Events and happenings: The Week of Sept. 24

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Sep. 19—A Tribute to Veterans is Nov. 6

The Earl Smith Strand Theater on Marietta Square will have A Tribute to Veterans on Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The program, hosted by the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, pays tribute to the Veterans who served the county. It features patriotic songs, presentation of the colors, recognition of all the branches of the military and the remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It will also feature best-selling author, renowned speaker and Georgia Author of the Year Award recipient Alvin Townley and the screening of the award-winning documentary — "Jeremiah."

The film received four Southeastern EMMY Awards including Best Documentary. It is based on Townley's book, "Defiant," which tells the story of future U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton who for eight long years battled North Vietnamese captors and led the American POWs in the

infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. The award-winning, public television original film "Jeremiah" uses family, friends and fellow POWs to tell the story of this American hero.

Admission is free. Donations will accepted to support local Rotary community service projects.


ARTportunity Knocks Peace of Art event is Sept. 24

Town Center at Cobb mall, 400 Ernest Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, continues its partnership with ARTportunity Knocks through the Peace of Art event on Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. in Center Court.

Young artists and families can expect a day filled with fun, creativity and prizes. The free program will feature visual and performing arts by student, culinary and other professional artists. Attendees can also expect appearances and collaborations by Town Center at Cobb brands, Cobb County Schools, the Cobb County Sheriff's Office and youth from the faith community with talents in the arts. The Peace of Art Initiative is an ongoing nonprofit program that occurs once a month.

Live presentations focused on leading healthy lifestyles will teach children how to build beneficial relationships, positive self-awareness and respect for others. The event will also include visual art displays, panels addressing healthy behaviors and discussions around peace-related topics.

For more information, visit


Learn about vendor opportunities with Cobb County

Interested in becoming a vendor with Cobb County?

If so, don't miss the free seminar, "How to do Business with Cobb County Government and Cobb County Schools," on Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta.

Registration is required. Seats are limited. To register, email or call 770-528-3317.


Mark your calendars for the fall Book Sale

The Cobb Library Book Sale will be Oct. 14-16 at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway in Marietta.

It will feature books, puzzles, albums, audio books and more. For more information, visit


Let's talk Mableton

Interested in learning more about Mableton's growth?

Join the Mableton Improvement Coalition at the Economic Development Summit on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Riverside EpiCenter 135 Riverside Parkway in Austell.

This summit is for those serious about improving Mableton's business and economic growth. Attendees will experience four general sessions and two workshops with business and industry leaders.

The summit is $50 per person and includes breakfast and lunch.

To register, visit

For more information, visit


Delve into the diverse Hispanic culture

Delve into this country's diverse Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is running now through Oct. 15.

Explore how the Hispanic community has contributed and influenced the U.S. Participants can read about the culture, history and achievements with books by Latinx authors curated by Cobb Libraries.

All-ages book lists for Hispanic Heritage Month are available at


Rain Barrel Make and Take Workshop is Sept. 21

Participants can learn how to make a rain barrel on Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at Hyde Farm Park, 726 Hyde Road in Marietta.

A rain barrel is a rainwater harvesting system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. By collecting rainwater, one can save energy, water and money. Rain barrels also help reduce erosion and stormwater runoff and increase water quality.

Registration is required. Because of budget and limited resources, this free class is only open for Cobb County residents and those residents who have not taken the class before. There is a lifetime limit of one barrel per household.

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For more information, contact the Cobb County Water Efficiency Program at 770-419-6303 or email


Senior Citizen Expo is Oct. 14

The Senior Citizens Expo will be Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta.

Attendees can explore various helpful resources, information, products and services for little to no cost. Some free resources include free home care consultation, accessible computer literacy training, free continuing education and assistance with health insurance plans.

For more information, visit or call 404-500-8601.


Mable House Harvest Festival is Oct. 8

Cobb Parks will have the Mable House Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Mable House, on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Road SW in Mableton.

The festival will provide family fun with storytellers, hayrides, crafts, music and games. Admission is free.

For more information, visit


Cobb Law Library to host traffic tickets talk

Cobb Law Library will sponsor a free public program on traffic tickets.

Attorney Sylvia Goldman will focus on what happens after a ticket is issued, including points for various violations, entering a plea and the court process.

"Traffic Tickets" will be Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Cobb Law Library, Fourth Floor of Cobb Superior Court, 70 Haynes Street in Marietta.

Registration is required. To register, call the Cobb Law Library at 770-528-1884.

Presentations are for general legal information only and do not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established at this seminar.

This is the sixth legal literacy program hosted by the Cobb Law Library this year. Video-recordings of some prior programs are available on Cobb County Government's YouTube channel.

The Law Library is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Law Library exists to serve the community's legal-research needs, but its staff members are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.

Packets of forms for some family-law situations including divorce, legitimation and name change are available for purchase in the Law Library. Packets range in price from $1-$15. The forms, with instructions, are also available online at

The Law Library has computers available for legal research. It also has self-help books available on a variety of common legal needs, such as drafting a simple will, the divorce process and landlord and tenant rights.

For more information, visit For legal advice, contact the Cobb Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service at 770-424-2947 or the Cobb office of Atlanta Legal Aid at 770-528-2565.


Citizenship & Civics Kits available for check-out at Cobb County libraries starting Oct. 3

The Citizenship & Civics Kit created by Cobb County Public Library will be available for check-out starting Oct. 3.

The kit includes official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services publications and study guides on the naturalization process for becoming a U.S. citizen.

The kit is designed to provide information for people seeking to explore the steps for becoming a citizen, a process which for some immigrants seeking thorough and accurate details about the process can be a challenge, said Katherine Zavala, a member of the library's Community and User Engagement department. The kit will also be helpful for preparing them in advance of meeting with an immigration attorney, Zavala said, who chairs the library's Multicultural Services Team and leads the Citizenship & Civics Kit initiative.

"Coming from an immigrant family and being the only one born in the states, I remembered when my family, at separate times, became U.S. Naturalized Citizens and how they had to seek out study materials to help them in this process," said Zavala.

The kit contains publications on the rights and responsibilities of immigrants seeking to become a U.S. citizen, quick civic lessons for the naturalization test, flashcards in English and Spanish on naturalization, and a Citizenship Resources at the Library sheet. The checkout period for the kit is three weeks.

The launch of the Citizenship & Civics Kit coincides with National Diversity Week observed Oct. 3-7 to raise awareness of how diversity has shaped the country. Founded in 1998, National Diversity Week is officially observed the first full week of October.

Information on the Citizenship & Civics Kit and links to downloadable documents from USCIS, multilingual citizenship study resources and related library resources are posted at The same webpage includes information on the passport application service for first-time applicants provided at the West Cobb and Mountain View libraries since early September. The two libraries are official Passport Acceptance Facilities approved by the U.S. Department of State. Appointments are required and fees are charged for each application.

The USCIS page on citizenship is at For information on passport applications, visit the State Department site at

For more information, visit or call 770-528-2326.


Tim D. Lee Senior Center to have flu shots

The Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Flu shots with Walgreens on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants can stop at the front desk to register for an appointment and pick up the paperwork. Free for seniors with Medicare or other insurance. Flu Shots will be provided by Walgreens.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit


Murder at the Four Deuces

The West Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs, will have Murder at the Four Deuces on Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants are invited to the grand opening of the new speakeasy, The Four Deuces. With this 1920's gangster murder mystery, there will be plenty of plotting, bribery and backstabbing. Seniors will be assigned a role, be given a character packet before the event so they can prepare and improvise their way through an evening of murder.

Cost is $8. Registration is required.

For more information, call 770-528-8200 or visit


Coffee with a Cop

The Tim Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Coffee with a Cop on Oct. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Participants can speak with Officer Michael Justice, Community Affairs Cobb County Police. Officer Justice will discuss scam prevention. Donuts and coffee will be served.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit


Lunch and Learn: How Safe are Your Assets?

The Tim Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, will have Lunch and Learn: How Safe are Your Assets? on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How safe are one's assets from medical and long-term care costs? Seniors are living longer and more medically complex lives while medical and long-term care costs continue to increase. How will seniors pay for their care while still protecting their hard-earned assets? The event is presented by Nelson Elder Care Law. Lunch will be provided by Winnwood Retirement Community.

Free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 770-509-4900 or visit