September & October Calendar

SEPTEMBER

14: TASTE OF SMYRNA. Enjoy a selection of foods from restaurants throughout the area. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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14-12: “CRAFTING COMPELLING FICTION” Creative Writing with Novelist, Amber Brock September 14 – October 12. This four-week writing course covers character, scene, plot and editing. The $75 class fee includes 12 hours of instruction by a critically acclaimed novelist, handouts for notes and writing exercises, and refreshments. Smyrna Library Lifetime Learning Academy. Seating is limited to 20 participants. Register at the Smyrna Community Center front desk or online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/smyrnacityrec/Activity_Search/20374 .

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16: ART EXHIBIT:  Opening reception for The Smyrna Arts Council art exhibit and display of Smyrna artists at Smyrna City Hall from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. prior to the City Council meeting at 7 p.m.

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16: COPS AND KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #13 and the Cobb County Police Department host The Cops and Kids Golf Tournament Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth. Register as a Player/Team or a Sponsor at www.birdeasepro.com/copsandkids.
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23-27: FALL BREAK. Students in the Cobb School system will have fall break September 23 to 27.

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23: GOLF TOURNAMENT. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church Smyrna, Georgia has set Ugly Pants 2019, a golf tournament, for Monday, Sept. 23, at Dogwood Golf Club in Austell.  Tee-time is 10 a.m. Registration is at mysaintb.org/missionandoutreach..

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24: OH DEER.” Join Jonquil Garden Club members Tuesday September 24, 10:30 a.m., at the Smyrna Library for a program on plants that deer (usually) don’t eat, and ways to “steer the deer away” from your garden. Our presenters will be North Fulton Master Gardeners Pat Price and Carol Brooks, avid gardeners who teach a variety of community garden classes. Jonquil Garden Club members are novice through master gardeners, and all are welcome. For further information, see www.jonquilgardenclub.org, or call Lorelei Clapper at 404-786-8440. Did you know? Fall is the best time of year to plant. Root systems aren’t stressed by the heat, and have time to establish by spring.  Saturday October 5th will be our huge fall plant sale at the Smyrna Farmers Market. We will have Master Gardeners available to answer your fall planting questions.

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19 – 29: NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR. Jim Miller Park, Marietta.

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28-29: WOOFSTOCK.  Woofstock 2019a pet adoption event with activities for the whole family including live music, dog contests, pet adoptions, pet vendors, arts and crafts, delicious food trucks, and ice-cold beverages. September 28-29. Saturday 11 -7 and Sunday 11-6 at the Smyrna Market Village.

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30: GOLF TOURNAMENT. The 2019 Ben F. Turner Golf Classic benefitting Calvary Children’s Homes will be held Sept. 30 at Pinetree Country Club, Kennesaw. At 9 a.m. Register at calvarykids.org/golf/registration

OCTOBER

1: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. October program is Cobb Public Safety. Location to be announced. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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2: 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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3:  SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrating Public Safety Month. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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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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5: COMMUNITY YARD SALE at Tomahawk Moving & Storage, 2090 Young St., Smyrna (corner of Cumberland Parkway and Atlanta Road) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food & Fun all day. Spaces available call Marsha at 404-352-2467 or Gary Hill at 770-438-6961. Rain date Oct. 12.

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6: FALL FESTIVAL and Antique Classic Car Show at Delmar Gardens, Smyrna, 2 to 4 p.m.

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12:  SHRED FEST to Smyrna at Church Street Park, 884 Church St., from 9 a.m. to noon, October 12. Limit five boxes.

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12: SPOOKTACULAR CHASE. Registration now open. Historic  Downtown Power Springs October 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: www.spooktacularchase.com

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12: PUMPKIN PATFCH. Gina Bridges Home Team holds their annual family pumpkin patch, with face painting, goodie bags, games, and free pumpkins.

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12-13: CHALKTOBERFEST. The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is pleased to host the 6th Annual Chalktoberfest on October 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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19: ANNUAL HARVEST SQUARE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Saturday, October 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 October 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. RSVP by October 21 cobbafterhours.com

NOVEMBER

5: ELECTION DAY. Cobb schools are closed.

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25-29: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY for the Cobb School system.

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FARMER’S MARKETS/FOOD TRUCK:

SMYRNA OUTDOOR MARKET. The Market is located at the Community Center along Atlanta Road and is open from 8 a.m. to Noon Saturdays until October 19.

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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 FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS, 5 p.m. to 9, Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road. Join us for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays, each Tuesday, through October 8th at Taylor-Brawner Park from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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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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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 625  (K – 5th Grades) meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Austell First United Methodist Church. 6th Graders meet 2nd / 4th Saturdays at 2 p.m.. Contact us @470-377-2221 or troop625rocks@gmail.com.

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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 1 pm. For Info call the church at 770-801-8185 or contact at shawtemple.org. Church open Monday – Thursday 10-8 p.m.

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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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SMYRNA BEEKEEPERS GROUP meets monthly, usually the third Thursday of the month in members’ homes beginning at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in joining us or have questions please email beesinsmyrna@gmail.com.

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BUSINESS GROUP. The West Metro Atlanta Woodard Group meets at 6pm EST 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 other to foster cooperation, strengthen relationships, and leverage mutual opportunities for mutual support and referrals. For more info check out our Facebook group at this link www.facebook.com/groups/westmetroatlwoodardgroup

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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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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. Feb. 21 is at McCray’s Tavern, 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna.

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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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KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA meets every last Wednesday of the month, Noon  to 1 p.m. at  Provident Village  at Creekside, 4838 South Cobb Drive, 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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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 meet at the Smyrna Community Center the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m.  Guests are always welcome.

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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 at 4:30pm 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 Holli Hallmark at hah1627@gmail.com

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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. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. 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 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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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 OCTOBER issue is SEPTEMBER 23 with publication the week of OCTOBER 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 September 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.