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Two tree planting events in February

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff and volunteers will host two tree plantings this month and you are invited to help enhance our communities for generations to come. By planting a tree, you will clean the air and water, beautify communities, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy and prevent soil erosion.

  • Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day Friday, Feb. 16, with a tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon at Skip Wells Park, 2334 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta.
  • Help beautify the grounds of North Cobb Senior Center Saturday, Feb. 24, with a tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon at the center, 900 South Main St., Acworth.

Please volunteer at keepcobbbeautiful.org or call 770-528-1135.

Cobb 101 Academy will give you an inside look at county operations

Want to increase your understanding of our county government and how it operates? Or enhance your ability to effectively communicate with local officials? How about the opportunity to network with other like-minded stakeholders in the community? You have the chance to do all of this and more by joining our inaugural Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy. It will be held from April to June and registration is open now for this free 10-week course. The application deadline is Feb. 28, but the academy is limited to 45 people so those interested are encouraged to register now.

Participants will learn about vital community services including zoning, planning, finance, court systems, parks and recreation and public safety. Each week, a different topic will be covered through interactive presentations, site visits and class meetings with government officials. For more information, or to register, visit cobbcounty.org/cobb101.

Cobb County 'certified gold' for its environmental efforts

Cobb County has achieved certification as a Green Community, advancing to the Gold level. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. This nationally-recognized program recognizes governments for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices.

All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their communities. Some measures that earned Cobb certification points include:

  • Setting up a wildlife and rain garden demonstration site that showcases methods for stream bank stabilization, residential and commercial rain gardens, as well as habitat creation.
  • Providing fueling stations for electric, biodiesel and propane powered vehicles. Cobb is a leader among its peers when it comes to greening its fleet.
  • Adopting new sustainability practice policies, under which three new county facilities have been LEED-certified. The Superior Court facility, the largest building in the county at 224,000 square feet, was certified as LEED Gold.
  • Incorporating greenspace, community uses and historic preservation into the county’s Green Meadows Preserve, home to both the Green Meadows Preserve Community Garden and the Cherokee Garden.
  • Offering 80 miles of trails, such as the Noonday Creek Trail and the Kennesaw Mountain to Chattahoochee River Trail. These trails connect users to important sites within the county, such as national parks.

Now is the time to order plants and support Cobb 4-H program

You have the chance to support Cobb's 4-H program and receive great plants during the plant sale fundraiser. Pre-orders are being accepted now through 5 p.m., Friday, March. 23. This year's theme is "Wonderful World of Pollinators!" Many of the plants offered will not only add color to your yard, but will also attract beneficial pollinators to your landscape. Some of the plants available include blackberry, blueberry, azalea, camellia, crape myrtle, edgeworthia chrysantha, fig, gardenia, hydrangea snow queen and Japanese painted fern. For a complete list of plants and the order form, click here.

All plant sale proceeds will benefit the Cobb County 4-H youth development program, supplies, judging teams, scholarships and professional development. Orders will be accepted via walk-in at the UGA-Cobb Extension office, with debit/credit card, cash, money order or check. Mail-in orders will be accepted with check or money order. All checks should be made out to Cobb Co. Extension/4-H and all sales are final.

UGA-Cobb Extension staff will also offer two free classes or plant sale participants:

To register, call 770-528-4070.

Enjoy 2018 Encore Series at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Grab your tickets now to enjoy entertaining performances and concerts at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre during the 2018 Encore Series. Upcoming shows in the Encore Series include:

  • Jay and the Americans
    8 p.m., Feb. 27
     
  • Linda Eder
    8 p.m., March 10
     
  • The Company Men
    3 p.m., March 25
     
  • 1964: The Tribute
    8 p.m., April 7

Tickets for all shows in the Encore Series are available now on ticketmaster.com. Anderson Theatre is located in the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. For more information on each show, view the Encore Series flyer.