September 17, 2014 

From the President...




Earlier this week, MIC, working in partnership with Cobb County Police Department, held a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the residents of Mableton so that they could learn how to start or revitalize their neighborhood watch programs. Kudos to First Baptist for being gracious enough to host us. Attendees received some very practical safety tips and pointers. In addition, residents volunteered to serve as watch captains with the idea that they will be part of a vital group of watch programs. This all goes to show how citizens can empower themselves and make a difference.


Speaking of citizens making a difference, I'd like to shine the spotlight on four Mableton volunteers and MIC members who have made summer a better time for so many in our area.


MIC's Mableton Farmers Market would not have existed this year without Dave and Mickie McDaniel.  Dave and Mickie staffed the market every Thursday from May through September, and Dave established MIC as a SNAP EBT vendor and obtained funding from Wholesome Wave Georgia, which allowed food stamp shoppers to double the value of their benefits at the Market.  More than once, Dave and Mickie funded the Market's needs, and MIC is grateful to Cobb & Douglas Public Health and to Governor Roy Barnes for their generous sponsorship that allowed us to cover those costs.


As most of you know, MIC operates two community gardens - one on Floyd Road and one on Riverview Road. Garden leaders Terri Carter and Val Mathis organized their gardeners, dispensed advice and dealt with the logistics of water repairs, plot location and more. Terri also obtained Master Gardener certification this summer and helped the Boys & Girls Club with their garden. Val organized a very moving memorial service in honor of Sam Hicks, who passed away this year and during the service, helped to plant a memorial orchard at the Riverview Garden in his honor. These Gardens serve as a wonderful focal point for the community to come together - under the aegis of planting vegetables - and we are grateful for the leadership of Terri and Val for keeping it all going.


Dave, Mickie, Terri and Val all serve to show how much of a difference we can all make when we volunteer and serve others and we salute them for their service to our community. Kudos to all of our volunteers who do so much to serve our community. You are ALL essential!


There is a lot happening here in Mableton, now and in the next few weeks. Give me a call @ (404) 550-0475 or send me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!




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Last Food Truck Visit to Mableton for 2014
Thursday, October 2nd, 5 to 8pm 

The food trucks are coming back to the Mable House Complex on Thursday, October 2nd from 5pm to 8pm, thanks to the work of the South Cobb Arts Alliance and Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.  It's so much fun - picnics under the trees, live music and kids everywhere!

Lead food truck Happy Belly will once again be organizing other fellow food truck operators who will bring us an array of fun and interesting cuisines.  Ready for a hot tip?  Bring chairs or a blanket to spread on the lawn.  Visit with friends old and new while you spend a fun summer evening in Mableton.  

Keep up with the food truck news at the South Cobb Arts Alliance Facebook page

Opportunities to Learn More about SPLOST 2016
Public Meetings 

The 2016 SPLOST will be on the November ballot. If approved, shoppers will not notice a difference in sales tax at the cash register because the 2016 SPLOST referendum will begin just as the last SPLOST ends. The SPLOST is a 1% sales tax that funds capital improvements, such as roads, sidewalks, trails, parks and libraries. For a complete list of projects proposed for the 2016 SPLOST, click here.


On October 14th at 7:00 p.m., MIC will hold an informational community meeting at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton to provide information about the SPLOST to the citizens of Mableton. We will have speakers who can address the pros and cons of the SPLOST so that those in attendance can listen for themselves. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about this important issue and so please put this on your calendar.


In addition, Cobb County will be holding a series of public meetings to provide information about the proposed 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). A complete list of meetings is online, but the only one in our area is at Osborne High School on Thursday, October 2nd from 7 to 9pm. Attendees will be able to view project lists and converse with county staff about the various projects. There will be no formal presentation, so people may drop in at any time that is convenient. The school is located at 2451 Favor Road, Marietta.

Storytelling Festival at the Mable House
Thursday, October 18th, 11am to 4pm 

Preparations are underway for the annual Storytelling Festival, set for October 18th storytelling festival from 11am to 4pm at the historic Mable House. Not only are there amazing storytellers, but there are hayrides, pony rides, fun and games, and BBQ from the South Cobb Lions Club, too. Click here to watch a video of one of the past Storytelling Festivals and plan now for a great time this fall.


This great family event is presented by the Friends of the Mable House (part of the South Cobb Arts Alliance) and is supported by volunteer time and donations - large and small. One such donation is from the Still Family Farm in Powder Springs, who will give 300 ears of corn for the corn shucking event. Visit their website to learn more about their Corn on the Cobb weekends.


Mableton Elementary -- STEM Education Award Finalist
Technology Association of Georgia 

Congratulations to Mableton Elementary School for being selected as a finalist for the Mableton Elem 2014 STEM Education Award for Elementary Schools! This selection recognizes the efforts made by teachers, administrators and students in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education, even at such early grades.  


The awards are hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative. Good luck MES!


Pay it Forward Fights Hunger in our Community
Couponing Saves Money 

Save it Forward is an initiative of Alive Ministries, Inc. partnering with local schools to provide food and toiletries to students and families in need within Cobb County Schools.  Save it Forward maximizes resources in the community through couponing and a partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Their food pantry is replenished in a number of ways, but the most unique is that much of the food comes from couponing.  Pay it Forward takes a resource that most people throw in the trash and uses it to fight hunger in children in our schools.


Volunteers are welcome to work with Alive Ministries by volunteering at their warehouse in Marietta, collecting coupons, hosting food drives, and more. Monetary contributions are also welcome. For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of these families and children, please check out their website.


Free Candlelite Concerts Finale - Tommy Talton
Saturday, October 4th at 8pm 

The free Candlelite Concert series finishes out it's 25th year on October 4th with Tommy Talton and his band.  Tommy is known for his "slinky, soulful slide guitar" and his deep roots in Southern rock and blues.  As a founding member of Capricorn Records' studio band Cowboy, Tommy toured with the Allman Brothers and many country stars as well.      


The Candlelite Concerts are presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Organize your friends and family and come listen to great music under the stars in your own back yard!  Bring a picnic dinner or visit the concession stand.

Lawn and covered seating are free, but table seating close to the stage can be purchased for the series or single concerts. Gates to the plaza open at 6:30pm, seating begins at 7:00pm.  For information, call (770) 819-3285.  

Brazilian Day Returns to the Mable House Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 27th from 2pm to 10pm 

Join with Brazilians from around the metro area at the Brazilian Day Festival at the Mable House Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 27th from 2pm to 10pm. The Festival began as a small community celebration of Brazilian Independence Day. But with the growing population of Brazilian and Latin Americans in Atlanta, this event expanded to a formal public festival that now makes its annual home here in Mableton.  


The Festival prides itself on featuring community talent and welcomes everyone to come and enjoy a day of music, entertainment and fun. For more information, visit the Brazilian Day Festival website.

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