August & September Calendar

AUGUST

14: CUMBERLAND AREA CHAMBER COUNCIL. Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us at The Georgian Club for our speaker, Keith Parker, President & CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, discussing “The Importance of Diversity.” In his presentation, Parker shares his experiences from various cities he has lived in and how an inclusive work environment is good business. www.cobbchamber.org. For more information about Area Councils, please contact Ashley Ward at award@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2346.

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15: CREATIVITY CLUB: Yarn Painting. Wednesday, August 15, 6-7 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. Ages: 8-12. Join us as we paint without paint.  Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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15-22-29: INFANT & TODDLER STORY TIME (0-2 year-olds). Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. August 15, 22, 29. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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16-23-30: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3-5 year-olds). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. August 16, 23, 30. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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17- SEPTEMBER 3. SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN. The Giving Garden will be accepting early registration August 17-September 3 and regular registration Sept 4-17. All proceeds go to the Giving Garden, which is a 501c3 non- profit community garden that donates all food grown to local families in need. Scarecrow drop off will be Sept 24-30. They will be on display for free in the month of October during the garden’s pumpkin patch. Winners will be announced at the Garden’s Pumpkin Fest. Details at www.facebook.com/ourgivinggarden or communitygarden@viningslake.org or call/text 770-779-5058

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18: BLUE JEAN GALA scheduled for August 18 at Wallace Hall at Adventure Outdoors, 2500 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna.  The title sponsor is The Charyn Darby Foundation. This event is different from others in the community because it allows attendees to spend the evening with our local heroes and all funds raised stay here in the Smyrna community to promote and support the many important initiatives of the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments. For more information and purchase tickets, visit the website at www.smyrnapsf.org, send an email to admin@smyrnapsf.org, or call 404-791-6935.

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18: FISHING RODEO. Treasures from Cobb PARKS Natural Resource Management staff will host the next Fishing Rodeo 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Hyde Farm Park. The age divisions will be: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16. Trophies will also be awarded for the five biggest fish overall. This event is free, so grab your fishing pole and join us for a morning of fishing and fun. The park is located at 726 Hyde Road, Marietta. For more information, contact John Purcell at john.purcell@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-8825.the Frederic Remington

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21: BLOCK PARTY. Tuesday, August 21 from 10:30-11 a.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 0-24 months. Each month we will have a different type of block available to keep your little one engaged. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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23: MYSTERY READER STORY TIME. Thursday, August 23 from 4-4:30 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. Ages: 4-10. Each month, a different community leader will read a story and lead a discussion for young children about Smyrna. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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23: CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO. Elevate 2018, the Cobb Chamber’s refreshed take on our Business Expo. Aug. 23 at the Cobb Galleria Centre from 2 to 7 p.m. Elevate will be jam packed with opportunities to learn and connect, with two portions: sessions – where we will be offering engaging, informative discussions led by industry leaders; and a social – similar to our current Expo format, but with new, unique twists to make it the perfect place to connect with attendees, speakers and exhibitors. www.cobbchamber.org

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28: CRAFTERNOON. Tuesday, August 28 from 4-5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. Ages: 3-10. Make and take crafts for all ages. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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30: DRAGON PARTY. Thursday, August 30 from 4-4:45 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. Ages: 5-10. Do you love dragons? We do too! We’ll have dragon stories, crafts, activities, and games. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

SEPTEMBER

4: 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. Speakers Dan Jourdan, “The Sales Energizer” Daryl Fletcher “The Costs of Poor Communication”. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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5: 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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6: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Program: Cobb DAVic Reynolds. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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8: REMINGTON ART EXHIBITION. The largest Remington exhibition in the South, Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum & Beyond, illustrates the attraction, romance and conflict of the American West through the eyes of the most well-known name in Western art. Experience Frederic Remington’s art in a way no other public exhibit has ever shown in the southeastern U.S., at the largest permanent home for Western art in the country – The Booth. 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, 770.387.1300, www.boothmuseum.org.

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9: FLUTE AND HARP RECITAL with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principals Christina Smith and Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Sunday, September 9, 3-4 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Program includes a variety of works, from American composers to the tango music of Astor Piazzolla. Suitable for all ages. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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11: SOUTH COBB AREA CHAMBER COUNCIL. Sept. 11. South Cobb Area Council 7:30 to 9 a.m. Join us for a field trip to the “Thrill Capital of the South,” Six Flags Over Georgia! Park President, Dale Kaetzel, will give an overview of how this destination has helped shaped the neighborhood it resides in, and the plans he has the future as a leading community partner. www..cobbchamber.org. For more information about Area Councils, please contact Ashley Ward at award@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2346.

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13: FREE GUN SAFETY. Cobb County Sheriff’s Office staff is offering free gun safety classes at the following locations: Thursday, Sept. 13 Ron Anderson Community Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs; Thursday, Oct. 11 Boots Ward Recreation Center, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs. Each class will begin at 6 p.m. and last about two hours. Learn about gun safety and storage, gun types, choosing the right gun for you, gun ownership/transfer laws, use of force, firearm alternatives, Georgia Weapons License and requirements and active shooter situations. This is a classroom instruction/familiarization class only with no live fire training. You do not need to register for the class. Each class participant will also receive one free safety gun lock. If you have any questions, please email Glenn.Daniel@cobbcounty.org.

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23: FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY begins Sept. 23.  Calvary Baptist Church, 4780 Flint Hill Road, Austell. Classes offered for 9 weeks.  Sundays:  5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays:  6:30 p.m.-8:30. Sign-up at daveramsey.com or call church at 770-941-8445.

 

OCTOBER

13: BOUTIQUE PLANT SALE  sponsored by the Jonquil Garden Club Saturday, October 13. JGC will hold its annual plant sale at Smyrna Market 8 a.m.-noon with a wide array of perennials, shrubs, container gardens, fall wreaths, and a great selection of garden accessories.

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23: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS at Six Flags. 4:30-8 p.m. RSVP at www.cobbafterhours.com.

 

NOVEMBER

30-9: CHRISTMAS HOUSE. The South Cobb Arts Alliance 34th Annual Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton November 30-December 9.

FARMER’S MARKETS:

AUGUST: FARMER’S MARKET AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA .As a part of its Wellness Series, The Battery Atlanta has partnered with Georgia Grown to bring farmers markets to your favorite place to eat, shop, and watch Atlanta Braves baseball. There will be local fruit, vegetables, honey and more, with a new variety at each market. Visitors can park for free during these events in the Red, Purple, or Green decks. Don’t miss the August markets. 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays.

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MABLETON FARMER’S MARKET. The market will open June 7 and market days will be Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. til 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. Through October 20 at its new location Veterans Memorial Park Village Green. Every Saturday from 9 until noon. The focus of the market is to provide Smyrna residents with the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers. There will also be other food products available as well as music and artists.

WEEKLY EVENTS

BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net

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SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m.  Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www.smyrnatroop11.com.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 220 meets every Tuesday Night at 6:30 p.m. at Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God located at 4100 King Springs Road (right next to Griffin Middle School). For more information see our website www.troopwebhost.org/Troop220Smyrna/Index

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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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THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna Ga. and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call  the church at 770-801-8185 or contact at shawtemple.org

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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.

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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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FREE DINNER – 6:30 .p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Light of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1507 Hurt Road, Marietta.  Community invited.

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HOBO SUPPER Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited—Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia.  For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of  homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited.

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THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna. Members assemble at 10 a.m. and the meeting opens at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but including public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend.  For further information, you may contact Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248. www.jonquilgardenclub.org

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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 Rd, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info.

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JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market.  For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@bellsouth.net.

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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. 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. Eemail 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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m.

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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.  http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/smyrnaj. www.facebook.com/pages/smyrna-Jonquil-Lions-Club/321959177899884

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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 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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SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS.  Are you a homeschool parent in need of support?  The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton. If interested in attending email us at schomeschoolers@thestudyhalledu.com or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schomeschoolers.blogspot.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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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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 welcom

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. We are grateful to the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center for providing our meeting space.

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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 behavior. 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 SEPTEMBER issue is AUGUST 23 with publication the week of SEPTEMBER 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 August 2018 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Boy Scouts, Legion Retire Old Flags

Boy Scout Troop 250 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, at American Legion Post 160, the Troop’s chartering organization. Flag Day, June 14, is recommended as the most appropriate day on which to annually hold this ceremony.

The ceremony was a joint and coordinated effort between the Scouts and the Legionnaires. Troop 250 was tasked over a year ago to collect the unserviceable flags presented to Post 160 at its flag drop box.

Any person may drop off a flag suggested as unserviceable and it will be included in future ceremonies. Members of the Troop prepare flags at meetings when time permits and for this ceremony, 51 flags were retired. Additional flags may be retired in coming months and on Flag Day in 2019.

Post Commander Wade Lnenicka opened the program and the Post Chaplain offered prayer.

The American Legion’s Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is a dignified tribute to the U.S. flag and to its symbolism. The ceremony followed rules of civilian flag courtesy popularly known as the Flag Code developed in 1923.

The Scouts solemnly presented three flags at a time, each folded in the traditional triangle and for each all present were at attention, saluting the flag until presented into the fire. This was repeated with all at attention until the last flags were presented and completely consumed. The ashes were collected and will be buried on Post 160 property in a proper final resting ceremony.

While any one person or group may properly dispose of unserviceable flags, the cooperation between the American Legion Post 160, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 160, Boy Scout Troop 250, Venture Crew 11, and Girl Scout Troop 1872, along with members of Smyrna’s Fire Station 1, demonstrated the community commitment to honor the flag, public service and show how multiple groups can work together.

Scoutmaster Tony Waybright noted that the troop “hopes to make this an annual event at Post 160 giving Flag Day a prominent position between Smyrna’s patriotic celebrations of Memorial Day and Independence Day.”

He said the ceremony is also a way of letting Smyrna residents know that if they have old, unserviceable flags to be disposed of, to bring them to Post 160.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 was officially established by the Proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, and on August 3, 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

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

WellStar Cobb Celebrates 50 Years

WellStar Cobb Hospital, one of the premier healthcare providers offering top quality, community-based professional healthcare services to the residents of Austell and South Cobb communities, marked the 50th Anniversary of its opening on June 3.

What began as a 50-acre peach orchard is now a nationally recognized campus for hope and healing with 382 licensed beds and 2,200 staff members who care for more than 104,000 patients annually. From the first patient treated 50 years ago, to the millions seeking care and comfort since, WellStar Cobb Hospital continues to fulfill its founding vision of being there for patients every minute of every hour of every day.

“For 50 years, this hospital has been a proud example of what a community can accomplish when they come together for the better of all,” said Callie Andrews, president of WellStar Cobb Hospital. “This year isn’t just a celebration of the hospital and our team, but also for the surrounding communities as we reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish together. As we look toward the future, we will continue the hospital’s legacy of focusing on patient experience and quality care to create a healthier, hope-filled community.”

No history of WellStar Cobb Hospital would be complete without recognizing the tireless dedication and support of Charles “Pete” Wood. From his participation in 1962 as founding Trustee of the Hospital Authority of Cobb County, to his leadership as Chairman of the WellStar Board of Trustees, Wood gave freely of his talents and time to ensure quality healthcare for Cobb County residents. WellStar Cobb Hospital’s Therapeutic Horticulture Garden – completed in 1993 for recovering patients and their families – was dedicated and renamed the Charles “Pete” Wood Garden in 2000 to honor him for his many decades of service.

The 50-year history of the hospital is filled with many milestones, most notably its merger with Kennestone, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals in 1993 to form a robust health system, Northwest Georgia Health System, Inc. On March 6, 1998, the name WellStar was introduced as the umbrella for these community hospitals. The words “Well” represent the mission of providing for the health of the community, and “Star” represents leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence.

“WellStar Cobb Hospital has a longstanding history of providing high-quality healthcare services focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities served. For the past 50 years, the physicians, caregivers and team members at WellStar Cobb have strived to exceed the expectations of our patients and consumers by creating an outstanding hospital and medical community that has expanded and thrived,” said Candice L. Saunders, president and CEO of WellStar Health System. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to building upon our legacy as the healthcare partner of choice for greater South Cobb and its surrounding communities.”

Dedicated physicians work hand-in-hand with nurses and others to bring the best in modern medicine at WellStar Cobb Hospital. The hospital offers several exemplary programs, including a recently renovated burn and wound unit, a state-of-the-art cardiac program and women’s center and a leading cancer program that will have a new facility unveiled in late 2018.

“Physician leadership was instrumental in the hospital’s early history,” said Thomas Gearhard, MD, family medicine for WellStar Cobb Hospital and member of WellStar Cobb regional health board. “Dedicated medical staff provided family care, delivered newborns and served those in need in Cobb County where healthcare services were warmly welcomed in 1968. As the hospital has grown, it’s always enjoyed a close relationship with the community, through local governance, staff outreach, vibrant volunteer support and events.”

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

Tickets On Sale For Blue Jeans Gala

If you ever have to dial 911, what do you expect to be the outcome? Professionals with the highest level of expertise and professionalism to respond. The Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF) is dedicated to support the professional endeavors of the public safety agencies within Smyrna and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live or work in the City of Smyrna and surrounding communities.

The 2018 Blue Jean Gala is Aug. 18 in Wallace Hall at Adventure Outdoors, 2500 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. The title sponsor is The Charyn Darby Foundation. This event is different from others in the community because it allows attendees to spend the evening with our local heroes and all funds raised stay here in the Smyrna community to promote and support the many important initiatives of the Smyrna Fire and Police Departments.

“We strive to ensure that each police officer and firefighter is qualified, trained, and equipped to perform at the highest levels of professional standards,” said Barb Allen, executive director of the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation.  “Funds raised at this year’s Gala will be dedicated to funding some critical training and equipment that is outside their operating budgets.”

Annually, the SPSF sponsors the Smyrna Public Safety Awards and Recognition banquet where these Heroes are recognized for their exemplary service to the community. In December, the SPSF teams up with the Smyrna elementary schools and takes youth on a shopping spree for the Shop with a Hero event.

Make plans now to attend the Annual Blue Jean Gala. Ticket price includes live entertainment, dinner and beverages. There will be numerous unique raffle items as well as silent auction items, many which are experiences involving public safety.

At this event you are encouraged to dress casual (jeans and your favorite accessories are totally acceptable). There will be a photo booth available where you can memorialize the event.

For more information and purchase tickets, visit the website at www.smyrnapsf.org,  send an email to admin@smyrnapsf.org, or call 404-791-6935.

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

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.

Vinings Hosts Business Expo March 21

The Vinings Business Association will host its eighth annual Vinings Business Expo on March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.
Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 600 people or more to attend this year’s event.
“The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.”
Sponsors of the events include The Bright Side Newspaper, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, Marietta Signs, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, AmFam Vinings, Edward Jones Co., and many others.
Exhibit tables are available for $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at www.viningsbusiness.com.  Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up),” Christian said.
Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

From the March 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Smyrna Business Expo Is April 27

Smyrna area businesses and restaurants will show off their wares at The Smyrna Business Expo on April 27.

Exhibitors will set up in the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Drive, Smyrna, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

“This is your chance to meet more than 200 local business owners, generate  business leads, close deals and enjoy great food,” said SBA President Jabar Dozier. “Join us for networking, building business relationships and meeting local entrepreneurs.”

The event is free and open to the public and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. All proceeds will support the Smyrna Business Association scholarship fund.

Exhibit tables are now on sale at Smyrnabusiness.org. Food sponsors are also being accepted.

The SBA works to engage, inform and grow businesses in the greater Smyrna community. On the first Thursday of each month the SBA host a luncheon featuring a guest speaker relevant to business improvement, government affairs or community involvement. Social and networking events are held throughout the month. For more information on membership visit smyrnabusiness.org.

From the March 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

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