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Memorial Day Poem

7.5.12

A time for picnics, time off work –
Vacations and the “Indy” –
A holiday, too often times
We forget what, it should be.
A time to pay respect to those
Who rallied to the battle cry –
Who gave their lives for liberty –
Those freedoms for you and I.
Such a waste of brave young souls –
Some still struggling through their youth
Who faced and fell willingly
Before wartimes’ awful truth.
So as we share this holiday
With our friends or family –
Take a moment to give thanks to
Those who died so we’d stay free.
Let us strive for world peace –
For the end of greed and hate –
For next time, after “the war”
It just may be too damned late.

by Del “Abe” Jones [Copyright, 1991]
From his book of poetry, “THE WORLD, WAR, FREEDOM, AND MORE.”

 

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Library Closed May 25

 

The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed Monday, May 25 for observance of Memorial Day. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

For a list of all holiday observances, please their website.

 

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Splash into summer! Community Events May 22 – 28.

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Jump into summer fun all around East Cobb this week!

 

School is out and summer fun is in! Kick off the unofficial start of summer with these great activities all around East Cobb. For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

 

May 22

Congratulations grads! Lassiter, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler High Schools will hold commencement ceremonies today.

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.

May 23

Veteran’s Memorial 5k presented by American Legion Post 29. All proceeds support the charities of the American Legion to benefit Georgia Veterans and their families. Start times: 5K – 7:30am; 1K walk/run – 8:30am; Tot Trot (ages 5 and under) – 8:45am. 5K/1K: $30. Phantom Runner: $25. Start and finish Marietta Square Marietta. Packet pickup 12-8pm, 5/21/15 at American Legion Post 28, 921 Gresham Road, Marietta. More info: Gary Jenkins, 678-214-5294 or gary@georgiarunner.com
Fancy Feline Rescue of the South conducts cat adoptions at Petsmart, 860 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw, Saturday’s 11am-4pm and Sunday’s 1-4pm. Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is a no-kill, free-roam cat adoption and rescue organization for cats that are homeless, abused or no longer wanted. Loving fancy felines are looking for their forever homes. Come and spend some time with them.
May 24
Marietta Square Farmers Market featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, and cheese. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Sunday: 12-3pm April- November. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

 

May 25

Memorial Day 5K/10K. Memorial Day is about remembering the soldiers who died while on Active Duty in the Military, with this in mind the Beneficiary of the race will be The Armed Forces Foundation. Start and finish in the parking lot of LA Fitness on the corner of Sandy Plains & E. Piedmont. 6:30 am: packet pickup & race day registration. 7:30 am: races start. Registration through May 24: 5K: $30 ; 10K: .$35. Race Day an additional $5. LA Fitness, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: Lowell Starr, 770-633-5511 or lstarr3@mindspring.com.
Roswell Remembers Memorial Day 2015. Event to honor veterans and their sacrifices. The largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia. 10am. Food, live music, military program, including a 21 gun salute. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell. More info: www.roswellmemorialday.com.
May 26
Carl Holzman & Sally Tharp: Mid-Century Revival Exhibition. Free/Member; $8/guest. Tues-Fri: 11am-5pm; Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 1-4pm. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. More info: 770-528-1444 or www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org.
May 27
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. Traveling exhibit on loan from The Moreton Arboretum. The exhibit seeks to increase public awareness of the precarious future of the world’s endangered trees and show how trees enrich our life. Donation suggested. Open during park hours. McFarlane Nature Park, 280 Farm Road, Marietta. More info: 770-955-1303 or guzy@mindspring.com.
May 28

Brown Bag Concert Series. Grab your lunch at one of the many great restaurants around Marietta Square and meet your friends and coworkers at Glover Park every Thursday in May. 12-1pm. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.

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

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Enjoy Summer Reading Program and earn Braves tickets

The 2015 Summer Reading Program is underway and many fun events and activities are planned for all ages. This year’s themes are: for children: “Every hero has a story,” for teens: “Unmask!” and for adults: “Escape the Ordinary.” For more information about the Summer Reading Program and upcoming activities, click here, call or visit one of our library locations or visit the library’s events calendar.

The Atlanta Braves will again join with Georgia Public Library Service and Cobb County Public Library System to offer the Home Run Readers program, which allows students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to earn certificates and free game tickets by reading and participating in online writing activities. First baseman Freddie Freeman is this year’s program ambassador. For more information, please visit braves.com/reading.

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Book Exchange To Host Luncheon for Author Mary Alice Monroe At Gabriel’s Desserts, Restaurant in Marietta


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On Tuesday, May 26th, Book Exchange will host a book signing and luncheon for NY Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe. The 1:30 -3pm event will take place at Gabriel’s Desserts, 800 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, GA 30064 and provides an opportunity to introduce local readers to The Summer’s End (Gallery Books), the newly released final book in Monroe’s popular Lowcountry Summer trilogy.

In this powerful, heartwarming conclusion to the story of three sisters, Monroe brings her readers back to the charm and sultry beauty of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, to reveal how the pull of family bonds and true love is as strong and steady as the tides.

An RSVP is required. A $28 fee covers luncheon and a signed copy of Monroe’s The Summer’s End. Call Book Exchange at 770-427-4848 by May 25th to reserve and make menu selections. Book Exchange is located in the Market Square Shopping Center, 2932 Canton Highway.

Greek Festival and Good Times! Community Events May 15 – 21.

The 25th Annual Marietta Greek Festival will be held on the grounds of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church May 15-17. This is a rain or shine event!

 

Celebrate the end of the school year at these East Cobb events! For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

May 15

25th Annual Marietta Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, 30066. Admission $4, children 12 and under FREE. Free parking and shuttle bus service. FREE admission for all on Friday 3-5pm. Festival hours: Friday, May 15 – 3-11pm Saturday, May 16 – 10am-11pm Sunday, May 17 – 11am-6pm

The Atlanta Ballet: MAYhem. This is an explosive program that presents the future directions of dance propelled by the extraordinary talents and artistic vision of Atlanta Ballet. Friday: 8pm. Saturday: 2pm & 8pm. Sunday: 2pm. $20-$124. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

 

 

May 16

School of Rock East Cobb is pleased to present: Led Zeppelin and 90’s Rock LIVE @ the Earl Smith Strand Theatre with very special guests: Rookies, Rock 101, and School of Rock’s Adult Band “Double or Nothing.” Show begins at 5pm and tickets are $15 at the door, children 8 and under FREE. This show is for all ages, so bring the entire family to see some of Marietta’s most talented rockers perform some of the greatest rock songs of all time! For more information: Call 770.579.0400 or visit eastcobb.schoolofrock.com.

 

Good Mews Spring Flea Market. Find great bargains on a variety of items. All proceeds benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization which operates a volunteer-based no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. Fridays and Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Sundays: 12-5pm. 6317 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Suite 6331 in the former Marshall’s Plaza Shopping Center. More info: 770-499-2287 or www.goodmews.org.
May 17

Marietta Roller Derby Season 4 bout 3 – the Marietta Derby Darlins take on the Soul City Sirens from Augusta, GA. Doors open at 6:45pm; First whistle at 7:30pm. Bout held at Hot Wheels Skate Center, 228 Farm Ridge Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.MariettaDerbyDarlins.com. Kids 6-12 $5 and 5 and under get in FREE! You don’t want to miss this family-friendly event.
May 18
Tailor-Made Yoga for PD–Mat or Chair: Mondays, offered weekly 2:30 -3:30pm. Cost: Two free trial classes, then $50 for a 10-class package. Participants should bring a mat if they prefer floor exercise but no equipment necessary for Chair Yoga. Class led by Cathy Hightower of PD Gladiators. Please RSVP to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org.
May 19
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. Traveling exhibit on loan from The Moreton Arboretum. The exhibit seeks to increase public awareness of the precarious future of the world’s endangered trees and show how trees enrich our life. Donation suggested. Open during park hours. McFarlane Nature Park, 280 Farm Road, Marietta. More info: 770-955-1303 or guzy@mindspring.com.
May 20
Mental Health Panel Discussion presented by the Neighborhood Safety Commission Community Awareness Committee. 7pm. Cobb County Government Building, 100 Cherokee Street, Commissioners Hearing Room, Building 2nd Floor, Marietta. More info: 770-528-3800 or NSC@cobbcounty.org.
Half day for Cobb County students.
May 21
Spousal Support Group – Dementia, 3rd Thursday each month, Lunch and support to any spouse who is currently or has taken care of an aging spouse suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Noon-1pm, Arbor Terrace East Cobb, 886 Johnson Ferry Rd Marietta , GA 30068
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Cobb County Schools will release on a half-day schedule.

 

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Experience ‘The Gold Rush’ at The Strand

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Experience Charlie Chaplin’s silent film masterpiece THE GOLD RUSH at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre Sunday afternoon, May 17 at 3pm with musical accompaniment by Ron Carter,
strand house organist.

Enjoy an organ pops pre-show by Misha Stefanuk at 2:30pm.

The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars his “little Tramp” persona. Chaplin declared that this was the film for which he most wanted to be remembered. It tells the story of a lone prospector who ventures into Alaska looking for gold. While there he gets mixed up with some unusual and burly characters and fails in love with the beautiful Georgia while trying to win her heart with this charm.

Silent films were never really silent and the only way to truly experience this unique art form is with other patrons in a beautifully restored theatre with LIVE musical accompaniment on a theatre organ, which was the only musical instrument specifically created to accompany the silent film! Tickets are only $10 or $9 for Seniors and students.

If you want to save a few bucks go ahead and purchase a ticket for the entire Strand Silent Film Series. For only $30 you get to experience four wonderful silent films all on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Beginning with the GOLD RUSH on May 17th; followed by the annual SILENT COMEDY SHORTS by four different Strand organists on August 2; then the first Academy award winning film WINGS on August 30, and lastly the Strand’s Halloween special THE MAN WHO LAUGHS on October 25.

The Strand is Atlanta’s only theatre that offers a yearly silent film series with live theatre organ accompaniment. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office Monday – Friday from 11am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 1pm; by calling 770-283-0080 or on the web at www.earlsmithstrand.org.

 

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Shaky Boots Festival is May 16-17

 

Shaky Boots Festival will take over the backyard of Kennesaw State University May 16-17. The 88-acre KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, located just 1 mile from the main campus, will be the host location of the multi-day, multi-stage country music event. For more information, visit: http://shakyboots.com/.

KSU and the Fifth Third Bank Stadium team are truly appreciative to have your community support. They understand that some of the events they produce impact the neighbors and businesses directly. The team is reaching out to communicate in advance to provide as much information as possible. They also want to hear about how the stadium and park may be of benefit to you or your business. Please visit www.wherekennesawplays.com to check out all of their upcoming events.

 

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May is for Mothers! Community events May 8 – 14.

Celebrate Mom and more this week all around East Cobb.


Celebrate Mom and the month of May with these great events! For even more to do all around East Cobb, visit our online events calender HERE.

 

May 8

XPLOSION. Three evenings of fabulous food and fantastic fun and music! The Pope Band will perform their show Xplosion on May 7, 8 and 9. Food trucks will be on hand beginning at 5 pm in the Pope parking lot to serve dinner and tasty treats before the show. Concert: 7pm. Tickets: $10; $15 VIP tickets; $5/students. Pope High School Theatre, 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta. More info: www.popeband.com.
47th Annual Mother’s Day Gem and Mineral Show presented by the Georgia Mineral Society. Educational exhibits, club displays, mineral and fossil specimens. Free. Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: Noon-5pm. Auction held Saturday at 1pm. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court Norcross, GA. More info: 770-448-0876 or www.gamineral.org.

 

May 9

Celebrate a musical beach party at Lassiter’s Production of The Bikinis May 8th, and 9th at 7 pm at Lassiter High School Small Theater. A blast from the past with songs from the 60’s and 70’s. A beach party with appearances by Elvis, Frankie and Annette, and of course The Bikinis. Lassiter High School is located at 2601 Shallowford Road in East Cobb.
Annual Colors Festival of Arts. The beautiful flowers of spring will combine with beauty created from sparkling glass, an array of paintings, photography, captivating jewelry, whimsical sculptures and a wide array of original arts and crafts the entire family will find enjoyable. In addition, there will be children’s activities and festival foods available. As a convenience for festival attendees, a free shuttle will run from Roswell City Hall to the Town Square throughout the days. 10am-6pm. Roswell Historic Town Square. More info: 770-640-3253 or www.visitroswellga.com.
Rockin’ at the River – Light the Night. Annual fundraiser for the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC). Enjoy great food, dance the night away, meet a few of CNC’s feathered friends and take home exciting items from the live and silent auction. Main Event: 7:30pm. Patron and Sponsor Reception: 6:30pm. Tickets: $125/General admission. $250/Patron party & event. Sponsorships available. Spring chic attire. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info/tickets: 770-992-2055, ext. 226 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
Through the Garden Gate Tour. Explore the private gardens and projects of Master Gardeners throughout Cobb County. Tickets: $15/person. All tickets include map of garden locations. 10am-5pm. More info/tickets: 770-528-4070 or www.cobbmastergardeners.org.
May 10
Happy Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to show you mom you love her today!
Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) Concert. See the 400 students of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra show their remarkable talents. Offerings include three full orchestras, a string orchestra, percussion ensemble, and jazz ensemble. 3pm & 7:30. $8/ticket $10/students. Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. More info: 770-429-7016 or www.georgiasymphony.org.
Good Mews Spring Flea Market. Find great bargains on a variety of items. All proceeds benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization which operates a volunteer-based no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. Fridays and Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Sundays: 12-5pm. 6317 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Suite 6331 in the former Marshall’s Plaza Shopping Center. More info: 770-499-2287 or www.goodmews.org.

May 11

Walton Football Golf Classic Tournament . The Walton Football Touchdown Club is holding its annual Walton Football Golf Classic Tournament to benefit the Walton Raiders football team. Registration starts at 11am with a shotgun start at noon. The cost for a single player is $125 which includes a sack lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bag and raffle tickets. Corporate sponsorships are $1,200 which includes registration for 4 players, hole sponsor, drink tickets, a mulligan and putting string, as well as all items in the single player package. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta. More info/to register: www.raidersfb.org. To donate raffle items, please contact Paty Holdmeyer at holdmeyer@comcast.net.
May 12
Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. Traveling exhibit on loan from The Moreton Arboretum. The exhibit seeks to increase public awareness of the precarious future of the world’s endangered trees and show how trees enrich our life. Donation suggested. Open during park hours. McFarlane Nature Park, 280 Farm Road, Marietta. More info: 770-955-1303 or guzy@mindspring.com.
Drivers Education presented by Marietta/Cobb Driver’s Education. 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of individual training behind the wheel. This program meets the requirements for Joshua’s Law and qualifies for the Teen Driver’s Education insurance discount. April 18-May 9, Saturdays: 8am-4pm. April 21-May 21, Tuesdays/Thursdays: 6pm-9pm. $385. Dodgen Middle School, 1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta or Kell High School, 4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta. More info: 770-429-3170 or www.mariettacommunityschool.com.
May 13
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.
May 14
Business Expo and Summer JAM presented by Cobb County Chamber. More than 150 Cobb County companies showcase their products and services. Open to the public. 3-7pm. Free. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: contact Mary Beth Moore, 770-859-2359 or mmoore@cobbchamber.org.
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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Karen White celebrating new book at Bookmiser

Join New York Times bestselling author Karen White in a celebration of her new book “The Sound of Glass” on Wednesday, May 13, 7-8:30 pm at Bookmiser-Roswell at the intersection of Sandy Plains and Highway 92. 
According to Oprah.com, “White…keeps those pages turning, so much so that the book can-and should be-finished in one afternoon, interrupted only by a glass of sweet iced tea.”

CLICK HERE to pre-order and be entered in a raffle to win a luscious gift basket.

Call (770) 993-1555 to reserve your seats. Event is FREE with purchase of “The Sound of Glass” or $5 admission. Karen will be happy to sign books purchased at Bookmiser.

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