January 2020 Around Town

MLK Day 2020 at the Atlanta History Center Come enjoy this special community day, which features inspiring performances, programs, and historical simulations that highlight contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta.  Among this year’s highlights is a performance of Walking Through the Valley written by Addae Moon, Atlanta History Center’s Director of Museum Theatre. Set in … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Coming Home for the Holidays—Annual Tree Lighting and Celebration Annual Holiday Season Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting at the Smyrna Community Center/Village Green:  Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. •5 p.m. – Activities begin •7 p.m. – Parade begins, followed by the tree lighting by Santa •8 p.m. – The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happens with Santa, and there are lots of … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

The Ultimate Sugar Show The Ultimate Sugar Show hosts a Bake Supply trade show a Sugar Art Expo on the same weekend at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Trade Show/Expo is open Nov. 9-10. Activities Include: Cake decorating and Sugar Art hands-on classes Live Sugar Art challenges On-stage demos Sugar Art competition Southern sweets tasting competition Raffles and giveaways Kids … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Smyrna Jonquil Festival The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of Oct. 26-27. The Fall Jonquil Festival is held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna, next to the fabulous Market Village.  The festival has a history of more than 22 years and will feature more than 125 hand-made arts and crafts booths, local nonprofit booths, … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Woofstock is Coming to Smyrna! Woofstock is one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast with 40,000 pet lovers. It features a variety of activities for the whole family (including all family pets) to enjoy! The event includes live music, dog contests, pet adoptions, vendors, arts and crafts, delicious food trucks and ice-cold beverages. … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Hires New Managing Director Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce Vickie Hubbard as its next managing director beginning June 2019. Vickie follows Sandie Aaron, who retired after a three-year tenure. “Our executive search committee did an exceptional job vetting applicants and finalizing their recommendation of Vickie,” said Michele … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

The Little Blue Jay, a Barbershop for Kids The company’s vision is to create an upscale boutique experience for families while still providing elements that keep kids entertained. There is undoubtedly a classic barbershop feel to the business, and that’s because the Little Blue Jay traces its roots back to the original family-owned “Blue J Barbershop” in Columbus, … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Renée M. Beavers, WPPB Lifestyle Movement Renée M. Beavers, a Lifestyle Movement Strategist, is known for evoking high-flying deeds in the area of healthy living. Renée’s purpose is aimed at providing hope, freedom and liberty to individuals who have been trapped in unhealthy relationships with food. “If we continue to do the same thing, eat the same foods, we obviously don’t expect a different … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Snellville Days Festival May 4-5 Crowds of more than 30,000 are expected to pack the two-day arts and crafts festival to enjoy tons of handmade arts and crafts in more than 150 booths. The Snellville Days Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in metro Atlanta and offers lots of fair foods from … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Emily’s Spring Festival at Orangetheory Fitness Smyrna  OTF Smyrna will be hosting its first Spring Festival on April 13 from 2–5 p.m. to fund a cure for Rett Syndrome. There will be a bounce house, food, drinks, a DJ, great raffle prizes to win and many local vendors on-site. Please join us for a chance to participate in … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Council Names 2018 Award Winners The Diversity and Inclusion Council, Cobb Chamber’s leadership group that promotes economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion for all Cobb County residents, named the 2018 winners of its first Diversity and Inclusion awards at the D & I holiday reception hosted by JE Dunn Construction on … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Cobb Chamber Names New Executive Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director of Select Cobb The Cobb Chamber announced that Dana Johnson will join its staff as executive vice president of Economic Development and executive director of Select Cobb, the organization’s economic development strategy. Dana has been in a managerial role with the Community Development … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

MLK Day of Service “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  MLK Day isn’t just another day off, it’s about finding ways we can come together and serve our community. On Monday, Jan. 21, you will find many opportunities around Atlanta to give back. Be … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Atlanta Boat Show The 2019 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show returns Jan. 10-13, 2019, bringing more than 20,000 boating enthusiasts to downtown Atlanta to see the biggest and best in boating for four nautical-themed days. For the show’s 57th year, visitors to Hall A of the Georgia World Congress Center will find nearly 700 new boats, including houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

‘Fun in the Park’ Photo Contest While you are out enjoying our Cobb County Parks, be sure to bring your camera! The 2018 Fun in the Park photo contest is underway, and the entry deadline is Nov. 6. All photos must have been taken at a Cobb County park, facility, activity or event. Any county or city … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals Congratulations to A.J Brooks of WellStar Medical Group and Emily McMillian of Nothing Bundt Cakes for being named the winners of the 2018 Next Generation Award by Cobb Young Professionals, a Cobb Chamber networking group for professionals in their 20s and 30s. A.J. Brooks, assistant vice president … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Smyrna Student to Study Chinese in China on Scholarship Mikaela Sanders, a high school student at The Westminster Schools, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mikaela is one of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location The Center for Natural & Holistic Health new office location in Vinings, GA Dr. Shonna Babrow-Goodrich is excited to announce the new location of her practice in Vinings, GA. “Relocating to Vinings is a good fit and the decision was long in the making.” says … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Junior ‘Makerspace’ steamBug Opens in Smyrna steamBug offers tools like multiple workshop stations equipped with 3-D printers, CNC machines and building and design materials. The junior “makerspace” is safe space for students to imagine, design and create in the same positive and friendly learning atmosphere designed to “ignite the imagination” that Jitterbug Performing Arts is known for. … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Puerto Rican Heritage Day On Sunday, June 10 at the Battery, join El Super Pan and chef Hector Santiago for a Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration. El Super Pan is the newest dining destination at the Battery and is welcoming Atlanta’s top Latino chefs for an evening filled with festive cocktails, food and live Latin music by … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Marietta Greek Festival Opa! Come be Greek for the day at the largest cultural event in Northwest Georgia on May 18-20 The 28th Annual Marietta Greek Festival is a family fun event with live music, costumed dancers performing in the amphitheater, unique shopping and children’s games, activities and crafts. Enjoy heavenly Greek pastries, portable Greek street … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

The Campbell High School Bands are hosting a community recycling day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21 in the parking lot of Campbell Middle School. They will be accepting metals, electronics and paint. For more information about what can be recycled and the fees, please visit CHSDressTheBand.com/Recycling-Day.html. Thanks for supporting CHS Bands.

March 2018 Around Town

Did you know that 10 percent of WellStar’s patients do not have insurance? WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia, provides care for uninsured patients regardless of their ability to pay. In 2017, WellStar provided more than $648 million in charity, unreimbursed care and community programs.

February 2018 Around Town

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Sharon Mason as president and CEO. Mason has 15 years of chamber experience and previously served as the chief operating officer. As a part of her long-standing career with the chamber, Mason led the organization's five-year strategic planning process, has increased engagement among chamber members and helped to raise more than…

January 2018 Around Town

On Sunday, January 7, some of the best chefs in the country will gather at the Georgia Aquarium to support the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform. The Taste of the Championship event will feature gourmet food and beverages and ticket buyers will celebrate teachers from around the nation while enjoying live music and chef demonstrations from Atlanta.

December 2017 Around Town

Closet Therapy Atlanta will assist you in decluttering, organizing and styling your closets/wardrobe in a thoughtful and nonjudgmental manner. Angie Barrington-Jeter enjoys helping her clients and has observed that purging and organizing your closet is a therapeutic process. It gives people serenity and a fresh start to your day. 

November 2017 Around Town

Load up the fam and head to the 2017 Taste of Kennesaw from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 4, in downtown Kennesaw. Enjoy live music on two entertainment stages while you chow down on food samples from 30 different local restaurants with food samples from $1 to $4.

October 2017 Around Town

This fall, bring your whole family out to Sleepy Hollow Farm, located here in Cobb County. This family-run farm has more than just a pumpkin patch—they have tractor rides, a corn maze, farm playground with farm animals and a country store. You can even schedule your fall family photo during a day of fun; contact Split Second Photography for reservations.…

September 2017 Around Town

Auxiliary volunteers from WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals donated a historic $580,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of local healthcare initiatives. Throughout the fiscal year, more than 530 individuals volunteered a combined total of 101,000 hours through gift shop operation and hosting vendor events. These sales, along with personal donations, were directly reinvested back into…

August 2017 Around Town

Temple Kol Emeth has announced it will host Noshfest on September 3 and 4. The event will be held in the parking lot of the temple at 1415 Old Canton Road in Marietta. Noshfest enters its seventh year celebrating Jewish food and culture by showcasing delicacies and activities unique to the Jewish heritage and bringing together members of Cobb County’s…

July 2017 Around Town

Load up the lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends, family, neighbors, flip-flops and all the red, white and blue you can find and head to Marietta Square for a day of fun! Parade: The festivities begin with a 1.5-mile parade starting at 10 a.m. on Roswell Street Baptist. The parade will travel west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square…

June 2017 Around Town

The WellStar Foundation recognized community leader Bob Prillaman as the recipient of the WellStar Visionary Leadership Award during the annual WellStar Foundation Starlight Grand Slam Gala. Prillaman was honored for his continued, longtime support of WellStar’s vision to deliver world-class health care. Prillaman was among six honorees acknowledged at the WellStar Foundation Gala. The other WellStar Foundation honorees are Dana…

May 2017 Around Town

When Smyrna First United Methodist Preschool starts in the fall of 2017, they will be missing two of Smyrna’s finest, Dale Clark and Debbie Pledger. They are retiring from the school after a total of 65 years between them. Clark has taught at the school for 35 years and Pledger for 30 years.

April 2017 Around Town

On March 31, the Atlanta Braves held their first exhibition game against the New York Yankees in the new SunTrust Park stadium. The Braves take on the San Diego Padres at 7:35 p.m. April 14 in the first regular season game at the team's new stadium. For tickets visit AtlantaBraves.com.

March 2017 Around Town

The Cobb Chamber has named Trey Sanders, regional president of Brasfield & Gorrie and a member of the corporate strategic planning team, as its 2018 chairman. Brasfield & Gorrie is the largest general contractor in the Southeast and an engaged chamber member for 30 years. Sanders has been involved in the Cobb Chamber for seven years and served on the…

February 2017 Around Town

In the past few months, Austell PetSmart’s customers bought stuffed kittens and pups at the store’s checkout and donated them right back to the store. With the help of MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, PetSmart delivered 200 stuffed animals to WellStar Cobb Hospital to help calm kids and seniors in the stressful moments following an emergency. “Pet people are compassionate people, and…

January 2017 Around Town

The Georgia Hospital Association has awarded an incredible pediatrician for her work in making healthcare accessible to all children. Dr. Beckford, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award. Dr. Beckford has practiced pediatric care for nearly 30 years. She joined WellStar in 1995 and founded the Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb that same year.…

December 2016 Around Town

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and 25 of Disney's favorite characters will captivate the young and young at heart! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of…

November 2016 Around Town

"Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage" is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heartpounding music played live by an eight piece onstage band, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of…

October 2016 Around Town

Cumberland Mall continues to add to its retail base with the opening of four new retailers this fall. In addition to the plethora of high-quality stores and restaurants already at the mall, the new retailers will include Footaction, including Flight 23 and Nike Kicks Lounge, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Thai Café. Cumberland Mall has become the sought after…

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The Cobb Chamber is seeking nominations for an outstanding Cobb-based company to be recognized through the Novelis International Commerce Spotlight Award. This award gives recognition to a company that excels in global commerce and shows their commitment to the vitality of Cobb County.

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Isaiah Rogers, a 2016 Campbell High School graduate, is history in the making. The 18 year old is ranked #1 in Georgia in shot put, #7 in the US, and #10 in the world. He's won the last two shot put state championships and is a six time All-American in Track & Field. He even broke a shot put state…

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This Spring, Smyrna 5th graders Riley Davis and Jonathan Fairgrieves, competed in Georgia Tech's Inventure Challenge. Their second place finish in the elementary division, as well as winning the People's Choice award, earned them a ticket to compete in Washington DC on the national level.

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Nickajack Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in the Smithsonian’s Nestwatch program recently. Thanks to grants supplied by Flying Together, IBM, and Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Nickajack has been able to develop and grow a thriving birding area adjacent to the school.

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After an extensive planning period, the art departments at Smyrna's elementary, middle, high school and charter schools came together to host a joint art show. The goal was to showcase the Smyrna arts programs and the creativity of the students involved in them. The first "Smyrna Schools Celebrate the Arts Show" was held on the evening of March 20th at…

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JosiesFriends.com is an online only children's and maternity consignment store based in Smyrna, GA. They provide an affordable, hassle-free and environmentally-friendly approach to buying and selling high-quality products. In addition to the buying and selling they do, they are also a local business that gives back. Founder, Christy Duncan, believes strongly in creating a greater meaning from her business. "Our…

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The American Craft Council (ACC) Show will be held March 11-13 at the Cobb Galleria. The show is the Southeast’s largest juried indoor fine craft show and is known as the nation’s premier marketplace for handcrafted home décor, fashion wearables, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. The prestigious American Craft Council is a non-profit that counts Atlanta among its most…

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Lifestyle Publications is proud to announce our commitment as media sponsor for the third annual Hope Ball, the American Cancer Society’s Atlanta gala event on April 30, 2016 at the Delta Flight Museum. We are partnering with the event chair sponsor, Delta Air Lines, to honor our friend and stage 4 non-smokers lung cancer survivor, Jeff Wigbels of Buckhead. In…

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Hotel Indigo Atlanta 
- Vinings is now open! After much work and a pushed back opening, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened the third installation of the Hotel Indigo brand in metro Atlanta. The 160-room hotel is located at 2857 Paces Ferry in the heart of Vinings, steps from the shops and restaurants in Vinings Jubilee. This boutique hotel is striving…

December 2015 Around Town

The Cobb County Jail just got about 1,000 gently used books and magazines thanks to dozens of generous Rotarians at East Cobb Rotary, South Cobb Rotary, Marietta Metro Rotary and Smyrna Rotary. The project started with Rotarian Jay Treadwell, who had boxes of gently used books that needed a home. Last year, Smyrna Rotary donated about 450 books and magazines…