Silva Is Smyrna Business Person Of The Year

Charles Silva was named the Smyrna Business Association Business Person of the Year at the September meeting.

Silva, who currently serves as secretary of the group had a long tenure as treasurer.

Presenting the award are, left, Dennis Harding, last year’s recipient and Jabar Dozier, right, president.

A native of St. Louis, Silva grew up in St Louis Missouri and spent most of his career as a banker, working his way up to bank president. After volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, Silva headed the Arthritis Chapter of Eastern Missouri and came to the Atlanta area as CFO of the National Arthritis Foundation in 1997.

“Today, Charlie continues to use his financial and consulting skills to assist small businesses in the Smyrna area,” Harding said. “We are fortunate that Charlie has brought his experience and talent to serving as a Board member of the Smyrna Business Association.”

He and his wife, Katie, have two grown children.

From the September 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

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October & November Calendar

OCTOBER

8: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. October 8 Log Cabin Church at 2 p.m.

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9: CANDIDATE FORUM. State Senate Candidates Forum, 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 9, at the Vinings Civic Club, Cochise Club, 3773 Cochise Drive, Atlanta

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NOW– 12: ART EXHIBIT AND SALE: Annual fine art exhibit and sale at Smyrna’s beautiful Taylor-Brawner House; 3182 Atlanta Road-Smyrna. Nine days of exhibits and demonstrations. Over two dozen award-winning regional artists will have their jury selected original art on display, and every medium will be represented, from oil and acrylic to water color, fiber art and wood. Daily October 7 to 15 noon to 5 p.m., and open to 7 p.m. on the 11 and 12. Find more details on Facebook at “Taylor-Brawner Park With Art” or call 678-637-5545. Free admission.

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12: HERMAN CAIN TAPING. Smyrna Business Association hosts a taping of WSB radio’s Herman Cain Show on the Village Green Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Replaces the regular SBA meeting.

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13: FALL CARNIVAL. Casper’s Friendly Fall Carnival will be held on the Smyrna Community Center lawn Oct. 13 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. There will be crafts, carnival games, hayrides, and much more for kids up to 12 years old. Admission is $10 per family. Register at smyrnacity.com.

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 14: STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Mable House. New this year is the Chore Challenge where children can experience what it was like to do chores when there was no electricity or modern conveniences.  New games have been added including Herding Pigs which should be entertaining to watch as well as participate. Storytelling Festival October 14, an event-filled day on the grounds of the Historic Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, GA 30126.  Enjoy fun activities, stories, and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4.

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17: ART COUNCIL MEETING. Nationally acclaimed artist, Marsha Hamby Savage, will be the keynote speaker for the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council’s Annual Meeting on October 17, at 7 p.m. at Smyrna City Hall. Ms. Savage is celebrated for her colorful landscapes in pastel, acrylic and oil. The meeting is open to the public and it is free to attend. A small reception will follow the event.

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21: SPOOKTACULAR CHASE, a fundraiser 5K and 10K to support VRS, a local non-profit, dedicated to serving those who are blind or visually impaired so that they may live independently. Begins at 8 a.m. in Powder Springs, OCT 21. Register at spooktacularchase.com/.

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21: HARVESTFEST: Marietta’s 41st Annual HarvestFest on the Historic Marietta Square on Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits including painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry and many other types of crafts. Admission is free, and there will be games and activities for the entire family.

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21: HISTORIC VININGS EVENT. “Down South At The Pace House” gala 6:30 – 10: 30 p.m. Oct 21.  Benefits the VHPS. Tickets at vinings.org/downsouth.

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24: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, and Mickey Gazaway,  Master Gardener and long- time consultant for Pike Nurseries, will give a program entitled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bulbs” on Tuesday, October 24, 10:30 a.m.  at the Smyrna Library during the regularly scheduled Jonquil Garden Club meeting. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Come join us to learn more about gardening in the home landscape and community service opportunities. For more information, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our award winning website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org.

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24: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS. The Cobb Chamber and Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations are proud to present the 7th Annual October Haunt After Hours at Six Flags Over Georgia. Tickets include food, drinks and park admission for select rides that will be open throughout the event. Join us for a night of networking and themed fun with members of 21 area chambers and local business organizations. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 4:30 To 8 p.m. Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest Austell.

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27: HAUNTED HOUSE. 4th Annual Haunted House at Griffin Middle School. The best Haunted House this side of Atlanta, and the only one in Smyrna, October 27. Some scary and spooktacular fun, at Griffin Middle. The event is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each night. For additional details, visit www.cobbk12.org/griffin . This annual event is a fundraiser for the Griffin Middle School Foundation, and the school is located at 4010 King Springs Road, Smyrna.

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28- 29: JONQUIL FESTIVAL. City of Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival on the Village Green. October 28 and 29. Featuring crafts, fun, food, and entertainment. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday noon -5.

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28: COSTUME PARADE. The Smyrna Police Department will be hosting its Third Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Register beginning at 8:30  in the rear parking lot of Smyrna First Baptist Church. Prizes for best costumes.

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31: FALL FESTIVAL: Cobb P.A.R.K.S. along with Cobb County Public Safety, Safe Kids Cobb County and Cobb County 4-H are hosting the 18th Annual Fall Festival of Fun on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Jim Miller Park from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This event will provide the children of Cobb County a safe alternative to the traditional Trick-or-Treat in their neighborhoods. The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume contests for kids and adults, coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entrance to the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Come wearing your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry all of your candy!

                                                                      

NOVEMBER

1: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector.  www.sc-ba.org

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2: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Nov 2. Speaker: John Hunt of MarketNsight and president of ViaSearch with an analysis of the Atlanta real estate market. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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7: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Program: Veterans Recognition and introduction of five finalists for Vinings Business of the Year. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Nov. 7 at the Georgian Club. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099.

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11: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Make Christmas special for those on your list with items from local vendors on Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m- 4 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Rd, Smyrna. Proceeds go to support our Missions programs (Habitat for Humanity; Soldier Angel/Workdog Programs)

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11: ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Annual Hands on Christmas holiday arts and crafts festival at Smyrna First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. – 2. Kids of all ages can create high quality, homemade crafts and keepsakes. (Adult supervision required for younger kids.) We will also feature our Holiday Gift Mart which is filled with local artisans’ unique crafts and gifts. For more info, visit www.smyrnafumc.org. Bring a change of clothes, because Santa Claus will be available for photos during the festival (via appointment only) with a professional photographer. At a $20 fee, proceeds benefit Smyrna First’s MOPS group. To book Santa appointments, visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com.

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12: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: International Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale featuring for sale new and gently used items for your home and holiday shopping and homemade baked goods and treats. One day only- Sunday Nov. 12 from 12:30- 4 p.m. at 4000 King Springs Smyrna. All proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, a nonprofit organization.

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16: BUSINESS EXPO. SBA Business Expo Fall 2017 Thursday November 16 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Cir SE, Smyrna. It is free to attend the SBA Expo! If you’d like to showcase your business, please register to exhibit. https://smyrnabusiness.org.  The Smyrna Business Expo is your chance to meet over 200+ local business owners, generate  business leads, close deals and enjoy great food! Join us for networking, building business relationships and meeting local entrepreneurs.

 

DECEMBER

2-3: TOUR OF HOMES. The 31st Annual Marietta Pilgrimage, Marietta, December 2-3. www.MariettaPilgrimage.com/

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). www.bsatroop1.net

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SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m.  Contact us at 770-883-1123. Website: www.smyrnatroop11.com.

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FARMER’S MARKETS:

MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

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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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THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna Ga. and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: 1MomTurner@ATT.net

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MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at “Smyrna History Museum” for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory.org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership.

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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 Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more.

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VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club.

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

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MONTHLY OR MORE

AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and 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 CITY COUNCIL meets the first Monday of each month for its regular meeting.

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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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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 cobbcountymochamoms.org or email cobbcountymochamoms@gmail.com

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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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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.

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HOBO SUPPER Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited—Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale.  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.

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THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna. Members assemble at 10 a.m. and the meeting opens at 10:30 a.m..The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but including public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend.  For further information, you may contact Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248. www.jonquilgardenclub.org

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KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info.

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JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market.  For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@bellsouth.net.

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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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SMYRNA 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 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.

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SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m.

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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.  http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/smyrnaj. www.facebook.com/pages/smyrna-Jonquil-Lions-Club/321959177899884

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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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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 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 songofjoy2@aol.com.

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SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector.  www.sc-ba.org

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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 schomeschoolers@thestudyhalledu.com or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at schomeschoolers.blogspot.com

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

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VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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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.

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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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DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required.

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FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. – 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: www.foodaddicts.org.

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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, GA  Phone: 678-631-5541.The facilitator is Carl Proctor  Email: carlcproctor@aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. We are grateful to the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center for providing our meeting space.

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information.

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REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior.  Call Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 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 NOVEMBER issue is OCTOBER 23 with publication the week of NOVEMBER 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.

 

From the October 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

‘Twisted Cyclone’ Roller Coaster Coming To Six Flags In 2018

Six Flags Over Georgia—the Thrill Capital of the South— announced the all-new Twisted Cyclone hybrid roller coaster will arrive in 2018. Twisted Cyclone will offer guests the best of both worlds—a classic wooden structure combined with a modern, steel track for multiple inversions and a smoother, more thrilling riding experience.

“Six Flags was the first in the industry to introduce this hybrid technology and Twisted Cyclone is a shining example of Six Flags innovation at its very best. Year after year, our park keeps delivering unique thrills for all ages and this state-of-the-art hybrid coaster is an absolute game-changer,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “Our guests are going to be blown away by the unbelievable features of this coaster.”

Twisted Cyclone highlights include:

  • An insanely steep 75-degree initial drop from nearly 100 feet into a jaw-dropping reverse cobra roll sending riders perpendicular to the ground;
  • Three hair-raising upside down inversions and 10 airtime moments along 2,400 feet of track at speeds of 50 miles per hour;
  • The feeling of weightlessness through a 360-degree zero gravity roll;
  • One-of-a-kind custom coaster trains modeled after a classic 1960’s sports convertible; and
  • A smoother, sleeker, more intense ride than ever before.

Construction on Twisted Cyclone is underway and the ride is expected to debut in the spring of 2018. For more information about next season at Six Flags Over Georgia, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/newfor2018.

Six Flags Over Georgia is also announcing the start of 2018 Season Pass sales with its special Flash Sale through Labor Day weekend featuring the best deal of the year— savings up to 70% off on a 2018 Pass!

August 31 through Sept. 4, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Combo Season Passes include admission to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.

Campbell Is Now Cobb’s Largest High School

Campbell High School opened the school year with some 2,957 students enrolled, making it the largest high school in Cobb County.

“We are bursting at the seams,” said Principal Jeannie Walker. Rooms that had been converted from classrooms to other purposes have been reconfigured as classroom space to accommodate new staff, she said. With some no-shows after the first day’s count, the student population is at 2,800 “but that continues to grow, and will do so again after Labor Day,” a school spokesman said.

Campbell had 2,664 enrolled in March, and by August 1 had increased nearly 10 percent. North Cobb was the largest school in Cobb in March’s count with 2,851.

“We’ve got more bodies crammed into the same space,” she added. The classrooms were built in the 1960s and are not as adaptable as newer construction.

Campbell has added 6.5 new teaching positions for the upcoming year and has 38 new employees.

“The Spartan staff is strong and keeps appositive attitude” she said.

“Campbell High School exceeded the previous year’s performance in all areas on the end of course test last year,” said Walker. Not only did they have the highest SAT, ACT & CCRPI gains for 2016, they achieved a 93 percent IB diploma rate and 92 percent of the seniors enrolled in 2017 graduated on time.” Other notable Campbell accomplishments are listed on page 9 of this issue.

Other changes coming to the school include a new football coach who arrived in the spring and will lead the Spartans on the field this fall. Kyle Adkins comes from Pope High school. His wife April is also a teacher at Campbell.

Parking space will also be an issue this school year as construction of a new gymnasium has removed a parking lot in front of the Nash Gym. It is expected to open in January.

The reduction in parking will be felt during sporting events and open houses and only seniors will be allowed to park on campus.

From the August 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

‘Everybody Wants To Live In Smyrna,’ Mayor Says

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon welcomes Jean Brannon, his fifth grade teacher, to the State of the City address in July.

Smyrna is the hottest spot to live in the metro area according to Mayor Max Bacon.

Bacon addressed an overflow crowd at the annual state of the City Address for the Smyrna Business Association and Smyrna Division of the Cobb Chamber in July.

“We’ve always had great people, even the Braves moved out of Atlanta to be next to Smyrna,” he said. “Everybody wants to live in Smyrna. We were strong before the 2008 blip on the economy.”

“We will not raise taxes,” the mayor told the crowd. Smyrna will maintain the millage rate of 8.99 mills for 2017. This rate has been in effect since 2007. Homeowners who maintain a primary residence in Smyrna and have filed for the floating homestead exemption will not see a tax increase on their 2017 property tax bill.

“We are as fiscally sound as any government anywhere,” Bacon said. “We show that in our bond rating.”

Smyrna has a AAA bond rating, one of only six in the state. The city’s $92 million budget is broken down by: public safety, 38 percent; general government, 21 percent; Public works, 18 percent; debt 9 percent; parks and recreation, 8 percent; community development, 3 percent; library, 2 percent and Keep Smyrna Beautiful, 1 percent.

“We have a great police force and fire department,” Bacon said. “We have superior service.”

Early this year Bacon admitted that he had a heart condition. After being referred by his family doctor, Bacon said, “My doctor was wrong, I had not had one heart attack, I had two,” he said.

He had two stents installed and has since recovered.

The health scare has brought up questions of whether Bacon, who has held the mayor’s job since 1985, will run for another term.

“Am I going to run again? Right now I’d say yes, because I’m not going to tell you no,” he said.

“I know that I will finish this term (through 2019) then I’ll make a decision,” he said. “My health’s good for 68.”

“I thank Jack Halpern and Halpern Enterprises for hanging in there with us,” Bacon said. “They donated the land for the Smyrna Elementary School and what we got back was a great investment in or city.”

Bacon noted that the Belmont and Jonquil developments are essentially done, although some storefronts are still being built out. Belmont is a 48-acre mixed-use development with homes, apartments, retail, restaurants and Smyrna Elementary. The Belmont Physicians Center is under construction on Windy Hill and David Weekly homes will build a second phase of houses along Atlanta Road. Jonquil, anchored by Publix, is an 11 acre mixed-use site in downtown Smyrna including apartments and retail and restaurants.

“Concord Road is finally finished,” he said.

The $12 million SPLOST road widening project on Concord Road is complete, he reported. The Downtown Development Authority sold one property to a restaurant and many parcels on the north side of Concord is being developed as a passive linier park.

The next road project is the Windy Hill Road improvement that will begin next year from South Cobb and Atlanta Roads.

“Windy Hill will be an express route,” he said. Four express lanes will move east-west traffic with frontage roads on each side.

“It’s going to be a mess for the next five years,” he said.

“The Reed House will top my list of things I am proud of,” he said. The city purchased the home on Atlanta Road for $18 million and will spend $1.3 million renovating it to use as an event facility.

“This is going to be a great addition once it is finished,” he said.

From the August 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Golf Cart Parade Honors Fourth, Veterans

 

  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.

Hilliard Pouncey, right, an original Tuskegee Airman, rides in the lead car as one of more than a dozen “Grand Marshalls” at the annual golf cart parade at Presbyterian Village in Austell on July 3.

 

 

 

 

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.

At left, Ike Strueusee, an Infantry Staff Sgt. during the war, fought at the Battle of The Bulge in the Army.

Brenda Humphrey Names Braves Honorary Bat Girl

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 19: Honorary Bat Girl Samantha Timmons poses with Brandon Phillips #4 of the Atlanta Braves before the game against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on May 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won 8-4. (Photo by Logan Riely/Beam Imagination/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brandon Phillips

Brenda Humphrey of Mableton served as Honorary Bat Girl for the Atlanta Braves at the May 19 game.

The Honorary Bat Girl contest recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and have demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.

After supporting and caring for her mother and three sisters as they each battled various forms of cancer over the years, Ms. Humphrey was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014. The single mother of a Marine serving in Japan, she immediately began to educate family members and friends about the disease while going through treatment and recovery. Diagnosed again in March 2016, Ms. Humphrey continues to fight the disease while never letting it break her spirit.

The Braves hosted Ms. Humphrey on May 19 as the Braves played the Nationals at Sun Trust Park for a VIP experience that kicked off with a special lunch with the Braves wives. Following lunch, she watched batting practice from the field and stayed for the game. Ms. Humphrey also took home limited-edition pink MLB merchandise. This year, Atlanta Braves player Brandon Phillips served on the Guest Judging Panel for the Honorary Bat Girl Contest.

During the Honorary Bat Girl contest entry timeline, fans from across the United States and Canada shared how they, or their loved ones, support the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including special guests, who chose the winning submissions based on the following criteria: quality of writing and description of personal connection to breast cancer, demonstration of commitment to the battle against the disease and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes).

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In nine years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

From the June 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

Mableton Farmers Market Is Open

The Mableton Farmers Market is off to a running start of its eighth season. The Market, a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition, operates every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through August 24. Come  to the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, and shop for fresh and nutritious locally-grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, breads, homemade jams and jellies, organic bars, bites, nuts and more. Visitors will also experience quick and easy food preparation demonstrations sponsored by partner Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

Wholesome Wave Georgia, another of the Market’s partner organizations, is again on board this season to double the value of SNAP EBT transactions. Believing that every family in Georgia should have access to quality food,  Thursday, July 13, will be the next and last SNAP Assistance visit at the Market this season.  If you or anyone you know has questions about Food Stamp eligibility or issues with an existing account, WWG will have an expert representative to advise inquiring market shoppers about SNAP (food stamp) benefits, complete online applications and/or investigate problems with existing accounts. Consultations are completely confidential.

Stop by the Mableton Farmers Market.

From the June 2017 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.