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7.15.13
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Make time to have fun! Community Events March 6 – 11.

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East Cobbers will spring forward on Sunday morning and spring into action all week long. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.
March 6
The Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show at Bulloch Hall through March 15. This year’s theme: “Celebrations.” A range of quilts from traditional to modern works will be on display. Many quilts will be for sale as well. $8/adults.$7/seniors.$6/children, 6-18. Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm. Sunday: 1-4pm. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. More info: 770-992-1731 or www.bullochhall.org.
Don’t miss the Dance Stop Mid Winter Concert 2015, March 6-8 at Cobb Civic Center. Showtimes are Friday, March 6 at 8pm; Saturday, March 7 at non and Sunday, March 8 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 770-578-0048.
March 7
BalletFest Atlanta. Performances: Saturday: 5pm &8pm. Sunday: 2pm. $18/adults.$13/students & children. Master classes on Saturday and Sunday: $22/class. Southern Polytechnic State University, Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Theatre, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 770-516-7229 or www.dancefestinc.com.
14th Annual Hearing Children’s Voices Gala. This year’s theme, The Wizard of Cause, is a fitting testament of the courage, knowledge and heart we strive to provide our children as they travel their own yellow brick road down the safe path to hope and healing. Dinner, auction, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. 6pm. $175/person. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info: 770-801-3465 or www.safepath.org.
OCRF Ovarian Cycle Fundraiser. An indoor cycling event dedicated to raising funds to support much-needed ovarian cancer research. Participants : $50 registration fee (survivors ride free), and riders are required to raise a fundraising minimum. Participants riding for the full 6 hours must raise $600, and those riding for less must raise $400. Once registered, participants receive a fundraising page to personalize and use for raising the required minimum amount. With the registration fee, riders also receive a free commemorative t-shirt and gift bag, as well as snacks and refreshments at the event. 9am-3pm. Midtown Athletic Club, 135 Interstate N Parkway NW, Atlanta 30339. More info: 212-268-1002 or www.ocrf.org/news/events/ocrfs-ovarian-cycle-ride-atlanta-ga.
WellStar Maternity & Baby Fair. A maternity and baby health information session. Topics include: What is Midwifery? Make an Informed Choice, Managing Labor, Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy, Immunizations for your Newborn & the Family and more. Vendors, food, door prizes and children’s activities. 9am-2pm. WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: Christina.bailey@wellstar.org.
The Leadership class at Sprayberry High School is putting on a Superhero 5K run to raise money for Relay for Life. The race will take place at Sprayberry and there will be a costume contest for the best dressed Superheroes. Timing and scoring will be officially run by the Tortoise and Hare Racing Group. Registration is online at this site: http://www.active.com/marietta-ga/running/races/cobb-superhero-5k-2015?int=
Walton High School prom at Carolos Hellenic Community Center
March 8
Spring Forward! Don’t forget to change your clocks and check your smoke alarms.
Rigoletto presented by Atlanta Opera. The subject of one of Verdi’s greatest operas, the hunchbacked jester Rigoletto turns his mind to vengeance when he cannot protect the person he most loves from the person he most loathes. Friday: 8pm. Sunday: 3pm.$26-$137. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: 404-881-8885 or atlantaopera.org or ticketmaster.com.
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.

 

March 10

Tai Chi – Standing: Tuesdays, offered weekly at 2pm and Tai Chi -Seated: Thursdays, offered weekly at 2pm. Cost: $35 monthly fee per program or $10 per class. Please RSVP to 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org.

 

 

March 11

Homers presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta playwright Jacob York tells the story where fan-dom and family intersect. Loyalty and love can be tough in the big leagues! Wednesday: 7:30pm. Thursday-Saturday: 8pm. 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the production: 4pm matinee. Sunday: 2:30pm. $25-$35/adults. $22-$35/seniors, excludes Fridays & Saturdays. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org.
March 12
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.
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.

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Don’t miss BalletFest Atlanta March 7-8

Calling all ballet enthusiasts. BalletFest Atlanta will be held March 7-8 with performances Saturday at 5pm and 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are $18/adults,$13/students and children. Master classes offered on Saturday and Sunday for $22/class.

BalletFest held at Southern Polytechnic State University, Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Theatre, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

For more information call 770-516-7229 or visit www.dancefestinc.com.

 

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See ‘Homers,’ a new play from Georgia Ensemble Theatre

 

Homers, a world premiere by Jacob York, runs through March 15. It’s a perfect play for sports fans, but it’s also perfect for anyone dealing with aging parents, career transitions, or family dynamics.

In this story where fan-dom and family intersect, we meet Leigh Elder, a female sports writer for a major metro Atlanta newspaper. She’s a homer: love and loyalty to the Braves, the Hawks, and the Falcons. When a dream job falls into her lap and promises to take her to the big-time of L.A., she is thrilled. The only thing that stands in the way is her biggest fan: her father. Can a homer ever really leave home? Devotion can be tough in the big leagues.

Showtimes Wednesday-Sunday. For tickets click HERE. Presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. All shows at Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

 

 

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See Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. at Simpson Middle Wednesday

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Due to rescheduling from last week’s weather issues, Simpson Middle School Drama Club will present Disney’s High School Musical Jr, this Wednesday March 4 at 7pm. Tickets are only $8 adults and $5 students and teachers at the door. Be sure to purchase a rose or write fan mail to your favorite stars. Concessions available.

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Check out IndieFlix at Cobb Libraries


IndieFlix, a leading independent online film streaming service, is now available for Cobb County library cardholders.

The free streaming video service gives library patrons access from anywhere with high-speed Internet service to the IndieFlix collection of thousands of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from throughout the world.

Library patrons can access IndieFlix on desktops, laptops and many mobile devices. The IndieFlix service is compatible with Roku and Xbox for TV viewing.

Cobb library cardholders access IndieFlix through the RBdigital Platform on the Downloads page of the library’s website at www.cobbcat.org/downloads.

 

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Make way for March! Community Events February 27 – March 5.

Simpson Middle School’s Drama Club presents Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. this week.

 

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

 

February 27

Kids Kingdom Spring/Summer Consignment Sale. High quality, well organized children’s consignment ministry featuring children and teen clothing, baby items and equipment, toys, DVDs, baby furniture, books and educational items, maternity, and much more. Thursday: 9am-8pm. Friday: 9am-6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Orange Hill Baptist Church, 4293 Austell Road, Austell. More info: 770-948-2303 or kidskingdomconsignment@gmail.com.
Homers presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta playwright Jacob York tells the story where fan-dom and family intersect. Loyalty and love can be tough in the big leagues! Wednesday: 7:30pm. Thursday-Saturday: 8pm. 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the production: 4pm matinee. Sunday: 2:30pm. $25-$35/adults. $22-$35/seniors, excludes Fridays & Saturdays. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org.
February 28
Simpson Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s High School Musical Jr, Saturday February 28 and Wednesday March 4 at 7pm. Tickets are only $8 Adults and $5 Students & Teachers at the door. Every ticket purchased enters you in our nightly gift card door prize drawings! Be sure to purchase a rose or write fan mail to your favorite stars. We’ll have great concessions too. We hope you can join us for the show!
The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (GMDT) will host its first Dancing with the Stars of Marietta fundraiser at The Strand Theatre. More info/tickets:www.georgiametrodance.org or www.earlsmithstrand.org.
Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Summit 2015. The event provides youth-led “hands-on” leadership skill building activities and projects to help shape a collective youth voice to lead the way for local underage and youth binge drinking prevention efforts. 9am-2pm. Free. Cobb County Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. More info: Pat Giuliani, 404-791-7406 or Coordinator@cobbat.org.
March 1
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.
March 3
PENS meeting for East Cobb’s Precinct 4, 7pm. Attend to receive the regular update from Criminal Investigations Pct 4 on current crime trends, recent arrest updates and crime prevention. This is also a great networking opportunity for the homeowner associations and businesses in the East Cobb area to share crime and safety ideas.
March 4
Simpson Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s High School Musical Jr, Saturday February 28 and Wednesday March 4 at 7pm. Tickets are only $8 Adults and $5 Students & Teachers at the door. Every ticket purchased enters you in our nightly gift card door prize drawings! Be sure to purchase a rose or write fan mail to your favorite stars. We’ll have great concessions too. We hope you can join us for the show!
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 5
All 4 Kids Consignment Sale. 600+ 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 at 8:30am. Thursday: 9:30am-7pm. No strollers before 11am. Friday: 9am-6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Many items half off on Saturday. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-8875 or www.all4kids.com.
The Regional Summit on Aging , 9am-5pm. The Workshop will be held from 9am-3pm with a reception and special presentation of The CommUnity Hero Award Hosted by WellCare to conclude at 5pm. The day’s events will be held at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community, 40 Courtland Street, NE | Atlanta, GA 30303. To RSVP visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/regional-summit-on-aging-tickets-15048124345.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, the premier karting and entertainment destination, groundbreaking ceremony, noon-1:30pm, at its second Atlanta location, 1255 Roswell Rd., Marietta, a half mile east of the Big Chicken.

 

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Tickets available for Dance Stop Mid-Winter Concert

Don’t miss the Dance Stop Mid Winter Concert 2015, March 6-8 at Cobb Civic Center. Showtimes are Friday, March 6 at 8pm; Saturday, March 7 at non and Sunday, March 8 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 770-578-0048.

Dance Stop Studios is located at 4400 Roswell Road in East Cobb. Visit www.dancestopstudios.com for more information.

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Renversé brings together choreographers from around the world

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Inspired by the diverse styles of dance, the Georgia Ballet Company presents Renversé, a repertory concert showcasing the dancers’ breadth, diversity and dynamic styles. The performances offer a collection of classical, neoclassical and contemporary works.

Featuring seven inspiring new works, Renversé offers something for everyone – from the young and old to the ballet enthusiast to the football fan! Renversé features work of five acclaimed choreographers:

Fiona Fairrie- Artistic Director of The Georgia Ballet, formerly a dancer with the Royal Ballet School and soloist of Stuttgart Ballet in Germany. Fiona has taught at American Ballet Theater (ABT) Studio Company, Cleveland Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Rochester City Ballet. She was also Professor of Ballet at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Rebecca Metzger-Hirsch- Former member of New York City Ballet and current faculty member of The School of The Georgia Ballet and Director of Dance at The Lovett School. Rebecca Metzger-Hirsch joined the New York City Ballet at 18 where she performed a variety of corps, soloist and principal roles during her eight-year career.

Brittany Shinay- A member of The Georgia Ballet Company, Brittany received her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education, Boston Ballet School and The Julliard School. She performed solo and principal roles with the Rochester City Ballet and the Georgia Ballet Company.

Lisa Lock- Swedish choreographer and world renowned dancer with accolades from the US and Europe, Lisa Lock has danced as a guest artist with companies spanning the world – from the Swiss Chamber Ballet to Opera Cleveland to Hysterica Dance Company in Los Angeles.

Jamey Leverett- The Artistic Director of Rochester City Ballet, Jamey is an award-winning and prolific contemporary ballet choreographer. Ms. Leverett’s work has been performed at the Jackson International Ballet Competition and the 50th Anniversary of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.

Other special guests include Fly on the Wall, an Atlanta project-based dance company who will be performing their work “fellow” and guest artist Sam Chester (Carolina Ballet Theater) , fresh off his performances of Cavalier and Snow King in The Georgia Ballet’s Nutcracker.

“The Georgia Ballet is the only dance company performing classical, neoclassical and contemporary works in one production,” says Fiona Fairrie, artistic director of The Georgia Ballet.

This show is a new and promising venture for The Georgia Ballet and for audiences of all ages and interests. Performances are February 21-22 at Marietta Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information visit wwww.georgiaballet.org or call the office at 770-528-0881.

 

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Brrring in the fun! Community Events February 20 – 26.

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The Georgia Ballet presents Renversé February 21-22. 

 

 

Chase away this Winter chill with this week’s hot events! For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

 

February 20

Act3 Productions continues its 2014-2015 season with a black box production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel, which runs February 20-22 at Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. This play contains adult language and themes. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc. Performance times are Friday, February 20, 8 pm, Saturday,February 21, 8 pm and Sunday, February 22, 3 pm. Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased through www.act3productions.org or by calling 770-241-1905.

Centerstage North presents Bonneville Love by Ray Fast at the Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road Marietta Georgia 30060 February 13-28. No matter how bad things may seem, they can always get worse. But love conquers all – if you’re clever enough to make it look like an accident. Set in 1967, Bonneville Love is a dark comedy written by local playwright Raymond Fast with tongue in cheek, in a style reminiscent of the period, and is appropriate for the entire family. For more information and to order tickets visit www.centerstagenorth.com

 

February 21

Inspired by the diverse styles of dance, the Georgia Ballet Company presents Renversé, a repertory concert showcasing the dancers’ breadth, diversity and dynamic styles. The performances offer a collection of classical, neoclassical and contemporary works. The shows run February 21, 7pm and February 22, 2pm, at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064.

Catch Me If You Can presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The incredible and true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist who passed himself off as an Atlanta area doctor, a New Orleans based lawyer and a jet pilot for Pan Am — all before the age of 21. Thursday-Friday: 8pm. Saturday: 8pm. Saturday, February 28 only: 2pm. Sundays: 2pm. Tickets: $35-$55. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: 404-377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.
February 22
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.
Don’t miss the Sparkle a New You event at Ivy Lane, 3-5pm. Light refreshments, gift bags from Bob Steele Salon and a special discount of 40% off one regular-priced item.

 

February 23

Restaurant Expo. All about the business side of owning and operating a restaurant includes keynote speaker entrepreneur Michael Coles, co-founder of the Great American Cookie Company. 20+ break sessions taught by labor attorneys, accountants, marketing professionals and other industry experts, keynote, breakfast, lunch and all materials. 8am-3:30pm. $99. Multiple discounts available. Kennesaw State University, Small Business Development Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. More info: Carole Arnold at carnol27@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-6450.

 

February 24

The Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting, Cobb County Spitzer Library (formerly Central Library), 266 Roswell St., Marietta, GA 30060.

 

February 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.
February 26
Kids Kingdom Spring/Summer Consignment Sale. High quality, well organized children’s consignment ministry featuring children and teen clothing, baby items and equipment, toys, DVDs, baby furniture, books and educational items, maternity, and much more. Thursday: 9am-8pm. Friday: 9am-6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Orange Hill Baptist Church, 4293 Austell Road, Austell. More info: 770-948-2303 or kidskingdomconsignment@gmail.com.
Homers presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta playwright Jacob York tells the story where fan-dom and family intersect. Loyalty and love can be tough in the big leagues! Wednesday: 7:30pm. Thursday-Saturday: 8pm. 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the production: 4pm matinee. Sunday: 2:30pm. $25-$35/adults. $22-$35/seniors, excludes Fridays & Saturdays. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: 770-641-1260 or www.get.org.
Simpson Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s High School Musical Jr, Thursday February 26 & Saturday February 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and teachers at the door. Every ticket purchased enters you in a nightly gift card raffle! Be sure to purchase a rose or write fan mail to your favorite stars. Concessions will also be available.

 

 

 

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