Candlelite Concerts Planned

The season is set for the 2017 Candlelite Concerts, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Admission is free with plenty of covered seating and room on the lawn, too. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music in one of the best outdoor venues in the metro area.

Tables that seat six people are now on sale for $216 for the entire season or $60 for a single concert. (Sorry, no refunds.) Parking is free for all attendees. Gates open at 7 p.m.; performances begin at 8 p.m.

The line-up for this summer includes:

  • May 20 – Domino, the Van Morrison tribute band.
  • June 17 – Peter Karp and the Roadshow Band, American blues.
  • Aug. 19 – Soulhound, groove-oriented R&B, soul and greasy funk of the late sixties and seventies.
  • Sept. 16 – Red Head Diamond, smooth California-style 70’s rock, such as Linda Ronstadt’s greatest hits, as well as favorites by Fleetwood Mac.

The Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Call 770-819-3285 with any questions or to reserve a table today!

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

Austell Churches Set Good Friday Service

Want to deepen your Easter Sunday experience this year? Rewind to Good Friday and gather with folks from across our community for the annual Seven Last Words service at Austell Presbyterian Church.

Seven local pastors will share their insights on the last seven words spoken from the cross. This year they include Rev. Michael Martin (Austell First United Methodist), Rev. Clarence Ellerbee (Causey Chapel Baptist Church),Tim Ridgeway (Austell First Baptist), and Rev. Tracy Carter (Bethsaida Baptist Church). Also preaching will be Rev. Debra Stewart (Smith Chapel United Methodist), Rev. Malcom Lewis (Beacon Hill Baptist Church) and Rev. Spencer Haygood (Orange Hill Baptist Church).

It begins at 12 noon and continues until 3 p.m. on April 14. This special service (presented in partnership with Sweetwater Mission), is designed so you may come and go or stay for the entire three hours.

Austell Presbyterian Church is located at 5895 Love St. in Austell. Call 770-948-2822 for more information.

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

Theatre Project Presents ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

Anderson Rothwell of Roswell plays the part of Joseph in the Theater Project presentation.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by The Theatre Project this spring at the Mable House Amphitheatre.

This high-energy musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the coat of many colors story of Joseph from the Old Testament. The play follows Joseph, the father’s favored son; as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brother and taken to Egypt where he becomes second in command to Pharaoh and eventually reunites his family.

The musical journey is a kaleidoscope of colorful dance numbers and memorable music.
Performances for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” are scheduled for Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton.

Advance tickets are $8 per adult 13 years and older general admission, and $60 per table (6 seat limit). Children 12 and under are Free. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster.com, the Mable House Arts Center or the Amphitheatre Box Office. For more information please call 770-819-3285.

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

MLB App, Traffic Plan Will Get You To Braves’ Games

Arrive early, buy your parking in advance, use Uber and Waze and have patience as opening day approaches April 14 and a sell-out crowd arrives as SunTrust Park, officials advise.

The third phase of the Cobb County Transportation Management was unveiled just prior to the soft opener preseason game March 30. A portion of the plan calls for uniformed officers to be placed at approximately 30 intersections around the new ballpark to support the flow of traffic to and from the 14 primary points of access to the new stadium and The Battery Atlanta.

The traffic plan includes new technology from Uber, the team’s official ridesharing partner. Also, an updated MLB.com Ballpark app is available, and for offsite parking the Cumberland Circulator is available.

“By working hand in hand with our partners, we have been able to develop a detailed, comprehensive approach to getting to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan’s experience at Turner Field. From our partnerships with Uber and Waze to our request that all fans buy their parking in advance, these new tactics deliver a greater suite of choices for our fans. With our exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 31, it’s important for us to let our fans know how they can access and best utilize these new transportation and parking strategies to provide them with the best experience possible.”

The Braves and their partners – Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb County Police Department and Kimley-Horn – are working on a collaborative approach to transportation management. A traffic control center at the stadium is staffed with representatives from each agency and can make adjustments to traffic flow and signage and in real time.

The Braves will offer more than 14,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 5,000 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats. Additionally, Cobb County and the City of Smyrna have issued independent parking permits for several operators in the area, bringing more than 1,200 additional parking spots into play.

Greg Mize, director of digital, urged to use the new MLB app on their phones for getting to, in and around SunTrust Park.

“We have partnered with Waze to get people directly to the park,” he said. Tickets and parking can be linked to the phone app. An artificial intelligence bot on the app can also answer questions about travel, parking and the stadium itself.

Uber is piloting a new technology that makes the pick-up experience faster and more efficient at SunTrust Park.

Riders leaving SunTrust Park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage. At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN code in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone.

“Braves fans across metro Atlanta can count on Uber for a reliable ride to and from SunTrust Park,” said Uber Atlanta General Manager Luke Marklin. “As part of our effort to help fans get home as quickly as possible, we are piloting a technology that makes it easier to find your ride when so many people are leaving a game at the same time.”

Braves officials also spoke to the evolution of the game day travel experience at SunTrust Park, one which encourages fans to make a plan in advance of their trip to the ballpark. That plan can be summarized through three key steps, all of which can be achieved through the updated MLB.com Ballpark app:

  • Buy your ticket in advance: The Braves are the first Major League Baseball team to transition completely to a system of paperless tickets. Whether they are eyeing a game a few months down the road or a few hours beforehand, fans will be able to easily use the MLB.com Ballpark app to buy their tickets. They’ll also be able to secure tickets by visiting Braves.com or calling the Braves ticket office at 404-577-9100.
  • Buy your parking in advance: With more than 14,000 spaces dispersed around the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their parking in advance. Doing so will enable them to save money through a discounted advance purchase, as well as receive customized directions directly to their parking lot. The majority of game day lots will require pre-payment, though some will accept credit card payment on site.
  • Trust Waze to get you to the ballpark: An official partner of the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time information from Cobb County that will better inform fans traveling to the game than other smartphone map apps. Integrated into the MLB.com Ballpark app, Waze will provide detailed directions to individual parking lots to help spread traffic out across a broader area, while also receiving official updates on traffic conditions around the ballpark.

The Cobb County Transportation Management Plan outlines Cobb County’s strategic approach to managing vehicular and pedestrian access to SunTrust Park. Lt. J.D. Lorens of the Cobb County Police Department focused on how the Operations Center will put that plan into action, coordinating multiple agencies and resources to monitor traffic conditions and using real-time data to respond to any situations that might arise.

“All of the key decision-makers will be working in concert, monitoring what the travel conditions are for fans and commuters,” Lorens said. “This enables us to move quickly, using the most up-to-date data to respond to changing conditions in real-time.”

The Cumberland Circulator, a CObbLink bus service, launched three initial routes on March 31 with a fare of $2.50 and drop-off in front of the park. The Circulator will provide high-frequency service along convenient accessible routes in the Cumberland area, helping to reduce congestion, enhance existing transit service, increase mobility and promote economic activity.

For more information, please visit www.Braves.com/Transportation.

Braves Welcome Fans to New Home In Cobb

The last of the cranes used in the construction of SunTrust Park was removed at the end of March and two preseason games have tested the staff operations, passing with flying colors.

The Atlanta Braves are ready to open the season in their new home in Cobb County on April 14 against the San Diego Padres.

“The pride is boundless,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO. “The effort by so many people get us here is overwhelming. There have been some 2,500 people a day working on the project, sometimes in three shifts over the past 2 1/2 years.”

“This was a five to eight year project done in 30 months,” Mike Plant, president of development, said.

Construction work, and cranes still are completing The Battery, an entertainment district venues, restaurants, 200,000 sq. ft. of retail and apartments adjacent to the park.

McGuirk said that some 150 of the planned apartments are finished, and leased.

“It’s sort of a millennial heaven,” he said.

Construction on the Battery will continue throughout the summer with the The Omni hotel opening by Thanksgiving and the Comcast office building by late summer. The first concert at the Roxy is April 7.

“By the end of the year everything will be open,” he said.

Local fans are looking forward to being a part of the new ballpark.

The Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s youth choir, God’s Light, will perform the national anthem on April 19. “They do it every year but this one is particularly exciting since it’s in our own backyard,” said Julie Lischer.

SunTrust Park was designed as a fan’s ballpark, with good sightlines and an intimate feel.

“The advantage of this orientation is that from the upper deck you can see the Atlanta skyline,” said Joe Spears, architect.

Another unique feature is the connectivity available at the park. With Comcast next door, and wi-fi repeaters located at numerous spots around the field and in the seats, fans can enjoy free high speed wi-fi.

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

April & May Calendar

APRIL

14: TEASLEY PROSPECTIVE PARENT EVENTS. Upcoming tours April 14 and May 4. Teasley Elementary School, 3640 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna. For questions and more information call 770-437-5945.

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15: COBB’S LARGEST EGG HUNT at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, Al Bishop Softball Complex, Marietta. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs, food truck and vendors. There will be five egg hunts broken down into age groups through age 10. Please bring your own baskets for the hunt. Special needs participants are included in all activities. Admission for the hunt is free. For more information please call 770-528-4333.

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21-23: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information please call 770-819-3285.

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21-22: PLANT SALE & GARDEN FAIR.  Jim Miller Park – Free admission. April 21 & 22 The Plant Sale & Garden Fair features a wide selection of plants in every price range. Perennials, herbs, ferns, native plants, ornamental trees, shrubs and more will be for sale from knowledgeable vendors and the gardens of the Master Gardeners. This event also features unusual and unique plants, gardening accessories, yard art and jewelry from specialty vendors from around the southeast.

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22: CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER. This event is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160, 160 Legion Dr., Smyrna, and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb. April 22, 7 p.m. to 11. Your $25 admission includes $5,000 in casino play chips for poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette.  Along with fun casino games your ticket includes dinner, a free raffle ticket all while enjoying the DJ, dancing, Silent Auction, and multiple raffles-including a Grand Prize Raffle at the end of the evening. Join us for a fun night supporting Special Olympics Georgia-Cobb!

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25: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. A special invitation to Jonquil Garden’s club In-House Plant Sale on April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. Club members will share well-potted plants from their personal gardens, including perennials, some hydrangeas, and natives.  Following a shorter business session, great plants will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in this fast, furious, and fun event. Jonquil Garden Club meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library to explore gardening topics, community and school projects, and conservation efforts. JGC is open to all who wish to learn more about gardening and horticulture. For more info about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our newly refurbished website at www. jonquilgardenclub.org. Save the date: Jonquil Garden Club’s 8th Annual Plant Sale-June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at Smyrna Fresh (Farmers’) Market.

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27: BUSINESS EXPO Spring Smyrna Business Expo Trade Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This is Smyrna Business Assn Business Trade Show. Local restaurant and Catering Food, Networking, and Door Prizes.

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30: ROCK’N AND ROLL’N CAR SHOW April 30 from 1-5 p.m. Live Music featuring “Odd Man Out” Food and Fun. Car entry fee $25 at event; $20 pre-registration until April 20. Benefits God’s Light Youth Choir, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road., Smyrna, Please enter parking lot at King Street entrance. For information, contact Ruben Roberts, jroberts@robertsfire.net or 404-427-4234.

 MAY

2: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Speaker Cobb Commission
Chair Mike Boyce.  Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch May 2 at Hotel Indigo, 2857 Paces Ferry Road. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099. After Hours May 16 at Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria, 330 Cobb Pkwy (Kroger Shopping Ctr), Vinings.

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3: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. On May 3. 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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4: 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. Meeting on May 4.

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4: BUSINESS EXPO. Cobb Galleria Centre from 3 to 6 p.m. May 4. As one of Cobb County’s largest networking events, Business Expo presents exhibitors the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,000 attendees and 150 other exhibitors. With the addition of Summer JAM, exhibitors and attendees will gain special access to Cobb’s 10 business associations. Open to the public and free to attend.

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4: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 4 with Speaker Jim Wilgus, Cobb DOT, for reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org

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6: SPRINGFEST 2017. The Powder Springs Business Group along with local sponsors presents SpringsFest 2017 on May 6 on the Town Square. This family-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes food trucks, caterers, music, kid’s activities, bouncy house, performances and local vendors. SpringsFest 2017 brings the best of what Powder Springs has to offer in one fun-filled day of food, entertainment, local finds, and family activities.

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6: AGING BY DESIGN 2017 EXPO Saturday, May 6 at Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, from 10 a.m. to 3.. Meet with local businesses and non-profit organizations to gather information on topics such as home health, transportation, financial planning, estate planning, and more. There will be health screenings and several valuable and informative breakout sessions. Event and parking free.

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13: MABLETON DAY Community Celebration. 8 – 4 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, The day begins with the Mableton Day 5K. Race starts at 8 a.m.

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20: SMYRNA GARDEN TOUR. Tour 5 private gardens, Smyrna Elementary garden, Tea Room and plant sale at the Taylor Brawner House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Tickets on sale May 1 $15 in advance and $20 at the door. An event of Keep Smyrna Beautiful. For information contact Ann Kirk at 770-431-2863

 WEEKLY EVENTS

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., along Mill Street on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

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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 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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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.

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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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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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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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 #1112 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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for MAY issue is APRIL 23 with publication the week of MAY 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.

 

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

Braves Show Off Menu For SunTrust Park

Opening Day is April 14 and there’s more on the menu at SunTrust Park than just peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack.

The ballpark’s concessions are provided by Delaware North Sportservice – a division of global hospitality and foodservice provider Delaware North. Other food vendors include Chick-fil-A, Waffle House and Fox Brothers Barbeque.

“Like the ballpark, the food service is state of the art,” said Shawn Mattox, Delaware North’s general manager at SunTrust Park.

A variety of themed outlets will provide regionally inspired, fan-favorite dishes using local ingredients and companies. The “Taste of Braves Country” program will feature traditional items from around Georgia and five other neighboring states considered “Braves Country,” while a “Farm to Fan” initiative will bring fresh, homegrown ingredients to the ballpark from Atlanta-area farms and other local producers.

Delaware North Executive Chef  Smithing  noted that while the ballpark food prices are usually higher, “It’s all made in house so it’s similar to fine dining, but at the ball park.”

He noted that for a family of four you might expect to budget about $60 for a meal during the game. A kids’ meal of a hot dog, chips and a drink is $7.

“Delaware North has done an incredible job creating an authentic southern food experience for fans coming to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, Braves president of development. “With everything from the flavors to the vendors having a local tie, we know our fans will enjoy and appreciate the food experience and the quality service.”

The Taste of Braves Country program was designed to showcase the best southern cooking from “Braves Country,” which encompasses Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Time-tested dishes and flavors from around the south will be found on concessions menus across the ballpark. Some highlights include:

  • Georgia: Fox Bros. BBQ; Hugh Acheson 1st & 3rd Hot Dog and Sausage Shack, Chick-fil-A; Waffle House.
  • South Carolina: Pimento Cheese Patty Melt, served with caramelized onions and smoked paprika on rye.
  • North Carolina: Smoked whole hog BBQ sandwich, served on white bread with chopped southern slaw and vinegar BBQ sauce.
  • Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken, served with bread & butter pickles.
  • Mississippi: Blackened Catfish Po’ Boy Taco, served with slaw and Comeback Sauce.
  • Alabama: Fried Tomahawk Pork Chop, served on an extra-large potato roll with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce.

“Braves fans come from far and wide, and each one has a different and delicious food they enjoy while watching a baseball game,” said Shawn Mattox, Delaware North’s general manager at SunTrust Park. “We designed a menu that underscores the diversity of southern cooking and created dishes that we know all fans will enjoy while in Atlanta for a game.

For its Farm to Fan initiative, Sportservice will draw from a network of more than 40 Atlanta-area farms, urban and college gardens, and other local producers to incorporate their produce into a variety of concessions dishes. The produce and fresh ingredients will vary throughout the season based on market availability and each game will feature a different farm or local company. A guest farmer component will also bring the farmers to the ballpark to work alongside Sportservice chefs and meet with fans as they try the locally sourced dishes.

Fans can look for the Farm to Fan logo at concession stands throughout the ballpark to try the featured produce item of the game, or follow on social media as farms and participating concession stand locations are announced throughout the season.

Despite the myriad choices of food at the ballpark, the Braves will allow outside food in SunTrust Park, reversing an earlier announcement.

The organization initially said no outside food or drink, except a sealed water bottle, would be allowed into the new stadium.

Just before the March 31 preseason game, the Braves tweeted that, after receiving feedback from fans, they have changed that policy.

“Over the past few days we have heard feedback from our fans expressing their desire to continue to bring food items into the ballpark on game days. We listened and have decided to amend our approach,” the organization posted on Twitter.

Fans will now be allowed to bring food inside SunTrust Park as long as it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag. Fans may still bring a sealed plastic water bottle.

“One bag of food and one bottle of water per ticket will be permitted,” the tweet said.

All bags of food are subject to additional inspection.

Exceptions to the policy will be made for those with dietary concerns and infants.

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

Vinings Hosts Business Expo March 21

The Vinings Business Association will host its eighth annual Vinings Business Expo on March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.
Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 600 people or more to attend this year’s event.
“The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.”
Sponsors of the events include The Bright Side Newspaper, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, Marietta Signs, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, AmFam Vinings, Edward Jones Co., and many others.
Exhibit tables are available for $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at www.viningsbusiness.com.  Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up),” Christian said.
Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

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

E-SPLOST Vote Is For Schools

On March 21 voters will decide the fate of the renewal of the penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education for the Cobb and Marietta school systems. A positive SPLOST vote will allow for an expected $797 million in revenue beginning in 2019 spread over five years. SPLOST is a one-cent tax on all consumer goods that must be approved by voters in a referendum. Education SPLOST (Ed-SPLOST) receipts can be used only for school-related capital improvements. The current Ed-SPLOST expires Dec. 31, 2018.

“Some 30 percent of the sales tax will be paid by people who live outside Cobb, who come here to shop and dine,” said Susan Thayer, Smyrna area school board member. “Student population growth is going to be in the South Cobb area,” she said. The school system is expecting nearly a 2,000 student increase at Campbell High School and an additional 1,178 in the Mableton and Austell area. “We’ve got to get seats for these kids. If this does not pass, we will need to go to a bond issue,” she said.

Beginning January 1, 2019, SPLOST benefits to the southern Cobb area include funding for:

  • Construction of new or replacement schools, including Harmony Leland Elementary, King Springs Elementary, and a Smyrna area new middle school to relieve overcrowding at Griffin and Campbell middle schools.
  • Construction of additional classrooms at Campbell High and Pebblebrook High. This includes upgrading the cafeteria and building a new theater at Campbell.
  • Security and technology upgrades at all Cobb County Schools.

The first Ed-SPLOST was approved in 1998 and since that time renewal of SPLOST has provided funding for 28 new schools, 2732 new classrooms, hundreds of maintenance improvements, safety improvements and many more improvements.

For more information go to cobbk12.org/splost/.

SPLOST funds pay for necessary repairs and for construction of new or replacement schools. About 90 percent of the district’s budget goes directly to support the classroom with payment of salaries for teachers, administrators, bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, and other staff. The other 10 percent pays for items such as textbooks and supplies, as well as utilities such as fuel, gas, electricity and water.

State funding and local property taxes do not provide for regular building maintenance or for technology enhancements. Prior to Ed-SPLOST, the district issued bonds that had to be paid back over many years with interest and resulted in a property tax increase.

Through Friday March 17), registered Cobb County voters can go to any advanced voting location. Please note that hours vary by location.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb 27 – March 17, Monday – Friday: Elections Office at the West Park Government Center, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064-4663

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 13 – 17, Monday – Friday at the following locations:

  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center (Lost Mountain Park), 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw

Any voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot instead of voting in-person. Applications are available at CobbElections.org. For more information call 770-528-2581.

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

Free Shredding Offered

Keep Smyrna Beautiful and Calandra Financial Group, LLC will host a free Document Shredding event March 25 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. Shredding will be done on site and the paper will be recycled. Papers must be dry. Up to 5 file-size boxes (9” x 12” x 24”) per car will be accepted.

These services are free of charge due to a partnership with Calandra Financial Group, LLC. No commercial trucks or commercial materials will be accepted. This event is for residential paper only. Electronics, cardboard, binders, or plastic will not be accepted.

Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 for more information.

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