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January 2023

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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. Many of our youth league programs are administered by volunteer organizations, so dates and times of registrations will vary (see bottom of this newsletter for more registration information). For specific information on the activities your child is interested in, 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, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and spikeball registration will open soon. For more information and to download registration packets, see the adult athletics web page. To register, see our registration page.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after the Holidays

Recycle your live Christmas Tree this holiday season!  Recycled trees will be chipped into mulch and used throughout Cobb for beautification projects, soil erosion prevention, lakes, pond and water retention efforts. The cutoff date to drop off trees is Jan. 7, 2023.

Please remove all ornaments, lights and bases before dropping off.  Do not bring wreaths or garlands. No other items will be accepted. Strings of lights can be recycled at the Smyrna Recycling Center located at 3475 Lake Dr, 30082. Flocked trees are beautiful but poisonous to wildlife and is not accepted for this program.

For complete listings of drop-off locations, see the Keep Cobb Beautiful website.

Audition for MLK Jr. Celebration

Show your talents at Cobb County's MLK Day 2023 celebration. A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is Cobb County's annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All kinds of talent are sought: musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word performers, and more for the event beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

You can audition in person 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 or Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway. For more information call 770-425-5757.

Atlanta Braves part of fruit orchard installation at Hyde Farm

Braves catcher Travis D’Arnaud and volunteers planted 80 fruit trees at Hyde Farm as the first of 20 community orchards planted in partnership with Food Well Alliance, One Tree Planted and Players for the Planet. These neighborhood-based orchards will increase access to fresh, healthy food for urban residents while expanding tree canopy and promoting environmental sustainability. The Giving Grove and Food Well Alliance will help plant a total of 300 fruit trees, which will produce more than 13,000 servings of healthy fruit each year.

Read more about the initiative here.

Best of Cobb - vote for your faves now

The voting period has opened for the Best of Cobb contest presented by the Marietta Daily Journal and Cobb Life Magazine. You can vote every day for your favorites in the 2023 contest, running through Jan. 20Vote here.

The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre has been nominated for five categories for Best of Cobb 2023. Please vote for the venue here.

Program recap: Santa's visits kept Cobb PARKS and patrons in the holiday spirit

Last month each art center had a very special visitor during their 12 Days of Christmas Market. Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by to take pictures and spread holiday joy. Patrons of The Art Station enjoyed pictures with Santa and received “Nice List” certificates and goodie bags. Attendees of the Mable House Complex tree lighting were able to meet Santa, do free crafts and watch a movie while sipping hot cocoa and eating popcorn. Sewell Mill Cultural Center provided a concert and a movie as well as free cocoa during their annual 'Cocoa and Concert'. The Art Place was able to add Santa and Mrs. Claus to their traditional empty bowl brunch to benefit MUST Ministries. Patrons were able to enjoy soup made by local restaurants in bowls made by students at The Art Place while they mingled with Santa and Mrs. Claus. These free pop-up events were enjoyed by many patrons and enhanced each center’s wonderful holiday programming!

Check out some photos of the events here and see a video recap here.

Parks maintenance and holiday closings

Most county facilities will be closed for observance of the following holidays. Outdoor areas of the parks will be open.

Monday, Jan. 2 - New Year's holiday
Monday, Jan. 16 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Also, Ebeneezer Park will be closed Jan. 3-10 for maintenance/construction work. The park should re-open on Jan. 11.

Upcoming Events

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

Upcoming Registrations

We are proud to offer a wide range of activities and events throughout the year for the whole family! Visit cobbparks.org for more information.

Registration in progress.

General progam information can be found below:
Arts & Theater
Educational Programs
Trails & Hunting
Recreation Centers

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Natural Resources
Recreation Centers
East Cobb Park
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb Civic Center
Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre
Mable House Arts Center
The Art Place - Mountain View
The Art Station - Big Shanty
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center
Cobblestone Golf Course
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