April 16, 2016 

From the President...


MIC will join with the Austell Community Task Force to present our biennial Candidates Forum on Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm at the South Cobb Community Center located at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. The invited candidates are those for countywide offices such as County Commission Chairman, Sheriff, and State and Superior Court Judges as well as candidates who are seeking office in the Mableton and Austell areas such as State Representatives, State Senators and District 4 County Commissioner.  

Plan to attend! This is a great chance to meet the folks who want to represent you in the Legislature and on the County Commission.  Along with the judges and other countywide office holders, these are the people who make decisions that affect all of us. Our right to vote is precious and information about the candidates is critical to casting an informed ballot!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Candidates Forum or otherwise. I hope to see you there!
Joel Cope
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MIC Welcomes New Board Members
Election Held at Annual Meeting on March 31st
MIC members attending the Annual Meeting on March 31st elected 5 members of the 11-member Board of Directors: Michael Delano, Broderick Santiago, Ronda Shepard, Ray Thomas and Carolyn Turner. Michael and Broderick have already served one two-year term each, while Ronda, Ray and Carolyn are new to their positions. 

The MIC Board has elected officers for the upcoming year as well. They are:
  • Chairman of the Board - Tia Minnis
  • President - Joel Cope
  • Vice President - Broderick Santiago
  • Secretary - Michael Delano
  • Treasurer - Carolyn Turner
Congratulations and great thanks to these folks for stepping up to work for Mableton on behalf of the entire community!

Time to Plant Your Garden!
Plots Available in MIC's Community Garden
MIC's community garden still has a few small and one large plot available for the 2016 growing veg garden season. The Historic Mableton Community Garden is located at 5178 Floyd Road, across from the Mable House Complex. Small plots are $35 per year and large plots are $95 per year. You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs - and have fun doing it.

Community gardening is more than planting and harvesting. It's a chance to get to know your community and neighbors, learn more about gardening and teach others, too. If you are interested, please email Terri Carter and plan to come by the Garden today, Saturday, April 16th at 11am. More information is available on MIC's website.

The Theatre Project Presents Mary Poppins
Continues through Sunday, April 17th
The beloved family musical, Mary Poppins, will be presented by The Theatre Project at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre here in Mableton. The Theatre Project gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to hone their performing arts skills while providing great entertainment for the community. The music of Mary Poppins is famous! Come see the story behind it and see Mary Poppins fly across the stage.
Performances continue on Saturday, April 16th at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, April 17th at 5pm. Tickets are $8; kids 12 and under are free. VIP tables that seat 6 are $60. Call (770) 819-3285 for information. Tickets are available at the Amphitheatre box office and through Ticketmaster. More information here.

Couponing in the Digital Age
Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30pm
Couponing is a great way to save money and even get cash back. It's a popular hobby and the subject of television shows. Learn how to organize and use coupons to cut your shopping budget and even get free items. This is one of a four-part series of demonstrations and educational classes hosted by Cobb County's Extension Service as part of Family and Consumer Science Month.

The workshop will be held at the South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton from 6:30pm to 8pm. For additional information, call 770-528-4070. Information about other Extension Service programs is available here.

Commissioner Cupid - Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm
Commissioner Lisa Cupid is hosting four town hall meetings in District Four this year to Cupid keep constituents informed and involved in the community's growth and development.  Please mark your calendar for the first one on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. 

Be sure to invite your friends, family and neighbors. These meetings will be great opportunities to learn more about what's happening in the community and discuss your concerns, as well as your ideas and input.

Harmony Leland Elementary School Fun Run and Silent Auction
Thursday and Friday, April 28th and 29th.
The Harmony Leland Elementary School Foundation will host its first annual "Miles for HLES" Fun Run and Silent Auction. The fun-filled two-days of festivities will kick off with an auction Thursday evening, April 28th at 5:30pm, then keep the fun going with the fun run during the day on Friday, April 29th. Both events will be held at Harmony Leland Elementary School at 5891 Dodgen Road in Mableton. 

Auction items include tickets and merchandise from various donors such as Disney World Orlando, Otterbox, Dick's Sporting Goods, The Varsity, Atlanta Falcons and many more.

Want to be a part of the fun in a different way? Volunteer to help with the event!  For more information about the event or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's website or Facebook page.

Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 22nd at 7pm
Celebrate Earth Day at the Mable House at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre! Cobb County PARKS presents this free family event on Friday, April 22nd with crafts for kids, Poetry Out Loud presentation, finalist videos for the H2O HD competition, and a big-screen showing of the movie Wall-E. 

Bring a picnic or enjoy the concessions that will be available. The event will take place rain or shine. Doors open at 7pm and the movie begins at dusk. The Mable House Complex is located at 5239 Floyd Road. Call (770) 819-3285 for more information.

HOA Boot Camp
Saturday, April 23rd at 10am
The Cobb County HOA Alliance will present "HOA Boot Camp" with panel discussions on house-yard-sm.jpg topics ranging from understanding county policies and procedures to homeowners' rights.  The Georgia HOA Alliance was founded to empower homeowners via the sharing of information from association to association.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 2pm at the Riverside EpiCenter, 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell. Admission is free for participants.  Click here to learn more.

Register to Vote!
Deadline is April 26th
Are you registered to vote? If not, you still have time to get it done before the voter registration statewide primary election in May. In order to vote then, you must register by April 26th.  Click here to learn how.

This is an important election, in which Democrats and Republicans will select their candidates for county commission chairman, county school board, state senators and representatives, and members of the U.S. Congress. In races with candidates from only one party, the winner of the primary election will take office. 

If you are unsure about your registration status, visit the state's  My Voter Page. Here you can also check to see what district you live in and understand who you will be voting for.

Zoning Meeting in Mableton
Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm
Commissioner Lisa Cupid and Planning Commissioner Galt Porter will hold their zoning sign small monthly Community Zoning Meeting in Mableton on Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive. This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly to Commissioner Cupid and Mr. Porter about upcoming zoning applications.

This meeting will focus on applications that will have hearings in May. These are:

Questions about zoning applications in Mableton? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC's Zoning Committee Chairperson. 

Mableton Town Square Ribbon-cutting
Thursday, April 28th at 10:30am
Cobb County's newest green space, the Mableton Town Square, is complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 10:30 a.m., April 28 , to celebrate. This $2.2 million project rerouted Church Street around a football field-sized green space and created a new roadway called Mableton Town Square. This connects Old Floyd Road with the new square built in front of Mableton Elementary School. This joint project among Cobb Community Development, PARKS and DOT was funded by the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

MIC's Adopt-A-Mile on Floyd Road
Saturday, April 30th at 9am
Our next Adopt-a-Mile cleanup event will be Saturday, April 30th, weather permitting, starting promptly at 9am. We will meet in the Kroger Shopping Center parking lot area adjacent to the Autobell Car Wash on Floyd Road. 
With the first phase of the Floyd Road improvement project complete with the added medians, it's a bigger job than before, so your help will be greatly appreciated. 
With your help, it takes only about an hour for MIC volunteers to pick up the accumulated trash and it's an hour well spent! Floyd Road will look a whole lot better when we are done. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves if you like. We provide latex gloves, safety vests, trash bags, bottled water and a warm welcome. 
Many thanks to Linda Hoynes of Autobell for hosting the last several after-event activities.  Linda has moved to a new assignment in the Atlanta area and we wish her all the best.

Please contact Dave McDaniel if you plan to participate or if you have any questions/concerns.  If we know you're coming, we'll keep you posted in case of inclement weather

Contractors Needed for Home Repair Program
Cobb County CDBG Office
Licensed and insured contractors are needed to perform a variety of residential repairs for homeowners in the Cobb County Community Development Block Grant Program's Minor Home Repair Program. As part of the community program, the program hires contractors to complete repair work for low and moderate income homeowners. 

Budgets for the repair work are generally $10,000 per household. Common repair jobs include roofing, windows, heating and air conditioning, doors, plumbing and electrical repairs. Funds are provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To become an approved Homeownership Retention Program vendor, contractors must submit documentation and references. 

For additional information, or to become an approved contractor, please call the Cobb County CDBG Program Office at 770-528-1455.

Scholarship Opportunity for Cobb County Seniors
Deadline is May 6th
The Morgan Thomas Scholarship  program is now accepting applications from Cobb County seniors enrolled in or accepted by a college or university. Emphasis is placed on community service and financial need. Click here to learn more. The deadline is May 6th. For questions, click here or call 770-859-2329.

The Scholarship was established by the Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club as an appropriate way to perpetuate the name and ideals of Mr. Morgan Thomas, a founding member.  The scholarship will help others in the tradition of Mr. Thomas by providing financial assistance to deserving Cobb County students. 

Mableton Day is Saturday, May 14th
8am to 4pm at the Mable House Complex
The 11th Annual Mableton Day will kick off with the Mableton Day 5K and Fun Run and include entertainment, vendors, a car show, kids' corner, and fun for the whole family. Nonprofit organizations and schools are already competing for grant funds, which will be awarded that day. Mark your calendar now and don't miss this great event.

Everyone is invited to monthly Mableton Day Community meetings, designed to bring more people into the planning process for the event. The next meeting is Monday, April 25th at 7pm at the South Cobb Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton. 

Mableton Day is presented by Amateur Advocate Association, Inc. and a coalition of local nonprofits.  It is organized solely by volunteers, who put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to produce a day of fun for l ocal families and to foster South Cobb Community pride for students, residents and business owners.

For more information, visit the Mableton Day website or contact the organizers via  email.

Free Candlelite Concert Series Begins
Saturday, May 21st at 8pm
The South Cobb Arts Alliance will launch the 2016 Candlelite Concert series on May mable house concert 21st when it presents Tribute - A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. Gates open at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm.  Admission is free. Tribute is a formidable eight-piece lineup rigged with vintage equipment that recreates the sound produced by the Allman Brothers over their first five years, channeling the band's dual-lead guitar fury and driving rhythms with an instinctive appreciation for how this music was originally written, recorded and interpreted on stage.  

Don't miss such great fun in your own back yard! The Mable House Barnes Amphiteatre has plenty of covered seating and room on the lawn, too. Bring a picnic - and your friends and neighbors too! Tables for 6 are available for $60.00.   Five concert season table is $270.00; four concert season table is $216.00. Call 770-819-3285 for reservations.

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