Head to The Avenue East Cobb this Saturday, October 25, for a Fall Festival with fun for the whole family. Photos, giveaways, princesses, superheroes, balloons, trick-or-treating and more from 3-5pm.
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David Dingess of Walton High School has verbally committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, giving the team a new backstroke/butterfly option in the long term for their medley relays.
Dingess is a classic sprint backstroker/butterflier, with decent freestyle events on top. In yards, his best times are:
- 50 free – 21.15
- 100 free – 46.01
- 100 back – 50.24
- 100 fly – 49.64
Dingess is a developmental pickup for Lars Jorgensen and the Wildcats, and his time progressions are tantalizing. He swam the 7 fastest times of his career in the 100 fly during his junior season, in total improving from a 53.0 to a 49.6.
His year-to-year progression in that 100 fly:
- 8th grade – 57.98
- freshman – 56.3
- sophomore – 53.0
- junior – 49.6
That’s a solid year-over-year advancement, culminating with that junior season where he went from a “AAA” standard swimmer to a Winter Nationals qualifier in 12 months.
Dingess will immediately sit near the top of the Wildcats’ depth chart in both the 100 fly and 100 back – an area where they’ve had a lot of success developing swimmers in the last few years. If he continues on the same continued impressive progression that he’s had throughout his high school career, Dingess could find himself at the top of that depth chart.
He was 3rd in the 100 fly as a junior for Walton at the Georgia High School 6A State Championship meet (big schools) as part of their team-title winning effort. He hit his best taper 6 weeks later at the NASA Junior National Cup in Florida.
The YWCA of Northwest Georgia will host the Third Annual Youth Track or Treat Run on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Swift Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. The family friendly event is open to the entire community. Proceeds from the event will benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Sheltering Hands Domestic Violence Shelter…the only domestic violence shelter in Cobb County. The event is endorsed by Fit City Kids and the City of Kennesaw. There will be a special Girl Scout patch offered to participants. Chairing this year’s event are Cris Eaton-Welsh and John Loud. Honorary Co-Chairs are Mayor Mark Mathews and his daughter, Emily.
Entry fees for the Track or Treat are $15 per person (Race Day $20). Register online at www.trackortreat.com. Online registration closes on Thursday, October 23rd at midnight.
The named sponsors for this year’s race include: SkyZone as the Presenting Sponsor, WellStar Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Brand Mortgage, SA White Oil Company, Cobb EMC, Verizon Wireless, Genuine Parts Company, Gas South, LOUD Security Systems, The Bright Side, McWhorter Capital, Holly Enterprises, Inc., Orion Racing, Signs by Tomorrow, Great Gig Dance, Tri Made Marketing, Moe’s Southwest Grill, AquaTots, Fun Fare, The Atlanta Braves, Wells Fargo, Community & Southern Bank, GDP Business Solutions, A Xerox Company, Croy Engineering, First Landmark Bank, Balfour Beatty Construction, The School Box, and Reliable Heating & Air.
This year’s Track or Treat Run features races by age group for kids ages 4 to 100. The races will be as follows:
4 to 6 – ¼ mile
7 to 9 – ½ mile
10 to 12 – 1 mile
13 to 14 – 1 mile
Adult Sprint – ¼ mile Adults can join in for a ¼ mile run to show the kids that you care too! If you like, you may wear a skirt to honor those we serve or wear a Halloween costume!
In addition, families may enjoy other activities such as t-shirt decorating, face painting and inflatables. The race starts promptly at 2:30 PM, with race day check in and registration beginning at 1:45 PM. Trick or Treating fun will follow the race. Costumes are encouraged, but optional.
For further information, visit www.trackortreat.com or contact 770-427-2902.
Enjoy tricks, treats and fun for the whole family all around East Cobb this week. 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.
Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.
Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or www.lakeshorelearning.com.
MarketPlace 120 will host a Dig Deep Ceramics Exhibition Reception on Saturday, October 25, 4-6pm. The event will feature functional and sculptural work by the seniors of Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design.
MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info: www.marketplace120.com.
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Check out Abbadabba’s in East Cobb for the Vionic Trunk Show. There will be fittings by a board certified pedorothist, a gift with the purchase of a pair of Vionics, and a drawing to win a free pair of slippers! The event will be on October 23rd from 1-6 pm. The store is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd in the Market Plaza shopping center. For more information call 770-565-3569 or visit www.coolshoes.com.
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It’s almost Halloween! Don’t miss the silly, spooky fun happening all around town! The EAST COBBER has collected a few local magical events and haunted happenings for you to enjoy this Halloween season.
ROSWELL GHOST TOURS
October 1- 31
Owned and operated by East Cobbers, the Roswell Ghost Tour is a community staple. Unlike some tours and haunted houses, these Ghost Tours tell stories of real hauntings without costumes to enhance imagination. Tours are available nightly in October. Demand is high. Private group tours offered as well. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under. Walking tour is 2 ½ hours. To reserve: roswellghosttour.com/reservations. 770-649-9922. 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell.
PARANOIA HAUNTED HOUSE
October 23 – November 1
A haunted house packed with murdering maniacs, ghostly ghouls, and unexpected horror around every turn. Thursdays and Sundays: 7-11pm. Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm-midnight. October 26-30: 7-11pm. $20/ticket, $25 combo or Paranoia Pass $40. 261 Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114. More info: www.paranoiahaunt.com
Fridays and Saturdays starting October 5 through November 1
Step aboard the trolley for a spirited 90-minute fully narrated ride through Marietta. The ghost tours are all 90 minutes of thrills and chills based on history and documented accounts of ghostly encounters. There is a walk of about 2 blocks. Tours start at 8pm. $27 (plus tax)/Adults. $14 (plus tax)/Children (12 and under). $25 (plus tax)/seniors. Limited space. Advance reservations required. More info: www.ghostofmarrietta.com/tickets for available times, some dates are already full or call The Historic Marietta Trolley Co., 770-425-1006 or www.ghostsofmarietta.com.
PUMPKIN PATCH- ST. ANDREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
St. Andrew United Methodist Church hosts their pumpkin patch for the 29th year. Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and more for
purchase. Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-8 pm. Sundays: noon-8 pm. All proceeds from the patch support the Youth Ministry and
Missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. St. Andrews UMC, 3455 Canton Hwy, Marietta. More info: 770-926-3488 or
PUMPKIN PATCH – MT. ZION UMC
September 28– October 31
Buy a pumpkin here, plus stickers, candy and a great photo spot. Monday-Friday: 12-7:30pm, Saturdays: 9:30am-7pm, Sundays: 12-7:30pm until October 13. Oct. 13 9:30-7:30pm – Oct. 31st. Oct. 31st the patch closes at 5pm. Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465. Ask for Deborah.
PUMPKIN PATCH- POWERS FERRY UMC
Buy pumpkins for decorating, pies and Jack-O-Lanterns. Monday-Saturday: 10 am-8 pm. Sundays: 1-8 pm. BBQ on October 19:
11 am-3 pm. October 19: Fall Festival: 11 am-1 pm. Yard sale all day on October 19: 9 am-3 pm. October 31: Trunk or Treat in parking lot from 5-8 pm. Powers Ferry UMC, 245 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-5271.
Get ready to take a walk on the wild side and meet some wonderful costumed woodland creatures at night! Experience the mystery of a short half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Create crafts in the gym such as bat puppets, mysterious masks, and more. Tickets are $8 for first weekend and $9 for the second weekend, children two and under are free. Hikes start at 7 pm and end at 10. The trails are not suitable for strollers and children must be accompanied by adults at all times. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 ext. 236 or www.chattnaturecenter.org.
Come dressed up in your spookiest costume. For ages 12 and under (Parents are free, but must accompany children to this event). Costume and dance the night away with a DJ. carnival, games and crafts. Best costume wins a prize. 6-8pm. $5 per
child. Game tickets are included in the registration fee. Food items can be purchased for a nominal fee. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991.
OWL O’ WEEN
October 25 & 26
This Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 2-day family friendly event, featuring amazing balloon glows, trick-ortreating, tethered balloon rides, harvest beer tents, vendor marketplace, sports bar, artist market, amazing food trucks, roving entertainment, kid’s area, a concert stage, and more! Advance Pricing: Adults: $12, Kids (3-12): $5, Under 3: FREE. After October 17: Adults: $15, Kids (3-12): $8, Under 3: FREE. Kennesaw State Sports & Recreation Park, 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW, Kennesaw. For more info: www.owl-o-ween.com
HAUNTED THEATER: NOXIOUS DRAINPIPE
October 28, 29 & 30
Pope High School will be hosting their annual Haunted Theater: Insane Asylum Starts at 7 pm, last group is thru at 9:30. Admission is $5, if you bring in 5lbs of canned goods and non-perishable items your second ticket is free. Celebrate Halloween in a less contemporary manner but still just as frightening. Canned good and non-perishable items will be accepted at the door as part of Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat and MUST Ministries. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta. For more information or www.popetheater.org.
YMCA YOUTH TRACK OR TREAT
This track meet is unique because runners will be competing in their costumes. Divisions are in place for age groups and distance. A Skirt Sprint will also be happening to honor women. There will be prizes and activities tables for supporters. $8 entry Fee (Register by Labor Day – 9.1.2014). $15 Entry Fee (Register by 10.23.2014). $20 Entry Fee (Race Day Registration). benefitting the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Domestic Violence Shelter, “Sheltering Hands”. 1:45pm. Swift Cantrell Park, 3140 Old US Highway 41, Kennesaw 30144. More info: www.youthtrackortreat.com.
HALLOWEEN CONCERT AT THE STRAND
Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing at The Strand on October 31st, 2014. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the night of. Seats are general admission and are available through The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080 or online at www.earlsmithstrand.org.
THE HOWLPHERETTA GHOST TOURS
September 13 – January 10
The Howlpharetta Ghost Tour is a 2 hour walking tour of historic, downtown Alpharetta. This tour features great storytellers that combine the actual history of particular spots with their spooky counterparts. Tickets are $15 for all ages. Friday and Saturday
nights throughout the autumn. All tours meet at the corner of Milton Ave. and Roswell Street in front of the deli and salon at the
old Dodd Hotel (physical address is 120 Milton Ave., Alpharetta) For more information: www.alpharettatours.com
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If you’re an East Cobb mom age 35-55 ready to tackle a six week Back to School Challenge, contact Fitness Together at 770-321-1347.
Only eight spots available, serious inquiries only. Cost is $399. Find out more at www.fitnesstogether.com/eastcobb/newyou.