The Battery Atlanta to hold 3rd annual New Year’s Eve bash

Submitted information:The Battery Atlanta New Year's Eve

The Battery Atlanta will celebrate the New Year in style with our third annual New Year’s Eve Bash presented by Xfinity. Braves in-game host & Star 94.1 Atlanta on-air celebrity Mark Owens will emcee the entire evening of free programming.

The early innings, for those wishing to ring in the New Year early, will start at 6 p.m. in the Plaza. The Heavy Hitters and BLOOPER will be on hand as well as David Garibaldi, a performance painter who transforms blank canvas in minutes to music. At 8 p.m., balloon baseballs will drop in celebration of the New Year.

The late innings festivities start at 9 p.m., with the 12 South Band and David Garibaldi providing the entertainment from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown will include pyrotechnics and 2020 will begin with a confetti and aerial fireworks display.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Where can I get tickets / How much are tickets?
A. No tickets required, this is a FREE event.

Q. Can kids attend Late Innings?
A. Absolutely! All events throughout the evening are family friendly.

Q. Is Parking Free?
A. Parking in the public decks (Red, Green, Purple) is free for the event.

Q. What is included?
A. All entertainment listed is free for the public. Food & Beverage is available for purchase at any of our restaurants, and mobile beverage carts will be in the Plaza area.

Q. Where is this taking place?/Where is the Plaza?
A. All of the entertainment will take place in the Plaza, which is the open area in front of SunTrust Park by the Omni/Comcast Building.

 

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Cobb fireworks reminder for New Year’s Eve

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Cobb County ordinance bans use of fireworks from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., with several exceptions per Georgia law. The exceptions are January 1, the last Saturday and Sunday in May, July 3, July 4, the first Monday in September, and December 31 of each year. On these dates, consumer fireworks may be discharged until midnight, except on New Year’s Eve, when they may be discharged after midnight until 1 a.m. And always be considerate of your and your neighbors’ pets. Most are not fond of fireworks.

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Cobb libraries to hold kid-friendly ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ parties

Mountain View Regional Library

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Families can celebrate the start of 2020 early with kid-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” parties on Tuesday at five Cobb County Public Libraries. The free December 31st programs will feature crafts, storytime, dance and music, and more ahead of the countdowns to noon.

The countdown parties start at 11 a.m. Tuesday, except for the official 11:15 a.m. start at Gritters Library. The Cobb library events will occur as the first hours of 2020—and new decade—are celebrated several time zones away.

The countdown events will include:

  • Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta, 30066, starts at 11:15 a.m. 770-528-2524.
  • Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road, Smyrna 30080. (770) 801-5335
  • Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. 770-509-2725
  • West Cobb Regional Library, 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw 30152. 770-528-4699
  • Vinings Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339. 770-801-5330

Cobb County Libraries will close early on December 31st at 5 p.m. and will be closed January 1st. Regular hours resume January 2nd.

For information on upcoming library programs and resources, visit www.cobbcat.org.

 

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Editor’s Note: Learning to look for the light year ’round

looking for the light

As the final notes of “Silent Night” wafted through the sanctuary, I kept looking at the light.

The candlelight that we all held in one hand as we sang, kneeling, at the end of a lovely Christmas Eve service.

I didn’t want the light to go out, and kept the candle burning during the processional, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

After that, the overhead lights had come on and as I exited the building, I looked back at a beautiful sight. The soft lights that radiated from the building, and the Christmas tree in front, left me in a comfortable glow.

I was filled by the warmth of a festive event, the embrace of new friends and the promise of new birth.

For the second year in a row, I attended the Christmas Eve candlelight service at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church on Holt Road.

What was different this year is that I’ve been going there for the last few months, after many years of not being religious in any way.

Bit by bit, week by week, a little more of a light that had dimmed for me began to brighten up again.

Earlier this year I lost my mother, and finding my way out of that darkness has been rough. My first Christmas without her was going to be especially difficult.

On Monday, as I scratched off the last few items on my grocery shopping list, that sense of loss overwhelmed me, and I barely made my way out of the store without breaking down.

On the morning of Christmas Eve, that melancholy reappeared, and I wondered if I had the strength to go to church.

It was on Christmas Eve a year ago I learned my mother’s lung cancer had become so advanced, and she had gotten so weak, that she decided to forego any chemotherapy. She lived two more months, and for me that favorite of her holidays has become a bittersweet memory.

After the candlelight service Tuesday night, I drove past our old house, and noticed that the current residents had decorated a Christmas tree in the front yard, with beaming green and red lights. I smiled, knowing my mother would be delighted.

The lights of the holidays always made her happy, but she always knew how to look for the light every day of the year.

She found it, in her faith and her family and her sense of fidelity to friends and strangers,  and really lived it.

It’s a lesson she taught me long ago, and that I’m trying to learn anew. The light is not always visible, and often is buried amid darkness and despair.

But it’s there, if we’re willing to let it shine.

 

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East Cobb Christmas Tree dropoff locations; pickup services

tree recycling, Bring One for the Chipper, Keep Cobb Beautiful

Keep Cobb Beautiful’s annual Bring One for the Chipper Christmas Tree recycling program starts Christmas Day and ends next Saturday, Jan. 4.

Starting Christmas Day and continuing through Jan. 4, you can drop off trees at the Home Depot stores at Providence Square (4101 Roswell Road) and Highland Plaza (3605 Sandy Plains Road).

On Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the following county parks in East Cobb will serve as drop-off locations:

  • Fullers Park (3499 Robinson Road)
  • Sewell Park (2055 Lower Roswell Road)
  • Noonday Park (489 Hawkins Store Road)

When you bring a tree you’ll get a free sapling, as long as supplies last.

No flocked trees will be accepted, and all trees must have decorations, mesh, lights, stands, strings and other items removed.

Free mulch also is available; for more information, call 770-528-1135 or visit keepcobbbeautiful.org.

An East Cobb boy scout troop is collecting trees this Saturday, Jan. 28, and next Saturday, Jan. 4, as a fundraising project.

It’s Troop 565, which meets at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and they’ll be making curbside pickups those days starting at 8 a.m. within the Walton, Wheeler, Pope, Lassiter and Sprayberry attendance zones.

The cost for the retrieval is $25 a tree, and they’re asking that you sign up here for the service. The donations are tax-deductible and the proceeds go toward troop programs.

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IT’S HOLIDAY TIME: Cocoa and Concert at Sewell Mill Library

Sewell Mill Library Cocoa and Concert
A young visitor approaches the stage at the Sewell Mill amphitheater. (East Cobb News photos by Wendy Parker)

It was around 50 degrees when Cocoa and Concert began Friday at the Sewell Mill Library, as a few dozen people brought coats and concert chairs, sipped on hot cocoa, enjoyed crafts and the music of local artists.

After a colder and wet weekend, the week of Christmas will be warmer, with temperatures reaching the mid-60s by Christmas Day and staying in that range the rest of the week.

Sewell Mill Library Cocoa and Concert

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East Cobb home features holiday lights synchronized with car radio music

East Cobb home holiday lights

Thanks to reader Karen Fox, who sends along word that her family home in East Cobb is having a special holiday lights treat on Saturday night.

The lights are synchronized to music that you can listen to on your car radio at 88.3FM, and the display features two snow machines, leaping arches, an animated skating pond and a frozen display.

She says Santa will be visiting Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., and will be available for free pictures, hot chocolate and treats. He usually stays an hour or so, or until the last child is seen.

The display is free to enjoy between 6-11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 6, but Karen says they’re accepting donations for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.

The address is 2994 Clary Hill Court, located off Post Oak Tritt Road near McPherson Road, in the Clary Lakes subdivision. Below is a map to help you get there, along with more photos and a video.

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East Cobb holiday lights: Photos from readers; send yours!

East Cobb Holiday Lights

Thanks to East Cobb real estate agent Ariel Starke (@ArielStarke on Instagram) for sending along these photos of homes decked out for the holidays, with lights, trees and other displays.

The photo above is from the Five Lakeside neighborhood off Casteel Road.

If you’d like to share your photos, we’ll be posting them through the holidays (and that includes New Year’s). E-mail us: [email protected] and we’ll share them with the community!

East Cobb Holiday Lights
Normandy neighborhood off Casteel Road.
East Cobb Holiday Lights.
Normandy neighborhood off Casteel Road.
East Cobb Holiday Lights
Ariel’s children decorating the family Christmas tree.

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Mountain View library holiday toy drive continues through Saturday

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Mountain View Regional Library staff is hosting the Caring Heart Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive through Friday, Dec. 20. The three county libraries serving as toy drive collection locations for the local nonprofit organization are:

  • Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta (770-509-2725)
  • West Cobb Regional Library, 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw (770-528-4699)
  • South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton (678-398-5828)

Suggested donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 2-17 include action figures, sports equipment, dolls, arts and crafts sets, board games, building sets, toy vehicles, pretend play and dress up sets, puzzles and books.

The Holiday Toy Giveaway program will be held at Mountain View Regional Library on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Caring Heart Foundation team will have gifts set up from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for registered families to select toys.

 

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East Cobb weekend events: Empty Bowl Brunch and more

Another weekend loaded with holiday events is already underway in East Cobb, but there’s plenty going on through Sunday:East Cobb weekend events, Empty Bowl Brunch

From 8-11 Saturday morning, the East Cobb Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is serving up pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee at East Cobb United Methodist Church (2325 Roswell Road). Kids can have their picture taken with Santa, and if you bring an unwrapped toy you’ll get a free raffle ticket. The cost is $7.50 per person, and proceeds go to Lions Club programs to provide free eye screenings for needy students.

From 10-4 Saturday, the St. Andrew UMC Nativity Display continues. The public is invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It’s free to attend in the Keheley Center at the church (3455 Canton Road), but any donations you care to make will benefit Cobb Senior Services.

From 10-2 Saturday, warm up and enjoy the festive season at the Mugs & Mocha event at the Sewell Mill Library (2051 Lower Roswell Road). Cool beans will be serving up the java, and you can purchase a handcrafted mug and enjoy free ceramic ornaments, crafts for kids and a visit from Santa.

The Sewell Mill Library also is having an opening event for its latest art gallery exhibit during the Out and About Reception from 2-4. The works are from local artists from the Sewell Mill Cultural Center’s Atlanta Artists Center. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 7.

For four shows only, the Johnson Ferry Christmas Festival takes place this weekend, with shows at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Baptist church (955 Johnson Ferry Road). The choir and orchestra will be featured with a traditional sing-along.

From 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s local artist John Driskell Hopkins’ Sounds of the Season Holiday Show at Olde Towne Athletic Club (4950 Olde Towne Parkway). Hopkins and the Joe Gransden Band will perform a special Christmas concert, with dinner prepared by celebrity chef Rusty Hamlin, and dancing, in a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To purchase tickets, click here.

On Sunday, The Art Place (3330 Sandy Plains Road) is having its holiday-themed Empty Bowl Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests can choose a bowl made by students at The Art Place and enjoy homemade soup on premises. The cost for the bowl is $15 each, and the proceeds will benefit MUST Ministries.

On Sunday evening, the public is invited to the Christmas at East Cobb Concert from 4-7 at East Cobb UMC, featuring a holiday choir, instrumentalist, children, and an audience sing-along in the Sanctuary. That gets underway at 5, preceded by a Bethlehem-inspired petting zoo at 4, and following everything will be s’mores and a bonfire.

Check out our Holiday Guide for more, and if you’re looking for a place to worship, our listings of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services in East Cobb.

You’ll find more details about those events and can check out more of our calendar listings for this weekend and beyond.

Send your events to us and we’ll post ’em here: [email protected].

 

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Cobb Stuff A Bus toy, food collections take place this week

Submitted graphic and information below includes details on East Cobb dropoff spots—at WellStar East Cobb Health Park Tuesday and the WellStar Administration building on Sandy Plains Road and Three 13 Salon on Canton Road on Thursday:

Cobb Christmas partners with Cobb County Department of Transportation and CobbLinc to create the county’s most unique and memorable holiday program, Stuff-A-Bus. Think of Stuff-A-Bus as the opposite of Santa’s sleigh, Santa uses his sleigh to deliver gifts and Cobb Christmas makes a CobbLinc bus our sleigh for collecting gifts.

The week prior to Cobb Christmas’ Annual Distribution, a CobbLinc bus travels through the county to Stuff-A-Bus host sites gathering donations of food and toys. Host sites can be businesses, schools and other entities that have organized toy and food drives.

This program would not be successful without the help of local businesses, schools, and other organizations that serve as host sites for Stuff-A-Bus. Volunteers at these locations organize food and toy drives and begin promoting and collecting in November. A Cobb Christmas representative schedules a date and time for the bus to make a stop at their location to collect the items which have been donated. All donations are stored and transported to IAM Local Lodge 709 —the Cobb Christmas Distribution Site-during distribution week.

Cobb Stuff a Bus

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Wheeler Holiday Showcase features the sounds of the season

Wheeler Holiday Showcase

The various bands, orchestras, coral music groups and other fine arts groups at Wheeler High School performed two shows Saturday in the Holiday Showcase at the school’s performing arts center.

The event was the culmination of many weeks of rehearsals and involved dozens of students in the Chorale Chorus, the Beginning Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Sinfonia Orchestra, the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band and the Full Orchestra.

In the second show, the Bel Voce Chorus, the Wind Ensemble Band, the Chamber Orchestra and the Theater took the stage.

The music teachers include Mark Hoskins and Anthony Higdon (band), Ebony Collier (chorus), Dwayne Wasson and April O’Keefe (orchestra), Dayna Strickland (theater) and Lisa Casey and William Rembert (visual art).

The photos and videos are from the opening concert.

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