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All nonprofits must attend grant funding meeting

All nonprofit organizations with a 501c3 designation and serving Cobb County residents must attend a meeting 1-3 p.m., Feb. 27, or 9-11 a.m., March 1, for a presentation on the availability of funds from the Cobb County Nonprofit Grant for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. An overview of the funding process, including criteria for receiving a grant and instructions on completing the application, will be given at this time. The application will align with the priorities approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners at its Dec. 12, meeting which include: homelessness, family stability/poverty, employment/workforce development and health and wellness. Attendance at one of the two meetings is mandatory. Applications will be available in electronic format on the Cobb Collaborative website, www.cobbcollaborative.org, after the last scheduled RFP session.

The Feb. 27 presentation will be held at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive Mableton, and the presentation on March 1 will be held at the The Zone, 32 Fairground St NE, Marietta. Staff from the Cobb Collaborative and Cobb County Finance Department will be on hand to answer questions regarding the application and review process.

Upcoming town halls are excellent chance to stay informed

Town hall meetings are a great opportunity to interact directly with your elected officials and find out information about activities around the county.

  • Join State Rep. Teri Anulewicz, State Sen. Jen Jordan, Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott and Smyrna Mayor Pro Tem Derek Norton for a town hall 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26. They will discuss proposed transit legislation in the General Assembly and plans to improve public transit in our community. The meeting will be held at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna.
     
  • District Two residents are invited to a town hall 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, March 5, hosted by Commissioner Bob Ott. It will be held at Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. You are invited to come early if you would like to have a look at the new library and cultural center.
     
  • District Four residents are invited to a town hall 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, hosted by Commissioner Lisa Cupid. It will be held at Milford Baptist Church, 1030 Milford Church Road SW, Marietta.

Public hearing on proposed changes to Cumberland circulator routes

CobbLinc staff is proposing changes to the current Cumberland circulator routes and wants to hear your input and opinions at the upcoming public hearing 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27. It will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. This public hearing is accessible by using the CobbLinc transit system via routes 15, 40 and 45. If you cannot attend the hearing and want to provide comments, you may:

  1. Contact CobbLinc Customer Service at 770-427-4444
  2. Complete an online comment card at www.cobblinc.com
  3. Visit CobbLinc Customer Service at 431 Commerce Park Drive, Marietta, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)
  4. Email comments on the proposed changes to cobblincDO@cobbcounty.org or fax comments to 770-528-4360 by Feb. 27.

New program helps students access library resources

Cobb County Public Library digital and print resources are now accessible to the county’s more than 120,000 public school students through an initiative called Library PASS – Public Library Access for Student Success. This new partnership among the library system and the Cobb County and Marietta City school districts represents one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States to expand the reach of public library resources.

If you are a student currently attending a Marietta city school or a Cobb County public school, you already have a Library PASS account. Your student ID now works like a library card number. That means you have access to all of our resources at the public library, including our digital resources. Get your homework done faster and easier with your Library PASS. You can access databases 24/7 to find great books to read, download or stream. Or visit any of our libraries to use the Internet, print or check out a book to read. We even have a growing collection of apps to download to your mobile device. For more information, visit cobbcat.org/librarypass.

Come plant a tree at North Cobb Senior Center on Saturday

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff and volunteers invite you to help enhance our community 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. Help beautify the grounds of North Cobb Senior Center Saturday, Feb. 24, with a tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon. The senior center is located at 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.