What’s Happening the week of April 6-April 14

A lot’s happening in Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta.  A week filled with family fun and laughter with a wide variety of events to choose from!  Pick one, two or all!

NOW THROUGH APRIL 12 LENT FAMILY FISH DINNERS Every Friday during Lent at Saint Joseph Catholic Church’s Marist Hall, 87 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus & St. Vincent de Paul Society Now through April 12, 2019 (except Good Friday) 5:30PM till 7:30PM. Tickets available at the door. Adults $10.00, Children 3-13 years: $6.00. Family Maximum: $30.

FRI APR 5- FRI OCT 25 ACWORTH FARMERS MARKET – NEW LOCATION – The Historic Downtown Acworth Farmer’s Market will begin this season on Friday, April 5 and continue each Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon through Friday, October 25. The market is moving to the Logan Farm Park Expansion Parking lot (4405 Cherokee Street). The Acworth Farmer’s Market is proudly sponsored by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority. If you are interested in more information on being a vendor or just have questions about the market, please call 770-917-1234.

SAT APR 6 POPS CONCERT AT LOGAN FARM PARK 6:30 PM. Join us for the first music event at Logan Farm Park (4405 Cherokee Street)!  On Saturday, April 6, the Acworth Arts Alliance will be partnering with the City of Acworth to bring you Pops at Logan Farm Park!  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Cobb New Horizons Band, who will be performing their selections from show tunes to contemporary hits for the crowd to enjoy until approximately 8:15 p.m.  Tables are available for reservation on the Acworth Arts Alliance website or guests are welcome to bring a chair from home to enjoy the symphony classics. There is no charge to guests who bring their own chair or blanket. For more information on this event or to purchase a table, please visit www.acworthartsalliance.org

TUES APR 9 KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON. Networking starts at 11:00. Luncheon is held at the KSU Continuing Ed Bldg. Cost is $15.00 for members, $20 for non-members. More information and be sure RSVP at kennesawbusiness.org.

TUES APR 9 HELPING ONE GUY.HOG will honor Brian Kelly at Northstar Church on Tuesday April 9 at 6:30 pm.  Brian’s wife, Laurie suffered a ruptured aneurysm last summer and survived. She is fighting her way back through a long journey to health. The public is invited for dinner Catered by O’Charleys and Cakehouse on Main.  No charge for dinner, but donations for Brian and his family are appreciated.  Register online at Eventbrite.com.

TUES APR 9 KENNESAW GRAND PRIX KICK-OFF PARTY at Big Peach Running Co., Kennesaw.  The fun begins at 5:00 and lasts til 8:00. A launch party to kick off the 2019 Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K Race Series will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 5 – 8:00 p.m. at Big Peach Running Co. Kennesaw, 1625 Ridenour Blvd. The evening will include a group run at 6:30 p.m. with 1-5 mile options (all levels welcome). Race directors from all six races will be on-site to process your registration and answer race questions. Register for all six races in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series and receive a discount of one series race free (at this event only).

TUES APR 9 HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7pm, historian Dr. Tom Scott will present “World War II and the Origins of Modern-Day Cobb County. Scott will recount the building of the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta and the role it played in transforming Cobb County. The presentation is open to the public and is free. It will be held at Roberts School at 4681 School Street, Acworth. Event Sponsors: Save Acworth History Foundation and Kennesaw Historical Society. For further information contact: Lynne Brown – 239-292-0613.

WED APR 10 MARIETTA GARDEN CLUB MEETING.  The upcoming meeting is on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 9:30am.  Come and socialize and listen to this month’s program on “Spring Gardening and a Plant Swap”.   This presentation will feature a talk on Spring Gardening, a plant swap (bring a plant to swap) and the Installation of the new officers.  The meeting also informs you on what the garden clubs are doing in the Marietta area. The meeting will be held at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

THURS APR 11 ABA LUNCHEON Thursday, April 11 11:30-1:00 pm at NorthStar Church 3414 Blue Springs Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30144 Learn more and RSVP at www.acworthbusiness.org.

THURS APR 11 KBA AA5 5:30-7:30. Join us for a fun evening of networking at TRACKSIDE GRILL on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. Come help kick off the Big Shanty Festival with our annual Low Country Boil.  Sponsored by JRM Management, Funfare, Bright Side Newspapers, Great Gig Dance, and Trackside Grill. Bring lots of cards and network. www.kennesawbusiness.org.

THURS APR 11 ABA AA5 5:30-7:30 pm.  Join us for our Alive After Five hosted by Jim & Nicks BBQ & Sponsored by ShawHankins. Enjoy great drinks & networking from 5:30 – 7:30 PM!  Visit acworthbusiness.org to RSVP.

THURS APR 11, -SUNDAY APRIL 21 – EARL SMITH STRAND presents Dark Matters , a new interactive inter-dimensional murder mystery that uses the entirety of The Strand’s historic building to immerse the audience in a thrilling criminal investigation This interactive theatrical event challenges the audience to investigate the true story behind a nefarious crime and identify the criminal with the motive to commit it. Tickets are $45 and are on sale now at www.earlsmithstrand.org

FRI APR 12 ACWORTH EASTER EGG HUNT at Acworth Sports Complex 6:30 pm. The Easter Egg Hunts will be held on the baseball fields and we ask all participants to please park on the baseball side of the complex. We will have gates and concessions opening at 6:30 p.m., and the first hunt begins at 7:30 p.m., so make sure you arrive early. This year the hunt will consist of 50,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny will be SKYDIVING in for the fun!  The Acworth Egg Hunt is broken down into five age groups and the start times will alternate between fields.  For more information or to volunteer visit  www.acworthegghunt.com.





An artist’s studio and garden tour is planned by the Acworth Arts Alliance for Saturday, April 13, 2019 (Rain Date: April 27) from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Gardens are nature’s version art, while paintings are our contribution to art. Acworth Arts Alliance founding artists Carol Allegood, Cathy Green and Palma Rhoades are opening their homes for you to enjoy the colors of spring in their unique art studios and distinctive gardens. Carol is noted for her beautiful water colors, while Palma’s love of the Tetons is reflected in many of her paintings.  Right now she is focused on bison – both painted and in clay.  Cathy Green, director of the Acworth Arts Alliance is a watercolorist and has recently taken up acrylics – taking classes at the Art House. This is a self-guided tour. Admission is $20 per person, $35 for a couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Art House, 4425 Cherokee Street, Acworth, GA 30101 or at  acworthartsalliance.org/events. Pictured above  Carol Allegood in her art studio and Palma Rhoades in her garden.

SAT 13 – BIG SHANTY FESTIVAL PARADE. We love a parade kicks off the celebration at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 13. So grab your sister, brother, neighbors, friends, round up your church group, scout group, bring your business vehicles and let’s all parade down Main Street. It is an exciting way to start the Festival. For parade registration: call 770-423-1330 or email leighkanour@jrmmanagement.com.

SAT/SUN APRIL 13/14 – BIG SHANTY FESTIVAL The Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival features over 250 Arts & Crafts booths, 25 food booths two entertainment stages, including the Local Entertainment Stage, Jurassic Kingdom Presented by LOUD Security Systems Inc., K’9s In Flight Presented by Kennesaw Mountain Veterinary Services, Robocars Presented by Carl Black Kennesaw.Peter Hart’s interactive Puppet show Presented by Elder Law Firm,  and the huge Interactive Kids Zone, as well as live acoustic music in the new Food Court throughout the weekend.  Something for the entire family!  The Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival is held in downtown Kennesaw on both sides of Main Street (Highway 293) and is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association (a non-profit organization).  The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 13, and noon-5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 14.  Admission is FREE.  For more information call Jonathan Jenkins or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330.

SUN APR 14 MARIETTA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. Egg Hunt at Marietta FUMC, 56 Whitlock Ave, Sunday, April 14 12:30 – 2:30. There will be a traditional egg hunt for babies thru 5th graders plus petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, prizes, and a picnic lunch.  There is no cost to attend, all are welcome!

SUN APR 14 OAK SANCTUARY WORKSHOP Herb Sunday will be held Sunday, April 14. People from various cultures have relied on medicinal plants to soothe and repair the mind, body, and spirit. The use of healing herbs dates back to 3000 BC. Natural herbs have the power to calm everything from your anxiety to your toughest skin problems. For more information, please visit www.theoaksanctuary.com. This workshop will be held Sunday, April 14 beginning at 4pm at Core Bodyworks, 4358A Southside Drive, Acworth, GA 30101. The cost is $20. Please RSVP.