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Six Flags Over Georgia officially broke ground in September on Hurricane Harbor, a massive new tropically-themed water park, opening May 2014. Park President Dale Kaetzel was joined by Cobb County dignitaries to participate in the golden-shovel ceremony. Hurricane Harbor is the largest expansion in park history, as well as the largest capital investment for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation for its 2014 season. The multi-million dollar project, which includes an 800,000 gallon wave pool, children’s interactive area, multiple slide complexes and other amenities, is the first step of a multi-year plan that includes future expansion of the water park into an adjacent parcel of undeveloped land. “We asked our guests what they wanted,” stated Dale Kaetzel, park president, Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water. The overwhelming answer was a water park at Six Flags. He noted that the addition will not take away from
White Water in Marietta. “Six Flags Over Georgia has been a longstanding hallmark of South Cobb for the past 46 years and our commitment to this region remains strong as we begin construction on Hurricane Harbor,” he said. Other dignitaries in attendance at the ground-breaking ceremony included: Commissioner Lisa Cupid,; Commissioner Helen Goreham; Cobb Chamber of Commerce Vice President Brooks Mathis; Cobb County Manager David Hankerson; Ford Thigpen, South Cobb Redevelopment Authority; Michael Hughes, Office of Economic Development Cobb County; John Odum, Senior Vice President of Six Flags Park Operations for the East Coast.
Christian Aid Mission Partnership (C.A.M.P.) and Our Father’s Hands (OFH) also known as OFH Clothing for a Cause, announced that the two organizations have merged to better serve their clients and communities more efficiently. “In these difficult economic times we have to work more creatively in order to effectively meet the growing needs ,” said Darlene Duke Executive Director of C.A.M.P., ‘this merger will help us fill gaps in services and prevents duplication of efforts.” Linda Oviatt of OFH says the merger just made sense. Both agencies work very hard to serve the most needy in our communities and by working together they can have a greater impact. “There is no crisis at C.A.M.P. and no crisis at OFH,” Duke said. “We respect each other and just felt that we could do more if we put our organizations together.” Under the terms of the merger, Our Father’s Hands will become a program of Christian Aid Mission Partnership. Oviatt, executive director of Our Father’s Hands, will be Director of Outreach and remain as the OFH program director of the shop. Christian Aid Mission Partnership focuses on basic needs services to their low-income neighbors. Founded in 1968, C.A.M.P. distributes an average of 1 million pounds of food annually. Additional services such as financial aid and education programs help reduce the hardships of poverty and expand opportunities for self-sufficiency. Our Father’s Hands, founded in 2005, is “clothing with a cause.” This trendy resale shop generates its own income and supplies homeless children in Cobb County schools
Darlene Duke, Director of C.A.M.P. with Linda Oviatt, program director of Our Father’s Hands. with new shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms. Together they will continue to build relationships with other ministries sharing valuable resources making their impact in the community even greater. Both women are very excited and said “We will be announcing a new name and branding for the united ministries in October at our annual Empty Plate Gala. The public is invited to attend!” The night of BBQ and Bluegrass will be Oct. 26 in Remington Hall which is inside Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. Tickets are $50 each which includes entertainment, dinner and drinks. A silent auction, Cloggers, trucks, target practice and more will make it a very entertaining night all while raising money for a great cause. Please call Darlene Duke at 770-819-0662 Ext 11 or Linda Oviatt at 770-241-4302 for more information and tickets. Oh, and wear your best blue jeans.
SOUTH COBB ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SERVICE
The South Cobb Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with a gala dinner that included club members past and present, Interact Club members from South Cobb High School and many South Cobb Citizen of the Year honorees. The club was chartered in September 1938 as the Austell-Clarkdale Rotary Club with 16 members. Through the years the club has become known for its civic projects including the establishment of the South Cobb Citizen of the Year award, a Garrett Middle School essay contest and an art scholarship at Kennesaw State University and a scholarship at Chattahoochee Tech. Other projects include support for Girls Inc., Boys Club, Senior Citizens Scouts, area school scholarships, American Red Cross, environmental issues including cemetery cleanups, tree plantings and Christmas Tree recycling.. “The schools are better today because of Rotary,” said Dr. Frank Croker, a former president and former principal at South Cobb High School and Garrett Middle School.. He noted that ticket sales for two concerts by comedian Jerry Clower raised some $30,000 which Rotary used to pay off the debt on the South Cobb High stadium. The South Cobb Citizen of the Year, one of the first of its kind in Cobb, was first
As the South Cobb Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary in September, club presidents through the years gathered for a photo. Front row, from left, Dr. Frank Croker, Nancy Arnold, Rev. Joe , John Collar, Woody Thompson. Back row, from left, Wayne Blackstone, Bill Adams, Bob Prilliman, Bert Carmichael, Randy Cook, Russ Fitzgerald, and Ronnie Haynie. Thursdays at Presbyterian Village, Austell. envisioned during a conversation on the Dogwood Golf course with John Collar, President Nancy Arnold also welsaid Bob Prilliman. comed Rotary International District 6900 The Rotary Club meets at noon on 2013-14 Gov. Blake McBurney.
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FUN, FESTIVALS AND PUMPKINS CELEBRATE FALL By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher The Saturday morning air is crisp, cool, and energizing. The afternoon sun is warm but not hot. I’m a Georgia girl and I love our October weather. Taking advantage of this lovely fall air are the many festivals, events, and barbeque dinners going on throughout the southern Cobb area. As I compiled our community calendar for October, I was amazed at the variety of events for folks of all ages. From October and into November there are celebrations at schools, churches and on the Village Green. With beautiful weather and fun events our community comes together to mingle and enjoy the festivities from Vinings to Austell. Early in October there is Restaurant Week in Vinings Jubilee. But for more down home dining, one of our favorites is the Tillman Church’s annual Barbeque on the 12th
with wonderful food, and a yard sale with some really good deals. Another favorite is the Storytelling festival at the Mable House in Mableton on the 19th. Storytellers in period dress, Lions Club Barbeque, blacksmithing, hayrides for the children, and so much more. Pumpkins patches are all around the towns. Gina Bridges will hold hers on the 12th and Cumberland United Methodist Church will hold a Party in the Pumpkin Patch with storytelling on the 18th. As the month comes to an end, we will be enjoying the Jonquil Festival on the Village Green in Smyrna on the 26 and 27th with food, crafts, and children games. I love the fun and festivals that lead up to the end of October. Whether you are empty nesters like us, or a single person, or a parent with children there is are events just waiting for your enjoyment. (Calendar events are listed in the print edition with a complete listing on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com)
The City of Smyrna, the Smyrna Veterans Committee, The Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, and American Legion Post 160 will sponsor Smyrna’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11. The Ceremony is free and open to the public. Seating will start after 10 a.m. in its new location across from City Hall at the Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial on the corner of Bank Street and King Street. Pre-ceremony music will be provided by the Whitefield Academy Band. The one-hour Program will start at 11 a.m. Guest speakers will be Major General (Ret) Thomas A. Wessels and Past Commander, Department (State) of Georgia, American Legion, Bill Lienhop. Breigha Young will sing the National Anthem and the Belmont Hills Elementary Choir will give a Music Salute to Veterans In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna.
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MABLETON’S KATHYE GARY TO SING IN OPERA Kathye J. Gary, International Opera Singer and Mableton resident, will perform Oct. 26, in an opera. Ms. Gary started singing at the age of four and formally announced to her family at the age of nine years old that she would be an opera singer. She has been singing her entire life and also specializes in Negro Spirituals and Hymns and is planning a major recital next year. This opera is based on the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker and was written by Sharon J. Willis, Founder of Americolor Opera Alliance. This is an Americolor Opera Production to be enjoyed by all at 6 pm-Reception; 7 pm-Show at the Ivy Community Theatre, 3850 Stone Road, SW; Atlanta. This Black Tie Evening of Fine Entertainment, Reception and Fund Raising is to support the homeless children of the Gate City Day Nursery Association. Children receive free day care services while the parent looks for employment. Please plan
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By Robert Meyring Potter’s twisted logic. As of last report, the US national debt George should have known that his is $15.9 Trillion dollars. When I first wrote life insurance policy might have a suicide about the Debt in June of 2008, the national clause that prevents the payment of insurdebt was only 9 Trillion dollars! So in 4 ance if the insured person commits suicide. year’s time the Debt has increased almost Contrary to the fictional account by Capra, 77 percent. All American citizens death or suicide does not grant a are individually carrying a national debt-pass for the decedent. Debts debt burden of $51,051.20 per of an estate are complicated issues person up from $30,900 four years with many factors to consider. ago. I couldn’t imagine $9 million Sometimes debt of the individual of debt then. I cannot imagine $16 may be eliminated by death and Trillion even now. court order, but the court, by law, Debt seems to be an American must consider 1) the gross value of the estate assets and debts, 2) the fact of life. For many, paying the financial needs and means of the monthly mortgage, second mortgage, credit cards, student loan, Robert Meyring surviving family and children, and or car payments are here to stay. 3) the rights of the creditors of the What are the chances you will have some estate. debt when you’re gone. Actually the debt Generally, if there are enough assets, passes to you estate. But then what hapmonies, properties in the estate to pay the pens to your debt with your estate? Does it creditors, then creditors will often have go away? Or does it then become the surlegal right for payment. viving family’s debt? That depends. In Georgia there are some protections In a scene from “It’s A Wonderful built in to the Probate Code to help the Life,” Frank Capra’s 1946 classic with surviving widow or orphan’s handling of Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. Mr. estate collection. Sometime’s the protecPotter, the money-grabbing evil tycoon tion might “save the family home.” These of Bedford Falls, mocked George as he protections available by Probate petition summed up George Bailey’s net worth: are available only 2 years after the death of “You’re Worth More Dead Than Alive!” the family member. George Bailey couldn’t get Potter’s words If you believe that debt can never out of his head: “You’re worth more dead exceed the value of one’s life, then a person than alive!” because George’s life insurcan never be worth more dead than alive. ance policy was worth more than the debt Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorhe Mr. Potter. In a moment of inebriated ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is haze (after his DUI and crashing his car), www.MeyringFirm.com or call 678-217George jumped off the bridge, into icy 4369. (Reprinted from the August 2012 waters below in seeming agreement with issue of The Bright Side.)
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OCTOBER 11: FIRST RESPONDERS BREAKFAST! Please Join Us On Wednesday, September 11th at First Baptist Church Austell for a Free Breakfast thanking you for your service in keeping our Community safe. Breakfast will be Served from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. at 5991 Love Street, Austell. For more info call 770-948-6331 ••• 11: FALL FESTIVAL. Sanders Elementary PTA will be hosting its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We are currently signing up vendors to participate in our Fall Festival. Any vendors interested in participating should contact Natasha Sherman, Sanders ES PTA President at nsptasanders@gmail. com. Please do not call the school directly. ••• 11-13: USED BOOK SALE. The Cobb County Public Library System’s semi-annual book sale Oct. 11-13 at Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta. Hours are Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. The park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, near Austell and Powder Springs roads. More information can also be found online at www.cobbcat.org ••• 12: TILLMAN ANNUAL BBQ. Saturday, Oct. 12 8 a.m. til 3. Corn on the cob, fluffy fries, Brunswick stew and that sensational Barbeque pork. Bite into one of the home made cakes prepared by some of the best bakers in the county. Enjoy the sun and fun on the lawn of Tillman UMC. Come early in the morning for sausage and biscuits and stay for lunch. This event is brought to you by the loving congregation of Tillman United Methodist Church where “God’s grace is felt every day”. For more information, visit our web site at www.tillmanumc.org, or to reserve a vendor space call us at 404-590-0851. 940 Concord Road, Smyrna. ••• 13: TEASLEY ELEMENTARY School’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Current and former student families and staff are invited on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The school is located at 3640 Spring Hill Road, Smyrna, 30080. Overflow parking with shuttle will be available at Campbell Middle School, 3295 South Atlanta Road. RSVP: email@example.com, www.facebook.com/events/429691360482511 or 770-437-5945. ••• 19: STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Fun for the whole family at the annual Storytelling Festival takes place at the historic Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Seven storytellers will weave their tales Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 at this free fall festival, taking listeners back to the 1800s when life was so different from today. The Mable House was used by Union soldiers as a hospital during the Civil War and today is operated as a historic site by the Friends of the Mable House, part of the South Cobb Arts Alliance. There will be hayrides, music, children’s craft-making, blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, corn husking, puppet shows, panning for gold, old-fashioned games, a petting zoo (12:30-2:30) and pony rides (11-1 p.m.)! Candied apples, vegetable plate lunches, cotton candy, fresh baked goods, and barbecue from the Lion’s Club will be available for sale during the event. Call the Mable House Arts Center (770) 819-3285 for more information. ••• 23: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL Wednesday, Oct. 23. Location: Coach George E. Ford Center. 11:45 a.m. to p.m. Program: South Cobb Public Safety Awards Luncheon. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org closes Oct. 21 at noon ••• 24: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS. Thursday, Oct. 24. Location: Six Flags Over Georgia. 5 to 8 p.m. $15 per person (includes park admission). Park open to event attendees only. In partnership with the South Cobb Business Association. Registration at www.cobbchamber.org closes Oct. 13 at noon ••• 26: FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL. First Christian Church of Mableton invites you to join us at our Family Fall Festival. Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. Bring the family out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and games…of yeah and candy too!!! ••• NOVEMBER 16 – 17: TASTE OF SOUTH COBB. The Taste takes place Nov. 16 and 17 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre of Floyd Road. For
WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednes-
See updates at www.brights day night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details at www.blessaustell.com or by calling 770-948-1806. ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY MABLETON. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Come, have dinner & study the Bible with us. Words of Faith A.M.E. Church 5719 Garner Rd. Mableton. 770 944 3584 ••• BIBLE STUDY AUSTELL: Everyone is invited to Bible study at Austell Christian Church, 5624 Edith Street in Austell. There are Bible lessons for people of all ages every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please call Clay Henry at 678-5493774 for more information or if transportation is needed. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - noon, January through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net. ••• 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. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEALS ST. LUKE UMC, 5115 Brookwood Drive Mableton will be serving a free meal every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Entrance on lower level in back of church. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY DINNER - Please join us! Every Monday night at 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 6216 Love Street, Austell. ••• 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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Treadmill Mall Complex ••• AUSTELL COMMUNITY TASK FORCE meets every 1st Monday at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. www.austelltaskforce.org. ••• “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. ••• JOB SEEKERS…Please join us at Calvary Baptist Church of Austell each month on the 1st
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sidecobb.com/calendar/htm TION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Everyone is welcome. Visit www.mableton.org to confirm meeting location. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. SmyrnaWest chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit www.momsclubofsmyrnawest.com for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubsvw@gmail. com for more information. ••• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••• 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
Page 7, October 2013 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 email@example.com. ••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. www.sc-ba.org ••• 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 30126. If you are interested in attending please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schomeschoolers.blogspot.com ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest speakers and the love of others. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to email@example.com. Deadline for the NOVEMBER issue is OCTOBER 23 with publication the week of NOVEMBER 4. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find updated calendar items on our website at www. brightsidecobb.com.
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When you are in the hospital, (or simply in need of one), the last thing you want to worry about is being far from home. That’s why you should know of the comprehensive and quality care available at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Recent quality awards include two recognizing patient quality and safety from the Partnership for Health and Accountabilty (PHA). The annual awards recognize Georgia healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. WellStar Cobb Hospital imparts quality and safety into every service offered, from our pediatric and adult Emergency services to our cardiac care and robotic surgery institute. When you need quality care, know that WellStar Cobb Hospital is here for you. For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR.
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COCA-COLA EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE
South Cobb High School teacher Greg Moultrie of Austell visits the World of Coca-Cola with his son Gavin for the attraction’s annual Educator Open House with the Georgia Aquarium Sept. 7. At the Open House, Georgia educators learn about the educational features and field trip opportunities at the World of Coca-Cola, where they can satisfy more than 300 Common Core Standards and more than 600 field trips visited in 2012. Georgia teachers can fulfill hundreds of Common Core Standards in areas like social studies and English/language arts with the World of Coca-Cola’s Teacher Toolkits, which are re-launching this fall to reflect national standards (rather than just Georgia Performance Standards). The attraction also hosts hundreds of field trips a year, including more than 600 field trips in 2012 alone.
BOOK SALE RETURNS, VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The Cobb Library fall book sale will be held Oct. 11-13 at Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Hours for the sale will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Materials for sale will include books for all ages in both hardcover and paperback, DVD’s, books on CD and audiocassette and magazines. Prices will range from 10 cents to $5. All profits from the sale go directly to buy more items for the 16 libraries in the Cobb Public Library System. Parking is free and both cash and checks will be accepted. For more information, or to volunteer, call Patty Latch at 770-528-2345 or email email@example.com.
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Austell voters will pick three council members in the Nov. 5 election. Trudie Causey, incumbent in the At Large, Post 1 spot is challenged by Ollie Clemons, Jr. and Chris Djonis. Ward 1 Councilwoman Kirsten Anderson is unopposed. Martin Standard, incumbent in Ward 3, is challenged by Randy Green and Ann Turner.
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ROTARY PRESENTS ART SCHOLARSHIP
For 19 years South Cobb Rotary has presented a Kennesaw State art student with a scholarship. This year’s recipient was Laura Shull. She received $2,000 at the club’s weekly meeting. The club funds he scholarship with its weekly card draw. To Laura’s right is Jason Bowman of the South Cobb Rotary, and to her left is Patty Poulter the new dean of the KSU College of the Arts.
PEBBLEBROOK TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Pebblebrook High School will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with events on Oct. 18, 19 and 25. “We are invited all parents, alumni and friends in the community to enjoy the 50th anniversary celebration,” said Deanna H. Munlin, Academic Coach. The 50th Anniversary Golden Gala on Oct. 18 begins at 7 p.m. The gala will include food prepared by the culinary students, and a performance by the Pebblebrook Company. Former School Board member Betty Grey will also be speaking. The evening of entertainment is followed by a reception in the Betty Gray Building. Tickets are $25 per person, or $40 per couple.
An Alumni Campus Tour will be Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. Tour Pebblebrook’s campus and take a bus ride to tour the original location of Pebblebrook High School. “The next weekend, all are invited to rally our football team and reminisce with food and fun,” she said. A Homecoming Pre-Game Tailgate will be Oct. 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The tailgating party will have food for sale by many of the schools organizations, prior to the game with North Cobb. Registration and full details for the PHS 50th Anniversary Celebration are available on the school website at cobbk12. org.pebblebrook.
YOUTH GROUP ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE S.A.F.E. PLACE, Inc. will host an open house for parents and their sons ages 12-17 on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Moose Lodge of Austell/Mableton 7894 White Road. The event will be from 1 - 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. S.A.F.E. PLACE, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to interfacing with young boys on issues such as group mentoring, entrepreneurship, life skills, tutoring and goal setting. Also, it has the ability to
assist young boys their families, if needed. It has the Moose Lodge as its partner in starting its after school program that will commence in November on Wednesday afternoons at the Lodge. The details for that program will be presented at the Open House on Oct. 20. The goal of the organization is just as its name implies, to be a safe harbor for our young boys ages 12-17 as they traverse the road to manhood ahead of them.
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Mable’s Tea Room will return to the Mable House Arts Center again this holiday season, offering homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts in a fun “tea room” atmosphere. Proceeds from the Tea Room are used to support tours of the historic Mable House for school groups and are shared with the nonprofit organizations that support the Mable House. Part of the fun is using real china cups and saucers for tea and coffee! So if you are cleaning out your cabinets, or just have
more than you can use, please donate them to the Mable House Arts Center and they will be put to good use.(No mugs or plates, please.) The Mable House Arts Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Saturdays 9 - 1 and some evenings when classes are in session. Please bring your donations to: The Mable House Arts Center is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton GA., Call (770) 819-3265 with questions.
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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. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, Oct. 8: FirstWatch Daytime Cafe, Cumberland Pkwy SE & Atlanta Road, Vinings, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Bunco -- Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1– 3 p.m. Free, Registration Required. Join us for a fun, easy game of dice that promises to be a good time and a chance to win prizes! Cobb County K-9 Patrol -- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $5 / $7 Non-resident; Registration required. Cobb County Police Department has five canine officers assigned to its K-9 Unit. Each of the dogs is a Belgian Malinois and all are dual purpose dogs; four are narcotics/patrol dogs, one is an explosives detection/patrol dog. Join us for a presentation and demonstration by one of Cobb County’s K-9 patrol officers and his K-9 partner. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, Oct. 21: “42,” 1– 3 p.m. Cost: $2 / $3 Nonresident; Starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie. The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. Rated PG-13. Senior Foot Care -- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1– 2 p.m. Free; Registration required. Experts say that problems with our feet can be the first sign of more serious medical
conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders. Register to hear what Dr. Barb Norvell of Atlanta Foot Care Center has to say about this. Bingo Bash -- Monday, Oct. 28, 1– 3 p.m. Cost: $3 / $4 Non-resident. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, Oct. 28, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. Around the World Show & Tell -Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to visit Antartica, join Cheryl Clements as she presents on her travels there. AARP Driver Safety -- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Cost: $12 AARP Members; $14 Non-Members. Mercier Orchards -- Thursday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Plan to travel with us for our annual apple trip. We will be traveling first to Dillard for lunch at the Dillard House, then after lunch we will travel to Blue Ridge to the Mercier Orchards! This is a wonderful all-day excursion where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the North Georgia mountains. Cost: $60 Senior Council Member / $65 NonMember, Deadline: Oct. 17. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, snacks and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled. Wii Bowling -- Second Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you like to have fun, like to socialize and meet new friends, join in the fun with Wii bowling which is bowling with a remote control device. You are guaranteed a fun time!
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The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27. The Fall Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the fabulous Market Village. The festival will feature more than 125 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children’s activities. There will also have local entertainment on the stage in front of the library. Peter Hart will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Fall Jonquil Festival. Peter’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the
stage! Scott Thompson will be performing for your listening pleasure. Thompson, one of the founding members of Peachtree Station, will entertain you with all your favorite songs on Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn adjacent to the Fall Jonquil Food Court. Artisans are from all over the southeast and feature their own hand made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: pizza, cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. Admission is FREE.
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