Events and happenings: The Week of Jan. 16

Jan. 17—Falls Prevention for Senior Wellness Exercise Session is Jan. 18 at East Cobb Library

The Falls Prevention for Senior Wellness program starts Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at the East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta.

The session will include balance and strength exercises led by a physical therapist from PT Solutions Physical Therapy of Lower Roswell located in the Parkaire Landing shopping center. The free program is for adults ages 18 and up.

Future Falls Prevention for Senior Wellness sessions also include Feb. 15, March 15, and April 19.

For more information, call 770-509-2730 or visit cobbcat.org.

Outdoor Story Strolls and Story Stroll Kits

The Georgia Public Library Service has launched a Story Stroll at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell.

The Stroll is a set of 20 permanent displays along the Beaver Pond Trail at the Center, each containing one spread from an engaging children's book. Stories will be changed to accompany programs and events. Each story's panel also includes a QR code to enable those who are visually impaired to access an audio version. The story currently displayed is "I Took a Walk" by Henry Cole.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center and Georgia Public Library Service already have a partnership in place where library patrons across the state can check out the Library Family Pass, which provides four free admissions to the Center. The pass has been checked out over 2,000 times since 2019.

Access to the Story Stroll is included with general admission and free to Chattahoochee Nature Center members.

For more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

The Georgia Public Library Service is also launching 12 Story Stroll kits that public libraries in Georgia can check out through the PINES system to host local events.

This innovative project is among the first of its kind, enabling libraries across the state that may not have the funding to be able to implement a Story Stroll activity locally to do so. Only library staff, not patrons, can check out a kit, but patrons could ask their librarian to request one. Each kit contains a different children's picture book.

This project was made possible through federal ARPA funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information, www.georgialibraries.org.

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MCS students to celebrate clean-up crews

Marietta city Schools students are celebrating employees who jumped in to help after water lines burst during December's deep freeze.

The Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center and Sawyer Road Elementary are holding celebrations to say thank you to the maintenance and custodial employees who came in over the holiday break to help clean up the water damage.

Both schools were damaged after pipes burst because of the cold temperatures. MCS employees stepped in to help, minimizing the damage and getting schools put back together so students could return to class on Jan. 4.

Employees will be treated to an Italian lunch on Jan. 18 at 11:15 a.m. at the ELC and then an in-school parade at Sawyer Road Elementary at 1 p.m. The parade will consist of student signs and music.

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First annual Zen Evo Trot for Chocolate 5K is Jan. 28

Avenue West Cobb, 3625 Dallas Highway, Suite 470 in Marietta, will have the first annual Zen Evo Trot for Chocolate 5K on Jan. 28 at 8 a.m.

Zen Evo Chocolate is healthy, all-natural, regionally made dark chocolate.

Each participant will receive a protein pack along with a race day shirt. Participants will also receive an individually wrapped flavor of Zen Evo dark chocolate along with their finisher medal.

Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. and a 9 a.m. awards ceremony.

For more information, visit https://www.avenuewestcobb.com/event/Chocolatey-Hot-Trot-5K/2145567686/.

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Upcoming events at The Strand Theatre

The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square in Marietta, will have the following events:

— Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. will be An Evening with Shawn Mullins.

— Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. will be a screening of the 1942 film, Casablanca.

— Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. will have a free organ concert, presented by the Atlanta Theatre Organ Society.

— Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. will be Indie Film Night, presented by the Cobb International Film Festival.

— Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. will be a screening of the 1948 film, Alfred Hitchcock's Rope.

— Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. will be a screening of the 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice.

— Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. will be Sweet Seasons — A Celebration of the Music and Life of Carole King.

— Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. will be a screening of the 1962 film, To Kill A Mockingbird.

For more information, visit https://earlsmithstrand.org/.

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Town hall with State Rep. David Wilkerson

State Rep. David Wilkerson will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss Mableton on Jan. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Public Safety Police Training Center, 2435 East West Connector in Austell.

This event is to inform those who have signed a petition to de-annex from Mableton and upcoming events.

Voters approved incorporating the City of Mableton during a referendum in the Nov. 8 general election.

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Lifelong Learning: The Swinging 60s

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Lifelong Learning: The Swinging 60s on Jan. 17 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

The 1960s were a time of change and innovation. From beach movies to the British invasion, popular culture focused more and more on young people. The fashions and fads of the 60s have become iconic. Participants can enjoy a blast from the past with this swinging activity featuring discussion questions to get the party started. Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-975-7740 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Senior Wellness Center

The Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can learn some surprising facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then spend time expressing one's self and painting a quote that inspires them. Cost is $8. Registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-5355 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Breakfast with a Chiropractor

The Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Breakfast with a Chiropractor on Jan. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can join Dr. Ralph Schipske of Highland Family Chiropractic for breakfast and an informational discussion on Chiropractic care and one's health. Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Healthy Gut = Healthy Life

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Healthy Gut = Healthy Life on Jan. 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Strength, vitality, wellness and contentment have a common origin: gut bugs. Current research demonstrates a link between gut health and overall well-being. This class explores the connection between the gut and the brain, as well as healthy ways to eat nutrient rich food that promote intestinal health, emotional wellbeing and boost immunity. The program is presented by the Cobb Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-975-7740 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Importance of Being Healthy

The Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have Importance of Being Healthy on Jan. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Participants can learn tips and strategies to ensure their resolutions will be successful and to make 2023 their healthiest year yet. Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-5355 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Diamond Painting

The Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Diamond Painting on Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Participants can create a colorful piece of art with this technique, which is a lot like a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. Cost is $3 supply fee paid at the door. Registration is required.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Hearing Screenings

The West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, will have Hearing Screenings on Jan. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Hearing problems can negatively affect every area of one's life. Participants can find out if they have hearing loss with this free screening. Registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-8200 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.

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Peace of Mind Checklist

The West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, will have Peace of Mind Checklist on Jan. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mayes-Ward Dobbins will lead this discussion about documents every person needs including wills, power of attorney, Georgia directive healthcare and pre-planning documents. Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-8200 or visit www.CobbSeniors.org.