March 16, 2016 

From the President...


As you know from our last newsletter it is time for the MIC Annual Cmmunity Meeting! The meeting will be held at 7pm on March 31st at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. This is when we enroll many of you as members of MIC. If you have previously been a member, we definitely want to sign you up again! In addition, we will be electing some of the members of the MIC Board of Directors, which is our governing group. 

However, this is not all that we are doing that night. You will recall that at our last public meeting of MIC we discussed the pros and cons of Mableton becoming a city again and presented a panel of speakers to talk of these ideas. One of the main points of discussion was the feasibility study which is a prerequisite any effort to make Mableton a city again. So we will have a speaker from the Andrew Young Public Policy School of Georgia State to talk about the feasibility study and what it entails, its cost and all of those types of questions. Again, to be clear, MIC is not taking any position of the issue of cityhood - we are simply putting this information out to the community because there were questions as to cityhood in general and the feasibility study, in particular.

We hope that you will put this meeting on your calendar and in your SmartPhone and make plans to join us on the evening of March 31st.

Until then, feel free to give me a call or send  me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!
Joel Cope
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MIC President
(404) 550-0475 

Cobb County Assembling List of Potential Park Property
Public Meeting on March 17th, 5:30 to 7pm
Thanks to the tireless work of greenspace advocates, Cobb County has begun compiling a list of property to be purchased with bond proceeds approved by the voters in 2008, before the Great Recession. While the amount of funds available is still uncertain, the process is underway. Your help is needed to make sure potential property in Mableton and South Cobb is considered.

You have the power to increase our green space, provide wellness trails, promote our community spirit, and make Mableton a destination for new families and companies.  Click here and go Cobb PARKS where you can nominate a property that you think would be a wonderful addition to our community and preserve greenspace.

Please nominate your prospective park by April 15!

PARKS staff will also seek public input through a series of open houses. The first one will be here in District 4 on March 17th from 5:30 to 7pm at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. Be sure to attend if you want to learn more about this very important process!

Questions? Contact Meggan Delano, MIC Parks Committee Co-chair.

Whole Families Whole Communities Reveal
March 17th from 5:30 to 8pm
Whole families make whole communities! The Family Life Restoration Center will present the Whole Families Whole Communities Reveal on March 17th from 5:30 to 8pm at 6105 Mableton Parkway. The event will showcase workforce development and affordable housing initiatives, and feature Cobb Chamber President & CEO David Connell and District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid. Take a tour of Family Life's 40,000 sq. ft. space, and enjoy hors doeuvres and drinks.

For more information, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26th at 6pm
Cobb County's largest egg hunt, the Eggstravaganza, will be Saturday, March 26th, at a new location--the Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta. The event will begin at 6pm, and feature an evening egg hunt, children's art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war contest, musical chairs contest and food truck vendors. Please bring flashlights for the night hunt. 

This is a fun-filled event for the whole family to enjoy and there will be several egg hunts organized by age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs. The Al Bishop Softball Complex is located at 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. Admission for The Eggstavaganza is free. For more information please call 770-528-4333. 

Coming Up at South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton
In March and April...
Mableton is fortunate to have one of Cobb County's regional libraries because we have south cobb library easy access to books, computers and a wide variety of classes and activities. Here is a sampling of upcoming events:
  • Consultations with Legal Aid of Cobb County (read more)
  • Gaming: Sploder (read more)
  • Make It Monday: Duct Tape Wallets (read more)
  • How To Thursday (learn more about the databases, computer programs, e-books and other online resources) (read more)
  • Family STEAM: Bristle Bots (read more)
  • First Thursday Lunch Pail Move (read more)
  • Storytimes for Children (read more)
Voter Registration
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. Because many races have candidates from only one party, the primary election will select the person who takes 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.
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 11th at 7pm at the South Cobb Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton. 

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

Farmers Marking Returning this Summer
Opening Day is May 26th
MIC's Mableton Farmers Market is set to open Thursday, May 26th and will run every Farmers Market Thursday 8:30am to 12:30pm, through August 25th.  If you or someone you know are looking for a market to sell home-grown produce on Thursday mornings, the Mableton Farmers Market may be just the right fit.  

Click here  for all the details about the Market.  Contact  Dave McDaniel via email or , phone 404-323-0608, if you need more information.

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