May 1, 2015 

From the President...




We have a lot of fun coming up in Mableton - Mableton Day, food trucks, concerts and more that will be announced in future newsletters.  We are really fortunate to have such wide variety of events and we recognize the vital role that volunteers play in so many of them. 


Recently, MIC honored this dedication with our first annual Volunteer Luncheon.  We had a wonderful lunch and - the best part of all - time to talk and get to know each other.  Usually, when we see each other we are too busy working to get in any "quality social time."  Please join me in thanking the dozens of people who help make our community work!


When South Cobb gathers on Mableton Day, MIC will be in the thick of it all!  Come by our tent and talk with us, renew your membership or just say hello.  MIC volunteers will be staffing the welcome/information area.  If you have some time that day and would like to join the effort, contact Robin Meyer.  You'll be under a tent, helping folks find their destinations and meeting new friends.


See you at Mableton Day!  In the meanwhile, feel free to get in touch.  I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!  




Joel Cope
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MIC President

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Mableton Day is Fun for Everyone
Saturday, May 16th from 8am to 4pm

Mableton Day is Saturday, May 16th from 8am to 4pm at the Mable House Complex. Community Day group The day begins with the Mableton 5K at 8am, followed by the Mableton Jr. Fun Run. Hundreds of runners will enjoy this course through neighborhood streets and back to the Mable House Complex. Walkers are welcome, too!  Get your kids on the route to lifelong fitness and sign them up for the 1-mile Mableton Jr. Fun Run. 


Entertainment of all kinds will be onstage all day, from professional bands to school groups.  There will be a petting zoo, inflatables, artist demos, tours of the historic Mable House and vintage cars.  Visit the vendor area and meet local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and then enjoy lunch too.  Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee will join us for the Salute to Veterans and District Commissioner Lisa Cupid will present the Community Spirit Awards in the afternoon.   


Don't miss the fun!  Make plans now to be a part of the biggest day in Mableton!  Mableton Day is an all-volunteer effort produced by the Mableton Day Coalition, a joint effort of MIC, the South Cobb Arts Alliance and the Amateur Advocate Association

Pebblebrooks' Frank Timmerman Nominated for Tony
Director of Theater Program

Frank Timmerman, director of Pebblebrook High School's theater program has been nominated for an Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which is a new Tony category created by the organization this year.  The Tony Awards, which began in 1947, are put on by the American Theatre Wing, which presents awards to everyone involved in making a live theater performance come to life, from actors to playwrights. The nomination was put forward by some of Mr. Timmerman's students. Watch their video here


Mr. Timmerman began teaching at Pebblebrook in 1993, and since that time has sent dozens of graduates on to stages around the world.  As director of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the name of the magnet program, Timmerman is responsible for producing and managing the shows Pebblebrook students put on each year.
Candlelite Concert Series begins with Geoff Achison
Friday, May 15th at 8pm

For decades, the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) has presented free concerts each

summer at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre.  The 2015 season kicks off with Geoff Achison, an Australian guitarist with a sound incorporating R&B, Blues and Soul.


Bring a blanket and sit under the stars, or take a seat in the covered amphitheatre and enjoy great music in our own backyard!  Tables close to the stage are available for a small fee.  Bring a picnic dinner or visit the new catering company and enjoy a great evening.  Click here for details about the concert.  Click here for more about the entire season of free concerts.

Food Truck Thursdays at the Mable House Complex
Thursday, May 21st from 5 to 8pm

The South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) has announced that Food Truck Thursdays will begin on May 21st and continue through the summer every other week until early October.  Like last summer, the hours will be 5pm to 8pm, with music and arts and crafts for the kids.  


Invite your friends and neighbors and spend a summer evening under the big trees with good food and good times!


Dr. John and the Nitetrippers at the Mable House Amphitheatre
Saturday, May 23rd at 7pm

Wade Ford  presents a true icon of American culture, the incomparable Dr. John at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 23rd. This performance will feature a career retrospective including his biggest hits as well as music from his most recent release, The Spirit of the Satch, Dr. John's tribute to the late Louis Armstrong.  For more information about the concert, including ticket purchase, click here.


The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is a great asset to our community and a wonderful place to enjoy music.  Bring a picnic dinner or enjoy the new menu offered by the Amphitheatre this summer.  

Mableton Farmers' Market Returns for Sixth Season
Thursday, May 28th from 8:30am to 12:30pm

Again this year, MIC volunteers will operate the Mableton Farmers Market each Market Thursday from 8:30am to 12:30pm through August 27th at the Mable House Complex.  Come check out the locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked pies, natural gourmet seasonings, homemade jams & jellies, handmade soaps and more!  We'll also have cooking demonstrations to show you quick and easy ways to prepare dishes with fresh ingredients from the Market.  Buy fresh nutritious produce, help our local small farmers and see what else there is to offer every Market day.


The Market will once again partner with Wholesome Wave Georgia to double SNAP customer purchases.  If you or someone you know are low income, don't have a SNAP EBT card and think you might be eligible, WWG has expert folks to help you through the process of finding out and applying for SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits.  WWG will have a representative at the Market booth on Mableton Day, May 16th, at the Market on Thursday, June 11th and Thursday, July 2nd.  Click here for details about the information you will need when applying.


Market Manager Dave McDaniel will be at Mableton Day.  Visit with him there or email him with any questions. 


Zoning News
Coming up in May...

The hearing for the application for a subdivision on Old Alabama Road (Z-86) on zoning sign small property surrounding New Harvest Baptist Church has been postponed again to the May 5th Planning Commission hearing.  A revised R-15 plan with an open space overlay has been presented and MIC has decided to drop its opposition if the developer will agree to some stipulations that further improve the appearance of the neighborhood and provide usable open space.


An application for a Land Use Permit at 1811 Lafayette Drive (LUP-11) will be heard by the Planning Commission on May 5th.  The owner of the property is requesting approval to park 8 vehicles at this home.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application and is working with neighbors who are also in opposition.


On May 13, the Board of Zoning Appeals will hear a variance application for an ATM installation in the shopping center at 6200 Mableton Parkway (V-40) at the corner of Mableton Parkway and Factory Shoals Road.  The MIC Board has voted to drop its opposition to this application if the property owner will agree to make safety and appearance improvements to the property before the ATM is installed.


Also on May 13, the Board of Zoning Appeals will consider an application from the owner of 414 Francis Drive (V-82) seeking permission to drive and park vehicles on an unhardened surface.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application.


Coming up in June...


On the corner of Floyd Road and White Blvd. (Z-52), an application has been filed for a Hardee's restaurant.  MIC has met with the applicant's attorney and would like to hear from Mableton residents about this application.


An application has been filed by the owner of 5751 Powell Drive (Z-54) for rezoning from residential and planned shopping center zoning categories to CRC (commercial/retail center) for an existing automotive paint and body shop.  


Art Frame, LLC, located at 516 Veterans Memorial Highway (near the intersection with Pebblebrook Road) (Z-59) would like to change the zoning of adjacent property from Neighborhood Retail Commercial to Light Industrial in order to expand.  


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. Also plan to attend Commissioner Lisa Cupid's monthly Community Zoning Meeting in Mableton.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton.


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