Events and happenings: The Week of Jan. 9

Jan. 13—Local organization to host Dementia-Friendly Community Campaign

The Alzheimer's and Dementia Foundation will kick off its 2023 Dementia Friendly Community campaign with a luncheon and informational discussion on Jan. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street NE in Marietta.

During this session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the services presently offered by the Alzheimer's and Dementia Foundation, be presented with an overview of the plan in making a Dementia-Friendly community and hear about all the resources that are currently available locally.

The event will also focus on new direct-impact initiatives offered by the foundation. These programs have been designed to address Alzheimer's and Dementia care interests for the client and the caregiver.

The kick-off event will share the results of the sessions and provide opportunities for organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals to become involved in forming a Dementia-Friendly Community.

Registration is not required to attend the luncheon.

For more information, call 770-378-7352 or alzdemfdn@gmail.com.

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Virtual veterans claims clinic

The Atlanta Regional Office will host an appointment only Virtual Veterans Claims Clinic on Jan. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m.

To schedule a virtual appointment, dial 404-929-3100 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. now through Jan. 24.

The Virtual Veterans Claims Clinic will be staffed by regional office employees from Compensation ready to virtually assist veterans one-on-one with specific questions regarding their claims.

Please upload any documents for an appointment to www.va.gov no later than Jan. 25.

For more information, visit www.benefits.va.gov/atlanta.

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Training on tap for water volunteers

Cobb County Water System is now accepting applications to join the 2023 Outreach Volunteer Program.

Training will be typically provided on Thursday evenings from Feb. 2 to March 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The six basic training sessions will cover topics such as local watersheds, water quality, water pollution prevention, household hazardous waste reduction and indoor and outdoor water conservation. Volunteers will have the option to attend the training either virtually or in person. As part of the training, volunteers will go on an exclusive tour of one of Cobb County Water System's four water reclamation facilities.

The Outreach Volunteer Program provides water quality and pollution prevention training to local county residents, who then give back to the community by assisting with simple, hands-on programs at local community events. Outreach volunteers make a difference by helping community members understand the connection between their everyday behaviors and environmental health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 16. The program admits and trains applicants only once a year. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at https://cobbcounty.seamlessdocs.com/f/OutreachVolunteer.

For more information, visit https://www.cobbcounty.org/wateroutreach or email aminta.liu@cobbcounty.org.

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Civil Air Patrol squadron to have open house

The Cobb County Composite Squadron, local unit of Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 1901 McCollum Parkway in Kennesaw.

According to Maj. Joshua Stultz, squadron commander, the community is welcome to attend and learn more about CAP as well as how to join.

Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP's missions for America. CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941. The open house is part of the 82nd anniversary observance designed to create a greater awareness of CAP's presence and contribution in the community.

For more information, visit www.ga090.cap.gov or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

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GDOT weekend lane closures

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will have the following lane closures in Cobb County this weekend.

— There will be lane closures on I-75 in both directions nightly Jan. 13-16 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge replacement. The closures are southbound on I-75 from Moore's Mill (mile marker 254) to Northside Drive (Railroad Bridge, mile marker 251) and northbound on I-75 from Moore's Mill to Mt Paran (mile marker 254 to mile marker 255).

— There will be lane closures on I-75/SR 401 in both directions nightly from Jan. 13-14 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for construction activities. The closures are at I-75/SR 401 Southbound under Akers Mill Road; I-285/SR 407 Eastbound to I-75/SR 401 Southbound/Cumberland Boulevard Ramp; I-75/SR 401 Southbound under Akers Mill Road; and I-285/SR 407 Eastbound to I-75/SR 401 Southbound/Cumberland Boulevard Ramp.

— There will be lane closures on I-675 SR 400 in both directions nightly from Jan. 13-14 from 9:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. for bridge replacement in Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties. The closures are I-675 Southbound over Conley Road; I-675 Northbound over Conley Road; Ramp from I-85 Northbound to 400 Northbound (Exit 87 on I-85).

To view all scheduled GDOT weekend lane closures, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/ds/metrolaneclosures.

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Upcoming shows at Dixie Tavern

Dixie Tavern, 2349 Windy Hill Road SE, Suite 130 in Marietta, will have the following shows:

— Kurt Thomas Band, country rock, on Jan. 13. Cost $10.

— Guardians of the Jukebox, 80s tribute, on Jan. 14. Cost $15.

— Free Bird Atlanta, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute, on Jan. 20. Cost $10.

— Material Girl, Pop/Rock Party Band, on Jan. 21. Free.

— Legends of Rock, 10 Tributes, on Jan. 27. Cost $10.

— Band-X, Party Band, on Jan. 28. Cost $10.

— 80's Hard Rock Tribute, Dig Machine, on Feb. 4. Cost $5.

For more information, visit http://www.dixietavern.com.

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Upcoming Marietta History Center Pop-In events

The Marietta History Center, 1 Depot Street in Marietta, will have the following Pop-In events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the galleries:

— Jan. 21 will be Board Games & Puzzles

— Feb. 18 will be Black History Month

— March 18 will be Rockets & Robots

— April 15 will be Music

— May 20 will be Choo, Choo Trains

— June 17 will be Cultures of Cobb

— July 15 will be Summer Crafts

— Aug. 19 will be Bugs & Flowers

— Sept. 16 will be Books, Books, Books

— Oct. 21 will be Halloween

— Nov. 18 will be Aviation

— Dec. 16 will be Holiday Crafts.

For more information, visit https://www.mariettahistory.org/pop-in-for-family-fun.

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Applications for the Marietta City Schools Tuition Program close Jan. 31

Applications for the Marietta City Schools Tuition Program are now open and will close on Jan. 31.

The Tuition Program allows students who do not live in the Marietta City Schools district to attend an MCS school by paying tuition. Out-of-district students interested in applying to the MCAA STEAM Magnet Program should visit MCAA Application Procedures at https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/1013.

Visit the MCS Student Registration page at https://www.marietta-city.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=725 for application links and information about these programs.

For more information, contact Lynne Williams at Lynnewilliams@marietta-city.k12.ga.us.

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Martin Luther King Jr. events at Cobb County libraries

Events and activities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for children, teens and adults are scheduled for this week at Cobb County Public Libraries.

The lineup includes:

— Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" craft kits to complete at home are available for pickup through Jan. 13 at the Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road in Smyrna. For more information, call 770-801-5335.

— "I have a Dream" Collage Workshop for Teens at the Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street in Marietta, is Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Materials will be provided. For more information, call 770-528-2320.

— Kids Craft Club: Fingerprint Peace Dove is at the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta Street in Powder Springs, is Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Ages 5-11. For more information, call 770-439-3600.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Storytime at Switzer Library will feature "Be a King" by Carole Boston Weatherford and a communal art project on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. For more information, call Switzer Library Youth Services at 770-528-2331.

— Cobb libraries will be closed Jan. 16 in observance of the MLK holiday.

For more information, visit cobbcat.org.

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MCS Community Conversations town hall series continues

Marietta City Schools will be continuing the Community Conversations town hall series on Jan. 17, from noon to 12:30 p.m., with a focus on dyslexia resources available to students in the district.

The town halls were designed as an opportunity for the district to highlight projects and initiatives they are working on. Superintendent Grant Rivera and other leaders in the district will talk through major projects and initiatives. Parents and guardians will get the chance to ask questions and talk about topics that impact their student.

This month, Dr. Rivera and Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of the Office of Academic Achievement, will give an overview of how MCS supports students with characteristics of dyslexia, including the district's participation in the Georgia Department of Education's pilot dyslexia program. The conversation, available at https://zoom.us/j/97972140695, will also discuss how staff are trained in dyslexia resources and science of reading.

This "Community Conversations" event will be virtual to make it convenient to join from wherever one is at. It will also be recorded so those who can't make it can still access this valuable information.

Happening next month, the February "Community Conversations" will offer an overview of Marietta Athletics, including opportunities for students in K-12, summer camps, try-out information, and upcoming facility improvements. The conversation, Feb. 28 from 8 to 8:30 p.m., will be available at https://zoom.us/j/98669219921.

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Walmart Wellness Day is Jan. 14

The first Walmart Wellness Day of 2023 will be Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Customers can receive free health screenings for things like glucose, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure , as well as affordable immunizations like flu, COVID-19, mumps, measles and more at pharmacies nationwide.

Over 4,600 Walmart pharmacies across the country will host Walmart Wellness Day events. To find a free event in one's neighborhood, visit Walmart.com/wellnesshub. Select stores will also feature vision screenings, in-store giveaways and demos of wellness products.

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North Cobb Senior Center's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Event

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Event from Jan. 11-13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This special event will commemorate the life and legacy of civil rights legend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Peace of Mind Checklist

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Peace of Mind Checklist on Jan. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Participants can join a discussion, presented by Mayes-Ward Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory, on wills, living wills, power of attorney and pre-planning documents. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Nutrition Lesson: Key Factors to a Healthful Diet

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Nutrition Lesson: Key Factors to a Healthful Diet on Jan. 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can discuss key nutrition concepts to help make healthy choices — adequate diet, balanced diet, calorie control, moderation and variety. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Air Fryer Cooking

The Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have Air Fryer Cooking on Jan. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Did you know you could use the air fryer to cook basic foods to gourmet delights? Participants can learn what one can do with an air fryer. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Bubble Collage

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Bubble Collage on Jan. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can use paper muffin liners and Mod Podge to make a layered collage that evokes colorful, translucent bubbles. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Doc Talk: Osteoporosis — Building Stronger Bones

The North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street in Acworth, will have Doc Talk: Osteoporosis — Building Stronger Bones on Jan. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.

An advanced care professional will host an informative discussion to assist you in prevention and care for the effects of Osteoporosis, a disease in which the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. The program is presented by Village Medical. Free, but registration is required.

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

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Kombucha Day

The Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, will have Kombucha Day on Jan. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants can learn about this drink consumed by many for its purported health benefits. Samples will be provided. Free, but registration is required.

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