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Message in the clouds over Walton High School.

Celebrate the season at the Fall Festival at The Avenue

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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Marietta Marlins’ David Dingess verbally commits to Kentucky

David Dingess


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.

(Reprinted from 

3rd Annual Youth Track or Treat Run to Benefit the YWCA “Sheltering Hands”


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 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 or contact 770-427-2902.


Trick-or-treat, enjoy the week! Community Events October 24 – 30.

Enjoy Owl-O-Ween at KSU October 25-26.


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 or visit 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.


Every Saturday

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

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


October 24

Centerstage North presents Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward through Oct. 25, Co-produced with the Mountain View Arts Alliance. This much-revived fussy, cantankerous novelist re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife. Personalities, of the living and the not, clash in this classic comedy. Tickets: $15 in advance; $17 at the door. The Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb.
Grace Life Players presents Parlor Games by James C. Wall at Marietta Church of God, 1083 Allgood Road. The play takes place in a funeral home. Mort McNulty has decided to play the ultimate practical joke. He fake his own death and hosts a wake for himself, but things don’t go quite how he planned. There are three shows: Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm Saturday, October 25 at 3:00pm Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm Tickets are $10 and include dessert during intermission. For tickets and more information, call the church office at 770-971-4232.
October 25
Owl O’ Ween. Enjoy the view of hot air balloons glowing in the autumn night, roving performers, stilt walkers and more. The main stage set up in the Fifth Third Bank Stadium with party bands starting at 8pm, as well as a Whimsical Forest Stage for all day family friendly entertainment! Children 3 years old and younger (FREE), Children 4-12 $5, Adults $12, Parking $10. Kennesaw State Sports & Recreation Park, 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW. For more info:
7th Annual Cobb Arts Ball. This evening is in support of the Endowment Fund of United Arts of Cobb is highlighted by high quality entertainment, casino games, and silent-live auction. Formal dinner, casino, live entertainment, Passion for the Arts theme, black tie optional, silent/live auction. $180/person. 6pm. Cobb Galleria – John Williams Ballroom, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta 30339. More info: Sally Macaulay, 770-528-1444 ext. 14.
Book Exchange invites all the area’s little ghosts, goblins and monsters to a Halloween party, 11am-12:30pm at the Canton Highway bookstore. In addition to treats and refreshments, children are invited to participate in a costume contest, with prizes awarded for best monster, cutest, and scariest costumes. Local elementary school teachers and co-authors of children’s books, The Butter Bean Lady and Sophie May and the Shoe Untying Fairy, Rosalind Bunn and Kathleen Howard will lead a story time. Appropriate for Halloween, they’ll share the tale in their latest release, The Three Monsters, available as a hardbound, beautifully illustrated children’s book. Please RSVP by Oct. 24th. For more information call 770-427-4848 or visit the store’s Facebook page at BOOK EXCHANGE/MARIETTA, GA.
The Carlton J. Kell High School Marching Band Sixth Annual March-A-Thon to support MUST Ministries. This year’s March-A-Thon will begin with step-off at 2:00 PM from the North Landing subdivision on Trickum Road in Marietta with a destination of Kell High School around 6:00pm. The students will march nearly 6 miles and will continue the tradition of collecting items for MUST ministries. Leading up to the event, the students have been raising monetary donations from friends, family, and local businesses, all in support of the band and this yearly event. Last year, they raised more money with this event than with any other previous fundraiser. Director of Bands, David Roth and Assistant Director of Bands, Taylor Watts appreciate the community support for the Kell Marching Band. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the Kell March-A-Thon can send them to PO Box 965338, Marietta, GA 30066. All checks should be made out to KBBA (Kell Band Boosters Organization). KBBA is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.
MarketPlace 120 will host a Dig Deep Ceramics Exhibition Reception, 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:
Halloween at Woodlawn Square. Enjoy face painting, DJ with music, games and prizes, free Halloween photos and more at Woodlawn Square Shopping Center. The fun begins at 3pm and ends with Trick or Treating at 5pm. Wear your Halloween best to participate in a variety of costume contests. Schedule includes: Best costume contest ― 3:45pm: Ages 3 and under; 4:15pm: Ages 4-7; 4:45pm: ages 8 and over. Trick-or Treating begins at 5pm. Woodlawn Square Shopping Center is located at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068.
Kincaid Alumni 3K. Run and have fun with old friends and visit with past teachers! The 3K at 9:15 am. Entry forms can be found online at Drop off forms and money in the Kincaid front office or mail them to: Kincaid ES, 1410 Kincaid Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, October 10. Since the Fun Run is just before Halloween, organizers are encouraging everyone to wear a school appropriate costume! Also, please make sure the costume is safe and “jogger friendly”. If you have any questions, please email

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff will offer another Medication Disposal Day for the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at two locations: Precinct 1/Superstation 8, 2380 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw and Cobb and Douglas Public Health, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta.
Walton Swim and Dive Team will host a car wash fundraiser from 9am-4pm in partnership with Platinum Auto Spa, 1075 Johnson Ferry Road.
October 26
Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event at Impulse Salon from 11am-3pm. For a minimum of $50 donation, participants will receive a consultation, blow dry and style from the wonderful and talented stylists at Impulse Salon and pink hair chalk in honor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Awareness and finding a cure. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, as well as a raffle and silent auction throughout the day. Impulse Salon is located in Paper Mill Village at 255 Village Parkway Suite 160, Marietta, GA 30067. For more information call 770-952-0607 or visit
Family Funday & Tours: East Cobb Park Sunday Funday Sunday, 2-5 pm. In partnership with Sunday FunDay at East Cobb Park, WellStar will extend the family fun with kids’ activities at its new East Cobb Health Park. Families will have the chance to take tours of the new facility.
MBCA North Campus Open Houses for grades 9 and 10 will be held on, 2 p.m. For more information on Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, please call (770) 971-0245 or
October 27
Cobb Diaper Day is planning a community-wide collection October 27 at 5pm at Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Volunteers will pick up the collections or they can be brought to Glover Park during the event. In the last four years, about 400,000 diapers have been donated to assist low-income families.
Chili Cook-off and Food Truck Event. Chili cook off, kids costume parade, live music, food trucks and trick-or-treating. 5-8pm. $20 entry fee for chili cook off. Paper Mill Village, 255 Village Parkway, Marietta. More info: Shannan Jordan,
October 28
Walton Baseball Silent Auction, 6-10:30pm at Marlow’s Tavern in Merchant’s Walk. The evening will have a very nice collection of vacation homes (including Tuscan villas in Italy, a home in Hilton Head and lake/mountain homes), football and baseball tickets (including four dugout level Braves seats with a special baying practice experience, fifty-yard-line tickets to the Iron Bowl game between Alabama and Auburn, and multiple seats to various Falcons games), signed sports memorabilia (including an authentic signed Lebron James jersey, a Tom Brady signed football and several items signed by Braves players), and gift certificates (restaurants, spas etc).
October 29
The League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb SPLOST Forum, 7-9pm, at Cobb County Commissioner Building, 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA. 30090. Featured speakers will be Lance Lamberton, founder and Chairman of the Cobb Taxpayers Association and Justin O’Dell, Co-Chair of Secure Cobb’s Future.
Halloween Bash at Rubin Family Chiropractic, 255 Village Parkway Suite 620, Marietta, GA 30067. 9am-1pm & 3pm-7pm. Costume CONTEST, catered food and desserts, prizes-FREE! Discounted NEW PATIENT exams for $30 (valued at $100)! Conveniently located on the corner of Johnson Ferry Rd. and Paper Mill Rd., in Paper Mill Village.
October 30
Lyric Theatre presents Chicago. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. *Not suitable for young children. Thursday – Saturday: 8pm; Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, SE, Marietta 30060. More info: or 404-377-9948.
Sounds of LIFE Concert Series with Fools Mosaic & Seven Handle Circus. Live Music, food trucks & drinks. 6-9pm. $10/person. Bring a blanket, lawn chair or buy a reserved seat. Life University outdoor amphitheater, Lyceum Park, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta 30060. More info: for tickets.
District Two Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall 7-8:30 p.m., at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. Mt. Bethel is located at 4385 Lower Roswell, Marietta. For further information, call the commissioner’s office at 770-528-3316.
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Dig Deep Ceramics Exhibition Reception

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:


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Vionic trunk show at Abbadabba’s


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


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Halloween Happenings around East Cobb

Hand raising from pupmkin lantern

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.


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: 770-649-9922. 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell.

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:

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: for  available times, some dates are already full or call The Historic Marietta Trolley Co., 770-425-1006 or

October 3-31
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

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.

October 4-31
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.

October 24-25
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

October 24
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.

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:

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

October 26
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:

October 31
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

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:

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Calling all East Cobb Moms ready to get in shape!


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

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Dickerson orchestra practice.