Kennesaw, GA June News and Events

published June 23, 2018

TreeMendous Play Houses at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is pleased to open a new exhibition for Summer 2018, on June 30. “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your imagination climb” features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs from Saturday, June 30, through the end of September, and is included in the price of garden admission. Opening day includes face painting and food vendors from 11-2.

TreeMendous Play Houses began in January 2018, as a design/build competition. Students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature.

The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction. “We are excited to offer Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a new stage for creativity and thinking green,” said Ann Parsons, Executive Director. “This exhibit will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages!”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw. Our mission is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. Through the TreeMendous Play Houses exhibition, we hope to begin a community conversation about sustainability in a fun, engaging and creative way.

Pictured above: Two KSU students framing “Under The Rainbow.’

City OF KENNESAW Government 101 Class

The City Manager’s Office is proud to introduce a new class called “Government 101: Kennesaw Government Academy.” The 6-week course is scheduled to start July 2018 and is designed to provide an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the City, how it forms partnerships and how management approaches long-range planning.

The class is open to City of Kennesaw residents and business owners and is slated to begin July 17, 2018. Each week the class will focus on one of Kennesaw’s strategic priorities listed in its strategic plan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities, network and hear updates from city staff.

Registration for the inaugural class is limited to the first 15 registrants. The class is open to adults ages 18 and over who are residents of the City of Kennesaw or are business owners within the city limits. Class will meet weekly at City Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. The inaugural class will culminate with a graduation on August 28, 2018. Candidates running for office are ineligible to participate in the class.
To register, please download the application from the “What’s Current” section of the city website,, or call Miranda Jones at (770) 424-8274 ext. 3017.


The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center tells us they had a great turnout for their major fundraiser, the Dream Dash, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. This was a perfect event for the whole family.

The Kennesaw Teen Center hosts both an after school enrichment program and a summer program. It is run under the umbrella of the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which is chaired by Rev. John Harris of Thankful Baptist Church.

During the 2017/2018 school year the Teen Center partnered with Pine Mtn Middle school and rising 6th graders from Hayes Elementary school, with help from the KSU Volunteer Program.

The Kennesaw Teen Center is located at Thankful Baptist Church, 928 Due West Rd., Kennesaw. They are currently accepting enrollment in their summer program and if you are interested in attending you need to contact
For more information about the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and how you might become a sponsor contact Rev. John Harris at

Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot

The Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot are on Monday evenings at the Depot. The season will go until September 24th with no events on the week of July 4th or Labor Day. The Farmer’s market will offer a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, prepared goods, jams & jellies, locally produced honey and more! The market will be in the circle this season with the food trucks. Some vendors require cash but many take debit/credit cards. Hours for FM are 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Depot will start at 5:30 pm and go until 8:30 pm. A variety of food trucks will be rotating throughout the season. Food trucks take cash, credit and debit cards.There are tables and chairs for guests on site or they are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets.