East Cobb Weekend Events: Pope Band; Book sale; After

Other community events take place in early spring and COVID-19 measures are phased out.

We’re back to compiling calendar lists in a convenient place on our site (If you have events to share with the public, please email: [email protected] and we’ll post them here) and we’ll go around the weekend’s events occasionally.

This weekend’s events kick off on Thursday with a school festival – they’re coming back strong too! From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. it’s the “Dragonpalooza” health fair at McCleskey Middle School (4080 Maybreeze Road) presented by the school’s physical education department.

Other activities include a student art exhibit, a craft fair with local vendors and a silent auction. The public as well as the school community are invited; free entry.

Friday marks the return of the Cobb Library Book Sale at the Cobb Civic Center (548 South Marietta Pkwy). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free, and we encourage you to stock up on books for all ages in hardcover and paperback, DVDs, books on CD and audio cassette, and magazines.

Prices range from 10 cents to $4. Proceeds benefit the library system’s purchase of items for its 15 branches.

It’s a big weekend for music programs at Pope High School. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they have their XPlosion Show at the school’s performing arts center (3001 Hembree Road). Tickets are presale only and available on GoFan: $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $15 for VIP seats.

In the meantime, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, it’s Pope Group Recycling Fundraiser at the Northeast Cobb YMCA (3010 Johnson Ferry Road). Admission is $10 per vehicle, and they have set up a detailed list what they will and will not accept, and additional fees for specialty items.

The Good Mews Animal Foundation is hosting another of its Microchipping and Vaccination Clinics Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the refuge (3805 Robinson road). Services for cats and dogs also include nail trimming and appointments are required. Fees range from $10 to $25.

Also back, after two years of absence, the Marietta Taste Festival. It’s 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays in and around Place Marietta. Admission is free and meal tickets will be on sale throughout the establishment.

The event includes cooking demonstrations and live musical performances.

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Angela C. Hale