City Hall will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day; no trash service. Trash/recycle routes for the week of the holiday will be picked up one day later.
It doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Kung Fu Panda 3 (rated PG) will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown.
Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. For your comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.
Additional movies in the City of Kennesaw’s 2016 Outdoor Movie Series include Inside Out (rated PG) on Saturday, May 7; and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) on Saturday, October 15.
Each race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series is run on a mostly flat and fast asphalt course, professionally timed and USAT&F Certified, through downtown Kennesaw. The course is perfect for competitive runners seeking a qualifying time for the Peachtree Road Race. The festival-like atmosphere and plentiful food and drink also make these races perfect for beginner runners/walkers as well as families.
The six 5K runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities; each benefits city facilities or projects. Registration can be done online at www.active.com. The entry fee of $25 ($35 on race day) includes a race t-shirt.
This year’s lineup is as follows:
May 7 – Swift-Cantrell Classic
Jun 18 – Dream Dash
Jul 9 – The Sports Fanatics
Aug 6 – Hero Run
Oct 1 – Great Locomotive Chase
Oct 29 – Garden Gallop
Each race begins at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With plentiful parking, restrooms, room to spread out and warm-up, the registration and start area helps to get you ready for your race. Each race program includes a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 am; the 5K at 8 am; and a Tot Trot at 8:55 am. Awards are presented in the plaza adjacent to the Pedestrian Underpass to the top finishers in 14 categories immediately afterwards.
Participants in four of the six 5K series races will receive a specially designed zippered hoodie.
For more information, visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com.
Tony Hawk and friends are hosting a Get Rad for Ray charity event at Kennesaw Skatepark on Sunday, June 19, to celebrate the life and legacy of one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, Ray Underhill, a member of the renowned Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s and a teammate of Hawk’s. In 2008, Underhill lost his battle with Chordoma, a rare spinal cancer, and although the event is free, organizers hope to raise funds for the foundation which supports families affected by Chordoma via donations and raffles throughout the day.
Get Rad for Ray is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. The event begins at 11 am and will continue through the afternoon. A free beginners’ skate clinic hosted by Kennesaw Skate Shop will be offered, followed by an amateur contest giving local talent the opportunity to shine and impress. The day will conclude with an 80’s-themed Legends skate jam, featuring top new talent as well as some of the most famous names in skateboarding—Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zuener, Brad McClain, and Lizzie Armanto among them.
“This is an incredible collection of skate talent,” said Hawk. “Top names from the 70’s, 80’s, and today—all skating together in one event. If I weren’t joining them in the session, I’d definitely want to be there to see it!”
Skaters wishing to participate in the free morning skate clinic must register at Kennesaw Skate Shop, 3115 Old 41 Hwy (across the street from the skatepark) or call 404-323-3666. Space is limited for the clinic, and parents must be present to register minors. Skaters wishing to compete in the amateur skate contest must register at www.TheBoardr.com/GR4R. The amateur clinic will have a $35 entry fee.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Steven Perelman via email at email@example.com or call 916-955-4391. For more information about the event, visit www.skatekennesaw.com.
Local rippers, veteran shredders, and spectators are invited to help celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding. The FREE, public event is held in partnership with Ambush Board Co., and will feature open skate sessions, contests with cool prizes, giveaways, games, music and food vending.