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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.

 

Centerstage North presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some

 

Centerstage North is proud to present: 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.

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season. Starring Jeffrey Bigger, Kevin Renshaw and Steve Worrall. Directed by Karen Worrall.

Tickets: $15 in advance. $17 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.centerstagenorth.com.

 

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Christmas Entertainment Goes Out of Box

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Scrooge doesn’t believe the warnings of Marley. (Left to right: Davin Grindstaff, Stuart Schleuse) Photo courtesy Out of Box Theatre

Out of Box Theatre is offering an alternative to your usual holiday entertainment choices with two decidedly different productions.  For the whole family, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is sure to please.  Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser’s transformation, so isn’t it time he got a little recognition? A funny and heartwarming show, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol takes you behind the scenes of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.
And if you usually find yourself on Santa’s Naughty List, then Santa After Hours is for you. This decidedly adult take on the season features new and original short works by some rather twisted local playwrights. It’s a naughty romp filled with tales of holiday joy, excess and frustration. And with titles like Snow Job, Spencer’s Puppet Musical and No, Virginia, There Is No Santa Claus, you know you’re in for something a little different from the usual cheery holiday show.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol runs December 5-20, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3 PMSanta After Hours runs December 5-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM.  Out of Box Theatre is located in the Artisan Resource Center at 585 Cobb Pkwy S, Marietta, 30060. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased online at www.outofboxtheatre.com or by calling 678-653-4605.

 

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The Academy Dance Company Presents The Winter Polar Express

The Winter Polar Express

An enchanting holiday show for all ages, the Academy Dance Company presents its 6th performance of The Winter Polar Express! Come delight in the beautiful story of a young girl who climbs aboard a mysterious train headed for the North Pole. Watch as she dances with Santa, meets the Elves, and experiences the magic of BELIEVING!  Southern Polytechnic University, 1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060; Fri. Dec 19 @ 7pm; Sat. Dec. 20 @ 2pm & 7pm. Tickets $15 Adults/$10 Students and Children; call for tickets at 770-578-8272. www.bapa.us

The Academy Dance Company (ADC) is a non-profit ballet company that provides girls ages 9 to 18 the opportunity to learn and participate in ballet arts and in other dance disciplines:  jazz, modern and tap.
 

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Yule love this! Community Events December 12 – 18.

Shop the Artist Attic Holiday Show & Sale through Dec. 14 at The Art Place – Mountain View

It’s another week of family fun all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out 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 12

Artist Attic Holiday Show & Sale. Unique handmade items by students, instructors and staff from The Art Place. 10am-5pm. The Art Place – Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2700.

 

Pope Drama presents “A Christmas Carol,” Student Directed by Devon Long. Start your holiday season off right with this classic story by Charles Dickens! Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition full of merriment and chills, meant to be shared with family and friends. Showtimes Dec 12-13, 7pm, Dec. 14 2pm.
Bethlehem Walk. Walk through the streets of Bethlehem to a live nativity scene. December 12-13. 7-9pm. Free. Mountain View United Methodist Church, 2300 Jamerson Road, Marietta. 770-928-0050 | www.mvumc.org
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 13

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.

14th Annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K/1K/Tot Trot sponsored by the Cobb County Bar Association to benefit their Children’s Emergency Fund. December 13: Peachtree qualifier. 8:30am. $30. Historic Marietta Square. More info/to register: www.active.com www.cobbcountybar.org, or www.mariettaga.gov.

Swim with Santa. Come join Santa and his friends for a dip in the pool! Share your Christmas wish list with Santa and have your picture taken with him. Enjoy fun games and receive a special holiday frame for your photo with Santa. Children 10 and under must have an adult in the pool area with them. Children 8 and under must have an adult in the water with them. Registration required. $8/child. December 13. 6-8pm. McClesky-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. 770-977-5991 | www.ymcaatlanta.org
Middle School Night Madness at the Northeast YMCA. No parents, no teachers just fun! Music, games and activities. Pizza and drinks sold. 7-10pm. Members: $5. Program Members/Community: $10. Northeast YMCA, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 678-569-9622.
December 14
The Kennesaw State University Retirees Association partners with one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, Paul Byrom, to present a unique fundraising concert event! The KSU Retirees Association established its Legacy Scholarship in 2009 and since that inception has awarded over $14,000 to student relatives of KSU retirees. Your ticket purchase will help raise the much-needed funds to continue our Legacy Scholarship. Program begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm. Location: KSU Center (not on main campus), 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144 Tickets: http://paulbyromatlanta.brownpapertickets.com

 

11th Annual Empty Bowl Brunch with proceeds going to various charities. 11am-1:30pm. $15 includes a bowl made by a local artist (you choose and keep) and chili or soup. Advance tickets on sale now. The Art Place – Mt. View., 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More Info: 770-509-2700 or www.theartplace.us.
Greater Atlanta Coin Show. Dealers display a variety of numismatic items and other collectibles. People are invited to browse, buy, sell or trade coins, currency, gold and silver bullion, or other collectibles. Free. 9am-5pm. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta. More info: Bob O’Brien, 770-772-4359 or www.atlcoin.com.
December 15

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Through January 3, 2015. 5-10pm. $20/adult.$14/ages 3-12. Experience the Garden as never before when it is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859 | www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

December 16

Well Screen Event co-sponsored by WellStar. Affordable health screening event, blood pressure, lipid panel, thyroid screening, comprehensive metabolic panel, hemoglobin A1C and more . Price varies. 9:30-10am. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-956-7827.
Blue Christmas, presented by Atlanta Wind Symphony. A holiday concert featuring jazz influences and holiday favorites. December 16: 7:30pm-9pm. Free. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770-594-6232 | www.roswellgov.com/roswellcac
December 17

GriefShare, a 13 week educational support group, is held each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:15 pm through Feb. 4, 2015 except for holiday weeks at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church (4385 Lower Roswell Rd) for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group is facilitated by two grief experts, Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, licensed clinical psychologist, and Dr. Robert DeVries, pastor and seminary professor, who also appear on the DVDs. Call 616-780-1082 for more information and to register.
Live Nativity. December 17. 5:30-8:30pm. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-971-2880 | www.mtbethel.org
December 18

READing Paws. This one-on-one program is designed to promote confidence and to encourage independent reading skills. Recommended for grades 1-5. Registration required. 3:30-4:30pm. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2730 or www.readingpaws.org.

 

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

 

Irish Tenor Paul Byrom to perform at KSU Fundraiser

Paul Byrom

 

On Sunday, December 14, the Kennesaw State University Retirees Association will partner with one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, Paul Byrom, to present a unique fundraising concert event. The KSU Retirees Association established its Legacy Scholarship in 2009 and since that inception has awarded over $14,000 to student relatives of KSU retirees. Your ticket purchase will help raise the much-needed funds to continue the Legacy Scholarship.

Program begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm. Concert will be held at KSU Center (not on main campus), 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. For tickets visit http://paulbyromatlanta.brownpapertickets.com

 

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Celebrate the Season at Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with a magical performance of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Fairies, princes, and dancing snowflakes will delight. The magic of the holiday season is alive again at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and feel the warmth that has been enchanting audiences in Atlanta for over 50 years. Performances December 11-28: 7:30pm. Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm. Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. December 24: 1pm. Tickets start at $20. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-873-5811 | www.atlantaballet.com | 800-982-2787/Ticketmaster

 

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Holiday Lights Celebration at East Cobb Park

Kick off the season to be jolly at East Cobb Park’s 2014 Holiday Lights Celebration Sunday, Dec. 7. This special evening will begin at 5 p.m. and feature the Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and Simpson Middle School choirs, live music by Loose Shoes band, special guest appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph and the lighting of the live 40-foot East Cobb Park tree.

Share in the holiday spirit by giving back to our community. The proceeds from this event will go toward refurbishing and enhancing the park. The Center for Family Resources staff will also be collecting donations for its food pantry. Items to donate may be placed in marked barrels at East Cobb Park beginning 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, through the holiday lights event Sunday evening. Suggested donations include canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, spaghetti sauce, cereal, breakfast items, beverages, canned fruit and dry beans.

For your safety and the safety of others, please do not park along Roswell Road for the Holiday Lights Celebration. If possible, consider walking, biking or carpooling to the park. Additional parking will be available at Fuller’s Park.

 

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It’s a wonderful week! Community Events December 5 – 11.

The 34th Annual Apple Annie Crafts and Art Show is December 5-6.

 

It’s another week of family fun all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out 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 5-6
34th Annual Apple Annie Crafts and Arts Show with over 130 of the Southeast’s finest artisans and crafters. One of the largest nonprofit shows with a high quality and large assortment of crafts and arts in a festive setting. Friday: 9am-7pm. Saturday: 9am-2pm. $3. Free/under 12. No strollers. Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-552-6400 or www.st-ann.org.
December 5
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.
Toddlers 2-5 years old and their caregivers are invited to the Raindrops and Snowflakes Toddler Time at the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.’s Wright Environmental Education Center, 2661 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30062. This rain or shine event will include a weather story, time to dress several bears so they can play in the rain and snow, songs, crafting and a nature hike. Two sessions are offered: 10-11:30am and 12-1:30pm. Registration is required and there is 20 child maximum per session. Cost is $2 per child. Dress for the weather and activities, including the nature hike (children may get dirty). To register or for directions or additional information contact karen.faucett@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-8803. When emailing to register, please include the time that is best for you.

Donuts and Notes with KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 am to noon at KSU Center. This free concert and art show is free and open to the public. Coffee, juice, milk and donuts will be available for all guests. This fun-filled occasion will feature musical performances by Kennesaw’s Big Shanty Elementary children’s choir, Jeni Michelson from Society Express Band, The Kickers and The Entertainers, an 18-member choir. A gallery of nearly 50 unique art pieces created by OLLI class instructors and students will be on display; many of them for sale. To register or for more information, call 770-423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

 

 

December 6

WebbyKids Hour of Code for K-5th graders. The Hour of Code is a one-hour activity in partnership with code.org to promote computer science education. Elementary school students get an introduction to computer. Free. 10am, 12pm, 2pm, or 4pm. McCleskey East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: www.webbykids.com/register.\
Safe Sitter Class. A nationally recognized babysitter education program. High-quality training program that teaches adolescents skills needed to be a safe, nurturing babysitter. Course designed for ages 11-13. $50. 9am-3pm. WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: 770-956-7827.

 

 

December 6-7

Eastman Gun & Knife Show. Get a good deal on a firearm, ammo, holster, scope, clip or magazine, knife or whatever you are looking for. Bring your unwanted guns for sale or trade, the dealers are always looking for items to take in trade or to purchase outright. Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 10am-4pm. $10/adults. Free/ages 12 & under. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 229-424-4555 or www.eastmangunshows.com.

 

 

December 8

Artist Attic Holiday Show & Sale. Unique handmade items by students, instructors and staff from The Art Place. 10am-5pm. The Art Place – Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2700.
December 9

 

Cobb Executive Women Holiday Social. Celebrate the holiday season with Cobb Executive Women. Enjoy a wonderful evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres and wine. All proceeds go to The Mansour Center. 5:30-7:30pm. $5. Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street NE Suite 100, Marietta. More info: 770-980-2000 or www.cobbchamber.org.

 

Little Listeners. Through music, finger-plays, and the reading of one or two stories, preschoolers are introduced to pre-literacy skills and socialization at the library. This structured program lasts 30 minutes and is for children ages of 3-5 years of age and their parent or caregiver. 11am. Mountain View Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2725.
December 10
Technology in the Civil War. During the Civil War, the North and South adopted new technology in their quest for victory. Michael K. Shaffer, Civil War historian and executive director of Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, will discuss the military use of aeronautics, submersibles, the telegraph and more. 7pm. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs 30328. More info: 404-851-9111 x2.
Museum Mice Tours: Following Murray’s Treasure Map. Tours are geared towards children ages 3-5 and their parents to introduce them to history. 10:30-11:30am. $5/person. $15 max/family. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Suite 200, Marietta. More info: 770-794-5710 or www.mariettahistory.org.
December 11
READing Paws. This one-on-one program is designed to promote confidence and to encourage independent reading skills. Recommended for grades 1-5. Registration required. 3:30-4:30pm. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2730 or www.readingpaws.org.

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

 

Have Yourself A Merry-etta Christmas

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The Big Chicken Chorus, a men’s a cappella barbershop chorus, will present its annual Christmas concert titled, “Have Yourself A Merry-etta Christmas” Saturday, December 13, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, December 14, at 3pm at the recently opened Marietta  Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta on the campus of Marietta High School. In addition to the Big  Chicken Chorus and their chapter quartets, the show will include performances by the Marietta High School Chorus, the 2013 Dixie District Champion Barbershop Quartet Red Zone from Memphis, TN. The Sunday matinee will feature the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus, the 2013 5th Place Sweet Adelines International Medalist Chorus.

“Don’t miss out on this show, it’s guaranteed to get you into the Holiday spirit!” says Frank Hrach, an original member of the chorus.

The Big Chicken Chorus originated in 1986 as a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. They are registered as a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. The name was taken from the famous Marietta landmark, but they have no direct affiliation or  relationship with the restaurant.

This group of 45 men have performed at a variety of Atlanta venues, travelled and performed in many of the larger cities  throughout the U.S., and have even performed in Calgary and Montreal, Canada and England. They have also conducted  numerous gratis performances for other non-profit organizations in the Greater Atlanta area in addition to private performances for organizations who have hired them to entertain their employees and clients.

Each year since their inception The Big Chicken Chorus has presented an annual Holiday show at a variety of venues in the Greater Atlanta area. Several other non-profit organizations have received a portion of the proceeds to these shows and they have often donated tickets to Senior Living communities and Assisted Living Centers. Over 90% of the revenue of the Big Chicken Chorus stays in the local area. A portion of the proceeds this year will go to Marietta Mentoring for Leadership, a  Marietta-based non-profit dedicated to helping students make the most of their potential through graduation and beyond. In its brief existence, this organization has already engaged over 85 students and has had life-changing impact on many of those involved in the program.

Everyone in the family is invited as The Big Chicken Chorus brings Christmas to our community. Tickets for the show are $25/general admission; $20/seniors and $10/students; free for children under the age of 6. Tickets to the show can be purchased by phone at 470-349-0550; or online at www.BigChickenChorus.org. The Big Chicken Chorus is offering a 10% discount on the total ticket order for anyone using the Partner Code – EC2014—a special deal for EAST COBBER readers.

Be sure to “LIKE” them on Facebook at their fan page, www.facebook.com/BigChickenChorus. Readers are encouraged to join The Big Chicken Chorus contact list by texting “BCC2014” to 22828.

 

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