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Make plans to bring your family and friends to enjoy Truck-a-Palooza 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will be held at Town Center Mall, in the lower parking lot by Sears. This fun and educational event will give children of all ages the opportunity to explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire rescue trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, dump trucks, front end loaders, military vehicles, a police helicopter and a mobile art truck. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for a lot of great photo opportunities. The cost is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. All proceeds benefit the Cobb County Safety Village, where children learn important safety techniques and crime prevention information through hands-on experiences. For more information, call 770-852-3270 or visit

Summer is winding down, but you still have time to take advantage of the Tail End of Summer Adoption Event at Cobb Animal Services. All adult dogs and cats are available for adoption for only $10 and all kittens and puppies are available for only $25 throughout August. The shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, and hours of operation are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2-5 p.m., Sundays. For more information on Cobb Animal Services, click here or call 770-499-4136.

Would you like to learn more about how Cobb County's public safety organizations operate? The fall session of the Citizens Public Safety Academy is now accepting applications. The academy will start Tuesday, Sept. 18, and this 14-week program will provide an opportunity for county residents to gain insight on how the police, fire, animal services and 911 departments are organized. Participants will also learn the important role each department plays to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors. A few of the planned activities include: 

  • Meeting with distinguished members of public safety departments
  • Touring the 911 Communications Center and the Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Receiving demonstrations from the police department on weapons/firearms safety and defensive tactics
  • Participating in classes from fire department special operations, including hazardous materials and the heavy rescue squad

In order to participate in the academy, you must either live in Cobb County or work for Cobb County government or schools and be at least 21 years old. An application can be emailed to you or be picked up at the DPS Training Center, 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta. The completed application must taken to the Public Safety Internal Affairs Department, 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 300, Marietta, by 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. Please bring your driver’s license with you because a copy of it will be needed. For more information, call 770-499-4100.

If you have a membership to Cobb Senior Services, your membership card now provides some extra perks, including local businesses that offer discounts on purchases or services. Visit for a list of businesses and check back frequently as more offers are added. If you are a business owner who would like to become a Perks Partner, call Kathy Lathem at 770-528-5393.

Cobb County’s newest state-of-the-art facility, the Jim R. Miller Park Event Center, will open in with a ribbon cutting ceremony 11 a.m., Sept. 7. It is the largest structure funded by the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax at 41,000 square feet. This includes 25,000 square feet of rentable exhibit and event space. This space can be equally divided into three sections to cater to any event needs. The facility is an excellent option for events like:

  • Weddings, receptions, quinceañeras and reunions
  • Corporate meetings and training or seminars
  • Civic meetings and church socials
  • Banquets
  • Trade shows
  • Concerts and dances
  • Festivals and expos

A meeting room and kitchen facilities are also available. The event space can be combined with outdoor spaces for large events such as festivals and expos. Click here to see the floor plan for the building. If you come to the North Georgia State Fair in September, you will have an opportunity to see the facility in person.

Staff is currently booking reservations for 2019. For more information, call the facility manager, Cara Lynn, at 770-528-8875.

Lalah Hathaway is the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway, but she has a voice and talent all her own. Get your tickets now for an evening with Lalah Hathaway with special guests Eric Roberson and Algebra Blessett Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Hear the five-time Grammy Award winner's hits including "Heaven Knows," "Forever, For Always, For Love," "Baby Don't Cry" and "You Were Meant for Me." Tickets are available at Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

For more information about other upcoming shows at Mable House, including Brian McKnight and Peabo Bryson, visit The amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton.

Help make the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions come true by participating in the 18th annual Cobb County Make-A-Wish 5K. Saturday, Oct. 6. The race will be held on the historic Marietta Square and registration is open now at
This is an official AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event. Pre-registration is $30 for a timed walk/run, $25 for untimed and $10 for children 6-12 years old. After Sept. 21, fees will increase $35 for a timed walk/run and $30 for untimed. "Phantom runners" who want to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and participate in spirit pay $25. Teams of 10 or more pay $25 for timed and $20 for untimed each. To pre-register, visit and click on "Active Works." All registered participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds from the 5K help grant the wishes of children in Cobb County who have life-threatening medical conditions.

Cobb Police Athletic League will host its fourth annual free baseball camp next month and registration is open now at The camp for 4-9 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 21, and the camp for 10-15 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 22. Both will take place at Clarkdale Park, Southwest Baseball Complex, 4905 Austell Powder Springs Road, Austell. For more information, contact Alicia Hicks at 770-499-3921.