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Friday, December 29

Please note that all Cobb County government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day.  We wish you all a very happy and safe New Year! 

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One of your New Year's resolutions to have a better lawn??  Learn how to plan your lawn maintenance for the year in a free, virtual class hosted by the UGA Cobb Extension at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT,  Dec. 29. Get tricks, tips and resources to help you maintain a lush and beautiful lawn. Register here https://lnkd.in/eRThtdiA.

Thursday, December 28 

Please be advised the Hope House Shelter winter warming shelter will be open from December 28th through Thursday, January 4th, in anticipation of the frigid temperatures. Winter warming shelter services are available for men, women, and children. We request that individuals needing the winter weather shelter services be present by 8:00 p.m. each night. The Hope House shelter is at 1297 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30066. Please share!

Cobb County is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide transportation to individuals needing winter warming shelter services.

Pickup location:

Reflections of Trinity; 4037 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127

Pick-up times: 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Bus vouchers are available at the following locations from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. when the warming shelter is operable:

  • HOPE Family Resource Center, 6108 Mableton Parkway, Suite 116, Mableton, GA 30126
  • Family Life Restoration Center, 6105 Mableton Parkway, Mableton, GA 30126
  • Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Road SW, Smyrna, GA 30082

Wednesday, December 27

Recycle your live Christmas Tree now through Saturday, Jan. 6 at 'Bring One for the Chipper' locations in Cobb County. Recycled trees will be chipped into mulch and used throughout the county for beautification projects, soil erosion prevention, lakes, pond and water retention efforts. Please NO ornaments, NO lights, NO bases, NO flocked trees. Do not bring wreaths or garlands. No other items will be accepted.

Cobb County Park location - Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road (lot down street). Free mulch is also available.  Email keepcobbbeautiful@cobbcounty.org to receive a mulch request form.

Home Depot locations:

*3355 Cobb Pkwy, Acworth 30101

*1200 East-West Connector, Austell 30106

*2350 Dallas Hwy, Marietta 30064

*4101 Roswell Road NE, Marietta 30062

*3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066

*1062 Richard Sailors Pkwy, Powder Springs 30127

*1655 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw 30144

*2450 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta 30339

449 Roberts CT NW, Kennesaw 30144

Bonus: * A limited supply of FREE saplings are available at specified Home Depots on January 6, 2024 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday, December 22

Wishing a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Cobb County Government offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday Dec. 26 in observance of the holiday. All Cobb County Libraries will be closed Dec. 24-26. 

As always, certain services and information remain available to the public 24/7 on the official website cobbcounty.org

Thursday, December 21

Have some holiday fun in the pool at the Underwater Tree Lighting Event at West Cobb Aquatic Center, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. Everyone will get glow sticks to hang on the tree during the open swim time. Then we'll get out of the pool and turn out the lights to see the tree glow. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate too. This is not a drop-off event. Please stay with your children. $5 each for Cobb residents. The Aquatic Center is located at 3675 Macland Road, Powder Springs.

Register here (code 33638): https://bit.ly/41wc9RJ

Wednesday, December 20

Don't be a Grinch this Christmas! Give a homeless pet a forever home in 2023.  All cats & dogs are $12 & all puppies & kittens are $25, through December 31.  See the pets waiting for you at CobbCounty.org/pets

Bring your pets or adopt your new, forever friend at the Santa Paws event. Take pictures with Santa, enjoy cookies, ice cream and coffee (23rd only). We can't wait to see you December 23 & 24 from 12 - 3 p.m. at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta . ALL ADOPTIONS AT THE EVENT ARE FREE!!

Tuesday, December 19

Due to cold weather, the winter weather shelter at MUST Ministries will open this week (through Thursday night). People wishing to use the shelter’s resources must report by 8 p.m. Cobb County is partnering with MUST to get people from across the county to the shelter. For information on remote pickup locations and how to obtain bus vouchers, please visit https://bit.ly/3TreMlT.

Monday, December 18

The Georgia State Health Insurance Assistance Program will be providing free, personalized on-site counseling on Dec. 19 (every third Tuesday of the month) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Powder Springs Public Library, 4181 Atlanta Street, Powder Springs, 30127. Each session for discussions on individual Medicare needs is one hour and is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the library at 770-439-3600. 

Georgia SHIP is the only agency sanctioned to partner with CMS (Center for Medicare Services) to provide this service as certified Medicare counselors. For information on resources and programs offered by Powder Springs Library, visit cobbcat.org.

Friday, December 15

Cobb victims of abuse and trafficking now have one central location where they can go to get the assistance they need without having to recount their situation numerous times. The Cobb Family Advocacy Center's doors officially opened today at a ribbon cutting attended by county officials. The FAC is designed to address barriers faced by victims, by locating critical service providers under one roof with a coordinated Intake process. The FAC will meet the wide and varied needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. 

Read more about the Cobb Family Advocacy Center at CobbFAC.org.

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If you are out doing some holiday shopping this weekend, please pick up a couple things for less fortunate children. Contribute new, unwrapped toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Collection boxes will be at all Cobb Tax locations through Dec. 20th. For locations, visit http://bit.ly/3twfTBF.

Thursday, December 14

Cobb Water Department has developed several informational programs as a response to common questions and concerns about various topics related to water quality, pollution prevention, and ecological issues. These workshops provide a brief overview (with a chance for questions and answers) for Cobb residents to better understand where our water comes from and how to protect this important resource.

Tomorrow,  Dec. 15 at noon, learn the importance of winterizing your faucets and irrigation system before cold weather arrives. What can you complete as a homeowner and what needs to be completed by a professional? Headed on vacation? Don't let your pipes get caught unprepared with a sudden cold snap while you are away. This class will be held in-person as well as virtual and is free to attend.  Please register here.

Wednesday, December 13

Join Cobb & Douglas Public Health tomorrow, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. Offering free COVID-19 & Flu Vaccines, wellness checks, & more. No appointments are necessary. (Reserved for Cobb County residents age 55+)

Tuesday, December 12

Cobb's Board of Commissioners meets this morning to discuss approving a Mobility Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (MSPLOST) to put before voters during the November 2024 election.  You can watch the presentation at 9 a.m. (or stream it later at your convenience) by checking out the options at www.cobbcounty.org/CobbTV.

Monday, December 11

It’s that time of year when a specially-wrapped CobbLinc bus travels throughout the community to promote Stuff-A-Bus, an annual donation program benefiting Cobb County families. Stuff-A-Bus is made possible by Cobb Christmas, Inc., CobbLinc, First Transit, community businesses and volunteers. To participate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the Stuff-A-Bus host sites before the scheduled pickup dates and times. Toys are needed for children ages 3 to 13, with the 9 to 13 age group having the greatest need. Donations will be distributed to approximately 1,000 Cobb County families. Thank you for your help and support! 

View the flyer here.

For more information, visit the Cobb Christmas website here.

Friday, December 8

Tonight is the rescheduled Mable House Lights the Night event from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the tree lighting, photos with Parker Barker (mascot), entertainment, Gingerbread Showdown, popcorn, cocoa, candy cane hunt and a movie.

Also, don't miss your chance to visit the annual 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Markets happening at all four Cobb County arts centers through Saturday, Dec. 9. The market features a merry mix of unique and handcrafted treasures. Each location has different artist booths so shop around the holiday markets for all of the festive fun.

Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Locations:

❄️ Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton

❄️ Sewell Mill Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

❄️ The Art Place - Mt. View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

❄️ The Art Station - Big Shanty, 2050 Kennesaw Due West Road NW, Kennesaw

Thursday, December 7

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate the festival of lights. The holiday begins at sundown tonight when one candle is lit, plus the tall helper candle. The last candle will be lit on the night of Thursday, Dec. 14.  Celebrate the holiday at these area events:

Dec. 7 - Mega Chanukah Event at The Battery Atlanta - https://bit.ly/3t0EuTd

Dec. 10 - Menorah lighting on Marietta Square -https://bit.ly/3uyLJSW

Dec. 10 - Menorah lighting at Avenues East Cobb and a real helicopter will drop gelt for extra fun! -https://bit.ly/49YrtKM

Dec. 12 - Acworth Menorah Lighting at Logan Farm Park:  https://www.acworth.com/menorah-lighting-ceremony/

Wednesday, December 6

The second round of public meetings for the Unified Development Code starts tonight Wednesday, Dec. 6. You can view the results collected from the first round of public meetings and provide feedback on the research. The schedule for round two meetings is listed below. For more information, please visit www.cobbcountyudc.com.

Wednesday, Dec.6, 6 - 8 p.m., Windy Hill Community Center,  1885 Roswell Street SE, Smyrna

Thursday, Dec. 7,  6 - 8 p.m., North Cobb Regional Library, 3900 S Main Street, Acworth

More meeting dates are listed here.

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COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPEN DEC. 6 & 7 -MUST Ministries will open its Hope House shelter as the temperatures are expected to dip near freezing. The shelter is at 1297 Bells Ferry Rd, Marietta. Those needing help should check in by 8 pm. Watch this video to learn how Cobb is partnering with MUST to provide this service to all corners of Cobb.

Tuesday, December 5

Guess what? PARKS has a NEW activity guide! Each season edition will feature easy registration information for programs and events, community member highlights, and upcoming park projects and closures.

Cobb Parks is dedicated to showcasing the authenticity of our diverse community. If you are interested in being featured in a future activity guide, contact Tonya at tonya.ashley@cobbcounty.org to schedule your photo session.

Monday, December 4

Looking for a fun night out with the family?  North Cobb Regional Library is hosting a family game night on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.  The library is located at 3535 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw.

Friday, December 1

It's going to be a soggy weekend, and several holiday events are rescheduling. Please make sure you check the individual event websites before you go.  

The Mable House Lights the Night event has been RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 8 due to weather - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Enjoy the tree lighting, photos with Parker Barker (mascot), entertainment, Gingerbread Showdown, popcorn, cocoa, candy cane hunt, movie, and shop at the 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Market.

 


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