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Tickets still available to see James Gregory at The Strand

See James Gregory: Funniest Man in America, on Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $28/$35/$40. Show held at Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.

 

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This isn’t about us; it’s about you—the people of East Cobb County. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you know of a person, group, or event that should be featured in the pages of or event that should be featured in the pages of the EAST COBBER for any reason, please call 770-640-7070 or e-mail editor@eastcobber.com to let us know.

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Atlanta Ice Marvels “ICE FEST 2015” to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Located at the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, the Third annual Ice Carving Festival will be held January 24-25. Ice Fest includes Live Ice Carving Demonstrations and classes in single block ice forms. Watch the veteran ice carvers as they chisel and shape blocks of ice into masterpieces and wild creations. Ice Fest 2015 also has many youth activities for all ages including Ice Slides, inflatables and Snow Ball Forts. Family Fun located in the Pavilion and the Reliable Heating and Air Comfort Zone with Food Trucks, Live Music, Bon Fires and S’mores. The Chattahoochee Nature Center Staff will also provide animal encounters with some of the Centers most famous residents, the Sky Lab Planetarium and so much more. Tickets are only $10 or charge by phone 770-992-2055 or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org

Come out to meet The Atlanta Ice Marvels currently ranked number 1 in the world! The team captured the Gold Medal in the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska in 2014. Their multi block Entry “Maiden and the Birch Tree” wowed judges with its realism, artistry and overall beauty. You can see photos and additional competition information: http://www.icealaska.com/en/component/zoo/item/mb_site-20-2014.html

They will be traveling to Alaska in February to defend the Gold Medal in the 2015 Championships and will be competing in the Multi block and Single block competitions!

The Atlanta Ice Marvels have partnered with Children’s Charities, Inc. a volunteer organization based in Milton, Georgia. The organization was founded by Amanda White and Lauren Holmes in order to help fund the greatest needs at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth location from equipment to programs and services. Children’s Charities focuses on funding one project per year based on the needs of the Urgent Care Center. The current project is the Early Autism Detection Unit now in house. 2014 provided funds for the unit itself and 2015 will provide for its every evolving technology and staffing. 2015 Fundraising goal is $100,000.

1 out of 65 children born in the state of Georgia will be diagnosed with some form of Autism. The Autism Spectrum is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). Thru this device developed in conjunction with the Marcus Center, Autism can be detected in children as young as 2 months old.

Early detection and therefore early treatment can make all the difference in the life of a child with Autism. For more information on Ice Fest and other Children’s Charities Events in 2015 including Denim & Diamonds on April 25th at Shannondale Farm, please visit www.childrenscharitiesga.org or call 404-217-4643.

Ice Fest is made possible by sponsors: Atlanta Magazine, Reliable Heating and Air, Superior Plumbing, Secure Bancard, Milton Business Alliance, Sally Rich- Kolb, The Chattahoochee Nature Center and Ice Sculptures Inc.

 

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Isn’t Winter wonderful! Community Events January 23 – 29.

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Experience Icefest 2015 presented by the Atlanta Ice Marvels this Saturday, benefiting The Early Autism Detection Unit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Make the most of your week with these area events. For even more to do, visit our online calendar HERE.

January 23
One Slight Hitch, through January 25, presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theater. This play, written by Lewis Black of “The Daily Show,” is about Doc and Delia Coleman who are throwing their eldest daughter Courtney the lavish wedding they never had. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings…and one slight hitch wreaks glorious havoc on all of their plans. So much for perfect. (Contains some mild adult language.) Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Check website for tickets prices and show times. More info: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org
Special Olympics Georgia State Indoor Winter Games. Special Olympics athletes from around the state head to Cobb County for the Indoor Winter Games. Approximately 2,000 athletes and united partners will compete in artistic gymnastics, bowling, roller skating, floor hockey, basketball, and power lifting. Free. Opening ceremony Friday, 7:30pm. Various events at various locations. Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-414-9390 or www.specialolympicsga.org.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA’s) East Cobb preschool, The Sunshine School, invites the community to a Morning of Fun, from 10:15 to 11:15 am. Visitors to the preschool, which is located at Temple Kol Emeth (1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, Ga., 30062), will have an opportunity to take part in several activities that showcase the preschool’s welcoming and creative atmosphere.

 

 

January 24

Icefest 2015 presented by the Atlanta Ice Marvels. Children’s charities event benefiting The Early Autism Detection Unit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Food trucks, live music, ice slides, animal encounters and much more. Tickets: $10. Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 12-5pm. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.childrenscharitiesga.org.
Cobb Chamber of Commerce 73rd Annual Dinner. Black tie optional. Tickets: $165 per person; $1,500 per table of 10. 6:30pm reception. 7:30pm dinner, program, and dancing. Cobb Galleria Centre, John A. Williams Ballroom, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: Amy Goggins, 770-859-2335 or www.cobbchamber.org.
Saturday Night at the Etz. Benefit for EtzChaim Preschool. “Screen on the Green” for the kids and “Schmoozin’ at the Shul” with adult beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, DJ and trivia for the adults. 7-10pm. Admission to the event is $6 per person in advance/$8 at the door. Event, concession, adult beverage, and raffle tickets are available for purchase by pre-registering online or you can purchase at the event. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-977-3384 or www.etzchaim.net.
Fullers Parks ribbon cutting at 9:30 am.The Atlanta Braves helped renovate the field and they will also join the Eastside Baseball Association. Attend for a great morning of baseball and a look at a lot of improvements made by the Atlanta Braves and the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. SPLOST Program. Fullers Park is located at 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta 30068
January 25
College Admissions Seminar. Parents and students should be thinking about college early in the high school years. With over 4,000 colleges and universities, determining where to start and how to begin can be challenging. Counselors Joanne Max, Ph.D. and Sharon Karpel, M.Ed., will host a program on college admissions. The program is FREE and open to parents and students in the community.This second in a series of topics will center on affordability of college, how to find schools that are a good fit for the applicant, colleges for the student with ADHD and/or learning differences and finding your voice through the college essay. This presentation will be held in the Bemis Conference Room at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road in East Cobb from 2:30 -4:00pm. For more information call 678.871.7560, 404.483.2575 or email drmax@yourcollegedirection.com or sharon.karpel@yourcollegedirection.com.
He popped the question. Let the planning begin at the South’s most beautiful bridal event! Engage a Bride Bridal Show, noon-5pm at The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart Building 2, 230 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.
January 27
Free Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb. Free health insurance enrollment assistance at the Switzer Public Library off Marietta Square. Bring pay stubs and social security numbers. Every Tuesday 12-7pm and every Friday 11am-6pm until FEBRUARY 15, 2015. 266 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: mariettacobb.ga.lwvnet.org or 678-641-6256.
The Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia monthly meeting, 7-8pm, at Cobb County Spitzer Library (formerly Central Library), 266 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060.
January 28
ECCA Monthly Meeting, 7:00 p.m., East Cobb Government Center – 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta The speaker for this month’s meeting is Cobb County Commission Chariman Tim Lee. Chairman Lee will deliver his remarks on the State of the County and entertain questions. Following the speaker, the regular monthly meeting of the Association will be held, which is open to members only.
Education Panel, 10-11:30am, at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, 1210 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068. This panel discussion will focus on efforts being made to preserve our community’s focus on the issues surrounding education, the impact it has on our economy and the importance of financial funding. The panel will be hosted by the ECCC PTA. The following panel experts have been confirmed: Chris Ragsdale – Cobb County Superintendent; Dr. Dana Rickman – Director, Policy & Research for Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education; Claire Suggs – Senior Education Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute.
Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) Open House at its Main Campus on Lower Roswell Road for grades K-8, 10 a.m.
January 29
The Davis Direction Foundation will host Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens and Commissioner of the Georgia Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Department, Frank W. Berry, III for “Laws, Limits & Loopholes” as they relate to the opiate/heroin crisis in OUR community at the Marietta First United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 29 at 7pm. Additionally, there will be a Narcan kit demonstration and 100 Narcan kits will be distributed to those in need. Narcan (medical name Naloxone) is an opioid antagonist which is used via nasal spray to immediately reverse an opiate overdose by restoring breathing.
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.

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Meet the Artist afternoon at Artist’s Attic

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Meet local artist Kristi Fleming Poole at The Marietta Square Artist’s Attic January 24-25, 1-4pm daily. A preview reception will be held on Friday, January 23, 6:30-9pm.

The Marietta Square Artist’s Attic is located on Marietta Square. For more information visit http://www.mariettasquareartistsattic.com/.

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Don’t miss The Blogger’s Ball

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The Blogger’s Ball on Tuesday, January 20, will be a Mardi Gras-inspired masquerade ball for influential local arts’ bloggers. Sponsored by Market Place 120, this event will feature New Orleans’ style cuisine, music, and gifts for bloggers. Free admission. 6-10pm. 562 Wylie Road, Marietta. More info: Brent Hansford, www.marketplace120.com or 678-540-7511.

 

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Celebrate MLK at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

A Martin Luther King Celebration will be held on MLK Day, Monday, January 19, 9am. The program is FREE and open to the public. Program held at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 Fairground Street, Marietta. More info: Cobb County NAACP office, 770- 425-5757 or www.cobbnaacp.org.

 

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Make a difference in your week! Community Events January 16 – 22.

Get involved in East Cobb County with these community events. For even more to do, visit our online calendar HERE.

 

January 16

One Slight Hitch presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theater through January 25. This play, written by Lewis Black of “The Daily Show,” is about Doc and Delia Coleman who are throwing their eldest daughter Courtney the lavish wedding they never had. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings…and one slight hitch wreaks glorious havoc on all of their plans. So much for perfect. (Contains some mild adult language.) Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Check website for tickets prices and show times. More info: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org
Menopause the Musical through January 18. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! It’s the hilarious celebration of women and the change! $29-$49. Tuesday-Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm and 8pm, Sunday: 3pm. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or visit www.earlsmithstrand.org
Martina McBride: The Everlasting Tour. Backed by an 11-piece band and a trio of back-up singers, Martina’s live show brings the iconic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s from her ‘Everlasting’ album alive. $39.50-$62.50. 7:30pm. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 800-745-3000 or www.cobbenergycentre.com
January 17
The Lopez-Taylor Duo will perform in the sanctuary at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church on Holt Road, 7:30pm. St. Catherine’s 2015 Concert Series continues with “Old World and New: Classics from Europe, Argentina, and Venezuela” featuring the Venezuelan duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Dr. Michelle Tabor, piano. The program is free, no tickets needed.
Free Arts and Crafts at Lakeshore Learning Store. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or www.lakeshorelearning.com.
The Cobb branch of the NAACP will have a youth symposium to address issues of police interactions and freedom of speech. The symposium, titled “Black Lives Matter,” will have entertainment and refreshments in addition to workshops and breakout sessions, including “Communication 101” and “What to do with Freedom of Speech.” The event will be January 17 from 10am-2pm at the Elizabeth Porter Recreation Center at 205 Montgomery Street, Marietta 30060. The purpose of the symposium is to give youth a voice and prove their lives matter. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. More info: 770-425-5757.
January 19
Cobb County Schools are CLOSED today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20.
Martin Luther King Celebration. 9am. Free and open to the public. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre 548 Fairground Street, Marietta. More info: Cobb County NAACP office, 770- 425-5757 or www.cobbnaacp.org.

 

 

January 20

The Blogger’s Ball. A Mardi Gras-inspired masquerade ball for influential local arts’ bloggers. Sponsored by Market Place 120, this event will feature New Orleans’ style cuisine, music, and gifts for bloggers. Free admission. 6-10pm. 562 Wylie Road, Marietta. More info: Brent Hansford, www.marketplace120.com or 678-540-7511.
Are Jews White? Jews, Race, and American Identity presented by award-winning historian, Eric Goldstein, Ph.D. Professor Goldstein will share his research on his National Jewish Book Award study on what it has meant to be Jewish in a world defined by the categories of black and white and some of the challenges and contradictions that emerged as Jews, a religious and ethnic minority, became an integral part of the American culture. Free. 7:30pm. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta. More info/to register: 770-973-0137 or www.etzchaim.net under Lilmode (adult Jewish learning program).
Public hearing for the 2015 Comp Plan & Future Land Use Map amendments at 9 am. The proposed amendments can be found at http://cobbcounty.org/images/documents/comm-dev/land-use/2015_CPA_Book.pdf. If you have any comments or concerns contact Commissioner JoAnn Birrell at JoAnn.Birrell@cobbcounty.org.
January 21
Neighborhood Safety Commission Panel Discussion, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.; County Commission Meeting Room, 2nd Fl., 100 Cherokee St. Marietta This is another in a series of community awareness and education programs sponsored by the Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission. This month’s program focuses on safe driving topics. Representatives of the Cobb, Smyrna, Marietta police departments will be on the panel, along with a representative of each the Georgia State Patrol and the Cobb County District Attorney’s office. No pre-registration is required. The program is free and open to the public.
The MDE School will host an Open House and Resource Fair at 6:30pm. MDE school educates children K-8th grade who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities and special needs or need a different learning style and individual attention. The Open House will be an opportunity to introduce interested parties to the facilities and staff, and inform them about the curriculum as well as the many resources in the community. For more information please call the school at 770-971-4633 or visit www.mdeschool.com. The MDE School is loocated at 1517 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062.
January 22

The Nature Club monthly Dine and Discover potluck, 4th Thursday of every month. Spend your night socializing with like-minded folks and learning from experts in the field. Henning von Schmeling, Director of Operations at the Chattahoochee Nature Center will share his expertise in the field of entomology. For ages 16 and up. 7-9pm. $10/non-members. $5/members. Free for Chattahoochee Nature Center volunteers and Master Naturalist Graduates. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org
ICM’s Celebration of Children Conference and Resource Fair. Sponsored by Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM), this educational event will focus on improving the well being of Georgia’s children through the engagement of the faith community and the community-at-large. The keynote speaker will be Bobby Cagle, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services. Free. Forum: 11am-3pm. Resource Fair: 5:30pm-7:30pm. Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info/to register: info@interfaithchildrensmovement.org
Toddler Time: What’s Beneath Your Feet? Rocks, Soil and Earthworms presented by Cobb County Parks, Natural Resource management unit. Come “play in the dirt” with the staff. Participants will read a story; pass around lots of rocks; dig in the dirt and find ooey, gooey, earthworms, make a rock to take home; and go on a nature hike. Dress for the weather and activities. For toddlers 2-5. $2 per child. 10am-11:30am and 12:00-1:30pm. Wright Environmental Education Center 2661 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info/to register (Please give a first and second choice of times): Karen.faucett@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-8803.

 

 

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Menopause the Musical starts today

See ‘Menopause the Musical’ through January 18 at The Strand. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! It’s the hilarious celebration of women and the change!
Tickets are $29-$49, showtimes Tuesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or visit www.earlsmithstrand.org.

 

 

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Get Booked in the New Year with Lynn Cullen

Join Cobb Library Foundation on Wednesday, January 21 for the first edition of the 2015 Booked For Lunch Author Series with award-winning author of beautifully well crafted historic novels and countless children’s and young adult titles, Lynn Cullen!

Perhaps best known  for her 2010 novel, The Creation of Eve, Ms. Cullen’s latest release, Mrs. Poe, explores the life of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of poet Francis Osgood.  Join us at the Mansour Center ( a new venue for a new year!) for Lunch, Discussion, and Book Signing with Lynn Cullen.

The Mansour Center is located at 995 Roswell Street (near the Big Chicken, moments from the Marietta Square).  Luncheon tickets are $25.

 

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