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National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Announcement

September 16, 2021

The Marietta Museum of History is proud to announce the creation our official Cobb County Latinx Research Archives. This project is an ongoing process and a culmination of the work completed by two English 1102: Honors Composition IIclasses in 2020 and 2021 with students in the Honors Journey College at Kennesaw State University. Students in Dr. Rochelle Harris Cox’s classes have learned valuable research methods while also helping to establish the first set of research at the museum focused primarily on Latinx history and their establishment in our community. The students have contributed more than 200 files of new information to our research archives.

This collaboration began in 2018. Earlier classes focused on adding to the existing Cobb County African American Research Archives here at the museum. In 2019, a special reception was hosted by the Kennesaw State University’s Center for African and African Diaspora Studies to thank these students for their work in continuing our efforts to preserve ALL history!

The Marietta Museum of History is proud to honor Hispanic and Latinx heritage with this active project. 

About the Marietta Museum of History

The Marietta Museum of History uses ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories of Marietta and Cobb County’s rich history and culture. Galleries and exhibits cover topics such as military history, home life throughout the centuries, technology, and local businesses from our past.

The Marietta Museum of History is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (check website for holiday and COVID-19 related closings)

Admission is $7 Adults, $5 Seniors and Students, 5 and under are free

To learn more about the Marietta Museum of History, visit us at

City of Marietta Continues Beautification and Safety Enhancements on Powder Springs Road

September 16, 2021

The City of Marietta is pleased to continue its city-wide beautification and safety enhancement projects, this time focusing on the Powder Springs Road corridor from Sandtown Road to South Marietta Parkway. As with previously completed corridor improvement projects including Roswell Street, Whitlock Avenue, Fairground Street, and Kennesaw Avenue, this project is funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Once completed, the Powder Springs Road project will see a new 8-foot-wide trail installed from Sandtown Road all the way to South Marietta Parkway and will feed into the City’s Mountain to River Trail which runs parallel to the Marietta Square. It will also feature a new sidewalk on the west side of Powder Springs Road from Sandtown Road to South Marietta Parkway. There will be new traffic signals, pedestrian street lighting, new pedestrian crosswalks at all intersections, landscaped medians, and storm drainage upgrades throughout the corridor. Mostly importantly, the project will not only improve traffic flow, but it will also increase safety for both motorists and pedestrians and provide an increased walkability in the corridor.

The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 27, 2021, and is expected to take 18 months to complete. The City’s contractor will begin the work at Sandtown Road and work their way down to South Marietta Parkway. The construction slated to begin first will include retaining walls, curbing, storm drain upgrades, the sidewalks, and the trail. While traffic will be impacted and drivers could see lane closures, there should never be a hard road closure. Additionally, lane closures relating to the construction are only permitted between the hours of 9am and 3pm. The plans for the project are located on our website, also if motorists or pedestrians have questions about the project, they can call 770-794-5629 and will receive a response within one business day.

The City is excited to see this project begin and looks forward to its completion which will bring increased safety and improvements to the traffic flow for both pedestrians and motorists as well as greatly enhancing the beauty of an important corridor in our All America Hall of Fame City.

Town Center at Cobb Welcomes Kokee Tea and Taco Bell

September 15, 2021

Kennesaw mall adds two dining options, complementing existing food and shopping

Celebrated brands Taco Bell and Kokee Tea are now open at Town Center at Cobb. These restaurant and beverage additions add to the diverse options for shoppers visiting the mall.

Located in the food court next to Mandarin Express, Taco Bell is the nation’s leading Mexican-style chain, serving tacos, burritos, signature quesadillas, Border Bowls®, nachos and other specialty items.

The fourth Georgia location for the brand, Kokee Tea is located on the upper level center court next to Mori Luggage. The specialty drink and dessert cafe offers hand-crafted drinks with natural ingredients and the freshest flavors. The Kokee Tea menu features signature, milk, cold cloud and blended drinks and prides itself on being a “hug in a cup.”

Powder Springs Ceremony Sept. 25 to Recognize ‘Be Kind’ Mural’s Artist

September 14, 2021

The City of Powder Springs will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, to recognize two artists whose talents combined to create the downtown’s new “Be Kind” mural.

The event will be held at the site of the mural within the paseo leading to Thurman Springs Park between Hand-Me-Up’s Consignment at 4448 Marietta St. and the yet-to-open Suga’s Cheese Shoppe & Cafe at 4456 Marietta St.

Artist Gerald Byrd created the mural this summer, which was inspired by photographs from Powder Springs’ own Liz Williams of Liz by Design Photography. Williams last year called upon a group of her clients and friends to bring together children of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences for a series of pictures she dubbed “The Be Kind Project” aimed at highlighting the things that made them the same — their hearts.

Byrd, Williams, children who were in the original photo shoot and their families have been invited to the event, which is open to the public.

Wellstar Foundation to Host Healthcare Innovation Series: Behavioral Health & Wellness, Sept. 23

September 14, 2021

Wellstar Health System is bolstered by the strong partnership of the Cobb Chamber and its members. Recognizing the importance of mental health and wellness for the individuals, families, and employees in Cobb County, we invite you to participate in the Wellstar Foundation’s next Healthcare Innovation Series event: Behavioral Health & Wellness, on Thursday, September 23rd from 12pm-1:30pm (EST).

Did you know in Georgia nearly 4 million people are suffering from a behavioral health condition and 61% of those receive no treatment? In fact, Georgia ranks 34 out of the 50 states for providing access to behavioral health services and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for these already stretched resources. Now is the time to transform healthcare.

This virtual event will bring together community, corporate and foundation leaders for an important, interactive conversation, delving into the complexities of behavioral health and working together toward building a sustainable and innovative network of support in Georgia. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jud Brewer, Executive Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Sharecare, Director of Research and Innovation, the Mindfulness Center, Brown University, and New York Times best-selling author of Unwinding Anxiety.

Register for this free event today:–wellness-a1001

Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Girls Who Conduct Announce Women Conductors Program Fellows

September 13, 2021

Six talented conductors have been chosen to participate in a new fellowship program being offered jointly by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Girls Who Conduct organizations.

The fellowship program is the brainchild of GSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Verville and GWC founder Chaowen Ting. Participants will observe GSO rehearsals and concerts while participating in conducting workshops during three residency programs. They also will receive mentorship by GWC members and GSO’s music staff both virtually and in-person. The program is set to begin in late September and will run throughout the GSO’s full 2021-22 orchestra season.

“The aim of the fellowship program is to empower aspiring women-identifying and non-binary conductors through mentorship, training and practical opportunities to support their career development,” said Ting.

The demand for such a program is evidenced by the fact those chosen to participate are from a highly-competitive group of applicants from 15 countries, including the United States. Of the six fellows selected, four are international candidates.

Verville stated he and the members of the selection committee found it quite difficult to narrow the pool to the six fellows. “They all exhibited high levels of achievement, drive and merit,” he said. “But in each applicant, I also saw an opportunity for us to serve them in their continued growth and development as a conductor.”

Those named as participants include Renatka Dworak Berlin from Charlotte, N.C.  Berlin has served as a clinician with multiple ensembles in Asia, East Africa, Europe and North America. She spent two years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she founded the Ethiopian Peace Choir. In 2020, Berlin began her doctoral studies in music education through Boston University.

Joining Berlin is Cuban-born conductor Sandra Cepero from Clarksville, Tenn. A winner of numerous awards, she has conducted orchestras in Europe, South America and the United States. Cepero currently is the assistant conductor of the Austin Peay State University Symphony Orchestra in Clarksville.

Also participating in the program is Columbian conductor Maria del Mar Goyes Rojas. Rojas is the founder and artistic director of Proyecto Mozart Orchestra, a Columbian youth orchestra. She also is the band and orchestra conductor of Escuela de Musica Desepaz, which provides free musical education to at-risk children in her native country.

Fellow JarEun Kim, originally from South Korea, currently is a Doctor of Music candidate in conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Ind. She is an active educator who has worked with numerous music ensembles at the university and also has served as choral director at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Another international participant is Constança Simas from Lisbon, Portugal. Simas received her master’s in music degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. She has conducted the Welsh National Opera, and also is a conductor in the Young Women Opera Makers residency program of the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France.

The final participant in the fellowship program is Atlanta-native Catherine Willingham, who is a senior composition student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Willingham also serves as the music director for the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra, the school’s largest student-run ensemble.

The women conductors fellowship program is being funded in part through generous sponsorships from SA White Oil Company, Inc., the Atlanta NW Marriott at the Galleria Hotel, Crane Elder Law Firm, LLC and State Farm Insurance.

Chicken Salad Chick Celebrates Recent Grand Opening in West Cobb

September 13, 2021

Fast-casual eatery continues commitment to “Spread Joy, Enrich Lives and Serve Others” by supporting MUST Ministries

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only Southern inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, recently kicked off its newest opening at West Cobb on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Located at 3805 Dallas Hwy, Suite 816, Chicken Salad Chick West Cobb celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by brand leadership, members of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and local employees. Honoring its mission to serve others, the company aligned with MUST Ministries for the opening to support initiatives that directly impact the local community.

Grand opening day saw more than 120 guests arrive before the restaurant opened for a chance to win free Chicken Salad Chick for a year. Two days of pre-opening Friends & Family dining events generated a $1050 donation on behalf of Chicken Salad Chick to MUST Ministries – a local nonprofit serving the community through food distributions, workforce development, housing assistance and other life-saving programs. Funds from the partnership will be used to support their food pantry feeding local families.

“We’re very thankful for the community’s generosity and support of MUST Ministries through our Friends & Family event,” said Chicken Salad Chick President and CEO Scott Deviney. “Serving others and spreading joy will always remain the heartbeat of Chicken Salad Chick at every location as we support our local neighborhoods.”

Chicken Salad Chick offers over a dozen delicious specialty chicken salad recipes scratch-prepared daily. In addition to the restaurant’s signature chicken salad flavors, other menu items include fresh salads, sandwiches, sides and soups, all available from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Leading the West Cobb restaurant team is District Manager Justan McMiller and Store General Manager Nate Harden.

Life University B.S. Biology Degree Named One of Top Online Programs by Best Colleges

September 13, 2021

Life University (Life U) is proud to announce that its online Bachelor of Science in Biology degree has been named one of the top online biology degree programs in the country by Life U was ranked fourth on the 2021 list and named in the top 10 for the second year in a row.

The methodology behind Best Colleges’ rankings is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency. Their 2021 rankings reflect the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

“This ranking is a testimony to the dedication of our faculty and support staff. Their  commitment to student success is what makes Life University one of the best programs in the United States,” said Dr. Richard Belcastro, Dean of the Life University College of Online Education. “Although being recognized is great, we are constantly looking at initiatives to improve each student’s experience and their journey at Life University. We are successful only when our students are successful.”

About Life University

Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its College of Chiropractic, the largest single-campus College of Chiropractic in the world. Undergraduates can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees; a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway; and three graduate degrees within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.

Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. LIFE advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, LIFE recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting PurposeVitalism and Integrity.

LIFE’s 110-acre campus just northwest of Atlanta is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 45 countries.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree, click here.

For more information on Life University, please visit

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cape Day Returns October 15

September 10, 2021

Cape Day Is Back!

Each and every day at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our patients put on a brave face and take on medical challenges most of us could never imagine. These kids are small, but mighty. Innocent, yet determined. And they are forever our heroes.

This is why we wear capes.

On Friday, October 15, we’re celebrating Cape Day 2021 with our first-ever, all-white capes.

Ready to help make this Cape Day our best one yet? Here are all the ways you can take part in the fun:

Since it began in 2014, Cape Day has been one of our favorite ways to honor these incredibly brave kids. But now more than ever, we need your help to give these heroes the super-sized salute they deserve.

Buy a cape at here!

Town Center at Cobb to host Music Mania Kids Club Event, Sept. 18

September 10, 2021

Kids invited to rock on this fall with musical performances, selfie stations and more

Town Center at Cobb is set to welcome School of Rock – West Cobb on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a music-filled day of fun for kids. With multiple performances and instrument demos, a selfie station, goody bags, door prizes and more. Families will be treated to an afternoon of tunes and good times.

WHAT: Kids Club Event – Music Mania at Town Center at Cobb

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 18
             1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Town Center at Cobb, Center Court
                400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy
                Kennesaw, GA 30144

HOW: This event is free and open to the public

For more information, visit Connect with Town Center at Cobb on Instagram and Facebook.