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Cobb Blog - November 2023

December 4, 2023

Thursday, November 30

There were over 350 photos submitted this year, for the 'Fun in the Park' photo contest! There were so many impressive photos, and the quality of the images continues to improve. Once again, the panel of judges had a difficult time selecting the winners as there were so many great submissions. Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope you will participate again for the 2024 contest. Click here to see the winning photos.

Wednesday, November 29

You will sleigh your holiday shopping game at the annual 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Markets happening at all four Cobb County arts centers. The market features a merry mix of unique and handcrafted treasures.

📅 Nov. 29 - Dec. 10

🕙 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on Sundays


❄️ 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

Each location has different artist booths so shop around the holiday markets for all of the festive fun. 🎅🛍️

Monday, November 27

MUST Ministries will have its Winter Weather Shelter open this week. MUST Ministries is partnering with Cobb County to help people who need it. Details at

Wednesday, November 22

Cobb County Government offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 23 and 24. We hope that all will be able to relax and enjoy some time off with friends, family or just have an excellent meal. Many services and answers to your government-related questions are available 24 hours a day online at

Tuesday, November 21

As Thanksgiving and Christmas draw close many of us will be searching for that “perfect gift at a perfect price.” You might search e-commerce sites like eBay, Craigslist, Offer-Up, and Facebook Marketplace to purchase those gifts. To help you make face-to-face purchases, trades and sales safely, the Cobb County Police Department has implemented “E-Commerce Zones” at all five precincts and headquarters. The E-Commerce Zones are marked with blue signs, are well-lit, and are monitored by video surveillance. 

Police Precincts and Headquarters:

  • Precinct One: 2380 N. Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw,
  • Precinct Two: 4700 Austell Road, Austell
  • Precinct Three: 1901 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta
  • Precinct Four: 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • Precinct Five: 4640 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • Headquarters: 545 Fairground Street SE, Suite 101, Marietta

Monday, November 20

Here's an easy way to get new books for your teenager. Sign up for your very own personalized Teen BOOK'D Bag! Each bag includes two young adult library books (specially chosen for you), a delicious snack, and a themed gift.

Sign up Nov. 20 - Dec. 1 and pick up your bag at the branch of your choice starting Dec. 18.

Friday, November 17

Tonight is the night! Start off your holiday season with a mega dose of Christmas cheer as Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland makes its grand debut this evening at Jim R. Miller Park. This all-new, award-winning drive-through light show is sure to be a highlight of your festive celebrations.  Take a magical journey through custom-built light displays perfectly synchronized with Christmas musical favorites nightly 6 - 10 p.m. Nov. 17 - Jan. 7, including holidays, rain or shine. Drive through a kaleidoscope tunnel and experience 50-foot sparkling Christmas trees, towering lights, toy-making elves, reindeer flight school, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole.

On select weekends, visit Santa's village inside the Jim R. Miller Event Center for wintery fun (Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17). There will be an additional charge of $10 per child (cash or credit, payable at the door). Accompanying adults are free. The village will include bounce houses, arts and crafts, themed weekends and activities, and the opportunity to take photos with Santa. 

The park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. For more information and tickets, click here.


Major League Baseball has awarded the 2025 All-Star Game and its associated festivities to the Atlanta Braves. We are proud that Cobb County will host this prestigious event, and we will work to make it enjoyable, memorable, and safe for all.

Thursday, November 16

Tomorrow (Friday) is Cobb GIS Day, cool-geeky fun for our geo-minded folks and the people who love them. Learn about all things map-related. There will also be games, refreshments and door prizes.

Drop in anytime 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17 at Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. More info here:

Wednesday, November 15

Some Cobb residents have received scam phone calls or texts stating that they were scheduled for jury duty but failed to show up. The person is then asked to pay a fine or go to jail. The caller/texter then requests the resident purchase gift cards to pay for the fine to avoid arrest. This is a scam.

If you receive this phone call or text, do not fall for it. If you have any questions about the legitimacy of jury duty, contact the Cobb County State Court System directly at 770-528-2628.

Tuesday, November 14

Don't get caught off guard by a cold snap!

Watch these cold weather safety tips from Cobb EMA and Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services. CCFES Public Information Officer Nick Danz talks about how to minimize the chance of starting a fire accidentally, tips to get your home and vehicle weather-ready, and about using caution around frozen bodies of water. Not usually a problem in our area, but people travel north and it helps to be aware. Watch the video here:

Want to learn more and get ahead of the preparedness curve? Click on here  and the National Fire Protection Association here to get some ideas. What do you keep in your car for emergencies? Let us know your best ideas for being safe.


prepare your car for winter weather, icons of items to keep in car

Monday, November 13

Portuguese language children's books are now available at Cobb County Libraries. This was made possible through the Sewell Mill Library and the Brazilian community's special request and help. We invite you to come and discover the selection of titles today.

Saturday, November 11

Veterans Day

Hey, you may not be reading this because ITS is upgrading our infrastructure today and various online systems will be down for a period of time.

The parade sponsored by the American Legion through Marietta likely  will be streamed on CobbTV's YouTube channel today at 11 a.m.   Weather permitting.

Friday, November 10 

Cobb County Government offices are closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Libraries are also closed Friday and will resume normal hours Saturday, Nov. 11.
Parks facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 10. Outdoor areas will remain open.

How did we get here?  Veterans Day as a county holiday, that is?  Largely due to former Chairman and Marine Corp Colonel Mike Boyce.  Watch this:

Thursday, November 9

Cobb Animal Services is also offering a free microchip clinic 3 - 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, at Cobb Animal Services, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. There are only 50 microchips available so make your appointment now  by emailing

Wednesday, November 8

District Attorney Flynn Broady Jr. will host a town hall 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at Ron Anderson Community Center (3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs). He will discuss the Family Advocacy Center, and share insights into its opening and role in our community. This open forum invites all community members to participate, ask questions, and engage in the conversation. The meeting is open to all.

For more information, email or call 770-528-3080.

Tuesday, November 7

Cast your ballot! It's Municipal General Election day today. Polls will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  in the five cities that are holding elections - Acworth, Austell, Powder Springs, Kennesaw and Smyrna. There are no elections in Mableton, Marietta or unincorporated Cobb County.

Voting locations have changed for many voters. Voters impacted by these changes should have received a letter from our Elections Department, but voters are encouraged to check the "My Voter" page here before heading to the polls.

Georgia law requires photo identification when voting, either in person or absentee.

Monday, November 6

Kick off the holiday season with a double dose of festive fun runs that make a big difference for our Cobb County neighbors in need.

🏃‍♀️The annual Acworth 🦃 Turkey Chase takes place Nov. 18 in downtown Acworth. Choose the 5K fun run or a 2K walk. Proceeds benefit the Tackle Hunger program. Food will be collected at the event.

For more information and to register, click here. 

🍁🦃 🍁🦃 🍁🦃 🍁🦃

🏃‍♀️On Thanksgiving morning, lace up your running shoes, and burn off a few calories before your big meal. Trot along in the annual 🦃 Gobble Jog, Nov. 23, starting at Marietta Square. Choose from 10K, 5K, 1K or a tot trot for the little turkeys. The 10k and 5k are certified as qualifiers for the Peachtree Road Race

The event benefits MUST Ministries. For more information, click here  or call 678-218-4513.

Friday, November 3

⏰ Sleep in 😴 an extra hour Sunday morning for the annual "what time is it really?" celebration of confusion, AKA the end of Daylight Saving Time. 

If you have any clocks that still require setting manually, this is your reminder to set clocks back an hour sometime before Monday rolls around and you have to get somewhere on time.  If you have pets or children, sorry, you're not sleeping late.

The Cobb Public Safety Foundation ( is helping our firefighters avoid harmful carcinogens they often face on the job.  Check out the decon efforts at

Thursday, November 2

Pay It Forward at Cobb Animal Services during the month of November. When you donate pet food, your adoption fee will be waived. Please bring six or more cans of pet food or 10 or more pounds of bagged pet food to our pet food pantry where owners can get help feeding their pets. Give a loving home to a furry friend and support those in need. Let's create a ripple of kindness.

View available pets at

Wednesday, November 1

The first of November has brought us a cold front! There is a freeze warning for Cobb from midnight to 10 a.m. on Thursday. Temperatures as low as 26 are possible. Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Please bring your pets indoors. 

MUST Ministries winter weather shelter is open

Why a freeze watch/warning?