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Celebrate Summer!! Community Events June 22 – 28

Artist Market at Marietta Square

Artist Market at Marietta Square. Credit:


It’s official – SUMMER is here! Beat the heat and keep the fun going all week long with these events happening around town. For more local event ideas and activities, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Saturday and Sunday, Marietta Square Farmers Market featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, and cheese. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Sunday: 12-3pm. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

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: $8/adults. $6/seniors. $5/ages 3-12. 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: $8/adults. $6/seniors. $5/ages 3-12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Explore Passages, through June 30. Passages, a worldwide traveling exhibition, allows people of all interests to experience the creation of the book that has altered history, shaped cultures, inspired minds and changed lives. The 23,203-square-foot, interactive, non-sectarian traveling exhibition uncovers the rarely revealed saga and diverse personalities of those who lived and died to capture, preserve, translate and study the Bible. On view now through June 30, 2012. Buy your tickets now at

Roswell Summer Puppet Series, through July 21.  Nationally-renowned puppeteers bring all varieties of puppets and marionettes to the stage for a collection of whimsical and captivating performances.  Monday-Saturday:  10am.  Additional shows Wednesday and Friday:  10am & 1pm.  $6/adults.  $5/ages 2-12.  Puppet-making kits specifically tailored to each show available for purchase for $4 per kit.  Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell.  More info/tickets:  770-594-6232 or


June 22
Kristin Chenoweth in a rare concert appearance performing her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from WickedPromises, Promises and Glee.  8pm.  $37-$125.  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.  More info/tickets:  770-916-2800 or


June 23
Free Arts and Crafts at Lakeshore Learning Store.  
11am-3pm.   Ages 3 and up.  In June, make a Flip Flop Notepad, Key Keeper, Summertime Door Hanger, and Star Spangled Shaker.  In July, make a Sunny Day Visor, Pet Fish, Olympic Torch, and a Keep Cool Summer Fan.  Door  Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta.  More info:  770-578-3100

Marietta Square Artists Market showcasing artwork created by juried artists showcasing the best of local work. 9am-1pm. Mill Street near Marietta Square. More info:

Accident Avoidance Workshop presented by Marietta/Cobb Driver’s Education.  Open to any permitted/licensed driver with basic vehicle control.  At least one parent required to attend the entire program with their students.  Classroom session (June 20):  6:24pm-9:30pm.  Driving Session (June 23-24):  7:45am-12:45pm or 1:30-6:30pm.  $225 per parent-student team or $265 if both parents attend.  All attendees eligible for Defensive Driving Certificates.  Siblings 10-13 welcome to attend both sessions at no extra charge.  Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta.  More info/to register:  770-262-7009.

East Cobb Lions Spaghetti Dinner benefiting local charities.  4-7pm.  $7/adults.  $3/children.  Powers Ferry United Methodist Church, 245 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta.  More info:  Chris Walsh,678-570-7865.

Nature’s Healers:  Medicinal Plants and Aromatherapy for Women.  Horticulturalist Lisa Cole will present an introductory look into the world of healing plants, focusing on herbs and oils used since antiquity to treat a variety of ailments.  Includes a hands-on presentation, crafting of floral water and teas for participants to take home and a tour of healing plants.  For ages 16 and up.  $15/Members.  $20/Non-members.  Advance registration required.  Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.  More info:  770-992-2055, ext. 237, or

148th Battle Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw.  Various events including artillery and infantry demonstrations and civilian and military life encampments.  Free.  8am-5pm.  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw.  More info:  770-427-4686.

Georgia Dachshund Races benefiting DREAM Dachshund Rescue.  Bring your chair and relax.  Raffles, food, races and contests for best costume, size and age, nose, and many more.  Saturday:  12-5pm.  Sunday:  1-5pm.  $5 admission.  Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta.  More info:  770-934-2853.

The Georgia State Defense Force Birthday Ball is June 23 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel at 2450 Galleria Parkway.  A cocktail reception is from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner, a program and dancing.  The event ends at 11 p.m.  Appropriate attire includes a military dress uniform, black tie or dark suit or cocktail dress.  For more information, contact Col. Edward Hightower at (678) 467-0560

Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Square is hosting Pajama Party Night on June 23rd from 4-7pm. Visit Chick-fil-A Woodlawn Square at 1201 Johnson Ferry Road or call (770) 565-4653 for more information on each event. Families who come dressed up will receive a free ice dream. Face painting, pictures with the cow, kids crafts and an ice cream bar stocked with toppings for the free ice dream will also be available.

Cobb Animal Control will present the inaugural Art, Barks and Purrs Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 23, on the front lawn of the Animal Control Shelter, located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.Vendors at the festival will feature handcrafted animal-related art, including jewelry, bird feeders and houses, housewares, animal clothing, collars and leashes, pet portraits and pottery. For more information about the event, call Tom Flynn at 770-590-5601. For more information about Cobb Animal Control, visit


June 24
McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA will offer FREE swim checks. 
 From 11am – 12pm, you can bring your child to the YMCA in Marietta and certified swim instructors will assess your child’s swim ability.  Are you sure your child will be safe in the water this summer?  Bring them to the Y for this free swim assessment.  The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA wants to educate parents, children and caregivers about the learn-to-swim resources available in our community.  By raising awareness and providing the opportunity for more kids to learn to swim, we are saving lives.  To inquire about the YMCA’s Water Wise program, please contact Sarah Ernst at 770-977-5991 or


June 25
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.  8am-4pm.  $375.  Dodgen Middle School (1725 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta) or Kell High School (4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta).  More info:  770-429-3170

Driver Education at Safe America.  Licensed by the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services.  30 hours of classroom training, including the State required Alcohol and Drug Awareness (ADAP) training plus either 6 or 10 hours of private individual behind-the-wheel training with a licensed driver training instructor (individually scheduled in 2-hour increments within 6 months of classroom training completion).  9am-3:30pm. $459/30 hours classroom + 6 hours behind wheel. $559/30 hours classroom + 10 hours behind wheel. $150/30 hours classroom only.  Safe America Foundation, 2480 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.  More info/to register:  770-973-7233 or


June 26
Cooking with Chef John Wilson at Barrington Hall.  A full array of classes based on classic European, American and International cuisine as well as cooking techniques will be presented.  At the end of each class, participants will dine on the meal they prepared.  6:30-9:30pm. $50/person/class.  Reservations required.  Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.  More info/reservations:  770-640-3855.

Deadline to Enter Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant.  Contestants must be 17-23 years old, a high school graduate and single.  Judging is based on private interview, talent, event gown and physical fitness.  More info:  Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378 or

Parc at Piedmont will be the site of a campaign forum hosted by Don Jenacova, Oliver G. Halle and Jennifer George, director, Parc at Piedmont. This event is an opportunity for candidates to speak to constituents individually or in small groups, there will be no speeches.


June 28
ABC’s Fair at KSU. Every successful business has its foundation within the A, B, C’s or connections with Attorneys, Bankers and CPAs. Building upon these cornerstones, the Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center hosts the 2012 “ABC’s Fair” on Thursday, June 28th, from 4-7pm, at the KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144).

The Cobb County Genealogical Society will meet the fourth Thursday of the month for June/July at 7pm. First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St. For more info/ or email

Gypsy presented by Atlanta Lyric Theatre.  Considered by many to be the greatest American musical ever, Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, focusing on her mother, Momma Rose, whose name has become synonymous with the ultimate show business mother.  Her dreams and efforts to raise two daughters to perform on stage cast an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life.  Thursday-Saturday:  8pm.  Saturday, June 30:  matinee at 2pm.  Sunday:  2pm.  $25-$45.  Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta.  More info/tickets:  770-293-0080 orwww.atlantalyrictheatre.comJune 28-July 1

Cobb Young Professionals presented by Cobb Chamber of Commerce.  For young professionals in their 20s and 30s.  5:30-7:30pm. General admission:  $20 online (by noon, June 27); $30 at door.  Cobb Chamber Young Professionals:  Free online (by noon, June 27); $20 at door.  Dave & Busters, 2215 D&B Drive, Marietta.  More info:  770-980-2000 or

Managing Caregiver Stress Lunch N Learn presented by Aloha to Aging.  Review the top 10 things that create stress in addition to caregiving for a loved one and discuss how to manage and alleviate stress on a regular basis.  12-1:30pm. $10 in advance.  $15 at door.  Mt. Bethel Community Center, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.  More info/reservations:  678-439-1177.


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