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GOLF CART PARADE HONORS FOURTH, VETERANS Six Flags Over Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel said, “I have inherited a great legacy,” as he stood with seven previous park presidents and tourism officials at the Golden Anniversary observation June 16.


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Over the last five decades Six Flags Over Georgia has offered innovative entertainment, world record-breaking coasters and millions of memories according to Park President Dale Kaetzel in a presentation to Vinings Bank in June. June 16 marked the golden anniversary celebration at the park which opened June 16, 1967. “We are so proud to celebrate 50 years at Six Flags Over Georgia,” said John Duffy, CFO of Six Flags America, “We innovate and keep up with the times.” The Austell location was the third theme park in America – following Disneyland and Six Flags Over Texas. It was also the first multi-gate theme park in the country. Today, the parent company has 20 parks and is building internationally. “Everybody has a favorite memory of a theme park,” Kaetzel said. “The definition of thrill has changed, but our ability to

Presbyterian Village in Austell held its annual golf cart parade to honor the Fourth of July with more than two dozen golf carts decked out in patriotic bunting. Where in previous parades there has been a Grand Marshall seated in the lead car; this year some 14 World War II veterans were honored as Grand Marshalls, riding in individual carts. Among them was, below left, Navy veteran Bill Smith, a pharmacist’s mate 3rd class, who served aboard the USS Wyoming in WWII. Bringing up the rear in a 1915 Model T, below right, are Robert and Bryant Brough of Mableton in vintage uniforms to honor the veterans.

deliver each year in a contemporary way for each guest has not.” Kaetzel noted some comparisons: In 1967 metro Atlanta’s population was 1.7 million; today it is 5.7 million. A one day ticket to Six Flags was $3.95; today it’s $67.99. When the park opened it had 12 rides and attractions; today there are more than 40. Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid presented a procalation honoring the park and it role in making travel and tourism the largest economic driver in Cobb County. “With a $301 million economic impact, Six Flags is Cobb’s number one tourist attraction in 2016,” Cupid said. Three original rides at the park remain Continued on Page 4


Smyrna Village Players present their summer production of Rodger & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” July 20-22. Oklahoma! Is Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical story of two young cowboys in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the 20th century, as they vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. Four shows will be presented in the Players Theater at 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna, (Fellowship Hall at Smyrna First United Methodist Church). Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15. Tickets for seniors (65+) and students (18 and under) are $10. For itickets please visit the website at or call 770-436-4108 x215. Smyrna Village Players is a theatrical group that is an outreach ministry of Smyrna First United Methodist and Bethany United Methodist Churches. Actors are from all over the north-metro area including Smyrna, Marietta, Kennesaw, Mableton, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Snellville and Roswell. “One of the things we love about our

Oklahoma! cast includes, from left, Brian Flowers as Ali Hackim, Kay Bolick at Aunt Eller, Whit Flowers as Curley, Bella Stoichev as Laurey, Mason Stockton as Will, and Abbey Tillman as Ado Annie.

shows, besides the sense of family and friendships, is the fact that we do not keep the money that we bring in from the show,” said Dr. Kimberly Withka, Director of Smyrna Village Players. “Our proceeds are split three ways. One third of our proceeds goes to mission organizations supported by Bethany UMC, one third goes to minis-

try outreach through community programs sponsored by SFUMC’s Children’s Ministries and the final third, this year, will be sent by SFUMC Music Ministries to support local and foreign missions.” Enjoy and evening of music, dance and entertainment plus cobbler and ice cream during the dessert intermission.

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Our 4th of July was spent this year at a calmer, quieter pace than some years. We weren’t marching with friends in the annual Marietta parade and didn’t even make it to the viewing. The Marietta parade is a great tradition in Cobb County and for those who have never attended, I recommend attending at least once. We haven’t missed many in the almost 30 years we’ve lived in Marietta, but we have skipped it the past few years. We didn’t have barbeque, but we did have baked beans to go with our fried shrimp. It wasn’t the usual Fourth menu but it was tasty. We had a relaxed, non-political Fourth, a good change of pace. When Allan worked for a Congressman, the Fourth was a time of politics infused with celebrity. We have been a part of the parade supporting Congressmen and candidates for various offices and for our friend State Rep. Sharon Cooper. Walking the parade route up Roswell Street in the extreme heat of July can be exhausting; but some of our most memorable family moments were spent with our family of four walking in the parade on a hot July morning. Of course, daughter Katie’s least favorite parade has to be the year she joined the Marietta Police Explorers and was designated to be McGruff the Crime Dog in the parade. The heavy, hot costume had her almost ill by the end of the route. My favorite July 4th holidays have been the ones we have spent with our family whether walking in a parade or just being together. The past two holidays were spent at a North Carolina beach with our son Peter and his family. A few more years ago, we had a wonderful Fourth with both of our children, their spouses, and our first two granddaughters. This year it was just the two of us, and the cat. Allan and I took the day at a slower pace, making time to sit at our computers and finish this month’s newspaper. The thunderstorms in our area made it easier to stay inside to write and edit. The storms stopped in time for us to walk outside and enjoy the largesse of our neighbors in surrounding subdivisions who apparently invested heavily at the fireworks stores. We

are located in a good spot to enjoy the fireworks from several directions, including the ones from the Marietta Square. I like the fact that the Fourth of July is a unique American holiday and that individually we can choose how to spend our day. I like the fact that politics are a tradition of the day, with speeches and parades and fireworks. The politics, firepower, and lives of our ancestors bought us freedom to be an independent country. As with all of our holidays, it is important to remember why we celebrate; that the holiday is more than a day off from work or a special one day sale at the mall. The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is our day to celebrate self-governance and the freedom from tyranny. It our special American day to remind us that we must not take our liberties for granted, but that we must all continue to value the freedoms we hold dear and protect them from those who would take them away from us.

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SMYRNA CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AUG. 5 Fireworks from the Fourth may be over, but the City of Smyrna offers more summer fun at the Smyrna Birthday Celebration Aug. 5 on the Village Green. The first Saturday each August Smyrna hosts a family-friendly concert and fireworks show to commemorate the founding of the city and rebirth of the downtown area.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and marks the 145th year since Smyrna was created. High-energy music, festival foods, birthday festivities, a GIANT birthday cake by McEntyre’s Bakery and a kids entertainment area add to the excitement. Music will be provided by Tim Purcell and The Mustangs followed by perennial favorites Banks & Shane. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

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SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Continued from Page 1 unchanged, The Dahlonega Mine Train, the train (although it ran it the opposite direction), and the Chrystal Pistol. A log flume opened with the park and was so popular that a second one was added, but the original was replaced with another ride. “Tourism creates happy memories for visitors,” Kaetzel told the crowd. “We see investment annually that signifies our commitment.” And in a nod to the thousands of young people who have had first jobs at the park, he said, “We have provided a good foundation in training people who are now in managerial positions.” “Six Flags Over Georgia holds a special place in the hearts of many park guests

and team members,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “While the definition of thrills has certainly changed over the years, Six Flags Over Georgia continues to deliver experiences that span generations and stand the test of time.” The historic Crystal Pistol Music Hall is be offering a look back over the past 50 years of thrills with the all-new “Can’t Stop The Feeling – 50 Years of Music and Memories” show. “The next 50-plus years will be just as fun and exciting. We look forward to creating new thrills and new memories for guests of all ages for decades to come,” said Kaetzel.


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one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods this summer. Rock N’ Roll in Aug. – Saturday, Aug. 12 featuring The Sidemen. m327g67. ••• 13: TASTE OF SHILOH. Celebrate the summer at the 2017 Taste of Shiloh FUN DAY Fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 13. Have a great time and help raise funds for Shiloh SDA Church’s annual TOSF health fair outreach, with a portion of proceeds going toward the church’s Restoration 30 church building renovation fund. Admission is FREE, with tickets available for food, games, arts and crats, and a variety of fun activities. Tickets available onsite only, with chances to win some great prizes. Free gift for the first 25 guests. Sponsorship exposure is also available on our website, and via email and social media. For FUN DAY details, including sponsorship, call 470-377-3777, visit, or email •••

JULY 13: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13 with Speaker Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Reservations: ••• 15-16: WEEKEND EVENT. Shaw Temple AME Zion Church Family & Friends Weekend Reunite, Renew and Rejoice Saturday July 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Ron Anderson Recreation Center, Wild Horse Creek Park, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. The event is free and open to the public rain or shine. Enjoy free food, children and adult activities, games and more. Prizes awarded for the most unique tee shirts from past reunions. The weekend will end on Sunday July 16 at the 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services at Shaw Temple, 775 Hurt Road, Smyrna. For more info call 770-801-8185. ••• 22: VININGS FREE CONCERTS. Vinings Jubilee’s Second Annual Summer Concert Series: Concerts on Tower Stage from 4 to 7 p.m. are free and family-friendly and a great way to enjoy one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods this summer. Summer Blues in July - Saturday, July 22 featuring Lola “Atlanta’s Queen of Blues” and Rock N’ Roll in August – Saturday, Aug. 12 featuring The Sidemen. m327g67. ••• 22-23: GLASS SHOW. The annual Collectible & Antique Glass Show and Sale, Sat. July 22, from 10 to 5 p.m. and Sun. July 23, from 10 to 4 p.m. Cobb Civic Center, Marietta. More info: ••• 25: TAX INCREASE HEARING. All citizens are invited to the public hearings on a tax increase to be held at the Board of Commissioners meeting room located at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Georgia on Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. The Board of Commissioners will adopt the 2017 Property Tax Millage Rates for its five tax districts (General, Fire, Debt Service, Cumberland Special Services District II, and Six Flags Special Services District) following the third public hearing at the BOC Meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. AUGUST 1: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Program: Personal And Company Branding, LinkedIn And Social Media. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Aug. 1 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678-725-0099.. ••• 2: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. On Aug. 2. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 3: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, For reservations: ••• 5: SMYRNA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Aug. 5. The annual happening is tons of fun with fireworks at the end! High-energy music, festival foods, birthday festivities, a GIANT birthday cake by McEntyre’s Bakery and a kids entertainment area add to the excitement. ••• 5: TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. Touch A Truck & More will take place during the Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton, Ga on Saturday, Aug. 5, from noon to 5:30 p.m. The festival is a family-friendly community event that offers children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery and to meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. The Atlanta Back to School parade will kick of the festival at 11:30 a.m. which will include marching bands, local businesses, motorcycle & car clubs, organizations, cheerleaders, dance teams, drill teams, and JROTC units. Children, with parent supervision, will be welcome to touch, climb-on, and explore these amazing pieces of equipment. Admission is FREE! (Pre-registration required). Reserve tickets on ••• 12: VININGS FREE CONCERTS. Vinings Jubilee’s Second Annual Summer Concert Series: Concerts on Tower Stage from 4 to 7 p.m. are free and family-friendly and a great way to enjoy

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••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. MONTHLY OR MORE 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. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• 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)


y Calendar 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 or contact ••• 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. ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles to that allow us to discuss issues affecting us on our motherhood journey, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and more. Visit or email ••• 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. .• • • 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. ••• 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. ••• 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 #1112 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• 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@ ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the

Page 7, July 2017 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 ••• 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 or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at ••• 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 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. ••• 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 ••• 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. ••• 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. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• 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: 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. ••• 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. ••• 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 Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 for more information or see ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for AUGUST issue is JULY 23 with publication the week of AUGUST 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 Find updated calendar items on our website at



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Notes On The News TWO SMYRNA RESIDENTS MAKING RUN FOR GOVERNOR By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher Now there are two Smyrna residents in the 2018 race for Governor. Rep. Stacey Evans threw her house in the ring in May for the Democratic nomination. “I wanted you to be the first to know, I’m running for Governor,” Rep. Evans said. “I am running not only to protect the HOPE scholarship, which was the only way I could have gone to college, but also to fight to bring hope to so many Georgians who are struggling to make ends meet.” “I’m running to bring good jobs to Georgia and help our small businesses so that every Georgia family has the opportunity to make a better life for themselves.” Evans has already earned the endorsement of former Gov. Roy Barnes. Sen. Hunter Hill announced his bid for governor on the Republican ticket in April. “Murph’s” Open At Galleria Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Dale Murphy has opened a new bar and restaurant in the Cobb Galleria Centre. “Murph’s” is open for lunch and dinner daily and features a full bar and American fare such as wings, burgers, sandwiches and salads. It is located in the former home of Buckhead Pizza Co., across from Big Chow Grill. A Haven For Millennials Metro Atlanta has been attracting more and more millennials in recent years for its diversity appeal, cost of living, access to bars and restaurants among other factors. Vinings leads the list and Smyrna ranks fourth in the top ten in Georgia. Ranking and review site released its annual list of the best U.S. cities for millennials in May (part of its 2017 Best Places report). Leading the 10 best Atlanta suburbs for millennials, according to is Vinings. North Druid Hills and Brookhaven lead Smyrna at fourth. Vinings earned an A+ for its “Good for Millennials” score. The suburb earned A grades for nightlife, diversity and health and fitness. The best Atlanta suburbs for millennials was based on the 11 key factors, including percentage of residents between ages 25

and 34, access to bars, restaurants and coffee shops, number of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, cost of living, crime and safety and more. Analysts used statistics from the U.S. Census and the FBI as well as self-reported data from Niche users for the ranking. Mars Rover At Battery The Mars Rover is landing at The Battery this month. The 5,500 pound, 11-foot-tall space vehicle is part of the Summer of Mars Experience Tour will be available to visitors outside SunTrust Park July 14 and 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. and July 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Through a partnership between Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Space Coast Office of Tourism, a special, three-day event at The Battery Atlanta will be bringing a sampling of Florida’s exciting Space Coast to Atlanta. Got an item for the news? Send to

CANDLELITE CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES The season is set for the 2017 Candlelite Concerts, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The line-up for this summer includes: • Aug. 19 - Soulhound, groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late sixties and seventies. • Sept. 16 - Red Head Diamond, smooth California-style 70’s rock, such as Linda Ronstadt’s greatest hits, as well as favorites by Fleetwood Mac. The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Admission is free. Gates open at 7 p.m.; performances begin at 8 p.m.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems -- Thursday, July 13, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Free; Registration required. What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm – from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch. Mobility has its price, however, it may lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures in your shoulder, resulting in pain. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or all of the time. The pain may be temporary or it may continue and require medical diagnosis and treatment. Don’t miss out on this informative presentation. Presented by Dr. Mark Duffield of Ortho Atlanta. Hearing Screenings -- Monday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. If you are having trouble with your hearing, now is your chance to get this free screening done. Erin Rellinger, Audiologist with the Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta will be on site. Walk-ins are welcomed and the screening will take less than 10 minutes per person. Bingo Bash -- Monday, July 24, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser event to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior AARP Smart Driver -- Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $15 AARP members; $20 Non-members. Bring a lunch. Check with your insurance agent about a possible discount for taking this class. Shuttle Trip – Atlantic Station -Friday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free; Registration required; Seating limited. Don’t stay home anymore! Get on the shuttle for a fun day trip to Atlantic Station where you can shop, get a little exercise walking and socializing with others. Lunch is on your own. Oakland Cemetery -- Thursday, Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Spend the day with us as we take a tour of Oakland Cemetery. We will first have lunch at Six Feet Under where they have a rooftop patio overlooking historic Oakland Cemetery; the restaurant specializes in seafood. After lunch, we will take a guided tour of Oakland, where important Atlanta milestones are represented, from early builders to Civil War soldiers to Civil Rights pioneers. No matter where you turn, history will surround you. $TBD Senior Council member; $TBD Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline:

July 27. Price includes motor coach transportation, lunch, guided tour and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 4. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun. Shanghai Rummy --Every Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards. Canasta -- Every Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Get your friends together for a fun afternoon of playing cards and meeting new friends.


Shelby Stevenson of Mableton, recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center in Huntsville, Ala. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Stevenson was part of the Space Academy program, which is designed for trainees who have an interest in space exploration. Stevenson spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk, and returned to Earth in time to graduate with honors. Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Trainees sleep in quarters designed to resemble the International Space Station and train in NASA-inspired simulators. More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including STS131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA Expedition 48 astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins. Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 69 international locations attended Space Camp. Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit or call 1-800637-7223.

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The City of Powder Springs Police Department hosted the Run for Food 5k event on the City’s lovely Lucille Trail in May. The event raised $2258.75 for M.U.S.T. Ministries Summer Lunch program. On June 7, 2017, City of Powder Springs police officers Sgt. James Wright, left, and Officer Justin Arndt, right, presented a check to Greg Elder of M.U.S.T ministries. “The Run for Food event was created to help promote community recreation and fitness, our City trails, and to give back to the community by supporting the Summer Lunch Program. M.U.S.T. Ministries is a fantastic organization that does a great deal for our community,” Arndt said. M.U.S.T. Ministries Summer Lunch Program brings the whole community together to help those in need. Their volunteers provide a sack lunch each summer weekday to thousands of children. It is the generosity of donations that make the Summer Lunch program a success. For more information about the Summer Lunch program or to donate or volunteer, visit the M.U.S.T. Ministries website at


For her outstanding academic accomplishments and community service, South Cobb High School rising senior Zainab Molumo was recently named a national Alexander Hamilton Scholar (AHS). Zainab was one of 33 high school juniors selected in 2017 for being a high-achieving, service-oriented high school student who embodies Hamiltonian principles of character and leadership through service. Of the founding fathers, Hamilton was the only one born into poverty. As a result of mentorship, guidance, and a scholarship to attend college, Hamilton was able to leave a lasting legacy that forever changed our nation. With the support of the AHS non-profit, scholars strive to do the same. Through the Hamilton Leadership Program, scholars like Zainab will complete a rigorous five-year curriculum designed to provide her with practical tools for success in college and in the post-college world. Scholars complete a series of assignments and attend yearly Leader Weeks designed around five curriculum pillars: transition, heritage, empowerment, financial literacy and leadership. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Zainab arrived in the United States in 2003. She is currently enrolled in South Cobb High’s Academy of Research and Medical Sciences, a rigorous magnet program established to assist students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Zainab has fostered a passion and immense understanding of science, specifically medicine, and she aspires to one day become a dermatologist or OB/GYN. Zainab is the second-time president of Ladies of Unity, a female leadership organization geared towards building involved leaders and citizens of the future through numerous bonding activities, community outreach and character-building experiences. These activities include coordination of various fundraising events, elementary and middle school outreach programs and

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The Atlanta Braves and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz surprised kids at the Calvary Children’s Home in Powder Springs for the second of Foltynewicz’s Folty Friday visits. During the visit, Foltynewicz and Braves staff served up a pizza picnic and games. Throughout the summer, Foltynewicz will be surprising youth in the metro Atlanta area with his Folty Friday initiative. The Folty Friday initiative is a community outreach program for Foltynewicz to spend time with and deliver his favorite food to kids in metro Atlanta. “I like coming out here and hanging out with the kids and putting that smile on their faces,” Foltynewicz said. “We had a lot of fun; they ask funny, great questions.” Calvary Children’s Home provides a safe living environment to more than 30 children needing placement apart from their families. Calvary kids have joined the Braves in the past for games and special events.

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