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Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Parks and Recreation will hold karate classes for children and tai chi classes for adults beginning next month.

The karate lessons are for children ages 4-10 and are taught by certified instructors, including a 7th degree black belt. The cost is $65 for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents.

Karate classes are held at the Roberts School Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays through Jan. 30. Participants can choose between a 5:30 p.m. session and a 6 p.m. session.

Tai chi is a calmer form of martial arts. Acworth's classes are designed for people who are at least 21 years old. The cost is $87.50 for residents and $92.50 for non-residents.

The city will host beginner's classes on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Intermediate classes will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m., while advanced classes will be Mondays at 7:30 p.m. All three sessions will be at the Roberts School Community Center, and will run through Jan. 29.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- After taking the lights and ornaments off your Christmas tree, do some good for the environment and recycle it into mulch.

Georgia's Bring One for the Chipper program turns used Christmas trees into useful natural materials. Trees will be accepted at several locations throughout Cobb County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7.

Locations include:

Kennesaw
* Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road

Marietta
* Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road
* Harrison Park, 2650 Shallowford Road
* Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road

Powder Springs
* Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway

For more information about Christmas tree recycling in Cobb, visit the Keep Cobb Beautiful website at cobbcounty.org/kcb.

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

2011 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest entry deadline is Nov. 3rd

The entry deadline is nearing for the 2011 'Fun in the Park' photo contest.

As you are out enjoying Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' parks and activities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks, and anything else that shows why you enjoy your day at the park.

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

Task force to arm parents with tools to prevent teen drinking

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite being among the top three killers of Americans under age 21, many parents do not seem to realize that underage drinking is a major problem.

The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is partnering with the PTAs at local schools to give parents an important skill set to prevent teen drinking. A meeting for all Cobb parents will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cobb Central Library.

Several local experts will give insight into this growing issue, including Cobb Alcohol Taskforce coordinator Cathy Finck.

"The brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term brain growth processes," Finck said. "The research is compelling, but more parents need to know about it. We hope arming PTAs will help get the facts and useful tips to more parents for saving teen brains."

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

Cobb Diaper Day to benefit families in need

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For low-income families with young children, a few diapers can turn into a priceless gift.

Many people do not realize that food stamps cannot be used to buy hygiene products, including diapers. The average family with small children spends about $100 a month on diapers -- an expense that some low-income families cannot afford to shoulder.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

I-75/I-575 toll project hits snag

ATLANTA -- A $1.1 billion proposal to add toll lanes to interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties won approval from two state agencies Thursday but hit a bump with the third.

The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) tabled consideration of the West by Northwest project after Gov.