Love to share this news and reminders with our readers of the Bright Side Newspaper.  Mark your calendars!  First a big hat’s off to four young men that attend NCHS.


Malachi Singleton pulled some W A R R I O R S football players together along with a couple of cheerleaders last week and went to show some Valentine L O V E to our local assisted living community, Dogwood Forest. Sometimes it’s the small gestures that keep hope alive in the hearts of others. Joining Malachi were Joshua Joseph, Deon Tyler, and Robert Grigsby. These young men are all sophomores at North Cobb High School and are outstanding football players Can hardly wait to watch them play next fall. Thank you for your kindness.


NOW – February 27

Due to construction of our new parking lot, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens will be closed for visitation Monday, February 15 through Saturday, February 27. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen Tuesday, March 2.

Timed admission tickets will be available on our website beginning February 28th.


ABA Women’s Business Network is being held in the evening in February. Join our Acworth Business Association Ladies for our Feb. 18 Evening at Cedar’s Plantation from 5:30 PM until 7:30.  The event is Catered by: Adriane’s Delectables and Wine Sponsored by: Nagel’s Bagels. Be sure to register at The cost is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for guests. We are collecting diapers for the Barbara Hickey Cobb Diaper Drive. If you bring a pack of diapers – you will be entered into a special door prize drawing! Cedar Plantation is located at 4610 Northside Drive, Acworth, 30101.

Special Olympics Georgia – Polar Plunge.

Special Olympics Georgia is proud to present the 12th Annual Polar Plunge which will be held on Saturday, February 20th at Lake Acworth in Acworth, Georgia, and the plunging will occur between 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Polar Plunge is one of Special Olympics Georgia “coolest” and largest fundraising events through the efforts of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program (LETR). All proceeds raised go to help provide 26,620 Special Olympics Georgia athletes free year-round sports training. For more information and to register, visit If it doesn’t warm up this will really be for polar bears only!

Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) to host wildlife baby shower on February 20

Wildlife Baby Shower: Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10AM–2PM
Donations made to the Wildlife Department at CNC will be matched by Northside Hospital up to $5,000.

In preparation for spring and the wildlife baby season, CNC is hosting a Wildlife Baby Shower, February 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from CNC’s wildlife technicians what to do should you find baby birds or other baby animals. This is a great chance to talk with CNC’s wildlife team, learn more about their work to preserve Georgia’s native animals, and discover ways you can help all year long. The day includes opportunities to see native Georgia raptors up close and personal. And, a baby shower would not be complete without fun, educational games for the entire family. In addition, sign up for one of four, unique wildlife walks at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, and 2PM through our campus with our “Women of Wildlife” (see below) team members. These ladies have the inside scoop on all of our rehabilitated wildlife. Learn the important role each animal plays within Georgia’s ecosystem.

CNC takes in nearly 40 young birds of prey (raptors) and reptiles each spring for rehab, with hundreds of calls a month from people who have found animals and are looking for advice. The majority of young raptor patients come in due to nest loss, such as from storms or trees being cut down, and from good Samaritans who might not know when an animal is actually in need of help. Native reptiles in Georgia, such as turtles, are independent from birth and do not need a parent around.


The perfect place to have our KBA February AA5 – Copelands of New Orleans (Kennesaw). Be sure to join us on Tuesday, Feb 23 5:30-7:30. Hosted by Copelands, and drinks sponsored by The Bright Side Newspaper. RSVP at This event is free. Dana Dorris (chair of AA5) is seeking sponsors to help defray the costs of food and drinks. Your cash donation will get you listed on all announcements and introduced at the event. Contact Dana by email: for more details.


Swift Cantrell Running Club “Swift Kids”

Spring is peeking just around the corner and this means it is time for Swift Cantrell Running Club “Swift Kids”to get under way. While we are on the subject — we NEED running coaches for all levels — positive attitude and motivators are welcome. If you want to volunteer please email Cris Welsh at

Registration link to the City is now available on our new website AND now we can do all the waivers online after you register! Spring session begins March 16.


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