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RTB Marietta – A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you’re looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Marietta, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails – they’ll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Marietta, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you’re organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we’ve seen and done it all, and we’re here to serve you as well.

RTB Marietta – A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we’ll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we’re done. We’ll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don’t just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Marietta. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you’ll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We’ve got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest’s glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you’re looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Marietta, look no further than RTB. We’ve built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we’ll handle every detail – from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Marietta, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn’t just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party – we’re here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we’re here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

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Bar Rentals in Marietta, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there’s an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup – bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Marietta. Our doesn’t just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends

Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn’t provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can’t go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Marietta

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We’re in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Marietta:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company’s logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout – we’d love to hear what you’re thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that’s for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go – from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You’ve got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the “nitty-gritty” while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Marietta, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won’t suck the life out of your party – we’ll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

Bartender Staffing

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
Bartenders for Weddings in Marietta

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say “I Do” without worrying about your drink service.

Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Marietta

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Marietta

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

Bartenders for Private Events in Marietta

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you’re thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more “out of the box” events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Marietta, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Marietta, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Marietta’s most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

We’re Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

We’re Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Marietta today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Latest News in Marietta

Mask Mandate Revoked In Marietta City Schools: Superintendent

Starting Saturday, Marietta City Schools will move to a mask-optional policy in buildings and buses.MARIETTA, GA — Marietta City Schools students and staff will no longer be required to wear face masks in school buildings or on school buses starting Saturday, Superintendent Grant Rivera said in an email to parents Thursday.MCS implemented a temporary mask mandate back in August due to COVID-19 cases in the district and county. In the email to parents, Rivera said a significant decline in the COVID-19 positivity rate in ...

Starting Saturday, Marietta City Schools will move to a mask-optional policy in buildings and buses.

MARIETTA, GA — Marietta City Schools students and staff will no longer be required to wear face masks in school buildings or on school buses starting Saturday, Superintendent Grant Rivera said in an email to parents Thursday.

MCS implemented a temporary mask mandate back in August due to COVID-19 cases in the district and county. In the email to parents, Rivera said a significant decline in the COVID-19 positivity rate in Cobb County, a "continued local decline" in cases for school-aged children and drop in cases within the district are among the reasons for the switch to a mask-optional policy.

"Throughout this pandemic, we've strived to achieve the appropriate balance between our instructional needs and public health protocols," Rivera said. "The decision to transition to mask-optional is one more step in establishing some degree of normalcy in our schools, as the data indicates conditions have changed significantly from the start of the school year."

Meanwhile, Cobb Board of Commissioners Chair Lisa Cupid signed a second extension of the county's COVID-19 state of emergency Thursday night, which will keep the emergency declaration active through Nov. 16, unless extended for a third time. While Rivera said the COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped, Cobb is still considered at high risk for community transmission, according to Cobb and Douglas Public Health.

"On a personal level, I understand that some of you will read this email and be frustrated, or even angered, by this transition in our protocols, while others will be delighted and relieved," Rivera said. "I ask for your continued grace with me and with each other. Nothing about a pandemic is static — our district's response will continue to evolve as both this virus and the data evolve."

Rivera also addressed the following:

Additionally, CDPH informed MCS officials that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 could be approved for emergency use authorization Oct. 26. Details will be available in the coming days for anyone who wishes to get their child vaccinated.

"While no one can be certain of the future of this pandemic and the COVID[-19] virus, numerous epidemiologists and medical experts with whom I collaborate are hopeful that we will not have a third surge," Rivera said. "My sincere hope is a MCS mask mandate will not return in our future; however, please know that we will continue to be responsive to the data."

How To Recycle Pumpkins For Birds And Wildlife In Marietta

If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the fall bounty from Marietta pumpkin fields and patches with critters.MARIETTA, GA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Marietta this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Marietta are often filled with the wilting, sa...

If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the fall bounty from Marietta pumpkin fields and patches with critters.

MARIETTA, GA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Marietta this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.

While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Marietta are often filled with the wilting, sagging faces of jack o'-lanterns getting older by the minute.

But as with Christmas trees a few months later, there are many ways you can recycle these pumpkins that will help birds, wildlife and the planet.

1. Share The Seeds With Birds And Wildlife

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and popular snacking treat for a variety of birds and wildlife, especially as the weather gets colder and food is harder to come by. As your pumpkin starts to soften and fade, collect the seeds from inside, and give them a day or so to dry.

Don't add any kind of seasoning, even salt, Birds & Blooms advises.

Then scatter the seeds outside, or put them in a birdfeeder or bowl. If you live in an area with bears or other harmful predators, try placing the seeds on an upper level that only birds and smaller animals like squirrels and chipmunks can reach.

2. Make A 'Snack-O'-Lantern'

You can also just cut out the middleman and turn the pumpkin itself into a "snack-o'-lantern pumpkin feeder," according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Just take the pumpkin, cut it in half, scoop out the middle, and attach the top and bottom halves of the pumpkin with string and several wooden dowels.

Fill the bottom half with either birdseed, pumpkin seeds, or both. See here for more detailed instructions from the National Wildlife Foundation.

3. Plant The Seeds Of Future Pumpkins

You could also use the seeds for their intended purpose: making more pumpkins.

To save and store pumpkin seeds for the following year, place the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin inside a colander, according to Gardening Know How. Wash cold water over it, and pick out a few of the largest seeds.

Spread the rinsed seeds far apart from each other on a dry towel, and place that towel in a cool, dry spot for a week.

Place the seeds in a seed envelope, and place the seed envelope in a plastic container with several holes poked in the lid. Put that container in the back of a refrigerator, and get ready to plant your own private pumpkin patch next year.

4. Make An Animal Smorgasbord

Animals and birds love pumpkins just as much as people do, so why not give them a special treat? Simply cut the pumpkin into small, bite-sized pieces, and scatter them in a spot where you won't mind local critters coming to nosh, the National Wildlife Federation advises.

Again, this one is probably best to avoid if bears, foxes, coyotes, rats or any variety of predators and pests are a problem nearby.

5. Donate Pumpkins To A Local Zoo

If you feel more comfortable leaving the animal feeding to professionals, consider donating the pumpkin remains to a nearby zoo. Many zoos accept pumpkin donations after Halloween because they are a nutritious snack that most animals love.

6. Compost It

If your pumpkin is truly on its last proverbial legs, put its nutrients back into the earth by composting it. Even if you don't have a compost pile, you can put it in your garden, and many areas offer municipal composting services. Just make sure you take out all the seeds first, lest an impromptu pumpkin patch begins to sprout out of the compost.

Marietta-Area Unemployment Rate Steady: Latest Data

The Cobb County unemployment rate stayed the same during the late summer.MARIETTA, GA — The U.S. posted its weakest job recovery month of the year in September, with just 194,000 non-farm jobs added to the economy.The September jobs report was even worse than that in August, when 366,000 jobs were created, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.The national unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 4.8 percent despite the September disappointment.The latest available local unemployment f...

The Cobb County unemployment rate stayed the same during the late summer.

MARIETTA, GA — The U.S. posted its weakest job recovery month of the year in September, with just 194,000 non-farm jobs added to the economy.

The September jobs report was even worse than that in August, when 366,000 jobs were created, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The national unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 4.8 percent despite the September disappointment.

The latest available local unemployment figures are for August; that rate stayed the same as July for the Marietta area and is still lower than it was during the worst of the pandemic, the BLS said.

The Cobb County unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in August, unchanged from July. That reflected some improvement from August 2020, when the unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent.

The August unemployment rate in Cobb County was lower than the Georgia rate of 3.1 percent, according to the latest local figures from the BLS.

Nationally, 17.4 million jobs have been added back to the economy since April 2020. Still, the country is down 5 million positions (3.3 percent) from pre-pandemic levels.

The jobs report is based on survey data from mid-September, which may have skewed negatively due to several crises in the country, according to The Washington Post. At the time there were 150,000 coronavirus cases per day in the country; the number has since dropped by nearly half.

Parts of the country were also recovering from the devastating Hurricane Ida, and California is still dealing with the effects of ongoing wildfires.

Average hourly wages continued to climb in September, with a 17-cent gain to $30.85. Hourly wages have grown for six months in a row as employers look to fill vacant positions.

Employees have been more willing than ever to leave their employers. A record 4.3 million employees quit their jobs in August, according to the BLS.

The leisure/hospitality and professional/business service industries led the way for September job gains with 74,000 and 60,000 jobs, respectively. Retail trade jobs increased by 56,000 jobs after two months of little change.

Editor's note: This post was automatically generated using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Please report any errors or other feedback to content@patch.com.

Marietta woman has second sinkhole that grows with every rainy day

MARIETTA, Ga - All the rain has caused several sinkholes to appear across metro Atlanta. A sinkhole in one Marietta yard looks more like a cavern.The sinkhole suddenly appeared in Marian Tiller-Chancellor's yard about three weeks ago. Thanks to all the wet weather we've seen, there's now another smaller one right next to it that se...

MARIETTA, Ga - All the rain has caused several sinkholes to appear across metro Atlanta. A sinkhole in one Marietta yard looks more like a cavern.

The sinkhole suddenly appeared in Marian Tiller-Chancellor's yard about three weeks ago. Thanks to all the wet weather we've seen, there's now another smaller one right next to it that seems to be growing.

The sinkhole on James Street has gotten a lot of attention.

"I just came to see the sinkhole. you don't see it all the time. I've seen three sinkholes in my life, this one is by far the biggest," said Adriene Duplessis who was driving by and stopped to take a picture of the sinkhole.

"We saw this a few weeks ago and stopped to look and heard it got bigger and came by and can't believe how much bigger it's gotten," said Penny Ferrell who stopped to take a look while she was with her family.

Next to the massive hole, a second, sinkhole has developed. It's about 3-feet wide and seems to be growing.

"It's been raining and opening wider," said Tiller-Chancellor.

Tiller-Chancellor says her family has lived here for 60 years. No one knew what was under the yard until it suddenly collapsed and exposed a huge pipe buried about 15 down. The pipe is now broken.

"I don't go to Home Depot to get that pipe, so the city or the contractors, the builders had to have put it there for the creek to roll through there," said Tiller-Chancellor.

Tiller-chancellor says the city needs to fix it, but Marietta city officials say it's not their pipe. They say it was installed by the developers of the subdivision back in the '60s when this area was unincorporated Cobb County.

Tiller-Chancellor says until something is done, she just tries not to think about it.

"I don't go on that side anymore and I try not to look at it, but you can't help but see it. I can't worry about a hole, I got nowhere to go," said Tiller-Chancellor.

City officials have tried to work something out. There are even some grants available to help with the cost, but Tiller-Chancellor says the grants come with stipulations. She's hoping they can come to an agreement soon.

Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra to premiere composition by young Marietta composer

The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will premiere a composition by Marietta teen composer Will Weaver.The concert with be held October 17, 2021 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Center for the Performing Arts.For more information, read the complete press release for the event, reprinted below:Georgia Youth Symphony to premiere orchestral suite Fire by promising young composer(Marietta, Ga. Oct. 13, 2021) Marietta teen Will Weaver is on his way to becoming one of the next generation ...

The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will premiere a composition by Marietta teen composer Will Weaver.

The concert with be held October 17, 2021 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, read the complete press release for the event, reprinted below:

Georgia Youth Symphony to premiere orchestral suite Fire by promising young composer

(Marietta, Ga. Oct. 13, 2021) Marietta teen Will Weaver is on his way to becoming one of the next generation of classical music composers. On Oct. 17, 2021, the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will premiere one of his original compositions at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Center for the Performing Arts.

Inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Weaver composed Orchestral Suite in B Minor, Opus Two, Fire, in 2020. GYSO’s Philharmonic orchestra will perform the first movement, which depicts a fire igniting. Movements two and three invoke images of a cheerful fire in a hearth and then a raging wildfire.

Weaver has been a member of GYSO since 2018 and currently plays viola with the GYSO Symphony and the Honors String Quartet. He is a sophomore at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, where he also plays violin for the HIES Upper School orchestra.

At the end of the last GYSO season, Weaver told Philharmonic Director Kelly Thomas he was working on some orchestral compositions and asked for her feedback. “When Will sent me the orchestral suite for Fire, I was beyond impressed,” said Thomas. That led to her asking Weaver for permission to premiere the suite’s first movement this season. “It has been a delight to see him develop as a composer through different drafts to suit the orchestra’s specific needs and it has been inspirational to both myself and the other students of GYSO,” she said.

As a composer, Weaver’s focus is on writing contemporary classical works for orchestras and chamber groups. He also enjoys arranging music from video games and other forms of digital media. Also in 2020, another one of his compositions, Two Rondos for Piano Trio, received honors in a Georgia Music Educators Association competition.

Founded in 2006, GYSO is the largest youth orchestra program in the Southeast and one of the top-10 largest such programs by enrollment in the United States. For more information, visit georgiayouthsymphony.org.

Barry Krebbs is well known in the Mableton and Austell area for leading the South Cobb Lions Club cleanup efforts, which have been very effective in keeping stretches of roadway in the area nearly litter-free.

He also represents District 4 for Keep Cobb Beautiful.

Krebbs spoke during the public comments at the Cobb Board of Commissioners meeting, and argued against a plan to put the Cobb DOT in charge of collecting the litter bag picked up during cleanup days.

“From October 1 2020 to September 30 2021, our Lions Club has removed 1,025 bags of litter from roadways,” he said. “District Four was rated as one of the cleanest districts in the latest litter index.”

“And I attribute the improved score to our adoptive miles cleanups that we have in our area,” Krebbs said. “Right now we have over 75 percent of the adoptive miles in the whole county, just in District Four.”

“I’m in touch with Keep Cobb Beautiful … several times a week, and they always do a tremendous job for us, and they’re quick to get our bags removed and respond to any questions or concerns,” he said.

“Now the reason I’m here is I understand that Cobb DOT is looking to take over the litter program from Keep Cobb Beautiful, and I’m here to say that I believe that would be a mistake,” Krebbs said.

“Early in my times with the litter cleanups, when we were first getting started, I was dealing directly with Cobb DOT,” he said. “While they’re all nice and pleasant to work with I’m pretty sure that … litter bag removal was the bottom of their priority list.”

“We didn’t get confirmation when our bags are going to be picked or really much communication at all …,” he said.

“As you know, Keep Cobb Beautiful has a fantastic executive director and wonderful staff who are all very talented,” he said. “Keep Cobb Beautiful offers a personal touch that always sends confirmations when they’re going to pick up the bags and and always also thank us for our services in the community.”

“I think that these touches are important in that … it lets the volunteers know that they’re appreciated and and Keep Cobb Beautiful has the flexibility to meet their needs,” Krebbs said.

“On the other hand, I’m very grateful for Cobb DOT and everything they do for our community,” he said. “But their priorities are going to be road construction, road maintenance, curbing mowing, tree maintenance and other important services.”

“But if the litter removal, litter cleanup is placed all upon Cobb DOT, I think it’ll be at the bottom of the list of things to get done.”

The October luncheon of the Cobb Chamber‘s Cobb Executive Women (CEW) will feature Belisa Urbina, the founder and CEO of Ser Familia.

According to the press release for the event, “Urbina will share her personal and professional journey, and will discuss creating cultural bridges with our Latino community.”

Urbina co-founded Ser Familia in 2001, with a mission to “strengthen, revitalize, and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills, which empowers participants to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment.”

Ser Familia has served more than 30,800 Latinos.

Urbina’s other roles include the Cultural and Linguistic Proficiency Coordinator for Lookout Mountain Care Management Entity, membership on Cobb County’s “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership’s” (MAPP) Steering Committee; Kennestone’s Hospital Regional Board of Directors’ Chairman; the REACHES Advisory Council, and she was a committee member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s “Welcoming Atlanta” initiative.

Her awards and honors include being one of Womentics’ 2012 Women of the Year, one of 11WhoCare’s 35 most influential Latinos in 2014, and Interfaith Children’s Movement’s Family Advocate of the Year in 2015. Additionally, Ser Familia’s youth program won the prestigious “Heart in Hand Volunteer Group Award” from United Way in Cobb County in 2012.

For more information about the luncheon, visit www.cobbchamber.org/events.

The event begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Cobb Chamber and is sponsored by Yearlong Presenting Sponsor, Northside Hospital, and Program Sponsor, Gas South.

By Rebecca Gaunt

Construction on the new Depot Park amphitheater could begin by August or September 2022, Zach Buffington of Croy Engineering told the Kennesaw City Council after a presentation of the architectural designs Monday.

The amphitheater is included in phase 8 of the 12.5 acre Depot Park project, funded by SPLOST. The estimated cost is $3-4 million.

There are three vertical elements planned for the property, according to architect Kevin Whipple of CSC Design. The design includes a public restroom facility with storage, the stage, and the Carrie House. The Carrie House was built in 1890 in a different location, and will receive structural and interior alterations to bring it up to code.

The stage will be about 30 feet x 50 feet, backed by a screen wall with a breezeway behind it to house utilities.

“It’s very similar to the Woodstock amphitheater and the Suwannee amphitheater, as well,” Whipple said.

The stage will project sound toward the tracks, away from the residential areas behind it.

The Carrie House will be repurposed as a green room for the performers. All exterior changes must go through the Historic Preservation Committee.

Whipple said they are keeping elements like the lighting to a minimum so acts can bring in their own equipment. This will save the city money.

The restrooms will be adjacent to the Depot with six men’s urinals, six men’s toilets, six women’s toilets, and baby changing facilities in both.

“The next step for the project is Kevin and I will work up a proposal to complete the architectural and engineering design for the site,” Buffington said.

He estimated they would have it ready by the next council work session for approval.

Parks Director Steve Roberts thanked the members of the amphitheater committee at the close of the presentation.

“They have worked tireless hours coming into this and we did a lot of programming with them to get to this point,” he said.

Rebecca Gaunt earned a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from Oglethorpe University. After teaching elementary school for several years, she returned to writing. She lives in Marietta with her husband, son, two cats, and a dog. In her spare time, she loves to read, binge Netflix and travel.

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