworth. More info: 678-723-8115 or www.cftdrama.org.
Tritt Elementary is doing Fiddler on the Roof (at Hightower Trail) on March 13 and 14. Showtimes 7pm 3/13 and 3pm and 7pm 3/14. For info contact: 678-473-9366

 

March 14

35th Annual Garage Sale. Includes seasonal, office goods, flat screen TV’s/PC’s, furniture, books, clothes, housewares, toys, baby items and much more. March 12, 13: 9am-6pm. March 14: 9am-1pm. St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-552-6400 or www.st-ann.org.
Cobb County Library Book Sale. Friday & Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 1-5pm. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2342 or www.cobbcat.org.

 

Kell High School prom at Marietta Conference Center.
March 15
Etz Chaim’s Annual Mah Jongg Tournament, -4pm (sign in at 12:45). Cost: $30, Foursomes not required Online registration available at etzchaim.net/preschool
Rachmaninoff Vespers. The Michael O’Neal Singers present Rachmaninoff Vespers, a choral masterpiece.3 p.m. Tickets: $15/20 in advance; $17/22 at the door. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd in Historic Roswell 30075. More Info: 770-594-7974 or www.mosingers.com.
Cobb Alcohol Task Force General Meeting. Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds is our featured speaker. He will be speaker on the role that our judicial partners play in enforcing laws and the impact that alcohol and other substances have on the courts system. 11:30am – 1pm. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta 30060. More info: 404-791-7406.
March 16
Career Transition Ministries. A fun, interactive session with Sandy Weaver Carman at First Presbyterian Church,189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060 starting at 6:30 pm. Personal resume reviewing, interviewing, networking, career assessment help, followed by our presentation. For more information please call Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or visit http://fpcmarietta.org.

 

March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day East Cobbers! May the luck of the Irish find you!
Rocky Mount PTA and Foundation is hosting an event at Lassiter High School on March 17th at 7pm regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Come hear attorney general, Sam Olens and a panel of other important guests help unite our community to take a stand against the atrocity that is occurring in our suburbs. Contact Sharon.lightstone@cobbk12.org to RSVP or ask questions.

 

March 18

The Davis Elementary Foundation’s first annual Davis Dash. Over 600 Davis ES students and staff will be taking part in this fundraiser, of which all proceeds will continue to fund the certified part time technology teacher and will go to the creation of a much needed STEAM lab for the school.

 

March 19

Rain Garden Work Day. Learn how rain gardens protect local waterways by decreasing the volume of runoff entering surface waters during rain events. Rain gardens provide a unique landscape feature by adding color and interest to the landscape. Meet most Thursdays (call to confirm) from 9-11am to explore and maintain the rain garden. Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-1482 or www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov.

 

 

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Celtic Thunder’s Original Lead Tenor and Ireland’s 2012 and 2014 Irish Tenor of the Year, Paul Byrom, in concert at Kennesaw State University.

Celebrate the season of St. Patrick’s Day with Paul Byrom’s “Thinking of Home” concert” on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Kennesaw State University Center. If you’ve ever seen Celtic Thunder in person or watched their PBS special, you will surely remember Paul. To see him perform live in concert is to love him.

In addition to having a remarkable vocal talent, Paul is quite a comedian and often takes audiences by surprise with his charming Irish wit, physical comedy, and penchant for humorous, dramatic storytelling. Paul’s performances take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions, from poignant tears to hysterical laughing. It will be a night you won’t forget.

This will be his second concert at KSU to help us raise funds for the KSU Retirees Association Scholarship Program. The first in December was such a huge success that Paul asked to return for a March concert. “I’m delighted to be coming back to such a great audience and am looking forward to seeing you again soon!” ~ Paul Byrom

All ticket holders are invited to a “Meet and Greet” with Paul immediately following the concert for pictures and autographs.

Doors open at 6pm. Concert held at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA. For tickets visit http://paulbyromKSU.brownpapertickets.com.

 

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