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January 2019

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Register now for spring sports and activities  

It may be cold outside, but now is the time to register for sports and activities for the spring season. Many sports and activities have registrations in January, including baseball, softball, soccer, track, tennis and BMX. Our youth league programs are administered by volunteer organizations, so dates and times of registrations will vary.  For specific information on the activities your child is interested in participating, see the athletics web page. Here you will find information on youth baseball, softball, soccer, track and BMX. Many registration deadlines are fast approaching - don't be left out!

Adult spring softball registration begins in February. For those interested, you can download a softball registration packet (available in February) on the adult softball web page. See the athletics web page for a listing of all programs.

Tennis Staff Member Recognized for Excellent Work and Programs

One of Cobb PARKS' tennis staff members, Amy Bonner, has recently received two prestigious awards for her excellent work and contributions to the tennis community. In early December, she was named the USTA Georgia - Iberia Bank Tennis Professional of the Year. According to the USTA Georgia website, the award is presented to a PTR and/or USPTA certified tennis professional who has demonstrated a high level of involvement with the profession and growth of tennis and makes significant contributions to USTA Georgia. Amy is our facility manager at Lost Mountain Tennis Center in west Cobb.

Two weeks later, one of her tennis programs at Lost Mountain Tennis Center - ACEing Autism, was given the 2018 Georgia Professional Tennis Association Community Outreach Award. The mission of ACEing Autism is to connect children with autism through unique tennis programs, and to develop and advance proven methods to positively impact the children, families and communities we serve. For more information on the program, see their website. This program has been successful through Amy's and the Lost Mountain tennis staff efforts, plus numerous volunteers who contribute their time to this worthy program.
Amy has been the facility manager at Lost Mountain Tennis Center for the past 2 years, and has created new programming to include:

  • Tiger Tennis – an after school program at Wild Horse Creek Park working with Tapp Middle School and the Ron Anderson Recreation Center.
  • ACEing Autism – tennis program at Lost Mountain Tennis Center for youth in the autism spectrum.
  • New junior development programming at Lost Mountain Tennis Center.
  • Numerous promotional events to promote tennis in Cobb.
If you are interested in tennis and live in west Cobb, please give Amy and her staff a call. Congratulations to Amy on a job well done!

Audition to Help Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, Cobb County Government and the Cobb County Branch NAACP hosts our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Those wishing to help honor the life and works of Dr. King by performing at the 2019 celebration should take note of the last audition date of Thursday, Jan. 3 from 6 pm-8 pm.

This annual celebration is not a play; entertainment can include dance, spoken word and voice/musical performances. All performances are limited to three minutes and should relate to Dr. King's message. Auditions will be held at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. To secure your audition slot, call the NAACP at (770) 425-5757.

Public Piano Unveiled at the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center

Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit aspiring to make metro Atlanta more musical through 88 public piano installations, will cut the ribbon on its newest donated piano Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6pm at the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public. Individuals are encouraged to play the piano, named “Vincent,” after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"Street piano installations and public pianos inspire people to connect with each other in ways that were once common, but seem increasingly rare. By adding our pianos to the landscape throughout the metropolitan area, we hope to nurture that connection into an evolution of Atlanta’s culture, community and the arts," said Jason Brett, co-founder of Play Me Again Pianos.

The eventual 88 pianos represent the 88 piano keys. Vincent, the 20th installed overall and the first of several indoor installations, joins Sunny (at East Cobb Park) and Tommy (at the Egg Harbor Cafe) as neighborhood pianos in East Cobb. Donated by Michael and Rebecca Cochran, Vincent was designed and painted by local artist and Arts Coordinator at the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, Suzzanne Anicette.

“The idea and design for Vincent grew out of a desire to have an easily recognizable reproduction of a Master work, since we’re placing him inside the Gallery,” said Anicette. “I wanted to depict the feeling of Van Gogh’s Starry Night using slightly more vibrant colors to entice players and help them feel at ease enough to enjoy playing.

“Being an artist that is primarily a painter, it was a challenge to paint a cohesive scene on an object that will be viewed from several angles. Having said that, I enjoyed it so thoroughly that it’s likely that this concept will reappear in my personal artwork and be imaginatively interpreted over and over again. “Painting Vincent was truly a labor of love. I can see him symbolically unifying the Visual and Performing Arts that are housed at Sewell Mill and being enjoyed for years to come. I’m grateful to Play Me Again Pianos for affording artists the opportunity to complete these public art pieces. I cannot wait to see the subsequent works take shape.”

Vincent will live permanently in his new home at the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, the Carol and Jim Ney Gallery. The day after Vincent is unveiled Sewill Mill will host a ‘Play In’. On Thursday, Jan. 10, from 10 am until 6 pm the ‘Play In’ will be an all day hands-on rotation of staff from the Cultural Affairs Division of Cobb County PARKS and the Cobb County Library system playing the piano to celebrate the new addition of Vincent to their facility. Play sets will be a maximum of 15-20 minutes. All ability levels are welcome to participate. Requests to be added to the rotation can be made by calling 770-509-2711.

With the increasing rarity of home pianos, public access to them enriches the entire community. For more information about the volunteer opportunities and the impact of Play Me Again Pianos, visit their website.

Recycle Your Christmas Trees

The annual state of Georgia's Christmas tree recycling program, 'Bring One for the Chipper', will take place 9 am until 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 5, at various locations and parks throughout the county. All decorations, mesh and strings must be removed prior to dropping off. The chipper program involves the entire community and countless volunteers.  Since its inception, the program has recycled an estimated 5.9 million Christmas trees statewide. The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects and individual yards.

As a Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliate, Keep Cobb Beautiful works with sponsors to organize the recycling event for Cobb County. These sponsors include The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, TAG Grinding Services Inc., and Cobb County Parks. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services.

Live Christmas trees, with all decorations removed, will be accepted from 9 am-4 pm on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the following Cobb PARKS locations:

Lost Mountain Park - 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
Noonday Creek Park - 489 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw
Fullers Park - 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta

For more information on this program, see the Keep Cobb Beautiful website.

Get Tickets and Subscriptions to 2019 Encore Series

The 2019 Encore Series performances at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre will feature a variety of acts and performances to entertain everyone. All individual show tickets are now on sale, as well as renewals and new subscription sales. Subscriptions are $100 for the entire series. Individual tickets can be purchased at the box office, through Ticketmaster or by calling (770) 528-8490. The Encore Series schedule is listed below:

8th of January: A Night of Bluegrass
8pm, Saturday, January 5; tickets: $30
Nominated for the Americana/Bluegrass GA Music Award in 2016, '8th of January' is a Georgia bluegrass band with a selection ranging from traditional to modern bluegrass music. Played with precision and soul, musical selections from Old Crow Medicine Show, Alan Jackson and Bob Dylan are a few among their musical repertoire.

Pebblebrook High School presents Legally Blonde: The Musical
8pm, January 31 - February 2; 3pm, February 3; tickets: $20
Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows Elle Woods as she traverses the halls of Harvard. After her break up with boyfriend Warner, Elle sets out to win him back by attending Harvard Law School. While there, she experiences the ups and downs of student life but sets out to prove herself to the world. This fabulous and action packed musical will delight and enthrall with its memorable songs, charming characters and scandal.

Killer Queen: A Tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen                 
3pm, Sunday, May 5: tickets: $40
Killer Queen is the only tribute to have sold out the same arenas as Queen in its heyday. Patrick Myers and the band’s performances at Forest National and Ahoy were scale recreations of Queen’s epic performances. The band is also the longest established tribute to Queen. “No detail is overlooked. Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes,” Duncan Kennedy of BBC News wrote.

Michael Cavanaugh: A Night of Billy Joel                
8pm, Saturday, August 10; tickets: $40
Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook and a charismatic performer and musician made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical "Movin’ Out." Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the musical, Cavanaugh evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. He appeared in the show for three years and more than 1,200 performances, receiving many accolades, culminating in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

Local Artist Creates Art for New PARKS Office

Our new PARKS office building is proud to display a custom painting by local artist Christy Hayes! Her painting is titled "Marietta Square" and is acrylic on 48"x60" canvas. When our office decided we wanted a custom painting, we immediately thought of Christy because of her ability to beautifully paint landmarks throughout Cobb County. She generously offered to donate the painting as a thank you to the PARKS department.

Christy is an instructor at The Art Station-Big Shanty and offers a variety of classes for adults including Still-Life Drawing as well as Grid Drawing and Painting. Christy lives in Marietta with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She graduated from UAB, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a B.S. in English and Fine Art. She earned a second degree in Education, from Georgia State University. She taught Middle School Language Arts, until her children were born. Painting was a hobby while her children were young, but when they started school, it became her "day job"! In the last 16 years, Christy has lived in Northern California, Connecticut, Alabama, and Georgia. Through this time, she has experimented with acrylic, watercolors, paper paintings, oil paintings, and lately, poured acrylic abstracts.  She is inspired by Norman Rockwell, American Impressionist painters, designer color combinations, moments, and personal photographs. For more information about Christy, please visit her website.

Upcoming Events

For a full listing of upcoming activities and events, visit the Cobb County Master Event Calendar.

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