Smyrna Sets Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Smyrna will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 Bank Street (between Smyrna City Hall and the Smyrna Library) on Monday, May 28, at 9:30 a.m.

The event and parking are free and open to all.

Scheduled speakers are Lt. Gen. Steve Arnold, US Army (Ret) and Gunnery Sgt. Victoria Turney, US Marine Corps (Ret).

The ceremony will feature the Georgia Army National Guard Band, Campbell High School JROTC, and the US Air Force Honor Guard.

Military equipment displays will include current and vintage military and security vehicles and weaponry, a US Marine Patrol Boat, H3 Hummer, and other attractions.

Long after the guns have fallen silent and the bombs stop exploding, the children of our fallen warriors will still be missing a parent. Spouses will be alone. Parents will grieve.

“It is for these heroes and the men and women of the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard training or in harm’s way to protect our freedom that we gather on Memorial Day,” said Linda Hedrick of the Smyrna Veterans Committee.

This year’s sponsors include, The City of Smyrna, Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160, Northwest Speakers, Smyrna Rotary Club, Jonquil City Kiwanis, Chick-fil-A of South Cobb, and JWC Real Estate.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Smyrna Community Center.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Smyrna Garden Tour Set for May 19

The 2018 Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour will lead visitors though five beautifully landscaped private gardens within the community.

The Tour is Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 ($20 the day of the event).

The gardens offer an assortment of sizes, styles, terrain, and plantings to ensure each visitor leaves with at least one idea they can use in their own garden.

“This is the 10th anniversary for this wonderful event and Keep Smyrna Beautiful intends to make it exceptional,” said Janet Liberman, Executive Director Keep Smyrna Beautiful.

Though you may begin your tour at any of the garden locations, tour organizers recommend your first stop be at the newly renovated Reed House. The 1910 historic home on Atlanta Road will host a plant sale, sponsor tables, a raffle of great prizes, and refreshments. The tour is self-guided between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Keep Smyrna Beautiful is honored to have the Charyn Darby Foundation as the tour’s presenting sponsor for yet another year.

All proceeds of the tour will be awarded in grants to Smyrna area schools in support of gardening, recycling and academic goals.

Tickets can be purchased now at the Smyrna Community Center, Smyrna Recycling Center and other neighborhood retail establishments: Vickery Hardware, Love Street and Neighbors Feed and Seed. Tickets may also be purchased with credit cards thru KSB office Monday – Friday. Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 for more information.

Here is just a brief description of the beauty and creativity you can expect to see on the tour:

The Freeman garden is a two-acre visual feast of hydrangeas, roses, bridges, hollies, rhododendrons, ferns, waterfalls, and more. The home has been featured on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour.

The Bennett garden offers ideas on how to reuse and recycle in your garden. The owner-constructed and maintained garden offers koi and turtle ponds, a circular patio and arbor nested between planting beds.

The Jordon’s took a mature garden from a previous owner and put their stamp on it. The Jordan’s set out to create a garden that would be easy to care for in their retirement years by replacing grass for flowering shrubs and perennial beds. The back garden offers raised vegetable beds and pea gravel paths.

The Lindley garden is a peaceful sanctuary tucked within the busy streets of Smyrna. The garden is home to a variety of roses, boxwoods and maple trees. Bird houses and fountains bring many feathered friends to the garden.

The Kirk garden was designed to accommodate a steep slope and drainage. The backyard features a koi pond, dry creek bed and kitchen garden. The homeowner has incorporated plants from her childhood along with heirloom roses and other flowering perennials.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

WellStar Vinings Heath Park Opens Surgery Outpatient Center

The final piece of the new WellStar Vinings Health Park fell into place with the opening of the Outpatient Surgery Center in April.

The 20,000 sq. foot surgery center includes 17 private prep and recovery rooms, three operating rooms and three procedure rooms.

The new center will also provide onsite treatment and testing, pharmacy and pathology support and   a private patient discharge elevator.

“Tonight is special because it another event in the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cobb Hospital allowing us to serve our community closer to home,” said Callie Andrews, President of WellStar Cobb Hospital.

The Vinings location opened in September of 2017 as the third Health Park in Cobb. A fourth will open in Cherokee County in February.

Dr. Bill Mayfield, WellStar chief surgical officer, “what we have done here, is that we have reinvented the future of surgery.”

The new facility is “designed for patient safety, patient experience and patient flow. (The center is) packed with technology and connected by one electronic medal record.”

“Opening our Vinings Health Park Outpatient Surgery Center will allow us to meet the growing demand for outpatient care in the local market,” said Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president of WellStar Health Parks Administration & Development. “This addition allows us to offer a variety of outpatient medical services and procedures to patients close to home, in one location for increased convenience.”

The addition will create 25 new jobs, increasing the total employment at the Vinings Health Park to more than 175 team members.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Andrews Named New Wellstar Cobb President

WellStar Health System announced Callie Andrews as WellStar senior vice president and president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. Previously, Andrews served as the hospital’s chief operations officer (COO) for the past two years.

“Since opening as Cobb General 50 years ago this summer, WellStar Cobb Hospital has seen tremendous growth and innovation under the leadership of a distinguished group of hospital presidents,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, WellStar executive vice president & chief operations officer, Hospitals Division. “Callie will continue this legacy as she has demonstrated a constant focus on improving patient care, safety and experience and increasing team member engagement.”

Andrews brings more than 10 years of executive hospital administration experience to this role, including the past two years at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Her recent accomplishments include serving as hospital executive lead in operationalizing WellStar Vinings Health Park, overseeing several WellStar expansion and renovation projects totaling more than $35 million, and leading the development of a new cancer center and pediatric burn program at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

“It’s an honor to be named president of WellStar Cobb, especially during such a monumental time as the hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary,” said Andrews. “WellStar Cobb is a beacon for the community and along with our experienced management team and world-class caregivers and physicians, I look forward to exceeding the expectations of our patients and community.”

Before joining WellStar, Andrews held several roles at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), serving as COO and ethics and compliance officer at HCA’s Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia and associate COO at HCA’s Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Andrews has master’s degrees in business and healthcare administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia.

With 382 beds, WellStar Cobb Hospital offers several exemplary programs, including a recently renovated burn and wound unit, a state-of-the-art cardiac program and a private maternity center. Additionally, the hospital is the only one in Georgia to receive meritorious status for surgical patient outcomes from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and is one of only six baby-friendly facilities in Georgia.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Andrews is active in the community, serving on the boards of Safe Path Children’s Advocacy Center and South Cobb Business Association. She is also involved in the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, currently serving as president-elect.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Belmont students Name K9 Max

The Smyrna Police Department’s newest officer got a rousing reception from students at Belmont Hills Elementary School May 2.

K-9 Officer Max is a chocolate Labrador that will be sniffing out drugs and searching for missing persons.

The Smyrna Police Department purchased Max after retiring K-9 Officer Paco.

Officer Travis Seller, a four year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department is partnered with

K-9 Officer Max and they will be assigned to the Special Operation Division of the Smyrna Police Department.

K-9 Officer Max is trained in illegal narcotics detection and scent detection for people and articles. K-9 Max will also play a vital part as a community relations tool because of the Labradors fun loving temperament.

The students at Belmont Hills Elementary held a name contest last fall when the Smyrna Police Department first purchased its new canine and the students came up with the name “Max.”  “Max” was the first choice of four classes and second choice in three.

Police Chief David Lee said his first call after hearing the name choice was to Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon to see if approved of the name.

“I love it,” said the mayor.

For all of their enthusiastic support and help, the Smyrna Police Department treated all of the classes that helped in naming Max to a pizza party as well as the opportunity to interact with Smyrna Police officers.

K9 Max has been in training for several months in Gainesville, Ga. and he and his handler Officer Seller still have another week of training before being on the job.

K9 Max was born in October 2016. “He still has a little puppy in him,” Seller said.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Shrine Circus Arrives In Cobb

The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 76th year May 19 – 28.

Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis, and the return of all your favorites including the Shrine Circus Clowns. Fireworks on both Saturdays are sure to amaze and entertain kids of all ages.

For the first time in Marietta, see the Castle Performing Bears and the Fabulous Flying Bells on the flying trapeze. Check out Saturn the Human Bullet flying high above the crowds below. The Great Daredevil Garcia, on the Wheel of Thrill, will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. And of course, The Shrine Circus and fair would not be complete without the Shrine Circus Clowns. They will be up to a whole lot of monkey business, as usual, entertaining the crowds and bringing smiles to young and old alike.

The famous voice of Richard Curtis, Ringmaster and Performance Director, will keep you informed of all the activities under the arena, including the Tarzan Zerbini Elephants led by Anthony Thomas, Also performing are the Zerbini Horses presented by Erika Zerbini, the 8th generation of the Zerbini Family. Once again you can catch a fabulous firework show on both Saturday nights of the Shrine Circus. You can also see all of the FREE ground acts, including Lew-E’s Comedy Circus Show for kids of all ages, and new in 2018 is the Tricky Dog Show, as well as Tree Man and Cowboy Woody roaming the grounds daily.

Back again this year are unbelievable ride specials including the “SNEAK-A-PEEK-RIDE-A-THON” on Friday, May 18. Just the carnival and food vendors only will open a day early and charge just $10 for unlimited rides that day and that day only. There is more, get the best deal in town by going to any Atlanta-area O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores from May 1, through the last day of the Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair to get your Mega Pass for $21.95 which includes one gate admission, one circus admission, and unlimited carnival rides for one person for any day from open to close. You can also get buy one get one free, single-day adult admission coupons at any Food Depot location from May 1 through May 28.

Tickets will be available for online purchase for the first time this year, by visiting 2018shrinecircus.com through May 28th.

New for 2018 the Yaarab Shrine Circus and Carnival is offering $18 pay one price unlimited rides per person Monday, May 21 through Thursday May 24. And $25 pay one price unlimited rides Fridays through Sundays of the Carnival and Memorial Day Monday. The price does not include admission and all riders must be at least 36 inches tall.

All Veterans will be admitted on Memorial Day for free, Monday, May 28.

This year’s carnival midway is presented by Wade Shows. Wade Shows is consistently ranked as one of the top five amusement companies in the industry. For more than 100 years, Wade Shows has been the leader in bringing affordable family entertainment to carnival fans throughout the country.

May & June Calendar

MAY

12: SPRING FLING. Boy Scout Troop 11 Spring Fling. Games, prizes food. May 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tillman United Methodist Church, 940 Concord Road, Smyrna. Helps Scouts raise funds for camping leadership & adventure.

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17: ABA MEETING. Austell Business Association, 8 a.m. at the Threadmill Café, May 17.

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19: GARDEN TOUR. Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour May 19 leads visitors though five beautifully landscaped private gardens within the community. Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 ($20 the day of the event).

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20: THE PARTY FOR PRESERVATION. The 12th annual Party for Preservation will be at SOHO Atlanta in the Vinings Jubilee on Sunday, May 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. Tickets at vinings.org.

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22: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Help save the beautiful Monarch Butterfly by planting a garden with host plants. Butterfly enthusiast Michael Kahle will present a program on what we can do as gardeners and homeowners to keep the Monarchs coming back at our Jonquil Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, except for June, July and August, at 10:30 at Smyrna Library to explore gardening topics, conservation efforts, and community and school horticulture projects. A Club of Excellence, JGC is open to all who are interested in gardening and floral design.  For more information, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our FIRST PLACE in state website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org

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22: ELECTIONS. General Primary/Nonpartisan and Special Election May 22.

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23: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL Brawner Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. May 23 with Teri Anulewicz, Georgia House District 42. Rep. Anulewicz will share a recap of this past legislative session, what the outcomes from the session mean for the district, and what her priorities and vision are for the future. Vinings Bank is the Program Sponsor for this Area Council.

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28: MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY. Smyrna holds its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 Bank Street (between Smyrna City Hall and the Smyrna Library) on Monday, May 28, at 9:30 a.m.

 

JUNE

5: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Pkwy, 17th Floor, Vinings. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Speaker, Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott.
A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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6: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector.  www.sc-ba.org

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7: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Program: “Celebrate Education with Education Panel.” For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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7: CUMBERLAND AREA COUNCIL 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at The Georgian Club as we dive deeper into Georgia’s new Brunch Bill. Our esteemed panelists include: Brittney Gray, Director with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Erica Thomas, GA House Representative, District 39; and Ryan Turner, Partner with Unsukay. The panel will be moderated by Holly Quinlan, President & CEO, Cobb Travel and Tourism. Gas South is the Program Sponsor for this Area Counci.

 

FARMER’S MARKETS:

MABLETON FARMER MARKET. The market will open June 7 and market days will be Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road. If you are growing fresh produce and want to sell at the market, click here for more information. All Market vendors must grow or produce what they sell.

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MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods year round from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the Historic Marietta Square. Sundays, Noon to 3 p.m. May thru October For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

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SMYRNA FARMER’S MARKET. Opens May 26 at its new location Village Green lawn. Every Saturday from 9 until noon.

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional Library: 805 Clay Road, Mableton and on the second Tuesday of each month at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton.

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MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at “Smyrna History Museum” for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory.org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership.

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SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-795-5079 (or email at jad@mijs.com).

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JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna.

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SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna.

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SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www.SmyrnaRotary.com

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SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector

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SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425.

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TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.toastmastersclubs.org

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TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more.

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VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club.

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THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room.

MONTHLY OR MORE

AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday. The AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo–Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m.

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ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. We’re a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us.

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AUSTELL CIVITAN CLUB is a non-profit organization serving the community and with a charter to support people with disabilities. Our monthly meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. located (Treadmill Building) 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 105, Austell. If you have ideas for the community or interested in becoming an officer, join us. For more info visit www.austellcivitan.com or contact admin@austellcivitan.com.

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COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the

First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.cmrea.org.

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CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW. We are an inclusive club dedicated to community service and welcome everyone to come as our guest to a meeting of your choice.

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FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing ONLY, every 3rd Tuesday, of each month from 10 a.m. to 1.

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KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Road, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info.

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LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865.

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MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-at-home or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack.  We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo.com.

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MOMS CLUB SOUTH COBB. Do you ever feel like you are the only at-home mother who stays home? If so, you are not alone! Come meet other moms and kids at the MOMS CLUB of Austell and Mableton! We meet monthly and would love to meet you and your kids. If interested in attending, contact us momsclubofaustellandmableton@gmail.com, 770-841-8631 or momsclubofaustella.wixsite.com/momsclubofaustell.

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COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers support to mothers of color. Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier national support group for mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture working and stay at home moms. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles, and playdates for kids, couples’ nights, single moms support, family community service projects and MORE. For questions about our chapter or if you are interested in joining, please email us at cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com

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FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join, although we do currently have a waiting list if you need a space in the nursery during our meetings. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact smyrnafirstmopsnight@gmail.com or visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com

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NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets the third Tuesday of each month September through May at 10 a.m., John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta.  Please join us for fun activities and new friends or contact us at newcomersofcobbcounty.com.

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SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world’s largest service organization simply stated:  We serve.  Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon.

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SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle.

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SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@comcast.net.

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SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or songofjoy2@aol.com.

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SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. of each month at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, SW Mableton. Contact: South Cobb Lions Club: Phone 470-554-2128 on Facebook South Cobb Lions Club or email southcobblionsclub@yahoo.com

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VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at viningscivicclub@gmail.com or visit our new website: viningsvillagecivicclub.org. Members and Guests are welcome.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm

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ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna

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CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group, To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP.

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DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required.

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FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. – 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: www.foodaddicts.org.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m.

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Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA  Phone: 678-631-5541.The facilitator is Carl Proctor  Email: carlcproctor@aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD.

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information.

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REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behvior. Call Westside Church at 770-948-0121 for more information or see www.wbcfamily.org.

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E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for JUNE issue is MAY 23 with publication the week of JUNE 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.

From the May 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Smyrna Hosts Spring Jonquil Festival

Smyrna will host the annual Spring Jonquil Festival on the Village Green, April 28 and 29.

This free event, presented by Superior Plumbing, features more than 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities.

Bring the family and shop, play, eat, drink and just have a great day together.

Artisans from all over the southeast feature their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more.  The festival foods include: cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ.  The huge interactive children’s area includes big and small inflatable activities, sand art, and more.  So whether it’s your child or the child in you, there are plenty of food and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

New for 2018 is an educational Grizzly Bear Show and exhibit. The Show brings an in depth into the life of North America’s most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Tonk, the 13-year-old 700-pound grizzly and the two juveniles, Yogi and Maggie delight crowds of all ages with their impressive sizes and amazing behaviors. Throughout the day patrons will witness Tonk, Yogi & Maggie interacting with their handler and showing the amazing bond between grizzly and man.

Wildlife Wendy is an informative and interactive bird show containing birds from all over the world. Gaze in wonder at their vibrant colors & fun personalities. Wendy’s tropical birds will provide an up-close and personal encounter with the most entertaining species of the bird world.

Lady Houdini, an escape artist who has successfully performed thousands of public feats and broken Harry Houdini’s record for the most water escapes ever. Kristen Johnson is no “lovely” magician’s assistant. She is currently the only female anywhere in the world attempting the water torture cell.

Robocars are unique and fun brightly colored, life-size, transforming robot vehicles currently featuring Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and Tractors. Operator driven, they walk and drive creating endless excitement and photo opportunities for the whole family.

Kids and adults alike will be thrilled to hear Scott Thompson of Peachtree Station performing all the songs you know and love on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Spring Jonquil Food Court. Bring a blanket, sing-a-long, and relax in a beautiful setting with the family.

The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk. The jog will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green. Registration is required. Call 770-319-5401 or on-line at www.smyrnacity.com.

The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, and noon – 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 29. Admission is FREE.

The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family! The Village Green is located just off I-75 to  (Windy Hill Rd.) head west approximately 3 miles to Atlanta Rd., turn left onto Atlanta Rd. and the festival will be one mile on the right. For more information call Tod Miller or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330.

From the April 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Cumberland Connector Bus Fare To Be Free By First Pitch

The Cumberland Connector will be getting a new look, revamped routes and a better fare – free – by baseball’s opening day this year.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott told the Smyrna Business Association in January that following two public hearings he expects changes to be made. The Red route, serving Home Depot’s headquarters, is expected to be terminated. The Green and Blue Routes, currently both from the Cumberland Transfer Station, will be revamped with the Green route clockwise serving the Windy Hill and Interstate North area and the Blue Route serving Cumberland. They will intersect at SunTrust Park.

“There are changes coming,” Ott said. “The most significant one is that it will be free.”

The buses will be rebranded so that they don’t look like Cobblink buses. The operating costs are covered by Hotel-Motel taxes.

“It will still be operated by Cobblink, but not paid by county dollars,” he said.

“These changes will be done before first pitch,” Ott said.

SunTrust Park and Battery Atlanta should bring in more money for the county in 2018 than the cost of stadium operations. That was the bottom line of a new analysis unveiled by Ott during a Board of Commissioners Work Session in January.

Ott said money generated from the ballpark and development in 2017 came in only $27,210 short of “breaking even” for the county. This was despite the fact the Battery Atlanta development was only 50 percent built out by the end of the year and the Omni Hotel and Comcast Regional Headquarters just opened around the end of the year.

“We originally thought it would take several years for the revenue to exceed the burden on taxpayers,” Ott said. “Now it appears certain that will happen in Year 2.”

Ott says income from the Cumberland Special Service District property tax and hotel/motel fees exceeded expectations.

“The goal should be to not have the property taxpayers pay for any portion of the debt service for the park,” Ott said. “Given the anticipated growth in revenue, I believe that is now a real possibility over the next couple of years.”

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Campbell Retires Lautsch’s Jersey

Campbell High School retired the jersey of Christie Lautsch, the all-time leading basketball scorer for the Lady Spartans, in a ceremony Jan. 9.

Lautsch averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game while at Campbell. She was named to Georgia Class 5A all-state first team and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors in 2003.

Christie was a second team all-state selection in 2002 and as a freshman, was an Adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star, also earning all-county and Street & Smith honorable mention All-America honors. Breakdown Magazine rated Lautsch the ninth best post in the nation and the No. 40th player overall. She entered the 2004 season ranked nationally as No. 51 by Blue Star Index and No. 65 in All Star Girls Report.

In 2004 Christie was awarded Marietta Daily Journal Player of the year, 5A State Player of the Year, 5A All-State Teams-First Team, and Atlanta Tip-Off Club Naismith Trophy. She is the all-time leading Lady Spartan with 1,907 points, second in Campbell history to Brian Oliver. Christie’s record high game was scoring 45 points and a career total of 1,137 rebounds, and 407 blocks.

According to Randy McClure Sr., Varsity Lady Spartans basketball Head Coach, Lautsch earned all type of basketball accolades through her high school and college careers.

“Christie’s story is a true heart string type story,” McClure said. “What everyone did not know is that before she came to high school her father had died of cancer and all the time she was in high school her mother was battling cancer.

“Her mother, Janet Lautsch, would lose her battle with Cancer just before graduation. In a truly great gesture, Principal Kehl Arnson and Florida State head Coach Sue Samurai held a private graduation ceremony at her home before she passed so that Christie’s mom could see her actually graduate.

“She was well aware of her condition, but was determined to see Christie, the youngest of her three children and a basketball superstar, graduate from high school. Coach Samurai also promised that she would make sure that Christie would graduate from Florida State.

“I am very happy that we can honor this great young lady who certainly helped lift our program into one of the best in the state of Georgia and especially in Cobb County where the basketball has always been very competitive statewide,” he said.

Lautsch lives in Smyrna and works nearby. She said the honor is “bittersweet” without her mother, but was awed by the honor.

“It’s an awesome feeling to know that hard work does pay off,” she said.

From the February 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.