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August 2019

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Experience food and fun from around the world

One of the strengths of our community is cultural diversity. Cobb has grown by almost 10 percent in the past decade and is increasingly more diverse. In honor of all the unique influences that make our community thrive, Cobb County will host its inaugural International Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park Event Center.

The 2019 Cobb County International Festival will feature a wide variety of local and international music and art, eclectic dancing, delicious culinary options, imaginative crafts, beautiful jewelry, kids’ corner and many other vendors. It will also give local businesses the chance to foster economic growth.

Many countries will be represented at this family-friendly event. Celebrating our differences - as well as our common values - helps unite and educate us. You are invited to be a part of this culinary and cultural experience. Admission is free.

Public input meetings set for new park properties

Cobb County PARKS will be hosting a series of public input meetings to discuss planning for the future of new park properties purchased through the 2008 PARKS Bond program. Although there is currently no funding for the development of these properties, your input will play a vital role in the planning for future development, once such funding is identified. The meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday, Aug. 5
Property: Kemp (4331 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta)
Meeting location: West Cobb Senior Center

Wednesday, Aug. 7
Property: Ebenezer (4055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta)
Meeting location: Noonday Baptist Church (Sanctuary) 4120 Canton Road, Marietta

Thursday, Aug. 8
Property: Henderson (6800 Henderson Road, Mableton)
Meeting location: South Cobb Community Center

Monday, Aug. 12
Property: Old Westside (4570 Old Westside Road, Powder Springs)
Meeting location: Ron Anderson Recreation Center

If you cannot attend one or more of the meetings, but would like to provide input, please send your comments by email to Tom Bills at tom.bills@cobbcounty.org. Please include the name of the property in the email subject line. The deadline for sending email comments is Sept. 3.

This is the second round of public meetings regarding these properties. For more information and details on these park properties, please see the PARKS Bond Properties Information web page.

Tickets available for star-studded events at Mable House

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is hosting some great concerts and events in August and tickets are available now:

  • The Movies, Bands and Brews series continues Friday, Aug. 2, with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A live performance by the band The Neon Queen will start at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Tables directly in front of the stage that seat six are $72 and can be purchased at ticketmaster. All other seating is free and open to the public.
  • Enjoy an Evening of Jazz on Saturday, Aug. 3, featuring Brian Culbertson and Najee. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $46 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.
  • R&B legends Dru Hill, Silk and Ginuwine will be in concert 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. Tickets start at $46 and are available at ticketmaster.
  • Enjoy an Evening of Jazz on Saturday, Aug. 17, featuring Jeffrey Osborne and Jody Watley. The show will begin at 7 p.m.. Tickets start at $46 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.
  • The Kiss 104.1 Flashback Series will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Saturday concert will start at 7 p.m. and feature the Whispers, Ruben Studdard and Evelyn Champagne King. Tickets start at $41 and can be purchased at ticketmaster. The Sunday show will start at 7 p.m. and feature Cameo, Midnight Star and Glenn Jones. Tickets start at $41 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.

Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information, visit our website.

2019 'Fun in the Park' photo contest

As you are out enjoying Cobb parks and facilities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks and anything else that shows why you enjoy spending time at the park. You can enter up to 10 of your best shots in the 15th annual "Fun in the Park' Photo Contest. The contest is open to all photographers. See rules and download the entry form on the photo contest web page.

Fishing Rodeo for family fun

Cobb PARKS Natural Resource Management unit will host a Fishing Rodeo at Hyde Farm once again this year. The event will be held on Aug. 17, starting at 9 a.m. The event offers the following age divisions: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16. Trophies will be awarded for the five biggest fish overall. For more information, contact John Purcell at john.purcell@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-8825. Grab your fishing pole and join us for a morning of fishing and fun!

'Learn to Play' tennis program for adults and youth

Cobb Tennis Centers and USTA-Atlanta are once again teaming up to provide an opportunity for beginner adults and youth to learn how to play tennis. The 'Tennis Apprentice' program provides instruction to play tennis and work towards participating in future league play. Students will take six weeks of instruction. Lessons are 1 hour each week. Each participant will also receive a free tennis racket, a 1 year United States Tennis Association membership and registration to an entry level USTA league. All this for the introductory-to-tennis fee of $50 ($49 for youth)! For information, contact your closest tennis center. Registration is in progress now through Aug. 23. You can register through the USTA-Atlanta 'Tennis Apprentice' website for juniors and adults.

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.

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

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Natural Resources
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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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