- Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results to Be Presented
- Smith-Gilbert Gardens Opening Butterfly Exhibit
- National Night Out Focuses on Crime Prevention
- 5K Series Continues with the Run for Wounded Heroes
- Council Action Summary July 18 Meeting
- Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival Returns August 26-27
- Recycle Collection Revised to Every Other Week
On Tuesday, August 2, neighborhoods throughout the City of Kennesaw are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and supported in part by national corporate sponsor Target. Local sponsors include the Kennesaw Police Department and the Barrett Parkway Target. The NNO event will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.
From 7 – 10 pm, residents in neighborhoods throughout the city are asked to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and friends. Many neighborhoods host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, youth activities, and anti-crime rallies. This year, the Kennesaw Police Department will have several public safety vehicles on display at Swift-Cantrell Park located at 3140 Old Highway 41 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Crime prevention information for adults and special handouts for kids will be distributed while supplies last.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. For additional information, visit www.nationalnightout.org.
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.
Come one, Come all! Step right up and join in the family-fun at Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s carnival-themed open house party. Meet instructors, observe and participate in program demonstrations, and learn all about dozens of new and exciting recreation activities that will be offered this fall — from sports, dance and fitness programs to arts & crafts and adult enrichment classes. Children of all ages will be treated to a variety of FREE activities and entertainment including carnival games with prizes, inflatables and street performers. Healthy refreshments will be provided (while supplies last). A discount will be offered for registration accepted on-site during the event.
It’s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned barbeque bliss!
Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.
The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.
For more information, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.
Work session begins at 6:30 pm, followed by 7 pm regular meeting.