Families can enjoy the final free movie showing of the summer Friday, Aug. 1, as Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre staff host "The Lego Movie." Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Participants are welcome to bring their own food or purchase from concessions. Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information, call 770-819-7765 or visit mablehouse.org.
Two time All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and SUBWAY Restaurants’ Jared Fogle visited Switzer Library recently to talk to Cobb children about the Home Run Reader program. They also discussed the importance of exercising minds and bodies this summer and read the book "Casey Back at Bat" to children. About 100 children enjoyed a fun time and got to hula hoop with the Tomahawk Girls and Homer (pictured).
Cobb County students can still participate in Home Run Readers, the Braves summer reading partnership with Georgia Public Library Service, presented by SUBWAY Restaurants.
Home Run Readers rewards students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade throughout Georgia with a free Braves ticket and a free SUBWAY "Fresh Fit For Kids Meal" for reading books and completing an online activity. Designed to encourage a love of reading, as well as strengthen reading skills during the summer months, Home Run Readers was launched in 2013. The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through Aug. 24. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.atlantabraves.com/reading.
The "Among the Stars" end of summer reading celebration will be held 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Switzer Library. The library will be transformed into a spacecraft, creating a setting for family-friendly fun, music, storytelling, games and food trucks. The community celebration will include science demonstrations, party music, Rocking Chair Theatre, Rockin' Robots, magnet demonstrations, games and special appearances by the CAREing Paws therapy dogs. Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell St., Marietta. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, or the celebration, visit cobbcat.org/srp or call 770-528-2330.
There are important issues facing our region, such as strengthening our economy, improving transportation, enhancing quality of life and protecting natural resources. Public input into what should be in the regional plan for Metro Atlanta is important. The regional plan is designed to ensure growth, prosperity and a high quality of life for the next 25 years. Through the end of September, Atlanta Regional Commission staff is reaching out to the public to share the vision developed by the ARC board and get feedback and opinions about actions to achieve these goals. One of the ways feedback is being collected is through an online survey available at atlantaregional.com/TheRegionalPlan. You will be able to share what issues you think are most important for our region to consider and which solutions you think will work best.