April & May Calendar

APRIL

13: GOLF EVENT. The Bullock Hope House 8th Annual Golf Fore Hope Charity Golf Tournament is 2019 at the Brookstone Golf & Country Club, May 13 Proceeds benefit both The Bullock Hope House and WellStar Cobb’s Burn Center. Register at www.BullockHopeHouse.org or contact: Connie Bullock. Tel. 404-697-1691; Email: connie@bullockhopehouse.org

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13: CASINO NIGHT. Third Annual Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit Special Olympic GA-Cobb, hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160.  April 13, 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the door and include $25,000 “fun money,” dinner, one raffle ticket, Black Jack, Roulette, Poker, Craps, silent auction, raffles, DJ, dancing and cash bar. American Legion Ballroom, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna.

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16: TINKER TUESDAY: FOOD WEBS. Tuesday, April 16 4 -5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room Ages: 5-12 years old PLUS parent/caregiver RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov by April 15. In celebration of Earth Day, we will dissect owl pellets to explore the food web of the forest.

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17, 24: STORY TIME. Infant & Toddler Story Time (0-2 year-olds) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. April 10, 17, 24. Smyrna Library.

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18, 25: STORY TIME. Preschool Story Time (3-5 year-olds) Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. April 11, 18, 25. Smyrna Library.

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18: SMYRNA BUSINESS EXPO. April 18 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. Come meet other Smyrna and Vinings Business owners at the 2019 Smyrna Business Expo. Attendance is free and open to the public. Contact Joseph Malborough at Store0328@theupsstore.com for any questions about the event or becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.

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20: VININGS VILLAGE CLEAN UP — Meet at the Cochise Riverview Club on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. where you will be provided a bright yellow Volunteer vest, gloves, grabber, bags and an assigned area to work. After a couple of hours in the spring weather we’ll assemble for lunch at Mellow Mushroom.

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23: WHAT GROWS WELL IN THE GARDEN: Please join Jonquil Garden Club Tuesday, April 23, at the Smyrna Public Library for a presentation by Master Gardener Jack Driskell. Jack will be discussing what grows well in the garden, focusing on shade plants, though some sun varieties will be covered as well. 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. Gather at 10 a.m., and the meeting begins at 10:30. All are welcome! Our club includes novice gardeners through Master Gardeners. For more information, you can go to www.jonquilgardenclub.org, or call Lorelei Clapper, 404-786-8440.

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16: BLOCK PARTY. Tuesday, April 16 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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20: “EASTER IN THE PARK” EGG HUNT sponsored by Smyrna First United Methodist Church at Cobb Park in Smyrna.  Members of Smyrna’s largest United Methodist Church host nearly 1,000 people each year for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hotdog lunch April 20 beginning at 11 a.m.  This event is free.

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27-28: SMYRNA SPRING JONQUIL FESTIVAL features more than 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 20 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. The festival hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 27, and noon – 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 28.  Admission is FREE.

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28: THE PARTY FOR PRESERVATION benefiting The Vinings Historic Preservation Society Sunday, April 28, from   5:30 – 9:30 p.m. SOHO Atlanta (Vinings Jubilee). The 13th annual Party for Preservation is widely considered the “Party of the Year” in Vinings. Formerly known as the “Pairings Party”, it is a wonderful opportunity to help preserve the history of Vinings, and have a great time too. Sponsorship opportunities, silent auction item donations, and ticket information are available at Vinings.org.

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29: GOLF TOURNAMENT. Susan T. Pearson Memorial Golf Tournament at Fox Creek Golf Course benefits the Campbell High Education Foundation. 7:30 a.m. April 29. Registration, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Contact Glenn Jardine at 404-946-2150 or glenn.jardine@cbre.org/.

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30: CRAFTERNOON Tuesday, April 30 4 -5 p.m. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. Ages: 3-10. Make and take crafts for all ages.

MAY

4: READING KICK-OFF. Summer Reading Kick-Off Event Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2860. www.smyrna-library.com

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5: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. 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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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. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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4-5: MAY-RETTA DAZE. Arts, Crafts & Music Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 4-5.

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13: GOLF EVENT. The Bullock Hope House 8th Annual Golf Fore Hope Charity Golf Tournament is 2019 at the Brookstone Golf & Country Club, May 13 Proceeds benefit both The Bullock Hope House and WellStar Cobb’s Burn Center. Register at www.BullockHopeHouse.org or contact: Connie Bullock. Tel. 404-697-1691; Email: connie@bullockhopehouse.org

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FARMER’S MARKETS

4: SMYRNA OUTDOOR MARKET. Beginning May 4, 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 FARMERS 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. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

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WEEKLY EVENTS

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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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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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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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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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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at different locations. Call 770-438-6961 for more information. April 18 is at McCray’s Tavern, 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna.

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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. 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! 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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SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world’s largest service organization simply stated:  We serve. 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.

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

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

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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CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP. To provide a safe place for caregivers to come together and connect with others who truly understand caregiving. Group members will exchange information, talk through challenges, share feelings and learn about resources in the community. The support group is facilitated by a Licensed Social Worker. Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:00 at The Book House, 5450 Old Floyd Road, SW Mableton, GA 30126. For information please contact: Maureen Schuster, LMSW- 404-312-8309 or mschuster@seasons.org

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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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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 MAY issue is APRIL 23 with publication the week of MAY 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 April 2019  issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.