Events and happenings: The Week of March 20

Mar. 24—Community clothing and shoes giveaway

HOPE Family Resource Center is hosting a community clothing and shoe giveaway for all ages on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The drive will take place at 6108 Mableton Parkway, Suite 116 in Mableton. There will also be free food boxes given while supplies last. For more information, email


Learn how to do business in Cobb

The Cobb County Property Management department will be the featured guest for a virtual Lunch-n-Learn session on How to Do Business with Cobb County Government.

The free informational webinar with be held March 29 at noon. To learn more or to register, visit


City of Austell town hall meeting

Join City of Austell elected officials for a townhall meeting on March 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Beacon of Light, 2050 Collins Boulevard in Austell.

Discussions will be around ideas, projects and the range of services the city provides to the community. For more information, visit


Free event for children and adults on autism spectrum

Sign up for Camp Puzzle, a free half-day experience for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

The event will be held April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cobb Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. Campers will get to sit in a police car, ride in a fire truck, go up in a ladder truck, play in a bouncy house and inflatable slide, play games and crafts, and meet with firefighters, police officers, sheriff deputies and 911 operators.

For more information and to register, visit


Vendors and sponsors wanted for pre-Juneteenth event

Build-A-Bash is seeking vendors and sponsors for their 2nd Annual Pre-Juneteenth Festival on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jim R. Miller Park.

This event will be family-friendly providing a kid's zone, games, shopping, food, live music and more.

For more information and registration, visit or call 470-548-9089.


Georgia Power events to help residents complete utility assistance applications

Georgia Power's Energy Assistance Team will be onsite at two locations in Cobb County on March 28 to help residents complete their application for utility assistance and answer any questions about the Georgia Emergency Rental Assistance program.

Renters behind on their utility bill may be eligible to receive financial assistance through Georgia Power's collaboration with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Funding is available for a limited time and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to Georgia Power customers who qualify. Applicants must apply by March 31.

The team will be at Austell First United Methodist Church, 5705 Mulberry Street in Austell, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Worship With Wonders Church, 1887 Powder Springs Road in Marietta, from 3 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit


Georgia brewing history on tap

Hop into the history of brewing in the state from its earliest colonial days to the present.

The Georgia Room in the Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street NE in Marietta, will present the story of Georgia's long and complicated history with brewing on April 1 at 3 p.m. The event will also have a featured presentation with one of Red Hare's brewers.


Local history trivia buff competition

Do you know your Marietta history?

Come answer Marietta-themed questions at trivia night on April 5 at 7 p.m. at Red Hare's Still on the Square, 29 W. Park Square in Marietta.

The event will feature a fun night of trivia, authentic Cuban food and locally crafted beer. A portion of the cocktail and beer sales will be donated to the Marietta History Center.

The event is hosted by the Switzer Library's Georgia Room, the Marietta History Center and Red Hare Brewing & Distilling Company.


The sounds of spring and summer coming to Cobb

Cobb's Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre has added more shows to its lineup for the 2023 season.

The venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will have special events throughout the year. Performances include soul, R&B, jazz, funk, comedy, hip hop and more.

The schedule is:

— May 6 — Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken: TWENTY the Tour

— May 20 — Ashanti with special guest Lloyd

— May 28 — Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson

— June 10 — Brian Mcknight

— July 8 — Stephanie Mills, Atlantic Starr, Miki Howard, Glen

— Sep. 2 — Morris Day & The Time, S.O.S. Band, Confunkshun

— Sep. 16 — Kool & the Gang

Participants should be aware that there are several websites claiming to sell presale codes for events at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. These are non-affiliated parties whom the Amphitheatre does not endorse in any way. The Amphitheatre will never ask money for presale codes. is the only retailer, besides the Amphitheatre's box office, that patrons should use.

For more information about the shows and to get tickets, visit


Acworth Police create Victim Advocate position

The Acworth Police Department announced the selection of Emily Hall to their newly created Victim Advocate position.

With the creation of this position, Acworth Police will be able to provide additional resources to victims of crimes in Acworth. Victim Advocates are trained to understand and support victims, provide guidance with each step of their case, assist with connecting victims with resources needed and working with victims through the court proceedings.

The vast majority of police departments do not employ a Victim Advocate. Acworth Police believes this is a critical component to providing excellent customer service to the citizens they serve. Their focus will remain ensuring victims of crimes are not forgotten as they face unique challenges during incredibly difficult times.

Hall brings valuable training and experience from her previous job as a Victim Advocate with LiveSafe Resources. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Forensic Behavior Science and is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.


Glass Blowing Workshop at Mable House

The Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road SW in Mableton, will have a Glass Blowing Workshop with Silica Burns Glass on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will create one of a kind handblown glass bowls. No prior experience needed or required. Participants ages 6-14 will need an adult to supervise and assist. Everyone making a personal piece of art will need to be registered. Students must provide personal safety glasses and closed toed shoes for this workshop.

Due to the nature of glass, bowls will not be ready to take home until March 27.

For more information, visit


Herbal Tea Workshop at North Cobb Library

North Cobb Regional Library, 3535 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw, will have an Herbal Tea Workshop on March 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The free workshop is presented by Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Food Well Alliance is a collaborative network of local leaders working together to build thriving community gardens and urban farms.

Participants will be served tea and tea appropriate snacks as they learn about growing, harvesting and using herbs to make tea. The herbs that will featured are mint, thyme, tulsi (holy basil) and sage.

Registration is required. For more information, visit


Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club to have Caric Martin speak

The Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club will have Caric Martin speak on March 27 at its weekly meeting.

Martin is a member of the Board of Directors of Kennesaw State University, Director of the KSU Athletic Association and member of the university's Athletic Hall Of Fame. Martin will speak about the growth of KSU and the growth of its athletic programs.

The Club hosts its weekly meetings, starting at noon, at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street in Marietta.

For more information or to make a reservation, email


Drop In Spanish and Italian Tutoring

The Vinings Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road in the Vinings area, will have Drop In Spanish and Italian Tutoring on March 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The library offers drop-in language tutoring in Spanish or Italian. No appointment necessary. All ages and skill levels welcome.

For more information, visit


Rain Garden Work Day

Cobb County Water System's Wildlife and Rain Garden needs help.

Located at the Water Quality Laboratory, 662 South Cobb Drive in Marietta, this demonstration garden showcases ways one can transform their landscape into an urban/suburban sanctuary. The weekly workday includes a quick site tour and orientation as well as basic garden training on how to install and maintain plantings.

The next Rain Garden Work Day will be March 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, visit


Upcoming Cobb County Water System Lunch & Learn workshops

The Cobb County Water System will have the following Lunch & Learn workshops at the Water Quality Laboratory.

March 31: Indoor Leak Detection. Celebrate Fix a Leak Week by learning how to find and fix leaks at home. Participants can learn how to check their toilet for leaks, common places they may find leaks and how to find those sneaky leaks. They will also learn about rebates and resources offered to Cobb County Water System customers.

May 26: Drought Tolerant Plants and Gardens. Participants can join Rob Trawick, UGA's Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent for Cobb County, to learn the importance of planting native plants to survive flash droughts and summer weather.

To register for these events, visit


District 2 Town Hall meeting is April 20

Commissioner Jerica Richardson will reveal the community's priorities for 2023 at the District 2 Quarter 1 Town Hall meeting on April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council building, 1800 Circle 75 Parkway in the Cumberland area.

Participants will hear Commissioner Richardson provide updates from the district and Cobb County, and guest speakers from local organizations and elected offices. The town hall will be followed up with a networking event where participants can meet the Community Cabinet. Register at


Become a community helper in CERT program

Residents can volunteer for the Cobb County Community Emergency Response Team.

The program prepares people to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, assist victims immediately and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community's safety.

Apply by April 7 at noon at to begin the initial training.

Limited seats are available. Selected volunteers will meet April 15, April 22 and April 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center in Marietta.

Students must attend all sessions to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

For more information, contact Bernard King at or 770-499-4568.


Cover-to-cover book sale

The Cobb County Public Library Spring Book Sale will be April 14-16 at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE in Marietta.

Participants can find books for all ages in both hardcover and paperback, magazines, DVDs, books on CD, and audiocassettes. Prices range from 10-cents to $4. All profits from the sale go directly to buying more items for Cobb County Public Library's 15 branches and bookmobile.

Sale hours are April 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. There is plenty of free parking.

For more information, visit


Community food market returns to Cobb

Goodr Pop-up Grocery Market is returning to Cobb to assist communities in need.

The market provides fresh produce, meat, shelf-stable items, milk and other beverages through the mobile markets. This initiative aims to provide families with food to bridge the food insecurity gap.

Markets will be held monthly from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Austell Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Austell-Powder Springs Road in Austell. Future dates for the market are April 13, May 11, June 8 and Oct. 12.

Registration is required to take part in each market day. Registration will open 5 to 7 days before each event. To register, visit


Southern Museum celebrates Women's History Month

The Southern Museum in downtown Kennesaw will celebrate the contributions of Women throughout history with a Women's History Month celebration event on March 25.

The event, free with purchase of regular museum admission, will feature education stations with hands-on activities for both children and adults, a scavenger hunt about women in the Civil War with a word cipher and specialty tours about the Bread Riots led by women in the early 1860s at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Special collections materials will also be on display.

During the entire month of March, the museum will have Women's History Month Gallery Guides available for visitors to learn more about women's involvement and

contributions throughout the permanent gallery.

For more information, visit


Easter Egg Drop with the Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team

The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team of Keller Williams will host an Easter Egg Drop on March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

It will take place at Mount Paran North Church of God's soccer field, behind the church and up the hill, at 1700 Allgood Road in Marietta.

There will be three different egg drops based on age: 1-3 year olds will go first, then 4-8 year olds and lastly 9-12 year olds. While guests are waiting, they can enjoy close up magic by a skilled magician, face painting, balloon art and meet Rapunzel. Goodie bags will also be available for visitors to take home.

For more information, visit


Rep. McCormick to hold Telephone Town Hall on March 23

Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Georgia, is hosting a Telephone Town Hall on March 23 at 7 p.m. for constituents of the 6th District, where he will answer questions and discuss the issues facing Congress today.

"I'm looking forward to hearing about your priorities for our community and our country, and how I can best serve Georgia families," said Rep. McCormick. "We are working together every day to secure the border, strengthen the economy, support our troops and veterans, and ensure parents are the ultimate authority in their children's education. I hope you'll join us."

The dial-in for participants is 833-998-0870.


East Cobb Quilters' Guild hosts "Sewcial" for charities

The East Cobb Quilters' Guild will host a "Sewcial" on March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Room at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Town Center, 625 Big Sandy Road NW in Kennesaw.

The event is to sew Beads of Courage bags for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta cancer patients, placemats for Meals on Wheels, pillowcases for hospitalized children thru Ryan's Case for Smiles and quilts for DEFAC. Beads of Courage bags are a new addition to their outreach. Eighteen quilters will bring their machines, materials and dedication to sew all day to continue their commitments of community service.

For more information, visit and


Marietta Police to have high school women's self-defense course

The Marietta Police Department, 240 Lemon Street in Marietta, will teach the Rape Aggression Defense System from 6 to 9 p.m.. on April 17, April 19, April 24 and April 26.

The 12-hour program of personal self-defense tactics and techniques is for women-only and designed to be quick and effective in delivering pain to vulnerable locations of the attacker's body.

All four days must be attended to complete the course. Participants must be a senior in high school or the female parent or guardian of the student. Parents who do not want to participate will need to attend the first hour to complete paperwork if student is under 18.

No jewelry is allowed during class. Gym attire is recommended.

Space is limited. The class is filled on a first come first serve basis.

To register, visit For more information, email Lt. Ingram at


Touchstones to the Past: City Cemetery Walking Tour

The Marietta History Center's Collections Manager Christa McCay will have a walking tour of the Marietta City Cemetery on May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Established in the 1830s, the Cemetery has a host of tales to tell, and a guided walking tour is the best way to experience them. Each tour has a different theme that will explore stories of Marietta's constant residents.

This tour will focus on Cemetery Symbolism. Participants can come and get an up-close view and hear about the details of many hand-crafted tombstones.

The tours, rain or shine events, are conducted over gravel and uneven pathways, so please plan accordingly. The tours, limited to 25 people each, begin at the white house located at the center of Cemetery.

Tickets, free for MHC members and $15 non-members, can be purchased through the Center's online store at

For more information, call 770-794-5710.


Ask the Expert — Medicare Questions

The Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Ask the Expert — Medicare Questions on March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Do you have questions about Medicare? Call the Center to schedule a 15-minute appointment with a Medicare expert. The event is presented by Senior Benefits of Georgia.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit


Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts

The West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, will have Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts on March 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Participants can learn how proper planning and having the essential documents in place can reduce costs, alleviate stress and provide ongoing legal and financial protection. The event is presented by Orcutt Law Offices.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-8200 or visit


Disaster Response Seminar

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have a Disaster Response Seminar on March 27 from 1 to 2 p.m.

One only needs to watch the evening news to be reminded of the chaos that is possible each day. Participants can join officers from the Cobb County Police Community Affairs Division as they discuss ways to prepare for and respond to various disaster scenarios.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-975-7740 or visit


Morning Tea Book Club

The Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have Morning Tea Book Club on March 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can join the Morning Tea Book Club for a lively book discussion held on the fourth Monday of each month. The group is led by Steven Valentine from the Stratton Library. Copies of the current book in print may be checked-out at the front desk. Participants should bring a laptop, iPad or tablet to download an electronic version. Participants mush have a valid Cobb County Library card to download. March's book is "We Begin At The End" by Chris Whitaker.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-5355 or visit


What You Didn't Know About Your Public Library

The West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, will have What You Didn't Know About Your Public Library on March 30 from 10 to 11 a.m.

This class is for anyone who wants to get the most out of their public library. There is so much one can access for free, like local and national newspapers, genealogy resources and passes one can borrow for free access to state parks, the Atlanta Zoo and the Alliance Theater. Participants can bring their device and the library can help one access the world.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-8200 or visit


Cultivating the Mind, Body and Soul

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Cultivating the Mind, Body and Soul on March 28 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Exercise is vital. Consistent practice can aid in reducing common ailments such as depression, joint pain, balance and mobility restrictions making daily living and recreational movements more manageable. AA Lions Fitness Inc. will guide, motivate, empower and encourage participants to reach their full potential through a holistic approach. This workshop is dedicated to assisting seniors in staying physically and mentally healthy.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-975-7740 or visit