October & November Calendar

OCTOBER

4-12 – FINE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE. Taylor-Brawner PARK WITH ART fine art exhibit and sale at Smyrna’s historic Taylor-Brawner House from Oct. 4 to 12.  At 3182 Atlanta Road. Smyrna. Opening Reception Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m., and wine and light refreshments furnished.  Preview the art & meet the artists. Open Daily Oct. 5 to 12, noon to 5 p.m.

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9/16/23/30: INFANT & TODDLER STORY TIME (0-2 year-olds) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 at Smyrna Library. Limited to 25 infant/toddlers.

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10: CASPER’S FALL FUN CARNIVAL will be Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Smyrna Community Center.

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10/17/24/31: PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3-5 year-olds) Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 at Smyrna Library.

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11-13: COBB FALL BOOK SALE. The fall book sale will held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, at the Cobb Civic Center. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Debit, credit, cash and checks will be accepted. On Friday until 1 p.m., ISBN scanners are not permitted. The book sale will also only be able to sell up to two boxes of items at a time on Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday is BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) Day. You can bring any size box you like and fill it to the top. All profits from this sale go directly to buy more items for the 16 libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System. The civic center is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, call Alex Beswick at 770-528-2320.

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12: SHREDDING DAY at The Wolfe Center, Smyrna.  Bring papers to lower parking lot Oct. 12 beginning at 9 a.m.  Shredding will end at noon.

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12: SPOOKTACULAR CHASE. Registration now open. Historic  Downtown Power Springs Oct. 12. This annual Halloween themed 10K/5K supports the life-changing services provided by Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (VRS) to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired across 31 counties of north Georgia. For times and registration information go to.spooktacularchase.com       .

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12: PUMPKIN PATCH. Gina Bridges Home Team holds their annual family pumpkin patch, with face painting, goodie bags, games, and free pumpkins on Oct. 12 from 11 -2 at 3964 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.

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12: THE HARVEST FESTIVAL — formerly the Storytelling Festival — will be held at the Mable House Historic Grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

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12: BIG NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE on Saturday Oct 12 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain date Oct 19). Located behind Smyrna Market Village in Parkview Village (take Powder Springs to Parkview Place SE) and also just opposite on Bank Street. Follow the signs!

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12-13: CHALKTOBERFEST. The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is pleased to host the 6th Annual Chalktoberfest on Oct. 12-13, 2019 on the Marietta Square. Please check www.chalktoberfest.com for updated information about live performances, chalk artists, the Craft Beer Festival, and other additions.

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15: BLOCK PARTY  Tuesday, Oct. 15 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.

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15: TINKER TUESDAY: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 4-4:45 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 5-12 years PLUS parent/caregiver Registration required: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.  We will make a bug hotel and eat real bugs (that’s optional).

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15: CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE: Big Pumpkin, Little Pumpkin. Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 13-18 only RSVP: youthservices@smyrnaga.gov. Read a picture book with a young reader and make a pumpkin craft together.

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19: SMYRNA BIKE RODEO sponsored by the Smyrna Parks Department and Jonquil City Kiwanis at North Cooper Lake Park 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19

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19: GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Using Courthouse Records Monday, Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. – noon Smyrna Library, Meeting Room RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov. Professional genealogist Dianne Barfield will discuss the types of records you can find at the courthouse and how to interpret them. Workshop is free of charge, sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

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19: ANNUAL HARVEST SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Marietta Square.

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22: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS.  Six Flags over Georgia Oct. 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 21 cobbafterhours.com

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22: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB monthly meeting will be held on Oct. 22nd at Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna.  Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (Sept-May) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Each meeting includes information on horticulture and a presentation that will enhance your knowledge of gardening.  October’s presentation, “Winter Interest,” will be a program on how to prepare your garden for the changing season. Our presenter will be Mickey Gazaway who is a Garden Club Coordinator, speaker for Pike’s Nurseries, and writes a garden column. New members are always welcome!  Jonquil Garden Club includes members from novice to master gardeners. For additional information visit our website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org or call our president, Lorelei Clapper at 404-786-8440.

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24: CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET. Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Cir, Smyrna, Voters will get the opportunity to meet the candidates for Smyrna Mayor and City Council. No RSVP necessary. This event is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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24: FALL FESTIVAL THURSDAY: Oct. 24 from 3-5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Train Playground Ages: 3-7 Create your own spooky 24 paper jack o’ lantern, play pin the bow tie to Mr. Bones, and many more exciting activities!

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26-27: USED BOOK SALE FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, noon – 5 p.m. Selection includes hardback and paperback fiction and non-fiction, children’s, young adult, reference books, music CDs and DVDs. Prices range from $.50 to $5.

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26-27: FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL at Smyrna Village Green. Arts & crafts, music, food and fun. Saturday 10-6; Sunday noon to 5.

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29: CRAFTERNOON TUESDAY, Oct. 29 from 4-5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 3-10. Make and take crafts for all ages.

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30: TRUNK OR TREAT. Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses, knights, and characters to Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna, for a free Trunk or Treat and hot dog dinner. Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. www.smyrnafumc.org.

NOVEMBER

5: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – VBA meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. October program is Location to be announced. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. program – Vinings Business of the Year nominees. 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… Smyrna Restaurant Panel. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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5: ELECTION DAY. Cobb schools are closed.

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11: VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the hour of 11, please join our community in honoring the service of all United States military veterans who have served in times of war and conflict and in times of peace. Held at the Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial (2800 King Street, Smyrna), across from Smyrna City Hall. Guest speaker: Lt. Col. Will Cox, Deputy Commander – 78th Aviation Troop Command. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside at the Smyrna Community Center. Free event parking–street parking, City Hall and Community Center parking lots. The Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony is organized by the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160 and the Smyrna Rotary Club.

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16: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! A variety of 25-30 vendors. Free admission. Bethany United Methodist Church 760 Hurt Rd SW Smyrna. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity and the Military Dog Program.

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WEEKLY EVENTS

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

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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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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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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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GARY HILL NETWORK monthly networking luncheons are held at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at different locations. Call 770-438-6961 for more information. Oct. 17 is at McCray’s Tavern, 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna.

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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 following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, Nickajack, Teasley, Belmont Hills, Green Acres, Argyle, and Russell. We offer morning and afternoon weekly playgroups and activities. For questions about our club or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at membership@momsclubofsmyrnawest.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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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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VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at the Cochise Club. 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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WOODARD GROUP. The West Metro Atlanta Woodard Group meets at 6 p.m. at the South Cobb Diner on the 4th Thursday of each month. Woodard Groups provide opportunities for small business advisors and business owners to network with others to foster cooperation, strengthen relationships, and leverage mutual opportunities for mutual support and referrals. For more info www.facebook.com/groups/westmetroatlwoodardgroup

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

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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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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E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for November issue is October 23 with publication the week of November 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. 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 October 2019  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.

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.