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.