Smyrna Celebrating Julia Robert’s 50th Birthday

smyrna-julia-robertsYou probably didn’t realize that one of Hollywood’s biggest starts, Julia Roberts, is actually from Smyrna! She grew up on Ridge Road and attended Campbell High School.

This weekend, Smyrna is hosting a 50th Birthday Party for her at the Smyrna Library. It is open to the public and free of charge. There will be refreshments there.

Speaker Dr. Jennifer Garlen will look back at Roberts’ life and storied career as the four time Oscar nominee reaches the midcentury mark this October.

Garlen is a writer and former English professor with a PhD in English Literature from Auburn University. She is the author of Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching and several other books. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where she teaches lifetime learning courses on literature, film and popular culture.

What: Celebrating Julia Roberts, Smyrna’s Superstar

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
             2 – 3 p.m.         

Where: Smyrna Library, Meeting Room
               100 Village Green Circle
               Smyrna, Ga 30080



Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival Oct 28-29

smyrna-fall-jonquil-festival1The 2017 Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29. The admission is free, so no excuses for attending this fun event! There will be 175 hand-made arts and crafts booths, including paintings, clothing, furniture, and jewelry made by local artisans.

Friends of the Smyrna Library will be hosting a book sale, and the Keep Smyrna Beautiful group will be selling jonquil bulbs. Puppeteer Peter Hart will surely entertain the kids with his fun puppet show, and music by J. Scott Thompson will be enjoyed by all. There will tons of tasty food trucks and vendors!

There will be a Children’s Halloween Costume Parade at 9:30 on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume in three age groups.

As always, the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival is located at Smyrna Market Village, at 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Ga 30080.


Smyrna Fall Break Camp Next Week

Smyrna-JenniferPhoto9.jpgFall Break Camp starts next week in Smyrna. Join us for games, crafts, sports field trips (in walking distance!), theme days, and more fun!

Students should bring a sack lunch, but a light snack will be provided.

The cost is $150 for Smyrna residents, and $175 for non-residents. The last day for registration is September 22. The camp is open to children ages 5 – 13 years/11 months. Smyrna is a wonderful place to live. Stay tuned for future events at the Smyrna Community Center.

When: Monday, September 25 – Friday, September 29
             8:30am – 5:30pm

Where: Smyrna Community Center
               200 Village Green Circle
               Smyrna, Ga 30080

Smyrna Celebrates 145th Anniversary

smyrna-145-celebrationThe city of Smyrna, Ga celebrated its 145th anniversary last Saturday at the Smyrna Market Village. There was music, fireworks, and even a 12 foot tall cake!

The city charter actually lists Smyrna’s incorporation date as September 6, 1897, but the city celebrates it the first weekend every August.

There were lots of children’s entertainment including face painters, stilt-walkers, and moonwalk. Food vendors served yummy barbecue. McEntyre’s Bakery made the cake, and also handed out 2,500 strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes, with the help of Campbell High School football players and cheerleaders.

The music was provided by local artists Tim Purcell and the Mustangs, as well as Banks and Shane. There is lots of history in Smyrna, you should check it out!

Smyrna Library Hosts Kid’s Engineering Program

In Smyrna, every Friday in June and July, there is an event called DaVinci Days, held at the Public Library. The program was created for families with children six and older, and teaches them to work together. Each week they will learn basic tools and concepts of engineering. Made possibly by a grant from Croy Engineering, these activities require some dexterity and advanced level thinking.

This Friday, kids will learn to build bridges with K’NEX. Below is the schedule for the whole series.

When: Fridays in June/July
             2 – 3pm

Where: Smyrna Public Library
              100 Village Green Circle
              Smyrna, Ga 30080

To learn more about stuff going on in Smyrna, click here!

Early Kindergarten Program Opens at Belmont Hills Elementary

smyrna-belmont.jpgSmyrna’s Belmont Hills Elementary is launching an inaugural program called Early Kindergarten. The aim is to give students a head start educationally. This year 22 students entered.

While kindergarten for most children in CCSD will start on July 31, the Early Kindergarten program will allow participants to get a jump on their prerequisite skills, build relationships earlier with teacher and form tighter bonds with their classrooms.

“Our focus is on academic preparedness,” Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said in a news release. “Our job is to make sure we move students from kindergarten through first grade. We are making sure the students who are coming to Early Kindergarten are getting access to early learning.”

The students are expected to graduate from kindergarten in May 2018. To learn more about stuff in Smyrna, click here!