April & May Calendar

APRIL

14: DOCUMENT SHREDDING.  Saturday, April 14, from 10-1. Shaw Temple AME Zion Church will hold a Document Shredding Event in the parking lot, 775 Hurt Road, corner of Hicks Road, Smyrna. Protect yourself against identity theft while watching your sensitive and personal information being shredded. Cost: $10 per file size box or its equivalent, $5 for each additional box or equivalent. For Information: 770-801-8185.

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17: VBA BRAVES AFTERHOURS. Braves Game Motor Coach Trip. 5:30 p.m. – 11. .Includes Reception at Fidelity Bank Vinings and Brave’s Game. Leaves to SunTrust on Motor Coach 6:30 p.m.; Leaves SunTrust Back to Vinings at  10:45 p.m.. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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19: AUSTELL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets at 8 a.m. at the Threadmill Restaurant. Info at austellba.org.

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21: RECYCLE DAY. The Campbell High School Bands will be hosting a community recycle day on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Campbell Middle school. Accepting metals, electronics and paint. For more information about items that can be recycled, please visit www.chsdresstheband.com/recycling-day.

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21: DIVAS WITH A CAUSE Benefit Concert Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Tickets:  www.divaswithacause.org

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22: HISTORIC DISTRICT MEETING. Friends of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District Annual Meeting  Sunday, April 22, Vinings Bank 4135 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna,  2 p.m. www.concordcoveredbridge.org

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23: MONEY SMART WEEK Workshop. Monday, April 23, 11 a.m. – noon, Smyrna Library, Meeting Room. “Financial Check-Up 101” and “Strategies to Slash Your Debt.” Event sponsored by Smyrna Library, Fifth Third Bank of Smyrna and Wells Fargo of Smyrna.

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24: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Come join in the bidding for special plants from JGC members’ gardens at our Jonquil Garden Club in-house Plant Sale on Tuesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. (business session until 11:20) in the conference room at Smyrna Library. You’re sure to find a lovely, unusual plant (or maybe more). The auction starts promptly at 11:20 for guests/members for this special event. Only cash or checks accepted. Named a Club of Excellence by GCGA, Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library to discuss gardening topics and gardening projects in Smyrna. For more info about membership, please call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our award-winning website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org.

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28 & 29:  JONQUIL FESTIVAL. Spring Jonquil Festival on the Village Green. This free event, presented by Superior Plumbing, features more than 175 Arts & Crafts booths, 15 food booths, an entertainment stage, and a variety of children’s activities. The Jonquil Jog will kick the festival off Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk. The jog will be held at the City of Smyrna Municipal Building next to the Village Green. Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, and noon – 5p.m., on Sunday, April 29.

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28: SPRING FESTIVAL. Historic Downtown Austell Spring Festival on April 28 features music, food, tent vendors and entertainment for the little ones and fun for the entire family. The event will run 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine, in downtown Austell.

MAY

1: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Pkwy, 17th Floor, Vinings. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Speaker, Congressman Barry Loudermilk. 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.The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. www.southcobba.org

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3: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Program: speaker Congressman Barry Loudermilk, District 11. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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3: CANDIDATE FORUM. The Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) will join with the Austell Community Taskforce (ACT) to present the 2018 Candidates Forum to be held at 7 p.m. May 3 at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton.

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

 

 FARMER’S MARKETS:

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 through October For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

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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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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 Road, Bldg 1. Meets Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcomes visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more.

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VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club.

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

 

MONTHLY OR MORE

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

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

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

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

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COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.cmrea.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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,  Phone: 678-631-5541.The facilitator is Carl Proctor  Email: carlcproctor@aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383.

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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.

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