2014 Roswell Green Expo

February 22, 2014
10:00 amto2:00 pm

roswell green expo

The City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB) are pleased to announce the 2014 Roswell Green Expo is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at Hembree Park (850 Hembree Road) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its third year, the expo’s mission is to educate residents about “green” practices they can incorporate into their lives and homes.

The Expo will feature

  • a Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors. So far, confirmed vendors include: Roswell Recycling Center, One More Generation, Heath Source of Sandy Springs Chiropractor, The Lost Arts, Atlanta Paint Disposal, Juice Plus Tower Garden, Georgia Aquarium, Lighting Energy Depot, Bike Roswell, Aromas by Johnette, The Rain Barrel Depot, David’s Garden and More, Kim’s Kool Hats & Stuff, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Angels Among Us, and Keep Roswell Beautiful.
  • family-friendly cooking demonstrations by Roswell’s own Chef Darwin Felion
  • a DIY rain barrel workshop presented by Vicki Culbreth, Environmental Education Coordinator for the City of Roswell, and The Rainbarrel Depot. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information and to register, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.
  • Favorite Costumed Characters, including Captain Planet, BAIR from the Clean Air Campaign, “Bag Monster” from the One More Generation, “KiRBy” from Keep Roswell Beautiful, and several native species characters from the Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Keep North Fulton Beautiful’s “SuperPals” Puppet Show
  • KRB’s Earth Balloon
  • Photo Booth
  • Arts Projects for Kids: Create pinecone animals to be displayed in Roswell-area parks for Jacob’s Ladder School’s Hide-And-Seek Art Project.

“The expo is a great way for residents to learn about being green while having fun,” said Janet Liberman, co-chair of the Roswell Green Expo and Executive Director of Keep Roswell Beautiful. “The workshops, entertainment and vendors are designed to actively engage community members while teaching simple ways to be sustainable and green. It is not to be missed.”

Sponsors of the 2014 Roswell Green Expo include: Gas South, Bank of North Georgia, Trex Company, Inc., Georgia Power, Caraustar, Neighbor Newspapers, Play It Again Sports, the City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful.

The expo is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.

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2014 Slammin’ in the Suburbs: Roswell Roots Poetry Slam

February 20, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of wonderful entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs”. This is Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content (discretion encouraged) and performance. Hosted by award winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath.Roswell Roots

What is a poetry slam?

A poetry slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer select the judges from the audience who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poet’s content and performance.

The format has changed somewhat from years past. All poets may participate in any of the rounds. In order to advance each poet must have new material which meets the time requirement for each specific round. There may also be some invitational poets competing.

The Poetry Slam will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Sign starts at 6pm withe competition beginning at 7pm. The Roswell Roots Poetry Slam will be held at Historic Roswell Cottage ~ 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell 30075.

Cash Prizes: 1st – - $1000, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100, 4th – $50, 5th – $25

For further details, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam

February is Black History Month and to celebrate, Roswell will host the 13th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive Black History celebration in the state of Georgia and celebrates black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of art exhibits, history and cultural events.

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Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013

Time to recap the 2013 top selling Roswell neighborhoods. As you may have heard, Roswell home sales definitely saw improvement in 2013. Roswell homes spiked with 1,350 homes sold, which was up from 1,108 in 2011 or a 22% increase.

It’s always interesting to see which neighborhoods buyers were attracted to during their Roswell home search. Where were people buying Roswell homes in 2013? Well, let’s find out. Here are the Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013.

Please hold your applause until all winners are announced and let’s hope that there aren’t any long-winded acceptance speeches. Just can’t stand those long acceptance speeches.

Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013

So there you have it. Our 2013 Top Selling Roswell neighborhoods. If we can be of assistance in your Roswell home search, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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13th Annual Roswell Roots Festival

Roswell is proud to host the 13th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February in celebration of African American History Month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive African American History celebration in Georgia and features a variety of exhibits, cultural events and music performances.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Sheila Pree Bright: Invisible Suburbia

February 1-28 at Barrington Hall

Sheila Pree Bright is a fine-art photographer based in Atlanta. Her “Suburbia” series spotlights middle-class African-American suburban homes — a lifestyle that she contends is nearly invisible in the mainstream media. Seven large-scale photographs will be on view in Barrington Hall.

Black Heritage: The Unsung Heroes of Roswell, Georgia

February 1-28 at City Hall Rotunda

An exhibit of photographs, artifacts and textiles, highlighting the history of African Americans in the Roswell area and their influence and impact on our community since 1839.

LIVE! in Roswell Presents Masters of Soul

February 7, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Presented in the Roswell Presents the Doubletree by Hilton-Roswell LIVE! in Roswell series, Masters of Soul is a celebration of Motown and soul artists of the 1960s, including The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores, and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

3-minute Activists: The Soul of Slam

February 12, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Cineplex

A free special screening of this new feature-length documentary filmed entirely on location during the 2013 Roswell Roots Festival. A question-and-answer session with selected filmmakers and featured poets will immediately follow the film.

“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam

February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage

This is Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam, during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and presentation. Last year’s slam served as inspiration for a documentary that will also been screened during the festival.

3rd Annual Cornbread Cook-Off

February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Child Development Association

Enter for the chance to win a prize for Best Cornbread, chosen by professional judges as well as a People’s Choice Award chosen by attendees.

Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Teaching Museum North

This honest and powerful play brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. The Freedom Riders, “Bombingham,” and the Montgomery bus boycott are just a few of the key events that unfold

For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.

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1st Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala

January 18, 2014
6:30 pmto10:30 pm

Roswell Fire Police Foundation

Help to protect and serve the brave men and women who protect and serve the Roswell community by attending the 1st Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala on January 18, 2014.

In the course of helping others, members of our Police and Fire Departments are sometimes injured, resulting in the disruption of normal family activities and financial instability. The mission of the Roswell Fire and Police Foundation—and the goal of this Gala—is to help Roswell public safety employees and their families in their time of need.

The Gala will be held at Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill, 85 Mill Street, Building B, Roswell, Georgia, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on January 18. This black tie–optional event will feature a buffet-style dinner, open bar, and entertainment provided by the band, Yacht Rock Revue, a tribute band/original act/comedic troupe described as the “finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever.”

Individual tickets are $150 per person with first-come, first-serve seating. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available starting at $1,500. The base package includes ten (10) tickets and a reserved table for all ten guests.

For more information and e-ticket sales, visit www.roswellfpf.org or call 678-756-2878.


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Roswell Bring One for the Chipper 2014

January 4, 2014
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Join the tradition and give a gift to nature this holiday season! Keep Roswell Beautiful invites you to celebrate the 24thannual “Bring One for the Chipper” and recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays.

As part of a statewide effort to reuse Christmas trees, Keep Roswell Beautiful has joined with sponsors The Home Depot, 11 Alive, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Keep Georgia Beautiful, Ferry-Morse Seed Company, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell, Starbucks, and Super Target to sponsor the “Bring One for the Chipper” program.

Roswell residents are invited to bring their trees to one of the two Home Depot locations in Roswell on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two locations are on Holcomb Bridge Road in Holcomb Woods Shopping Center and Woodstock Road across from Publix. Trees will be chipped into mulch and will be available for delivery to the public by Davey Tree. Residents are asked to please not drop off trees prior to the 4th of January.

In appreciation of their recycling efforts, participants will also receive a special gift, while supplies last. Last year, more than 11,000 trees were collected in Roswell.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, please visit the following websites: www.keeproswellbeautiful.org or www.roswellgov.com.

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Santa is working his way toward Roswell

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Great news. It appears that Santa is on schedule and is working hard to deliver toys to good boys and girls around the world. So it may be time to get the cookies and milk ready and get the kids tucked into their beds for the night. Santa is on his way to the Roswell area, so be ready. Santa was most recently seen in Sri Lanka.

If you’re one of those people who have actually lit a fire in their fireplace in this warm weather, make sure you put it out before Santa arrives. He never likes it when his britches get singed.

Also, if you want to keep up to date on Santa’s progress, click here for the Santa Tracker.

And as an added bonus, you can now track Santa on your iPhone or Android phone. There’s an app for that!

Happy Holidays from the team here at AllAboutRoswell.com.

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Annual Lighting of Historic Roswell Square

December 7, 2013
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

Roswell christmasCome join in the holiday spirit with the entire family! Roswell’s annual lighting of Historic Town Square will take place on Saturday, December 7th. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and includes performances by the Hillside Elementary singers and the River Eves Choir, Esther Jackson Chorus and Roswell Ramblers Almost Singers followed by a special reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Mayor Jere Wood.

Santa Claus will also make a special visit to the Square from the North Pole. Pictures with Santa will be available at a nominal charge. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by Starbucks or coffee during the festivities.

Once the Square is aglow, children 12 and under can hop on the holiday bus to Roswell Adult Recreation Center to shop for gifts at Santa’s Secret Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is located at 830 Grimes Bridge Road and will be open on Saturday, December 3 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. All the gifts at Santa’s Secret Gift Shop are priced affordably and some of the items are handmade by the Roswell Ramblers Senior Citizen Club. Free gift wrapping is available. Visit with Santa at the gift shop on Sunday. Proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit the Roswell Ramblers Senior Citizen Club.

For more information, please contact 770-641-3950.

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Time for a little Fitness Contest

Roswell is one of several Georgia cities competing in the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) new wellness initiative “See.Walk.Cities.” The winning city will receive an outdoor fitness station and be able to lay claim to the title, “The Most Active City in Georgia.” So get your walking shoes on, Roswell residents! With cooler temperatures making being outdoors even more enticing, we encourage you to go for a walk, run or bike ride while supporting your city in the process.

See.Walk.Cities is designed to be a fun, social challenge to determine the most active city in Georgia while highlighting all the great events in various communities. Through an Internet-accessible program, community members can interact with one another online; form their own running, walking and fitness teams; set goals; track successes; and even earn points toward rewards and prizes.

GMA believes cities provide the infrastructure necessary for active living, while also providing the history and points of interest to make being active fun and interesting.

Roswell residents are encouraged to join the city team by going to www.cmecompete.com/communities/see-walk-cities.

Search for City of Roswell and join the team! Individuals earn points for participating in activities and challenging themselves and each other. The points can be redeemed for rewards, such as gift certificates and discounts from participating merchants. Also, any activities team members participate in, either in Roswell or elsewhere, earns points for the city. At the end of the year, the city with the highest number of points will win a Single-Air-Walker and free consultation regarding the installation of other outdoor fitness stations courtesy of Outdoor Fitness Concepts.

Roswell is competing against other cities such as Perry, Dallas, Douglasville, College Park, Valdosta and Americus for the title and needs the help of residents!

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Roswell’s 63rd Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration

October 12, 2013
10:00 amto1:00 pm

The 63rd Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 10 a.m. with the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Hats Off to Roswell.”

The parade will begin at First Baptist Church on Mimosa and end in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Fred Williams. Williams taught at Roswell High School from 1967 to 1981 and served as a Roswell Commission member from 1988 to 2012. Williams was elected as a citizen member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association from 2005 to 2012.

A long-standing tradition in Roswell, Youth Day was started in 1950 by a group of concerned parents and has become one of the most successful events in City history. The City of Roswell celebrates Youth Day annually with a parade and festival.  This event gives local youth organizations, such as scout troops, schools, dance and performing arts students, the opportunity to be recognized for their accomplishments. Each year, the event grows with even more floats, marching bands and spectators.

So come out with your family, bring a blanket and enjoy this truly unique event!

Don’t head home after the parade! Stop at the Roswell Area Park for an outdoor festival.

After the parade, the Youth Day celebration continues with a festival in Roswell Area Park. Kids 15 and under may receive a free lunch (while supplies last), and activities include inflatable slides and moonwalk, pony rides, climbing wall, entertainment and much more.

Immediately before the start of the parade at 9:45 a.m., the Roswell Runners Club will host the 17thAnnual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race. The race starts at the Roswell United Methodist Church and ends at the Roswell Area Park football field. To register, visit http://www.active.com.

If you or your group would like to participate in the Youth Day Parade, call the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department at 770.641.3705 or download an application at www.roswellgov.com .

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