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Halloween Happenings around East Cobb

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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

SCARY-ETTA
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
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
www.thepumpkinchurch.org.

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
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.

HALLOWEEN HIKES
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 www.chattnaturecenter.org.

SPOOKTACULAR
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.

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
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: www.youthtrackortreat.com.

HALLOWEEN CONCERT AT THE STRAND
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 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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Fun for the family: 38th Annual Harvest Square Festival

Get ready for some family fun at the 38th Annual Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival with Halloween Happening, Scarecrows in the Square and Marietta Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 18 in Marietta Square.

This year’s festival will combine all four events into a day of family fun. Local and area artists and craftspeople will showcase their painting, pottery, woodwork, metal, jewelry, glass, fabric and floral designs. Games, activities and prizes for everyone. Scarecrow contest, children’s costume contest, and pet costume contest.

Festival is from 9 am-5 pm on Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5601 or www.mariettaga.gov.

Fall Volleyball at Cobb Atlanta Juniors starts Thursday

Volleyball

Cobb Atlanta Juniors six week programs introduce volleyball to young boys and girls in a fun and safe environment.  During each session participants will develop fundamental volleyball skills while also learning teamwork, motor skills, and sportsmanship.

Volley- Tots (K-2nd grade) and Volley Kids (3rd-5th grade ) are offered on Thursdays, October 16 – November 20, 4-5:15pm at Cobb Atlanta Juniors, 1880 West Oak Pkwy Ste. 218 Marietta, GA 30062.

Cost is $85 (includes t-shirt with 6 week registration). The Drop in Rate is $15, if you know you would like to do the full 6 week session for $85, payment is accepted on the first day of class at the Cobb Atlanta Center.

Questions? Contact Program Director BriSchunzel brischunzel@cobbatlanta.com

Volley-Kids (Grades 5-8) is offered on Thursdays, October 16- November 13, 5:15-6:30pm at Cobb Atlanta Juniors, 1880 West Oak Pkwy Ste. 218 Marietta, GA 30062. Cost is $70 (includes t-shirt with 6 week registration).

The Drop in Rate is $15, if you know you would like to do the full 6 week session for $70, payment is accepted on the first day of class at the Cobb Atlanta Center

For more information, contact Program Director BriSchunzel brischunzel@cobbatlanta.com.

9Round Fitness & Kickboxing to Host “Kick for the Cure”

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9Round, a local fitness and kickboxing club, will be hosting the annual “Kick for the Cure” fundraiser on Thursday, October 16, from 6am-1:30pm and 3:30-8pm. Fitness and kickboxing enthusiasts will have a unique fundraising opportunity to help knock out breast cancer and raise money for the support of local breast cancer care at Susan B. Komen. 9Round will donate one penny for every kick recorded throughout the day at its Marietta location.

Last year, 60 participants helped raise $600 to advance treatment and laboratory research.

9Round is located in the Eastlake Pavilion Shopping Center, next to Kroger, 2100 Roswell Rd. #2186. For more information call 470-377-4285.

Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are more than 150 9Round clubs open and operating in 36 states, with plans to have a total of 1,000 locations by 2018. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.

 

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Walton Swim & Dive to host fundraising car wash

Thomas Kelley is a big reason why Walton could challenge for a state championship next month.   Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Walton set to challenge for state

Photo credit: Marietta Daily Journal

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Walton Swim and Dive Team will host a car wash fundraiser from 9am-4pm in partnership with Platinum Auto Spa, 1075 Johnson Ferry Road.

Walton’s Swim and Dive team holds the title of Georgia’s State Champs for 2014. For every car receiving a full service wash or detail, the team will receive a donation from Platinum. Prices are $17.99 for a Platinum Wash, $21.99 for a Supreme Wash and $25.99 for an Ultimate Wash (plus $1 for vans/SUVs).

Rain date is Saturday, November 1.

Come out and support the #1 Men’s Swim and Dive team and the #4 Women’s team in the State!!

East Cobb Woman Earns International Ranking After Return to Favorite High School Sport

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For many people, high school seems like just yesterday although our bodies might tell us otherwise. For one local woman, high school was a few days more than yesterday but she has been able to pick up right where she left off nd participate in the sport she loved in high school, with unexpected results.

Julia Curran-Villarreal, an East Cobb wife and mother, participated extensively in track and field events in high school. She enjoyed her years being a high jumper with the track team at Linton High School in Schenectady, New York. In fact, she enjoyed them so much that, when the opportunity came along to try high jump again last year, but at the Masters level, she jumped at the chance.

Curran-Villarreal has been truly able to pick up where she left off with even better results than before. She is currently ranked first in the United States and seventh in the world for women ages 50-55 competing in the high jump. Part of her motivation for competing was to demonstrate to her children that everyone, no matter what their age, can accomplish their goals.

“A few years ago, a friend and I were discussing how to instill confidence in our kids,” Curran-Villarreal said. “I have two young boys and I want them to have a nice balance of confidence and humility. I want them to be proud of their accomplishments, but also humble about their successes and many talents.”

The friend asked me, “So, when was the last time you felt REALLY confident?” Curran-Villarreal thought for a moment and realized that it had been some 35 years ago — when she had competed in track and field in high school. “I was very good at it,” she shared. “I won almost every meet I entered and ended up highly ranked in New York State.”

“I loved high jumping,” Curran-Villarreal said to her friend. “Man, I wish I could still do it and that there were track meets for adults!”

Later, Curran-Villarreal did some online research and was surprised to find that yes, in fact, there were track meets for adults.
Adults over age 30 are called “Masters” and compete in track and field events presented by the United States Track and Field (USATF) and World Masters Athletics (WMA) organizations. The main governing bodies of these track meet competitions, the two organizations conduct meets around the world with Masters athletes competing in events ranging from sprints and distance races to field events like shot put, high jump and the pole vault.

Curran-Villarreal said her first track meet, in this century, was in June 2013. She was what is termed a “walk up” and remembers telling her husband and their boys when they arrived at the Masters track meet in Georgia, “I just want to check it out.”

“Was I thinking I’d compete? No,” Curran-Villarreal said. “Did I wear shorts and a t-shirt just in case I got up the courage? I sure did.”

Curran-Villarreal did end up competing, won her age division and has been hooked ever since. So far during the 2014 Outdoor Masters Track and Field season, she has jumped in ten track meets competing at the local, state, regional, national and just recently, international level winning a gold medal in the women’s high jump at the WMA NCCA Championships for the Americas in Costa Rica.

“It’s been inspiring to meet Masters athletes of all ages (from 30-95 years old!) who are great examples of “staying in the game” at any age,” she said.

The resident of Sibley Forest said the main difference she notices from her high school days is having to warm up a bit more.

“Athletes of today are much more focused on technique, physiology and biomechanics than we were back in the 1970s,” she added. “Fortunately, I have found an excellent trainer here in East Cobb who has really helped me step up my game.”

“It’s so exciting at this point in life to be doing something like this,” she said. “My family has been so excited and supportive, and my boys, especially, are loving seeing Mommy bring home the sports trophies and medals, just like they do,” said Curran-Villarreal. “It’s great to once again be able to compete in a sport I love.”

Julia lives in East Cobb with her husband, Juan, and sons, Patrick (age 12) and Christian (age 9). She is a photographer, volunteers extensively in her community including for her children’s schools and Cobb County public safety and sings in the Mt. Bethel UMC choir.

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Sprayberry High school to host 5-K to honor coach

The Tim Crunk 5K Run/Walk for the Haiti Education Fund will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Cedarcrest Church, 4600 Cobb Pkwy. Acworth, GA 30101.

Tim Crunk was an educator for 28 years. He loved teaching and he loved his students and they knew it. Tim was a coach and has been running all his life, which makes this 5K very appropriate. Four years ago Tim went with his church to Haiti on a mission trip.Though he spent seven days there, it only took one for him to realize that the community of Chadirac had his heart. He fell in love with the children in that community and it wasn’t long until he realized his calling to educate them. Since Tim’s death, an education fund has been started in his honor. To date, lots of money has been raised and God has provided additional partners to make this vision come to life.

In July of 2014, the official groundbreaking ceremony in Chadirac took place. The funds raised from the Tim Crunk 5K will now go towards sustaining teacher salaries, supplies, and other necessary day to day expenses for the school.

To register visit http://www.active.com/acworth-ga/running/races/tim-crunk-5k-run-walk-haiti-education-fund-2014.

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EMB Girls to participate in FREE pre-season clinic

East Marietta Basketball is partnering this year with Peak Performance Basketball, a girls AAU development program, to provide a pre-season player and coaches clinic open to all registered EMB Girls players.  This is a free clinic at East Cobb Middle School on October 11 from 1 – 4 pm.  The clinic will be run by Bruce Price, the Executive Director of Peak Performance.

Peak is not just an ordinary AAU program, but one that seeks to assist underprivileged girls to obtain college scholarships through basketball.  The organization’s track record in this regard is excellent.  Registration is required for players to participate in the clinic as spots will be limited. To register for the clinic, please email Diana Meador at meador@bellsouth.net.

For more information about East Marietta basketball, visit http://www.eastmariettabasketball.com.

 

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Girls East Marietta Basketball Tryouts are Tomorrow

Woman holding basketball

East Marietta Basketball (www.eastmariettabasketball.com), the premier recreational basketball league in this area, is holding its 10u and 13u girls evaluations next week.  Last year, over 1,000 girls and boys from 8 – 18 played in the league.  Games are played at the area middle schools and high schools, as well as some of the local parks like Fullers.  Teams practice one day per week and play one game per week.  The season runs from mid-October through the beginning of February (to avoid conflicts with Fall and Spring sports), but teams are off for holiday breaks.

Evaluations for 13u Girls will be Sunday October 5 at Fullers Park from 1 – 3 pm; the 10u girls will tryout immediately afterwards at Fullers Park from 3:30 – 5 pm.  There are makeup evaluations for those that miss Sunday on Monday October 6 from 6 – 7 pm(10u), and 7- 8 pm (13u).  You must attend an evaluation session to play.

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Register your kids for Fall Volleyball programs at Cobb Atlanta Juniors

Volleyball

Cobb Atlanta Juniors six week programs introduce volleyball to young boys and girls in a fun and safe environment.  During each session participants will develop fundamental volleyball skills while also learning teamwork, motor skills, and sportsmanship.

Volley- Tots (K-2nd grade) and Volley Kids (3rd-5th grade ) are offered on Thursdays, October 16 – November 20, 4-5:15pm at Cobb Atlanta Juniors, 1880 West Oak Pkwy Ste. 218 Marietta, GA 30062.

Cost is $85 (includes t-shirt with 6 week registration). The Drop in Rate is $15, if you know you would like to do the full 6 week session for $85, payment is accepted on the first day of class at the Cobb Atlanta Center.

Questions? Contact Program Director BriSchunzel brischunzel@cobbatlanta.com

Volley-Kids (Grades 5-8) is offered on Thursdays, October 16- November 13, 5:15-6:30pm at Cobb Atlanta Juniors, 1880 West Oak Pkwy Ste. 218 Marietta, GA 30062. Cost is $70 (includes t-shirt with 6 week registration).

The Drop in Rate is $15, if you know you would like to do the full 6 week session for $70, payment is accepted on the first day of class at the Cobb Atlanta Center

For more information, contact Program Director BriSchunzel brischunzel@cobbatlanta.com.